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Espanyol v Eibar

FBSPA Primera División > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 13:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:30:19)

Playing for the 0-0 draw last week Espanyol will of course go for the home win in this match. They defended well against Las Palmas and they got their draw (0-0).

Their coach Quique Flores preferred to play offensive football last season at Watford and I am surprised that his present club Espanyol have been so negative this season (1-4-3).

G Moreno and L Baptistao were their front runners last week and for this game their Ecuadorian striker Caicedo is expected back. The influential Diop should also be

available again and their midfielder H Perez as well.

Eibar lost deservedly at home to Osasuna 2-3 last week.

This is it for Quique Flores and his Espanyol. Their squad looks good enough and there can be no excuses this time.

Backing the home win.


Bournemouth v Tottenham

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 13:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 10:36:23)

What a weekend it was for the usually goal shy Bournemouth scoring six goals againast Hull. J Stanislas, of all people, played a terrific game, but it was an overall satisfying performance from Howe’s men. Bournemouth have in fact won their last three home fixtures and there is every reason to be worried if you are a Tottenham supporter.

I think Bournemouth are worth backing tomorrow and the fact that Tottenham played a big game in Leverkusen in midweek certainly makes it easier to back the home win.

Tottenham drew 0-0 at Leverkusen and they should be very pleased with the result. In the first half Tottenham had most of the game, but it was a different story in the second half with the Tottenham keeper Lloris the hero of the day.

Spurs are still missing H Kane and T Aldeireweld and now also D Rose is in danger of missing this game.

I am leaning towards the home win.


Kvitova v Niculescu

TENNIS - Luxembourg Final ( Women's )

2016-10-22 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-22 11:13:38)

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"Czech out, Monica to Remain"

Petra Kvitova is a Czech player, aged 26 and ranked 11th in the world. Her good run of form recently has come too late to give her a place at Singapore. She plays slightly better on clay, surprisingly compared to hard courts, but her best surface is grass. She is 42 and 21 on the year and likes playing indoors. Her early season form was only average but in the Olympics she won a bronze medal, losing out to Puig in the semi. In Wuhan in September she won 6 matches to win the tournament, beating Cibulkova in the final.

Monica Niculescu is from Romania, she is aged 29 and ranked 51st in the world. She has an unusual style of play which has taken her as high as 28th in the rankings. She has won two WTA titles and is well capable of winning another. She is also in the final of the doubles so hopefully will have enough energy left for the singles final. Overall she is a bit better on clay but this year has fared much better on hard courts (17/12).

Head to head record:  In head to heads Kvitova leads 2-1 . This year she won in Stuttgart but that was on clay . However Niculescu won in the Fed Cup in February on hardcourts .

Court surface:  Luxembourg indoor hard court.

Summary:  Value for Niculescu to win the first set at 4.00 and the match at  Niculescu at 5.50.

1.22 Kvitova v Niculescu 5.50

Arsenal v Middlesbrough

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 10:38:25)

What a week for Arsenal. Home games against the rather weak Swansea, Ludogorets and now Middlesbrough. It was exhibition football against Ludogorets (6-0) and you know how good Arsenal can look in those kind of games. It is in Janaury and February that Arsenal will be found out, or hopefully not this time. Arsenal supporters tend to be optimistic at this time of the season. P Cech will be back between the Arsenal sticks, but G Xhaka will be suspended for three games, starting with this one.

Middlesbrough huffed and puffed at home to Watford, but they were embarrassingly harmless and at the moment I do not know where their next goal will come from. After their 0-1 loss against Watford I have lost faith in Boro, but maybe I have become too pessimistic too quickly. Their defender C Chambers is ineligible for this match.

Very likely home win.


Burnley v Everton

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 10:41:27)

Second best to Southampton Burnley were beaten 1-3, but they at least scored their first away goal of the season. A Gray is suspended also this week and one of their most important players, S Defour, will not be fit to play.

