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Coritiba vs Criciuma – Brasil Serie A

Coritiba vs Criciuma – Brasil Serie A

Coritiba news:

Coritiba vs Criciuma will be hard for the home team. Midfielder Elder scored one of the best goals in the league in 46′ and gave the victory over Atletico Paranaense. They were not better but they celebrated a great result in a match in which they were more time in danger rather than they threatened.

This was huge score and psychological boost for Marquinhos Santos’s team , which won after three consecutive defeats, but remain in the last position.

Coritiba vs Criciuma

Criciuma news:

In one of the year’s best performances, they managed to celebrate a very valuable victory. Preceded in 6′, got drawn in 13′ by Atletico Mineiro, but regained the lead in 19′. The final 3-1 enrolled in 61′, in a match in which the opponent has complaints from arbitration.

First win after four games and a deep breath Gilmar Dal Pozzo’s team, in the battle to avoid relegation.


•   Over 2.5 goals: 3 of the last 5 Serie A games of Coritiba

•   Under 2.5 goals: 3 of the last 5 Serie A games of Criciuma
•   Over 2,5 goals: 3 of the last 5 home Serie A games of Coritiba
•   Under 2,5 goals: 4 of the last 5 away Serie A games of Criciuma
•   Over 2,5 goals: 3 of the last 5 meetings of the teams (all games)
•   Coritiba can’t beat against Criciuma since 3 Serie A games


Italy Serie A – Milan vs Chievo

Milan news:

What we all suspect that will happen after the first two wins of the ‘Rossoneri’ over Lazio and Parma made its appearance. The ‘Rossoneri’ are landing slowly in the harsh reality. After the draw 2-2 in Empoli, they also remained in draw 1-1 in Cesena, score that was formed from the 19′, with their defense presenting a very bad image again. In 73′ they were left with a player less due to Zapata’s sent-off.

Silvio Berlusconi was present in the last training before tonight’s game against Chievo”.

Menez was trained normally, but I have not come yet if whether to use him or not and for how many minutes. We want the help of our funs to get back to winning ways. We will not underestimate Chievo, which should not be forgotten that defeated in Naples. Having seven strikers in the roster, it is logical that my team starts the match with four. But we must have patience” Filippo Inzaghi said.

Chievo news:

They failed to get the win in the third game of the year in “Bentegkonti’ staying in 1-1 against Empoli. They scored by Metzorini in 50′, but got drawn nine minutes later. They could even be beaten in the finale. With the sole exception of the away win in “San Paulo” over Napoli Eugenio Corrine’s team moves this year in shallow water, consequence of the many changes in the roster this summer.

“We have shown that we are capable of creating problems against great teams and we want to achieve that against AC Milan too. I believe we can do that” said Chievo’s coach.


Italy Serie A – Verona vs Cagliari

Verona news:

Verona were limited to passive a role at “Olimpico” against Roma having only one good chance in the first half. They kept zero until 75′, then the opponent had a shoot at the post while the final score was formed in 87′. Andrea Mandorlini admitted the superiority of ‘ giallorossi ‘ saying that the latter along with Juventus are on another level.

“We want to get back to winning results. I want more goals from Tony, who is a very good striker. I watched Cagliari against Inter and I can say that I was impressed. Zeman’s teams always know how to attack. For me, Zeman is a conductor” said Verona’s coach.

Cagliari news:

Questions about whether Zdenek Zeman can do the job or not, were answered with a deafening way at Milan. The skilled coach led the Sardinians to the triumphant 4-1 against Inter Milan, score that was formed from the first half. In 43′ Cossu lost a penalty too.

“The victory over Inter has given psychology to us and will help us for the difficult continuity, however I did not like the way we played in the second half. Verona is a good team that has started the season well. I appreciate Tachtsidis and if he does not play, it will be an important absence for them” said Cagliari’s coach.

