Internazionale Milano host St.-Étienne in a match tipped to solidify their first position in the group and end the French’s team unbeaten Europa League run. While Inter won their first two group matches, St.-Étienne recorded two draws and with the two other teams having only one point they will have to step up with their game and hope for more than one point.
The Nerrazzuri started the season on the right foot, but then ended up losing embarrassingly against Cagliari and Fiorentina. They are currently on the 9th place in Serie A, four points short of the Europa League qualification stages. This is a complete contrast to their good form on European stages, which is why they are favored to win outright at 1.73 with 888sport. Inter is also the only team to score in this group stage with Icardi and Guarin taking the lead with goals. The hosts come from a 2-2 draw against Napoli where Hernanaes managed to score late in the game to secure his team the point after Callejon put Napoli ahead in the 90th minute. Their injury worries will make Mazzarri field a side that will be without Campagnaro, D’Ambrosio, Nagamoto and Osvaldo.
St.-Étienne are on a quest to take at least one point from the favorites of the group. In their last five matches they only have one win against Lorient. Reagrdless of a slight slump in form, they are on the fifth place in Ligue 1 and sport one of the best defenses, as even when they lose it’s not with many goals. Galtier will have to make Clerc, Erdinc, Hamouma and Perrin undergo a fitness test to see whether they could start or at least be available for substitution. They are yet to concede a goal in this edition, but Inter is a team focused more on attacking their opponent, and St.-Étienne will have to be at their best to stop Icardi or Kovacic.
St.-Étienne to win has 5.00 odds and a draw, hopefully not a goalless one, has 3.55 odds. Both teams to score has 1.94 odds, Inter to score over 1.5 goals has 1.85 odds, and if you think St.-Étienne will score in the second half, the bookmaker gives you2.38 odds. We are betting 7 units on Inter scoring in both halves at 2.85 with 888sport.
Inter Milan: Team’s Formation
St.Etienne: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Internazionale to score in both halves
Result: -6 units, bet lost
Bayer Leverkusen host Zenit in a Champions League match between two teams with qualification hopes in Group C. Zenit are currently on the first place, while Leverkusen are on the third with one point behind them. It is yet unclear which Leverkusen we will get to see tomorrow, with the German media asking themselves whether we will witness an attack oriented team or the one with a defense on a suicide mission like in the match against VfB Stuttgart.
The bookmakers give the hosts an edge to win, despite the fact that their performances have been rather inconsistent. When playing at home Bayer Leverkusen usually get to score at least two goals per match, and usually Son, Kiessling, Bellarabi and Calhanoglu are the ones in charge of the goals. Leverkusen lost a great chance of climbing up to the third place in Bundesliga in the match against Stuttgart when they were leading 0-3 and ended up drawing the match. The hosts will be missing Castro and Rolfes with a knee injury, but could welcome back Lars Bender.
Zenit won the opening match with 2-0 against Benfica, but then ended up the match against Monaco in a 0-0 draw. André Villas-Boas took over Zenit to give them an undefeated run of 10 matches in all competitions, and regardless of the fact that they look unable to win in three games, the quality they possess as a squad gives hope for an interesting match tomorrow. Oleg Shatov is uncertain due to a recent injury and Tymoshchuk will make the trip with the team even if he did not start in this Champions League campaign.
Zenit’s coach requires professionalism and discipline against the German side, while Karim Bellarabi sates his team must not commit the same mistakes from the previous weekend should they aim for the play-offs. The hosts have 1.88 odds to win outright, while a Zenit win which would make them the group favorites has 4.00 win. Both teams to score 1.82 odds, Zenit with an Asian Handicap of +1 in the first Half has 1.14 odds and Javi Garcia to get booked anytime during the match has 2.75 odds. Kiessling to hit the crossbar has 8.00odds, and we’re betting 7 units on Karim Bellarabi to score with 3.05 odds from Unibet.
Bayer Leverkusen: Team’s Formation
Zenit: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Karim Bellarabi to score anytime
Result: -8 units, bet lost