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  1. LAS PALMAS VS GRANADA, MATCH PREVIEWSFormLas Palmas are looking to make it two wins out of two in La Liga when they host Granada on Sunday. Our betting tips suggest they will do just that.Las Palmas vs Granada Predictions & Betting Tips, Match PreviewsFREE BETTING TIPSLas Palmas to WinCORRECT SCORE PREDICTIONSLas Palmas to Win 2-0 REASON FOR BETTING TIPSBoth sides have plenty of reason to be pleased with their showings on the opening day against sides expected or hoping to challenge for European football this term.Las Palmas in particular looked to have lost none of the spark that saw them comfortably beat the drop last season. They ran out 4-2 winners at Valencia and although they benefited from some poor home defending, there were a huge number of positives to take. Las Palmas haven’t changed their squad radically but two of the signings they have made got one the scoresheet with Croatian forward Marko Livaja netting a brace while Kevin-Prince Boateng, who is looking to get his career back on track on Gran Canaria, was also on target.They will take great confidence into this game against a Granada side that has changed greatly during the off-season. The majority of their first-choice eleven has left but they still managed to hold Villarreal to a draw on the opening day. There was also a debut goal for one of their players with 19 year old forward Ezequiel Ponce, on loan from Roma, bagging the equaliser in a 1-1 draw. Granada are expected to struggle again but with Paco Jemez at the helm, they will feel they have a chance as the former Rayo boss is well capable of building a team from virtually scratch.This though will be a tough game for them. Las Palmas are the more settled side and have a bit more experience and quality to call on which should guide them to victory here. The only teams to win at Las Palmas in 2016 in La Liga are the ‘big three’ and they usually dispose of the weaker sides so backing Las Palmas to Win at 10/11 looks to offer value.If you want more Football tips head over to our dedicated section where you’ll find daily accumulators, doubles and challenges!HEAD TO HEADThere have been 5 or more goals in all of the last 3 meetings. Las Palmas won 4-1 at home to Granada last term but lost 3-2 away.STATSLas Palmas have won 7 of their last 14 La Liga home games. Granada have lost 8 of their last 11 away.TEAM NEWSFew changes expected. Hélder Lopes, Hernán and Javi Castellano are still sidelined with injuries.Paco Jémez may name the same side that drew with Villarreal.FREE BETTING TIPSLas Palmas to WinCORRECT SCORE PREDICTIONSLas Palmas to Win 2-0
  2. It’s an all-Madrid Champions League Final for the second time in three years on Saturday. Atletico Madrid look for revenge against arch rivals Real Madrid. Our free betting predictions suggest Atletico Madrid have what it takes to see off Real Madrid and lift the trophy.TIPSAtletico Madrid to Lift the Trophy REASON FOR BETTING TIPSThe two Madrid giants meet in another Champions League Final on Saturday. Diego Simeone looks to add club football’s biggest prize to his cabinet after narrowly missing out in 2014.The last final ended 1-1 after 90 minutes thanks to a last minute Sergio Ramos equaliser. Despite all the attacking talent available to both teams it was down to both centre backs to get the only goals in normal time. Real Madrid dominated extra time though and made their 10th European Cup win look much more comfortable than it was. Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and Cristiano Ronaldo netted in the 2nd half of extra time to win 4-1.There has been definite improvement in Atletico Madrid since then though. They have won five, drawn four, and lost just one of their ten meetings with Real Madrid since that final. Despite constantly losing their best players to supposedly bigger clubs they always manage to come back stronger.Atletico Madrid missed out on the La Liga title by just three points this season. Real Madrid two points above them in 2nd and Barcelona pipping both of them to the title.As far as the road to the final goes, Atletico Madrid will feel like they can beat anybody. Diego Simeone’s side struggled through against PSV in the earlier stages of the knockout rounds. They then went on to show their class as they beat Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter finals. They then eliminated Bayern Munich on away goals in the semi finals.Real Madrid had to get past Roma, Wolfsburg, and Manchester City, who are all good sides but not really on the same level as the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.Real Madrid’s away defeat to Wolfsburg in the quarter finals was their last defeat in any competition. They have won nine of the ten games since then. Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, have won eight and lost two of their last ten in all competitions.This will undoubtedly be an incredibly tight game in Milan. Real Madrid have a star studded line up capable of beating anybody on their day, but Diego Simeone has proven time and time again that he is a tactical genius. Despite their relative lack of resources he has managed to challenge the two dominant forces in Spain and brought the best out of the likes of Fernando Torres, Koke, and Diego Godin, not to mention the talents of Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann.Raphael Varane won’t play a part for Real Madrid, with the talented young defender suffering from injury. But the big story is that Cristiano Ronaldo limped out of training and is now a doubt for the clash in Milan.Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in this season’s campaign, the second highest tally ever after his record breaking 17 goals in the 2013/14 campaign. Without him Atletico Madrid have a clear advantage, Add to the fact that they have only lost one of their last ten meetings with Real Madrid it makes for Atletico Madrid to Lift the Trophy incredibly good value. I’m backing a 1-1 correct score prediction in normal timeHEAD TO HEADAtletico Madrid have been impressive against the previously dominant Real Madrid over the past few years. Diego Simeone's side have only lost once against Real Madrid in the ten meetings since the last Champions League Final, winning five of them and drawing the other four.STATSAtletico Madrid have only lost 10% of their ten matches against Real Madrid since their Champions League Final defeat in 2014.TEAM NEWSReal Madrid will be without young defender Raphael Varane for this crucial clash, and Cristiano Ronaldo is also a doubt after picking up a thigh injury in trainingKey centre back Diego Godin is expecting to be 100% fit for the Champions League final after recovering from a thigh injury.TIPSAtletico Madrid to Lift the Trophy - free predictions
  3. These two sides last met in the Copa Libertadores back in 2013, playing two group stage games the first ending 0-1 to Nacional and the second finishing 0-1 to Boca. Both sides are no stranger to this competition, Nacional having won it three times in their history whilst their opponents Boca Juniors have won it six times, the most recent in 2007. Both will be looking to get a good result here to take their advantage into the second leg, whilst Nacional will have to be careful not to concede an away goal that could settle the game if it ends in a draw after both legs.Boca Juniors look the stronger team based on the two sides form, losing only two games in their last nine, however, their away form does not look as good, they have only won two away games in their last six whilst drawing one and losing the remaining three. This may give hope to Nacional that they can get a good result at home in this match, especially considering the fact that they have only lost once in their last seven games at home, winning five and drawing one.Because of the head to head record between the two sides and their home record compared to Boca’s record away it looks as though Nacional will be able to get the result in this match. Boca Juniors have an excellent scoring record however, and as a result, should be able to score at least one goal in this match. For these reasons both teams to score.HEAD TO HEADThe two clubs have met a total of five times in their history with their last game being a club friendly, played in 2014 and ending 0-1 to Boca Juniors. Out of those five games, Nacional have won three whilst Boca have managed two victories, there has never been a draw between the two sides. Nacional have scored an average of 0.8 goals per game when playing Boca, whilst Boca have scored an average of 1 goal per game.STATSNacional come into this game on the back of an unbeaten run of five games, having picked up one loss, three draws and two wins in their last six played. Their form in this competition has been similar managing two wins five draws and one loss so far. They have registered an average of 1 goal per game whilst also conceding an average of a goal per game. Boca Juniors meanwhile, have only lost two matches in their last nine played and have also had good form in this competition so far, winning five matches whilst drawing three and losing none. They have scored an average of 2 goals per game whilst conceding an average of 0.8 per game.TEAM NEWSNacional manager Gustavo Munúa has no injuries or suspensions to contend with for this game.Boca Juniors head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto is currently missing three players: 19 year old defensive midfielder Andrés Cubas (ligament problems), 30 year old defensive midfielder Fernando Gago (Achilles tendon rupture) and 27 year old attacking midfielder Nicolás Lodeiro (Meniscus tear).TIPSBoth Teams To ScoreNacional to Win 2-1 - free predictions
  4. Thursday sees the first of this year's Dutch play-offs, with Groningen taking on Heracles and PEC Zwolle going up against Utrecht, with a place in next season's Europa League up for grabs.Heracles get home advantage in the second leg as they finished a place and a point above Groningen in the Eredivisie table, but these two teams look to be extremely closely matched. Despite their similar seasons, Groningen traditionally come out on top when they face Heracles, racking up six straight wins when they have been at home in this fixture. Bizarrely enough, Groningen played Heracles at home on the last weekend of the season proper, with a 2-1 win ending the campaign on a high.Groningen finished the season extremely strongly with a run of five wins from their last six matches, while Heracles stumbled over the finish line, winning only one of their last six.Free betting tips and predictions for this game have a number of appealing angles, not least both teams to score as this bet has come in five times in a row when Groningen have played Heracles.But the excellent home form of Groningen against Heracles is persuading us to side with the hosts for this game. Groningen to Win at 10/11 with Betfair is well-priced, while Groningen to Win 2-1 at 7/1 with Betfair stands out, with each of the last two matches between the sides seeing the home team win 2-1.HEAD TO HEADGroningen have won their last six home matches against Heracles in all competitions, those games all featuring over 2.5 goals, Groningen scoring at least twice in each fixture. Both games between the sides this season finished 2-1 to the home team.STATSGroningen have been drawing at half-time and winning at full-time in five of their last six matches.TEAM NEWSMidfielder Simon Tibbling is out for Groningen, as are wingers Mimoun Mahi and Jarchinio Antonia.Bas Sibum, Dario Vujicevic and Gonzalo Garcia miss this match through injury.TIPSGroningen to WinGroningen to Win 2-1 - free predictions
