weekend betting facts

– Southampton has important striker Lambert (att 23/7) back

– Newcastle could be without few important offensive players, definitly out is topscorer Loic Remy (att 21/11). Doubtful Yoan Gouffran (att 22/6) and Papiss Cisse (att 15/1) link

– Liverpool defensive weaker: Fans hoping to see the return of one of Liverpool’s injured centre halves in time for Saturday’s match against Arsenal get their injury update early this week, and it isn’t the one they’d been hoping for. Neither Mamadou Sakho nor Daniel Agger will be in line to face the Gunners, leaving Kolo Toure the default selection alongside Martin Skrtel and, with Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique still out injured, between Jon Flanagan and Aly Cissokho. link 

– Man City still without topscorer Sergio Aguero (att 17/15)

– Everton without topscorer Romelu Lukaku( (att 18/9)

– Monaco – PSG big derby, Monaco without star Falcao (att 17/9), Paris without Cavani (att 21/13)

– Isters without topscorer Geoffrey Malfleury (att 11/6)

– CA Bastia (from 2nd lreague) still with long list of injuries: Dominique Agostini, Madimoussa Traore, Jean-Christophe Lamberti, Massire Kante, Anthony Salis, Idrissa Derme, Raphael Romey, Michel Moretti, Naby Damba, Remy Arnoux, Jean Jacques Mandrichi

– Fiorentina still without topscorer Giuseppe Rossi (att 18/14)

– Spezia without topscorer Osarimen Giulio Ebagua (att 21/10)

– Real Madrid has suspend Cristiano Ronaldo (att 21/22)

– Villarreall without topscorer Ikechuckwu Uche (att 19/11). Also out imp mf Cani and Pina while Bruno Soriano doubtful

– Almeria without topscorer Rodri (att 14/7)

– Valladolid without topscorer Javi Guerra (att 22/11). Key mf Oscar Gonzalez injured while Patrick Ebert doubtful

– Girona without key midfielder, topscorer Felipe Sanchon (21/6)

– ADO Den Haag has key offensive player Gehrt (att 15/5) back

– Roda still offensive weaker for Kristian Nemeth (att 19/8), Mark-Jan Fledderus (mf 15/5), Frank Demouge (att 14/2), Henk Dijkhuizen (df 17/2) aynd doubtful Mitchell Paulissen (att 7/0)

– Galata without Drogba (att 19/8)

– Fener without Pierre Webo (att 18/7) and Emmanuel Emenike (att 17/8)

– Grodig sold two lain players (and played awfull in friendlies): Zulechner (att 20/15, league topscorer with Alan from RBS) and Elsneg (att 20/5)

AUSTRALIA: A-LEAGUE SEASON 2013/2014 PREVIEW

Australia

ADELAIDE UNITED

Predicted position: 9

X-factor: jugadores españoles

Adelaide’s start to the previous season rescued them from dropping out of finals contention, after a horrible dip in form and the parting of ways with coach John Kosmina. Newly appointed Spanish coach Josep Gombau has recruited a couple of his countrymen Cirio and Isaias, whilst Zullo returns to the A-League on loan from FC Utrecht.

Adelaide’s hopes of success in the up coming season will be determined by how their Spanish signings perform. They will need to score plenty of goals, as Adelaide’s defense looks very thin. Standout goalkeeper Galekovic will no doubt do his fair share in thwarting the efforts of the opposition, but he will need greater protection.

BRISBANE ROAR

Predicted position: 3

X-factor: Berisha

Brisbane Roar finished last season strongly with a finals berth and claiming fifth spot on the ladder. This season Brisbane will look to make a better start than the previous year, considering the squad and coach have had a full pre-season together. Berisha’s pre-season form has been promising, suggesting a performance like his fantastic 2011/2012 season.

The midfield will be key to Brisbane’s success in the upcoming season. Former captain Matt McKay returns to the club alongside Liam Miller. The new additions will allow Broich and Brattan to push forward and link with Berisha, who was isolated for much of last year.

