MATCH PREVIEWS


PREDICTION: BOLOGNA VS NAPOLI

SERIE A: 17 JANUARY @ 17:30 GMT


Bologna and Napoli will meet today in the 22nd round of Serie A, at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara. Both teams have lost their previous match and will be looking to get back on track.

Bologna lost 2-1 to Cagliari. They had 47 percent possession and 9 shots on goal, three of which were on target, in the encounter. Riccardo Orsolini (54') scored the goal for Bologna. Cagliari had a total of 13 shots on goal, four of which were on target. Cagliari's goals came from Leonardo Pavoletti (71') and Gastón Pereiro (93').

Napoli and its fans will be hoping for a better result this time after losing to Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia competition. SSC Napoli had 48 percent possession and 14 shots on goal, five of which were on target, in the encounter. Dries Mertens (44') and Andrea Petagna (90') scored the goals for SSC Napoli. Fiorentina had 17 shots on goal, eight of which were on target. Fiorentina scored through Duan Vlahovi (41'), Cristiano Biraghi (57'), Lorenzo Venuti (105'), Krzysztof Pitek (108'), and Youssef Maleh (119'). Fiorentina finally prevailed in extra time to win the match.

A review of their most recent head-to-head meetings, which date back to May 25, 2019, reveals that Bologna has won two and Napoli has won three, with one tie. During those matches, they scored a total of 18 goals, with Rossoblu scoring seven and Partenopei scoring eleven. That equates to an average of three goals per game.

The possible start-up lines are:

Bologna (3-5-2): Skorupski - Bonifazi, Binks, Theate - Silvestri, Soriano, Dominguez, Svanberg, Hickey - Orsolini, Arnautovic

Napoli (4-2-3-1): Meret - Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Jesus, Rui - Demme, Lobotka - Politano, Mertens, Elmas - Petagna

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals

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PREDICTION: BESIKTAS VS GAZIANTEP

TURKISH SUPER LIG: 14 JANUARY @ 17:00 GMT


Besiktas and Gaziantep will meet today at Vodafone Park in Istanbul for the second round of this year. The two teams are only separated by 2 points in the league table and could swap places in case the hosts obtain the victory.

Gaziantep will be hoping to get their 4th consecutive victory after wining in the previous round 3-1 to Karagumruk on home soil. The visitors are unbeaten in their last 6 games in all competitions and will be looking at extending their performance. Still, Gaziantep are facing a real challenge when playing away. With only one victory in 10 games, they only score in 5 of the on the road games this season.

On the other side Besiktas come after a disappointing draw (2-2) away at the penultimate Rizespor. However we are expecting a different evolution tonight as The Black Eagles have had impressive evolution at home this season. They secured 22 of the 29 available points and only failed to score in one game. The hosts will be looking at closing the 4 points gap to the first European competition place.

The possible start-up lines are:

Besiktas (4-5-1): Destanoglu - Rosier, Welinton, Saatci, Yilmaz - Ghezzal, Josef, Pjanic, Ozyakup, Larin - Batshuayi

Gaziantep (3-5-2): Guvenc - Ersoy, Tosca, Pehlivan - Kitsiou, Soyalp, Merkel, Maxim, Mendyl - Figueiredo, Demir

There have been over 2.5 goals in the Besiktas’s last 8 home games as well as in their last 5 home games against Gaziantep.

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals

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PREDICTION: SOUTHAMPTON VS BRENTFORD

PREMIER LEAGUE: 11 JANUARY @ 19:45 GMT


After the third FA Cup round last weekend where both teams managed to qualify, Southampton and Brentford return to Premier League games, tonight at Saint Mary’s Stadium.

Southampton were unbeaten in the last 3 Premier League matches, and in the last 6 home ground games. Thus, Brentford would be happy to get away with a draw at Saint Mary’s.

In their first 2022 test, Brentford managed to win over their league table neighbours Aston Villa 2-1 and climb a few spots. Still, tonight’s game will be a tough challenge as their route in the away games has been anything but enchanting. Thomas Frank’s squad conceded 2 goals in the last 5 away matches and did not win any of them.

The missing players for Southampton are Livramento, Smallbone, Valery, Walker-Peters, Small and Djenepo. Brendford are missing 7 players: Raya, Goode, Dasilva, Henry, Zanka, Jeanvier and Onyeka.

The possible start-up lines are:

Southampton (4-4-2): Forster - Salisu, Bednarek, Stephens, Perraud - Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Elyounoussi - A. Armstrong, Broja

Brentford (3-5-2): Fernandez - Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock - Canos, Norgaard, Baptiste, Jensen, Roerslev - Mbeumo, Toney

In 8 of the last home games at Southampton in Premier League, there have been under 2.5 goals. Moreover, in the last three direct matches on The Saint’s ground there have been less than 3 goals.

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals

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PREDICTION: MANCHESTER UNITED VS ASTON VILLA

FA CUP: 10 JANUARY @ 19:55 GMT


Monday’s football game between Manchester United and Aston Villa will bring down the curtain on round 3 of the FA Cup campaign. The competition is currently third on the team's list of priorities this season, but it represents their best chance to win the trophy. United have won the trophy 12 times in history, whereas Aston Villa have lifted the trophy 7 times.

The Red Devils aim to make amends for a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against the Villans. Eric Bailly is on international duty with Ivory Coast, while Paul Pogba remains in the recovery room. All Elanga, Fred, Bruno, and Rashford are pushing for a start.

The Villans, on the other hand, suffered a 2-1 loss to Brentford in their first game of the year. Steven Gerrard’s troops are not regarded as good travellers, and seeing that Man Utd aim to save the season by going all the way in the FA Cup, home win should be considered. Leon Bailey is sidelined through injury, while Ollie Watkins should recover in time to face the Red Devils.

The possible start-up lines are:

Manchester United (4-2-2-2): Henderson - Dalot, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw - Fred, McTominay - Fernandes, Sancho - Ronaldo, Rashford

Aston Villa (4-3-3): Martinez - Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett - Ramsey, Luiz, McGinn - Buendia, Watkins, Ings

In Aston Villa’s 3 of the last 5 games have been scored over 2.5 goals. United have scored in 5 of their 6 home games in all competitions.

Prediction: Both teams to score

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PREDICTION: LYON VS PSG

LIGUE 1: 9 JANUARY @ 19:45 GMT


There will be fireworks when Olympique Lyon and PSG face each other in the Ligue 1 derby at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. PSG currently sit 10 points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table, while their opponents are down in 13th following a disastrous start of the 2021-2022 season.

Les Gones have drawn each of their last three league fixtures, and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Sunday’s clash as well. Anyhow, we do not recommend you to bet on the hosts as all Toko Ekambi, Slimani, and Kadewere are on international duty. Key midfielder Lucas Paqueta is a major doubt following his positive test for coronavirus.

Les Parisiens, on the other hand, faced no difficulties in the Coupe de France win over Vannes (4-0). Kylian Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick, will be the man to watch in the away team, and given the number of absentees in the home side, we are tempted to put our money on the league leaders. Keep in mind, though, that Leo Messi has been tested positive for COVID-19, while Hakimi, Diallo, and Gueye are on Africa Cup of Nations.

The possible start-up lines are:

Lyon (3-4-2-1): Lopes - Lukeba, Boateng, Da Silva - Gusto, Guimaraes, Caqueret, Emerson - Shaqiri, Aouar - Dembele

Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3): Navas - Dagba, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Bernat - Wijnaldum, Paredes, Verratti - Simons, Icardi, Mbappe

Lyon have seen over 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 home matches against PSG in all competitions.

Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals

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PREDICTION: REAL MADRID VS VALENCIA

LA LIGA: 8 JANUARY @ 20:00 GMT


All eyes will be on Estadio Santiago Bernabeu when Real Madrid and Valencia face each other in the La Liga round 20. Real Madrid are currently top of the table with 46 points, 5 points clear of second place Valencia, while Valencia is only the 9th with 28 points.

Los Blancos aim to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Getafe, and seeing that Sevilla are breathing down their neck, Saturday’s football match is of big importance for the league leaders. Both Luka Jovic and Sergio Arribas remain quarantined, but important winger Vinicius Junior is back, as well as Eduardo Camavinga, who missed the local derby through suspension.

Los Che, on the other hand, suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Espanyol in their last league match. Considering that Valencia often struggle on the travels, we do not believe that Real Madrid will have a better chance than this to return to winning ways. Valencia forward Hugo Duro is banned for the match, while both Dimitri Foulquier and Antonio Latorre miss out through injuries.

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois - Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Mendy - Kroos, Casemiro, Modric - Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius

Valencia (4-2-2): Cillessen - Correia, Diakhaby, Alderete, Gaya - Soler, Guillamon, Wass, Cheryshev - Guedes, Gomez

The previous match was won by Real Madrid away at Mestalla 1-2 in September. Four of the previous five head-to-head duels between Real Madrid and Valencia have gone over 2.5 total goals.

Prediction: Correct score 2-1

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PREDICTION: CHELSEA VS TOTTENHAM 

EFL CUP: 5 JANUARY @ 19:45 GMT

Chelsea and Tottenham meat on Wednesday night at Stanford Bridge in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals. This Antonio Conte’s first return at Stanford Bridge as an opponent.

In the quarter-finals Chelsea passed Brantford 2-0 while Spurs eliminated West Ham 2-1.  Tottenham are looking at playing the second League Cup final in two years.

Chelsea are running through a poor run of form lately, having won just 4 of their past 10 games, although they had lost just one. Still in their last match against Liverpool the Blues showed a much better face. In the two previous heads-to-heads Chelsea obtain clear victories.

On the other side Tottenham are in an increasing shape since Antonio Conte took over, having won 3 of their last 4 games in all competitions. In Premier League, Spurs won with a late goal 0-1 at Watford.

The missing players for Chelsea are: Christensen, James, Chilwell, Loftus-Cheek and Mendy. For Tottenham are missing Romero, Bergwijn and Sessegnon.

The probable start-up lines are:

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Kepa - Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Sarr - Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso - Ziyech, Pulisic - Havertz

Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-3): Lloris - Tanganga, Sanchez, Davies - Emerson, Winks, Hojbjerg, Reguilon - Son, Kane, Gil

In 9 of their past 10 games both teams have scored at least once. Our prediction is both teams to score.

Prediction: Both teams to score

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PREDICTION: MANCHESTER UNITED VS WOLVERHAMPTON  WANDERERS 

PREMIER LEAGUE: 3 JANUARY @ 17:30 GMT


Wolves will be visiting Old Trafford on Monday for the Premier League meeting with hosts Manchester United. Just one place separates the two, but United have 6 points lead over the Wolves. A win tonight would take them Red Devils into the top 6 teams and narrow the gap to the top 4 to just 1 point, having also a remaining game.

Manchester United have been on a persistent run of goalscoring form, finding the back of the net every time they’ve gone out to play in their last 6 matches. They’ve totted up the amount of 10 during that time while seeing the number of goals scored against them stand at 5. Coming into this contest, Manchester United are unbeaten in the league by Wolverhampton Wanderers in their previous 5 matches.

A series of dependable showings by the Wolverhampton Wanderers defence has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 2 from their last 6 fixtures combined. During the same period, their own forwards have managed to score 1. Previous results aside, we must now wait to see whether such a trend might persist in this game or not.

The Reds are missing their top scorer Paul Pogba, Eric Baily and Victor Lindelof. The absent players for the Wolves are Yerson Mosquera, Pedro Neto, Jonny, Hwang Hee-Chan. Therefore the probable start-up line are:

Manchester United (4-4-2): De Gea - Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw - Greenwood, McTominay, Matic, Fernandes - Ronaldo, Cavani

Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-3): Sa - Kilman, Coady, Saiss - Hoever, Neves, Moutinho, Marcal - Traore, Jimenez, Podence

Prediction: Both teams to Score

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PREDICTION: CHELSEA VS LIVERPOOL 

PREMIER LEAGUE: 2 JANUARY @ 16:30 GMT


Chelsea failed to make full use of their home advantage in their last game against Brighton. Lukaku put Tuchel's men in front just before the half-hour mark after good work from Mount, but Chelsea failed to make the most of their chances and ended up getting punished by a stoppage-time equalizer from Welbeck.

Chelsea have now taken just nine points from the last 18 available after drawing 1-1 with Brighton on Wednesday. Thomas Tuchel continues to lament Chelsea's injury and COVID problems and things just aren't clicking on the pitch as they were earlier in the season. They have only managed one clean sheet from their last eight league games and Edouard Mendy leaves for AFCON after this game.

Liverpool were also dealt a hammer blow in the title race in midweek after losing 1-0 to Leicester on Tuesday. They are now 12 points behind the leader after Manchester City’s win over Arsenal on Saturday (1-2), albeit with a game in hand, but that gap may be too big to overcome even at the halfway mark in the season.

The missing players for Chelsea are: Chilwell, James, Werner, and 3 player are doubtful Havertz, Silva, Loftus-Cheek. Liverpool are missing 7 players: Origi, Minamino, Thiago, Adrian, Eliott, Philips, Robertson.

The probable start-up lines are:

Chelsea (3-4-3): Mendy - Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Rudiger - Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso - Mount, Havertz; Lukaku

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson - Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas - Henderson, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain - Salah, Jota, Mane

Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals

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PREDICTION: ARSENAL VS MANCHESTER CITY 

PREMIER LEAGUE: 1 JANUARY @ 12:30 GMT


Manchester City will be looking to record their 11th Premier League victory in a row when they head to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on Arsenal. The Citizens are currently eight points clear of second-placed Chelsea at the top of the table, while Arsenal occupy fourth position, four points clear of fifth-placed West Ham United.

Arsenal have had a full week to prepare for this game but Mikel Arteta testing positive in midweek has certainly been far from ideal for the Gunners. Arsenal have won five in a row heading into Saturday's game and are certainly better placed compared to the reverse meeting back in August when they lost 5-0.

Manchester City made the most of Liverpool's defeat to Leicester and Chelsea's draw with Brighton to pull further clear at the top of the table ahead of what could already be a defining weekend in the title race. City are already eight points clear and could be as many as 11 by the time Chelsea face Liverpool later in the weekend.

The probable start-up lines are:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale - White, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney - Xhaka, Partey - Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe - Lacazette

Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson - Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake - B Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne - Mahrez, Foden, Sterling

Prediction: Both teams to score

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PREDICTION: CHELSEA VS BRIGHTON 

PREMIER LEAGUE: 29 DECEMBER @ 19:30 GMT


Chelsea will host Brighton, tonight at the Stamford Bridge London, for the last game of the year 2021. They have the opportunity to overhaul Liverpool which lost yesterday at Leicester (0-1) and become the main chaser of Manchester City in the race for the title this season.

Chelsea managed to get a vital 3 points at Villa Park on Boxing Day with a 3-1. After two previous rounds which ended in a draw, this could give them the much-needed boost of morale. Anything but a win might surge the 6 points gap between them and Manchester City, which are expected to win today at Brantford.

Brighton will be looking at building-up on the Sunday win over Brantford (2-0), after a series of 11 games in Premier League without a win! But they will be facing a tough challenge since Chelsea are undefeated in their last 9 matches against Brighton, in 6 of which The Pensioners kept a clean sheet.

The missing players for Chelsea are Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell and Timo Werner. Brighton are missing three players: Jeremy Sarmiento, Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.

The probable start-up lines are:

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy - Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger - James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso - Ziyech, Mount - Lukaku

Brighton (4-3-1-2): Sanchez - Lamptey, Webster, Burn, Cucurella - Bissouma, Lallana, Mwepu - Mac Allister - Welbeck, Maupay

While Chelsea is undoubtedly the clear favourites, we don’t expect to see many goals. There have been under 2.5 goals in Brighton’s last seven Premier League games.

