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  1. It's the Championship Play-Off Final to bring the curtain down on the 2021/22 season and it's between Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest. A game between two clubs that are supported by two members of this forum who have contributed greatly to this place down the years. @Kenton Schweppes versus @yossa6133! Best of luck both! Keen to hear your thoughts leading up to the game!
  2. Check out the odds and ratings from the first legs of the Europa League Play-Off Semi-Finals in the Dutch Eredivisie. The ratings suggest the home teams are the ones to back here and that's particularly interesting given the odds flying around. Let us know what you think for these two matches!
  3. Chelsea vs Leicester The final game from the three Premier League fixtures scheduled to be played on Thursday night is effectively a dead rubber between Chelsea and Leicester in an 8pm BST kick-off from Stamford Bridge. The home team have guaranteed their place in next season's Champions League as they take on a mid-table away side who are simply looking to finish as high in the league table as possible. Chelsea will be downbeat after suffering that loss on penalties in the FA Cup Final to Liverpool but Thomas Tuchel will be relieved that his team have confirmed their place at the top table of European football next season whilst also lifting both the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup trophies. The Blues have only managed 5 wins from their 17 league games against teams positioned in the top half of the table. The team have also dropped points in 8 of their last 12 home league games. Defensive woes have plagued the team recently with the team conceding 10 goals in their last 4 home league matches. Leicester have started to find form just before the end of the season with Brendan Rodgers seeing his team win back-to-back league games to move up to 9th in the table. The Foxes are hoping to finish in the top 10 in the top flight for the fifth season in a row. Leicester remain prone from conceding from set-pieces having let in 16 goals from corners alone in the league this season. Rodgers has struggled as a manager against Chelsea though. Is he still haunted by that Gerrard slip in 2013/14 that contributed towards his Liverpool side failing to win the title that season? The Northern Irishman has won just 2 of his 19 matches managed against Chelsea across all competitions. There is an opportunity here for Chelsea to complete a first league double over Leicester since the 2016/17 season. Leicester have been able to avoid defeat in 4 of their last 6 visits to Stamford Bridge and the way these two teams have been playing recently you wouldn't put it past them to sneak a result here. I've got to back Leicester as a double chance shout for this one. Leicester Double Chance @ 3.05 with SBK BTTS @ 1.84 with SBK
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  5. Aston Villa vs Burnley The relegation battle in the Premier League could take a big twist on Thursday night when Aston Villa play Burnley in an 8pm BST kick-off from Villa Park. The home side might be safe in mid-table but their remaining two league games will decide the fate of teams at the bottom and top of the table. The away team need a win to put themselves in pole position to survive heading into the final game of the season on the weekend. Aston Villa sit in 14th position knowing that a lower mid-table finish is their likely destination come the end of the campaign but they have a big game against Burnley here followed by a clash with league leaders Manchester City on Sunday with the fate of the title up for grabs. Steven Gerrard has seen his team hold their form in the run-in despite motivation to perform limited to pride and league placing. The club have lost just 1 of their last 5 league games but they are without a victory in their previous 2 league matches. Home form hasn't been great either with Villa picking up just 2 wins in their last 10 home games. Striker Ollie Watkins is a man in form right now having bagged 3 goals in his last 4 league games. Burnley know that anything less than a win will leave them needing to at least equal the result of Leeds on the final game of the season. The Clarets are in 18th place and 1 point from safety but they do boast a far superior goal difference to 17th placed Leeds. Mike Jackson had led his team to a 4-game unbeaten run including winning 3 league games in a row to see his team get back into the survival fight when all had seemed lost but back-to-back defeats has hampered their progress. A win here will leave Burnley needing just a point to realistically stay up in their final league game of the season on Sunday which is at home to Newcastle. Burnley have won just 2 of their 18 away league games this season though. The team have also lost 4 of their last 5 final away league games of the season. These two sides met just a couple of weeks ago and it was Aston Villa who prevailed as convincing 3-1 winners at Turf Moor. When you think that Burnley are even worse on their travels than they are at home then that doesn't bode well for this game. I fear we could see a repeat score and this will leave Burnley needing to better the results of Leeds on the weekend to stay up. Aston Villa to Win @ 2.20 with Betfred Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.91 with SBK
