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  1. Everton vs Southampton OK, so out of the three Premier League games being played today I could chosen one of the two matches with the heavy favourites but where's the fun in that? You all don't want to be advised that a heavy favourite could win by a clean sheet or a -1 handicap! So I'm going to focus on the less one-sided game between Everton and Southampton that kicks off at 6pm BST at Goodison Park. Everton sit in 11th place with faint hopes of making a late push for the Europa League qualification spots but a lack of consistency is currently plaguing their chances at the moment. Carlo Ancelotti has certainly had a positive impact on the team with the Toffees losing just 4 of their 16 league games since the Italian took charge. The fact those defeats weren't necessarily unexpected against the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham shows that they're managing to get results where they previously hadn't against sides in and around them. The 0-0 draw with league champions and rivals Liverpool was a highlight in a recent disappointing run of results that has brought just 2 wins from their last 7 league matches with 3 draws from their last 5 home league games. Southampton have firmly put to bed their small relegation concerns with impressive back-to-back wins against Watford and Manchester City. Ralph Hasenhuttl has turned things around at the south coast club and moved them up to 12th in the table and just 1 point behind their opponents before today's game. Like their opponents, Southampton have struggled to find consistency in recent matches with 6 wins and 6 losses from their last 12 league games. The Saints can also boast the 5th best away record in the English top flight. My initial feeling about this game was a draw. The combination of Everton's recent draw record at home and Southampton's ability to grind out results on the road has only enhanced that feeling. So when I found out that these two sides drew 1-1 in two of their last three encounters at Goodison Park, well, my decision was final. I am going for a draw and if you're looking for a correct score then back the 1-1 result. Draw @ 3.59 with VBet Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.91 with Betfred
  2. Check out the latest odds and ratings for the League 1 Play-Off Final that is scheduled to take place next Monday when Oxford go head-to-head with Wycombe for a spot in the 2020/21 Championship season. Post your predictions below!
  3. Here are the latest odds and ratings for the upcoming Portuguese Primeira Liga matches. If you're not checking out @buga00's posts on these games then what are you even doing?! No pressure, buga00!
  4. Such an annoying performance. We gifted Blackburn three goals tonight. Their third was the worst of the slot with Bacuna giving the ball away with such a loose pass and Smithies being caught too far off his line. I'll give the lads that one because they've been superb recently but let's hope it's not the start of a capitulation.
  5. Check out the latest odds and ratings for the La Liga matches coming up this week. Games are spread over the next few days so give us your thoughts on what bets to follow right here!
  6. The midweek batch of Premier League matches are coming up so here are the odds and ratings. Take a look through them and tell us what bets you think are the ones to place this week!
  7. Cardiff vs Blackburn Midweek Championship action is coming up tonight when Cardiff play Blackburn in a 7:45pm BST kick-off at the Cardiff City Stadium. The play-off picture needs addressing in this game with the feeling that the home side could really strengthen their position in the top six with a win here but it could open the door of possibility for the away side if they get the 3 points. Cardiff are currently sat in 6th place and 3 points clear ahead of 7th placed Derby. The Bluebirds are now unbeaten in their last 6 league games and haven't lost since the restart. However, home form has been steady but not prolific with Neil Harris's side only winning 1 of their last 6 league matches at home. It can't be ignored though that Cardiff have won 4 of their last 5 league games and have only conceded 1 goal during those matches. It shows how vital the defensive line has become. There to remain concerns that the team are still not potent enough in front of goal. Blackburn had looked like potential play-off contenders this season and even though results have fizzled out slightly they're still in with an outside chance. Tony Mowbray's men are in 11th position and 8 points behind Cardiff who occupy the last play-off spot. Only 5 league games remain so it kind of feels like it's now or never for Rovers who cannot afford to lose this match if they want to gate crash the play-offs. Just 1 win from their last 8 league games has damaged their play-off aspirations and 4 defeats from their last 5 league matches have only added more problems. Conceding 11 goals in their last 5 league games shows you where the main issue lies. As I say every week, I'm quite a pessimistic Cardiff fan but this is a game I really feel we should be winning given our current form. We were fortunate to grab that single goal against Bristol City late on over the weekend but we really should have been 3 or 4 goals up by half-time. I do feel Harris has a much better idea of what works for us now and provided we keep Will Vaulks, Joe Ralls, and Leandro Bacuna in the middle of the park I think we can give most teams a hard time. I've naively going to back us to win and maintain our push on the play-offs. Cardiff to Win @ 2.13 with VBet Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.75 with BetVictor
  8. Yeah, due to the drinks breaks in games it's making the late goals even more crushing! Feel so sad for Heidenheim fans though. Always like to see an underdog defy the odds.