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

Predicted position: 1

X-factor: Flores

Last season’s champions have had to replace the losses of key players in the off-season. The Mariners have managed to recruit well and also retain the services of their manager Graham Arnold. Ex Victory playmaker Flores joins the team with new signings Liam Reddy and former player Matt Simon.

The Central Coast Mariners’ squad is well balanced, as they have outstanding players throughout all their key positions. Siansbury was a standout at the back last season, captain Hutchinson will anchor the midfield allowing Flores and McGlinchey to create opportunities for Simon and Duke.

The only potential weakness for the Mariners is filling the void left by goalkeeper Matt Ryan.

MELBOURNE HEART

Predicted position: 7

X-factor: Kewell

Melbourne Heart will be looking to improve from their dismal finish to last season, where they finished ninth. This season the Heart should be targeting finals football with the signings they have made.

The most high profile addition has been securing the services of Harry Kewell. This match has the potential to be a win-win for both parties. Heart needs a player with his experience and skills whilst Kewell is vying for a World Cup spot.

Patrick Kisnorbo has also been signed to boost the defensive stocks, this will help young goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne. He finished last season in fine form and is showing potential to be a key figure in the upcoming season.

MELBOURNE VICTORY

Predicted position: 4

X-factor: Ange Postecoglou

Melbourne Victory did extremely well last season to finish third in their first season under the stewardship of Ange Postecoglou. This season they will be looking to go further and win the competition.

Ange has stamped his personality on the team and club by assembling a squad full of youth and skill. The loss of creative players Rojas and Flores indicates that Mitch Nicols will play a major part in the final third for the Victory.

Youngsters Nabbout, Geria and Pain should all establish themselves as league regulars alongside the experienced Leijer, Thompson and Miligan. Ange’s team has the ability to dominate possession and play on the counter, making them dangerous and a serious title contender.

NEWCASTLE JETS

Predicted position: 8

X-factor: The Youth

The Jets finished eight last season missing the finals for the third straight year, a bitter pill to swallow for the football proud region. The Jets have one of the strongest membership bases in the league and will be expecting a major improvement from last season.

The squad is full of Australian youth internationals such as Taggart, Hoole, Brillante and Chapman. These youngsters will need time to develop and need to be surrounded by experienced players, which is why the Jets have added Nathan Burns on loan. Burns will be a key figure and should partner marquee striker Heskey up front.

A major concern for the team is the pressure coach Van Egmond is under. If the Jets start the season poorly he could be the first casualty of the season.

PERTH GLORY

Predicted position: 6

X-factor: Shane Smeltz

Coach Alistair Edwards will be expecting big things from his team this season. Perth underwent major changes in playing style when Edwards took over as coach. With a full pre-season to prepare his team, a finals position should be achievable.

Kiwi international Shane Smeltz was extremely quiet by his standards last season. He needs to recapture his prolific goal scoring form if the Glory are to make a finals appearance.

Smeltz will need quality service and support from Zahra and Nagai. Youngster Daniel De Silva who had a breakout tournament for Australia in the U20’s World Cup will join this trio in attack and should make some significant contributions throughout the season

SYDNEY FC

Predicted position: 5

X-factor: Alessandro Del Piero

Sydney FC narrowly missed the finals last year finishing in seventh place. Coach Frank Farina was another appointment made throughout the season. He was able to guide them from the bottom of the table to within a whisker of the finals.

Sydney FC and Farina have added several new faces in the off-season in an attempt to win the title. The major coup was retaining the services of football legend Del Piero. He will line up alongside new recruits Bojic, Jurman, Garcia and Gamerio.

If Sydney FC can deliver on the hype and gel as a team they have the potential to win the title. However Farina will have to deal with some pressing issues such as how Carle and Del Piero will play together, Brett Emerton’s decreasing form and who will lead the attack.

WELLINGTON PHOENIX

Predicted position: 10

X-factor: Paul Ifill

The Phoenix head into the up-coming season with new coach Ernie Merrick at the helm, Merrick rejoins the A-League and brings a wealth of experience to the club.

