Nov 19

Watford vs West Ham

Team News
Watford
Troy Deeney serves the second of a three-match ban, with Andre Gray in line to cover in attack.
Younes Kaboul should be available after using the international break to work on his fitness, but Sebastian Prödl suffered another injury during the international break and will miss out here.
Andre Carillo may not feature after playing for Peru on Thursday morning, but Marco Silva will hope to have Roberto Pereyra available again after a short spell out injured.
Heurelho Gomes will have used the international break to recover from a head injury picked up against Everton and he should be fine to start against West Ham.
West Ham
David Moyes can welcome back Pablo Zabaleta for his first game in charge of West Ham after the right-back missed the Hammers’ last game through suspension.
Javier Hernandez will miss West Ham’s next three matches with a hamstring injury, while Winston Reid may also miss out after playing for New Zealand on Thursday morning.
Michail Antonio has still not been able to train fully due to his badly bruised ribs and a late decision will be made on his involvement on Sunday.
José Fonte missed the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool before the international break and remains a doubt for the away side.
Match Facts
West Ham have drawn their last 3 away matches (Premier League). West Ham draw 3.50
Watford have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 home matches (Premier League). Watford lose or draw 1.61
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Watford’s last 7 games (Premier League). Over 2.5 goals 1.89
Watford have lost their last 3 matches (Premier League). Watford lose 3.29
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in West Ham’s last 3 games (Premier League). Over 2.5 goals 1.89
Watford have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (Premier League). Over 1.5 goals 1.25
West Ham have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (Premier League). Over 1.5 goals 1.25

~ After an impressive start to the season, Watford have now lost three games in a row. Is speculation about Marco Silva’s future at the club impacting results?
~ West Ham sacked Slaven Bilic and replaced him with David Moyes over the international break. Moyes has inherited a West Ham side one point adrift of safety with the worst defensive record in the league (23 goals conceded).
~ With matches against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal around the corner, West Ham need to pick up points here.

Previous Meetings (Last 6 matches)
EPL 25-02-2017 FT Watford 1 : 1 West Ham1
EPL 10-09-2016 FT West Ham 2 : 4 Watford
EPL 20-04-2016 FT West Ham 3 : 1 Watford1
EPL 31-10-2015 FT Watford 2 : 0 West Ham1
EC 07-03-2012 FT West Ham 1 : 1 Watford
EC 16-08-2011 FT Watford 0 : 4 West Ham

TV / Live Streaming
6’eren, CANAL+ Sport 2, Digi Sport 1 (Cze/Svk), SFR Sport, Sky Sports Main Event (UK/Irl), Sky Sports Premier League (UK/Irl), Spiler TV, SportKlub (BiH), SportKlub (Cro), SportKlub (Mac), SportKlub (Mon), SportKlub (Ser), SportKlub (Slo), Sport TV (Por), S Sport, TV2 Sport Premium, TV2 Sumo, ViaPlay (Den), ViaPlay (Swe), Viasat Jalkapallo, Viasat Sport Premium (Swe)

Nov 18

Arsenal vs Tottenham

Team News
Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has confirmed Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi and Shkodran Mustafi will need late fitness tests, while Olivier Giroud has been ruled out after picking up a thigh injury for France.
Laurent Koscielny is still struggling with an Achilles problem but should be fine to start against Tottenham, while Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding are also available have overcome illness and injury respectively.
Rob Holding and David Ospina remain doubts, while Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee.
Tottenham
Mauricio Pochettino is without injured duo Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld for the vist to Arsenal, though the former has returned to training.
Harry Winks, Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli and Harry Kane have all reported for training on Thursday, suggesting they will be fine to feature against the Gunners.
Erik Lamela and Michel Vorm will need to be assessed before a decision is made.
Match Facts
Arsenal have won their last 10 home matches (Premier League). Arsenal win 2.37
Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in their last 8 home matches (Premier League). Over 1.5 goals 1.16
Arsenal have drawn their last 3 home matches against Tottenham in all competitions. Arsenal draw 3.60
Arsenal have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 5 home matches against Tottenham in all competitions. Under 2.5 goals 2.35
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal’s last 4 games (Premier League). Over 2.5 goals 1.57
Tottenham have won 5 of their last 6 matches (Premier League). Tottenham win 3.10
Continue reading

