Basaksehir vs Galatasaray: Predictions, Betting Tips and Odds – El Tigre to lead Galatasaray to another important victory? (20/09/2020)

It is this time of the season when we can all just sit, relax and enjoy the first Istanbul derby in 2020/21. Both teams will face each other this Sunday at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium with high hopes of sealing an important win in this one.

Event details:

Who is playing?

Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray

What competition is Istanbul Basaksehir and Galatasaray playing in?

Turkish Super Lig Matchweek 2

What time is Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray?

17:00 GMT, Sunday 20th September 2020

Which stadium is hosting Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray?

Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey

What channel is Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray on?

Bein Sports Turkey

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Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray Summary

It is Basaksehir versus Galatasaray and the first Istanbul derby of the season Turkish fans have been all waiting for. After a disappointing start of the season, Basaksehir will try to redeem themselves against Galatasaray who unlikely to last year’s champions have started the season with three points.

Basaksehir’s defensive fortress accompanied by a huge offensive threat up-front has translated into an impressive home record of 12-4-1 last season. The team doesn’t loose easily and I can see them make things a lot harder for Radamel Falcao, looking to add another goal to his name.

Galatasaray is on their way of making things better for them since suffering an enormous setback on the home stretch last season. They will play the clash against Basaksehir outside of their comfort zone at Fatih Terim Stadium, but since their impressive start to the season I can see them giving hard time to the current Super Lig champions.

Istanbul Basaksehir Team News and Form

What a season it has been for Istanbul Basaksehir… Not only they have sealed their first-ever Super Lig trophy in the 30 years of the club’s existence but also have secured a direct promotion to Champions League group stage. All of this begs the question If they can keep on performing effectively for the next consecutive season.

The team hasn’t started the season very well with a 2-0 defeat against Hatayspor. The fact it was an away game could slightly make up for it, as they have been registering 0.64 PPG more at home last season. Therefore, this should be an advantage for Basaksehir since they host the Istanbul derby against Galatasaray. What should worry The Yellow-Reds, however, is the fact the hosts have lost only one Super Lig game at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium last season.

The last five games Basaksehir have played as a guest, and they have lost three of them. So it should be splendid news for the team to perform on their turf. Pre-season comprised one win and one draw and an average of 2.00 GPG and it was Demba Ba to score three out of four goals.

Reports claim there are no recent injuries or suspensions in the team since the game week 1, therefore I expect a very similar starting lineup against Galatasaray.

Galatasaray Team News and Form

A team who has been sinking in defeats at the end of last season because of various injuries from its key players now looks ahead to go for what is more than rightful for them this season, the almighty Super Lig championship… Galatasaray have started the season very well and it is good to see Radamel Falcao back on the score sheet. The Colombian has found the net twice against Gaziantep, which is splendid news for Galatasaray fans.

The post-lockdown form has been one to forget for Galatasaray. Registering six points in eight games on the home stretch and ultimately finishing in 6th last season is a plot twist we haven’t been expecting. Since pre-season, however, the team hasn’t lost a single game and has averaged 2.00 GPG.

The team has won 3-1 with Neftci Baku in Europa League Qualification quarter-finals on 17th September and is slowly moving onto the promotion to the group stage. Mbaye Diagne was the one to play from the first minutes, giving Falcao the needed rest for the upcoming Istanbul derby.

Fan’s favourite Fernando Muslera has been injured since mid-June and is expected to return to fitness in January 2021. The injury list goes on with the likes of Emre Akbaba and new transfer Oghenekaro Etebo, who is in question before this one.

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Istanbul Basaksehir Last 5 Matches (All competitions)

  • Hatayspor (A) 2-0 Super Lig defeat
  • Karagumruk (A) 1-2 Club Friendly win
  • Kasimpasa (A) 2-2 Club Friendly draw
  • Copenhagen (A) 3-0 Europa League defeat
  • Kasimpasa (A) 3-2 Super Lig defeat

Galatasaray Last 5 Matches (All competitions)

  • Neftci Baku (A) 1-3 Europa League win
  • Gaziantep (H) 3-1 Super Lig win
  • Hatayspor (H) 1-1 Club Friendly draw
  • Umraniyespor (H) 2-0 Club Friendly win
  • Istanbulspor (H) 1-0 Club Friendly win

Source: SofaScore

Top Goalscorers

Istanbul Basaksehir Top Goalscorers:

  • Edin Visca (19 goals in all competitions in 2019/20) – The Bosnian has finished last season with 13 goals in Super Lig, which only Demba Ba achieved to even. Not only that, but he has also recorded the most assists in the entire league – 12 in total.
  • Enzo Crivelli (14 goals in all competitions in 2019/20) – It looks like ultimately Enzo’s transfer to Basaksehir in July 2019 has paid off. Not only he has helped his team to get to Europa League 1/8 finals but also scored 14 goals in a single season, which is all-time best for the 25-year-old.

Galatasaray Top Goalscorers:

  • Radamel Falcao (10 Super Lig goals in 2019/20) – The famous El Tigre has had an excellent start of the season after bagging two goals in a 3-1 win against Gaziantep. He has also found the net once against Umraniyespor in pre-season.
  • Adem Buyuk (9 goals in all competitions in 2019/20) – The 33-year-old is no longer representing Galatasaray after penning a deal with Yeni Malatyaspor this summer transfer window.

Source: Transfermarkt

Match Facts

  • Istanbul Basaksehir have won Super Lig title last season.
  • Galatasaray have finished only seven times below top5 in the Turkish Super Lig, since its inception in 1959.
  • Galatasaray are currently unbeaten in seven games in all competitions.
  • Basaksehir has been unbeaten in 11 home games in all competitions.

Source: Transfermarkt

Previous Meetings

28th June 2020 BAS 1-1 GAL Super Lig
27th November 2019 GAL 0-1 BAS Super Lig
19th May 2019 GAL 2-1 BAS Super Lig
15th December 2018 BAS 1-1 GAL Super Lig
15th April 2018 GAL 2-0 BAS Super Lig

Okan’s Betting Tips

Basaksehir in four out of five home games against Galatasaray has scored the same amount of goals or more in the second half as the opposition. Basaksehir or Draw in the second half is 4/11* with Mark Jarvis.

Four out five games played at Fatih Terim Stadium between both teams has ended as BTTS which is 6/10* with Mark Jarvis.

Galatasaray have scored in the first half in the last five games. Basaksehir has also conceded a goal within a first 45 minutes in last week against Hatayspor in Super Lig. Galatasaray to score over 0.5 goals in the first half is 11/10* with Mark Jarvis.

Istanbul Basaksehir Galatasaray Tips

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Man Utd vs Crystal Palace: Predictions, Betting Tips and Odds – Red Devils are looking ahead to start with a big win! (19/09/2020)

It is the first game of the season for Ole’s men in which they will confront Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. Man Utd will try to redeem themselves for their disappointing 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa in Club Friendly. Since the start of the new Premier League season, Okan Iskin has landed two tips so far.

Event Details

Who is playing?

Manchester Utd vs Crystal Palace

What competition are Man Utd vs Crystal Palace playing in?

Premier League Matchweek 2

What time does Man Utd vs Crystal Palace kick off?

17:30 GMT on Saturday 19th September 2020

Which stadium is hosting Man Utd vs Crystal Palace?

Old Trafford, Manchester, United Kingdom

What channel is Man Utd vs Crystal Palace on?

Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League

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Man Utd vs Crystal Palace Summary

Man Utd starts the season on their home ground, where they will host a game against Crystal Palace. United fans have been waiting for this clash; looking forward to seeing Bruno Fernandes and company in the action and also Donny van de Beek in his Premier League debut. Crystal Palace, after winning 1-0 against Southampton, is looking to extend their good run with another victory despite the odds being in favour of the opposition.

