Bulgaria vs North Macedonia

Bulgaria will welcome North Macedonia to the Ludogorets Arena in Razgrad for the first fixture of their 2022-23 UEFA Nations League campaign on Thursday.

The hosts have won each of their last three matches on home soil, scoring seven goals during this period, while the visitors have only lost one of their last five games on the road, scoring 12 goals in the process.

Bulgaria are still waiting for their first World Cup appearance this century after they failed to qualify for the 2022 tournament in Qatar. Just eight points accumulated from as many matches saw them finish fourth in their qualification group behind Switzerland, Italy and Northern Ireland.

Since losing 4-0 to Switzerland in their final group game, the Lions have suffered 2-1 defeats in friendlies against both Qatar and Croatia in March.

Yasen Petrov’s men now turn their attention to four Nations League fixtures in June as they bid to turn their fortunes around against seemingly favourable opponents.

Bulgaria have one encounter against Gibraltar sandwiched between two games against Georgia, but they will first lock horns with North Macedonia, a nation whom they have beaten in three of their last four meetings.

The Lions, who were relegated from League B Group 4 in 2020 after failing to win any of their six matches, will see their winless run in the competition extended to 10 games if they fail to claim all three points on Thursday.

North Macedonia were unable to follow up their first-ever major tournament appearance at Euro 2020 with qualification for the 2022 World Cup, after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in the playoff final in March.

After pulling off one of the greatest results in their history with a shock 1-0 win against four-time world champions and Euro 2020 holders Italy, a brace from Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes ended the Lynxes’ hopes of reaching Qatar at the final hurdle.

Blagoja Milevski’s side will now be keen to put aside their World Cup heartache and avoid a repeat of their last Nations League campaign, which saw them narrowly miss out on promotion in their final fixture.

After winning two and drawing three of their first five fixtures, Armenia secured promotion at North Macedonia’s expense with a slender 1-0 win against them in their final match of 2020.

The Lynxes will be confident of success on Thursday, but they will be hoping to better their only ever visit to Bulgaria which saw them lose 1-0 back in August 2001.

Blagoja Milevski’s side will now be keen to put aside their World Cup heartache and avoid a repeat of their last Nations League campaign, which saw them narrowly miss out on promotion in their final fixture.

After winning two and drawing three of their first five fixtures, Armenia secured promotion at North Macedonia’s expense with a slender 1-0 win against them in their final match of 2020.

The Lynxes will be confident of success on Thursday, but they will be hoping to better their only ever visit to Bulgaria which saw them lose 1-0 back in August 2001.

Bulgarian brothers Petko Hristov and Andrea Hristov are expected to partner one another at centre-back, with full-backs Ivan Turitsov and Edisson Jordanov set to join them in defence.

Georgi Kostadinov could be handed a start in centre-midfield alongside Georgi Milanov and Todor Nedelev, while either Martin Minchev or Atanas Iliev are set to lead the line in attack, with the former yet to score in six international appearances.

As for North Macedonia, captain Stefan Ristovski has pulled out of the squad due to injury, so Stefan Ashkovski is likely to start at right-back, joining Darko Velkovski, Visar Musliu and Ezgjan Alioski in the back four.

Stefan Spirovski could earn his 50th international cap in centre-midfield alongside Napoli playmaker Eljif Elmas and Levante’s Enis Bardhi.

Aleksandar Trajkovski, who scored a dramatic 92nd-minute winner against Italy three months ago, is expected to be joined in attack by Boban Nikolov and Milan Ristovski.

Bulgaria possible starting lineup:
Mihaylov; Turitsov, A. Hristov, P. Hristov, Jordanov; Malinov, Kostadinov, Nedelev; Despodov; M. Minchev, Kirilov

North Macedonia possible starting lineup:
Dimitrievski; Ashkovski, Velkovski, Musliu, Alioski; Spirovski, Bardhi, Elmas; Nikolov, M. Ristovski, Trajkovski

Infor of Fortaleza vs Ceara

Two of the bottom three teams in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A will renew their rivalry on Wednesday as Fortaleza search for their first win of the new season when they host Ceara at Castelao.

Leao do Pici are dead last after seven league fixtures with two points, while Vozao are three points below the relegation zone, despite going unbeaten in their previous six matches in all competitions.

After an impressive 2021 domestic campaign where they earned a place in the Copa Libertadores for the first time in club history, Fortaleza are discovering how difficult it can be to remain near the top of the Brasileiro table.