Nov 17

Lille vs St Etienne

Team News
Lille
Adama Soumaoro is available for selection here after a lengthy injury lay-off, but Marcelo Bielsa looks more likely to wait until Monday to play the defender.
Fodé Ballo-Touré should come back into the side at left-back after coming off injured away to Metz.
With Lille turning in a good display a fortnight ago, Bielsa should keep faith with the rest of his side, other than Thiago Maia, who will replace the suspended Edgar Ié.
Saint-Etienne
Julien Sablé will take temporary charge of the club after the departure of Oscar Garcia.
Lois Diony and Loic Perrin should both come back into the side here, but Rémy Cabella will miss at least the rest of the month.
Ronael Pierre-Gabriel is also fit again, and could start at left-back with M’Bengué still a doubt with a hamstring issue.
Assane Dioussé is a doubt after playing with Senegal in midweek.
Match Facts
Lille have seen under 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches against Saint-Etienne in all competitions. Under 2.5 goals 1.61
Saint-Etienne have failed to score in their last 3 matches (Ligue 1). Saint-Etienne lose or draw 1.33
Lille are undefeated in their last 6 home matches against Saint-Etienne in all competitions. Lille win or draw 1.33
Lille have failed to win their last 5 home matches (Ligue 1). Lille lose or draw 1.75

~ Saint-Étienne were rocked this week by the departure of Oscar Garcia; the former Brighton and Watford boss was reportedly frustrated by his relationship with the club’s hierarchy.
~ Even without their manager, Sainté are still a formidable opponent defensively and Lille will do well to get three points here.

Previous Meetings (Last 6 matches)
FL1 13-01-2017 FT Lille 1 : 1 Saint-Etienne
FL1 25-09-2016 FT Saint-Etienne 3 : 1 Lille
FL1 14-05-2016 FT Saint-Etienne 0 : 1 Lille
FL1 02-12-2015 FT Lille 1 : 0 Saint-Etienne
FL1 22-03-2015 FT Saint-Etienne 2 : 0 Lille
FL1 01-11-2014 FT Lille 1 : 1 Saint-Etienne

TV / Live Streaming
beIN Sport (Fra), Digi Sport 2 (Hun), Digi Sport 2 (Rom), Veikkaus TV

Nov 14

Germany vs France

Team News
Germany
Germany are expected to make wholesale changes from the side that drew 0-0 with England on Friday.
Joachim Löw has confirmed Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira and Kevin Trapp will all start against France.
Mario Gotze, Jerome Boateng, Emre Can, and Julian Brandt will also be pushing for starts on Tuesday.
France
Olivier Giroud has returned to Arsenal after picking up a thigh injury in France’s 2-0 win over Wales.
Anthony Martial will be looking to start for France for the first time since September 2016.
Raphael Varane will start in defence if he can overcome his own injury concerns. Lucas Digne and Adrien Rabiot will also push for starts on Tuesday.
Match Facts
Germany are unbeaten in 20 matches after drawing 0-0 with England on Friday. Joachim Löw’s side underwhelmed at Wembley at times and they will need to improve to avoid defeat against Euro 2016 finalists France.
France are only unbeaten in their last six, being defeated on two occasions in 2017 alone. They have a golden generation of players and it would be a travesty if Didier Deschamps fails to win a major tournament. Beating Germany would be a step in the right direction as they look to build momentum into the 2018 World Cup,
Interestingly, Germany have lost their last three home matches against France and failed to score in two of those.

