Archive:  March, 2014

Parma vs Lazio [Prediction, March 30th]

March 28, 2014 0 Betting, Predictions, Soccer

Lazio was always planning for a Europa League spot, yet their latest 2-0 defeat to Genoa of all teams put everything to a pause. In the match against Parma, they will try to cut back something of the 6 points deficit to the last Europa League spot for which William Hill offers them 2.08 odds.

In the match against Genoa they saw themselves, not only being led by two goals to nil, but also losing Ledesma to a red card in the 90th minute. Lazio went down a place after the defeat, and out of the latest 15 points they could have won, they only managed to salvage 7 of them. Their mixed result alternate between losses against Atlanta and more recently Genoa, to a draw against AC Milan but at home they look better and statistics show they don’t concede more than a goal.
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Parma looked too flustered against Juve and even though they deserved the points, they didn’t get it as they lost with 2-1. Up until then they were sporting an unbeaten run of 9 matches, but Carlos Tevez had to put a stop to that with his brace. After the result they have one point less than inter, but have a game in hand. To their credit they managed to equalize against Juventus by having only 10 men on the pitch and still make the Serie A leaders run for the ball.

A draw between the two sides is at 3.30 and Parma to score in both halves is at 4.40. You can bet on Klose to score at 2.45 and we are going to bet 7 units with William Hill for over 2.5 goals per match.

Liverpool vs Tottenham [Prediction, March 30th]

March 28, 2014 0 Betting, Predictions, Soccer

Liverpool is in a very good condition at the moment in the Premier League table as they are scheduled to host Tottenham on Anfield Road. Judging by Liverpool’s latest results it is no wonder why the bookies concentrate their attention more on the goal related markets. The Reds have Sturridge, Suarez and Steven Gerrard for the penalties, but Tottenham needs the points in the race after Everton.

Tottenham is not in a good place, as they were sporting three consecutive defeats in all competitions, before managing to win against Southampton during the weekend. They managed to come from behind and win with goals from Sigurdsson and Eriksen. Their injury worries rely on the fact that it yet still unknown whether Kyle Walker will go to Anfield since he is still struggling with a injury. Erik Lamela and Chiriches are both having back pains, yet the Spurs are still expected to give Liverpool hard times.
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Liverpool is looking flawless in attack, even though they struggled a bit against Sunderland, it wasn’t because the lack of trying. Gerrard scored first after Suarez allowed him to take the free kick, and Sturridge made it 2-1 to mark Liverpool 7th win in a row. Their form at Anfield pushes them forward as the overall favorites to win this, and increase their goal difference.

An outright Liverpool win can be backed at 1.49, a draw at 5.00 and a Tottenham win at 7.20. Sturridge and Steven Gerrard as anytime goalscorers are at 2.00, respectively 2.84 and we are going to bet 8 units on over 3.5 goals as 2.20 with odds from Betfair.

Schalke 04 vs Hertha Berlin [Prediction, March 28]

March 27, 2014 0 Uncategorized

Schalke is battling with Borussia Dortmund for the second Bundesliga spot and after their inconclusive 0-0 draw there is still one point separating the two teams. Ladbrokes gives Schalke the edge to win the match against Hertha, even though the hosts will be without Kevin Prince Boateng who needs to serve his suspension.

In the match against Dortmund, Schalke was the luckiest of the two teams as the only reason Dortmund didn’t score was because Fährmann provided several crucial saves against the Dortmund strikers. Schalke didn’t go in just for the one point to walk away with; they also needed the boost of confidence after the humiliating Champions League exit and the Bundesliga 1-5 defeat against Bayern Munich. Hertha managed to win just one point out of the last 10 matches against Schalke 04, and the latest match ended with Schalke’s 0-2 victory.
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Hertha came from the second Bundesliga tier this year, but by the way they are playing one wouldn’t say that. They are currently on the 9th place and this year doesn’t look to favor them at all. They have three defeats in a row, the most recent one against Bayern Munich and one of their downside is that they rely solely on one striker. Among the good news for the team is the return of Sebastian Langkamp from suspension.

Schalke is good this season in home games and Hertha Berlin does not concede points that easily, so this particular match up should be very interesting. A Schalke win is at 1.75. a potential draw at 3.75 and a Hertha Berlin win at 4.50. Among the most popular betting market is Schalke to win and over 2.5 goals for the match at 2.50, while the draw and over 2.5 is at 10.00. We are going to bet 8 units on Schalke to win both halves at 4.25 with odds from Ladbrokes.

Napoli vs Fiorentina [Recap, March 23]

March 25, 2014 0 Uncategorized

Fiorentina managed to pull themselves together and win 0-1 against Napoli, thus putting enough distance between them and Parma. The bet we placed with William Hill on both teams to score and Napoli to win didn’t pay off, perhaps due to the fact that the hosts were left with 10 men in a match that otherwise they would have won without any problems.

Napoli heavily relied on Higuain to open the score and he almost did that 10 minutes in the game after receiving a long pass from Pepe Reina. Fiorentina’s goalkeeper should have gotten Man of the Match award, as it was his saves that kept the score level up until the 87th minute when Joaquin scored from inside the box.
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We think the fast paced match broke on the 37th minute when Napoli were left with 10 people after Ghoulam fouled Marko Bakic and received a straight red card. Callejon still tried his luck with an offensive action engineered by himself only but Neto was as always in place and cleared the shot. In the second half all Napoli could do is capitalize on counter attacks as Fiorentina was pushing forward to break the deadlock.

Joaquin broke through the left wing closer to the end and passed the ball to Matri whose header ended up being way off target. The only goal came as a result of Joaquin finding Pepe Reina all alone as for some reason Napoli was left with no backline and after this result with literally no hopes of finishing second in Serie A.

Result: -6 units, bet lost

Hannover 96 vs Borussia Dortmund [Recap, March 22]

March 25, 2014 0 Betting, Recaps, Soccer

While Borussia Dortmund managed to postpone the title celebrations in Munich for a few more days at least, we won the bet placed with William Hill on the visitors to win the first half in the match against Hannover 96.

Dortmund had three different goalscorers, as Mats Hummels, Robert Lewandowski and of course Marco Reus helped the team win to nil in a match where Hannover looked equally as dangerous. Andre Hoffman and Huszti continued to cause problems to the Dortmund defense throughout 90 minutes, but they weren’t clinical enough to be able to score even from inside the box.
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For Borussia Dortmund it was Grosskreutz who had the first chance to score in the first half, but his shot was saved by Zieler. Hannover had two more chances to score, but Weidenfeller denied them the first goal of the night. This award went to Mats Hummels who opened the score on the 43 minute to give Dortmund the lead at half time.

Even though Hannover requested a penalty, the referee decided otherwise in the beginning of the second half. On the 52 minute Lewandowski managed to fend off three Hannover 96 defenders and then finish off in great style. It was 2-0 for Dortmund, who never eased on ball possession even after leading to nil. Reus had a few missed opportunities to score himself, until the goal went his way on the 91 minute after a great assist by Mkhitaryan.

Result: +9,04 units, bet won