Southampton v Inter Milan Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Thursday 3rd November by @tashason21

Southampton v Inter Milan – St. Mary’s Stadium at 20:05 live on BT Sport 2

Southampton take on Inter Milan for the second time in the Europa League group stage and this game is the focus of my latest Asian Handicap betting preview. A few weeks ago at the San Siro, Southampton lost 1-0 as a result of a goal scored by Antonio Candreva.

Southampton

Southampton were unlucky to lose against Inter last time round, after missing a host of good chances. The Saints will be confident of a result on Thursday however, as they’ve been unplayable on home soil at times this season.

Claude Puel’s side suffered their first home defeat of the 2016/17 campaign across all competitions against Chelsea (2-0) last weekend. Prior to this loss, Southampton were undefeated at St Mary’s in 14 home games, which is very impressive.

The Saints have had a decent start in the Premier League and are currently 9th in the table. Puel will want to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea against Hull City on Sunday and therefore it is difficult to predict how strong a team he will put out against Inter.

Charlie Austin has been the key man for the Saints and has scored 7 goals across all competitions this season, including a brace in their 3-0 win at home to Sparta Prague in the Europa League back in September. With Shane Long out injured, Austin is likely to start and he’ll be the man that will cause Inter problems.

In the Europa League, Southampton sit 3rd in Group K on 4 points with a W1, D1, L1 record to date. The group is extremely tight however, with opponents Inter sitting bottom with 3 points and Sparta Prague are top with 6 points.

Southampton have been struggling to convert their chances of late and as a result, have won just 2 of their last 7 games across all competitions. The home side are very much in need of 3 points against Inter on Thursday, otherwise they could be in danger of missing out on the knockout stages.

 

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Charlie Austin & Southampton celebrate

Inter Milan

A few days ago Inter Milan sacked manager Frank de Boer after just 85 days in charge. Inter are therefore in disarray, as the search for a new manager continues.

The away side have had a poor start to the season and sit 12th in Serie A. They’ve won 4, drawn 2 and lost 5 of their league matches to date and most recently suffered a 1-0 defeat away to 14th placed Sampdoria in Serie A.

Inter have lost 4 of their last 5 matches in the Italian league and their sole win during this period was against Torino (2-1) a few weeks ago.

Matters have also been made worse for the club in the past month as a result of the Icardi scandal.

Despite the negativity surrounding Icardi, he’s definitely the danger-man and has scored 8 goals in 14 appearances so far this season. Icardi most recently bagged a brace against Torino.

Inter need to avoid defeat against Southampton to remain in with a chance of qualifying for the knock-out stage and even taking all of their issues into account, I believe they’ve still got the quality to cause the Saints problems.

Conclusion

Southampton’s home form is undeniably strong, but Inter will still pose a threat at St Mary’s due to the quality they possess in their squad. As Puel’s side are solid at home, they should get the win, although I am also expecting both teams to score. Today I think there is better value on the Asian Total Goals market and therefore I recommend backing over 2.25 goals, as I think we’ll be seeing more goals in this fixture than we did last time round.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.25 goals at 1.84 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21

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Legia Warsaw v Real Madrid Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Wednesday 2nd November by @tashason21

Legia Warsaw v Real Madrid – Polish Army Stadium at 19:45 live on BT Sport ESPN

It’s 5 in a row for me now, as I look to extend my profitable Asian Handicap betting run into the Champions League. On Wednesday, Legia Warsaw take on Real Madrid for the 2nd time in close succession and this match is the focus of my latest preview.

Legia Warsaw

Legia have had a terrible start to their European campaign, having lost all of their matches to date.

Defeats against Sporting (2-0), Dortmund (6-0) and most recently Real Madrid (5-1), has meant they sit bottom of Group F.

Legia have conceded 13 times in their 1st 3 matches and will be looking to keep the deficit down against Real Madrid, who put 5 goals past them last time round.

The home side have scored just once in their last 3 Champions League games, although this did come against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu.

Warsaw have also started to find some form in Poland after back-to-back victories in the Ekstraklasa.

Last weekend Legia beat Korona Kielce 4-2 away from home, with Guilherme, Nikolics and Prijović all getting on the scoresheet and they were also helped by a Korona OG.

In the Ekstraklasa, Legia are currently 6th in the table, 10 points off top spot.

