Archive:  December, 2014

Tottenham vs Chelsea London (Premier League, 01.01.2015)

December 31, 2014 0 Betting, Predictions, Soccer

Seventh place meets first as Tottenham face another Premier League giant just three days after playing Manchester United. This time they are to face Chelsea, and while both teams are in great form, the visitors are the ones who failed against a resilient Southampton side.

Chelsea missed the opportunity to take the lead in the title race even if Southampton had 10 men on the field. It was Hazard who scored the equalizer and avoided the defeat, and in the end the referees where the ones to be blamed by Jose Mourinho. Tottenham come from a goalless draw against Manchester United, where Hugo Lloris, later declared Man of the Match, kept the United strikers downright frustrated with their inability to score.
Jose Mourinho is looking forward to steer his team towards another winning streak and perhaps if he fields Oscar, Hazard and Costa as his attacking line, Lloris will not be able to stop all the attacks. Fabregas was fielded in a more advanced position against Southampton, which allowed him to assist the equalizer, but also dive for a penalty, or that is get fouled for a penalty that was considered a dive by the referee. Tottenham need to improve how they play at home if they are keen to compete for a European place in 2015. Spurs are also unable to win against Chelsea since 2010, and the last four wins by the Blues have seen at least two goals being scored.

Chelsea are the overall favorites to win with 1.80 odds from Ladbrokes, and even the draw, at 3.60 has better odds than a Tottenham win with 4.33 odds. Both teams to score has 1.75 odds, Chelsea to lead after 30 minutes 2.90, Tottenham to win either half 2.50, Chelsea in the same market 1.45. Diego Costa to score has 2.05 odds, Hazard 2.75 and Oscar 3.25, Harry Kane 3.30 and both Adebayor and Soldado 3.80. We are going to bet 6 units on the wincast market of Diego Costa to score and Chelsea to win with 2.87 odds from Ladbrokes.

Liverpool vs Arsenal (Premier League, 21.12.2014)

December 18, 2014 0 Betting, Predictions, Soccer

Liverpool welcome Arsenal on Sunday in what is expected to be a mouthwatering clash between two struggling teams. Both sides have had terrible starts to their Premier League campaign, and haven’t been able to perform consistently up to this point. While the Gunners have been alternating excellent performances with painful horror shows, Brendan Rodgers’s men have been slumping for months, and now find themselves in the middle of the table, 21 points behind the leaders Chelsea -a far cry from last season’s amazing run. Arsenal are not doing any better by their own standards.

The gunners were tipped to fight for the title after the arrival of Alexis, but Wenger’s reluctance to strengthen the defense has come back to hurt them in every match. The pressure will be firmly on Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers this Sunday, as Anfield faithfuls are starting to lose patience with both the manager and the new signings. Arsene Wenger is also having plenty of critics, but he managed to lighten up the mood in Gooners’ camp with two convincing wins against Galatasaray and Newcastle.
Liverpool obliterated Arsenal 5-1 in the corresponding fixture last season, with Suarez and Sturridge creating havoc in Arsenal’s defense. This time around, Gunners can breathe a sigh of relief, as both players will be miles away from Anfield. Rodgers’ new arrivals haven’t lived up to expectations, and brought him more headaches than goals. The forward options are so bleak on Merseyside, that Rodgers is utilizing Raheem Sterling upfront. Back in defense things are also shaky. Dejan Lovren is a calamity, and the three men defense is easily exposed by quality attackers. Liverpool will be without Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge for the Sunday clash, while Dejan Lovren picked up an injury in yesterday’s match against Bournemouth and is now doubtful.

Arsenal have plenty of weapons to hurt Liverpool. Sanchez, Wellbeck and Oxlade-Chamberlain bring pace, Giroud – a real presence, while Cazorla excellent vision. Their Achilles heel is the defense and the holding midfielder. The Gunners will be without Koscielny, Monreal and Arteta, as well as long term absentees Walcott, Ozil and Ramsey.

