Match Betting Preview - Cardiff vs Burnley. Sunday 30th September 2018, FA Premier League, Cardiff City Stadium. Live on Sky Sports Football – Kick-Off: 16:00 GMT.

Cardiff vs Burnley
Sunday 30th
 September 2018
FA Premier League, Cardiff City Stadium

Live on Sky Sports Premier League – Kick-Off: 16:00 GMT

Cardiff vs Burnley – In what is already a six-pointer, Cardiff host Burnley in a relegation battle with both sides desperate for three points.

Burnley picked up a first win of the season last time out in a surprising 4-0 hammering of high-flying Bournemouth. Other than that, it has been clear to see there is some previous season and Europa League burnout. Sean Dyche’s side have looked completely distant from the team that finished seventh last year.

Not to mention the humiliating exit to struggling League One side Burton Albion in this week’s Carabao Cup. Before beating Bournemouth, The Clarets’ only point of the season came in a 0-0 draw with Southampton. Dyche will be hoping Saturday was indicative of future performances, not Tuesday. Sitting in 16th, no one is expecting Burnley to replicate last season’s achievements, but wins need to come, and fast.

In contrast, it was always going to be a struggle for newly promoted Cardiff City. Neil Warnock worked wonders last season to promote the South-Welsh side on a small budget compared to rivals. As such, Cardiff found themselves favourites for the drop. The first six games have done nothing to change anyone’s opinion on that, with just two points so far.

Those came against Huddersfield and Newcastle, in 0-0 draws. Perhaps more worrying, is that the relegation zone consists of those three sides. Cardiff are 19th, ahead of Huddersfield, but only based on alphabetical order. Both teams have conceded a league-worst total of 14 goals, whilst scoring the fewest amount with three too. The signs look ominous for The Bluebirds with a squad that looks devoid of the necessary quality needed to survive.

Then all signs point to this being billed as an incredibly important fixture. Burnley need to win to stamp an authority over supposed lesser teams, whilst Cardiff will see this as a vital opportunity to secure their first win back in the Premier League. Home form against rivals is so often a defining factor in a team’s attempts to avoid relegation.

Perhaps surprisingly, Burnley’s issue has not been scoring goals, but conceding them. However, with a strong backline of Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and an in-form Joe Hart, that should come good. Matej Vydra scored his first for the club last week, and if the Czech international can resume his scintillating form from last season, albeit in the Championship with Derby, then Burnley have a player on their hands.

Martin Atkinson has refereed in every Premier League matchweek so far, and will be the man at the helm here. Atkinson has given out 21 yellows and no reds so far, averaging just 3.5 cards per game. Only four teams have received more than Cardiff’s eight yellows, with Burnley’s figure just three more. The signs point to low booking points. However, in what will surely be a combative game, that could all change.

This may not be the most exciting match the Premier League has to offer. This may not showcase the highest quality players the league has to offer. It will, however, be an intense battle between two teams desperate to put three points on the board. It will come down to who wants it more.

Cardiff vs Burnley will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League with kick off at 19:45 GMT.

Prediction – Cardiff 1-1 Burnley 

Suggested Tips – Cardiff vs Burnley (BET365)

  • Correct Score – Draw 1-1 – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips – Cardiff vs Burnley (SKYBET)

  • Burnley to score in the first 10 minutes – 9/1.
  • Full time result & Under 2.5 Goals – Draw and under 2.5 Goals – 9/4
  • First Goalscorer – Matej Vydra – 11/2
  • RequestABet Specials – Draw 0-0 and no booking points – 125/1
  • RequestABet up to 10/1 – Barnes, Reid, Danny Ward & Vokes 1+ shots on target each – 15/2.

Odds and markets last updated on Sunday 30th September 2018 @10:40 GMT.

Remember to keep visiting the tips and preview area for further updates and betting previews around this weeks European action across the Champions and Europa League.

Ostersunds vs Arsenal, Thursday 15th February Europa League, Round of 32 -1st Leg, Jamkraft Arena, BT Sport 3 - 6:00pm. Betalyst Match Betting Preview.

