Tonight, the 5th round of the Champions League will be completed, as well as some extraordinary matches in the English Championship. There are also some postponed matches in various leagues. The odds were valid at the time the ticket was compiled.
Braga – Union Berlin – fr 1 @ 2.15 at Mozzartbet
The people of Berlin have given up on the Champions League, and their entire focus is now on surviving in the Bundesliga. It’s simply astonishing how this undoubtedly good team fell apart at one point. After a period of constant progress over the past four years and reaching a peak with their qualification for the Champions League, a decline has set in. And what a decline it is – Union’s plummet seems unstoppable. Even a change in coach hasn’t helped, with no wins since August 26th in the match against Darmstadt in the league. Berlin ended their streak of 12 consecutive losses with a 0:0 draw in their visit to Naples, earning their only point in the elite competition. On the other hand, Braga still has a chance to advance to the round of 16. They need to beat Union and then decide their fate in a direct match against Napoli for that second spot. The Portuguese team is certainly the favorite, and we believe they will manage to celebrate a victory at their Quarry.
Sociedad – Salzburg – over 2.5 @ 1.75 at Mozzartbet
The Basques are probably the most pleasant surprise in the Champions League, having secured their place in the round of 16 after just four matches. They are competing for the top spot with Inter Milan; both teams currently have 10 points each, and their direct encounter at the San Siro in two weeks will settle this question. Before that, Real Sociedad plays against Salzburg, a team currently in third place and aiming to stay there to continue in the Europa League. They are threatened by Benfica, whom the Austrians defeated in Lisbon, but the Eagles could do the same in Mozart’s city in the final round. Therefore, it would be important for the Bulls to take some points from San Sebastian, but nobody has had an easy game at Anoeta this autumn. Last weekend, Real Sociedad defeated Sevilla in La Liga, another Champions League participant, and is also the favorite against Salzburg, whom they beat 2-0 in Austria. Something tells us that a home win isn’t so certain, so it seems safer to bet on goals, with at least three expected in total.
Southampton – Bristol City – 1&ov 1.5 @ 1.83 at Mozzartbet
The Saints from the major English port have recovered after their shocking relegation from the elite and have started to record much better results in the Championship. Currently, Southampton is 4th, with 11 points less than the leader Leicester, but their target is the second place, which also grants direct promotion to the Premier League. Ipswich occupies that spot with eight more points, but Leeds players, another last year’s Premier League team, are also ahead of them. It won’t be easy to return to the biggest stage, especially if they continue to drop points like they did last Saturday in Huddersfield, where they conceded a goal for a 1:1 draw in the 7th minute and lost two crucial points. Therefore, against Bristol City, they have a must-win situation even though the visitor is a much better team than the Terriers from Huddersfield. Bristol has strung together three matches without a defeat and moved up to the upper half of the table, albeit somewhere in the middle. This team plays quite well away, but Southampton cannot afford to pay attention to such things and must do everything to secure another three points. The halfway point of the season is approaching, and the favorites for the top are becoming clear.
Ipswich – Millwall – fr 1 @ 1.62 at Mozzartbet
On Saturday, Ipswich experienced only their second defeat of this season in Birmingham. West Brom won quite easily with a 2:0 score, possibly signaling a crisis for the team that entered the Championship from League 1 last spring. The “Tractor Boys” are still in an excellent second place and would surely not mind finishing the season there. The problem is that the season is not even halfway through, and a lot can change. The “Boxing Day” period is approaching, when many matches will be played in a short interval, and after that, we will see if Ipswich has the caliber to compete for a place in the elite alongside teams like Leeds, Southampton, Leicester, West Brom, and others. The Lions from Millwall suffered a convincing defeat at home to Coventry on Saturday. In the last seven rounds, they have won only once and don’t have much to hope for in Ipswich. Perhaps their advantage is that they play much better away, having already brought home 13 points from away games, while they have only secured 7 at their own stadium. Despite this, Ipswich is the favorite, and we believe in their victory.