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals

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PREDICTION: LEICESTER VS LIVERPOOL 

PREMIER LEAGUE: 28 DECEMBER @ 20:00


Less than a week after the EFL Cup clash won by Liverpool after penalties the two teams meet again tonight, this time at King Power Stadium in Leicester.

So far in Premier League the two have had quite different evolutions. Liverpool is in the run for the championship, with a win tonight will come just 3 points close to the leader Manchester City. Whereas Leicester is far from being the team of the last two seasons, struggling in the mediocrity of mid table.

Liverpool drew in the previous round 2-2 at Liverpool after 6 wins in a raw in Premier League. Klopp’s team has the advantage of being the more rested team after their weekend match with Leeds United was postponed.

Leicester lost on Boxing Day at Etihad Stadium 6-3 harder than the final score shows after having an incredible comeback from 4-0 to 4-3. The Foxes though have only 48 hours to recover until tonight’s home game.

The probable start-up lines are:

Leicester (4-3-3): Schmeichel - Daley-Campbell, Amartey, Vestergaard, Castagne - Ndidi, Tielemans, Soumare - Perez, Vardy, Maswanhise

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson - Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas - Henderson, Fabinho, Keita - Salah, Jota, Mane

Leicester lost 4 of the last five games against The Reds. Liverpool has scored at least one goal in the first half, in 9 of their last 11 league games.

Prediction: Liverpool to win first half

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PREDICTION: NEWCASTLE VS MANCHESTER UNITED

PREMIER LEAGUE: 27 DECEMBER @ 20:00


Monday’s clash between Newcastle United and Manchester United will bring down the curtain on day 19 of the Premier League campaign.

The Magpies are having a nightmare season, with the team sitting in the relegation zone with only ten points in their pocket. Newcastle is on a three-game losing run ahead of the visit of Man Utd, and given their shaky defence, home win should not be considered. Isaac Hayden is banned for the match, while all Dummett, Lewis, and Fernandez continue to miss out with injuries.

The Red Devils, on the other hand, aim to extend their winning run to four games. Manchester United are eager to climb to the Champions League berth, and given their attacking potential, we believe that punters from all four corners of the world can find value in betting on Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. Both Cavani and Martial are rated doubtful for the match, while Pogba and Varane are sidelined with injuries.

Team News:

Isaac Hayden is suspended for Monday's welcome of Manchester United due to an accumulation of bookings.

Allan Saint-Maximin wasn't risked from the start in defeat to Manchester City but will likely return to the fold here.

Ralf Rangnick has revealed he expects to have a full squad to pick from against Newcastle aside from an injured Paul Pogba.

Raphael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial were injury concerns prior to the club's COVID outbreak but will be better placed to return here.

Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals

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PREDICTION: MANCHESTER CITY VS LEICESTER

PREMIER LEAGUE: 26 DECEMBER @ 15:00


Manchester City will be aiming to extend their winning run to nine games in the Premier League when they host Leicester City to their Etihad Stadium on Matchday 19. The Citizens have been scoring goals for fun of late, and, no doubt, they have improved offensively ever since Kevin De Bruyne returned from injury. Ferran Torres remains on the sidelines with injury, but the Spaniard should be the only absentee in the home team.

The Foxes, on the other hand, were not in action at the weekend, meaning that tired legs should not prove to be a big problem for the visiting side. Anyhow, home win should be considered as the title holders look unstoppable in the English top fight at the moment. All Iheanacho, Perez, Lookman, Choudhury, and Vestergaard are rated doubtful following their positive tests for coronavirus, but Jonny Evans is back from injury.

Team News:

Jack Grealish and Phil Foden were dropped by Pep Guardiola last time out for a lack of discipline and it wouldn't be a surprise if both were kept on the naughty step here.

Bernardo Silva may be used as a false nine against Leicester to accommodate Ilkay Gundogan in midfield.

Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez would therefore be in competition for a start on the right wing, with the latter keen to face his former club.

Jamie Vardy, Ricardo Pereira and Caglar Soyuncu all picked up muscle injuries in Wednesday's penalty shoot-out defeat to Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers will desperately hope to have former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans available, though he has struggled with injuries all season now.

Harvey Barnes and Timothy Castagne didn't even make the matchday squad in midweek raising doubts over their availability to face Manchester City.

Prediction: Half Time/Full Time Manchester City

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PREDICTION: TRABZONSPOR VS ISTAMBUL BAŞAKŞEHIR

SUPER LIG: 25 DECEMBER @ 16:00


Trabzonspor haven’t been able to stop scoring goals, finding the back of the net every time they’ve gone out to play in their last 6 games. They have totted up the amount of 12 during that period and have conceded a total of 3.

Heading into this fixture, Trabzonspor are undefeated in their last 14 home league matches. What a fantastic run!

A run of very capable performances from the İstanbul Başakşehir’s defence has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 4 from their last 6 outings overall. In that period of time, their forwards have scored 11. That sort of pattern might not follow through into this game, however.

Looking at the pre-match facts, İstanbul Başakşehir, haven't been defeated by Trabzonspor in the games played away for the previous 6 matches in the league - solid away record against them. They are undefeated in their previous 4 league matches away from home.

A look at their prior head to head clashes dating back to August 2018 shows that Trabzonspor have won one of these games and İstanbul Başakşehir three, two games ending in a draw.

An aggregate of 17 goals were produced between them in these games, with 6 of them for Karadeniz Fırtınası and 11 being from Belediye. That’s an average goals per game of 2.83. The last league encounter between these sides was in a Super Lig match on 19th of February, 2021 when the final score was İstanbul Başakşehir -Trabzonspor 0-1.

Looking at these two teams, we feel that İstanbul Başakşehir will likely create enough chances to break down Trabzonspor’s lineup, but that realistically there won’t be too many goals they could concede. Both sides scoring looks probable here. We are anticipating a very close game.

Prediction: Both teams to score

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PREDICTION: SEVILLA VS BARCELONA

LA LIGA: 21 DECEMBER @ 20:30


In round 18 of La Liga, Sevilla meets Barcelona tonight at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

In an unusual season Barcelona stands on the 8th place with 16 points behind the leader Real Madrid and 10 behind their today’s opponent. Still they come after a much needed last minute win (3-2) over Elche in the weekend. Having a completely new team than next season Barcelona’s youngsters will face a real test tonight against a much more mature team.

Sevilla seats on the second place with 6 points behind the leader, currently being the only team able to fight with Los Blancos. The Andalusians come after three wins in a row in La Liga and they posses the strongest defence this season. Julien Lopetegui’s team will definitely be looking to get the three points against a suffering Barcelona.

For Sevilla the absent players are Lavela, Navas, Suso, Torres whereas Montiel and Acuna are doubtful. Barcelona is missing Braithwaite, Depay, Fati, Pedri, Riberto and Alves.

The probable start-up lines are:

Sevilla(4-3-3): Bounou - Augustinsson, Kounde, Carlos, Rekik - Jordan, Fernando, Rakitic - Ocampos, Mir, Gomez

Barcelona (3-4-3): Ter Stegen - Araujo, Garcia, Lenglet - Busquets, De Jong, Alba, Gavi - Coutinho, Gonzalez, Ezzalzouli

Sevilla have won 9 of the last 10 games on the home ground in La Liga. Therefore we expect Sevilla to win.

Prediction: Sevilla to win

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PREDICTION: LEVANTE VS VALENCIA

LA LIGA: 20 DECEMBER @ 20:00


Levante take on city rivals Valencia in the at Stadion Ciudad de Valencia this Monday.

If ever Levante could do with a win in this fixture it is right now. After 17 rounds they are bottom of La Liga and 8 points off safety zone.  Their dreadful season continued last weekend when they blew two leads to lose 4-3 to Espanyol. They need to really start taking advantage of their home games if they are going to get out of trouble.

Valencia will be looking at making it three, after wining the last two games in La Liga. They are currently 7th, picking -up 25 points in the first 17 rounds. The Bats will enter the match full of confidence, as they have won last for games in all competitions and haven’t lost in the last eight.

Levante have drawn 8 of their last 10 home and they have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 home matches (La Liga) which leads us to believe the match will be heavily one sided towards Valencia.

The absent players from Levante are Mustafi, Malsa, Son, Radoja. Valecia is missing Paulista, Wass and Gomez.

The probable start-up lines are:

Levante (4-2-3-1): Cardenas - Miramon, Vezo, Pier, Clerc - Campana, Pepelu - De Frutos, Bardhi, Morales - Marti

Valencia (4-4-2): Cillessen - Foulquier, Diakhaby, Guillamon, Gaya - Soler, Musah, Racic, Duro - Guedes, Costa

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals

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PREDICTION: TOTTENHAM VS LIVERPOOL

PREMIER LEAGUE: 19 DECEMBER @ 16:30

 

Tottenham vs Liverpool kicks off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday, 19th December 2021 at 04:30 PM GMT.

Liverpool stands on the second place with 40 points, just 1 behind the leader Manchester City and will be hoping to regain the first place with a victory over Spurs. On the other side, Tottenham is on the 7th place but having three games less.

With the reopening of Tottenham’s training ground and players returning to training, optimism that the clash with Liverpool will go as planned is high. Tottenham seemed to have a bad run under Nuno Espírito Santo’s regime, but just as things were looking up since Conte took charge, disaster struck again, this time in the form of a virus.

With Liverpool Having won their last 7 matches against Tottenham and 11 of their poast away games, hopes arent high for a win on Tottenham’s side. Liverpool have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 4 away matches against Tottenham in all competitions but Tottenham has scored in 4 of their 6 home matches against Liverpool.

The probable start-up lines are:

Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-1-2): Lloris - Sanchez, Dier, Davies - Tanganga, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Reguilon - Lo Celso - Kane, Bergwijn

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson - Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson - Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Thiago - Salah, Jota, Mane

Prediction: Both team to score

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PREDICTION: BAYERN MUNICH VS WOLSBURG

BUNDESLIGA: 17 DECEMBER @ 19:30 GMT


Bayern Munich will be hoping to make it seven victories in a row in all competitions when they host Wolfsburg on Friday night in the Bundesliga.

The German champions lead the Bundesliga by nine points over second-placed Borussia Dortmund, with Wolfsburg in 11th place with 20 points from their first 16 games.

Bayern completed a perfect Champions League group-stage campaign earlier this month with a 3-0 win over Barcelona, and they have since added two more Bundesliga victories, defeating Mainz 2-1 on December 11 and Stuttgart 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Bayern will again be without the services of Corentin Tolisso, Leon Goretzka, Josip Stanisic, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Joshua Kimmich for Friday's affair.

Wolfsburg finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season, losing only seven of their 34 games, but they have already lost eight league games this season and appear to be out of contention for a top-four spot at this point.

As for Wolfsburg, Lukas Nmecha, Luca Waldschmidt, Paulo Otavio, Admir Mehmedi, Xaver Schlager and William will be absent for this match.

The prospect of facing Bayern after six straight defeats is not ideal for Wolfsburg, and we are finding it impossible to forecast anything other than a comfortable victory for the reigning champions, who, despite their injuries, should have an easy game.

The probable start-up lines are:

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer - Pavard, Sule, Hernandez, Davies - Roca, Musiala - Gnabry, Muller, Sane - Lewandowski

Wolfsburg (4-2-3-1):
Casteels - Baku, Lacroix, Bornauw, Brooks - Vranckx, Arnold - F Nmecha, Steffen, Lukebakio - Weghorst

Prediction: Bayern Munich Win

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PREDICTION:ARSENAL VS WEST HAM

PREMIER LEAGUE: 15 DECEMBER @ 20:00 GMT


Arsenal and West Ham United play tonight at the Emirates Stadium in a crucial London Derby with fourth place back in sight. The two teams are only separated by 2 points. In case of a win Arsenal could take West Ham’s current fourth place. The Gunners cannot afford to lose this one as the gap with the top table teams would widen to 5 points.

In the weekend Arsenal finally managed to get the free points against Southampton (3-0) after 2 consecutive losses putting the end to their misery. The result slightly eased the pressure on Arteta’s shoulders with the team returning to top six.

In the previous round The Hammers draw disappointingly at Burnley (0-0) with one of the relegation candidates. Still, this is a big game for West Ham, starting the match week fourth in the table. A win against The Gunners will get them closer to the big three in premier League.

At Arsenal, the missing players are Kolasinac and the star Aubameyang. West Ham are missing Zouma, Ogbonna, Johnson, Fredericks.

The probable start-up lines are:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale - Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney - Xhaka, Partey - Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe - Lacazette

West Ham (4-2-3-1): Fabianski - Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku - Rice, Soucek - Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma – Antonio

Arsenal and West Ham have seen three over 2.5 goal games out of the last four they played together.  In this Premier League season, more than half of West Ham’s matches ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Arsenal has had a lot of those recently as well.

Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals

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PREDICTION:STUTTGART VS BAYERN MUNICH

BUNDESLIGA: 14 DECEMBER @ 17:30 GMT

 

On Tuesday, local team Stuttgart will face Bayern Munich at Mercedes-Benz Arena in the Bundesliga 1 match. Before round 16, the two team are in opposite states in the league table, Bayern occupying the first place while Stuttgart is only on the 15th.

This season, the defending champions have been dominant once again, and they appear to be on their way to another championship via a record-breaking season. This season, the Bavarian giants have collected 47 points out of a possible 51 and have won their past nine league matches in a row.

Stuttgart, on the other hand, has won just one of their previous five league games and has started the second half of the season with a disappointing 2-1 home setback to Mainz. They are now in 15th place in the table, three points clear of the relegation playoff berth and five points ahead of the bottom two. However, if the hosts win their game in hand, they will move up two places to tenth, leapfrogging Werder Bremen and Hannover.

The probable start-up lines are:

Stuttgart (3-4-2-1):
Muller - Mavropanos, Anton, Ito - Stenzel, Endo, Karazor, Coulibaly - Forster, Mangala - Marmoush

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer - Pavard, Upamecano, Sule, Davies - Musiala, Tolisso - Coman, Muller, Gnabry - Lewandowski

Prediction: Bayern to Win

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PREDICTION:AS ROMA VS SPEZIA

SERIE A: 13 DECEMBER @ 19:45 GMT


The final match of Serie A, day 17 takes place at Stadio Olimpico between Roma and Spezia. Despite a 3-0 setback to Inter, the Giallorossi are still considered strong favorites to defeat the Bianconeri, in front of their home fans.

Mancini and Zaniolo have been suspended for the encounter, while Spinazzola, Pellegrini, and El Shaarawy have been relegated to the treatment room. Spezia, on the other hand, is on a five-game losing streak on the road. The Romans defeated the Bianconeri 4-3 in their last meeting in the "Eternal City." The lone omission from the away side should be Leo' Sena.

AS Roma's manager, should provide encouragement to his team, which has won three of their eight top-flight matches at the Stadio Olimpico. Spezia appear to be ideal opponents, having only picked up two points on the road this season out of a potential 44.

In 15 of Spezia's last 19 away Serie A matches, under 3.5 goals have been scored. Not only that, but no more than three successful strikes have been scored in 13 of AS Roma's last 15 home games at this level, so it's hard to see this trend altering.

The probable start-up lines are:

AS Roma (3-5-2): Patricio - Kumbulla, Smalling, Ibanez - Karsdorp, Veretout, Cristante, Mkhitaryan, Vina - Shomurodov, Abraham

Spezia (4-3-3): Provedel - Amian, Erlic, Nikolaou, Bastoni - Kovalenko, Sala, Maggiore - Verde, Nzola, Gyasi

Prediction: Under 2.5

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PREDICTION: PSG VS MONACO

LIGUE 1: 12 DECEMBER @ 19:45 GMT


When PSG and Monaco meet in Ligue 1 round 18 at Parc des Princes, Sunday, there will be fireworks.