Merrick will have his work cut out for him in the up-coming season as his squad is largely similar to the one that finished bottom of the league last season. Merrick has to find ways within the team to control possession in the midfield and structure the defense to concede fewer goals. The Phoenix conceded the second highest amount of goals behind Sydney FC last season.

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS

Predicted position: 2

X-factor: Wanderland/RBB

The Wanderers inaugural season was unexpected as they defied all the odds and finished as Premiers. Western Sydney local Tony Popovic displayed his outstanding coaching ability.

Popovic has retained the services of the majority of his squad, bringing in only a handful of new faces. Brendon Santalab joins the team from China and has had a fantastic pre-season, he has the ability to score goals, make intelligent runs off the ball and close down defenders. He is definitely one to look out for and will cause plenty of headaches for the opposition. Tomi Juric joins the Wanderers from Adelaide United, another player that has had a successful pre-season coinciding with his first Australian cap and goal. Popovic has also added experience to his backline with the signing of utility Dean Heffernan.

This season the Wanderers will look to go one better and add the Championship to their Premiership. The challenge is now playing with the expectations that are placed on the team. Approximately 15,000 memberships have been sold and this should see the “house full” sign go up at Wanderland at every home game. The RBB and Wanderers supporters have breathed life back into the competition, adding colour, noise and intimidating opponents. Wanderland will not be an easy place to travel to and pick up points.

Tactically the Wanderers have strengthened their forward line, as this was a weakness in the previous campaign. Haliti, Juric and Santalab will offer Popovic plenty of options to alter his game plan. The Mariners showed in last season’s grand final that when teams shut down the Wanderers, play with width and push their fullbacks up into the Wanderers defensive third, they will create problems for the Premiers’ ability to get out of trouble and retain possession.

 Denmark – Bulgaria 

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 Turkey – Hungary 

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 Serbia – Scotland 

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 France – Spain 

France go into this crunch tie looking to open up a five-point gap at the Group I summit, which would see them all but secure the first place in the standings.

Spain, on the other hand, hope to make amends for the 1-1 draw against Finland and return to the top of the group by winning at Stade de France.

Didier Deschamps was always going to have a difficult task having taken over the reigns after yet another disappointing showing at the tournament finals.

Les Bleus, nonetheless, started the 2014 World Cup qualifiers strongly, defeating Finland and Belarus, before holding Euro 2012 champions Spain to a 1-1 draw in Madrid.

France have since recorded a comfortable win over Georgia, which saw them create a two-point advantage at the top given that Spain slipped up against Finland.

The hosts now have a great chance to make a giant step towards the tournament finals..Didier Deschamps is set to revert to 4-3-3 formation for the Spain match, which could see Olivier Giroud make way for Yohan Cabaye.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Lloris – Jallet, Varane, Sakho, Clichy – Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba – Valbuena, Benzema, Ribery.

Spain remain the team to beat after winning the last three major tournaments, but La Furia Roja have experienced some unexpected problems in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. It all started from that match against France, when Vicente del Bosque’s side largely dominated the game and looked to be cruising to victory, that is until Olivier Giroud scored a late, late goal to earn one point for les Bleus.

Same thing happened on Friday against Finland, as La Furia Roja couldn’t hold on to a one-goal lead, but it is too early to be talking about a dip in form or something like that. Spain did make some mistakes in the two matches, but that is likely to make the players even more determined to make things right in Paris. David Villa looks set to start up front as Vicente del Bosque plans some changes to the starting line-up..

Jordi Alba and David Silva miss out through injury and suspension, but Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez and Pedro return to the starting line-up.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Valdes – Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Monreal – Xavi, Busquets, Xabi Alonso – Pedro, Villa, Iniesta.

