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Australia vs Honduras

AUSTRALIA take on Honduras knowing the equation is simple – win and they qualify for the World Cup.

The Socceroos produced a good first leg display on a horrific pitch and some would argue they were unlucky to only pick up a 0-0 draw in San Pedro Sula.

But there can be no room for complacency as a score draw would see them go out on away goals.

There were plenty of chances for either sides when they met at the San Pedro Sula, but finishing was extremely poor. The Socceroos had the best of those chances and brought out two brilliant saves from Honduras keeper Donis Escober.

Coming back to home turf, Australia are unbeaten in World Cup qualification matches since 2008. The streak is of a 21 match unbeaten run with wins in 18.

Meantime, Honduras are unbeaten in their last six qualifying games and the last three away games saw 1 win and 2 draws. However, that away win came at Trinidad is their only road win in 9 games.

Australia Team News

Ange Postecoglou is buoyed by the return of Milligan and Mathew Leckie after serving their one match ban and both players are expected to start here.

Meanwhile, Tom Rogic could also get into the starting line-up here after playing 15 odd minutes in the first leg as a second half substitute for Jackson Irvine.

Australia Predicted Line-up (3-4-2-1)

Ryan – Milligan, Wright, Sainsbury – Behic, Luongo, Mooy, Leckie – Rogic, Mooy – Juric.

Honduras Team News

Jorge Luis Pinto is also handed a boost with the return of team captain Maynor Figueroa and winger Alberth Elis from suspension. Both are expected to start and other changes are unlikely to the team that started in the first leg.

Honduras Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)

Escober – Izaguirre, Maynor Figueroa, Henry Figueroa, Beckeles – Claros, Mejia – Quioto, Lopez, Ellis – Lozano.

Goal Predictor Tip :

So far we have seen six 0-0 draws from the 9 games. Also, 8 of them saw under 2.5 goals.
So we go with 1-0 full time and under 2.5 goals.

Australia – Honudras   | 1 |   1.55
Australia – Honudras   | under 2.5 |  1.80

Kyrie Irving Continues Boston Win Streak

TheBoston Celtics’ early season win streak has been extended to 13 games after Kyrie Irving’s 25 points led the No. 1 seed past the Brooklyn Nets.

Returning from a face injury, Irving donned a mask to lead the way, with every Boston starter notching double digits in points.

The win sets up a blockbuster clash with the Golden State Warriors this Friday; who are on their own streak of seven straight wins.

Speaking on the Celtics before Friday’s game, Warriors coach Stever Kerr told reporters, “It sure looks like Boston is the team of the future in the East, with the assets that they still have and their young talent and their coaching, and Kyrie [Irving] is amazing.”

Kerr added: “That looks like a team that is going to be at the top of the East for a long time to come. Whether their time is now or the future, that’s to be determined, but they sure look like they want it to be right now.”

With D’Angelo Russell out indefinitely with a knee injury and Jeremy Lin already sidelined for the season, also with a knee injury, the Nets were game, but woefully shorthanded. And all it took was one five-minute span of dysfunction against the scalding-hot Celtics to cost them in a tightly contested 109-102 affair.

Hearing Boston fans take over among the sellout crowd of 17,732 at Barclays Center was just salt in the Nets’ various wounds, and listening to them serenade New Jersey-bred Celtics star Kyrie Irving with chants of “MVP!” was an added insult. But to be fair, Irving looked the part, dominating while wearing a clear mask in his return from a facial fracture and then giving his shoes to some troops seated courtside.

“The guys competed. We just have to do it for longer stretches. The third quarter really got us,” said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, whose team briefly got up in isolation ball before promptly giving up a game-turning 19-2 run. “Really it was our offense. We turned the ball over four times, [went] 8-for-23 from the field, so credit them. They turned up their defense, and we couldn’t handle it. We didn’t handle it.”

After opening the season with two losses, Boston won its 13th straight win and kept the streak alive.

Denmark : World Cup Here We Come

Christian Eriksen stars as Denmark rout Ireland 5-1, book World Cup spot.

With three goals from three chances, Christian Eriksen rocketed Denmark to Russia. Ireland had simply no answer to Tottenham’s playmaker as his display of Danish dynamite destroyed their dream of reaching a first finals since 2002.

The Republic of Ireland have put their heart and soul into this World Cup qualification campaign, but when it mattered most they were short of the one thing that really matters – quality.

That was served up on a silver service for Denmark by Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, who scored a magnificent hat-trick, stroking two shots into the net like he was knocking balls into an empty goal at the end of a training session, before smashing in a third.

Ireland were forced to bend the knee in the presence of his brilliance. Denmark had one world-class player, Ireland had none. It can make small margins look like a gulf in class.

Ireland were crushed, but the suggestion they had been humiliated at the end of a campaign in which they were fourth seeds in their group and still finished second, drew an angry response from manager Martin O’Neill, who walked out of a post-match television interview.

“We were well beaten, no question about that,” said O’Neill. “We were made to pay for some sloppy defending, two really poor goals to concede and when we tried to chase the game, we were punished.

