SOCCER SATURDAY on this Valentine’s day…so hopefully everyone puts in their picks and goes and enjoys the rest of the day.
England FA Cup
Derby County to beat Reading @ 1.83 (William Hill) – 2.5 points
Derby County come into game on the back of some good form now that has seen them march on to 3rd spot in the Championship, just 1 point behind league leaders Middlesbrough. Derby have lost just 1 game in their last 10 games so far including some good victories against solid Championship side. The depth of the attacking talent of Steve McClaren’s men is something that has helped him land up in this strong position. Chris Martin in particular has been in outstanding form, knocking 16 goals this campaign and helped his side do well in all competitions including when he netted a brace against Reading back in October for their 3-0 victory. He has been backed also by players like Darren Bent (scored 3 goals in 4 appearance), Russell (6 goals), Ward (5 goals) & Hendrick (5 goals).
Reading had been struggling in December and sacked manager Nigel Adkins and replaced him with former West Brom Manager Steve Clarke. Since he has joined the Royals, they have managed to put up a few wins on the board, however with a disappoint loss to Leeds United in front of the home fans by a score of 2-0; will not bode confidence ahead of this game. I honestly think Reading might rotate this squad in order to focus on avoiding relegation, as they are just 7 points of the bottom. Even if they do decide to play their full team; they need a lot of help from Simon Cox to make things happen on the offensive front where they have struggled, scoring only 35 goals in 30 league games.
I have to give my backing to a strong Derby County side, who have a lot in their reserve as well coming into this game with some great form.
Neustadt v Salzburg – Over 3.5 goals @ 1.85 (Dafabet) – 2.5 points
Salzburg 1st goal before 70 mins @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 3 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
The Austrian Bundesliga has now re-started and it couldn’t come at a more perfect time when there is money to be made when Salzburg take on Nuestadt today.
Salzburg are the top of the Bundesliga scoring 57 goals, on average 3 per game, while also conceding 25, an average of more than 1.2 per game. On top of everything they take on Neustadt, who are their favorite opponents to smash a lot of goals. In the last 8 straight matchups between the 2 teams, there have been a minimum of 4 goals. The last meeting between the 2 teams saw a 4-1 victory for Salzburg. Now that Salzburg are back form the winter-break they will want to put in a strong show in this game ahead of a crucial Europa League game on Thursday where they face Villareal.
Neustadt are bottom of the Bundesliga, and only averaged 1 goal per game, but conceded almost 2.5 goals per game. Their performances have extremely poor with only 4 wins from 19 games all season. They have played some friendlies in their off time against lower opposition and manage to put on some victories, which will see them net a few goals hopefully, to help this pick on their way.
Over 3.5 goals is where I am going for, and this generally lands in a lot of Salzburg games.
Monchengladbach AH:0,-0.5 to beat Cologne @ 2.00 (Bet365) – 2 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
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