Arsenal v Dortmund Prediction (26.Nov)

Arsenal v Dortmund Prediction

Arsenal's defence continues to leak far too many goals, including 2-0 in Dortmund on matchday one, but the Germans have been shocking in the Bundesliga and will struggle to keep a clean sheet. And with 13 goals scored in this year's group stage, Borussia have the 2nd-best goal-tally. Meanwhile, the Gunners have kept just 2 clean sheets in their last 11 fixtures - against the mighty Burnley and Sunderland - and they have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 7 matches of the Champions League.

Arsenal have a 5 point advantage over 3rd placed Anderlecht and are sitting comfortable enough. But they really should have had qualification sewn up by now after throwing a 3-0 lead away against the Belgians only to capitulate in the last half an hour and draw 3-3 in the last Champions League outing. Wenger is a man under pressure after the weekend's 2-1 defeat at home to an injury-depleted Man United team, which leaves his side sitting in 8th place in the Premier League table after back-to-back defeats.

Borussia Dortmund have already qualified through to the knockout stages sitting 5 points clear of Arsenal, but they will want to go through as group winners. They comfortably beat the Gunners 2-0 earlier in the group in Germany and have won all their Champions League matches so far scoring 13 goals in the opening 4 games. Staggeringly they are lying in the relegation zone in the Bundesliga with just 2 wins from their last 10 matches and at the weekend they threw away a 2-0 lead against Paderborn to draw 2-2.


Star man Marco Reus is ruled out for Dortmund but the player who tormented the Gunners all evening in Germany – Ciro Immobile, will start.

Posted on 25 Nov 2014, 19:50 GMT

Ludogorets v Liverpool Prediction (26.Nov)

Ludogorets v Liverpool Prediction

Liverpool have their biggest game of the season on Wednesday night when they make the long trip to Bulgaria to take on Ludogorets. Defeat for the Reds will see them dumped out of the Champions League at the first hurdle and if it happens, it could also spell the end of Brendan Rodgers' reign in the Anfield hot seat. Rodgers came within a whisker of the Premier League title last season and now with 4 successive defeats and their worst start to a campaign in 22 years, this is a "must" win for him.

Ludogorets are bottom of Group B but only by goal difference, having matched Liverpool's tally of 3 points from 4 games. In their earlier group meeting at Anfield the Bulgarians were unlucky not to come away with at least a point after a 91st minute penalty gave Liverpool a 2-1 win.

But there is an argument to suggest that Ludogorets have been a little overrated by the markets at this level due to their 1-0 victory over Basel, who had to play 72 minutes with 10 men after Geoffroy Serey Die's red card. Despite their territorial dominance, the hosts found it difficult to break through that night and Yordan Minev's goal in the dying minutes never looked likely.


Liverpool's defending has been shocking this season and they've only kept 2 clean sheets in 17 games. Ludogorets are yet to score more than one goal in a Champions League game, but have found the back of the net at least once in 3 of their 4 games in the competition. The Bulgarians only defeat at home this season was in the 2-1 reverse against Real Madrid.

Posted on 25 Nov 2014, 19:30 GMT

Bayer Leverkusen v Monaco Tip (26.Nov)

Bayer Leverkusen v Monaco Tip

One point would be enough for Bayer Leverkusen to progress to the knockout stages and would likely see them do so as group winners, so the hosts will perhaps play in a slightly controlled manner. Monaco, meanwhile, know that defeat here will ultimately leave qualification. And there have been under 2.5 goals scored in 7 of the visitors' last 8 games in the Champions League (including qualifiers).

Six wins and 3 draws from 9 outings on home soil have helped Leverkusen to 4th in the Bundesliga and first place in their Champions League pool, where each side can still go through.

Monaco are the only side to avoid defeat to Bayer in this year's competition after a 1-0 victory at Stade Louis II, but Joao Moutinho's winner in that game is their only goal in the group stage so far. A pair of goalless draws and a 1-0 defeat at Benfica last time out leaves Monaco perilously close to the Portuguese side and Group C's other team, Zenit.


Bayer have won their last 3 games in the Champions League, but they have never managed to win 4 in a row. Leverkusen have faced only 25 shots, the fewest of all teams this season. Monaco have drawn 4 of their last 6 games in the French Ligue 1. The visitors have failed to score in 6 of their last 8 matches in the Champions League (including qualifiers), but they have also conceded only one goal this CL season.

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Posted on 25 Nov 2014, 19:10 GMT

Wolfsburg v Everton Prediction (27.Nov)

Wolfsburg v Everton Prediction

Wolfsburg are in great form and they have won 8 of their last 9 matches in all competitions. They are running 2nd in the Bundesliga at the moment and the goals are flowing from them, having scored 24 in their last 7 games. The Wolves have gone unbeaten in all 9 of their competitive fixtures at home this season, winning 7.

Everton have ran out as 4-1 winners when these two sides met back in September. However, since suffering that defeat at Goodison Park, Wolfsburg have lost just 2 of their 13 competitive fixtures in all competitions.

Everton have taken 8 points from 4 group games so far, winning their 2 home matches and drawing their 2 on the road. The Toffees are also unbeaten in their last 7 competitive fixtures. But the visitors come into the game with a number of injury concerns: Steven Naismith is ruled out after picking up a hamstring strain at the end of Saturday's win with West Ham United, joining John Stones and Antolin Alcaraz on the list of unvailable players that will also likely include Bryan Oviedo, Gareth Barry, Stephen Pienaar, Leighton Baines and Darron Gibson.