Ostersunds vs Arsenal
Thursday 15th February
Europa League, Round of 32 -1st Leg

Jamkraft Arena, BT Sport 3 – 6:00pm

Ostersunds vs Arsenal – Arsenal seek Europa League glory to salvage their season and a trip to Sweden against Ostersunds in the Last-32 is the first obstacle in doing so.

After a crushing defeat to bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the North-London derby, Arsenal’s top-four hopes hang in the balance. Wenger’s side are in 6th place, now seven points away from Spurs and eight adrift of Chelsea in the Champions League places.

Winning the Europa League remains the most realistic chance of qualifying for Europe’s elite competition next season, and after defeat to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup it is expected Wenger will play a full-strength side to do so.

Ostersunds are currently enjoying the best period of their existence. Established in 1996, Englishman Graham Potter has led the Swedish outfit from the fourth tier in 2011 (averaging attendances of 783) to the top division in just half a decade.

A fantastic victory in the Svenska Cupen (Sweden’s primary cup competition) signified the magnificent rise of the club, but perhaps even more excitingly has taken them on a European adventure for the first time in their history.

Finishing 2nd in a group that also contained Athletic Bilbao, Hertha BSC and Zorya Luhansk continues the fairy-tale and has rewarded the club with their greatest-ever fixture – a clash with English giants Arsenal.

When looking for clean sheets the blatant choice here would be to go for Arsenal, they have kept nine this season – only the top five and Burnley have more. The fact they are overwhelming favourites is another matter. Being prone to a defensive mishap it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to see Ostersunds on the scoresheet, however. It would probably take a miracle for Potter’s side to deny Arsenal the away goal for 90 minutes though.

David Fernandez Borbalan has been named in charge of this one, the Spaniard has been very active in La Liga this term – giving out 62 yellow cards in his 12 matches. This places him 7th from 20 in Spain’s top tier for average cards per match at a rate of 5.64. Arsenal are yet to receive a red card in the Premier League this year and have picked up a middling 42 yellows, so shouldn’t offer too much in terms of headaches for the referee.

With the Swedish league not starting until April, Ostersunds may not be up to speed in dealing with an Arsenal side deep in the midst of a multi-faceted season.

But, maybe that means the underdogs have had longer to prepare and focus their energy on what would be the most remarkable of giant-killings. There’s only one way to find out.

Prediction – Ostersunds 1-3 Arsenal

Realistically, Arsenal should be far too strong for the Swedish counterparts and easily push them aside.

Ostersunds vs Arsenal will be televised live in the UK on BT Sport from 6PM GMT.

Suggested Tips – Ostersunds vs Arsenal – (BET 365)

  • Arsenal to win – 3-1 – (link no longer available)
  • Arsenal Clean Sheet – Yes – (link no longer available)
  • Arsenal to Win to Nil – Yes – (link no longer available)
  • To Score Any Time – Aaron Ramsay – (link no longer available)

Suggested Tips – Ostersunds vs Arsenal – (SKYBET)

  • Price Boost – Danny Welbeck to score a brace – 15/2
  • Both Players to score – Henrikh Mkhitaryan & Mesut Ozil both to score – 11/2
  • Pundits RequestABets – Charlie Nicholas’ RAB – Welbeck to Score First and Arsenal to win by 3+ Goals – 12/1
  • Popular RequestABets – Mkhitaryan to score, Arsenal to score 2+ Goals, 5+ Arsenal Corners & 30+ Ostersunds FK Booking Points – 15/2
  • RequestABets 80/1 and above – Ostersunds FK 2-0 & Mukiibi, Monreal and Mustafi to be carded – 500/1

Odds and markets last updated on Wednesday 14 February 2018 @18:10 GMT.

More markets will be added tomorrow afternoon prior to the game kicking off in the evening. Be sure to keep visiting the tips and preview area for further updates.

