The second half of the season kicks off tonight as Lierse host Coxyde in the 17th round of the Belgian second division. Lierse, who were relegated from the Pro League last season, were tipped for an immediate return to the top flight, but a difficult start to the season saw them only pick up one point from the first four rounds. Things have gotten better since, but they are still only in 10th place with half the season gone and need to keep on putting points on the board. They are undefeated in seven straight league games, so form wise they are well up there with the best in the league. Slovenian striker Etien Velinkolja has been in excellent goal scoring form this season, hitting 11 goals in 13 league games. He will lead the line again tonight as he chases Tubize’s Diallo at the top of the goal scoring charts.
Coxyde were promoted from the third division last season and have found life in the second tier difficult so far. They are yet to record a win this season and sit second bottom in the table after six draws and nine losses from the first 15 rounds. Away from home they have only managed two points all season, and after three heavy defeats in a row, they are not exactly booming with confidence.
The reverse fixture, which was also the first game of the season, ended in a 1-1 draw. Lierse were however the clearly better team (18-6 in shots, 69% possession) and are likely to get their revenge tonight.
Date & Time: 4 Dec 2015 – 20.35 CET
League: Proximus League (Belgium)
Match: Lierse – Coxyde
Pick: Lierse Asian Hcp -1
Highest Odds: 1.62 @ Unibet
Stake: 25 EUR
Result: 3-1, bet won!
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RB Leipzig Women on the up
Newly promoted RB Leipzig are heading to bottom of the table MSV Duisburg tonight in the sixth round of the Frauen Bundesliga. Duisburg are still winless and faced heavy defeat in their last league outing to Eintracht Frankfurt (1-5). The Zebras have already conceded 21 goals this season while only scoring four and will struggle to stay in the division.
They still have to do without Sarah Freutel, Alexandra Emmerling, Jelena Prvulovic and Brooke Denesik, and received another blow as Danish centre back Emilie Henriksen also will miss the game due to illness.
RB Leipzig hope to pick up their second win of the season and were happy to see all their international players come back healthy and raring to go after the break. Elvira Herzog, Michela Croatto, Julia Magerl and Korina Janez all trained with the team this week and look sharp.
We’re rather confident of an away win here.
Date & Time: 3 November 2023 – 17:30 GMT
Competition: Bundesliga Women (Germany)
Match: MSV Duisburg – RB Leipzig
Pick 1: RB Leipzig Asian Hcp -1
Odds: 2.05 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 1-1, bet lost.
New manager boost for Ajax
To say that Ajax’s start to the season has been poor is an understatement. In fact, Ajax are incredibly enough bottom of the Eredivise table after their opening eight games, the worst start ever for the club. It came as little surprise then when head coach Maurice Steijn was relieved of his duties and replaced with Hedwiges Maduro on an interim basis. He did not fare much better in his two games in charge, a 0-2 loss to Brighton followed up by a 2-5 loss at PSV. This led to the club appointing John van’t Schip as their new manger on a two year deal.
van’t Schip has only had a few days to prepare for tonight’s game against struggling Volendam, but just having a permanent manager, let alone a club legend, in place must be seen as a boost. Also, the visitors are the worst away team in league, having lost all their four league outings this season, scoring only four goals in the process while conceding a whopping 12.
This is the perfect rebound spot for Ajax and despite their struggles so far, we believe they will go all out here and win this comfortably.
Date & Time: 2 November 2023 – 19:00 GMT
Competition: Eredivise (Netherlands)
Match: Ajax – Volendam
Pick 1: Ajax Asian Hcp -1.5, -2
Odds: 1.86 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet won! (half win)
Pick 2: Ajax HT/FT
Odds: 1.72 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: Half time score: 0-0, bet lost.
Pick 3: Over 3.5, 4 goals in the game
Odds: 1.925 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet lost.
Rotating Rovers without chance
Chelsea get a welcome break from league football when they welcome Championship side Blackburn Rovers to Stamford Bridge tonight. A place in the Carabao Cup quarter finals is at stake and the Blues aim to go all the way.
Rovers are expected to make some changes to the team that lost 0-1 at home to Swansea at the weekend and Jake Garrett, Adam Wharton, Dilan Markanday and Andrew Moran all could get a start here. Captain Lewis Travis will start but Rovers’ manager Jon Dahl Tomasson will have to do without top scorer Sam Szmodics who is nursing an injury picked up at the weekend.
Chelsea could also give some of the non regular starters a chance to shine, with the likes of Armando Broja and Ian Maatsen. We could also see Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk, who missed the league defeat to Brentford at the weekend, start.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “We will try to play with our best team. Some players will need to rest because after Saturday’s game we can’t take risks. But, in general, we will try to play our best team.”
We will take his word for it and expect Chelsea to win this rather comfortably.
Date & Time: 1 November 2023 – 19:45 GMT
Competition: Carabao Cup (England)
Match: Chelsea – Blackburn
Pick: Chelsea to win & Under 4.5 goals
Odds: 1.73 @ Skybet
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet won!