Bayern Munich vs Liverpool Prediction & Match Preview

Bayern Munich vs Liverpool
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 13th March 2019
Kick-off at 20.00 UK/ 21.00 CET
Venue: Allianz Arena (Munich).

Such a great tie, that too in the early stages of the competition. It’s surely a shame to see one of these stalwarts going in the Round of 16. But, in a sense, that’s what makes this tournament special. It truly is the best of Europe locking horns.

Liverpool wasted a great chance to hold the advantage coming into the second leg, when they failed to score at Anfield, against Bayern. Despite the match ending without goals, surely the German side will have claimed the moral victory.

If history is any indicator, it’s that Allianz Arena, especially in crunch moments, is not going to be pretty for visitors. And I’m sorry to say this, the Reds do have a tendency to bottle things up after making impressive runs.

As of now, it’s Bayern’s tie to lose.

Bayern Munich vs Liverpool Head-to-head (h2h)
These two teams have met each other thrice in the last 20 years.
Of these, one was the just-concluded first leg, the other a friendly, and the third one the UEFA Super Cup in 2001.
Liverpool has avoided a loss in these three games, which spans two decades.
The last time these two took on each other at this venue was in the unofficial AUDI Cup. The Reds managed a 0-3 win then.
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool Prediction
Liverpool possesses one of the best defenses in Europe right now, led by the inspirational Virgil Van Dijk, and aptly complemented by Brazilian keeper Allison Becker. With such high stakes on the line, it’s a sure bet that either will give predominant importance to their backlines and Bayern with the best goal-keeper of this generation, Manuel Neuer is also tipped to make life hard for Liverpool’s front-three.

Count on these two to present a highly entertaining, but goalless first half for the fans.

Next, say what you want about the Mane-Salah-Firminho trio, but they have not been up to their very best this season. Just a week ago they saw Manchester City overtaking them in the title race, and for all their heroics, they managed to throw away a potential ten-point advantage over Pep and his boys.

Moreover, they are at the Allianz Arena, where the German outfit has won their last eight home ties in a row, climbing back level to Dortmund in the Bundesliga title race. While Bayern recorded three or more goals in six of their last nine home fixtures, Liverpool returned just a single win in their last six away games. The sole win came against Brighton.

With the home advantage playing a massive role, Munich is tipped to progress to the next round, but for sure they will suffer to achieve that honor.

Bet  Bayern Munich  to win

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Barcelona vs Lyon Prediction & Match Preview

Barcelona vs Lyon
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 13th March 2019
Kick-off at 20.00 UK/ 21.00 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).

Lyon seems to be the only hope for French Football after PSG’s unceremonious exit to Manchester United. There’s a massive, massive catch though. They are taking on Barcelona, and at the Camp Nou nonetheless.

The French squad managed to hold the visiting Lionel Messi and Co to a goalless draw in the first leg. With no away goals for Barcelona to hold on, Lyon just might hold the mental edge. Last year’s Roma debacle is still fresh in every football fan’s mind.

Lyon has been playing passionately for their glory, but the Spaniards are desperate. Thrice in the last three years, they have had to witness their arch-rivals lifting the crown of Europe.

This season, it just might be their year, considering Real Madrid and PSG are already out at the Round-of-16 stage, and Juventus is almost out of the door, against Atleti.

Will Ernesto Valverde’s men take hold of the reins, or will they crumble under pressure ? Whatever it may be, a great treat is in waiting for us viewers ! ”

Barcelona vs Lyon Head-to-head (h2h):

Barcelona holds a 100% unbeaten record against Lyon n the last 20 years.
All these meetings came in the Champions League, and except for the last time, Barca managed to find the back of the net on all the other occasions.
At this venue, Barca holds a 100% winning record against Lyon.
The Spanish team managed two or more goals in all of their games at the Camp Nou.
The combined scoreline for the last three fixtures at the stadium is 10-2. in favor of Barcelona.
Barcelona vs Lyon Prediction
The Spanish Champions host their next set of foes at their favorite venue, Camp Nou. The stadium notoriously has been kind to the Blaugrana. And this Wednesday, they will once more turn towards this beautiful playground.

