<![CDATA[Soccer RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC MLS Cup Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/10/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/12/10/toronto-fc-vs-seattle-sounders-fc-mls-cup-pick-odds-prediction#comments The Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders FC meet Saturday night in the MLS Cup at BMO Field on FOX.

Toronto FC have a chance to be crowned MLS champions for the first time in franchise history. Toronto FC has managed to bully its way through the Eastern Conference and has done so with a defense that’s allowed six goals in five playoff games. Toronto FC has allowed two or less goals in nine of their last 10 matches and has pitched two shutouts in two of their last four matches. Clint Irwin has come away with 50 saves on 76 shots faced and Alex Bono has…

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The Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders FC meet Saturday night in the MLS Cup at BMO Field on FOX.

Toronto FC have a chance to be crowned MLS champions for the first time in franchise history. Toronto FC has managed to bully its way through the Eastern Conference and has done so with a defense that’s allowed six goals in five playoff games. Toronto FC has allowed two or less goals in nine of their last 10 matches and has pitched two shutouts in two of their last four matches. Clint Irwin has come away with 50 saves on 76 shots faced and Alex Bono has 42 saves on 60 shots. Offensively, Toronto FC is coming off a match in which it scored five goals, and has scored no less than two goals in seven straight matches. Sebastian Giovinco leads the way with 17 goals, Jozy Altidore has five assists and Will Johnson has 32 shots. Toronto FC is showing a great balance of defense and offense heading into the championship match.

The Seattle Sounders FC also have a chance to win their first MLS Cup in franchise history. The Seattle Sounders FC went from being the fourth-best team in the Western Conference to winning three of their four playoff matches and allowing just three goals in those contests. Seattle has allowed two or less goals in 13 straight matches. Stefan Frei has 91 saves on 137 shots faced and Tyler Miller has two saves on four shots. Offensively, the Sounders have done just enough to get by, but they have scored at least one goal in seven straight matches. Jordan Morris leads Seattle with 12 goals, Nicolás Lodeiro has eight assists and Clint Dempsey has 65 shots. The Seattle Sounders FC will have a great shot to hoist the trophy if their defense continues to produce.

This should be a fun matchup between two hot teams with solid firepower offensively and proven goalies who will do their part. The lone meeting between Seattle and Toronto this season resulted in a 1-1 draw. Overall, you have to give the edge to Toronto FC on their home field and the fact they've been far more balanced with solid defense but also the ability to find the back of the net with more consistency. Add the fact this game was sold out in three minutes, and you know this is going to be a wild place to play in.

I have to side with Toronto to win the MLS Cup.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:56:09 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66284
<![CDATA[Barcelona vs Real Madrid 3 December 2016: La Liga Preivew and Predictions]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/12/03/barcelona-vs-real-madrid-3-december-2016-la-liga-preivew-and-predictions#comments El Clasico is on as the Camp Nou will play host to what should be a great contest between two of the best teams in the world. As things stand at the moment, Real Madrid will feel a lot more confident as the side is winning and have a decent lead over Messi and his Barcelona teammates.

Real Madrid are on form in La Liga at the moment and the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo are playing some really. In addition to that, the defense is holding solid and it seems like the team is clicking well together under the management of Zidane. This team will be full…

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El Clasico is on as the Camp Nou will play host to what should be a great contest between two of the best teams in the world. As things stand at the moment, Real Madrid will feel a lot more confident as the side is winning and have a decent lead over Messi and his Barcelona teammates.

Real Madrid are on form in La Liga at the moment and the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo are playing some really. In addition to that, the defense is holding solid and it seems like the team is clicking well together under the management of Zidane. This team will be full of confidence after their win over Athletico Madrid and they will feel that this is the best opportunity they have had in a while to really push Barcelona away.

Barcelona on the other hand are a side that are not playing at their best and they have dropped points where in the past they would not do this. That being said, this is  a team that is still full of talent and are still considered one of the best teams in the world. This time they will be at home and they will look to use the home crowd to get support to win this game. For Barcalona to win this game they will need to dominate the midfield with the likes of Iniesta having to control the game. That will not be easy since the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will have their own opinions.

All in all I think I am going to pick Real Madrid to win this game away from home. At the moment they are simply the better team and I think that form will carry on into this game. We are getting a good enough price to place them to win outright and this is probably the best bet of the game. Both teams to score is also a decent bet.

