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Bayer Leverkusen vs Kaiserslautern (DFB Pokal, 03.03.2015)

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Bayern Leverkusen host Kaiserslautern at Bay Arena in an attempt to wash some of the last year’s embarrassment away. The fourth placed Bundesliga team crashed in the quarter finals against Kaiserslautern after a 0-1 loss in extra time, avoiding a 5-1 defeat in the semifinals at the hands of last year’s winners of the competition.

Kaiserslautern are third in Bundesliga’s second tier and are two goals away from a direct Bundesliga qualification. They have four wins in their last five matches and have conceded only three goals. This stage of the competition was reached after another extra time win over Wehen Wiesbaden and a 2-0 win over Greuther Fürth. Alex Ring is keen to repeat last year’s sensational result, even if Jenssen is yet to find the back of the net this year. Kaiserslautern are not having a good record in away games in the second Bundesliga with only two wins since April of last year, and with only four matches since the beginning of the year they could see themselves victims of Leverkusen’s attacks from the wings.
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After the 4-5 defeat against Wolfsburg and the 2-2 draw against Augsburg, Bayern Leverkusen went on to somehow win against Atletico Madrid and Freiburg with the same 1-0 score. When playing at Bay Arena they have only one loss in 12 Bundesliga matches, which is why they will be confident of being able to overcome their last year’s nemesis. Calhanoglu, Bellarabi and Son are Leverkusen’s midfielders with 22 goals, and should find no trouble scoring early in the game. Schmidt received the news of having to start in the DFB Pokal without Bender who has a bruised ankle, and Kiessling was left frustrated with the shaky approach his team had to the game against Freiburg. The striker admitted his team were lucky not to concede in the last minutes of the game and asked for improvement against Kaiserslautern.

The bookmakers favor the hosts to win and offer them 1.44 odds to win as opposed to Kaiserslautern’s 7.50. A draw at the end of the regular time has 4.50 odds, and Bayer Leverkusen were given 1.20 odds to qualify, Kaiserslautern 4.33. A minimal 1-0 Leverkusen win has 7.50 odds; the hosts for both halves have 2.15 odds, Leverkusen as the last team to score 1.42 odds, Kaiserslautern 3.40 and we’re going to bet 7 units on Bayer Leverkusen to score over 1.5 goals in the second half with 2.70 odds from Titan Bet, because they have good players and a Stefan Kiessling who is hungry for goals.

Bayer Leverkusen: Team’s Formation

1
B. Leno
18
Wendell
5
Spahić
21
Toprak
13
Hilbert
6
Rolfes
3
Reinartz
7
H. Son
10
Çalhanoğlu
38
Bellarabi
11
Kießling

Kaiserslautern: Team’s Formation

1
Sippel
31
Löwe
3
Heubach
4
Orban
7
Schulze
11
Jenssen
37
Karl
6
A. Ring
39
Zimmer
9
Zoller
16
Matmour

End prediction for the match:
Bayer Leverkusen to score over 1.5 goals in the second half

Southampton vs Liverpool (Premier League, 22.02.2015)

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Liverpool make the bid for the fifth place in the Premier League in the match against Southampton, a side who are coincidentally on the 4th place in the table. The Reds come from a win in Europa League which might have given the team the confidence Brendan Rodgers was talking about when he mentioned his squad could have won the Champions League.

Southampton have had an impressive season so far, which of course allowed them the luxury of keeping the tabs on Manchester United in their bid for the third place in the table. After the FA Cup exit, the hosts have had the necessary time to get ready to host Liverpool and capitalize on their fatigue after the Europa League clash against Besiktas. Coincidentally enough, the win is not making as many papers as it should, due to the well-known penalty taker row between Balotelli, Henderson and Sturridge.

The usual suspects from both teams are injured this time around
, and punters are looking at former Southampton players to make the difference, but for Liverpool. Lallana, Lambert and Dejan Lovren are aware the Saints supporters won’t be giving them the warm welcome and if either gets to score, hopefully with the decency of not celebrating. Southampton have a good defensive record at home where they only conceded two goals: one form Chelsea and one from Swansea. Liverpool have four away matches where they didn’t concede, three of which are wins.
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In the midfield area Henderson will have to battle it out against Wanyama, but Liverpool’s second in command is the Red’s main man with the assists, and you could even place a bet on him to score, 888sport will offer you 9.00 odds for a Henderson goal. Last time the two teams met Liverpool won with 2-1 after Sterling and Sturridge scored a goal in each half. This time around, Liverpool comes from a morale boost win against Tottenham while Southampton recorded a frustrating 0-0 draw against West Ham.

Graziano Pelle must be in need of a goal, at 2.50 with 888sport, but he might clash with Skrtel for the goal or Mignolet might be in one of his great days to save. The last four matches between the two provided us with goals, and keeping in mind that Southampton have one of the best defensive records this season it will be interesting to observe which defensive line will crack first.

