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Scotland Premiership – Partick Thistle vs St Mirren 19/09/2014

Partick Thistle as a tornado confirmed our tips and forced the excellent Inverness to their first defeat for this season 3-1. Guests started the match with momentum and psychology of a pioneer, took the lead in the 13th minute, but since then there was only one team on the field, with Partick dominating and creating a lot of chances. The final score 3-1 fully rewards the effort of Archibald’s players who thereby partially covered the lost points from home defeat 1-2 to newly promoted Hamilton.

This season Partick seems to rely too much on home games, something that has been pointed out by Archibald. Of course all these arise from their last year’s improbable record when they managed to celebrate their first home three pointer in February. This year, they have started with a record of 2 (wins) -0 (draws) -1 (loss) while they totally have gathered 7 points with 2 (wins) -1(draw) -2(loss) record. In the last 5 games they have seen 3 over 2.5 goals scored, while in all of their games there have been scored at least two goals.

Against Kilmarnock, St Mirren also did not manage to celebrate their first point, recording the fifth defeat in 5 games and began to stick dangerously from very early in the bottom of the standings. Although they equalized Mouirhead’s goal in 63’ relatively fast (just 8 minutes later), they failed to keep the point conceding a goal in 82’ and in fact the superior Kilmarnock lost an important chance to “finish” the game in the remaining minutes.

They not only count 5 out of 5 defeats so far in the Premier and stand in last place along with the equally tragic Ross County but additionally the goal they scored at Rugby Park was the first of the season as well as they record a total individual score 1 (goal scored) -9 (goals conceded)! Certainly the problem that they always concede goals, even in the intermediate winning game for the League Cup 2-1 against Dunfermline in the Championship, remains unsolved.

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England Championship – Nottingham Forest vs Fulham 17/09/2014

Nottingham Forest last news:

They are alone in the standings, despite the 1-1 in the derby of hatred against Derby County.

The one was afraid of the other in a bad match while the eyes were mostly focused on the grandstand and the impressive atmosphere.

They were preceded in 72′ and got drawn in 80′. They were unable to capitalize on their numerical advantage gained in the last minutes. At home they have two wins and a draw in the first 3 matches, having also conceded just one goal.

Fulham last news:

The classic slogan… «Felix out» was heard continuously and the fans were already late for doing so. When a team starts as one of the favorites for returning back to Premier League and after six games the same team is a laggard, with one draw and five defeats, obviously the problem is huge.

Felix Magath is experienced but only for the Bundesliga. Championship is something completely different and the German coach … seems to be lost in space!

Against Reading FC they started dynamically, but their funny defense breached in 15′. In 18′ they were left with ten players (striker Smith was sent off on his debut and will not be available for the next three games) and then … game over.

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England Championship – Blackburn vs Derby 17/09/2014

Blackburn last news:

From the second match onwards, wins and defeats were alternated.

On Saturday, they were back at score in 51′, but reacted immediately by changing the “flow” of the match with two goals in 53′ and 56′. In 82′ they finalized their win.

“I’m very happy about the way we reacted when we were behind in the score. We showed confidence against a great opponent. We have many young players in the team and it is important to build confidence through such results, “said Bowyer.

Derby last news:

They were satisfied with the 1-1 at the derby against Nottingham. In fact, none of the two groups risked to do anything more. Derby FC stayed back in the score in 72′, equalized in 80′ and was found with a player less in 87′.

It was the second successive 1-1 draw, while yet they have not won in their away matches counting 2 draws and one defeat.

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Netherlands Eredivisie – Feyenoord vs Wllem II 13/09/2014

Feyenoord news:

Having lost a plurality of key players at the beginning of summer, they were in the process of forming the roster until the closing of the transfer period.

In the most recent game, they drew 0-0 at Twente, although based on the chances they had, they could win (lost a penalty in 34′).

Their last acquisitions are goalkeeper Vermeer (Ajax) and the midfielder El Ahmadi (Aston Villa).

“With the transactions incurred, we are now perfectly healthy financially. We want to maintain in the top positions, “said team’s technical director, Van Well.

On Thursday, for the Europa League, they will face Seville in Spain.

Willem II news:

The syndrome of away games was not overcome neither against Go Ahead Eagles(1-0 defeat).

In the last days of the transcripts they acquired, Armenteros (striker Anderlecht), Dijks (left-back Ajax), Braber (midfielder RKC Waalwijk) and Cabral (Winger Twente).

