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  1. Republic of Ireland vs Wales The final day of Nations League action has one of the biggest games of the round with Republic of Ireland facing off against Wales in the League B Group 4 clash in a 7:45pm kick-off at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin where the losing team could be faced with the prospect of dropping down to League C and the winners will put themselves in with a chance of earning promotion to League A. Republic of Ireland got played off the park by Wales in a 4-1 defeat in Cardiff back in September. I attended that game and I'm not sure Martin O'Neill's side were as bad as the score-line suggested but Ryan Giggs certainly got the best out of his players in that game. The Irish will be buzzing after earning a solid 0-0 draw at home against Denmark to keep the Danes within touching distance. It was a performance that drew criticism due to the overly defensive set-up of the Irish but given their general squad depth and injury list it's not surprising that O'Neill adopted that approach. Wales lost 2-0 to a Christian Eriksen-inspired Denmark side after their win over Republic of Ireland in their opening game. A win is needed here to give themselves a chance to top the group but they're going to have to do it the hard way. Wales are missing a number of key players including Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, and Ethan Ampadu. It's a chance for others to shine but it does feel awfully similar to a year ago when Republic of Ireland faced an injury-hit Wales and pipped them to a play-off spot for the 2018 World Cup. The 4-1 hammering Wales suffered at home to Spain last week did no favours. It was a friendly that split the fan base with some, including myself, wondering why the friendly was played. The only reason we could see was that it was a cheap money-making ploy by the FAW and that was disappointing. It damaged morale, it caused aggro between fans, and saw a return to the dreadful Millennium Stadium which has been the site of so many Welsh failures over the years. As a Welshman, I'm in the minority being pessimistic about this game. Republic of Ireland lack quality but they compensate with hard work and industrious play. I'm excited to see the likes of David Brooks, Tom Lawrence, and Harry Wilson come of age but I still think our young players are a year or two off being able to thrive in these sorts of games. Our defence looked unusually shaky against Spain. Yes, Spain have a cracking front-line but basic errors like leaving Sergio Ramos unmarked at a corner were unsettling. I'm not convinced we'll shut Ireland out. I still think we should score but it's going to be tough. My gut thinks a 1-1 draw is the best correct score shout but I fear we might come away with a loss here. Still, I have to keep faith as a Welshman. Given the odds, I'm backing Wales draw no bet and both teams to score. Cymru am byth! Wales Draw No Bet @ 2.57 with MarathonBet BTTS @ 2.50 with Bet365
  2. Ligue 1 & 2 Predictions > Oct 19th - 22nd

    The upcoming weekend of French domestic football is looming. Here are the odds and ratings for the matches this week in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. Take a look at them and then share your thoughts on what bets to back!
  3. The next round of League 1, League 2, SPL, Scottish Championship, and Scottish League 1 odds and ratings are out and listed above. There's no Scottish League 2 action this weekend due to the Scottish FA Cup starting. So check out the information above and share your thoughts with us below!
  4. Spain vs England UEFA Nations League A Group 4 reaches a pivotal stage tonight when Spain host England at the Benito Villamarin in Seville for this 7:45pm kick-off. The home side can seal their place in the Nations League Finals next summer with a win whilst the away side can put themselves of the brink of ensuring survival in League A if they win. Spain haven't lost a game over 90 minutes since their 2nd Round exit in a 2-0 loss to Italy back at the 2016 European Championship. Under head coach Luis Enrique, the team is flourishing after a disappointing performance at the 2018 World Cup that saw them lose 4-3 on penalties to Russia after a 1-1 draw in the 2nd Round. A 2-1 away win over England and a 6-0 destruction of Croatia at home has seen them move 5 points clear of Group 4 with two games still to play. England have flattered to deceive. A morale boosting 2018 World Cup has left a feel good factor and Gareth Southgate's emphasis on youth is encouraging. However, the results are still not quite there. The 2-1 loss at home to Spain was gut-wrenching but the 0-0 draw out in Croatia was frustrating with England failing to take a number of key chances to win. It feels like this game is still a battle of two sides that are a different class. Spain are in the top bracket right now. The Nations League Finals spot is theirs to lose. They completely destroyed Wales