Previews
Upcoming match information

AS Roma v Lazio

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2017-04-30 12:30:00 (This report was created at 2017-04-28 10:46:22)

Last week was a good week for Roma. While they toyed with Pescara Napoli lost important points against Sassuolo and Roma have four points more than Napoli in the league table The Roma offence played a convincing game away to Pescara and they could easily have scored more than their four goals in the match.

El Shaarawy impressed the most and he will be preferred to Perrotti also in this match. De Rossi is back in contention.

Immobile and Keita were also in goal scoring form when Lazio defeated Palermo 6-2. Yes, offensively the two rivals will face this derby game in perfect shape and what could be decisive in this match is the tighter Roma defence. They are not in the Juventus class, but definitely stronger than the present Lazio defensive line.

Fit again Radu could replace Hoedt in the Lazio defence and Basta is also a likely starting player.

I would back the Roma win.

-Chris


Manchester Utd v Swansea

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2017-04-30 13:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-04-28 10:37:06)

I am thinking about a draw when I am pondering over the possibilities for Swansea in this game at Old Trafford.

Man United played the derby only days before this game and next week they will face Celta Vigo in Europe and you can bet that coach Mourinho will send out a much changed, even weakened side against Swansea. Fellaini will be suspended and their injury list is the same.

The Welsh got their confidence back by defeating Stoke 2-0 and there was an element of luck involved when Stoke, instead of equalizing, missed their penalty and Swansea were able to score an additional goal. Just the momentum Swansea needed and I have this feeling that Swansea could be able to get something from this game. Swansea expect L Fer to be able to play on Sunday along with J Cork and M Olsson. Only W Routledge is still missing.

United played a boring, but effective game against Man City, happy to play out a 0-0 draw.

Rightly or wrongly, do not think Swansea will lose this match.

-Chris


Crotone v AC Milan

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2017-04-30 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-04-28 10:47:52)

The present Crotone attitude and form is quite outstanding. They have been down in both their recent two games, two difficult away fixtures vs Torino and Sampdoria, but Crotone finished strongly in both these games picking up four points in the process. Their bad luck is the present Empoli recovery, but why not aim for the Genoa scalp? Suffice it to say, Crotone have to go on winning most of their remaining games starting with this one.

It looks like Milan are blowing their chances to play in Europe next season. They could not afford missing their penalty at home to Empoli and their home loss against the struggling side was a hammer blow to Montella and his players.

Both Sosa and De Sciglio will sit out suspensions this weekend and their best defender Romagnoli is injured. Zapata and Paletta will be their central defenders. Vangioni could replace De Sciglio and Locatelli will come in for Sosa. Kucka is also a likely starting player in their midfield.

You know me, I will go on backing Crotone.

-Chris


Cagliari v Pescara

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2017-04-30 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-04-28 10:49:42)

Still a decent home team, I expect Cagliari to win this game. Pescara are the worst, maybe not the worst, but they are the very last team in the league table. Palermo seem to be in worse shape at the moment, but who cares? Pescara just keep on losing football games, but they had three decent forwards on duty against Roma in their last match, Bahebeck, Benali and Caprari. Bahebeck is injured again and Cerri will play in his position, Crescenzi will replace the suspended Biraghi and fit again duo Campagnaro and Gilardino are both back in contention for this match.

Ionita, Cagliari midfielder, is back from his suspension and it is between J Pedro and Farias in their offensive line.

Very likely home win.

-Chris


Empoli v Sassuolo

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2017-04-30 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-04-28 10:51:31)

I have to admit, I never expected Empoli to start winning games again. Now this extremely goal shy team have won their last two games, very tricky away games vs Fiorentina and Milan. I bow down to their most recent achievements, but at the same time I feel sorry for Crotone.

Krunic will be back in the Empoli midfield and upfront Maccarone will probably start instead of the injured Mchedlidze, but Buchel is injured.

Sassuolo are also an improved outfit and their 2-2 draw at home to Napoli came as no big surprise. When they are all fit and playing together, the Sassuolo front trio Ragusa, Defrel and Berardi, they can pose quite an offensive threat. Now Defrel will probably miss this match, but Politano is available again and Matri is also an offensive alternative. Pellegrini and Missiroli look set to miss this match.

1X game.

-Chris


Bologna v Udinese

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2017-04-30 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-04-28 10:53:17)

Both Pulgar and Dzemali will be suspended for the home side. Dzemali has been quite good for Bologna this season. Verdi will be fit to play, their keeper Mirante as well, but Di Francesco has joined Helander and Nagy on the sidelines.

Fofana and Samir are out of the season for Udinese. Angella and Thereau are injury doubts and Adnan and Perica are on stand by. Although Thereau missed a penalty for Udinese last week they won their home game against Cagliari 2-1.

Bologna were not miles away from getting something from their tricky away game at Atalanta (2-3).

The table does not lie. Udinese are slightly better than Bologna this season, but none of these two sides are pressed for points, if you know what I mean.

What would my choice be?

The draw, the 1-1 draw.

-Chris


Genoa v Chievo

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2017-04-30 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-04-28 10:54:49)

It is quite possible that these two teams are worse than both Crotone and Empoli at the moment and the home team Genoa have to start looking over their shoulders, so to speak. A loss in this game and they are in trouble, mark my words. L Rigoni is back from his suspension and he will send Ntcham to the bench.

Chievo are in absolute free fall having lost their last five league games and no doubt, Genoa have the chance of their lives to pick up three essential points this weekend.

