Category:  Soccer

Japan vs UAE (AFC Asian Cup Recap, 23.01.2015)

January 26, 2015 0 Betting, Recaps, Soccer


Result: -5 units, bet lost

Lazio Roma vs AC Milan (Serie A, 24.01.2015)

January 23, 2015 0 Betting, News, Predictions, Soccer

Lazio Roma host AC Milan at Stadio Olimpico in an attempt to get closer to the third place that grants Champions League presence. The distance between the fifth and third place is just of two points which has spurred the hosts to life. Both teams lost their previous Serie A matches with the same score 0-1 and this while playing at home.

Lazio has one of the best attacking lines this Serie A season, but somehow without Felipe Anderson they failed to capitalize on the numerous chances they created and ended up losing to Napoli who overcame them on the table. Anderson has not been given a definite return date, and speculations place him back in team training somewhere around February. The Biancocelesti have to rely on Candevra and Djorjevic to get the scoring flowing seeing as Milan will definitely come goal oriented. Lazio like to leave it late to score usually during the last 20 minutes and even with their fair share of injuries they should benefit from the form Milan are in.
The Rossoneri are going through one of the worst forms they could have had. Honda is on national team duty which means Menez will be attributed the playmaker role. Bonera, De Sciglio, Zapata and Rami were ruled out for this match, giving Inzaghi hope that Cerci and Abate behave in civil manner around each other. The coach himself has been sent off after reacting to referee’s decision in the loss against Atalanta. Milan tend to struggle against lower placed teams, losing against Sassuolo, Atalanata but somehow managing draws against Roma and Inter. The Rossonerri could produce the upset, they certainly have the means for it, but if Inzaghi won’t be able to patch up the defense, Bonera will once again be held responsible by the fans.

Statistic wise AC Milan have the upper hand over Lazio with 31 wins in 33 matches, but the hosts have conceded only one goal in their last four matches which makes them favorites with the bookmakers. Unibet gives Lazio 2.00 odds to win, Milan got 4.00 and a draw has 3.35 odds. Over 2.5 goals has 2.08 odds, over 10.5 corners 2.05, Lazio with a -1 handicap 2.95, Milan with a +1 1.45 and an odd number of goals 1.97. Djorjevic, Klose and Balde Diao have 2.85 odds to score anytime while for AC Milan Menez and Pazzini have 3.75. We are going to bet 7 units on AC Milan to score in the second half with 2.20 odds from Unibet.

Japan vs UAE (AFC Asian Cup, 23.01.2015)

January 22, 2015 0 Betting, Predictions, Soccer

After cruising through the group stage, defending Asian Cup champions Japan are set to clash with their toughest opponent yet, United Arab Emirates. Japan won their group by scoring 7 goals in all three matches without conceding and UAE won two of them, while losing the last one against Iran with 0-1. The bookies side with the overall favorites in this match and Japan got 1.36 odds to win while UAE got 9.00.

Javier Aguirre chose to trust the same starting eleven throughout the group stage and it paid off with terrific performances. Being led by Honda and Kagawa Japan are looking sharp on the wings and concentrated at the back. Nagamoto is another key player for Japan, he can either assist the forward line when needed or help out in defense. Okazaki is another jewel in the forward line and while the goals are expected from Honda, tipsters back Kagawa and Okazaki to score first. Yoshida is sure the constant cohesion between the players is what will help Japan overcome UAE.
United Arab Emirates finished second in their group after failing to preserve the draw that would have helped them avoid Japan in the quarterfinals. Abdulrahman is their best player and his ways of controlling the ball and subsequently the play made him one of the breakout starts of this tournament. While the majority has been concentrating on the midfield area for UAE, they might have missed Mabkhout who is clinical in front of the goal, and having scored three so far, including one after just 15 seconds from the start in the group match against Bahrain.

“From my experience in the Copa America, World Cup and the Gold Cup, I can say that our chances are the same as the other seven teams remaining,” Aguirre said. “From now we start from zero.” The bookmakers seem to disagree with said statement and give Japan 1.14 odds to qualify during regular time, and UAE got 5.00 for the same market. Japan for both halves has 1.91 odds, UAE 19.00 and over 2.5 goals 1.95 odds. In their previous four head to head matches Japan won twice, including back in 2013 for the Asian Cup, there was a draw and an UAE win from back in 2005. UAE with a +1 handicap has 3.10 odds, Japan with a -1 2.00 and we’re betting 5 units on Japan to win and both teams to score with 3.75 odds from William Hill.

Fiorentina vs Atalanta (Coppa Italia Recap, 21.01.2015)

January 22, 2015 0 Betting, Recaps, Soccer


Result: -7 units, bet lost

Mali vs Cameroon (Africa Cup of Nations Recap, 20.01.2015)

January 21, 2015 0 Betting, Recaps, Soccer


Result: -7 units, bet lost

Fiorentina vs Atalanta (Coppa Italia, 21.01.2015)

January 20, 2015 0 News, Predictions, Soccer

Fiorentina host Atalanta in their last sixteen match of Coppa Italia to try and continue the trend of qualifying for the final stage. Both teams are on opposite sides of the table, while Fiorentina are battling for an Europa League place, Atalanta are trying their best to avoid relegation, which is why Viola are the favorites to win with 1.53 odds from Ladbrokes.

