Barcelona vs PSV: Match preview, predictions, team news, betting tips – Champions League 2018/19

Barcelona vs PSV Eindhoven

UEFA Champions League 2018/19

Venue: Camp Nou

Date: Tuesday, 18 September

Kick-off time: 17:55 GMT+1

 

Barcelona, the favorites of Group B, will host the team who is expected to finish on the last place of the group. From the first sight, this is a must-win match for the Catalan side.

Attack and defense form

Barcelona scored 14 goals in their last 4 matches and conceded just 3. That means an average of 3.5 goals scored per match and an average of 0.75 goals conceded per match.  On the other side, PSV scored 21 goals and conceded 4 goals in their last 5 matches. An average of 4.2 goals scored per match and an average of 0.8 goals conceded per match.

At home, Barcelona scored 11 goals and conceded just 2 in the last 2 matches. That is an average of 5.5 goals scored per match and 1 goal conceded per match. PSV scored 14 goals and conceded 4 in their last 4 away matches. An average of 3.5 goals scored per match and 1 goal conceded per match.

Based on the above stats, Barcelona should score 4.15 goals while PSV 3.33 goals. But, Barcelona’s opponents were much tougher, so this is not too relevant.

Besides this, the difference in value between the two teams is very big, Barcelona worths 1.03 billion pounds while PSV just 118 million pounds.

Formations

Barcelona should adopt a classic attacking 4-3-3 with Stegen-Alba, Umtiti, Pique, Roberto-Coutinho, Busquets, Rakitic-Dembele, Suarez, Messi.

PSV should go for a defensive formation 4-2-3-1 with Zoet-Angelino, Viergever, Schwaab, Dumfries-Hendrix, Rosario-Lozano, Pereiro, Bergwijn-Jong.

Coutinho is expected to make his debut in UCL for Barcelona.

Schedule

Barcelona should have no worries about the championship as they have 2 easy matches coming against Girona and Leganes. However, their next UCL match is an away against Tottenham, so this PSV clash should end with a victory if they don’t want to fall behind.

PSV has a derby coming in 5 days against Ajax Amsterdam, their title counter-candidates. This is an added pressure for the Holland side.

Team Stats

Both teams are coming from away wins, Barca at Sociedad(1-2) while PSV in Den Haag(0-7), so a good level of confidence is expected from these sides.

There have been over 2.5 goals in Barcelona’s last 3 UCL games. Blaugrana managed to win their UCL group in the past 11 seasons and the fact that they won all their matches this season prefigurates a similar performance. Also, Barca is unbeaten in the last 26 home matches(24W2D). A formidable streak!

I expect Barcelona to have a fresh midfield line as Busquets and Coutinho were rested at Sociedad.

Eindhoven is in a good form as they won their last 7 matches and scored 11 goals in their last 2 away matches. However, PSV failed to win an away in the Champions League since November 2007.

Betting Prediction

Backing Barcelona would be the main bet, but the odds are extremely low especially as PSV are trespassing a good period. Therefore, I would choose the Total goals markets and the Asian handicap to bet on this match. Here’s my advice:

  1. Barcelona -2 AH at 1.56 odds
  2. Over 4 goals at 2.06 odds

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Cardiff vs Arsenal : Quick Match Preview

Arsenal can finally realize back to back victories as they meet the newly promoted Cardiff. The Bluebirds have 3 hard matches coming against Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, so they can soon find themselves in the relegation zone.

Motivation

Cardiff need points to get further away from the red zone while Arsenal will aim to close up the gap between them and the top teams of EPL. Unai Emery has reasons to be concerned in this matter. 9 points are splitting The Gunners from the first placed team.

Formations

The Bluebirds main target is to defend and maybe smudge something on the counter-attack, so a 4-1-4-1 style is the one for mister Neil Warnock. On the other side, Arsenal will probably stick with the 4-2-3-1 which gave good results in their 3-1 victory against West Ham.

Head 2 Head

  • Arsenal won both of the recent EPL meetings and kept clean sheets as well
  • Unai Emery’s men scored at least 2 goals in last 3 meetings

Squad changes

Arsenal will benefit from the comeback of their star player, Mesut Ozil, after the German international player missed last weekend’s action due to illness.

Warnock’s men will miss their right wing, Mendez-Laing, with Callum Paterson and Hoilett pushing for a start.

Betting Advice

Arsenal are in good spirits as they got their first victory last weekend. They performed well against Chelsea and today they should easily find their way to the victory. Cardiff failed to score in the new season so far. Warnock has a bad record against Arsenal with 1 win, 1 draw and 4 losses. Besides this, The Bluebirds struggled even against a 10 men Newcastle side, so The Gunners should prove too powerful.

  • Arsenal to win at 1.57 odds

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspurs : Match Preview

The Red Devils already made a wrong step in the last round at Brighton and will want to get back on track. The Spurs, on the other side, can be happy with their perfect start gaining 6 out of 6 points in the first two rounds.

Last performances

The away trip to Brighton was a thriller in the first half where we witnessed 4 goals(3 from the hosts and 1 from Lukaku). Both of the teams kept a clean sheet in the second half with Pogba’s late 95th-minute penalty goal making a hopeless change on the scoring board.

Tottenham eased past Fulham with a convincing performance and an overall score of 3-1.  The Lilywhites had a whopping amount of 25 goal occasions and 11 shots on goal.

