Denmark got 7 Win 2 Lose 1 Draw in last 10 games, and scored 24 goals, conceded 40 goals. Denmark scored 2.4 goals and conceded 4 in average. Denmark win rate is 70%. Asian handicap win rate is 70%. Goal over rate is 60% Belgium got 8 Win 0 Lose 2 Draw in last 10 games, and scored 27 goals, conceded 32 goals. Belgium scored 2.7 goals and conceded 3.2 in average. Belgium win rate is 80%. Asian handicap win rate is 70%. Goal over rate is 40%. Considering the above information my prediction is over 2/2,5
Lyon will commence their Ligue 1 season on Friday night against Dijon (20:00 kick-off), just over a week since they were eliminated from the Champions League semi-finals at the hands of eventual winners Bayern Munich.
Rudi Garcia’s men put up a valiant fight in the continent’s flagship tournament earlier this month, knocking out Juventus and Manchester City en route to their semi-final showdown against Bayern, but they will be desperate to improve upon their seventh-placed finish in Ligue 1 last term.
The Kids will not be competing in Europe this campaign following a disappointing domestic campaign in 2019/20, in which the French top-flight ended prematurely. As a result they can focus solely on domestic affairs this time round and potentially causing an upset in the upper slopes against reigning French champions PSG.
The Ligue 1 season got underway at the weekend, and Dijon kicked things off with a tame 1-0 reversal against Angers, so manager Stephane Jobard will be eager to bounce back at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, though he faces a very tough task against an in-form Lyon.
Despite just recently playing Bayern in the Champions League semi-final, Garcia is likely to name an unchanged XI, bar one or two tweaks. Lyon’s poor domestic finish to 2019/20 will give the Kids an added incentive to redeem themselves this time round and that could start with a convincing performance against Dijon on home turf.
Players to watch:
Lyon: Part of the reason for Lyon’s disastrous domestic season last time out was twofold. First, Sylvinho oversaw a shocking start to the campaign, which included seven successive winless games and culminated in his sacking. The second was an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained by club captain Memphis Depay in mid-December. The Dutchman had scored nine goals in 13 Ligue 1 games prior to his injury, and Lyon won just four games in the subsequent nine without their skipper. Having finished just a point outside the top six, there is little doubt Depay’s involvement would have got them over the line. Either way, he is now back, fit and firing on all cylinders and will be determined to make up for lost time.
Dijon: The Owls have their work cut out for them when they face an attack as threatening and lethal as Lyon’s, as Man City and Juventus will attest to. The attacking duo of Depay and Karl Toko Ekambi, flanked by the speed and precision of Maxwel Cornet, means Dijon could be in for a tough night of football, which is why the club’s more experienced heads need to stand up and take control. In 32-year-old Bruno Ecuele Manga, Dijon have a centre-back with vast experience and someone who, having plied his trade for Cardiff City in the Premier League, has tussled with the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gabonese teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang — he knows what it takes to face the big boys and that will be key on Friday night.
Lyon will be looking to win the Women’s Champions League for the fifth year in a row when they face old rivals Wolfsburg in the final on Sunday at 7pm.
The two sides are regarded as arguably the top women’s teams in Europe, often going up against each other for the Champions League. In fact, Sunday’s meeting with be the fourth Champions League final between Wolfsburg and Lyon, with the former winning the first before losing the last two. Lyon have also knocked Wolfsburg out of the Champions League at some stage in the past four seasons.
Beating local rivals PSG in the semi-final thanks to Wendie Renard’s goal, Lyon are also in their ninth final in 11 years, winning six of those – all of which are competition records. But Lyon haven’t been perfect and have shown signs of weaknesses that Wolfsburg will look to exploit. The German side are in their fifth final thanks to a 1-0 win over Barcelona but rode their luck at times thanks to poor finishing from their opponents.
But that shouldn’t take away from what will no doubt be another good clash between the two sides. Lyon are unbeaten in competitive football since May 2018 while Wolfsburg have not lost in 40 games (when Lyon beat them). Whose record is going to tumble this weekend?
