SPAIN VS ALBANIA PREDICTIONS

SPAIN VS ALBANIA PREDICTIONS, BETTING TIPS AND MATCH PREVIEWS

Spain are on the verge of qualifying from their group, having taken a three point lead over Italy last month. That’s put them on the verge of a place in Russia, but the three point gap between them means they’re not completely certain of a place at the World Cup. Can they move one step closer with a victory over Albania this week?

The hosts are obviously heavy favourites to pull off a result, especially given that they come in to this game with an unbeaten home record in World Cup qualifiers. In fact, their last defeat in World Cup qualifying overall came back in the 90s, so it’s difficult to see past the 2010 world champions in this clash.

Albania may have qualified for the Euros last year, but they’ve barely been close to contending for a play-off spot, with Spain and Italy to contend with. However, the visitors have been holding their own in their campaign, losing three games, two of those against Spain and Italy. They were heavily beaten 3-0 by Israel, but the Albanians seem to be able to organise themselves for these big games. They showed that by staying in contention at the Euros last year, finishing third in their group.

The visitors have a solid away record too, with just five defeats on the road in the last four and a half years. Of those losses, four were by a single goal, while they lost 2-0 away to Italy. The Albanians travelled to Portugal, Serbia, Denmark and Armenia in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and kept a clean sheet in every game, so they’re obviously tough to break down. When you consider that Real are without an experienced out and and out striker this week, they’re going to find goals tough to come by.

We think Isco will play a key role in unlocking Albania, especially after his double for Real Madrid last weekend. The playmaker scored three times for Spain in the last international break, while he’s got four goals in just three starts in this campaign. His good form has booked him a place in this side, and we’re backing him to score any time at 1.83 with bet365.

However, we can’t see too many goals for Spain, who are looking light up front for this clash. With Albania seeing under 3.5 goals in their last 17 World Cup qualifiers, and in all of their last 15 competitive defeats, we’re backing Spain to win and under 3.5 goals in this game at 2.1 with bet365.

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KOSOVO VS UKRAINE PREDICTIONS

KOSOVO VS UKRAINE PREDICTIONS, BETTING TIPS AND MATCH PREVIEWS

As things stand, Group I is one the of tightest groups in European qualification, there are two matches left to play and still four teams who could potentially finish top of the pile. Two points behind Croatia before kick-off on match-day nine, Ukraine need to win this match and then go on to win their final match, which is at home to the Croats. Against a Kosovo side who have no hope of making it to Russia, the Ukrainians should be confident of recording a good victory which sees them go into matchday-10 full of confidence.

Much like another of Friday’s Group I matches (Croatia v Finland), this match sees one team come in as massive favourites. Ukraine are priced around the 1/9 mark and are duly expected to hose up. However, not only have the visitors’ performances of late been shaky, but Kosovo have actually begun to acquit themselves better. The bet that stands out ahead of this match is ‘Kosovo to Score Over 0.5 Goals’ at odds of 2.50.

Since earning the right to compete as a nation in their own right, Kosovo have performed better than expected. They are thought of as minnows, and have indeed struggled when it comes to winning games; a point against Finland in their first ever competitive fixtures remains their only point to date. However, their performances in recent times have improved and they’re beginning to enjoy better attacking luck. Against a Ukrainian side who need to have go, the hosts could very easily surprise a few by registering themselves on the score-sheet. After all, goals against both Iceland and Turkey bode well, while their performance, despite being shutout, against Finland in their most recent fixture was also positive.

Not only have Kosovo shown something going forward of late, but Ukraine have begun to show clear deficiencies defensively, especially away from home. Despite playing away from home four times in qualifying, Ukraine are still yet to keep a clean sheet on the road. There’s certainly hope for the Kosovan’s here.

