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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.

World in SHOCK : Italy didn’t qualify for the World Cup !

The next World Cup 2018 in Russia will be without ITALY. Sounds shocking  right ?  Italy have failed to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Still Congrats to Sweden who are in the World Cup (1 – 0 aggregate) .
Italy failed to reach Sweden in the second leg and it off to the World Cup .
ONCE AGAIN ITALY ARE OUT OF WORLD CUP!!!
CONGRATULATION SWEDEN !!!

Phoenix Suns – L.A. Lakers

L.A. Looks To Bounce Back In Phoenix After Rough Opener.

The season opener did not go as the Los Angeles Lakers had planned. The team struggled mightily on offense, ultimately falling to the Clippers 108-92. There is no time to dwell however, as the Lakers head straight to Phoenix to take on the Suns.

Like the Lakers, Phoenix had a season opening home loss they would like to forget as they were dominated 124-76 by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Both the Suns and the Lakers are young teams looking to show growth and development this season. This game will be a great early test for both teams as well as a great chance for the young players to get going.

Three Keys to Lakers Victory

Don’t Hang Your Heads: The Lakers’ struggles on offense led to the team losing confidence in the rest of their game, which can’t happen. The team’s defensive performance against the Clippers was actually decent until their offensive issues continued and their effort faltered. Consistent effort must be a staple, and missed shots can’t allow that to change.

Guard the Three-Point Line: Phoenix isn’t a great team, but they have some players who can get hot, especially from deep. Booker, Bledsoe, and Daniels in particular are extremely dangerous while guys like Warren, Chriss, and Bender can knock shots down as well. Nothing gives a team confidence and a crowd life like getting hot from deep and the Lakers’ cant allow it.

Number One Scorer Emerges: Brook Lopez and Brandon Ingram shot a combined 10-34 last night with Ingram in particular struggling with an abysmal 3-15 showing. The Lakers are struggling to score and it is on their top options to get them out of that slump. Whether it is Ingram or Lopez, a number one option has to step up and get this team going on offense.

Projected Line Ups :

Phoenix : 

PG: Eric Bledsoe
SG: Devin Booker
SF: Josh Jackson
PF: T.J. Warren
C: Tyson Chandler

Key Reserves: Tyler Ulis, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss, Troy Daniels

Lakers : 

PG: Lonzo Ball
SG: Brandon Ingram
SF: Luol Deng
PF: Larry Nance Jr.
C: Brook Lopez

Key Reserves: Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Kyle Kuzma, Alex Caruso, Andrew Bogut, Corey Brewer

Cadiz vs Reus Deportiu

Cadiz will be hoping to back up the fine display from the 0-2 beating of Almeria on the road this Monday when they are set to drop the curtain to the Matchday No 14 in Spanish Segunda Division. The victory would see them go off Reus Deportiu in the middle of the standings with only two points separating the two likes at this stage.

The head to head stats does not promise a thrilling evening of football though with their lone two previous meetings offering no more than a single goal. It ended up in Cadiz’s net back in September last year when Reus Deportiu snatched a narrow 1-0 win in front of their fans. The rematch at Ramon de Carranza saw a goalless draw eight months later.

Both likes will come into this tie on the back of fine defensive performances in the recent weeks as well. The hosts have made it two clean sheets in a row last Sunday as they drew 0-0 with Rayo Vallecano prior to clinching the mentioned away win at Almeria. It was the midfielder Salvi (Salvador Perez) who bagged a brace to become only the fourth man who has scored goals for Submarino in this term of Segunda. David Barral is the one who’ll represent the biggest threat to the visiting defensive line having notched three goals so far for his outfit.

Lopez Garai’s men have, however, been anything but easy to break down so far in the season and they’ll come into this having conceded no more than three goals in last five league outings on the road. The last weekend saw them beat Sporting Gijon 1-0 at home thanks to a goal from their star man Luis Gustavo.

Full Time Winner Odds & Prediction

The hosts are 4/5 favourites to claim the spoils, but the visitors can also be a tough nut to crack away from home. This makes the draw as the best of the betting options at the odds of 9/4.

Palermo vs Perugia

Palermos hunting for a return in the Italian High Division has not begun as hoped, at least not in terms of profit. Victory in the Premiere home against Spezia with 2-0, then three straight crosses to Brescia, Empoli and Foggia last. The game has not impressed at all, and just like last season there are big problems with collecting three points.

The ambitions are to take the study back to the top again, but if you continue to underpower as one actually does, reality can be completely different. Bruno Tedino is clearly a pressed manager, just as always when playing under a certain Zamparini. Federico Giuntis Perguia comes to the match with a self-esteem called Duga.

Ten points earned after four played rounds, and one has impressed a lot. In the premiere, you drove over Virtus Entella on the way out, a victory followed by a 4-2 victory against Pescara. Nine goals ahead after the first two rounds. In the third round, the season’s first scoring team came 1-1 against Cittadella, not to be ashamed when opposed to a basically incredibly strong team. Last came a Serie A-hunting Parma on a visit and there were no strangers – 3-0 quite comfortable and a new treadmaker collected.

