Accepted AnswerSeria A Betting Tips and Previews - 2013-12-22
Atalanta Vs Juventus
A rare away point for Atalanta last week. Late, late equaliser against Genoa, but a deserved one and Atalanta were able to pick up their third away point of the season. Stendardo will replace the injured Lucchini in their defence and Cazzola, another defender, is back from his suspension. Raimondi and Yepes are back in training and the Atalanta squad all of a sudden looks quite fit. Juventus only still miss Pirlo.
Atalanta are 4-2-1 in Bergamo and one may reason, the odds on the home win look unbelievably good, but facing Juventus in Serie A has for most teams become like facing Real or Barcelona in La Liga. Still, there is no way I will back this 1.47 on the away win.
Bologna Vs Genoa
This is it for the Bologna coach Pioli. A win in this game is a must for him, or else I fear, he will have to go. They are struggling defensively in game after game and it has become increasingly difficult to believe in their cause. Defender Sörensen will miss out again, but D Perez will hopefully be available again. It looks like Pioli will play with two front men Cristaldo and Bianchi and Diamanti behind the duo.
Manfredini will be back in the Genoa defence from his suspension, but his colleague Portanova will not play. No Kucka, but Santana and Vrsaljko will be available again. The home win will be my call.
Verona Vs Lazio
As Verona are 7-0-1 at home one has to say, the odds on the home win are a bit tempting. Offensively they have no worries ahead of this match with both Jorginho and Jankovic available again. Moras has been cleared to play but they miss Cirigliano also this week.
M Klose finally started for Lazio and he immediately made the difference, scoring their two goals against Livorno. He could easily have scored more goals, but you can forgive him for being a bit rusty. Lazio have to manage without Hernanes, Gonzalez and Pereirinha.
Luca Toni for Verona, M Klose for Lazio, two legendary sharp shooters and who will be the winner? Lazio have yet to win an away game this season (0-4-4) and I cannot make a case for the away win.
Inter Vs AC Milan
Alvarez will be suspended for Inter, Kovacic could start in this derby game and Icardi is also an alternative for the Inter coach Mazzarri. Juan Jesus will be back in their defence. Inter are 0-3-1 in their last four games and if that is not a worry, there will never be anything to worry about for their coach.
I waited for Inter to find the equaliser 2-3 down against Napoi, but the Alvarez red card destroyed my hopes and my bet, for that matter.
Montolivo will be suspended for Milan, Matri could play in their front line and fit again Constant will play from the start in their defence instead of the injured Emanuelson. Abbiati will be back between the sticks. Gabriel, his replacement, is not doing a good job.
Milan have at least Balotelli, who can make the difference in this game. I see no match winners in the Inter squad, maybe Palacio. X2 game.
As Roma Vs Catania
Undefeated after sixteen rounds of Serie A football Roma will be without their two suspended midfielders Strootman and De Rossi in this game. Strootman was their best player against Milan and missing De Rossi is always a blow for Roma. Pjanic will be back in their midfield playing alongside Florenzi and Bradley in this match. Defender Castan has recovered from his injury, but Balzaretti will once again be missing. Totti came on as a second half substitute against Milan and he looked quite rusty. Roma were better than Milan, but late in the game, with both sides going for the win, Roma could easily have lost the match (2-2).
Catania totally dominated their home game against Verona, but they just could not score. Bergessio will definetely play in their front line again, maybe Almiron will be fit for the match, but they will miss Spolli and Bellusci this weekend. Rolin will come in for Spolli in their defensive line. Home win, I guess, but the Roma midfield looks a bit suspect.
Sampdoria Vs Parma
Excellent odds on the home win now that Cassano will not play for Parma. Well, the odds are good under all circumstances, as Mihajlovic’s Sampdoria are one of the true form teams in Serie A.
Pozzi, Costa, Obiang and Castellini will be back in contention for the home side, but they will miss De Silvestri and their suspended forward Gabbiadini. Sansone is his likely replacement. Now they say that Eder risks missing this game. A major blow, in that case, because Eder has looked very sharp lately.
Parolo will be back in the Parma midfield, defence man Paletta is injured and Amauri will most likely replace Cassano in the Parma front line. Parma are undefeated in their last five games and it will, by no means, be one way traffic for Sampdoria. With Eder playing for the home side my choice has to be the home win.