Paris Saint-Germain have made the Ligue 1 title their own lately, guaranteeing trophies in seven of the beyond eight seasons, however they must battle to hold their crown this time around.

Monaco stunned PSG in a five-goal thriller at the Stade Louis II in November and their attacking quality gives them every chance of inflicting more misery on the Parisians this weekend. Attacking trio Wissam Ben Yedder, Kevin Volland and Aleksandr Golovin are performing at the peak of their powers and they should cause plenty of problems for the Ligue 1 heavyweights again. Monaco has a bright future ahead of them, but they have a history of defensive flaws in their games, and those flaws will undoubtedly be exposed.

In the absence of injured teammate Neymar, PSG are brimming with confidence following their 4-1 Champions League victory over Barcelona in midweek, and they have a man playing at the top of his game in French youngster Kylian Mbappe, who leads the Ligue 1 scoring charts with 16 goals in 21 appearances.

The probable start-up lines are:

Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3): Donnarumma - Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Bernat - Verratti, Gueye, Wijnaldum - Di Maria, Messi, Mbappe

Monaco (4-2-3-1): Nubel - Aguilar, Disasi, Maripan, Henrique - Fofana, Tchouameni - Martins, Diop, Golovin - Ben Yedder

Prediction: PSG +0.5,+1


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PREDICTION: ATALANTA VS VILLARREAL

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 9 DECEMBER @ 18:00 GMT


Atalanta and Villarreal are battling for the second place of Group F, tonight at Gewiss stadium in the last match of the group stage.

In group F, Manchester United is already qualified for the knockout stage from the first place while Young Boys Berna are eliminated. Thus the only question is which of the two opponents will continue their road in Champions League and which will shift to Europa League. Currently the are only being separated by 1 point.

Atalanta have 6 points from 5 games with one win, three draws and one defeat, which has left them in third position in the section, but they would advance to the last-16 stage of the Champions League with a victory over the Yellow Submarine.

Villareal have 7 points after winning two games, drawing one and loosing two. This allows them to secure the second position by only avoiding a defeat.

The missing players for Atalanta are Robin Gosens and Matteo Lovato. Villareal are also missing 2 player Yeremi Pino and Serge Aurier, Arnaut Danjuma being doubtful.

The probable line-ups are:

Atalanta (3-4-3): Musso - Toloi, Demiral, Palomino - Zappacosta, De Roon, Freuler, Maehle - Pasalic, Zapata, Malinovskyi

Villarreal (4-3-3): Rulli - Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan - Parejo, Capoue, Coquelin - Trigueros, G Moreno, Danjuma

Atalanta’s recent form has been substantially better and the club have picked up four wins in the last five games. Villareal have lost their last game in La Liga and their last one in Champions League. Although is a very difficult game to call, Atalanta’s recent form has been very impressive.

Prediction: Atalanta to Win

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PREDICTION: BAYERN MUNICH VS BARCELONA

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 8 DECEMBER @ 20:00 GMT


In the last round of the group stage Barcelona plays away at the Allianz Arena for their last chance to get in the knockout round of the UEFA Champions League.

Although Bayern is already qualified from the first place of group E, La Blaugrana faces a massive challenge. Their direct competitor for the second place, Benfica, has a much easier mission at home against Dynamo Kyiv, which accumulated only 1 point in 5 games so far. In case of the very likely victory for Benfica, Barcelona will be forced to win in order to secure the second place, as the direct result between the two are advantaging The Eagles.

Though having a new couch in the person of the legendary Xavi, Barcelona travels to Munich not very high on confidence after the weekend defeat at home against Betis 0-1.

On the other side Bayern has won the classic derby away against Dortmund (2-3) and consolidated their first place in Bundesliga after 14 rounds.

The probable line-ups are:

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer - Pavard, Sule, Nianzou, Richards - Roca, Tolisso - Sane, Muller, Musiala - Lewandowski

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen - Dest, Araujo, Pique, Alba - Gonzalez, Busquets, De Jong - Dembele, Depay, Coutinho

No team in the 2021-22 Champions League has scored more goals than Bayern's 19 in the group stages, with the German champions scoring at least two per game. Therefore we expect to see over 2.5 goals in tonight’s clash.

Prediction:  Over 2.5 goals

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PREDICTION: REAL MADRID VS INTER MILAN

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 7 DECEMBER @ 20:00 GMT


Tonight we are looking forward to an intense match between top teams Real Madrid and Inter Milan at Santiago Bernabeu, in the last round of the groups stage. Both teams are already qualified to the KO phase of the competition and are now competing for the first place of Group D.

The teams met in last season’s Champions League group stages, but 12 months on and the dugouts are completely different for both clubs. Italian champions Inter now have Simone Inzaghi at the helm instead of Antonio Conte, while Carlo Ancelotti has returned for his second Real stint after leaving Everton.

Both teams have won their past 3 games but there have been over 2.5 goals scored in Real Madrid's last 4 games of which they have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches, making them clear favorites.

Real Madrid are missing top players for the match: Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Dani Ceballos. On the other side Inter are missing 6 players: Matteo Darmian, Stefan de Vrij, Joaquin Correa, Alexander Kolarov, Andrea Rannochia and Cristian Eriksen.

The probable line-ups are:

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois - Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Mendy - Valverde, Camavinga, Kroos - Vinicius, Jovic, Asensio

Inter Milan (3-5-2): Handanovic - D'Ambrosio, Skriniar, Bastoni - Dumfries, Barella, Sensi, Vidal, Perisic - Dzeko, Martinez

Prediction:  Over 2.5 goals

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PREDICTION: EVERTON VS ARSENAL

PREMIER LEAGUE: 6 DECEMBER @ 20:00 GMT


Monday's Premier league match has Everton competing with number 7 Arsenal at Goodison Park. The two team are separated by 10 points in the league table.

The Gunners are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 matches, and are coming in with a 2-0 win against Leeds, having gathered 17 goals this season of the Premier League. They will aim to bounce back into the top 5 with a victory tonight.

The home team has been on a losing streak recently, having faced strong opposition in their past 3 matches, loosing the past 3 home games and failing to score in 3 out of the past 6 games in all leagues. Everton lost 6 out the last 7 games in Premier League. We believe the game will be a loss for Everton but there have been less than 3 goals in 4 of their past 6 head to head matches.

Everton are missing 5 players: Gomes, Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Rondon, Sigurdsson and Mina (doubtful). Arsenal are only missing 2 players: Kolasinac and Xshaka whereas Leno is doubtful.

The probable line-ups are:

Everton (4-4-1-1): Pickford - Coleman, Godfrey, Keane, Digne - Townsend, Doucoure, Allan, Gordon – Gray - Richarlison

Arsenal (4-5-1): Ramsdale - Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares - Partey, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe - Aubameyang

Prediction:  Under 2.5 goals

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PREDICTION: MANCHESTER UNITED VS CRYSTAL PALACE

PREMIER LEAGUE: 5 DECEMBER @ 14:00 GMT


Sunday's Premier league fixture sees giants Manchester United coming head to head with Crystal Palace. The two teams are separated by 5 points and 5 places in the league table.

Man Utd are heading into the match undefeated in 19 of their last 21 matches against Crystal Palace in all competitions, they won 3-2 against Arsenal in Michael Carrick's final game in caretaker charge on Thursday. Ralf Rangnick now takes over as interim manager with United three points adrift of the top four and with a decent run of Premier League fixtures ahead of them.

Crystal Palace were left to rue Christian Benteke's missed chance against Leeds in midweek as they ended up conceding from a late penalty to lose the game 1-0. That is now back-to-back defeats for the Eagles for the first time this season.

Of the past 4 meeting 3 have seen both teams scoring at least once and we believe this result is likely in their coming meeting at Old Trafford.

The probable line-ups are:

Manchester United (4-3-1-2): Gea – Telles, Maguire, Lindelorf, Dalot – Beek, Fred, Mc Tominay – Fernandez – Martial, Ronaldo

Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Guaita – Tomkins, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell – Gallacher, Milivojevic, Kouyate – Ayew, Benteke, Zaha

Prediction:  Both teams to score

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PREDICTION: BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS BAYERN MUNICH

BUNDESLIGA: 4 DECEMBER @ 17:30 GMT


 Saturday in the Bundesliga derby the giants Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich will battle for the first place. After 13 rounds the two rival clubs are only being separated by 1 point in the league table.

Germany's great competitive rivals go head to head at the top of the table as well, with the hosts looking to overtake the champions at the summit, in their quest to end the Bavarians' nine-year domestic dominance.

Despite their recent H2H record and the historical bias, Dortmund will be confident of upsetting their great rivals and stealing top spot in the standings with victory, after making their third-best start to any Bundesliga campaign in history. That start has been underpinned by their perfect home record this season, and another three points here at Signal Iduna Park would equal their longest ever run of 12 consecutive Bundesliga home wins that was set back in 1994.

Dortmund head into Der Klassiker just a single point behind Bayern, with a win taking them to top spot for the first time this campaign, which would see them in a strong position to finally put together a consistent challenge for their opponents' crown and prevent a 10th-consecutive Bundesliga title.

The probable line-ups are:

Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Kobel - Meunier, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro - Can, Witsel, Brandt - Reus, Malen - Haaland

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer - Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies - Tolisso, Goretzka - Coman, Muller, Sane - Lewandowski

Prediction:  Dortmund +0.5,+1

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PREDICTION: UNION BERLIN VS RB LEIPZIG

BUNDESLIGA: 3 DECEMBER @ 19:30 GMT


The weekend's Bundesliga action begins on Friday evening at the An der Alten Forsterei, with an intriguing clash that sees Union Berlin hosting a troubled RB Leipzig.

Union will be looking to bounce back from a last-minute defeat last weekend, they are heading into this clash with just one point less after 13 rounds than in their 2020 Bundesliga season. However the 2-1 loss at Frankfurt was their first defeat of this Bundesliga season against opposition sitting below them. An outcome the top-four chasers will hope to avoid a repeat of here as the division’s two youngest clubs meet with RB Leipzig sitting two points below the capital club.

While their visitors have numerous concerns on and off the pitch following another defeat themselves last Sunday, eighth placed RB Leipzig have started slowly domestically under new coach Jess Marsch winning and losing five games.

Four of the last five H2Hs have featured a total of over 2.5 goals and the same we would be looking for in this match. Despite two defeats in the last five outings, Leipzig have been able to produce a total of ten goals in that course. Union Berlin has accumulated seven goals in the last five meetings and has scored five times in the last three home games.

The probable line-ups are:

Union Berlin (3-5-2): Luthe - Friedrich, Knoche, Baumgartl - Trimmel, Haraguchi, Khedira, Promel, Giesselmann - Awoniyi, Kruse

RB Leipzig (3-4-3): Martinez - Klostermann, Orban, Gvardiol - Mukiele, Adams, Kampl, Angelino - Nkunku, Forsberg; Silva

Prediction:  Over 2.5 Goals

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PREDICTIONS: CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER UNITED, REAL MADRID VS BETIS SEVILLA, NAPOLI VS LAZIO

28 NOVEMBER

 

Chelsea vs Man Utd

KO: 28/11/2021 16:30 GMT

Chelsea got back to winning ways in the Premier League in emphatic fashion last weekend, beating Leicester 0-3 away from home before returning to Stamford Bridge in midweek and thrashing Italian giants Juventus 4-0 in the Champions League group stage.

Unfortunately, Chelsea’s win over Juventus was overshadowed by injuries to midfielder N’Golo Kante and left-back Ben Chilwell, the latter having suffered ACL damage and may miss the rest of the season.

Michael Carrick tasted victory in his first match in temporary charge of Man Utd midweek in the Champions League, this following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after United’s humiliating 4-1 beating away at Watford in the Premier League.

The Red Devils head to Stamford Bridge short in central defence, with Raphael Varane injured and captain Harry Maguire suspended after being sent off at Vicarage Road, whilst Man Utd will also be without Paul Pogba (injury), Mason Greenwood (Isolating after contracting Covid-19) with both Luke Shaw (injury) and Edinson Cavani (injury) likely to miss out as well.

Our prediction: FT Chelsea

 

Real Madrid - Sevilla

KO: 28/11/2021 20:00 GMT

This match is more than just massive for the title race, it is also the return of Julen Lopetegui to the Bernabeu. Real Madrid hammered Sheriff Tiraspol by three goals to nil in midweek in the UEFA Champions League and they now come into this at the top-of-the-table in La Liga but just two points above Sevilla. Lopetegui has performed impressively as Sevilla manager but the Andalusians can often drift into an overly conservative mindset which has hampered them in one off individual matches such as this one. This is expected to be a tense encounter and it should be a low-scoring affair.

Our prediction: Under 2.5

 

28.11.2021: Napoli - Lazio

KO: 28/11/2021 19:45 GMT

This is a huge game, not just for the league itself but also the context that surrounds the match. Maurizio Sarri returns to Naples after departing Napoli in 2018. Sarri has been the man closest to leading Napoli to a post-Maradona Scudetto until maybe this season whereby Luciano Spalletti’s side sit at the top-of-the-table. They did, however, lose 3-2 away to Inter Milan last weekend. Lazio also lost last week at home to Sarri’s other former club Juventus with Leonardo Bonucci scoring two penalties. It has been difficult for Sarri with a lack of cohesion in his side’s play and a failure to adapt to his complex style. However, there have been signs of improvement and a 3-0 hammering of Lokomotiv Moscow was another example of that. This should be an entertaining and intriguing affair which should be full of goals.

Our prediction: FT Napoli

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PREDICTION: CHELSEA VS JUVENTUS

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 23 NOVEMBER @ 20:00 GMT


Tuesday’s Champions League action will see Chelsea coming up against Juventus.

Juventus has a bad outlook in their next fixture, with a recent return of just one point from a possible 34 serving as opposed to Chelsea which excluding the playoffs have enjoyed nine wins in 15 home games at this level of late, so they will fancy their chances of chalking up another victory here.

Chelsea enter this match coming off the back of a 1-1 Premier League drawn match vs Burnley, their most recent results illustrating the point that Chelsea’s defence stands extremely solid. The team having given the opposition very little, resulting in the number of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper during their last 6 clashes to be a measly 2.

Juventus goes into this meeting following a 1-0 Serie A win in the defeat of Fiorentina in their most recent outing. Juventus’ offence has helped them to tally up 9 goals. And they have also managed to score in every single one of those games. In that time, their defenders have seen 7 goals scored by their opponents showing a clear high risk high reward play-style.

With more than 3 goals scored in 3 of their last 5 meetings we have high hopes for a tense match this Tuesday and believe a similar result is imminent.

The probable line-ups are:

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy - Rudiger, Christensen, Silva - James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso - Hudson-Odoi, Mount - Havertz

Juventus (4-4-2): Szczesny - Danilo, Bonucci, De Ligt, Sandro - Cuadrado, McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot - Morata, Chiesa

Prediction:  Goals Over 2.5

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PREDICTION: INTER MILAN VS NAPOLI

SERIE A: 21 NOVEMBER @ 17:00 GMT


Inter and Napoli, the two title-chasing teams, face each other at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in a highly-anticipated Serie A clash. Inter are eager to melt Napoli’s advantage in the Serie A standings, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Napoli.

