Predictions 07 - 09.10.2023

Real Madrid vs Osasuna | La Liga

07/10/2023 15:15

Prediction: 2-1

Real Madrid is set to host Osasuna in a La Liga clash, and they aim to maintain their position at the top of the league table. Real Madrid currently sits with 21 points, a significant 11 points ahead of 10th-placed Osasuna. Their recent 3-2 comeback victory against Napoli in the Champions League has boosted their confidence. Real Madrid has secured three consecutive wins, scoring at least twice in each of those matches. While Napoli’s Leo Ostigard prevented them from securing a clean sheet, Real Madrid remains the best-defending team in La Liga. They have conceded just six goals in their opening eight league games, keeping clean sheets in five of those matches. In five of their ten matches this season, Real Madrid has secured victories with clean sheets. They have only lost one of their ten matches and have won nine of them. Real Madrid will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak at home in the league, having won seven of their last eight home league games, with one draw.

Osasuna enters this game after a 2-0 away victory against Alaves, with goals scored by Jose Arnaiz and Ante Budimir. This win ended Osasuna’s goal drought, as they had gone two games without scoring. The game turned in their favor when Alaves’ Antonio Blanco received a red card early in the second half. However, Osasuna has struggled defensively in recent times, conceding more than a goal in six of their last nine matches. Their poor record against Real Madrid will challenge their pursuit of a second consecutive win. In their last 19 matches against Real Madrid, Osasuna has not secured a victory, losing 14 times during this period. Moreover, in four of their last five meetings with Real Madrid, Osasuna conceded at least two goals.

Brighton vs Liverpool | Premier League

08/10/2023 14:00

Prediction: 1-3

Liverpool is gearing up to face Brighton in their upcoming match, looking to bounce back from a controversial defeat to Tottenham in their previous game. In that match, Liverpool had a legitimate goal disallowed when Luis Diaz’s strike was incorrectly ruled offside, resulting in a VAR mix-up. Jurgen Klopp has expressed his desire for a replay, though it’s unlikely to occur. Instead, Liverpool will focus on extending their unbeaten run.

Brighton, on the other hand, poses a formidable challenge, especially when playing at home. They’ve had an impressive start to the season and currently sit in the top six of the Premier League. However, they suffered a heavy 6-1 defeat to Aston Villa in their last match. Consequently, Brighton’s manager, Roberto De Zerbi, will be eager to see his team respond positively when they play at home against Liverpool.

Arsenal vs Manchester City | Premier League

08/10/2023 16:30

Prediction: 0-1

Arsenal is ready to face Premier League leaders Manchester City in the eighth round of the competition at the Emirates Stadium. Currently, Arsenal sits in third place, just two points behind Manchester City. This fixture carries immense significance, as it offers a chance to claim three valuable points and potentially secure the top position in the Premier League.

Arsenal has enjoyed a solid start to the new season in terms of results. They occupy the third spot after seven matchdays, having garnered seventeen points from seven games. They share this point tally with arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur, although the latter holds a slightly superior goal difference. While Mikel Arteta’s squad might not be replicating the free-flowing football of the previous season that saw them lead the Premier League for a considerable period, they have consistently delivered positive outcomes. However, the team encountered a setback in the Champions League this week, suffering a 2-1 defeat to Lens. This marked Arsenal’s first loss of the season.

In contrast, Manchester City has maintained their winning momentum from the previous season, launching the current season impressively. They currently lead the Premier League with nineteen points from seven games, holding a two-point advantage over both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. Similarly, to Arsenal, Manchester City also participated in a Champions League match last week, achieving notably better results. Guardiola’s side secured a 3-1 victory against RB Leipzig in their away fixture. Following a 3-1 home win against Red Star Belgrade, they secured their second consecutive triumph in the Champions League. This victory came on the heels of an unexpected defeat to relegation-threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.

Manchester City has not kept a clean sheet in their last three matches. Additionally, in four of Arsenal’s last five matches, more than 2.5 goals have been scored. Moreover, both teams have scored in six of Manchester City’s last eight matches. It’s noteworthy that Arsenal has been the team to open the scoring in their previous six matches.

Granada vs Barcelona | La Liga

08/10/2023 20:00

Prediction: 1-2

Barcelona aims to secure their third consecutive victory in all competitions as they prepare to face Granada in La Liga. The Catalan giants clinched a 1-0 win over Sevilla in the league last Friday, accumulating a total of 20 points, placing them second, just one point behind leaders Real Madrid. Remarkably, Barcelona is the only team in La Liga that has remained unbeaten in eight matchweeks.

In the Champions League, the La Liga champions also triumphed with a 1-0 victory over Porto on Wednesday evening, amassing six points in Group H.

On the contrary, Granada has struggled in the league this season, with only one victory to their name, leaving them second from the bottom in the standings. Granada has won one, drawn one, and lost two of their four home matches this season. Meanwhile, Barcelona has maintained an undefeated streak in their last seven away trips.

However, both teams will have to contend with injury-enforced absentees. Granada will be without goalkeeper Raul Fernandez and club captain Victor Diaz. Fernandez is sidelined due to a fractured finger that required surgery, while Diaz is suffering from synovitis in his left knee, preventing him from training with the group.

Barcelona also has some key players unavailable due to injuries. Pedri, Raphinha, and Frenkie de Jong have been ruled out for an extended period. Additionally, Robert Lewandowski recently joined the list of injured players after sustaining an ankle sprain during the UEFA Champions League match against FC Porto.