Last year Juventus had to play four times against Fiorentina and they emerged as winners in two matches. As they get ready to face them again in Coppa Italia, for the second time this season, La Vecchia Signora will attempt to break the average of one goal they are able to score against Fiorentina in two years.
The Serie A champions come from a Monday draw against AS Roma, where Keita cancelled Tevez’s opener and Juve found themselves unable to win against a 10-men Roma side. They are also on the first place in the Serie A table and with only seven conceded goals; Allegri is still calling for improvement: “We need to improve, as sometimes we lose sharpness and focus”, he said. The hosts are yet to lose a match this year, and all the faults they might display in the defensive line are heavily compensated by their great forward line. Morata earned his starting eleven spot against Roma by scoring the winner against Borussia Dortmund and a last minute goal against Parma.
Fiorentina slowly managed to build their momentum and now are on an unbeaten run of 12 matches, and after a resounding 2-0 win over Tottenham in Europa League, they managed to win against Inter in Serie A, which put them three points away from Champions League, and three points away from their next competitors for European football. Salah is getting more and more accustomed to Italian football and becoming indispensable for the Viola. He scored the winner against Inter, one of the goals against Tottenham and has pretty much guaranteed a starting position against Juve.
Cesena proved it becomes easy to score against Juventus if you manage a goal in the opening 20 minutes, and Torino proved Fiorentina get easily distracted in the last 5 minutes of regular time where they could easily concede one or two goals. Juventus play at home which is why they are given 1.53 odds to win as opposed to Fiorentina’s 6.50. The hosts have 2.25 odds for both halves, Fiorentina 11.00 and both teams to score 1.83. Tevez has 1.95 odds to score, we’re betting 7 units on Morata to score with 2.37 odds, Mario Gomez and Pogba both have 3.40 odds to score and Salah has 5.50 odds as an anytime goalscorer with Bet365.
Juventus Torino: Team’s Formation
Fiorentina: Team’s Formation
Prediction for the match: Alvaro Morata as an anytime goalscorer.
Result: -7 units, bet lost
Coupe de France has an interesting quarter-final matchup as PSG get ready to clash with AS Monaco for the second time in three days. While the Ligue 1 clash ended in a draw, which did not hinder or increase either team’s chances to the title, in Coupe de France will be different since we’re looking at just one match.
Monaco played three games in a week, including the 3-1 Champions League win over Arsenal London, which prompted Leonardo Jardim to state: “We must adapt to this situation to manage the workforce reduced by injuries and suspensions.” He might have meant Wallace and Abdennour, which only adds to his injury worries including Carvalho, Ragi, and Bakayoko. Monaco is currently 4th in Ligue 1, nine points behind PSG, who are still struggling with Ibrahimovic still suspended. Keeping in mind that two players from their defensive line are suspended and the other two injured, AS Monaco are still managing to live up to people’s expectations.
In this year’s edition of Coupe de France, Monaco conceded only one goal, against Rennes, all while scoring seven. PSG also conceded only one goal and scored seven, but the hosts are second in Ligue 1 even with their extensive list of injuries, Aurier, Cabaye, and Motta will miss the cup match and perhaps the upcoming Champions League fixture. Matuidi lamented the lack of finishing touches his team displayed in Ligue 1 and vowed not to make the same mistakes at Parc des Princes. Lavezzi and Cavani were also unable to score a few days ago, which made Blanc say his team deserved more than one point from the match.
The last four matches between the two teams ended in identical 1-1 draws and another result like that has 6.50 odds with Ladbrokes. A Paris Saint Germain win has 1.61 odds, an AS Monaco wins 5.75, and a draw at the end of regular time has 3.40 odds. PSG for both halves have 2.55 odds, Monaco 11.00 and over 1.5 goals 1.45 odds. Considering Monaco conceded more than one goal last time back in November we decided to place a bet on both teams to score with 2.30 odds from Ladbrokes.
Paris Saint Germain: Team’s Formation
AS Monaco: Team’s Formation
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score
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 quarterfinals 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 is 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 is 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.
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 was 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
Kaiserslautern: Team’s Formation
Prediction for the match: Bayer Leverkusen to score over 1.5 goals in the second half.
Liverpool makes 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 has 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 has a good defensive record at home where they only conceded two goals: one form Chelsea and one from Swansea. Liverpool has four away matches where they didn’t concede, three of which are wins.
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 has 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
Liverpool: Team’s Formation
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score in the second half.
Result: -5 units, bet lost
Manchester City is 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 is 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.
Newcastle is 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 has 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 is 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 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
Newcastle United: Team’s Formation
Prediction for the match: Man City to win both halves.