Saturday, 25th November

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Tottenham v WBA; 16:00

Tottenham will miss defender Alderweireld and midfielder Wanyama.

WBA will come without ex Spurs player midfielder Chadli, other mf Morrison and defender Craig Dawson.

Short preview: After beating BVB in Dortmund, Spurs can be even more confident. They are playing with high morale and even if they lost last PL match, actually a derby against Arsenal, I am sure that they will bounce back strongly. WBA is on a 10 match winless road and I hardly believe that they can change anything here. Megson will be in charge of Baggies after they sacked Tony Pulis, but again I totally understand why are odds as short as 1,25 on Spurs win.  Spurs to be in lead already before the half time with odds around 1,70.


Augsburg v Wolfsburg; 15:30

The only concern for Augsburg is slightly injured Khedira who is still doubtful.

Wolfsburg is coming without midfielders Camacho and Kuba and less important defender Jung and attacker Hinds.

Short preview: Augsburg started well this season, but their form dropped recently. With only 6 points in last 7 matches they dropped to second half of the league table, where is slowly raising Wolfsburg. Since Schmidt is in charge of Wolfsburg, they haven’t lost not even once. All in all I really like odds on away team here, but as draw is pretty possible, I would pick Wolfsburg +0,25 with odds around 1,90.


Borussia Dortmund v Schalke; 15:30

BVB will probably miss first goalie Bürki, defender Papastathopoulos, and young midfielder Pulišić, while Durm, Reus, Rode and Pisczek are out for sure.

Schalke is coming to Dortmund without Bentaleb and Insua, while Goretzka and Stambouli are under the question mark.

Short preview: 8 matches without a single win pushed BVB from 1st on 5th place and there is no signs that anything will change soon. They are unconvincing, playing with bunch of critical errors and letting every single opponent to score. Last time when they won was on 30th of September in Augsburg. Since then, they are on winless road (4 defeats, 1 draw). Schalke on other hand is playing pretty solid, with 4 wins and 1 draw in last 5 matches and sitting on 2nd place with same amount of points like Leipzig. Even if Goretzka could be a blow for away side, they are playing solid, compact and it won’t be easy for BVB to break them. Especially not with huge goal difference. BVB will probably be in possession, but as mentioned above – they are letting a lot of space for opponent, keeping clean sheets really rarely or “never”, so I don’t believe that they will keep it against 2nd placed team. Schalke team totals over 1 with odds above 1,85 and Schalke +1 with odds around 1,70.


Bologna v Sampdoria; 15:00

Bologna without forward Di Francesco and midfielder Falleti.

Sampdoria has only midfielder Praet doubtful, while all others are fully fit.

Short preview: Looking at last 5 matches, situation of those two teams is quite the opposite. Bologna won once and lost 4 times, while Sampdoria won 4 times and lost once. Last week Sampdoria took a scalp against active champions and I believe that win against Juve boosted their morale and they will seek for new three points in Bologna. They had serious problems with Hellas Verona last week but anyway scraped away with a 2-3 win. Away team is aiming the European spots for next season and if they want to reach this goal, then they shouldn’t lose points on away matches like this one will be. Sampdoria +0 with odds around 2,00.


Levante – Atletico Madrid; 20:45

Levante without Lerma, Roger and Lukic due to injuries and Boateng, Langerak and Luna with technical decision.

Atletico will be without Juanfran and Vrsaljko.

Short preview: This will be the match between two teams with lack of creativity with one big difference. An away side is full of players who can decide the match individually. So even if “park the bus” tactics of Levante will succeed, I hardly believe that it will really work for whole 90+ minutes. Even though Levante lost only once in last five matches, I think that morale boost of Atletico after successful midweek action, also a goal of Griezmann will be decisive. They want to keep pressure on Real Madrid and they have also a chance to come closer to Valencia, Barcelona or both as they will play against each other this round. Atletico -0,75 with odds around 1,80.


Chievo – SPAL; 18:00

Chievo will miss suspended and injured midfielders Radovanović and Castro.

Spal with plenty of problems in the squad. Defenders Costa, Oikonomou and less important Della Giovanna, midfielder Viviani and forwards Boriello and Antenucci are out for today. Regular defender Salamon is still doubtful.

Short preview:  Chievo is as usual sitting in the middle of the table and recently they played two draws against Torino away and at home against league leaders Napoli. 2 matches before they were trashed by Milan and Sampdoria with 1-4 and 4-1 and I believe that it’s time for a win. Both teams are mainly picking points at home, especially SPAL who won only two points in 6 away matches this season. Right now they are only a point above the relegation zone and still amongst contenders to go back in Serie B. Without experienced striker Boriello, their strength in attack is reduced and I see value on odds around 1,90 on Chievo.

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