Inter Milan are the latest side trying to bring Napoli’s unbeaten Serie A (SA) run to an end and they will attempt to do so on a four-match unbeaten league run of their own (W2, D2). They come into this fixture having drawn 1-1 against bitter rivals AC Milan prior to the international break, a game heavy on first-half action with an own goal, a converted penalty and a missed penalty before half-time!

Inter Milan went up against their rivals AC Milan before the international break. Everyone expected this game to be tight and our expectations were met with how the 90-minutes played out. Napoli would have been expecting to beat Verona, especially in their own backyard, but instead, they had to settle for a share of the spoils despite the best efforts of the home side.

With Napoli having won against Inter considering the aggregate score of their past 6 meetings we believe the odds are on their side but Inter has only lost twice with a gap of more than one goal.

The probable line-ups are:

Inter Milan (5-3-2): Handanovic - Skriniar, Ranocchia, Bastoni - Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic - Dzeko, Martinez

Napoli (4-2-3-1) :Ospina - Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Rui - Anguissa, Ruiz - Lozano, Zielinski, Insigne - Osimhen

Prediction:  Asian Handicap Napoli +1

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PREDICTION: LIVERPOOL VS ARSENAL

PREMIER LEAGUE: 20 NOVEMBER @ 17:30 GMT

 

One of the standout fixtures of the Premier League season will take place on Saturday evening when Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield. Just one place and two points separate the two teams in the standings, with Liverpool sitting fourth and Arsenal fifth after 11 games of the campaign.

Liverpool had their 20-game unbeaten streak, cut short prior to the international break, losing to West Ham. That makes welcoming opponents Arsenal to Anfield all the more enticing, with the small gap, and as Liverpool's last three league defeats having come against London clubs!

At the end of August Arsenal sat relatively low having lost all three of their games, losing 0 to 9 in aggregated scores, while Liverpool had taken seven points from a possible nine and had been scored against only once. Today the Premier League picture has changed significantly. Mostly caused by a two-game winless streak on Liverpool’s side before the international break.

With an even split of wins, losses and draws in their last 6 head to head meetings Saturday’s fixture could lean either way but we feel positive that the odds lean in the favor of the home team.

The probable line-ups are:

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson - Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson - Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Thiago - Salah, Jota, Mane

Arsenal (4-4-1-1): Ramsdale - Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney - Saka, Thomas, Lokonga, Smith Rowe – Lacazette - Aubameyang

Prediction:  Half time – Liverpool

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PREDICTION: AUGSBURG VS BAYERN MUNICH

BUNDESLIGA: 19 NOVEMBER @ 19:30 GMT

 

Bayern Munich will be looking to take home their fifth Bundesliga victory in a row when they resume their 2021-22 campaign with an away match against Augsburg on Friday night.

Augsburg stood in the Bundesliga relegation playoff place after a total of just two wins from 11 games and a difficult season. It doesn't get any easier this meeting as German giants Bayern Munich come to town, a team that is undefeated by Augsburg in 12 straight Bundesliga head-to-head competitions albeit they did breach the Bayern defence in eight of those meetings.

Bayern, meanwhile, scored a 2-1 victory over Freiburg before the international break, the German champions having won each of their four league matches since a surprising 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of October, including a 5-2 win in their last away match.

Coming in with a record of nine wins, one draw and one defeat from 11 matches has seen Bayern collect 28 points, which has left them at the summit, four points clear of second-placed Dortmund, having scored in 58 straight league matches and accumulated 100 goals in total in the Bundesliga in 2021. On the other hand Augsburg have managed only five goals in their other 10 games this season. This overwhelming goal disparity leads us to believe we will see a heavily one-sided fixture.

The probable line-ups are:

Augsburg (4-5-1):
Gikiewicz - Gumny, Gouweleeuw, Oxford, Pedersen - Hahn, Vargas, Maier, Gruezo, Caligiuri - Niederlechner

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer- Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies - Kimmich, Goretzka - Coman, Muller, Sane - Lewandowski

Prediction:  Total goals scored will be over 3.5

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PREDICTION: WALES VS BELGIUM

WORLD CUP 2022 QUALIFIERS: 16 NOVEMBER @ 19:45 GMT


In the penultimate round of games before the November international break, the Dragons of Wales face the Red Devils of Belgium.

Wales

With a playoff place on the line, this game means everything to the Welsh. By all accounts, this would be a life-or-death situation for them. Belgium defeated them 3-1 in their first WCQ group E match in March of this year. With such a large home crowd and so much on the line, things may be different at the Cardiff Stadium.

Belgium

With each passing year, Roberto Martinez's mission becomes more difficult. With Belgium's golden generation on the risk of fading away owing to the passage of time, World Cup appears to be the final opportunity for elite players like Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard to win the Jules Rimet trophy. Belgium made the qualifications look easy. They have confirmed qualifying with plenty of time to spare in a group that includes good teams like the Czech Republic, Wales, Estonia, and Belarus.

The probable line-ups are:

Wales (4-4-2): Ward - Mepham, Rodon, Davies, Williams - C Roberts, Ramsey, Allen, Wilson - James, Bale

Belgium (3-4-3): Courtois - Castagne, Denayer, Vertonghen - Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, T Hazard - Mertens, Benteke, Carrasco

Belgium has scored at least 2 goals in 19 of their last 24 matches of the World Cup. Wales will have to score at least as many goals as their opponents to qualify. Therefore, we expect over 2.5 goals.

Prediction:  Total goals scored will be over 2.5

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PREDICTION: NORTHERN IRELAND VS ITALY

WORLD CUP 2022 QUALIFIERS: 15 NOVEMBER @ 19:45 GMT


When the Azzurri travel to the British Isles to face Northern Ireland, they will have an opportunity to show why they are European Champions once more. The UEFA Euro 2020 champions are leading Group C, but Switzerland is a close second.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is in mixed form in Europe WC Qualification Europe and they won no home games at Windsor Park. In their previous four matches, Northern Ireland has never beaten Italy.

As he prepares to return to Northern Ireland duty, Jonny Evans hopes his injury problems are behind him. Evans has not represented his country since March, and he has only made nine appearances for Leicester this season due to plantar fasciitis, which causes discomfort in the sole, heel, and arch of the foot, and has troubled him since he walked out of the FA Cup Final in May.

Italy

Italy defeated Northern Ireland 2-0 in March of this year and will be hoping for a repeat performance in Belfast this weekend. The Italians have a perfect record against their opponents, having only fallen to them once in 1958. In WC Qualification Europe, Italy is in good form, having won two away games.

The probable line-ups are:

Northern Ireland (3-5-2): Peacock-Farrell - Cathcart, J. Evans, McNair - Dallas, McCann, Davis, Saville, Lewis - Washington, Magennis

Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma - Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Emerson - Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli - Chiesa, Belotti, Insigne

Prediction:  Total goals scored will be under 2.5

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PREDICTION: PORTUGAL VS SERBIA

WORLD CUP 2022 QUALIFIERS: 14 NOVEMBER @ 19:45 GMT


When Portugal and Serbia were paired together in Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, they were always going to be the favourites. Luxembourg, Ireland, and Azerbaijan never had a chance. The two countries hold a commanding lead over the other teams in their group.

Portugal

Finishing second and earning a spot in the playoffs is something no one wants to do over winning their group. The uncertainty would be uncomfortable, and the Serbians would be well aware of this heading into their away encounter in Portugal. In this group game in March 2021, the two teams played to a 2-2 tie, but a similar outcome may not be optimal for one team or the other. Furthermore, in their previous seven head-to-head games, Serbia has never beaten Portugal.

Serbia

Serbia has traditionally been regarded as a dark horse. In the last decade or two, the underdogs have had a very capable team filled with elite players from all over the world. However, they consistently fall short. They now have an opportunity to put years and decades of agony behind them by defeating Portugal for the first time in their history in what would be their eighth head-to-head meeting. Assuming they achieve this, they will be automatically qualified for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar next summer so the stakes are high.

The probable line-ups are:

Portugal (4-3-3): Patricio - Cancelo, Danilo, Dias, Mendes - Fernandes, Palhinha, Moutinho - B Silva, Ronaldo, Jota

Serbia (3-4-1-2): Rajkovic - Milenkovic, S Mitrovic, Pavlovic - Radonjic, Milinkovic-Savic, Gudelj, Kostic – Tadic - A Mitrovic, Vlahovic

Prediction:  Total goals scored will be under 2.5

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PREDICTION: GREECE VS SPAIN

WORLD CUP 2022 QUALIFIERS: 11 NOVEMBER @ 19:45 GMT


Spain will endeavour to keep the pressure high when they travel to face Greece in the World Cup 2022 Qualifying Group B on Thursday night.

We’re expecting an exciting finish in the last two rounds of Group B. Greece are sitting in third place with nine points with no way to take the top spot, but their hopes of conquering second place all come down to pulling off an win over opponents Spain here, with failure to do so resulting in missing their second World Cup finals in a row.

Spain face Sweden in their final qualifier of Group B in what will probably decide the top spot. Spain still need to deal with Greece to at least guarantee second place. They have previously defeated Greece 2-1 in the reverse fixture, but another win is needed here.

Greece are coming into the match with Anastasios Bakasetas suspended due to an accumulation of bookings. He is a big miss as he has played a direct hand in four goals in six qualifiers, paired with Spain’s streak of 20 matches in the world cup. However, in the past 5 matchups Greece has not lost with more than 1 goal difference making for a small gap they’d have to cover.

The probable line-ups are:

Greece (5-2-1-2): Vlachodimos - Androutsos, Goutas, Tzavellas, Tsimikas, Giannoulis - Bouchalakis, Siopis – Mantalos - Pavlidis, Masouras

Spain (4-3-3): Simon - Carvajal, P. Torres, Laporte, Alba - Koke, Busquets, Gavi - Sarabia, Morata, Olmo

Prediction:  Greece +1.0 & +1.5 (Asian Handicap)

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PREDICTION: IRELAND VS PORTUGAL

WORLD CUP 2022 QUALIFIERS: 11 NOVEMBER @ 19:45 GMT


Portugal will be hoping to return to the top of Group A with a win on Thursday night, as they currently sit 1 point behind Serbia. Ireland only have 5 points to their name from six qualifiers, but could pass Luxembourg with a win.

Weak performances ended Ireland’s hopes of reaching their first World Cup since 2002 a few matches ago, but recently they’ve experienced significant improvement. While a four-match unbeaten streak may not sound so spectacular it represents their best run under manager Stephen Kenny, directly after a spell of one win in 15 games.

Portugal struggled against Ireland earlier in the campaign, needing two very late Cristiano Ronaldo headers to secure a 2-1 victory. Nevertheless, they are still on track to win having won their last 4 matches in the World Cup. That being said in their past 5 matchups Ireland has only lost once with more than 1 goal difference.

The probable line-ups are:

Republic of Ireland (3-5-2): Bazunu - Omobamidele, Duffy, Egan - Doherty, Hendrick, Cullen, Browne, McClean - Robinson, Idah

Portugal (4-3-3): Patricio - Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Cancelo - Moutinho, Palhinha, Fernandes - B. Silva, Ronaldo, Jota

Prediction:  Ireland +1.5 (Asian Handicap)

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PREDICTION: GERMANY VS LIECHTENSTEIN

WORLD CUP 2022 QUALIFIERS: 11 NOVEMBER @ 19:45 GMT


Four-time world champions, Germany, welcome Liechtenstein to the Volkswagen Arena for their penultimate game in World Cup qualifications on Thursday.

It’s been smooth sailing have for Germany who became the first team to qualify for Qatar 2022 by beating North Macedonia in the last round of WCQ fixtures. This encounter with Liechtenstein promises to be an easy match on paper and the historical data would back that up too, with the five previous head to head meetings all resulting in a German victory and an aggregate scoreline of 29-3.

Liechtenstein is coming into the match with a player down as Martin Marxer is suspended after his red card in their 4-0 defeat to Iceland last time out in qualification, and taking in account their past 21 losses in the FIFA World Cup, the upcoming fixture is bound to be far from a balanced match. With Liechtenstein having failed to score in 13 of their last 15 matches (FIFA World Cup) and Germany having been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches against Liechtenstein in all competitions we don’t feel any possibility for an upset.

The probable line-ups are:

Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer - Hofmann, Rudiger, Kehrer, Raum - Gundogan, Goretzka - Draxler, Muller, Sane - Nmecha

Liechtenstein (5-3-2):
B. Buchel - Wolfinger, Grunenfelder, Malin, Hofer, Goppel - M. Buchel, Sele, Hasler - Meier; Salanovic

Germany have already qualified for the 2022 World Cup so pressure is greatly relieved off their coach and players, still there have been over 2.5 goals scored in Germany's last 4 games (FIFA World Cup) which leaves the final score in a relatively clear bracket.

Prediction:  Total Goals Over 2.5

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PREDICTION: ARSENAL VS WATFORD 

PREMIER LEAGUE: 7 NOVEMBER @ 14:00


Arsenal hosts today Watford, after a series of positive results in the last round. A victory will lead The Gunners back to top 5 in Premier League.

Arsenal is undefeated in nine games and has won seven of them. Mikel Arteta's side has finally gotten rolling after their injury difficulties. In each of their past five games at the Emirates, they have scored two or more goals. The North Londoners must maintain their momentum with the matchups coming thick and fast. After the international break, they will face Liverpool, and Mikel Arteta must guarantee that things do not deteriorate under his guidance.

Claudio Ranieri has lost 5-0 to Liverpool, 5-2 to Everton, and 1-0 against Southampton in his first three games. Going ahead, expect a lot more volatility from this Watford squad. As a manager, Ranieri has only won one of his 18 matches against Arsenal.

The probable line-ups are:

Arsenal  (4-4-2):Ramsdale - Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares - Saka, Partey, Lokonga, Smith Rowe - Aubameyang, Lacazette

Watford (4-2-31):Foste - Ngakia, Cathcart, Troost-Ekong, Masina - Sissoko, Kucka - Sarr, Cleverley, Denni - King

Arsenal scored over 2.5 goals in 13 of their last 15 matches against Watford in all competitions.

Prediction:  Total Goals Over 2.5

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PREDICTION: MANCHESTER UNITED VS MANCHESTER CITY 

PREMIER LEAGUE: 6 NOVEMBER @ 12:30


Manchester United hosts their local rivals, City, for the derby of the round 11 in Premier League. The two team are separated by 3 points and 2 positions in the league table.

After a 5-0 loss to Liverpool, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was supposedly given three matches to save his job at Manchester United, and he has since beaten Tottenham and drew with Atalanta. The back three performed admirably against a mediocre Tottenham team, but fell short against Atalanta. That defense looks much more shaky on Saturday with Raphael Varane ruled out.

Manchester City defeated Club Bruges 4-1 on Wednesday night, but Pep Guardiola picked a surprisingly powerful lineup. Given the short break between matches, it will be intriguing to watch how they perform here, despite the fact that both games are in Manchester.

At Manchester United are missing the top scorer Pogba and Varane. City is missing 4 players Delap, Laporte, Mendy and the Torres.

The probable line-ups are:

Manchester United (3-4-1-2): De Gea - Bailly, Lindelof, Maguire - Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Fred, Shaw – Fernandes - Ronaldo, Cavani

Manchester City (4-3-3):Ederson - Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancel - Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne - Jesus, Foden, Grealish

In the last 5 games between the two team were scored two goals or less. With the perspective of a tight and tense game we expect to see less than three goals

Prediction:  Total Goals Under 2.5

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PREDICTION: LIVERPOOL VS ATLETICO MADRID 

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 3 NOVEMBER @ 20:00


Liverpool meets Atletico on Wednesday at Enfield Road in the forth round of the groups stage of the UEFA Champions League. In their previous clash, the Reds won 3-2 at Madrid with a 78’ goal from Salah. In the group table, Liverpool has a much more comfortable position with the maximum points (9) whereas Atletico has only 4 points, same as Porto.

