Match preview for 11.07.2021: Italy vs England
Italy defeated a young Spanish team in penalty shootout to reach the finals for the first time since 2000. Roberto Mancini’s mean were surprisingly on the backfoot throughout the game with Spain having the better chances to win the game inside the regulation 90 and 30 minutes of extra time.
This is Italy’s their third overall European Championship final appearance. They were crowned champions when they hosted the hosted the tournament in 1968.
Meantime, England dived into the finals at the expense of neutral’s favorite Denmark. Though the Three Lions were the better side throughout the 90 minutes and then in the extra time, they needed the help of Dutch referee Danny Makkelie to score the goal and avoid going to the penalties.
Raheem Sterling need special mention as well because the victory could not have been possible without the way he went down for the penalties. Didn’t it look natural, though replies mentioned otherwise.
This is England’s first ever final at the Euros, beating the previous best, reaching the semifinals when they hosted the competition in 1996.
Match preview for 02.07.2021: Switzerland vs Spain
Not once have Switzerland kept a clean sheet in this tournament so far, and also their sole win from the four games played till now had come against the struggling Turkey.
Also, the absence of captain Granit Xhaka will be a major factor, and that too against a deadly talented and in-form team like La Roja.
Enrique’s men have scored a total of ten goals from the last two matches alone, and with several contenders already having been eliminated, they genuinely believe they are the favorites.
Moreover, the Spaniards will be thankful that they are locking horns with the tired Swiss, instead of the world champions. On top of that, La Roja also have a great h2h record against this foe over the years.
By the looks of things, expect a Spanish victory this Friday at the Gazprom Arena. Do also expect goals in plenty as Petkovic’s men just won’t back down.
The Spaniards will take advantage of this desperation by the Swiss, and will take more shots at the goal.
Match preview for 26.06.2021: Wales vs Denmark
In 2016, Wales surprised everyone by reaching the semifinals and one of the teams they eliminated was tournament favourites Belgium (1-3) in the quarter final. The team have moved a few spots in FIFA rankings since, now sitting at 17 and rarely met a quality side since 2020.
Wins against Turkey and Czech Republic are decent results, but they seem to flatter while coming against bigger teams like England, Belgium, Italy and France, the only teams who are inside top 10, and they lost in all those games.
Denmark had an excellent run leading to the tournament, and this come to an end with Eriksen incident on matchday 1 against Finland.
Belgium is the only other team that defeated them since the start of 2020, though they made it to 3 on the bounce of matchday 2. The period also saw a win and draw against England in the Nations League and wins to nil against Austria and Sweden. They also held Germany to a draw in the friendly just before the tournament.
It seems like the Danes have finally found their old form with the morale boosting win against Russia. I am not underestimating Wales and surprises happen in football, but the picks must be selected on the basis of form.
RB Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulson is the senior striker in Danish squad and he is my anytime goal-scorer pick having scored in consecutive games against Belgium and Russia.
Match preview for 14.06.2021: France vs Germany
On paper France has the best team at the Euro’s and they are favourites to win the Euro’s. The only problem for France might be complacency in the fact that it is hard to win back to back titles. This will be a very difficult game for France and we need to remember that Germany will be playing at home.
Germany have a very good squad but might be a little light up front but they will defend well and make coming forward difficult for France. This is a game that seems to have draw written all over it and we should remember that all 3 teams in this group- France, Germany and Portugal can all qualify for the knock out stages as there is a 70% chance of this with the current format.
This will be a game of chess and we expect to see a slow start as the game gathers more pace in the 2nd half, this has all the markings of being a very good technical game of football.
Match preview for 11.06.2021: Turkey vs Italy
Italy are unbeaten in the 10 overall h2h meetings with Turkey with 7 wins and 3 draws.
They last locked horns in a friendly in 2006 which ended 1-1.
Their only previous meeting at the Euro happened in 2000 in the Netherlands and the Gli Azzurri bagged a 2-1 win. Guess who was on the scoresheet, former Juventus, Inter and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
There will be some nerves at the start for sure, but these two teams are filled with quality players in every department and neutrals are in for a treat.
Do we need more to kick-start a tournament like Euro 2020?
The fluidity of football is certainly with Italy and I can see either of Immobile or Insigne getting on scoresheet here, while Burak Yilmaz is a big threat for Mancini’s men.
I will go with Italy in this Euro 2020 opening match, one factor that gives them a slight advantage is the experienced players. If both coaches get their tactics right and strikers keep their composure, we will see some goals at either end as well.
Thus, I go with Italy to win here, but only by a narrow margin in a potential high scoring thriller.
Match preview for 02.06.2021: Brazil vs Ecuador
Brazil are easily the best team in the CONMEBOL region, and they are going after back-to-back Copa titles. They are at home, and they have a great h2h record against Ecuador. Likely, expect the Selecao to deliver a winning performance.
The five-time world champions are ranked third in the world, and have one of the best squads – with almost of the spots filled with superstars.
They are at the top of the table, with a 100% winning record, and have scored the second-most number of goals, as well as have conceded the least.
They are the defending Copa America champions, and with the next edition about to kick start, it’s important that the team build up momentum.
Moreover, these two teams are in the same group in the Copa, and it would be a morale booster, should Tite’s men secure a win.
Meanwhile, Ecuador are ranked 53rd in the world, and have a poor h2h record against this rival. And most importantly, they are an inferior squad on the road. Almost all of their wins come at home, as other teams struggle to perform in the harsh Ecuadorian conditions.
By the looks of things, expect a Brazil victory this Saturday at the Estádio José Pinheiro Borda.
Match preview for 29.05.2021: Manchester City vs Chelsea
The Citizens are ninety minutes away from their first European title, and with a familiar opponent, there just might not be a better time to achieve the feat. The currently-struggling Blues are definitely on the back-foot against the reigning EPL title-holders.
Pep Guardiola had long been searching for this third UCL winners’ medal, and should he able to do that this weekend – it would raise him to elite company. Only a handful of managers have three triumphs at this stage, and none have four.
They are in superb form right now, and they also have the added confidence of delivering the league title. In fact, such was their consistency, that it was a foregone conclusion that the Citizens would be the English champions almost two months before the final game week.
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel’s men did improve their form after the arrival of the gaffer. But lately they have been going through a poor run, and are conceding goals in huge numbers.
Moreover, they are also comparatively not as experienced as Pep’s men, and have an overall inferior h2h record against them.
By the looks of things, expect a Manchester City win this Saturday at the Estádio do Dragão.
Match preview for 22.05.2021: Crotone vs Fiorentina
Crotone will try and finish the underwhelming campaign with the victory at the farewell from the Serie A football on Saturday evening when they host Fiorentina at Stadio Ezio Scida.
Crotone have lost the elite class status a while ago, but it did not prevent them from playing solid football in the last couple of weeks.
The team led by Serse Cosmi took four out of possible six points from the last two clashes against Hellas Verona (a 2-1 win) and Benevento (a 1-1 draw).
They showed a fantastic spirit to come from behind and rescue a point with ten men on the pitch on Sunday afternoon away at Benevento who desperately needed victory to stay in contention for avoiding the drop to Serie B football.
It was the team’s top scorer Simeon Nwankwo who bagged the 93rd-minute equalizer last weekend. If anyone is to hurt Fiorentina’s defense on Saturday, it is this phenomenal Nigerian forward who has as many as 20 goals to his name in this term of Serie A.
However, Fiorentina have a predator in the final third of their own in the like of Dusan Vlahovic who notched 21 goals so far in the season.
The Serbian forward will no doubts fancy his chances of adding to such an impressive tally on Saturday against the worst defense in the competition.
Match preview for 06.05.2021: Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
Even though the teams sitting within the top three positions are locking horns, it is not likely to be a high-scoring affair in ninety minutes.
Atletico Madrid has always approached Barcelona more tactically by playing more defensively in the middle. With their abundant space at Camp Nou, the Catalans are likely to press high up in the game. This opens doors for Simeone’s men to work on their fast counterattacks.
We can expect a couple of goals in the fixture with the presence of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at either end. But the goals are not likely to exceed a high limit. So, the tip for under 3.5 goals will probably be a suitable option for the goals area.
Furthermore, Barca has been almost invincible at their home against the visitor in h2h meetings. Los Indios, on the other hand, has been unbeaten in their last three overall h2h clashes. So, the draw no bet over Barcelona will probably be the safest bet for the punters in the clash.
Match preview for 01.05.2021: Crystal Palace vs Manchester City
This will be an interesting game for Manchester City because they are in the middle of their Champions League semi-final duel with PSG. At the same time if City win this match and Manchester United lose to Liverpool on Sunday then City will be crowned champions of England.
But surely City will have one eye on their 2nd leg match with PSG at home. There was jubilation in midweek for the club as they came back from a goal behind to beat PSG 2-1 and City have 1 foot in the final now.
Form in the Premier League is good with 4 wins from their last five and at away from home City have the best record in the league and have won 39 points from 48. They come into this game having won their last 5 in a row.
Crystal Palace are in 13th place with 38 points and are 11 points above the relegation zone. The Eagles season is over now, and their form seems to be reflecting that as they have lost their last two games conceding 6 goals to boot.
Palace’s last home game ended in a 4-1 defeat against Chelsea although only last month Roy Hodgson’s side did hold Manchester United here to a 0-0 result.
Match preview for 22.04.2021: Napoli vs Lazio
Napoli currently hold the fifth place with a two-point deficit to 4th-placed Juventus. Lazio are two points behind Partinopei but have a game in hand on both sides.
Gennaro Gattuso’s troops had a challenging schedule in the last several weeks as they played Roma, Juventus, Sampdoria, and Inter in the last five rounds.
It will be very interesting to see whether Partinopei will be able to maintain such a fine defensive trend here against Lazio who have just bagged five goals past Benevento at the weekend.
Considering the importance of the match, we kind of expect the continuation of a low-scoring trend in the head to head games between these two outfits.
Napoli can rely on an improved defence that has allowed just one goal in the last two games (tough games). Gattuso is well aware of Lazio’s attacking potential with Ciro Immobile and company in the final third.
I Biancocelesti’s top scorer added two goals to his tally four days ago when Simone Inzaghi’s troops saw off Benevento 5-3 in the capital.
Interestingly, Lazio played much more defensive-minded football on recent travels as they’ve picked up two straight 0-1 victories over Udinese and Hellas Verona in the last two away matches in Serie A.
Match preview for 15.04.2021: AS Roma vs Ajax Amsterdam
Roma somehow managed to pull off a surprising result from the first leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter-final against Ajax. They were the inferior side on the pitch throughout most of the affair but came away with a 1-2 victory thanks to a second-half comeback created by Lorenzo Pellegrini and Roger Ibanez. Nevertheless, the tie is all but over as De Godenzonen are well capable of turning things around in the return game scheduled for this Thursday at Stadio Olimpico.
Ajax should have really won the first leg. They had a lead thanks to a great goal from Davy Klaasen, while Dusan Tadic missed a penalty to make it 2-0. Erik ten Hag’s troops had nine shots on target but scored just one goal on the occasion.
Roma are by no means a strong defensive team and we can’t see them keeping De Godenzonen at bay once again. They shipped two goals to Napoli and Sassuolo each before the mentioned first leg in Amsterdam.
Ajax bagged five goals in two wins over Young Boys in the last 16 round. They proved their strength by reaching the latest stages of the UEFA Champions League in recent years. We see them as a more quality side than the Romans and the away win is our top betting suggestion.