The first 19 game weeks in 2019/20 were not the best for Ole’s men; eight place with only 28 points to their name. It is, however, the second half of the season where we all witnessed a revitalised team powered by January’s new exciting signing, Bruno Fernandes. Since transferring the skilful Portuguese, United haven’t lost a single game in Premier League and ultimately finished third, leaving Chelsea or Leicester behind them.

Crystal Palace, unlikely to United, has had a very successful first half of the 19/20; sitting in 9th with only two points to Man Utd was not what we were expecting from a textbook mid-table team. What destroyed the team’s form was ironically the lockdown after which they have registered a record of 1-1-7 until the end of the season. They ultimately finished 14th.

Man Utd Team News and Form

Finishing 3rd and qualifying to Champions League has given Man Utd fans a lot of reasons to get excited about the new season. We can all give it to Ole, that he has created a very healthy and positive environment around the team; which begs the question, can he translate it into results and potentially into the desired championship this season?

Since 2019/20 Premier League season has ended, the team has suffered a setback. Getting eliminated from Europa League in semifinals by Sevilla, despite being the strongest candidate to lift the trophy and losing 1-0 to Aston Villa in a pre-season raises a question of whether the team can break the recent curse of unfortunate performances or not.

Despite registering an impressive statistic of five clean sheets in nine games in the Premier League post-lockdown, the team has been slightly underperforming ever since by stopping the opposition from scoring only once and conceding 1 goal per game. However, I can’t imagine them going blank against Crystal Palace at home since having a starting lineup comprising the likes of Rashford, Fernandes and Martial.

Pogba and Greenwood, despite already training with the team, are still in doubt before this one. We could see Donny van de Beek then, starting from the first minute in his Premier League debut after performing well in pre-season against Aston Villa.

Crystal Palace Team News and Form

After registering a very disappointing post-lockdown record of 1-1-7, The Eagles look to start the season with excellent results. They have already started their run with a 1-0 win against Southampton and are now looking to add Man Utd to their list. Last season they have confronted Ole’s side, and it was Crystal Palace who took the home three points.

Crystal Palace seems to have forgotten really quickly about their end of the season, and instead of thinking about the past, they have immediately started thinking of future; they have transferred Eberechi Eze, Nathan Ferguson, and yet again sealing Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea. They have also produced an impressive pre-season with three wins and one draw. They have, however, lost against Bournemouth in EFL Cup on 15th September.

Wilfried Zaha has been the man of the headlines for Crystal Palace in the last weeks; not only because of his links with other clubs but also because of his huge contribution on the pitch lately. He has scored four goals in the last five games in all competitions and will bring an offensive threat against his former club Man Utd.

Patrick van Aanholt is still out, which gives young Mitchell another opportunity to shine, this time against Man Utd. Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke will return to fitness soon.

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Man Utd Last 5 Matches (All competitions)

  • Aston Villa (A) 1-0 Club Friendly defeat
  • Sevilla (A) 2-1 Europa League defeat
  • Copenhagen (H) 1-0 Europa League win
  • LASK (H) 2-1 Europa League win
  • Leicester (A) 0-2 Premier League win

 Crystal Palace Last 5 Matches (All competitions)

  • Bournemouth (A) 1-0 EFL Cup defeat
  • Southampton (H) 1-0 Premier League win
  • Brondby (H) 1-1 Club Friendly draw
  • Millwall (A) 0-1 Club Friendly win
  • Charlton (H) 3-0 Club Friendly win

Source: SofaScore

Top Goalscorers

Man Utd Top Goalscorers:

  • Anthony Martial (23 goals in all competitions in 2019/20) – The Frenchman was irreplaceable last season for Red Devils; being involved in 11 goals in his last 10 Premier League games. He has scored against Crystal Palace last time out.
  • Marcus Rashford (22 goals in all competitions in 2019/20) – The English forward and a role model to many youngsters, despite playing at the left-wing for most of his last season, has scored 17 goals in Premier League, as much as Anthony Martial. He has also been the lucky one to score against Crystal Palace in their last confrontation.

Crystal Palace Top Goalscorers:

  • Jordan Ayew (9 goals in all competitions in 2019/20) – The Ghanaian has had his best season in Premier League so far by registering nine goals in 37 games. He also has found the net twice in a pre-season friendly against Charlton.
  • Wilfried Zaha (4 goals in all competitions in 2019/20) – Zaha has been on fire lately; has scored three goals in pre-season and now against Southampton in Premier League. The Ivorian has also come very close to his second goal against The Saints, but it got ruled out by VAR check.

Source: Transfermarkt

Match Facts

  • Man Utd has missed scoring only once against Crystal Palace in their last 10 confrontations.
  • Crystal Palace has won only one league game against Man Utd since the Premier League inception in 1992, which happened to be last season.
  • Both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have scored goals against Crystal Palace in their latest confrontation.

Source: Transfermarkt

Previous Meetings

16th July 2020 CRY 0-2 MUN Premier League
24th August 2019 MUN 1-2 CRY Premier League
27th February 2019 CRY 1-3 MUN Premier League
24th November 2018 MUN 0-0 CRY Premier League
5th March 2018 CRY 2-3 MUN Premier League

Okan’s Betting Tips

Despite Crystal Palace’s good start to the season, I can’t imagine Man Utd losing in this one. Red Devils have won eight out of the last 10 games played against Crystal Palace. Man Utd to win is 1/3* with Mark Jarvis.

Not so long ago both teams have faced each other, and it has ended as a 2-0 win for Man Utd. Crystal Palace have averaged 0.40 GPG in the last five premier league matches. Man Utd to keep a clean sheet is 10/11* with Mark Jarvis.

The Frenchman found the net seven times in his last 10 Premier League games. He has scored against Crystal Palace in their latest confrontation. Anthony Martial anytime scorer is 5/4* with Mark Jarvis.

Man United Crystal Palace Tips

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Premier League MW1 TOTW: Salah welcomes Leeds with a stunning hat-trick!

The Premier League Matchweek 1 Team of the Week features some huge names. We provide a rundown of the best players from the first week back in the English top-flight… 

Premier League Matchweek 1 Results 

12th September 2020 Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
12th September 2020 Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
12th September 2020 Liverpool 4-3 Leeds
12th September 2020 West Ham 0-2 Newcastle Utd
13th September 2020 West Brom 0-3 Leicester
13th September 2020 Spurs 0-1 Everton
14th September 2020 Sheffield Utd 0-2 Wolves
14th September 2020 Brighton 1-3 Chelsea

Premier League Matchweek Manager of the Week – Carlo Ancelotti

It is the Italian’s first full season as an Everton manager and it is fair to say the things couldn’t start any better. Midfield upgrades of Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez has given us an overall impression of a different team with a much bigger offensive threat than the last season. The game against Spurs has finished as a modest 1-0 win; with more luck in the execution from Richarlison and others, we could’ve seen easily a 2-0 victory.

Premier League Matchweek Player of the Week – Mohamed Salah

For some one-season wonder, for others one of the best in Europe, Mohamed Salah has scored his third Premier League hat-trick since joining Liverpool in 2017/18 season. The Egyptian’s first goal came from a penalty which he very well executed by sending a powerful ball into the top centre. The second goal was a yet another powerful shot, this time top bin volley after an unfortunate deflection in the box. The third one was also a penalty given in 88th minute and ultimately translated into a goal making it 4-3 until the final whistle. He has registered the rating of 9.1, the highest in this matchweek according to Sofascore.

