European Round-Up: 03/11/2018

European Round-Up: 03/11/2018

Juventus vs Cagliari

An interesting tie in the Italian top-flight goes down at the famous Allianz Stadium in Turin as top of the table and reigning champions Juventus look to extend their gap between them and their rivals against a Cagliari side on the hunt for a fourth league game unbeaten for the first time since January of 2014. The hosts have won this fixture in each of the last four meetings between the two and the task is an obvious uphill one for Rolando Maran’s travelling team, but they’ll be of the belief they can pick up at least a point here after a 2-1 win at home to Chievo last time out and an impressive 1-1 draw away to Fiorentina a fortnight ago. An unexpected win for Cagliari is evident in their odds of 22/1 with Bet Victor, whilst the draw is also a big price at 7/1 with Betfair. Massimiliano Allegri’s men remain the only side with an unbeaten record in the division and Saturday’s hosts have also drawn on just one occasion, with that actually coming in their last home tie against Genoa, where they drew 1-1. A tenth win of the season is an obvious short price of 1/6 with William and attempting to spearhead that win will be none other than the famous Cristiano Ronaldo, who has four goals in his last three Serie A games. For Cagliari, Leonardo Pavoletti has three goals and an assist in his last three starts and he’ll be hoping to also perform under the hostile atmosphere of the Allianz this weekend.

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Ajax vs Willem II

Dutch giants Ajax return to their stomping ground in the Eredivisie this weekend against Willem II, with the hosts adamant on keeping up with bitter rivals PSV, who currently sit one place above them at the top of the table. A win for Ajax could get them closer to the side that haven’t yet dropped a point in ten matches and Erik ten Hag and his men will be hoping PSV can drop points in order to draw closer to their main title rivals. It certainly won’t be easy against a side in Willem who are coming into the match off the back of an emphatic 5-0 win over Spakenburg in the Dutch Cup and the travelling team will be hoping for a repeat of the corresponding fixture which took place back in 2016, when they travelled to their opponents’ home turf and defied the odds, beating Ajax 2-1. However, Willem’s league form certainly isn’t great and they currently remain on a winless drought which has stretched to four matches. Ajax on the other hand are in fine form and find themselves on a five-game winning run in both the Netherlands and in Europe. Most notably, the hosts have not conceded a goal in any of those games, whilst scoring an emphatic 16 goals. Their last match in the Dutch top-flight ended in a 3-0 win over the uninspiring Feyenoord, whilst their only loss of the season actually came to PSV, who comfortably ran out 3-0 winners. A win here for the hosts is short odds of 1/11 with Betway as expected, whilst the draw is 11/1 with Bet Victor and the away win for Willem II is a huge 35/1 with Betfair. Leading the way for Ajax in attack this season has been former Southampton forward Dusan Tadic, who has seven goals this term, whilst Fran Sol is the talisman in the Willem ranks with five goals in his last eight matches.

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Real Madrid vs Valladolid

Real Madrid return to La Liga action this weekend against Valladolid as the managerless hosts look to bounce back from an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Barcelona in El Classico last weekend. The hosts currently sit ninth in the table after an embarrassing four wins from ten matches and their opponents this weekend actually sit three spots above them in the top six and head into this game full of confidence after extending their unbeaten run to five matches last time out at home to Espanyol with a 1-1 draw. The two teams last met back in 2014 and the reverse fixture actually ended in a 1-1 draw, whilst the corresponding fixture ended with a 4-0 drubbing in favour of Madrid back in 2013. However, what would’ve normally been a routine win for the hosts now looks like another tough hurdle for them to overcome and after being on the end of embarrassing home losses to Levante and away hammering’s against Sevilla and Alaves, the away win at 16/1 with Bet Victor actually looks an attractive price, whilst the draw is 7/1 with Bet 365. The home win is still short odds as expected at 1/5 with Betway and that is the case with the sheer amount of firepower that caretaker manager Santiago Solari will have at his disposal, with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio all desperate to begin firing. Valladolid’s key men lie in the form of Leonardo Suarez, Enes Unal and Oscar Plano, all of which have contributed with goals this term.  

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Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona

La Liga table toppers Barcelona return to Spanish top-flight action on Saturday evening against Vallecano at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas as they look to continue their pursuit of a second successive league title. Their visit to Madrid will be their second game against a side from these parts in as many weeks after their last match last weekend saw Ernesto Valverde’s side hammer bitter rivals Real Madrid 5-1 in the first El Classico of the season. That win, as well as their midweek 1-0 win over Leonesa in the Spanish Cup, extended their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions, whilst also ensuring they stay at the top of the table. Their game against Vallecano this weekend isn’t a time for complacency, with their unlikely title rivals Alaves just one point behind them in second place, but Barcelona have a clear liking of playing Vallecano, with their last six matches seeing the European giants score a huge 28 goals, ten of which have come in the last two meetings back in the 2015/16 season. The hosts to win this one is 17/2 with Unibet and Raul de Tomas will be the key in Vallecano potentially doing so after the talisman has scored three in his last seven. In the absence of Lionel Messi, who is out injured after spraining his arm against Sevilla, Luis Suarez has been in and amongst the goals and the Uruguayan will be looking to do so once again this weekend. The draw is 5/1 with William Hill here, whilst a Barcelona win is 1/4 with Paddy Power.

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Bayern Munich vs Freiburg

Bayern Munich face off against Freiburg this weekend in the Bundesliga at the Allianz Arena as the hosts look to stay with bitter rivals Dortmund at the top of the table with a win against the side they have beaten in eight of the last ten meetings. The hosts come into the game as obvious favourites at 1/9 with Bet 365 and rightly so with their sheer amount of firepower in their side, but also after getting back on track in all competitions with four-straight wins. Their last two domestic victories have seen Munich record back-to-back 2-1 wins over Mainz in the league and away to Rodinghausen in the German Cup and they’ll be looking to brush aside their opponents who they have beaten by at least four goals in the last two matches. Freiburg did win their last match in the Bundesliga against Monchengladbach in a 3-1 victory on home turf, but this trip to the Allianz is a clear uphill task and one that will have to involve some excellent defensive solidarity, whilst also taking their chances which they will no doubt get. Looking to take those chances to defy the odds of 30/1 for Freiburg to win the match with Betfair will be talisman Nils Petersen, whilst impressive goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow will be hoping to extend his clean sheet record to four shutouts in ten matches.

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Celtic vs Hearts

An all-important clash in the Scottish Premiership comes from Celtic Park in the Scottish capital as second place Celtic play table toppers Hearts in a must-win game for the hosts. Brendan Rodgers’ side have bounced back from a poor start in their pursuit of retaining the title this season with four-straight wins in the top-flight, but a win here is imperative if they hope to stay with their rivals, whilst a loss would put a huge seven-point gap between them and the top of the league. Their last two matches have seen the Boys in Green beaten Dundee 5-0 and Hibernian 4-2 and ironically, only last weekend the reverse fixture of this contest saw Celtic hammer Hearts 3-0 in the Scottish Cup. However, this weekend’s match is a different scenario and with Hearts’ form in the league having been excellent with eight wins and just one loss in 11 matches, they’ll fancy their chances of redemption here. Their previous matches at Celtic Park has seen Hearts fail to win since 2012, but Craig Levein and his side will be confident of defying the odds here. A Celtic win is a short 1/4 with Bet365, whilst the draw is 5/1 with William Hill and the away win is 11/1 with Betfair – which is an attractive price after Hearts’ good season so far.

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