Match preview for 05.04.2021: Barcelona vs Real Valladolid
Barcelona is well ahead in La Liga this season after their slow start. The Catalans are just four points behind the toppers on the table at the second spot on the table. The host is on a five-game winning streak in the campaign, following a 1-6 win on the road against the likes of Real Sociedad last time out in their schedule.
Real Valladolid has been unbeaten for the past four matches in the league, with three draws in it. The away team has only one win in their last five clashes in the campaign. Having won only five wins in their 28 attempts so far this term, the visitor doesn’t pose a huge threat to the home team. Successive draws in their form show that they have a shaky defense in the middle.
There is a rare chance that Real Valladolid can topple Barcelona, who are on a winning streak in La Liga as of now. The Catalans will come into the game after losing their Champions League fixture to PSG earlier in their overall schedule. Valladolid has never won here in their h2h clashes against Barca since 1999.
Still, the host has a good run in the league and enjoys the ground advantage in it. They have scored 67 goals in their 28 league attempts until now. With this scoring spree and the likes of Messi and Griezmann in the middle, expect a high-scoring affair in ninety minutes at Camp Nou.
Match preview for 31.03.2021: Spain vs Kosovo
La Roja are the favorites to secure the top-most spot in Group B, and they even are favorites in the upcoming Euro Cup, as well as the World Cup. However, they have not made the best of starts to their qualification campaign.
Second-favorites Sweden raced to the top of the table with wins in both their match-ups, while Luis Enrique’s men dropped points in their opener. They did follow it up with a victory, and now they are placed second in the table, trailing two points behind Sweden.
As of now, the Spaniards are under pressure. They just cannot risk another mishap – especially after their embarrassing exits from the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.
They are definitely going after the top-most spot, and they are going to put pressure on the Swedes until they get there. And for the reason, they are going after a huge win this Wednesday.
By the looks of things, it’s a definite possibility as well. The Dardanians are one of the worst teams in the world, and they are easily the absolute worst in the group. On top of that, they are on the road as well.
Confidently count on Spain to post the three points on the board this game week.
Match preview for 24.03.2021: France vs Ukraine
The top two favourites in Group D will begin their World Cup qualifying campaign on Wednesday evening when France host Ukraine in Saint-Denis.
The hosts should enter the match in much higher spirits after a fabulous run in the last year’s UEFA Nations League. Les Bleus topped a very tough group with Portugal, Croatia, and Sweden with an impressive record of five wins and a draw in six games along the way.
Their rivals have had a completely opposite campaign in their respective Nations League group. The team led by Andriy Shevchenko were eliminated from the top tier of the competition after ending the group with Spain, Germany, and Switzerland at the bottom of the standings.
The tough 3-0 defeat in the very last fixture of Swiss soil was the most painful one. In general, Ukraine lost six of their last seven outings (including a friendly against Poland) and they shipped three goals in each of the last two games against Germany and Switzerland.
Match preview for 13.03.2021: Fulham vs Manchester City
Fulham have given themselves a chance over the past few months and even though they are in 18th place and still in the bottom three they have the same points as Brighton in 17th.
Scott Parker’s side have just beaten Liverpool away and that was a huge result for the Cottagers and will surely give them the belief that they can stay up this season, the only problem is that they will now face the best side in England- Manchester City.
Fulham’s form has really improved compared to the earlier moments of the season although they did lose their last game at home against Tottenham. Even then this was close and only finished 1-0.
Manchester City had to play a league game in midweek and it was more good news for the league leaders who beat Southampton 5-2. City are now 14 points clear at the top although Manchester United in 2nd place has a game extra to play.
From the last 45 points on offer City have won 42 of them in an incredible run which has more or less sealed their league title. City have won their last 5 games away from home and have only lost once on the road.
Match preview for 05.03.2021: Schalke vs Mainz
Winless for the past nine clashes across all major competitions in their schedule, Schalke will come into the game without any urgency to win. The host will not enjoy the ground advantage in the game, and four consecutive losses at home shows they do struggle at home lately.
The Miners have been unbeaten in their last seven h2h meetings with the visitor. The host would like to keep that track record intact, but their current form in the campaign has made them a punching bag for the rest of the teams.
Mainz has lost only two of their recent five outings in the campaign. The away team has won two of their last four fixtures in the campaign and has an eight-point lead over the host. This ought to give an upper hand for the away team in the clash.
As such, the draw no bet over Mainz will probably be the best bet for the punters. Furthermore, the match is sizing to be a low-scoring affair, which is why the tip for under 3.5 goals will probably be a suitable option for the punters in the encounter.
Match preview for 27.02.2021: Sevilla vs Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the top teams in the league, and there is no doubt for their squad strength in the middle and their reign in recent years. However, changes in the team have caused problems at the back under the new manager Koeman as the Catalans are struggling to keep a clean sheet.
Sevilla has been on a dream run in the league this season and is also a point ahead of Barca on the table as it stands. The match is sizing to be a draw in full-time, but the presence of Lionel Messi in the squad proves to be a slight edge for the traveling side in the upcoming match.
The recent winless games in their schedule and habit of dropping points away from home will cause problems for Koeman and his men. The host has won none of their last ten h2h clashes with Barca in the La Liga, which is why the double chance favoring Barcelona will probably be the best bet.
Match preview for 16.02.2021: Slavia Prague vs Leicester City
Leicester have been one of the most pleasant surprises of the English Premier League so far in the season. They may not be in contention of winning the trophy once again (after 2015/16 season), but the Foxes on the best way to clinch a top-four finish come May and secure the elite continental competition next season.
Brendan Rodgers is doing a phenomenal job with this group of players. Leicester have not been impressive in the domestic league only.
They enjoyed a terrific run en route to topping their Europa League group ahead of Sporting Braga, Zorya Luhansk, and AEK Athens. The team scored 14 and conceded just 5 goals in the process.
The Foxes will travel to the Czech Republic in the highest of spirits after beating the defending Premier League champions Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday afternoon at King Power. They have now won three and drawn one of the last four matches in all competitions.
Can Leicester keep such a splendid form going and claim the victory in the first leg of this Europa League R32 tie against Slavia Prague?
Match preview for 14.02.2021: Rennes vs Saint-Etienne
Rennes are in 5th place but they have lost touch with the top 4 and there is a 10 point gap now. Rennes have dropped a few points lately and drawn their last two games in a row.
Though Rennes have lost just once in their last five games they have won just once. Overall the club has drawn 8 of their 23 games so far.
Last weekend Rennes drew 0-0 with Lens and at home there is a worrying trend for the club because they have not recorded any wins here in their last three games.
Saint Etienne are in 15th place and have 26 points and last weekend they beat Metz 1-0. The club has managed to go their last 3 games in a row without defeat.
Whilst the club should almost definitely survive in Ligue 1 this season they are not out of the woods yet and would welcome a win here.
Rennes need to get back to winning ways and this could be a good opportunity for the club to do just that.
Match preview for 03.02.2021: Granada vs Barcelona
The Catalans are slowly returning to their dominating ways in the Spanish league. They had begun their season on a disastrous note, but as of now they are placed second in the table, even above arch-rivals, Real Madrid.
Antoine Griezmann is back to his menacing best, and so is Messi and Samuel Umtiti. The team will be adamant to cash in on this form and momentum, and get to the semis of the Copa.
With both Real and Atleti being eliminated early, this is the easiest path for Ronald Koeman’s men to land a major trophy this season. Moreover, with the UCL and La Liga seemingly out of sights, the players are under pressure to deliver.
Meanwhile, the Nasrids have been an inconsistent bunch in the past several game weeks, and have been weak at the back as well.
Moreover, they are not traditionally considered to be a major team in the Spanish top flight, and most importantly, they have a worrying h2h record against this opponent over the years.
As such, expect Barcelona to secure an entry into the semis of the Copa this Wednesday.
Match preview for 23.01.2021: Aston Villa vs Newcastle
Smith’s men lost 2-0 on the road the last match-day, against Manchester City. In the meantime, the Magpies lost 3-0 on the road against Arsenal.
Going on, the Lions were unbeaten in four of their former seven overall match-ups, and they remained so in two of their past three games at this stadium.
On the other hand, their counterparts are on a nine-fixture winless run, and they had also lost seven of these games. Note that they had also failed to score in six of their former seven matches.
On the road, Bruce’s men are on a six-fixture losing run, and they have a combined scorecard of 9-0 (in favor of their opponents) from their past five games away from home.
Going on, the Lions also have a good h2h record at this venue over the years as well. Considering all these factors, expect Aston Villa to emerge victorious this Saturday.
Match preview for 13.01.2021: PSG vs Marseille
French Super Cup finals are scheduled to be played on Wednesday night on neutral venue in Lens, and we are surely going to see a lot of fire on the pitch. Olympique have managed to cause a big upset and beat the Saints in Ligue 1 this season.
Bookies are heavily going in favour of PSG who just earned their first win under new head manager Mauricio Pochettino against Brest. However, things are not looking so smooth for reigning French champions in this new campaign.
After securing six straight victories in Ligue 1 from mid-October to early December, Olympique Marseille’s form has diminished quickly.
The Sky Blues have collected only five points from the last five divisional games and slipped to 6th place on the table. Their title hopes are far from over, but situation could have been so much different if recent duels versus Angers and Rennes didn’t end with a loss.
The biggest threat for PSG’s defense is coming from 27-years old striker Florian Thauvin who scored six goals in Ligue 1.
Mauricio Pochettino is once again having a headache when it comes to injured players. Rafinha, Juan Bernat, Paredes and Kimpembe are sidelined and unable to help the team to win this trophy.
After the initial disappointment and 1-1 draw against St. Etienne, Argentine coach earned his first win last weekend against Brest with a convincing 3-0 win. We are expecting a narrow contest against Marseille, but still Saints should win the trophy.
Match preview for 02.01.2021: Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo
Real Madrid was caught in a draw in their last h2h meeting with the guest last season. It was at their prime time in the league last season as Los Blancos made a comeback post lockdown to earn the title.
Keeping that in mind, Zidane will not take the Celticos as an easy win, despite the home win being the most probable result in the upcoming clash. With their squad strength and ground advantage, the home win in full-time seems to be the ideal choice for the punters in the encounter.
Celta Vigo will come into the game with a six-game unbeaten streak with just one draw in it. Since there are no big names in their unbeaten run on the other side, the away team will struggle a bit to keep their points intact in the Saturday clash.
They can still trouble the host’s strikers, which is why the tip for under 3.5 goals will probably be the best bet from the goals area to yield decent returns.
Match preview for 27.12.2020: Arsenal vs Chelsea
The Gunners are in such dismal state, that talks have already started about their chances to get relegated. They are currently placed 15th in the table, and so far have recorded a total of just four wins.
The team, as well as the manager have been desperately trying to get out of this rut. But tough schedule coupled with bad form and lack of confidence have really been a curse on them.
Meanwhile, the Blues have had a contrasting season. Sure, they have had their highs and lows, but at the end of the day, they are still placed fifth in the table, and are contenders to finish in the podium at the end of the season.
Moreover, with the second-placed Leicester and third-placed Manchester United taking on each other this weekend, they have a great opportunity to improve their position in the table as well.
Finally, Frank Lampard’s men also have a good h2h record against this opponent in recent years, and especially in league games.
By the looks of things, expect Chelsea to dominate proceedings this Saturday at the Emirates Stadium, against the struggling Arsenal.
Match preview for 17.12.2020: Union Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund
Der BVB have been the second best team in the competition for the past decade. And all through this period, Bayern have been a constant thorn in their paths, which they are still trying to deal with.