Barca is high on morale after their back-to-back away wins against Real Madrid. They also played a major role in ending two-thirds of their rival’s season, while Ajax took care of the third. On top of that, at the right moment, Luis Suarez seems to have found his scoring touch back. Moreover, Arthur Melo, the potential Xavi Hernandez-replacement is back after injury.

One thing that might be bothering the Blaugrana may be the injury news that has been circulating about Ousmane Dembele. Since the start of this season, he has turned himself into an integral cog of the Barca machinery.

Still, they have the ever-dependable Lionel Messi to count on, and this year he’s on a mission. Additionally, in the last 24 home fixtures, Barca has lost just twice, whereas Lyon is winless in their last three away games, losing to even the misfiring Monaco.

With the likes of Real Madrid, PSG etc already out of the competition. Barca realizes the opportunity they have been provided. After the disaster of last year, they will be keen to avoid mistakes and go all the way in 2018/19. Count on them to do that in style.

We totally expect Barca to take control of the game early on, and record a huge win as a morale-booster.

Bet Lyon AH (+2) Best odds 1.96

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Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction & Match Preview

FC Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 14 February 2019
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: Stadion FK Krasnodar, Krasnodar

Bayer Leverkusen will look to transfer their excellent Bundesliga form onto the European stage when they travel to FC Krasnodar for the first leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie on Thursday (kick-off 6:55pm CET/5:55pm GMT/12:55pm ET).

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Three successive league wins – in which they have scored 11 goals – have propelled the Werkself back into the top six of the Bundesliga in recent weeks. The form of young midfielders Julian Brandt and Kai Havertz in particular has been central to Bayer’s improvement under new head coach Peter Bosz: Brandt has been directly involved in six goals in his last three league appearances, while Havertz’s goal in Friday’s 5-1 triumph at Mainz took him to eight for the season – more than he managed in the previous two campaigns combined. Bosz has no fresh injury concerns for the trip to Russia, although the Dutchman will once again have to make do without captain Lars Bender, who is struggling with a thigh problem.

Krasnodar are without former Fortuna Düsseldorf and Nuremberg left-back Cristian Ramirez, who was sent off in their 3-0 group-stage defeat to Sevilla in December – the Russian club’s last competitive outing prior to a winter break which ends at the start of March. Midfielder Yury Gazinsky, who has played every minute of the hosts’ Europe League campaign so far, also misses out after picking up his third yellow card of the tournament in Spain. Former Arsenal player Kristoffer Olsson, who joined Krasnodar from AIK in January, is eligible to play.

FC Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-head

The sides have never met beforehand and now look for historic success over the rivals. Krasnodar have proven their character at this ground on many occasions already. Bayer Leverkusen come as slight favourites but have a lot to prove as they want to deny the home side – something Sevilla, Standard Liege, and Akhisarspor all failed to do.

Match stats:

Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last five games against Russian clubs in Europe.
The Werkself have lost only two of their last ten European away games (W4 D4).
Leverkusen scored 10 goals in their three away games in the group stage.
In the Bundesliga, Bayer have won more points on the road (17) than at home (16) this season.
The Russian Premier League’s second-placed side have lost five of their six games against German opposition, their only victory coming against Borussia Dortmund in the 2015/16 Europa League group stage.
Krasnodar left-back Ramirez made 23 Bundesliga 2 appearances for Düsseldorf and Nuremberg between 2013 and 2015.

