<![CDATA[Soccer RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Sunderland vs Crystal Palace 24 September 2016: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/09/24/sunderland-vs-crystal-palace-24-september-2016-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Crystal Palace has picked up some form and they will want to build on their two wins with another as they travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland. Both teams will know the importance to a solid start to the season and I think that we should see very motivated performances from both teams as a result of this.

Sunderland have had a shocking start to the season and they will know that they have to turn things around if they want to stay up at the end of the season. This team has some talent in regards to attacking and creating chances but at the back they are conceding way too…

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Crystal Palace has picked up some form and they will want to build on their two wins with another as they travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland. Both teams will know the importance to a solid start to the season and I think that we should see very motivated performances from both teams as a result of this.

Sunderland have had a shocking start to the season and they will know that they have to turn things around if they want to stay up at the end of the season. This team has some talent in regards to attacking and creating chances but at the back they are conceding way too many goals. This week that could mean trouble because Crystal Palace have got their scoring boots on with the likes of Benteke, Townsend and Zaha scoring goals with ease. Sunderland will need to use their home crowd to get inspiration but it will not be easy as the team is still rebuilding as they have only recently changed manager.

Crystal Palace are still stressing over Yohan Cabaye but the team seems to be still doing well without him. This team made some great transfers during the summer window and I think this team can only get better from here.

As far as betting is concerned for this game, we are getting a good enough price to bet on Crystal Palace to win outright. This Palace team is in form while Sunderland is not so I am expecting this to be a great bet. In addition to this, the both teams to score is also a good bet since Sunderland will surely concede but they have a good ability to score as well. 

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Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:27:39 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57069
<![CDATA[PSV vs Athletico Madrid 13 September 2016: UCL Preview and Predictions.]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/09/13/psv-vs-athletico-madrid-13-september-2016-ucl-preview-and-predictions#comments PSV take on Athletico Madrid in what should be a great opening game day match in the UEFA Champions League. Both teams have talent and for Athletico this is a tournament that they have been really close at winning so many times so I am expecting a good performance from the team.

PSV was once a great team in Europe but at the moment they are not the team they once were. The Dutch side has talent but they are a different level to their opposition and it will be tough for them to match them per player. Furthermore, it will also be tough for them to match Athletico tactically which will…

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PSV take on Athletico Madrid in what should be a great opening game day match in the UEFA Champions League. Both teams have talent and for Athletico this is a tournament that they have been really close at winning so many times so I am expecting a good performance from the team.

PSV was once a great team in Europe but at the moment they are not the team they once were. The Dutch side has talent but they are a different level to their opposition and it will be tough for them to match them per player. Furthermore, it will also be tough for them to match Athletico tactically which will be another disadvantage. It is important to note that they are at home for this game and I think that the home crowd will be epic but they can only do so much.

Athletico are facing a transfer ban and as a result of that this might be their last real shot at winning the UEFA Champions League for some time. This team has a lot of talent and at the back they are the best in the world. I think they will keep a clean sheet for sure and they will also be a threat going forward with the pace and skill that they possess.

As far as betting is concerned, I think the best option is to look at the Asian handicap. Athletico are a side that have a lot of talent and this should be an easy win for them. We are looking at the -1.0 option which is good since I think the visitors always win and which makes this bet a pretty good choice. 

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Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:37:20 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=56253
<![CDATA[Barcelona vs Celtic 13 September 2016: UCL Preview and Predictions]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/09/13/barcelona-vs-celtic-13-september-2016-ucl-preview-and-predictions#comments Barcelona lost on the weekend and it will be important that they bounce back quickly from that shock defect as they are home in the opening fixture of their Champions League campaign against Celtic.

Barcelona are full of attacking power and they will look to dominate against Celtic in a game where a win is something that is expected. Neymar is back and he should fit in well with the rest of the team that includes Leo Messi and Luis Suarez. There should be plenty of goals…

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Barcelona lost on the weekend and it will be important that they bounce back quickly from that shock defect as they are home in the opening fixture of their Champions League campaign against Celtic.

Barcelona are full of attacking power and they will look to dominate against Celtic in a game where a win is something that is expected. Neymar is back and he should fit in well with the rest of the team that includes Leo Messi and Luis Suarez. There should be plenty of goals in this team and although they failed to show that in their loss on the weekend, they should be able to bounce back and win against a visiting Scottish side from Celtic.