At the moment, the former are going through a turbulent stretch of days, as their gaffer Lucien Favre was sacked. And the duty has been transferred to Edin Terzic. The new manager did impress in his first game, and is getting prepared for the next.
Suffice it to say that this is a must-win match for the coach, and we can expect a fierce effort from his boys as well. They need to get their stuff in order before the knockouts of the Champions League begin in February.
This Friday, they have the confidence of taking on a team that was promoted to the top flight just a season before – the Iron Ones. Moreover, Urs Fischer’s men are also going through a winless run at the moment.
Likely, expect the wounded Borussia Dortmund to deliver a commendable performance this weekend, and overcome this Union Berlin challenge.
Match preview for 12.12.2020: Manchester United vs Manchester City
The Saturday early evening kick off in the Premier League promises to be a special one as it is the Manchester Derby and both clubs will be looking to get three points.
Domestically Manchester United have improved and have risen to sixth place after a slow start. The club have won their last four games in a row including last weekend’s comeback against West Ham where they went on to win 3-1.
However even though there has been encouraging signs in the league Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage as they lost to RB Leipzig 3-2 in Germany. They almost came back in that game as it was 3-0 at one point but it wasn’t to be.
Also the week has been overshadowed with the news that influential player Paul Pogba wants to leave the club, the timing has not been great, before a huge Champions League match and in between a local crunch derby.
United have a poor home record so far with just 1 win this season and that came against struggler’s West Bromwich Albion. They have lost 3 times already at home.
Like their rivals Manchester City have had a slow start by their standards but have looked better in recent weeks and come into this duel having won their last 2 games in a row.
City who are known for their goals have scored seven in their last two with the defeats of Burnley and Fulham. Pep Guardiola’s team could go above United with a win as they are only a point behind.
Match preview for 04.12.2020: Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin
City rivals Hertha Berlin and Union Berlin will have the honours to open the 10th round in German Bundesliga on Friday night. Visitors are currently looking much better in terms of form, results and overall standings.
The only two teams which Hertha Berlin managed to beat are Werder Bremen and Augsbrug, both on the road. They gathered only five points from the last five encounters though, slipping to 13th position and getting very close to the red zone.
Coach Bruno Labbadia was appointed as Hertha’s coach in April this year, and he has never been under such pressure like today. The only player which provides some form of consistency is Matheus Cunha. Brazilian striker bagged six goals in nine appearances so far.
As for their opponents, Union Berlin have been on fire lately, beating Hoffenheim, Arminia Bielefeld and Koln consecutively. That run was interrupted last weekend with a 3-3 home draw against Frankfurt.
Once again, we are expecting an open match and a lot of goals. BTTS is banker bet in our opinion, and there is big value in backing the draw.
Match preview for 26.11.2020: Napoli vs Rijeka
Rijeka caused a big upset in UEFA Europa League group stages 2017 when they defeated AC Milan in front of home fans 2-0. Their overall record against Italian squads is one win, one draw, and three defeats.
Consistency is lacking when it comes to Serie A for Napoli. They were defeated two times in the last three domestic outings, losing at home to Sassuolo and AC Milan, while beating Bologna on the road.
The good news is that last year’s acquisition Hirving Lozano has finally started playing on a high level and scoring goals.
Napoli are currently 6th in Serie A, and they will hardly participate in the title race unless they somehow change the mentality and approach.
The quality is surely there. When it comes to European matches, squad recovered from a shocking home loss to AZ in round one with two straight wins against Sociedad and Rijeka.
Their opponents were on an awful run of four losses across all competitions, and finally managed to end it last weekend at home against Lokomotiva Zagreb.
Rijeka will have to go all in at Sao Paolo and leave a lot of space for Napoli in the back. We are predicting them to suffer a disaster.
Match preview for 18.11.2020: England vs Iceland
The Three Lions, despite having a monster of a team at the moment, have failed to make any kind of an impression in this competition. They have secured a total of just seven points from their five games so far, and with Belgium already having posted 12 points, promotion is now mathematically impossible.
Gareth Southgate is also under intense scrutiny, for having underperformed on such a huge scale. In fact, the team is being put through humiliating ridicule right now – and most of it have some truth behind it as well.
Remember the days when the English boasted of a magnificent midfield quartet of Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, and David Beckham – and still they could not bring back one meaningful trophy.
Southgate better deliver a phenomenal game this Wednesday, or his days at the dugouts will start to get numbered.
He does have the fortune to take on the worst team in the group this match-day – Erik Hamren’s men. In fact, Strakarnir Okkar have a 100% losing record in the tournament, and they also have a 100% losing record in h2h encounters in English soil.
As such, expect the desperate and hurt England to record a convincing win at the Wembley Stadium.
Match preview for 11.11.2020: Norway vs Israel
Norway welcome Israel for a friendly on Wednesday as the two teams gear up for the final round of Nations League fixtures.
It has been an encouraging start for Norway in the UEFA Nations League and they picked up three wins on the bounce following their matchday 1 loss to Austria. The last three games saw them scoring 10 times and Erling Haaland is on the thick of things by netting 5 of those.
Israel had a difficult start to their campaign and managed only 5 points from 4 games so far. But they still have a chance to win the group if results elsewhere go in their favour.
The damage was done by the 1-2 loss to Czech Republic, which came days after their important Euro qualifying match against Scotland. They trail Scots by 5 points, but the second placed Czechs by a solitary point. However, they respond well by beating Slovakia 3-2 after trailing 2-0 until the 68th minute. It was an inspirational performance from Eran Zahavi who scored a hattrick on his own and most importantly 3 points for his team.
It has to be brought to your attention that these teams haven’t played a friendly in over 2 years. Norway’s last friendly was in June 2018 against Panama, whereas Israel’s last friendly was in November of the same year against Guatemala.
Match preview for 04.11.2020: Club Brugge vs Borussia Dortmund
Brugge started with a surprising 2-1 victory in Russia against Zenit St Petersburg. Three points were secured deep into the stoppage time thanks to goal scored by Charles de Ketelaere. The follow-up game against Lazio wasn’t so great, ending 1-1 in Belgium.
It is worth adding that Italian side had so many absent players, which was a great opportunity for hosts to claim all three points. They barely got out with one.
Philippe Clement’s squad is doing poor on the domestic scene lately, failing to secure one single win in last three outings. The most efficient players are Krepin Diatta and Hans Vanaken with five goals each.
As for their opposition, Borussia Dortmund are looking really strong on the pitch in the last 30 days. They have won last three appearances across competitions against Schalke, Zenit and Arminia Bielefeld with total goal difference of 7-0.
We believe BVB will take all three points from Belgium, but also concede at least one goal.
Match preview for 28.10.2020: Manchester United vs RB Leipzig
Solskjaer’s team reacted well to shocking 1-6 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month. The Red Devils defeated Newcastle United on the road, and drew at home against Chelsea FC last weekend.
The most recent acquisition Edinson Cavani had a debut at Old Trafford against the Blues in the second half, but couldn’t do much to change the final score.
Fans are surely not happy with inconsistency from Rashford, Martial and Paul Pogba in the recent months. Bruno Fernandes has scored three goals in EPL, but also missed a couple of penalties.
As for their opposition, RB Leipzig are currently table leaders in Bundesliga after winning 13 points from opening five matches.
It seems like departure of Timo Werner didn’t make that big change within the roster, as they are playing great lately. Leipzig also won three points in the premiere UCL appearance, beating Istanbul Basaksehir at home.
Still, we expect them to go down at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. United had a couple of great performances lately, and the price on home win is too good to be missed.
Match preview for 17.10.2020: Manchester City vs Arsenal
Pep’s men were held to a 1-1 draw on the road the last match-day, by Leeds. Meanwhile, Arteta’s men recorded a 2-1 win at home the past game week, against Sheffield United.
As things stand, Guardiola’s men have the upper hand. They have been the best team in England for the past few years, along with Liverpool, and as of now, they are desperate for the three points. Likely, we can expect them to give their 100% on the pitch this weekend.
With the kind of talent the team possesses, and under the tutelage of the tactician that Pep is, Manchester City are the favorites – particularly with their phenomenal h2h record against this opponent.
However, the Gunners have had a 100% winning record this campaign, disregarding their match-up against defending champions Liverpool.
On top of that, they have had won ten of their preceding eleven overall games, and seven of their last ten on the road. And to pile on, they have failed to score at the Etihad just once in the past nine years.
Finally, with the struggles at the back for the Citizens lately, it’s expected that the in-form Arsenal will score at least once this week.
Match preview for 10.10.2020: Ukraine vs Germany
After brilliant performances in EURO 2020 qualifiers and securing a spot on the big scene, Andriy Shevchenko’s team declined heavily. Things were not looking good even in 2-1 home win against Switzerland in UEFA Nations League, which was completely undeserved.
Right after that they got defeated by Spain 0-4 and then by France 1-7. Confidence of the back line is probably at lowest level possible, which is really bad news when you are facing Germany.
Germany had a fun match on Wednesday night but not super-successful – 3-3 draw against Turkey. Truth be told, Joachim Loew did experiment a lot, making six substitutions total. They also conceded third goal in 95th minute which was a little bit unlucky.
Panzers need three points in Kiev to get into the race with Spain again. We will back them to be victorious even in Asian Handicap.
Match preview for 03.10.2020: Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
The Blues are slowly entering panic mode. After lavishly spending in the transfer market, the team has failed so far to show results on the pitch. They have a single win till now in the league, and after harboring top-three hopes in the pre-season, they are already five points behind the toppers.
The 2016-17 champions were held to a 3-3 draw on the road the last match-day, by West Brom. Meanwhile, the Glaziers lost 1-2 at home the past game week against Everton.
As things stand, the Blues have the upper hand. They are on a five-fixture winning run against this rival, and they had also recorded 18 of the preceding 22 overall h2h wins.
And at this stadium, this dominance has been even frightening. In fact, they have lost just twice against Hodgson’s men at this venue since 1990.
Moreover, Lampard’s men had won seven of their former eight appearances at home, and this sole loss had come against Liverpool. On the other hand, the Glaziers had lost five of their preceding seven road trips.
Considering these stats, expect a Chelsea win at the Stamford Bridge.
Match preview for 26.09.2020: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United
Potter’s men had won 0-3 on the road the last match-day, against Newcastle. In the meantime, the Devils had lost 1-3 at home against Crystal Palace.
Still, Solskjaer’s men are one of the best teams in the league, and they did finish third in the table the last season. On the other hand, the Seagulls had to settle for just two spots above the relegation cut-off.
Going on, the three-time European champions are desperate for a win, and the first loss could be attributed to rust and the lack of a proper pre-season. They will be back to their best very soon, and they really do have the talent to make it happen.
In addition, they also do have a great h2h record against this rival, and it’s also to be noted that Potter’s men had got promoted to the top flight just a few seasons back. They really are not yet equipped to take on the titans of England.
As such, expect a Manchester United win this weekend.
Match preview for 19.09.2020: Dortmund vs Monchengladbach
Der BVB have some of the best young talents in the whole of Europe at the moment, and they are really determined to go after the throne of Bayern this season.
They are opening against a tough opposition, but it’s even more reason to play for a win. Should Favre’s men record a good win over a quality opponent, their confidence would rocket sky-high, and they really could build some serious momentum.
In addition, they are on an 11-match winning run against this rival, and had recorded two separate seven-game winning streaks at home in the past 15 h2h match-ups.
Going on, the guests have won just once at this ground since 1998, and they had failed to score in five of their preceding ten visits to this stadium.
Considering all these stats, expect a good display by Borussia Dortmund this weekend. And with their in-form frontline, anticipate a minimum of two goals as well.