Sassuolo Vs Fiorentina
The home side will be able to call on Berardi again, but their midfielder Magnanelli will sit out a suspension. Kurtic will be his likely replacement.
Borja Valero is definitely the most important Fiorentina player, but then comes Cuadrado. Borja will take part in this game, but Cuadrado will be suspended this week end. No Pizarro either. Ambrosini returns from his suspension for this game and one of Ilicic or Joaquin will replace Cuadrado.
Sassuolo have not disappointed so far this season, they have played some decent football, but facts are facts and here they are close to the relegation zone and no one is really surprised. They always had a squad destined to fight for survival in Serie A. Away win, I guess.
Torino Vs Chievo
Fantastic run of form from Torino and now they are seventh in the league three points ahead of a team like Milan. In fact they have only lost four league games this far, same as for instance Fiorentina. A Farnerud, one of their in form players, will be suspended for this game. Pasquale or Basha will cover for the Swede. El Kaddouri is new on their injury list.
Corini’s Chievo conceded their first goal, lost their first game against Sampdoria last week. No need to get excited, said Corini afterwards and I think he is right. Cesar, defender, will be suspended for this game. One of Paloschi or Pelissier could start in a more offensive Chievo line up. 1X game.
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Southampton Vs Tottenham
A bit depleted lately by injuries Southampton have picked up two strong draws in their last games, vs M City and Newcastle. Both M Schneiderlin and A Lallana should play on Sunday and there is also a chance that N Clyne will be ready.
Obviously low in confidence Tottenham lost again in midweek, their second loss to West Ham this season, 1-2 in the cup. They totally dominated the first half, without creating the big chances, took the lead in the second and it should have been all over.
Not only did Tottenham lose the game, they also lost A Townsend to an injury and he will be missing for some weeks. Paulinho, Sandro and Verthongen are also missing, but M Dawson will be available again.
Advantage Southampton in this game and the home win will be my choice.
Swansea Vs Everton
Michu started for Swansea at the weekend, but W Bony was a bench player to start with. Both should start in this match, but Swansea have lost their speedy winger N Dyer to an injury and he will be out of action for some considerable time. They have Pablo H, they have W Routledge at their disposal, but a player like N Dyer will always be missed. Angel Rangel will sit out a suspension, but both Chico Flores and L Britton could be back. For once no midweek game for Swansea and they will come to this game better prepared than these last couple of weeks.
The great Everton run continues and they are undefeated in nine games. In fact they have only tasted defeat once, at the Etihad Stadium vs Man City. L Baines will not play for his Everton on Sunday, but J McCarthy will. Deulofeu has joined their injury list. Everton are 3-4-1 away from home and I would not have them as favourites away from home against a strong side like Swansea. Tradition favours Everton in this fixture? I am aware of that, but for me, it is still a 1X game.
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Hertha Berlin vs. Werder Bremen
Match Date: 13 December 2013 (local)
Match Venue: Olympiastadion
Seven points were obtained from Hertha Berlin’s last five matches, based on a W2-D1-L2 record. The score was enough to keep the team within the top 10, but still notches short to enable them to soar into the top three. But considering their “newly promoted” status, this placement is very remarkable. They are currently ranked at number seven, after accumulating 22 points (overall) from six victories and four draws.
In their most recent fixture, Berlin scored a clean sheet against Eintracht Braunschweig. Although Adrian Ramos and Tolga Cigerci were the ones who netted the goals in the battle, it was Ronny who drove the team into victory. His assists on both of the aforesaid players were crucial to the side’s impressive sixth victory this season.
Currently just two spots away from the relegation zone, Werder Bremen have to exert tremendous effort to completely shun the bottom. Their last four matches have generally been huge disasters, particularly their most recent where they were stolen of seven goals by Beyern Munich and failed to find the net even just once. Prior to this, however, a high-scoring draw gave the side a one-point relief of their uninspiring streak. Bremen and Hoffenheim scored four goals apiece in their meeting in Sinsheim.
Football betting tip: In a match where one side is completely dominant of the other, the result seems quite predictable. A victorious Hertha Berlin should be expected from this encounter.
Bayern Munich vs. Hamburg SV
Match Date: 14 December 2013 (local)
Match Venue: Allianz Arena
Still unbeaten for 15 weeks now, Bayern Munich are absolutely creating one of their best Bundesliga runs ever. Not only are the team soaring domestically, but they are also substantially successful in the international arena. Der FCB bagged points from Augsburg when the teams met for the DFB Pokal. They also waged victory against Moscow, Viktoria Plzen, and Manchester City in the Champions League.
