If Tottenham are going to stay in touch with the Champions league places they will need to win this match against second placed Manchester United. Afterall, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are trailing the top four by 5 points and they are currently 8 points off United. Spurs actually come into this on the back of two draws, and the one against lower league Newport (FA cup) means they will face a replay. With Champions league looming the North Londoner’s are facing a busy schedule and could pay the price. United are still a fair bit behind Man City in terms of quality, but with Jose Mourinho extending his contract they shouldn’t be long in getting there. In the meantime, the visitors arrive here in solid form and they are certainly good travellers. Team news isn’t an issue for either side, but the bookmakers odds certainly are - Take United with draw no bet at 2.28!
We can’t be adamant about this bet, because Alize Cornet wouldn’t be the most reliable player on tour. However, the French girl appears to mean business this season, and she’s already beaten the likes of Julia Goerges (Aussie open) , Caroline Garcia (Brisbane) and Mona Barthel in the first round here. Daria Kasatkina could have been expected to start the season well, but she lost to Kanepi (Brisbane) and Barbora Strycova ( Sydney) in early season fixtures. Furthermore, the 20 year old was terrible against Magda Linette in the second round of the Aussie and needing three sets to get past Viktoria Kuzmova tells us she’s coming up short.
FREE PREMIUM BET ----- Both of these clubs had to change managers before they found their true form. When Sam Allardyce took over Everton they were just above the relegation zone. That was until four wins and a draw from their next five matches took them into midfield and away from the danger zone. However, that initial injection of points stopped with a defeat in Bournemouth (2-1), and the fact is the Toffee’s haven’t now won any of their last seven competitive matches. Claude Puel wasn’t an instant hit at Leicester. Nevertheless, they are up into seventh following a decent run, and they come into this match on the back of six matches unbeaten (4-2-0). At the weekend the Foxes thrashed Peterborough (1-5) to advance to the next round of the FA cup, but the display that impressed us most was the 0-0 in Chelsea. On that occasion they had to play the last 22 minutes without red carded Amartey, but they clung on determinedly. On a point of note, Man City are trying to sign Riyad Mahrez so the chance of him playing tonight are remote. Other than that the Foxes only have Wes Morgan on the sidelines, so they are good to go! Take Leicester to continue winning, although we go ‘’draw no bet’’ for a bit of insurance.
The Sky Blues won their last four league matches at home, and at the weekend they knocked league higher Milton Keynes out of the FA cup. In fact, Mark Robins out foot also knocked premier league side Stoke out of that competition, and if we include cup matches they won six in succession at the Ricoh Arena. With only two players sidelined Coventry will fancy their chances of beating a moderate traveller in Cambridge, a team who haven’t won any of their last eleven road games! Normally we would be sceptical about betting any team at short odds in this league, but all arrows point to an home win!
Middlesbrough are close to the play-off places, but they lost back to back at home and are not the most reliable team to be betting at short odds. Sheffield Wednesday enjoyed a cup win over Reading at the weekend, and signs are the Owls are improving under their new coach Jos Luhukay. In fact, the visitors are now unbeaten in five matches, and it has to be noted that they only conceded one goal in those games. Team news is another positive aspect and travelling to the Smoggies is just a short drive up the M1!
The Tuckers have already knocked Ajax out of this competition, so they are hardly going to be phased by by playing second division Cambuur. Despite struggling a little in the league, the Tukkers have won the cup twice in the past 17 years and that alone suggests they want it. Cambuur are mid table in the second league, and they won six from their last 8 games. However, they are not particularly good travellers and that theory is supported by a 4-2-6 on the road in the league. Take Twente to win this by more than a goal, because they will want to make sure!
Pauline Parmentier is usually decent on an indoor hard court, but her recent form has been absolutely dire. Maybe age is catching up with the French girl because something is not right when she’s losing matches to Julia Glushko (6-2 6-1). The diminutive Kurumi Nara can be inconsistent, albeit she hasn’t done anything wrong this season. In fact, the 26 year old has beaten Madison Brengle, and at this even last year she outstayed Jelena Jankovic. If these girls continue like they started the season, Nara should win comfortably!
Trabzonspor won their last four at home, and that includes a recent victory over top of the league Galatasaray. The Black Sea Storm appear to have tightened up their game under Riza Calimbay, and they certainly know how to win matches like this. I huess their are question marks about the availability of top scorer Burak Yilmaz, but the 32 year old should be alright. Other than that we don’t want to lose sleep over Hubocan, Akbas or Castillo. And, on that note we should add Fener are certainly without top scorer Giuliano. Janssen, Neto and Osbayrakli are others sidelined and the availability of Martin Skrtel is in doubt. Fener will try and keep the Trabzonspor strikers quiet, but we believe the crowd will drive them forward and a win is on the cards for the host.
Lille are in desperate need of points. Despite massive investment in new players during the summer the hosts are currently in the relegation zone. A recent change of manager was enough to get back to back wins in Caen (0-1) and a cup match with Le Mans, but since then their have been three defeats in succession. Strasbourg knocked Lille out of the cup during midweek, and they also won the reverse fixture 3-0. The gung-ho visitors arrive on the back of a win against Dijon (3-2), so it maybe just a question of whether they can maintain progress. Odds appear fair and double chance bet makes sense.
A look at league positions will have you asking how Vitesse can be the favourite. Afterall, John Van’t Schip’s side are three places above Vitesse, and they have 8 more points in the bag. The hosts come into this on the back of a win against Breda (1-0), but before that they were thrashed by Den Haag (4-0). Furthermore, the Blauwvingers struggled against 13th placed Breda, and prior to that they hadn’t won at home in three. Vitesse are better on the road than they are at home, and they are playing better than current results suggest. With no injuries to worry about, we expect the visitors to get an important win on the board. The reason this isn’t a premium bet is we needed 1.80 for the draw no bet!
We thought long and hard about making this a premium bet, but the price dropped and with it our interest diminished. Sassuolo are just 14th in the league table, but they are beginning to play better. In fact, a recent 1-0 win over Inter was their best effort to date, and we thought they deserved a win against Torino in last weekends match. Just before christmas Atalanta knocked todays opponent out of the cup, and earlier in the season they berate them in the league. Both of those matches ended just 2-1, and to be fair the margins were tight. Reversing stadiums should give the Green/black an advantage, and it that’s the case they can win!
You can often make money in Turkey Super Liga by opposing the big favourites, and that’s especially been the case since Istanbul clubs Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray have lost dominance. However, it’s hard to get away from the fact that Gala are 8-1-0 at home, and todays opponent Osmanlispor are the worst travellers in the league (0-1-7). The remaining question is can the hosts cover a 1.5 goal spread, and we believe the answer is an affirmative yes. In fact, we are of the opinion that Fatih Terim’s side is fairly priced based on the facts at hand, and that’s despite missing leading scorer Bafetimbi Gomis. Earlier on in the season the Lions won the reverse fixture (1-3), and last season this fixture ended 2-0. If anything the second placed host has improved since then, while their opponents are very close to the relegation places!