Probable line-ups:

Krasnodar: Kritsyuk – Petrov, Martynovich (c), Fjoluson, Stotskiy – Olsson, Kabore, Pereyra – Wanderson, Ari, Claesson
Doubtful: –
Out: Ramirez, Gazinsky (both suspended)
Coach: Oleg Fomenko

Leverkusen: Hradecky – Weiser, Tah, S. Bender, Wendell – Havertz, Aranguiz, Brandt – Bellarabi, Volland (c), Bailey
Doubtful: –
Out: L. Bender (thigh), Pohjanpalo (ankle), Retsos (thigh)
Coach: Peter Bosz

Preview:

Krasnodar have lost all their meetings but only had a single victory with Germans while Bayer is unbeaten in the last 5 fixtures and has lost just 2 of their last 10 European away fixtures.

Prediction: Bet Bayer Leverkusen to win

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Duisburg vs Darmstadt Predictions and Match Preview

Duisburg vs Darmstadt
Germany- 2. Bundesliga.
Date: Friday, 1st February 2019.
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena (Duisburg).

When two teams at the bottom half of the table are going against each other it is quite hard to predict an exact result. The Zebras are on a 4 match losing streak in the league and are the low scoring teams with 16 goals. No wonder they are in the relegation zone after losing 11 of their 18 league matches. More than 2.5 goals came in those 4 previous matches and they have scored only 3 goals in all those matches. At home also they are on a 3 match losing run withal those games having a total score with over 2.5 goals. They have conceded in 6 of their last 7 competitive matches in front of their home crowd. The team from Duisburg needs to improve their form at home for starters if they wish to stay at this level in the next season too. The visitors are also without a win in their 6 previous matches on the row. More than 2.5 goals were scored in 5 of their previous 7 matches across all venues. They fail to secure points ion away games too, as they are winless in 7 matches on the road. Five of them were defeats against stronger opposition.

The Lillies are just 6 points above their opponents for Thursday, but in terms of recent form, they both almost equal. After a disappointing 6-2 away defeat to Paderborn, Dirk Schuster’s side has a chance to get some points against the Zebras.

Team News

Duisburg:

Kevin Wolze should switch to the right of the back-four to replace the suspended Andreas Wiegel.
Young-Jae Seo challenges Enis Hajiri for the spot at left-back.
Stanislav Iljutcenko and John Verhoek return from their one-match bans and provide further options in attacking positions.

Darmstadt:

Tim Rieder and Sandro Sirigu compete for the spot at right-back.
Tobias Kempe challenges Marvin Mehlem for the spot in attacking midfield.
Otherwise, manager Dirk Schuster is unlikely to make any unforced changes.

Duisburg vs Darmstadt: Head-to-head (h2h):

The Lillies have won 4 of the last 5 h2h matches against this opposition.
They have never failed to score against the Zebras in any of their competitive clashes.
In 4 of those 5 games between these two sides, the final score had more than 2.5 goals.
Darmstadt has won both the h2h matches held here against the hosts.
Both those matches at this venue had over 2.5 goals at the full time.

Duisburg vs Darmstadt: Prediction

The home team has conceded in 6 of their 7 recent games in front of their own fans. Lillies have also given away goals in all their 7 previous matches away from home too. So based on both their poor defensive track record, we can bet on both sides to score with 1.80 odds.

Darmstadt has won both the h2h matches against the hosts at this ground. They have dominated against this opposition in all previous h2h meetings too. Also since the Zebras are on a 4 match losing streak, we can bet on a Double chance for a draw or away team to win with 1.66 odds.

Bet Darmstadt  AH (0)  Odds 2.1

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Valencia vs Getafe Prediction & Match Preview

Valencia vs Getafe
Copa del Rey
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Kick-off at 20:30 UK/ 21:30 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia).

Getafe are enjoying a strong season and they are in good shape to make it even better by knocking Valencia out of the Copa del Rey. The club from just outside Madrid lead this quarter-final tie 1-0 on aggregate after a goal from substitute Jorge Molina in the 77th minute of the opening leg. Avoiding defeat at the Mestalla Stadium would be therefore good enough to send Getafe into the last four and dreaming of a third appearance in the final of the King’s Cup, emulating their achievements of 2007 and 2008 when they lost to Sevilla and Valencia respectively. Sixth in La Liga table, Pepe Bordalas’ side are one place and two points ahead of Valencia who have improved their home form considerably with seven wins and two draws in their last nine matches at the Mestalla. The ratio of recent victories suggests Los Che are capable of turning around this tie, but it should also be considered that Getafe have won four of their last six matches and their latest defeat to Atletico Madrid was their first away from home since the very first weekend of the season – at Real Madrid. That ability to grind out results on their travels means the club nicknamed the Azulones should not be underestimated here and we will back them to avoid defeat and progress to the semi-finals.

