Everton vs Lyon - Europa League Preview

Everton vs Lyon – Europa League Preview – As the pressure mounts on Ronald Koeman; Everton face a crunch match in the Europa League against Lyon at Goodison Park as both sides search for their first win of the competition.

Despite spending upwards of £140m in the summer; abject performances and poor results have intensified the speculation surrounding Ronald Koeman’s job – the Dutchman is odds on to be the next Premier League manager sacked.

After a strong campaign last time in which Everton finished as the ‘best of the rest’ in 7th place in the Premier League, Everton successfully navigated the somewhat tricky Europa League qualifiers to secure European football for the 2017/18 season.

Can Rooney help turn Everton’s fortunes around Photo Credit: skysports.com

This season has, however, gone nothing like the plan. The Toffees have only won two of their opening eight matches in the league and are performing vastly below expectations, consequently finding themselves in 16th – just two points away from the relegation zone. In fact, it took an injury-time penalty from Wayne Rooney in Everton’s last match against Brighton to snatch just a point and avoid a fifth defeat of the league campaign to date.

Things have not been any better in Europe either, Koeman’s side left Italy outplayed and embarrassed in a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta in their opening Europa League match. That was before the even more shocking 2-2 home draw against Apollon Limassol – where the Cypriot Cup winners went down to ten men and scored a late equaliser.

These poor results leave Everton bottom of Group E and in desperate need of a result against arguably the strongest side in the group, Olympique Lyonnais.

Lyon finished 3rd in Ligue 1 last season, the best possible finish with both PSG and title-winning Monaco blasting away opposition left, right and centre.  Les Gones have had an indifferent beginning to the season, drawing half of their league games and both of their previous Europa League matches 1-1 – before an excellent 3-2 victory over Monaco changed the landscape of their start. With only one defeat in all competitions, a win over a rival has injected much more optimism and positivity into Bruno Genesio’s side.

Both teams have good teams on paper and were two sides strongly fancied for a deep run into the competition. Even at this early stage a defeat for either side could cause difficulty in getting out of the group and with both teams currently outside of their respective league’s European places, this competition could be their only route back into it.

Fekir is back to his best for Lyon Photo Credit: skysports.com

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Koeman needs to silence the critics with a win here, but will still be without long-term absentees Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, James McCarthy, Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie and Aaron Lennon to attempt to do so.

After missing the start of the season, Nabil Fekir is back to the peak of his powers and will be Lyon’s main attacking threat – fresh after scoring a dramatic injury-time winner against Monaco last time out.

 

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Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal - Europa League Preview

Crvena Zvezda vs Arsenal – Europa League Preview – Arsenal’s exotic European travels continue as they visit Crvena Zvezda in Serbia in the UEFA Europa League. Arsene Wenger’s men will hope to continue stamping their authority in Group H with another three points that would see them flying high at the top of their group.

The hosts are one spot behind their opponents in second with four points. They have only conceded once so far in the Europa League and have kept six clean sheets in their last seven domestic matches. No doubting they are a firm and rigid defence.

Arsenal were left with faces the same colour as their shirts in their previous outing in the Premier League against Watford. Having taken the lead, a lack of composure and sloppiness; a trait seen far too often in this Arsenal side lately, saw Watford grab two late goals and take all three points.

Sanchez could return to the squad in the Europa League Photo Credit: skysports.com

The frustrated Arsenal fans will be hoping for a much better performance abroad with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil making possible returns to the starting eleven. The new system that Arsene Wenger has implemented for the season gives the side a lot of width to allow more crossing for Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud to pounce on to but too many defensive taboos have been, yet again, the issue. Crvena Zvezda enjoy scoring goals aplenty in the Serbian Premier League and can cause the North Londoners defence some real issues. Can Arsenal continue their good start to their European campaign?

