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Jankovic v Solovyeva

TENNIS - Brazil ( Women's )

2016-08-01 19:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-01 13:59:16)

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Jelena Jankovic is a former number 1 but has been slipping down the rankings for some time now. She is having a poor year, having only won more than a single match in one tournament, Indian Wells. She often plays in smaller events and won 3 tournaments last year, all of them in China. In Miami in March she retired against Linette after just 1 game with a right shoulder injury and did not play again until May in Madrid. She has only won 2 matches since returning.

Valeriya Soloyeva is aged 23 from Russia and ranked 260 in the world. She has been doing well on the ITF Tour having recently been in the semi-final in Sacremento and in June she won the tournament in Baton Rouge on hard courts. In May she won another tournament in Naples , USA . She was very promising as a junior and has been coached by Nick Saviano at his academy.

Info:  This is their first meeting.

Court Surface:  Brazil hard court.

Summary:  Slight value on Jankovic 1.40.

Jankovic 1.40 v Solovyeva 3.58

Goncalves v Begu

TENNIS - Brazil ( Women's )

2016-08-02 16:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-02 12:25:12)

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Irina-Camelia Begu is from Romania, aged 25 and ranked 31 in the world. She is having a good year but mainly on clay. She won 3 matches in the French and made the semi-final in Rome in May. Before that she won 3 matches in Madrid beating Bouchard and Muguruza. The only hard court tournament where she won a few matches was Miami beating Pliskova. Although a clay court specialist she has won 54.8% of career hard court matches.

Paula Goncalves is from Brazil, also aged 25 and ranked 177 in the world. She has not played many WTA tournaments this year, failing to qualify for Wimbledon or Nottingham. She did play at Eastbourne but lost in the first round to Boserup. In a minor tournament in Bogota she won through to the semi-final and she qualified for Rio, winning 2 rounds in the main draw. She has had better success on the ITF Tour and fares better on clay than hard courts.

Info:  They have not played before.

Court Surface:  Brazil hard courts.

Summary:  Slight value for Begu at 1.30, despite home advantage for Goncalves.

Goncalves 3.94 v Begu 1.30

Ostapenko v Babos

TENNIS - Brazil Open ( Women's )

2016-08-03 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-03 12:11:02)

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"Jelena to silence the Hungarian Rhapsody"

Jelena Ostapenko is a very promising young player from Latvia, aged 18 and ranked 41 in the world.She is having a good year with a number of wins against top players. In Birmingham in June on grass, she beat twice Wimbledon Champion Kvitova after beating Pavlyuchenkova in the first round. Earlier in Rome she beat Pliskova in straight sets and eventually reached the semi-final. In Qatar in February she made it all the way to the final, beating Kuznetsova and Kvitova again then narrowly losing to Suarez-Navarro for the title.

Timea Babos is Hungarian, aged 23 and ranked 44 in the world, She has also had a good year playing her best tennis on hard courts. In March she won 3 rounds in Miami , beating Pliskova in the second round before losing a close match to Kerber in the final. In Morroco she made the semi-final and in Rome overcame the evergreen Venus Williams in 3 sets. She has an aggressive style of play and is quite an imposing sight on court.

Info:  In head to heads Ostapenko won their only encounter, this year in Katowice in the 1/4 final with the match going the distance.

Court surface:  Brazil hard court.

Summary:  Value for Ostapenko at 2.20. 

Puig v Begu

TENNIS - Brazil Open ( Women's )

2016-08-04 17:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-04 14:10:43)

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Monica Puig is from Puerto Rico, she is 22 years old and ranked 37 in the world. She is having a good year, winning 38 matches to just 19 lost. Her best surface is clay but still wins 57.3% of career matches on hard courts. In Sydney in January she reached the final but lost easily to Kuznetsova. She had a good grass court season by making the semi in Birmingham and the final in Eastbourne. In this current tournament she has won all 3 of her matches in straight sets, albeit against quite weak opposition.

