Archive:  January, 2015

Schalke 04 vs Hannover 96 (Bundesliga, 31.01.2015)

January 30, 2015 0 Betting, News, Predictions, Soccer

Schalke 04 host Hannover 96 in the 18th round of the Bundesliga to try and aim for the three points all while avenging the 2-1 defeat from back in August. There is a three point gap between the two, but the visitors are on level with Gladbach and Augsburg, and even if they are rather inconsistent Schalke should be an example to follow on how to rise from the relegation zone and battle it out for European football places in the time span of a few matches.

Whoever said Bundesliga is not competitive should have a look at the table where up to eight teams are battling it out for places in Europa League. Hannover 96 has 24 points out of 17 matches is just at a 3 point gap between them and Schalke. Didier Ya Konan returned to the team from Saudi Arabian football and is pumped up to score, considering the visitors are unable to win an away game since November. Schulz, Andreasen, Almer, Miller and Hoffman will have to miss the match which will put the scoring chances on Joselu and Kiyotake, and we know how easily Schalke likes to concede. Hannover played 7 matches without conceding a goal in the first half of Bundesliga and if you think the trend will continue you can bet so with 7.00 odds from 888sport.
The Royal Blues have gained stability in Bundesliga under Roberto Di Matteo, and despite being hit by injuries with Fahrmann, Aogo, Ayan, Goretzka, Kolasinic, Farfan, Draxler and Obasi missing they are boosted by Huntelaar being in great form to count on goals. Choupo-Moting could be paired up with the Dutchman in the forward line seeing as Cameroon was eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations. Höwedes is sure that with Nastasic’s arrival Schalke’s backline will only improve which will give them a boost in their pursuit of Champions League football; after all they are at just one point from Bayer Leverkusen.

Schalke are heavily favored to win and 888sport gives them 1.90 odds to win, Hannover got 3.85 odds and a draw has3.60 odds. Huntelaar has 2.23 odds to score, Chinedu 3.15, Sam Sidney 3.45 and Max Meyer 4.75; for Hannover Joselu has 3.55 and Karaman 4.80 to score anytime. Schalke to win the first half has 2.50 odds, Hannover 96 4.10, and the visitors with +1 handicap 1.46 odds. We are going to bet 7 units on both teams scoring in the second half with 3.20 odds from 888sport.

Liverpool vs West Ham (Premier League, 31.01.2015)

January 29, 2015 0 Betting, News, Predictions, Soccer

Anfield Road host West Ham United to give Liverpool a chance to claim the 7th place in Premier League. The teams are separated by just one point, and while Liverpool have displayed an improved version of what they can actually show, West Ham are unbeaten in six matches, the last three being wins with six goals scored and only two conceded.

Liverpool are the favorites to win, seeing as they not only will have Sturridge back in the squad, but also Anfield behind them. The matches against Chelsea form the League Cup might have taken their toll, but they did have an unbeaten run of seven matches in all competitions. Another bonus point form them is also the fact that their defensive line is getting better with each match, do notice Chelsea’s forward line, and the fact that they were able to score from a penalty spot, but either than that Diego Costa was not efficient in front of the goal.
West Ham have Carroll and Downing with a point to prove at Anfield and with not as many absences as the players who took part in the Africa Cup of Nations and Collins and Demel who are under doubt, they will look forward to repeat another 3-1 from last year. However, at Anfield West Ham do not have a very good track record with three defeats and a draw in the last four matches. Their Premier League calendar is not one of the easiest either; with Man United and Southampton in the following rounds the visitors will be pumped to win this match.

The visitors are tipped to play a defensive football, and Liverpool have a hard time opening up spaces, and still Unibet gives them 1.66 odds to win, West Ham got 5.30 and a draw has 4.00 odds. It may very well end up being a low scoring match where individuality actions will decide the three points. Sturridge gas 2.15 odds to score, Balotelli and Lambert 2.40, Sterling 2.55 and Borini with Coutinho 3.60; for West Ham Carroll has 3.70 while Sakho has 3.80. We are going to bet 5 units on both teams to score in the second half with 3.25 odds from Unibet.

Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona (Copa del Rey Recap, 28.01.2015)

January 29, 2015 0 Betting, Recaps, Soccer


Result: -5 units, bet lost

Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona (Copa del Rey, 28.01.2015)

January 27, 2015 0 Betting, News, Predictions, Soccer

Atletico Madrid stated they wouldn’t have even get out on the field if they did not believe it would be possible to overturn the result against Barcelona. The odds however seem to disagree with said statement as Ladbrokes gives Barcelona 1.15 to qualify while Atletico got 5.00.

Barcelona come to Vicente Calderon with a minimal advantage
after they were awarded a controversial penalty five minutes prior to the finish that Lionel Messi converted. Atletico Madrid are unable to win against Barcelona in 12 home matches and the visitors will try to increase said statistics all while hoping either Neymar, Messsi or Suarez if in good form get to score against Oblak or Moya. The hosts will miss Diego Godin in the backline due to suspension and during yesterday’s training Diego Simeone experimented with his starting eleven. Torres and Griezmann started as the forward line, but Koke trained on the sidelines and it is yet unclear whether he will be fit to start in time.
Barcelona are due to travel to Madrid today and chances are Rakitic will be available for selection despite neither he nor Mathieu having the medical leave. Luis Enrique called up Halilovic and Diagne to the first team, but it is yet unclear whether either coach will risk not fielding the best he has at the moment. Lionel Messi is recovering the lost form he had when scoring goals; he now has 7 in the last four matches in all competitions. One of the things Barca have to do to secure the lead is prevent the hosts from scoring early in the game. The visitors are aware Gimenez will be as good in the backline with Miranda as Godin was, but it is still hard to see how Barca could lose this match.

Simeone seems to push for Torres to start, but Mandzukic/Griezmann duo is far more efficient in front of the goal. Luis Suarez sat out Barca’s 6-0 win over Elche, but is tipped to start against Atletico who also won in their last league match against Rayo Vallecano. One of the most popular betting markets is the draw, with 3.40 odds. A Barcelona win has 2.20 odds, an Atletico win 3.20 and both teams to score 1.75. Barca for both halves has 3.30 odds, Atletico 5.20 and a handicap of +1 for Atletico has 1.66 odds, Barca with a -1.0 has 3.80. Messi has 2.25 odds to score, Neymar 2.60 and Suarez 2.90; for Atletico, Mandzukic has 3.10 while Torres and Griezmann both have 3.30 odds to score anytime. We are going to bet 5 units on the wincast market Lionel Messi to score and Barcelona to win with 3.50 odds from Ladbrokes.

Lazio Roma vs AC Milan (Serie A Recap, 24.01.2015)

January 26, 2015 0 Betting, Recaps, Soccer


Result: -7 units, bet lost