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Goalkeeper: Vicente Guaita (8.1 Player Rating)

The man himself responsible for Crystal Palace’s good start to the season. The Spaniard has successfully fended off Southampton’s attack by registering five saves and one clean sheet in a respective 1-0 win. 

Right Back: Reece James (8.5 Player Rating)

The English right-back has made a name for himself, sending legendary Azpilicueta on the bench. It looks like betting on the young Englishman has been a good choice after all; one goal and one assist has massively contributed to the team’s 3-1 win against Brighton. The goal was one of a kind, very much reminding us of the one Vincent Kompany scored against Leicester on 6th May 2019; bagged in the top-right corner outside of the box.

Centre Back: Gabriel Magalhaes (8.1 Player Rating)

Another one on the list of Premier League’s debutants and what a debut it has been for the Brazilian. Not every centre-back can celebrate a goal and a clean sheet in a first game of the season. Overall a very good performance, promising for the future defence of Arsenal.

Centre Back: Romain Saiss (8.6 Player Rating)

The Marocain, who once in a while likes to get involved in Wolves offensive plays, has scored a header making it 2-0 against Sheffield United. Paired up with the captain Coady, he has contributed massively to his team’s clean sheet. 

Left Back: Lucas Digne (7.9 Player Rating)

The Frenchman has put on a brilliant performance this game week. His assist led to the only goal scored by Dominic Calvert-Lewin in a 1-0 clash against Spurs. Producing seven clearances and winning five duels has helped the team to stop Mourinho’s side from scoring. 

Centre Mid: Jorginho (8.0 Player Rating)

The Italian didn’t wait too long to score his first penalty goal in 2020/21 Premier League season. It was thanks to Chelsea’s new signing Timo Werner who has won a penalty for Jorginho to execute it in the 23rd minute. Later on, the midfielder has been involved in an absolute screamer produced by Reece James. 

Centre Mid: Mateusz Klich (7.0 Player Rating)

After his long and rich European journey, the time has now come for his first-ever Premier League season and it has started very promisingly. The Polish midfielder has produced a mouthwatering equaliser, making it 3-3 against Liverpool. Absolutely everything about this goal was right – the place, time, first touch and execution. It was a very special day for the player and the team, despite losing 4-3 at the end. 

Centre Mid: Jeff Hendrick (8.4 Player Rating)

The midfielder has produced one goal and one assist in a 2-0 victory over West Ham. It is also the first time for the experienced Irish to seal both one goal and assist in a single Premier League game. Ultimately, it looks like Hendrick’s transfer from Burnley to Newcastle was a good move after all.

Left Wing: Willian (8.1 Player Rating)

The Brazilian’s debut at Arsenal has gone beyond everyone’s wildest dreams. He has registered an outstanding hat-trick of assists; being involved in every goal of a 3-0 win against newly-promoted Fulham. The way Willian has been naturally moving on the pitch and understanding instantly his fellow teammates’ intentions has given us a lot of reasons to get excited about Arsenal this season. 

Striker: Jamie Vardy (8.3 Player Rating)

The Englishman has started the season with a big style by scoring two goals in an impressive 3-0 result for The Foxes. The striker who ages like a fine wine is looking again to compete for another Premier League golden boot.

Right Wing: Mohamed Salah (9.1 Player Rating)

The Egyptian has put on a stunning performance versus Leeds. Two penalties and one breath-taking volley have made the agile forward take home the match ball. Ultimately, the game has ended 4-3, and the result has given Klopp’s side a lot to think about before stepping into the next fixture.

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Other impressive performers

Tariq Lamptey: Brighton’s rising star has been a key element in a confrontation against Chelsea. The youngster has made many runs on the right side which ultimately translated to him assisting to Trossard’s fabulous goal.

Timothy Castagne: The Belgian has made his first debut for Leicester, and it was a very successful one. One goal, one clean sheet and nine duels won forecasts a bright season for the right-back.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin: The 23-years-old has scored the only goal leading to Everton’s 1-0 win against Spurs. Luckily for him, he is expected to score plenty of more since Allan, Doucoure and James Rodriguez are now in the side.

James Rodriguez: The Colombian’s debut for Everton was very eye-catching and despite not producing any goal or assist he has given us a foretaste of the magic we are looking forward to this season.

Timo Werner: The German striker has experienced his first Premier League game in which he won a penalty which was very well executed by Jorginho. His fast runs have caught an eye and would produce many good offensive actions.

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West Brom vs Leicester: Predictions, Betting Tips and Odds – West Brom looking to impress in their first clash of the season! (13/09/2020)

Sunday repertoire sees an early game, first this season for newly promoted West Brom and Leicester who will go head to head in a Premier League return.

Event Details

Who is playing?

West Bromwich Albion vs Leicester City

What competition are West Brom and Leicester playing in?

Premier League Matchweek 1

What time does West Brom vs Leicester kick off?

14:00 GMT on Sunday 13th September 2020

Which stadium is hosting West Brom vs Leicester?

The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, United Kingdom

What channel is West Brom vs Leicester on?

Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League

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West Brom vs Leicester Summary

The counting down is over after exactly seven weeks of waiting for Leicester’s side who will face Premier League’s newly promoted West Brom at The Hawthorns on 13th September. The Foxes after finishing 5th last season and qualifying to Europa League should have plenty of reasons to get excited about the new challenges. West Brom got the 2nd place which translated into a very much desired Premier League return after a two-year absence.

West Brom Team News and Form

Slaven Bilic missed Premier League and Premier League missed Bilic. Starting off big is a way to go for the experienced Croatian. When managing West Ham in his debut season, he has won with Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City in the first match weeks and it is now in question If he can pull the same magic with West Brom.

West Brom’s table situation before Championship resumption in June has been looking very good for them. 70 points to their name, one point to 1st Leeds and six points gap between 3rd Fulham has given The Baggies the needed comfort on the home stretch. Ultimately ending in 2nd and guaranteeing the direct promotion to Premier League was what fans have been waiting for two years.

West Brom has finished the previous season as the second most scoring team with 77 goals to their name. The team, however, turned those goals into victories more in away games; they have won 12 away games compared to 10 at home. When talking about victories we can’t say their pre-season, comprising only one clash, had any. They have faced Brighton, and the match ended 0-0.

Since sealing Matheus Pereira on a permanent deal from Sporting and completing a move of very promising Grady Diangana from West Ham, we can expect to some ‘young blood action’ in front of Schmeichel’s goal.

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Leicester Team News and Form

It seems like Leicester has developed from Ranieri’s one season hit from 2015/16 to a well rounded and united team who proved its potential many times last season. Brendan Rodgers took over the team in February 2019 and vaulted from 9th to 5th place; a true validation of his work and the big step for the club.

Last season has started promisingly for The Foxes and If not their drop of form on the home stretch of the season it would be certain to see them back again in Champions League after four years. Now we will see them in a less prestigious competition, Europa League, which still means more fixtures within a single season for the club. The question now is will they achieve to reconcile their European journey with the domestic one.

Away games haven’t been the team’s jam for some time now, they have won only 2 out of the last 10 league games when playing as guests. Pre-season hasn’t been the best for the team either who has been averaging 1.76 GPG in Premier League, as they have scored three goals in three games in which they sealed one win and two draws. Amartey, Albrighton and Dewsbury-Hall were the sole scorers for The Foxes.

Ben Chilwell, one of Leicester’s key man and the player who has been an absolute certain pick for Brendan Rodgers last season, has put a pen to paper on a new contract for Chelsea. The transfer apparently cost The Blues £45.18m which was more than enough to bring a replacement, Timothy Castagne from Atalanta Bergamo. The Belgian is still waiting for his debut.