  9. Check out the odds and ratings for the Italian Serie A and B matches that are scheduled to be played this week. Lots to think about so let's pool our knowledge and try to maximise our profits!
  10. Wycombe vs Fleetwood The second League One play-off semi-final second leg coming up tonight is at 7:30pm BST when Wycombe play Fleetwood at Adams Park. It's not looking good for the away side here as they come into this game against their hosts suffering a 4-1 deficit. You could argue it'll take a miracle for this tie to be turned around but if there's one sport that can produce such a miracle it's football! Wycombe may well hold a three-goal lead and Gareth Ainsworth will certainly be saying all the right things to keep his players' heads on the ground but surely the players, staff, and fans will be feeling that they have one foot in the play-off final. Three goals in the opening 6 minutes saw the Chairboys take a 2-1 lead before Fleetwood were reduced to 10-men with Lewis Coyle's sending off. It was then plain sailing for Wycombe as they went on to score two more goals and put the tie seemingly beyond their hosts. They'll come into this game feeling they can not only see the tie off but win on the night having only lost 2 of their 18 home league games this season. Fleetwood will be bitterly disappointed that they gave such a poor account of themselves in the first leg. It may or may not be seen as a fair assessment that it was anticipated a Joey Barton-managed side would lose their discipline in a time of intense pressure. I'm not really sure how they can approach this game with an aim to pull this tie back without leaving themselves heavily exposed at the back. The defeat last week ended an unbeaten run in the league of 12 games. How can they fight back from that? Once again, I'm with @Neubs on his theory that it'll be an open game as Fleetwood adopt a "sh!t or bust" attitude. I think Wycombe will be happy to sit back and counter-attack their opponents picking them off. I reckon not only will Wycombe prevail as winners of this tie but I think they'll win the game on the night as well. This could be a hard lesson for Barton to learn early into his management career. Wycombe to Win @ 2.88 with Betway BTTS @ 1.95 with Bet365
  11. Oxford vs Portsmouth The first of the League One play-off semi-final second legs up this week is between Oxford and Portsmouth in a 5pm BST kick-off at the Kassam Stadium. These two sides come into this game with everything to play for after the first leg ended in a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park. Who will seal the aggregate win to progress to the play-off final with a chance of earning promotion to the Championship. Oxford will be pleased that they managed to hold their opponents to a draw in the first leg. It was a game that had seen the odds stacked against them due to Portsmouth's impressive unbeaten home record in the league. It was also looking quite grim when Ronan Curtis had given Pompey the lead on 32 minutes. Fortunately, the U's hit back quickly with Marcus Browne bagging the equaliser just before half-time. The draw extended Karl Robinson's men's unbeaten run to 6 matches. It is now United's tie to lose with home advantage. Portsmouth know they will need to lay to rest the ghost of their bang average away record this season to progress to the final. Kenny Jackett's side have only won 5 of their 17 league matches on the road this season. It's now also 3 games without a win for Pompey as their form is faltering at the wrong time. The one main hope for Portsmouth is that the lack of a home crowd at the Kassam Stadium will enable them to put their away day woes behind them. I have to agree with @Neubs here. I can't see a lot separating these two teams. Nothing could in the first leg and I think this second leg could be even tighter. I think it's worth backing on this game going all the way to penalties. I know that the stats suggest both teams scoring isn't realistic but I feel we could see a score draw on a nervy night in Oxfordshire. Draw @ 3.10 with Sportingbet BTTS @ 2.00 with Betfair
  12. Here are the odds and ratings for the League 1 play-off semi-final second legs coming up tonight. A lot to consider with one tie very much still in the balance but another looks a foregone conclusion. Give us your tips below!
  13. Check out the latest odds and ratings for the Championship matches coming up during the week. The season is fast coming to a conclusion so give us your thoughts on the bets to place here!
