The visitors scored in three of their final four away trips in World Cup qualifying, while since then they’ve kicked on in the Nations League. Meanwhile, Denmark have seen both teams score in their last three games, conceding two against Kosovo and three to Switzerland. While the Danes are favourites, we can see their defensive issues being the problem here. That has us backing both teams to score in this encounter.
Now the Spanish are unlikely to face a major test until the tournament, as they have an incredibly winnable group. However, the Spanish did start off their qualifying campaign with a couple of understated victories. Following a 1-0 success over Bosnia, they beat Spain 2-1 and Malta 2-0. They were solid results, but nothing spectacular. However, the format of this qualifying group means that the Spanish don’t really have to push themselves to make it to the Euros.
The Faroes scored just four goals in the previous qualifying campaign, conceding only 16. Their games were rarely thrillers, which could point to another straightforward victory for the away side. Spain scored the majority of their goals at home on the way to the 2018 World Cup, while they conceded 0.3 goals per game in their previous campaign. That has us backing under 3.5 goals in this clash, along with a win for the Spanish.
Skov and N’Doye have scored fifty league goals between them for Copenhagen this season, while Olsen has impressed for Nordsjaelland with twenty-one Superliga goals. We’re confident that Copenhagen will win and that over 2.5 goals will be scored on Saturday, and have predicted a final scoreline of 3-0. Copenhagen have the home advantage, are the form favourites, and have outperformed Nordsjaelland in all departments so far this season, which is why we’re expecting a convincing victory for the hosts.
Not only have Basel conceded a reasonable amount on their travels, but they’ve also struggled to keep Thun at bay whenever the pair have met. This will be the fifth time the teams have faced each other this season. The previous four meetings have yielded zero clean sheets. In those four games, Thun have notched seven goals, while Basel have scored eight.
Interestingly, the last two league meetings between this pair yielded expected goals totals of 3.94 and 3.7.
Taking everything into account, especially the way that each side has performed against the other this season, ‘Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score’, which has returned a profit in three of the four renewals of this fixture (this season), makes plenty of appeal at the current prices.
In truth, the season is over for Brugge and Antwerp, so it’s won’t be a surprise if both teams are below their best, though it’s easy to feel that the hosts will be more fired up to end on a high. The visitors have had nothing to go at for a while, which has shown in some of their recent games. In contrast Brugge will surely want to treat their home fans to a big win after their away-day disappointment last time out.
It may be a concern for Sunderland fans that their team lost 3-1 away to Pompey just before Christmas, but they will also feel their turn is due having been beaten on penalties by Kenny Jackett’s side in the Checkatrade Trophy final.
Portsmouth finished three points ahead of the Black Cats in the final league table and there has not been much between the clubs all season.
Another tight affair looks on the cards here and that should suit Sunderland, who are backed to hang on to their aggregate advantage and progress to a Wembley showdown with either Doncaster or, more probably, Charlton.
If Man City go ahead early, Liverpool have got to just get this game out of their memory, get it out of the way. They might need to get in front early doors, but if Man City go 2-0 up, they've got to start thinking about the game in three weeks in my opinion. Wolves will be dangerous, but there's no place like Liverpool. It'll be a hard game for them, though.
AVES and MOREIRENSE are going nearly equal strong into this match. The result at the end of the game seems to be completely open. We see a small advantage for the home team but we cover the bet with a draw to keep the risk as low as possible.
Chelsea always looked like being suited by playing the second match of this Europa League semi-final at home – and they should beat Eintracht Frankfurt to book a trip to Baku.
In our first-leg preview, we predicted the Blues might be in for a tricky night in Germany but that an away goal to keep them right in contention could make all the difference when the tie was completed at Stamford Bridge this Thursday.
We were correct up to a point, inasmuch as Chelsea fared better than anticipated by holding Frankfurt to a 1-1 draw – and they rewarded our 10/11 bet on them to score the last goal as Pedro equalised the deftly-taken headed opener from impressive striker Luka Jovic.
Frankfurt faded in the second half and looked tired, and there was further evidence that a busy season may have caught up with them when they were thrashed 6-1 by Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday, with all the goals being scored in the first 36 minutes!
For Chelsea, this game will be all about staying solid at the back, because what they cannot afford is a repeat of two of their last three home matches in which they conceded two or more goals.
But Maurizio Sarri’s side have plenty of attacking threat too and it would be a shock if they failed to reach a potentially all-English showdown for the trophy in Baku on May 29.
The pressure is off for Spurs in some ways as a result of them securing a top-four finish by their rivals' ineptitude bar an unlikely sequence of final-day events, while Ajax do not appear quite as strong at home in the Champions League as they have been on the road (losing to Real Madrid and drawing with Juventus).
Having said that, only one of the 17 teams who have lost the home first leg of a semi-final in the Champions League era have gone on to win on aggregate - Ajax themselves in 1995-96.