 

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:03:10 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65855
<![CDATA[Chelsea vs Tottenham 26th November 2016: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/11/26/chelsea-vs-tottenham-26th-november-2016-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments The biggest game of this weekend English Premier League will take place at Stamford Bridge where Tottenham visit an inform Chelsea side. Spurs were eliminated out of the Champions League midweek after a disappointing loss to Monaco and they will look to bounce back hard this weekend and get their push for the Premier League going.

 

There are a lot of good things happening at Tottenham at the moment but injuries are starting to be a problem. This side doesn’t have great depth and that is perhaps why they failed to qualify…

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The biggest game of this weekend English Premier League will take place at Stamford Bridge where Tottenham visit an inform Chelsea side. Spurs were eliminated out of the Champions League midweek after a disappointing loss to Monaco and they will look to bounce back hard this weekend and get their push for the Premier League going.

 

There are a lot of good things happening at Tottenham at the moment but injuries are starting to be a problem. This side doesn’t have great depth and that is perhaps why they failed to qualify to the round of 16 in the Champions League but they will have excuses for this game as they are well rested since some key players did not even feature midweek.

 

Chelsea on the other hand are looking red hot and with just the Premier League to focus on, things are looking good in West London. Eden Hazard is playing as well as he ever has and Antonio Conte’s formation seems to be working quite well know. This team has not conceded in 7 games and things are very good right now.

 

Having said all that, I think Chelsea will win but we are not getting a good enough price to place this bet. That being said, we can still place a bet on this match and that is under 2.5 goals. Both teams have good defences and I feel the pressure on this match will see it being low scoring. We are getting a pretty good price all round so I think we should take it.

 

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Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:18:06 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=64460
<![CDATA[Crystal Palace vs Manchester City 19th November 2016: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/11/19/crystal-palace-vs-manchester-city-19th-november-2016-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments The international break is finally over and Manchester City will be back in action as they take on Crystal Palace which will be a stunning contest as a pumped up Selhurst Park will be there to cheer the Eagles to what could very possibly be a huge upset for the home side.

 

Crystal Palace has been in pretty poor form lately but this side has a ton of talent so it is hard to not see this side eventually picking up their form again. This team has a great midfield with the likes of Yohan Cabaye but it will be important that they…

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The international break is finally over and Manchester City will be back in action as they take on Crystal Palace which will be a stunning contest as a pumped up Selhurst Park will be there to cheer the Eagles to what could very possibly be a huge upset for the home side.

 

Crystal Palace has been in pretty poor form lately but this side has a ton of talent so it is hard to not see this side eventually picking up their form again. This team has a great midfield with the likes of Yohan Cabaye but it will be important that they don’t let the likes of Fernandinho dictate the game too much because that could cause the entire game to get out of hand from the Eagles very quickly. If this side can get some crosses into Benteke and along with that defend well, an upset is very possible.

 

On the other hand, Manchester City will look to get an easy three points and charge on as they look to contend for the title come the end of the season. A win here as a result is needed so they can stay on pace and if they play well there is no reason why this should not happen. This team has pace, control and skill and on their day there is no team that can beat them as they showed in their win against Barcelona.

 

Will all that in mind, I think we are not getting a good enough price to bet on Manchester City. The best bet in this game is to look at the goal line and going for the over 2.5 goals is the best option as Manchester CIty might reach this goal themselves. Furthermore Palace have goalscoring in them as well so this seems like a great bet.

 

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Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:44:18 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=63452
<![CDATA[Manchester City vs FC Barcelona 1 Nov 2016: UCL Preview and Preditions]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/11/01/manchester-city-vs-fc-barcelona-1-nov-2016-ucl-preview-and-preditions#comments After a disappointing return for Pep to the Camp Nou, Manchester City will look to get some pride back as the Etihad Stadium will be honored by Leo Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and the rest of the Barcelona outfit. This will be a challenge for Manchester City for sure but it will also be a chance for them to show the world that they can compete at the top level and give their manager Pep something to smile about.

Barcelona are as strong away as they are at home but it is important to note that their defense is not always the strongest and against a talented Manchester City outfit, this…

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After a disappointing return for Pep to the Camp Nou, Manchester City will look to get some pride back as the Etihad Stadium will be honored by Leo Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and the rest of the Barcelona outfit. This will be a challenge for Manchester City for sure but it will also be a chance for them to show the world that they can compete at the top level and give their manager Pep something to smile about.

