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Abdullah Avci would have been gutted to see his team concede during injury time during last weeks 1-1 draw in Konyaspor. Furthermore, salt was rubbed into the wound when silly boy Belozoglu got a yellow card on 94 mins, followed by a red for complaining a few seconds later. That of course means he’s suspended today, but other than that the league leading hosts look in good nick. In the last round here Basaksehir won 5-0 against Kardemir Karabuk, and earlier on in the season they beat Galatasaray 5-1 at the Fatih Terim stadium. The fact is the hosts are 8-1-0 at home, and they have already beaten todays opponent Fenerbahce (2-3) in the reverse match! Basaksehir should be odds on, plenty of value here!
Juergen Klopp had a right to feel aggrieved by the referee’s decision to award Tottenham a penalty and a late draw in last weeks fixture. With that said, he couldn’t argue that his team were unlucky to only get a point from that match, because ultimately their opponents did a lot more for the game. In fact, we thought it was an horrible performance from the Reds, and it just went to remind us how inconsistent they can be! Southampton might be hovering near the relegation zone, but that’s mainly down to drawing eleven games. On a positive note, the visitors won their last match at bottom of the league West Brom, and they do come into this on the back of four league games and six overall unbeaten. And, to be fair the Saints have at least stop top sides Tottenham (1-1), Manchester United away (0-0) and Arsenal (1-1), and even the likes of Manchester City (2-1) struggled to break down a well organised defence.
A look at the table shows Club Brugge are running away with the regular league season. However, bare in mind this is Belgium Jupiler, and following 30 games of the regular season the top six teams will have their points halved. What follows is another ten matches, so Club will want to start that campaign with the maximum number of points. On that note, lets point out that the visitors won just one of their last four league matches and in midweek they were knocked out of the cup at the semi final stage. The other thing that stands out is Club are just 6-3-3 on the road, and they only took one more point away than their opponents at home. Waasland come into this match on the back of a fine win in Antwerp (1-2), and they are unbeaten in four. One of those games was a 2-2 in Anderlecht, so playing big teams hardly phases Sven Vermant. And, further proof of that is last seasons 1-0 win over todays opponent.
GILGAMBOA is clearly a very good horse for this category, and to be fair he ticks more boxes than our selection BURNING AMBITION. With that said, the latter has just turned seven, and he’s won his last five races in impressive style. The new kid on the block will need to be at his best again today, but the thing is he can only improve with experience.
RIVABODIVA is a strong stayer who’s a CD winner on soft ground. Lucinda Russell is wisely using a claimer to reduce the mares top weight, so the main concern has to be recent form. With regards to the trip LETEMGO ticks the right box, but he doesn’t have a 7 pound claimer today and on top of that he’s up another 4 pounds. If GREEN TIKKANA wins this on his h’capping debut i will feel like the trainer pulled the wool over our eyes. In any case, he’s got something to prove. We want to take a chance with bottom weight SORY, because he shapes like an out and out stayer and he’s receiving lots of pounds from the others.
KESSELRING was rated a decent 80 on the flat for Richard Hannon, so in theory he should be able to do better than on his hurdling debut. However, whether he’s a natural for this game remains to be seen, and he might lack a bit of scope. HIGH SPARROW ran really well to finish a close second in a point to point, and he followed up with a win on his bumper debut. The thing that stood out about both those races is he’s a strong stayer, so it’s a good thing seeing Joseph O’Brien go straight in at 2M4F. We fancy the son of Shantou to win on his hurdling debut!
Both of these clubs are performing under par, and neither have been in particularly good form. Gladbach lost back to back in the league against Leipzig (0-1) and Frankfurt (2-0), plus they lost their last four away games. As a consequence the team coached by Dieter Hecking have dropped to a mid table ninth, and even more worrying is the player situation. From what we understand Die Fohlen are expected to be without GK Yann Sommer, Oscar Wendt, Ibrahim Traore, Fabian Johnson, Julio Villaiba, Tobias Strobl and Lazlo Benes ! Stuttgart have ten points less on the board than their opponent. Nevertheless, that’s because their away form is terrible (2 points), but has host they managed 19 from 10 games. For the record, that’s 8 more than the visitors took on the road, and thinking back to the reverse match (lost 2-0) their really wasn’t much between these teams. VFB have a couple of absentees, although to be fair neither are key players. All in all, coach Tayfun Korkut can’t complain about absentees, and in that department they have the advantage on the visitors.
The Hawks were humbled on Friday night as they were drubbed by the revitalized Cavs 123-107 for their 2nd straight defeat. The Pistons lost for the first time since acquiring Blake Griffin on Friday, perhaps no so coincidentally against their trading partner the LA Clippers, 108-95. The Pistons won the first meeting between these teams quite easily and Griffin has provided a serious boost but the Hawks have improved their depth inside since then and John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon should provide some resistance against Griffin and Andre Drummond. The Hawks are respectable at home and the Pistons have lost some depth that could haunt them in this matchup.
This Penn St squad was supposed to be their best team in quite some time but after a disappointing start, the Nittany Lions have started to find some traction winning 4 of their last 5 with an outright win over Ohio St being the catalyst. Illinois has been a disappointment but it appears the Illini have woken up in recent weeks perhaps buoyed by playing 3 of their last 4 games at home. Wins over Indiana and Rutgers were encouraging and close loss at Ohio St as well. Penn St is dangerous from the outside, shooting nearly 40% from beyond the arc but this is an area the Illini defend well. The BetOnline early opener seemed about right but Pinnacle has opted to make the visitors a bit more of a hefty favorite. We see this as more or less 50/50 so the hosts with the head start looks like the bet for us!
This Wisconsin team is a far cry from the perennial Final Four squads under Bo Ryan as the Badgers enter this game at just 4-9 in Big Ten play and 11-15 overall. Still, they've endured a road-heavy schedule thus far and have shown to be decent at home. Michigan enters as the #20 seed and 8-5 in Big Ten play but the Wolverines are just 3-5 away from home. Both teams play extremely slow and the Badgers are still a top 100 team all things considered. We like the hosts to keep this in range.
Idaho St did well against Northern Colorado in a tough situation on Thursday in an 85-82 loss after back to back games at elevation. The Bengals have covered in 4 of their last 6 games and held opponents to 45.6% shooting over that span. North Dakota won the first meeting in convincing fashion 81-58 but this is a different Bengals team from a month ago and the Fighting Hawks have regressed since then. A Saturday night home game should bring more of an edge for the hosts and we believe their 3 pt shooting will be the difference!