  14. Atromitos vs Panetolikos The Greek Super League is entering the final days of its season and the last games of the weekend are coming up tonight. Our focus is on the 6pm BST kick-off between Atromitos and Panetolikos at the Peristeri Stadium. All of the pressure is on the away team here as they look to get a vital 3 points that could go a long way to keeping them in the top flight. Atromitos have pretty much done what they needed to do by cruising through this Relegation Round. Head coach Savvas Pantelidis will be disappointed his side haven't matched their 4th placed finish of last season but their current position of 8th with a game in hand on Relegation Round leaders Asteras Tripolis and only 2 points behind isn't an entirely bad situation. Just 1 loss from their last 6 league games shows how they're finding decent form during this phase of the competition. Their home form is also coming together having been unbeaten in their last 3 league games and conceding just 1 goal in those matches. Panetolikos are not quite in such an optimistic place. Head coach Makis Chavos knows his side face a huge challenge in their final 3 games of the campaign. The team is currently situated in 13th place and occupying the relegation play-off spot. The encouraging news is that they have are level on points with 12th placed Xanthi so a win could be crucial. Results are improving recently with the players having managed to go 3 league games unbeaten. Unfortunately, it's 12 league games on the road without a win so the prospect of getting the win is not great. I am slightly surprised that the odds on an Atromitos win are so long. Panetolikos are showing that they're tough to beat right now but this is a clash of two sides that are separated by 15 points in the league table. Granted, Atromitos don't have much to play for but they didn't last week and battered Larissa by a 3-0 score-line. I expect a home win here and for Panetolikos to edge further towards a relegation battle. Atromitos to Win @ 2.70 with Betfair BTTS @ 1.95 with Bet365
  15. Kayserispor vs Besiktas Our weekly Turkish Super Lig preview is coming up a bit earlier this week because I've managed to free up some time today to get it in early. The match at the centre of our preview focus is the Monday night clash between Kayserispor and Besiktas that is set to take place at 7pm BST from the Kadir Has Stadium. These two sides are battling at opposite ends of the table but both will want to take all 3 points. Kayserispor find themselves down in 16th place and 1 point from safety. The good news for Robert Prosinecki's men is that they have this game in hand at home to try and climb out of the bottom three. Time is running short though. Only 4 league games remain after this so a win is key. Back-to-back league wins and 3 wins from their last 4 league games has helped to lift them from almost certain relegation to give them some hope of survival. Considering where they are in the table, their home record isn't too shabby either. They have the 11th best home record having only lost 4 of their 14 home league games this season. Besiktas know the tough challenge that faces them. An in-form opponent that is fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table and experiencing some fine home form. Sergen Yalcin has led his team to 5th place and just 3 points off the pace of the Champions League qualification spots. That's a situation that has been helped by 2nd placed Trabzonspor being banned from European competition for two seasons due to breaches of UEFA financial fair play regulations. The team has lost just 1 of their last 8 league matches and that includes convincing back-to-back wins over Konyaspor and Denizlispor. One sticking point is the fact that Besiktas don't travel too well with just 6 wins from their 14 away league games so far. The odds on an away win are uncomfortably low and given Kayserispor's recent form I wouldn't blame anyone for taking them at the odds listed. I just feel as well as the home side are playing it's always worth backing Besiktas to get a win. It's not going to be pretty but I think the fact they are so close to the Champions League qualification spots will be all the motivation they need. Besiktas to Win @ 1.79 with VBet Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.60 with William Hill
  16. Heidenheim vs Werder Bremen The second leg of the Bundesliga relegation play-off is scheduled to take place on Monday night at 7:30pm BST between second tier Heidenheim and top flight Werder Bremen at the Voith-Arena. The tie is finely balanced after a 0-0 draw in the first leg so which team will seize the initiative and secure the win to either earn promotion or achieve survival depending on who earns the victory? Heidenheim stand on the brink of earning promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history. Head coach Frank Schmidt will be pleased with his side's efforts in the first leg but their inability to get that decisive goal will have left him frustrated. Even more so because it was against an opponent that has been vulnerable at home this season and was reduced to 10-men on 76 minutes after the sending off of Niklas Moisander. That draw now meant it's just 3 wins from their last 7 matches in all competitions. Still, they come into this match with home advantage and the