Predictions

Predictions 24 – 27.10.2023

Braga vs Real Madrid | Champions League (24.10.2023, 21:00)

Sporting Braga and Real Madrid are set to clash at the Braga Municipal Stadium in a highly-anticipated Champions League Group C encounter. This showdown takes place on the third matchday of the competition.

Sporting Braga comes into this fixture riding high on a wave of five consecutive victories. They currently occupy the second spot in the group with three points, the same as Napoli. On the other hand, Real Madrid boasts a perfect record, having garnered all six points from their first two games. A positive result in Portugal could secure their passage to the round of 16 and clinch the top spot in the group. However, they experienced a minor hiccup in their previous La Liga fixture, drawing 1-1 against Sevilla.

Braga’s recent form has been impressive, and their win against Rebordosa exemplifies their strength. The battle for progression to the knockout phase is likely to be fiercely contested, and Napoli is another contender in the mix. Meanwhile, Union Berlin has already been effectively eliminated from the competition with zero points after two games.

While there haven’t been recent encounters between these two teams, Real Madrid enters as the favorites and aims to reach the finals. Despite Ancelotti’s narrow victory over Union Berlin and a 3-2 win against Napoli in the Champions League, Real Madrid remains a formidable side with an exceptional attack, including the likes of Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, and Bellingham.

As of now, Real Madrid sits atop La Liga with eight wins, one draw, and one defeat. Sporting Braga, meanwhile, occupies the fourth position in their domestic league, trailing behind Sporting, Benfica, and Porto.

 

Form Guide

Braga LLWWWW

Braga is riding high on the back of their latest victory, a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Rio Ave in Primeira Liga.

During that match, Braga dominated possession with 72% control and unleashed an impressive 34 shots on goal, 9 of which found their target. Rio Ave, on the other hand, managed 9 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target.

Braga’s recent fixtures have been captivating affairs, often featuring a high-scoring spectacle. Over their last six matches, a total of 26 goals were netted by both teams combined, averaging an impressive 4.33 goals per game. Braga contributed 15 of those goals, showcasing their attacking prowess.

These statistics indicate that Braga is currently delivering entertaining, high-scoring football. Their commitment to an offensive style of play promises exciting matches for fans.

 

Real Madrid WLWWWW

Real Madrid’s previous La Liga fixture ended in a 1-1 draw against Sevilla.

Throughout the match, Real Madrid held 51% of the possession and unleashed 14 shots at goal, with 5 of them testing the opposing goalkeeper. Sevilla, on the other hand, managed 17 attempts at goal, with 7 of them on target.

In their most recent six outings, Real Madrid has been clinical in front of goal, netting a total of 14 times. What’s more, they’ve found the back of the net in every single one of those games, highlighting their attacking prowess. However, it’s also worth noting that they’ve conceded 5 goals during this period.

These statistics underscore Real Madrid’s consistent offensive performance, making them a formidable side in La Liga.

 

Braga vs Real Madrid Predicted XI

Braga Predicted XI: Matheus; Mendes, Fonte, Niakate, Borja; Zalazar, Al-Musrati; Djalo, Pizzi, Bruma; Banza.

Real Madrid Predicted XI: Kepa; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Camavinga; Tchouameni, Modric, Valverde; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr.

 

Prediction

When taking all factors into account, Braga are capable enough to put a goal past this Real Madrid side, although one goal may not be enough to avoid defeat.

We therefore reckon that it will be a tight encounter finishing with a 1-2 win for Real Madrid after 90 minutes. It should be a decent one.

Sevilla vs Arsenal | Champions League (24.10.2023, 21:00)

The upcoming clash at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium between Sevilla and Arsenal, set for the third matchday of Group B in the Champions League, promises to be a thrilling spectacle. The group’s current standings are quite balanced, making every match crucial. Sevilla has drawn its first two matches against Lens and PSV and is in dire need of a victory to significantly improve its chances of progressing in the competition. Recently appointed Uruguayan coach Diego Alonso has made a positive start with a draw against Real Madrid, and Sevilla is looking to reinvigorate their season, just as they did last year through European success.

