Italian Football Betting Have Inter to Reach the Top

With Serie A leaders Napoli playing on Sunday, Inter has the chance to go top, for at least a day, when they go to Cagliari hunting for three more points.

Luciano Spalletti’s team are still unbeaten with ten wins and three draws, and are hot on the trail of Napoli. They are still available at betting odds of 15.00 to win the title in what, after 13 league football games, looks likely to be a four horse race.

WEEK 14 SATURDAY:

Bologna vs Sampdoria

Duvan Zapata scored his fifth of the season in Sampdoria’s stunning victory over Juventus last week which leaves them nine points off the lead in sixth place. Tenth-placed Bologna ended a four-match losing run with a win in Verona and are at 2.63 to grab another three points, with Sampdoria at 2.64.

WEEK 14 SUNDAY:

Chievo vs SPAL

It’s a first top flight meeting for SPAL against Chievo and the visitors are making a decent fist of their debut season, although they sit precariously in 17th on ten points. They are unbeaten in three though, as is Chievo. If you think both runs will continue then you can get 3.30 on the draw.

Sassuolo vs Hellas Verona

After winning away against bottom club Benevento last week, Sassuolo will be looking for a repeat against second bottom Hellas to hopefully lift them further away from the drop zone. The visitors have lost the last five and are already in big trouble.

Cagliari vs Inter Milan

Mauro Icardi’s 13 goals have fired Inter so close to the summit, with a ready supply from winger Ivan Perisic keeping him happy. The hosts are in goods spirits though, with three wins from the last four games lifting them up to 13th with Brazilian star Joao Pedro in good form. An Inter win takes them top and that’s some incentive.

Genoa vs AS Roma

Roma sit in fourth place but with a game in hand and have the tightest defence in the league, conceding just eight goals. Five points off the top they can stay in the chase with a win against Genoa. The hosts ended a run of three defeats last week with victory over Crotone but remain in the drop zone on nine points.

Udinese vs Napoli

An Inter win earlier in the weekend will raise the stakes in Napoli’s trip to Udines, as the unbeaten leaders go in search of another big victory. Dries Mertens has been in outstanding form with ten goals and will fancy his chances against the home defence which have conceded 23 already.

AC Milan vs Torino

Seventh plays eighth in Milan and both are in patchy form. The hosts haven’t won in their last four home games but then Torino haven’t won in their last four away games so something has to give, or does it? A draw here is at 3.60.

WEEK 14 MONDAY:

Lazio vs Fiorentina

Serie A’s hottest striker, Ciro Immobile, is still recovering from Italy’s failure to reach the World Cup but with 15 goals so far, he has been in spectacular form. Following international disappointment with a defeat in the Rome derby has left Immobile in need of a boost. Ninth-placed Fiorentina are without a win in three and could oblige.

Juventus vs Crotone

It’s been a funny old week for the Bianconeri as they followed a disappointing defeat to Sampdoria with a frustrating stalemate against Barcelona in the Champions League. Twelve-goal Paulo Dybala should lead the Old Lady to a big win against Crotone to lift their spirits. The visitors have won two in three but I suspect that will soon be two in four!

WEEK 14 TUESDAY:

Atalanta vs Benevento

Could this be the week for Benevento? They’ve lost 13 from 13 but have come close recently, being on the wrong side of three 2-1 results, one against Juventus. Atalanta have dropped to 12th without a win in four matches. There’s always hope!

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Unsworth: Hard work’s paying off

Everton's caretaker manager David Unsworth is determined to beat Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Toffees were thrashed 3-0 by the Serie A side in Italy two months agio and are unable to qualify for the last-32 stage of the competition after taking only one point from their first four Group E matches.

Unsworth has been in charge of the Everton team for five matches following Ronald Koeman's departure and still does not know whether he has a future at Goodison Park.

He said: "We want to win the game and we have prepared exactly the same as we normally would do. It is a game in which we represent Everton and, for me, that is really important.

"I can assure all the Everton fans that these players are working so hard, and have probably not worked as hard for a long, long time.

"I see that in the physical stats we are producing. These players are running harder and faster than they have all season.

"I have a way of playing, which demands a high tempo in training and maximum effort. I want to play in a certain way, with a certain type of pressing game."

Everton, 6/5 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season, can be backed at 12/5 to beat Atalanta at Goodison Park while they are 12/1 to win the match from behind.

The Bavarians are Running Away with These Football Games

German football never fails to deliver when it comes to thrilling football betting experiences!

Save for Bayern Munich, the betting odds for the rest of the league have become very difficult to predict. Dortmund are struggling, Hertha Berlin are flirting with relegation, and Hannover’s red-hot start has subsided.

Can the chasing pack find their form and give the Bavarians a challenge at all? Let’s find out in this game week!

