Betting Tips for Today: Napoli can make home advantage count against Lazio

Napoli will look to close the gap on Juventus at the top of Serie A when they host Lazio on Sunday.

888Sport are 22/25 (1.88) about the home side winning this game and that looks a solid price given how they’ve fared thus far.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have won eight of their 10 home league matches this season. That’s the second-best record of any side in Italy, only behind the runaway leaders who have two more points in front of their own fans.

Lazio Torino Serie A

Lazio are 3/1 (4.0) underdogs and that quote conveys how much of a test this is likely to be for the visitors. A draw is available at 49/20 (3.45) with 888Sport.

Apart from a narrow 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan, Napoli have been in fantastic form in their most recent Serie A outings, winning five of the last six.

Not only are the hosts scoring plenty of goals domestically – 37 in 19 league outings to be exact – but their defence is also trustworthy, conceding fewer than a goal per game this term.

Perhaps the most impressive part of their campaign to date has been the ability to find the net in the closing stages of matches.

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Napoli have scored 23 second half goals but 13 of them have come in the final 15 minutes of matches. At home those statistics are even more pronounced.

In matches at Stadio San Paolo, Ancelotti’s men have netted eight times between the 76th minute and full time, conceding just once in that time-span.

With that in mind, Napoli to win the second half could be worth considering at 6/5 (2.20) but if they are able to establish an advantage early then their defensive strength might be enough to take three points.

Taking the 22/25 (1.88) about a Napoli win in the match odds looks the way to go for what promises to be an enthralling Serie A encounter.

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Contract rebel Rabiot ruled out of contention at PSG amid Barcelona & Chelsea talk

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Adrien Rabiot is not available for selection due to his contract stand-off at Paris Saint-Germain.

Rabiot has refused to sign a new deal at the Parc des Princes and, as it stands, will leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is reportedly furious at the stance taken by the France midfielder and ordered he train with the reserves, ruling him out of contention for the first-team squad.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Ligue 1 clash with rock-bottom Guingamp, Tuchel said: “I have to prepare my team for Guingamp and it will be a team without Adrien Rabiot.

“I respect the club’s decision. And it is a decision of the club.”

Rabiot has been heavily linked with Barcelona and Chelsea and appears certain to depart the Ligue 1 champions, leaving Tuchel with a hole to fill in his squad.

Julian Weigl, a player Tuchel knows well from their time together at Borussia Dortmund, has been mentioned as a replacement but the German refused to fuel the speculation.

Julian Weigl Borussia Dortmund

“Weigl? I can’t talk about players who are at another club,” Tuchel added.

“Julian was one of my players, but he belongs to Dortmund. We’re working hard to recruit a defensive midfielder.

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“Fourteen days is not long but I trust we can recruit the players we need.”

PSG’s only domestic defeat this season came at the hands of Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue nine days ago and Tuchel confirmed he would select his strongest XI at the weekend before making changes for the Coupe de France clash with Strasbourg on Wednesday.

The Parisians hold a commanding 13-point lead at the top of the table as they seek a sixth Ligue 1 crown in seven years.

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Man City considering new left-back signing as Guardiola confirms ‘three or four’ midfield targets

Pep Guardiola says he has identified “three or four” transfer targets capable of replacing Fernandinho in the Manchester City midfield, and says he could also sign a new left-back.

Guardiola confirmed ahead of Monday’s win over Wolves that finding an alternative to the Brazil international would be an “important target” ahead of next season.

The Catalan also spoke at length about the difficulty of finding suitable players, especially as City are unwilling to spend £100 million to do so. 

“It’s so difficult to find,” he said of players with Fernandinho’s profile. “He knows the Premier League, after three years together here, he knows everything and that’s so important.”

City pursued Jorginho last summer and have still not given up hope of signing Frenkie De Jong from Ajax while it is understood they are also keeping tabs on Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele and Wolves’ Ruben Neves, among others.

That represents a broad spread of players with differing strengths and weaknesses, and speaking at his Friday press conference Guardiola outlined exactly what he is looking for.

“We need a guy who has physicality, can read where our spaces are to attack,” he said. “As many things as he can do, the better. It’s not easy to find one player who can do everything.”