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Netherlands Eredivisie – Pec Zwolle vs PSV 13/09/2014

Pec Zwolle news:

Just a few hours after their exclusion from the Europa League from Sparta Prague, they experienced their first defeat in the league.

In a tight match, they lost to Breda (3-1). In the finale of the transfers they lost the goalkeeper Boer (4 app, Ajax) however they moved immediately by bringing as a replacement, the talented Hahn (on loan from Feyenoord).

“Eindhoven plays slightly differently than the previous years. They rely a lot in counterattacks. We will try to put pressure on them ” said captain Van Polen.

PSV news:

They seem to be unstoppable at the beginning of the season being the only Dutch team which counts the absolute record so far in their league and in Europe (eight straight wins).

Their last victim was Vitesse (Home 2-0) in a game in which newcomer left midfielder Guardado made his debut (on loan from Valencia).

At the end of the transfer period they acquired the centre-back Isimat-Mirin (on loan from Monaco), while on Thursday for the Europa League they will host Estoril in the “Philips Stadion”.

“Last year we also had a good start, but the continuity was not proportionate. I hope this year we’ll handle the situation much better” said midfielder Wijnaldum.

“Zwolle, based on economic standards, have done a very good start in the league. Especially at home they are very dangerous ” said coach Cocu.

Almeria Vs Cordoba 12/09/2014

Almeria v Cordoba could turn into a war of attrition when they meet at the Juegos Mediterraneos on Friday night. Neither side has been in good form and it could take a mistake to split the sides.

         Almeria:

Almeria have started their La Liga season as many pundits predicted they would. A 1-1 draw on the opening day against Espanyol was followed by a 1-0 defeat one week later away to Getafe. They have a real problem scoring goals and they will need to find a spark from somewhere if they wish to avoid relegation. Relegation was a distinct possibility last season and they managed to avoid it by a single point. They will need new signing Tomer Hemed to find his shooting boots soon if they are to have a season away from the foot of the table.

Cordoba:

Newly promoted Cordoba haven’t enjoyed a great start to their season either. They, like Almeria, have only a single point to show for their two games so far. However, there is perhaps more reason for Cordoba to be optimistic. They have had a very difficult start. In their first game back in La Liga they had to face the might of Real Madrid and, while they lost 2-0, they were in no way humiliated by the team from the Bernabeu. Next up was a home tie against Celta Vigo where they managed a creditable 1-1 draw against the team currently occupying third place in La Liga. They will perhaps be feeling a little better about themselves than Almeria at this point.

         Conclusion – soccer predictions:

This is an incredibly tight game to call. Both sides have a solitary point coming from a 1-1 draw and both sides are sitting with a goal difference of minus one. Interestingly the two sides met in a friendly a few days before the start of the season. Unsurprisingly the result was a 1-1 draw. With no winning form to draw upon for this encounter it would be difficult to see anything other than another draw as the final result.

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen 12/09/2014

Bayer Leverkusen:

Two games into the Bundesliga season and Bayer Leverkusen are the team to catch. The currently sit at the top of the table following wins against Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin. This, combined with convincing home and away victories against Copenhagen in the Champions League play-off, finds Bayer Leverkusen Players in a rich vein of form and they will be a tough nut to crack. Under new manager Roger Schmidt they will be hoping to get into the top three after threatening to do so for much of last season. Schmidt is a proponent of attacking football and has shown with his previous club, Red Bull Salzburg, that he knows how to get his teams playing consistently well. There could be some hope for Werder Bremen in the shape of Leverkusen’s defence. They conceded two goals against a struggling Hertha Berlin side and had previously lost two goals against a less than stellar Copenhagen team.

Werder Bremen:

Bremen have been underachieving in recent seasons. They finished a disappointing twelfth last season and haven’t troubled the upper reaches of the Bundesliga for some time. Once one of the leading lights of German football they are in danger of becoming perennial underachievers. Their indifferent start to the season is in stark contrast to Leverkusen’s trail blazing performances. A 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin was followed by a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim on match day two. However, as Hoffenheim currently sit in third place in the Bundesliga their draw may have been a better result than first thought. That said, it would be a surprise if they could get anything against Leverkusen.