WEEK 13 SATURDAY:

Hannover 96 vs Stuttgart

Hannover may have slowed down in terms of scoring, but Martin Harnik is still a worrisome attacker the Stuttgart defence must guard. Hannes Wolf could definitely use their amazing victory against Dortmund to spur them on and keep the hosts on a losing streak for a while longer.

Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04

Schalke is the last club Borussia Dortmund supporters want as their opponents at the moment.

Confidence is low and Peter Bosz is under fire as an injury-ridden Dortmund side struggles to win games. Meanwhile, Schalke are having a golden time despite the absence Leon Goretzka’s absence.

Unless the BVB figure something out, I don’t see them winning this leg of the Revierderby. Schalke +0.75 @ 1.92 is an interesting punt to many fans.

RB Leipzig vs Werder Bremen

Leipzig are the heavy favourites to win this match, but it seems like Werder Bremen figured something out during their most recent round of friendlies.

Bremen sent Hannover supporters crying after beating them black and blue to the tune of a 4-0 home win. Leipzig are also coming off a fantastic trip to Monaco, so expect fireworks to fly in this game.

The question now lies on whether Leipzig can win big. I’m going to bet on yes, and punters should have no problem choosing Leipzig’s -1.25 @ 2.16.

Freiburg vs Mainz 05

Freiburg need to focus on fixing their defence, given how clubs like Freiburg and Stuttgart can easily score goals on their back line. Meanwhile, Mainz will use their opponents’ misfortune to snag the three points and put more buffer between them and the drop zone.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayer Leverkusen

A win here could send both teams to the European spots, so many can expect this game to be hotly contested.

Sebastian Haller and Ante Rebic are burning through opposing defences to score goals for the hosts, while Kevin Volland and Leon Bailey are carrying the scoring load for Bayer. Goals will be scored here, and I think the home crowd could bring Frankfurt the victory.

With that being said, punters could do well with choosing Frankfurt -0.25 @ 2.36.

Augsburg vs Wolfsburg

After a horrible start, Wolfsburg are now on their way back to the good half of the league table. Meanwhile, Augsburg are terribly inconsistent in their form. While the final result of this game is still unsure, we can be sure that goals will be scored.

WEEK 13 SUNDAY:

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich

Monchengladbach are enjoying a series of impressive wins before Ajax brought them to their knees at the start of the week. Meanwhile, Bayern haven’t lost domestically since September. While Monchengladbach can offer an entertaining game to their supporters, I don’t see them stopping Josef Heynckes’ lads anytime soon.

Hamburger SV vs Hoffenheim

In a normal day, Hoffenheim would be listed as big favourites to win this game. However, they are going through a period of instability as they struggle to find a winning form. Meanwhile, Hamburg are looking put more distance between them and the relegation battle, so expect hard-nosed football to come from the hosts.

WEEK 13 MONDAY:

Koln vs Hertha BSC

Koln are having a terrible season despite their incredibly strong performances abroad. They are still to give their home fans the first win of the season, and the prospect of relegation looks more real with each passing day. However, they have a chance to steal a win against the equally struggling Berlin.

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Welbeck’s return pleases Wenger

Arsene Wenger has suggested that Danny Welbeck will return to the Arsenal starting line-up for Thursday's Europa League clash at Cologne.

The 26-year-old has struggled with injuries following his transfer from Manchester United in the summer of 2014 and has only featured in six Premier League matches for the Gunners so far this term.

Arsenal have already booked their place in the knockout rounds of the Europa League, which they are 6/1 to win this season.

"I have a long experience and I have known players who have won the World Cup who in November had no chance to go," said Wenger.

"Danny has the potential to go. If he is fit, he will go, I am convinced of that. It is a big year for him but I want it to be a big year for him for Arsenal.

"I believe he is a top-class striker and on top that he is loved by everybody in the squad. We are all very happy he is back because he has gone through very difficult periods in these last three years."

Meanwhile, Per Mertesacker is keen to build on Saturday's impressive display in the 2-0 victory against north London rivals Tottenham,

The 33-year-old German said: "Saturday was a brilliant example of us bringing it all – fans and players together.

"The intensity was great and it is human on those occasions we give 20 per cent more. But we want to reproduce that, especially against Cologne."

Theo Walcott has not travelled to Germany because of illness but goalkeeper David Ospina is set to return to the starting line-up.

Arsenal are 9/4 to keep a clean sheet against Cologne and 15/2 to win the match 1-0 with Welbeck 21/10 to score at any time against the Bundesliga strugglers.

Early progress pleases Conte

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is pleased that his side have qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League with a game to spare after they beat Qarabag 4-0.

It proved to be an easy victory for the Blues once Qarabag had been reduced to ten men in the first half and Conte now plans to rest some of his first-team regulars in next month's final Group C match against Atletico Madrid.