 

Real Madrid vs PSG - Match Preview - Wednesday 14 February, Champions League 2 Round

Real Madrid vs PSG
Wednesday 14th February, Bernabeu
Champions League – 2nd Round – 1st Leg

BT Sport 3 –  7:45 pm

Real Madrid vs PSG – Defending Champions Real Madrid take on PSG at the Bernabeu in the first-leg of their Champions League knockout tie.

After a disappointing domestic season, Madrid will be looking to restore their reputation in Europe. Sat in fourth, the reigning league champions sit 17 points behind Barcelona. With the league title long gone, their main focus has to be trying to catch second-placed Atletico Madrid, who are currently ten points ahead of them.

Despite struggling for most of this term, Zinedine Zidane’s sides’ form has improved recently, with four wins in their last six matches. With 12 goals in their last two home games, it isn’t goals that will dictate Madrid’s future in this competition. With Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos both struggling with injuries, Los Blancos have conceded 23 goals in 22 games. Whilst this doesn’t seem a bad return, it is three more goals than Barcelona and Atletico combined.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s league form has been under much scrutiny this season. The Portuguese forward has 11 goals this season from 18 games; a much lower return than previous seasons. In the Champions League, however, the former Manchester United forward has been in scintillating form. With nine goals from six games, Ronaldo has etched his name into Champions League history again this season. No player had previously scored in every group stages game before the five-time Ballon d’Or broke the record back in December last year.

Many will feel that PSG come into this game as favourites, despite facing the reigning Champions. Unai Emery’s side topped their group, collecting 15 points and beating Bayern Munich in the process. Having assembled one of the most expensive forward lines in history, it is little surprise to see Les Parisiens top of the goalscoring charts. With Edinson Cavani now joined by Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in attack, there is no defence in the world that wouldn’t be nervous about facing this potent trio. With 69 goals between the three in all competitions, PSG look like serious contenders for this competition and could make a real statement by toppling the reigning Champions on their own turf.

Gianluca Rocchi has been appointed as the referee for this crucial clash. The Italian has officiated ten games in Serie A this season, with an average of 4.9 cards per match. He has shown 46 yellow cards and two red cards this season, so booking points could be a good bet to go with.

With the amount of attacking talent on display on Wednesday night, it’s impossible to not predict goals. I think, despite their poor domestic form, Real Madrid will come out on top. Whilst PSG have been very impressive this season, the biggest players show their true ability in the biggest moments and I think Madrid will secure a crucial victory.

Real Madrid vs PSG will be televised live in the UK on BT Sport 3, with kick off at 19:45 GMT.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2-1 PSG.

Suggested tips (BET365):

  • Correct score, Madrid to win 2-1 – (link no longer available)
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Angel Di Maria – (link no longer available)

Suggested tips (Skybet):

  • Neymar and Ronaldo to both score – 7/2.
  • Mbappe to score a brace – 13/2.
  • Bale to score and win – 11/4.
  • BTTS and over 2.5 goals – 4/6.
  • BTTS in both halves – 15/2.

Suggested RequestABet Picks – Real Madrid vs PSG (Skybet):

  • Price Boosts – Real Madrid vs PSG – Neymar to score from outside the penalty area – 12/1.
  • Price Boosts – Real Madrid vs PSG – Gareth Bale and Kylian Mbappe both to score in 90 mins – 13/2.
  • @FootyAccums Specials – Real Madrid vs PSG – Both teams to score in both halves of both legs – 50/1.
  • @FootyAccums Specials – Real Madrid vs PSG – BTTS in 2nd half, 3+ corners each team and Real Madrid 20+ booking pts – 4/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 80/1 and above – Real Madrid vs PSG – Ronaldo & Cavani to score, 5+ Real Madrid corners, 3+ Paris St Germain corners & Ramos, Alves & Verratti to be carded – 100/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 80/1 and above – Real Madrid vs PSG – Ronaldo & Neymar each to score from outside the area – 100/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 80/1 and above – Real Madrid vs PSG – Mbappe & Neymar to score, over 2.5 goals, 4+ corners each team and Kroos & Di Maria to be carded – 150/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 33/1 to 66/1 – Real Madrid vs PSG – Di Maria to score, 12+ match corners and Verratti & Ramos to be carded – 33/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 33/1 to 66/1 – Real Madrid vs PSG – Neymar to score first and Draw 2-2 – 40/1.