The current campaign has not gone smoothly for them as they sit seven points below the relegation zone, with the fewest goals scored (four) among top-flight teams in Brazil thus far.

Twice this season, they have scored first, only to see that lead evaporate in the second half, losing 2-1 to Internacional and dropping a 3-1 decision to newly-promoted Botafogo.

Inspired by the intense, dynamic playing philosophy of former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, their current manager Juan Pablo Vojvoda relies heavily on inverted wingbacks to provide width and space, while their centre-backs try to build-up play from the back.

That approach was highly influential in 2021, although their finishing touch so far this season has let them down, scoring only once in their last two top-flight fixtures, despite firing 11 shots on target.

They seem to be struggling with their combination play in between central midfield and on the wing, as opposing teams have limited their ability to create chances through the middle, which is where they did most of their damage a season ago.

Dorival Junior began this campaign in charge of Vovo as good as can be expected, beating the reigning two-time Copa Libertadores champions Palmeiras (3-2), though they have not managed to maintain that strong form, failing to score in two of their subsequent three domestic encounters since then, losing all three of those contests.

They have yet to win away from home this season, despite showing plenty of resiliency of late, fighting back from a pair of one-goal deficits on Saturday to draw Sao Paulo 2-2, the second time in which they were able to do that in this domestic campaign.

That draw over the weekend was also the first time that they had scored a goal on the road in this current league campaign, which should give them a boost, seeing as three of their next four domestic affairs will take place away from home.

Ceara have reacted well when trailing, but it has to be concerning for Junior and his team to see how poorly they have been out of the gate, conceding first in every league contest since beating Verdao, with all of those goals against them coming within the first 20 minutes of play.

Their defensive shape at the group stage of the Copa Sudamericana has been outstanding, collecting six clean sheets so far in that competition, though it has been a different story in the Brazilian top-flight, where they have conceded the second-most goals (11), behind only Juventude (14).

Since switching to a 4-3-3 formation earlier this month, they have looked a lot more dangerous in the final third, with their wingers attacking opposing fullbacks effectively and creating more favourable 1 V 1 situations.

Ze Welison, who is on loan from Atletico Mineiro, scored his first of the season over the weekend as he and Moises are two of only three players to have found the back of the net for Fortaleza after seven domestic fixtures, with Yago Pikachu leading the way with a pair tallies.

Their top goalscorer from a season ago, Robson, has yet to tally this season after netting 10 times in 2021, and goalkeeper Marcelo Boeck has conceded in each of their league encounters so far in 2022.

We saw two changes to the starting 11 of Fortaleza on Saturday compared to the team that began their final Copa Libertadores group fixture against Colo-Colo as Marcelo Benevenuto and Ze Welison replaced Titi and Hercules.

The last time Ceara travelled to Castelao to face Tricolor de Aco, Vina notched a brace, Stiven Mendoza picked up a pair of assists, while Lima scored the winner in a 4-0 triumph, as Joao Ricardo collected a clean sheet.

Mendoza leads them in goals this season with three, while Cleber fired home his first of the year in their draw versus Sao Paulo.

Matheus Peixoto and lury Castilho contributed their first assists in that encounter, putting them in a three-way tie for the team lead in that department alongside Ze Roberto.

We saw wholesale changes to the Ceara lineup that began over the weekend, as Bruno Pacheco, Messias, Michel Macedo, Wescley, Lucas Ribeiro, Richardson, Castilho and Cleber all drew into the starting 11.

Fortaleza possible starting lineup:
Boeck; Landazuri, Benevenuto, Ceballos, Capixaba; Hercules, Welison, Lucas Lima, Pikachu; Romero, Robson

Ceara possible starting lineup:
Ricardo; Luis, Otavio, Messias, Paraiba; Wescley, Vina, Lima; Castilho, Cleber, Mendoza

Internacional RS vs Atletico Clube Goianiense Predictions&Tips

Atletico Goianiense come into their eighth match of the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A in search of their first road victory of the domestic campaign as they take on Internacional on Monday at Estadio Beira-Rio.

Heading into this encounter, Colorado are unbeaten in their previous 11 games in all competitions, while Dragao are in early relegation danger sitting in 17th, two points behind Cuiaba for top-flight salvation.

Over their previous couple of domestic campaigns, Internacional have been near the middle of the table, and that is where they find themselves after seven matches this season, currently in a four-way tie for eighth with 10 points.

