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Brazil » Série B » Joinville – Ceará -0,5 Joinville @ 1,73 sbo

Quality on home side, they are fighting for promotion (1 point less than G4) and they won tree in a row. No important missings, just Rafael (df 12/1) injured.

Ceara very weak away, still without single win. 6 players are out for this game , defenders Vicente (df 14/1) and Anderson Marques (df 16/2), than Rogerinho (mf 12/2) and Hamilton (mf 4/0) and strikers Léo Gamalho (attt 7/2) and topscorer Magno Alves (att 15/7).

serie A, Nautico – Sao Paulo

here for double with first game, i think it’s goot to take Sao Paulo to score (or double chance on them). Sao paulo play bad this season but Nautico is worst team in league, have some missings today (two defenders loaned from Sao paulo so cannot play)..Awfull form and Sao paulo has two main strikers back in team..

early bets

Manisaspor – Karsiyaka 1 @ 1,87 betvictor

14 community Karsiyaka player’s left and 2 are injured so they have just 9 seniors players available on trainig and they must take some youngsters link

Banahene (topscorer 16/6) and Oner (df 3/0) are injured while Makukula (att 10/3) , Fatih Sen (mf 15/3), Türkmehmet (mf 6/0), Yalciner (att 8/0), Gungnor (df 16/1), Solakel (df 16/0), Aktas (mf 12/0), Akbay (14/0), Tasdelen (df 16/0), Gurol (mf 4/0), Adican (df 16/0), ozcan (3/0), kocabey (mf 5/0), Yalçiner Taha (mf 8/0)

Manisa is currently leading table and doing great for title and promotion and there wasnt important changes

Ponferradina – Elche
Elche -0,25

quality is on Elche side. Thez are definitly best team in league, they have 11 pts more than 2nd and they recive just 11 goals in 21 round. Carles Gil (mf 16/3) adn club captein Albacar (df 19/7) are seriously missing but David Generelo (mf 15/0) is available again. Berange and Miguel Linares also out but not important

Ponferradina is 18 pts behind lece after 21 round. They win or loose, just one draw till now (10-1-10). They loose last two games and i expect the same in this game because they have important missings: Acoran Barrera (mf 18/3), Mateo Miguez (att), Juan de Dios Prados (mf 17/0) are injured and main player, topscorer Yuri de Souza (att 19/11) and Baro (df 13/1) are suspended..

Qualitz is definitly on away side, hosts have 3 important missings and Elche want secure title and promotion as soon as posible so no time for relax..

Portugal – Liga Round 15, Moreirense FC – SL Benfica
benfica -1,5 ah @ 1,83

Worst team in league, Moreirense will host league leaders Benfice without 4 suspended players: Augusto Loureiro (df 14/0), Filipe Goncalves (mf 13/0), Fabio Espinho (mf 14/1), Wagner Borges (mf 14/1). Also are injured Paulo ‘Paulinho’ Mota (df 3/0), Castro Miguel (mf 2/0), Pablo Olivera (mf 8/2) so their weak squad is now much weaker..

Benfica play tomorow cup game but imo that game will be like ‘training game’ for them. 4 days later is this game and as dont have now some important missings they should won this without any problems

Scunthorpe – Portsmouth 1 @ 1,62

Portsmouth confirm six players have left the club

Portsmouth have confirmed that six players have left the club following the expiry of their contracts.

Mustapha Dumbuya, Jon Harley, Brian Howard, Lubomir Michalik, Luke Rodgers and Lee Williamson have all departed.

Michalik joined Pompey in mid-September, while the other five arrived just before the opening League One match of the season in August.

“We thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best,” said Pompey caretaker boss Guy Whittingham.

League One Portsmouth have been in administration since February 2012 and are facing a second successive relegation as they are set for a 10-point penalty.

They are currently in the process of a takeover bid by the Pompey Supporters’ Trust and are said to be £61m in debt.

UEFA Champions League draw

Group A: Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Paris St Germain, Dinamo Zagreb

Group B: Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiakos, Montpellier

Group C: AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, Malaga

Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund

Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, FC Nordsjaelland

Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, BATE Borisov

Group G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Celtic

Group H: Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray, CFR Cluj

Can Croatia qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2012?

Croatia face a crucial Euro 2012 clash with European and world champions Spain this evening.

The Croats are level with their opponents on points in Group C and know that only a victory will guarantee them passage into the quarter-finals of the competition.

Draw

A draw could be enough for both sides to progress depending on the result of Italy’s clash with the Republic of Ireland.

However the Spanish are unlikely to settle for a draw in Gdansk and will be looking to secure a quarter-final place with a victory.

Difficult

It will be difficult for Slaven Bilic’s men to get the victory that they so desperately want. It won’t be impossible for Bilic’s men though. His side has made a really good impression in their first two games of the Euro’s and won’t want their tournament to end here.

Impressed

I have to admit that Croatia is one of sides that have most impressed me at Euro 2012. Their victory over Ireland in the first game was achieved in very comfortable style and a draw with Italy was a decent result.

They were always going to be underdogs to Spain and Italy in the group but I have a feeling they may just go through to the quarter-finals.

Unlikely

If Croatia achieve the unthinkable and defeat the Spanish and Italy beat Ireland Spain could go out. That’s an unlikely scenario but we have seen it before at previous tournament and even at this one with favourites going out at the group stage.

It would be a massive shock if Spain were eliminated from the competition but anything can happen in football. The Croatians are certainly a far better side than the Republic of Ireland and won’t be as easy to beat as Spain’s last opponents.

Quality

Spain and Barcelona midfielder Xavi has revealed that he believes it will be a “beautiful game for the fans and players”. The Croatians definitely have quality players in their ranks such as Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric and Wolfsburg striker Mario Mandzukic.

The striker is joint-top goalscorer at Euro 2012 with three goals so far this tournament and is hoping to move on this summer. His German club is believed to want to sell the striker but might have second thoughts after his performances so far at the Euro’s.

Mandzukic has already been linked with a move to Premier League Everton, where he could link up with international teammate Nikica Jelavic. The striker is likely to be in-demand this summer.

Swansong

Croatian boss Slaven Bilic will be leaving his position at the end of this tournament, with his contract expiring this summer. He won’t want his last game in charge of his national team to be a defeat and I’m sure he will do everything in his power to help his country progress to the knockout stages.

Bilic was heavily criticised in his homeland for the country’s failure to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. There were even calls for his head from some of the media back home but the Croatian FA believed in the former-West Ham defender and refused to sack Bilic.

The Croatian FA don’t want Bilic to leave his position but it seems that he wants a new challenge this summer. It looks like a return to club management could be on the cards for the highly-rated coach. I’m sure he would love to go out on a high as Croatia boss though.

Close

I think this will be a very tight affair and Spain won’t find Croatia an easy opponent. Should Croatia manage a 2-2 draw with the European champions then they would go through at the expense of the Italians.

I wouldn’t put it past Croatia to get the draw they need to progress. They have looked dangerous on the attack but I don’t think their defence is as watertight as Croat teams of the past. I don’t think they will beat Spain but if they do I think it would open the competition right up.

The way they have played so far Croatia don’t deserve to go home and I hope they get a good enough result to go through to the quarter-finals. Whatever happens though they have given a superb account of themselves and Slaven Bilic can be proud of his teams performances at Euro 2012.

Will Croatia progress into the quarter-finals of Euro 2012?