Chievo have half a dozen players on their injury list including Meggiorini, Cacciatore and Sardo, but at least Gobbi could be available for this match. Genoa go on missing the suspended Pinilla and Izzo.

Assessing the odds on display, there is no way I can support the home win.

-Chris


Palermo v Fiorentina

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2017-04-30 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-04-28 10:56:20)

What can I possible say about this fixture? The obvious. The Palermo players are just waiting for the season to come to an end and they achieved a new negative record at the weekend conceding five goals during a twenty five minute spell against Lazio. Diamanti and Sallai will probably support Nestorovsky in a 3-4-2-1 formation and Pezzella could start this time. Gazzi is suspended and Bruno Henrique will play.

After their home loss against Empoli two weeks ago Fiorentina returned to winning ways again by inflicting defeat on Inter 5-4. They were in the 5-2 lead with only minutes to go of the game. They were missing their striker Kalinic and he will be suspended for this match. Gonzalo Rodriguez, missing last week, will do his utmost to play in the Fiorentina defence this weekend. Saicedo will replace him, if necessary.

Palermo are 1-3-12 at home and here comes home loss number thirteen.

-Chris


Everton v Chelsea

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2017-04-30 15:05:00 (This report was created at 2017-04-28 10:38:46)

If there is one game left that Chelsea risk losing, it is this one. Everton have been in formidable form at Goodison Park this season with 12-4-1 so far and I can imagine that coach Koemann would just love to crown his already successful year as the Everton boss with a home win against the league winner. It is what they all are longing for, the Everton faithfuls and the Tottenham fans as well of course.

Everton were not at their best at all away to West Ham, but I was not really surprised, as Everton have been two sides this season, home and away and you cannot compare the different ways they have been attacking their home and away games. I will never be able to understand this phenomenon, but what can I do!

Diego Costa is scoring again. He scored twice for Chelsea against Southampton. When Southampton equalised in the first half Chelsea were clearly troubled, but Chelsea found a new gear and they won comfortably in the end.

Assessing the odds here I have to go for the home win.

-Chris


Middlesbrough v Manchester City

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2017-04-30 15:05:00 (This report was created at 2017-04-28 10:40:43)

I would not call the scenes jubilant, but they were happy up north, at least in Middlesbrough, after their derby win against Sunderland. At last a victory for Boro, but there was nothing in the game indicating new found form and new wins for the struggling, goal shy club. Middlesbrough were no better than usual and it is not good enough. Still there are four games left and should they win their remaining fixtures they will probably stay up, but that is what it takes, four wins out of four, or possibly three wins and one draw.

G Ramirez will be back from his suspension for Boro.

Gabriel Jesus played a few minutes for Man City in the derby and we will most certainly see more of him in this fixture. City dominated the derby, but they created too few open scoring chances. The derby was as boring as the result indicates (0-0).

Way too short odds on the away win.

-Chris


Tottenham v Arsenal

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2017-04-30 17:30:00 (This report was created at 2017-04-28 10:42:09)

Two 1-0 wins for these clubs in their midweek fixtures. They were not the kind of comfortable 1-0 wins, far from it, with both teams scoring their winning goals very late in their respective games.

Tottenham dominated the ball possession against Crystal Palace and Arsenal had even more of the ball at home to Leicester, but nothing else was expected in the both the cases.

Wenger, the Arsenal coach, started with K Gibbs, Bellerin, Coquelin and T Walcott this time, but they did not exactly make the team stronger, at least not in my opinion. Koscielny will be assessed ahead of this match.

Tottenham will have to manage without the injured M Dembele.

It's a derby game and all that, but Tottenham are 15-2-0 in their home games this season, in the league that is, and I am not used to Arsenal getting something from games against their top rivals.

Likely home win.

-Chris


Inter Milan v Napoli

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2017-04-30 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2017-04-28 10:57:47)

I do not know why it happens again for the Inter coach Pioli. He was good at Lazio, but he never could stop their negative run, when it happened and it is the same old story for him at Inter. There are coaches out there who just cannot handle negative runs and he seems to be one of them. Hope I am wrong, but what can I say after their present win-less run.

I had almost forgotten about the Napoli defensive frailties, but against Sassuolo they popped up again. In the 1-0 lead there was no sign of a Napoli slip up, but Hamsik, of all people made a big mistake and from that moment Napoli were in trouble. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.

The Inter defender Ansaldi will be replaced by Nagatomo and for Napoli, Allan, Jorginho and Strinic will continue, or Diawara will get a chance in their midfield. A Milik will start from the bench.

Two teams on Sunday night, two teams in search of a victory.

Napoli, the favourite away to Inter? It does not sound right.

-Chris


Watford v Liverpool

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2017-05-01 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-04-28 10:43:48)

Somebody must have told the Watford players that they are safe on their forty points, or how do you else explain their tame effort against Hull? I mean going down 0-2 against a ten man Hull side, how bad is not such a result?

Klopp has not taught his Liverpool defenders to defend properly and by now it is probably time to realise he is not the man to do just that. In other words Liverpool have to produce an awful amount of goals to succeed and I am definitely questioning the Klopp tactics. The whole world knew that Benteke would be a massive threat to the Liverpool defenders and what happens? Benteke scored twice and Crystal Palace were full value for their win.

A Lallana could return for this match, R Klavan as well, but Sturridge, Mane and Henderson are not fit to play.

Away win, I guess.

-Chris