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footballeye

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  1. Re: AS Monaco v Zenit Saint-Petersburg > Tuesday December 9th Monaco needs a draw in this game, to qualify for the playoffs. Obviously they will not be pushing forward too much until/unless they are a goal down. Monaco only conceded 1(!) goal in 5 previous group matches, and scored only 2. All their previous matches in this group ended under 1.5 goals. Zenit needs a win here and with at least the 3rd place in the group (EL qualification) already secured they have nothing to lose. So they will have to attack. Zenit mostly relies on individual skills and creativity of its stars for goals,
  2. Re: Zenit Saint-Petersburg v Benfica > Wednesday November 26th Sorry, the paragraph marks disappeared somehow, and the forum doesn't allow me to edit my own message.
  3. Re: Zenit Saint-Petersburg v Benfica > Wednesday November 26th Before Zenit's previous CL fixture (Zenit-Leverkusen) I wrote about the hosts' improved defense which is not allowing the opposition to create many scoring chances, especially at Petrovsky. While I wasn't totally incorrect and Leverkusen was allowed only one real chance to score, they somehow netted two goals, the other one came from a free kick which initially didn't look particularly dangerous.My expectations for the Zenit-Benfica game are similar: Zenit's improved defense with Garay and DM Javi Garcia should not allow the
  4. Re: Zenit Saint-Petersburg v Bayer 04 Leverkusen > Tuesday November 4th Before this season Zenit had signed two top-class defensive players, CD Garay and DM Javi Garcia. Now it's become obvious that these signings have significantly improved Zenit defense. Of 10 home games this season, Zenit only conceded goals in 3, keeping clean sheet 7 times. Zenit won their last league game 1-0 away against direct competitor in the title race CSKA, again not allowing any goals. When Zenit and Bayer met in Levekusen two weeks ago, the hosts totally dominated the midfield, but in these circumstances th
  5. Re: UEFA Champions League Qualifying > August 19th & 20th I think that poor Zenit results in Europe in recent years mostly had to do with Spalletti's defensive tactics in the away games. Now that he's gone, with the new coach I expect to see a team that better utilizes the strengths of its quality players, hopefully.
  6. Re: UEFA Champions League Qualifying > August 19th & 20th Looks like he is. He has the team play attacking football and has a total record of something like 11wins-1draw-1loss in the Russian league so far (mostly against weak opposition though). How good he's in Europe, we'll see soon.
  7. Re: Champions League Third Qualifying Round 1st Leg - Tues 29th & Wed 30th July This was in fact an away game, the return leg will be in St.Petersburg. Zenit did dominate in Cyprus but failed to convert a few good chances they had. No problem, they should win the return leg comfortably. If they don't, that'll be a true shock.
  8. Re: England > Midweek > Non-league Mar 24-27 Braintree - Nuneaton Town On Thursday, Braintree is going to have to play their 6th game in 15 days. Isn't there a value in the away win in these curcumstances? I'm asking because I have no idea what football is like at this level, and how much of a factor the dense schedule is.
  9. Re: Ligue 2 > March 14th - 17th The last four games between Arles and Lens produced a total of 2! goals, and ended all draws: Mon 07/10/13 LI2 Arles 1 - 1 Lens Fri 11/01/13 LI2 Lens 0 - 0 Arles Fri 03/08/12 LI2 Arles 0 - 0 Lens Fri 24/02/12 LI2 Lens 0 - 0 Arles I wonder if there's value in betting on a draw here at 3.00
  10. Re: Zenit Saint-Petersburg v Borussia Dortmund > Tuesday February 25th It's +3C now, clear and no wind. There was some sun during the day. So no concerns about the weather or the pitch condition. The temperature has been above zero for the most of February, with some light rain. The pitch of Petrovsky should be OK.
  11. Re: Zenit Saint-Petersburg v Borussia Dortmund > Tuesday February 25th So far, Spalletti's Zenit has won all their home games at the playoff stages of CL and EL: 24/02/11 EL Zenit 3 - 1 Young Boys 17/03/11 EL Zenit 2 - 0 Twente 15/02/12 CL Zenit 3 - 2 Benfica 14/02/13 EL Zenit 2 - 0 Liverpool 14/03/13 EL Zenit 1 - 0 Basel These results basically demonstrate that playing after long winter break is not a problem for this team. I expect Zenit to win on Tuesday and odds over 4 on home win look a great value
  12. Re: Serie A > January 11th - 13th Bologna have just replaced their coach in midweek, the newly appointed Ballardini might help the players find some new motivation, and they're playing at home. That is I'm not saying Lazio can't win, just saying anything can happen in this game.
  13. Re: FK Austria Wien v Zenit Saint-Petersburg > Wednesday December 11th Zenit ended all their group matches under 2.5 goals except the away loss at Atletico. Austria ended 3 group matches out of 5 under 2.5 goals (the other two were two losses to Atletico). I don't see why the Wednesday's game would be any different, especially knowing Spalletti's cautious approach to Zenit's away fixtures in Europe. Under 2.5 @2.20 fonbet (better odds can probably be found elsewhere).
  14. Re: England > FA Cup > Tuesday 3rd - Sunday 8th December What about the weather? I read there's a severe storm hitting Northern Europe today. Might be difficult to score many goals if there's strong wind in Gateshead.
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