Arsenal currently sits in second place with 3 points, but a defeat against the French team Lens has put pressure on their campaign. The Gunners managed to avoid defeat against Chelsea in a weekend match, showcasing their resilience. However, there have been defensive issues in Mikel Arteta’s side in recent matches. Arsenal will be eager to get back on track with an away victory, especially after two underwhelming performances on the road.

The only previous direct encounter between these two teams in Seville took place in the Champions League groups in 2007, with the Spaniards winning 3-1. This adds an extra layer of intrigue to their upcoming clash.  

 

Form Guide

Sevilla DDWLDD

Sevilla heads into this upcoming fixture following a 1-1 draw in La Liga against Real Madrid.

During the game, Sevilla managed 49% of the possession and produced 17 shots on goal, with 7 of them finding the target. On the other side, Real Madrid had 14 attempts on goal, with 5 of them on target.

It’s worth noting that keeping clean sheets has been a rare occurrence for Sevilla in recent matches. They have conceded in 5 of their last 6 games, allowing a total of 7 goals during this period.

 

Arsenal WDWWLW

In their previous Premier League match, Arsenal played to an exciting 2-2 draw against Chelsea.

During the game, Arsenal enjoyed 57% of the possession and registered 13 attempts at goal, with 3 of those shots on target. On the other side, Chelsea managed 11 shots on goal, with 5 of them on target.

Over their last six matches, Arsenal has been impressive in front of the goal, accumulating a total of 13 goals. Notably, Arsenal has found the back of the net in every one of these games. However, during this period, their defenders have conceded 4 goals to their opponents.

 

Sevilla vs Arsenal Predicted XI

Sevilla Predicted XI: Nyland; Navas, Gudelj, Ramos, Acuna; Fernando, Sow, Rakitic; Lukebakio, En-Nesyri, Ocampos.

Arsenal Predicted XI: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Partey, Rice, Odegaard; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.      

 

Prediction

It’s our expectation that Sevilla may manage to score a goal against this Arsenal side, although a single goal might not be sufficient to secure a victory.

As a result, we anticipate a closely contested match ending with a score of 1-2 in favor of Arsenal after 90 minutes.

Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk | Champions League (25.10.2023, 18:45)

Barcelona is clearly asserting its dominance in Group H of the Champions League and is set to host Shakhtar Donetsk in their third match as they aim for another resounding victory to maintain a perfect record. The Blaugrana have already secured 6 points by defeating Antwerp and Porto without conceding a single goal, underlining their position as the group favorites. Xavi’s squad understands that another victory would put them well on their way to the next round, but they have encountered some challenges in recent matches. As such, they must be cautious and not underestimate their opponent.

Shakhtar Donetsk is coming off a remarkable 3-2 comeback victory over Antwerp in Belgium, propelling them to 3 points and putting them level with Porto. They now face a crucial double-header against Barcelona, where gaining points is vital as they approach the final stages of the group. Shakhtar currently sits in the third position in the Ukrainian championship but remains in the hunt for the top spot. They are participating in multiple important matches, which adds to the significance of energy management.

Around a decade ago, Shakhtar was considered a top-tier team and often posed challenges to Barcelona in the Champions League. The encounter between these two teams promises to be an intriguing contest with potentially surprising outcomes.

 

Form Guide

Barcelona WDWWDD

Barcelona is looking to build on their recent success when they face Shakhtar Donetsk. In their previous match, Barcelona secured a 1-0 victory in La Liga against Athletic Bilbao. During the game, Barcelona enjoyed 62% possession and made 12 attempts on goal, with 7 of them on target. Athletic Bilbao had 10 shots on goal, with 3 on target.

Over their last 6 matches, Xavi Hernández’s Barcelona has found the back of the net 9 times, resulting in an average of 1.5 goals per game. Barcelona will be hoping to maintain this scoring form as they face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk WLDLWW

Shakhtar Donetsk heads into the match with confidence, having secured a 3-0 victory in the Premier League against LNZ Cherkasy in their previous game.

Over their last six matches, Shakhtar Donetsk has scored a total of 10 goals, showing their ability to find the back of the net consistently. During this period, they’ve managed to score in every one of those games. However, it’s worth noting that they’ve also conceded 8 goals in the same timeframe. Shakhtar Donetsk will aim to continue their scoring form as they face Barcelona in the upcoming Champions League clash.