Odds and markets last updated on Wednesday 14 February 2018 @17:07 GMT.

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The PDC European Tour is on the road yet again, this time in Austria. The twists and turns of the opening day came in classic PDC fashion, with many low ranked individuals looking to progress through the PDC Order of Merit. German, Rene Eidams, is the 169th in the World Rankings but impressively overcame 29th ranked, Justin Pipe, 6-5 in possibly the greatest match of Eidams career so far. 91st ranked Finish player, Kim Viljanen, beat 97th ranked Polish player, Ratajski Krzysztof, 6-5 in arguably the most entertaining match of the opening day.

Clearly the fans favourite, Mensur Suljovic, will face Ronny Huybrechts in the round of 16. Mensur enters this tournament in hot form, with 2017 being possibly the best year of his career so far. Ronny is coming on off the back of a poor individual performance at the world cup where he was partnered with brother, Kim Huybrechts. Suljovic, currently 7th in the PDC Order of Merit should beat his Belgian opponent and I fancy him to go very far in this tournament with a home crowd backing.

SULJOVIC  TO WIN – 1/7

World number one, Michael van Gerwen, enters the tournament with a match-up against unranked Austrian, Christian Kallinger. Van Gerwen ran riot in the previous PDC European Tour, winning the final 6-3 against Austrian, Mensur Suljovic. The Dutchman should have no problems with this opponent, we should see a whitewash here.

MvG TO WIN – 1/100

Scotland’s answer to an entertainer, Peter Wright, also enters the competition with a match against Finish player, Kim Viljanen. As aforementioned, Kim impressed in his previous match against Krzysztof but should find the World number three a little too tough. The Scotsman will be looking to bounce back after his and team-mate, Gary Anderson’s, embarrassing exit from the World Cup of darts to Singapore in the first round. Wright should go far in the tournament, as he usually does.

WRIGHT TO WIN – 1/100

Another player who has been impressing lately is 20-year-old, Martin Schindler. The German recently paired up with fellow countryman and 20-year-old, Max Hopp, to represent Geramny at the World Cup in front of a home crowd. Schindler was a portrait of a youngster with no fear going toe to toe with some of the PDC’s best. Schindler faces a tough test in Ian White, can he carry on his impressive form, wouldn’t want to bet against him right now.

SCHINDLER TO WIN – 1/100

Suggested Bet:

Suljovic, Smith & Norris all to win their matches – 3.55/1 (odds by Skybet)

Virgil van Dijk

Dutch centre-back, Virgil van Dijk, is being heavily rumoured with a transfer away from his current club, Southampton. The 25-year-old has turned a lot of heads during his time at Southampton, having showcased great leadership and stability at the back whilst also being a credit to Southampton’s attack, popping up with some crucial goals.

Injury ended his 2016/17 campaign early back in January and the defender has been amidst transfer rumours ever since. With interest now hotting up in van Dijk, Southampton will have a mission on their hands to keep a hold of him. Will he stay or will he go? Here are some of the odds SkyBet are offering on van Dijk’s future come September 3rd:

Liverpool – Evens

Jurgen Klopp hasn’t been shy in admitting he needs defensive reinforcements this summer. Having qualified for the Champions League next season, Liverpool need a new centre back now more than ever. A young, abrasive, fearless leader would be perfect for ‘The Red’s’ and Virgil van Dijk fits the bill. Having expressed his own interest in a move to Anfield, it’s no surprise that Liverpool are favourites to snap up the centre-back. Though Liverpool have recently come out and stated they do not wish to move for the player due to Southampton believing the Reds had earlier tapped the player up.

