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Laval vs Ajaccio

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Laval

They still are in very good condition. After a goalless draw which they gained in the headquarters of the pioneer Troyes, they qualified for the third round of the League Cup, winning 1-0 at home against Dijon.

The first half was bad, they took an early lead in the second scored by the veteran Diallo after a mistake of the defense. They were not threatened especially until the end.

“It is a great success for the club as it has not become accustomed to proceed to the Cups,” coach Zanko stated.

They have an excellent defense, in six official games, they have conceded just three goals, while keeping the zero for 180 minutes.

Ajaccio

They have begun to show samples of the team we expected.

Third consecutive victory, this time with an emphatic 1-4 at the headquarters of Troyes, all scored in the second half. The score was opened by Madri in 52′, followed by Fauvergue in 54′ and two goals were scored by Oliech in the 59′ and 65′. The only thing that the hosts were able to do was to reduce the score in the 67′.

“We managed to finish the game in 13 minutes, which is something very important,” the statements of coach Bracconi showing the good psychology in the team.

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Europa League Play Off: Hull City v Lokeren

Hull City find themselves tantalisingly close to making their first appearance in the Europa League proper. Standing between them and the big time stand a Lokeren side who will be hoping for a repeat performance of their victory in the first leg. The history books show that things are in Hull’s favour having won at home in their previous qualifier and the small matter of Lokeren never having won on English soil. 

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Hull City

With very little experience of European football, it is difficult to predict how Hull City will handle the tie against Lokeren. They have never played European football and may come unstuck against a side who will look to play on the counter attack. Often the underdog in England, Hull will find themselves in the unusual position of having to control the game from kick off. However, while Hull City as a club are newcomers to this level of football, they have a squad full of players who should be comfortable playing in the Europa League. Domestically, Hull have started the season reasonably well. A win against QPR followed by a draw at home to Stoke City will have given them confidence and they should win tonight.

2014/2015 Form

Played: 5
Won: 2
Lost: 1
Draws: 2

Lokeren

While Hull have never played at this level, Lokeren have been fairly consistent performers on the European stage. Unfortunately for them their record isn’t anything to write home about. After ten years in the European wilderness they were knocked out at the play-off stage last season. They have endured an inconsistent start to their domestic campaign having lost the Belgian Super Cup and their opening league game. They had looked to have picked up some form after that though with a draw and two victories, but defeat at the weekend sees them stuck in seventh place. They were perhaps a bit fortunate to beat Hull in the first leg as the English side had more possession and more shots on target and I would be surprised if they were in the draw tomorrow.

2014/2015 Form

Played: 7
Won: 3
Lost: 3
Draws: 1

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Europa League Play Off: Sparta Praha v PEC Zwolle

Sparta Praha and PEC Zwolle will meet in the second leg of the Europa League play-offs on Thursday night at the Stadion Letna in Prague, with each side hoping to secure a place in the group stages of the competition. With the score sitting at 1-1 from the first leg it promises to be another close encounter with an away goal tipping the advantage slightly in favour of Sparta Praha. However, PEC Zwolle will be keen to progress in what is their first ever season in the Europa League.

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Sparta Praha

Sparta definitely have more of a history in European competition than Zwolle. This will be their 239th appearance in European football and they have gained a respectable reputation in that time. They reached the semi-final of the old European Cup back in 91-92 season and can also boast of reaching the same stage of the Uefa Cup back in 1972. For their fans, competing in the Europa League is demanded after Sparta crashed out of the Champions League qualifiers to Malmo. They will be hoping a win tonight can kick start their season both domestically and in Europe. After starting the season well with three wins, their form has slumped of late losing two games on the bounce. They will need to quickly regain their early season form to overcome a Zwolle side in good form and with nothing to lose.

2014/2015 Form
Played: 11
Won: 6
Lost: 3
Draws: 2

PEC Zwolle

Zwolle enjoyed something of a fairytale season last year. They won their first ever major trophy when they defeated the mighty Ajax in the final of the KNVB Cup. This victory granted them qualification for the Europa League for the first time in their history. The have gone on to prove this victory wasn’t a fluke by beating Ajax again, this time in the Super Cup. Indeed, they have started the season in impressive style having won their first three games and are currently sitting joint top of the Eredivisie. If there is a concern about Zwolle it is their inexperience at this level. They may find it tough against a seasoned Sparta side who will have a partisan crowd backing them.