Wolfsburg have no injury concerns or suspensions and go into Sunday’s game at full strength. Lyon, meanwhile, will be without Nikita Parris after she was sent off in the win over PSG. Amandine Henry is a doubt for Lyon after picking up an injury in the quarter-final win over Bayern, while Griedge Mbock Bathy, Jessica Silva and Ada Hegerberg remain out.
Players to watch:
Wolfsburg: The Germans have a lot of stars in their side that rightly receive praise, but one very important player that appears to go under the radar is Ingrid Engen. The Norwegian midfielder joined Wolfsburg from December 2018 but only really became part of the team for the 2019/20 season, after an impressive World Cup campaign. Still just 22, Engen plays with the air of someone much older and more experienced, but that’s what makes her so vital to Wolfsburg’s side.
Sitting at the heart of the Wolfsburg midfield, Engen helps her side at both ends of the pitch, with a calmness in front of the defence – sometimes dropping in line with her centre-backs to receive the ball and move it forward. But she is just as dangerous in attack, as shown in the 9-1 quarter-final win over Glasgow City, when Engen scored two goals. The first was a well-taken header from a corner, having been unmarked, but the second came with a lovely late run into the box to get onto the end of a cross, running in front of the stationary defender. Engen won’t be solely relied on for her goals against Lyon, but her performance will be key to how Wolfsburg do.
Lyon: With Nikita Parris suspended, Ada Hegerberg injured and Eugenie Le Sommer not fully fit, English forward Jodie Taylor could be given the responsibilities of leading the line for Lyon. The 34-year-old joined Lyon from OL Reign – their United States sister club – in the summer, having participated in the NWSL Challenge Cup, replacing the regular season.
One a deal until the end of the year, Taylor has already tasted glory with Lyon, coming on as a late substitute in the French Cup final win, though she did not take a penalty in the shootout. Taylor is yet to get on the scoresheet for Lyon having only played a handful of minutes, but the veteran striker gets goals wherever she goes, and an extended period of time on the pitch could see Taylor fire the French side to another Champions League victory.
Arsenal and Liverpool are set to square off in the official curtain-raiser for the 2020/21 season on Saturday afternoon at 4.30pm.
It’s the first chance for either club, who are both determined for more success in this forthcoming season, to claim silverware.
The Reds enter on the back of completing one of the most dominant Premier League seasons to date and must start off as favourites, but given when this game is being played, there’s a possibility manager Jurgen Klopp won’t quite have his squad fine-tuned.
An evenly contested match would obviously play into the Gunners’ hands. They are still growing under Mikel Arteta and harbour strong ambitions of restoring former glories as well as establishing the north Londoners as Champions League mainstays once again.
Another fascinating tidbit is both are level on 15 wins apiece with only Manchester United (21) claiming more FA Community Shield (formerly the Charity Shield) triumphs.
Liverpool (vs Newcastle United): Alisson; Williams, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Keïta; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Origi, Minamino.
Arteta heads into Saturday’s game at Wembley missing up to six players through injury. Among the absentees are Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Martinelli, with Hector Bellerín a doubt for the FA Cup winners. Dani Ceballos, who started in that final win against Chelsea, is now back at parent club Real Madrid with his future in doubt.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are without skipper Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip.
Players to watch:
Arsenal: A new season presents fresh opportunities and for the Gunners, under Arteta, it’s a chance to build on their progress following his appointment midway through the last campaign. After starting on the back foot, Arsenal finished 2019/20 strong and nothing illustrated that more than winning the FA Cup, but victories over Manchester City and this weekend’s opponents Liverpool across three days also made folks sit up and take notice. In that 2-1 win over the newly-crowned Premier League champions, Alexandre Lacazette proved his worth, scoring and creating the other goal. He’s been slightly in the shadow of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has become Mr. Wembley for Arsenal, having bagged four goals in his last two appearances at the home of English football. Aubameyang, though, has yet to score past Liverpool — since moving to north London — who are, of course, managed by his former Borussia Dortmund boss.