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen

The stats suggests that this will be nothing other than a Leverkusen win. Both teams have met a lot of times in Bundesliga but this match is different. This match is about a European competition and that changes everything. In this type of matches form is not the most crucial parameter for the final result. Passion is a very important factor that will count. Bremen have only managed to defeat Leverkusen once in their last ten meetings. Indeed you would have to go back to 2008 for the last time Bremen won at Leverkusen’s BayArena. It would take Leverkusen to have an off day and Bremen to exceed expectations for them to get a win this weekend, but if Werder Bremen put early pressure on Leverkusen’s leaky defence they could come away with a point.

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Belgium Jupiler League – Lokeren vs Standard Liege 31/08/2014

Lokeren news:

On Thursday evening they experienced a sweet (2-1) defeat in England from Hull City and in conjunction with the first match 1-0 they qualified for the first time in their history in the groups of the Europa League (facing Metalist Kharkiv, Trabzonspor and Legia Warsaw).

In the league they reminded the famous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in an away defeat to Cercle Brugge (1-0).

They were languid in the first part and were fairly found back in score in 26′. They reacted in the second part and played Cercle Brugge in the half court, but they were very tenuous at final attempt and therefore they failed to avoid defeat.

Standard Liege news:

On Tuesday they defeated for the second time by Zenit (3-0, they had lost 1-0 in Belgium) and continue in Europa League (located in the same group with Feyenoord, Rijeka and Seville).

In the league they have not tasted the joy of victory in the past three games. They were irritatingly unlucky at home against Westerlo, remained at 2-2 and were removed even more from the top of the standings. The loss of both penalties and the shot at the post were the culmination of their misfortune in second part while the score still was 2-2.

“We keep the positives from the games against Zenit and turn our attention to the league. We will do everything we can to win Lokeren” said coach Luzon.

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Belgium Jupiler League – Club Brugge vs Anderlecht 31/08/2014

Club Brugge news:

On Thursday, for Europa League’s playoff, they doubled their wins to Grasshoppers (1-0, 2-1 they had won the first game in Switzerland) and qualified for the groups where they will face Copenhagen, Helsinki and Turin.

In the league, they completed three games without a win. Last week they really suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 3-1 at the headquarters of Mechelen. The final result is fair with Club Brugge unable at any point of the match to impose their rhythm.

The transcriptional activity of recent days is intense. Odjidja-Ofoe (midfielder, 3 app.) will continue in Norwich. A breath away of Genoa is Lestienne (winger, 4 app.). Their last additions from Latin America are the Colombian striker Izquierdo (4 million. Dollars, Once Caldas), the Brazilian winger Gedoz (Sporting Defensor) and the Chilean defensive midfielder Silva (on loan from Osasuna).

“It would not be nice to find ourselves eight points behind Anderlecht. I hope we’ll not be as unlucky as last year. I must admit however that Anderlecht have a very good team, “said coach Preud’homme, who as coach of Club Brugge counts three defeats in equal number of times he faced Anderlecht.

Anderlecht news:

Without impressing once again they prevailed Beveren 1-0 and enjoy the loneliness of the top. The debut of the newly acquired midfielder Defour was satisfactory, indicating to his presence that he is in good condition.

“Neither of the two teams are in the best possible condition. It will be a good test for us in view of the Champions League matches. Club Brugge will definitely want to avenge their defeat in last year’s playoffs that substantially cost them the title stated the coach Hasi.

Right defender Colin signed (Troyes – he is not available for tonight) while goalkeeper Kaminski was given on loan to Anorthosis.

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Chateauroux vs Orleans

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Chateauroux

They decided to line up with basic eleven in the League Cup against Clermont, they took the lead before the 20 minutes were completed by Thil and had a chance to double the score but the post stopped them.

They were equalized in the 35′ and were left with ten just after the completion of an hour because of the red card shown to the defender Boyer.After this point they logically collapsed (1-3 final result).

Two new additions were announced, midfielder Zola (Le Havre, 31 app./0 goals) and central defender Udoji (Rennes, 13 app./1 goals).

Orleans

Although they are newly promoted in the category, they continue to show professionalism and cynicism.

Third consecutive three-pointer for the surprise of this year’s League 2 with the same score.

The result of the home match against Brest was 1-0 with the goal been scored by Ponroy just in the second minute. Later, many battles were given in the game and the toughest team (Orleans) managed to get the result.

On the plus is that they had no obligations in League Cup and managed to rest a few days more.

New transcriptional acquisition is the good striker Benmeziane who is expected to make his first participation.