Thursday, 8 December 2016

Europa league

I will post some of mine views on todays matches of teams from "mine" leagues. As I said, this is competition which I really dislike, and probably one of competitions where is really hard to make long term profit.

Nice - Krasnodar

Krasnodar beat Nice with crazy 5-2 at home. It was really surprising result for me, but I didn't pay too much attention to it. Nice will play with really really reserved squad. Only Cardinale, Bodmer and Balotelli from players who we are used to see in Favre's squad. It's not a surprise that he is resting key players, because on Sunday they will play against PSG. 
List of Nice's players:
Goalkeepers: Cardinale, Benitez.
Defenders: Souquet, Le Marchand, Boscagli, Burner, Perraud, Balmy, Suaut.
Midfielders: Vercauteren, Lusamba, Albert, Bodmer, Marcel,
Forwards: Balotelli, Donis, Bosetti, Mahou.
For Krasnodar, that will be the last match of the season, so even if match is without some importance, they don't need to save energy for next matches, so I believe that even if they will make some rotations, some key players will still play.

Villarreal - Steaua

Villarreal is in bad run. In last 8 matches they won only twice, and even one of those wins were against Toledo in Copa del Rey. Fran Escriba was disappointed after match, especially with his attackers, who didn't create enough serious chances. He admitted that performance of team was not good enough, and that they will need to improve and also added that match against Steaua is key match in this season so far. Situation in group is not easy and they need to win if they want to qualify in next round. On press conference with Musacchio they both seemed motivated and really focused on the match, so I believe that they will take it with 100%. In this case I fancy bet on half time / full time option on Villarreal, specially in odds above @2 I think that there is value.

Panathinaikos - Celta Vigo

Panathinaikos already without chances, while Celta needs all three points, but things are still in hands of Standard, who will play against Ajax. Situation for Celta is not the best and they need favour from Ajax. Anyway, Panathinaikos have nothing to lose there, they will be relaxed and will try to make things complicated for Spanish team. Celta will miss they're key striker Iago Aspas. Lot's of people are betting on Celta here, but I wouldn't be that surprised if they will fail to qualify in next round. All in all, things are not only in they're hands.

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