4 Brilliant Betting Picks for Friday including Sporting and Villarreal


The following is an analysis of four matches that will be played on Friday the 5th of March.

23:00 Valencia vs Villarreal

Two wins from their previous five top-flight outings (W2,D1, L2) has pulled them clear of the relegation battle for now. Enjoying a four-game unbeaten La Liga run at home (W2,D2), the hosts can thank their fighting attitude for the two draws, as they came back from behind in each. Villareal who sit just outside of top six will start this Valencia Country Derby as favourites. Entertaining first halves appear to be a theme for Villareal on the road, they have scored 86% of their away goals before HT.

My prediction: over 0.5 goals before HT

21:30 Ferreira vs Nacional

Ferreira (#5) are eyeing a spot in the Europa Conference League (Qualification). Meanwhile Nacional (#12) are only 3 points above bottom place. The visitors bring a bad form into this clash, three straight losses, conceding 2+ goals every time.

My prediction: over 1.5 match goals

22:30 Schalke vs Mainz

Schalke are in total disarray after firing a third coach this season after a 5-1 hammering last time out. The hapless rock bottom side are enduring a run of four home league defeats, with the last three coming via a margin of 3+ goals and 'to nil'. Scoring first could the light in the darkness for them.

My prediction: over 1.5 match goals

23:45 Sporting vs Santa Clara

Sporting return to Estádio José Alvalade after a playing out a goalless draw at FC Porto. The Portugal premiership title elect approach this tie with so much confidence. We have to go back to 2001 (0-0) when they failed to win against the visitors.

My prediction: Sporting will win and over 0.5 goals before HT.


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