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UEFA Europa League – Rijeka vs Sevilla

Rijeka news:

They traveled to Liege in the premiere of the groups towards a positive result and seemed perfectly capable to leave from Belgium with the draw. In the last quarter they had no power left and conceded two goals. However, they proved that they are, under no circumstances, not going to be a “punching bag” in the group.

The defeat left it’s… scars to the psychology of the team, as four days later, they were defeated at the derby against Dinamo, which was their first defeat at “Kantrida” since May of 2013!

The intervening week has been positive for the team of Matjaz Kek, which “healed” their wounds and within 46 minutes they grabbed the win against Zagreb, improving their psychology for the second round of Europa League.

Croatians will make their home premiere tonight in the groups for this year and it will be hard not to see a sold out at “Kantrida”. They have nine unbeatable consecutive matches in the European competitions (6 wins – 3 draws), while at the last year’s corresponding group stage they had given three draws as hosts. In fact, the opponents from Spain and especially from Seville, as the previous season they had faced Real Betis and got a goalless draw in the Iberian, while draw was also confirmed in Rijeka’s match.

Brazilian midfielder Moises was hurt in the championship match (11/5 in all competitions) and his participation will be judged just before the game.

Sevilla news:

They had an abnormal landing on Saturday at “Calderon”. Atletico imposed on them with the emphatic 4-0 while at the same time they were “demolished” from the top of the Spanish league. A proof of superiority for the champions, although the extent of the score is excessive. Having passive attitude at the start Sevilla went with a two goals handicap at halftime and finished the match with two easy goals in the last 10 minutes.

“Atletico showed that they are better” coach Unai Emery admitted while his team was coming from five consecutive wins in Spain and Europe. In the group’s premiere they achieved an easy 2-0 (8′, 31′) against Feyenoord at “Sanchez Pizjuan”.

The Basque coach has not opened his cards, but it is assumed that he intends to refresh the lineup in tonight’s match. Barbosa (goalkeeper), Gameiro (striker) and long-term absentee Cristoforo (midfielder) are again in the injury list. On Sunday, in the league they play at home against Deportivo La Coruna.

“There is nothing wrong doing a bad game. We respect Rijeka, we have experienced the Europa League firsthand and we know the difficulties. There are teams that face you by giving the maximum of their power. It is a difficult match, at which Rijeka has only three defeats in the last 25 games” the Basque coach said in yesterday’s press conference.

In last year’s attempt to win the Cup they had an away record of five wins, two draws and two defeats. In the group they remained unbeaten, while all their three away matches confirmed the reasonable goal range “2-3”.

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Europa League Predictions – Tottenham vs Besiktas

Europa League PredictionsTottenham news: When we try to find the best europa league predictions, we have to take under consideration that Mauricio Pochettino has nearly 22 players ready to           join the eleven when needed. Although the continuous rotation of the players has not helped them to find their rhythm. At London’s derby against Arsenal, they played very carefully.       They gave the ball to the opponent and tried to score with counterattacks. They took the lead after an opponent’s mistake in midfield (56′), but conceded a goal in 74′.

In the premiere of the Europa League, they remained scoreless against Partizan. This result was against the expected UEFA Europa League predictions, in a match that they had a shoot at the post. Generally they were not convincing. Pochettino made several changes at the match in Serbia. All those who played are considered for the start lineup. The same is expected to be done today.

Midfielder Chadli left the field due to an injury but he was put at the disposal of his coach. Rose (main left back) and Capoue (main defensive midfielder) are injured too and they will be checked. Walker remains out again.

This is a critical game for Tottenham because it can lead them to next round. 

These are the most difficult europa league predictions.

      Europa League Predictions : Tottenham – Besiktas   1

Europa League PredictionsBesiktas news: They were left behind early in the group with the draw 1-1 against Asteras Tripolis on “Olimpiyat Ataturk”. This match took place in rain. They lost the               volatile victory by conceding a goal in 88′. Until then, they were better than their opponents. In the last 15 minutes they underestimated the Arcadians, believing that the match             was over. Finally, they paid that.

