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Fiorentina v Torino

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2017-02-27 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2017-02-24 11:41:19)

The important Bernadeschi will be back for the home side, but they lose Vecino to a suspension. Borja Valero and Badelj will play in the middle of the park. Milic is injured.

Last week was a mixed week for Fiorentina. They defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany, but lost a bit unnecessarily against Milan 1-2. Maybe it was too much with two tough games in four days and it will be difficult also this week, as they played the return leg against Borussia last night. Fielding their best side they were leading 2-1 at half time.

Torino continue to ship in goals and to actually win a game they have to score a lot of goals. Mihajlovic does not seem to be the man who is likely to solve this problem for Torino and they will go on to be this fun side to watch, scoring and conceding freely.

Castan and Rossettini remain unavailable, but Valdifiori will return for this match.

Will Fiorentina be at their best for this match? Well, the match takes place on Monday and Fiorentina will probably be fit enough to defeat Torino.

Likely home win.

-Chris


Leicester v Liverpool

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2017-02-27 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-02-24 11:21:20)

It is true, losing 1-2 away to Sevilla was a very good result for Leicester, but did we watch an improved Leicester side? Not really, they were plain lucky and Schmeichel played a great game in the Leicester goal. To actually knock out Sevilla they have to play much better than they did in the first leg.

C Ranieri has just been sacked and I have no problems with that decision. Shakespeare, assistant manager and Stowell will coach Leicester in this game.

Liverpool have not played since their comfortable home win against Tottenham and we will most likely see a very energetic performance from Liverpool in this match. It does not bode well for Leicester. D Sturridge left their training camp in La Manga with a virus and I doubt he will ready for this game.

I would never suggest that 1.75 is a good price on the away win, but the away win has to be my choice.

-Chris


Real Sociedad v Eibar

FBSPA Primera División > Regular Season-16

2017-02-28 19:30:00 (This report was created at 2017-02-27 10:43:19)

Interesting derby game between two of my favourite sides in La Liga.

Mendilbar’s Eibar are of course enjoying a fantastic season and this “little “ club is only six points behind Real in the league table. Eibar did not play their best football at home to Malaga, but they still won the match 3-0. Fran Rico will return from his suspension for this match and Nano has a chance of playing.

The Real keeper saved his team away to Las Palmas and Real were lucky winning the game 1-0. Rulli saved Real and the Las Palmas keeper gifted Real their goal

and there you have an undeserved win for Real. Then again they never deserved to lose their last home game vs Villarreal.

Both to score again and why not the outsider.

-Chris


Juventus v Napoli

FBITA Coppa Italia > Semi-finals-16

2017-02-28 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2017-02-27 10:37:28)

How many home games have Juventus played this season? They have played fourteen league games at the Juventus Stadium and they have won them all. Maybe I need say no more about this cup game? Well, they are after all facing Napoli, but Napoli are a very pressed side at this moment.

Napoli lost their home game, the six pointer affair, against Atalanta at the weekend and in a few days they will play another hugely important league game, away to Roma and the way I see it, this cup game cannot be their top priority this week.

Why did Napoli let Gabbiadini go to Southampton? They need a goal striker badly, but obviously coach Sarri did not know how to get the best from Gabbiadini, who has been dominating the Premiership lately.

Buffon, Chiellini, Khedira and Dybala, all rested in their last league game, are expected to play from the start for Juventus tomorrow.

Very likely home win.

-Chris


Brighton v Newcastle

FBENG Championship > Regular Season-16

2017-02-28 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2017-02-27 10:41:34)

The big one in the Championship. Brighton are on top of the league and they have been close to unbeatable in their home games with 13-3-1.

Then again Newcastle have been a quite formidable away team with 11-2-3 this far. They are unbeaten in their last eight league games while Brighton have been beaten twice in their last ten matches, vs Preston and Huddersfield.

Without their injured leading goal scorer D Gayle Newcastle could only draw 2-2 at home to Bristol City while Brighton impressed a lot in their home fixture against one of the top teams, Reading, winning the match 3-0.

Benitez, the Newcastle coach, is hopeful that D Gayle will be able to return for this big game. He has just returned to training and he has a chance of being fit to play. C Atsu, A Perez and A Mitrovic were recalled to their starting line up against Bristol City.

Without Gayle playing for Newcastle,  Brighton look better in the offensive department with G Murray, S Baldock and T Hemed their weapons. My favourite Brighton player is A Knockaert.

Both to score and if there will be a winner I think it is Brighton.

-Chris