Mano Menezes will be pleased that his side continue to earn points, although the former Brazilian national team boss knows that they could be a lot higher up in the standings.

Club do Povo have squandered four points from winning positions this season, points that could see them tied with Corinthians for first place.

Menezes has always liked to play an aggressive, up-tempo style, reliant on a dynamic number 10 playmaker, but so far this year, it is unknown who on this team can take on that responsibility.

They have looked great at home in 2022, losing only one match in all competitions, conceding a goal or fewer in all but one of those games.

Coming off an impressive 5-1 victory over 9 de Octobre in their final Copa Sudamericana group stage match on Tuesday should give them plenty of confidence heading into a difficult stretch of domestic affairs, in which they face Bragantino, Santos and Flamengo.

If there was one word which could describe the early struggles of Atletico Goianiense to begin this domestic campaign, consistency comes to mind.

The club from Goiania have not incurred a losing run of longer than one game, however, they have only collected one victory in the league after seven matches, when they scored late in the first and second half to defeat Coritiba 2-0 a week ago.

Top-flight football in Brazil can be a cut-throat, where a couple of losses can cost you your job, and Umberto Louzer was sacked after failing to win his first six domestic fixtures at the helm of Goianiense.

His dismissal seems to have brought more harmony and freedom to this group, who are unbeaten in their last three matches played in all competitions.

Jorginho is back in charge, and it seems as though his second stint has reinvigorated a group who are making the most out of their scoring chances with three goals on their last five efforts on target.

The former World Cup winner with Brazil in 1994 has a history of turning clubs into stingy defensive units, as his previous team, Cuiaba conceded the third-fewest goals in the Brasileiro Serie A last season (37) in what was their inaugural campaign in the top flight.

Team News

Rodrigo Dourado continues to search for his first goal of this domestic campaign for Rolo Compressor, and he should be brimming with confidence after scoring a hat-trick in their 5-1 win at the Copa Sudamericana this week, while Carlos De Pena scored from the penalty spot to earn his side a draw versus Cuiaba (1-1).

De Pena is second in the league when it comes to assists with two, one fewer than Raphael Veiga and Giorgian De Arrascaeta, while goalkeeper Daniel has two clean sheets in this domestic campaign and Alexandre Alemao leads them with two goals so far.

We saw a few new faces to the starting 11 for Internacional on Tuesday from the team that began the match versus Cuiaba, as Bruno MendezRene, Dourado, De Pena and Mauricio replaced MoisesGabriel MercadoGabrielLiziero and Alan Patrick.

A goal from midfielder Jorginho de Moura Xavier, along with a tally by Airton, gave Dragao their first domestic victory of the campaign last weekend.

Ronaldo made six saves to collect his first clean sheet in that encounter, as he has conceded multiple goals only once since replacing Luan Polli as the starting goalkeeper.

Hayner leads them in assists this season with two, with Dudu the only other person to set up a goal for them domestically.

They are still looking to get Marlon Freitas going as he has yet to be involved in a goal in this campaign after scoring and assisting three times over the 2021 Brasileiro season.

Goianiense made one change to their starting 11 versus LDU Quito compared to the team, which began in their victory over Coritiba as Leo Pereira replaced Luiz Fernando in midfield.

Internacional possible starting lineup:
Daniel; Moises, Mercado, Vitao, Heitor; Wanderson, Gabriel, Edenilson; Patrick, Dourado; David

Atletico Goianiense possible starting lineup:
Ronaldo; Hayner, Noga, Ramon, Jefferson; Freitas, Fernando; Shaylon, Jorginho, Lima; Rato

News of Oriente Petrolero vs. Fluminense

Fluminense will travel to Bolivia to face Oriente Petrolero on Wednesday with the visitors holding out hope of reaching the last 16 of the Copa Sudamericana.

The hosts, meanwhile, are already eliminated from the competition, with Oriente yet to pick up a single point in the group stages.

Oriente have struggled significantly in the Copa Libertadores this season, with all five of their group matches ending in defeat.

Wednesday’s hosts have shipped 13 goals across the group phase, while they have not fared much better in the final third.

The Bolivian side have found the net on just two occasions in their five matches, with the deficiencies at both ends of the pitch contributing to their downfall.

Although the home side will bow out of the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday, they will be hoping to avoid finishing the campaign without scoring a point.

Hopes of a positive result may be slim though, after the reverse fixture between the two sides ended in a 3-0 Fluminense victory.