Irina-Camelia Begu is from Romania, she is 25 years old and 18 and 14 on all surfaces this year. She has played well on clay this year but struggled during the grass court season, winning just 1 match from 4. She won 3 matches in Miami on hard courts beating Pliskova but before that had lost 3 times in opening matches.

Info:  The head to head record, Begu won their only meeting in Charleston this year but was on her favoured clay. The match was very close, going to a tie-break in the deciding set.

Court surface:  Brazil hard court.

Summary:  Slight value for Puig at 1.80.

Puig 1.80 v Begu 2.25

Petkovic v Svitolina

TENNIS - Olympics ( Women's )

2016-08-06 19:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-06 14:00:50)

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Andrea Petkovic is more of a clay court player winning just 57.7% of her matches on hard courts. She is German although born in Bosnia, aged 28 and ranked 40 in the world. She has lost more matches than she has won this year and has been slipping down the rankings. Her best performance this year was at Qatar in February when she won 4 matches to reach the semi-final having beaten some good players along the way.

Elina Svitolina is from the Ukraine, aged 21 and ranked 20 in the world. She is 19 and 13 on the year and playing on hard courts is her best surface, enjoying a career percentage of 67.6. She has had a good year winning 3 matches in Dubai, beating Muguruza in the second round. Then in March she won in Kuala Lumpur, overcoming Bochard in the final. She has been a bit unlucky to draw strong players recently when losing to Serena in the French and Kerber in the Rogers Cup.

Info:  In head to heads, Svitolina leads 2-0, having beaten Petkovic last year in Zhuhai. Petkovic has not taken a set off her so far.

Court surface: Olympics hard courts.

Summary:  Value for Svitolina at 1.67.

Petkovic 2.46 v Svitolina 1.67

Stosur v Ostapenko

TENNIS - Olympics ( Women's )

2016-08-07 19:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-07 14:22:28)

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"Ostapenko to oust the Australian"

Samantha Stosur is from Australia, she is 32 years old and ranked 18th in the world. She prefers clay to hard courts, although she did win the US Open a few years ago. She had a good run at the French losing to Muguruza in the semi-final and won 3 matches in Prague. She did not fare as well during the hard court season and never does that well in her native Australia.

Jelana Ostapenko is from Latvia , she is 19 years old and ranked 41 in the world. She started the year very well by winning 5 matches in Qatar on hard courts to reach the final where she lost to Suarez-Navarro. She had beaten Kuznetsova and Kvitova along the way. In Katowice on clay she made the semi-final, this time beating Pliskova in the 2nd round. In June in Birmingham she beat twice Wimbledon Champion Kvitova again this on grass. Then came a bit of a bad run, losing 3 times in opening rounds before the Olympics.

Info: In head to head, the players have never played each other before.

Summary: Slight value for the up and coming Latvian Ostapeno at 2.47

Stosur 1.65 v Ostapenko 2.47

Olympics Tennis - ( Women's ) ANTE-POST


2016-08-08 00:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-06 10:19:35)

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Serena Williams won the gold medal in London in 2012 and is strong favourite to repeat that success. Both the Williams sisters hold the Olympics in high regard and have won the womens doubles together on the last 2 occasions. It is a 64 player event which means to lift the gold medal Serrena has to win 6 matches, Starting with Gavrilova who wont be that easy as she seems to have no fear of the top players. She may play Cornet in the second round who has beaten her twice before but is badly out of form. Then probably Svitolina who should present some opposition. She may play her sister Venus in the semi-final or Muguruza who could be inspired having been born in nearby Venezuela. Kerber is a likely opponent in the final who she lost to in the Australian final but beat in the Wimbledon final. Madison Keys could spring a surprise and reach the final instead of Kerber.

Venus Williams is worth a small interest at 50/1 each-way to repeat her success of 2000 when she won gold. To win gold medals 16 years apart would be an amazing feat.