 

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PSG VS ARSENAL

PSG VS ARSENAL PREDICTIONS & BETTING TIPS, MATCH PREVIEWS

Arsenal begin their Champions League campaign with a tough fixture away at PSG on Tuesday. Our free betting predictions suggest that both sides will find the net on Tuesday.
PSG haven’t enjoyed the start to the new season as much as they would have hoped. They got underway in typically dominant fashion as they thrashed Lyon in the French Super Cup and then beat Bastia and Metz in Ligue 1.

However, they suffered an early defeat in Ligue 1 as Monaco stunned them with a 3-1 victory before the international break. Considering their first league defeat last season was in February, this is a very early game for them to lose. They followed this up after the international break with a very poor 1-1 draw at home to Saint-Etienne.

This marks the first time that PSG have failed to win two matches in a row since March 2015, and the first time they’ve failed to win two Ligue 1 matches in a row since September 2014. It seems they are really struggling to adapt to life without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Laurent Blanc, and if they were to fail to win on Tuesday it would be their worst run of results in two years.
Arsenal’s season has panned out the reverse way to PSG’s. They opened the campaign with a thrilling 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool, which will be a relief considering they were 4-1 down at one point. They followed this with a drab goalless draw at Premier League champions Leicester, but then their season got kick-started.

They beat Watford comfortably and deservedly in a 3-1 scoreline at Vicarage Road, and on Saturday an injury time penalty from Santi Cazorla sealed the three points at home to Southampton.

This is without a doubt the toughest Champions League group match for Arsenal though. A defeat wouldn’t be the end of the world, but a result at the Parc des Princes would set them up nicely to be favourites for the top spot in the group.

PSG’s defence hasn’t looked at it’s best recently, and it’s not surprising considering they lost David Luiz on transfer deadline day and Thiago Silva is out injured. Arsenal have scored in 17 of their last 19 competitive matches as well, so they will feel that they have a real chance of getting on the score-sheet on Tuesday. Six of their last eight away days in the Champions League have seen them concede at least one goal though, and with PSG’s attacking threat, I can’t see the visitors getting a clean sheet either.

This makes odds of 1.75 for Both Teams to Score look a good value bet considering both teams’ start to the season. Arsenal aren’t particularly good at getting results against the top teams in the Champions League though, so I’m going for a 2-1 win for PSG for my correct score prediction.

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BARCELONA VS CELTIC

BARCELONA VS CELTIC PREDICTIONS & BETTING TIPS, MATCH PREVIEWS

Celtic start their Champions League campaign in the hardest way possible when they visit Barcelona on Tuesday. Our free betting predictions take advantage of the huge odds of offer for both teams to find the net.
Barcelona endured an early setback in their La Liga title defence on Saturday night when they succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Alaves. The visitors had already proved themselves a handful this season when they earned a draw against Atletico Madrid, but this has to go down as the biggest shock of the season so far in Spain.

The hosting Barcelona trailed to a goal late in the first half before Jeremy Mathieu equalised just after the break. However, with 25 minutes remaining Ibai Gomez put the visitors in front again, and despite the introduction for Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta, Barcelona couldn’t find a way through the organised Alaves defence.

This ends Barcelona’s run of ten competitive wins in a row and puts a halt to their perfect start to the season. However, now their attentions will turn to the Champions League, where they face a group consisting of Celtic, Manchester City, and Borussia Monchengladbach as they look to be crowned European champions for the 5th time this millennium.

Celtic have enjoyed a very good start to their life under new manager Brendan Rodgers. They hammered Old Firm rivals Rangers 5-1 at the weekend in the first Old Firm derby since Rangers’ return to the top flight.

This win made it eight wins, one draw, and two defeats in their 11 competitive matches so far this season. However, all of their failures to win have come away from home in the Champions League, and Barcelona will provide a much tougher test than the likes of Lincoln Red Imps, Astana, and Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

To be fair to Celtic, these failures have largely been down to complacency, and there will be none of that on show on Tuesday. The visitors have scored in nine of their 11 competitive matches so far this season and have netted a huge 23 goals in their last six competitive games. They also scored against Barcelona in a 3-1 defeat in the International Champions Cup in pre-season.

