Arsenal and Chelsea have offered us an incredible Premier League match at the Emirates (2-2) a week ago and are already setting the stage this week, as part of the EFL Cup first-leg semi-final. Dominating but unhappy in the last derby, the Gunners know that everything will be different at Stamford Bridge where the Blues have only lost once in their last 16 outings. Swept (4-2) of the FA Cup a few days ago at Nottingham Forrest, the Gunners will have to hang on to bring a positive result from their neighbor London. The tension will be huge this Wednesday: will we have a winner?
Gunners and Blues split on a parity score last week at the Emirates after a match dominated by Wenger’s men.
Arsenal had brought a 0-0 Stamford Bridge this season in the league.
Arsenal lost at Nottingham Forrest this weekend in the FA Cup (defeat 4-2) but Chelsea, remained silent at Norwich (0-0) did not do much better …
The Gunners have only been beaten in 3 of their last 10 trips in all competitions.
Arsenal has done more than compete with Chelsea last week at the Emirates in the league (2-2) and seems to be able to take an option on the final of this EFL Cup by bringing back at least one draw from Stamford Bridge. The rating of a victory of the Blues is too low: we try the double chance N2.
In the French League Cup, today we play a match for the quarter-finals, with a single race, which sees Nice and Monaco in front. The hosts, after a disappointing start to the season, are going up the slope and in the championship thanks to a series of positive results, they have conquered the sixth place and are fighting for Europe. In the previous round, they eliminated the Lille, winning on penalties. The guests, however, in the league always maintain the second place in the standings, even if very detached from the leaders PSG, which currently has a good nine points ahead. In the previous round, in this event, they eliminated the Caen at home, without too many problems. The winner of this competition will face, in the semi-final, one between Rennes and Toulouse.
We are convinced to see a fun game between two teams that will try at all costs to win (potentially the semi-final is within reach for both).
In the Scottish Championship, today we play a race valid for the twentieth day of the season, which sees the field fall Inverness and Falkirk. The hosts are currently seventh with twenty-four points (twenty-two goals scored and twenty-three suffered); in the last five days they have obtained only two victories and a draw, remaining only seven lengths of advantage just by the guests who, with the ninth position held today (seventeen points, eighteen goals scored and thirty suffered), would be forced to play the playoffs for play the permanence in the second series. In the last five days the Falkirk has won twice and tied one.
Even if the 6-1 that Falkirk has send at Dundee could make you think otherwise (the guests played without stimulation, given the position), we definitely favored the Inverness for the final victory.
Odds: 1x quoted 1.24
In the Welsh Premier League today there is a race valid for the twenty-first day of the championship, penultimate of the regular season, between Newtown and Cardiff Metropolitan. The hosts, are currently noni in the standings with twenty-one points, obtained thanks to six wins and three draws (twenty-six goals scored and thirty-three suffered), with one foot already in the play out relegation that seem to be inevitable. The guests, however, thanks to the thirty-five points obtained (ten wins and five draws, thirty-one goals scored and fourteen suffered), have already mathematically obtained the chance to play the playoff that will establish the winner of the title and the grid of the teams that will play preliminaries of the European Cups.
Cardiff is on top of the Newtown and the desire to gain a better position in the playoff grid will be a further stimulus to do well today.
Odds: x2 1.40
Malaga is slightly favorite this evening, according to the odds offered by betting agencies, its main advantage being its own ground, where supporters can play an important role. “White-Blue” have a poor track record in the current championship edition, considering that it is currently in the “basement” of the rankings, ranking more accurately in the 19th position, being five points in the 17th place, the last one is saved from the relegation, deportivo La Coruna, who has an extra match. Michel’s team has accumulated only 11 points in the 17 stages so far, managing three wins and two draws, losing 12 times in these matches with 13 goals, receiving not less than 31. The last two championship matches were not auspicious for Malaga, both ending in defeat, losing Real Betis on his own home first, being defeated by Deportivo Alaves on the move. Juan Carlos Perez will miss the host, he is injured, and Adrian Gonzales is also unavailable due to a suspension.
• PROBABLE TEAM: Jimenez – Gonzalez, Baysse, Hernandez, Rosales – Castro, Iturra, Recio, Keko – Penaranda, Baston
Espanyol on the other side, is ranked second in bookmakers, as value is close to his opponent, but is disadvantaged by the fact that he will move away on a field that he has not lost since 2011. The Catalan group she can not boast of great developments in the current La Liga, at the moment being at the bottom of the rankings, occupying more precisely the 15th position, being at five points of the “red” area. The team coached by Quique Sánchez Flores has accumulated 20 points so far in 17 stages with five victories and a lot of draws, suffered seven defeats, matches in which he scored 14 times, receiving 21 goals. In the championship, the “white-blue” come after a win on home ground in front of Atletico Madrid, thus knocking the first success after three stages. Espanyol has no real problems, and tonight has the opportunity to send the best 11 in the field.
• PROBABLE TEAM: Pau Lopez – Martin, Duarte, Hermoso, Javi Lopez – Fuego, David Lopez – Garcia, Darder, Baptistao – Moreno
Today’s match is balanced, the winner is hard to predict, so we will avoid bets on the soloists and we will bet on the gap, at least two being enough to make a profit.
Prediction Today: Malaga – Espanyol: Over 1.5 goals
Prediction: Malaga – Espanyol: Both to score