Liverpool: For the first time since 1990, we have a Community Shield game with Liverpool being represented as English champions. Back then, Kenny Dalglish’s men shared the prize with eternal foes Manchester United after the game ended in a 1-1 draw, that option no longer exists and Klopp has the chance of winning his fifth piece of silverware as the Reds manager, alongside Champions League, Premier League, Uefa Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup titles. Understandably, this game isn’t the highest priority, that would be successfully defending their Premier League crown. So, we could see a starting line-up consisting of a blend of big names and promising talents. Someone determined to feature — given his competitive nature — is Mohamed Salah, who enjoys playing against their London-based rivals. Across his six previous meetings against Arsenal in a Liverpool jersey, he’s managed to score in all but two games, registering five goals and creating a further two, this included a brace last August.
RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain go head-to-head for a place in the Champions League final on Tuesday at 8:00 PM.
RB Leipzig v PSG build-up, pre-match team news and previous lineups:
Both sides are aiming to reach the final for the first time in their history in and if Leipzig were to do so, they would become the seventh German side ever to appear in the showpiece, a number bettered only by English teams. A win for PSG would see them become the first French side to reach the final since Monaco in 2003/04.
To get this far, Leipzig have taken down more established heavyweights, such as Benfica in the groups as well as Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid in the knockout rounds. The latter were defeated without the help of striker Timo Werner, who has completed a summer move to Chelsea.
PSG, meanwhile, cruised through a group containing Real Madrid, Galatasaray and Club Brugge, while the French champions saw off stern tests from Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta (thanks, Eric Choupo-Moting) in the knockouts to compete in their first Champions League semi-final since 1994/95.
Summer signings Hwang Hee-chan and Benjamin Henrichs are both ineligible for this season’s Champions League while centre-back Ibrahima Konate is recovering from hip surgery.
Kylian Mbappe managed 30 minutes against Atalanta and should return to Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI for what is arguably PSG’s biggest-ever match. Layin Kurzawa will likely miss out once again while influential midfielder Maro Verratti is struggling with a calf problem.
Keylar Navas was withdrawn during the second half against Atalanta due to a hamstring injury, so Sergio Rico is likely to deputies between the sticks once again. Angel Di Maria is back from suspension.
Players to watch:
RB Leipzig: Werner may have departed but that doesn’t leave Julian Nagelsmann without attacking talent. Chief among the German’s options is versatile midfielder Marcel Sabitzer. Able to operate in the middle of the pitch or on the flanks, the Austria international possesses wonderful delivery with the ball at his feet and an almost unmatched work ethic without the ball. Sabitzer has been directly involved in six goals in his last six Champions Leagues (scoring four and assisting two) including setting up Dani Olmo’s opener against Atletico Madrid last time out. PSG will allow him space at their own peril.
PSG: Although he only managed 30 minutes against Atalanta, you can be sure Kylian Mbappe will be firmly in Tuchel’s plans for this one. The France international has been directly involved in 10 goals in just eight Champions League appearances in 2019/20 (5 goals, 5 assists), averaging a goal or assist every 48 minutes. PSG themselves have netted at least once in their last 33 Champions League matches, just one behind the record, Real Madrid between 2011-2014. And this is in no small part thanks to the unique understanding between Mbappe and Neymar.
Lyon will look to pull off a third consecutive giantkilling when they take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday night (20:00 kick-off).
The French side have already claimed the scalps of both Juventus and Manchester City, with Rudi Garcia’s men outfoxing the Old Lady over two legs in the last-16 and netting two late goals against the Citizens in a 3-1 win to book their place in the penultimate round.
The Kids will be relishing the chance to butt heads with another European powerhouse in Bayern Munich, but after the Bavarians pulled off a resounding 8-2 win over Barcelona in the previous round, this will undoubtedly be their toughest challenge yet.
Under Hansi Flick, Bayern look unstoppable at the minute and he will be hoping to exorcise the ghosts of past Champions League semi-finals for the German club, with Bayern failing to progress in their last four appearances at this stage of the competition.
The other semi-final between PSG and RB Leipzig will be played out the night before on Tuesday, so both these sides will know who awaits them in the showpiece event later this month. But who will get there? In this season’s Champions League, it is anyone’s guess….
Both these sides have thus far made their way through this intense mini-tournament relatively unscathed. Lyon have a full-strength squad to choose from, while Benjamin Pavard remains the only notable absentee for Bayern, setting the stage for an epic clash of heavyweights.