Match preview for 13.09.2020: Monaco vs Nantes
Monaco will play their 3rd game of the season and yet everyone is waiting for them to play well. They opened their season drawing 2-2 with Reims at home which was seen as two points dropped.
In their second game they beat Metz away from home but only 1-0 in an unconvincing display. Still the good news is that Niko Kovac’s team haven’t lost yet and they will be the favourites at home to win this game. Monaco are expected to do much better this season and their goal will be to qualify for the Champions League.
Nantes have 4 points from their first two games and they drew 0-0 with Bordeaux on the opening weekend of the season. This was followed up by beating Nimes 2-1 which was a very good result considering that Nimes were coming off of just beating Brest 4-1.
The question here is can Nantes travel well?
There is motivation to win this because of PSG’s slow start to the season so the points really need to be racked up now. We believe that Monaco will be 100% focused. And of course it is the right time for their star striker Wissam Ben Yedder to start scoring goals and we will also back him to do so anytime.
Match preview for 06.09.2020: Spain vs Ukraine
La Roja have one of the most exciting squads in world football now – an inspiring mix of young talents and battle-hardened veterans. They are hungry to once again prove themselves in front of critics, after their surprising exit in the 2018 World Cup, in the Round of 16.
They had taken on Germany in their opener in this contest. The spoils were shared after a 1-1 draw. Timo Werner’s 51st minute strike was neutralized by a last-gasp goal by Jose Gaya.
Meanwhile, Shevchenko’s men had registered a 2-1 win at home, over Switzerland. However, the former have always struggled against La Roja in h2h meetings.
In fact, Enrique’s men would have had a perfect winning record against them if not for a single draw, and they have not even conceded a goal in such clashes in the past 17 years.
Moreover, the Yellow and Blue have a poor record on the road in the last two years. During this period, they have recorded a total of two wins away from home, and both had come against minnows (Lithuania and Luxembourg).
In addition, La Roja were unbeaten in 39 of their previous 41 overall match-ups, and they also are on a six-game winning run at home. Furthermore, they also have lost just once at home in their preceding 20 attempts.
For the reasons, expect Spain to deliver a win this Sunday.
Match preview for 30.08.2020: Metz vs Monaco
Metz have not played yet this season and this game represents their first of the campaign. This will be the clubs 2nd successive season in the top flight.
Metz had a very good pre-season where they lost just once from 7 games. They are scheduled to play Kaiserslautern of Germany in France during the mini break at the beginning of September. The clubs pre-season highlights were beating Dijon and Strasbourg both Ligue 1 teams away from home.
Monaco will be slightly disappointed as to how they started the season. They ended up drawing 2-2 at home to Reims but would have been expected to win that game. At the same time they found themselves 2 goals down early on and heading for a beating, so it was a good recovery.
The good news for Metz is that they have had a good pre-season but maybe not being able to play competitively yet could have a negative effect on their play in this game. Monaco have that under their belt and we think they will be strong here and a real threat.
Watch out for quality such as Stevan Jovetic the prolific striker wasn’t able to get on the score sheet last time and he will be raring to rectify that. Monaco have a decent side and in Niko Kovac as coach have some good experience and a lot is expected of them. If Monaco want to make advancements this season they need to be winning these type of games.
Match preview for 17.08.2020: Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk
The Italians recorded a 2-1 win in the Quarter Final, against Bayer Leverkusen. They had taken control in the game early itself, with two goals even before the 20th minute.
Meanwhile, Luis Castro’s men registered a 4-1 win in their QF, against Basel. However, this time around, they do have a quality opponent.
Conte’s men have been one of the best in the continent since football has resumed, and if not for their dropped points earlier in the season, they might have run away with the Serie A title.
As of now, they are on a five-match winning run, and a ten-game unbeaten run. Going on, they were also unbeaten in 15 of their last 16 overall fixtures, and had scored two or more goals in 13 of their last 15 match-ups.
On the other hand, though Castro’s men are in form as well, they have not had the opportunity to fight opponents of great quality and fighting spirit. They have had it easy in the one-horse race that is the Ukrainian League.
Their defects and weaknesses will be dissected and presented to the world by Conte’s men, who regularly lock horns with the best teams in the world.
Moreover, the Italians also do have a far more experienced gaffer, and importantly, they do have a 100% unbeaten record against this rival.
For the reasons, expect Inter to be the victor of this clash.
Match preview for 07.08.2020: Manchester City vs Real Madrid
Pep’s men recorded a 1-2 away win in the first leg, with two late goals. Kevin De Bruyne was the man of the match with his one goal and assist.
As things stand, the upper hand goes to the English contingent. The reason being, they could afford to lose 0-1, and still could progress to the Quarters. As far as they are concerned, all they need to do is make sure that they do not concede two goals.
On top of that, Sergio Ramos is suspended for the fixture as well. Moreover, the game takes place at the Etihad, and the PL runners-up are on a seven-fixture winning run at this venue – in which they managed to post a combined scoreline of 26-1.
The visitors will be forced to go after scoring two goals, and the tactician that Pep is, he will smartly take advantage of this – especially with the absence of skipper Ramos.
Furthermore, the Spanish gaffer has a point to prove that he is better than his French counterpart, and that he can make deep runs in the CL without Lionel Messi.
By the looks of things, expect Real Madrid to crash out of the competition this Friday.
Match preview for 31.07.2020: PSG vs Lyon
Apart from some club friendlies, PSG has faced St. Etienne post lockdown in the finals of the Coupe de France last time out in their schedule. They won the clash with a 1-0 score on the board, but Mbappe suffered an injury that will put him off in the Champions League fixtures ahead.
Les Parisiens earlier faced Lyon at the latter’s home in the semi-final of Coupe de France. They won the match with a 1-5 scoreline away from home.
They are also unbeaten in the last four matches in their overall schedule.
Lyon hasn’t played in any major competitions since the Ligue 1 was canceled this season. They will play with fresh legs and will also lack the touch in the middle. Their last two matches ended in a defeat, following a 1-0 loss on the road against Lillie in their previous league clash in the schedule.
Match preview for 23.07.2020: Lazio vs Cagliari
Inzaghi’s men lost 2-1 on the road the last match-day, against Juventus. Despite the loss, the fact that their main striker Ciro Immobile found his scoring touch back would be good news to fans.
Meanwhile, Walter Zenga’s men were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Sassuolo. It was their sixth straight winless fixture, and they also were winless in 19 of their former 21 overall match-ups. In the midst of it, they went through two separate four-game and five-game losing runs.
On the road, they have a single win from their last thirteen attempts. And to pile on, the Eagles are on a three-match winning run against this opponent, and are on an eight-fixture winning run in h2h clashes at this stadium.
In fact, they have always dominated h2h meetings over the years. As such, expect a convincing Lazio win this Thursday.
Match preview for 15.07.2020: Arsenal vs Liverpool
Arteta’s men lost 2-1 on the road the last match-day, against arch-rivals Tottenham. In the meantime, the current European champions were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield the past game week, by Burnley.
This unexpected draw has made it a bit tough for the Reds to go after the 100-point record. Anything other than wins from the remaining three games will deny them a chance to better that stat, and it just seems a gigantic waste to let this phenomenal season end on a sour note.
Consider that Klopp’s men have won the reverse fixture in style, and they are also unbeaten against this rival in the last five years. Importantly, they have been the best team in England this campaign, and their 21-point lead at the top vouches for that claim.
Furthermore, the newly-crowned team had scored a total of 31 goals from the last nine h2h games, and had won five of the former seven past PL h2h matches.
The Gunners are also winless in five of their last nine overall match-ups, and remained so in 11 of their past 18 appearances at this stadium.
Taking into account these observations, expect a Liverpool victory this Wednesday.
Match preview for 07.07.2020: AC Milan vs Juventus
The Red and Blacks recorded a 0-3 win on the road the last match-day, against Lazio. Despite the hosts being the sole contenders to challenge Sarri’s men for the title, the seven-time Champions League winners totally dominated them throughout.
In the meantime, the Old Lady registered a 4-1 victory at home the past game week, against Torino. Both Paulo Dybala and Ronaldo were on target for the hosts in the derby.
This Tuesday, expect the fierce rivalry between the teams to take centre-stage at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Either has a claim to be called the best team in the country’s history, and as always will go in looking for nothing but the win.
Moreover, a loss at this stage would be detrimental for Sarri’s men considering their CL ambitions, while Pioli’s men would face a setback in their quest to qualify for the Europa.
In addition, the Red and Blacks were unbeaten in 13 of their previous 15 overall match-ups, and remained so in nine of their last ten appearances at home. Coming to the title-holders, they are on a four-fixture winning run, and have scored a total of 13 goals in the process.
Likely, expect both teams to score goals this Tuesday. In regards to result though, understand that the Old Lady are the toppers, and are gunning for their ninth straight Serie A crown. They have also recorded the past nine h2h wins, and have registered 21 of the former 27 such victories as well.
Taking into account these factors, expect Juventus to win at least one of the halves.
Match preview for 01.07.2020: Arsenal vs Norwich
The Gunners recorded a 0-2 win on the road the last match-day, against Southampton. A goal apiece in each of the halves secured the much-needed three points for Arteta’s men.
In the meantime, the Canaries lost 0-1 at home the past game week, against Everton. In a crucial game, the hosts did manage to defend well all through the first half. However, ten minutes after the break, the Toffees slotted in a goal, and held the lead till the final whistle.
In terms of result, the Gunners are easily the favorites. They have been one of the Premier League titans for a very long time, and they are going after a European spot desperately.
On the other hand, not only are the Canaries a new, inexperienced team in this competition (they were promoted just last summer), but they are also placed dead last in the table, and are frontrunners to get relegated.
On top of that, the Gunners have a terrific h2h record against them. Going on, the Gunners are on a two-match winning run, and were unbeaten in seven of their past nine home appearances, whereas the Canaries are on a four-match losing run, and they have a total of one PL on the road this season.
As such, expect a win from Arsenal this Wednesday.
Match preview for 24.06.2020: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
The Reds were held to a scoreless draw the last match-day on the road, by Everton. Had they won that game, a win in this fixture would have presented them the title. Still, they did manage to reduce the required points from six to five.
In the meantime, the Eagles recorded a 0-2 win on the road the past match-day, against Bournemouth. Despite the current form of the former, the Reds are still favorites this Wednesday. They have been the best team in Europe for the past two years running.
On top of that, they are on a six-match winning run against this opponent, and scored a total of 20 goals from the last nine h2h clashes. Moreover, for all their heroics, the Eagles could manage a total of just five road wins this season, and only one of them was against a team from the top tier.
Most importantly, at this venue, the hosts are on a 26-game unbeaten run, and even managed to win an impressive 23 of those. Considering these stats, count on a Liverpool win this Wednesday.
Match preview for 20.06.2020: Bayern Munich vs Freiburg
The Bavarians recorded a 0-1 win on the road the last match-day, against Bremen. With the victory, they secured their eighth straight league title, and who else to score the title-winning goal but Robert Lewandowski.
In the meantime, Streich’s men registered a 2-1 win at home the past match-day, against Hertha. All three goals came in the span of just ten minutes late into the second half. The guests did try for an equalizer till full time, but ultimately were unsuccessful.
As things stand, the Bavarians are easily the favorites to post the three points on the board. They have been the best team in Germany by a mile for the last decade, and this weekend, they will be full of confidence due to them securing the title the last game week.
On top of that, not only have they recorded 26 of the preceding 27 h2h wins, but they have managed to post wins in 14 of the 15 h2h encounters at this stadium as well.
