Yesterday was a fairly decent day at the office but it could have been better. For our straight win section, it was a 50% success rate as Sevilla and Dortmund could only manage stalemates at their end.
Over to the goal market, three out of five played out correctly but it came as a surprise that Borussia Dortmund and PSG failed to tick out over 2.5 goals in their games respectively.
It was a day to forget in the goal-scorer section as none of our picks played out correctly (well Haaland had a legit goal ruled out if that counts).
Away from yesterday, there’s lot of action in wait today and that’s another chance to get closer to the flawless rate we’ve seen of recent. Some interesting games are on the cards today as well.
Featured Match: Inter Milan vs Juventus Prediction
The Serie A weekend reaches a suitable crescendo on Sunday night, as Inter Milan host Scudetto rivals Juventus in the Derby d’Italia – the 175th league encounter between the Italian giants.
Defending champions Juve trail Antonio Conte’s second-placed side by four points before kickoff – with a game in hand – and aim to narrow the gap with a fourth win on the spin.
After only one point from their last two games, the Nerazzurri not only need a win to claim supremacy over old foes Juventus – distancing the fast-closing Bianconeri in the process – they must also keep pace with league-leading city rivals AC Milan.
Extra-time success over Fiorentina in midweek took Conte’s men to the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia, thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s decisive goal in the 119th minute.
The ever-reliable Lukaku will go head-to-head with the only man ahead of him in this season’s Capocannoniere race – Juve’s Cristiano Ronaldo. The brilliant Belgian striker has registered 12 league strikes so far – to Ronaldo’s remarkable tally of 15, which the ex-Real Madrid man accrued even despite absence due to COVID-19.
A potentially season-defining start to 2021 has seen Juventus scheduled to meet both Milan clubs – and Napoli in the Supercoppa Italiana – within the space of a fortnight, as Pirlo’s debut campaign in the dugout appears to be belatedly taking shape.
The Bianconeri have put together four consecutive victories since the turn of the year in league and cup – including over Milan – and built up to the clash against Inter with success over Sassuolo last week, plus qualification for the Coppa Italia quarters (like the Nerazzurri, after extra time) by beating Genoa on Wednesday.
Juventus are unbeaten in Serie A meetings with Inter since the start of 2017, in a run of five wins and two draws, and have not lost in nine of the last 10 away league games against their Derby d’Italia opponents. Form goes out of the way in these kind of games but we are set for an exciting encounter at San Siro. Here are the most expected tips for the game,
Both teams to score
Both teams have a very good goal-scoring record in their recent league games. They have both scored more than 3 goals in their last matches making this a very good pick
They also have the top two scorers in both teams in Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo, both players are in a very good run of form recently scoring the last three. A start for both these guys would mean goals for their teams. Bet9ja have 1.46, Betway has 1.52 and 1xbet have 1.55 odds.
Over 2.5 Goals
The question of how many goals would be scored in this match wouldn’t be a problem. Both sides would be looking to outscore each other and that should leave an open game with a good potential for goals.
The team with the most goals at the end of the day would likely be the winner as this is set to be a goal contest between both sides. Both teams have experienced attackers and this could mean lots of goals. Bet9ja has 1.57, Betway has 1.61 and 1xbet have 1.69 odds.
Lyon are the league leaders and are looking like the real deal so far. A win takes them back to the top of Ligue 1 and they’ll be more than fired up to do just that. They face 12th placed Metz and it looks one-way on paper. A win here would see them continue their unbeaten run of form running from September 2020. They are widely expected to take the win and return top of the table today. Bet9ja has 1.27, Betway has 1.29 and 1xbet have 1.32 odds.
Barcelona will be looking to win their first trophy of the season as they play the Spanish Super Copa final today in the match against Athletic Bilbao in the final. The road to the final wasn’t easy for the Blaugrana as they had to make do with a hard-fought win without Messi in the team. Messi might be absent again today and Barcelona still looks the favourites with other players now picking up form. Bet9ja have 1.73, Betway have 1.76 and 1xbet have 1.79 odds.
Atalanta lock horns with 17th placed Genoa in their league match today. Atalanta are currently 4th on the league table and could go up to 3rd with a win today. Genoa isn’t in the best of form at the moment, with their inconsistency the problem. A win is a sure bet for this exciting Atalanta side. Bet9ja have 1.24, Betway have 1.25 and 1xbet have 1.25 odds.