Madrid will come into the match the fresher side as the Spanish league allowed their most recent game to be postponed on the grounds of missing players from international duty. However, Liverpool comes into the game undefeated in the past 15 matches whereas Atlético has tasted defeat much more recently as well as the defensive record of Atlético in the competition as they have only conceded one goal. This coincides with the tactics that Simeone loves to use as he often deploys a low block to stifle any attacks from the opposition.

Liverpool has three injured players: Keita, Eliott, Millner. Atletico is missing two players: Lemar, Lorrente.

The probable line-ups are:

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson – Robertson, Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold – Jones, Henderson, Chamberlain – Mane, Jota, Salah

Atletico Madrid (3-4-2-1): Oblak – Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso – Trippier, Koke, Knondogbia, Carrasco – Correa, Felix -Suarrez

This game will be a big test for whatever combination of midfielders start as they will need to be the creative force to break down the deep defence of Diego Simeone. The last game between Liverpool and Atlético de Madrid ended with a 2-3 win for Liverpool. Moreover, Liverpool scored at least 3 goals in their last 3 matches in Champions League. This gives us confidence that at least 3 goals will be scored.

Prediction:  Total Goals Over 2.5

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PREDICTION: BAYERN MUNICH VS BENFICA 

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 2 NOVEMBER @ 20:00


The first two teams of Group E meet on Tuesday in the fourth round of Champions League. If Bayern is pretty sure to qualify to the next round having maximum of points from their firsts three games, Benfica only has one point more than the third place Barcelona.

Bayern Munich has been so strong in their attack of late, lashing 19 goals past the opposition during the course of their last six outings. In those meetings, Bayern Munich has also seen the aggregate sum of goals scored against them total 8. Nonetheless, time will tell if such a trend might continue on in this upcoming match.

Benfica comes into this match following on from a 0-1 Primeira Liga win with the downing of Vizela in their last game. During their 6 latest matches, Jorge Jesus's Benfica has turned their attacks into goals 10 times, therefore, yielding them the goals per game average of 1.67.

Missing players are Sven Ulreich for Bayern and Valentino Lazaro, Haris Seferovic, Gil Dias, Andre Almeida, Rodrigo Pinho for Benfica.

The probable line-ups are:

Bayern Munich (4-5-1): Neuer - Pavard, Sule, Upamecano, Davies - Kimmich, Sabitzer; Sane, Muller, Coman - Lewandowski

Benfica (3-4-3): Vlachodimos - Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen - Goncalves, Weigl, Mario, Grimaldo - Silva, Yaremchuk, Nunez

Although in the previews round Bayern smashed Benfica 4-0 in Portugal - we expect the Eagles to be cautious in their progress. On the other side, Bayern have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 UEFA Champions League matches.

Prediction:  Total Goals Under 3.5

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PREDICTION: WOLVES VS EVERTON 

PREMIER LEAGUE: 1 NOVEMBER @ 20:00


Wolves will host Everton in the Premier League on Monday. The two teams are separated by 1 point and two places in the league table.

Following several losses manager, Wolves’ coach Bruno Lage has managed to steady the ship with four wins, but they are still way behind their goals. The departure of Nuno Espirito Santo delayed things at the club, and it will take time to stabilize things it seems. Still, a victory would allow them to move ahead of the Toffees.

Everton is currently winless in the last three matches, and they have slipped to eighth place with 14 points from nine matches. They were thrashed 5-2 by Watford and Rafa Benitez needs to plug the leak in his side. His team has not seen a victory since a 2-0 home success over Norwich City at the end of September.

The Wolves are missing 4 players: Johny, Pedro Neto, Hugo Bueno, Yerson Mosquera. Everton has 2 injured players: Abdoulaye Doucouré and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The probable line-ups are:

Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-3): Sa - Kilman, Coady, Saiss - Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Ait Nouri - Traore, Jimenez, Hwang

Everton (4-4-1-1): Pickford - Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Digne - Townsend, Davies, Allan, Iwobi – Gray - Richarlison

In five of the last six games between the two, there had been scored over 2.5 goals. In three of the last five matches have been scored at least three goals, in both teams’ cases.

Prediction:  Total Goals will be over 2.5

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PREDICTION: INTER MILAN VS UDINESE 

ITALIAN SERIE A: 31 OCTOBER @ 11:30


Inter Milan are set to play Udinese at the San Siro on Sunday for their next Serie A fixture. The two teams are separated by 10 points and 11places in the league table.

Inter Milan got back to winning ways in Serie A (SA) in midweek by getting the better of Empoli 2-0 and in doing so, opened the scoring for the seventh time across their ten league fixtures this season. Coach Simone Inzaghi would’ve been biting his nails until the second goal went in, having seen his side drop nine points from winning positions this campaign, already more than double the amount from their title-winning season last term.

Udinese played out a fourth consecutive SA draw and a third in a row against Verona (1-1) in the last round, making their five stalemates this season a league-high. The visitors clearly paid close attention in algebra class as their results have followed a distinct sequence, as their drawn SA opener was followed by two wins, three losses, and now four draws.

The probable line-ups are:

Inter Milan (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic - Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Baston - Matteo Darmian, Nicolo Barella, Stefano Sensi, Hakan Calhanoglu, Federico Dimarco - Joaquin Correa, Edin Dzeko

Udinese (3-4-2-1): Marco Silvestri - Rodrigo Becao, Bram Nuytinck, Samir - Jens Stryger Larsen, Jean-Victor Makengo, Mato Jajalo, Marvin Zeegelaar - Roberto Pereyra, Isaac Success - Fernando Forestieri

Over 2.5 goals have been scored in three of Inter Milan's last five games in all competitions. Last year Inter won 5-1 against Udinese. Therefore we’re expecting plenty of goals.

Prediction:  Total Goals will be over 2.5

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PREDICTION: TOTTENHAM VS MANCHESTER UNITED 

PREMIER LEAGUE: 30 OCTOBER @ 17:30


Tottenham Hotspur hosts Manchester United on Saturday night for what we expect to be the most interesting match of round 10 in the Premier League.

Neither are in the best of form and both teams will be desperate to make a return to winning ways. We're confident that at least three goals will be scored as that’s been the case in four of the pair's last five encounters in all competitions.

Tottenham’s defeat slipped under the radar somewhat amid Manchester United’s woes as fans streamed out of Old Trafford well before their 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool last Sunday. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears safe for now, but the pressure is building after they suffered a shocking home defeat by 5+ goals ‘to nil’ for the first time since 1955.

We expect to see a very balanced game. The two teams are only separated by 1 point in the league table and eager to keep up with the top teams. A defeat would widen the gap to 5th place for any of them.

The Red Devils are missing their top striker Paul Pogba and the Spurs’ Sessegnon will not be playing.

The probable line-ups are:

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris – Reguilón, Dier, Romero, Royal – Højbjerg, Skipp – Heung-Min, Ndombele, Moura - Kane

Manchester (4-2-3-1): Gea – Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw – Matic, Fred – Cavani, Fernandez, Rashford – Ronaldo

Both teams will need to open up and score. The two managers are under pressure and need a win to ease calls for their sacking.

Prediction: Total Goals will be over 2.5

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PREDICTION: MANCHESTER UNITED VS LIVERPOOL 

PREMIER LEAGUE: 24 OCTOBER @ 16:30


In the headliner of the 9th round of the Premier League, Manchester United hosts Liverpool at Old Trafford. The two teams are separated in the league table by 4 points and 4 places before Sunday’s clash.

The objective for both of teams is simply, victory. Liverpool has to stay close to Chelsea. The Reds are just one point behind the leader, but the Blues have an easy mission at home with last place, Norwich. Liverpool comes after an easy victory in the previous round away with Watford. In the Champions League they won against  Atletico Madrid 2-3, after a challenging game.

United cannot afford anything but a victory if they are to keep up with the top 5 teams. After a good start, they have only earned 1 point in the last three rounds in the league. Another negative result means the beginning of a crisis. Still the Red Devils have good morale after Wednesday’s comeback from 0-2 to 3-2 in the Champions League against Atalanta.

The absent players for United are Raphael Varane and Armand Diallo. Liverpool is missing Harvey Elliot and Curtis Jones.

The probable line-ups are:

Manchester (4-2-3-1): De Gea - Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw - McTominay, Pogba - Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford - Ronaldo

Liverpool (4-3-3):
Alisson - Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson - Henderson, Fabinho, Milner - Salah, Firmino, Mane

Although Manchester United’s confidence will be high after their Champions League performance, Liverpool is a tough opponent. They are undefeated in their last 18 games in the Premier League. Facing the fragile defence of United, which conceded 9 goals in the last 5 games, Liverpool is expected to score more than once. The Reds have scored at least three goals in all seven of their away matches this season.

Prediction:  Liverpool win.

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PREDICTION: BOLOGNA VS AC MILAN 

ITALIAN SERIE A: 23 OCTOBER @ 19:45


AC Milan travels to Bologna’s Renato Dall'Ara Stadium for the 9th round of Serie A. This match is a tricky one for the Rossoneri as they enter the match after a disappointing defeat at Porto (1-0) earlier this week in the Champions League. Meanwhile, their opponents beat Lazio (3-0) in their last home game.

In an excellent start with 7 victories and 1 draw in 8 rounds, Milan stands just two points behind the leader Napoli and dreams about their first title in 10 years. Last week in Serie A, Milan managed to comeback from 2 goals down against Hellas Verona, which is offering them a spark of optimism after their poor go in the Champions League.

Bologna are in 8th place in the table this season with an inconsistent campaign so far. After their encouraging victory with Lazio, they only managed to draw 1-1 at Udinese. However, being unbeaten in their last four games at home, Bologna might prove a hard nut to crack for Milan.

Bologna is missing just 2 players for the match (Bonifazi K. and Michael K.) whereas Milan has a worrying number of 8 players (Diaz B., Florenzi A., Hernandez T., Maignan M., Messias J., Plizzari A., Rebic A.).

The probable line-ups are:

Bologna (3-4-3): Skorupski - Soumaoro, Medel, Theate - Silvestri, Dominguez, Svanberg, Hickey - Soriano, Barrow; Arnautovic

AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu - Calabria, Tomori, Romagnoli, Ballo-Toure - Bennacer, Kessie - Saelemaekers, Krunic, Leao - Giroud

In four of their last five meetings between Milan and Bologna they’ve scored over 2.5 goals. Moreover, in four of Bologna's last five games, we have seen at least three goals. In Milan’s four over the last 5 matches there were over 2.5 goals scored.

Prediction:  Over 2.5 goals

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PREDICTION: BENFICA VS BAYERN MUNICH 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 20 OCTOBER @ 20:00


In the third round of the Champions League, Benfica hosts Bayern Munich at Estádio da Luz. The two teams hold the first two spots in the group and are separated by two points.

In the last round, Benfica won against Barcelona 3-0 at home after an impressive match. Benfica hold the #1 spot in the Primeira League, the top flight of Portuguese football. They have an almost perfect record with 7 victories in 8 games. Their only defeat was in the previous round at home with Portimonense (0-1). In the Portuguese Cup (Taça de Portugal) Benfica won on Saturday against Trofense after extra-time.

In the Champions League Bayern won the first two rounds scoring an impressive 8 goals against Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev. In the Bundesliga, Bayern are in first position, having won 6 out of the 8 rounds, and only losing and drawing once.

Benfica are missing 2 players (Seferovic and Lazaro) whereas Bayern are missing 3 men (Ulreich, Davies and Goretzka).

The probable line-ups are:

Benfica (3-4-3): Vlachodimos - Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen - Gilberto, Weigl, Mario, Grimaldo - Silva, Yaremchuk, Nunez

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer - Pavard, Sule, Upamecano, Hernandez - Kimmich, Sabitzer - Sane, Muller, Gnabry - Lewandowski

Although Benfica have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 matches in the Champions League, Bayern have won 21 of their last 23 matches in the competition. Our prediction is Bayern to win.

Prediction:  Bayern Win

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PREDICTION: FC PORTO VS AC MILAN 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 19 OCTOBER @ 20:00


AC Milan faces Porto today at Estadio do Dragao in a desperate search for their first win. Both teams lost in the last round so for both teams it’ll be one of their chances to reach the knockout phase of the competition.  

In the domestic league, Porto won 6 out of the last 8 games and stands just 1 point behind the leader Benfica. The humiliating 1-5 loss against Liverpool in the Champions League is their only defeat at home this season.

Milan have won the last 4 games in Serie A and are also very close to the leader Napoli, 2 points behind. In the last round, Rossoneri battled back from 2-0 down to beat Verona 3-2. However, their impressive campaign from the domestic league is shadowed by the mediocre one in Champions League where they’ve lost their last 4 matches.

Player news is not great for Milan which are missing 8 players: Bakayoko, Rebic, Florenzi, Maignan, Kessié, Mirante, Hernández, Díaz. On the other side of the pitch, Porto has only one absence - Esteves.

The probable line-ups are:

Porto (4-4-2): Marchesin - Corona, Pepe, Marcano, Sanusi - Otavio, Oliveira, Uribe, Diaz - Martinez, Taremi

AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu - Calabria, Tomori, Kjaer, Ballo-Toure - Bennacer, Tonali - Saelemaekers, Krunic, Leao - Giroud

In the last 3 of Milan’s games in the Champions League, they’ve scored over 2.5 goals. Porto scored 7 goals in their last 2 games. Therefore we expect to see plenty of goals tonight.

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals

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PREDICTION: BARCELONA VS VALENCIA 

SPAIN LA LIGA: 17 OCTOBER @ 20:00


In the Spanish La Liga’s derby, Barcelona hosts Valencia at Camp now on Sunday. The match is expected to be very balanced with the two teams sharing the same number of points 12, only being separated in the league’s table by the total scored goals.

Barcelona lost the last two games, 2-0 at Atletico Madrid in the domestic competition and 3-0 at Benfica Lisbon in Champions League, continuing their disastrous route with just one victory in the last six games. Moreover, the Catalans won just once at home in the past three appearances.

Valencia doesn’t stand any better either, having won just one of the last 5 games, over one month ago at Osasuna. On the bright side, Valencia remained unbeaten in 13 of their previous 17 fixtures after the last round draw 0-0 at Cadiz.

Barcelona is missing 5 players: Martin Braithwaite, Ronald Araujo, Pedri, Ousmane Dembélé, Sergio Agüero. On the other side Valencia only misses Omar Alderete and Cristiano Piccini.

The probable line-ups are:

Barcelona (4-3-3): Stegen – Alba, Garcia, Pique, Dest – Gavi, Busquets, Jong – Depay, Jong, Fati

Valencia (4-4-2): Cillessen – Correia, Paulista, Diakhaby, Lato – Soler, Wass, Guillamon, Duro – Guedez, Gomez

The last class between the two teams ended with a 2-3 victory for the Catalans. Five of the former six clashes had three or more goals. Therefore we expect to see plenty of goals in Sundays’ derby.

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Prediction: Over 2.5 goals


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PREDICTION: LAZIO VS INTER MILAN 

ITALY SERIE A: 16 OCTOBER @ 17:00


Champions of Italian football, Inter Milan, travel to Rome for the 8th round derby in Serie A. Nerazzurri hope to extend their record of seven unbeaten games at Stadio Olimpico against their old rival Lazio.

In Serie A, Inter earned 17 points in 7 rounds and scored 22 goals so far- the most since 1950! Although having scored just once in 2 games and gaining only 1 point in the Champions League, Inter’s morale is high. In the last game they managed to turn around the result and win at Sassuolo after a 78’ goal.

