Crystal Palace – Liverpool
. The away side is in desperate need of points if they want to have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League. They lost their last three games in all competitions and would want to put an end to this unpleasant streak. The only problem is their opponents. Crystal Palace made an amazing comeback last times these two sides met and won a point after being 0-3 down. They haven’t won any of their last five games and have the second worst defense in the league. Liverpool will probably want revenge after what happened last season and even though they are in bad form, it has to come to an end eventually and I don’t think Palace are in condition right now to snatch something from this game.
Tip: 2 @ 1.91
Hull City – Tottenham
Hull have many players, who are in doubt for this game due to returning from injury. Michael Dawson, Curtis Davies, Nikica Jelavic and Hatem Ben Arfa may or may not start and I think on this depends how are Hull going to perform in this match. Spurs’ away form is surprisingly better and they will be glad to travel to KC Stadium on Sunday. In every one of Tottenham’s last four games both teams managed to score a goal. This also applies to their last four away games. Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochettino still hasn’t found the balance in his team’s defense and in each one of the games between these two teams at KC Stadium both teams managed to score, so this is starting to look like a very expected outcome in this match.
Tip: Both Teams to Score @ 1.73
AC Milan – Inter
The Derby della Madonnina and after the appointment of Roberto Mancini as Inter’s manager many people will be looking forward to this game. So far this season the away side lacked stamina and confidense when the pressure of winning the game was on them. Milan’s midfield doesn’t have the quality to dominate in this game so the team will most likely sit back deep and look for quick counters. Inter on the other hand will hope that Yann M’Villa and Zdravko Kuzmanovic will provide the needed support to Fredy Guarin and Mateo Kovacic. Inzaghi will probably start with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Fernando Torres up front in order to have the required speed for counter attacks. The main duel in this game will be between Inter striker Mauro Icardi and Philipe Mexes. I think both teams will cancell eachother out and this derby will end in a draw.
Tip: X @ 3.20
Napoli – Cagliari
Bad news for manager Rafael Benitez as Lorenzo Insigne will be out for a few months and Dries Mertens picked up a head injury when playing for Belgium, so Napoli’s attack will be significantelly weakened. But even without these two their attacking force still has quality players like Hugain, Hamsic, Guzman and Callejon, so I don’t think their fans need to be worried. Cagliari have two suspended player in the likes of Lorenzo Crisetig and Victor Ibarbo, but Danilo Avelar is returning from his suspension and will be available for this game. Napoli are undefeated in 31 of their last 34 home games in Serie A, which is a pretty impressive home record. Cagliari on the other hand have failed to win 28 of their last 31 away games. If this doesn’t make it clear enough for you, here’s another stat – Napoli have snatched the win the last four times these two sides met. I think Benitez and his team won’t have a problem winning on Sunday.
Tip: 1 @ 1.36
Hamburger – Werder Bremen
Two teams who sit in the bottom three right now, but their form is very different. Hamburger shocked Bayer Leverkusen and won against them, but in the last round they suffered defeat against Wolfsburg. Their attack is the worst in the league, having scored only four goals so far. Werder have a new manager in Viktor Skripnik and he seems to have turned things around for them. The side from Bremen won all of their last two Bundesliga games and conceded only one goal in them, which is a massive improvement when we know that their defense is the second worst in the league. They won four out of the last five games in this Nord Derby and will be looking to continue their impressive form.
Tip: X2 @ 1.91