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West Brom Last 5 Matches (All competitions)

  • Brighton (A) 0-0 Club Friendly draw
  • QPR (H) 2-2 Championship draw
  • Huddersfield (A) 2-1 Championship defeat
  • Fulham (H) 0-0 Championship draw
  • Blackburn Rovers (A) 1-1 Championship draw

 Leicester City Last 5 Matches (All competitions)

  • Blackburn Rovers (H) 1-1 Club Friendly draw
  • Sheffield Wednesday (H) 0-0 Club Friendly draw
  • Birmingham (A) 0-2 Club Friendly win
  • Man Utd (H) 0-2 Premier League defeat
  • Tottenham (A) 3-0 Premier League defeat

Source: SofaScore

Top Goalscorers

West Brom Top 2019/20 Goalscorers:

  • Charlie Austin (10 Championship goals + 2 FA Cup goals) – Since the club has signed no new strikers so far I can see Charlie Austin getting rotated on a number nine position with Robson-Kanu in a Slaven Bilic’s very much favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.
  • Hal Robson-Kanu (10 Championship goals) – Robson-Kanu is a very versatile player who can play on either both wings or up-front, however, it was the number nine position where the Welshman has been placed in 35 out of 40 games last season. However, he hasn’t scored in the last ten games.

Leicester City Top 2019/20 Goalscorers:

  • Jamie Vardy (23 Premier League goals) – It is fair to say the Englishman ages like wonderful wine and despite being 33-years-old, he sealed his first-ever Premier League golden boot last season.
  • Kelechi Iheanacho (5 Premier League goals + 4 EFL Cup goals + 1 FA Cup goal) – The Nigerian has played in 20 Premier League games last season; mostly as a centre forward paired up with Jamie Vardy up-front.

Source: Transfermarkt

Match Facts

  • Slaven Bilic, former West Ham manager, returns to Premier League after three years of absence.
  • Both teams haven’t lost a single game in pre-season.
  • Leicester after finishing 5th will be playing in Europa League this season.
  • West Brom returns to English top-flight after a two-year absence.
  • West Brom has already faced Leicester eight times in Premier League with a record of 2-2-4.

Source: Transfermarkt

Previous Meetings

10th March 2018 WBA 1-4 LEI Premier League
16th October 2017 LEI 1-1 WBA Premier League
19th July 2017 LEI 1-1 WBA Premier League Asia Trophy
29th April 2017 WBA 0-1 LEI Premier League
6th November 2016 LEI 1-2 WBA Premier League

Okan’s Betting Tips

I can’t see Leicester losing in this one. They haven’t lost a single match in pre-season. Leicester or draw is 2/7* with Mark Jarvis.

Four out of the last five clashes between both teams ended with BTTS. BTTS is 8/11* with Mark Jarvis.

Leicester scored over 1.5 goals in 84% of games in Premier League last season. They have won three out of last five confrontations with West Brom. Leicester & Over 1.5 goals is 11/8* with Mark Jarvis.

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Premier League 2020/21 Season Preview: Who are the Premier League title favourites? Who could face the drop? Any big potential surprises?

The waiting is over as Premier League is returning with a brand new season in England. We provide a rundown of the state of play, schedule, players, teams and more…

When is Premier League returning? 

Premier League returns with the respective portion of four matches played on 12th September, starting with London derby between Fulham and Arsenal at 12:30 pm and finishes off with Liverpool vs Leeds at 5:30 pm. The first game week is scheduled to end on 14th September, with Brighton & Hove Albion taking on big-spenders Chelsea.

How are games being scheduled in the league? 

Everything is coming back to normal. Match weeks are scheduled one week apart from each other, mostly on the weekends and Mondays like we were accustomed to before the pandemic. There is no information yet about the mid-week and Friday fixtures. 

What time do games usually kick off in Premier League? 

For now, Saturday games are scheduled to start with one game at 12:30pm, moving on to 3pm games and finishing with the evening game at 5:30pm. Sundays comprise 12pm, 2pm and 4pm matches and Mondays offer 8pm games as usual.

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Who won promotion to the Premier League for the 2020/21 season? 

Leeds United

West Yorkshire club has ended their 19/20 Championship journey on the 1st place and guaranteed their promotion to Premier League after 16 years of absence. The team got also very close to English top-flight in 2018/19 when they have lost in the playoff semifinals to Derby County.

It was a very stressful time for Leeds since the league resumption, as there was only one point separating them from 2nd West Brom breathing down their neck. Fortunately for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, they have won seven out of nine games, which translated into respective 10 point gap between them and West Brom at the season end.

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom has finished 2nd in Championship and it is good news for the fans to see their beloved club back again in Premier League after a two-year absence. West Brom similarly to Leeds got also very close to getting promoted in 2018/19 season. It was, however, Aston Villa who became a better side by sealing a win in penalties in the playoff semifinals.

The battle over 1st place was between Leeds and West Brom in the last fixtures of the season, leaving rest of the pack below 2nd. Brentford was one of the Slaven Bilic’s side biggest threat in the last nine fixtures; The Bees have registered 24 points out of a possible 27 and finished only two points below West Brom.


The famous Cottagers didn’t wait too long to get a Premier League promotion after their short one-year absence. They have finished 4th in Championship and battled their way up in in the playoffs. They have faced dangerous Brentford in the final where they sealed a late win thanks to Joe Bryan’s crucial two goals in extra time.

Fulham after Championship resumption has been sitting in 3rd with five points above the 7th place leaving the team a bit of comfort in the race for desired Premier League promotion. Ultimately 17 points from nine games got them into 4th place and since they have won the playoffs, we will see them back again in the English top-flight.

Which teams were relegated from Premier League last season? 


Eddie Howe’s romantic journey with The Cherries has ended after Bournemouth finished 19th and got relegated back to Championship after five years. The Englishman took over the club in 2012/13 and three seasons later got the team promoted from League One to Premier League. Jason Tindall, the former assistant manager, is now the person in charge of the team.

Bournemouth has been a textbook mid-table team during their 5-year Premier League journey. They have, however, suffered a major setback this season, mainly in the second half by winning only three games until the end of the season. Mission Premier League would be still alive, If not Aston Villa’s crucial draw in the last fixture leaving Bournemouth one point behind, despite them having a better goal difference.


Watford after an exciting 5-year journey in Premier League gets relegated to Championship after finishing 19th this last season. The Hornets similarly to Bournemouth have been one step away from maintaining in Premier League for another season by registering 34 points, but having a worse goal difference.

The fixtures haven’t helped The Hornets. They have played the likes of Leicester, Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal since the league resumption. They have faced The Gunners in the last fixture and despite getting close to defeating the Arteta’s side; they have lost 3-2 which ultimately redounded to them getting relegated to Championship.

Norwich City

Many had already written the Canaries off before their Premier League journey began last season, despite very good first impressions. The club was, at first sight, seen as a new almighty underdog to mess with a big boys’ club. Giving a hard time to Chelsea, winning with Man City in the first weeks have given us a lot of reasons to get excited for Norwich. Teemu Pukki’s hat-trick in the second game week and six goals overall in the first five matches for the Finn has made us respect the team even more.

Unfortunately, Norwich’s flirtatious relation with Premier League has quickly become a blurry memory from the past after suffering a major setback. Once thought as Leicester’s successor was now battling their way through Premier League’s reality. Ultimately, the club has ended way below any expectations on 20th place with 21 points to their name. The question now is how long will it take to see The Canaries back again in the English top-flight.

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Who won the Premier League title last season? 

Liverpool has finally put an end to their 30-year run without the league title by sealing a very much desired Premier League trophy for the first time in the club’s history. An enormous 17 points difference between them and 2nd Man City is only a validation of their incredible journey last season. 

