18/12/2021 – Daily Football Predictions

Games continue to come in thick and fast and a period of doubt has come into play with a host of Premier League games having to be postponed due to covid-19 outbreaks in several camps. It remains to be seen if the league will go on a break but for now, action remains ongoing in England and across Europe as well.

Without much ado, we bring you the best betting tips and predictions to go with from all of the day’s action.

Straight Wins

Arsenal visit Elland Road on Saturday for the Premier League showdown with home team Leeds United. The hosts will be looking for an improved result here after the 7-0 Premier League loss in their previous game against Manchester City. Arsenal will come into the clash after a 2-0 Premier League win against West Ham United in their most recent outing. The Gunners would be coming into this fixture knowing they haven’t been beaten by Leeds United in away games against them for the last 4 league matches. Regardless, Arsenal are expected to take home the win with their current run of form. Bet9ja has 2.08 odds, Paripesa has 2.15 odds and 1xBet has 2.15 odds.

Juventus had a frustrating evening at Venezia last time out (1-1), as they failed to hold a lead and subsequently slipped out of the top five. Bologna take on this tough assignment after suffering back-to-back Serie A (SA) defeats and are currently four points behind the top six. Juventus will travel with ample hope, having gained more points on the road (15) than at home (13) so far this term. With Juventus also shutting out Bologna in seven of their last nine competitive away H2Hs, we expect them to return to winning ways today.  Bet9ja has 1.90 odds, Paripesa has 1.94 odds and 1xBet has 1.94 odds.

Atalanta sit 3rd in the Serie A table ahead of this weekend’s latest round of fixtures and a win could take them above AC Milan if results elsewhere go in their favor. Roma provide the opposition on Saturday and could move back into the top five with a win of their own. Atalanta have won three of their last four meetings with Roma and we’re backing the hosts to claim all three points on Saturday. Roma sit nine points and three places behind Atalanta in the league table and have lost two of their last three games in Serie A, while the hosts have won their last four league games. Bet9ja has 1.68 odds, Paripesa has 1.73 odds and 1xBet has 1.73 odds.

Dortmund would surely be happy they have mounted pressure on league leaders and defending champions Bayern Munich after maintaining the gap at the top with a stellar performance from Haaland. Today, a return to league action sees them Hertha Berlin who have just one win in their five previous matches, making this a very daunting task. Dortmund seem to have returned their previous threatening state now that the Norwegian is back, making this a very interesting pick.  Bet9ja has 1.62 odds, Paripesa has 1.65 odds and 1xBet has 1.65 odds.

Over 2.5 Goals

Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin has been included here once again as we know the home side to have the capabilities to produce a high-scoring game. Hertha Berlin sit at the lower ends of the table with their really poor defense this season and it is sure that they would likely concede at the hands of this Dortmund side. Dortmund have scored 15 goals against the opposition in the last five attempts. We expect a high-scoring total at the end of this game. All of the last four H2Hs of these teams followed the same outcome. Bet9ja has 1.56 odds, Paripesa has 1.66 odds and 1xBet has 1.66 odds.

Atalanta’s potential surge to a maiden Serie A (SA) crown continued with their second successive comeback victory in top-flight action after they beat Verona 2-1 last time out. Elsewhere, Roma got back to winning ways in the last round of SA action, triumphing 2-0 over Spezia after losing ‘to nil’ in back-to-back league matches. Though underdogs here, they have scored the majority (14) of their 26 SA goals when traveling this term. Roma manager José Mourinho faces Atalanta for the first time in over a decade. His four prior H2Hs against the hosts have consistently seen both teams score and with this stat, we are sure of seeing a high-scoring game. Bet9ja has 1.52 odds, Paripesa has 1.55 odds and 1xBet has 1.55 odds.

Round 17 of Bundesliga will see Wolfsburg visit Allianz Arena to take on the challenge of Bayern Munich. Bayern Munich bashed Stuttgart 5-0 in their last game while Wolfsburg came second in a 3-2 encounter against Cologne.  The Bavarians have not lost to Wolfsburg in sixteen meetings, winning fourteen times and drawing twice. Four of their last six duels have concluded with over 3.5 goals and we believe it will be a similar case on Friday night. Wolfsburg have conceded 14 goals in their last five competitive fixtures, the same amount Bayern have scored in the same period. Bet9ja has 1.27 odds, Paripesa has 1.29 odds and 1xBet has 1.29 odds.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Borussia Monchengladbach face off today and would want a win but for different reasons. Hoffenheim will be aiming to finish on a high and keep their top-four placement. Elsewhere, Monchengladbach will be looking to end their four-match losing streak, making this fixture a prime selection for goals.  Gladbach have conceded 17 goals in their last four Bundesliga outings and are the dream team for any opposing attack. Hoffenheim forwards will fancy their chances, especially after recording at least two goals in their five outings, including a 3-6 mauling of Greuther Furth. While we do not expect a similar result in this meeting, it should be a high scoring affair as they meet on Saturday evening. Bet9ja has 1.78 odds, Paripesa has 1.90 odds and 1xBet has 1.90 odds.

It did not last long, but the honeymoon period is already over for new boss Xavi, with Barca heading into this fixture on the back of three competitive games without a win, a run that saw them knocked out of the Champions League. Elche have one of the poorest away records in La Liga, picking up just one win in nine attempts this season and losing on seven occasions. We predict this will be another tough clash for them against one of their bogey teams. Barcelona will want to go for the win creating an open game with lots of goals. Bet9ja has 1.60 odds, Paripesa has 1.72 odds and 1xBet has 1.72 odds.

Anytime Goalscorers

Suarez

The Uruguayan seemed to have been down on his luck with a lack of goals in his last four league games and he would be looking to change that against Sevilla today. Having a great track record against them when playing for Barcelona, he would surely fancy himself on the scoresheet. Bet9ja has 3.35 odds while Paripesa has 3.00 odds.

Haaland

Erling Haaland was among the last selection for midweek games and he scored not one but two goals that saw his side cruise to victory. Today, he would be tasked with doing the same thing as he would be facing yet another side with a poor defensive statistic in the Bundesliga. He is expected to extend his goal count from 14 in the League as he is looking to break his own previous tally from last season. Bet9ja has 1.55 odds while Paripesa has 1.36 odds.

Smith-Rowe

Smith Rowe has arguably been Arsenal’s best player this season and is currently their top scorer in the Premier League, with six goals. The 21-year-old England international has scored five goals in his last 10 games for club and country, and we’re backing him to score again this weekend. If granted a start today, he would be among the likely names to get on the score sheet. Bet9ja has 1.90 odds while Paripesa has 1.73 odds.

Morata

With Paulo Dybala now out with an injury Alvaro Morata will be the one to help Juventus try and secure European football at best. Álvaro Morata has scored 20 of his 30 all-time SA goals on the road, including his opener at Venezia last time out. With this impressive goalscoring record away from home we are sure of seeing him on the scoresheet here today. Bet9ja has 2.40 odds while Paripesa has 2.25 odds.

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