It’s a Bundesliga vs La Liga showdown as Borussia Mönchengladbach get ready for Villarreal in one of the first Europa League matches. The hosts are on the 5th place in Bundesliga after three rounds, and their only problem might be the scoring of goals which they haven’t been doing. Villarreal have looked shaky in their La Liga start and managed to lose against a stronger Barcelona side without being able to score.
As Borussia M’gladbach returned to training this week, it was with good news in form of all players being available for training. Even Julian Korb and Tony Jantschke joined the session despite picking up injuries in the 4-1 win over Schalke 04. Max Kruse has made a return to the team by providing assists for three of the four goals, and then went on to score one of his own. Even though the two teams have never previously met in European competitions, Borussia M’gladbach has a good track record against Spanish opposition.
Villarreal have not met a worthy opponent on their way to the group stage, and look at Borussia M’gladbach as a means to improve their track record against German teams. Their biggest squad news was the inclusion of Ikechukwu Uche at the expense of Adrian Marin. Garcia Toral has taken responsibility for leaving the young player at home stating that he accused some muscles problems at the end of the match against Granada. This only adds to their absentees list that includes Gio Dos Santos, Jaume Costa, Bojan Jokic and Hernan Perez.
Borussia M’gladbach may have the advantage of playing at home, but predicting a winner with certainty would be difficult, as both teams will want to start on the right foot. Ladbrokes has an outright Borussia M’gladbach win at 2.15, which we are betting 8 units on, while Villarreal got 3.25 odds for a win, and a draw is at 3.40. Other interesting betting markets: both teams to score at 1.80, Borussia M’gladbach for both halves at 3.50, Villareal at 5.50 and Villareal to lead after 75 minutes at 3.20, while Borussia M’gladbach is at 2.20.
Borussia M’gladbach: Team’s Formation
Villareal: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Borussia M’gladbach to win outright
Result: -7 units, bet lost
CSKA Moskow wants a redo of last year’s Champions League exit by doing better against AS Roma. They got the same group opponents as last year with only Roma as the newcomers. The hosts might not have been your regular Champions League team, but they looked solid in the last Serie A season and look forward to imposing their mark on this year’s tournament.
AS Roma won their latest Serie A match against Empoli, kept a clean sheet, and positioned themselves on the second place in the table. Roma believe they got drawn into the group of death, with the champions of two of the most powerful European competitions, the Premier League and the Bundesliga. Totti, Iturbe and Gervinho are set to return to their starting positions, although De Rossi and Strootman will be on the absentees list.
CSKA finished last in the group in 2013, and since they know their opponents better, the fans are expecting improvements. Roman Eremenko stated that his team is beyond excited to get another shot at glory, all while working around suspensions and injuries to present a good team. Dzagoev begins his three match ban, while Rasmus Elm and Schennikov will be left on the sidelines. Last season the visitors lost all three of their away games, and in their internal competition they are seven points behind Zenit.
William Hill gives 1.57 odds for an outright AS Roma win, 6.50 for a CSKA one and 3.60 for a draw. The bookmaker’s headline offers include Gervinho to score and Roma to win at 3.50 and Bibras Natcho to score and CSKA to win at 13.00. They also offer a money back deal in case the goalscorer you bet on first to win scores second. Both teams to score at 2.10 and we’re betting 7 units on Roma to win both halves at 3.75 with William Hill.
AS Roma: Team’s Formation
CSKA Moskow: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
AS Roma to win both halves
Borussia Dortmund host Arsenal London once again for the Champions League group stage in a match with different variables, but the same stake. Dortmund want to avenge the home defeat from last year, and Arsenal need to prove that the result against Man City was just an oversight. However, the bookmakers favor the hosts to win with Unibet giving them 2.00 odds for an outright win as opposed to Arsenal’s 3.70.
Jack Wilshere stated that his team is becoming more resilient, and sees the Gunners having a stronger mentality that will allow them to control the match and come from behind if needed to win a match. Against Manchester City Arsenal started rather strong, were able to keep the ball and enjoy several good chances to open the score, but Danny Welbeck wasted a very good chance to put his new team ahead. The visitors have also injury news as Debuchy was sidelined with an injury that will keep him off the field for a long period of time.
Borussia Dortmund won against an uninspired Freiburg during the weekend where fans favorite Shinji Kagawa scored a great goal on his first match back. “Shinji is very good for us, very good indeed,” said midfielder Sebastian Kehl. “Especially given the current situation with injuries we are faced with. He still needs a bit more to catch up with us but he`ll get there.” Speaking about Dortmund’s injuries, their never-ending list sees Gundogan back in training, but still unable to play, which makes Kagawa being fit of much more importance. Ciro Immobile is still doubtful as no definite diagnosis has been given for the Italian striker, while Mats Hummels was set for a fitness test today.
These two teams are the biggest ones from group D, and while the Gunners might have more Champions League experience, the Yellow Wall will still stand behind their team and push them for a win. Unibet has Dortmund leading at half time at 2.55, Arsenal at 3.90 and both teams to score goes for 1.59. Adrian Ramos to score is at 2.60, Aubameyang at 2.95 and Mkhitaryan at 3.20, while for Arsenal we get Danny Welbeck at 3.55, Alexis at 3.65 and Yaya Sanogo at 3.80. We are going to bet 7 units on both teams to score in the second half at 3.05 with Unibet.
Borussia Dortmund: Team’s Formation
Arsenal London: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score in the second half