What Premier League records have Liverpool set in 2019/20 season?

  • Registering 25-point-lead, the biggest ever in the English top-flight history
  • Claiming earliest title win, 7 matches before the end of the Premier League season
  • Setting a record of 24 consecutive Premier League home wins
  • Setting a record of 104 points from 38 Premier League games
  • Reaching the fastest 30th win in a single season; Liverpool needed only 34 matches to achieve that
  • Registering 79 points from the first 27 games, the most among Europe’s top five leagues
  • Equaling 18 home wins in a single Premier League season
  • Equaling 32 wins in a single season set by Man City in 2017/18 and 2018/19

Source: Premier League

What were the talking points from the 2019/20 Premier League season? 

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Team Previews

Arsenal (19/20 – 8th in Premier League)

After 25 consecutive years of finishing in top six, Arsenal had a horrible season finishing 8th. However, there is plenty of optimism under new boss Mikel Arteta and the club has been busy so far in the transfer window. They have strengthened their defence with Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille and now have William Saliba from Saint-Etienne this season.

They have also sealed experienced Brazilian Willian for free from Chelsea and yet again loaned Dani Ceballos until 30th June 2021. I can see Arsenal get back fighting for their European spot in the top six next season.

Aston Villa (19/20 – 17th in Premier League)

Aston Villa has been one point away from getting relegated back to Championship, but fortunately for The Lions, they have finished 17th and will play in the English top-flight for at least another season. For now, they have welcomed only one new signing, English right-back Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest.

If they want to avoid a re-run from 2019/20, they should certainly consider strengthening a team with some more new transfers. I consider Aston Villa as one candidate to get relegated.

Brighton Hove & Albion (19/20 – 15th in Premier League)

Brighton has finished 15th this season and since their first-ever promotion to Premier League in 2017/18, they haven’t been able to finish above 15th. They have respectively drawn 1-1 with Chelsea and 0-0 with West Brom in pre-season. They have achieved to keep Ben White in the club after his one-year journey on loan in Leeds and to sign Adam Lallana from Liverpool and Joel Veltman from Ajax. 

I can see Brighton finally finishing above 15th in Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.

Burnley (19/20 – 10th in Premier League)

Finishing 10th with only six points from qualifying to European Cups is a solid achievement for Burnley. The club has only signed a goalkeeper Will Norris as an alternative for Nick Pope since Joe Hart leaving to Spurs. Jeff Hendrick after becoming free agent has also left the club and joined Newcastle United. It is also possible to see one of the fan’s favourites, James Tarkowski, to leave this transfer window following West Ham’s and Leicester’s enormous interest in the centre-back.

Considering the club’s current transfer philosophy, I can’t imagine them to finish again 10th or above.

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Chelsea (19/20 – 3rd in Premier League)

The Blues have finished 4th with only goal difference separating them from 3rd Man Utd. The club has gone big on the spending after their one-year transfer ban. Signings of experienced Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have cost the club approximately £150m.

The expectations from the club and the new arrivals will be high and I believe top four spot should be the least for the team stuffed with that many quality players.

Crystal Palace (19/20 – 14th in Premier League)

Crystal Palace has finished in 14th, ordinarily for the mid-table team who has been back to back finishing around 10th and 15th place since 2013/14 season. The signing of 22 years old Eberechi Eze from QPR should strengthen the club’s offensive as the team has been lacking with alternatives upfront.

Crystal Palace has also sealed an exciting prospect, Nathan Ferguson, from West Brom for free who is believed to be Aaron Wan Bissaka’s successor. I expect Crystal Palace to finish around mid-table and relegation zone.

Everton (19/20 – 12th in Premier League)

After three years Everton has yet again finished below top half in 12th place, which is not what we expect from the club of this size. For now, Carlo Ancelotti has welcomed Allan from Napoli, who is believed to add a lot of quality in the middle. James Rodriguez from Real Madrid and Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford have also joined the Toffees.

Everton has let Leighton Baines go on retirement after a memorable 13 years with the club. I can see Everton finishing in the top 10, however, it would be hard for them to achieve anything above 9th place.

Fulham (19/20 – 4th in EFL Championship)

The Cottagers have waited only one year to be welcomed back to Premier League after sealing promotion in the Championship playoffs. The club has completed the transfers of Anthony Knockaert from Brighton, Antonee Robinson from Wigan and stripped Southampton of Harrison Reed for 9m euros and Mario Lemina on loan.

I can see history repeat itself, with Fulham getting relegated after only one season in the English top-flight.

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Leeds United (19/20 – 1st EFL Championship)

Marcelo Bielsa’s side has ended 1st in Championship and got promoted to Premier League after 16 years of absence. The club has been pretty busy this transfer window so far. They have signed Rodrigo from Valencia for a huge £30m. Also joining the Yorkshire club includes Helder Costa from Wolves, Robin Koch from Freiburg, and Illan Mesler from Lorient.

18 years old Joe Gerhardt from Wigan and Jack Harrison from Man City on a season-long loan. I expect Leeds to finish in a mid-table spot with the potential to become a dark horse of this season, giving hard time to top clubs.

Leicester City (19/20 – 5th in Premier League)

The Foxes have had an amazing season after finishing 5th and getting close to the top four. Because of the Europa League, the club has quickly filled a gap with Timothy Castagne from Atalanta after Ben Chilwell’s transfer to Chelsea. They have also linked Leicester with a big prospect Wesley Fofana and James Tarkowski from Burnley in the last days. 

I can’t see Leicester finishing again in top six with all the additional Europa League fixtures this season. I think a solid top half finish is most likely for the Foxes.

Liverpool (19/20 – 1st in Premier League)

The current Premier League champions should have plenty of reasons to be excited. However, no significant transfers have been made, apart from signing of the left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas from Olympiacos. The fan favourite Salah-Lovren club bromance has ended after Croatian getting moved to Zenit, whilst Adam Lallana has gone to Brighton.

Barcelona are set to sign Georginio Wijnaldum, which could happen before the end of this transfer window.  I don’t think Liverpool will yet again register such an outstanding season, therefore could see them finishing below Manchester City.

Manchester City (19/20 – 2nd in Premier League)

Man City has finished 2nd and is looking forward to sealing a championship this time around. Pep Guardiola’s side has been strengthened with the new signings of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth and three prospects: Ferran Torres, Yan Couto and Issa Kabore. In the opposite direction, Leroy Sane has changed Man City for Bayern for just £40m.

Legend David Silva has gone to Real Sociedad after his 10-year journey with the club, and Claudio Bravo has strengthened Real Betis for free. I see Man City as the strongest candidate to seal a championship this season and close the gap on Liverpool.

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Manchester United (19/20 – 4th in Premier League)

Man Utd has finished 3rd last season. Donny van de Beek who has completed his move from Ajax was the only transfer made for the Red Devils so far. Since Dean Henderson’s amazing season in Sheffield United, the No.1 spot in goal will now settle between the Englishman and David de Gea.

Alexis Sanchez has left the club on a free transfer by joining Inter Milan and Tahith Chong strengthened Werder Bremen on a season-long loan. I can see Man Utd finishing in top4 and even shockingly outperforming clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea by achieving 2nd place.

Newcastle United (19/20 – 13th in Premier League)

Newcastle has finished 13th for the second consecutive season. Despite the sale of the club falling through, the Toon have signed Jeff Hendrick from Burnley, but it is Callum Wilson’s transfer from Bournemouth that has been on everyone’s lips these last days. With the help of the Englishman, Steve Bruce expects to resolve once and for all the club’s number nine position.