Barcelona are as strong away as they are at home but it is important to note that their defense is not always the strongest and against a talented Manchester City outfit, this could cause some problems. At the Camp Nou, this was not a problem at all since Barcelona controlled all the ball but with the home crowd in the North of England, Manchester City might cause some more problems this time around. It will be important for the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Nolito and David Silva to work together and create chance since that will give the hosts a good chance of getting three points of Barcelona.

Barcelona on the other hand will want to win since a win all but guarantees top spot in the group for them. They will know that the likes of John Stones can make mistakes and they will look to take full advantage of that. A big win is unlikely away from home against Manchester City but if Barcelona play to their full potential, anything is possible.

As far as betting is concerned, it is very risky to pick a winner but if I had to I would go for Barcelona but betting on this is not the best idea. The best bet is by far the over 3.5 goals. This is getting a good price and it is a pretty safe bet in my eyes so I am going to take it. 

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Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:51:45 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=61263
<![CDATA[Genoa vs AC Milan 25th October 2016: Serie A Preview and Predictions]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/10/25/genoa-vs-ac-milan-25th-october-2016-serie-a-preview-and-predictions#comments After a massive win against Juventus, there is once again belief in Milan as AC Milan look forward to playing against Genoa midweek in what should surely be a great match. Genoa will be at home for this game and that will be another test for this young AC Milan side that will attempt to build on some good form and show the world that playing in Europe next season is a possibility.

Genoa have not been on the level that I expected of them but they have not been terrible and they will feel that with the home crowd behind them, they will be able to put on a show tonight. This team has talent…

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After a massive win against Juventus, there is once again belief in Milan as AC Milan look forward to playing against Genoa midweek in what should surely be a great match. Genoa will be at home for this game and that will be another test for this young AC Milan side that will attempt to build on some good form and show the world that playing in Europe next season is a possibility.

Genoa have not been on the level that I expected of them but they have not been terrible and they will feel that with the home crowd behind them, they will be able to put on a show tonight. This team has talent but they are yet to show it and that will make it hard for them to win here since they are up against opposition that are on the top of their game.

AC Milan are playing well and the best thing to see is that this side has belief. This team won against Juventus in a game that showed a lot of heart and I think that moving forward they will need to keep up this way of thinking if they are going to succeed. The young players are all stepping up but it will be important for the likes of Carlos Bacca and Abate to also show leadership to inspire the young players in the right direction. If that can be done, this team has no ceiling at all.

Overall, I think I am going to pick AC Milan to win this game. This is a side full of talent and form is on their side now. Genoa are not in good form at the moment either so all in all I think we are best picking the visitors. We are getting a good enough price to place this bet as well so I think we should take it because it is value. 

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:59:23 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60531
<![CDATA[West Ham vs Middlesbrough 1 October 2016: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> http://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2016/10/01/west-ham-vs-middlesbrough-1-october-2016-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments A good week is expected in the English Premier League as West Ham look to turn their season around in a game against Middlesbrough. West Ham have struggled at their new home but so have their opponents so I am expecting quite a close game between two teams that have had similar fortunes up to know.

West Ham are a quality team but they have had a ton of injuries and that is causing them so many problems that it is ridiculous. That being said, the likes of Dmitri Payet are fit and that will mean a ton of opportunities will be created. This will give the Hammers hope but they know that…

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A good week is expected in the English Premier League as West Ham look to turn their season around in a game against Middlesbrough. West Ham have struggled at their new home but so have their opponents so I am expecting quite a close game between two teams that have had similar fortunes up to know.

West Ham are a quality team but they have had a ton of injuries and that is causing them so many problems that it is ridiculous. That being said, the likes of Dmitri Payet are fit and that will mean a ton of opportunities will be created. This will give the Hammers hope but they know that this should be an easy win no matter what.

Middlesbrough on the other hand are a club that spent a lot of money during the transfer window and their players have not seemed to click yet and that will surely be causing a lot of tension in the ranks because their needs to be a return on investment. This side should have goals and their defence is not dreadful but they are getting beaten in the middle of the park and I think that will happen again for them in this match against West Ham.

All in all I think that West Ham will get a win at home. West Ham are the better side, they are at home and as a result I think this should be an easy win for the Hammers. We are getting a good enough price on West Ham to win this game and as a result I think this is the best betting options. Both teams to score is also a decent bets since both sides have plenty of goals in them.

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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:51:54 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57960
<![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