Manchester City- 11/2

Van Dijk would be accepted by all Manchester City fans if he were to sign for ‘The Citizens’. Pep Guardiola didn’t have his dream first season at the Etihad but was able to attain Champions League football for next season. Manchester City’s defence took a hammering from pundits during the 2016/17 season, conceding too many easy goals through sloppy play. The general consensus is a player of van Dijk’s calibre and standard would be a fantastic addition to their defence. He could strike up a youthful and exciting partnership with John Stones, a sight all City fans would love to see come September 3rd 2017.

To stay at Southampton- 2/1

There is no doubting that van Dijk is Southampton’s most valuable asset. His value is through the roof and if sold, could bring the club an awful lot of money to then spend on other young talents. However, Southampton have remained firm in insisting that the centre-back is worth £70 million, according to The Daily Mail. The Dutchman has clearly been tempted by Champions League clubs interest, however hasn’t insisted his future is not with ‘The Saints’. It would be a huge boost to Southampton if he were to stay, as they will look to improve on their previous efforts in which van Dijk was side-lined for half of the season.

SkyBet are also offering odds for van Dijk to move to:

Chelsea – 8/1

Arsenal – 12/1

Everton – 20/1

Manchester United – 20/1

Juventus vs Real Madrid - Match Preview

Champions League Final, Principality Stadium, Cardiff 7.45pm

Juventus vs Real Madrid – Match Preview – It’s the holy grail of European trophies. Under the bright Cardiff street lights, Juventus and Real Madrid fans will pour into the Principality Stadium in anticipation, hoping their side can grasp the two large handles on the Champions League trophy on Saturday 3rd June.

Real Madrid will be looking to defend their title, and if successful, will be the first team since 1989 to win back-to-back European trophies. AC Milan were the last side to do so; defeating Benfica 1-0 in 1989-90 season following their previous success in 1988-89.

Juventus have reached the final eight times in their history. The Italian giants have been triumphant in two of those eight finals; in 1985 and 1996. ‘The Old Lady’ most recently featured in the 2015 final against Barcelona and lost, 3-1. Now Real Madrid striker, Alvaro Morata, scored for Juventus and will now be hoping he can beat his old side on Saturday.

Gareth Bale could start ahead of Isco in the final in Cardiff

Gareth Bale could start ahead of Isco in the final in Cardiff Photo Credit: skysports.com

Welsh winger, Gareth Bale, was announced in the Champions League final squad after a six-week injury that left his potential dream return to his hometown for the final in the balance. Bale has had a mixed season having been unfortunate with injury for most of it. If Bale does feature for ‘Los Blancos’, will he create some magic back in his hometown, Cardiff?

Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Gareth Bale to score Anytime in 90 mins – 5/2

Juventus have progressed through the tournament in typical Juventus style; well drilled at the back, a tireless midfield and natural goal scorers among their arsenal. Gonzalo Higuain has been in sublime form this season, having moved to Juventus in 2016 for a whopping £75 million. The Argentine has delivered on his price tag, having scored 24 goals in 38 matches. Can Gonzalo strike again on Europe’s biggest stage?

Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Gonzalo Higuain to score Anytime in 90 mins – 13/8

Team News

As aforementioned, Zinedine Zidane has a huge decision to make regarding Gareth Bale and whether to start him over Isco. Isco has played an important part in Madrid’s La Liga title win this season.

Pepe is set to miss the final with broken ribs, meaning Raphael Varane is likely to start with Sergio Ramos at the back. Can those two create a formidable partnership?

Skybet Clean Sheet – Real Madrid to keep a Clean Sheet – 15/8

Juventus defender Dani Alves will be hoping to win his 4th Champions League medal

Juventus defender Dani Alves will be hoping to win his 4th Champions League medal Photo Credit: skysports.com

Ex-Real Madrid midfielder, Sami Khedira, will return to the Juventus squad after picking up an injury in the semi-final against Monaco.

