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Chievo v Verona

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2017-10-22 12:30:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 10:15:47)

Should be as intense a derby game as the Milano derby, but will there be real quality in this game? I do not think so, maybe even not exciting. Chievo are clearly stronger than Verona and they are unbeaten in their last five league games. Hetemaj could return for this match or N Rigoni will continue playing in their midfield,

Verona had one man more on the pitch after half an hour of their home game against Benevento, but they had to wait till some fifteen minutes remained of the game before Romulo found a winning goal for Verona. It was their first win of the season (1-3-4).

Pazzini and Cerci will be joined by one of Verde, Romulo or Valoti in their front line and Heurtaux, defender, has a chance of being fit for the derby. Zuculini is available again.

Likely home win.


Everton v Arsenal

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-17

2017-10-22 14:30:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 10:05:23)

It is certainly true that Everton are looking for any kind of form, but how on earth can the bookmakers have the opinion that Arsenal should be the evens favourite in this game? Arsenal have played four away games and they have yet to win an away fixture (0-1-3).

Chile and A Sanchez have gone down in form for quite some time now and personally I do not care any more if he will start for Arsenal or not. He did not play at all against Watford at the weekend, but M Özil came on a substitute and he managed to make a glaring miss in front of the Watford goal.

Mertesacker scored for Arsenal, Koscielny was fit to play, but Watford won the match 2-1. D Welhbeck is injured again.

A late Rooney penalty gave Everton a much needed point at Brighton, but it was not a case of a much improved Everton performance. Add fit again J McCarthy to the Everton squad.

Both teams played in Europe last night and both coaches sent out much changed teams.

Just have to back the big odds on the home win.


Atalanta v Bologna

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2017-10-22 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 10:18:03)

With Papu Gomez on the bench Atalanta were deservedly leading 1-0 at Sampdoria. Gomez entered the game in the second half and Atalanta conceded three second half goals. He is their leading player, but sometimes logic does not work in the game of football.

Atalanta played with their best side in Europe last night.

Bologna keep on winning football matches and the fact is, they have five points more than Atalanta at the moment. Maietta, Poli (prob) and Mbaye are their three injury casualties. Destro could be sent to the bench with Palacio playing upfront flanked by Di Francesco and Verdi

Taider will cover for Poli and Torosidis will replace Mbaye in their defence.

The odds on the home win are too short.


Benevento v Fiorentina

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2017-10-22 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 10:19:37)

With every Benevento player on the pitch it is quite possible that Benevento would not have lost to Verona earlier this week. Now Benevento are like Napoli, but the other way around, as they have lost all their eight league games. You get accustomed to losing games in their situation.

Ajeti will be suspended for this match and Costa continues to be a major injury doubt.. Their coach will play with Lombardi, Iemello and Pangini in a 4-3-3 formation and Belec will be back between the Benevento sticks.

Fiorentina were alright I guess at the weekend, but I would not say that they defeated Udinese after an impressive performance. They were under pressure late on in the game, but they had their essential win, 2-1. Only Saponara and Gil Dias are on their injury list.

They ought to win this game.


AC Milan v Genoa

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2017-10-22 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 10:20:55)

After their painful, rather unfortunate win Milan were in action in Europe last night, vs AEK Atens. Coach Montella fielded a strong, competitive team, stronger than I had expected. The Milan second half display in the derby was their best of the season, at least in my opinion.

Suso and A Silva will most likely play upfront with fit again Kalinic on the bench. Calhanaglu is back from his suspension.

Genoa were able to send out their strongest line up for some considerable time and their 3-2 win at Cagliari was quite logical if you assessed the two starting line ups. Genoa just looked stronger, on paper.

Once again they will use a 3-5-1-1 formation with Taarabt supporting Galabinov ( or Lapadula) and L Rigoni from the start again. Cofie is new on their injury list.

Milan and Genoa have these ever lasting connections and I would never back Milan, low priced against Genoa.