Ever since the loss to Parma, Viola are trying to regroup forces, won two matches in a row, but are always leaving it late to claim the win. Against Chievo Verona Fiorentina scored the winning goal in the 94th minute through Babacar, with 2.50 odds to score anytime. The hosts will be without Rossi, Aquilani Ilicic and Bernardeschi, and the pressure to deliver in the attack will not be on Cuadrado, but on Mario Gomez, as the German forward is yet to make a mark on the Viola fans.
Fiorentina won their last five matches against Atalanta and managed to concede only one goal, but with Coppa Italia being about prestige, Fiorentina might want to give their fans a gift. Atalanta come after a great result in Serie A, a 1-0 win over AC Milan. German Denis scored in the first half to reduce San Siro to silence and put Atalanta on the 15th place in Serie A. The forward has now 3.80 to score anytime, especially since Fiorentina only won twice in their last 6 home matches in all competitions. The last time the hosts won against Viola was back in 2012 and another 2-0 result for Atalanta has 34.00 odds with Ladbrokes.

Atalanta have 6.00 to win and 4.00 to end regular time in a draw. Viola have 1.22 odds to qualify, Atalanta 4.00 and Fiorentina with a -1.0 handicap 1.86 odds. Juan Cuadrado has 2.87 odds to score anytime, an odd number of goals 1.90 odds and we’re going to bet 7 units on Fiorentina to win to nil with 2.35 odds from Ladbrokes.

Lazio Roma vs Napoli (Serie A Recap, 18.01.2015)

January 20, 2015 0 Betting, Recaps, Soccer


Result: +13,3 units, bet won

Ajax Amsterdam vs Groningen (Eredivisie Recap, 16.01.2015)

January 20, 2015 0 Betting, Recaps, Soccer


Result: -5 units, bet lost

Mali vs Cameroon (Africa Cup of Nations, 20.01.2015)

January 19, 2015 0 Betting, Predictions, Soccer

Cameroon start the Africa Cup of Nations as one of the heavy favorites of the tournament, and their first group D clash is set against Mali. In a group with Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire, every point will be essential which is why tipsters seem to point to a win of the visitors. Both teams will field the best they have at the moment and hope to break the ice and start the group with three points.

Cameroon have learned their bitter lesson from the World Cup in Brazil, where everyone was awaiting big things from them only that they ended the group with three defeats and only one goal scored. Their talisman Eto’o retired after the tournament which could mean younger forwards will get extra motivation to perform right. In the qualifications for the tournament Cameroon did not lose any games, but against Mali they will have to be without their captain Mbia, who got a red card in the match against Cote D’Ivoire. But unlike the old Cameroon team, now the Indomitable Lions have several leaders, all playing in Europe: Choupo-Moting, Aboubakar, N’Koulou, Enoh and Moukandjo are ready to get Cameroon back into the competition they’ve been missing out on for several years.
Mali are riding on the success of their Africa Cup of Nations from 2013 where they surprised everyone and reached the third place. Seidu Keita is their most important player in the midfield area, but Yatabare will be tipped in charge of scoring the goals. Their main striker Diabate from Bordeaux sustained an injury and had to pull out of the squad, but this does not take away from Mali’s merits or the threat they possess in aerial duels. Their strength is the defensive line and considering this is the first match both teams might try to gauge their opponents before striking.

Last time the two teams met was back in 2002 when Cameroon won with 3-0 and Titan Bet gives Cameroon 17.00 odds to repeat the score. An outright Mali win has 3.70 odds, Cameroon has 2.00 and a draw 3.20. One of the most popular bets is Cameroon with a +1 handicap with 1.25 odds, Mali in the same market has 1.72 odds, Cameroon to win the first half 2.70, Mali 4.20, the second half with the most goals 2.20 and Cameroon to win by exactly one goal 3.20 odds. We are going to bet on Cameroon scoring over 1.5 goals with 2.45 odds from Titan Bet.

Lazio Roma vs Napoli (Serie A, 18.01.2015)

January 16, 2015 0 Betting, Predictions, Soccer

Serie A gives way to a highly entertaining match between third and fourth place as Lazio get ready to host Napoli. The two teams are separated by one point only, but Lazio are looking sharp when on Stadio Olimpico where they won the last three matches with 3-0, while Napoli come from a defeat against Juventus and will be eager to prove it was just a fluke.

The Biancocelesti have Felipe Anderson, Miroslav Klose and Stefano Mauri to look out for goals while Napoli relies on Higuain, Callejon and Zapata. However, Lazio received a blow because Anderson was ruled out of competition for at least several weeks with a knee injury and Marchetti is suspended. Napoli will be without Michu and Insigne, while Ghoulam is taking part in the African Nations Cup. Lazio are on an unbeaten run of 10 matches, Napoli were on one of three when they lost against Juve, but the visitors do display a better form in their head to head games where they won three out of four matches while Lazio walked away with only one point.
As stated above Napoli have been in a rather inconsistent form, but they do not have problems scoring, and Rafa Benitez has to inspire his team to do better in away games where they tend to concede early. The stake for this match is high: the third place is the last one to give Champions League access, and Napoli need to gain some distance from Sampdoria with the same number of points, but separated by the goal difference.

888sport give Lazio the edge in this match with 2.55 odds, a draw has 3.20 odds, and a Napoli win 2.90, which is the exact same market we’re betting 7 units on. Both teams to score has 1.76 odds, over 2.5 goals 2.04, Lazio for both halves 3.95, Napoli 4.50 and both teams to score in both halves 14.00 odds. Lazio with -1 has 4.40 odds, Napoli with a +1 has 1.21 and Higuain to score has 2.70 odds.