opportunity is there for this set of players to create history for this small club from Baden-Wurttemburg. Werder Bremen know that they need a big performance in this game. Head coach Florian Kohfeldt will surely see his job under threat if the giants of German football suffer a humiliating relegation to Bundesliga II by failing to win this tie. The team were fortunate enough to get away with that 0-0 draw despite having a men sent off with 14 minutes remaining. The team has won 3 of their last 4 leagues matches on the road so they'll be quietly confident they can seal the win. The absence of Moisander for this game could be an issue but we'll see. I am torn for this game. There is so much pressure on the Werder Bremen players to deliver a result here. Relegation is almost unfathomable for a club the size of Werder but that's the grim reality facing them. Heidenheim had their opportunity to put this tie to bed last week but they failed. I think that could come back to haunt them. A narrow Werder Bremen win is on the cards here. Werder Bremen to Win @ 2.00 with 888Sport Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.75 with VBet
  17. Sevilla vs Eibar La Liga enters its final few games of the league season this weekend and the focus of our weekly preview is the 9pm BST kick-off on Monday night between Sevilla and Eibar at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. This is a clash between two sides experiencing contrasting fortunes right now. Can the home side consolidate their position in the Champions League qualification spots or will the away team defy their tags as underdogs and snatch a win? Sevilla come into this game in 4th place and 3 points inside the Champions League qualification places. Head coach Julen Lopetegui is set to lead his team to an improvement on their 6th placed finish last season. The club is currently on an unbeaten run of 10 league games but that has included 6 draws. The defensive side of their game has greatly improved this season with 7 of the last 8 wins for the team being with clean sheets. It's also 8 home league games undefeated for Sevilla. Eibar are enduring slightly more troubling times than their opponents for this game. Jose Luis Mendilibar's men are down in 17th place but they remain 6 points above the drop zone. Only 5 league games are left for Eibar before this game and they have a game in hand on their rivals below them so it will take a big surprise to see them go down. Still, they'll want to secure their place in the Spanish top flight for next season as soon as possible. Just 1 defeat in their last 5 league games has them in good form for this game but that defeat was their most recent outing when they lost 2-0 at home to Osasuna. OK, so even though Eibar have started to pick up points in recent weeks I find it very hard to see them getting anything from this game against a Sevilla team that look like they could really grow into something effective under Lopetegui. The home side know how to get the job done on their own turf and the visitors know they should be realistically safe now. I expect a convincing home win here. Sevilla to Win to Nil @ 2.20 with SpreadEx Sevilla HT/FT @ 2.30 with BetVictor
  18. Napoli vs Roma The race to qualify for the Europa League reaches a vital stage tonight when rivals Napoli and Roma go head-to-head in an 8:45pm BST kick-off at the Stadio San Paolo. Both of these teams are in the thick of the action to qualify for European competition. The home side secured their place in Europe's second tier competition by winning the Coppa Italia and but the away side will want a win here to strengthen their claims to qualify. Napoli will be bitterly disappointed that the Champions League qualification now looks unlikely. Gennaro Gattuso has done a decent job since replacing former boss Carlo Ancelotti back on 11th December by winning the domestic cup and leading the team to 7th in the league table. Qualification for the Europa League has been confirmed already but the team will be keen to finish as high as possible. The team has a decent recent record at home having secured 3 wins from their last 4 home league matches. It's also 6 wins from their last 7 league games but with that single defeat being a 2-0 loss away to Atalanta in their last game it'll be interesting to see how the team reacts here. Roma are another side that have become accustomed to Champions League football over recent years. The disappointment of currently being placed in 5th position and 12 points off the pace of the Champions League qualification places will be hard to stomach for the capital city side. Head coach Paulo Fonseca could find his position under threat if his team once again misses out on competing at UEFA's top table competition. Back-to-back defeats all but ended that dream and 3 defeats from their last 4 away league matches doesn't bode well ahead of this clash. It wasn't long ago that these two sides were dead certs to qualify for the Champions League. Those does are gone and it's a grim reality facing both sets of supporters. Napoli are really starting to click under Gattuso now where as it feels like Fonseca's Roma are running out of steam. I have to back the home win for this one and I'm worried for Fonseca's future come the end of the season. Napoli to Win @ 2.05 with VBet BTTS @ 1.63 with VBet