To top the table at the time of writing does not surprise me at all, especially considering the cyclical offensive of the season. 13 goals scored after four played rounds, these are extremely impressive numbers. No less than four attackers have gotten in the goal record, which testifies to a scattered goalkeeper.

Wigan vs Northampton

On Tuesday promotion hopefuls Wigan host 17th placed Northampton Town at The DW Stadium as the home side look to carry on their good start to the season.

Wigan finished 23rd in the Championship last season and were relegated back to League One. However, since relegation, the Latics have brought in former Portsmouth boss Paul Cook, and Cook has brought in twelve new players to the DW. Wigan have endured a decent start to the season with The Tics winning five of their seven league games. The clubs only loss in the league has come against an unbeaten Shrewsbury side who narrowly beat Wigan 1-0.

While Northampton have endured a rollercoaster start to the season. Justin Edinburgh was appointed manager in January and kept the Cobblers up last season. However, he was sacked on Deadline Day after Northampton lost their opening four games. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has since come in and steadied the ship. He is so far unbeaten since taking charge.

Form

Both teams come into this game high on confidence. Wigan have won their last two games 3-0 against Charlton and Bristol Rovers respectively. They currently sit fifth in League One, and a win could see them move up as far as second.

While Northampton are unbeaten in their last three. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has guided his side to two wins against Doncaster and Portsmouth and a respectable 2-2 draw away at Southend. Since coming in the former Chelsea striker has taken Northampton from 23rd position to 17th and with the Cobblers finally playing with confidence, they will have every chance of taking something from the game.

Previous Meeting

Last time these two met was in April 2003 where Wigan ran out 2-0 winners. Wigan won the league that season while Northampton Town finished bottom of Divison Two. Northampton’s most recent win against Wigan came in 2001 where they emerged 1-0 winners.

Head to Head

Despite not playing each other since 2003 the two sides have faced each other on 33 occasions. Wigan have won 16 of the 33 games while Northampton have been victorious on five occasions against Wigan. There have been twelve draws between the two sides.

Team News

Wigan

The Latics will be without former Oxford defender Cheyenne Dunkley who is serving the last match of his three-game ban. On loan keeper, Christian Walton is also out with an ankle injury. Nick Powell was forced off with an injury against Bristol Rovers, but it’s not yet known whether he’ll be fit to play against Northampton.

Northampton

The Cobblers will be without John-Joe O’Toole, Sam Hoskins and Aaron Phillips who are long-term absentees. While Shaun McWilliams and George Smith are both out with injuries as well. Key man Matt Crooks is also suspended for the game.

Valencia vs Malaga

Game week 5 of Spanish Primera Division brings us a duel between Valencia and Malaga at Estadio de Mestalla.

Valencia

After the initial narrow win against Las Palmas, three draws followed. Most recently, in a duel against Levante. They played away and the match ended with a 1-1 draw. Rodrigo scored the goal for the lead, but Levante managed to tie, so both of them ended up with a point. Currently, Valencia is sitting at the 7th place in the league table with 6 points. They’ve failed to score only in one match so far, but they didn’t score more than two goals in any of the four matches.

Malaga

Four weeks into the Primera Division, and still no points for Malaga. Without points and with only one goal scored, they are currently sitting at the bottom of the league table. In the previous round they visited Atletico Madrid and lost with a narrow 1-0. The one goal they scored was in a duel at home against Las Palmas, and the scorer was Gonzalez.

Valencia vs Malaga: Head to head

Valencia have quite the advantage when it comes to their head to head encounters. Of the total 32 duels they played against Malaga, they won 19. Malaga on the other hand, have only 5 wins. One of them comes from the previous season when they played at home and won with a score of 2-0. At Estadio de Mestalla, the match ended with a 2-2 draw.

Wolfsburg vs Bremen

The two grappling teams will square off at Volkswagen Arena, where Wolfsburg welcome SV Werder Bremen. Both sides are without their key attackers and in the need of victory that would put them away from the relegation zone.

VfL Wolfsburg

This morning VfL Wolfsburg announced that their manager Andres Jonker won’t continue his career in VfL Wolfsburg. It remains to be seen whether he is to blame as the hosts lack quality in the several positions, particularly the striker now Mario Gomez is sidelined.

So far Wolfsburg have only beaten Eintracht Frankfurt, the team facing the same woes as they are unable to score more than a goal per game.

SV Werder Bremen

Along with FC Koln and SC Freiburg, SV Werder Bremen are one of the three winless teams in Bundesliga. Nouri’s managerial seat is quite shaken and if they suffer a defeat at Volkswagen Arena, he will most likely face the same destiny as Jonker.

The SV Werder Bremen players were unable to win in their last 7 games in the German top flight.

Wolfsburg vs Werder Bremen: Head-to-head

In the last nine competitive matches between the two sides there have been over 2.5 goals scored. It’s quite interesting that in the aforementioned nine clashes there weren’t any draws.