2014/2015 Form
Played: 5
Won: 4
Lost: 0
Draws: 1
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Competition For Money Making : Champions League

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Champions League is host to the best standard of football in the world.
Recent times have meant that unlike in previous years, there are a number of candidates that could win the competition.

The super power of Barcelona are not expected to win, this will no doubt mean fantastic odds. The Spanish way of playing football seems to die slowly. Bookmakers have pretty much discounted Barcelona to advance to a high stage of the competition. Can you ever really count out a team with Lionel Messi in it? They will also have Luis Suarez to bolster their attacking force in this year’s campaign.

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Real Madrid will also have very good odds. For a team to win the champions league back to back, they really do need to be exceptional and the pressure will be on, they could be well worth a bet. The odds will be sky high and chances for profit are a lot. There is no doubt they have some of the best players in the world, with world cup sensation, James Rodriguez joining the ranks, they really do look irresistible.

Bayern Munich absolutely cruised to victory in the Bundesliga last season but never really hit their highest gear in the Champions League. Yet again, the odds on this giant of European soccer, with players like Arjen Robben who shone in the world cup and world cup winners, like Mario Goetze, Bastien Schweinsteiger, and Toni Kroos, who will be high in confidence.

The favourites for the Champions League are pretty much non-existent. Nobody knows whether the German style that won the world cup, can triumph in club football and that means that betting on the Champions League could be hugely profitable for those who are bold and bet before the competition starts. Once the season gets underway, the odds will not be as good, it is better to pick now and maximise your profit.

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The battle for the title

In recent years, Manchester City really have become a force to be reckoned with in English football. There was a time when, under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United were pretty much nailed on to win the title, but a new era may have begun. Manchester City may just have become the team that always wins the league, even when they don’t seem to play well and could really be on the top of everyone’s soccer predictions list.

The premier league has become wide open since the downfall of Manchester United, making soccer predictions very hard to come by. Their dominance is no more and this has left the others to fight for the title. Last season, it was first of all Arsenal who were thought of as the favourites for the Premier League title early on. Inevitably, their lack of experience in those situations fell and they were knocked off the perch by Liverpool, who were the next target of people’s soccer predictions of who they thought would win the league.

Last season everybody ranted and raved about Liverpool. Their fast paced, high adrenaline football created a mist around the club that made everybody think they would run away with the league title. For all the world, it looked like they would, until, inevitably, they blew up. A soccer prediction was easy mid-season as Liverpool went through a record 11 wins on the bounce. Liverpool simply didn’t have that cutting edge, killer instinct when it came to winning the league. When Liverpool failed to get the job done, Manchester City were there.

The other major competitor was Chelsea. Chelsea were everybody’s soccer prediction to win the league from the start. People fell for Jose Mourinho’s arrogant bravado and thought that this excellent squad of players would be the ones to life the trophy, especially when they beat Liverpool towards the end of the season. While people were speculating Chelsea and Liverpool, Manchester City were quietly racking up points and before anyone knew it, they were in the driving seat.

That is why you can simply never count out Manchester City when it comes to winning the Premier league, not just this year but for years to come. They are a sensible soccer prediction. The owner’s immense riches will no doubt keep a constant supply of world-class players coming into the club and now, they have the experience of winning league titles.

Spain Primera Division – Levante vs Villareal 24/08/2014

Levante news:

Juanfran, Hector Rodas and Jaime Gavilan are doubtful for the current match.

They have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 home games in Primera Division.

They have seen under 2.5 goals scored in 9 of their last 11 home matches in Primera Division.

Villareal news:

The club’s boss Marcelino believes his side are favourites in their opening game of the season. His side are certainly the strongest typically, but Levante have proven to be a tough opponent to overcome when playing at home and it should be no different tonight.

