For Sunday’s European action we’re looking for value in the Russian Premier League where there’s a Moscow derby between CSKA and Dynamo. In Spain, Villarreal take on Valencia with both teams in good goal-scoring form.
We then move to Schalke taking on Union Berlin in the Bundesliga, with the home side desperate to get off the bottom of the table. Finally to Turkey, where Goztepe face an unbeaten Fenerbahce who could take first place here with a win.
This will be the 151st league meeting between the pair and the 76th at home for CSKA. Over those home matches the records have been pretty even with 23 wins for both sides and 29 draws over the years. In the five most recent league meetings at the CKSA Arena the away side have held the advantage, winning three, CSKA have won one and the other ended 2-2.
CSKA have started the league well, winning six, drawing one and losing three, scoring 16 and conceding eight. Dynamo have won five, drawn two and lost three, scoring nine and conceding five. With both teams scoring and conceding plenty, goals is the way to go here..
Villarreal come into this one as pretty heavy favourites, largely thanks to Valencia’s disastrous away form in the league where they’ve only won two of their last 15 matches on the road. Villarreal on the other hand, have won three, drawn one and lost one of their five most recent home matches.
Valencia can take some hope from Villarreal’s apparent lack of interest in keeping clean sheets at home, of their eight most previous home matches they’ve kept just two clean sheets. We can’t go with Both Teams To Score here though, as Valencia have only scored in one of the last five meetings between the sides at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
The home side have scored at least two goals in all four of their most recent home wins, and with Valencia struggling for goals we reckon we’re looking at a 2-0 or 3-0 here.
It’s just a little bizarre to see three clubs at the bottom of the Bundesliga tied on zero points after three matches, but then again 2020 is a bizarre year and in the grand scheme of things it’s not the strangest thing to have happened this year. Regardless, Schalke are in big trouble, over their three matches they’ve scored just one goal and have conceded a mammoth 15.
Union have won one, drawn one and lost one of their three matches, scoring six and conceding four. Thanks to the international break both sides will have had plenty of time to prepare for this, but it’s hard to see a winner. Schalke are in awful form and Union don’t tend to do much on the road. This has a draw written all over it.
Both teams are so far undefeated in Turkey’s Super Lig. However, the home side have only won one of their four matches, the three others ended in draws. Fenerbahce have won two and drawn two of their four.
These have been very even matches. Over previous meetings at the Gursel Aksel Stadyumu, Goztepe have won one, Fenerbahce one as well and there have been three draws. Over 2.5 goals and BTTS landed in three of those five matches. The home side have netted eight over their four matches, seven of those coming at home. Fenerbahce are rarely kept scoreless in this fixture either.
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14:30 CSKA Moscow v Dynamo Moscow: Both Teams to Score
15:00 Villarreal v Valencia: Villarreal to Win & Over 1.5 Goals
17:00 Schalke v Union Berlin: Draw
17:00 Goztepe v Fenerbahce: Both Teams to Score
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