With the addition of Ryan Fraser, also from Bournemouth, I can see Newcastle finishing more or less in the same position as in 2019/20.

Sheffield United (19/20 – 9th in Premier League)

Sheffield United has been remarkable this season. Not only they have finished 9th, but they have also shown their great defensive potential along the season. Since Dean Henderson’s departure, the club has filled the gap with Aaron Ramsdale in goal from relegated Bournemouth. The club has also signed a Derby County duo Joyden Bogle and Max Lowe on a four-year deal and Ethan Ampadu from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal.

It would come as a surprise if the Blades register yet again such an amazing season. I can see them finish between 10th and 15th place this time around.

Southampton (19/20 – 11th in Premier League)

The Saints with the season’s biggest surprise Danny Ings in front, who has been placed 2nd in a golden boot race, have finished respectively 11th last season. The club has sealed Kyle Walker-Peters on a definitive transfer from Spurs this time, and 21 years old Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid who is believed to give the team more comfort on a centre-back position.

Southampton will play without Hojbjerg, Reed and Yoshida since their departures this summer. I think Southampton’s potential is big enough to seal a top half spot. However, it would be a difficult goal to achieve.

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Tottenham Hotspur (19/20 – 6th in Premier League)

Spurs after sacking Mauricio Pochettino on 19th November hired Jose Mourinho and progressed from 14th to 6th, which means we will see the Londoners in Europa League this season. They have strengthened the team with Matt Doherty from Wolves, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton and Joe Hart from Burnley.

Jan Vertonghen has, however, left the club and continued his career in Benfica. I can see Spurs finishing in the top six this season.

West Bromwich Albion (19/20 – 2nd in EFL Championship)

West Brom is the last out of the three new Premier League promoted teams after finishing 2nd in Championship last season. The club has completed the transfer of Matheus Pereira by giving the Brazilian a 4-year contract after his season-long loan with The Baggies. One of the West Ham’s biggest prospects, Grady Diangana, has also completed a move to West Brom from West Ham.

Sadly Nathan Ferguson’s has departed to Crystal Palace on a free transfer; they see the Englishman as a huge prospect. I can see West Brom finishing in the relegation zone. However, the team has the potential to battle their way through.

West Ham United (19/20 – 16th – Premier League)

West Ham has finished 16th and got close to getting relegated to Championship. Their transfer shenanigans have seen no new arrivals, besides the definitive transfer of Tomas Soucek from Slavia Praha. The club has let go of the very prospective winger Grady Diangana, which has been criticised by the fans and the team in the last days. The likes of Albian Ajeti, Jordan Hugill, Roberto, Carlos Sanchez and ex-Man City player Pablo Zabaleta have also left the club this summer. 

I can see West Ham having a hard time to deal with the Premier League reality for yet another season, but ultimately finishing more or less in the same position.

Wolverhampton Wanderers (19/20 – 7th in Premier League)

Wolves got very close to qualifying to Europa for another consecutive season by finishing 7th with only a little goal difference separating them from 6th Spurs. They have made a club-record signing of 18-year-old Fabio Silva for 40m euros from Porto and additionally filled a gap with Marcal from Lyon after Matt Doherty’s departure to Spurs.

Helder Costa who has been on a season-long loan with Leeds has now completed a definitive transfer to The Whites. I can see Wolves easily sealing top half finish once again and likely qualify for the Europa League again.

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Who are the favourites to win the 2020/21 Premier League?

  • Manchester City – 9/11*
  • Liverpool – 9/4*
  • Chelsea – 9/1*
  • Manchester United – 14/1*

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Sevilla vs Inter: Predictions, Betting Tips and Odds – Incredible Sevilla to lift sixth Europa League trophy? (21/08/2020)

Friday night thrill sees five-time UEL champion Sevilla face an extremely dangerous Inter in the ultimate stage of the tournament. Okan Iskin looks ahead to this exciting clash in Cologne, having landed four tips in his last three games.

Event Details

Who is playing?

Sevilla FC vs Inter Milan

What competition are Sevilla and Inter playing in?

UEFA Europa League Final

What time is kick-off between Sevilla and Inter?

20:00 BST on Friday 21st August 2020

Which stadium is hosting Sevilla vs Inter?

RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany

What channel is Sevilla vs Inter on?

BT Sport 1

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Sevilla vs Inter Summary

A long-awaited night is just moments away as Europa League reaches its peak with Sevilla vs Inter clash in the ultimate stage of the tournament this Friday. The Spaniards have very much familiarised themselves with these competitions as they have lifted the trophy five times in the past. The Italians, on the other hand, have been waiting 10 years already, therefore they won’t give up that easily.

Sevilla has overcome this year’s biggest UEL title candidate Man Utd in a suspenseful 2-1 win. It was a late goal from Luuk de Jong in the 78th minute that gave the Spaniards promotion to the final. Inter unlike to Sevilla has absolutely shattered their opponent Shakhtar into pieces in a striking 5-0 win. It was Lukaku-Lautaro monstrous duet who has scored four goals in this thrilling clash. We might yet again see them put on a show in the final.

This is the ultimate stage of the Europa League in which the official winner of the tournament will be revealed. Next and last stage will be UEFA Super Cup where Sevilla or Inter will face Champions League winner at Puskas Arena in Budapest on 24th September.

Sevilla Team News and Form

Sevilla is looking forward to adding the sixth UEFA Europa League to their trophy cabinet. The last time they achieved that was in 2015/16 season, and it’s fair to say the Spaniards will give their best to repeat this. The season has ended very well for the team, ending 4th in the league and qualifying to Champions League next season is something worth celebrating. The question now is will Sevilla spoil themselves with Europa League trophy.

The Spaniards have been unbeaten in 20 games in all competitions so far. They have kept six clean sheets in their last 10 matches. They have overall missed scoring only twice in this year’s Europa League edition, however, considering them facing Inter, this shouldn’t be the easiest task this time. One of the best sides of Sevilla is their defence. They have been averaging only 0.45 goals conceded per game and not too shabby 1.82 GPG.

Lucas Ocampos is still doubtful before this game, after he picked up a knock in the second half against Man Utd in semi-finals.

Inter Team News and Form

Inter Milan have been unbelievable this season under Antonio Conte. Having ended 2nd in Serie A, reaching Coppa Italia semi-finals and the Europa League final is a great achievement for the team and the manager’s first season. The Italians have proved their force under Conte and would be considered as one candidate for Serie A triumph next season.

The famous Nerazzurri have also registered an impressive run; being unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions so far. Four out of five times they were the team to score the first goal in the game in Europa League. What strikes me the most is their offensive power; they have been averaging a mouth-watering 2.60 GPG in the competition so far. Similarly to Sevilla, they have also a rock-solid defence with them conceding only 0.40 goals per game.

Inter will play without the like of Matias Vecino because of his knee injury. Alexis Sanchez is still doubtful before the game because of his thigh causing a problem.

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Sevilla Last 5 Matches (All competitions)

  • Man Utd (N) 2-1 Europa League win
  • Wolves (N) 1-0 Europa League win
  • Roma (N) 2-0 Europa League win
  • Valencia (H) 1-0 La Liga win
  • Real Sociedad (A) 0-0 La Liga draw

Inter Last 5 Matches (All competitions)

  • Shakhtar (N) 5-0 Europa League win
  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen (N) 2-1 Europa League win
  • Getafe (N) 2-0 Europa League win
  • Atalanta (A) 2-0 Serie A win
  • Napoli (H) 2-0 Serie A win

Source: Flashscore

Top Goalscorers

Sevilla Top Goalscorers

  • Lucas Ocampos (14 La Liga goals + 1 Europa League goal) – The Argentinian has started every game in the Knockout Stage and has been a very important asset to Sevilla’s offence so far. Last time he scored was against Wolves in quarter-finals.
  • Munir El-Haddadi (5 La Liga goals + 5 Europa League goals) – The Spaniard has been more considered as a super-sub at this stage of the game. Nevertheless, he is the one who scored the most goals for Sevilla in Europa League this season.