Unfortunately this week they also lost De Guzman, who signed for Napoli.

Giovani Dos Santos, Ulche and the new arrival Denis Cheryshev will probably be in the fronline for this match.

They have won 5 of their last 6 away game against Levante in all competitions.

Spain Primera Division – Eibar vs Real Sociedad 24/08/2014

Eibar news:

They have been promoted twice in the last two seasons and they now find themselves in the big Liga of Spain.

For the modest club it should be an interesting expedition and there is definitely a lot of local enthusiasm, this is obvious by the fact that for the first time in the club’s history, they now count more than 4000 members.

Federico Piovaccari and Derek Boateng arrive from Citadella and Getafe, respectively, and both could debut from the beginning of the match.

They have seen under 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 games against Real Sociedad in all competitions.

Real Sociedad news:

They dropped off towards the end of the previous season, missing out on Champions League football. They have also lost one of their basic players in Antoine Griezmann, meaning Carlos Vela will become their basic player in the attacking third.

They have won all fo their last 3 games against Eibar in all competitions.

France League 1 – Evian TG FC vs Paris Saint Germain 22/08/2014

Evian TG FC news:

Crash No 2. After the defeat 3-0 to Caen, there was another emphatic one 6-2 away against Rennes. They started to chase the score from the 6th minute. Although they scored the equalizer in the 35′ they conceded two goals before the end of halftime. In the second part they simply crumbled and could not assert anything from the game.

An exception to the general very bad image of the team was striker Wass who scored both goals in the 35′ and 83′.

Coach Dupraz completely disappointed after the second heartbreaking appearance said: “I’m angry and I feel shame. We must get out of this situation as soon as possible. “

Paris Saint Germain news:

More concentrated than the premiere against Reims, they left no room for reaction to Bastia and won easily at home (2-0).

Scorers were Lucas (26’) and Cavani (57’), with a black spot Ibrahimovic’s injury in the first quarter of the match.

However, the future of the latter is doubtful in Paris.

The match was marred by the incident Brandao-Motta in the locker room, while the midfielder of Paris is doubtful for the game against Evian because of the hit he received.

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German Bundesliga – Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg 22/08/2014

Bayern Munich news:

FC Bayern Munich have enormous injury and fitness worries over a number of players after a long World Cup.

Coach Pep Guardiola has lost a key player for his plan (Javi Martínez) and it remains to be seen how the team will deal with three left-footed players at the back.

Kicking off the new campionship, Bayern want to compete for the treble once again, which will not be an easy target given the recent circumstances.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thiago are injured and with Toni Kroos having left the team as well, Sebastian Rode could grab a chance to start next to Philipp Lahm in central midfield.

Wolfsburg news:

Wolfsburg wants to compete for a top-4 finish once more this term and strengthened the club in several areas.

The basic problem is still the absence of a top-class striker, though. It remains to be seen if Nicklas Bendtner can somehow fill this void.

Josuha Guilavogui, Luiz Gustavo and Junior Malanda compete for two spots in defensive midfield.

New transcriptions Hunt and Vierinha compete for a position on the right wing, while Ivan Perisic is out due to injury.

Brazil Serie A – Sport Recife vs Palmeiras 20/08/2014

Sport Recife news:

The home game against Atletico Paranaense was balanced, with many mistakes in midfield.

Sport Recife were taken aback and were back at the score in 25′ but they were fortunate enough to equalize before the end of the first half. In the second half they created a few chances but the final draw (1-1) is fair.

For a third consecutive game the team of Eduardo Baptista failed to convince with their performance and remains without a win this time.

Palmeiras news:

A former player of Palmeiras hurt them, the striker Alan Kardec, who scored the winning goal at Sao Paulo in 89′. They had equalized with a penalty in 60 min, but were unable to leave with a good result, in a match in which they lost due to injury midfielder Valdivia in 20′.

They have completed nine games without a win and remain without a three-pointer from the time the team was taken by Ricardo Gareca.

“For everyone there is a limit,” said the coach, who is likely to leave. A critical week with his family pushing him to return to Argentina, but with president of the club supporting him fully.