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Diego Milito's a cracking bet to rediscover his shooting boots on Wednesday night

Published on 20/12/2011 19:08

Three successive victories in the Scudetto has elevated Inter Milan to a far more respectable position in the table compared to a few weeks back, but Claudio Ranieri’s men are still 10 points adrift of current chart-toppers Juventus at the time of writing, so the pressure will be on when the Nerazzurri entertain strugglers Lecce at the San Siro on Wednesday night. The Beneamata hierarchy are not synonymous with patience, and having failed in their bid to retain their…

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Nocerino cracking value at 4-1 to notch another goal for AC Milan on Tuesday night

Published on 19/12/2011 18:49

Though Juventus, Udinese and Lazio are currently serving it up to reigning Scudetto champions AC Milan in the title race – and Inter are starting to make headway up the table – the Rossoneri aren’t doing much wrong at present, and can make it 11 games unbeaten in the Italian top-flight if they take something from Tuesday evening’s match with Cagliari in Sardinia. And you would have to fancy the visitors, with the Rossoblu managing to win just one of…

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Real Madrid out to regain position at La Liga summit against Sevilla tonight

Published on 17/12/2011 16:27

Real Madrid will be out to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at the hands of bitter enemies Barcelona when travelling to the Sanchez Pizjuan to face Sevilla, and the nervionenses won’t be happy to see Los Blancos arriving, Cristiano Ronaldo in toe, as the Portuguese star struck four times as the capital-based club prevailed, winning 6-2. While an eight-goal thriller may not be on the cards this time, expect the net to rattle a fair few times. Indeed, Sevilla…

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Ibracadabra can serve up some goalscoring magic at the San Siro this evening

Published on 17/12/2011 12:29

Reigning Serie A champions AC Milan could leapfrog Juventus and Udinese, albeit potentially only temporarily, by beating Siena on Saturday evening, and it will be something of a shock should Massimiliano Allegri’s side fail to do so. The Rossoneri have yet to be beaten in the league at the San Siro this season, and they’re currently on a run of nine unbeaten Scudetto matches overall, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic looking sharp – he’s currently the third…

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Cologne's record at the Allianz Arena suggests they can hold Bayern at bay tonight

Published on 16/12/2011 18:33

Bayern Munich are unsurprisingly long odds-on to beat Cologne at the Allianz Arena this evening, but those thinking of lumping on at such a prohibitive price – the home win is no bigger than 1.18 at the time of writing – should note that Stale Solbakken’s men have not been beaten in all four previous visits to the stadium since its gates were opened in 2005. Though generally formidable on home soil, the Bavarians have already been beaten twice in their own…

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Arjen Robben could start for Bayern Munich against Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz Arena

Published on 11/12/2011 13:19

With the first five in the Bundesliga table separated by just two points, it’s shaping up to be a cracking title battle in the German top-flight, and Bayern Munich will be desperately seeking three points from their visit to the Mercedes-Benz Arena to face Stuttgart this afternoon, which they will need in order to remain at the summit of the table. Jupp Heynckes’ men have been red-hot this season, but their defeat at the hands of last season’s title winners…

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AC Milan out to extend unbeaten Serie A run against Bologna this afternoon

Published on 11/12/2011 13:06

You have to go back to August 2008 for when Bologna last beat AC Milan and, despite home advantage, Stefano Poli’s men look set to suffer another defeat at the hands of the Rossoneri this afternoon. While they have conceded few goals in the Serie A this season – they’ve only conceded two more than today’s illustrious rivals – the problem is that Bologna simply don’t score many, hence they go into this game fully 15 places beneath the…

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Wesley Sneijder ruled out as Inter Milan host Fiorentina in Serie A clash

Published on 10/12/2011 15:58

On the easy list since early last month, Wesley Sneijder is set to miss Inter Milan’s Serie A clash this evening with Fiorentina, a big blow for club coach Claudio Ranieri who has called on his charges to ‘be more positive’. And more positive they need to be: the deposed Italian champions are languishing towards the foot of the table going into this game, lying in sixteenth place. Ranieri will know that he is on borrowed time. The Nerazzurri hierarchy have…

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Real Madrid can edge towards La Liga supremacy by thwarting Barcelona on Saturday

Published on 10/12/2011 00:15

Whichever team you support, there’s no doubt that few matches spark as much interest as Clasicos amongst general football enthusiasts and punters alike, and the latest instalment of the battle between arguably the best two sides in European football at the Bernabeu on Saturday evening is shaping up to be extremely fascinating. Indeed, while Real Madrid’s recent record against bitter rivals Barcelona is hardly compelling – Los Blancos have won just one of…

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Majestic marksman Mario Gomez can continue fine form against Mainz on Sunday

Published on 26/11/2011 12:44

Mainz made a cracking start to their Bundesliga campaign last season, heading the table for many weeks, but they’ve found the going much tougher this time around, and while Bayern Munich were turned over in their latest domestic match at home to reigning champions Borussia Dortmund last weekend, Jupp Heynckes’ men should prove too strong for Mainz at the Coface Arena on Sunday. Die Roten bounced back from the defeat on home soil against Dortmund by brushing aside…

