Result: +10,5 units, bet won
If there is an overall favorite for the African Cup of Nations before the tournament even starts this is Ivory Coast who begin their tournament against Guinea. Both teams lost their last friendly matches before the start of the tournament, and if Guinea lost against Senegal with 5-2, then Ivory Coast lost against Sweden 0-2, but did not manage to score at least one goal.
Ivory Coast have a team full of talents and names practically everyone knows, but somehow have failed to live up to the expectations placed on them. During the World Cup they won only one match of their group and lost the other two. They have no injury worries despite the fact that Yaya Toure had an injury scare during training and is yet unclear whether the African Player of the Year will get to start or withdraw from the competition. Should the unexpected happen, Ivory Coast have Kalou, Bony, Gervinho, Doumbia and Traore to create and deliver scoring chances. Their backline will benefit from Kolo Toure and Serge Aurier’s expertise and it will end up being whether Guinea will be able to exploit the hosts shortcomings.
The visitors have played five matches against Ivory Coast, didn’t manage to win against them, but have a 0-0 draw to boast with. Zayatte, Guinea’s captain will face a fitness test to see whether he can start seeing as a hamstring injury kept him out of a few matches with his club. Seydouba Soumah is their main goalscorer with 5 goals in six matches, now with 6.75 odds from 888sport to score anytime. Before the tournament they are regarded as one of the weakest teams of the group, but with a point to prove, Guinea is also tipped to display a good form. Seeing as Kevin Constant joined the team in their training camp, expect the midfielder to influence the depth of the midfield area.
Ivory Coast have been given 1.50 odds to win, which will work only if you use an accumulator bet, Guinea have 7.00 odds, and a draw has 3.80 odds. Both teams to score has 2.23 odds, Ivory Coast to lead at half time 2.14 odds, Guinea 6.25 and Ivory Coast with a -1 handicap has 1.93 odds. The wincast markets for both teams are: Bony to score and Ivory Coast to win with 3.00 odds, and Ibrahim Traore to score and Guinea to win with 13.00 odds. Doumbia and Bony both have 2.55 odds to score anytime, and we’re going to bet 7 units on Ivory Coast to score in both halves with 2.75 odds from 888sport.
Atletico Madrid will look to get inspired further from their Copa del Rey qualification as they get ready to host last placed Granada. The visitors are unable to win in 14 matches, their manager is on the brink of getting sacked, and they are still to win a match against the reigning Champions.
Atletico Madrid is making the headlines due to their qualification over Real Madrid into the next round of Copa del Rey. Fernando “El Nino” Torres scored a brace which sent Los Colchoneros further and the Cup holders back home. Diego Simeone might have to be without Mandzukic, hit with a flu virus, and Juanfran through suspension, but will welcome back Miranda from injury. Granada managed to score only one goal against Atletico, a thing which they can’t even be sure of with the form they have, and with Diego Godin in good form, they might not even get past the midfield area where Koke and Gabi guard the wings.
Granada are battling relegation, and still attempt to create scoring chances. In the last draw against Real Sociedad they had 20 shots on target, and a far superior ball possession percentage. However, this was paired up with their bad finishing and Sociedad ended up walking away with a point. Looking at the odds, one will easily see why Atletico are the overwhelming favorites with 1.17 odds to win from Unibet, while Granada got 18.00.
Diego Simeone’s team are undefeated in 28 of their last 29 matches in La Liga when playing on Vicente Calderon, and considering they are very good at defending set pieces, you could easily bet on Atletico for both halves with 1.57 odds. Mandzukic has 1.69 odds to score anytime, Griezmann 1.88 and Torres 1.90. We are going to bet 8 units on Atletico Madrid winning both halves with 2.28 odds from Unibet.
Chelsea London will make another bid for the first place as they travel to the 9th placed Swansea City. The hosts are making the headlines due to the fact that they sold their most prolific goalscorer to Manchester City, and will have to rely on Gomis and Oliviera to try and create the chances to score.
Meanwhile the visitors have established themselves as title contenders, and it might not sit well with them at all the fact that Bony preferred Man City over them. The Blues have Costa in fine form; he should cover the front line quite nicely. Chelsea’s latest Premier League result is a 2-0 win over Newcastle, a match where Oscar was the mastermind behind the Blues looking organized. Courtois is under doubt with a finger injury, and Azpilicueta is the only injury concern Jose Mourinho seems to have.
Swansea are having a mixed last few matches, alternating between a disaster against Liverpool, a draw against QPR and a good match in the FA Cup. They only have Montero to worry about injury wise, seeing as Sung-Yueng is taking part in the Asian Cup and Shelvey is suspended. Swansea have also failed to win their last three Premier League games and their goals tend to come either in the first 15 minutes or towards the end.
An outright Chelsea London win has 1.57 odds, Swansea to win has 6.00 and a draw 4.00 odds. Swansea are unable to win against Chelsea since 2013, when they eliminated the Blues from the League Cup with 2-0 on average. Last year when the two met at Stamford Bridge Chelsea won with 4-2, and it continued the trend of the visitors scoring at least two goals in their last five games. The Blues might not have the very best away track record, but should be enough to secure the three points. Over 4.5 cards in the match has 2.10 odds, Swansea to get booked first 1.83, Chelsea 1.95 and over 10 corners has 2.00 odds with Bet365. Diego Costa has 1.83 odds to score anytime; Drogba and Remy 2.10 while Sigurdsson 6.00 in the same market. We are going to bet 7 units on Chelsea to score in both halves with 2.50 odds.
2017 @ Ultimate Soccer Design with love KODEFOREST