In domestic SuperLig, Slaven Bilic’s team remains unbeaten after four games. The defense, which is critical for Europa League games today, made too many mistakes. In 28′ a goal was wrongly canceled as offside against them, a goal which they finally conceded in 72′. 

“We didn’t deserved to win, we played a mediocre match. These things happen” the Croatian coach admitted. 

Stopper Gulum recovered who stayed on the bench on Saturday. The only absent is the injured winger Pektemek. We should be aware of Besiktas’s absenses when trying to find the most accurate Europa League predictions.

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Arsenal vs Galatasaray – UEFA Champions League

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Arsenal news:

In a critical period for Arsenal football club, Arsene Wenger is called to find solutions instantly. At the time when one key player gets injured after the other, Arsenal has been left six points back from the top in Premier League. They have started with defeat in the Champions League. On Saturday, in London’s derby against Tottenham Hotspur, they showed problems in creating chances. They were left back in the score due to mistakes in defense. During the last half hour they were running to fix all the problems. They equalized by Chamberlain (74′) and they have another big derby in front of them, the one against Chelsea (away).

They were unready in the premiere of Champions League. They easily lost 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund (which is fair enough) and as Wenger said, today’s match is very crucial. The French coach, tonight completes 18 years on Arsenal’s bench (took over in 1st October 1996). What interests him today is simply to win: “The only thing I’m thinking right now is the game against the turkish team. Clearly it is a great honor to be 18 years on the bench of this club, but there is no time for flashbacks. Maybe this will be done some time in the future. Now all i care about is to defeat Galatasaray.

“As for the many injuries that arose, he called it “inexplicable phenomenon”. He stated that he has confidence in his team: “The most important in Champions League is to do three home wins. You also have to try and get some points away. So today’s match is very important. I have confidence in my team and I believe that we will succeed.”

They face new injures from the match against Tottenham. Most important of them are these of midfielders Ramsey and Arteta, who will be absent for Arsenal. Basic player, Wilshere, is also injured but he’ll possibly be prevented from the game. Diaby’s participation, who comes from a serious injury and recovers slowly, will not be risked. Other known problems are long time absences of: Debuchy (right back), Giroud (striker), Monreal (left back), Walcott (winger), Gnabry (winger) and Sanogo (striker).

In the plans of the starting lineup, a lot will depend on the presence of Wilshere. If he succeeds to play, he is expected to take a position in midfield along with Flamini. If not, Wenger will give the role of the second defensive midfielder to Cazorla. Otherwise, he will bring Chambers in Arsenal’s midfield. In this case Bellerin will play right back, as in the match against Dortmund.

Galatasaray news:

They got an extreme point playing at home against Anderlecht in the premiere of Champions League (1-1), equalizing in 91′ by Burak Yilmaz. They were minimally threatening, chasing the score from the 52′. They succeeded because of the home funs and the pressure they put, sometimes even unorthodox.

For the SuperLig, they came back to victories, after two games in the league. They took a difficult victory against Sivasspor on Friday at “Turk Telekom Arena”. Despite the quick goals by Chedjou and Burak Yılmaz, they got nervous after deduction of score. They lost possession and were threatened to be equalized in the end. Once again Cesare Prandelli shuffled the deck. The Italian changed the scheme and the players constantly. In the last match he planned a 4-3-2-1 with three midfielders and Adin often coming as a second striker. During the game he changed to 3-5-2, a scheme that Roberto Mancini insisted last year (and was fired by the end of the season!).

In six official games till now, Prandelli has never retained the same team. “We face a quality and experienced team. We will try to play our game and withstand the pressure. Arsenal has many injuries, but we will not change our philosophy. There is no reason. Concentration and patience is needed” said Prandelli. He is the only one of the 32 coaches in Champions League groups who does not know English (he only speaks Italian).