Fluminense, on the other hand, are still harbouring hopes of reaching the knockout rounds, although their chances may be slim with two points separating them from the one and only qualification spot.

The Brazilian side currently occupy third place after collecting eight points from their five games, which has contained two victories.

If Fernando Diniz‘s charges are to reach the last 16 then they must beat Oriente and hope that the contest between Atletico Junior and Union Santa Fe finishes all square.

The visitors carry significant momentum into the midweek contest after avoiding defeat in each of their last six matches in all competitions.

They also have the chance to clinch a third consecutive home victory on Wednesday, and they are currently unbeaten in their previous eight Copa Sudamericana home games.

Although he was sent off at the weekend, Hector Sanchez will be available, with his suspension set to be served in domestic competition.

Carlos Roca could be given a starting berth for the midweek contest after coming on at half time against Junior on matchday five.

Meanwhile, Facundo Suarez will continue to lead the line for the hosts after scoring four goals in his last seven appearances.

As for the visitors, they are expected to be without the services of Felipe Melo and John Kennedy due to knee and foot problems respectively.

After missing the last three matches through injury, Fred could also miss out for Fluminense.

Ganso, who has started the last two matches, is set to retain his place in the starting lineup, with the 32-year-old likely to operate behind German Cano.

Oriente Petrolero possible starting lineup:
Quifionez; Garcia, Caire, Zazpe, C. Roca; Sandoval, Rojas; Dorrego, Guaycochea, Sanchez; Suarez

Fluminense possible starting lineup:
Fabio; Felipe, Nino, Braz, Marlon; Andre, Wellington; Henrique, Ganso, Nathan; Cano

Roma vs Feyenoord Predictions & Tips

The first-ever Europa Conference League Final takes place on Wednesday 25th May and sees Italian side Roma, managed by Jose Mourinho, take on Dutch giants Feyenoord. Roma are the bookmaker’s pick to win despite not winning any silverware in Europe before. Feyenoord have a better history in European competitions winning one European Cup and two UEFA Cups, the most recent of which was in 2002.

Roma the favourites to lift the inaugural Conference League trophy

Roma defeated Premier League side Leicester over two legs to reach the Conference League final. After drawing 1-1 at the King Power Stadium, Roma were always the favourites to win in their own backyard, which they did thanks to a solitary goal from former Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham.

Roma Predicted Lineup: Patrício, Smalling, Karsdorp, Mancini, Ibañez, Zalewski, Oliveira, Cristante, Pellegrini, Zaniolo & Abraham

Feyenoord claimed a 3-2 win at home against Marseille to give them a good chance of progressing through to the Conference League final but still had to make the trip to France the following week. Marseille through everything they had at Feyenoord but the Dutch side held firm to secure a goalless draw to set up a date with Roma in Albania.

Feyenoord Predicted Lineup: Marciano, Trauner, Malacia, Senesi, Geertruida, Aursnes, Til, Kökçü, Dessers, Nelson & Sinisterra

Roma vs Feyenoord: Predictions & Odds

Roma to Win

These two sides have met in European competition before, backing in the 2014/15 campaign where Roma ran out 3-2 winners on aggregate in the Europa League. The Italians have Jose Mourinho in charge, a manager that has guided clubs to European success on multiple occasions so he knows what it takes to get across the line in these big games. Roma finished the Serie A season with a 3-0 win away at Torino, securing a 6th-place finish. Feyenoord finished 3rd in the Eredivisie but lost their final league game at home to Twente 2-1.

Under 2.5 Goals

As with most cup finals, we are expecting a tight and tense 90-minutes in Albania. Mourinho is known for his defensive style of play and that is reflected in Roma’s recent results with five of the Italian side’s last six matches producing under 2.5 goals. Two of Feyenoord’s last four fixtures have also witnessed fewer than three goals scored and we can see the Dutch side’s forwards having a tough time breaking down this Roma defence.

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool Predictions& Tips

Tip from Soccerpet: Liverpool win.
Aston Villa’s recently performance: 3 wins, 0 draw and 7 loses recently. Although Aston Villa got two win streaks, its opponents are Norwich City, who has been degraded and Burnley, who is facing crisis of being degraded. Therefore, two win streaks doesn’t mean anything. Meanwhile, Aston Villa lacks fighting spirit currently. In contrast, Liverpool faces a relatively disadvantage situation after getting a draw in the game with Tottenham. So Liverpool will try its best to win the rest games.
Tip from a Tipster of Soccerpet: Liverpool win.
1. Liverpool must win all their remaining games if they are to win the title. So they have confidence to win the game with Aston Villa. 2. Liverpool has great performance recently as away team. In the last 10 games as away team, Liverpool won 8 times. 3. According to the records of H2H games between the two, Liverpool won all the games against Aston Villa.