The odds have dropped dramatically in Arsenal’s favor and now the Gunners are slight favorites to win at 2.5 with Bet365, while Liverpool are priced at 2.8. We expect an even encounter with plenty of chances to score at both ends. Both teams have leaky backlines, but Gunners’ superior striking options could and should make the difference. If Arsenal play with the same intensity as they did against Newcastle, Liverpool will be in big trouble, especially with Brad Jones in goal. The 2.5 price for Gunners is too tempting to refuse, that’s why we are going to stick 7 units on an outright Arsenal win with Bet365. We all know Wenger’s men are prone to moments of madness, that’s why as a side bet we suggest to stick a few quid on Mario Balloteli to score anytime at 2.62 with Bet365. If there is one team to gift Mario a goal, that’s Arsenal.

Napoli vs Parma (Serie A, 18.12.2014)

December 17, 2014 0 Betting, Predictions, Soccer

If the Serie A rumor mill is based on any truth then the match against Parma is of maximum importance seeing as should Napoli lose, Rafa Benitez might be about to lose his job. Last season Napoli lost both matches against Parma with the same 1-0 score which is why they might want to take revenge on said fact.

Parma are currently on the last place in the table with six points, seven points short of being safe from relegation. Napoli reside on the 7th place, same number of points with AC Milan, but two points behind the last Europa League place. After three consecutive draws, the hosts managed a defeat against AC Milan without being able to score at least once. Last time Napoli won was at the beginning of November against Fiorentina. Napoli have also struggled this season when playing at home having won just three out of seven attempts.
Parma’s last win dates back to November 1st when they won against Inter and kept a clean sheet. After that Parma suffered four consecutive defeats, including a7-0 disaster against Juventus. Their latest result is a goaless draw against Cagliari where Antonio Mirante worked wonders in the goal line. Parma scored only two goals in their previous four games which does not bode well for the match against Napoli, who have, Higuain and Marek Hamsik to solve any goalscoring problems.

Napoli are under extreme pressure to finally deliver with all the faith put in them, which is why William Hill gave them 1.30 odds to win. Parma got 11.00 for an upset and a draw has 5.00 odds. We are going to bet 7 units on Napoli winning both halves with 2.60 odds from William Hill, even if you could also bet on both teams to score with 1.95 odds. Higuain has 1.67 odds to score, Callejon 1.80, Mertens and Zapata 1.91 and Antonio Cassano 3.30. Parma with a +1 handicap has 3.30 odds, Napoli with a -2 one 3.20 and Napoli to keep a clean sheet has 1.91 odds.

Paderborn vs Schalke 04 (Bundesliga, 17.12.2014)

December 16, 2014 0 Betting, Predictions, Soccer

Paderborn are the newly promoted Bundesliga side that impressed almost everyone as they positioned themselves on the 10th place even with a stream of mixed results. Against Schalke, Paderborn will go for the three points and a chance to overcome Hannover 96 in the table.

Schalke have an extensive list on injuries, but they have looked rather solid in Bundesliga with a three man backline. They are currently on the 6th place with 23 points, one point short of the last Champions League place. The Royal Blues will rely on Choupo Moting and Huntelaar to bring the win in a time where it would be wise to concentrate more on Bundesliga. Schalke’s last four matches have seen at least three goals scored, but in away games they have three defeats and one win against Stuttgart.
Paderborn managed to frustrate Wolfsburg with a 1-1 draw that saw both goals being scored by Paderborn players. Their best players are Hunemeier and Wemmer, both great defensive players. Bertels and Koc will miss with injuries, while Saglik could see a place in the starting eleven. Consequently, Paderborn have lost only one of their last four matches, and by placing in the first 10 teams they have achieved the task at hand.

Where Schalke always lose the match is in the midfield area, where they need more stability, and the Paderborn match could end in Schalke applying pressure from the very start. The two teams met before in a friendly match where Schalke 04 struggled to win and in the end got the win with a minimal advantage. A draw is the most likely outcome, and Titan bet offers 3.40 odds for it.

A Paderborn win has 2.75 odds, and we’re betting 7 units on an outright Schalke 04 win with 2.50 odds. Over 3.5 goals has 2.70 odds, Schalke for both halves 4.00, Paderborn 4.33 and an odd number of corners has 1.85 odds. Another interesting market is Schalke to score first and win with 3.00 odds and the second half with the most goals has 2.00 with Titan Bet.

