Sunday, 12 March 2017

My view on Sunday's matches!

Sunday matches informations and my opinions:

St. Etienne - Metz
This match was on my list on Thursday, when situation about injuries in Saint-Etienne was unclear. Now that I know that Hamouma, Soderlund, Malcuit, Mbengue, Roux, Selnaes are all named in the squad I decided to avoid this prediction as odds looks totally fine - my pick would be Metz AH +0,5, but in this case I will avoid it. 

St. Etienne will be without: Pogba, Tanane, Lacroix, Polomat, Pajot, Lemoine.
Metz will be without: Rivierez, Hein, Vion, Diagne (and Selimovic, Thill, Larriere but none of them played more than 1 match this season).

Lyon - Toulouse
Toulouse succeeded with defending approach against PSG. Can they repeat it against Lyon? One thing is clear, Lyon will be tired after incredible performance on Thursday against Rome, but I believe that also highly motivated as their form is phenomenal recently. In my opinion Genesio will rest some players, as they are considering League Europe as primary goal this season. Anyway, looking at odds, bookmakers are giving Lyon approx. 70% to win the match, and I agree with that. I wouldn't go higher than that, as Toulouse is among the teams who likes to give the ball to opponent, and wait for chances on counter attacks. Even if they will miss Braithwaite, Lyon is on 4th position with 15 points less than 3rd placed PSG and focused on Rome, so I will avoid this match as well.

Lyon will miss: Diakhaby, N'Koulou and Rafael.
Toulouse: Braithwaite, Michelin, Akpa-Akpro, Musavu-King.

Lorient - PSG
Odds on PSG to win 1st half time are solid, but who knows how will they react after recent collapse in Barcelona? Moreover they will miss Verratti, Matuidi, Lucas and Motta. It's true that they can still put decent lineup, but those players, maybe except Motta, are almost crucial for the team. In my opinion Lorient could even surprise, odds are enormously high, but I won't play with this game, as there is too many unanswered questions for me.

Lorient will be without: Mesloub, Cafu, Cabot, Barthelme and Paye.
PSG will be without: Verratti, Lucas, Motta, Matuidi.

Real Sociedad - Athletic Bilbao
I am already too late with giving an opinion on this match, as match just started. Basque derby, but for me both teams are too much unpredictable. Both capable to play different styles with two good coaches,...

Deportivo La Coruna - Barcelona
I am not big fan of matches where you need to pick higher handicaps which is almost every week with Barcelona match. Atmosphere in club is amazing after recent historic success, but they will be without Neymar, who was somehow key figure in this "new" 3-4-3 system, which means that Enrique will probably switch back on 4-3-3 with Alba as left full back and Roberto? as right full back. Many people are taking more than 2,5 goals of Barcelona, but Deportivo changed coach recently and new coach is well known Pepe Mel who already took point to Atletico Madrid in his first match. I think that Barcelona will win this match, but even though spirit in team is high right now, things could be difficult on Riazor. Seeing missing players of Deportivo - Andone (top scorer), and midfielders Guilherme and Mosquera, are all important for buildup, so I think that Mel is preparing ultra defensive approach for this match...

Deportivo will be without: Andone, Mosquera, Sidnei, Guilherme.
Barcelona will be without: Neymar, Rafinha, Vidal, Mathieu.

Real Madrid - Real Betis
Same thing as for Barcelona, handicaps on Real Madrid are just too high and I am not fan of them. Real Madrid were pretty poor against Napoli, specially in first half it looked that Italians might surprise, but in second half Real Madrid shown winning mentality and on wings of Ramos overturn the match. Betis surprised Barcelona few rounds ago, can they surprise Real Madrid? They didn't lose on two last away matches, but I think that they will lose today. There is simply too big difference in quality and Real will take advantage of it. 

Real Madrid will be without: Bale, Pepe, Varane.
Real Betis will be without: Martin, Gutierrez, Bruno, Carlos.

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