 

Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk Predicted XI

Barcelona Predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Cancelo, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Gundogan, Romeu, Lopez; Yamal, Torres, Felix.

Shakhtar Donetsk Predicted XI: Riznyk; Konoplya, Bondar, Rakitskyi, Topalov; Stepanenko; Zubkov, Bondarenko, Kryskiv, Newerton; Sikan.         

 

Prediction

We believe that Shakhtar Donetsk has the capability to find the back of the net against Barcelona, but they may not score as many goals as their opponents.

Our prediction is a tight match ending with a 2-1 victory for Barcelona after 90 minutes. It should be an exciting encounter.

Young Boys vs Manchester City | Champions League (25.10.2023, 21:00)

The upcoming fixture in the third day of the Champions League group stage presents a match between Young Boys and Manchester City. The game is set to take place on Wednesday evening at the Stadion Wankdorf in Bern. Both teams are part of Group D, along with Leipzig and Red Star.

Starting with the European champions, Manchester City is aiming to replicate their fantastic run of the previous season, having made a strong start by winning the first two group matches. The Citizens did face some challenges recently, losing three out of four games, marking a rare downturn in the Guardiola era. However, they regained their winning form with a victory against Brighton.

Young Boys, on the other hand, have secured just one point in the opening two group matches, particularly impressing in their last fixture against the Serbian side, Red Star. In that match, they came close to winning all three points. Raphael Wicky’s team may not be on the same level as Manchester City or Leipzig, and their primary objective might be to secure third place in the group. Nevertheless, in these upcoming encounters with the English champions, they have nothing to lose and will be eager to grab some valuable points.

 

Form Guide

Young Boys WLWDWD

Young Boys are heading into this game following a goalless draw in the Swiss Super League against FC Zurich. In this match, Young Boys enjoyed 60% possession and attempted 15 shots at the goal, but only 1 of those found the target. On the other hand, FC Zurich had 8 attempts on goal, with just 1 on target.

Over the course of their last 6 fixtures, under the guidance of their coach Raphaël Wicky, BSC Young Boys have managed to score a total of 11 goals. This equates to an average of 1.83 goals per game, showcasing their ability to find the back of the net consistently.

 

Manchester City WLLWLW

Manchester City heads into this match after a recent 2-1 victory in the Premier League against Brighton & Hove Albion.

In this game, Manchester City managed 55% possession and fired 10 shots at the goal, with 6 on target. On the other side, Brighton & Hove Albion had 5 attempts on goal, with 3 on target.

Analyzing their recent performances, Manchester City has struggled defensively, conceding goals in 5 of their last 6 matches, totaling 6 goals against them during that period.

 

Young Boys vs Manchester City Predicted XI

Young Boys Predicted XI: Racioppi; Janko, Camara, Benito, Garcia; Males, Ugrinic, Niasse; Elia; Monteiro, Itten.

Manchester City Predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovacic; Foden, Alvarez, Doku; Haaland. 

 

Prediction

Young Boys are expected to create opportunities to score against Manchester City, but they might not be able to prevent City from scoring a couple of goals in response.

We predict a close game with a final score of 1-2 in favor of Manchester City.

PSG vs AC Milan | Champions League (25.10.2023, 21:00)

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) hosts Milan at Parc des Princes for the third day of the Champions League in Group F. Group F presents a complex situation, with all teams still in contention for a spot in the round of 16. Newcastle leads the group with 4 points, PSG is second with 3 points, Milan has two points, and Borussia Dortmund closes the table with one point.

Milan recently faced a high-stakes match against Juventus, which they lost 1-0 due to a decisive goal from Locatelli. The match took a challenging turn for Milan as Thiaw was sent off in the first half, leaving his teammates to play more than half the game with 10 against 11. On the other hand, PSG had a comfortable 3-0 victory against Strasbourg, continuing a run of two consecutive wins. However, PSG experienced a notable 4-1 defeat against Newcastle in the Champions League.

In the Champions League, Milan drew their first two group games against Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle. In Serie A, they’ve lost the top position to Inter, and in Ligue 1, PSG is currently third, trailing behind Monaco and Nice. PSG has secured five wins, three draws, and one defeat, boasting the second-best attack in the league but conceding seven goals in the first 9 rounds.

