Audax Italiano vs Estudiantes
Audax Italiano returns to the Copa Libertadores (third appearance in history, first since 2008) after finishing in third place in the Chilean league in 2021. However, the team are finding trouble this term. Last Saturday, they drew 1-1 away at Colo Colo to clinch their first point in three rounds so far. Overall, they haven’t claimed any wins in their last six competitive matches, drawing four and losing two since beating Everton 2-1 away in November. As hosts, Audax are on three without a win (two stalemates and one defeat). However, they have been hosting their home matches at O’Higgins since October considering their own stadium is now a Covid-19 vaccination center.
Estudiantes produced a remarkable campaign in the Argentine league in 2021, securing a sixth place in the aggregate table to make their 16th appearance in the Copa Libertadores (four titles). Ricardo Zielinski’s men beat Lanus 2-1 at home last Saturday to remain perfect in the Copa Liga Profesional, sitting at the top of the group B table with nine points after three consecutive victories. Furthermore, El Pincha are on four away matches unbeaten, with two wins and two draws in that spell.
Estudiantes is in much better form and I expect them to get the win in this 1st leg of the 2nd qualifying stage
BET: Estudiantes -0.5 @ 1.91
Watford vs Crystal Palace
I am betting Watford 0 and under 2.25 goals here today, they are much better of late and I probably should have put them up for a bet on Saturday v Villa, it feels like a side who are improving at the right time of the season under new coach Roy Hodgson. Hodgson’s team tend to keep games tight and with Watford if they can do that, they have excellent attacking players in Sarr and Dennis who can grab them a goal. Palace for me have been faltering a lot of late and have not won in the league since December 28th v Norwich at home, I think this is a good opportunity for Watford to really give their survival hopes a boost and with Palace keeper Guaita a major doubt the team news is also in their favour. I think Watford will see this match as a must not lose and hopefully grab a goal, I think it will be a tight game but I think Under 2.25 goals is a value bet tonight too.
Watford 0 min odds 2.12
Under 2.25 Goals scored min odds 1.83
Liverpool vs Leeds Utd
I am betting Liverpool -2.25 and over 3.75 Goals, I simply can’t see anything but goals here and a Liverpool win, Leeds are just crazy open and against the better teams they are punished, they have shipped 30 goals in 8 games against the big 6 clubs in the premier league and they are now without Robin Koch as well as key players Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips as well as captain Liam Cooper. I think Leeds are that poor at the back Liverpool could cover the goals bet by themselves although Leeds can score and have dangerous player available still in Raphinha James, Rodrigo and Harrison but it is at the other end where the issue is and I think Liverpool could get 4 or 5 tonight.
Liverpool -2.25 min odds 1.95
Over 3.5 goals scored min odds 1.80