Clayton Donaldson scored a very good goal after just 12 minutes and set up an exciting afternoon, for those of you who took him to score twice, no real chances for him after that, but he put in an immense performance and is a striker at the top of his game at present. I forgot to add to the preview yesterday, that with Gary Alexander having left, that Donaldson is also now the penalty taker for Brentford. I was hoping to have had winners at odds of 3.50, 3.50 and 20.0 all on the one game, but two out of three will have to do !
SUNDAY APRIL IST
EPL : NEWCASTLE UNITED - LIVERPOOL
I expect to see a very committed performance from the visitors today, they arrive on the back of two poor defeats to teams battling relegation and criticism was heaped on boss Kenny Dalglish after the home loss to Wigam Athletic last saturday and he has been wounded by that. Afterwards he claimed that the players were tired after three games in six days and that he had limited options for rotation. His teams have had a free midweek since and several players returned to training this week, so no real excuses and Liverpool fans will be looking for the points that will take them back above Everton in the EPL.
King Kenny is a former United boss and has never lost to them in the league, Pool have a great record in this series in general, winning six of the last seven meetings, normally by two or more goals, but did lose on their last visit here. We might also see Andy Carroll but in a big performance on his return to the North East and he will fancy his chances with the United backline missing captain Fabricio Coloccini, that is a big loss, he has played in all but one of their starts this season and already missing Steven Taylor, that is going to put huge pressure on Mike Williamson and especially James Perch who will move into the middle. Liverpool -0.5 ball 2.30 general quote.
EPL : TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR - SWANSEA CITY
Everyone has been impressed by Swansea City and boss Brendan Rodgers, who week by week have grown into their EPL campaign, but they are still vunerable on the road and have lost by two at Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers and Norwich City and the key is that you do not allow them to get a toehold in the game and play their way into games. City suffered big early season losses at Chelsea and Manchester City and have actually only scored one road goal in away starts against top ten teams all season and that came in a 4-1 loss at Stamford Bridge at a time when Chelsea had played 50 minutes with ten men ! They are very strong on home soil, but against the better teams on the road, goals have proved very hard to come by.
Spurs have lost their way in the league recently, but took great heart from their showing at Chelsea last week and built on that with a 3-1 defeat of Bolton in the FA Cup in midweek, when they had just shy of 30 attempts on the Wanderers goal and only visiting keeper Adam Bogdan saved his side from an almighty thumping. Hosts will give themselves a 5 point advantage over Chelsea in the hunt for a CL spot and they have still to play the Blues, so will see that as key and a four goal victory would take them above Arsenal and into third place and if/ when the hosts take the lead that might well be a target. Spurs are 6.0 + to score four or more and they can be unplayable at times, but let's keep things simple and try Tottenham -1.5 goals 2.16 + asian line .
SERIE A : INTERNAZIONALE - GENOA
Inter waved goodbye to Claudio Ranieri after the loss to Juventus last week and replaced him with the future, Andrea Stramaccioni, the 36 yo has been in charge of Inter's youth squad, who won the 2011-12 NextGen title and he had been widely touted for one of the national youth roles and tipped for stardom by tactical master Arrigo Sacchi. Stramaccioni is tactically astute, very ...... FULL PREVIEW RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIBERS
LA LIGA : VALENCIA - LEVANTE
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- Porteros: Diego Alves, Guaita.
- Defensas: Barragán, Dealbert, Ricardo Costa, Víctor Ruiz, Rami, Bernat, Mathieu.
- Centro del campo: Albelda, Topal, Tino Costa, Dani Parejo, Feghouli, Pablo, Piatti.
- Delanteros: Jonas, Alcácer and Aduriz.
Jordi Alba and Roberto Soldado will be absent for Valencia due to suspension.Good Luck.
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