Celtic will know that they will need to be at the top of their game if they have any chance of getting a result at the Camp Nou against Barcelona. This side is not terrible and although they have had a few stutters this season, they should feel pretty good going into this encounter. Celtic will be away from home and that will be another disadvantage but they have a good manager in Brendan Rogers and he should show his players on how to cope with these big games on the road. That being said, I don’t see Celtic leaving with anything but a loss.

This game should be a Barcelona win but I think that Celtic will put up a fight and with the handicap set at 3 goals, I think betting on Celtic +3.0 Asian handicap is the best option. We are getting a great price on this bet and with the dynamics of the two sides, this seems like good value. In addition to that, the over 3.5 goals bet also seems good considering how likely it is.  

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Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:28:56 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=56115
<![CDATA[PSG vs Arsenal 13th September 2016: Champions League Preview and Predictions]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/09/13/psg-vs-arsenal-13th-september-2016-champions-league-preview-and-predictions#comments The UEFA Champions League is back and the first match day of this tournament has a few great games. The game in interest at the moment is set in Paris as PSG host Arsenal in what should be a great match.

Arsenal are a team that need titles and although they have picked a tough group, for a team like Arsenal, they should still feel as if though they should top it. This team has tons of creativity and pace that should work well with their new additions like Lucas Perez…

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The UEFA Champions League is back and the first match day of this tournament has a few great games. The game in interest at the moment is set in Paris as PSG host Arsenal in what should be a great match.

Arsenal are a team that need titles and although they have picked a tough group, for a team like Arsenal, they should still feel as if though they should top it. This team has tons of creativity and pace that should work well with their new additions like Lucas Perez in an attempt to get their season off to a great start. PSG will be a tough task but the French champions are not the team they once were so it is very likely that the Gunners can get an away win here.

On the other side of the coin, PSG need to adapt to life without Zlatan Ibrahamovic. This side still has plenty of talent but they are now missing the leader they once had so it will be important for the likes of Angel De Maria and Thiago Silva to show some fight. PSG should be able to compete with any team in the world but it will be tough for them against Arsenal as they are still rebuilding so I am going to be surprised if they can win this game.

I am going to pick an Arsenal win here and that is one of the best bets I have seen since we are getting an amazing price on the Gunners. PSG might have the home ground advantage but they have been playing very poorly as of late so it is pretty simple to take this bet with the odds we are getting. I think the likes of Lucas Perez and Alexis Sanchez will cause the PSG backline problems and the Arsenal backline might not even be tested since PSG seem to be a mess going forward.

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Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:16:13 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=56103
<![CDATA[Manchester United vs Manchester City 10 September 2016: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/09/10/manchester-united-vs-manchester-city-10-september-2016-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments The Manchester Derby is on this weekend and after a few season, this will once again be the most anticipated game of the Premier League season. Both Manchester United and Manchester City are title contenders and they both have amazing managers so we are surely set for a great game.

Manchester City have a blow that Aguero is out of this game and that will really cause them problems in the goal scoring aspect of this context. Furthermore, the way that Mourinho plays these big games, it will be really tough for Manchester City to get goals here. That being said, the likes of Kevin De Bruyne,…

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The Manchester Derby is on this weekend and after a few season, this will once again be the most anticipated game of the Premier League season. Both Manchester United and Manchester City are title contenders and they both have amazing managers so we are surely set for a great game.

Manchester City have a blow that Aguero is out of this game and that will really cause them problems in the goal scoring aspect of this context. Furthermore, the way that Mourinho plays these big games, it will be really tough for Manchester City to get goals here. That being said, the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Raheem Sterling all know how to finish so it is not all bad for Manchester City.

Manchester United will feel as if they are the better team here and the likes of Pogba and Ibrahamovic are really starting to fit into this team. This side is well balanced and at home this is a game that I feel that that they should win. With that in mind, this is a big game and Manchester City are a good side managed by Pep so it might not be an easy task to accomplish.

As far as betting is concerned, there are quite a few bets that are worth it in this game. We are getting a much better than usual price on Manchester City to win this game and at the price we are getting I think it is a great wager. In regards to the number of goals being scored, I think this will be a low scoring game. Mourinho likes to park the bus and with no Aguero for Manchester City, a 1-0 or 1-1 result is the most likely so I am going to go for the under 2.5 goals as my bet for this games. 