Didier Drogba visited the team’s hotel, as a player of Galatasaray until last year, sat for some time, chatting mostly with Sneijder and Burak Yilmaz.

Galatasaray is complete and will play with a 3-5-2 scheme in London tonight. Sneijder can play ahead of the four of the midfield, in a free role. The Brazilian midfielder, Felipe Melo, will be in a role as a libero which is another tactic used by Mancini last year but did not work. Galatasaray‘s left back Telles becomes midfielder. Speedy winger, Adin, fights for the position as a partner of Burak Yilmaz, in front of the Skopjan newcomer Pandev.

History :  Arsenal vs Galatasaray : The two teams have never met before.


UEFA Champions League – Bayer Leverkusen vs Benfica

Bayer Leverkusen news:

Even today if you ask any Leverkusen’s player how they lost to Monaco at the premiere, he will not be able to explain it. What can he say about that? That they lost … the sure goals and also Monaco scored in the one and only chance created?

This is certainly the true and the phenomenon of the difficulty in scoring has spread to the “aspirin.” Playing with ten players for most of the game against Freiburg, they created plenty of classic chances, but were left in a goalless draw (had two attempts at the post), unable to continue after the victory over Augsburg in the intercalary matchday in Bundesliga. The impressive start of the season had not continuity for Roger’s Schmidt players, since they have just one win in their four most recent games in the Bundesliga and in the last five officially. However, if we say that they do not play nice football it will be a lie. Just they lack effectiveness.

“The fact that last year Benfica reached the final of the Europa League is not by chance. Benfica have several players from South America who know well how to win the ball and deal with such games. We must begin to win and this has to be done instantly. The group has just six games and we have already lost one. Now we need to get the victory. Key in the match will be the way in which we will defend in the counterattacks of our opponents” these were the words of Roger Schmidt at the press conference.

Key midfielders Rolfes (captain) and Castro remain unavailable for the match. Thus the solutions in midfield are limited. Along with the above, K.Papadopoulos (Stopper) and Brandt (useful attacking midfielder) will be out. Boenisch is facing minor injury problem (basic left back), Schmidt will wait for him until the beginning of the match.

Benfica news:

The start of the “Eagles” in the competition was very poor as after a moderate appearance, they lost at home against Zenit (2-0). Just in the 5′ Hulk who was found himself towards Artur, lost no time and opened the scoring for the Russian team while in the 18′ Benfica were left with ten players when Artur overthrew Danny. The Russians two minutes later won a corner from which Witsel who was found in an advantageous position easily scored the second goal (2-0). In the rest of the match, the “mountain” that Benfica had to climb was beyond their capabilities.

Despite all these, in the league they continued winning as last Saturday won Estoril 3-2. They started with two goals by Talisca in 3′ and in 8′, and then they relaxed until the 53′ when the score turn to a draw 2-2. The victory was given by Lima in the 70′.

Digging in the statements in terms of Benfica, the most interesting one is probably the Brazilian’s midfielder Derley, who said that although the aim is to win, draw will also be important. Jesus beyond the many that he said, he did his estimates for the group saying “for us it will be a success to qualify from the group. In football anything can happen, so we can dream without anyone to have the right to steal our dreams. The fact is that there are 4-5 strong teams that usually reach the semifinals and the final. There is also an outsider, such as Atletico Madrid last year. This is what we have in mind.”

About the game said: “a second defeat will make the situation quite complicated for us. We played against Leverkusen a few years ago and since then, they still have 6-7 players, but they have a different coach who brought new ideas, as a result they play good games in Bundesliga. It will be a tough match and we should do our best to get the win. We have the quality to do it.”

The only change from the previous match again Estoril has to do at the position of the goalkeeper, where Artur is suspended for the current match. His place was taken by Julio Cesar who was also injured in the right leg, but Jesus took three goalkeepers for this match since the international goalkeeper is not 100% ready. From there onwards, the seriously injured Amorim (midfielder, 2/0), Jara (striker, 2 app.), Fejsa (midfielder, without app.), Silvio (defender, without app.) and Sulejmani (striker, without app.) remain unavailable. Nelson Oliveira, Miguel Santos, Loris Benito, Pizzi and Bebe were left out for the match against Leverkusen because they had no appearances in the championship.