AS Monaco vs Olympique Marseille (Ligue 1 Recap, 14.12.2014)

December 16, 2014 0 Betting, Recaps, Soccer


Result: -7 units, bet lost

AS Monaco vs Olympique Marseille (Ligue 1, 14.12.2014)

December 12, 2014 0 Betting, Predictions, Soccer

Ligue 1 is due for another Clash of the Titans match as AS Monaco get ready to host the current leaders, Olympique de Marseille. The two teams are separated by 12 points in the table, with Marseille having 38 at the top, and Monaco 26 on the 7th. The visitors summed up three wins in the last four matches following the defeat against PSG, which is the same number as Monaco who lost against Rennes three matches ago.

Monaco come from securing a last 16 place in Champions League after a 2-0 win over Zenit. The team have been struggling after Falcao and James Rodriguez moved to countries with a better climate, but critics are now patiently awaiting the draw on Monday to draw their conclusions. Should they win they would shorten the distance from Marseille by nine points. Berbatov got injured against Zenit and will miss the match, while Kurzawa and most likely Jardim will have to sit this one out.
Marseille reinvented themselves after starting the year with a defeat to Montpellier, but since then they only dropped three points to Lyon and PSG, who currently are one point behind them in the table. In their latest win against Metz Gainelli got a hamstring injury, but is tipped to return to training in time to feature against Monaco. The majority of the squad is in good shape, and even with Alessandrini missing to a long injury they should be able to push for a win against Monaco, whom they are unable to beat in Ligue 1 since 2010.

The bookmakers cannot single a clear winner due to the similar potential of both teams
, which is why Monaco to win has 2.60 odds, Marseille 2.80 and a draw has 3.20 odds. Over 2.5 goals has 2.15 odds, AS Monaco for both halves 4.33, Marseille 4.50 and over 10 corners 2.05 odds. Gignac is your main choice for the goalscorer market with 2.40 odds, Payet 3.10 and Ayew 4.00. We are going to bet 7 units on an outright Marseille win with odds from Bet365.

Borussia M’Gladbach vs FC Zurich (Europa League Recap, 11.12.2014)

December 12, 2014 0 Betting, Recaps, Soccer


Result: +11,55 units, bet won

Maribor vs Schalke 04 (Champions League Recap, 10.12.2014)

December 11, 2014 0 Betting, Recaps, Soccer


Result: -7 units, bet lost

Borussia M’Gladbach vs FC Zurich (Europa League, 11.12.2014)

December 10, 2014 0 Betting, Predictions, Soccer

First place meets third as Borussia M’Gladbach will push for a win against a Zurich side that will want the qualification more. The hosts are currently two points in front of their opponents, but they also have Villarreal to worry about, as the Spanish team is placed second with only one point behind the Germans.

FC Zurich do not have new injuries prior to the Gladbach match, but they made the headlines after filing a criminal complaint against Sandro Weiser for the tackle that destroyed Yapi Yapo’s knee to the degree that he might never make a full recovery. Koch is under doubt and might get to start if the medical team gives their all clear. The visitors are placed second behind FC Basel, and their latest result is a loss to Thun where neither Buff, nor Chiumiento were able to capitalize on their goalscoring chances.
Borussia M’Gladbach were among the top three teams in Bundesliga, but three defeats in a row set them back, and they landed on the sixth place. Dahoud is out with an injury while Kruse, Marx and Kramer are under doubt. The good news comes from Martin Stranzl who returned yesterday to training, and it will be up to Favre to send him in or not. Gladbach needed the win against Hertha Berlin as a signal they can indeed shake off the terrible form they are in, and die Fohlen know that even a draw will put them through.

If Zurich want to secure qualification, they will have to win in Gladbach, however their away form in the competition is speaking against them, in the last three matches they have two defeats, while Borussia M’Gladbach has two draws and a win in the same number of matches. The first leg ended with a 1-1 draw, but for tomorrow the hosts are the obvious favorites with 1.48 odds for a win. Zurich has 6.50 odds to win and another draw has 4.33 odds.

Borussia M’Gladbach for both halves has 2.15 odds, Zurich 12.00 and both teams to score with 1.70 odds. The hosts have only lost once at home this season, which is why the coupled market of Gladbach to win and both to score with 2.85 odds looks valuable enough. We are going to bet 7 units on Borussia M’Gladbach to score over 1.5 goals with 2.65 odds from Titan Bet.

Internazionale vs Udinese (Serie A Recap, 07.12.2014)

December 10, 2014 0 Betting, Recaps, Soccer


Result: -5 units, bet lost