  5. REASON FOR BETTING TIPSManchester City managed to contain a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Real Madrid side well at the Etihad last week, but celebrating a goalless draw when you are facing a visit to the Bernebau seems a little overzealous to me. They now need a score draw at better away to an in form Real Madrid side, which looks like a mountain to climb after their result on Sunday.They lost 4-2 at Southampton on Sunday afternoon to cast further doubt over their top four position. Shane Long opened the scoring for Southampton before Sadio Mane scored his first of the day. Teenage sensation Kelechi Iheanacho brought the deficit back to one goal before the break, but Mane scored two in 25 minutes to complete his hat trick. Iheanacho added a late consolation goal, but it was too late for them to get back into the match.This made it just two wins from Manchester City's last five games in all competitions and ended their eight match unbeaten streak. Admittedly it wasn't a full strength side, but it's still an unacceptable result for a team who are battling to maintain their top four position. They are now just four points clear of Manchester United in 5th.Real Madrid didn't have the best of times against Real Sociedad, but they still managed to pick up the three points thanks to a late winner from Gareth Bale. This leaves them in 3rd in the La Liga, but the title race is becoming increasingly close. There is now just one point between Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid at the top of the table.This win made it six wins and one draw since Real Madrid's last defeat. This 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg was just a blip though, and they have won 12 of their last 14 outings in all competitions.It's at the Bernebau that Real Madrid really turn the style on though. They have won six on the bounce at home and kept five clean sheets in the process, scoring 23 at the other end. Manchester City, on the other hand, have won just two of their last eight away days in all competitions.I think this is Real Madrid's tie to lose now. They have won 14 of their last 15 home matches and only failed to score two or more goals on one occasion. Ronaldo being back provides a huge boost to their chances as well, so odds of 3/4 for a Real Madrid Win and Over 1.5 Goals look incredibly good value, because I'd be very surprised if this ended 1-0. I'm going for a 3-0 win for Real Madrid at 10/1 as well.HEAD TO HEADLast week's goalless draw made it two draws and two wins for Real Madrid in their four clashes with Manchester City.STATSReal Madrid have won 83% of their home games this season and seen an average of 3.72 goals per game.TEAM NEWSCristiano Ronaldo is back in training and expected to be back for Real Madrid after missing the first leg of the tie and their weekend game against Real Sociedad. Karim Benzema could miss out with a knee injury though.Key midfield duo Yaya Toure and David Silva could be forced to sit this one out through injury.TIPSReal Madrid Win and Over 1.5 GoalsReal Madrid to Win 3-0 - free predictions
  6. Two years ago Paderborn celebrated making it to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history, but now they are staring down the barrel of a return to the 3rd tier in Germany. They were immediately relegated from the Bundesliga last season, and rather than bouncing back instantly they have endured a difficult season in the 2. Bundesliga and find themselves in 16th position.This sees them occupy the relegation playoff position, with three points separating them from the bottom two clubs and one point between them and Frankfurt and Dusseldorf above them. A win on Friday could see them climb out of the playoff position, whereas a loss could put them in the automatic drop spots with just two games remaining.Paderborn managed to pick up a point at Heidenheim on Saturday to lead on from their win at fellow relegation candidates Frankfurt the weekend before. This puts their recent record at two defeats, two draws, and one win. At home they are winless in five matches though, with three of these five ending in defeat.Freiburg were also relegated from the Bundesliga last season, but unlike their opponents they are plotting a quick return to the top flight. They come into the final three matches of the season at the top of the 2. Bundesliga, three points ahead of Leipzig in 2nd and with a seven point cushion over the promotion playoff spot.They managed to bounce back from their draw at Braunschweig last Monday by seeing off Duisburg 3-0 at home on Friday, taking their recent record to nine wins and one draw from their last ten matches.Away from home they have won four of their last five and are unbeaten since the start of February, so they will feel that they have an excellent chance of potentially wrapping up promotion on Friday. The visitors have also managed to net 14 goals in their last five away days, and are coming up against a defence who have shipped ten in their last five home games and scored just one in return.This makes odds of 17/20 for a Freiburg win look excellent value for money, and I'm going for that along with a 3-0 correct score prediction at 16/1.