Inter’s coach Simone Inzaghi returns at Olimpico, his former home for many years, after winning the Scudetto with the Nerazzurri. Rest assured he will receive a hostile welcome from Lazio’s tifosi.

Lazio stand 6 points and three places below their rivals in the league table. The home team line-up is missing a couple of key players: Acerbi, Zaccagni, Adekanye and Immobile. Although winning their last two home games against AS Rome (3-2) and Lokomotiv Moskow (2-0), Biancocelesti suffered a humiliation in the last round losing 3-0 at Bolognia.

Probable line-ups:

Lazio (4-3-3): Reina - Marusic, Felipe, Patric, Hysaj - Alberto, Milinkovic-Savic, Leiva - Pedro, Immobile, Anderson

Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic - Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni - Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic - Martinez, Dzeko

Lazio are unbeaten in their last 16 home matches in the Italian top flight (winning 14). Although Inter looks like the better team at the moment, it won’t be easy to break Lazio. The Aquile have won only two of their last 10 Serie A matches against Inter. We expect a tight and tense match.

Prediction: Under 2.5 Goals

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PREDICTION: SPAIN VS FRANCE 

UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE: 10 OCTOBER @ 19:45


Spain and France meet on Sunday evening at San Siro in Milan for the final stage of the UEFA Nations League competition in front of 80,000 fans.

Although both France and Spain are two of the most successful and titled European teams, they both come after unsatisfactory results in the last major tournament Euro 2020, which took place this summer. Acceding to the final stage of Nations League gives them a good chance to make up for it in front of the fans. Certainly, the continental trophy is much desired by both sides.

In the semi-finals the two teams had an opposite evolution but they both managed to secure a victory with emotions. Spain controlled much of the game against Italy after the early 17’ goal. After Bonucci’s 42’ red card and Ferran Torres 45+1’ goal things became clear. However the 83’ goal scored by Pellegrini raised the tension for the last 10’.

On the opposite, France was led by 2 goals at half time by Belgium and few people had believed in a comeback. But the 2 goals scored in 6 minutes by Benzema and Mbappe brought them back in the game. After Lukaku’s cancelled goal (87’) with a VAR decision, Hernandez brought the victory in the last minute of the regular time.

The probable line-ups are:

Spain (4-4-2): Simon - Azpilicueta, Laporte, P. Torres, Alonso - Koke, Busquets, Gavi - Sarabia, Torres, Oyarzabal

France (3-4-1-2): Lloris - Kounde, Varane, L. Hernandez - Pavard, Pogba, Tchouameni, T. Hernandez – Griezmann- Mbappe, Benzema

The Nations League Final is expected to be a very balanced game where both sides are eager to win. Although is to close too call, we expect both team to score.

Prediction: Both Teams to Score

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PREDICTION: BELGIUM VS FRANCE 

UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE: 7 OCTOBER @ 19:45


In the second semi-final of UEFA Nations Cup, Belgium meets France at Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy. Both teams are eager to win the competition after a disappointing campaign at the Euro 2020 this summer. Belgium lost the quarter-final match against the trophy winner Italy (2-1). France did not even manage to pass the Round 16 after losing at penalties against Switzerland.

Earlier in the competition, the Red Devils won Group A2 with 5 victories and just 1 defeat, having Romeo Lukaku as a top scorer with 5 goals. The ‘Les Bleus’ won Group A3 with an even better performance: 5 victories and 1 draw. Their best scorer in the competition so far is Olivier Giroud with 3 goals.

In the World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers Belgium claimed three victories from three with Estonia (5-2), the Czech Republic (3-0) and Belarus (1-0). France had a not so convincing campaign with two 1-1 draws against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ukraine, and just one victory with Finland at home (2-0). Antoine Griezmann scored both and is one player to be watched. The Atletico Madrid’s star is now ahead of Zinedine Zidane, as all-time scorers for the French squad.

The all-time head-to-head records between the two teams, including friendly games, show that France won 25, Belgium won 30 and 19 ended in a draw.

The probable line-ups are:

Belgium (3-4-2-1): Courtois - Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen - Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco - E. Hazard, De Bruyne - Lukaku

France (4-3-1-2): Lloris - Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez - Rabiot, Pogba, Tchouameni – Griezmann - Mbappe, Benzema

France has just ended a worrying run of five matches without a victory across all competitions whereas Belgium has eight wins from their last nine in all tournaments. With the missing of Chelsea’s defender N'Golo Kanté and the great shape of Lukaku it will be hard for the French defence to get away without one or more goals. Therefore we expect Belgium to win and enter the final of Nations League.

Prediction: Belgium to Win

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PREDICTION: ITALY VS SPAIN 

UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE: 6 OCTOBER @ 19:45


Nations League returns this week with the last two phases of the competition which take place in Italy. Tonight, hosts Italy meet Spain in the first semi-final at Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) in Milano.

Luis Enrique’s squad is seeking a revenge over Italy after their European Championship 2020 semi-final defeat 4-2 at penalties (1-1 after 90’) earlier in July. This is the 39th episode of the Spanish-Italian encounter, including friendly matches. Both teams have won 11 games and drew 16 times - the balance between the two is perfectly equal. Still, Italy scored 44 goals, 3 more than Spain in their direct games.

Previously in the competition Spain won 3 games, had a draw in 2 and lost 1, finishing 1st in League A Group 4. Italy went 6 games unbeaten with 3 wins and 3 draws n League A Group 1. Spain’s top scorer so far is Ferran Torres with 4 goals while Domenico Berardi scored twice for Italy.

But the last matches in the Nations League took place in November 2020. Since then, the Euro 2020 took place this summer and the first rounds of the Qatar 2020 World Cup Qualifiers. In the last three matches, Spain lost in Sweden (1-2) and won without doubt against Georgia (4-0) and Kosovo (2-0).

Mancini’s players drew against Bulgaria and Switzerland, before winning 5-0 against Lithuania. The Azzurri continue their unbelievable streak across all tournaments with 37 games in a row without defeat. Their last downfall was over three years ago, 1-0 against Portugal.

The probable line-ups are:

Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma - Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson - Barella, Jorginho, Verratti - Chiesa, Kean, Insigne

Spain (4-3-3): Simon - Azpilicueta, Torres, Laporte, Reguilon - Koke, Busquets, Merino - Sarabia, Torres, Oyarzabal

In six of the last seven meetings between the two teams scored under 2.5 goals. Moreover, their last clash in the Euro 2020 semi-final ended 1-1 after 90-minutes.

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals

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PREDICTION: ATLETICO MADRID VS BARCELONA 

SPAIN LA LIGA: 2 OCTOBER @ 20:00


In an expected fierce derby, the match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona sees the two teams are separated by only two points in the La Liga table.

Barcelona will arrive after a harsh 3-0 defeat at Benfica in Champions League on Wednesday. The morale is down and Ronald Koeman’s coach position is seriously at risk. In these circumstances, anything but a victory might be fatal for him.

On the other side of the pitch, although they lost in their previous round at Alaves, Atletico’s players are in good shape and with much higher morale after their Champions League game midweek. They managed to get all three points after a dramatic 2-1 victory against Milan at San Siro with a 97th minute goal.

Do note, Barcelona’s former strikers Suarez and Griezmann will be keen on getting a small revenge and scoring against their old club.

The probable line-ups are:

Atletico Madrid (3-4-2-1): Oblak- Giménez, Hermoso, Savic- Carrasco, Lorrente, Koke, Tripier- Lemar, Griezmann- Suárez

Barcelona (4-3-3): Stegen- Mingueza, García, Piqué, Dest- Pedri, Jong, Busquets- Coutinho, Fati, Depay

Barcelona are undefeated in their last 7 games in La Liga whereas Atletico are undefeated in their last 10 games at home. Barcelona just cannot afford another loss as this will most likely result in the dismissal of Koeman. Therefore our prediction is Barcelona to win or draw.

Prediction: Barcelona Win or Draw.

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PREDICTION: MANCHESTER UNITED VS EVERTON 

ENGLAND PREMIER LEAGUE: 2 OCTOBER @ 12:30


After a fantastic 95th minute win against Villareal in the Champions League, the Red Devils will be seeking another victory at Old Trafford. This time they will host their Premier League rivals Everton.

In the previous round, Manchester United suffered a late defeat at Aston Villa, after a goal received in the 88th minute. Still they hold on to 4th position in the table, one point behind leaders, Liverpool. The match is expected to be balanced as their current opponent earned the same number of points so far and is just one position behind in the table.

Everton have impressed with their evolution in the Premier League this season with four wins and a draw out of six games. Their only defeat was away at Aston Villa 3-0 after a good first half and an unexpected collapse in the second one.

United is missing three players for the game, the most significant being England’s Euro 2021 star Rashford. On the other side, Everton has five absent players. The probable line-ups are:

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Gea- Shaw, Varanes, Lindelöf, Wan-Bisaaka - Fred, Matic- Pogba, Lingard, Greenwood- Ronaldo

Everton (4-4-1-1): Pickford- Godfrey, Mina, Kean, Digne – Townsend, Doucouré, Allan, Iwobi- Grey- Rondón

In their previous encounter at Old Trafford in February 2021 the two teams draw (3-3) after a dramatic late goal scored by the Blues. However Everton have not won at United in any competition since 2013. The Red Devils have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches against Everton in all competitions, whereas Everton have scored at least two goals in 5 out of their six Premier League games. Therefore our prediction is: Over 2.5 goals.

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PREDICTION: AC MILAN VS ATLETICO MADRID 

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 28 SEPTEMBER @ 20:00

 

In the second round of UEFA Champions League, AC Milan plays against Atletico Madrid at San Siro. Both teams are in search of their first win of the competition.

In the first round, Milan lost 3-2 at Liverpool, whereas Atletico drew at home 0-0 with Porto. Another misstep will diminish their chances of succeeding to the knockout phase, especially for Milan which has a difficult next round at Porto’s Estádio do Dragão.

AC Milan, have won the last three games from the season opening at San Siro, scoring eight goals and conceding just one. On the down side, Rossoneri triumphed in only one of the last 17 encounters with Spanish teams.

Atletico Madrid has won just one of their last seven games in the Champions League. Do note - they managed to score and win three of their last four away games in La Liga. Moreover, Atletico secured the three points in the last two clashes against Milan in 2013-2014 tournament, 2-1 at San Siro and 4-1 at Madrid.

Milan is missing no less than 4 players: Bakayoko, Krunic, Florenzi, Ibrahimovici. Atletico misses Lemar and Savici. Therefore the probable line-ups are:

AC Milan(4-2-3-1): Maignan- Hernández, Tomori, Kjaer, Calabria- Kessié, Bennacer- Rebic, Díaz, Saelemaekers- Giroud.

Atletico Madrid (3-5-2): Oblak- Giménez, Felipe, Hermoso- Tripier, Lorrente, Koke, Paul, Carrasco- Suárez, Félix.

With Atletico scoring under 2.5 goals in their last 7 games in this competition and Milan with an average of 2.5 goals in Serie A, we don’t foresee a flurry of goals tonight.

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals

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PREDICTION: ARSENAL VS TOTTENHAM 

ENGLAND PREMIER LEAGUE: 26 SEPTEMBER @ 16:30


Arsenal host city rivals Tottenham at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a classic Premier League derby. Fans are eager to watch as this is the first north London derby to be played in front of a full house in two years.

After a disastrous start with three defeats in the first three rounds, Arsenal managed to make a comeback, winning their last two. On the other side of the pitch, after a flying start with three wins, Tottenham lost in the last two rounds 3-0. Therefore this match brings face-to-face two teams with mixed starts to the season, both eager to get the three points.

In the case of a win by two or more goals, Arsenal will climb above Spurs in the league. For Tottenham, a win over the Gunners will allow them to get up to the top 5, depending on the other games’ results. Neither manager can afford a defeat. The pressure would build up on either of them.

Probable line-ups:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale- Thierney, Magalhães, White, Tomiyashu- Kshaka, Partey- Rowe, Ødegaard, Saka- Aubameyang

Tottenham (4-3-3): Lloris- Royal, Romero, Dier, Reguilón- HøjbjergSkip, Alli- Heung- Min, Kane, Celso

Arsenal conceded 9 goals and The Spurs 6 goals, in the first 5 rounds of Premier League. The last three league meetings at The Gunners’ Emirates, have produced over 2.5 goals. We’re expecting at least the same number of goals on Sunday.

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals

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PREDICTION:SEVILLA-VALENCIA
SPAIN LA LIGA: 22 September @ 19:00


This Wednesday, Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium will host the sixth round of La Liga with Sevilla vs Valencia. Both teams headline the round and are currently top six in the table.

With one round less, Sevilla stands behind Valencia at two points and could swap places in the case of a victory. However, both teams are eager to win following mediocre results in their last match. Sevilla comes after two draws away, whereas Valencia lost at home against Real Madrid (1-2).

With some absent players, Suso at Sevilla and five other at Valencia- Gayà, Cheryshev,  Piccini, Correia, Soler, the probable line ups are:

Sevilla (4-3-3): Bounou-Acuña, Carlos, Koundé, Navas- Fernando, Jordán, Navas, Rakitic- Ocampos, Mir, Rodríguez

Valencia (4-4-2): Mamardashvili- Folquier, Paulista, Alderete, Lato- Musah, Guillamón, Wass, Duro- Guedes, Gómez

Sevilla are undefeated in 19 of their last 21 matches against Valencia at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. They’ll be looking to maintain their record and reach third place in the league table with a win. With a much easier match next round, again at home against Espanyol(which haven’t won any of the first five games) Sevilla could stand up next to Real Madrid in the case of a double victory. Valencia has scored in each of their last four league games, in both winning and losing games. Sevilla has scored in four out of five of their previous five rounds. our prediction is that both teams will score at least once.

Prediction: Both teams score 

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PREDICTION: EURO 2020 FINAL
KO: 11 July @ 19:00 GMT +1


After weeks of football action on the world stage - it all comes down to this spectacular moment when Italy or England take home the title of EURO 2020 Champions.

Despite squandering a one-goal lead and being put under immense pressure throughout their semi-final match against Spain, Italy survived a penalty shootout to advance to the final at Wembley.
Attacking wideman Federico Chiesa scored the Azzurri's goal for the second time in the knockout stage, while left-back Emerson filled in admirably for the injured Leonardo Spinazzola and is expected to do so again in the final, despite striker Ciro Immobile failing to score for the first time since Italy's second group game of the tournament.

Despite conceding first in their semi-final match against Denmark, England came back to win after extra time, with captain Harry Kane missing a penalty won by the tireless Raheem Sterling before slotting home the rebound in front of a raucous Wembley crowd to send the Three Lions to their first major final in 55 years. Sterling was fantastic against Denmark, and his direct running ability will make him a huge attacking threat in the final, while forward Kane is now just one goal away from tying Cristiano Ronaldo for the tournament's top goalscorer, despite facing a tough night against veteran Italian centre-backs Chiellini and Bonucci.


So far in the competition, Italy has not trailed at any point, combining veteran defensive steel with a flamboyant attack. After losing their first goal of the tournament in the semi-final before rallying to win in extra time, England once again demonstrated to the doubters why they deserve a top spot in the competition.