On the other hand, their counterparts have a total of five wins from their previous twenty overall match-ups. Considering all these stats, it’s estimated that Bayern Munich are about to extend their winning streak this weekend.
Match preview for 12.06.2020: Juventus vs AC Milan
The reverse fixture had ended in a 1-1 draw, for which Pioli’s men had played the role of the hosts. It was a pretty indisciplined affair from the hosts, as the referee had to brandish seven yellow cards, and a red card against them.
After a tough set of sixty minutes, the home team finally found the breakthrough via Ante Rebic. However, the Old Lady had other plans. Just when it seemed like Pioli’s men would walk away with the win, the guests were awarded a penalty kick, and the ever dependable Cristiano Ronaldo coolly converted it.
As things stand, the Old Lady have the upper hand. They have the opportunity to play at home with the aggregate scoreline being tied, while they have an away goal in the kitty. Moreover, the Old Lady have been on phenomenal form before the break. They had won ten of their preceding fifteen overall fixtures, and had won 18 of their last 20 appearances at home as well. Going on, they had also recorded a combined scoreline of 20-2 from their past seven home fixtures. On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in six of their past seven overall match-ups, and had even conceded four or more goals in two of their previous five road matches.
In addition, the Old Lady had won nine of the prior ten overall h2h clashes, and had scored two or more goals in seven of the preceding ten such games. Moreover, at this stadium, the hosts are on a seven-game winning run in h2h meetings, and the last they lost in such a match was back in 2014.
Taking into account these observations, it’s evident that Juventus are on course to record a win this Friday.
Match preview for 05.06.2020: Freiburg vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Streich’s men lost 0-1 at home the last match-day, against Leverkusen. Both teams battled all through the first half, before the guests found the back of the net in the 54th minute, which turned out to be the sole goal of the game. The hosts tried five substitutions in the space of ten minutes in search of an equalizer, but had to settle for a loss at the end.
The Foals recorded a huge 4-1 win at home the game week, against Union Berlin. Right in the 17th minute itself did the home team found the breakthrough and slotted in their first goal. Later, they added three more goals, and in return conceded a single goal – thus completing their victory.
As things stand, the Foals are easily the favorites. They were unbeaten in nine of their previous eleven overall games, and the two losses in the period had come against Leverkusen and Dortmund. They are also on a five-match unbeaten run on the road, and have scored three or more goals in three of their past four such road trips.
On the other hand, Streich’s men were winless in 16 of their preceding 20 overall match-ups, and had lost five of their past seven appearances at home. Moreover, the Foals are on a three-game winning run against this opponent as well. Taking these observations into account, it’s clear that Borussia Monchengladbach are about to deliver a win this weekend.
However, understand that the last six h2h clashes had goals from both teams, and that the hosts are unbeaten at this stadium against this rival since 2007. Impressively, they had also won eight of the prior nine such meetings at this stadium. Likely, expect goals to come from both teams.
Match preview for 26.05.2020: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich
Der BVB recorded a 0-2 win on the road the last match-day, against Wolfsburg. Raphael Guerreiro continued his stupefying form with a goal early in the game, while Jadon Sancho once again showcased his incredible playmaking skills. Curiously though, potent threat Erling Haaland was silent throughout the fixture.
Meanwhile, the Bavarians registered a 5-2 win at home over Frankfurt. Flick’s men have simply been unstoppable in the German top flight for the last several years, and they seem in no mood to stop anytime soon. With just seven game weeks remaining till the end of the campaign, the title-holders are close to defending yet another one of their league trophies.
However, they will have to address the challenge posted by arch-rivals Der BVB in the meanwhile. The Bavarians may be at the top of the table, but they are being closely followed by Lucien Favre’s men, and with no other team showing the potential to mount a meaningful attempt at the title, this game could determine the champions of this season.
As such, count on the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Haaland, Guerreiro, Sancho etc to show up and give some stellar performances. Moreover, with the return of the Champions League not yet announced, the teams could turn all their attention towards affairs in Germany.
Also do note that encounters between these two have always resulted in plenty of goals, and expect the same to happen this Tuesday, especially with a lot at stake.
Match preview for 22.05.2020: Hertha Berlin vs Union Berlin
It is a good start for Hertha under Labbadia and they will be keen to carry the momentum to Olympiastadion this Friday. However, this won’t be an easy task.
Since this is a derby and the Old Lady managing only 1 home in 10 games, the bookies are pricing them at 2.30 odd, which means backing home win comes with a considerable risk.
I am in full agreement with this since Union can be a threat on the counter as well as from set piece situations. And we are talking about a team that scored in 9 of their last 10 games on the road.
Hertha are inconsistent in scoring department, but they have come to life in the last three games as they found the back of the net 8 times. The winter signing from Leipzig, Matheus Cunha is the man with golden touch, who scored in all three games.
Meantime, Sebastian Andersson is the man to watch on the opposite dugout, who is his team’s top scorer with 11 goals. The Swedish striker was deemed unfit to start against Bayern and only played 19 minutes as a second half substitute, having scored 3 times in the previous 4 games.
This is why I consider both teams to score as the top pick for this Bundesliga match.
While also considering three points are extremely valuable for both sides, over 2.5 goals full-time qualify as a strong alternate.
It won’t be a surprise if this match ends in a 2-2 or 3-2 full-time scoreline.
Match preview for 16.05.2020: Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke
Full focus back to Bundesliga, after Dortmund failed to hold on to a first leg 2-1 lead over PSG in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, eliminated with the 2-0 defeat in Paris. This happened to be the last time they took the football field before the lockdown and they were on a 5-match winning run across all competitions till then.
Back on the home front, with another win in Borussen derby against Gladbach, the Yellows of Dortmund pushed RB Leipzig down to third and now are Bayern’s closest competitors for the Meisterschale, with four points dividing two German giants.
Borussia’s terrific 2020 form is still a thing, with Lucien Favre’s men getting their fourth consecutive win, eight in nine league games this year; in front of their Yellow Wall, Der BVB are still undefeated, boasting more than an impressive record of nine wins and three draws and on a 4-game winning streak since that ridiculous 3-3 tie v Leipzig.
The Royal Blues under former Huddersfield boss David Wagner impressed many with their flamboyant football in the first half of 2019/20 season. Things haven’t gone well for the Gelsenkirchen outfit in 2020 with the team failing to win a single Bundesliga game since they edged Monchengladbach 2-0 on January 17th.
They put a good show against Hoffenheim on matchday 25, but sadly Weston McKennie’s goal wasn’t enough for all three points during last Saturday’s clash against Hoffenheim as Christoph Baumgartner’s second-half goal meant that the two sides had to share the points in the Veltins Arena.
On the road, the Blues remain winless since November and trip over to one of the worst sides in the league, making that six outings from which their fans travelled back with their heads down with the most recent case being one of the most shameful ones as Wagner’s men laid their weapons in Cologne, losing 3-0.
Match preview for 29.04.2020: BATE vs Slavia Mozyr
Borisov had finished runners-up in the prior edition of the Belarus Premier League, and they had the second-best offensive stats as well as the best defensive stats. Meanwhile, Martsinovich’s men could finish just eighth in the table, and had almost only half the points as that of their counterparts.
On top of that, Borisov have lost just once at home since May, whereas their opposite number have a total of two wins on the road in the whole of 2020 so far. In addition, Borisov have a phenomenal h2h record against this opponent, and especially so at this stadium.
In fact, the Yellow-Blues had recorded 16 of the previous 19 h2h wins against this rival over the years, and at this venue, they have been on an unbeaten run since 2000. To make things further precise, understand that Borisov have a 100% winning record at this ground since 2001 in every single h2h clash, barring a single encounter.
Taking these observations into consideration, it’s deduced that BATE will record a convincing win this Wednesday. Count on them to turn around the aggregate scoreline, and progress to the final.
Match preview for 25.04.2020: Diriangen vs Esteli
The Caciques had to come through the Quarter Finals, as they had failed to finish in the top two spots of the league table. In the Quarters, they defeated Juventus Managua at home, with a 1-0 scoreline.
Meanwhile, Sergio Rodriguez’s men were placed second in league standings at the end of the 18-match long campaign. And as a result, they secured a place directly in the semis.
As these two take on each other this weekend, the impressive run of Acevedo’s men will play a huge role in determining the outcome of the fixture. They are on a six-game winning run at this ground, and a nine-fixture unbeaten run (of which eight were wins). In addition, they have lost just twice here since April of 2019.
Going on, at this ground, the hosts had won three of the former four h2h clashes, and only once have they lost here in eight such meetings. Taking these observations into account, it’s deduced that the hosts Dirinagen are on course to record a win in this first leg.
However, do note that Rodriguez’s men are the reigning Clausura as well as Apertura champions. They have been one of the best teams in the league for quite some time, and they even finished second in the table this season. In addition, they were also unbeaten in nine of their latest ten overall match-ups, and have won the past two road trips.
Consequentially, expect both teams to score goals this Saturday.
Match preview for 18.04.2020: BATE Borisov vs Torpedo Zhodino
Alshevsky’s men had finished second in the league table the prior season, and they had scored the second-most number of goals in the process. Keep note that they had also registered the best defensive stats in the league in 2019.
Going on, they have lost just once at home since May of 2019, and in the last 12 months, only once have they failed to find the back of the net in front of the home crowd. Impressively, it was in the Europa League.
Also, Alshevsky’s men registered nine of the former ten h2h wins, and 14 of the previous 17 at this venue. On the other hand, Yuri Puntus’s men have recorded a single win away from home in the previous six months.
Taking all these observations into account, it’s estimated that BATE Borisov are on the course to post the three points on the board. However, note that Puntus’s men are at the top of the table at present, and in possession of the lone Champions League spot. They have also scored goals in 10 of the prior 11 h2h clashes.
Considering these stats, it’s deduced that goals will come from both teams this weekend.
Match preview for 13.04.2020: Slavia Mozyr vs Rukh Brest
With 3 rounds completed Rukh is already near the bottom of the table. After starting the season off to a win against Dinamo Minsk they are currently on a 2 match losing streak.
From 3 matches they have only scored once and conceded 2 in return. This is not surprising as this is their first season in the top division of Belarusian football.
But if they wish to stay for yet another season they will need to get along with the conditions. Slavia will be tough opposition for the newbie for sure.
The season of Slavia is just the opposite of that of their upcoming opposition. They started off with a defeat and bounced back with 2 back to back victories. They will want to improve on that 8th place finish in the previous season.
The lack of experience for Rukh will be visible yet again on Monday. They have not yet settled in and the competition so far has been overwhelming for them. Slavia has a well-coordinated attacking unit, but the same cannot be said about their backline. They have conceded all the 5 goals they scored so far in the league.
They are currently on a 3 match win streak in both the cup and league. Also, they lost only once in their last 6 competitive matches. They have won all the games against teams below them on the table. Also adding home advantage along with it I am backing a home win for Slavia with both sides finding goals.
Match preview for 12.03.2020: LASK vs Manchester United
The team from Linz collected 54 points from 22 games in Austrian Bundesliga this season, and they have big six points advantage over the reigning champions Salzburg.
Elimination of AZ Alkmaar in the previous round was a small surprise considering that experience was on side of the Dutch side.
Austrian team has won four out of six games in the group stages, and they definitely earned the spot in the playoffs. Can they take out giants like Manchester United? We don’t think so.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious after the match against Manchester City. Despite 2-0 victory thanks to the goals of Martial and McTominay, squad has missed so many great goal opportunity, especially the youngster Daniel James.
