EFL Cup – Big Predictions – Quarter Finals
Hull City Vs Newcastle United
Hull City entertain Northern rivals Newcastle United on Tuesday night in what is a clash between the Premier League stragglers and current Championship leaders. Each club had mixed fortunes in May as Hull were promoted while Newcastle were relegated but don’t let their respective league positions fool you. The Geordies will fancy their chances against this struggling Tiger side. Draw expected at the KC Stadium – Back the Draw Here.
Liverpool Vs Leeds United
Liverpool dominated for long spells on Saturday afternoon leaving it fairly late to secure three vital points at home to Sunderland to get back to winning ways and maintain their Premier League challenge while Leeds beat bottom side Rotherham to remain in a Championship play-off position. I have no doubt Gary Monk’s side will put up a fight however the home side have enough depth to win this. Home win expected at Anfield – Back a Liverpool Victory Here.
Arsenal Vs Southampton
Arsenal are three points below the Premier League leaders in what so far has been a pretty decent season for Arsene Wenger’s side while Southampton have failed been fairly inconsistent dropping a number of silly points in the league. We all know Cup games sometimes provide some unexpected results but I do not expect any surprises on Wednesday night. Home win expected at the Emirates Stadium – Back an Arsenal Victory Here.
Manchester United Vs West Ham United
Fresh from their Premier League encounter on Sunday evening Manchester United once again welcome West Han United to Old Trafford. Both managers will undoubtedly want to progress to the Semi-finals so don’t expect too many changes from the weekend’s line-up. I am backing the home side to win this. Home win expected at Old Trafford – Back a Manchester United Victory Here.
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World Cup Qualifiers – Round 4 – Big Predictions
England Vs Scotland
It’s the battle of Britain as England take on noisy neighbors Scotland as they look to secure the spot at the top of Group F. Despite the circumstances in which coach Sam Allardyce was forced to resign at the beginning of the qualifying campaign the Three Lions have fared well and site at the top of the standings on 7 points while Scotland are 4th in the table behind Lithuania and Slovenia. This will be a hotly fought contest however I predict a home win.
France Vs Sweden
Probably Friday evenings most high anticipated fixture is between these two sides, jointly leading their group on 7 points. France’s last qualifying game a few weeks ago ended in an extremely positive away win over the Netherlands after Pogba’s strike was fumbled in by Dutch goalkeeper Stekelenburg. Sweden were superb as they demolished a poor Bulgaria team at the Friends Arena in Solna. I expect an exciting game but France’s class should be enough for them to win this.
Liechtenstein Vs Italy
European minnows Liechtenstein have yet to collect a point as they struggle to challenge even fellow minnows like Albania. Italy will be pleased with the character shown when they faced Spain several weeks ago as Ventura’s side came from a goal down to hold the visitors to a 1-1 draw, followed by a superb comeback in Macedonia thanks to a late Immobile double. Comfortable away win expected on Saturday evening.
Wales Vs Serbia
Wales entertain Serbia at the Cardiff City Stadium in what is expected to be a hotly contested encounter in front of a packed house. Wales have some catching up to do after being held away to Austria and also home to Georgia as the Red Dragons look to star man Gareth Bale to get their qualifying campaign back on track. Serbia lead the group with 7 points after some solid displays however the visitors will take no chances in Cardiff. I am backing the home side to win this!
Spain Vs Macedonia
Football giants Spain take on tiny Macedonia in what I predict will be a one sided display from start to finish. The Spaniards sit joint top of their group while the visitors were moments away from a historic victory over Italy before conceding two late goals to end the night empty handed. Spain to pummel the visitors.
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2018 World Cup Qualifiers
Slovakia Vs England
Sam Allardyce gets his England reign underway with a potential banana-skin trip to Slovakia. The Slovakian side claimed a 0-0 draw when they faced England in the Euro 2016 tournament which denied England the chance of winning Group B. Despite not playing for Manchester City this Season, Joe Hart is favourite to play in goal following an injury to Fraser Forster. Wayne Rooney has retained the Captaincy despite the change in Management and will be a key figure in this game – Back Rooney to score here. England will be favourites heading into this and Slovakia would probably be happy with a draw. Away win expected – Back an England Victory Here.
Malta Vs Scotland
Malta hosted an International friendly between Italy and Scotland back in May but this time will themselves face Scotland in a World Cup Qualifier. The Mediterranean minnows will be roared on by a passionate home crowd and will fancy their chances of causing an upset due to the exceptionally warm climate. Scotland were the only Country of the Home Nations not to qualify for Euro 2016 and will be keen to get their Campaign off to a solid start. The Scots have been short of goals in recent fixtures but could fill their boots in Malta. Away win expected – Back a Scotland Victory Here.
Wales Vs Moldova
Wales enjoyed a terrific Euro 2016 and will be keen to hit the ground running when they get their World Cup Qualifying Campaign underway on Monday evening. The Welsh side have been drawn in a difficult Group D and will be targeting maximum points against Moldova. Gareth Bale is the Welsh talisman – Back Bale to score Anytime Here. Moldova sit a lowly 165th in the FIFA World Rankings and are huge underdogs in this clash. Comfortable Home win expected at The Millennium Stadium – Back a Wales Victory Here.
Italy Vs Spain
Tuesday evening sees two giants of European football lock horns in an effort to take control of World Cup Qualifying Group G. Italy have begun life under new Management following the departure of Antonio Conte to Chelsea. The Italians reached the Quarter Final of Euro 2016 before crashing out on penalties. Spain were eliminated from Euro 2016 when they lost 2-0 against Italy and will be keen to exact revenge for that defeat. Both sides have abundant talent to choose from and this should be an intriguing clash. All Square in Turin – Back a Score Draw Here.
French SuperCup | Paris Saint-Germain to win
Tomorrow 8:45pm at the Wörthersee Stadion, Paris Saint-Germain take on Lyon in a bid to take home the first available silverware of Season 2016/17. The Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue Champions PSG, have a new manager in Unai Emery. A tactician and motivator known mostly for his European success story with Sevilla FC. There he won an impressive three consecutive Europa League trophies with his latest being against Liverpool last May.
Lyon on the other hand, after a disappointing season, look eager to bounce back. They play against a side that is a major powerhouse in France and looking to become one on the European stage too.
It is clear that PSG are favoured to win this game. Simply looking at the line-up, we can all come to the conclusion that this PSG side is packed with expensive raw talent. The departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic earlier last month did not bring any signs of weakness. They have a formidable strike force with Cavani, Di Maria and Pastore along with a backline that contains the likes of Thiago Silva and David Luiz.
Missing from this match will be Marco Verratti (still injured since last season) as well as Zlatan and Lavezzi who have both moved on during the summer. Matuidi who seems to be on his way to Juventus will also, most likely, not be available. On the other hand Lyon come to this match with the team they expect to challenge for the Ligue 1 this season.
Our prediction for Paris Saint-Germain vs Lyon: The two most successful clubs in French football history meet tomorrow, but we all know how this will end. Take PSG to win at 1.66 on Bet365