Another Irish Premier League game for me that will be played at Waterford RSC and will kick off at 19:45 UK time. The game will be played between Waterford FC and Derry City.
The home side have had a great start to their season and currently lie in 3rd! They’ve managed 1o wins, 3 draws and 6 defeats whilst scoring 26 goals and conceding 22 in their 19 league games. Waterford haven’t won in their last 5 league games with 3 defeats and 2 draws.
What stands out to me is that most games has seen quite a few goals! 3 of their last 6 league games has seen over 2.5 goals. Their home form has been good this season and they have been hard to beat here. They’ve even managed a wins vs Cork City 2-1!
The away side lie in 4th in the table just 3 points behind Waterford, however, they have a game in hand and could overtake them with a win as they have a far better goal difference.
Derry have scored 33 goals and conceded 26 goals in their 18 league fixtures. 5 of their last 7 league games has seen over 2.5 goals. Their last 4 away games has also seen over 2.5 goals too.
At the end of the 2017/18 season Dinamo recovered on time after negative streak of 5 matches on a warm Saturday night Maksimir Stadium was a place of celebration It is 19th time after a convincing 3-1 win over local rival Inter Zapresic.Played with determination and with a greater level easily beat Inter Zapresic and “lift the trophy”.
Having said that in the field will be the champion and the third classified of the championship hoping, therefore, for exciting game.
Huge stake, Dinamo in search of 11th double crown, while Hajduk’s first trophy after winning the Cup in 2013.
These two teams will now play their fifth game this season, having measured their strength on four occasions in the Croatian championship, of course line of 10 corners were crossed several times.
I am not sure about total of goals here but corners should be delivered by both sides.
Derby day confront the best offensive team in the league vs the best defensive so far.
In early phase of Allsvenskan 2018 Hammarby really shocked the Swedish football community with leading the serie by 6 points. 8 streit wins so far.
AIK is also undefeated so far and have a really impressive defensive as the stats can tell it, they are also defensive minded which explain a lot. 5 Goals only let in till today.
Sometimes safe way of playing cost them too many draws. They played against Östersund last game and were in the lead by 1-0 and went on full defensive almost which turn against in last minutes of the game.
Both offer goals, home side scored twenty-four goals in their opening nine games and AIK done fourteen. Past head to head also support today’s prediction.
This year’s Scottish FA Cup final will be played between the Scottish champions Celtic and Motherwell at Hampden Park.
Celtic recently secured their 7th consecutive Premiership title with an emphatic 5-0 victory over rivals Rangers. They are far and away the best side in the league as demonstrated against the Gers and they can destroy any side in this country at any given point.
They won the league by 9 points in the end and never looked troubled at any point throughout the season. They boast goals all over the pitch with Scott Sinclair scoring 10 goals and Dembele, Griffiths and Edouard all scoring 9 each.
There doesn’t seem to be any major injury issues for the Hoops so Brendan Rodgers should be able to field whichever side he likes.
Their opponents Motherwell finished the season competing in the relegation group. They did finish top, beating St Johnstone by a couple of points but from April they have only played the sides at the bottom of the table as the relegation group don’t play any of the championship group.
Cork City are back at Turners Cross looking to close the gap at the top of the table to Dundalk which currently stands at 2 points. Bottom club Bray Wanderers are the visitors on this occasion.
The champions have been excellent on home soil winning every game so far this season. Infact, going into the backend of last season they have won their last 10 home matches and unbelievably have only conceded 1 goal which was in their last match against Limerick. They haven’t quite been as prolific as last season but this is largely down to them losing Sean Maguire who is now flourishing at Preston. Graham Cummins was his replacement and he hasn’t disappointed with 7 league goals so far.
Cork will be without Johnny Dunleavy (0-0), Alan Bennett (5-0), Gearóid Morrisey (14-2), Steven Beattie (6-0).
Bray are rock bottom of the Premier Division and will likely get relegated. They have recently picked up 4 points in amongst all of their defeats (Annoyingly the 2 times i have backed against them) but they were both home matches and apart from somehow holding Dundalk to a 0-0 at Oriel Park the Wanderers have lost every away game this season. They’ve suffered some big losses such as 5-0 to St Patricks, 5-1 to Derry City and 6-0 to Shamrock Rovers.