There is barely a reason why Bayern Munich will not maintain their pace. The massive successes they have been achieving are strong indicators of the squad’s proficiency and health in the pitch. They will continue soaring high no matter what happens.
Their five most recent matches only gave them four points. Hamburg SV have been defeated seven times this season and won only four times. Despite scoring 30 goals in 15 matches, the side were still drawn to a negative-digit goal difference. This is after they conceded 32 goals in the tourneys where they went home heartbroken. Their biggest loss this term, so far, was their match against Borussia Dortmund, when they scored two goals but conceded six.
Football betting tip: In terms of consistency, attacking mechanisms, defense, and individual skills, Beyern Munich are significantly superior of Hamburg SV. There is a very slim chance that the visitors will win this fixture, especially when the odds are largely favoring the hosts.
FC Augsburg vs. Eintracht Braunschweig
Match Date: 14 December 2013 (local)
Match Venue: SGL Arena
Only their second away win this season, Augsburg delivered a surprise 0-1 success over Hamburg on their travel to the latter’s home. A storm might have halted the energy in the city the past days, but it would pale compared to the power of striker Raul Bobadilla, who went close to giving Augsburg the lead in the 14th minute, except that it was saved by the opponents’ Rene Adler. Nevertheless, for the perseverant player that he is, the Swiss player successfully converted an opportunity four minutes later and ensured that his team landed the lead in the first half—and later on, in the match itself.
The victory would be Augsburg’s sixth this season. They currently rank at number nine after accumulating 20 points and 16 goals from 15 fixtures.
Four matches have been closed and Braunschweig remain dry of goals. They may have scored one point from Hannover 96 on their match at the HDI Arena, but it was a meeting that ended in a goal-less draw. Their three most recent fixtures were not any better, raking zero goals to succumb to the prowess of Freiburg, Bayern Munich, and Hertha BSC. The poor runs and massive conceding of goals inevitably placed the side at the bottom of the league table. There is much yet to be done on Torsten Lieberknecht’s squad before they could eventually get themselves out of trouble.
Football betting tip: Against players that are quite strong at home, Braunschweig will again have a difficult time achieving victory. They may score against Augsburg, but the visitors will ultimately end up losing the match.
Hannover 96 vs. Nurnberg
Match Date: 14 December 2013 (local)
Match Venue: AWD-Arena
Ranking three spots below the top half, Hannover 96 are apparently in desperate need of a victory (or victories). The side’s Bundesliga journey has been a roller coaster ride, chiefly characterized by a highly inconsistent form. Of the past 10 matches they finished this season, only two were won, another two were drawn, while the rest have been downfalls.
An improving defense should have been seen when they held Frankfurt in a clean sheet two weeks ago. But after incurring a 4-2 defeat from Stuttgart on weekend, they again have to prove themselves of the defensive proficiency they should be vaunting.
This season’s frontrunners for relegation are yet to earn a victory. Nurnberg are the only club in the German top-tier football to finish all their matches winless. The very poor streak is becoming a source of confidence for other clubs, citing the possibility of earning either a win or a draw when setting a brawl with the Bavarian side. The visitors may be good at creating chances using through balls, but they remain significantly weak at finishing those chances, as well as defending counter attacks, avoiding individual errors, and stopping opponents from creating scoring opportunities.
Football betting tip: Although both of these sides are not necessarily showing noticeable improvements, Hannover 96 have the greater chance of emerging as winners than Nurnberg.
Mainz vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
Match Date: 14 December 2013 (local)
Match Venue: Coface Arena
Holding Nurnberg to remain winless in the season, Mainz 05 pulled off a draw with the aforesaid in their most recent fixture. Nurnberg have almost achieved their first win this season with Per Nilsson’s opener in the fifth minute. They were largely in control (and in the lead) of the first half, but Shinji Okazaki struck a 75th-minute equalizer for Mainz, who then almost went on to win it, as well as having substitute Petar Sliskovic sent off at the death.
Earning a total of 20 points from 15 matches, Mainz currently sit at the table’s upper half. The placement is quite fine, but they need more victories of turn their -7 goal difference around.
