FC Porto v Boavista Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Friday 23rd Sept By @J_RKeith

FC Porto v Boavista – Estadio do Dragao at 19:00 live on BT Sport Extra 3

Not sure where to go from here considering Real Madrid messed me over in my last Asian Handicap Betting recommendation. Yet, I’m turning the page, for now it is time for the O Derby da Invicta. This is a big one, as Porto host Boavista in the Primeira Liga and I am looking at the hosts to do a job against their rivals.

FC Porto

After five games into their new season, you would think Porto would be cruising. Far from it. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side sits three points off the pace having already lost to Sporting Lisbon this season. Their last fixture finishing in a 0-0 draw away to Tondela; the visitors having 13 attempts on goal with only two hitting the target. Not good.

Furthermore, their last two matches in all competitions have ended in draws. However, they do hold an unbeaten record at home this season; winning both games and not conceding a goal. Something to keep their spirits high.

Last season, the Dragons finished third in the Portuguese league and were 15 points off the pace. So, what does a manager do in that situation? Spend. Espirito Santo went out and brought in ten fresh faces, which included four defenders; the most expensive out of the bunch being Alex Telles from Galatasaray for £5.53 million.

What I’ve noticed with Porto though, is that there is no consistency. Hear me out, in their last three games Espirito Santo has changed the formation three times. Against Vitória Guimarães it was 4-2-3-1, followed by a 4-3-3 against Copenhagen in the Champions League and then last weekend, in their 0-0 draw, they set up as a 4-4-2.

I’m not sure even the Porto manager has figured out his strongest 11 yet, I mean this is something you would need sorted out before the season has begun.

 

Asian Handicap Betting

Nuno Espirito Santo

Boavista

Their opponents on the other hand are having a bad day at the office, sitting 12th in the league having only won one game so far this season. Their last fixture finishing 2-1 defeat at home to Feirense; the visitors scoring in the 90th minute to grab the win.

On top of this, their away from is not one to be proud of either. Boavista have only won three of their last 15 matches carrying on from last season in the Primeira Liga, and they have only scored away from home once in their last five games.

Erwin Sanchez will really need to change up his team if he wants to leave the Estadio do Dragao with a point. It’s not looking too good especially since they were not able to spend any money on strengthening their squad in the summer. All free transfers.

One negative is that the visitors will be without centre-back Lucas, who picked up a red card on the weekend, so a reshuffle may be needed. However, considering Sanchez has stuck with 4-2-3-1 for every game this season, I doubt he will change.

 

Conclusion

Boavista fans will not like this bit. Looking back at previous head-to-heads, the last time the visitors travelled to Estadio do Dragao the game finished 4-0. From that game, only three Boavista players featured in the weekend match against Feirense.

Going back even further, and Sanchez’s side have not won in against Porto since 2007. Their last win away from home coming back in 2004.

I’m backing Porto for the win, but going unders, don’t ask me why, but the record speaks for itself. Obviously there are a few dangers considering Espirito Santo keeps changing his formation, but this seems like a mountain too steep for Boavista to climb.

 

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2.75 goals @ 2.00 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

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Valencia v Alaves Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Thursday 22nd Sept by @The_Drewse

Valencia v Alaves – Mestalla Stadium at 21:00 live on Sky Sports 2

For my first European Asian Handicap betting preview I’ll be covering Valencia and Alaves. Los Che are in disarray having lost their first four games of the season that sees them at the bottom of the table.

Pako Ayestaran was relieved of his duties on Tuesday having been at the club for just six months. Voro has replaced him for his fourth spell as caretaker. The merry go round at The Mestalla continues under the ownership of Peter Lim. With five managerial changes in his two-year tenure.

There is some positive news for Valencia as Enzo Perez returns from suspension. He will most likely replace Mario Suarez as the holding midfielder for them. Other than their opening 4-2 loss to Las Palmas, Valencia have lost by a one-goal margin. Ezequiel Garay and Mat Ryan remain sidelined for the home team.