Robin Haase is a smart player, mixes things up to cause confusion and playing solid defense. However, he is having a bad clay season so far with a 2-4 record. He lost first round matches against Norrie, Rublev and Basic. Against Medvedev he was trailing a set and a break in the second but Medvedev completely lost just like that and made UE after UE.
He will face poweful Shapovalov here who had a great run in Madrid, beating Sandgren, Raonic, Paire and Edmund. Great run till he faced red hot Zverev who won Madrid later on.
I think Shapo will overpower Haase here with his single handed backhand and his awesome angles that he can hit. I think he will make Haase run here.
Only thing that worries me always are the Double faults, risking too much with his second serve always and when Shapo obviously has one of those bad days where he hits all balls in the net.
AIK welcomes Ostersunds in round 9 of the Allsvenskan. The hosts are having a good season so far and are one of two undefeated teams. They are trailing Hammarby by 4 points but with a game at hand that should be 1 point again. Hammarby is playing some great football but not many see them as the league favorite. Aik on the other hand certainly is and with Malmo playing so badly this is a chance they musn`t miss. AIK finished second in the previous two seasons so they definitely have what it takes for a step more. The team has shown stabile defense so far and they conceded only 4 goals, all away from home. The results could be better away but at home are impecable. With 4-0-0 and 8:0 gd only Hammarby looks better. They beat Goteborg and Djugarden here and scored 2 goals against each team that visited. In their last match they took a point away @ Elfsborg which is something they can be happy with but it won`t do at home.
Zurich welcomes Basel in round 35 of the Super League. With 2 matches to play Zurich has to chase points for Europa League or win the Swiss cup against Young Boys. Both tasks will be hard to fulfill and they can only hope Basel will be not be so focused with nothing to play and after a big won over Young Boys in midweek. Zurich is the 4`th team with 45 points but St.Gallen also has 45 but in horrible form. Zurich is playing unconvincingly lately and picked up just 2 wins from the last 10 matches. The only result worth mentioning was 4:0 against St.Gallen at home while they drew with Sion 3:3 and Lausanne 1:1. At least the attacker Frej has found his scoring ability and netted in 5 in the last 3 matches.
Basel is in tremendous form but 3 months to late. Boys have resolves the championship a long time ago. Basel`s poor run of form in early spring has cost them and it seems they are trying to make amends. Basel just destroyed Young Boys in midweek with 5:1 and showed there is still quality in this team. Basel has been stellar lately punching in goals for effect. Their last 3 matches have all gone over 5.5 goals and I don`t see this stoping. They won 7 of the last 8 matches though have had more problems on the road where they were not so convincing.
This duel presents both teams in terrible form. For example Impact’s defensive numbers are arresting, they have given up two goals per game at home ~ 2.44 so far. If you concede as much than you can’t get points.
From the other side Philadelphia Union will wrap up their three-match road trip for Saturday’s Eastern Conference clash and yet again propably will show unacceptable performance. Yet enter this weekend with a record of 2-5-2 and eight points. If the match isn’t being played at Talen Energy Stadium, it’s safe to say the Union won’t take three points. On the road they are just super poor. In fact, they have failed to win 28 of their last 29 road games dating back to Aug. 24, 2016. For instance in Columbus, head coach chose to deploy a nearly identical starting lineup to the one that was embarrassed in Toronto. The result was no different. First XI on the field have looked lost both creatively and mentally.
If there were not enough I will display some more interesting stats from past match in a road. Can you imaging that Union were without completed passes or even attempted passes inside the Columbus box during the first half. Recorded first shot in around 80 minutes of the game.
It was disappointment for United as they lose 3-2 to Livingston in the first leg of the Semi Final playoff. Livingston came out on top in a five-goal thriller against Dundee United in the first leg of the Premiership play-off semi-final. Dundee United self-destructed at Tannadice as they threw away a lead. Now have to step up and reduce deficit from first leg.
Dundee United meanwhile have obligation to go on attack from the first minute if they want to reach the final. This is his second elimination game since they already eliminated Dunfermline, in which ties got 8 and 7 corners.
Those two have met two times in a row already, closing Championship stage and now fighting for Play-Offs, in both occasions line of 10 were crossed easily. Additionally United as a guest lost (2:0) in 14/10 that time got (3-9) Corners.