Willian scored twice while Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas were both successful from the spot for a Blues side that are 20/1 to win the Champions League outright.

Conte's side are 23/10 to beat Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday and 12/1 to edge the crunch Premier League clash 1-0.

The Italian said after the match in Azerbaijan: "For sure we have to work during the flight to prepare for Liverpool. With my staff we started also before, not to arrive at the last moment.

"To have only one day to rest and prepare is not simple or easy. It is not right. Now I think we must be pleased that we reached our first target to go through to the next round. To avoid [the] Atletico game [being] decisive for us.

"It will be a good chance to have another rotation with the players. It is very positive for us in a game that I knew very well it wouldn't be easy. Atletico drew twice [against Qarabag] and Roma struggled, it means we faced a really good team."

Ninkovic wants Arnold to stay

Sydney FC star Milos Ninkovic is hoping Graham Arnold won't be the man to lead the Socceroos to next year's World Cup.

Within hours of Ange Postecoglou announcing he was quitting as Australia coach, having steered them through qualification, Arnold was being touted as a possible successor.

He has previous experience of being the Socceroos interim coach, and was part of their coaching team for both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Since then he's led Central Coast Mariners to the A-League championship, and last season guided Sydney FC to the double of Premier's Plate and championship.

On Tuesday the Sky Blues became the first team to clinch an Australian domestic treble when they beat Adelaide United 2-1 after extra time to lift the FFA Cup.

His track record make him the most obvious candidate from within Australia to succeed Postecoglou, but he's been steadfast on the issue so far and insists he's only thinking about his duties with the Sky Blues.

Ninkovic, last season's Johnny Warren medallist, says his fingers are crossed that someone else will be appointed to coach the Socceroos in Russia.

"I would like Arnie to stay with us because I have an unbelievable relationship with him, he is an unbelievable coach," added the Serb.

Arnold brought Ninkovic to Sydney in 2015 from French club Evian, and the player has been integral to the Sky Blues' success.

"He is the first coach I have worked with for more than one or two years," said Ninkovic. "I think every player, he did an unbelievable job for.

"That's why I think for the club, it is very important for Arnie to stay with us."

The Sky Blues are 1/2 to win their next match against Brisbane Roar, who are 5/1 with the draw 10/3.

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Gulum: Defeat will make us stronger

Turkey international Ersan Gulum says Adelaide United will use their defeat in the FFA Cup final to spur them on in the league.

The Reds, who were the inaugural winners of the competition in 2014, went down 2-1 after extra time against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.

Marco Kurz's side's path through to the final had been a tough one, as they'd had to overcome fellow A-League teams in three of their four matches to make the decider, including winning 2-1 away to Western Sydney in the semi-final.

Defender Gulum, who supplied the through-ball that allowed Nikola Mileusnic to score Adelaide's equaliser midway through the second half, says the team are disappointed to miss out on the trophy but will draw positives from the game.

United feel they're relatively well placed in the league, in fifth spot, as they turn their attentions to Sunday's meeting with Wanderers.

"We are disappointed as a team, we know we had the game there to be won, we had our chances," said Gulum.

"At the end of day, they took their chances better than we did and obviously they got the result.

"I think this will make us stronger as a group and will lead us in a better direction."

United's 2-1 win at Central Coast last time out put them back on track after they'd suffered three consecutive defeats.

Former Besiktas defender Gulum is getting his season going again after sustaining a punctured lung against Melbourne Victory in Round 3.

"It's getting there, it's not 100 per-cent," said the 30-year-old. "But I mean I wear protection when I'm playing so it gives me confidence to go into tackles and headers and that's all I need."

The Reds are 13/8 to beat Western Sydney, who are 6/4 with the draw 5/2.

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Missed chances frustrate Mourinho

Jose Mourinho rued a plethora of wasted opportunities as Manchester United lost their latest Champions League game 1-0 to Basel.

Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo all missed presentable openings before the Swiss side grabbed a late winner through Michael Lang.

Despite the loss United are almost certain of being involved in the last-16 as they need just one point to qualify for the knockout phase of the competition as Group A winners.

"We lost because we should have been 5-0 up at half-time and could not score after being so dominant," said a frustrated Mourinho afterwards.

"We were in an easy way for many periods – it looked almost impossible not to win.

"But experience tells you that when you miss so many chances you put yourself in this position. In the second half, maybe we think the position at 0-0 was okay, but then they score the last minute.

"We must blame everyone on the pitch. We missed so many chances and put ourselves in this position. It's always risky when you waste chances."

United, 16/1 to win the Champions League outright this season, can be backed at 11/2 to beat Brighton 3-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday with Lukaku 9/4 to be the first goal scorer.

Betting Can Bug the Best of Us!