  6. Everton vs Crystal Palace The Premier League delivers its final batch of catch-up games for this season before the big finale on the weekend. Everton play Crystal Palace in a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Thursday evening to get proceedings started at Goodison Park. It's really quite simple for the home team. If they win then they will have secured their status in the top flight for next season. Draw or lose and it all goes down to the last game of the campaign. Everton might not have had a very productive season but the fans will just be glad to stay up. The Toffees are in 16th place and 2 points above the relegation but, more importantly, they are 1 point ahead of 17th positioned Leeds with a game in hand. This is key because Burnley are currently in 18th spot but also play on Thursday night. Frank Lampard's side have lost just 2 of their last 7 league games but it is now no win in their last two league outings so the nerves are jangling once again. Everton have conceded 59 league goals this season which is their joint worst defensive record since the Premier League scheduled 38 games. A loss here would see the team equal the club record of most league defeats at home in a season which stands at 9 games. A worrying statistic for Lampard since he took over is discipline. He has witnessed his team earn just as many red cards as wins since he was appointed manager. Crystal Palace are still plodding along in their mid-table position of 13th but they could shoot up into the top half of the table with a victory here. Patrick Vieira's side might not have anything left to play for except pride and enhanced prize money but they are unbeaten in their last 4 league games so the lack of pressure and freedom that adds to their play is clearly benefiting their performances levels. The Eagles have lost just 2 of their last 9 away league matches but they have only managed to win 3 of their last 12 final away league games in the top flight. Winning their last two league games of the season will give them a club record points total in the Premier League of 51 points. Interestingly, Vieira beat Lampard as a player in 9 of their 13 encounters on the pitch. These two sides have already met twice this season with Crystal Palace coming out on top on both occasions. Everton had appeared to be regaining some confidence but the 3-2 loss to Brentford away showed the same old defensive frailties and ill discipline sneaking back into their game. The pressure is still on but it's more an opportunity with Everton knowing a win will secure their safety. Palace are a menace right now though. Nothing to play for and keen to be party poopers. I'm not sure how to call this so I'll go for a draw. Draw @ 3.80 with SpreadEx BTTS @ 1.94 with SBK
  7. Eintracht Frankfurt vs Rangers The 2021/22 Europa League Final is coming up on Wednesday night at 8pm BST when Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt play Scottish Premiership side Rangers at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in Seville. These two teams were probably not amongst those sides many tipped to reach the final so it'll be a fascinating game with a big opportunity for both clubs to make some new history. Eintracht Frankfurt may well have experienced a mediocre league campaign this season with the club finishing in 11th position in the Bundesliga but it'll certainly be a season they remember. Head coach Oliver Glasner has performed a miracle getting the team to this final. Die Adler topped a group phase that included Olympiakos, Fenerbahce, and Royal Antwerp before eliminating Real Betis, Barcelona, and West Ham in the knockout rounds. The team has remained unbeaten right through this competition this season. It will be the third time that Eintracht have reached a major European cup final having lost to Real Madrid in the European Cup back in 1960 but beating fellow German side Borussia Monchengladbach in the 1980 UEFA Cup Final. Rangers will be contesting their first major European cup final since their appearance in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final when they suffered defeat to Zenit St Petersburg. Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men began their European journey under former head coach Steven Gerrard in the Champions League qualifiers where they suffered a disappointing loss to Swedish club Malmo. The team then beat Alashkert to reach the Europa League group stage where they finished 2nd behind Lyon but ahead of Sparta Prague and Brondby. During the knockout stages, Rangers have eliminated Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade, Braga, and RB Leipzig. There is a bad omen for the team with the club having won just 1 of their 14 games played in Spain down the years. The last time a Scottish club played in a European cup final hosted by Seville was in 2003 when Porto beat Celtic at the Estadio La Cartuja. These two sides have crossed paths before in European competition having met in the 1960 European Cup Semi-Finals. On that occasion, it was Eintracht Frankfurt who beat Rangers by a 12-4 score on aggregate. I am quite frankly amazed that Rangers have reached this final and the fact they have lost their last 3 away games but won their last 3 home matches shows how they've relied on the home support. I'm not sure they'll have enough to beat Eintracht here without the partisan home fans in a majority. Eintracht Frankfurt to Win @ 2.40 with SBK BTTS @ 1.80 with William Hill
  8. Congratulations, @yossa6133! You must be buzzing! Would like to see you guys go up because I'd love to see Brennan Johnson tear up the Premier League. Big fan of his! Kept tabs on him for years due to his involvement in the Welsh system. One of our most talented prospects from recent years and on the same level (if not better!) than Aaron Ramsey at this age.
