Result: -7 units, bet lost
Firenze welcomes AS Roma for Serie A’s 20th matchday as Fiorentina look to increase their winning streak to four games. AS Roma are on the second place in Serie A with 41 points out of 19 matches while Fiorentina are on the sixth with 30 points.
Fiorentina qualified for the next Coppa Italia round after a generic 3-1 win over Atalanta where the always criticized Mario Gomez scored a brace. Fans are containing their excitement to see if the German player can continue his impressive form against Roma. They might not have had a consistent form throughout the first half of the league, but they are displaying good results against team placed higher in the table. This time around they will have to face Roma without Ilicic, Aquilani and Savicic who is suspended.
For some reason Roma are faltering as of late, having managed only a draw against a 10th placed Palermo side. This has made the distance between them and Juventus to five points, and summed up only one win in four Serie A matches. The Giallorossi conceded only 14 goals in the first half of the season mainly due to De Sanctis being amazing in the goal line and Maicon leading the defensive line. AS Roma also won their last five meetings against Fiorentina, including the last 2-0 win from back in August. Manolas and Ashley Cole are under doubt for Roma, the latter receiving a hit in the face that left him confused for a while.
When betting on goals for this particular match take into account the fact that Fiorentina only managed to score one goal in their last four head to head matches with AS Roma. Bet365 gives Fiorentina the edge for the Sunday clash with 2.40 odds to win as opposed to Roma’s 3.10. Over 2.5 goals with 2.05 odds, Mario Gomez with 2.50 odds to score, El Babacar and Destro with 3.00, Totti and Cuadrado with 3.20 while Iturbe, Borriello and El Hamdaoui have 3.40 odds to score anytime. We are betting 5 units on Roma to score in both halves with 4.33 odds from Bet365.
After a shocking first round for the Africa Cup of Nations the teams try to amend their group standings. Ghana face Algeria as means to escape the third place in group C while Algeria are tipped to cement their first place in the group with another three points.
Ghana were en route of winning their AFCON match after Ayew gave them the lead in the 14th minute; however, Senegal equalized and produced one of the most resounding upsets so far after claiming the win in the 94th minute. The Black Stars have been boosted with the return of their captain who had to sit out the Senegal match due to illness. John Boye also returned to training and might be available for selection and additional depth to the Ghana’s backline.
Algeria won their opening match with 3-1 against South Africa after dominating from the start despite conceding first. For the match against Ghana they might be without Halliche who was rushed to the hospital with a calf injury, and the tests are not giving room for too much optimism. Algeria impressed during their World Cup 2014 run and are looking forward to capitalize on said run with another win. The Desert Warriors won all their qualification matches to the AFCON and ended up losing the last one against Mali. Feghouli and Ghoulam are two of their best known players and in terms of efficiency Slimani should be kept an eye on in the goalscoring department. However, the striker is under doubt to start after suffering a serious injury to his knee in the South Africa match, and his presence is yet to be determined by the technical and medical team.
Goals were scored in both teams matches even during their qualification rounds, which is why over 2.5 goals with 2.37 odds seem reasonable enough. A Ghana win has 3.25 odds, Algeria to win 2.30 and a draw 3.10. Ghana with a +1 handicap has 1.57 odds, Algeria with a -1 4.75; Ghana for both halves 5.50 odds and Algeria 3.80 odds. We are betting 7 units on Algeria scoring over 1.5 goals with 2.55 odds from Titan Bet.
An unbeaten Villarreal side on the 6th place in La Liga host Getafe in the first leg of their Copa del Rey clash. The hosts are to be careful against Getafe even if the visitors are on the 15th place, statistics show that in their last five visits to Villarreal, Getafe always scored. The hosts reached this round after winning against Real Sociedad, Getafe against Almeria and now the bookies favor Villarreal to qualify to the next round to meet the winner of the Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid match.
Last time Villarreal lost was back in November in an Europa League match against FC Zurich, and ever since that game they are unbeaten in all competitions. They even managed to win against Atletico Madrid on Vicente Calderon and will host Getafe with Moreno and Dos Santos in great goalscoring form another win is already in the cards. Denis Cheryshev is optimistic prior to the match and The Yellow Submarine might be pushed to continue their winning streak of five matches in El Madrigal.
Getafe is tipped to play with one striker, Alvaro, the only goalscorer of the win against Almeria. However their latest result is a 0-3 loss at the hands of Real Madrid, where Getafe managed to withstand the attacks for over 60 minutes. The visitors have a winless streak of eight matches in La Liga and Quique Flores might try to field the same eleven as in the match against Almeria while trying to prevent Villarreal from scoring in the first 30 minutes. An away goal would be crucial for their qualification chance which is why Alvaro has 3.60 odds to score with William Hill.
A Villarreal win has 1.36 odds, Getafe 8.50 and a draw at the end of regular time 4.80; the headline offers are: Dos Santos to score and Villarreal to win with 2.75 odds and Alvaro to score and Getafe to win with 13.00 odds. Both teams to score has 2.20 odds, Villarreal to win either half 1.23, Getafe 4.33 and we’re going to bet 7 units on Villarreal scoring between the 76th minute and full time with 2.30 odds from William Hill.
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