Serena Williams at 2.50 WIN.

Venus Williams at 51.00 EW.

Puig v Pavlyuchenkova

TENNIS - Olympics ( Women's )

2016-08-08 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-08 13:15:26)

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Monica Puig is from Puerto Rico, she is aged 22 and ranked 34th in the world. Being Latino she should get some support from the crowd. She will be acclimatized to the conditions having just played in the Brazil Tennis Cup where she reached the semi-final, losing to eventual winner Begu. In June she made the final in Eastbourne and also won 3 matches in Birmingham. In January she made the final in Sydney on hard courts, losing to Kuznetsova.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is from Russia, 25 years old and ranked 19th in the world. She has had a good year with a nice run at Wimbledon, losing to Serena in the 1/4 final. She won 3 matches in Montreal with a win over Radwanska. Earlier in the year she did not fare as well as after losing to Wickmayer in Mexico she lost 4 opening matches on the trot. She may not be able to cope with the heat as well as Puig.

Info:  They have not played before.

Court surface:  Hard court.

Summary:  Value for Puig at 2.48.

Puig 2.48 v Pavlyuchenkova 1.62

Kvitova v Makarova

TENNIS - Olympics ( Women's )

2016-08-09 19:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-09 12:23:41)

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"Makarova to win the battle of the lefties"

Petra Kvitova is from the Czech Republic, she is aged 26 and ranked 14th in the world. It has only been an average year for her so far losing to a number of lesser lights. In Birmingham on her favoured grass she lost to Ostapenko in the second round and in the French to Rogers in the third round. In February in Qatar she lost to Ostapenko again and in Dubai to Brengle in the first round.

Ekaterina Makarova is from Russia, she is aged 28 and ranked 35 in the world. She is 19 and 16 on the year and in her first 2 matches here in Rio she came from a set behind to win. She had a good run in the grass court season, winning 3 matches at both Eastbourne and Wimbledon. Earlier in the year she won 3 matches in Miami as well as 3 matches in the Australian, where she beat Pliskova in the third round. She has won 59.1% of her career matches on hard courts.

Info:  In head to heads they stand at 4 apiece but crucially Makarova has won the last 2 this year at Wimbledon and Miami, both in straight sets

Court surface: Hard Court.

Summary:  Value for Makarova at 3.32.

Kvitova 1.53 v Makarova 3.32

Konta v Kerber

TENNIS - Olympics ( Women's 1/4 Final )

2016-08-11 17:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-10 13:58:10)

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"Count on Konta to beat Kerber"

Johanna Konta has a new high ranking of 13 now and is going from strength to strength. In the previous round she came back well against Kuznetsova after losing the first set. The year started very well when she made the semi-final in the Australian. Then in July she won her first WTA title when winning in Stanford she beat Venus Williams in the final. Hard courts is her best surface winning 66.2% of career matches.

Angelique Kerber has had an excellent year, winning her first Grand Slam at the Australian and reaching the final at Wimbledon. Her best surface is grass but still wins 66.6% of her matches on hard courts. In Bastad in July she retired from the tournament with a left elbow injury and in 2 other tournament this year she retired due to illness.

Info:  In head to heads Kerber won their only meeting in the Australian semi-final this year.

Court Surface:  Brazil hard court.

Summary:  Value for Konta to win the first set at 2.85, also Konta at 3.65 to win the match.

Konta 3.65 v Kerber 1.42

Svitolina v Kvitova

TENNIS - Olympics ( Women's )

2016-08-11 17:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-11 11:40:17)

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"Ukraine to reign supreme"

Elina Svitolina is from Ukraine, she is 21 years old and ranked 20th in the world. She beat Serena Williams in the previous round and will be pleased that rain washed out play yesterday to allow her to come down from that high. Players who have a big win will often lose in the next round because of mental let down. However Svitolina can cause another upset by beating Kvitova who has looked quite shaky this year. Svitolina won the tournament in KL in March beating Bouchard in the final, and before that had won 3 matches in Dubai beating Muguruza and Vandeveghe. She seems quite strong psychologically, although only 21.

