AC Milan are probably due a win for one of the most important games for them this season against AS Roma. The hosts are on the second place in the table, and there is an eleven point gap between them and AC Milan who currently reside on the 6th.
The Giallorossi are probably one of the best teams in Italy right now. They are just one point behind Juventus and will try to win this match to keep their title hopes alive. However, their recent Champions League stunt left the team doubting their own forces after that late equalizer in the match against CSKA that ended their last 16 qualification chances. Milan are still trying to recover from the decline they started having a few months back and their most recent result is a 2-0 win over Napoli.
Milan need to focus more on keeping up the momentum, rely on Menez who was one of the best against Napoli and have Honda start together with Bonaventura. The Rossonerri have De Sciglio, Abate and Torres under doubt, while Roma will be missing on Pjanic, Astori and Holebas., who are suspended. Milan’s biggest problem is their defense, which might turn out to be too slow to stop Totti, Gervinho or Ljajic. Roma will also be without Rudi Garcia suspended for aggressive behavior which might turn out to be their weakest spot.
Milan play better when Torres is on the bench which is why you could easily bet on over 2.5 goals with 1.80 odds from Titan Bet. Tipsters predict a very close match where one spark of brilliance could end up being the decisive factor, but somehow Roma need the win more, for which the bookie gives them 1.75 odds. AC Milan to win has 4.50 odds and a draw has 3.70 odds. AS Roma for both halves has 2.70 odds, Ac Milan 7.50, and Totti with Gervinho both have 2.55 odds to score, while for Milan Honda and Bonaventura both with 4.20 odds to score. We are going to bet 5 units on Roma to score over 1.5 goals in the second half with 3.30 odds from Titan Bet.
AS Roma: Team’s Formation
AC Milan: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Roma to score over 1.5 goals in the second half
The Serie A leaders travel to Cagliari to meet 18th placed team as Juventus seek to distance themselves from their nearest competitors. Both teams have the same inability to win, but while Juve has a three match draw tendency, Cagliari can’t win since late October in Serie A. The bookies have signaled the visitors as the overwhelming favorites, while for Cagliari the real question will be how long they will be able to hold on.
Massimiliano Allegri was suspended by the football federation for one game for insulting the referees. This will see the coach miss tomorrow’s match together with Bonucci also out with suspension. Caceres and Barzagli are under doubt while Marchisio looks to have recovered from his flu virus. Cagliari do not have that many injury worries and will only miss out on Eriksson. Longo is still unable to find the back of the net for his team, but he could see a starting spot instead of Ibarbo.
Juve haven’t lost against Cagliari since 2009, and the hosts haven’t won any game at home this season. The back to back draws Juventus sport is an unusual tendency which has not been observed in several years and Allegri might recall to the team Llorente and Pirlo who did not get the call from Sampdoria match. Should this happen the coach will have to decide between four potential goalscorers: Morata, Vidal, and Llorente with Pirlo.
The last two matches between the two teams saw at least three goals being scored which is why over 3.5 goals has 2.75 odds from Unibet. Juve will try to settle the game early so they could focus on the Super Cup, and a win for them has 1.42 odds, Cagliari has 8.00 and a draw has 4.65 odds. Both teams to score with 1.92 odds, Juve for both halves 2.02, and goals in both halves has 1.58 odds. Tevez to score has 1.90 odds, Llorente and Morata 2.05 while Arturo Vidal has 2.65 odds in the same market. We are betting 7 units on Juventus winning both halves with 3.35 odds.
Cagliari: Team’s Formation
Juventus Torino: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Juventus winning both halves
Two teams with the same mixed results team up in Bundesliga to find out who gets to breathe easy during the winter break. Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen are separated by one point in the table, but while the visitors are placed on the third, Hoffenheim are on the 7th. The hosts are still not over that ghost goal Kiessling scored in 2013 that allowed Leverkusen to win with a minimal advantage.
Reinartz, Papadopoulous and Donati are all out for Leverkusen, while Calhanoglu is under doubt due to a flu virus. Jedvaj is suspended for five yellow cards and Süle from Hoffenheim is out with a torn ACL ligament. The hosts have mixed results from their last four games, alternating between a defeat and a win, the latest one against Eintracht Frankfurt. The same thing applies to Bayer Leverkusen, who have only one win in the last four matches, one defeat and two draws.
Hoffenheim is a team that does well offensively, but with massive problems at the back expect Leverkusen to find the back of the net at least once. Elyounoussi and Modeste were their best players against Frankfurt, but they don’t have a good track record against Bayer Leverkusen. Out of 12 matches they only managed to win once, there is also a draw and 10 Leverkusen wins. However, the visitors have only managed two wins in away games this season, against Borussia Dortmund and Hannover 96.
In the last four matches between the two teams there have always been at least three goals scored, especially in the last one Hoffenheim won at Bay Arena with 3-2. That being said, Bayer Leverkusen are the obvious favorites for the three points, even if they know it won’t be easy. Statistic wise there is a reason why the visitors got 2.20 odds to win as opposed to Hoffenheim’s 3.20, but Leverkusen scored only one goal in the last three competitive matches.
Ladbrokes give Modeste 3.00 odds to score anytime, Szalai and Elyounoussi 3.10, Kevin Volland and Firmino both have 3.30 odds, while for Bayer Leverkusen your main picks are Kiessling with 2.62, Heung-Min 2.75 and Drmic with Bellarabi both have 2.90 odds to score anytime. Bayer Leverkusen to lead after 60 minutes 3.25 odds, Hoffenheim 3.10 and over 3.5 goals with 2.35 odds. We are going to bet 5 units on both teams to score and Leverkusen to win with 3.50 odds from Ladbrokes.
Hoffenheim: Team’s Formation
Bayer Leverkusen: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score and Bayer Leverkusen to win
Result: -7 units, bet lost