Ross Barkley was placed on the bench, and it surprised me, when Everton, so fortunate, managed a 1-1 draw away to Man City. P Jagielka caused two penalties, but the Everton goal keeper saved them both. A Lennon will be available for this match, but L Baines remains in the treatment room.

Rotten odds on the away win.

X2 game.


Hull City v Stoke

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 10:43:47)

I have to say, these are quite good odds on the away win. I expect Stoke to be able to build up some kind of positive run of results after their first win of the season at the weekend, 2-0 vs Sunderland. Joe Allen, who was a serious injury doubt ahead of the game, scored both the Stoke goals and I missed no one in particular in their squad.

Hull and Sunderland, Sunderland and Hull, there is no realistic hope for these two struggling teams and as long as their squads will be pretty much the same I will rarely back these two poor teams. Show me some new players and I could change my mind. M’bokani plus five more Hull players are on their injury list, but maybe we will see fit again defender M Dawson in this match.

Likely away win.


Leicester v Crystal Palace

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 10:46:27)

It was a bit strange watching Leicester giving the initiative to FC Copenhagen in midweek, but that is how Leicester achive success, is it not? When they are playing on the counter, I mean. That is how they won the league last season. I would not suggest that Leicester controlled the game, as K Schmeichel had to make at least one really big save to preserve the Leicester 1-0 lead. J Vardy is a slight injury concern with some groin problem, but Ranieri is hopeful that Vardy will play tomorrow.

C Benteke missed a penalty, he missed a couple of other good scoring chances as well and Crystal Palace ended up losing against W Ham 0-1. It was wet, the rain was pouring down and I would not be too hard on the Palace players. Maybe West Ham wanted the win more under these atrocious conditions.

S Dann could be available again.

I do not think Crystal Palace will lose this match.


Swansea v Watford

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 10:50:34)

It is no fun losing, but surely the new Swansea coach B Bradley cannot be too displeased with their performance away to Arsenal. They were always in with a chance, but Arsenal won the match  3-2. I do not think Guidolin’s Swansea would have reached a different result, but this we will never know. F Llorente could not play against Arsenal, but he will be back for tomorrow’s game and Mo Barrow as well. Only J Montero is absent.

Mazzarri, the Watford coach, decided to put out of form Ighalo on the bench and I Success started alongside T Deeney in their front line against Middlesbrough. Success made a good impression and Watford won the game 1-0. If you backed the match to end in a 0-0 draw I say you were unlucky because it was one of those typical 0-0 games. The Holebas goal was a screamer, however, coming from nowhere. C Cathcart could return.

Wide open game, but maybe Bradley will have his first win.


West Ham v Sunderland

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 10:55:03)

I saw missed penalties everywhere at the weekend and West Ham were one of the fortunate sides as C Benteke wasted his penalty attempt against them. A Cresswell was back in the West Ham defence, but he was shown the red card and he will miss this match.

It was an extremely wet night and it was difficult to play football, but Bilic’s men fought valiantly and they recorded an absolutely essential win away to C Palace.

Sunderland are now 0-2-6, but they are of course perfectly aware of the difficulties so far for the Hammers at their new stadium. It is starting to become a problem for West Ham and why not, as long as the Hammers are under-performing in their home games, take the chance to beat them.

L Cattermole, J Kirchoff, Januzaj and a couple of others are on the Sunderland injury list.

No bet on the home win this time.


Aston Villa v Fulham

FBENG Championship > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:34:21)

I guess I should have backed Villa away to Reading, but it is always easy afterwards, is it not? I have the firm belief that Villa will improve rather rapidly now that Steve Bruce has taken over the coaching job. Their squad belongs to the best in this division and against Fulham, for example, both R McCormack and J Ayew started the match on the bench. Ayew scored their late, winning goal. J Grealish was suspended and he will suspended also for this fixture. T Elphick and M Richards are on the sidelines.

