Category:  Sports

PSG vs Bayer Leverkusen [Prediction, March 12]

March 11, 2014 0 Predictions, Soccer, Sports

Paris Saint Germain is expected to have an easy game in the 2nd leg, when they will host a Bayer Leverkusen facing problems.

Having lost to Barcelona last year in the quarterfinals, PSG looks forward to shine on the European scene this season. Having won 5 out of 5 last matches in all competitions, and with a 4-0 in the 1st leg, the French are more confident than ever. Matuidi, Cabaye and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were the ones to score in the away game. Laurent Blanc will be able to count on them for the Tuesday match also.
PSG-VS-BAYER-LEVERKUSEN-12-march-2014-prediction
On the other hand, the Germans will have a tough time with Kruse, Hegeler, Bender and Toprak forced to stay out of the pitch because of injury problems. Domestically, Bayern Leverkusen is also having problems, dropping to the 3rd place of Bundesliga table. They finally broke their series of 3 defeats in a row, with a 1-1 draw at Hannover in their last match, with Gonzalo Castro the one to score.

And as if this wasn’t enough, 5 of Leverkusen’s players have been booked in the 1st leg, while Emir Spahic is unavailable after getting a red card. On the French side, only Matuidi has to play a more careful game.

We will place 7.00 units at bet365 for a 2-0 win by PSG, with the bookmaker offering a 7.50 odd for this result. The same bookmaker has a PSG victory priced at 1.50, a draw stands for 5.00, while Bayer Leverkusen’s chances of winning the game are offered an odd of 9.00. For the chances of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score 2 or more goals, bet365 is offering an odd of 3.50.

Toulouse vs. AS Monaco [Prediction, January 19th]

January 17, 2014 0 Betting, Soccer, Sports

Toulouse has a longer injury list than AS Monaco, who can only say they are missing Martial and Dirar. Even though the hosts are without Chantome, Abdennour, Sana and Soukuna, they can still show off an impressive home record of 10 unbeaten matches. Their topscorers are Braithwaite and Ben Yedder with 6 and 5 goals respectively. For Monaco, Falcao and Riviere are where the goals lie, with 9 and 8 goals.

Regardless of the place Toulouse are on, they are expected to put up a fight and many bookies tip them off as the winners of the three points. AS Monaco seemed to have found a backup plan to Falcao’s injury, James Rodriguez is the creative mastermind behind their latest successes and the pressure the team seems to keep on PSG.
TOULOUSE-VS-MONACO-19-january-2014-prediction

There is still no concrete news from either Falcao or his agents about his rumored departure from the club, though talks about it have been floating around since weeks now. Falcao scored in his debut match for AS Monaco, but it looks like he still can’t settle, but until he confirms it himself there’s not much either bookies or we could predict.

888sport has Monaco to win at 1.92 and Toulouse at 4.20, while the draw is accounted for at 3.20. Also Monaco is tipped with over 1.5 goals for the entire match at 3.85, and we’d back them up with 7 units for that result to happen.

AS Roma vs. Livorno [Prediction, January 18th]

January 16, 2014 0 Betting, Soccer, Sports

AS Roma has some difficult games lining up for them, but the bookies and  Rudi Garcia seems to think his team can pull this off. They are on the second place in Serie A, and even though some regular players might be rested, no one will end up harmed in the long run. Roma is 8 points behind Juventus, and have an advantage over their competitors, which puts them on the Champions League radar.

Livorno on the other hand is not doing so well; they sacked the head coach, who promoted the team to Serie A this season, a thing which angered the fans. The team also lost all their away games; they concede goals with such easiness that if you look at their position on the table you’ll end up guessing the end result of this match.

ROMA-VS-LIVORNO-18-january-2014-prediction

Going for a Roma win to nil might be unprofitable as it’s a sure bet and has really low odds. They have a really good attacking force and even their defenders can score a goal or two. Benatia already has 5 goals on his account, but the danger could also come from the likes of Totti, Destro or even Maicon.

The over 3.5 goals betting market again looks like a shoe in for a Roma match, especially if you go for over 2.5 goals in the first half, betfair will give you odds of 5.25, also for Roma to have scored an odd number of goals goes for 2.85, on which we placed 7 units.

Juventus Torino – Sampdoria [Prediction, January 18th]

January 15, 2014 0 Betting, Soccer, Sports

Juventus were the winners of the first half of Serie A with 8 points clear of AS Roma and of course continuing the record of eleven unbeaten matches in the competition. Now back to stage 22 of Serie A, Juventus meets Sampdoria, a team that’s on the 12th place, and surprisingly, is one point behind AC Milan.

Even though Juve act as hosts and are not sporting any injuries, they still remember last year on the 6th of January when Sampdoria beat them at home with 1-2. The difference from last year is, that now Juventus Torino is a completely different team and should tamper with any attempts of disrupting their brilliant run.

Juventus-vs-Samprodia

Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente will be the one threat Sampdoria won’t have the power to stop. In their last two visits to Torino, Sampdoria has managed an average of 4 points, and even though now it’s even more difficult to get a positive result Robert Siriano is confident his teammates will do their best.