in a friendly last week with practically their back-up team. They made it look easy. Wales weren't great but it was more because Spain made us play that way. Southgate will want to see some actual results some point soon. Drawing with Croatia away is by no means a poor result but if England are to take that next step up in their evolution under Southgate then given the chances they had against an under-performing Croat side they need to do better. Unfortunately, I think England could fall just short here. Spain haven't lost a competitive game on home soil since a 1-0 loss to Greece in the 2004 European Championship qualifiers on 7th June, 2003. That Greece team went on to famously win that European Championship. That is the feat that England are up against. It's great to see the likes of Jadon Sancho, Ross Barkley, James Maddison, Mason Mount, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Marcus Rashford being given opportunities but a game like this will be too much. I think England will give it a go but Spain will have too much and come away with the win. If I had to back a correct score I'd say maybe 2-1 win for Spain. Definitely would back both teams to score. Paco Alcacer was irresistible against Wales and he could be worth backing to score at any time having scored 9 goals in his last 5 games for club and country. Spain to Win @ 1.67 with Coral Paco Alcacer Anytime Scorer @ 2.70 with Betway
  5. A couple more days of Nations League games left. Here are the odds. Will any of you guys be placing bets on these games? @jazzman02, @real55555, @hristofor, @Peter_Portman, @Podosfairistis, @Niceguy, @markus808, @Feduloff, @clubgowi, @Neubs, @Hunter12, @salmonman, @JuMeSyn, @recklessrookie, @janesill, @Mustionown, @potus, @kevinjoh, @harry_rag, @Hutcho_CFC, @roveruk, @matrixman, @Jazzer Isaac, @Dylan Lynch, @Tiffy, @Kenton Schweppes, @MangoTheThird, @neilovan, @mcsilks, @Ameer, @thfc, @Roy The Boy, @Tim81, @sajtion, @newjack, @Gedkip, @Mindfulness, @Magic0024, @mijOsim, @canaries91, @waynecoyne, @allyhibs, @four-leaf, @Icongene, @malabgd, @Stevecw, @Xcout, @Teodore, @Bobby Vegas, @Darran, @DrO, @mtom, @KikoCy, @betcatalog, @immortal--, @allthethings, @DW_United, @Pipoca, @liamcorrigan86, @vasilli07, @Misa, @Pep004, @rOYS123, and @Marek76.
  6. Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland League B Group 3 enters its second half of games this Monday night when Bosnia-Herzegovina play Northern Ireland in a 7:45pm kick-off at the Stadion Grbavica in Sarajevo and the home side have a massive opportunity to take a step towards promotion to League A with victory here. Bosnia-Herzegovina have won both of their group matches so far with a 2-1 win against Northern Ireland in Belfast and a 1-0 win over Austria. Tight matches are a speciality of Robert Prosinecki's side. Since the former Croatian international took over at the helm, his side have only played one game where the result has been decided by more than a single goal on one occasion. Since Prosinecki's took over on 4th January this year he has seen Bosnia-Herzegovina win 4, draw 4, and lose 1. Northern Ireland surprised me in their game against Austria on Friday night by holding out for so long. However, the pressure told eventually and Austria got the clean sheet victory that I anticipated. I can see a similar outcome here. Bosnia-Herzegovina are defensively sound having conceded just 3 goals in their 9 matches under Prosinecki. Six clean sheets have come in those matches too. That's a hell of a defensive record. Michael O'Neill needs a win here otherwise his team are staring relegation to League C in the face. It would be zero points from three games with just a single home game against Austria left to level on points with their opponents that night. They would also need Austria to lose at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina before that encounter to keep their hopes alive. On the flip side, a shock win here would open the group right up heading into the last two matches. I just don't think Northern Ireland have enough in attack to threaten this resolute Bosnian defence. That being said, Northern Ireland did breach the Bosnian back-line in the return leg back in September but it came at the cost of two goals conceded. It won't be as easy in Sarajevo. I can see a Bosnian clean sheet win here. Bosnia-Herzegovina to Win to Nil @ 2.38 with BetVictor Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.63 with MarathonBet