888sport offers Southampton 2.50 odds to win, and some punters are unable to comprehend just why Liverpool got 2.90 to win
. Both teams to score has 1.72 odds, Southampton to score over 1.5 goals has 2.43 odds, Liverpool with a +1 handicap 1.21 odds, a goal in the first 15 minutes has 3.25 odds and a red card 4.75. Both teams need the three points more or less for the same reason which is why we’re going to bet 5 units on both teams to score in the second half with 3.55 odds from 888sport.

Southampton: Team’s Formation

23
F. Forster
3
Yoshida
5
F. Gardoş
6
Fonte
2
N. Clyne
4
Schneiderlin
12
Wanyama
22
E. Elia
16
Ward-Prowse
10
S. Mané
19
G. Pellè

Liverpool: Team’s Formation

22
Mignolet
23
E. Can
37
Škrtel
17
M. Sakho
33
J. Ibe
14
Henderson
24
J. Allen
18
Moreno
50
Marković
15
Sturridge
31
Sterling

End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score in the second half

Manchester City vs Newcastle United (Premier League, 21.02.2015)

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Manchester City are faced with another must-win match as they are trying to keep up the pace with Chelsea London and defend their title. At this point their actions might seem without result after unnecessary draws against Everton, Chelsea and Hull City as well as the defeat against Arsenal.

Sergio Aguero was back to full fitness against Stoke City, which could see the striker hungry for goals against Newcastle, who return to Etihad after taking the hosts out of the Capital One Cup. Now, Aguero is rumored to miss the match due to a back injury, but the Citizens will see Toure finally back in the fold as well as Bony from the AFCON. Their return will hopefully mean much more stability for Man City who are undefeated in 28 of their last 31 matches played at Etihad. Man City need a David Silva in great form as his play-making skills could open up goalscoring chances for other players if Aguero will be unavailable.
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Newcastle are 11th in the Premier League coming from a draw against Crystal Palace, which only adds to their defensive issues. The visitors conceded 37 goals this season, and now with Dummett, Tiote and Taylor out for the match against the Champions, Newcastle will have to find potential winners from Perez and Cisse. The Magpies might be keen on showing again that Eithad does not give Man City the needed clout, but with City up for three points prior to their Champions League clash, might see them tightening their defensive ranks.

Manchester City are almost assured winners with Unibet backing their win with 1.28 odds, as opposed to Newcastle’s 10.50. The difference in odds is due to the fact that Newcastle are without a win at Etihad since 2005, not taking into account the League Cup win. In the last five Premier League matches between the two, Man City conceded only once and scored 15 goals, which makes the both teams to score betting market a real gamble. Over 3.5 goals has 2.43 odds, Man City with a -2 handicap have 2.25 odds, Newcastle with a +2 one 1.66, and we’re betting 7 units on Man City to win both halves with 2.50 odds from Unibet.

Manchester City: Team’s Formation

1
J. Hart
22
Clichy
20
Mangala
4
Kompany
5
Zabaleta
25
Fernandinho
42
Y. Touré
8
Y. Touré
21
Silva
7
Milner
16
Agüero

Newcastle United: Team’s Formation

1
T. Krul
22
Janmaat
6
Williamson
2
Coloccini
19
Haïdara
14
Colback
7
Sissoko
17
Pérez
20
Cabella
28
Ameobi
9
Cissé

End prediction for the match:
Man City to win both halves

Tottenham vs Fiorentina (Europa League, 19.02.2015)

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Tottenham host Fiorentina at White Hart Line in an attempt to beat the odds and secure a substantial advantage for the qualification. Both teams are in contention for next year’s European football, and while Tottenham are on the 6th place, two points away from Europea League, Fiorentina are on the 4th place, which is a guaranteed Europa League place.

The hosts have no missing players, but they will have a busy schedule ahead of them seeing as the return leg of the Fiorentina match comes just several days prior to the League Cup final against Chelsea. Tottenham failed to win the group, and allowed Besiktas the honor of emerging as group winners. In Premier League, Spurs have won against Arsenal, but ended up losing against Liverpool, which of course does not take away from their status as potential competition winners. Harry Kane and Eriksen are the players to build a match around, since everything they do almost always ends in great goals.
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Fiorentina won their away games in the group stage, which means that even if the hosts will want something more than a draw then they should very well be able to work around the Fiorentina players with good Premier League football knowledge. Rossi and Bernardeschi did not make the squad due to injuries, and the goals could either come from Mario Gomez, Babacar or Fiorentina’s newest signing Mohamed Salah, brought in to take Cuadrado’s place. The last away match Fiorentina lost was against Parma, and that was because of a one minute lapse in concentration. Viola’s latest result is a 3-1 win over Sassuolo, which marked their 8th match without any loss.