With both sides battling for top spot in Europa League Group H, Thursday's tussle promises to be an entertaining one. Wolfsburg have averaged over 3 goals per game in their last 8 outings. Everton's keeper Tim Howard made 12 saves in the clash at Goodison Park on Matchday 1, the most in an Europa League game this season.

De Bruyne have created a Europa League-high 18 chances this season and has had the 2nd highest amount of shots in this year's competition.

Posted on 26 Nov 2014, 15:00 GMT

Dinamo Minsk v PAOK Prediction (27.Nov)

Dinamo Minsk v PAOK Prediction

Dinamo Minsk are already out of the Europa League with just 1 earned point. In 4 group matches so far they have scored just one goal and have conceded 11. The hosts are having a bad period even in the Belarus league with just 1 point collected in the last 3 rounds. PAOK need a win here to keep their chances alive, than they will have a decisive match against Guingamp (currently 3 points above them) in the last round.

Posted on 26 Nov 2014, 14:30 GMT

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Without Luis Suarez, I think it is fair to say that most people expected Liverpool to struggle to match last season’s second place finish this time around. But no-one predicted their current fall from grace. Sitting in the bottom half of the table with just four wins in 12 games – and a couple of those victories were a touch fortunate – was certainly not on the agenda for Brendan Rogers, and he now has to take stock very quickly following that lack-lustre 3-1 loss at Crystal Palace. Without the injured Sturridge, as well as Suarez, it isn’t easy for Liverpool to play the high-pressing, speedy, attacking game that they did last season. And it is clear for all to see that the new signings, and current players, aren’t yet suited to that style. So it may be wise for the manager to tweak the system and become harder to beat for a while until both Sturridge – and crucially their confidence and belief – return. In short, they have to start winning ugly and they get a good opportunity when Stoke come to town on Saturday. And that is exactly what they did in this fixture last season – though the return at Stoke saw them run out 5-3 winners – when they eked out a 1-0 win, with Mignolet saving a late penalty. Stoke are proving a difficult side to predict this season, capable of winning 1-0 at Man City but then losing 2-1 at home to Burnley last weekend. I said last week that perhaps it was my heart ruling my head when I selected Liverpool to win at Palace, but there really will be a stewards’ enquiry if they lose this game. I take Liverpool to nick a tight one 1-0 or 2-1, but I have to include 1-1, too.

West Ham v Newcastle is a very difficult game to call. Not so long ago you would have got a big price both of these managers still being in charge of their clubs for this game, and the turnaround at Newcastle – with six successive victories since a 2-2 draw at Swansea – has been little short of staggering. And Big Sam isn’t doing a bad job either, with West Ham still sixth in the table despite only getting two points from their last three games. I think this will be low-scoring – Newcastle haven’t conceded a goal in their last four games – but other than that I am sitting on the fence! So I am perming 0-0 and 1-1, and 1-0 to either side.

Chelsea look unstoppable at the moment, and I am going for a 2-0 and Any Other Away (AOA) win for the Blues here. That may be doing a disservice to Sunderland, who gave Chelsea all the trouble going last season. Chelsea only scraped a 4-3 win in the fixture, and actually lost 2-1 here in the Capital One Cup and by the same score line at the Bridge. But this Chelsea 2014-15 model looks something else, altogether.

Malaga are going well in La Liga, sitting sixth in the table on the back of an excellent home record which has seen four wins and two draws in six games, in which they have conceded only twice. But I expect things to be different when Real Madrid arrive – not least because of the fact that they have scored 25 goals in their six away games! I go 2-1 and Any Other (AOA) for Real.

Southampton have lost to some of the better sides that they have played this season and needed a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at Villa on Monday, but you can’t underestimate a side sitting second in the table. And especially one with an unbeaten home record, having conceded just one goal in the process. But I have to slightly favour Man City to win this 2-1 for all their inconsistency, though I will add in 1-1, too.

I found Tottenham v Everton pretty hard to call too, and I eventually plumped for 1-1 and Any Other draw (AOD). I remain to be convinced by Tottenham, who needed a soft red card to see them turn around a 1-0 deficit at Hull at the weekend. And, of course, they had their Europa League game on Thursday night, though at least it was at home. And Everton’s recent improvement hasn’t surprised me one bit as they get key players back. But they haven’t been overly-impressive – drawing at home to Swansea and away at Sunderland – so a scoring draw looks the best option here.

Like Malaga, Valencia are doing well this season on the back of their excellent home form, with five wins and one draw in six games, with just three goals conceded. It is just whether you believe if they can maintain that unbeaten record when a top team arrives. I tend not to. Barcelona won 3-2 in this fixture last season and I take them to win again, either 2-1 or AOA.

Posted on 26 Nov 2014, 18:25 GMT

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At the top of the Bundesliga table, 2nd placed Wolfsburg play 3rd placed Monchengladbach at the Volkswagen Arena. These two sides are currently regarded as the best teams of chasing down leaders Bayern and are both motivated for a win, despite Wolfsburg enjoying a home advantage.

Moving over to La Liga, Malaga will be without Ignacio Camacho and Samuel Garcia when they play Real Madrid this weekend after clocking up suspensions. This is bad news as they take on the European Champions who are looking to further extend their 2 point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table. Will Ronaldo continue his scoring streak?

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Posted on 26 Nov 2014, 19:10 GMT

Betfair partners with Liverpool: This is Play meets This is Anfield!

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Founded in 1892, Liverpool FC is one of the world's most historic and famous football clubs having won 18 League Titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, five European Cups, three UEFA Cups, three European Super Cups and 15 Charity Shields.

Posted on 25 Nov 2014, 16:00 GMT

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Posted on 24 Nov 2014, 20:25 GMT