Players to watch:
Lyon: With Bayern Munich entering this contest off the back of an historic bombardment against Barca, Lyon will naturally have to keep things tight at the back and be wary of the threat their attacking opposition poses. But, they will also have to assert some authority in the middle of the park to break forward when they get the chance, and to ease the pressure on their backline. That task largely fell to Houssem Aouar against City, who worked tirelessly to procure the ball and keep things ticking over for the French club. His performance even led to eulogies from Kevin De Bruyne, who told RMC: “I don’t watch a lot of French football. But if I had to pick it one name, for me it would be Houssem Aouar. Today, he played a good game.” Garcia and Lyon fans will be hoping their academy jewel can produce similar heroics when he goes toe-to-toe with the likes of Leon Goretzka and Thiago.
Bayern Munich: Players to watch? Take your pick from this sensational Bayern Munich squad. They have treated games against Spurs, Chelsea and Barcelona this season as playground duels, secondary school versus primary school. Robert Lewandowski has taken the No. 9 role to another level, Serge Gnabry has dispelled apprehensions about the departure of ‘Robbery’ and Thomas Muller has rediscovered his form of old. But, the standout man against Barca was arguably Alphonso Davies, the Canadian wing-back who made mincemeat of Nelson Semedo and provided Bayern with enough zest and flair on the flank to play out another 90-minute match. Lyon will look to keep things tight, and counter with waves of quick-thinking devastation, but in Davies, Flick has a player who can surge forward and track back without seeming to tire, offering excellent skill and technique in both thirds of the pitch.
FC Basel (vs Eintracht Frankfurt): Nikolic; Widmer, Cömert*, Alderete, Petretta; Frei, Xhaka; Stocker, Campo, Pululu; Arthur Cabral.
Shakhtar centre-back Davit Khocholava is suspended after being sent off in their impressive win over Wolfsburg. FC Basel also have a player serving a match ban; Eray Cömert is joined on the sidelines by injured trio of Jonas Omlin, Eric Ramires and Luca Zuffi.
Players to watch:
Shakhtar Donetsk: Since dropping into the Europa League there’s not been a drop off in form regarding Shakhtar, who still heavily rely on their veteran Brazilian-born Ukrainian striker Júnior Moraes. The 33-year-old currently has three goals to his name and will again be Donetsk’s biggest attacking threat more so after bagging a brace against Wolfsburg last time out.
FC Basel: FC Basel are one win away from equalling their best Europa League performance, when they reached the 2012/13 semi-finals, a survivor from that run — which ended at the hands of Chelsea — is Fabian Frei and the defensive midfielder has been in prolific form lately. Frei, a club legend that has amassed over 350 appearances for the Swiss giants, is looking to score in a fourth consecutive Europa League game.
Scoreline prediction: Shakhtar Donetsk 3-2 FC Basel
Inter Milan face Bayer Leverkusen on Monday night in a battle between two of the competition’s favourites.
Antonio Conte’s men are contesting their first European quarter-final since 2011 but having finished just one point behind Juventus in the Serie A table and an attacking line-up which is the envy of many sides across the continent, the Nerazzurri will be high on confidence.
The same could be said of Bayer Leverkusen, who are playing in their first continental quarter-final since the 2008 Uefa Cup. They breezed past Rangers in the previous round with a 4-1 aggregate win and finished fifth in the Bundesliga, missing out on a top-four spot by just two points.
With the rest of this season’s Europa League and Champions League ties being played across one leg, we’re guaranteed a winner here and, with that, plenty of drama in Dusseldorf.
Previous XIs and pre-match team news:
Inter Milan (vs Getafe): Handanovic; Godín, Bastoni, De Vrij; D’Ambrosio, Gagliardini, Barella, Brozovic, Young; Lukaku, Martínez.
Antonio Conte, who is only missing Matías Vecino, may resist the temptation of changing his lineup from the win over Getafe though Christian Eriksen is pushing for a place in his starting XI. Charles Aránguiz is missing for Leverkusen as he serves a one-match suspension and Paulinho is also missing through injury.