SV Sandhausen vs Schalke 04 Predictions&Tips

Sandhausen has great condition recently. In its latest 15 games, only 2 lost. And in its last game as an away team, it got 2 more goals than the home team. So far, it hasn’t lost any game for 5 games in a row. Also, it scored 11 goals, lost 7 goals. Obviously, its attack ability is fiercer than its defence ability. However, as home team, its performance looks rather common compared being away team. 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 loses.

Schalke 04 has excellent performance recently. It got 5 win streaks and its attack is very offensive—-the average score of matches is over 2 goals. Also, its ability doesn’t be influenced as away team. 4 wins, 3 draws and 1 lose. In its last game as away team, the score was 2:5.
There is a strength disparity between the two teams. Schalke 04 is the team who is expected to be the winner of GER. So Schalke 04 will must show its real strength today. And we pick away team win.

Liverpool vs Villarreal Predictions&Tips

Tip from Soccerpet: Liverpool win.
Reason: H2H record: Liverpool got 1 win, 1 draw and 1 lose. According to the records, Liverpool has been into the semi-final of UEFA Champions League 11 times before, among which, they advanced to the finals 9 times. In contrast, it’s the second time for Villarreal to be in the UEFA Champions League semi-final. So no matter judge from the strength or experience, Liverpool will absolutely win.
Tip from tipster of Soccerpet: Liverpool win
Reason: 1. As a six-time Champions League winner, Liverpool has advantage on both strength and experience. 2. Liverpool scored 11 goals in its latest 4 games as home team, from which, we can see how offensive it is. 3. the initial index has been up to -1.75, so the influence of Villarreal beat Juventus and Bayern Munich doesn’t work at all.

Liverpool vs Villarreal

Liverpool’s hectic week continues on Wednesday as Villarreal travel to Anfield ahead of a Champions League semi-final first-leg.

Manchester United and Everton, Liverpool’s two biggest rivals, have been conquered in the last week as Jurgen Klopp’s side remain in contention for an unprecedented quadruple.

Where Manchester City’s meeting with Real Madrid looks a meeting of two powerhouses of European football, Liverpool will surely have favoured being on this side of the draw.

That is not to say Unai Emery’s Villarreal will be easy opponents of course, particularly after they beat Juventus and Bayern Munich, but the game looks to be one in which Klopp’s team will be strong favourites.

Liverpool vs Villarreal team news

Liverpool have little in the way of fresh injury concern, although Roberto Firmino could be in a race against time after missing the wins over United and Everton.

The Brazilian international missed the wins over Manchester United and Everton with a foot injury, although Jurgen Klopp has previously hinted Firmino is not far from full fitness.

“I don’t think [he is ready] yet,” said Klopp.

“He is running outside and that’s good, obviously, but I am not sure. Maybe somebody will surprise me afterwards and tell me, ‘Yes, Bobby is in.’ [I will have] open arms, but I don’t think so.

“Apart from that, no [new injuries] that I know yet.”

Jordan Henderson started on the bench on Sunday, along with Luis Diaz, and both made telling contributions, so could potentially come into the side.

For Villarreal, Gerard Moreno is a huge doubt in a major blow to Emery. Francis Coquelin, meanwhile, has recently returned to training.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Liverpool wins: 1

Draws: 0

Villarreal wins: 1

Manchester City vs Real Madrid Predictions&Tips

Tip from Soccerpet: Draw
From the H2H record between the two teams, Man city got 3 wins, 2 draws and 3 loses. Real Madrid had great performance in the knockout matches of UEFA Champions League, especially William Bentham, who contributed a lot before, scored two hat-tricks. Moreover, they are going to get victory in La Liga, which gives them great confidence. All in all, even they are facing Manchester City, who has great strength, Real Madrid will not give up easily. So we pick draw.

Tips from a tipster of Soccerpet: Manchester City will win by 1 goal at most.
Reason: 1. Real Madrid doesn’t have that much pressure and they have two more days rest time than Man city. So they have a physical advantage. 2. Real Madrid’s win rate recently has been up to 80% . Also, Real Madrid defeated Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea. 3. Real Madrid won all 6 games as away team and they have experience on being an away team.