Valencia vs Getafe Head-to-head

Getafe has been successful in recent h2h meetings with Valencia as they picked 3 wins out of 4 while losing once. Valencia still hold an excellent record against Getafe at the Mestalla having won 7 straight games between 2007 and 2012. However, the Azulones bagged a 2-1 win from their last visit to Mestalla. Both teams scored in 80% of their last 15 h2h encounters at this stadium; and 73% of the games during that period recorded 3 or more goals.

Valencia vs Getafe Prediction

This could be an intriguing battle with both teams hitting top form in recent weeks. Valencia come into this game on the back of an unbeaten home record since November 2018 (7 wins & 2 draws). On top of that, they are in excellent scoring form averaging 2.1 goals per game during that 9-match span. However, the visitors are no pushovers and thus we cannot fully rely on an outright home win or back Valencia to qualify to the semi-final. Remember, a 2-1 home win still push them out of the competition on away goals. While Getafe has been one of the tough teams to beat both home and away this season. Their defeat to Atletico this weekend is the first away defeat since August (5 wins & 7 draws). Another thing to mention is Getafe’s knack of scoring goals on the road. They consistently scored in 11 away games before falling to Simeone’s men 0-2 last time. To sum up, punters can expect some attacking football from the hosts and at the same time put faith in the visitors to grab a goal on the counter.

Bet Getafe AH (+0.5) Odds 2.04

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Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Prediction and Match Preview

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur
England – FA Cup
Date: Sunday, 27 January 2019
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK
Venue: Selhurst Park (London).

Sunday’s action in English FA Cup is going to be opened with the clash between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur. Home side is positioned in the bottom half of the Premier League table and they are only three points ahead of the danger zone. They have tied two defeats and the hosts need to improve their game in order to climb up to the safer zone. Roy Hodgson’s side hasn’t been too efficient in front of the oppositions’ goal as they have produced a total of 23 goals. Crystal Palace cannot be content of their home performances as they’ve managed to book only two wins when playing in front of their fans. The visitors are holding the 3rd position in the Premier League and they are seven points ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United. Harry Kane and the lads have been pretty efficient so far in the competition, however the Spurs have a lot of troubles with injuries. They have been in variable form lately as the away side booked three wins and lost two times in the last five rounds. However, their away performances are the best in the league as Tottenham Hotspur managed to get back home with a win from eleven outings

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur: Head-to-head

Tottenham Hotspur have been much more successful in their head to head clashes lately as they managed to beat their rivals five times in a row.

Interestingly, their last six encounters finished with the same result, 1-0. The crowd at Selhurst Park was able to see just one goal per match in the last three occasions

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Perri; Ward, Kelly, Dann, Schlupp; Milivojevic, Kouyate, Meyer; Townsend, Benteke, Zaha

Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Gazzaniga; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Dier, Eriksen; Lucas, Llorente, Lamela

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur: Prediction

Although the visitors are in better form, this one is going another task challenge for them. Tottenham Hotspur are one of the favourites for the FA Cup trophy, however, Crystal Palace might remain undefeated in this one.

We are going to follow the tradition of their head to head clashes and this one should be another low-scoring match. Since the hosts haven’t been involved in a lot of efficient games so far in the season, this one should remain under 2.5 margin.

Bet Crystal Palace AH (+0.25)  Odds 1.83

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Feyenoord vs Ajax Predictions & Match Preview

Feyenoord vs Ajax
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Date: Sunday, 27th January 2019
Kick-off at 13.30 UK/ 14.30 CET
Venue: De Kuip (Rotterdam).