Juventus’ latest result is a 4-1 win over Cagliari, and Samdporia won against Udinese with 3-0. This was their third clean sheet in five matches, but it still doesn’t guarantee them with a shot to win. The bookmakers are all keen on betting on Juve to win, so if you want a profitable bet join us with 8 units in going for the over 2.5 goals which goes for 2.10 with bet365.

Hamburg – Leverkusen [Recap]

May 22, 2013 0 Betting, Soccer, Sports

Bundesliga went out with a bang, the 2012-2013 edition had its fair share of records, but also disappointments, one of which was Hamburg, who lost their last home game to Leverkusen and thus failed to secure a Europa league spot. They were the better team, with the biggest chances and a Rene Adler in a great shape against his former club.

Leverkusen had one of the first openings in the game through Hegeler, but Adler was right in the spot to deflect the shot. Several minutes later van der Vaart was denied the goal by one of Leverkusen’s stoppers when he was only 5 meters from the target. Even though Leverkusen could have scored before break, Stefan Kiessling’s volley was once again deflected by Rene Adler. After the break he stopped another shot by Andre Schurrle, and had several amazing saves, but everything crashed on the 90th minute when Sidney Sam passed the ball to Kiessling who had one of the easiest tasks.

This way Kiessling (pictured below) scored his 25th goal of the season and won the title of top Bundesliga scorer, with just one goal above Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski, who was poised to win the title for the entire season. Leverkusen is sure to need him in Champions League, and he looked mighty happy to have won the prize for the work that sent his team right up with the giants of the German football.

Seeing as Leverkusen managed to win their last Bundesliga game, I managed to win the bet placed on a Bayer Leverkusen’s victory with odds from bet365, thus winning 8.05 units.

Result: +8.05 units, bet won

West Ham – Everton [Recap]

May 18, 2013 0 Betting, Soccer, Sports

The victory achieved by Everton over West Ham last Sunday was dignified and absolute, as David Moyes dashed to the centre circle for one last glimpse of a joyful Goodison Park, visibly overwhelmed. Not to  mention that I won the bet I placed on Everton at 888Sport.

Everton outclassed West Ham comfortably, but the most touching part came when Moyes, alongside outgoing club captain Phil Neville, was offered a guard of honor as the teams re-emerged five minutes after the end of the match. In addition, chairman Bill Kenwright was inevitably succumbed to sentimentality, while his manager was unable to disguise the glaze from his eyes. The scenes were unprecedented, especially because clubs of Everton’s stature would normally reserve this ovation for retiring legends, not relocating managers. “It was really emotional. I am gobsmacked and thankful and humble for what the people of Everton have shown me today.” were the words of Moyes.

Regarding the match’s evolution, Everton did everything to satisfy their manager’s wishes. Kevin Mirallas was highly prominent from the very beginning. On the other hand, Sylvain Distin had already prodded a good opportunity wide following the Belgian’s corner when he succeeded a fine move in the sixth minute. Leighton Baines, who appeared to be a possible target for his current manager, made an original run down the left before cutting inside and finding Marouane Fellaini. He squared to Steven Pienaar, who delivered the ball towards Mirallas. That was the point when the midfielder placed an emphatic finish into the bottom corner from 18 yards, and Moyes revealed his approval in the technical area.

Result: +4.5 units, bet won

Hamburg – Bayer Leverkusen [Prediction]

May 14, 2013 0 Betting, Soccer, Sports

This Saturday Bundesliga’s last game session of the anniversary season will feature a game for which bet365 provides the best odds.

Hamburger SV won in Hoffenheim with 4-1, and dominated the game through the whole 90 minute span. They are still hoping to snatch a last minute ticket to Bundesliga’s Europe train, provided they get some extra help from Wolfsburg who is set to play against Eintracht Frankfurt. Hamburg was without Berg, Arslan and Kacar, but welcomed back its main goalkeeper Rene Adler and defender Aogo.

Leverkusen also won their last home game against Hannover and has 62 points on the Bundesliga table. Jens Hegeler scored twice and Kiessling helped Leverkusen up to 3 goals, but Hannover wanted to challenge that and scored their only goal on the 71 minute. Now that they have secured the third spot on the table and the last direct Champions’ League group spot, they allowed themselves to celebrate the win and the subsequent good run in the Bundesliga together with their most loyal fans.

The last head-to-head game ended with Leverkusen’s 3-0 victory, where Stefan Kiessling scored three fantastic goals, one of them came from a shot that went over Rene Adler and pierced the net. While Hamburg still had the chance to change the course of the game after the first goal, their efforts stopped in Bernd Leno’s hands.

The game begins at 14:30, GMT+1 on Saturday and I’m going to bet 7 units on Leverkusen’s win at 2.15 with odds from bet365.