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – Arsenal to Win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – 9/2

19 year old Luka Adzic has shown his talent for the Serbian side Photo Credit: hotsport.rs

Crvena Zvezda are a rather unknown quantity to most English football fans. The Serbian side have enjoyed a good start to both domestic and European campaigns; sitting second in Group H and top of the Serbian Super Liga.

Their most recent 5-0 and 4-0 victories over Sabac and Dinamo Vranje could strike some fear into the Arsenal fans as they are very aware of their defensive flaws. 19-year-old striker Luka Adzic has been making a name for himself in the Serbian scene, most recently scoring a hattrick against Dinamo Vranje. A team scattered with unknown talents, could the Crvena players cause a huge upset to a currently wounded Arsenal?

Skybet Match Result – Crvena Zvezda to Win – 7/2

 

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Pro Tip Footy Accumulators – Tuesday 18th October 2017

The Football Pro-Tips today come from this evening’s round of fixtures from the Champions League and the Skybet leagues in the UK.

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EFL Home Teams 4 Fold Win Acca – 1PT:

7.45pm – Blackpool vs Bury – Blackpool to Win17/20

7.45pm – Cambridge vs Yeovil – Cambridge to Win3/4

7.45pm – Newport County vs Colchester – Newport to WinEvens

7.45pm – Blackburn vs Plymouth – Blackburn to Win4/9

ODDS: 8.35/1 – Skybet

4 Fold Win Acca – 1PT:

7.45pm – Coventry vs Forest Green – Coventry to Win8/15

7.45pm – Crewe vs Notts County – Notts County to Win6/5

7.45pm – Cheltenham vs Grimsby – Cheltenham to Win21/20

7.45pm – Monaco vs Besiktas – Monaco to Win4/6

ODDS: 10.53/1 – Skybet

Longshot Double – 0.5PT:

7.45pm – Gillingham vs Wigan – Gillingham to Win5/1

7.45pm – Scunthorpe vs Fleetwood – Fleetwood to Win29/10

ODDS: 22.4/1 – Skybet

Champions League Player to Score a Brace Double – 0.5PT:

7.45pm – APOEL Nicosia vs Borussia Dortmund – Pierre Aubameyang to Score a Brace15/8

7.45pm – Monaco vs Besiktas – Falcao to Score a Brace5/2

ODDS: 9.06/1 – Skybet

Champions League Anytime Goalscorer 4 Fold Acca – 0.5PT:

7.45pm – APOEL Nicosia vs Borussia Dortmund – Pierre Aubameyang Anytime Goalscorer4/9

7.45pm – Monaco vs Besiktas – Falcao Anytime Goalscorer8/13

7.45pm – Man City vs Napoli – Lorenzo Insigne Anytime Goalscorer5/2

7.45pm – Real Madrid vs Tottenham – Karim Benzema Anytime Goalscorer10/11

ODDS: 14.59/1 – Skybet

Skybet Cross Sports Specials – 1PT:

Too Many Shots To Place (Kempton 20:45) & Over 2.5 Goals In Both Man City Vs Napoli & Real Madrid Vs Tottenham4/1

Skybet Champions League Cross Match Double – 0.5PT:

7.45pm – Man City vs Napoli – BTTS, 4+ Corners Each Team and 20+ Booking Points Each Team – 7/1

7.45pm – Real Madrid vs Tottenham – BTTS, 4+ Corners Each Team and 20+ Booking Points Each Team – 8/1

ODDS: 71/1 – Skybet

 

Benfica vs Man Utd - Champions League Preview

Benfica vs Man Utd – Champions League Preview – Jose Mourinho leads his undefeated Manchester United team to one of his former clubs seeking to all but secure The Red Devils passage through to the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Manchester United maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign with a resilient 0-0 draw at Anfield on Saturday and despite the turgid performance on the weekend, Mourinho seemed relatively pleased to have taken a point at a rival, with his side remaining in 2nd place in the Premier League in the process – just behind neighbours Manchester City.