Premier League betting doesn’t get any easier in the unpredictable frolic that is English football’s top flight.

However, carefully considered, betting tips can surprise us all with each and every passing week.

So here’s my assessment of some of this weekend’s football games.

Crystal Palace vs Stoke City (November 25, 23:00 GMT+8)

The Eagles are showing improved form, particularly at home; yet need to get wins on the board soon.

Their only success to date was a memorable one, seeing off champions Chelsea last month.

Stoke are inconsistent, too, and seem to be just one win from mid-table as well as one defeat from a relegation battle.

It may not be pretty, but I’m plumping for the Eagles with a 🌟 flutter of First Half 1X2 Crystal Palace @ 2.80 and a 🌟🌟🌟 prediction of over 2.25 goals @ 1.87.

Liverpool vs Chelsea (November 26, 01:30 GMT+8)

This is the match of the weekend.

Both sides are in form, although how much Sevilla’s last-gasp equaliser the other night has deflated the Merseysiders remains to be seen.

Neither side can afford to lose, which is why another 🌟 tip is 1X2 Draw @ 3.25. To hedge my bets, I’ll go for a 🌟🌟 Asian Handicap -0.50 Liverpool @ 2.13.

Tottenham Hotspur vs West Bromwich Albion (November 25, 23:00 GMT+8)

In my final 🌟🌟🌟 tip, First Half Asian Handicap: -0.75 Tottenham Hotspur @ 2.00, this may be closer overall than many think.

The now-managerless West Brom are without a league win since August. Tony Pulis deserved better than some of the lacklustre displays his former players gave him after the Baggies have only two wins in 21 league matches.

Spurs continue to head in an upward direction under Mauricio Pochettino but remain a work in progress.

After a North London derby defeat, their development gathered pace in midweek as they won in Dortmund to top a Champions League group which comprised European champions Real Madrid.

I expect them to be on the front foot at Wembley from the start, although the Baggies will put in a shift.

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Liverpool vs Chelsea: Thrilling Draw Priced At 11/1

Fresh from Champions League action, Chelsea head to Anfield for Saturday evening Premier League action. Liverpool had their own Champions League match this week, but to call them fresh after that is inaccurate.

The hosts this Saturday were 3-0 up at Sevilla at half-time on Tuesday. They were on course for a fantastic result. The second half was a disaster, however, as Liverpool’s now trademark defensive chaos cost them three goals. An eventual draw was by no means a disaster if offered before kick-off, but letting a three goal slip will have hurt. Hurt badly.

Chelsea were able to take their feet off the gas away in Azerbaijan. Good refereeing fortune made it a walkover for Antonio Conte’s Blues, allowing the Italian to rest some key men in the second half. The match was played nearly 24 hours later than Liverpool’s, though, and with a six-hour flight after it, which sets Chelsea at a slight disadvantage with recuperation.

Three points currently separates the two teams in the league, with Chelsea third and Liverpool fifth. Manchester City’s dominance domestically – and their seemingly never-ending win streak – makes the title out of reach for Conte and Jurgen Klopp. They are left tussling for a couple of top four spots, which only exaggerates the importance of the top six matchups.

Liverpool’s defence is the story ahead of this match. It has – again – cost them points, and now faces a Chelsea side who tore West Bromwich Albion apart last weekend. Eden Hazard is in full flow, Alvaro Morata fully fit and Cesc Fabregas is pulling the strings from deep. Confidence in that back four must be at rock bottom, it will be fascinating to see how they recover from the gutting defeat in Seville.

The hosts have the worst expected goals against of the top six teams at 14.89 (per understat.com). Their expected goals for, however, is second only to Manchester City. It’s typical Liverpool, and typical Klopp, and, as ever, makes over 2.5 goals in the match a good bet at 8/11.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have vastly overperformed their expected goals. In part, this is because of Morata’s heading skill, but their defence has shown fallibility that was rarely seen last term. Their vulnerability at the back makes Liverpool’s flying front four of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho yet more dangerous.

Salah will be particularly keen to perform against his former club. The Egyptian has arguably been the best player in the league thus far, making his 9/2 on him to score the opening goal a very good price.

With both teams favouring quick attacking transitions, this should be a real end-to-end affair. The midfielders will be charged with slowing the rapid opposition attacks, which could force some rather clumsy challenges.

Hazard will be given a free role by Chelsea, and could find space behind the Liverpool midfield. As a result, I think 5/2 on Emre Can to pick up his fourth Premier League booking of the season is a solid price.

Chelsea travel to Merseyside on a four match Premier League winning streak, while Liverpool have finished victorious in their last three. The two midweek results should put Chelsea in the ascendency, but the extra day of rest and home advantage means I’m sitting on the fence this one. Could well be a thriller, though.

TIP: Match to finish 2-2 @ 11/1

 

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