  9. Give us your predictions below for this last round of Turkish Super Lig matches. The odds and ratings are attached above so take a look through those to help you make your decisions when betting!
  10. Check out the latest odds and ratings for the upcoming Belgian First Division A games that will bring the curtain down on what has been a superb season. Give us your predictions down below!
  11. Check out the odds and ratings for the last weekend of games in Ligue 1 coming up! PSG might have sealed the league title weeks ago but there's still a lot to decide in the top flight of French football this week. Monaco and Marseille are in the prime positions to join PSG in the Champions League but can Rennes gatecrash that party? If not then it'll be the Europa League for Rennes unless they are pipped to it by current Europa Conference League qualification place holders Strasbourg. However, they in turn have Nice and Lens breathing down their neck! Bordeaux, St Etienne, and Metz currently occupy the bottom three spots in the division but two will be relegated to Ligue 2 and one will get a chance to survive in the relegation play-off. Who will it be? Tell us your predictions!
  12. Here are the odds and ratings for the weekend's action of final league games in Serie A. Who will be crowned the champions? Will it be AC Milan or Inter Milan? We already know Napoli and Juventus will both be joining them in the Champions League. Lazio have also confirmed their place in the Europa League. There is still a three-way fight to decide who out of Roma, Fiorentina, and Atalanta will play in the Europa League, Europa Conference League, or miss out completely! Venezia and Genoa have also had their relegations to Serie B confirmed. Will it be Cagliari or Salernitana that join them? Give us your thoughts below!
  13. Check out the odds and ratings for the final round of La Liga matches for this season. Real Madrid have been confirmed as champions. Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla will, predictably, join them in the Champions League. We also have Real Betis and Real Sociedad in the Europa League. Who will qualify for the Europa Conference League though? Villarreal or Athletic Bilbao? Alaves and Levante will be relegated to the second tier but who will join them out of Cadiz, Mallorca, Granada, Elche, and Getafe? Give us your thoughts below!
  14. Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United The second game from the Championship Play-Off Semi-Final second legs is a clash between Nottingham Forest, supported by our very own @yossa6133, and Sheffield United, backed by my long time friend Jon, in a 7:45pm BST kick-off from the City Ground. The home team come into this game with a narrow 2-1 lead from the first leg so you have to think it really is theirs to win now... or is it?! Nottingham Forest have turned their season around in dramatic fashion under Steve Cooper and momentum is clearly back with the Tricky Trees now. Goals from Jack Colback and Brennan Johnson helped the team to a first leg win at Bramall Lane and they simply have to avoid defeat on home turf in this second leg to progress to the final. You can argue that Forest should really have put this tie to bed already after their dominance in the first leg. Home form for Forest is nothing short of impressive recently with the team winning each of their last 4 home matches and have won their last 8 league games on home turf. Another impressive statistic is that Forest have scored an average of 1.9 goals at home this season. Sheffield United appeared to look overwhelmed in their first leg defeat. Sander Berge's late goal restored hope within the Blades ranks but they'll be wary of the threat that awaits them after taking a bit of a pounding in their own backyard. Still, play-off games can be equally as decided by wasted chances as they are by chances that teams take. The Blades have only managed 1 win in their last 7 away games so that poor away form will need to be turned around rapidly by Paul Heckingbottom's men. Nothing less than a victory will do here. It doesn't help that Sheffield United haven't won at the City Ground since a 1-0 win back on 9th December, 2008. Right, so Sheffield United have only won 1 of the last 7 meetings with Nottingham Forest. After the first leg, I'm not sure there's much evidence to suggest that will change here. Forest are looking like the far superior team and I really can't find a reason to put my money behind the away team here. I think there is a big onus on United to open the scoring otherwise the tie is dead. I feel it is all but dead already though. Nottingham Forest to Win @ 2.38 with SBK Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.85 with SBK