 Wales – Croatia 

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  Sweden – Argentina 

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Azerbaijan – Liechtenstein 
two week teams where is Azerbaijan bog favorite but i thing we can see some suprise here. Liechtenstein will be without Büchel brothers (goalkeeper and midfielder), other are available. They are 154th ranked team.
Azerbaijan is 118th ranked but in this game some players which was standard long time in National Team will not be include: goalkeeper Kamran Ağayev (38 caps), captein Sadygov (df 80/5), Malikov (df 40/0), Abishov (df 30/3), Allahverdiyev (df 27/0), Budak (df 10/0), Şükürov (mf 62/3), Chertoganov (mf 54/0), Ismayilov (mf 13/1) and Subašić (att 38/7). One of called up players is playing in Kaiserslautern II (Germany regional league), one in Moldavian  side Milsami, third in Adana Demirspor (Turkey 1. lig which is 2nd class) and other 20 players from local league
Romania – Australia  under 2,5
lot of offensive power miss for this game
Romania without strikers Mutu (75/34), Marica (60/18) and M. Niculae (43/15) and D. Niculae (39/9)
For Australia there is no Brett Emerton (95/20), Tim Cahill (60/26), Harry Kewečč (58/17), Archie Thompson (46/28), Joshua Kennedy (29/15), Carney (46/6)..
  

 England – Brazil 

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Spain – Uruguay over 2,5

both attacking oriented teams, Spain very strong always (no matter there is no Soldado, Torres) while Uruguay attack Suarez-Forlan-Cavani

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Netherlands – Italy

New-look Netherlands could be in for a difficult task when they take on Italy at Amsterdam ArenA, with the Azzurri arriving at full strength.

Following the he disappointment that was the Euro2012, Louis van Gaal take over the reigns and immediately introduced a plethora of talented, but pretty inexperienced players.

Such an approach produced instant results as Oranje won their first four2014 World Cup qualifiers, although they were pretty fortunate to win their only high-profile encounter, at home against Turkey.

Having rode their luck for much of the friendly draw against Germany, Netherlands will attempt to show some improvement in their next warm-up match, although that might prove to be a problem with some star players against missing.

Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Rafael van der Vaart and Maarten Stekelenburg have all been overlooked, whereas Michel Vorm was forced to withdraw because of injury.

Daley Blind, Ola John and Jonathan De Guzman are hoping to make their international debuts against one of world’s top sides.

In spite of the important missings

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Krul – Van Rhijn, Martins Indi, Mathijsen, Blind – Strootman, Clasie – Kuyt, De Guzman, Lens – Van Persie.

Italy needed just one major tournament to return to old glory days, with team’s showings at the Euro 2012 doing their country proud.

While the Azzurri defied all odds to reach the final, it was their outstanding attacking displays that earned them praise from pundits all over the world.

Italy have since continued where they left off, picking up ten points from first four 2014 World Cup qualifiers, although they did lose their last friendly game to France.

Juventus duo Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchsio miss out through injury, whereas their teammate Leonardo Bonucci has been dropped due to the lack of discipline.

Sebastian Giovinco has withdrawn because of a thigh problem, leaving Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy as the most likely attacking pairing.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-1-2): Buffon – Abate, Barzagli, Ranocchia, Santon – De Rossi, Pirlo, Florenzi – Montolivo – Balotelli, El Shaarawy.