  7. The relegation battle in La Liga is yet again proving to be a really tight tussle involving many teams. Sporting are in 18th and have 3 games to save themselves. This is on paper the most winnable and they will be desperate for 3 points from that to go into their six-pointer at 19th place Getafe next weekend. The only reason Sporting are still alive and fighting is their two massive home wins against Atletico Madrid and Sevilla that have come within the space of their last 3 home games. They'd gone 8 matches without a win prior to their late comeback against Diego Simeone's title challengers that seems to have given them belief that they can beat the drop.In many ways this is the ideal game to have at this stage in the season. At home against an Eibar side that have already secured their survival and in doing so achieved their only real objective this term. The Basques have nothing to play for and aren't in good form, particularly on the road where they've picked up just 2 points from their last 8 games in La Liga.They have been shipping plenty of goals too. They have let in 22 goals in those games have conceded twice or more in 9 of their 13 away matches since the start of December. Sporting are a side that is better going forward than at the back and they have scored twice or more in 4 of their last 7 home games. Those 2-1 wins over Sevilla and Atleti have really galvanised their home fans, who are among the best in La Liga and could play their part here to so backing Sporting Gijon to score 2 or more goals looks a decent bet at 8/11 and they should have enough to win the game, the way Eibar have been playing lately. - prediction
  8. FC Augsburg come into fixture standing 12th place in the Bundesliga, four points and four places below FC Koln, who stand in 8th. Coach Markus Weinzierl will be searching for a win, which would guarantee Augsburg another season in the top-flight, and he has every reason to be optimistic: last Saturday's 2-0 win away to Wolfsburg means that FC Augsburg have taken all nine points from their last three games and it has been four-and-a-half years since Augsburg have lost to FC Koln. FC Koln are unlikely to let that get to them, though. Koln ensured their third consecutive season in the Bundesliga with their 4-1 thrashing over Darmstadt 98 last Saturday and with an impressive 3-2 comeback against Mainz 05 the weekend before that. Six points and seven goals scored from their last two matches, with striker Anthony Modeste and midfielder Marcel Risse scoring three each over this duration, shows that FC Koln have found attacking form at what is a crucial time in the season. FC Koln may have won their last two matches and be guaranteed a finish outside of the automatic relegation places, but they have never won three consecutive games under their current coach Peter Stoger. FC Augsburg are also at the peak of their form, having won their last three, despite a difficult set of fixtures - a fourth victory in a row would be a new club record in the Bundesliga. Koln's target of survival is completed while a win for Augsburg would almost certainly ensure them another season in the top flight. The last four head-to-heads show that FC Koln often struggle against FC Augsburg, having only taken one point from these fixtures and they have not scored against Augsburg since December 2014. Combining that analysis with the statistics below, we expect over 2.5 goals in this match as FC Augsburg fight to secure themselves certain safety from relegation and continue their form and streak against FC Koln, who are in decent goal scoring form and who's only aim is to break their recent goal drought against Augsburg. Based on this reasoning, FC Augsburg to win 2-1 at 8/1 seems like a decent value bet. - prediction
  9. The race for automatic promotion in the Championship couldn't be more finely poised. With two games to go, Burnley, Middlesbrough and Brighton are all level on 87 points but only two of them can go straight up.Boro will be desperate to avoid the situation from last year when they faded late on and had to settle for the play-offs. A 6 game winning streak suggested there would be no repeat this time around but they have only managed draws in their two subsequent matches to suggest they might just be getting the jitters. They conceded a last gasp equaliser in the show-down with Burnley and more worryingly failed to see off Ipswich at home last weekend. With an enormous game against Brighton on the final day still to come, Middlesbrough will want to go into that in the best possible shape but this won't be easy.Birmingham have had a good season but just 1 win from 10 games has seen them fade out of play-off contention. They've not stopped been competitive though and their last 3 games have brought draws at home to Preston and away at Huddersfield as well as a narrow 2-1 defeat against leaders Burnley, in a game they had the better of. They are certainly capable of making life awkward for the Teessiders and have scored at least once in all of their last 13 home games.Middlesbrough of course are favourites but at 1/2 they look very short indeed. They've only won 2 of their last 6 away games and 1 of them was virtue of a last minute goal at rock bottom Bolton. There are bound to be a few nerves in the visiting camp and with 7 defeats on the road this season, a trip to Birmingham is anything but a formality so there looks to be real value in backing Double Chance - Birmingham or Draw at 8/5. - prediction