Right back, Dani Alves, has been one of the stars of the Champions League and will look to continue his impressive form having popped up with a few crucial goals. Can he score in one of the most important matches of his career?

Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Dani Alves to score Anytime in 90 mins – 9/2

Suggested Tips:

  • Skybet Price Boost – Sergio Ramos to score a header – 14/1
  • Skybet Price Boost – Juventus to win 2-0 – 14/1
  • Skybet Scorecast Boost – Cristiano Ronaldo to score first and Real Madrid to win 2-1 –  40/1
  • Skybet Scorecast boost (Double Chance ) – Gonzalo Higuain to score first and either Juventus to win 2-1 or Juventus to win 3-0 – 25/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet Up to 10/1 – Mandzukic & Ramos to be carded – 7/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet Up to 10/1 – BTTS, 4+ corners each team, 20+ booking pts each team and Real Madrid to lift the trophy – 10/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 11/1 to 28/1 – Ronaldo to score and Chiellini & Ramos to be carded – 11/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 11/1 to 28/1 – A penalty awarded and a player sent off – 12/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 11/1 to 28/1 – Dybala & Ronaldo to score, 10+ match corners and 20+ booking pts each team – 18/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 33/1 to 66/1 – Higuain & Ronaldo to score and Alves & Ramos to be carded – 33/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 33/1 to 66/1 – Ronaldo to score, Draw 1-1, 11+ match corners, Casemiro to be carded and 50+ match booking pts – 50/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 80/1 and Above – Dybala & Higuain to score and Bonucci & Alves to be carded – 80/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 80/1 and Above – Bonucci, Ramos, Varane & Chiellini to be carded – 100/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 80/1 and Above – Bonucci & Ramos to score and Bonucci & Ramos to be carded – 250/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 80/1 and Above  – Penalty to be missed, an own goal scored and Modric & Alves to be carded – 500/1

 

Huddersfield Town vs Reading - Match Preview

Skybet Championship Playoff Final, Wembley, London 3pm

It’s football’s most expensive match, Wembley Way will be full to the brim of Reading FC and Huddersfield Town fans as their teams fight for a spot in the most watched football league on the planet, the Premier League.

As a fan, it can be the most nerve-racking, nail-biting, heart-breaking match to watch. It can also be magical. Heroes are birthed in play-off finals, names are forever remembered and history continues to be written under the Wembley arch. For both Reading FC and Huddersfield Town, they will be praying for that moment of elation when the final whistle will be blown, not the tearful misery of failure.

Jaap Stam will hope to lead his Reading side into the Premier League

Jaap Stam will hope to lead his Reading side into the Premier League Photo Credit: skysports.com

Reading FC are no strangers to the play-offs. However, they enter the match with a certain aura and swagger that many did not expect them to possess. Their ability to keep possession and score at vital times has helped their meteoric rise to the high-end of the table for most of the season. Led by Manchester United legend, Jaap Stam, ‘The Royals’ will look to impose their style of play early on Monday night; attempting to control the tempo of the match and dictate the flow, using their key players such as clinical striker, Yann Kermorgant and playmaker, John Swift. Kermorgant scored the crucial goal to help Reading reach the final, will he strike again?

Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Yann Kermorgant to score Anytime in 90 mins – 9/4

Huddersfield Town have been the surprise package from the Championship this season. They have continued to defy the odds following their poor campaign last year, finishing 19th just avoiding relegation. With head coach, David Wagner, and an ensemble of young loanees’ and signings, they have become an unexpected force to be reckoned with. Their potent attack and rigid defence saw them fight off strong opposition in Sheffield Wednesday in the semi-final tie, overcoming the Championship giants on penalties to reach the final. Aaron Mooy has been delightful for ‘The Terriers’, popping up in key moments with brilliant set-pieces and goals. Will the Australian continue  his impressive season with a goal at Wembley Stadium?

Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Aaron Mooy to score Anytime in 90 mins – 7/2

Manchester City loanee Aaron Mooy has been excellent for Huddersfield this season

Manchester City loanee Aaron Mooy has been excellent for Huddersfield this season Photo Credit: skysports.com

Team News

Reading will be hoping Jordan Obita, who scored in the semi-final first leg vs Fulham, will be fit and available after picking up an ankle injury.

Gareth McCleary could also get a start, after coming off the bench in the 1-0 win over Fulham.

Jaap Stam will have some big decisions to make, can he lead his squad to the Premier League?

Skybet To Lift The Trophy – Reading – 6/5

Huddersfield Town have no fresh injury worries and could name the same starting XI that beat Sheffield Wednesday.

Chelsea loanee, Kasey Palmer, could be fit after being side-lined for three months with a hamstring injury.

Can Wagner complete what has already been a glorious season with promotion to the Premier League?

Skybet To Lift The Trophy – Huddersfield – 4/6

 

Suggested Tips:

  • Skybet Price Boost – Yann Kermorgant to score and Reading to win in 90 mins – 6/1
  • Skybet Price Boost – Elias Kachunga to score and Huddersfield to win in 90 mins – 4/1
  • Skybet Scorecast Boost – Rajiv Van La Parra to score first and Huddersfield to win 2-1 – 80/1
  • Skybet Scorecast Boost (Double Chance) – John Swift to score first and either Reading to win 1-0 or Draw 1-1 – 25/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet Up to 10/1 – BTTS, over 2.5 goals and 20+ booking pts each team – 11/2
  • Skybet RequestAbet Up to 10/1 – Wells to score, Huddersfield to win and BTTS – 15/2
  • Skybet RequestAbet 11/1 to 28/1 – Brown to score, Huddersfield to win, over 2.5 goals and Under 50 match booking pts – 12/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 11/1 to 28/1 – 9+ match corners and 20+ booking pts each team (both 90 mins) and either team to win on penalties – 16/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 33/1 to 66/1 – Wells & Kermorgant to score, 12+ match corners and 50+ match booking pts – 40/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 33/1 to 66/1 – Over 2.5 goals, 4+ corners each team and Hefele & Hogg to be carded – 50/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 80/1 and Above – Kermorgant & Grabban to score and Hefele & Blackett to be carded – 125/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet 80/1 and Above – Mooy, Smith, Lowe & van den Berg to be carded – 150/1
  • Skybet @FootyAccums Special – Wells & Kermorgant to score and Gunter & van den Berg to be carded – 80/1

French Cup Final, Stade de France, Saint – Denis 8pm

Ligue 1 runners-up PSG are seeking their third consecutive Coupe de France title against underdogs Angers SCO at Stade de France.

The home of French football, Stade de France, could host one of the true underdog stories as The Parisian goliaths face trophy-less Angers in France’s premier knockout cup competition.

PSG have had a very poor season by their own ambitious standards and as such manager Unai Emery’s job is under intense scrutiny. Accustomed to success; especially domestically, missing out to a brilliant Monaco side in Ligue 1 by 8 points will have been a massive blow. Even worse was the humiliating manner in which the Spanish manager’s side threw a commanding 4-0 lead against Barcelona in the Champions League – losing 6-1 in the second leg and consequentially being ejected from the competition as early as the last 16 stage.

The only silverware won this campaign by the ex-Valencia and Sevilla manager’s side has been the Coupe de la Ligue; crushing French Champions Monaco 4-1 in the final.
Winning the Coupe de France – and therefore the domestic club double – could be Emery’s only salvation as he fights for his job. The Spaniard is no stranger to success in cup competitions; having guided Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League titles during his time in Seville.

Stephane Moulin’s men finished in a commendable 12th position in Ligue 1 but have never won a trophy in the club’s history. In fact, this is the first cup final Angers have got to for 60 years – making PSG massive favourites to take the crown.

Angers displayed their fighting spirit in a resilient 2-0 semi-final victory over Guingamp; in the last minute Guingamp forward Jimmy Briand missed a penalty before Karl Toko Ekambi went up the other end to finish the tie in injury time.
PSG reached the final by demolishing domestic rivals Monaco 5-0 with a stunning performance in the semis, courtesy of a Blaise Matuidi goal an assist.