For six consecutive matches, Borussia Monchengladbach are brimming with a very successful streak. Team spirit and self-confidence are soaring high within the ensemble and Lucien Favre could not be any prouder. Their 2-1 victory over FC Schalke 04 made the team level on points with Borussia Dortmund, and they are now five points clear of fifth placers Wolfsburg.
Monchengladbach are showing considerable skills in many areas. They are very strong at attacking down the wings, and are also equally adept at finishing scoring chances and defending set pieces. Their ability to protect the lead is also improving.
Football betting tip: A brisk exchange of remarkable maneuvers from both Mainz and Borussia Monchengladbach should be expected from this meeting. However, with the kind of performance they have been displaying lately, it is plausible that Borussia Monchengladbach will eventually win the tourney over.
TSG Hoffenheim vs. Borussia Dortmund
Match Date: 14 December 2013 (local)
Match Venue: Rhein-Neckar-Arena
After four winless matches, Hoffenheim have finally scored victory. Their match with Frankfurt produced a 1-2 result that helped the away side reach three places higher than their rank in the previous week. The first 45 minutes of the tourney rendered both sides goal-less, but the match breathed life after that period when Sven Schipplock and Robert Firmino struck goals either side of Frankfurt’s equalizer.
Going back to the top nine (or better) will remain a challenge for Markus Gisdol’s men, but it is a challenge than can be abated if the players will continue pushing themselves to their limits. Thus far, the team are doing quite well in the offense, but when it comes to protecting the lead, they are doing terribly bad.
They are still among the strongest clubs in the German top-flight league, but Borussia Dortmund have recently been dwindling in their performance. This is most clearly evidenced in their last five matches, where three finished in embarrassing defeats. The former league leaders are now just seated at number three, and in terms of total points scored, they are already level with Monchengladbach (31).
Despite having some of the best players in the tournament, Dotmund cannot completely secure victory by the end of the season. Bayern Munich were supposed to be their biggest rivals (and still are), but now, Bayer Leverkusen have also been parading themselves as serious threats.
Online betting tip: Although they lost points in their latest fixture, Borussia Dortmund could still pull this tourney off.
Schalke 04 vs. SC Freiburg
Match Date: 15 December 2013 (local)
Match Venue: Veltins-Arena
Despite their massive successes in their matches against Hertha Berlin, Werder Bremen, and Stuttgart, Schalke 04 mustered insufficient inspiration to win their most recent battle. The side lost three points to Monchengladbach when they traveled to the Stadion im Borussia-Park. They were initially in control of the tourney; in fact, it was Jefferson Farhan who first delivered a goal, in the 17th minute. However, Raffael’s equalizer in the 24th minute cancelled out the scoring, and was further broken when Monchengladbach’s Max Kruse scored in the 45th minute.
Despite the defeat, Schalke 04 are still part of the top six, thanks largely to the seven victories and three draws they obtained since opening day.
Ever since the tournament began, Freiburg have never been at ease in the pitch. They won only twice this season, drawn in five matches, while the rest of the streak turned out heavily distressing. As a result, they have been in the relegation zone several times. They are currently just one spot above the bottom two, but they will likely go back to the table’s most dreaded zone if they fail to show substantial improvements in their form.
Online betting tip: Schalke 04 are clearly the favorites to win in this round. They are probably the dark horses in the competition, and dark horses are always better than the underdogs (Freiburg).
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Match Date: 15 December 2013 (local)
Match Venue: BayArena
Straddling the table’s second highest spot, Bayer Leverkusen are posing dangerous threat to current league leaders, Bayern Munich. The side have never been out of the top three since opening day, proof that they belong to Bundesliga’s elite circle of high-caliber players. They were only defeated twice in the tournament, forced a deadlock once, and won in the rest of their tourneys.
In the continental tournaments, however, Leverkusen perform on a stark difference from their domestic campaigns. The team were recently beaten by Manchester United in the Champions League, and prior to that, they scored a goal-less draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in the same competition.
Winless for 10 Bundesliga matches now, Eintracht Frankfurt should try so much harder in order for them to shun demotion to the second-tier German football. They are currently in the table’s bottom four, but their score is enough to keep them slightly away from the relegation zone.
To date, Frankfurt are still very weak at finishing scoring chances and defending against attacks down the wings. They have no particular field or skills that they are absolutely good at. This means that the side are in a major crisis.
Online betting tip: Considering their form in the local football tournament, Bayer Leverkusen are largely superior of Frankfurt. That said, the former will easily thrash the latter and obtain three points from the meeting.