  7. Ireland vs Denmark The next match in UEFA Nations League B Group 4 is up tonight with Ireland hosting Denmark in a 7:45pm kick-off at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The home side need a win to avoid facing an uphill challenge in the second half of group games. A win for the away side would make them firm favourites to earn promotion to League A. Ireland were awful against Wales in their 4-1 defeat in Cardiff back in September. I attended that game and I've not seen an Irish side play so badly. Wales were very good on the attack with their younger players really showing their full potential but I couldn't believe how easy it was. Denmark on the other hand were a far better side but they were driven by Christian Eriksen. His impact on their side is very similar to Gareth Bale on the Welsh side. Eriksen tore Ireland apart in the 2018 World Cup qualifying play-off last year but he's expected to miss this game. It's a massive opportunity for the Irish. Being brutally honest, Denmark without Eriksen are a far less effective team, particularly away from home. Goals without Eriksen could be an issue. The highest scorer at international level included in the Denmark squad is Yussuf Poulsen who has 5 goals in 32 caps. It'll be interesting to see how Ireland react to the Wales result. Ireland looked a lot better against Turkey in the friendly a few days after that game but still lost 1-0 failing to hit the target again. The fallout from the leaked Stephen Ward audio about the team bust-ups with Roy Keane appear to have past by without too much long-term damage being done. Still, Martin O'Neill has rarely needed a win as much as he does now. Ireland will be keen to get revenge for the 5-1 hammering they took at this ground against Denmark in November last year. Shane Long, Harry Arter, and James McClean are all back in the squad but O'Neill is still without a number of key players due to injury such as Seamus Coleman, Robbie Brady, Stephen Ward, and Jonathan Walters. It'll be a big ask for this squad to get something here. I can see this being a turgid affair. No offence to any Irish fans on here but they are one of the most boring sides at international level. O'Neill chooses that more progressive approach due to the limited talent pool he has at his disposal and with the absence of four influential squad members he's unlikely to have the confidence to take the game to the Danes. A single goal could split the teams here. Ireland only have one win in their last year of matches. The losing mentality is hard to shake.The Boys in Green have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six matches. In comparison, Denmark have won five competitive games on the trot. I'd have to back a Denmark win here but if Ireland can kill the game then they could get a point here if Denmark lack the creativity without Eriksen. I just think Ireland are so poor at the moment that any half competent side will have enough to beat them. Denmark to Win @ 2.55 with UniBet Denmark to Score First @ 1.95 with Boylesports
  8. Barnsley vs Luton Going against the old betting mantra of never backing a side in the early kick-off. It's the midday game tomorrow between Barnsley and Luton at Oakwell in this League One clash between two sides that are starting to show themselves to be worthy promotion contenders. Barnsley are sitting in 4th place in the division on 22 points. The Tykes have played one game less than the teams around them so winning here will move them into the automatic promotion spots. It's a huge credit to head coach Daniel Stendel who took over from Jose Morais in the summer. He's given the Yorkshire side a new lease of life after their relegation from the Championship last season. Luton are exceeding expectations already this season. After getting promoted from League Two last season, Nathan Jones has seen his team win 3 and draw 2 of their last 5 league games. A 100% record in the EFL Trophy has added further joy to their campaign so far. The home and away records of these two sides could prove influential tonight. Barnsley are unbeaten at home with the potential opportunity to turn Oakwell into a fortress this season. Luton's away record has been a stumbling block for them. The Hatters have won just 1 of their 6 league games on the road this season. We could see some goals in this game. Barnsley are conceding an average of 1.06 goals per home game. An emphasis on attack is serving them well so far. They will play a Luton side that are conceding an average of 1.09 goals per game this season. Backing both teams to score or over 2.5 goals makes sense then! My feeling is that Barnsley can use this game to put a run of positive results together. Jones still hasn't cracked it on the road with Luton in this division yet. At home they have the best record in the league but away is another story. This is a tough trip for the Hatters and even though I'm tempted to back the draw I think Barnsley should sneak a win. Barnsley to Win @ 2.13 with MarathonBet Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.83 with BetVictor @Papa Lazarou, @freestylerx, @allyhibs, @iBetting, @betcatalog, @Magic0024, @malabgd, @kulikTS, @golakeh1, @Unnamed, @willie82, @dogmeister, @TheEdge, @JJG, @allthethings, @Mindfulness, @the bastardian, @teddybear3011, @Marek76, @salmonman, @Unnamed, @mij0sim, @harry_rag, @jazzman02, @Bobby Vegas, @Teodore, @Tiffy, @nenri981, and @sajtion, what bets are you guys planning on slamming down this weekend then?