Overall the team is looking super-ready for Top 4 battles in the Premier League and to win Europa League.
Hosts definitely lack experience in playing big games. The biggest name they faced so far in Europa League was PSV Eindhoven.
We are backing away win here at solid 2.10 odds. As for the alternative bet, we don’t think this is going to be high-scoring affair. The Red Devils kept six clean sheets in eight EL matches.
Match preview for 04.03.2020: Juventus vs AC Milan
The match between the two most celebrated players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will be the main attraction of the game.
In the first leg, Ronaldo scored a late penalty in the dying minutes of the game to deny the victory for AC Milan after Rebic scored an early goal.
Juventus were on the road in their previous encounter. They faced the French side, Lyon, and lost 1-0 in the clash in Champions League.
AC Milan, in the meantime, will be coming on the back of a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina in their previous encounter in Serie A.
Having a six-game winning streak at home with four clean sheets in it, Juventus will have ann upper hand in the match with their ground advantage.
To make things worse, AC Milan has not tasted victory in any of their last 11 meetings with Juve. Also, Milan is winless in three of their recent five trips on the road.
The teams have combined to score more than two goals in only one of their recent five h2h games. With both teams showing a more defensive game we cannot expect many goals in the game. The best betting tip in the goals area will be to go with under 3.5 goals at 1.40.
Based on their current form at home, Juventus can create more chances in the game. Hence, the betting tip for a home win at 1.50 will be a safe bet for the punters in the clash.
Match preview for 28.02.2020: Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Hertha Berlin
Goals have been a usual occurrence whenever these two teams have locked horns with each other. In fact, every single encounter between the two since 2010 have had goals from both teams, and every single such battle at this venue, except for one, had four or more goals.
Moreover, Dusseldorf have scored two or more goals in six of the last seven face-to-face games, while Hertha had won the reverse fixture with a 3-1 scoreline.
In addition, as of now, either team are in danger of getting relegated, and to pile on pressure, the season is approaching its end. As such, the teams will not have much use from a drawn game, and they will be forced to go for a win, concentrating more on offense.
Taking into account these findings, it’s inferred that we are in line to witness a goal-fest this weekend.
Match preview for 20.02.2020: Olympiacos vs Arsenal
Two familiar foes will face each other on Thursday as Olympiacos host Arsenal. The hosts are having a great time in the Greek Super League. They are unbeaten in their last 10 games across all competitions. The Red-Whites, as they are called, are at the top of the table but are constantly followed by PAOK.
They finished 3rd in their Champions League table with just 1 win in 6 games. This was no surprise considering Bayern and Tottenham were also present in their group. The defense has been their major issue all season.
Arsenal is coming into this game after a rare win in the Premier League. A 4 match drawing streak ended with a 4-0 win over Newcastle at home. The team from London has problems all around, both in scoring and defending.
In Europa League, they finished the group stage as champions even without winning their last 3 games. Clean sheets are a rarity for them in Europe too, conceding to clubs like Guimaraes.
Match preview for 13.02.2020: AC Milan vs Juventus
AC Milan are unbeaten at the San Siro in their past seven fixtures. However, it needs saying that the hosts have come away with the win on just two occasions from those aforementioned clashes.
On the other hand, Juventus have admitted defeat just thrice on the road this season. That too, in all competitions. It is also worth mentioning that the visiting contingent have been faring well in their previous visits to this stadium.
In fact, they have secured the bragging rights in their past two trips here, and have stumbled just twice in their last ten as well.
Given that the visitors are also on a promising run in the Serie A, a win is certainly out of the question for AC Milan.
Be that as it may, the hosts have shared the spoils in five of their previous seven fixtures at home. Taking into account that the guests have been at the losing end in their last two outings, a draw no bet is sizing up to be the safest punt.
Furthermore, AC Milan’s front line have looked sharp in their clashes here as of late. Impressively, they have racked up nine goals from their previous four fixtures at home.
Meanwhile, Juventus have not failed to find the back of the net in any of their past thirteen outings on the trot. With Cristiano Ronaldo as lethal as ever, and Zlatan Ibrahimović scoring twice from his last two appearances, it looks like we have all the ingredients for a high scoring affair in the making, come Thursday.
Match preview for 05.02.2020: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Augsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt have beaten RB Leipzig for the second time this year as an André Silva penalty and Filip Kostic brace earned them a 3-1 win and a place in the quarter-final of DFB Cup.
That was third victory in the New Year for the Eagles and one helluva present for their fans following disappointing draw at Dusseldorf last week which kept Frankfurt at 11th step of Bundesliga ladder and very far from desired continental football…
Despite their faults, Adi Hutter’s men usually do well at Commerzbank-Arena with eighteen points collected from ten games; their poor, three-game winless run is a thing of the past as Eintracht got the better of RB Leipzig, ending their bad streak and inviting Bayern back in the title race during the last days of January.
Ruben Vargas and Florian Niederechner lead Fuggerstadter to a fantastic comeback victory as Augsburg pulled into top half with 2-1 win over wobbly Werder Bremen.
It was seventh win of the season for Martin Schmidt and his men, first one following a disastrous three-game losing run but ultimately it was enough for Fuggerstädter to crawl up to 10th and mid-table obscurity.
Augsburg have lost their last two games on the road which leaves bit of a sour taste in their fans’ mouths; context matters here, before these losses, they were unbeaten on excursions across Germany since October.
Gelson Fernandes, Nils Stendera, Lucas Torró, Marco Russ and Sebastian Rode won’t feature in Friday’s clash, but Bas Dost just might make it for Frankfurt.
Augsburg’s emergency room is filled top to bottom as Fabian Giefer, Tomas Koubek, Reece Oxford, Julian Schieber and Simon Asta are certainly out for Eintracht clash with Fredrik Jensen and Sergio Córdova still on the wire and Iago out on the international duty.
Match preview for 01.02.2020: PSG vs Montpellier
The champions look like they will have a fairly routine game on Saturday as they take on Montpellier at home.
PSG did play in the Coupe de France in midweek but most of their players were able to rest as they beat Pau FC 2-0. There is a confidence about the club after a few ups and downs this season and especially since the beginning of December they have been in excellent form.
PSG have a 10 point lead at the top from Marseille and at home they have won 8 of their 10 games. They did draw against Monaco last time here with that game ending 3-3. Overall form has seen the club pick up 13 points from 15 and they have no losses in their last 10 matches.
Montpellier are chasing 3rd place and are 4 points behind Rennes. When this game is played Rennes would have already played their game, so a lot does rest on this match.
Form is good for the club and they have won their last 3 games in a row. They have scored 8 goals in that time and their last match ended in a 2-1 win over Dijon.
Match preview for 23.01.2020: Wolves vs Liverpool
Wolves were about to lose their last league encounter, which was on the road against Southampton. The hosts were leading 2-0 at half time, before Wolves turned around the game with three unanswered goals in the next half.
Meanwhile, Liverpool faced one of their toughest challenges of the league season, the last match-day. Playing hosts to arch-rivals Manchester United, the Reds managed to secure a hard-fought, but inspiring 2-0 win at Anfield.
In regards to the result this Thursday, Liverpool easily emerge the overwhelming favorite. Such has been their form, that these days they are a shoo-in for returns for punters.
They were unbeaten in 33 of their last 35 games, and one of these two losses had come in the EFL Cup against Aston Villa (when the team’s U-23 players lined up for the game), and the other defeat had been in the group stage of Champions League, against Napoli.
In fact, disregarding the Aston Villa game, Liverpool are on a 13-match winning run in overall matches, and are on an eight-game winning run on the road.
On the other hand, Wolves were winless in five of their last six games, and are winless in their last two home fixtures.
In addition, Klopp’s men had won the reverse fixture, which took place just two weeks back, and they are also on a three-match winning run against this opponent in the league.
Considering these findings, we arrive to the conclusion that Liverpool are strong contenders to post the three points this game week.
On the same note, Liverpool boast of the best defense in the entire league. In fact, they have let in just 14 goals so far, which is nine fewer than any other team in the competition.
They have also kept clean sheets in their last seven games in a row in all competitions, and in their previous seven PL fixtures on the trot. They also kept a clean sheet in the reverse encounter, and in the former three PL match-ups on the road.
Furthermore, Wolves had failed to score in three of their previous six overall games, and they have scored a total of just two goals against this opponent in the prior ten league h2h meetings.
And finally, the last Wolves scored in a league fixture at home against the Reds was back in 2004.
Taking into account these observations, it’s estimated that Liverpool will be once again putting forth a great defensive display, which should award them a clean sheet.
Match preview for 15.01.2020: Monaco vs PSG
Because PSG has a game in hand over Marseille in 2nd place they will play Monaco for the second time in just 3 days.
The two teams battled it out in Paris on Sunday night where Monaco really impressed as the game ended 3-3. It is a rare sight to see PSG drop points at home and they were leading the game. For PSG they have the chance to get revenge and they will see the recent draw like a loss. Also there is just 5 points between PSG and 2nd placed Marseille, so PSG really do need a win here, if they lose Marseille will start to sense that they could produce a massive shock in French football. Only Monaco have won the title since 2012 apart from the domination by PSG.
Robert Moreno the new Monaco manager has started really well. His side knocked out Reims in the Coupe de France and that was followed by this incredible 3-3 draw. It put to an end the domination that PSG had over Monaco, although the Paris club still score goals almost at will against Monaco.
Monaco are in 8th place but are only 3 points from a top 4 position. At home they have lost twice but have also won their last five in a row with their last home game ending in an emphatic 5-1 victory over Lille.
PSG need this win and if they do so they will put some breathing space from Marseille and would go 8 points clear. PSG have won their last 3 away games and they have the best away record in the league having collected 21 points from a possible 27.
Match preview for 09.01.2020: Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
Barcelona have been hit by a sharp decline in form and have picked up a win just once in their past four games. Their last clash on the road saw them share the spoils with Espanyol in a 2-2 draw. While at home, they pulled off an emphatic 4-1 win over Alaves.
Nevertheless, the Catalans are still leading the La Liga standings, albeit only on superior goal difference.
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid are sporting an impressive four-match winning streak under their belt, the most recent of which was a 2-1 win over Levante at home. The squad have also been at the losing end just thrice in their past nine games, in all competitions.
Be that as it may, Atletico have been vulnerable in their outings this season. Miserably, they have come away with the win just once in their last eight trips on the road overall.
In sharp contrast, Barcelona have not admitted defeat at home or on the road, since their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Levante, back in early November. Taking into account that Barca are also unbeaten in their past nine meetings with this foe as well, it looks like Atletico Madrid are in for a tough set of ninety minutes this week.
Furthermore, h2h history also indicates that both teams have been at their defensive best in recent times. All of their last five fixtures with each other have been low scoring affairs with fewer than 2.5 goals on the charts.
As such, count on more of the same when they square up on Thursday.
Match preview for 03.01.2020: Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao
Sevilla were on the road the last match-day, and had won against the newly promoted Mallorca. Meanwhile, Athletic too had a great experience, and that too on the road the prior game week. They had taken a trip to the Santiago Bernabeu, and held the mighty Real Madrid to a draw.
However, as things stand, Bilbao are on the back foot right away. Not only are they on the road, but they have failed to make any kind of an impact in away games this campaign. In fact, the team has had a total of just two wins away from home this season.
One of those wins had come against Osasuna, a recently-promoted squad, and another one was in the Cop del Rey, against another lower tier team.
In addition, Bilbao were also winless in 17 of their last 20 road fixtures, and they are so in their last three overall straight league match-ups.
