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S.H reacted to StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > May 13th
The final weekend of Premier League fixtures are coming up and it's hard to believe the season is at a close already. It's been a fantastic season sharing it with you guys on here. So let's put our heads together one last time and smash these bookies into the sunset for the summer!
S.H reacted to StevieDay1983 in Europa League Predictions > May 3rd
Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal
No predictions are easy predictions at this stage of the season. The Europa League Semi-Finals are no exception and this one between Atletico Madrid and Arsenal at the Wanda Metropolitano in an 8:05pm kick-off is probably harder than most to call.
Diego Simeone's men secured a late 1-1 draw despite going down to 10 men in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium. It was a missed opportunity for the Gunners and one that they certainly may regret. Atletico have only lost twice at home all season. One was a 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea in the group stage of the Champions League and the other was a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey.
Arsene Wenger will be looking for better from his side who have impressed on their travels in Europe over the years but have failed to pick up a single point in the league on the road in 2018. On the contrary, they have only lost once in the Europa League away and that was a narrow 1-0 loss to FC Koln in the group stage.
There is no doubt that Arsenal have it within themselves to win this game and the tie. Atletico have had an impressive season but they have their weaknesses. Unfortunately, I just think Arsenal missed the chance to take a lead at home into this game. Atletico can win this tie without scoring. Simeone is a master of the defensive game. I can see Atletico killing this game and prevailing with a narrow 1-0 win or even taking it to extra time.
Still, Arsenal are a punter's nightmare. Repeatedly, they defy expectations or fail to live up to expectations. I just think Atletico have more quality and this game is poised to play into their hands. Arsenal have to score and that will allow Atletico to sit back, absorb the pressure, and suckerpunch the Gunners.
Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.82 with Matchbook
Anytime Scorer: Antoine Griezmann @ 2.12 with 888Sport
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S.H reacted to StevieDay1983 in Europa League Predictions > May 3rd
RB Salzburg vs Marseille
In the second Europa League Semi-Final it's Austrian Bundesliga side RB Salzburg taking on Ligue 1 side Marseille at the Red Bull Arena in an 8:05pm kick-off with the French club in prime position to reach their first major European final since 2004 as they come into this game with a 2-0 aggregate lead.
Things are not done and dusted yet though. RB Salzburg are unbeaten at home in all competitions since 27th November, 2016. If they get an early goal then it's game on. On the flip side, they come into this game without an away goal. That puts a huge amount of pressure on them. They need to attack head-on but need to watch the defence. It's a near impossible task.
However, RB Salzburg have been a similar situation before. Trailing 4-2 heading into a home second leg in the previous round against Lazio they found themselves 5-2 down on aggregate when they conceded in the 55th minute. Four goals in the last 35 minutes of the game turned the tie on its head and the Austrian side prevailed 6-5 winners on aggregate.
I just think it'll be a tall order to expect them to pull off a similar feat here. They had the away goals in the bank against Lazio. That is not the case here. One goal by Marseille first and suddenly RB Salzburg require four goals at home to win again... and that's without a further reply.
My feeling is that provided Marseille don't make a complete balls up of this they should progress to the final. They have already lost away to RB Salzburg in the group phase of this competition but that was a narrow 1-0 loss. I can see Marseille scoring here. If I was pushed to pick a correct score I would go for a 2-1 home win with Marseille progressing on aggregate.
RB Salzburg to win @ 1.95 with Betfred
BTTS @ 1.67 with Betfair
S.H reacted to StevieDay1983 in Championship Predictions > May 6th
Cardiff vs Reading
Well, we've come to the final day of the season and despite everything that Fulham and Aston Villa have thrown at this automatic promotion race it remains Cardiff who have their own fate in their own hands in this final game. As a tipster I am backing Cardiff to get the job done in front of a record home crowd. As a highly charged nervous wreck of a Cardiff fan, I can only foresee disaster and disappointment!
The Bluebirds come into this game as firm favourites. It won't be easy. Reading need a win to secure their place in the Championship next season. They should still be OK even if they lose but they won't want to take any risks. Fulham travel to a much improved Birmingham in the final game so there's promotion and relegation issues that need resolving all over the country.
This one is hard for me. I've seen too many failures at the final hurdle to hold a lot of confidence. However, I have stated for a while now that this Cardiff squad deserve the backing of the fans. They have repeatedly exceeded expectations this season. No matter what happens it's been a cracking campaign and the whole club should be proud. Compare our playing budget to that of the promotion rivals such as Wolves, Fulham, Aston Villa, and Derby. It's incredible we are where we are.
I don't have any choice here. I have to back Cardiff to win. I think there will be nerves so mistakes are almost certain to be made by both sides. My thinking is that Cardiff will win in a high-scoring game. Can Cardiff win by more than one goal? I'd like to think they could having scored 40 goals at home this season with Reading conceding 35 goals on their travels. Come on you Bluebirds!
Cardiff to win and over 2.5 goals scored @ 1.91 with Ladbrokes
Total Corners Over 9.5 @ 1.72
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