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France – Germany

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Senegal – Guinea

Senegal with pretty strong squad 

   PRENOMS                                                  NOMS CLUBS

1. BOUNA COUNDOUL                   ENOSIS NEON PARALIMNI – CHYPRE
2. OUSMANE MANE                                DIAMBARS – SENEGAL
3. CHEIKH NDIAYE                            STADE RENNAIS – FRANCE
4. BAYAL SALL AS                               SAINT-ETIENNE – FRANCE
5. CHEIKHOU KOUYATE                   ASC ANDERLECHT- BELGIQUE
6. ABDOULAYE BA                                   FC PORTO – PORTUGAL
7. LAMINE SANE                             GIRONDINS DE BORDEAUX – FRANCE
8. CHEIKH MBENGUE                               FC TOULOUSE – FRANCE
9. ARMAND TRAORE                     QUEEN PARK RANGERS – ANGLETERRE
10.ZARCO TOURE                                         LE HAVRE – FRANCE
11. MOUHAMED DIAME                            WEST HAM- ANGLETERRE
12. PAPE KOULI DIOP                                   LEVANTE – ESPAGNE
13. ABDOULAYE SANE                           STADE RENNAIS – FRANCE
14. SADIO MANE REDBULL                     SALZBURG – AUTRICHE
15. IDRISSA GANA GUEYE                            LILLE – FRANCE
16. REMI GOMIS                                     VALENCIENNES- FRANCE
17. MAME BIRAME DIOUF                   HANNOVER – ALLEMAGNE
18. MOUSSA SOW                                    FENERBACHE- TURQUIE
19.ISSIAR DIA LEKHWIYA                       SPORTS CLUB – QATAR
20. DEMBA BA                                         CHELSEA – ANGLETERRE
21. PAPIS DEMBA CISSE                        NEWCAL TLE – ANGLETERRE
22. DAME NDOYE FC                                      LOCOMOTIV – MOSCOU
23. NDIAYE DEME NDIAYE                                  LENS – FRANCE
edit: Demba Ba has become the latest Chelsea player to withdraw from international through injury and, like Petr Cech, could be a doubt for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan.

Guinea:
Gardiens de but : Abdul Aziz Keita (AS Kaloum Star), Aboubacar Camara (Alcoyano, Espagne), Oumar Barry (Al-Rayyan, Qatar).

Défenseurs : Florentin Pogba, Ibrahima Diallo (Angers, France), Issiaga Sylla (Toulouse, France), Kamil Zayatte (Büyüksehir Belediyespor, Turquie), Mamoudou Mara (Arles-Avignon, France), Oumar Kalabane (FC Qalaba, Azerbaïdjan), Thierno Bah (Al-Taawon, Arabie Saoudite).

Milieux de terrain : Aboubacar Camara (Dinamo Minsk, Biélorussie), Ibrahima Conté (La Gantoise, Belgique), Lanfia Camara (White Star Woluwe, Belgique), Mohammed Diarra (Odense, Danemark).

Attaquants : Abdoul Razzagui Camara (Sochaux, France), Ibrahima Traoré (VfB Stuttgart, Allemagne), Larsen Touré (Brest, France), Lass Bangoura (Rayo Vallecano, Espagne), Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra, Angleterre), Sadio Diallo (Rennes, France), Salim Cissé (Académica Coimbra, Portugal), Seydouba Soumah (Slovan Bratislava, Slovaquie).

Scunthorpe – Portsmouth

you all probably know abouth big Portsmouth problems, no money, players left club..
Team news for Tuesday’s League One clash between Scunthorpe and Portsmouth at Glanford Park.

Scunthorpe defender Paul Reid is doubtful for the home midweek tie.

Reid turned his ankle during the weekend defeat at Crewe and although he lasted the full 90 minutes the Iron skipper may miss out.

Manager Brian Laws will assess Reid’s fitness before deciding whether to recall fellow centre-half David Mirfin alongside Niall Canavan.

Mirfin has only recently returned from a two-month lay-off due to a knee injury.

Laws, who has no other new injury or suspension worries, is expected to retain Akpo Sodje and Karl Hawley up front.

Sodje is searching for his first goal since joining the Iron in early January, three games ago.

Midfielder Josh Walker returned to the substitutes’ bench on Saturday following an eight-game absence due to an ankle injury and illness and is pushing for his first appearance since late November.

Ricardo Rocha and David Connolly are injury doubts for struggling Portsmouth.

Defender Rocha came off during the first half of the 3-2 defeat by Colchester on Saturday with an ankle knock and striker Connolly had to be withdrawn at the interval after tweaking his hamstring.

Caretaker boss Guy Whittingham will see his threadbare squad reduced to just 15 senior players if the experienced duo are ruled out.

Gabor Gyepes is poised to return at centre-half while Liam Walker could replace Connolly in the starting line-up after coming on for the Irishman at the weekend.

Pompey have lost their last seven League One matches and are now just two points ahead of bottom club Hartlepool.