Asked if he has identified anybody capable of fitting the bill, he replied: “Yeah we’ve seen many. There are three or four we are looking at, searching for that position.”

Guardiola also confirmed that City are considering the signing of a new left-back, although he insisted that his side have coped well without Benjamin Mendy, who missed most of last season and much of this.

Benjamin Mendy Manchester City

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Goal understands that the City boss is especially keen to sign an alternative to Mendy, with Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell among the list of options.

“We survived well last season, this season too,” he said of Mendy. “But we are thinking about that yeah. I cannot assure you as I’m delighted with the players I have, but we are going to look at that option.”

Mendy has already had several training sessions and is now building up his fitness ahead of a return to the first team.

The France international had surgery on a meniscus injury at the end of last year, having already missed part of the season with a foot problem.
 

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Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Manchester City travel to take on Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Pep Guardiola’s men kept up their pursuit of league leaders Liverpool with a comfortable 3-0 win against Wolves on Monday night and will hope for another three points here.

The Terriers will have Mark Hudson in temporary charge following David Wagner’s departure on Monday evening but the former defender could barely face a stiffer opening test.

Huddersfield were hammered 6-1 when they last faced City and furthermore, they have failed to win any of their last 10 matches in all competitions.

Latest odds

Florent Hadergjonaj Huddersfield Town 2019

Given the apparent gulf in class between the teams, it is unsurprising that SportPesa make Manchester City their 4/27 (1.15) favourites.

Huddersfield are a 19/1 (20.0) chance to give Hudson a dream debut in the dugout. and SportPesa go 29/4 (8.25) that the hosts pick up a precious point against the defending champions.

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City have no fresh concerns. Sergio Aguero, who hit a hat-trick against Huddersfield in August, could return to the starting line-up here. Gabriel Jesus, though, is surely pushing for a spot after scoring seven goals in his last three games.

Abdelhamid Sabiri, Tommy Smith and Aaron Mooy all miss out again for the Terriers.

Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2018-19

Shot-shy hosts?

Huddersfield have scored just 13 league goals so far this season – scoring just three times in their last eight games in all competitions.

City have scored 19 goals without reply in their last three games, including thumping 7-0 and 9-0 wins in cup competition, and no side has scored more frequently than the men from Manchester in the top tier this term.

SportPesa offer 20/27 (1.74) that City score more than two goals in West Yorkshire whilst the same firm go 20/33 (1.61) that Guardiola’s side win to nil against the toothless Terriers.

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Prediction

Without a win in 10 matches, the Terriers look to be destined for the drop.

Manchester City have been ruthless in recent weeks and this could prove to be something of a one-sided contest, so it is SportPesa’s 11/10 (2.10) quote for Manchester City (-2) to beat the handicap mark could represent real value ahead of Sunday’s showdown.

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Niasse joins Cardiff on loan from Everton

Cardiff City have sealed the loan signing of Oumar Niasse from Everton until the end of the season.

The striker has made just five substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Toffees this term and last scored for them in May 2018.

Niasse arrives to boost Cardiff’s battle against relegation, with Neil Warnock’s side a point and a place above the bottom three.

“I’m really pleased to be at Cardiff City,” the Senegal striker told the club’s website after joining.

“Having heard about the manager from other players and met him earlier today, I knew this was the right move for me.

“Other clubs were interested, but I was convinced that this was where I wanted to come.”

Cardiff are also being linked with a club-record move for Nantes striker Emiliano Sala.

Reports have indicated Cardiff are set to pay around £15 million ($23m) for the 28-year-old, who has scored 12 Ligue 1 goals this term.

Speaking about a potential deal for Sala, Warnock said: “We’re optimistic about that. It’s around £15m, but that’s what strikers cost.

“I like him, he’s a hard worker, he’s not going to knock the walls down but we need strikers. So if I could get both [him and Niasse] I would.”

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Cardiff have scored only 19 Premier League goals in 22 games this year, and only Newcastle United (18) and Huddersfield Town (11) have netted fewer.

These attempts to add to their strike force are a aimed at solving those problems going forward, with forward Callum Paterson their current top scorer with four strikes. 

He is then followed by Victor Camarasa and Josh Murphy on three goals, while centre-back Sol Bamba heads up a list of three players to have scored twice. 

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