Old Trafford to rebound Manchester United?

The hosts can gather confidence from the last home encounters with The Spurs. Mourinho’s men managed to win the last 4 home head to head matches. An important fact is that United managed to keep a clean sheet in all of this meetings.

The Red Devils likely to change formation

The two centre-backs, Bailly and Lindelof, were far from good at Amex last week.  This is why Mourinho is expected to switch to 3 defenders on the back. The returning of Antonio Valencia can prove useful in Monday’s clash especially as Luke Shaw accused some foot problems.

Reinforcements are coming

Alexis Sanchez, the former Arsenal star, is fit again after his injury ahead of Brighton match and should be hungry for goals. There is a lot of competition on United’s attacking third, so Sanchez will want to make his presence felt.

Besides the Chilean, Nemanja Matic returned to training and should be fit to strengthen the midfield line.

Tottenham’s not so lucky news

Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t got much to complain about. His squad is almost at full strength with just one important missing(Son Heung-min due to international duty). On the other hand, he faced a surprise this weekend when he found out that his team’s captain, Hugo Lloris, was found driving drunk after a night out. The Lilywhites’ captain apologized, but this may lead to him missing out Monday’s clash. However, Mauricio is in good relationship with Lloris, so he should be in the starting eleven.

The Lloris incident struck after the team found out that they won’t be able to play at the new stadium until October due to some electricity problems.

Mourinho under pressure

United’s boss needs to pull out a good result on Monday evening otherwise, he will risk being sacked and replaced by heavy linked Zinedine Zidane. Jose’s conflict with Pogba does no good to the team’s overall spirit neither. However, the Portuguese coach is experienced and should be able to motivate his team for Monday.

Betting Prediction

Manchester United remain a strong attacking side and Old Trafford is one of the toughest stadiums in the world. Even if The Red Devils are in uncharted waters and they face a well-organized team in the likes of Tottenham, I expect them to benefit from the returns of Valencia, Matic and Alexis Sanchez.

  • Manchester United +0 Asian handicap

    at 1.79 odds

 

 

Cardiff vs Newcastle : Match Preview

Two first round losers, in the likes of Cardiff and Newcastle, will meet on Cardiff City Stadium in the opening match of the second round of 2018/19 English Premier League season.

Cardiff will be stronger

Besides the advantage of playing at home, Neil Warnock’s men will benefit from the availability of their well-built striker, Zohore. He managed to score 9 goals and give 5 assists in Championship’s last season.

Cardiff’s midfield clearly lacked consistency in their 2-0 loss at Bournemouth. Paterson and Ralls were not really up to the task. Good news for the Bluebirds as former Cherries midfielder, Arter, and new signing Camarasa will both be available to help the midfield line.

Head to Head Dominance for Magpies

Rafael Benitez’s side holds a pretty solid record in the departures to Cardiff. Newcastle managed to win all the 3 official matches played as visitors against The Bluebirds. The meetings took place in 2009,  2013 and 2017.

Moreover, Newcastle managed to win the last 3 matches against The Bluebirds(0-2, 2-1, 3-0). Also, if we look closer, the Magpies won both of the Premier League encounters between them with 1-2 and 3-0 in the 2013/2014 season.

The Bluebirds are “doomed”

This term, “doomed”, was used by Chris Sutton(former England striker and current sports commentator) to predict Cardiff’s destiny this season. His argument is Bluebirds’ weak transfer campaign in comparison with the other promoted teams “When you look at the other sides who have come up, Wolves have spent big money, Fulham have spent big money.”

Well, I do not think Sutton has enough facts to sustain his affirmation(that is why he has been called ‘lazy’), but after the first round, he is not far from the truth.

Will Benitez keep his outstanding record?

Rafael Benitez can be proud of winning all his 3 matches against Cardiff in his coaching career. This should give him confidence ahead of Saturday’s clash. On the other side, Neil Warnock could be pretty intimidated by the fact that Benitez won 4 times and drew once in the head to head matches between the two managers.

Magpies will probably miss Yedlin

Newcastle’s main right-back, DeAndre Yedlin, is set to miss weekend action due to a knee injury he had picked up in the 1-2 defeat against Tottenham. This is a problem for Benitez as he has few options available at full-back considering Newcastle’s lack of squad depth.

The solution? Javier Manquillo, who was Yedlin’s substitute in the weekend and the usual first bench option at full back in the last season. Manquillo can play on both flanks, but he is right-footed so he should be more valuable on the right-back position.

Newcastle, a dangerous side

The Black and Whites were everything but a dormant side in the last weekend. They looked like they could have won against Spurs. Magpies had 2 woodwork hits alongside a good amount of goal occasions against a strong Spurs side. Benitez’s side proved strong mentality after scoring just 3 minutes after Vertonghen’s opener even if they were surprised (just 7 minutes later) by Alli’s header. The game ended 1-2 for Tottenham, with both teams finishing with 15 goal occasions.

Betting Prediction

Cardiff will be more dangerous with the new additions while Newcastle’s lack of luck against Tottenham should transform into a good karma on Saturday afternoon. However, head to head history, coaches direct meetings and Magpies’ more valuable squad show that Newcastle got the first chance despite missing their right-back.

  • Over 1.5 goals at 1.45 odds

  • Newcastle to win at 2.55 odds