History :  Bayer Leverkusen vs Benfica : The two teams have met twice before.

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Manchester City vs Roma – UEFA Champions League


Manchester City news:

As time passes so they revs up. Nevertheless still they have not reached the desired level of form and this mainly happens because of the major problems they have in defense. Against Hull they got in danger almost out of nowhere, because center-back Mangala was in a … tragic day (an own goal, a penalty). Thus, the in favor of them 2-0 turned to a draw 2-2 and they needed Dzeko (68 ‘) and Lampard (87’, scored in a third consecutive match) to lead the team to victory (4-2).

In the Champions League, Manchester City may lost to Bayern by a goal scored in 90 ‘(1-0), but the result was fair, as they had escaped earlier in many cases. “We lost in the end, in the details. Even if we could get a point, the pressure in view of the match against Roma would be the same. Last year too, if you remember, we started with a defeat and then we did 5 straight wins. This is what we’ll try to do now too, we can win Roma, although the game will be very difficult, “said Pellegrini initially in view of the current match.

“At the beginning of the season we had some problems in scoring, we scored only one goal in the home matches against Stoke and Chelsea, but it seems that we changed, we returned to our standard. Nevertheless the match against Roma requires great caution. It’s a good team, they have won the first 5 games they played since last year Rudi Garcia did a great job and has built a team with excellent technique and very quick” the Chilean coach added.

Goalkeeper Hart was left on the bench in the previous two matches (his place was taken by Caballero), but he is expected to return to the lineup against Roma. Striker Jovetic did not play, but he was trained normally yesterday and became available to coach. Key player Fernando (midfielder) and Nasri (winger) were out in the previous games and they remain unavailable. In fact, the Frenchman was subjected to surgery yesterday and will be out for about a month. Fernando revs up and next week he will be ready for Manchester City.

As for the lineup, it is a question whether Pellegrini will present the team with two strikers (Dzeko at top and Aguero behind him), as he did in most of the games so far, or will prefer a scheme similar to that in Munich, who played with one striker.

Roma news:

Roma struggled, but managed to prevail to Verona in “Stadio Olimpico” by the goals of Florenzi 75′ and Destro in 87′ and to do the “5 out of 5” in Serie A, one week before the top derby to Juventus in Turin. In their premiere of the group in Champions League they played fantastic football in Rome Italy, crashing CSKA Moscow 5-1 (4-0 at halftime). Their history in England is very poor, as in the last seven games in there at the level of Champions League they count one draw (1-1 to Arsenal in 2003) and six defeats, between them, is the heavy on by Manchester United 7-1 in 2007 .

“When the group’s draw took place, everyone had as written off. Now everyone count us and I’m proud of that. If we leave with a positive result in Manchester, we will make a major step towards qualification, but not decisive. Champions League’s matches themselves offer a great motivation to players. We must be patient to hit at the right moment. Manchester City, when they find spaces they speed up suddenly. We must have possession of the ball. We know that our work will not be easy, but we will do everything possible to make life difficult for Manchester City. We are not thinking about the derby against Juventus, because there are five days until then ” Rudi Garcia said.

Roma injuries

Stopper Astori, Castan, midfielders De Rossi, Strootman and Ucan and striker Borriello remain injured. Defender Balzaretti is unlisted. Winger Iturbe is back. Goalkeeper De Sanctis, who faces injury problems, will pass a test just before the match. If he does not prevent, his position under the posts will be taken by the 23 years old Polish Skorupski. Totti, Gervinho and Florenzi will start in the front line.

History : 

Manchester City vs Roma : The two teams have never met before.