Match Notes: Roberto Mancini may be tempted to start Domenico Berardi as part of the front three with the intention of bringing Chiesa off the bench as an impact substitute.
Gareth Southgate must decide whether to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation he has used for the majority of EURO 2020, or switch to the 3-4-2-1 formation he used against Germany in the round of 16. This would see Walker revert to central defense and Kieron Trippier start at right-wing-back. However, this would mean Mason Mount or Bukayo Saka would be dropped to the bench.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Under 3.5


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PREDICTION: England vs Denmark
KO: 7 July @ 19:00 GMT +1


Will it be history in the making? Tonight England has the chance to reach the EURO 2020 Final - for the first time ever. It was 25 years ago since England reached the EUROS Semi-Finals - but this time they're playing with unrivalled confidence following their 4-0 triumph against Ukraine. That was their first win by 3+ goals in a major tournament knockout match since 2002, when England beat Denmark 3-0 in their last competitive H2H win.

England have made defensive solidity the bedrock of their EURO 2020 run. They remain the only side yet to concede (W4, D1) and have gone seven matches overall without conceding a goal for the first time ever. That said, England have conceded an average of one first-half goal per match across their last four games vs sides ranked inside FIFA’s top ten (W1, D1, L2).

Denmark’s team spirit has shone through following Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest, as they continue to improve after battling through a tough quarter-final vs the Czech Republic. Captain Simon Kjær has said they are playing “with Christian Eriksen in our hearts”, and that’s propelled them into their first semi-final appearance since winning this competition in 1992. Having beaten England at Wembley as recently as October 2020, Denmark may feel mildly confident of an upset too, especially after scoring ten goals across their previous three matches (W3), and leading ‘to nil’ at HT in each of the last four.

Denmark have also netted six goals after the 75th minute across their last nine internationals, making them a constant threat. If any late goals see this clash reach a shootout - like both of these sides’ last respective Euro semis - then that may favour Denmark as they have a 50% success rate (W1, L1) in 12-yard duels at the Euros, compared to England’s 25% (W1, L3).

Players to watch: Harry Kane has registered three goals across England’s knockout matches, moving him one behind Gary Lineker’s national record of ten major international tournament goals. As for Denmark, Kasper Dolberg also has three Euro 2020 goals, all were scored during the knockout stage between the 25th and 50th minutes of play.

Prediction:Total Goals Scored Over 1.5


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PREDICTION: England vs Germany
KO: 29 June @ 17:00 GMT +1


England host old rivals Germany at Wembley in this Euro 2020 Round of 16 game having started a major international tournament with three clean sheets for the first time since 1966 (W2, D1). Coincidentally, that was the last time they beat Germany/West Germany in a knockout match (Euros or World Cup), with two of the three subsequent defeats coming via the dreaded penalty shootout, including one in London at Euro ‘96.
Encouragingly, the ‘Three Lions’ have won eight of their last nine matches (D1), with the last four victories coming via a 1-0 scoreline - by which they also beat Germany in a Euro 2000 group game. They didn’t concede before HT during that sequence whilst interestingly six of their last eight fixtures have featured exactly one goal between the 50th and 70th minute.
Curiously, that same period produced five (50%) of the last ten goals witnessed in Germany’s matches! Inconsistent en route to the second round, the three-time champions struggled against France, dominated against 

Portugal, yet needed an 84th-minute goal to stay in the tournament via a draw with Hungary (W1, D1, L1).
While this stage of the competition five years ago saw an average of 2.38 goals per fixture (including ET), this could prove to be a tighter affair as three of the last four H2Hs witnessed under 1.5 goals (W2, D1, L1). Although ‘Das Mannschaft’ netted the opener in three of those, they went behind inside 25 minutes of all three group games so the first goal could prove pivotal, particularly as ten of their last 11 fixtures saw the same HT/FT outcome.
Players to watch: Although Harry Kane is yet to score in this tournament, he netted a 61st-minute goal the last time England beat Germany in March 2016. Another second-half threat, Kai Havertz has scored two Euro 2020 goals, both coming between the 50th and 70th minute.
Hot stat: England have lost their last four Euros knockout matches despite netting an opener inside five minutes in three of them. Three defeats therein came via a penalty shootout!

Prediction:Total Goals Scored Over 1.5


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PREDICTION: France vs Switzerland
KO: 28June @ 20:00 GMT +1


The Arena Națională in Bucharest hosts its very first European Championship knockout tie, as France and Switzerland meet for a fifth time in nine major tournaments going back to 2004, with the latter still seeking a first H2H win since the start of this century (D4, L3).
A 2-2 draw against Euro 2016 winners Portugal on matchday three saw France progress to the knockout stages, and do so for a sixth time in their last seven Euro appearances. Confident after finishing first in Euro 2020’s ‘group of death’ (W1, D2), the world champions are richly expected to be quarter-finalists in a fifth successive major tournament.
France are also enjoying a run of 19 consecutive competitive matches without a loss (W14, D5), with ten of those wins being accompanied by a HT lead. Speaking of the HT break, France have also shut out their quiet neighbours in the opening 45 minutes during each of the previous five H2Hs.
Switzerland could only finish third behind Italy and Wales during the group stage (W1, D1, L1), despite being the second-highest FIFA-ranked team in Group A. In a trend that further justifies their underdog status, the Swiss have been eliminated at the round of 16 in each of their last three major tournaments.
If the match goes as widely expected, the first ‘nail’ in Switzerland’s coffin may be quick to arrive, with eight of Switzerland’s previous 11 competitive matches (excluding walkovers) witnessing the opening goal scored within 15 minutes.
Players to watch: With his two strikes against Portugal last time out, France’s Karim Benzema has scored four braces across his last six goalscoring international appearances. Meanwhile, Switzerland have won 12 (an 85.71% majority) of the 14 competitive matches to see talismanic Xherdan Shaqiri get on the scoresheet.
Hot stat: Switzerland have drawn 45% (nine) of their previous 20 matches against any reigning world champions (W3, D9, L8).4


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PREDICTION:Croatia vs Spain
KO: 28June @ 17:00 GMT +1


Now into the business end of Euro 2020, Croatia shouldn’t need any extra motivation, although revenge may be an added incentive given Spain handed them their heaviest ever defeat in international football back in September 2018 (6-0). They’ve beaten the Iberian side once since then (3-2, November 2018) and will be hoping for more of the same as they bid to improve on a record that’s seen them lose at this stage on each of the previous three occasions they’ve reached a Euro knockout phase.
Zlatko Dalić’s men secured qualification out of Group D with a professional 3-1 victory over Scotland, as their results gradually improved with each match. Given that they’ve now failed to score in just one of their last ten games at major tournaments (Euros and World Cup), ‘Vatreni’ should fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet. They have, however, failed to beat any team currently ranked in FIFA’s top ten since that 3-2 win over Spain in 2018 (P7, L7 since).
Spain have ambitions to win a third European Championship in four attempts, however a more pressing matter is ensuring that they avoid elimination at the last 16 stage for a third successive major tournament (Euro 2016 vs Italy, World Cup 2018 vs Russia). Interestingly, both those games saw them concede a goal in the period between the 30th minute and HT and fail to score thereafter.
Despite that, Luis Enrique’s men are now unbeaten in 11 internationals (W5, D6) and haven’t conceded before HT in any of their previous six matches (W3, D3) whilst at the other end of the pitch, each of the three victories in that six-game sequence also saw them score 3+ goals.
Players to watch: Ivan Perišić has been directly involved in six goals in his last five appearances at major tournaments for Croatia (four goals, two assists). Whilst Spain’s Ferran Torres scored last time out, taking his tally to six goals across his last eight international appearances.
Hot stat: Only Switzerland won more corners than Spain (20) in the group stages.


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PREDICTION: Czech Republic vs England
KO: 22 June @ 20:00 GMT +1


With four Euro 2020 points to date, the Czech Republic only need a draw here at Wembley to progress as group winners. A draw in Group D’s other finale (CRO v SCO) would see these sides lock out the top two regardless, but the group winner has the advantage of staying in London for the last 16.

The counter-attacking style they’ve adopted so far in this tournament might mean a cagey affair here against a goal-shy England, but
you’d have to go back to 2014 to find the last time they drew two straight matches. England have qualified for Euro 2020 knockout stages after Ukraine and Finland both finish third in their groups with three points, meaning that even if Gareth Southgate's side lose to Czechs they will reach the last 16.

The prospect of home advantage should inspire England. Their last two ‘matchday three’ Euro games (W1, D1) yielded a 0-0 HT scoreline, as have their last four international matches this year. Players to watch: After being the first goalscorer against Scotland and Croatia, Patrik Schick could become the first Czech to net in every group game at a Euro finals since Milan Baroš in 2004.
Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick for England in the last H2H here, including a 61st-75th minute brace.

Hot stat: Going back to 1992, England are unbeaten in first halves across their last six ‘matchday three’ Euro fixtures (HT: W4, D2).

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 1.5

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PREDICTION: Finland vs Belgium
KO: 21 June @ 20:00 GMT +1


Finland heads into their last group game at the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg knowing that only a win would secure them a place in the Round of 16. However, a draw will suffice if Russia loses to Denmark in their final match. Belgium are unbeaten in their last 11 games, winning 9 of them. We expect Kevin de Bruyne to start against their foes, setting the pace.

Despite only winning one of their previous eight games (D2, L5), Finland might take encouragement from Euro 2016, when four of the five debutants qualified from the groups.

Belgium's comeback win over Denmark qualified them for the knockout stages of Euro 2020, with only a draw necessary to finish first in Group B. No team has won all three group games at Euro 2016, giving Finland optimism. However, Belgium did so in the World Cup group stages in 2014 and 2018.

They've also won their previous four major championships' final group game, and haven't lost a game to a team presently outside FIFA's top 20, since losing to Japan in 2013.

Interestingly, the ‘Eagle-owls' haven't lost to Belgium since 1968 (W4, D3), could they have a chance against a flawless Belgium?

None of the last five encounters between Finland and Belgium have produced more than two goals. We predict that there will be some goal action in this face-off tonight.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Under 2.5

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PREDICTION: Italy vs Wales
KO: 20 June @ 17:00 GMT +1


Italy has already qualified for the round of 16 and is one of the favorites for Euro 2020, in terms of winning the trophy. Mancini's national team does not want to let its guard down in the last round of the groups.Two victories out of two possible, 6 goals scored and 0 conceded. This is what Mancini's national team looks like, without a doubt the strongest from Euro 2020 at the moment. In the opening match of the European Championship, the Italians had fun with the Turkish defense. They prevailed without much trouble - score 3: 0.

A few days later, Italy repeated the feat - on the same stadium - this time with Switzerland. Locatelli started in the 26th minute, with the goal scored on the Sassuolo line - from Berardi's pass. The same Locatelli scored for 2-0 immediately after the break, with a superb shot from outside the box and Immobile also put his name on the scoreboard, in the 89th minute. Wales has an excellent new final tournament and is very close to a qualification in the eighth. In the first round, the Welsh faced Switzerland - drawing 1: 1. Moore then managed to score in the 74th minute, and Gavranovic had a goal canceled out in the end with the VAR. Last stage, Bale & co. they achieved an extremely important victory against Turkey.

The Real Madrid player (he will return this summer on loan) passed decisively to both goals of Ramsey and Roberts. However, he missed the chance to score, after wasting a penalty kick in the 61st minute. Although Wales is not among the favorites of Euro 2020, the team can attack the upper stages of the competition. Wales can also qualify with 4 points, from the 3rd place. A draw in front of Italy, it ensures their second position and implicitly the qualification in the eighth.


Prediction: Total goals scored will be under 1.5.

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PREDICTION: Portugal vs Germany
KO: 19th of June @ 17:00 GMT +1


A hydro-powered Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Portugal to a 3-0 victory over Hungary on match day one, in what was their best ever-win in an opening game of a European Championship. Their previous two opening day wins in 2000 and 2008 were followed by victory in their next match, and Portugal will hope for a continuation of that despite taking on opponents Germany with a negative Euro H2H record (W1, D1, L2). The reigning champions have now extended their unbeaten run in this competition to 12 fixtures (W5, D7 - 90 minutes) and are yet to trail at the break in 13 (HT: W2, D11). There’s been talk in the Portuguese camp that this side is in even better shape than during their 2016 triumph, and with an average of one goal scored during regulation time in that campaign - compared to their three scored vs Hungary - there could be truth to that.

Three-time European champions Germany fell to a 1-0 loss on match day one as they scored an own goal, and subsequently suffered an opening day group stage defeat for the first time in this competition. Incredibly, that own goal - Germany’s first in a major finals since 1978 - was the third of the tournament, equaling the number registered after all 51 matches of Euro 2016! The Euro 1996 winners (at Wembley) have also won just one of their previous five match-day two group stage fixtures (W1, D2, L2), and were eliminated on the last two occasions in which they didn’t secure at least one win after two games. However they have won four H2Hs in a row.



Prediction: Total goals scored will be under 2.5.

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PREDICTION: England vs Scotland
KO: 18 June @ 20:00 GMT +1

It’s a huge game and perhaps the pick of fixtures in Group D as England take on traditional rivals Scotland at Wembley. Coincidentally, their only other previous meeting at a major tournament was in the group stages of Euro 1996, also at Wembley. England won that game 2-0, and have scored 2+ goals in five of the six meetings since (W4, D1, L1). That’s a far cry from the 0-0 in the first H2H back in 1872 - football’s first-ever international.Beyond wanting to get one over their rivals, a victory for Gareth Southgate’s men will likely be enough to see them into the knockouts. They’ll make history if they do secure that win as the ‘Three Lions’ have never won their first seven matches in a calendar year, as they attempt to move closer to the national record of ten consecutive wins that has stood since 1909.

Scotland suffered defeat on match day one (2-0, Czech Republic), ending their scoring run of five consecutive matches (W2, D3). That result means Scotland have never netted after going behind in a Euro finals match, and they’ve now failed to score in five of their seven all-time European Championship matches. Unfortunately for the Scots, both games in which they did score were match day three encounters (3-0 vs CIS in 1992, 1-0 vs Switzerland in 1996). Anything but a positive result would make qualification unlikely for Scotland, therefore their recent record of just one win in their last 11 matches vs England will be a worry (D2, L8). No matter the result, fans from both sides should anticipate excitement given the four H2Hs this century have averaged a high four goals per match.



Prediction: England to win.

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PREDICTION: Netherlands vs Austria
KO: 17 June @ 20:00 GMT +1


Netherlands is today looking to build on their winning start to Euro 2020 as they take on Austria. After failing to qualify for the last European Championships and the 2018 World Cup, the Dutch are back at a major tournament for the first time since 2014. They got off to a winning start, beating Ukraine 3-2 in perhaps the game of the tournament so far, and can now book their place in the last-16 with a game to spare by beating Austria.
The Austrians also have three points on the board already after beating newcomers North Macedonia in their opener, though this is likely to prove a much tougher test. For the Netherlands, much will depend on the fitness of defender Matthijs De Ligt, who missed the opener against Ukraine. For Austria, Michael Gregoritsch is pushing for a start after scoring off the bench against North Macedonia but Marko Arnautovic is suspended.

The Netherlands are an entertaining outfit to watch at both ends of the field - largely because their deficiencies at the back mean they tend to afford plenty of chances to their opponents. Virgil Van Dijk's presence in the heart of the defence is certainly a big miss, with De Boer's men having kept just three clean sheets in the nine matches since the Liverpool man's season-ending injury in October. Indeed, those three shut-outs came against Gibraltar, Georgia and Latvia, and the Oranje have conceded four goals to Turkey, and two against both Scotland and Ukraine during that time as well. Although Austria are not the most prolific side in the tournament, they have scored in 18 of their last 23 matches and backing goals at both ends makes plenty of sense.


Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 1.5

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PREDICTION: Italy vs Switzerland
KO: 16 June @ 20:00 GMT +1


Italy entertain Switzerland at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in Euro 2020 on Wednesday night. Italy easily saw off Turkey in the opening game of the tournament, with an own goal, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne doing the damage. The 3-0 win for Roberto Mancini’s side underlined a dominant performance, and the Azzurri can essentially secure progression to the last 16 with a win over Switzerland. The Swiss drew 1-1 with Wales in their opening game, with Kieffer Moore’s header snatching a point for the Dragons after Breel Embolo had opened the scoring.

The game will likely come too soon for Marco Verratti, who has overcome a knee injury but may not be match fit. Manuel Locatelli, linked with a move to the Premier League, will join Jorginho and Nicolo Barella in midfield. Giovanni Di Lorenzo will start in place of Alessandro Florenzi, who has a calf issue. Vladimir Petkovic may bring in Denis Zakaria to counter Italy’s strength in midfield. The Swiss also called up goalkeeper Gregor Kobel to replace the injured Jonas Omlin as cover for Yann Sommer.

Mancini will surely want to keep changes to a minimum after such an impressive opening display against Turkey. However, Paris Saint-Germain full-back Alessandro Florenzi was replaced at half-time by Napoli's Giovanni Di Lorenzo on Friday and subsequently diagnosed with an inflammatory muscle injury to the right calf. Key midfielder Marco Verratti returned to training on Sunday five weeks after suffering a knee injury at PSG, though it remains to be seen if he will be fit enough to play any part against Switzerland.


Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 1.5

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PREDICTION: France vs Germany
KO: 15 June @ 20:00 BST


After a bitter runners-up finish at Euro 2016, reigning world champions France come into this competition as serious candidates to win Euro 2020 as they attempt to become the first side to be world and European champions at the same time on two occasions. ‘Les Bleus’ are known to be strong starters in European Championships, losing just one of their nine opening games of the tournament (W5, D3), with that single loss dating back to 1960!
Although this game will be held in Munich, France’s confidence should be high as they’re unbeaten in five H2Hs on German soil (W3, D2). The world’s number two ranked nation are also enjoying a run of four consecutive wins ‘to nil’, and notably, a fifth successive shutout would mark their longest run without conceding since June 2008.

Reaching at least the semi-final stage in all international competitions between 2006 and 2016, Germany (#12) were humbled at the 2018 World Cup, finishing last in their group. Three-time Euro winners, the Germans may have never lost an opening game in this competition (W7, D5), but they’re now winless in 11 international matches against nations currently ranked better than them by FIFA (D7, L4).
This will be Joachim Löw's last tournament in charge of the German national team who were humiliated 6-0 by Spain in November, and in March lost 2-1 at home to North Macedonia (#62). The H2H history makes for worrying reading too, as the ‘Mannschaft’ are winless in five meetings with France (D2, L3) - including a semi-final defeat in Euro 2016 - with four of those featuring a 1-0 HT scoreline either way.


Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 1.5

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PREDICTION: Spain vs Sweeden
KO: 14 June @ 20:00 BST


The Estadio de La Cartuja will become the first Spanish venue to host a major international tournament since the 1982 World Cup, as three-time European champions Spain make a seventh successive Euro finals appearance. They are favoured to extend a perfect competitive return here (W2), which includes a 6-0 thrashing of another side currently in FIFA’s top 20 (Germany) only last November.

After netting 12 goals across their final two Euro 2020 qualifiers, ‘La Roja’ certainly have the momentum to claim a third Euro title in four editions. Speaking of dozens, both of Spain’s previous two Euro triumphs this century saw them finish with exactly 12 goals and with the overall top scorer (joint or outright).

Sweden are flying under Janne Andersson, with the Halmstad-born head coach boasting a win rate of 50.91% after a five-game winning run. They finished top in their 2018 World Cup group under him, but wider history is against the ‘Blågult’, who’ve bowed out at the group stage in four of five Euro appearances since their semi-final appearances at Euro ‘92 and the 1994 World Cup.

The Swedes lost 2-1 to Spain in the only prior Euro finals H2H (2008), and coincidentally, it’s that same scoreline by which Sweden have lost both prior Euro battles vs ‘host’ nations. Both losses were also campaign openers, contributing to a combined progression rate of 0% from four World Cup and Euro tournaments to see Sweden lose their opener (1970-2012).


Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 2.5

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PREDICTION: Austria vs North Macedonia
KO: 13 June @ 17:00 GMT+1


Austria make only their third appearance at the European Championship finals. By beginning their campaign against a lower-ranked side, they will be hopeful of winning a game at a major tournament for the first time since the 1990 World Cup. So too will they aspire for a first goal at a Euro finals before the 60th minute, after logging a previous group stage record of: D2, L4. 

Though favorites in this clash at the Arena Naţională in Bucharest, Franco Foda’s side are without a win or a goal in three matches (D1, L2). However, you would have to go back to November 2019 to find the
last time the Austrians failed to beat an opponent currently ranked outside FIFA’s top 50. 

Amid a last minute kit change due to fan outrage, North Macedonia enter the Euro finals for the very first time as an independent nation, reaching this historic moment via the UEFA Nations League playoffs.
‘Euro 84’ was the last occasion at which any Macedonian (playing for the now-defunct Yugoslavia) was eligible to participate, but Yugoslavia lost all three group games on that occasion.

Coach Igor Angelovski has set the goal of a place in the last 16, and confidence should be sky-high, as his charges come into this game unbeaten in four - including a famous win against Germany. The
outsiders in Group C, coming from ‘Pot 4’, North Macedonia did suffer two H2H defeats in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, although they scored in each, with both fixtures witnessing a match goal in the first 20 minutes.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be UNDER 2.5.

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PREDICTION: Wales vs Switzerland
KO: 12 June @ 14:00 BST


Wales will begin their Euro 2021 campaign against Switzerland on Saturday, hoping to repeat their great European Championship run. At Euro 2016, the Dragons advanced all the way to the semi-finals before falling to eventual champions Portugal. While the Welsh may not be at the top of their game, players like Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, and Dan James still have enough talent to pose issues for most teams - but they must get points this weekend.

The Swiss are in a similar situation to Wales in that a poor performance here might spell the end of their Group A chances, with Turkey and Italy rounding out a well-balanced group. This might be a close game settled by a single goal, though both teams would probably settle for a point to start.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 0.5

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PREDICTION: Turkey vs Italy
KO: 11 June @ 20:00 BST


After a year of anticipation, the European Championship begins on Friday night with Turkey against Italy. Due to the outbreak, Euro 2020 has been pushed back a year, but Europe is finally ready for a summer of football.

Burak Yilmaz had a fantastic season with Lille, leading them to the Ligue 1 Championship and defeating PSG. With 16 goals in Ligue 1, he was Lille's leading scorer, with only three players in the league scoring more, and he finished the season with seven goals in his last seven games.


In major tournament football, however, Italy is undefeated in the Stadio Olimpico, having won six and drawn two. Turkey, on the other hand, is infamous for being a sluggish starter at European Championships, having lost all four of its first games, including a 2-1 loss to Italy to open Euro 2000.

It's also worth noting that Mancini was dealt another setback in the build-up to the game as Lorenzo Pellegrini was forced out with a muscular injury and will be replaced by Gaetano Castrovilli. Given Italy's four World Cup victories, they are regarded as the dark horses for any tournament but they are flying under the radar this summer and could get off to a great start.

Prediction: Total goals scored will be Over 1.5

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EURO 2020: Overall Predictions
KO: 11 June in Rome


The football tournament will kick off on Friday, June 11th, in Rome, with what could be one of the best matches of the round: a Group A clash between Italy and Turkey. Here's everything you need to know about every group at the tournament.



Group A: Italy, Turkey, Switzerland and Wales.
Arguably the competition's most balanced group, Italy headlines a quartet featuring four teams that will each have sights on the knockout stages. They could benefit from playing all of their group games in Rome, have been fluid and exciting under Roberto Mancini, and they come into the event unbeaten in 27 matches.
Turkey, which has been slapped with the dark-horse label, can spoil Italy's party in the tournament's opening contest, while Switzerland and Wales both boast high-end talent capable of winning matches.

Players to watch:
Federico Chiesa (Italy): After taking his game to the next level during a stellar debut season with Juventus, the blistering winger will be crucial in driving an attack-minded, exuberant Italy forward this summer.

Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland): Granit Xhaka will be vital, too, but for Switzerland to really thrive, Shaqiri needs to shine in a likely No. 10 role. It's a lot to ask of someone who started only five league matches this past season, though.

Burak Yilmaz (Turkey): Fresh off leading Lille to a stunning Ligue 1 title, veteran striker Yilmaz will now look to carry that momentum over to his national team. The 35-year-old scored 16 league goals this past season.

Gareth Bale (Wales): Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order? The Welsh better hope so. There's some excitement for the next generation of talent, but the 31-year-old is still the guy. If Bale doesn't dominate, Robert Page's team will struggle.



Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium and Russia.
Belgium's golden generation is facing its moment of truth. With star players Romelu Lukaku , Kevin De Bruyne , Eden Hazard , and Dries Mertens  well into the prime of their careers, anything less than a run to the final would be considered a disappointment.

But the Red Devils shouldn't take the opposition lightly. Denmark has one of its best rosters since winning Euro 1992, and Russia remains a threat with home-field advantage throughout the group stage. Who knows, even tournament rookie Finland could cause an upset along the way.

Players to watch:
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium): The 28-year-old is coming off the best season of his career, having made 35 goal contributions on the way to winning the Serie A title with Inter Milan. Belgium needs the same production from its target man.

Christian Eriksen (Denmark): The playmaker is the brains of Denmark's operation. A threat on set pieces and in open play, the midfielder can single handedly decide matches. Denmark's lackluster front line depends on Eriksen's wizardry for chances.

Teemu Pukki (Finland): The 31-year-old scored 10 goals in Euro qualifying - only behind Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Eran Zahavi - and he did it with an average squad around him.

Aleksandr Golovin (Russia): The Russian dynamo inspired his country at the 2018 World Cup, kicking things off with a goal and two assists in an opening-day thrashing of Saudi Arabia.

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Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia.
The Netherlands should consider itself the favorite to win Group C. Memphis Depay has recovered from a serious knee injury, he's in the form of his life, and he has a strong supporting cast in Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie De Jong, and young gun Donyell Malen. The Dutch have more than enough swagger to recapture the public's imagination after missing out on the last two tournaments.

But defensively stout Ukraine and sneaky-talented Austria also have the potential to take points off them. Andriy Shevchenko's men secured a respectable draw against France in Euro qualifying, and the Austrians can always bank on the shapeshifting David Alaba, as well as powerhouse midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, for moments of genius. Even North Macedonia is capable of an upset, having toppled Germany in March.


Players to watch:
David Alaba (Austria): The 28-year-old is one of Europe's most versatile players. Though he usually plays somewhere along the backline, Alaba moonlights as an attacking midfielder for his country.

Memphis Depay (Netherlands): A player with street skills and a knack for the spectacular, Depay is the Netherlands' primary scoring threat. The 27-year-old bounced back from a serious knee injury to score 20 goals for Lyon in the 2020-21 Ligue 1 season.

Goran Pandev (North Macedonia): At 37 years of age, Pandev is one of football's elder statesmen, a veteran of Italy's Serie A, and a celebrated icon in his native North Macedonia. He's spent 20 years with the national team, and his participation in Euro 2020 is the peak of his enduring career.

Ruslan Malinovskyi (Ukraine): The Ukrainian midfielder has arguably the hardest shot in the tournament. He can strike the ball with either foot, making him as unpredictable as he is lethal in possession. Malinovskyi is also excellent in dead-ball situations.

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Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic and Scotland.
This quartet's opening match - England versus Croatia at Wembley Stadium - should be a good indicator of how Group D will shape up. Croatia triumphed when the two teams met in the 2018 World Cup semifinals, but it's still reliant on an old guard headlined by Luka Modric. England, meanwhile, is a bold pick to win the whole tournament.

Scotland's first match against the Czech Republic could be similarly decisive, as the teams will likely battle it out to become one of the best third-placed finishers. The Scots are poised for their first major tournament appearance since 1998, while the Czechs hope their strong Slavia Prague presence will lead them into the knockout rounds.

Players to watch
Luka Modric (Croatia): The 2018 Ballon d'Or winner turns 36 in September, so this could be his final competition for his country. Expect the usual blend of artistry and industry from the most successful player in Croatia's history.

Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic): The popular, lanky midfielder was a crucial cog in West Ham United's impressive 2020-21 campaign. The Czechs will look to take advantage of Soucek's aerial presence in their bid to emerge from the group.

Harry Kane (England): There are plenty of game-changers in the England squad, but none are more important than its captain. Kane enters the Euros after logging both the most goals and assists in the Premier League this past season.

Andy Robertson (Scotland): Scotland is overstocked at left-back, but Robertson is arguably one of the world's best in his position. He never looks out of breath as he hares up and down the flank, and his delivery from out wide can unlock the most stubborn defenses.


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Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden and Slovakia.
Luis Enrique caused controversy by failing to name a single Real Madrid player in his squad - including defender Sergio Ramos, Spain's record appearance holder with 180 caps. Instead, there's a youthful look to the Iberian nation, with the likes of Dani Olmo, Pedri, and Ferran Torres all possessing the quality to propel themselves to superstardom.

Slovakia is the rank outsider to advance to the knockout rounds, so Sweden and Poland (positioned 18th and 21st in FIFA's rankings, respectively) are expected to squabble over a runner-up spot. Poland boasts the best striker on the planet in Robert Lewandowski, while Sweden's attackers will need to step up in the absence of injured showman Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


Players to watch:
Robert Lewandowski (Poland): Who else? The Bayern Munich star recently collected the European Golden Boot after breaking the all-time record for most goals in a single Bundesliga season with 41 strikes.

Martin Dubravka (Slovakia): With many writing off Slovakia's chances of getting out of Group E, there will be a lot of pressure on Dubravka to be in peak form between the sticks.

Gerard Moreno (Spain): The Villarreal frontman scored or assisted a combined 40 goals across La Liga and Europa League play last season, and he's undoubtedly the most intelligent attacker in Enrique's squad.

Emil Forsberg (Sweden): The excitement around the RB Leipzig star has died away in recent years, but Forsberg enters Sweden's campaign after a much-improved Bundesliga season.


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Group F: France, Portugal, Germany and Hungary.
The proverbial Group of Death. There's always one, and this time around it's perhaps the most vaunted in recent tournament history. The defending World Cup champion, the reigning Euro titleholder, and a decorated perennial contender. Spare a thought for Hungary, which did extremely well to reach Euro 2020, but will need a minor miracle to see the knockout stages.

France, the tournament favourite, will battle with Portugal and Germany for Group F supremacy. Don't take your eyes off this quartet.

Players to watch:
Kylian Mbappe (France): You could pick anyone from France's starting XI - and several players from its bench - to highlight here. However, you can't go wrong with Mbappe, who, at 22, is already in the conversation as the world's best player.

Timo Werner (Germany): Germany, unsurprisingly, is well-balanced across the pitch, but it lacks a prototypical No. 9 to lead the attack. Werner, after a horribly unlucky debut season at Chelsea, needs to revert to his RB Leipzig scoring form.

Willi Orban (Hungary): In a group so loaded with attacking superstars, Orban is going to have a lot of work to do. The RB Leipzig center-back, along with defensive peer Attila Szalai, will be busy over the next couple of weeks.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): Now 36, there's a very real argument to be made that Portugal shouldn't still be built around Ronaldo. That said, he is coming off a prolific season with Juventus, and he'll be flanked by some serious talent with the Selecao as he chases down Ali Daei's scoring record.


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