Petra Kvitova is from the Czech Rep, she is 26 years old. She tends to be over-rated because of her 2 Wimbledon titles, but really has not played that well this year. Previously ranked 2 in the world she is now down to 14.

Info:  In head to head,  Kvitova leads 2-1 although their last meeting in 2015 went the distance.

Court Surface:  Btrazil hard court.

Summary:  Value up and coming Svitolina at 2.98 to win the match. Also for Svitolina at 2.50 to win the first set.

Svitolina 2.98 v Kvitova 1.55

Kvitova v Puig

TENNIS - Olympics ( Women's )

2016-08-12 17:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-12 09:56:36)

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Petra Kvitova is from the Czech Rep, 26 years old and ranked 14th in the world. She likes the big occasion, having won 2 Wimbledon titles but her form this year has only been average. In previous rounds she came back from a set down to beat Makarova and crushed Svitolina for the loss of just 2 games to make the semi.

Monica Puig is from Puerto Rica, she is 22 years old and ranked 34th. She continues to win and could yet spring another surprise in her semi-final match against Kvitova. The winner will be guaranteed gold or silver so nerves could play their part. Puig has played a lot of matches this year and is on 41 wins to 20 loses, although that includes qualifying matches as well. It is a measure of how much she has improved that she has had to qualify for a number of tournaments this year. In Sydney she won 3 qualifiers then 4 more matches to reach the final. In Eastbourne she won 2 qualifiers and again 4 more matches to make the final. Being from Puerto Rico and the underdog she should garner plenty of crowd support .

Info:  The players have not played each other before.

Court surface:  Brazil hard court.

Summary:  Slight value for Puig at 2.91.

Kvitova 1.54 v Puig 2.91

AIK Stockholm v Helsingborg

Sweden Allsvenskan

2016-08-13 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-13 13:59:10)


Helsingborg are without Pyzdrowski (gk 3/0), Bjorkman (df 3/0), Ljung (df 3/0), Johansson (df 6/2), Wede (mf 7/0), Dahlberg (att 6/3) and Hallenius (att 11/2).

AIK Stockholm 1.44  Draw 4.36  Helsingborg 6.30

Kvitova v Keys

TENNIS - Olympics ( Women's )

2016-08-13 17:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-13 13:26:09)

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"Count on Madison to unlock the bronze door"

Petra Kvitova is from the Czech Rep, she is 26 years old and ranked 14th in the world. She is not consistent enough now and if her A-game is not working, she finds it difficult to play defensively. 

Madison Keys is the youngest player ranked in the top 10 and is 30 and 9 on the year. In the semi-final, Kerber was just too consistent for her. Keys had reached the final in Montreal before the Olympics. beating some strong players along the way, including Vesnina , Venus Williams and Pavlychenkova. In June in Birmingham on grass she won her first WTA title when defeating Strycova in the final. She was also in the final in Rome (clay), losing to Serena. Her serve and forehand are powerful weapons and at 21 she can only improve.

Info:  In head to head, they are tied at 2-2 with Keys winning their last meeting in Rome this year. Kvitova won in New Haven last year in 3 sets but Keys beat her in the Australian.

Court surface:  Brazil hard court. ( Bronze medal match )

Summary:  Slight value for Keys at 1.75.

Kvitova 2.39 v Keys 1.75

Errani v Vandeweghe

TENNIS - Cincinnati ( Women's )

2016-08-15 20:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-15 13:25:22)

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"No clowning about from Sara"

Sara Errani is from Italy and she is 29 years old. She may not be quite as good as she used to be but she's not done yet. Although her best surface is clay she has still won 56.7% of her career matches on hard courts. In February this year she won the tournament in Dubai on hard and then won 3 matches in Charleston. Then came a mid-season slump when she lost 5 matches on the trot on her favored clay. However in recent weeks she has recovered quite well and in Rio she defeated Bertens and Strycova in the first 2 rounds.