The Fulham offence is almost always working and I was not really surprised that they managed to come back from 0-2 down at home to Norwich in midweek (2-2).

Home win and over game.


Huddersfield v Derby

FBENG Championship > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 16:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:36:48)

When a team relying on fore checking and aggressive football lack true passion, then it back fires and according to the Huddersfield coach Wagner this was the case in midweek when they lost to Preston 1-3. The Huddersfield players will be extremely fired up for this match, rest assured of that. Only J Lolley will miss this game.

Derby remain the same goal shy Derby, but maybe new coach McClaren will be able to change things around in due time, but so far they have only scored once in the two McClaren games, both home fixtures. They drew 0-0 vs Brentford earlier this week. Their play maker Will Hughes was forced off with an injury in the first half of the Brentford game and I do not expect to see Hughes playing in this match. N Blackman and M Olsson could be back from injuries.

Backing Huddersfield.


Sampdoria v Genoa

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 18:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:05:01)

This hot derby again and I can understand why Genoa are the favourite with the bookmakers. It is not like Genoa are a very good side, but Sampdoria have been playing so poorly lately. They had one man more against Pescara at the weekend (1-1), but the more the dangerous team were Pescara.

Their keeper saved them and fact is that Viviano has now stopped five of the last eleven penalties, including the one that Pescara were rewarded. He is injured now and Puggioni will replace him in the Sampdoria goal. Two of Muriel, Budimir or Quagliarella will be their front runners. Silvestre is a major doubt.

Genoa were down to ten men for an hour or so away to Empoli, but they held firm and the match ended goalless. Both Pandev and Gentiletti will be back for Genoa, but they lose Lazovic to a suspension. Edenilson will replace him. Gapke, Ocampos and probably also Pavoletti will not make it for this derby game.

The outcome? It is a very special game and you can forget about form.

Backing? Too difficult to pick a winner, but logic says Genoa.


Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 18:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 10:57:08)

Frustrated by the Man United tactics Liverpool were surprisingly subdued in the first half at Anfield. They improved in the second half, especially after the A Lallana entrance, but the United keeper only had to come up with two big saves and the match ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw. I expect Lallana to play from the start tomorrow. He had just returned from an injury and that is why he started on the bench against United. G Wijnaldum is already back in training and he could be ready for this fixture.

WBA are now unbeaten in their last three league games with 1-3-0. Tottenham put them under pressure at the weekend, but WBA are used to relying on their defensive game and the question is, how long will they last at Anfield, how long will they be able to maintain the 0-0 draw? Then again they have the players who can score on the counters, but they will mostly defend at Anfield. Defender J Evans will be suspended for this encounter.

Very likely home win.


Angers v Toulouse

FBFRA Ligue 1 > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 20:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:32:22)

Two teams in top from and I will have to back the home win.

Angers lost their first home game of the season, but since then they are 2-1-0 at home. Toulouse have been in scintillating form in their home games this season. They have won them all, four of them, but away from home they have been more human with 1-2-2 so far.

The two strikers in team of the week in France last week were F Diedhiou from Angers and M Braithwaite from Toulouse. R Thomas, Angers defender, was also included among the eleven.

Over game? This I doubt, as Toulouse have so far been two different animals, home and away and they have been a bit too defensive in their away games.

Angers to win will be my choice.


AC Milan v Juventus

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-22 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:06:57)

Freeze the league table. When did Milan last figure in the top three? The fact is, they have some strong players in their present squad. I am thinking of Kucka, Bacca, Niang, their keeper of course and a player like Paletta has a new lease of life in their defence. I expect C Bacca back in their starting line up for this big game.

Juventus miss Chielllini, Mandzukic, Asamaoh and Rugani and they played a big game against Lyon in midweek. Down to ten men Juventus defeated Lyon 1-0. Buffon, their magical goal keeper, played the game of his life and one of his saves was not of this world. His penalty save was nothing, it was a routine save, but you have to see for yourself the one I am talking about. Lyon should have won the game and that is a fact.