Manchester City could be in for a fairly easy ride in today’s game against Crystal Palace. This Palace side has struggled to find goals this campaign making them struggle in the league this season. Manchester City look to have returned to their former self with most of their players in form and back in the squad. This City defence is more solid than ever and they are scoring upfront when it matters the most. Even the bookies strongly think Pep Guardiola’s men will win. Bet9ja have 1.19, Betway have 1.19 and 1xbet have 1.20 odds.
Still in the English Premier League, Tottenham look for their first away league win for a long while under Jose Mourinho. They have been unimpressive in recent weeks and are desperate for a win to see if they can still mount a challenge. Bottom placed Sheffield United are the opponents and it seems like a walk in the park for Spurs. Bet9ja have 1.68, Betway have 1.66 and 1xbet have 1.70 odds.
Over 2.5 Goals
Bayern Munich returns to league action today with a match against Freiburg. They come off the back of a shock loss to Borussia Monchengladbach. Bayern would be looking to return to winning ways and stay top and they can only do that by scoring. They have averaged the most goals per game this season in Europe and they are not likely to be stopped by a poor Freiburg defence. Bet9ja have 1.28, Betway have 1.26 and 1xbet have 1.25 odds.
Ajax play host to 2nd placed side Feyenoord in what could be an early deciding fixture in the bid for the Eredivisie. Both sides are very impressive going forward with close to 90 league goals already this season between them. They might have solid defences but they are sure to crack when both sides face each other. Bet9ja have 1.33, Betway have 1.35 and 1xbet have 1.36 odds.
Atalanta have continued their impressive goal-scoring season which has seen them go third with the most goals this season in the Serie A. Genoa has one of the worst defences in the Serie A this season and it’s no surprise they are close to the bottom of the table. Atalanta would definitely take advantage of that which is why we selected them. Bet9ja have 1.38, Betway have 1.41 and 1xbet have 1.39 odds.
Venlo has the worst defensive record in the Dutch league this season having conceded 45 goals already. Their opponents Heerenveen have a good goal-scoring record this season too so this matchup is sure to provide us with goals. Bet9ja have 1.48, Betway have 1.51 and 1xbet have 1.55 odds.
Napoli is set to face Fiorentina in their league clash today. A win will see Gattuso’s men edge closer to the top of the table and a win for Fiorentina will see them enter the top half of the table. Both sides have scored more than 2 goals in each of their last three games and this could mean a good scoring affair. Bet9ja have 1.65, Betway have 1.66 and 1xbet have 1.70 odds.
Memphis Depay has been the man for this Lyon side this season with 11 league goals to his name already. He has impressed a lot with the importance of his goals which has seen them stay top for a while. A goal from him today wouldn’t be a surprise as they seek to reclaim top spot ahead of PSG. Betway has 1.97 odds while Bet9ja have 2.00.
The Portuguese striker would be looking to show his experience and prowess by closing the gap between Juve and leader’s AC Milan with a win today against Inter. Ronaldo likes to show up in big games and he’s a good shout to score today. He is the highest goal scorer in the league already this season. Betway has 2.16 odds while Bet9ja have 2.45.
The Polish striker has been impressive this season again for the German outfit Bayern racking 20 goals already in the league. He doesn’t seem to be deterred by anything and he just wants to score goals, He might be heading for another European golden shoe as Bayern look to get back to winning ways with him providing the goals. Betway has 1.42 odds while Bet9ja have 1.35 odds.
Inter face 4th placed Juventus in their bid to go top spot with a win today, Lukaku has appeared on the score sheet in his side’s last 4 matches and he wouldn’t want to miss the chance to put Antonio Conte’s men top of the league today. Even better if that goal comes against reigning champions Juve. In a game where a lot of names can score, he is one of the top candidates. Betway has 2.39 odds while Bet9ja have 2.50.
Heung Min Son
Son’s exploits have seen him go 2nd in the goal-scoring charts with an impressive tally of 12 goals already this season. The South Korean has seen a dip in form in recent weeks and his looking to boost his confidence with a goal. Sheffield United might be the best opportunity for him to get back in the goals as usual. Betway has 2.13 odds while Bet9ja have 2.35.
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