  9. I've moved this into the cup section of the forum, @allthethings.
  10. Austria vs Northern Ireland The UEFA Nations League continues tonight with a vital clash between Austria and Northern Ireland in a 7:45pm kick-off at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna. This result will play a big role in what happens in League B Group C with Bosnia-Herzegovina watching on with interest. Austria are a side surprisingly full of quality players with the likes of Watford's Sebastian Prodl, Bayern Munich's David Alaba, former Tottenham centre back Kevin Wimmer, RB Leipzig's Marcel Sabitzer, and West Ham's Marko Arnautovic in their squad. It's shocking that they haven't performed better in recent qualifiers. The disappointing 1-0 loss away to Bosnia-Herzegovina adding to their fans undoubted frustration. Northern Ireland are at the opposite end of the scale. Only Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart, and Steven Davis ply their trade in the top flight of English football. The majority of the rest of their squad are Championship and SPL players. Some players in the squad are even playing at a lower level than that. Their opening day 2-1 loss at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina dented their hopes of qualifying for League A almost straight away. Results for Franco Foda's side have been fairly decent over the past year. They might only have been friendlies but it's still shown that they can go a step better than their recent qualification efforts. The past year has seen Austria defeat the likes of Serbia, Uruguay, Russia, Germany, and Sweden. Can they return to winning ways here? Something just doesn't feel right about Northern Ireland now. Michael O'Neill's contract extension doesn't appear to have had the desired effect. Ever since O'Neill extended his contract with the national team back in January of this year, his side have been inconsistent. Wins against South Korea and Israel have been countered by defeats to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Costa Rica. The 0-0 draw with Panama hardly won plaudits either. This is a massive test for Northern Ireland. Wales found it hard getting a point out in Austria during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and, if I'm honest, they were the best team that we saw at home in our group. I can see them taking all three points here. Northern Ireland will do their best to shut the game down but Austria are a strong team and quite underrated on the international scene right now. Austria have only lost 2 of their last 11 matches and that is compared to Northern Ireland not having a win in their last 5 competitive games. Vienna is not the easiest place to go and get a result at the best of times. Northern Ireland at their peak under O'Neill I could see getting something. Not the way they're playing right now. A narrow Austrian win. Austria HT/FT @ 2.50 with Betfred Austria to Win to Nil @ 2.30 with BetVictor
  11. I don't know. I mean, Saudi Arabia to beat Brazil seems fairly reasonable! @allyhibs, have a word with McLeish mate. What the hell are Scotland playing at? Almost as bad as the Welsh defending yesterday. I forgot that football coaching 101 says "leave Sergio Ramos completely unmarked at a set piece in your own final third!".
  12. Israel vs Scotland The UEFA Nations League returns this month and it's a crucial clash here between Israel and Scotland in this 7:45pm kick-off tonight at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa with both teams keen to get a win for very different reasons in just their second matches in League C Group 1 of this competition. Israel continued their awful run of results when they lost their opening match 1-0 away to Albania. It is now just 1 win in their last 10 matches. Their FIFA ranking is in freefall and if they fail to win this game then they could be staring League D in the face. It's not a great time to be a fan of the Israeli national football team. Scotland are more hit and miss than Marko Arnautovic when he's through on goal. The appointment of Alex McLeish as head coach hardly inspired confidence after the dark days of the Gordon Strachan era. However, the 2-0 win at home against Albania last month was the perfect remedy after a run of three defeats on the bounce where they failed to score a single goal. Now, it remains to be seen if McLeish can build on that win. Playing away out in Israel is a completely different proposition to playing in front of a partisan Hampden Park. That being said, they are playing an Israel side that hasn't won at home since scraping a 2-1 win against Liechtenstein on 9th October, 2016. That's more than two years without a win. It's a monkey Israel will want to get off their shoulder. The Scots have a habit of turning in some impressive away performances over recent years against the so-called weaker opposition. A 1-0 win versus Hungary, 3-0 win against Lithuania, 5-1 win against Malta, 1-0 win versus Czech Republic, and 6-0 win against Gibraltar have all come in the past couple of years. It's their away form against the slightly more capable sides that is more disconcerting. 3-0 defeats to France, England, and Slovakia still leave a sour taste in the mouth. Backing Scotland to win here might be naive but it seems to most logical option given the odds. Israel haven't even scored in 3 of their last 4 home matches. This Israel side isn't greatly changed from the one Wales destroyed a few years back and that was one of the easiest away matches we've had in recent memory. They were woeful. Head coach Andi Herzog doesn't appear to have revolutionised the side so it could be another sad night for Israeli football. Scotland to Win @ 2.60 with Bet365 Draw HT/ Scotland FT @ 6.15 with MarathonBet @jazzman02, @real55555, @hristofor, @Peter_Portman, @Podosfairistis, @Niceguy, @markus808, @Feduloff, @clubgowi, @Neubs, @Hunter12, @salmonman, @JuMeSyn, @recklessrookie, @janesill, @Mustionown, @potus, @kevinjoh, @harry_rag, @Hutcho_CFC, @roveruk, @matrixman, @Jazzer Isaac, @Dylan Lynch, @Tiffy, @Kenton Schweppes, @MangoTheThird, @neilovan, @mcsilks, @Ameer, @thfc, @Roy The Boy, @Tim81, @sajtion, @newjack, @Gedkip, @Mindfulness, @Magic0024, @mijOsim, @canaries91, @waynecoyne, @allyhibs, @four-leaf, @Icongene, @malabgd, @Stevecw, @Xcout, @Teodore, @Bobby Vegas, @Darran, @DrO, @mtom, @KikoCy, @betcatalog, @immortal--, @allthethings, @DW_United, @Pipoca, @liamcorrigan86, @vasilli07, @Misa, @Pep004, @rOYS123, and @Marek76, what bets are you guys all opting for this month?
  13. Bundesliga I & II Predictions > Oct 19th - 22nd

    The next round of Bundesliga I and II matches are two weeks away allowing for the international break but here are the odds and ratings. Take a gander and give us your tips for these games!