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Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:34:56 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=55806
<![CDATA[Netherlands vs Greece 1 September 2016: International Soccer Friendly]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/09/01/netherlands-vs-greece-1-september-2016-international-soccer-friendly#comments The Dutch did not make Euro 2016 and that was a massive disappointment for the entire nation so it will important for the national side to win back some of the fans by winning in their international friendly against Greece at home. The Greek side is not the best in the world but it is talented so it will be important for Netherlands to play a good game and get a win on the board as the World Cup qualifiers are soon to start.

For the Netherlands, Kevin Strootman in back in the side and that is a massive boost as he will be able to lead the midfield and create space for the likes of Memphis…

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The Dutch did not make Euro 2016 and that was a massive disappointment for the entire nation so it will important for the national side to win back some of the fans by winning in their international friendly against Greece at home. The Greek side is not the best in the world but it is talented so it will be important for Netherlands to play a good game and get a win on the board as the World Cup qualifiers are soon to start.

For the Netherlands, Kevin Strootman in back in the side and that is a massive boost as he will be able to lead the midfield and create space for the likes of Memphis Depay. Robben is still out injured and that will be a boost but the likes of Van Persie and Klaas Jans Huntalaar are still playing so there is enough of talent to win this game.

Greece on the other hand are not as nearly as talented and it will be tough for them to win, especially away from home. This team has a decent midfield but goal scoring will be a problem as the lack great strikers so I am not expecting them to be a massive challenge for the Dutch.

At home, the Netherlands will be way too strong in my opinion and I am going have them as my pick for this game. We are not getting horrendous odds for this bet but it is not the best in my opinion. I think betting on the goal line will be the best option. I am expecting a 1-0 or 2-0 win for the Netherlands so with that in mind, I am going to take the under 2.5 goals as my bet.  

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:25:10 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=54588
<![CDATA[Italy vs Germany 1 September 2016: International Soccer Friendly]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/09/01/italy-vs-germany-1-september-2016-international-soccer-friendly#comments Italy were impressive under Conte at the Euros but he is gone now and for the Italians it will be start of a new reign as they begin their campaign against the world champions, Germany. For Germany this will be another chance for them to flex their muscle while for Italy they would like to get an upset win to show the world that they are still a force in world football.

Italy do not have the best team in the world but like history suggests, they have one of the best defenses in the world. This bread of Italian defenders includes legendary goalkeeper Gigi Buffon, along with Chelini and…

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Italy were impressive under Conte at the Euros but he is gone now and for the Italians it will be start of a new reign as they begin their campaign against the world champions, Germany. For Germany this will be another chance for them to flex their muscle while for Italy they would like to get an upset win to show the world that they are still a force in world football.

Italy do not have the best team in the world but like history suggests, they have one of the best defenses in the world. This bread of Italian defenders includes legendary goalkeeper Gigi Buffon, along with Chelini and Bonucci. This will mean that the backline will be strong and keeping clean sheets might be something that will happen quite often. I expect Italy not to concede many goals in this game and on the same level I don’t expect them to score many goals since their midfield and attack are way to weak when compared to the Germans.

Germany will know this and I am expecting them to press strongly in order to break down the Italian defense. That being said it will not be an easy task since the experience and skill that Italy possess is amazing when it comes to defending. Germany might get hit on the break with this approach but all in all I am expecting a very low scoring game.

We are getting a pretty good score on the under 2.5 goals. This is by far the best bet since any of the three results are possible and betting on the favorites, Germany is not a strong play here considering the price we are getting. 

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:52:49 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=54579
<![CDATA[Belgium vs Spain 1 September 2016: International Soccer Friendly]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/09/01/belgium-vs-spain-1-september-2016-international-soccer-friendly#comments The clubs are now on international break and for many of the teams this is the first time that many of the European sides will play after Euro 2016. Euro 2016 was a disappointment for both Belgium and Spain and this week they will face each other in an international friendly.

Neither team has been in great form but there is no doubt that there is a ton of talent in both sides. For Spain, this will be a chance to have a big win over a team like Belgium that could be big competition for them leading into the 2018 World Cup. Furthermore, the Spanish team will need to bring through some…

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The clubs are now on international break and for many of the teams this is the first time that many of the European sides will play after Euro 2016. Euro 2016 was a disappointment for both Belgium and Spain and this week they will face each other in an international friendly.