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AC Milan can soar above the Flying Donkeys at the San Siro on Sunday

Published on 26/11/2011 12:30

Reigning Scudetto champions AC Milan lost little caste in defeat when going down 3-2 against Barcelona in their midweek Champions League match, and bid to continue their impressive domestic form when hosting Chievo at the Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday. Indeed, the Rossoneri have won five of their last six Serie A matches, and it’s little surprise that a home win is no bigger than 1.36 across the board. Antonio Cassano, Mathieu Flamini and Gennaro Gattuso all remain on the…

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Inter Milan desperately need three points against Siena on Sunday, but a draw is the likely outcome

Published on 26/11/2011 12:16

Despite having played 10 times of the Serie A season, Inter Milan has yet to secure successive victories, and currently languish in sixteenth place in the table. On the upside, they’re unbeaten in their last five in all competitions, and qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League as winners of their group during the week. However, Claudio Ranieri will know that anything less than a victory at the Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi against Siena on Sunday…

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Magical Messi must be backed at 3.75 to open the scoring against Getafe

Published on 25/11/2011 16:57

Getafe have won just three of their last 15 La Liga matches – the club’s worst ever starts to a Spanish top-flight campaign – and the Madrid-based side’s record against Barcelona (Getafe have won just one of their 14 previous league matches against Barca) suggests that they will do well to turn the corner on Saturday night, with Pep Guardiola’s men visiting the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. That Barca are second in the league at present is more a…

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Bank on Benzema to maintain goalscoring hot-streak when Atletico visit the Bernabeu

Published on 25/11/2011 16:39

Real Madrid are going great guns on all fronts this season and are have won every match they’ve played on home soil in the Spanish top-flight so far this term, averaging 4.25 goals per game in the process, and they’re unsurprisingly long odds-on ahead of Atletico Madrid’s visit to the Bernabeu on Saturday evening. It’s been over 10 years since Atletico managed to beat their local rivals, and the chasm between the two sides is perfectly illustrated by…

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Barcelona likely to have too many guns for Basque outfit Athletic Bilbao tonight

Published on 06/11/2011 15:51

Barcelona face a trip to San Mames this evening as they attempt to keep tabs on Real Madrid, who went four points clear at the summit of La Liga with a resounding 7-1 victory over Osasuna earlier today. In facing Athletic Bilbao at the Basque Barca won’t have things all their own way, but they should ultimately have too many guns for their hosts. Indeed, the Blaugrana have made a couple of minor slip-ups this term – the most recent being when held to a goalless…

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Bayern Munich out to extend advantage at Bundesliga summit against Augsburg

Published on 06/11/2011 14:09

Augsburg gained promotion to the Bundesliga last season, but Jos Luhukay’s charges are finding life in the German top-flight tough, having accrued just eight points following 11 matches, and they could be in for a hiding when league leaders Bayern Munich visit the SGL Arena this afternoon. The Bavarians have failed to win in their last three on the road overall, but they are flying high otherwise, currently two points in advance of champions Borussia Dortmund at the top…

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Punters should get on Gonzalo to strike first for Real Madrid against Osasuna!

Published on 05/11/2011 16:33

Real Madrid have only beaten Osasuna twice in their last five encounters, but their overall record against that side is compelling, winning 26 of the 33 matches between the two clubs in La Liga. And Los Blancos should have little trouble in dispatching with Jose Luis Mendilibar's men at the Bernabeu on Sunday morning. Following 10 fixtures in the Spanish top-flight this season, Madrid leads the way with a point in hand of reigning champions Barcelona. It’s still…

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Socieded unlikely to have any answers to rampant Real!

Published on 29/10/2011 17:18

Real Sociedad have just eight points on the board from nine La Liga matches this season, and while Philippe Montanier’s men have lost just one of their last eight in the league in San Sebastian, they will have their work cut out against a Real Madrid side seeking their sixth consecutive victory in Spanish top-flight fixtures this evening. Los Blancos are firing on all cylinders at present, and between them Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain have contributed 19 goals…

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Magical Messi can pile more misery on Mallorca

Published on 29/10/2011 16:57

Mallorca excelled themselves when earning a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou last season, but the Islanders are struggling in La Liga this time round, and it’s hard to envisage anything but a comfortable victory for Barcelona tonight. The Blaugrana have yet to concede a league goal in Catalonia this season, and have scored no less than 21 times in the quintet of home matches played in the Spanish top-flight during the current campaign. In fact, Barca haven’t conceded in…

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Juventus can pile pressure on Ranieri by prevailing in the Derby d'Italia

Published on 29/10/2011 13:44

When Inter Milan hosted Juventus in a pre-season friendly in August the matches produced a swashbuckling 13 goals, with the home side winning 7-6. It’s highly doubtful that this afternoon’s clash between the two sides will produce anywhere near as many strikes, but it has the making of a fascinating fixture, and the Old Lady can cement their position at the summit of Serie A by collecting three points. The Nerazzurri are languishing in sixteenth place in the league …

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