Coco Vandeveghe is American, she is 22 years old and ranked 33 in the world. She is 22 and 13 on the year and has made great strides in the last 2 years. Her best surface is grass where her strong serve comes to the fore, winning a grass court tournament in Holland earlier in the year. She injured her right ankle in Stanford in July and was only able to play in the doubles at the Olympics where she lost in the 2nd round. She may not be fully recovered so a retirement is possible. Some bookmakers require 1 set to be completed.

Info:  In the head to head record, Errani won there only meeting in 2012.

Court Surface:  Cincinnati hard court

Summary:  In spite of home advantage for Vandeveghe the value is with Errani at 2.92.

Errani 2.92 v Errani 1.51

Chelsea v West Ham

England Premier League

2016-08-15 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-15 14:07:59)

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Chelsea finished 10th last season, a nightmare year they will want to forget. Manager Jose Mourinhio was sacked and the club have no European football this season  They have brought in former Italian coach Antonio Conte, while new signings include striker Batshuayi (£33 million from Marseille) and midfielder Kante (£30 million from Leicester). While winger Salah, strikers Falcao and Pato have left the club.

West Ham finished 7th last season. They were challenging for the title and Champions League places all season, but ended up with a place in the Europa League. Coach Slaven Bilic has been busy in the transfer market, bringing in striker Ayew (£20 million from Swansea), wingers Tore (on-loan from Beskitas) and Feghouli (on-loan from Valencia. While defenders Tomkins and Jenkinson, midfielder Song and striker Emenike all left the club.   

Team News:

Chelsea are missing Zouma (df 23/1) and Mikel (mf 25/0).

West Ham are without Cresswell (df 37/2) and Lanzini (mf 26/6), also Payet (mf 30/9) and Sakho (fw 21/5) are fitness doubts.

Possible Line-ups:

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Kante, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Costa.

West Ham: Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Kouyate, Nordtveit, Noble, Feghouli, Carroll, Ayew.

Chelsea 1.60  Draw 3.95  West Ham 5.71

Chelsea v Bristol Rovers

England League Cup

2016-08-23 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-23 18:23:27)


Chelsea new signing striker Batshuayi makes his full debut, while midfielder Cesc Fabregas makes his first start of the season. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte gives 19-year-old defender Ola Aina his debut. There are rare starts for midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and winger Victor Moses.

Chelsea: Begovic, Aina, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Pedro, Batshuayi.

Burton Albion v Liverpool

England League Cup

2016-08-23 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-23 18:32:48)

Team News:

Liverpool name a very strong line-up. 

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Henderson, Can, Lallana, Firmino, Mane, Origi.

Ceres La Salle v Tampines Rovers

Singapore Cup

2016-08-24 13:45:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-24 06:54:32)

Market Information:

"Tampines Rovers missing important players"

Tampines Rovers are without Kwok (df 8/0), Mustafic (mf 17/1), Sulaiman (mf 10/1) and Nawaz (att 18/7) who are all out injured, also Hamzah (df 16/1) and Hanapi (mf 16/2) who are both suspended.

Ceres La Salle 2.02  Draw 3.55  Tampines Rovers 3.02

Fondi v Taranto

Coppa Italia Lega Pro

2016-08-24 16:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-24 06:34:18)

Market Information:

"Taranto Youth Team!!"

Taranto are resting their first-team and using a line-up of youth team players. 

They are without Maurantonio (gk), Albanese (df), Altobello (df), Pambianchi (df), Stendardo (df), Balzano (mf), Guidelli (mf), Lo Sicco (mf), Nigro (mf), Potenza (mf), Balistreri (att) and Bollino (att).