The Red Devils have also started excellently in Europe, with convincing results and performances against both FC Basel and CSKA Moscow in 3-0 and 4-1 wins respectively. This blistering start means that victory in Portugal will almost guarantee qualification for the knockout stages, with just three matches played.

Jonas is Benfica’s top scorer so far this season Photo Credit: skysports.com

This is down to Benfica’s inability to pick up a single point to date, most notably after a 5-0 demolishing at the hands of Basel, and the fact that the Swiss side and CSKA are three points afield of United and are now to play each other in consecutive fixtures – the twice European Cup victors will be a minimum of five points ahead of third place with a win against Benfica.

Rui Vitoria’s outfit aren’t enjoying the best start to the season. Alongside their European deficiencies, the Encarnados are 3rd in Liga Nos, already three points behind fellow Lisbon team Sporting and five behind domestic nemesis Porto. A big performance against one of the world’s biggest teams could be the spark Benfica need.

There is history between the two clubs, in fact, one of the aforementioned European Cup victories – and indeed United and an English club’s first in the competition – was against Benfica, where a George Best inspired Manchester United claimed the trophy 4-1 (a.e.t) against Eusebio’s Benfica at Wembley.

Matic returns to a former club when facing Benfica Photo Credit: skysports.com

Additionally, it isn’t only Mourinho that has represented Benfica before but Nemanja Matic and most recently Victor Lindelof too –  the latter switching to Lisbon for Manchester for approximately £30m fee in the summer.

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Long term injuries to the goliaths Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic see them still ruled out. There are major doubts over the fitness of the near-returning Marcos Rojo, and Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Eric Bailly who all missed Saturday’s crunch fixture with Liverpool.

Benfica right-back Andre Almeida is unavailable through suspension, after his ridiculously idiotic tackle against Basel drew a deserved straight-red card.

 

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Chelsea vs Roma - Champions League Preview

Chelsea vs Roma – Champions League Preview – Following their defeat at the weekend, Chelsea entertain Roma at Stamford Bridge. The Italian side currently sit 5th in Serie A, as they look to challenge both domestically and in Europe.

Chelsea were shell-shocked at the weekend, as they were beaten 2-1 by bottom side Crystal Palace. Roy Hodgson’s men thoroughly deserved that win, leaving Antonio Conte plenty to ponder ahead of this match. After such an impressive win last time out against Atletico Madrid, it’s vital that Chelsea don’t let their current lead slip in Group C.

Batshuayi will be hoping to start for Chelsea against Roma Photo Credit: skysports.com

With Chelsea now suffering back to back defeats in the Premier League, it’s crucial they get a positive result on Wednesday night. With key players such as N’Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata ruled out through injury, these are tough times ahead for Conte’s men. All eyes will be on whether he opts to start Michy Batshuayi or play without a recognised striker, something he’s done on a few occasions through his time at the club. Although the Belgian has managed six goals in 11 appearances, he has struggled to impose himself on games and was poor at the weekend in the absence of Morata.

Edin Dzeko has been in great form for Roma Photo Credit: skysports.com

Roma have been underwhelming so far in the league and sit nine points off the top of the table, although they do have a game in hand on the teams above them. At the weekend, they suffered a disappointing home defeat to Napoli. But in Edin Dzeko, Roma have a talisman who is in great form. The Bosnian struck 43 goals last season in just 55 games and he’s followed that up with ten in his first 13. The former Manchester City striker always showed glimpses of his true ability during his time in England, but since his move to the Italian capital, he has really begun to flourish.

Chelsea’s last meetings with Roma were back in 2008 when the two clubs were also paired in the same group. Then, Chelsea recorded a 1-0 win at home but lost 3-1 in Rome. If Chelsea fans were offered another win tonight, I’m sure they’d snatch your hands off.

With Conte’s side low on confidence following back to back defeats, I can see this being a cagey, close-fought encounter. I think Chelsea will try to make the game scrappy and look to use their extra quality to secure a win. That being said, they will struggle to keep Roma out, with the Italian side averaging two goals a game so far this season.

