Neil’s Tips – Weekend

Metalurh Zaporizhya vs. Dnipro (15/08/2014)
Kick Off: 19:00
Competition: Ukrainian Premier League
Venue: Slavutych-Arena

Despite falling out of the Champions League at the play-off stage at the expense of FC Copenhagen, Dnipro have been in fine form domestically, winning all three of their game games in the league scoring 7 without conceding a single goal. Dnipro have won against these particular opponents on the last 5 occasions they have met either home or away.

Prediction: Dnipro Win (0-1)

FC Porto vs. Maritimo (15/08/2014)
Kick Off: 20:00
Competition: Portuguese Liga
Venue:Estádio do Dragão

FC Porto were disappointing last season in both the league and in Europe. This was despite having a pretty decent squad, with some pretty household names such as Eliaquim Mangala and Jackson Martinez. The former has left for Manchester City but Martinez appears to be sticking around for the foreseeable future, and after bagging a brace in a recent pre-season friendly against Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion he looks ready to fire again for Porto this season. This game should result in a win for Porto, who are playing at home against a team they finished 20 points ahead of last season despite their poor form.

Jackson Martinez of FC Porto

Jackson Martinez of FC Porto

Prediction: FC Porto Win (2-1)

Manchester United vs. Swansea (16/08/2014)
Kick Off: 12:45
Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Old Trafford

Although being knocked out of the FA Cup to Swansea last season, Manchester United have a good record in the Premier League against Swansea. Of the 6 times they have met in the English top flight, Manchester United have won 5 and they have drawn once. Pre-season results also points to a United win, where they have been in excellent form and are yet to lose under new manager Louis van Gaal. They have scored 16 and only conceded 4 goals under him.

Prediction: Manchester United Win (2-0)

PSG vs. Bastia (16/08/2014)
Kick Off: 16:00
Competition: Ligue 1
Venue: Parc des Princes

PSG drew their opening game of the season last Friday night 2-2 against Reims, but it should not have been the case. Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have scored twice but he did miss a penalty as well as an open goal during the game, chances that if taken would have most likely seen the Parisians steam away to victory. Last week they were away from home though, this time they are at home; a place where PSG have been excellent in the league in recent seasons. No less than against their opponents Bastia, who they beat 4-0 convincingly in the league last season at the Parc des Princes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG

Prediction: PSG Win (3-0)

Zenit Petersburg vs. Ufa (16/08/2014)
Kick Off: 17:00
Competition: Russian Premier League
Venue: Petrovsky Stadium

Zenit have been formidable this season, winning their opening 3 fixtures in their league campaign with an aggregate score of 14-2. The two fixtures they have played at home in the league this season have been comfortable wins, which included at 8-1 thrashing of Torpedo Moscow. Their opponents Ufa on the other hand have stuttered so far in the league, amassing 3 points from 3 games.

Prediction: Zenit Win (4-1)

Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace (16/08/2014)
Kick Off: 17:30
Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: The Emirates

Arsenal should win this match comfortably. They have added extra firepower in the form of Alexis Sanchez, and even without the likes of him last season the Gunners did the double over Palace winning 2-0 against them at home, as well as away. Arsenal are also in good form, coming into this fixture on a high from their recent exploits, winning 3-0 against fellow title contenders Manchester City in the community shield. This teamed with the recent departure of Palace manger Tony Pulis and all signs seem to point to an Arsenal victory.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal

Prediction: Arsenal Win (3-0)

Liverpool vs. Southampton (17/08/2014)
Kick Off: 13:30
Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Anfield

At first glance this seems like a fairly routine home win for last seasons second place finishers Liverpool. They have lost their star striker in Luis Suarez but they have the in-form Daniel Sturridge ready to step up and fill his shoes; they have also recruited many player players from across Europe, as well as some from opponents Southampton in the form of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, and Dejan Lovren. Southampton have suffered this summer as a result of a fantastic season previous, with something of an exodus occurring with many ok their key men last season leaving. I don’t think that their depleted squad look as if it will be able to handle Liverpool’s pace up front.

Prediction: Liverpool Win (2-0)

Acca in full:-

Metalurh Zaporizhya vs. Dnipro (Away Win)

FC Porto vs. Maritimo (Home Win)

Manchester United vs. Swansea (Home Win)

PSG vs. Bastia (Home Win)

Zenit Petersburg vs. Ufa (Home Win)

Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace (Home Win)

Liverpool vs. Southampton (Home Win)

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August 14, 2014 | By: Neil Head | Tipsters