On the other hand, Sevilla won seven of their previous ten games, and were also unbeaten in 13 of their last 15 matches. At home, they have lost just twice in their prior fifteen appearances.
Moreover, Sevilla had won the most recent h2h encounter, and they also had recorded 15 of the last 18 h2h wins at this venue. In addition, 14 of the preceding 18 overall h2h wins had gone to the teams that hosted the fixture.
Taking these observations into account, expect a victory for the third-placed Sevilla, against a Bilbao side that have heavily suffered on the road.
Match preview for 26.12.2019: Leicester vs Liverpool
Leicester succumbed to their third defeat of the season last week, on the road, after the reigning champions mustered a stellar comeback from being a goal down at the break to recording a 3-1 win at the last blast of the whistle.
Despite getting off to a solid start in that latter matchup through Jamie Vardy who broke the deadlock, the hosts were stung by former Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez who put City back on level terms. Their counterparts soon doubled their lead through Ilkay Gundogan before the break, while the final nail in the coffin came courtesy of Gabriel Jesus, post the restart.
With thirty-nine points in the bag, the home side are playing second fiddle to Liverpool with a ten-point deficit to scale.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will be making the trip to King Power stadium following their success in the Club World-Cup. The hosts are just not showing any signs of slowing down in their domestic campaign either. Currently, they are only unbeaten side in the Premier League.
Their last clash at home saw them slot two unanswered goals past Watford. While on the road, they picked up a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
It is also worth mentioning that Liverpool have dropped points just once away from home this term. Fittingly, they are the best away side in the cluster.
Furthermore, the visitors have made no mistake in securing the bragging rights in their last two visits here either. Taking into account that all three points went in their favor when the two met back in October as well, Liverpool are sizing up to be the favorites to come out on top in this one.
Be that as it may, Leicester are yet to stumble at home this season. Moreover, the hosts would have salvaged a point in their clash at Anfield, had it not been for a controversial late penalty kick given against them in the dying minutes of stoppage time.
Hence, a Draw no bet is the safest punt to back this week.
In addition, goals have not been hard to come by when these two sides feature on the pitch. The guests have found the back of the net sixteen times on the road so far. Meanwhile, nineteen of the forty-one goals for Leicester have come from their matchups at home.
To top it off, the likes of Jamie Vardy, Mo Salah, and Sadio Mane are on red form at the moment as well. As such, count on neither side to make it out of the ninety minutes with a clean sheet intact this Thursday.
Match preview for 21.12.2019: Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg
Bayern were almost held to a draw the last match-day on the road, by Freiburg. The score was tied at 1-1 even into the injury time, but the vast experience the Bavarians have had in dealing with crunch situations came to their aid, as they scored twice in the space of 180 seconds, after 90+2 minutes had passed on the game clock.
Meanwhile, Wolfsburg had to dig deep to find the equalizer at home, against Schalke the last match-day. The hosts were trailing 0-1 even with just ten minutes left till final whistle, but Kevin Mbabu appeared savior for Wolfsburg in the 82nd minute, as he helped the home team to salvage a point.
This weekend, logic dictates that Bayern hold the upper hand. The prime reason for the deduction will be the frightening superiority they hold in h2h clashes over this opponent.
To quote some stats – Bayern have won nine of the previous ten such games, and drew the tenth. They had also recorded 30 of the preceding 33 wins, and had won the latest such fixture with a 6-0 scoreline.
Going on, the Bavarians have scored a total of 35 goals from the past ten h2h meetings, and have lost just once against this opponent since 2009.
In addition, at this venue, Bayern have been the top dog by a mile, over Wolfsburg. The former have not lost a single h2h clash at home in the past two decades, and frighteningly, won 24 of the previous 26 meetings here, while drawing the remaining two.
Moreover, the Munich outfit had managed to score a total of 50 goals from the previous 17 face-to-face meetings at this stadium, while keeping clean sheets in 12 of the last 21 such encounters.
Coming to recent form, Bayern are on a three-game winning streak, and Robert Lewandowski still is on a mission to break Gerd Muller’s record for most goals in a Bundesliga season.
The team has also won seven of the previous nine overall games, and have won 17 of the former 20 in front of the home crowd.
On the other hand, Wolfsburg were winless in 11 of their last 15 overall fixtures, and remained so in five of their preceding seven on the road.
Considering all these factors together, the defending champions Bayern Munich are rightfully on course to register another massive win against Wolfsburg this weekend.
Match preview for 10.12.2019: Inter Milan vs Barcelona
It is a tight finish in Champions League Group F and Inter must aim for no less than a win when they welcome FC Barcelona this Tuesday.
It was two late goals from Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez against Slavia Prague (3-1 ft) on matchday 5 that helped them stay in the qualification race.
Inter start this game level on 7 points with Borussia Dortmund, however the Serie A outfit hold on to second spot on the back of a 2-0 win over the Germans on matchday 3 before the 2-3 defeat in reverse leg.
Meantime, Barcelona have already qualified, thanks to their 3-1 home win over Dortmund on matchday 5. The LaLiga outfit have 11 points and won’t be dismantled from top spot regardless of matchday 6 results.
As far as Inter Milan is concerned, one must believe that Dortmund are going to win their home fixture against Slavia Prague, who sit at the bottom of the log with 2 points. So, anything less than a win here relegates the Italians to Europa League knockouts.
Match preview for 04.12.2019: Manchester United vs Tottenham
The Red Devils could not even secure a win at home against the newly-promoted Aston Villa the last match-day. Against the former Championship outfit, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had a lead of 2-1 in the second half, and could not prevent them from firing in the equalizer.
Meanwhile, under new gaffer Mourinho, Spurs have been thriving. At home the previous game week, they recorded a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth to keep the winning streak alive for the Portuguese manager.
This Wednesday several factors are at play. Tottenham could no longer be judged upon their performances that had come under the now-fired Mauricio Pochettino. The ‘Special One’ has instilled confidence and winning spirit into the 2018-19 Champions League finalists, and consequentially, their fear-factor is on the rise.
In addition, they may be on the road, but consider the fact that Mourinho was the manager of this United squad last season, and is familiar of each and every player that would don a red shirt this match-day. He knows their weaknesses, and how to take advantage of it. And importantly, due to the manner, he was sacked, the two-time CL winner has serious enough reason to embarrass the Red Devils.
On top of that, Manchester United are struggling under their inexperienced coach Solskjaer. They are unbeaten in their last three match-ups and have conceded twice or more in each of these three. Importantly, these last three games were against two newly-promoted Championship clubs, and lowly FC Astana, from the Kazakhstan Premier League.
If they could not secure a victory against these minnows, the Devils really do not stand a chance against Jose Mourinho, who’s out for revenge, and his boys who are hungry again.
As such, expect a fearsome clash this Wednesday, at the end of which the visitors, Tottenham, would have the better result.
Match preview for 26.11.2019: Juventus vs Atletico Madrid
As expected Juventus are currently leading Group D, with a healthy three-point cushion over second-placed Atletico Madrid. The hosts are on an impressive form at the moment and are yet to stumble this season as well.
It is also worth mentioning that Juventus have been putting nothing but their best foot forward in their clashes at home. As of now, the home side are sporting an eight-match winning streak at the Allianz Stadium, with two of those victories coming against fellow group members Lokomotiv Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen.
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid were handed a shock 2-1 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen in their last trip across Europe. The visitors are now without a win in their past four outings in all competitions and have just three to boast of from their last eight this season.
Hence, it certainly goes without saying that securing the bragging rights on the road has not been Atletico Madrid’s cup of tea. It is also worth mentioning that their previous trip to Turin did not end well for the visitors either, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring three unanswered goals past them.
Given the stellar run of form that Juve are on, especially in their own backyard, Atletico Madrid’s chances of salvaging even a point in this one are certainly looking bleak.
Furthermore, Maurizio Sarri’s men have been consistent in racking up the goals tally, and have scored two goals or more in seven of their last eight games here. Taking into account that all of their group clashes at the Allianz Arena so far have also featured over 2.5 goals on the charts, expect no dearth of goals when the two sides lock horns this week.
Match preview for 22.11.2019: Borussia Dortmund vs Paderborn
Paderborn was extinguished in their latest road game, within no time, by Hoffenheim. In fact, the former conceded three goals by the time the game-clock chimed 25 minutes, and in return, they could not score even once.
In the final three-quarters of the match, the intensity was a bit reduced by the hosts, and as a result, no further goal was scored.
On the other hand, Dortmund showed great conviction, in scripting a comeback, against Italian heavyweights Inter, in their last home tie. The Milan outfit had raced to a 0-2 lead by the 40th minute and looked set for a victory. However, the Germans completely dominated the second half.
They scored three goals with no return in the latter half of the match to complete the 3-2 win.
After their heavy defeat against Bayern, which saw Dortmund’s title-chances take a hit, the latter will be desperate for a huge win this Friday. Luckily, the situation is in favor of them to register the win.
BVB has the home advantage, and are one of the best teams in the country, along with the Bavarians. Whereas, their opposite number is placed dead-last in the table, and have conceded the most, and scored the second-least.
In addition, Paderborn has managed a single win so far in the competition, and most importantly, they are winless against this opposition in the last decade. Going on, the combined scoreline for the prior two h2h games is 13-2, in favor of Dortmund, and at this venue, the hosts boast of a 100% winning record in such games.
Taking all these observations into account, count on a win for Borussia Dortmund this weekend.
Match preview for 17.11.2019: Luxembourg vs Portugal
Luxembourg succumbed to their fifth straight defeat in the qualifiers last week after Serbia did just enough at home to post a 3-2 scorecard. Despite showing signs of promise with ten attempts at goal, four of which were right on target, the hosts were outclassed by the Serbs who managed seventeen shots of their own.
It is also worth noting that Luxembourg’s only win so far on home soil, came against rock bottom side Lithuania. At the moment, the home side on a two-match losing streak here. The reverse fixture of this matchup did not end too kindly for Luxembourg either as the visitors were able to post an emphatic 3-0 victory.
On the other hand, Portugal reiterated their intentions of grabbing a ticket to the finals by running riot over Lithuania in their most recent matchup. The visitors slotted six unanswered goals past them, half of which, came courtesy of their own talisman and skipper Cristiano Ronaldo.
Furthermore, the away side’s only stumbled so far was against current table-toppers Ukraine, that too by no more than a narrow 2-1 margin. With Luxembourg admitting defeat in their recent h2h clashes here as well, the visitors are more than likely to be too hot to handle for the hosts come Sunday.
Additionally, apart from bagging the win, the away side have not been shy in racking up the goals tally. Their skipper, in particular, is just one goal away from topping the goal scoring charts and has netted four of Portugal’s last seven goals as well.
The visitors have also scored ten goals from their previous three trips on the road alone. With Portugal netting thrice last time around too, it is certainly well within reason to expect a high scoring clash to unfold.
Match preview for 06.11.2019: Real Madrid vs Galatasaray
Things have not gone according to plan for Los Blancos, who are currently sitting behind PSG in Group A with a five-point deficit to scale. Their last clash across Europe was against this very same opponent, which they won courtesy of a first-half strike by Toni Kroos.
It is also worth mentioning that the hosts have not let down the home crowd in their clashes up till now and are currently unbeaten in their last six games here.
On the other hand, Galatasaray have got off to a poor start in their European campaign. The away side have garnered no more than a point from their clashes so far, and are deservedly at the bottom of the cluster.
The Turkish outfit have been struggling back in the Super Lig as well, where they are currently seventh on the ladder, five points behind the table-toppers. To pile on even misery, Galatasaray are without a win in their last four outings in all competitions and have failed to find the back of the net in their previous two on the trot.