Inter Top Goalscorers

  • Romelu Lukaku (23 Serie A goals + 8 European goals) – The Belgian striker has hit the net twice when playing against Shakhtar in the semi-finals last time out. Ever since joining Inter from Man Utd he has been essential from Antonio Conte in front.
  • Lautaro Martinez (19 Serie A goals + 7 European goals) – Lukaku’s transfer has created a new era for the Argentinian. Numbers don’t lie as he contributed to the team’s 28 goals in all competitions this season. He has also scored two goals in the last game against Shakhtar.

Source: Transfermarkt

Match Facts

  • Sevilla have won Europa League trophy three times in the past decade.
  • Both Julen Lopetegui and Antonio Conte have never won Europa League. It would be a delightful addition to their trophy cabinet.
  • Both teams, no matter of the result of this final, will play in Champions League next season.

Source: Transfermarkt

Previous Meetings

This is the first time both teams will face each other.

Okan’s Betting Tips

Sevilla is unbeaten in 20 games and Inter in 11 games. However, it is the Italians who come up as a better opponent in this clash. Inter or Draw is 3/10* with Mark Jarvis.

Four out of five times they were the team to score the first goal in the game in Europa League. Inter Milan first to score is  4/5* with Mark Jarvis.

Lukaku has finished Serie A season as the club’s top-scorer with 23 goals. He has also scored in every Europa League game this season so far. Romelu Lukaku anytime scorer is 6/5* with Mark Jarvis.


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Lyon vs Bayern: Predictions, Betting Tips and Odds – Impressive Lyon to go against the odds one more time? (19/08/2020)

It’s the second out of the two semi-finals held this mid-week where the underdog Olympique Lyon face the Bundesliga title holders Bayern at Estadio Jose Alvalade. Okan Iskin looks ahead to this exciting clash in Lisbon, having landed five out of his last nine tips. 

Event Details

Who is playing?

Olympique Lyonnais vs Bayern Munich

What competition are Lyon and Bayern playing in?

UEFA Champions League Semi Final

What time is kick-off between Lyon and Bayern?

20:00 GMT on Wednesday 19th August 2020

Which stadium is hosting Lyon vs Bayern?

Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal

What channel is Lyon vs Bayern on?

BT Sport 1

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Lyon vs Bayern Summary

History repeats itself as Lyon faces Bayern again in Champions League semi-finals after 10 years. Considering all the matches being played as a straight knockout round, this should be a splendid spectacle in which the second finalist will be revealed.

There’s plenty of reason to get excited before this huge clash. With Bayern looking to add the third trophy to their name this season and Lyon being an underdog and eliminating big deals like Juventus or Man City on their way to glory; this should be an absolute Festival for the eyes.

The winner of this clash will face either RB Leipzig or PSG in the Champions League final.

Lyon Team News and Form

Unfortunately, Lyon has finished this season on the 7th place since Ligue 1 has ended fixtures in March and not resume them in June. This means the French side won’t qualify to the European Cups next season If they do not seal this year’s Champions League, which has never happened before in the club’s history.

The famous Les Gones have already eliminated Juventus in a two-legged tie and devastated Guardiola’s men in an impressive 3-1 win. They have scored two late goals within the last 15 minutes of regular time against Man City last time out. The team doesn’t present any outstanding statistics as they concede 1.22 goals per game and are averaging a mediocre 1.56 GPG. They have kept only two clean sheets so far and nothing should change when facing the offensive brilliancy of Bayern Munich.

Luckily for Olympique Lyon, they have no reported injuries which should be good news for the team aspiring and dreaming of the first Champions League trophy.

Bayern Team News and Form

Bayern Munich has absolutely dominated Bundesliga as they have finished 1st with 13 points gap to 2nd Borussia Dortmund. Not only that, but they have also won DFB Pokal and are looking forward to sealing yet another trophy this season. This should not be a tough task considering the German side being the strongest candidate to lift this year’s Champions League trophy on 23rd August 2020.

This is the last test for Bayern before the ultimate finals. They have already demolished Barcelona and Chelsea by scoring striking 15 goals in just three matches. They have been the first team to score against their oppositions in the knockout stages so far. Overall, the team have registered the highest in the history of Champions League 4.33 GPG and has conceded eight goals in nine matches so far.

Bayern Munich will play without the like of Benjamin Pavard because of his ligament injury, which should not be a problem as Joshua Kimmich is Hans-Dieter Flick’s first choice on the right-back position.

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Lyon Last 5 Matches (All competitions)

  • Man City (N) 3-1 Champions League win
  • Juventus (A) 2-1 Champions League defeat
  • PSG (A) 0-0 Coupe de la Ligue defeat (penalties)
  • Gent (A) 3-2 Club friendly win
  • Celtic (H) 2-1 Club friendly win

Bayern Last 5 Matches (All competitions)

  • Barcelona (N) 8-2 Champions League win
  • Chelsea (H) 4-1 Champions League win
  • Marseille (H) 1-0 Friendly win
  • Bayer Leverkusen (A) 4-2 Bundesliga win
  • Wolfsburg (A) 4-0 Bundesliga win

Source: SofaScore

Top Goalscorers

Lyon Top Goalscorers:

  • Moussa Dembele (16 Ligue 1 goals + 2 Champions League goals) – The French striker was one hero of the last clash against Man City. He has scored two goals and sealed a win for his team.
  • Memphis Depay (9 Ligue 1 goals + 6 Champions League goals) – The former Man Utd player has been a very important part of the squad up front since joining Lyon in 2017. Last time he scored was against Juventus in the round of 16.

Bayern Top Goalscorers:

  • Robert Lewandowski (34 Bundesliga goals + 14 Champions League goals) – The Polish forward has scored in every Champions League game this season so far. He is the tournament’s current leader with 14 goals to his name.
  • Serge Gnabry (12 Bundesliga goals + 7 Champions League goals) – The German winger has also redounded to Bayern’s outstanding 8-2 victory against Barca by scoring one goal and recording one assist. He has been a very important and impactful part of the squad ever since joining Bayern in 2017.

Source: Transfermarkt

Match Facts

  • Robert Lewandowski has currently 14 goals to his name and is only three goals away from tying the Champions League record set by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2013/14 season.
  • Bayern Munich has currently the best goals per game ratio in a single Champions League season (4.33). The second place in this qualification belongs to Real Madrid with tremendously lower 3.15 GPG which was set in the 2013/14 season.
  • Hans-Dieter Flick has already won DFB Pokal and Bundesliga in his managerial season debut in Bayern and could add first-ever Champions League title to his short trophy list.
  • Rudi Garcia has never won Champions League trophy in his managerial career.
  • The last time Lyon has reached Champions League semi-finals was one decade ago when they have also faced Bayern Munich. Unfortunately, it was the German side who progressed to the ultimate stage of the tournament.

Source: Transfermarkt

Previous Meetings

27th April 2010 LYO 0-3 BAY Champions League
21st April 2010 BAY 1-0 LYO Champions League
10th December 2008 LYO 2-3 BAY Champions League
30th September 2008 BAY 1-1 LYO Champions League
5th November 2003 BAY 1-2 LYO Champions League

Okan’s Betting Tips

I certainly consider Bayern after demolishing every opponent on their way as the most plausible winner of this year’s Champions League. They have been averaging an outstanding record of 4.33 GPG whilst Lyon 1.56 GPG. Bayern and Over 1.5 goals is 1/3* with Mark Jarvis.