 

Asian Handicap Betting

Enzo Perez

Alaves have made a steady, albeit unspectacular return to La Liga. El Glorioso remain unbeaten in the league and find themselves in mid-table as Mauricio Pellegrini will hope to retain his side’s resilience.  The biggest concern for Alaves is their lack of firepower as they have only scored three in four games. With their most notable result being a 2-1 away win against Barcelona.

Zouhair Feddal (ankle) remains the only absentee for Alaves as they will aim to keep their unbeaten run in the league.

Stats History

This will be the first meeting between the two sides for ten years, with Valencia doing the double over them in the 2005/06 season.

Los Che have kept a clean sheet in their last four games against Alaves and have not lost against them in six games.

Asian Handicap Betting Prediction

This has a low-scoring affair written all over it, with both sides struggling for goals. Therefore I recommend backing under 2.75 goals at 1.76 with Eastbridge.

Prices correct at the time of writing.

@The_Drewse.

 

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Real Madrid v Villarreal Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Wed 21st Sept By @J_RKeith

Unbeaten in my last two, I am hoping to make it a hat-trick of Asian Handicap Betting wins this week as I will hopefully bring some profit home from Real Madrid v. Villarreal in La Liga on Wednesday night.

Neither Gareth Bale nor Cristiano Ronaldo featured at the weekend in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win away to Espanyol, which is a massive confidence boost for the rest of the squad. It shows there is more to this team than just those two.
Zinedine Zidane’s team also holds an unbeaten record in all competitions since April, and will aim to break a La Liga record for 17 consecutive wins with a victory here. But, for once, they didn’t overspend in the transfer market on ludicrous signings. Apart from £25 million for striker Alvaro Morata, but that’s pennies in today’s market.

It is a talented squad, no doubt about it, but a face to always look out for is Ronaldo. The guy had an unstoppable year last season, and capped it off with a Euro 2016 win. Now back, he has bagged two in two matches and I would say he is on point to make it another season to remember for Madrid fans. Especially at a time where they look favourites for the Spanish title.

What is more amazing is that Madrid seem to have more trust within the squad. In Zidane they believe they can take on the world. For once a story streaming around the club has not been one of a possible sacking. Looks like they may have finally found their feet.

Yet, the chances of Real Madrid completing the quadruple this season is a long way off. We are still very early into the new campaign and it’s an uphill struggle, especially in an attempt to retain that Champions league title. But winning the Supercopa de Espana against Sevilla is a step in the right direction, and they will need all their players pulling their weight to achieve this. This includes the Colombian James Rodriguez.

 

Asian Handicap Betting

Gareth Bale & Cristiano Ronaldo

It may seem like an easy task, but Madrid are coming up against a side who are also having a solid start to their campaign. You are looking at a side sitting sixth in the table having yet lost this season.

Under new manager Fran Escriba, it seems like quite a challenge to beat the expectations of last season. Finishing fourth in the league and making the semi-finals of the Europa League, you would obviously think they would want to go one better.

Problems, however, lie within the squad. Both key strikers from last season, Roberto Soldado and Cedric Bakambu, sit out injured, leaving Escriba to stick to a flat 4-4-2 formation. Whether he plays this system at the Bernabeu is another story. When they did last season, Madrid set up with a 4-3-3 and won 3-0. Bale wasn’t even playing and Ronaldo didn’t score. Furthermore, from that match, only four players remain and played at the weekend against Real Sociedad.

You know what else? Villarreal have never won at the Bernabeu. I mean, we are dating back to 1998. Furthermore in that time they have only managed four draws, most recently in 2015.

This has a Real Madrid win written all over it for me. Not sure the flat 4-4-2 will really stop the three in midfield, as well as BBC (Bale, Benzema & Cristiano) in attack. Only question is can Madrid hold on to a clean-sheet? I think not. That’s why I am backing overs for this one.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 3.25 goals @ 1.93 with Pinnacle 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

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