Previous Meetings (Last 6 matches)
UEC 07-07-2016 FT Germany 0 : 2 France
IF 13-11-2015 FT France 2 : 0 Germany
WC 04-07-2014 FT France 0 : 1 Germany
IF 06-02-2013 FT France 1 : 2 Germany
IF 29-02-2012 FT Germany 1 : 2 France
IF 12-11-2005 FT France 0 : 0 Germany
TV / Live Streaming
ARD, beIN Sport (Fra), BT Sport, Fox Sports (Ned), Sport 2 (Cze), Sport TV (Por), TF 1, Tivibu Spor, TV3 MAX, TVP 1, TVP Sport, TV Sport, ViaPlay (Den), ViaPlay (Fin), ViaPlay (Swe), Viasat Fotbool (Fin), Viasat Jalkapallo, Viasat Sport (Swe)

Nov 13

Italy vs Sweden

Team News
Italy
Italy have plenty to ponder after their 1-0 defeat in the first leg on Friday.
Marco Verratti will miss the second leg through suspension, while Leonardo Bonucci may have to play with a face mask after breaking his nose in the first leg.
Simone Zaza and Leonardo Spinazzola remain doubts after missing the first leg through first injury.
Giampiero Ventura’s gamble to revert back to a 3-5-2 formation and drop Lorenzo Insigne backfired massively in Sweden. Changes will be needed here.
Sweden
Mikael Lustig missed the 1-0 win on Friday through suspension and should slot back in at right-back here.
No other changes are expected from the away side as they look to protect their slender advantage.
Match Facts
Italy have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Sweden in all competitions. Under 2.5 goals 1.53
Italy have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 home matches against Sweden in all competitions. Italy win or draw 1.09
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Italy’s last 4 games (FIFA World Cup). Under 2.5 goals 1.53
Italy are undefeated in their last 7 home matches against Sweden in all competitions. Italy win or draw 1.09
Continue reading

Nov 12

Greece vs Croatia

Team News
Greece
Kostas Manolas missed the first leg through suspension and should return to the defence at the expense of Tzavellas or Papadopoulos.
The back three formation did not pay off on Thursday and Michael Skibbe may look to revert to a back four, potentially looking to get another forward in the starting XI given that they must score at least three times.
After such a disappointing result in the week a number of changes are likely, with the likes of Christodoulopoulos and Gianniotas hoping to add some spark in attack.
Croatia
Zlatko Dalic sprung a couple of surprises in the first leg, leaving Mario Mandzukic on the bench, while Ivan Stinic got the nod at left-back over Josip Pivaric.
Nikola Kalinic led the line and should keep his place having registered on the scoresheet, while Luka Modric played in a more advanced role than usual, with Marcelo Brozovic playing deeper in the absence of the injured Milan Badelj.
After such a convincing first leg victory Dalic may be willing to give a couple of players a chance to impress but he should name an unchanged line-up from the start.
Continue reading

Nov 11

Denmark vs Ireland

Team News
Denmark
Thomas Delaney may get the nod ahead of Lasse Schone in the middle of the park.
Åge Hareide has ample centre-back options, but could continue with Simon Kjaer and Andreas Christensen, who started the 1-1 draw with Romania.
All in all, Hareide isn’t expected to make wholesale changes to his strongest XI.
Ireland
Martin O’Neill is without David Meyler for the first leg meeting with Denmark, with the Hull City man suspended. Glenn Whelan should anchor the midfield as a result.
Jeff Hendrick is a doubt, which should see Conor Hourihane start in the middle of the park.
James McCarthy, Richard Keogh and Sean Maguire have all pulled out of the squad through injury.
Match Facts
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Ireland’s last 7 games (FIFA World Cup). Under 2.5 goals 1.44
Denmark are undefeated in their last 7 matches (FIFA World Cup). Denmark win or draw 1.12
Ireland are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 matches (FIFA World Cup). Ireland win or draw 2.20
Continue reading

Nov 10

England vs Germany

Team News
England
England have lost Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Harry Winks, Harry Kane and Dele Alli to injury leaving their plans for the international break in tatters.
Kane’s absence means Southgate will give Tammy Abraham a full debut alongside the experience of Jamie Vardy. Marcus Rashford may be saved to start until Tuesday.
Gary Cahill missed training on Thursday and is a huge doubt for the reception of Germany, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek will reportedly make his full England debut in midfield.
Jack Butland was set to start against Germany but broke his finger in training on Thursday and has withdrawn from the squad. Jordan Pickford will start instead.
Fit again Danny Rose will be looking to make his first England appearance in just under a year, while Ashley Young is another option at left wing-back.
Germany
With Manuel Neuer still out of the picture, Marc-André ter Stegen will start between the sticks at Wembley.
Germany tend to switch between a three-man and four-man defence, so it remains to be seen how the reigning World Cup champions will line up on Friday.
Joachim Löw has confirmed that RB Leipzig left-back Marcel Halstenberg will make his debut here, while either Sami Khedira or Mats Hummels will captain the side.
Low may also turn to some of his fringe players on Friday with one eye on their friendly against France next week.
Continue reading