Barcelona’s defence will be a bit rattled after conceding two at home to Alaves and if Rodgers gets his tactics right, Celtic should be able to get through the hosts’ defence. Especially with Leigh Griffiths back and the weekend’s hat-trick hero Moussa Dembele in fine form. Odds of 6/4 for Both Teams to Score looks incredibly good value, so that’s what I’m backing, along with a 3-1 win for Barcelona at 12/1 for my correct score prediction.

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FINLAND VS KOSOVO

FINLAND VS KOSOVO PREDICTIONS & BETTING TIPS, MATCH PREVIEWS

Kosovo take part in their first ever World Cup Qualification match on Monday when they visit Finland. Our free betting predictions suggest that they could taste success in their first ever competitive match.
Finland are in terrible form at the moment. They failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after picking up 12 points from their ten group games in what was a fairly easy group, but the real issues have come in the friendlies since qualifying ended.

They have lost six of their seven matches since their 1-1 draw against Northern Ireland ended the qualifying stage. Sweden, Iceland, Poland, Norway, Italy, and Germany have all beaten them, and they have scored just one goal in these seven matches.

Things aren’t much better for Finland at home either. They have won just one of their last 11 matches and have lost seven of them. Their singular win came against minnows Faroe Islands, whilst a defeat at home to Estonia marks the lowest point during this period.

Kosovo don’t have much of a history to look back upon. They were brought in as a member of UEFA and FIFA in May this year and this will be their first ever competitive match. They were granted permission to play in friendly matches again as recently as 2014, and since then they have played just eight games.

The most recent of these was in June when they beat Faroe Islands 2-0, a result which made it three games without defeat for Kosovo. The only top team they have faced in their short history ended with a 6-1 defeat to Turkey, although a 2-2 draw against Albania under a year ago is a pretty good result as far as many are concerned.

Kosovo will feel like they have a decent chance in their first ever competitive game. Finland are in shocking form and have failed to beat a number of very small teams at home in recent years. The visitors will be chomping at the bit as well after such a long wait to be recognised by FIFA, so odds of 2.62 for a Kosovo Win or Draw Double Chance look very good value. I don’t think they have enough to get the win though, so I’m going for a 1-1 correct score prediction at 8.5.

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ALBANIA VS MACEDONIA

ALBANIA VS MACEDONIA PREDICTIONS & BETTING TIPS, MATCH PREVIEWS

Albania hope to build on their first ever appearance in a major tournament when they kick off World Cup qualifying against Macedonia. We’re expecting a low scoring Albania win on Monday, and our free betting predictions reflect that.
Albania made history in the summer as they qualified for their first ever major tournament finals. They finished qualification in 2nd position with a modest total of 14 points from their eight games, beating Denmark, Serbia and Armenia to the automatic qualification positions.

This set them up for a trio of group stage games against hosts France, Romania and Switzerland in Euro 2016. They narrowly lost to Switzerland in their group opener before succumbing to late France pressure and losing 2-0 to them, although the scoreline looks a lot more comfortable than it actually was. However, in their final group game they managed to get their first ever tournament win as they beat Romania 1-0. It marked the end of their tournament, but that is a win that will go down in history for Albania.

Making it to the World Cup in Russia in two years time will be a much tougher task for them though. They have been drawn in a group that includes both Italy and Spain, and with only one automatic qualification spot and one possible playoff spot, it’s unlikely that they can make history again. They will just be hoping to outdo Macedonia, Israel and Liechtenstein to finish 3rd really.

Macedonia took up their usual residence at the bottom of their qualifying group last year as they picked up just four points in their ten group games. This saw them finish behind Luxembourg on head to head results and seven points adrift of Belarus in 4th.

Their following friendlies haven’t been much more successful either. They have lost four of their six games since the end of qualifying, taking their total record to eight defeats, one draw, and two wins in their last 11 outings.