Fondi 1.67  Draw 3.62  Taranto 4.45

B.Mon'gladbach v Young Boys

UEFA Champions League

2016-08-24 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-24 07:44:20)

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"Mission impossible for Young Boys"

Young Boys who are already 1-3 down from the 1st leg, now have selection problems as Benito (df), Sanogo (mf 2/0), Gerndt (att 1/0) and Hoarau (att 5/4 top scorer) are all out, while Von Bergen (df 2/0), Rochat (df 4/0) and Sulejmani (df 4/0) are expected to miss out.

B.Mon'gladbach 1.39  Draw 5.00  Young Boys 6.89

Red Star Belgrade v Sassuolo

UEFA Europa League Qualifier

2016-08-25 20:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-25 11:33:17)

Market Information:

Sassuolo won the 1st leg 3-0. Coach Di Francesco is resting Dell'Orco (df), Gazzola (df), Terranova (df), Ariaudo (df 0/0), Fontanesi (df), Sbissa (mf), Laribi (mf) and Defrel (att), also Missiroli (mf) and Pellegrini (mf) are out injured.

Red Star Belgrade 2.85  Draw 3.36  Sassuolo 2.33

Grasshoppers v Young Boys

Switzerland Super League

2016-08-28 13:45:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-28 10:10:59)

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Team News:

Young Boys have some selection problems as they travel to Grasshoppers. They are missing Benito (df), Joss (df), Sanogo (mf 2/0), Seferi (mf), Hoarau (att 5/4) and Gerndt (att 1/0), also Bergen (df 2/0), Rochat (df 4/0) and Sulejmani (mf 4/0) are major doubts.

Grasshoppers 3.09  Draw 3.55  Young Boys 2.10

US Open Tennis Ante-Post

TENNIS - US Open ( Women's )

2016-08-30 00:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-27 11:59:01)


"Monica to have the Midas touch"

Monica Puig is having an incredible year, culminating in gold at the Olympics. She won 6 matches to win the gold medal, beating Muguruza, Kvitova and Kerber in the final. In the first 4 rounds none of her opponents scored more than 3 games in a set. And this wasn't just a one-off fluke, she has been playing well all year. In January she made the final in Sydney, beating Stosur and Bencic along the way. Then in June she reached the final in Eastbourne in which she lost to Cibulkova. She is seeded 32 and should progress to the 3rd round where she may meet Muguruza who won the French but has done little since. Puig is on the opposite side of the draw to Serena Williams, so each-way part of the bet is value.

Summary:  bet "Puig" ew at 66/1.

"Madison opening all the right doors"

Madison Keys is American and entered the top 10 for the first time this year at number 9. At the Olympics she came close to winning a medal but was denied by Kvitova in the bronze medal match. She has won 34 matches this year for the loss of only 11 and with home advantage, hopes to win her first Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows. In Rome she made the final, beating Kvitova and Muguruza along the way and was again in the final in Birmingham and Montreal. She is in the third 1/4 of the draw in which she is scheduled to meet fellow America Vandeweghe in the third round. She is on the opposite side to Serena Williams and at 12.5/1 to reach the final looks good value/

Summary:  bet Keys ew at 25/1.

Turkey v Russia

International Friendly

2016-08-31 20:15:00 (This report was created at 2016-08-31 08:45:21)

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Team News: 

Both teams are missing players, but Russia seem worse affected.

Turkey are without Gonul (df 60/1), Balta (df 49/2), Erkin (df 49/2), captain Turan (mf 94/17), Inan (mf 55/8), Erdinc (att 34/8), Bulut (att 38/10) and Yilmaz (att 47/21).

Russia are missing Ignashevich (df 120/8), Berezutski (df 58/0), Kombarov (df 40/2), Smolnikov (df 17/0), Shirokov (mf 57/13), Glushakov (mf 46/5), Torbinski (mf 30/2), Denisov (mf 54/0), Ionov (mf 11/0), Kokorin (att 42/12) and Kerzhakov (att 91/30 top scorer).

Turkey 2.43  Draw 3.08  Russia 2.94

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