“But we were beaten in a play-off. We have fought tooth and nail to get here, so the sense of disappointment is huge. But we have played 24 competitive games and lost four. This is one of them.

“We were beaten by a side that was better than us and has a world-class player in the team, who was absolutely magnificent. Eriksen is top class and he showed it.”

Eriksen now belongs in an elite group of players in the modern era, alongside Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have carried their national teams to new heights, defining the big games with the force of their ­individual talent.

In the end, Ireland gambled and lost. O’Neill tried something different and it did not work. Having smothered Denmark in the first leg in Copenhagen, he tried to attack them. He might regret it now, but in truth, nothing was likely to stand in Eriksen’s way. He and Denmark fully deserve to be at the World Cup next year.

And that’s it! Denmark go to Russia 2018, the Irish will be left at home.

Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics Preview

Boston brings 12-game win streak to Brooklyn. Can Brooklyn stop them ? Here is the preview for tonight clash between the  improved and best defense.

After the lose from the Utah Jazz, The Brooklyn Nets tonight face the Celtics. If not for those dudes in Oakland, we’d be talking about the C’s as being the best team in the NBA. They were able to push their winning streak to 12 with an impressive victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon.

Injuries

D’Angelo Russell got hurt late in Saturday’s game and was officially diagnosed with a left knee contusion (He hurt his right knee earlier this year) It’s likely that he will be out of action for a while. The Nets list him day-to-day. Jarrett Allen has been hampered by a foot injury for the past week, but has been upgraded to “questionable” so he might be returning tonight. Spencer Dinwiddie missed Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury but will probably play and start tonight. Tyler Zeller missed Saturday’s game due to an illness and his status for tonight is unknown.

Gordon Hayward is recovering after suffering a knee injury on Opening Night and is expected to be out for the full season. Of course, if the Celtics keep going at this pace, the season could extend into the spring. Kyrie Irving caught an inadvertent elbow to the face on Friday night and was diagnosed with a minor (relatively speaking of course) facial fracture. He’s listed as questionable.

Predictions :

The Nets have point guard injury problems of their own and will be without D’Angelo Russell.
Russell will sit out Tuesday due to a left knee contusion and Monday coach Kenny Atkinson said Russell is “day to day.”
The Nets did not announce exactly how many games Russell will miss, but he was sidelined for 11 games last season with the Los Angeles Lakers due to soreness in the same knee.

Irving is traveling with the team so there’s a decent chance he will play. Whether it’s Irving or Marcus Smart starting at point guard, the Celtics will attempt to continue winning and produce their 11th streak of at least 13 games in team history.

Our pick for the WIN go for the Celtics . Their winning streak will continue.

Phoenix vs Lakers Post Game – Clarkson saves the day

Lonzo Ball could only watch from the bench as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away late to beat the Phoenix Suns. Jordan Clarkson was just playing too well to come off the court.

Clarkson scored a season-high 25 points in 26 minutes, and the Lakers beat the Suns 100-93 on Monday night.

“I just came in there aggressive like I try to do every night,” Clarkson said, “score the ball for the same group and just win the game. It was a good win for us, to finish the road trip like this.”

Devin Booker had 36 points, his second consecutive game of at least 35, for the Suns.

Brook Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 apiece for the Lakers, who salvaged the finale of a four-game road trip and won in Phoenix for the second time this season.

Ball, the Lakers rookie coming off his first career triple-double on Saturday night, did not play in the fourth quarter. He had seven points on 3-of-10 shooting, five rebounds, five assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

Coach Luke Walton said he came close to putting Ball back in the game but couldn’t pull reserves Clarkson and Corey Brewer.

“There were a couple of times where I was one play from putting him back in,” Walton said, “and one of those guys would make a play.”

The Lakers had just two turnovers in the fourth quarter after committing 14 in the first three.

“I thought we did a great job taking care of the ball,” Lopez said. “And I thought we did a great number defensively as well.”

“I thought the 3-pointers were the difference in the game,” Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said. “They made seven more 3s than us, and that’s a big part of the game, that’s a big number. I thought our defense was decent enough to keep us in the game, but when they make 14 3s and you make seven, it’s going to be a tough hill.”

Los Angeles shot 14 of 33 on 3s to the Suns’ 7-for-26 effort.

UP NEXT

Lakers: Open a four-game home stand against Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Suns: Host Houston on Thursday night.

Ireland vs Denmark Match Preview

The Republic of Ireland are one win away from qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals as they face a play-off decider against Denmark on Tuesday night.

Martin O’Neill’s side secured a goalless draw in Copenhagen in the first leg, and a win at the Aviva Stadium will hand the Boys in Green their tickets to Russia.

Ireland needed a play-off to secure their place at Euro 2016, beating Bosnia 2-0 at home following a 1-1 draw in the first leg – and O’Neill is hoping history repeats itself.