  15. Southampton vs Liverpool The Premier League title race could be decided on Tuesday night when Liverpool travel to Southampton for a 7:45pm BST kick-off at St Mary's Stadium where only a win will realistically do for the Merseyside team. A draw would leave Liverpool needing results to go their way in the final games whilst also turning round a significant goal difference. A loss will simply confirm Manchester City as champions once again. Southampton haven't been in great form for a while now. Ralph Hasenhuttl's side are in 15th place with 40 points. In fact, the Saints are fortunate that the teams behind them have performed so poorly this season because after experiencing just 1 win in the last 10 league games, with 7 of those results being defeats, they have been in relegation form since the end of February. Still, there is a chance for them to improve on last season's points tally of 43 points. Home form has been a crippling issue for Southampton recently with the team enduring 4 losses from their last 5 league games. It doesn't help that the club's top league scorer James Ward-Prowse has only scored 1 of his 9 league goals at home this season. Liverpool know what they have to do here to keep their slim title hopes alive. Jurgen Klopp's men must win to realistically take the title race to the final game of the season and then anything is possible. The Reds have been hit by the news that both Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah are set to miss this game but they remain the only club in the top five European leagues to remain unbeaten in league action during 2022. Liverpool have won 18 of their 19 league games against teams in the bottom half of the table this season so far. The team have kept a division-high 21 clean sheets this season which is just 1 short of the club record set in 2005/06. OK, so head-to-head statistics show that Southampton have suffered defeat in 8 of the last 9 league meetings with Liverpool. It was Liverpool who prevailed as 4-0 winners when the teams last met but it was Southampton who came out as 1-0 victors in the fixture at this ground last season. The absences of Van Dijk and Salah are a blow but I still feel Liverpool will have enough to get the win they need to keep the title fight going. Liverpool to Win & BTTS @ 2.63 with Betfred Liverpool -1 @ 1.91 with Coral
  16. Huddersfield vs Luton The first game from the Championship Play-Off Semi-Final second legs takes place on Monday evening with Huddersfield hosting Luton in a 7:45pm BST kick-off from the John Smith's Stadium. It was a riveting first leg which saw the teams battle out a 1-1 draw. It'll be intriguing to see how both teams approach this second encounter. Away goals don't count so the tie is finely balanced. Huddersfield will be disappointed that they couldn't hold on to their 1-0 lead in the first leg after Danel Sinani opened the scoring after just 12 minutes. Head coach Carlos Corberan will be reluctantly satisfied that his team managed to come away from Kenilworth Road with a draw though. They now welcome Luton to a stadium where Huddersfield have only lost 4 of their 23 home league matches so far this season. Playing at home in a play-off second leg can often feel like an advantage but a lot will depend on the nerves of the home crowd. The Terriers will need to start in a positive way and if they can get the first goal then they should go on and qualify for the final. Luton will be pleased to have grabbed a draw from the first leg thanks to Sonny Bradley's 30th minute equaliser. The Hatters had turned their home ground into a bit of a fortress this season so not getting the win will frustrate Nathan Jones and his team but the game is still open. There is a lot of pressure on Luton to not concede first here. The team averages 1.13 goals scored on their travels so if Huddersfield do grab that first goal then Luton will need to buck that trend against a team that have been superb on home turf this season. Luton did also lose 2 of their last 3 away league matches failing to even score in those two defeats. I am really hoping that Luton progress here. Jones is a Cardiff fan and a Merthyr boy so would love to see them do well. I can't help but feel that Huddersfield are slightly stronger and will take advantage of their home role. I think the rigors of the gruelling season have taken their toll on the smaller Luton squad and you have to wonder how much more they have left in the tank. I think Huddersfield will likely progress and they could well do it within 90 minutes too. Huddersfield to Win @ 2.29 with VBet Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.70 with Coral
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