X2 game.


Udinese v Pescara

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 12:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:08:58)

Strange looking side I thought for myself when I saw the Udinese starting line up against Juventus. Del Neri knew of course better than me and his Udinese looked in better shape, were more organized than Iachini’s Udinese. They lost the match 1-2, but they made a pretty good impression. A player I never heard of, Jankto, score their goal against Juventus. Badu and Widmer are back in contention, maybe also Hallfredsson, but it is quite possible that Del Neri will stick to his starting line up from last week.

Pescara, down to ten, could easily have defeated Sampdoria, but their penalty was saved. Manaj, Creszensi and Gyomber remain sidelined and Coda will sit out a suspension. Pescara will be able to call on their two defenders Zampano and Fornasier again.

I am not ready to trust Udinese, as below evens winners, not yet and I do not think I will be involved in this game.


Manchester City v Southampton

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 14:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 10:59:57)

City matched Barcelona in the first half and I looked forward to an exciting second half of the game, but then, those magical Bravo feet, the feet who forced Joe Hart to join Torino, were not so magical and his clumsiness resulted in a red card and the match was finished there and then for City. The trouble with C Bravo is that he is not really a very strong goal keeper, but he is supposed to be excellent with his feet, unlike J Hart. Now we know better. Kun Aguero and V Kompany could return for this match, but Zabaleta suffered an injury against Barcelona and I doubt that he will take part in this game.

I am happy for the Southampton manager C Puel. I always thought he would succeed and Southampton are on a very healthy run at the moment, but no denying, their game away to Inter last night is a bit of a disturbance ahead of this top game vs City. They were the better side against Inter, but Inter scored the only goal of the game. R Bertrand and M Targett remain unfit.

Home win, I guess.


Atalanta v Inter Milan

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:16:19)

Napoli could not score against Atalanta (0-1) and last week Fiorentina (0-0) also failed to find the Atalanta net. Gasperini’s Atalanta are doing many things right at the moment and I do not think that the crisis club Inter are looking forward to this tricky away game. Konko is back for Atalanta, but they will probably be unchanged for this game.

Icardi missed a penalty for Inter, then they took the lead against Cagliari and it was game over, at least from my stand point, but Inter fell totally apart late on in the game and they lost the match 1-2.

De Boer, the Inter coach, is doing a terrible job, but their players probably deserve their coach, if you know what I mean. He sent out a strong side against Southampton last night and against the run of play Inter were able to score a winning goal in the second half.

I would back the home win.


Cagliari v Fiorentina

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:18:12)

The typical home team, Cagliari managed a sensational win away to Inter at the weekend. Melchiorri, a striker, played from the start instead of Borriello and he was the best Cagliari player. Di Gennaro, in for the injured J Pedro, also impressed. Di Gennaro will start again and then we will have to wait and see if Melchiorri will get the nod or Borriello will. Isla will be back in their midfield.

Fiorentina are a depressing case. There must be something wrong in Florence and I read somewhere that there are several players opposing their coach and I am inclined to believe these rumours. They just do not score goals and it is Fiorentina I am taking about, not Crotone. In Europe, however, it is another story. Kalinic and Babacar scored three goals against S Liberec last night and in the previous round they scored five goals.

I prefer the home win.


Crotone v Napoli

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:19:36)

With some fifteen minutes to go Crotone were 1-0 up away to Sassuolo, but it ended the same old, sad way with Crotone losing the match 1-2. Their forward Falcinelli played his best game of the season, but it was not enough. This will be the first real home game Crotone. They are back at their own stadium, in other words.

You know how I hate backing Napoli in their away games. Napoli have in fact lost their last three games, two of the home fixtures and these losses cannot only be down to bad luck. Their defenders have begun to make mistakes reminding me of the Benitez days and offensively they are struggling without Higuain and A Milik. Albiol, Hysaj and Allan will be back in contention for this game.