Players to watch:
Inter Milan: Knockout football is all about fine margins and with that comes the need for a reliable goalscorer who can finish chances when the pressure is at its highest. No player has delivered more in that respect during 2019/20 than Romelu Lukaku, who has netted a huge 30 goals in 47 games across all competitions. Lukaku opened the scoring against Getafe as Inter won 2-0 in the round-of-16 last time out and he’ll have his sights firmly set on crushing Leverkusen, too.
Bayer Leverkusen: No Leverkusen player has drawn more attention this season than Kai Havertz and now, with reports linking him to Chelsea appearing around every corner, all eyes will be on the German wonderkid. Havertz helped himself to 12 goals and six assists in the Bundesliga as Leverkusen finished fifth and has replicated that form on the continental stage, scoring three and assisting twice in four Europa League appearances. At this point, Leverkusen are likely resigned to losing their prized asset, so, if Havertz can fire them to European glory and drive up his price in the process, it’s a win-win situation for all involved.
Scoreline prediction: Inter Milan 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Manchester United will be looking for a place in this season’s Europa League semi-finals when they face FC Copenhagen in Cologne on Monday evening.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men weren’t exactly at their scintillating best against Austrian outfit LASK last time out and will be wanting to put on a better show.
As for their Danish opponents, this is the furthest they’ve been in a major European club competition, and Ståle Solbakken — a former international teammate of Solskjaer — knows his side has nothing to lose with all the pressure on the Premier League giants.
FC Copenhagen (vs Istanbul Basaksehir): Johnsson; Varela, Nelsson, Bjelland, Boilesen; Zeca, Mudrazija; Biel, Wind, Falk Jensen; Kaufmann.
Luke Shaw remains out for Man Utd due to a troublesome ankle injury. Solskjaer is expected to make a number of changes from his last lineup, though Sergio Romero should retain his spot in goal. Ståle Solbakken, meanwhile, is likely to keep the eleven who knocked out Istanbul Basaksehir, meaning a place for ex-Red Devil full-back Guillermo Varela.
Players to watch:
Man Utd: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has often rotated his squad in the Europa League, meaning those on the periphery getting a run-out. Someone who’s benefited from this approach is newly-acquired striker Odion Ighalo, and he’s expected to feature when FC Copenhagen face the 2017 champions. The 31-year-old Nigerian marksman has started in United’s last four outings registering two goals, including a neat effort at LASK in March, and creating a further one.
FC Copenhagen: Given the gap in quality between the sides it’s not outlandish to suggest that Man Utd will dominate the proceedings in this game. Solskjaer’s incredible attack should pose FC Copenhagen a lot of uncomfortable questions, so the onus is on Copenhagen’s defensive rearguard, and they couldn’t have asked for a more experienced goalkeeper to call upon. Karl-Johan Johnsson is one of three players to feature in all of their Europa League games this season, though he has kept only three clean sheets while shipping seven goals.
With the Australian A-League coming to a close, Western United play host to Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday (10:30am).
There may only be a handful of games remaining in the regular season but it is still all to play for as eighth-placed Western United and ninth-placed Wanderers scramble it out for a place in the top six and the Finals Series.
As things stand five points separates both these side from Adelaide United, who occupy the last qualification position for the Finals Series. The Green and Black have three games in hand over Adelaide but will need to put points on the board when WSW come to town.
The visitors currently have a game in hand and could close the gap on Adelaide to within two points with a win heading into the final stretch, making Friday’s contest a proverbial six-pointer if ever there was one.
These two sides have already met each other twice this season with the Green and Black unbeaten in both of those contests (one win, one draw), but can Mark Rudan’s side inflict further woe and edge closer to Adelaide? Or will Jean-Paul de Marigny pull off a tactical masterclass and scoop three precious points?
Player to watch:
He may be 37 years old, but Alessandro Diamanti is still an elegant playmaker and can dictate proceedings when he fancies it. The mercurial midfielder forged a reputable name for himself in Europe while donning the colours of Fiorentina, West Ham and Atalanta among others, while also racking up 17 caps for Italy.
On his day he is a delight to watch, mesmeric on the ball and precise with his set-pieces. Thus far, the veteran playmaker has amassed five goals and seven assists in 21 A-League appearances this season, and will be hoping to finish the season on a high as the Green and Black chase a top-six finish.
Scoreline prediction: Western United 2-1 Western Sydney Wanderers