Apoel vs Ajax – UEFA Champions League

Apoel vs Ajax

Apoel news:

They were bad in finishing their chances and lost their first points in the Cyprus league after four successive wins. They drew to Limassol (0-0) at home on Saturday, in a match in which they had good presence and several chances for goal but failed to capitalize.

George Donis claimed to be satisfied with the effort of the players, without having available De Vincenti (midfielder) and Djebbour (Striker) in this match, while the absence of the first one was more obvious.

In the premiere of the groups for the Champions League they lost to Barcelona (0-1) at Barcelona, in a match in which they had excellent defensive tactic while they could score a goal in one of their counterattacks. Against Ajax, they are expected to be guided by their defensive tactic as they did in the match of the premiere where they’ll fight for their first points in the group.

Apoel’s coach emphasized inter alia for the current match: “It’s the first match in our home and if we want to have chances against the other three teams we have to collect points in our home. The opponent are the favorite, they are a team of attacking philosophy. We need to limit them but also to keep the ball. The game will be more demanding than the one in Spain because we are not willing to give the ball to the opponent. Players have great motivation. Realistically, we cannot have the same possession as against Barcelona, but Ajax is not Barcelona. We want to have possession, but possession is not always decisive. We are prepared for all eventualities.”

Apoel’s coach, compared to the last time match, will have De Vincenti and Djebbour available. Papazoglou (centre back) remains unavailable for Apoel due to injury. Last but not least problem that emerged is Nektarios Alexandrou (midfielder), who will miss the match due to injury too. John Arne Riise (left Back) is also off for the current game because he is unprepared.

Ajax news:

Having a high percentage of accuracy in the chances created they passed with the emphatic 5-2 from Brenda’s home and combined with Eindhoven’s defeat, they grabbed the top. In the premiere of the groups in the Champions League, they drew 1-1 at Amsterdam against PSG. They showed more respect than they should to the French in the first half and fairly was found back in the score (0-1 in 14′). They tried harder in the second part and reached the equalizer fairly (74′), while just a few minutes later they had a shoot at the post and failed to do the rollover.

“It will be a difficult game. APOEL is a strong team that plays good football. They also have experience as the average age of players is 28 years. We saw (Apoel) how good team they are, in the match against Barcelona. We also know that the fans are fanatics. My players, however, despite the fact that they are youngsters, they have experience of big games and will not be affected by the atmosphere. We want to end the negative streak in away matches, but in order to have hope that we will succeed we should not underestimate APOEL” said Coach De Boer.

“Normally a point in an away game is not a bad result, but if we want to have high hopes for qualifying to the next stage and given that we have to go to Paris and Barcelona we are obliged to get the three points against Apoel” said in his turn the until recently injured midfielder Sana, who was fully healed and probably will start as a key player in tonight’s match.

The lack of the long absent Fischer (winger) will not affect the team. The only question mark for the first eleven is the position of number “6” for which Viergever and Zimling are disputing.

Apoel vs Ajax: Two teams have not met before.


England League 1 – Coventry vs Preston 27/09/2014

Coventry vs Preston Analysis

Coventry news:

They started the away match against Rochdale dynamically. In 29′ they were left behind in the score from a penalty made by the goalkeeper. Even before they recovered, they saw the hosts reaching closely to 2-0 (also having a post). Finally, in the finale they pressed, had some lost chances for an equalizer.

This was the second consecutive defeat, since there had been a 2-1 at Scunthorpe’s home, playing with a player less from the early minutes.

They remain unbeaten at home, while in the two matches they played at “Ricoh Arena”, they achieved 2 wins.

Coventry vs Preston

Preston news:

They had control in the home game against Crawley Town and – although they did not impressed – they managed to get the victory 2-0.

In 23′ scored first with Wright, while in 65′ Garner formed the final result from the penalty spot.

They came back to the successes after three failed attempts, where basically they had only one poor appearance.

It should be noted that they have scored in all of their three outings so far.

Coventry vs Preston is a match for League One.