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Austria, Switzerland and Denmark's leagues are just beginning, but will be good trading vehicles once they have fleshed out so it is a largely Scandinavian look to the coupon today. The tennis will have to take a back seat at the weekend as the work load, football-wise, increases markedly.

14:00 - Djurgardens v Ostersunds FK - 1.98 Djurgardens

  • In the last 3 head to heads, the home team has won.
  • This is 7th v 5th in the Swedish Allsvenskan.

Djurgardens

  • Only 5 defeats.3 of which came last 6 matches.
  • 4 wins in 5 at home though.
  • Failed to score in only 3 matches.
  • Scored and conceded in 6 of their last 7 matches.
  • Only losses at home v top 3.
  • No 0-0 at home.

Ostersunds

  • Only 1 loss in 12 was v Malmo.
  • Scored and conceded in 11 of the last 13 matches.
  • Failed to score only twice.
  • Only 1 win away v top 14.
  • No away 0-0.

Conclusions

  • On the face of it, Ostersunds has the better recent form but are poor away.
  • There is a feel that both teams could score today which is why I would be keen to back the 2-1 and 1-2 scorelines. I tend to trade out of both if lucky enough to see a 1-1.
  • Lay any late 0-0.

15:00 - Dundee United v Cowdenbeath - 1.22 Dundee United

  • Championship v League Two in this Scottish League Cup match.
  • 6-1 Dundee United last year tells you what to expect today.
  • 2 consecutive wins for Cowdenbeath albeit v League One and Football League teams. This is a step up.
  • Dundee United really should be scoring at least 2 goals today and winning. I would be keen to lay Cowdenbeath if they lead at any stage.

16:30 - IFK Goteborg v Orebro - 1.7 IFK

  • IFK has scored 2 goals at least in each of the last 8 head to heads. Orebro has scored 2 goals at least in each of the last 3 head to heads.
  • This is 11th v 10th in the Swedish Allsvenskan.

IFK

  • All 4 defeats came away from home.
  • 5 1-1 draws at home is leaking points.
  • No 0-0.
  • Scored first in 4 of 6 home matches.

Orebro

  • 4 wins in 5 matches.
  • Only 3 clean sheets.
  • All away defeats have come v top 9 teams.
  • 3 first half goals and 13 second half goals in Orebro away match.

Conclusions

  • Head to heads are emphatic here and tell us IFK should score 2 goals at least, but home form for IFK tells us 1-1 is a recurring theme.
  • IFK tend to score first and I would speculatively lay them if they do score first only given those 1-1's.
  • Orebro may be competitive today given their losses away tend to come v top 9 sides.
  • I would consider 2-2 as a trading angle today in the correct score market given the history of the teams.

16:30 - RoPS v SJK - 2.14 SJK

  • RoPS have a very poor record when SJK come to visit.
  • This is 9th v 8th in the Finnish Veikkausliiga.

RoPS

  • 3 consecutive score draws are the only draws of the season.
  • 2-2 last home match the only draw at home.
  • No 0-0.
  • Unbeaten v 6th and lower at home.

SJK

  • No draw in 7.
  • 0-0-2-0-0-1-2 goals scored in recent matches.
  • Only 1 win v top 10 away.

Conclusions

  • I am not keen on this Finnish League. Here we have an SJK team competitive when they meet RoPS but RoPS are unbeaten this season at home v 6th and lower, scoring 2 goals regularly.
  • Go with head to heads (SJK not to lose), or recent form (RoPS to score at least 2 goals)?
  • I would take a chance and lay any late score draw. 3 consecutive score draws now for RoPS.

16:30 - Kalmar FF v AFC Utd - 1.86 Kalmar

  • 2-1 AFC in the only recent relevant head to head.
  • This is 15th v 16th in the Swedish Allsvenkan (the bottom 2).

Kalmar

  • 8 defeats in 9 matches.
  • No draw in 10 matches.
  • Wins at home v 13th and 14th suggests they could actually be competitive today.
  • Tend to score most first half and concede most second half at home.

AFC

  • Only 1 win came last match .....v Kalmar!
  • 6 consecutive away defeats.
  • Conceded in each of their last 8 away.
  • 15 of 19 goals conceded away came 2nd half.

Conclusions

  • Another Swedish puzzler. Recent form sees AFC beat Kalmar albeit at home.
  • Kalmar themselves at home tend to beat bottom 4 sides and meet same today.
  • This is not a match I can get enthused about.

16:30 - HJK v PS Kemi - 1.17 HJK

  • 2-0, 0-1, 0-2 HJK wins in the last 3 head to heads. Not reflective of a 1.17 shot.
  • This is 1st v 10th in the Finnish Veikkausliiga.

HJK

  • Only 1 defeat.
  • 2 consecutive 1-1 draws albeit away.
  • 4 consecutive home wins to nil.
  • No defeat in 11.
  • Scored 2+ goals in each of their last 4 home matches.
  • 100% over 1.5 goals at home.
  • Only 1 goal conceded at home.

PS Kemi

  • No win in 5.
  • 3 consecutive away defeats.
  • No draw in 8 away.
  • Have lost to nil v top 5 away.

Conclusions

  • 2-0 looks a starting point today. Should PS score and lead, I would be backing HJK.
  • Normally 1.17 odds suggests 3/4 goals but HJK has been doing just enough to win to nil. With PS failing to score in 3 consecutive away defeats, a win to nil looks on the cards today.

17:00 - Dundalk v Shamrock Rovers - 1.58 Dundalk

  • 2-1 Dundalk at home and 2-1 Shamrock at home in the last 2 head to heads.
  • This is 2nd v 5th in the Irish Premier Division.

Dundalk

  • Only 1 draw was a 0-0.
  • 5 consecutive wins.
  • All wins at home v 5th and lower.

Shamrock

  • Failed to score only twice.
  • No draw in 10 away.
  • All defeats away v top 4 saw both teams score.

Conclusions

  • Both teams to score and Dundalk not to lose looks the call here today.
  • Lay any late draw too.
  • Lay Shamrock if Shamrock lead at any stage in this match.