Nov 09

Northern Ireland vs Switzerland

Team News
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland are very fluid in their set up so it remains to be seen whether they will start with a back five or back four on Thursday.Few changes are expected from Michael O’Neil, who should stick with the players that featured the most during the group phase.
Switzerland
Unlike Northern Ireland, Switzerland do not tend to deviate from their 4-2-3-1 formation, which is expected here.A new partner for Fabian Schar will be needed at the heart of the Switzerland defence as Johan Djourou is not in the squad. Manuel Akanji is favourite to get the nod.
Continue reading

Nov 04

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich

Team News
Borussia Dortmund
Captain Marcel Schmelzer was rested in the 1-1 Champions League draw with APOEL on Wednesday and should return to start at left-back here.
Marc Batra could help out at right-back again, as Jeremy Toljan has struggled defensively so far and Lukasz Piszczek is still injured.
Gonzalo Castro and Andriy Yarmolenko, who were rested in midweek, are set to return to the starting XI.
Bayern Munich
Mats Hummels was rested for Bayern’s 2-1 Champions League win at Celtic on Tuesday and will return to the back-four.
Joshua Kimmich and Jerome Boateng are reportedly unavailable for the away side this weekend, which is a huge blow for Bayern.
Thiago, who got a break in midweek too, should return in central midfield to further improve the Bavarians.
Robert Lewandowski is expected to return from a minor injury to start up front.

Match Facts
Match Facts
Bayern are undefeated in 29 of their last 32 away matches (Bundesliga). Bayern win or draw 1.34
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Borussia Dortmund’s last 7 games (Bundesliga). Over 2.5 goals 1.47
Borussia Dortmund have scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 matches (Bundesliga). Over 1.5 goals 1.14
Bayern have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches (Bundesliga). Bayern win or draw 1.34
Bayern have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches (Bundesliga). Over 1.5 goals 1.14
Borussia Dortmund have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Bayern in all competitions. Over 2.5 goals 1.47
Borussia Dortmund have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (Bundesliga). Over 1.5 goals 1.14
Bayern have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Borussia Dortmund in all competitions. Over 1.5 goals 1.14

• Dortmund are winless in their last five matches in the Bundesliga and Champions League and lost back-to-back competitive home games before the disappointing 1-1 draw with APOEL. With the Signal-• • Iduna-Park having lost its status as a fortress for now and BVB’s 4-2 defeat at Hannover from last weekend in mind, the side desperately needs to improve its balance again to have a chance against the resurrected defending champions.
• Bayern have won all of their six competitive matches, in regular time or after penalties, since manager Jupp Heynckes returned to the club and were able to rest key players in the Champions League this week. They will want to increase the gap between themselves and Dortmund to six points with another win here and hope to take advantage of an unsettled BVB side.
• Expect this to be a very intense game from the outset, with Bayern favourites to further increase Dortmund’s struggles.

Previous Meetings (Last 6 matches)

GSC 05-08-2017 FT Borussia Dortmund 2 : 2 Bayern Munich
GDP 26-04-2017 FT Bayern Munich 2 : 3 Borussia Dortmund
GB 08-04-2017 FT Bayern Munich 4 : 1 Borussia Dortmund
GB 19-11-2016 FT Borussia Dortmund 1 : 0 Bayern Munich
GSC 14-08-2016 FT Borussia Dortmund 0 : 2 Bayern Munich
GDP 21-05-2016 PEN Bayern Munich 0 : 0 Borussia Dortmund

TV / Live Streaming
beIN Sport (Fra), BT Sport, COSMOTE Sport, Dajto, Eleven, Eurosport 2 (International), Eurosport 2 (NE), Fox Sports (Ita), Fox Sports (Ned), Match TV, Movistar Futbol, Play Sports, Sky Bundesliga, Sport TV (Por)