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Torino v AS Roma

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-09-25 12:30:00 (This report was created at 2016-09-23 09:49:03)

Down to ten men, even down to nine men Torino managed a 0-0 draw at Pescara. Maybe this result says more about the shortcomings of Pescara. Both Acquah and Vives will be suspended for this match and Molinaro, among others, remain sidelined. Belotti, their leading goal scorer, will play and according to coach Mihajlovic also Ljajic will be involved, starting on the bench.

Both Nainggolan and De Rossi were rested when Roma toyed with the definite bottom side Crotone. (4-0) They will be back in contention for this more challenging fixture and Perotti will also be back in the reckoning.

Roma have yet to win away from home, but I cannot really see them losing this match.

X2 game.

-Chris


Genoa v Pescara

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-09-25 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-09-23 09:50:49)

The best Genoa striker this season, Pavoletti, was forced off with an injury against Napoli and I cannot see him being fit for this match. Quite a set back and Simeone will be his replacement.

Bahebeck, Gyomber and Coda will miss out again for Pescara.

Is it already over for Pescara? They had one man more for an hour of play, two men more for some 15-20 minutes at home Torino, but they could not score. To say it like it is, they should have been able to threaten more and they were in a way found out, at least in my opinion.

It does not mean that I am throwing myself over this poor price on the home win.

No bet for this writer.

-Chris


Inter Milan v Bologna

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-09-25 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-09-23 09:52:38)

Icardi is as good as Higuain at the moment and when Icardi is scoring Inter are winning and they have now won three games on the bounce. All of a sudden the future looks bright for coach De Boer and his team. Questionable only two weeks ago, Inter are now cruising. The influential E Banega will be back for this game, back from his suspension.

Verdi score the goal of the season for Bologna in midweek. The Jordan Henderson goal for Liverpool looked unbeatable, but Verdi managed it. What a screamer. Bologna were full value for their win against Sampdoria and so far they have been quite a strong home team this season. Krafth will be available again, but Bologna lose Di Francesco to a suspension.

Very likely home win.

-Chris


Lazio v Empoli

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-09-25 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-09-23 09:54:08)

They played good football to start with, but after the huge Parolo mistake leading to the Milan opening goal Lazio lost their ways and they proved to be quite toothless in the second half also after the F Anderson and Keita entrances. Once again Lazio ended up losing a match at the San Siro Stadium. They just cannot get it right there. Biglia and Marchetti are doubts again and Bastos will not make it. Sounds like Lazio will play with a four man defence this time.

The Empoli offence is just not working and their only two goals this season were scored in one game, vs the worst side in Serie A, Crotone. Still they will go on with Maccarone and Pucciarelli backed up by Saponara.

Likely home win, but impossible odds.

-Chris


Sassuolo v Udinese

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-09-25 15:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-09-23 09:56:16)

Maybe the Sassuolo coach made too many changes away to Chievo. What could he do with their many injuries and their pressing fixture list? Politano, Antei, Lirola, Ragusa and Pellegrini could all be back in their starting line up for this match, but Cannavaro, Duncan and Matri are new on their injury list. Their many games is starting to be a worry. On Thursday it is time for a Europa League fixture again.

I have always liked to watch D Zapata, the Udinese striker. At last he is starting to be the kind of striker I have hoped for and he was the leading Udinese player against Fiorentina the other day. De Paul supported him nicely. This time Zapata will probably be joined by Thereau. Hallfredsson will probably miss out again.

Surprisingly good price on the home win and it will be my choice.

-Chris


West Ham v Southampton

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-09-25 17:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-09-23 09:41:03)

Listening to the West Ham coach Bilic after yet another loss I get the feeling that he does not really know what to do next. I know, it is not important what he says on TV, but I listened to a man in distress. Offensively the Hammers can be relied upon and in their two latest games, both with disastrous results, West Ham have been able to score four goals. Find a solution in defence and everything will be fine, seems to be the “easy”recipe. Arbeloa could start in their defence and their injury list is unchanged.

Charlie Austin is more dangerous than S Long at the moment and he should start in this game. Southampton have won their last three matches and they are over their mini crisis now. They just needed a couple of wins, at least I see it that way. Both Austin and Long started together when Southampton won 2-0 against Crystal

-ChrisPalace in the cup the other day.

It is all about the odds and the home win has to be backed now when the odds are close to 2/1. Both to score? Yes!

-Chris


Fiorentina v AC Milan

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-09-25 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2016-09-23 09:57:27)

A point for Fiorentina away to Udinese and I do not think they deserved more from the match. Babacar played in their front line and he did a fine job, but could be Kalinic will return for this match, maybe Ilicic as well. Bernadeschi will start instead of Tello again.

Milan kind of impressed at home to Lazio and their striking duo, Niang and Bacca, belong to the best in Serie A, but like all the other hit men they are dependant on good service. Milan have a new defender with a great future and it is Calabria.

Fiorentina are of course first and foremost a terrific home team, but they were lucky winning 1-0 against Roma.

My choice will be the home win.

-Chris


Marseille v Nantes

FBFRA Ligue 1 > Regular Season-16

2016-09-25 20:45:00 (This report was created at 2016-09-23 10:04:12)

How they missed their suspended central defender Doria away to Rennes? Hubocan had a nightmare of a game and with Doria playing I do not think Marseille would have lost their match (2-3). Their offence looked actually quite strong and, would you believe B Gomis scored both the Marseille goals. He has his streaks and I can seem him scoring again in this match. Machach, midfielder, will be suspended this weekend.

Nantes look mediocre and they have big problems scoring goals. In midweek they faced St Etienne and there was no end to the bad luck that the away side, St Etienne suffered. Four of their players were injured and one was shown the red card quite early in the game. Nantes could not score, they even missed a penalty.

Backing the home win.

-Chris


Crotone v Atalanta

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-09-26 19:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-09-23 09:58:36)

You know what I think about Crotone by now, they are pretty useless and it seems like Atalanta are only marginally better. The general consensus after the Atalanta home loss against Palermo was that their coach Gasperini is fumbling in the darkness, without both a proper team and a proper system. Even Kessie who has received so much applause this season played a pathetic game vs Palermo. Gasperini has to make changes, but will it be for the better? It cannot get any worse.

Still it is almost impossibe to see the present Crotone side winning a match.

-Chris


Burnley v Watford

FBENG Premier League > Regular Season-16

2016-09-26 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-09-23 09:43:27)

Why are Burnley as big as 2.95? Watford have won two games in a row and they have scored seven goals and that is why Burnley are considered outsiders at Turf Moor.

Burnley should be able to do better this season and I am waiting for a big game from them. Their 2-0 home win against Liverpool was a bizarre result, but I would like to seem them winning a deserved game, if you know what I mean.

Watford look confident and I have nothing negative to say about Mazzarri’s team, but the odds look lop sided in this fixture. Defender D Janmaat is on their injury list.

I prefer the home win.

-Chris


Cagliari v Sampdoria

FBITA Serie A > Regular Season-16

2016-09-26 21:00:00 (This report was created at 2016-09-23 10:00:19)

Who was the best Cagliari player against Juventus? Storari their keeper, who only let in four goals. Cagliari faced Juventus at the worst moment but in general Cagliari are two different animals, strong at home and poor on their travels. Ionita remains on the sidelines and I doubt that Farias will be back.

Sampdoria are on a losing run and they did not look too good against Bologna. The Muriel form has disappeared, obviously only lasting for two games and Quagliarella does not look quite comfortable either and Budimir will probably replace him. Barreto will be suspended for this match, but Alvarez will be available again.

Likely home win.

-Chris