 

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Roma

 

SKYBET: CORRECT SCORE CHELSEA 2-1- 15/2

SKYBET: DZEKO AND HAZARD TO BOTH SCORE- 11/2

SKYBET: GROUP SCORE BETTING CHELSEA TO WIN 1-0, 2-0 OR 2-1- 15/8

SKYBET: BATSHUAYI TO SCORE FIRST AND CHELSEA TO WIN 3-1- 30/1

SKYBET: BTTS AND OVER 2.5 GOALS- 6/5

SKYBET: A PENALTY TO BE AWARDED- 21/10

SKYBET: CHELSEA TO WIN FROM BEHIND- 9/1

Daily Horse Racing Pro Tips - 17th October 2017

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Pro Tip Footy Accumulators – Tuesday 18th October 2017

The Football Pro-Tips today come from this evening’s round of fixtures across Europe.

Keep your notifications via our Facebook and Twitter pages ON for updates throughout the day.

More selections are on the Match Grid / Tip Zone page and Free Football Tips page.

Treble Win Acca – 2PTS:

5.30pm – Panathinaikos vs Athlitiki Enosi Larissa – Panathinaikos to Win1/4

6pm – IFK Norrkoping vs Malmo – Malmo to Win19/20

8pm – Leicester vs West Brom – Leicester to WinEvens

Treble: 3.88/1 – Skybet

Leicester vs. West Brom – Skybet – Upto 10/1 RAB – 1PT:

BTTS & Each Team 3+ Corners – 5/4

 

Real Madrid vs Spurs - Champions League Preview

Real Madrid vs Spurs – Champions League Preview – Tottenham face the toughest test of their season so far as they travel to Spain in the UEFA Champions League to face the current holders, Real Madrid.

Both sides have noticeable absentees ahead of Tuesday night’s fixture. Welshman and ex-Tottenham winger Gareth Bale is still sidelined with an injury whilst Dele Alli and Danny Rose are unavailable for the visitors.

Real Madrid and Spurs are odd as even at the top of Group H with six points; as well as having scored six goals each and conceded one. A victory for either side would guarantee top spot in the group halfway through the group stages.

Asensio is likely to start due to Bale being injured Photo Credit: skysports.com

The hosts most recently featured in La Liga against Getafe where they scraped a 2-1 victory thanks to a late goal from their Portuguese talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo. There is no doubt that Ronaldo poses the largest threat to the Spurs defence however, Madrid are not a one-man team. Youngster Marco Asensio has burst onto the scene in dramatic fashion scoring big goals in big games. Isco has also gone from strength to strength under Zinedine Zidane’s supervision and could feature this Tuesday at the Bernabeu.

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – Real Madrid to Win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – 100/30

Many doubted Madrid in their last Champions League match away to Dortmund as a result of their mediocre and sloppy domestic performances, however a brace from Ronaldo ensured they came home with three points. Will arguably the most dangerous attacker in the world punish Tottenham?

Skybet To Score a Brace – Cristiano Ronaldo – 7/4

Mauricio Pochettino’s men travel to Spain on the back end of some very impressive form. Unbeaten in nine matches and winning seven of them, they will feel confident they can scalp a result this Tuesday. Spurs uprise in the recent years has seen them earn the opportunity to travel to Madrid and play at the Bernabeu on this stage and many fans are calling it one of the biggest matches in Tottenham history. Can they deliver overseas?

Skybet Match Result – Spurs to Win in 90 mins – 6/1

Harry Kane will be relishing the test against the current champions Photo Credit: skysports.com

When there is a Spurs goal, more often than not Harry Kane is involved. The Englishmen has continued scoring goals off the back end of the previous two season where he was scoring for fun. Many are tipping Kane as one of, if not the, deadliest striker on the planet right now and he will relish the chance to play against one of the strongest defences in the world. Can he help Spurs grab some points at the home of the current champions of Europe?

Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Harry Kane to Score in 90 mins – 5/4

 

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