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Preview: Nice – AS Monaco (Ligue 1, 20.02.2015)

Monaco missed a week of the competition after the clash with Montpellier was suspended due to heavy rain, but the Derby de la Cote d’Azur is set to take place this Friday evening. The referee of the aforementioned clash suspended all attempts to start and there is no determined date for the replay although the tickets will be valid for the rematch. Now Nice will host Monaco at Allianz Riviera in an attempt to continue their unbeaten run of six matches.

Both teams are hit by injuries and suspensions, but if Moutinho could return for Monaco, Digard and Bohmer will miss for Nice. Monaco is currently on the 5th place in Ligue 1, Nice is 9th and there is a six points gap between the two. The last three head to head matches saw only one goal scored, and the last time Monaco scored more than once was back in 2013. Nice come from three identical goalless draws and will be willing to find the back of the next prior to a crucial week for their European ambitions.

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Monaco conceded their first goal in 2015 when they lost against Guingamp, a team that played with 10 men from the get to go, which is the 22nd minute. Diawara is expected to deny Berbatov the goal and a potential win will put Nice above Montepellier in the table. AS Monaco are nine points away from the Champions League this season, and their away record suggests two losses and three wins in the last five Ligue 1 away games.

The visitors are the favorites for the three points despite injury worries, even if they manage to win by just one goal. A Nice win has 3.00 odds, a goalless draw has 6.50 odd and both teams to score have 2.30 odds. We are betting 7 units on an AS Monaco win with 2.40 odds from Unibet even if you could very well place a bet on Nice leading at halftime with 3.75 odds or AS Monaco for the same market with 3.20 odds. Over 1.5 goals in the second half has 2.80 odds, Nice to win at least one half with 2.12 odds and AS Monaco with 1.81 odds for the same market from Unibet.

Preview: Liverpool – Besiktas Istanbul (Europa League, 19.02.2015)

Daniel Sturridge believes his Liverpool side can win Europa League and tipsters are left wondering whether the striker thinks so because of an ever increasing form Liverpool seem to be gaining or the fact that UEFA will be giving a Champions League place to the winner of the competition. Anfield Road will open its doors to Besiktas once again after that memorable 8-0 win from 2008, which the visitors might be keen to avenge.

Ever since losing to Chelsea in the League One Cup, Liverpool has been on an unbeaten run of 5 matches, with four wins and one draw. The Reds come after a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup and are 7th in Premier League, which makes Europa League their best chance at a proper sending off for Steven Gerrard. Liverpool is also in a good place mood-wise after the win against Tottenham where they managed to rally around Dembele’s 2-2 equalizer to have Balotelli score the winner on the 83 minutes. Flanagan and Jones will miss the match, while Sterling and Gerrard are under doubt and about to be submitted to a fitness test.

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Besiktas are leading the Süper Lig with one point advantage over Fenerbahce and two from Galatasaray. The visitors have good experience on the European stage where they were denied the Champions League football by another English team. In their domestic league, Besiktas come from an important win over Bursaspor where Demba Ba scored, Besiktas Europa League goalscorer with 5 goals, the winner in the last minutes of the game. The visitors got an injury blow right after the match when they got the news that their goalkeeper will miss one month of competitions after getting a ligament injury.

Demba Ba knows a lot about Liverpool or English football in general and with a point to prove after being left out of Senegal’s squad for the AFCON, expect him and Töre to make it difficult for the Reds even with Anfield’s support system. Liverpool conceded two goals from Tottenham in Premier League, Besiktas only one in Europa League which is why it’s kind of strange as to why Besiktas has been given 6.25 odds to win as opposed to Liverpool’s 1.57.

If Anfield is the clout Liverpool need in order to qualify then expect them to score more than a goal while avoiding an away Besiktas goal. Liverpool has 2.40 odds for both halves, Besiktas 11.00 and both teams to score and over 2.5 goals have 2.55 odds. Besiktas, as the last team to score, has 3.25 odds, Liverpool 1.48 and we’re betting 7 units on Demba Ba to score with 3.35 odds from Titan Bet. For Liverpool, Liverpool has 2.15 odds to score, Balotelli 2.35, Sterling 2.50 and Lambert 2.70. For Besiktas Tosun and Sahan have 4.20 odds to score, Pekmetek has 4.50, and Koybasi, Sosa, Koyunlu, and Ozyakup all have 5.75 odds to score anytime with the same bookie.

Preview: FC Basel – FC Porto (Champions League, 18.02.2015)

Two of the most wanted Champions League opponents were pitted against each other as FC Basel host FC Porto in the first leg of Champions League’s last 16. FC Porto was tipped by some to become this year’s surprise for the knockout stages, but don’t forget Basel’s results in the group stage against Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Basel are leaders in their domestic competition with an advantage of eight points over Young Boys. They are unbeaten in nine matches, and the latest Super League result is a 1-1 draw against Sion. FC Basel finished their group behind tournament leaders Real Madrid, with 7 points out of six matches. The hosts have a good record against teams from Portugal where they managed to win in 2013 with 3-0 against Sporting and it would be wise to remember just how well Basel have been performing at home where they won against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in recent years and conceded just one goal from Real Madrid. Schär will serve his suspension which could see Walter Samuel replace him.

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FC Porto does not seem to have any injury worries, which of course means Maicon will lead the backline. Casemiro is expected to start right behind Martinez, in a front line made of Quaresma, Brahimi, and Martinez. The visitors won their group after four wins and two draws and will come into the game with the chance to score away goals to help them for the return leg. They will aim for a quarterfinals qualification for the first time since 2009, and their squad allows them to make such predictions. Porto has one defeat in their last five away games in all competitions, and they are pretty solid at the back as in the aforementioned games they only managed to concede four goals.

Since this is only the first leg, both teams might try a game on the safe side, which could very well end in a draw at 3.00 with William Hill. Embolo and Streller both have 2.90 odds to score for Basel, while for Porto Tello and Brahimi have 3.00 to score anytime. Martinez is your main choice for the goalscorer market with 2.30 odds, and even the headline markets for the match are Gashi to score and Basel to win with 9.00 odds and Martinez to score and Porto to win with 4.50 odds. A Basel win has 3.20 odds, and we’re betting 7 units on a Porto win with 2.40 odds from William Hill.