Feyenoord and Ajax both progressed in the KNVB Beker in midweek, and Sunday’s hosts will be hoping their extra day of rest and recuperation means they have the edge against one of their title rivals. Feyenoord are already thirteen points behind the league leaders PSV and that makes this weekends clash with Ajax a must win game if they are to stand any chance of being crowned Eredivisie champions. Ajax missed out on an opportunity to go level with PSV last weekend and wont want to drop points on Sunday for fear of that gap increasing once again.

Feyenoord thrashed Fortuna Sittard 4-1 on Wednesday night, with veteran striker van Persie scoring twice, van Beek netting the third goal, and Berghuis converting the hosts second penalty deep into stoppage time. Fortuna Sittard did equalise through Novakovich early in the second half, but Feyenoord dominated the match with 63% of the overall possession, fifteen corners to their guests three, and twenty-seven shots to Fortuna Sittard’s six.

After drawing 4-4 with Heerenveen in Amsterdam at the weekend, goals were expected when both sides went head to head in the KNVB Beker on Thursday. The hosts Ajax found themselves 3-0 up at halftime thanks to a goal from Mazraoui and a brace from van de Beek, but would have expected their guests to comeback at them during the second forty-five. Heerenveen threatened a late comeback when van Amersfoort pulled a goal back in the eighty-fourth minute and then Lammers was presented with a penalty, only to fluff his lines in the eighty-ninth minute. Ajax were by far the better team and deserved to progress in the KNVB Beker, but that result on adds to the frustration of last weekends 4-4 draw.

These two sides often put on a spectacle when they lock horns and we’re expecting to see goals for both teams and an end to end ninety minutes on Sunday. Four of the last six encounters between Ajax and Feyenoord have seen over 2.5 goals scored, while both teams have scored in five of their last seven matches. When you add those stats to the fact that both teams have scored and over 2.5 goals were scored in four of Feyenoord’s and Ajax’s last six matches in league and cup then you can see just why were backing at least three goals and for both clubs to find the back of the net this weekend.

Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker van Persie top scores for the hosts with eight goals in this seasons Eredivisie, while Tadić is out in front for Ajax at this moment in time with a very impressive twelve goals from midfield. Ajax are unbeaten in their last six matches having picked up five wins and one draw and as such head into Sunday’s game as the form favourites. We’re confident that both teams will score and over 2.5 goals will be produced on Sunday, with the game ending in a 2-2 draw. Both teams have been in good form of late, especially Ajax, but Feyenoord have proven themselves a team for the big occasions, winning the Super Cup against the league leaders and being the only team to beat PSV in the league this season.

Potential Feyenoord line-up: Vermeer, St Juste, Haps, Van der Heijden, Van Beek, Clasie, Vilhena, Van Persie, Larsson, Berghuis, Jorgensen.
Potential Ajax line-up: Onana, Mazraoui, De Ligt, Magallán, Blind; Schöne, De Jong, Ziyech; Van de Beek, Dolberg, Tadic

My Prediction: Bet Feyenoord  AH (+1)

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Anderlecht vs Eupen Predictions and Match Preview

Anderlecht vs Eupen
Belgium- First Division A.
Date: Sunday, 27th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Constant Vanden Stock Stadium (Anderlecht).

WIN/DRAW/WIN KEY STATISTICS:

Anderlecht have won 50%, drawn 30% and lost 20% of their last 20 home games. Anderlecht have scored in 85% of their last 20 home games. Anderlecht have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 20 home games, going on to win 4 and draw 1 of these matches. Eupen have won 20%, drawn 15% and lost 65% of their last 20 away games. Eupen have scored in 50% of their last 20 away games. Eupen have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 20 away games, going on to win 2 and draw 2 of these matches.