PSG have won 13 of their last 16 league matches so will come into this one in red hot form, Angers on the other hand have lost 6 of their last 10 – but picked up two consecutive wins to end the season which will help build confidence.

Team News
PSG will be thankful they have an embarrassment of riches to call upon in their squad, as full backs Thomas Meunier and Layvin Kurzawa are both ruled out – Maxwell and Serge Aurier are both set to start in their place. Grzegorz Krychowiak is also out of contention. Hatem Ben Arfa and Marco Veratti are both doubts but should be fit enough to make the squad.

Angers will want to be at full strength for the challenge of the French giants – but will be without defenders Pablo Martinez and Yoann Andreu are ruled out alongside striker Billy Ketkeophomphone. Abdoulaye Bamba remains a doubt for the final.

Edinson Cavani has scored 35 goals in Ligue 1 this season

Edinson Cavani has scored 35 goals in Ligue 1 this season Photo Credit: skysports.com

Players to Watch 
This match is likely to boil down to whether the PSG players can reach the standards expected to see the job through. Hence two key players for the Parisians are noted here.
Edison Cavani is a player that often divides opinion. Irrespective of his perceived efficiency or whether he was the man to replace the cataclysmic hole left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Uruguayan’s output is phenomenal – 35 goals in Ligue 1 is only bettered by Lionel Messi’s 37 in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season. Blessed with athleticism and incredible movement of the ball and with a gifted knack for being in the right place at the right time; 49 goals in all competitions this season highlights the danger of the ex-Napoli man. It is a certainty that PSG are going to create chances, if Cavani puts them away then Angers won’t have a prayer of winning this tournament.

Thiago Silva is a man that leads by example – the PSG captain puts his body on the line in aid of his team and uses his leadership qualities to calm his side down when needed. The Brazillian international is the second most expensive defender in history after moving from Italian giants AC Milan to the French capital. Thiago Silva is an excellent reader of the game and often snuffs out opportunities before the danger presents itself, his ability on the ball then helps the team push forward.
61 caps for Brazil in a trophy-laden career speaks volumes of one of the world’s highest-rated defenders and on his day can give nightmares to even the very best strikers.

 

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Daily Horse Racing Pro Tips - 23rd October 2017

Horse Racing Preview

Here is our horse racing preview for Saturday 27th May 2017 across UK and Ireland Horse Racing today, unit stakes advised upon each selection.

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 27th May 2017 – Goodwood 2pm -Matchbook Betting Exchange Festival Stakes (Listed)

Abdon – 11/4 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 27th May 2017 -Goodwood 3.10pm – Winners Are Welcome At Matchbook Handicap

Horoob – 10/3 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland -27th May 2017 -Goodwood 4.20pm – Gentleman’s Measure In Memory Of Phil Wiggins Handicap

Batts Rock – 9/2 – 1pt stake (EW)

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 27th May 2017 -Goodwood 4.55pm – Better Odds With Matchbook Veterans’ Handicap

Morache Music – 9/2 – 1pt stake (EW)

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Daily Horse Racing Pro Tips - 24th August 2017

Horse Racing Preview

Here is our horse racing preview for Thursday 25th May 2017 across UK and Ireland Horse Racing today, unit stakes advised upon each selection.

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 25th May 2017 -Goodwood 2.35pm -Molecomb Blue Handicap

Shady McCoy – 7/2 – 2pt stake (EW)

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 25th May 2017 -Catterick 2.55pm -Support Local Business Selling Stakes

Mr Strutter – 13/8 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland -25th May 2017 -Catterick 3.30pm -RDA Richmond And Catterick Group Handicap

Bold Spirit – 11/1 – 1pt stake (EW)

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 25th May 2017 -Goodwood 4.55pm – Oriens Aviation EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes

Apphia – 9/4 – 2pt stake

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