With Zinedine Zidane’s men on a two-match winning streak at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid should be able to make light work of this foe on Wednesday.
Furthermore, Los Blancos have been consistent in netting two goals or more, in their past five games here. Taking into account that they have also won by a three-goal margin or more in their previous two h2h clashes at this venue, expect Real Madrid to rack up the goals tally with ease in this one.
Match preview for 30.10.2019: Juventus vs Genoa
Maurizio Sarri’s decision to rest talisman Cristiano Ronaldo certainly backfired in their previous clash, after Lecce did just enough to hold the hosts to a 1-1 draw on the road. The tie has subsequently brought their seven-match winning streak in all competitions to an abrupt halt.
Nevertheless, the home side are still on an unbeaten run at the moment and are a point adrift of Inter at the helm.
Genoa, on the other hand, managed to bring a six-match winless streak to a close last week after the visitors came back from behind to post a 3-1 victory. The away side have registered a win just twice so far, and are deservedly dwelling in the bottom half of the ladder with no more than eight points to their name.
It is also worth mentioning that the guests are sporting the third-worst away record in the cluster right now, and are yet to have a taste of success on the road. Thiago Motta’s side have also admitted defeat in six of their last seven visits here. With Genoa forced on to the back foot before the break, in their last two outings as well, Juventus are more than likely to win both halves with ease in this one.
Furthermore, the visitors have hardly shown any conviction in the defensive third, especially on the road. The visitors have conceded fifteen goals away from home, which is the most by any side up till now.
Considering that Juventus have scored two goals or more in each of their home games this season, brace yourselves for nothing short of a high scoring affair this week.
Match preview for 23.10.2019: Inter vs Borussia Dortmund
Antonio Conte’s men have been on a roll this season, especially in the Serie A. They had registered wins in the first six games in the league, and if not for their loss against Juventus the last day, the win-streak would still have been on.
Against Barcelona the last day, the team played really impressive for the majority of the tie. Do take note that the match took place at the Camp Nou. If not for two wonder-goals from Luis Suarez, the Milan outfit would have posted the three points on the board.
The home advantage surely will play into their favor. Disregarding their loss against reigning Italian champions Juve, the team is on a nine-game unbeaten run and had won five of their previous six fixtures as well.
In addition, they have lost just thrice in their previous 16 ties, and these had come against Juve, Barca, and Manchester United.
Moreover, the German opponents were winless in four of their prior five games, and in three of their last five on the road.
As such, the chances for Conte’s men to lose this fixture are very low.
Coming to goals, the stature of the guests alone provides some insight. Moreover, they have scored twice or more in 25 of their prior 28 match-ups, and have racked up a total of 19 goals from their seven games in the league. In addition, on the road, they are on a scoring streak of 15 trips, and likely BTTS holds great potential as these two take the pitch.
Match preview for 14.10.2019: Bulgaria vs England
The Three Lions holds renowned names in the club games like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, Trent Alexander Arnold, and Tammy Abraham. And on the other side, it’s hard to find such established names.
Even in the overall stats, the host has not registered a win in the last nine-ties. Even so, they have maintained five wins in the last ten home clashes against small teams which will not prove worthy against the rampage of the English cannons. In the meantime, Three Lions are lossless for the past ten encounters and have lost only one out of the prior ten home fixtures in their schedule.
Besides that, the Englishmen are also undefeated against Bulgaria in their h2h meetings for the past 56 years of clash history. Alongside that, they have kept seven clean sheets from the last eight h2h encounters. Even so, they have also won the last three wins with at least a three-goal margin in the ninety minutes.
Surprisingly, one of the previous eight fixtures in their h2h meetings have seen both teams scoring goals. Along with that, two out of eight fixtures have seen the teams sharing the spoils in the end. Also, these are the only stats that can be said nearly favoring the hosts.
Moreover, in the current league, the host is yet to register a win. But with 5 goals scored in 5 games, they are sure to put up a fight. Meanwhile, England with its unbeaten league run will have the upper hand in the ninety minutes.
As such, the match will probably end with the visiting side to set up a rampage attack on the scarcely formidable host.
Match preview for 10.10.2019: Netherlands vs Northern Ireland
The Flying Dutchmen have two matches against this opponent remaining in the competition, and if they manage to win both, qualification would then just be a cakewalk. At present, Virgil van Dijk and his boys are placed third in the table but do have a match in hand.
They did lose against the Germans at home but responded in fantastic fashion by delivering a classic 2-4 win in German soil.
Opponents Northern Ireland did begin with four wins on the trot, but that was essentially due to the schedule doing them a favor, with them being pitted against Belarus, and Estonia twice each. The lucky run is now over, and the team is being exposed to the harsh realities of the group.
The Dutch contingent obviously has the home advantage, and they have a fantastic h2h record against this opponent. In fact, Netherlands have lost just five times in their previous twenty-five fixtures and won nine of their former nine in front of the home crowd. In addition, the team scored twice or more in ten of these eleven ties as well.
Furthermore, against this rival, who were winless in seven of their former nine games on the road, Ronald Koeman’s men have been unbeaten for the prior 55 years and registered a massive 6-0 win the last time they met. By the looks of things, we are surely in for a great performance from the Oranje.
Match preview for 03.10.2019: AZ Alkmaar vs Manchester United
The Red Devils are a major presence in the Premier League, arguably the toughest league in the world. On the other hand, AZ comes from the comparatively weaker Eredivisie.
Moreover, the Devils have begun with a win, and this likely would give them momentum, whereas their opposite number received a red card in their game, and had to settle for a draw as well.
Count on Ole Solskjaer’s men to sweat it out on the pitch for a further three points.
Coming to goals, Arne Slot’s men are no pushovers, and they do have the home advantage. Moreover, the English outfit is yet to find full flow in scoring, and so far, their defense has been stepping up to lead the squad.
Finally, with the hosts having conceded just two goals from the last seven appearances here, the chances for this match to turn into a goal-fest are very slim.
Match preview for 28.09.2019: Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen
The usual top-two of the German league has struggled a bit at the initial stages of their respective campaigns, that the race for the podium has been blown a bit open. As of now, both Dortmund, and Bayern trail behind Leipzig in the table, but taking into account a tough fixture for the toppers this match-day, this is an opportunity to make amends for the earlier mishaps.
The unexpected loss against Union Berlin, a newly promoted side, which Der BVB experienced, knocked them off course, and ever since they have found it hard to return to the extraordinary form they were in.
In that regards, they do have the home advantage this weekend, and fans will rightfully hope for a monstrous performance from their players.
Opponents Bremen have every reason to be worried, taking into account the three losses they have suffered from the five match-days so far. Moreover, they have struggled against this opponent in h2h encounters, and especially in matches at this famed venue.
Match preview for 17.09.2019: Napoli vs Liverpool
The reigning champions have made an ecstatic start to their season that even the injury to their Golden-Glove winning keeper has not slowed them down. Their performance in the Premier League has been to such an extent that rival manager Pep Guardiola has joked that the title race is already over.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have posted 15 points on the board from a possible 15, and are once again in line to register the best defensive returns in the competition. Also keep in mind that while the rest 19 in contention have already lost the dream to manage an unbeaten PL campaign, the Reds are going strong with a 100% win-record.
As such, they are riding high on momentum, and the Italians will have to put forth the display of a lifetime to manage the day without incident.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men too have begun on a good note, though not on the same level as their opponents for the day. The 2018-19 Serie A runners-up have won two of their total three fixtures in the league, and their sole loss had come against none other than the defending champions Juve, and that too on the road.
Match preview for 14.09.2019: Tottenham vs Crystal Palace
The 2018-19 Champions League runners-up are beasts that have been forced into a corner. There’s no telling how fierce they might react, and if previous h2h clashes are any indication, the hosts should be having the upper hand this weekend.
Take into consideration the fact that Hotspur won eight of the previous ten such encounters and four of the last five at this venue. Moreover, they have the home advantage, and importantly, Palace is yet to record a league win at this stadium.
In addition, in the last 15 years, only once have the visitors won here too.
Moreover, a major chunk of these wins has been associated with a clean sheet as well. In fact, six of the former eight encounters between these two ended with Spurs recording wins to nil, and the guests have been able to register just two goals from their prior nine trips here.
As such, count on the hosts adding such a win to an already long series. And building on the same note – with the absolute master-classes of defensive performances under the belt for Roy Hodgson’s men, the fixture has all the probability in the world to end up as a low-scoring one.
Match preview for 05.09.2019: Romania vs Spain
Despite the initial stutter, Romania have got things back under control and are currently on a three-match unbeaten run. The hosts thrashed Malta by a 4-0 scoreline in their last trip on the road, while at home, they got the better of Faroe Islands who managed not more than one consolation goal against the four that the home team slotted.
Nevertheless, it needs saying the only defeat that Romania has succumbed in the table, was against Sweden who are currently second in the table.
On the other hand, the Spaniards, who are on their way to Bucharest this Thursday, will be coming into the matchup on the back of a very convincing 3-0 victory over the Swedes. They are also on a four-match winning streak in the qualifiers and have tasted defeat just twice in their last ten games.
The visitors have so far been winning without breaking much of a sweat and have racked up eleven goals to their names while conceding just twice. However, considering that Romania have also found the back of the net as many times as the away side, an exciting clash is definitely in the reckoning.
Match preview for 29.08.2019: Wolves vs Torino
Wolves overcame the odds in the first leg of their tie and subsequently posted an impressive 3-2 scoreline over Torino in their maiden clash in Turin last week. The hosts were much the more clinical of the two sides and would have had a comfy two-goal cushion to carry back to the Molineux, had it not been for a late penalty given against them, which Belotti coolly converted.
Torino surprisingly registered fifteen attempts at goal in that matchup, which was eight more than what their counterparts had achieved. Yet, they managed to beat the goalkeeper just once in open play.
Although the margin seems slender, the fact that they conceded three away goals in itself has reduced Torino’s chances of making it into the next round. With home advantage into the midst as well for the Wanderers, Torino will need nothing short of a miracle to make it into the group stages now.
Match preview for 22.08.2019: Braga vs Spartak Moscow
The Portuguese outlooks are under dilemma after their loss against Sporting when their 21 attempts failed to see the winning goal. They are sure to get right back into their strong suit with improved tactics and comebacks. That game constituted the lone defeat in this season fixture so far.
The opposition had already faced Thun in the Qualifiers and this is their second team to encounter. They have three wins out of their six Russian Premier League games in this season. The visitors have just made a comeback into winning ways after a series of draws and loss in the season.
The host has scored seven goals against Brondby in the Qualifiers on aggregate from both the legs of the game. Overall the host carries an average 2.6 goals per game from their last five clashes. The opposite side failed to see the back of the net in only one game in the last five overall encounters.
Match preview for 13.08.2019: Ajax vs PAOK
Ajax failed to clinch the win in the first leg of their tie which saw both sides share the spoils with two goals each. The hosts went into the break, in that fixture, trailing by a goal. However, the squad cut the deficit twelve minutes after the restart through Huntelaar.
Although the Dutch outfit missed out on the win, the ball is in their court this week as they have two crucial away goals in the bag. The visitors will have to score at least two if they are to salvage their hopes of staying in the competition and to put the pressure back on the home team.
Netting two in Amsterdam will not be as easy as scoring back home, especially with Ajax boasting a two-game unbeaten run here at the moment. The side from Greece will have to put in the extra effort throughout the ninety minutes as they are the underdogs by a mile in this one.