Neither team has been in great form but there is no doubt that there is a ton of talent in both sides. For Spain, this will be a chance to have a big win over a team like Belgium that could be big competition for them leading into the 2018 World Cup. Furthermore, the Spanish team will need to bring through some young players before the next big tournament as it will be unlikely the likes of Iniesta will still be at the top of their games in 2 years. Spain have a lot of talent and for the likes of Nolito and Bellerin this will be a terrific opportunity to impress the national team manger and selectors.

Belgium on the other hand have a new manager and a win over Spain in the opening game of the Martinez reign will give everyone a ton of confidence. This Belgium team was a disaster at the Euros and were eliminated after losing to Wales. That being said, the team has an insane amount of talent with the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel just a few names.

This should actually be a really good game and I think we might just see the Belgians beating the Spanish. The new Belgium manager will be determined to win and as a result this game will mean a lot more to the Belgians than it will to the Spanish. We are getting a great price on Belgium here to win this game so that is going to be my pick for this game. 

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:36:28 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=54576
<![CDATA[Southampton vs Sunderland 27 Aug 2016: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/08/27/southampton-vs-sunderland-27-aug-2016-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Southampton had a bad loss to Manchester United in a game where they looked very poor. This weekend they will look to turn things around as they take on Sunderland in a game that both teams will be desperate to win. St Mary’s Stadium will play host to this encounter and I am expecting a packed Southampton crowd cheering on the Saints.

Sunderland were lucky to survive relegation last season and they have started this season of very poorly losing both of their opening Premier League games. This weekend it will be tough for them to win since they will be away from home and they will be…

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Southampton had a bad loss to Manchester United in a game where they looked very poor. This weekend they will look to turn things around as they take on Sunderland in a game that both teams will be desperate to win. St Mary’s Stadium will play host to this encounter and I am expecting a packed Southampton crowd cheering on the Saints.

Sunderland were lucky to survive relegation last season and they have started this season of very poorly losing both of their opening Premier League games. This weekend it will be tough for them to win since they will be away from home and they will be taking on Southampton, a team that is amazing at home. A draw alone will be tough for Sunderland to get and the new manager is yet to have gotten his team running on the right track so I think we can expect a loss here.

Southampton on the other hand are a team that will know that they are expected to win. This team hasn’t won a game yet this season and the home crowd will want their Saints to get over the line in this tie. I think they should do so as well since Sunderland are not playing well at the moment and Southampton still have the likes of Shane Long in form after the Euros.

All in all, I am expecting a Southampton win but unfortunately we are not getting a good enough price to bet on them. I think the best option is to bet on the under 2.5 goals since neither side has enough goals in them. We are getting a pretty good price on this bet and I think we should take it. A medium sized stake is good.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:03:45 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=54285
<![CDATA[Chelsea vs Burnley 27 Aug 2016: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/08/27/chelsea-vs-burnley-27-aug-2016-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Chelsea will look to continue their good form this weekend as they face Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte and his men have looked pretty good this season and they are currently two wins from two games and they will look to keep up that perfect Premier League record. Burnley on the other hand have also been looking good and their win over Liverpool in their last outing showed what they are capable of.

The problem for Burnley will be that they are away from home and for a club like this, the home crowd is almost 50% of their team. At Stamford Bridge it is going to be tough because…

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Chelsea will look to continue their good form this weekend as they face Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte and his men have looked pretty good this season and they are currently two wins from two games and they will look to keep up that perfect Premier League record. Burnley on the other hand have also been looking good and their win over Liverpool in their last outing showed what they are capable of.

The problem for Burnley will be that they are away from home and for a club like this, the home crowd is almost 50% of their team. At Stamford Bridge it is going to be tough because the players will be up against not only some great players, but also a Chelsea home ground that are very loud and energetic. Stamford Bridge is a hard place to visit and I think that Burnley will lose here.

Chelsea have been heavily reliant on late goals from Diego Costa but other than the Spanish superstar, the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian have also looked pretty good. This side can really compete for the top places of the Premier League and wins in these games will be important.

As far as betting is concerned, I think we are getting way too short of a price to bet on Chelsea to win so I am going to avoid that play. I think a good option though is looking both teams to score. Chelsea have had a habit of conceding goals since their defense is not looking great at the moment so we can get a pretty good price on this bet. Other than both teams to score, the other lines are not looking very appealing so I think they are best to avoid. 

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:46:44 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=54279