Albania’s success in Euro 2016 qualifying was built on a strong defence. They only saw 15 goals in their eight games in total and have seen fewer than three goals in 11 of their last 16 home games. Macedonia have only seen more than two goals in two of their last nine on the road as well, and they’ve failed to score in seven of them as well.

I think Albania will be able to get the win on Monday, but it’s not expected to be a high scoring one. Odds of 2.85 for an Albania Win and Under 2.5 Goals look excellent value, so I’m backing that along with a 1-0 correct score prediction at 4.5.

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LAZIO VS JUVENTUS

LAZIO VS JUVENTUS PREDICTIONS, BETTING TIPS, & MATCH PREVIEW

Serie A champions Juventus travel to Lazio this weekend – we’ve got free tips from our Italian football betting experts below.
Both teams got their Serie A campaigns off to a winning start, with Juventus getting three points on the board with a narrow 2-1 home win over Fiorentina, the club’s record signing Gonzalo Higuain coming up with the winner on his league debut for the club.

The loss of star midfielder Paul Pogba did not appear to have had a particularly damaging effect on Juve, who are trying to win the Serie A title yet again, but a trip to Lazio may prove to be a more daunting prospect.

After a disappointing campaign last time out, when Lazio were particularly poor on the road, a lot of investment was made in the playing team and a 4-3 win at Atalanta last weekend had a lot of positive signs.

Lazio will have to defend better against Juventus, of course, but the fact they could score four goals in an away match is a positive sign of their chances for the season.

Juventus are known for being solid at the back and they have seven clean sheets from their last nine visits to play Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.

After allaying fears they could have a slow start to their campaign, as they did last year by getting off to a winning start against La Viola, it is too tempting to take advantage of one of the biggest prices likely to be available on Juventus to win in Serie A this season.

Despite Lazio looking like putting together a Champions League challenge this time out. Our free tips and predictions for this match will be siding with Massimiliano Allegri’s defending champions.

The selection is Juventus to Win at 1.8 with bet365 and from the correct scores market we will be going for another clean sheet at the Stadio Olimpico for Juve, with Juventus to Win 2-0 at 7.0 with bet365 our pick.

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REAL MADRID VS CELTA VIGO

REAL MADRID VS CELTA VIGO PREDICTIONS & BETTING TIPS, MATCH PREVIEWS

Real Madrid play their first home game of the new season when they take on Celta Vigo on Saturday evening in La Liga. Our betting tips suggest they will run out comfortable winners.
Zinedine Zidane would’ve been delighted with what he saw from his team on the opening weekend. Without numerous key players they cruised to a 3-0 win in a potentially tricky game at Real Sociedad. Gareth Bale again stepped up to the plate in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, netting a brace while he was ably supported by the talented Marco Asensio, who got on the scoresheet in his first match since returning from a successful loan spell at Espanyol. It was the 20 year old’s full debut for Los Blancos and he will at the very least be a useful deputy when either Bale or Ronaldo are unavailable or in need of a rest.

Back at the Bernabeu for the first time in a competitive setting since their 11th European Cup win, Real Madrid will want to put on a show and they’ll be confident of doing so against a side they hammered 7-1 earlier in the year.

Celta Vigo meanwhile have had to contend with the departure of Nolito over the summer and will do very well to break into the top six again this season. They got off to a terrible start, losing 1-0 at home to newly promoted minnows Leganes following on from a fairly unconvincing pre-season when they suffered 4 defeats.
It’s hard to see Celta getting a foothold in this game. Last term they always had the potential to get a goal out of nothing with Nolito in the side but their attacking threat has been severely weakened and they’ve never been a great defensive side in truth so a confident Real Madrid side ought to run out comfortable winners here.

Backing Real Madrid -2.0 Asian Handicap at 1.925 looks to offer extremely good value here given they won by 3 goals or more on 11 occasions at home last term.

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