Monchengladbach v Istanbul Basaksehir
There’s a big game in group J as two teams with the possibility of progression meet at Borussia Park under the lights. The relatively modern Turkish side have done well to compete with both Monchengladbach and Roma in a difficult group but given the group dynamics they have to win this one.
Basaksehir could finish joint second with Roma should the Italians lose against Wolfsberger but would still be out given an inferior head to head record with the Giallorossi so they need the win here. A draw would be good enough for the hosts though, although I don’t think it’s in their portfolio to sit back and invite pressure.
The Foals have been rampant this season under the impressive Marco Rose and they currently top the Bundesliga table and grabbed a late win against champions Bayern Munich last time out. Ex-Salzburg gaffer Rose implements a high pressing and attacking game focusing on fluidity of movement in through the thirds. It’s attractive to watch and he’s getting the best out of attacking players such as Breel Embolo, Patrick Hermann and Marcus Thuram. There’s midfielders chipping in too with the likes of Florian Nehaus and Lars Stindl getting in on the act.
I think they maybe best served trying to get ahead then pluck the Turkish side off on the counter attack. Either way this game has to open up at some point or another and given the goals Gladbach score and the good form the visitors are in we could see an open and exciting encounter.
We can back over 2.75 goals at 1.880 and that makes appeal. We make money if there are 3 or more goals scored.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 goals at 1.880
Rangers v Young Boys
Surely group G is the one all eyes will be on from 8pm on Thursday. All four sides can still finish in the top two and qualify, something you seldom see in this format.
Rangers are the team in pole position as a draw would be enough to see them advance, so it will be interesting to see how Steven Gerrard sets his side up here. They’ve proven themselves to be a tough nut to crack and have only lost once in their five games so far, worryingly that was in Bern against tonight’s opponents, Young Boys.
The Swiss side certainly go through with a win but they could also progress should they draw here and Feyenoord beat Porto. With various connotations we’re bound to see some drama with sides having to constantly change gameplan during the match. One eye will be on the Estadio Do Dragao as what happens their will have a profound affect on this game in Glasgow.
When you get these kind of scenarios I tend look at low scoring games, particularly early on. Rangers will look to be tight and not allow many shots given that a draw suffices for the Teddy Bears. Young Boys know a draw could also be good enough for them so I’m not expecting them to go hammer and tongues from the get go.
All things considered the 1.840 available on under 2.75 goals looks a worthy play.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Under 2.75 goals at 1.840
Wolves v Besiktas
The one game I’m going to preview with nothing riding on it will be Wolves’ clash with Besiktas at Molineux. The hosts are already through whilst Besiktas are already out, therefore it’s a dead rubber and both teams are likely to rotate their teams.
Nuno Espírito Santo has asked for a lot out of his relatively thin squad with the Old Gold seldom getting a week where they just play a single game. English football is harsh at this time of year too with a backlog of fixtures over the festive period. It would be no surprise to see Nuno field a shadow squad here and rest his big guns for the weekend meeting with Spurs.
Star striker Raul Jimenez won’t play due to suspension and I’d expect key men like Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty, Adama Traore, Diogo Jota and Joao Moutinho will all get a rest with the Portuguese gaffer hinting that some of the youth set up will be involved.
Wolves have been away on a mini training camp in Marbella in order to recharge the batteries but that’s surely with Spurs in mind. Besiktas aren’t expected to field their strongest eleven either but they’ll be eager to be competitive. The Istanbul-based club are in excellent form at the minute, winning 6 on the spin.
At 8.100 they look a massive price to get a win here considering there’s little incentive for either team. However, without being privy to team lineups at the time of writing I’ll be more cautious and take the Turks with a +1.25 start on the asian handicap at 1.800.
Backing this selection means we make money even if the visitors lose by a goal, with a half stakes win if that occurs or a full stakes win if they avoid defeat.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Besiktas +1.25 at 1.800
Preview By: TomLove_18