Team news and confirmed squads

Republic of Ireland: Darren Randolph, Rob Elliot, Keiren Westwood, Colin Doyle, Cyrus Christie, Matt Doherty, Paul McShane, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, John O’Shea, Kevin Long, Stephen Ward, Aiden McGeady, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady, Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane, David Meyler, Harry Arter, Eunan O’Kane, Wes Hoolahan, Callum O’Dowda, James McClean, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Scott Hogan, Aiden O’Brien

Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronnow, Jannik Vestergaard, Simon Kjaer, Riza Durmisi, Andreas Christensen, Andreas Bjelland, Mathias Jorgensen, Henrik Dalsgaard, Peter Ankersen, Mike Jensen, William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Lukas Lerager, Lasse Schone, Pione Sisto, Viktor Fischer, Nicklas Bendtner, Kasper Dolberg, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Cornelius

Goal Predictor Tip : Ireland to WIN

Germany vs France: Preview and Predictions

We have a top class fixture among Tuesday’s friendlies when World Champions Germany welcome Euro 2016 losing finalists France to the RheinEnergieStadion in Koln.

Germany were held to a goal-less draw by an inexperienced English side in their first friendly after comfortably qualifying for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. However, Low’s men had the better of the chances with Jordan Pickford being called to make several saves.

Germany’s unbeaten run currently stand at 20 games with 16 wins and 4 draws. They won 7 on the bounce prior to the draw at England. Their last defeat was at the Euro 2016 semi-finals against France.

Meanwhile, France begin their preparations with a comprehensive 2-0 win over Wales. Antoine Griezmann, who struggled for goals at Atletico Madrid put the Blues in front and the rout was completed by a second half goal from Arsenal outcast Olivier Giroud.

France have now won their last three games in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last six. They kept four clean sheets in the process.

Germany vs France: Head-to-head

France won the last two meetings with Germany by the same 2-0 score-line. Germany had won the previous two by a 1-goal margin.

However, Germany lost their last two matches at home soil against France, 1-2 in 2012 and 0-3 in 2003.

Both teams failed to score in 7 of the last 9 meetings between the two sides.

Germany vs France: Predictions

Looking back to their previous friendly, both managers set out to play with attacking formations. And with both teams packed with some talented youngsters, we are about to see some fireworks on Tuesday night. Yet, the full-time result is almost unpredictable and therefore we will stick with bets from the goal markets.

 

Goal Predictor Tip : |  Both teams to Score  |   1.75

World reacts to Italy as they fail to Qualify for the World Cup

Italian hearts broke after Sweden held the Azzurri to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying tie.
A 1-0 defeat in the first match in Sweden meant Italy headed to the San Siro needing goals but they were impossible to come by. Despite boasting 75 per cent of the possession and taking 23 shots to four, the home side was left to rue what might have been.
The men in blue will watch next year’s World Cup in Russia from home after failing to qualify for football’s showpiece tournament for the first time since 1958.
Here’s how everyone reacted to the shock result.

Quality teams miss out in every cycle and it’s no different approaching 2018. Along with Italy, the Netherlands will also be absent in Russia after Sweden finished with a superior goal difference in Group A to pip the Dutch for second spot.
It’s incredible to think neither the Netherlands (World No. 20) — who lost the World Cup final to Spain in 2010 — nor Italy (No. 15) who won the tournament in 2006 will be playing for the trophy in 2018.

Also USA (27 rated) failed to reach the world cup  after spectacularly to lose 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago last month.

In a truth sure to provide ammunition to football critics everywhere (“How can you play 90 minutes and end with a score of 0-0?”), Italy’s loss highlights a trend that has infiltrated World Cup qualifying of late.
The past six qualifiers — not just in Europe but around the world — have all ended in scoreless draws. Three of the four draws between European teams occurred in the second legs of ties, while Australia’s draw with Honduras and New Zealand’s stalemate against Peru were both first-leg results.

Joy and PARTY TIME in Sweden

For all the sadness engulfing Italy, it was party time in Sweden.

Objective viewers will acknowledge Italy outplayed the Swedes, but that doesn’t change the result. Coach Jan Andersson admitted it was all about defence in the dying stages against a team stacked with superior talent.
“We had no weapons left. We just had to sit there and hope that we could hang on,” Andersson said.
“We couldn’t do it in any other way, they are so skilful.”

Unexpected Snub for Insigne

When Italy made its third change of the match, replacing Candreva with Bernardeschi in the dying stages, it meant goalsneak Lorenzo Insigne was resigned to not seeing a single minute of action.

One of Italy’s most potent attacking weapons, he scored 20 goals and recorded 12 assists for Napoli last season, but coach Gian Piero Ventura’s decision to leave him on the bench baffled fans everywhere who were begging for his inclusion.

It even looked like the Italian players on the sideline were getting antsy sitting back and watching their World Cup hopes disappear.

Buffon Last Game for the Azzuri

Gianluigi Buffon had the perfect farewell planned: Concluding his glorious international career exactly where it started, in Russia.

In a bonus sixth World Cup.

It wasn’t mean to be, though.

Combo Ticket For Today

Here is our free ticket for today – 11/14/2017 :

Velje  –  Koge     | Both to Score |     2.10
Ireland – Denmark     | 1x |    1.45
Wales  –  Panama    | 1 |   1.60
Slovakia  –  Norway   | 1 |   1.80

Total odd=  8.75

Good Luck, Goal Predictor