Spurs play better at home, but Fiorentina have players in their lineup that could decide a match and even come from behind to end up winning. Titan Bet offers 2.10 odds for a Tottenham win, 3.55 for Fiorentina and 1.85 for over 2.5 goals. A draw has 3.45 odds, Tottenham for both halves 3.35 and Fiorentina 6.00. We are going to bet 5 units on Tottenham to win and over 2.5 goals per match with odds from Titan Bet. A Spurs clean sheet has 2.85 odds, a Fiorentina one 4.00 and Tottenham to score last ha 1.76 odds. Harry Kane has 2.25 odds to score, Soldado and Adebayor both have 2.85 while Eriksen has 3.20. For Fiorentina Mario Gomez has the best odds to score, 2.55, Gilardino and Babacar have 3.35 and Joaquin has 5.75 odds as an anytime goalscorer.

Tottenham: Team’s Formation

1
Lloris
33
Davies
5
Vertonghen
21
F. Fazio
2
Walker
42
Bentaleb
38
Mason
23
Eriksen
19
Dembélé
11
Lamela
18
H. Kane

Fiorentina: Team’s Formation

12
Tătăruşanu
4
Richards
15
Savić
2
Rodríguez
23
Pasqual
20
Borja Valero
7
Pizarro
14
Fernández
17
Joaquín
33
Gómez
74
Salah

End prediction for the match:
Tottenham to win and over 2.5 goals

Birmingham vs Middlesbrough (Championship, 18.02.2015)

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Middlesbrough are chasing the first place in the Championship after Bournemouth recorded only a draw in the match against Huddersfield. Now they will travel to Birmingham to finally top the table and put some distance between them and the other Premier League hopefuls.

Middlesbrough exited the FA Cup after a 0-2 loss against Arsenal which prompted Aitor Karanka to state that despite his team not showing the same drive from the match against Manchester City, they took in the respect the Gunners had for them as they fielded the best starting eleven they had instead of playing with the reserves. Middlesbrough are also on an unbeaten run of eight matches in the Championship, and can’t afford any missteps as Derby County are just one point behind them. Konstantopoulos might return in goal after Mejias was deemed “not a cup goalkeeper”, but the rest of the team should be the same as against Arsenal.
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Birmingham have a tendency of scoring goals from direct free kicks and their last 5 matches played at home against Boro have seen over 2.5 goals. The hosts are currently on the 13th place in the Championship with 38 points, and are unable to win in 6 matches. However, in those winless matches they only managed to concede 5 goals, including their latest unexpected loss against relegation threatened Millwall. Morrison, Gunning and Green are all on course to full fitness after different ligament injuries and Rob Kieran could make his debut for Birmingham after coming on loan from Wigan Athletic.

Boro’s hero from the clash with Manchester City Lee Tomlin is confident in his team’s abilities to make it to Premier League, and the bookies have him and Leadbitter with 2.87 as anytime goalscorers. Birmingham has 3.80 odds to win, Middlesbrough 2.10 which is the exact betting market we’re going to bet on with 7 units. Last time the two teams met, Boro won with 2-0, and another win like that has 9.50 odds with William Hill. Both teams to score has 1.95 odds, over 2.5 goals 2.20, Boro to lead after 60 minutes 2.37, Birmingham 3.80 and an own goal has 9.00 odds with William Hill.

Birmingham: Team’s Formation

1
Randolph
3
Grounds
4
Robinson
15
Kiernan
31
Caddis
8
Gleeson
26
D. Davis
40
L. Dyer
35
D. Gray
11
Cotterill
9
Donaldson

Middlesbrough: Team’s Formation

13
Konstantopoulos
5
Fredericks
39
Woodgate
6
B. Gibson
3
G. Friend
34
Forshaw
7
Leadbitter
23
P. Bamford
10
L. Tomlin
27
Adomah
21
J. Vossen

End prediction for the match:
Middlesbrough to win outright

Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid (La Liga, 15.02.2015)

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Atletico Madrid are settling quite nicely into their usual style of play a few days after winning against Real Madrid in La Liga. Considering Real are unable to win against Atletico ever since that Champions League final, it still leaves punters wondering where exactly did Atletico go wrong that they lost the grip on that match. In La Liga, Atletico will make the trip to Vigo to face a team that managed to frustrate them in recent history.