 

Form Guide

Paris Saint-Germain WWDLWW

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is coming off a confident 3-0 victory in Ligue 1 against Strasbourg.

In that match, PSG dominated with 77% possession and took 8 shots on goal, with 4 on target. Strasbourg had 7 attempts at goal, with only 1 on target.

Under the guidance of manager Luis Enrique, PSG has impressively found the back of the net 13 times in their last 6 matches. During this period, their defense conceded just 5 goals.

 

AC Milan WWWDWD

AC Milan will be aiming for a better result in this game after their recent loss to Juventus in Serie A.

In that match, AC Milan had 52% possession and attempted 7 shots, with only 1 on target. In contrast, Juventus had 14 attempts on goal, with 4 on target.

Notably, in 5 of their last 6 matches, there has been a limited number of goals scored in AC Milan’s games. Over this period, the average number of goals per game is a modest 1.33, and AC Milan’s average is just 1.17.

 

PSG vs AC Milan Predicted XI

PSG Predicted XI: Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Skriniar, L. Hernandez; Zaire-Emery, Ugarte, Vitinha; Dembele, Ramos, Mbappe.

AC Milan Predicted XI: Maignan; Calabria, Thiaw, Tomori, T. Hernandez; Musah, Krunic, Reijnders; Pulisic, Giroud, Leao.      

 

Prediction

In this match, AC Milan has the potential to score against the Paris Saint-Germain team, but it might not be sufficient to secure a victory.

Our prediction is a closely contested game ending in a 2-1 victory for Paris Saint-Germain at the end of regulation time.

Liverpool vs Toulouse | Europa League (26.10.2023, 21:00)

Liverpool, currently leading the Premier League and topping their Europa League group with a perfect record, will be hosting Toulouse. Toulouse, known for its French Cup victory last season, has had a strong start in the 2023/2024 season, showing resilience and strength. They’ve had noteworthy results, including draws against teams like PSG, Marseille, and Brest, and have collected four points in their two European group matches against Royale Union Saint Gilloise and LASK. These achievements present an impressive track record that Liverpool, under Klopp’s management, will undoubtedly take into account when preparing for this match.

Liverpool’s performance has been commendable as well. They recently won the derby against Everton and, if not for Matip’s sensational own goal in injury time against Tottenham, they would be leading the Premier League without a single defeat. While Liverpool clearly boasts more experienced players, Toulouse’s recent results against formidable opponents demonstrate that this will likely be an interesting and initially balanced match.

It’s important to note that Toulouse is currently in the ninth position in the standings, and they are missing their top scorer, Aboukhal. However, Toulouse’s history at Anfield, Liverpool’s home ground, hasn’t been favorable. In their only previous encounter at Anfield during the Champions League preliminaries, Liverpool secured a convincing 4-0 victory.

 

Form Guide

Liverpool WWLWDW

Liverpool’s last game was a success, with a 2-0 victory in the Premier League against Everton. Liverpool showed strong dominance in the match, with 78% possession and 26 attempts on goal, 6 of which were on target. In contrast, Everton had fewer opportunities, with 6 shots at goal and only 1 on target.

Liverpool has been consistently scoring goals recently, finding the back of the net in all of their last 6 matches. They have scored a total of 13 goals during this period while conceding 6.

 

Toulouse DDLWWD

In their previous match, Toulouse played to a 1-1 draw in Ligue 1 against Reims. Toulouse had 49% possession and registered 11 attempts on goal, 5 of which were on targe. On the other side, Reims had 15 attempts on goal with 4 on target.

Toulouse’s defense has shown improvement recently, with only 4 goals conceded in their last 6 matches. During this same period, they scored a total of 7 goals themselves.

 

Liverpool vs Toulouse Predicted XI

Liverpool Predicted XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold; Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Jones, Endo, Gravenberch; Salah, Nunez, Diaz.

Toulouse Predicted XI: Restes; Keben, Costa, Nicolaisen, Suazo; Spierings, Sierro, Casseres Jr; Donnum, Dallinga, Gelabert.       

 

Prediction

It’s anticipated that Liverpool will have several scoring opportunities, likely resulting in a number of shots on target. Toulouse, on the other hand, might find it challenging to create scoring opportunities, but they could pose a threat on occasion.

As a result, we predict a controlled 3-1 victory for Liverpool at the end of the match.