Spal v Sassuolo

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2017-10-22 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 10:22:07)

Once again a decent Spal effort, but once again they ended up on the losing side, this time at Bologna (1-2). Borriello started on the bench and Paloschi was joined by Antenucci in their front line. It was Antenucci who scored the Spal goal. It will be Borriello and Antenucci from the start in this match.

As good, or as bad as Spal, that is Sassuolo, at least at this stage of the season. Sassuolo have only scored four goals so far and then something is fundamentally wrong, is it not?

Falcinelli, who scored all these goals for Crotone last season, Berardi, Politano and Matri, but there has been practically no goal production.

I am more for the home win.


Torino v AS Roma

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2017-10-22 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 10:23:42)

Sadiq played upfront for Torino instead of the injured Belotti. Torino found a late equaliser at Crotone and it was one more Torino point than I had expected.

They will go on with an unchanged squad still missing Belotti, Obi and Acquah.

Tough week for Roma. First they were up against Napoli, then vs Chelsea a couple of days later and now a trip to Turin.

Roma made a huge effort against Chelsea (3-3) and the Roma collective did enough to win the game. I think all involved would agree on that. Well not the Chelsea coach. E Dzeko scored twice for his Roma.

The important defender Manolas will miss also this game and P Schick and Defrel as well. Rested vs Chelsea, De Rossi, Florenzi and El Shaarawy will play from the start on Sunday

I prefer the home win alternative.


Nice v Strasbourg

FBFRA Ligue 1 > Regular Season-17

2017-10-22 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 10:35:20)

I just have to back the outsider in this fixture.

French teams usually hate playing twice a week and as Nice were up against Lazio last night. I expect a below par performance from Nice in this league game. Well they were already below par at home to a weakened Lazio side losing the match 1-3. Balotelli scored a fast goal for his Nice, but that was about it.

Strasbourg should fancy their chances, I hope and their 3-3 draw against Marseille will have strengthened their belief ahead of this trip to Cote D’Azur.

Their midfielder B Corgnet is back in training and Ndour as well, but only Corgnet will be in contention for this match. Lienaard, midfielder, was man of the match against Marseille. Their striker I Saadi, among others, remain on their injury list.

Backing Strasbourg.


Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid

FBSPA Primera División > Regular Season-17

2017-10-22 16:15:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 10:29:27)

Strange odds on the home win and I will take advantage of the big price. Free scoring Celta have scored twelve goals in their last three games while Atletico Madrid have practically stopped scoring goals. They could nor even score against Qarabag in their midweek Champions League encounter.

Although the leading Celta scorer M Gomez was missing against Las Palmas Celta, thanks to, among others, I Aspas, scored as many as five goals. Emre More made his first start in the Celta shirt and he also scored. Anyway, Maxi Gomez will return for this match, but E Mor will not make it.

Their captain H Mallo, who has been sidelined for a couple of weeks is fit at last and he will return to their squad for this big match. His defensive colleague Roncaglia will definitely not make it. Their keeper R Blanco will sit out a suspension.

Although Atletico Madrid are struggling offensively they are as sound as ever defensively.

Now when Celta are involved the games tend to be very open and I expect quite a few goals also in this fixture.

Say, a 3-2 home win.


Tottenham v Liverpool

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-17

2017-10-22 17:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 10:07:41)

Dele Alli will be back for this game and Danny Rose made his come back for Tottenham late on against Real Madrid. Saved by their keeper H Lloris on a couple of occasions Tottenham managed to pick up a big point away to Real Madrid (1-1), Real were the dominant team, but Tottenham were always in with a chance and the Real keeper also made good saves. M Dembele will have a fitness test, but Wanyama will be missing again.

Liverpool scored seven goals against a pathetic Maribor side, but you bet that scoring a lot of goals was just what players like Firmino and Coutinho needed.

What a game to look forward to at the Wembley Stadium. There is no room for their much talked about Wembley complex on Sunday, then Tottenham will definitely lose this game.

Both to score will be my main bet and I have Tottenham as the winner.