Lyon has missed scoring only once in Champions League this season whilst Bayern hasn’t gone blank so far. BTTS has happened six out of nine times for Lyon and five out of nine for Bayern in Champions League. Both teams to score is 8/11* with Mark Jarvis.

The Polish man in front has scored in every Champions League game this season. He achieved to hit the net two or more times in three out of eight games played so far. Lewandowski two or more goals is 7/5* with Mark Jarvis.

Lyon Bayern Tips

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Sevilla vs Man Utd: Predictions, Betting Tips and Odds – Can Ole’s fearless men beat the most titled Europa League side? (16/08/2020)

It’s an exciting Sunday night-action and nothing is certain at this point as Sevilla face Man Utd in Europa League semi-finals at Esprit Arena. Okan Iskin looks ahead to this match in Dusseldorf, having landed five of his last nine betting tips.

Event Details

Who is playing?

Sevilla FC vs Manchester United

What competition are Sevilla and Man Utd playing in?

UEFA Europa League Semi Final

What time is kick-off between Sevilla and Man Utd?

20:00 GMT on Sunday 16th August 2020

Which stadium is Sevilla vs Man Utd being held?

Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany

What channel is Sevilla vs Man Utd on?

BT Sport 1

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Sevilla vs Man Utd Summary

Sevilla after defeating Wolves in quarter-finals now progresses to semi-finals in which they will face yet another English team, this time Man Utd. Both sides are certainly very much familiarised with Europa League as they have won 4 titles combined in the past decade; Sevilla lifted the trophy three times whilst Man Utd only once in 2016/17 season. Although considering this being a straight knockout round, we should expect both sides sweat blood to once again experience the Europa League ultimate stage.

Both teams have already faced each other in Europa League, however, it was Man Utd at that time who came as a weaker opponent and lost 2-1 in a two-legged tie. The question now is will sharply looking Red Devils redeem themselves for their past or not.

The winner of the upcoming Sunday night-action will face Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk in the final in Cologne on 21st August. This isn’t their first rodeo either, as both teams have already seen Europa League glory in the past.

Sevilla Team News and Form

As a team who finished 4th in La Liga with a 10 points gap to 5th Villareal, this was a very successful season. When speaking of the Europa League, the things couldn’t have been better. The Spaniards have been back to back putting on impressive performances and nothing seemed to change since the season resumption in June; they haven’t lost a single game and have eliminated 2-0 Roma and later on 1-0 Wolverhampton from Europa League.

Sevilla has not only been unbeaten for straight 19 consecutive games but also haven’t lost a single goal in the last five matches. They have produced an impressive statistic in Europa League by averaging 1.80 GPG and only 0.40 conceded per game. Results like 0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 have happened frequently for the Spaniards – in 60% of the games so far in Europa League – but considering Man Utd being an enormous threat, this shouldn’t be an easy form to maintain. We also know sevilla for their rock-solid defence; they have kept a clean sheet in 70% of the games in Europa League so far.

Fortunately for Sevilla, there have been no reports saying about squad injuries or suspensions, besides Nemanja Gudelj who tested positive for coronavirus before the game against Wolverhampton. I expect Sevilla to play with the similar starting lineup to the one we saw against Roma or Wolves.

Man Utd Team News and Form

Man Utd has had one of the best seasons so far in years. Finishing in 3rd and getting qualified to Champions League should be a joyful moment for Red Devils. They also had After an exhausting 120 minutes against Copenhagen the team will face yet another obstacle in the form of Sevilla side before their reach very much craved Europa League final.

The red side of Manchester has ended their Premier League season with an impressive unbeaten run in 14 games. Since the football resumption in June, they have scored 30 goals and conceded approximately 0.85 goals per game. They should come up as a stronger side in the game against Sevilla; they have registered an impressive 2.18 GPG and kept clean sheets in 73% of the games so far in Europa League.

United have not included Phil Jones nor Luke Shaw to the squad for further stages of Europa League because of injuries. Fortunately, Brandon Williams has been solidly covering for Luke Shaw’s absence on the left-back position. I expect Man Utd to play similar starting lineup to the one we saw against Copenhagen with maybe some slight changes in midfield.

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Sevilla Last 5 Matches (All competitions)

  • Wolves (N) 1-0 Europa League win
  • Roma (N) 2-0 Europa League win
  • Valencia (H) 1-0 La Liga win
  • Real Sociedad (A) 0-0 La Liga draw
  • RCD Mallorca (H) 2-0 La Liga win

Man Utd Last 5 Matches (All competitions)

  • Copenhagen (N) 1-0 Europa League win
  • LASK (H) 2-1 Europa League win
  • Leicester (A) 0-2 Premier League win
  • West ham (H) 1-1 Premier League draw
  • Chelsea (N) 1-3 FA Cup defeat


Top Goalscorers

Sevilla Top Goalscorers:

  • Lucas Ocampos (14 La Liga goals + 1 Europa League goal) – The Argentinian seems to found himself under the wing of Julen Lopetegui since moving from Marseille in June 2019. A very important part for the Spaniards this season whose late goal against Wolverhampton has secured Sevilla a promotion to the semi-finals.
  • Munir El-Haddadi (5 La Liga goals + 5 Europa League goals) – Once one of the biggest Barcelona prospects, now a Sevilla player. The Spaniard is a versatile player and can play either on the wing or as a No.9 in front. He has contributed massively to Sevilla in Europa League so far by scoring five goals and recording one assist.

Man Utd Top Goalscorers:

  • Anthony Martial (17 Premier League goals + 4 Europa League goals) – The Frenchman scored a goal against LASK in the Round of 16 and was one of the best on the pitch for Man Utd against Copenhagen.
  • Marcus Rashford (17 Premier League goals + 1 Europa League goal) – English forward and one of Ole’s favourite has been very crucial and impactful on Man Utd finishing in 3rd this season. Most commonly playing as a left-winger has created many opportunities for his fellow teammates as well as caused big havoc for defenders with his outstanding speed.


Match Facts

  • Sevilla finished 19/20 La Liga season in 4th place, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stage for the sixth time. 
  • Man Utd finished in 3rd place and secured a spot in Champions League next season after winning against Leicester City in the last Premier League fixture.
  • Sevilla have won the most titles (5) in Europa League history
  • The last time Man Utd played against Spanish side was on 16th April 2019 when they lost 4-0 in a two-legged tie against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.
  • Both Julen Lopetegui and Ole Gunnar Solskjær haven’t won neither Europa League nor Champions League in their managerial careers.

Source: Transfermarkt

Previous Meetings

13th March 2018 MUN 1-2 SEV Champions League
21st February 2018 SEV 0-0 MUN Champions League

Okan’s betting tips

Man Utd has drawn once in the group stage and now against Copenhagen in the first 90 minutes. They would have also drawn against LASK If not the late goal from Martial in 88th minute. Man Utd or Draw is 4/11* with Mark Jarvis.

The last confrontation between both sides has ended 2-1 where all three goals have been scored in the second half. Also, 68% of Man Utd’s goals and 64% of Sevilla’s goals have been scored after the first 45 minutes in Europa League this season. 2nd half with the most goals is 11/10* with Mark Jarvis.

Bruno Fernandes is the number one pick for Man Utd in scoring penalties. Moreover, the Portuguese midfielder was the sole goalscorer against Copenhagen last time out. Bruno Fernandes anytime scorer is 9/5* with Mark Jarvis.

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*Odds as of the time of writing (Friday 14th August) and subject to change.

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