CORRECT SCORE KEY STATISTICS:

Anderlecht have scored exactly 2 goals in 6 of their last 20 home games, going on to win 4, draw 2 and lose 0 of these matches. Anderlecht have conceded 1 goal or less in 60% of their last 20 home games. Eupen have scored 1 goal or less in 15 of their last 20 away games, going on to win 2, draw 3 and lose 10 of these matches. Eupen have conceded exactly 1 goal in 4 of their last 20 away games, going on to win 1, draw 1 and lose 2 of these matches.

BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE KEY STATISTICS:

Anderlecht have failed to score in 15% of their last 20 home games. Anderlecht have kept a clean sheet in 25% of their last 20 home games. Eupen have failed to score in 50% of their last 20 away games. Eupen have kept a clean sheet in 20% of their last 20 away games.

OVER/UNDER 2.5 GOALS KEY STATISTICS:

In their last 20 home matches, Anderlecht have scored 1.9 goals per game and conceded 1.2 goals per game on average. The last 20 Anderlecht home matches have produced an average of 3.15 goals per game. In their last 20 away matches, Eupen have scored 0.8 goals per game and conceded 1.9 goals per game on average. The last 20 Eupen away matches have produced an average of 2.70 goals per game.

The team from Brussels has had a good start to the league season. They are 5th at the moment after 22 matches have been completed. A healthy 37 goals have been scored by their talented front line, but 28 of them were conceded as well.

Three of their 5 previous matches in the Jupiler League were defeats with the only win coming against Waasland-Beveren. Recent home form has also been a problem for the side managed by Fred Rutten. At this rate, a 3rd place finish as last season looks well out of reach for Fred’s team. Less than 2.5 goals came in the vast majority of their home games in the recent past.

The Pandas are well behind in the title race but had an average season so far. They are mid-table after losing 12 of their 22 league games so far. The defense has been their problem with 39 goals conceded till now.

In the last 5 competitive games, they have 3 wins and 2 defeats. Less than 2.5 goals were scored in 4 of those 5 matches in both Cup and league. With 2 wins and the same number of losses in their last 4 matches on the road, away from is not perfect either.

Since the hosts are struggling a bit at this time, Eupen can get something positive out of this match if they play well.

Anderlecht vs Eupen: Prediction

Anderlecht have been in unstable form recently and they lost 5 out of the last 7 league games. On the other hand, AS Eupen grabbed back-to-back wins of late. So Anderlecht should not earn our favour.

My Prediction:  Bet Eupen AH (+1)   Best odds  2.06

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Angers vs Nantes Prediction & Match Preview

Angers vs Nantes
French Ligue 1
Date: Sunday, 20th January 2018
Kick off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Stade Raymond Kopa (Angers).

This match is known sometimes as the Loire rivalry as the two teams are quite close to one another in terms of distance and so there will be bragging rights and points to be had when they both clash on Sunday afternoon.

Angers lost 2-1 against Bordeaux in midweek and that was the clubs first loss in their last five games. Although it should be noted that their 4 game unbeaten streak was all achieved by four draws. In the reality, the club have struggled this season and are in 15th place and just three points above the relegation zone.

Nantes are just three points in front of Angers and will want to stretch that lead when the teams meet. Nantes lost to Nimes in their last game and have now lost two in a row. Indeed their victory over Montpellier is their only win in the last 4 games and the team are in poor form.

Away from home Nantes have the 3rd worst record in Ligue 1 where from a possible 30 points they have picked up just 8. They come into this game having lost their last 3 in a row on the road.

Angers vs Nantes: Head to Head
Earlier this season in the reverse fixture the teams drew 1-1.
Nantes have won the last 2 games played at Angers.
Angers have not beaten Nantes when at home since 2013.
There is a 70% chance to see under 2.5 goals.
Angers vs Nantes: Prediction
This should be a very close game as we have two teams who have the same qualities and suffer from a lack of confidence.

As the game progresses, we should see some sparks fly as they passion increases as this is a derby.

We will back to see a sending off in the game as pressure mounts and we believe we could see more goals in the 2nd half of play.

Prediction: Bet Nantes to win  Best odds 3.33

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