At home, Warsaw have won their last 2 games, although prior to this, they were without a win in 7 home games across all competitions.

 

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Aleksandar Prijovic

Real Madrid

Los Blancos have won their last 5 matches in all competitions and are currently in great form, despite suffering a blip a few months back, where they went 4 games without a win.

They’re currently joint top of the Group F table with Borussia Dortmund on 7 points and another 3 points should be theirs come Wednesday evening!

Real Madrid are undefeated in their last 7 Champions League matches and I don’t see Legia causing much of a threat to this record.

Zidane however will be without a few key players as Casemiro, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos are all likely to miss out through injury.

Last weekend in La Liga, Real Madrid beat Alaves 4-1 away from home, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick and Alvaro Morata netting the other goal.

The away side are sitting top of La Liga, 2 points ahead of Barcelona at this early stage of the season.

Real Madrid pose a real threat across all areas of the pitch and I’m expecting them to put several goals past their opponents on Wednesday.

Conclusion

Real Madrid are currently in unstoppable form and unfortunately for the home side, I think they are in for another thrashing. Therefore I recommend backing Real Madrid -2.5 on the Asian Handicap betting market and so long as the away side win by 3 goals or more, full profit will be returned.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Real Madrid -2.5 at 1.85 with Pinnacle 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21

 

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Gladbach v Celtic Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Tuesday 1st November By @J_RKeith

Gladbach v Celtic – Borussia-Park at 19:45 live on BT Sport ESPN

Start of a new month and I am hoping to land some profit after a dreary last few days and a not so eventful pick in my last Asian Handicap betting preview. This week, I’ll be looking to take home some profit as Borussia Monchengladbach host Celtic on Tuesday night.

Gladbach

I don’t think Gladbach fans will be expecting much from their Champions League campaign, considering they have been drawn in the same group as heavyweights Manchester City and Barcelona. Yet, I think they understand there is no excuse for why they cannot go on to compete in the Europa League.

In their last five matches in all competitions, the German outfit have only lost one and won two. Their last game ending in a 0-0 draw at home to Eintracht Frankfurt. Their form in the Bundesliga, meanwhile has been poor considering they sit 11th in the table and have only won three games this season.

There has been a cause for this poor form though, and that is down to injuries. Ten players sit sidelined for the home side and that includes winger Thorgan Hazard and five centre-backs. So who knows how Andre Schubert will line up his team, it will definitely have some weaknesses at the back at such a crucial time.

It is not all over for the home side though, considering a win on Tuesday and they will climb ahead up to second, depending on other results. Furthermore, the gap between themselves and fourth place will be even larger if three points go their way.

 

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Scott Sinclair & Moussa Dembele

Celtic

It’s a name that screams out success, yet also a team that should never be written off in any circumstances (that win against Barcelona in 2012 a perfect example) as now Brendan Rodgers has a task on his hands to deliver.
The Bhoys have been doing well in other competitions considering they have only lost one of their last ten. Rodgers leading his side to a 1-0 win away to Aberdeen on the weekend; Tom Rogic scoring the winner there.

Another positive is that Rodgers has a fully fit squad, and I am looking forward to seeing the likes of Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair have a go at what looks like a weakened Gladbach defence. I mean, honestly, they have nothing to lose heading into this match.

Furthermore, the formation Rodgers has become partial to is very attacking. The 4-2-3-1 allows the back four to relax with the security of Scott Brown in front of them, while it leaves the flair players to do a job at the other end of the field.

However, this competition hasn’t exactly been kind to the Scottish outfit in recent years considering they never qualified for the group stages in 2014 and ’15. Furthermore, on the road Celtic has only won four of their last 20 in the Champions League.

 

Conclusion

The reverse fixture at Celtic Park ended in a convincing 2-0 win for Borussia Monchengladbach; Lars Stindl grabbing the first and assisting the second. In fact, from two meetings, Gladbach have won both times, but have only won two matches from their previous six home ties in the Champions League.

The amount of injuries that Schubert has to deal with is difficult, yet they have managed to remain unbeaten in their last three. Celtic, meanwhile are doing well, but I just don’t know whether they fall into the same category as PSG. Playing average teams throughout the season then failing against the big opposition. Difficult one to predict, but I have to side with Celtic at the current time.

 

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Celtic +1.25 @ 1.87 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

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