Embarrassing odds on the away win.


Empoli v Chievo

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:21:41)

I read somewhere that Empoli are the worst offensive side in Europe. I do not know if it is true, but they must be up there among the worst at least. They had one man more on the pitch at home to Genoa for an hour or so, but they obviously need more help and the match ended goal less for the seventh time this season for Empoli. Only Croce is on their injury list and I expect Maccarone to start in their front line. He started on the bench last week.

Chievo were OK at home to Milan, but the more classy Milan players made the difference and Milan won the match 3-1 Only Cesar and Hetemaj are doubts for Chievo and Gamberini and N Rigoni look set to replace the duo. Meggiorini will probably get the nod upfront this time.

The away win will be my choice.


Torino v Lazio

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:23:41)

Ljajic was fantastic, yes the whole Torino forward line and their midfielders impressed hugely against Palermo earlier this week. Torino won the match 4-1 and they scored some great goals.

Lazio dominated from start to finish at home to Bologna, but all they could come up with was a Immobile penalty in the last seconds of the game. Make no mistake, Lazio played a good game, but for their wastefulness in front of the Bologna goal. Yes and the Bologna keeper played a sensational game.

Basta will return for this match, but not yet Bastos, Biglia and Lukaku and Radu will sit out a suspension.

Backing the home win.


Chelsea v Manchester Utd

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 17:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:02:49)

Looking pretty good now, Chelsea and they totally controlled their game against Leicester last week (3-0 win). So far they have come up short against the best teams and this home game against Man United will show us if Chelsea have improved lately, or they have just faced inferior opponents. Willian should be back in contention.

Mourinho had a plan against Liverpool and his defensive organisation held firm in the game. A Herrera probably was their best player in the match, but De Gea proved his worth on two occasions. Offensively United offered very little, Ibrahimovic had one big chance and he missed it. Stopping E Hazard, taking care of D Costa, you almost know how Mourinho is planning for this game and there is every chance that we will witness another boring, so called big fixture.

Mourinho fielded a strong side last night against Fenerbahce, not their strongest, but Pogba played and their defence was almost intact. Rightly or wrongly I lost interest at half time with United in a 3-0 lead. The Turkish defence was unrecognizable.

Avoiding defeat will come first for Mourinho on Sunday and he will probably succeed.


Bologna v Sassuolo

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 18:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:26:15)

Da Costa, the Bologna keeper, was in fantastic form against Lazio and he single-handedly made the Bologna point possible (1-1).

Bologna are still missing their best forward Destro and Gastaldello will be suspended again this week, Dzemali will return, however. Krejci will be back in their offensive line, but his colleague Verdi is considered a serious injury doubt. Di Francesco could replace him.

The Sassuolo coach made a couple of significant changes in the second half against Crotone and it certainly paid off with a player called Iemello scoring one of the goals. Also Sensi made a fruitful contribution as a substitute. Their injury situation has improved lately and only three players, one of them Berardi, are now on their injury list.

Sassuolo were in Vienna last night playing against Rapid in a Europa League fixture and their coach used a mixed side.

Advantage Bologna in this match.


AS Roma v Palermo

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-10-23 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2016-10-21 11:28:19)

Just what Roma needed, a big away win. They have been struggling away from home this season, but the two Dzeko goals was enough for Roma to win against Napoli. They will probably be as they were for this game plus the returning K Strootman. El Shaarawy will probably play instead of Perrotti.

Roma played in Europe last night with coach Spalletti fielding a much changed side. El Shaarawy was in action scoring a couple of goals against Austria Vienna.

Expect no miracles from Palermo this season. They look quite average and how do you save your skin if you constantly are losing your home fixtures.? Trajkovski is fit at last and both Gazzi and Quasion could start in this game.

Home winner.