Udinese v Juventus

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2017-10-22 18:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 10:25:03)

There was always a chance for Udinese to get something from their game away to Fiorentina. They had a goal harshly disallowed, they were able to put some pressure on the home side late on in the game, but to no avail (1-2 loss). They have in fact lost all their four away games, while they have won 50% of their home fixtures. No Larsen in defence, but Behrami could be back in the middle of the park and Maxi Lopez will be supported by De Paul and Lasagna in their frontal line.

Mandzukic scored a late winning goal for Juventus at home to Sporting in midweek. The win was important for Juventus. I mean when you are not at your best it is even more important to pick up the wins and Juventus are not in top shape at the moment.

Offensively they will probably be unchanged, but their defence will have a new look with Lichtsteiner, Rugani and Asamoah playing from the start. Also Matuidi and Betancur will be in contention for this game.

Both to score and Juventus the winner.


Lazio v Cagliari

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-17

2017-10-22 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 10:26:56)

Maybe Immobile fooled the referee to award Lazio a penalty, but he showed no Dybala nerves when his penalty resulted and Immobile also scored the first Lazio goal. Strakosha knew where Dybala meant to send his penalty and his save looked quite comfortable. After all the drama Lazio won a famous win away to Juventus and this can never be denied.

Lazio played a difficult game against Nice last night, but their starting line up was far from their strongest. This alternative side defeated Nice 3-1. Felipe Anderson, Basta and Lukaku are still injured, but Felipe A. is close to making his come back..

The Cagliari coach has been sacked and I was waiting for this decision. You just cannot go on losing home games and that is a fact. Oddo is the favourite to take up the Rastelli position.

Sau is fit again and he will join Pavoletti in their attacking line.

Home winner.


Svitolina v Wozniacki

TENNIS - WTA Championship Women Singapore

2017-10-23 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-22 11:21:08)

Elina Svitolina is from the Ukraine, aged 23 and ranked 4th in the world. She is making her debut in this event and thoroughly deserves to be there, having had a remarkable year. She has won 52 matches for the loss of only 12 and has been victorious in 5 tournaments. She has a relentless game from the baseline which normally wears down her opponents with it's consistency. The first tournament she won this year was in Taipei on indoor hard. She then won Dubai later that month in February, followed by Istanbul and Rome in April and May on clay. In August she won Toronto beating 5 good players. The only downside on the year is that she hasn't performed that well in the Grand Slams.

Caroline Wozniacki is a Danish player, aged 27 and ranked 6th in the world. She is a former number 1 player and has played in this event on 4 occasions, reaching the final in 2010. Interestingly she had appeared in 6 finals this year and had lost everyone until Tokyo where she was in 7th heaven after finally winning her first title of the year. She is the consummate percentage player who never gives up and with her amazing fitness, will often outlast her opponents .

Info:  The tournament starts on Sunday, with the world's top 8 players divided into 2 groups (White and Red). It is then an all play all in each group with the top 2 players progressing to the semi-final which is then a knock-out. It is possible to lose your first 2 matches but win the tournament which happened last year with Cibulkova and the year before Radwanska.  

White Group: Pliskova, Venus Williams, Muguruza, Ostapenk.  Red Group: Halep, Garcia, Svitolina, Wozniacki.

Head to Head: Svitolina leads 3-0 having won twice in their meetings this year in Toronto and Dubai.

Summary:  Value for Svitolina at 1.68.

1.68 Svitolina v Wozniacki 2.41

Deportivo La Coruna v Girona

FBSPA Primera División > Regular Season-17

2017-10-23 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-10-20 10:31:30)

The home win will be my choice. Deportivo have won their last two home games and here comes their third home win on the bounce, if I can have it my way.

Girona once won a league game, but it was early season and for this game they have to manage without their superior goal scorer C Stuani, who will sit out a suspension. They improved when Kayode and D Luiz entered their game against Villarreal (1-2 loss) and it is quite possible that these two will play from the start in this game.

La Coruna will be able to call on Schär again and there is also a chance that P Mosquera and A Lopez will be back in contention for this Monday game.

E Colak, who was replaced by the former Arsenal player Lucas Perez in their last game, is considered a doubtful starter.

Backing La Coruna.