Juventus v Sevilla Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Weds 14th September by @tashason21

My first Champions League Asian Handicap betting preview of the new season sees Juventus take on Europa League champions Sevilla.

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In 2015 these sides met in Group D and Juventus won 2-0 at home, with Sevilla winning 1-0 in the return leg.

Llorente, Zaza and Morata scored the goals over both legs, although all of these players now play for different clubs.

Juve’s main danger is Gonzalo Higuain who has already scored 3 goals in his first 3 Serie A games.

 

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Gonzalo Higuain

The Italians have had an excellent start to the season, beating Fiorentina (2-1), Lazio (1-0) and Sassuolo (3-1).

In Europe Juventus have gone 17 home matches unbeaten, with their last defeat being against Bayern Munich back in 2013.

Last season Massimiliano Allegri’s men managed to progress to the knock-out stage, only to get eliminated by Bayern Munich.

Juventus also reached the Champions League final in 2014/15, but lost out to Barcelona who won 3-1.

Sevilla failed to make it past the group stage last time round, although they went on to lift the Europa League trophy for the 5th time in 11 years.

Believe it or not, the Spanish side are yet to progress beyond the Round of 16 in this competition! Last campaign they suffered 4 defeats in their 6 Champions League group stage games.

Away from home, they seem to struggle in Europe and are currently on a 5 match win-less run in this competition.

Sevilla have started their La Liga season strongly, with wins over Espanyol (6-4) and Las Palmas (2-1), as well as a draw away to Villarreal (0-0).

Juventus have a great record against Spanish opponents however, which reads as 14 wins, 7 draws and 2 defeats.

The Italians are undoubtedly flying at the moment and I am confident that if you back them -1 on the Asian Handicap Betting market, you’ll return a profit. A Juventus victory by 2 goals or more would land a winner and they aren’t short of goals currently!

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Juventus -1 @ 1.94 with 188BET

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.

 

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Sevilla v Espanyol Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Sat 20th August By @J_RKeith

Sevilla v Espanyol – Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium at 21:15 live on Sky Sports 3

The La Liga officially kicks off this weekend, and after their defeats in both cup finals Sevilla will want to put that behind them and start the new campaign with a win as they host Espanyol at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Saturday night.

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Sevilla haven’t had the greatest starts to their first year under Jorge Sampaoli having already lost the UEFA Super Cup Final to Real Madrid in extra-time, before also losing the Spanish Super Cup to Barcelona 5-0 over two legs.
But one positive for the club is that they will be competing in the Champions League yet again after their third consecutive win of the Europa League Final against Liverpool.

Pre-season seemed to go well however, winning all of their club friendlies, and in the transfer market they managed to capture Franco Vasquez, Joaquin Correra and Ganso for a combined total of £31 million. Meanwhile, in the other direction Kevin Gameiro, Fernando Llorente and Grzegorz Krychowiak all departed the Spanish outfit.

Four players are out injured for Sevilla, including Michael Krohn-Dehli who faces five months out with a fractured kneecap, while Sebastian Cristoforo is the only player banned for the opening match of La Liga.

From what I saw of this team against Real Madrid in the Super Cup was a side who dominated possession and were unlucky not to win, and if they play like that against this Espanyol side we may be looking at three points on the opening day.

 

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Quique Sanchez Flores

Their opponents finished last season 13th in La Liga and five points off the bottom three, so they did what any other club would do and sacked their manager. Now Quique Sanchez Flores, the former Watford manager, is in charge of helping this club climb higher up the table.

Pre-season seemed to go well for the Spaniard having not lost a single game, while in their last friendly before their campaign kicks off they drew with Italian Champions Juventus 2-2 in Turin; Gerard Moreno scoring the second with Victor Sanchez being sent off.

In the transfer window six players have left the club on free transfers, but Flores has helped bring in seven players including Jose Antonio Reyes from Sevilla and Martin Demichelis from Manchester City on free transfers; spending under £7 million in total.

There are no suspensions or injuries for Espanyol, and this is a dream scenario for the new manager considering he can take advantage of a fully fit squad to take on a morally drained Sevilla side.

The last time these two clubs met Espanyol won 1-0 at home; Felipe Caicedo scoring the goal. However, Sevilla have won their last three meetings at home, and the visitors have not won at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium since 2011.

Looking at a Sevilla win for this one. Their unbeaten home record against Espanyol speaks for itself, and with both clubs under the transition of a new manager Sevilla have had a better test and may go into this match more prepared than their rivals.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Sevilla -0.75 @ 1.90 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

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UEFA Super Cup Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Tue 9th August By @J_RKeith

Real Madrid v Sevilla – Lerkendal Stadion at 19:45 live on BT Sport 2

Before the season kicks off in Spain, the European cup winners go head-to-head in Norway for the ultimate prize, as Champions League winners Real Madrid takes on Europa League champions Sevilla for UEFA Super Cup.

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Real Madrid have had a decent pre-season playing the International Champions Cup, winning two of their three matches. Zinedine Zidane’s last friendly finished in a 1-0 win against Bayern Munich; Danilo scoring in the second half with Zidane making a host of changes.

It has been a quiet transfer window for Real Madrid, apart from bringing back Alvaro Morata from Juventus for £25 million, as Zidane may have a fresh approach to this season and not follow in the steps of previous bosses by spending crazy amounts and only coming away with one trophy.

It is a time to build on their achievements of last season, having won the Champions League for an 11th time after beating Atletico Madrid on penalties in the San Siro. While there is the continuous push for the La Liga title which has not been won since 2011-12.

Heading into the Super Cup Final, Madrid’s squad has been announced and yet again there is no Ronaldo or Gareth Bale, while familiar faces in Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema are all included for the game.

 

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Jorge Sampaoli

Sevilla, on the other hand, are in a re-building process with Jorge Sampaoli taking over as head coach after Unai Emery left to manage PSG, and in pre-season they have done very well winning all six friendlies including a 2-0 win against Granda; making it 12 goals in six matches.

However, within their squad there has been a huge reshuffle with the likes of Kevin Gameiro signing for Atletico Madrid and Grzegorz Krychowiak joining PSG for a combined fee of around £55 million.
While coming into the squad Sampaoli has taken on Ganso, Joaquin Correra and second striker Franco Vazquez for a fee of £12 million from Palermo.

The Red and Whites will be desperate to grab something out of this match, considering they lost in last year’s final 5-4 to Barcelona and have only won this cup once out of four appearances. Furthermore, they have achieved great success in the past and have won the Europa League three years in a row.

Overall from what I have seen of Sevilla they are a difficult unit to break down, and one that does not roll over easily. Games where they have trailed they find a way to claw it back, but with Sampaoli losing his core to the team it will be interesting to see how he lines up for this match.

The last time these two sides met, Madrid won 4-0 at the Bernabeu; Ronaldo and Bale both on the score-sheet. For Sevilla, however, they have only won one of their previous five meetings against their Spanish rivals, and since 2008 have only won five of their 21 fixtures.

Difficult one to call, mainly because Real Madrid will not be fielding their strongest team, while Sevilla have had a lot of change happen to them over the summer and have to face Barcelona on Sunday in the Spanish Super Cup too. I will have to go for a Madrid win in this one.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Real Madrid -0.5 @ 1.87 with Unibet 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

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