  10. Villarreal's goalless draw at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday extended their winless streak to three matches, following on from a disappointing defeat to Rayo Vallecano and an expected loss at the Bernebau.This means they are without a win since their visit to Prague in the Europa League quarter finals. However, they certainly showed their worth in Europe in that clash as they beat Sparta Prague 4-2 away from home, taking their aggregate victory to 6-3.They will need a pick up a couple more La Liga results if they want to maintain their standing in the table. The 20 point gap between them and 3rd placed Real Madrid is obviously out of the question, but with just four points between them and 5th placed Celta Vigo they can't afford to remain winless for the remainder of the season.Liverpool's Europa League quarter final was a little closer than Villarreal's. They clashed with Jurgen Klopp's former club Borussia Dortmund, and after a respectable 1-1 draw in Dortmund all hell broke loose at Anfield.Dortmund started off at a breakneck speed as they scored two goals within the first ten minutes to leave Liverpool needing three goals to qualify for the semi finals. It looked an impossible task against the emphatic Germans, but Divock Origi gave them hope shortly after half-time before Marco Reus snatched it away again ten minutes later. They entered the final 25 minutes needing three goals without return, and even a famous European night at Anfield couldn't boost morale much in the stands. Phillipe Coutinho notched to make it 3-2, with Mamadhou Sakho drawing level ten minutes later. Fellow centre back Dejan Lovren got a famous goal in injury time to send Liverpool through.This ridiculous comeback was the start of a good run of form for Liverpool, but their four match winning streak ended on Saturday as Newcastle earned a 2-2 draw at Anfield.Liverpool are in excellent scoring form at the moment. They have notched 15 goals in their last five outings in all competitions, whilst Villarreal have managed two goals in four of their last five home matches.I'm expecting both sides to find the net at least once on Thursday. Liverpool haven't failed to score since a tie with Augsburg back in February, while Villarreal have found the net in eight of their last ten home matches. This makes o d d s of 1/1 for Both Teams - prediction
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  12. SHAKHTAR DONETSK VS SEVILLA TIPS & PREDICTIONS Sevilla come into this game in slightly patchy form. Prior to their 2-0 derby win against Real Betis on Sunday, they'd only won 1 of their previous 7 matches. Crucially that was a 2-1 win in Bilbao in the 1st Leg of their UEFA League Quarter-Final with Athletic and even though they lost 2-1 at home in the return, they progressed on penalties and are still on course for what would be an incredible 3rd successive Europa League triumph. Their away from has been awful this season though and they are yet to win on the road in the league and hadn't won any of their European away games either until that win at San Mames.Shakhtar continue to play every game away from Donetsk due to the troubles in Eastern Ukraine and they have been beaten 4 times at home in their adopted home in L'viv this season and struggled in a tough Champions League group which included PSG and Real Madrid. However they have looked very assured in this competition comfortably seeing off Schalke, Anderlecht and Sporting Braga to reach this stage, winning 5 of the 6 legs and drawing the other. They've only lost 1 of their last 14 home games in this competition but have only managed draws in their last two domestic matches to fall further behind Dynamo Kiev in the title race.This game has the potential for goals. Sevilla will be hungry for an away goal and both teams have scored in 6 of their last 7 matches in all competitions. Shakhtar will see this as their best chance of winning the tie so will be positive and look to take a healthy advantage to the 2nd leg given the disparity between Sevilla's home and away from. The Spaniards have conceded in 21 of their 28 away matches this season and it's hard to see them shutting a lively Shakhtar attack out for 90 minutes so consider backing both teams to score at 8/11. - prediction