Celta are 10th in La Liga with 25 points and Nolito, Larrivey and Orellana are the attacking trio the hosts will look to when attempting to winning against Moya. Nemanja Radoja seems to have recovered from his groin injury, but he is due for another fitness test today to see whether he will be fit for Atletico. In the latest draw against Real Sociedad, Celta managed to level late in the game, which prompted Gustavo Cabral to state that if Celta manage to play with the same pressing and intensity they could win against the champions. Alex Lopez is aware his team has mixed results against teams from the first half of the table, yet he is confident they can score at least one goal.
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Diego Godin was cleared to play against Celta after a broken nose in the match against Real Madrid and will have to play with a protective mask. The win against their city rivals put Atletico three points behind Barcelona and four behind Real Madrid, which is why the match is a must win for them and their title hopes. Diego Simeone is trying to shuffle things around and even plans on trying out an attacking line with Torres, Mandzukic and Griezmann to test if it will be viable for Champions League. With Koke out for at least three weeks, Saul Niguez returned to training and might feature form the start. Atletico find it easy to score, in the last 10 matches they won, the team scored at least two goals and now they will try to avoid another 2-2 result.

Ladbrokes has 1.90 odds for an Atletico win and 4.00 for Celta Vigo while both teams to score has 2.05 odds. Atletico for both halves has 3.10 odds, Celta 6.50 and look for the match to be decided in the midfield with Gabi and Khron-Dehli battling for supremacy. Larrivey and Nolito have 4.33 odds to score, Orellana 5.00, Mario Mandzukic has 2.37, Torres 2.70 and Atletico to lead after 75 minutes has 2.05 odds,. We’re going to bet 7 units on Griezmann to score with 2.50 odds from Ladbrokes.

Celta Vigo: Team’s Formation

1
Álvarez
21
Planas
3
Fontàs
22
G. Cabral
19
Jonny Castro
23
Krohn-Dehli
24
Fernández
8
Álex López
7
Santi Mina
11
Larrivey
10
Nolito

Atletico Madrid: Team’s Formation

1
Moyá
3
Siqueira
2
D. Godín
23
Miranda
20
Juanfran
17
Saúl
5
Tiago
14
Gabi
10
A. Turan
9
Mandžukić
7
Griezmann

End prediction for the match:
Griezmann to score anytime

Borussia Dortmund vs Mainz 05 (Bundesliga, 13.02.2015)

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Borussia Dortmund are paving their way up the table and the good news just keeps coming. The week they are supposed to host Mainz 05 at Signal Iduna Park the news of Marco Reus extending his contract has brought “Loyalty über alles” talks with Hans-Joachim Watzke stating what character strength Reus showed by signing a contract with no release clause that is valid also for the second Bundesliga tier.

During the weekend, Borussia Dortmund won their first match in 2015 and even managed to keep a clean sheet. Aubameyang scored a brace to Marco Reus’ opening goal which took the pressure of being last in Bundesliga, at least for now. The hosts are currently on the 16th place with 19 points, just one short of finally being free of the danger zone. Seeing as Klopp changed the forward line against Freiburg, Dortmund managed to get 12 shots on target and three goals as opposed to 6 shots on target against Augsburg and no goals.
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Mainz are currently on the 13th place in Bundesliga with 22 points, and Dortmund trail at three points behind their opponents. They opened 2015 with a 5-0 win over Paderborn, but lost the weekend match against Hertha Berlin after their main goalkeeper Loris Karius was sent off in the 32 minute. Mainz 05 are not doing well in away games where they are unable to win in eight matches which only adds power to the hosts winning a match in front of the Yellow Wall. Okazaki is their main goalscorer and it will be interesting to witness him in action against Mats Hummels.

The match back in September ended with a 2-0 Mainz 05 win that saw Immobile try and fail to score a penalty as Karius made a fantastic save and Ginter scored an own goal. Okazaki opened the score in his 100th Bundesliga appearance as Jürgen Klopp was powerless against his former team. This time around BVB look better at least on paper and should win and start climbing up the table.

Unibet offers 1.33 odds for a Borussia Dortmund win, 9.00 for Mainz and 4.90 for a draw. Over 2.5 goals has 1.58 odds, Dortmund with a -2 handicap has 2.85 odds, Mainz 05 with a +2 handicap 1.43; Okazaki has 4.90 odds to score anytime, Aubameyang, Immobile and Adrian Ramos all have 2.00 to score and we’re going to bet 7 units on Marco Reus to score and BVB to win with 2.30 odds from Unibet.

Borussia Dortmund: Team’s Formation

1
Weidenfeller
29
Schmelzer
15
Hummels
4
Subotić
26
Piszczek
18
Şahin
8
Gündoğan
23
K. Kampl
7
Kagawa
11
M. Reus
17
Aubameyang

Mainz 05: Team’s Formation

1
Kapino
18
Brosinski
16
S. Bell
2
G. Jara
7
Bengtsson
6
J. Geis
14
Baumgartlinger
15
P. de Blasis
11
Y. Malli
27
Clemens
23
Okazaki

End prediction for the match:
Marco Reus to score and BVB to win