Hamburg: Team’s Formation

15
R. Adler
3
H. Westermann
4
M. Mancienne
6
D. Aogo
5
J. Bruma
19
P. Jiráček
14
M. Badelj
7
M. Jansen
40
H. Son
23
R. van der Vaart
10
A. Rudnevs

Bayer Leverkusen: Team’s Formation

1
B. Leno
21
O. Toprak
4
P. Wollscheid
24
M. Kadlec
2
D. Schwaab
3
S. Reinartz
6
S. Rolfes
8
L. Bender
38
K. Bellarabi
9
A. Schürrle
11
S. Kießling

Atletico Madrid – Barcelona [Recap]

May 14, 2013 1 Betting, Soccer, Sports

How did Barcelona start the match against Atletico Madrid? As champions of Primera Division, seeing as Real Madrid’s draw against Espanyol allowed them mathematically to claim the title. The game itself was highly disputed even though the score was opened only in the second half by Falcao, and Alexis Sanchez fired the equalizer after 20 minutes.

It was clear from the start that Atletico had one clear strategy – to limit Barcelona’s ball possession as much as possible. That’s why their pressing from the start gave way to some really intense battles in the midfield. There were some casualties also, like Dani Alves in the first half and Lionel Messi in the second one. The Argentinean asked to be taken off field and even though he left his team in 10 people Barcelona still managed to win…or should we say Atletico won it for them seeing as the winning goal was an own one from Gabi.

Barcelona is now 10 points ahead of Real Madrid and is looking forward to break the record set by Los Blancos of having 100 points in a La Liga edition. Statistics show that the Catalans stepped up on their game after Messi was sidelined, which proves again that there is life without the Balon D’Or winner.

Atletico Madrid played a great game, and had a good run before their Cup Final against Real Madrid, but that own goal is a live proof of just how quickly everything falls down if there’s even one moment of indecision. Their free kick during the extra time served no purpose, as they probably were still too stunned to muster a comeback.

Regardless of how Barcelona came about this victory, I won the bet placed on the victory with odds from William Hill.

Result: +6.65 units, bet won

Everton – West Ham [Prediction]

May 9, 2013 0 Betting, Soccer, Sports

A series of important decisions are to be made between Everton and West Ham, who are meeting this Sunday for an English Premier League match. Without any doubt I will try my chances with Everton and I’ll place a bet on their victory at 888Sport.

In the last game that took place between these two teams, Everton proved to be capable of a comfortable 1-2 victory in spite of playing on foreign ground and also, in spite of Marouane Fellaini’s absence, who had got suspended for the following 3 games.

Currently, there is another agreement waiting to be signed between the English football teams: West Ham offered to receive Everton’s striker Nikica Jelavic as cut-price alternative to Andy Carroll.

The Hammers have a £17 million deal to make Liverpool striker’s Upton Park loan a permanent offer at the end of the season, though they have already indicated that the asking price is way out of their league.

Unfortunately, the Hammers don’t have the finances to make Carroll’s move permanent either; in addition, Everton’s striker Jelavic, who was sent to reserves after scoring one single goal in 18 appearances, is now expected to cost less than half Liverpool’s asking price.

Everton are currently sitting comfortably on the 4th position of the Premier League table with with 30 points, right after Arsenal, while West Ham are struggling hard to remain on the 12th position with only 23 points. This being said, I am going to bet 10 units on Everton at 1.45, with odds from 888Sport.

Atletico Madrid – Barcelona [Prediction]

May 9, 2013 1 Betting, Soccer, Sports

Atletico Madrid will come into the game with Barcelona from a very packed week, after having played Celta Vigo on Wednesday; they will have to face Barcelona, whose planned celebrations for a victory were held at bay by their rivals from Madrid; and William Hill is offering the most lucrative odds for the bet we’re about to place.

Before the game with Celta Vigo, Atletico Madrid finished the game against Deportivo La Coruna in a goalless draw where neither of the two teams was able to find that niche to open the scoring table, as neither team had any clear chances. Even though they don’t have any chances left to finish on the second place; Atletico does have the third strongest away record in la Liga though, having taken 26 points in 17 matches.

Barcelona beat Real Betis with 4-2 in a game that showed the state of decline Barca is in, seeing as they were led on the scoring table twice, but thanks to the genius they can’t play without (Leo Messi, of course) who scored twice, and David Villa who is starting to gain some confidence in the game after his injury, they won the match. This time the huge ball possession Barcelona had worked in their favor, and they managed to close the scoring table in the 71 minute.

The last head to head encounter ended up in a demolishing 4-1, where Atletico Madrid’s early goal turned into a nightmare, when Barcelona managed to score 4 times in the span of 60 minutes and close off one of the most contested games in La Liga. Atletico Madrid would have wanted to bounce back, but they didn’t have the same spirit or audacity to do so.

I’m predicting the game to be at least half as disputed as the last one was, and I still think Barcelona still has something to prove, so next Sunday at 18:00 GMT+1, I expect them to put up a fight and win again; I am putting 7 units on Barcelona’s win at 1.95 with odds from William Hill.

Atletico Madrid: Team’s formation

13
Courtois
2
Leal
23
Filho
6
Kasmirski
20
Belén
Belözoğlu
14
Fernández
11
Turan
7
Adrián
7
Cebolla
9
El Tigre

Barcelona: Team’s formation

1
Arribas
3
Piqué
5
Tiburón
18
Ramos
2
Dani
8
Luján
16
Busi
6
Creus
17
Ledesma
9
Maravilla
10
Lio