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U.S. too strong for China, reach another World Cup semifinals

By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA (Reuters) – The United States maintained their record of having reached every semi-final of the women’s World Cup after their 1-0 win over China on Friday set up a last four encounter with Germany.

The Americans came into the quarter-final in Ottawa missing two key players through suspension but proved far too strong for a young, defensively-minded Chinese side, who seemed more and more intimidated as the game went on.

Captain Carli Lloyd scored the winner in the 51st minute, jumping high to head home a long looping cross from defender Julie Johnston.

Ali Krieger also hit the post with a drive in the 73rd minute.

The win earned the Americans a semi-final slot next Tuesday in Montreal against Germany, who earlier beat France on penalties after their game finished 1-1 after extra time.

“I think it was a very good performance tonight … the players have a good feeling leaving the field and that will help buoy us going into the Germany game,” said coach Jill Ellis.

After being criticized for sluggish play earlier in the tournament, the United States looked much sharper and pressured the Chinese from the start, with only some wayward finishing preventing them from scoring several goals.

World Cup winners in 1991 and 1999, the Americans showed no signs of being hampered by the suspensions of first-choice midfielders Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe.

“We wanted to come out hard and strong from the start … the more pressure we put China under the more they coughed the ball up,” said Lloyd.

“I think we’re going to be flying next game.”

Tuesday’s match will be a repeat of the 2003 semi-final, which Germany won 3-0.

Ellis dismissed the suggestion her team might be fresher than Germany, who had to play 120 minutes on Friday.

“I don’t think it impacts the players at this level,” she said, noting her side had had two days fewer than China to prepare for the quarter-final.

The extra rest did not help a Chinese team with an average age of 24. They had scored four goals coming into the game and never troubled U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Chinese coach Hao Wei blamed himself, saying he had chosen the wrong tactics.

“We lost the game because of me,” he said, adding that he had set his team the goal of reaching the semi-finals.

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Getafe vs Real Sociedad – La Liga Betting Prediction

Real Sociedad’s bad away performance compromises its campaign to penetrate the top 10. Definitely, the online betting favorite, Getafe will use this weakness to strengthen its advantage over the visitor.

Team Form
Getafe capitalizes on the fact that they have dominated their last six (6) matches against Real Sociedad. Three (3) of them favored their side while the remaining two (2) ended in a stalemate. They have experienced defeat too, but only once.
In terms of their current form, the squad won 3 of its last six (6) matches. They are also strong at home, having earned 3 wins, where they scored at least 2 goals.
Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad is aware of how they fare against Getafe. Despite outranking them in the league table, David Moyes and his squad is taking this matter seriously.
La Real’s away performance is bad. Their last thirteen (13) matches ended in defeat and right now, they are facing a similar dilemma right now.
Insights/ Analysis
Real Sociedad’s rise to the top earned praises and recognition. Indeed, David Moyes’ entry created a huge impact in the squad’s performance. La Real has a strong chance of winning against any team. However, if they fail to generate wins away from their home ground, it is more likely that they will succumbed to defeat when they meet Getafe.
Getafe 1-0 Real Sociedad


Getafe vs Real Sociedad: La Liga Betting Tips and Predictions
Match Date: 16 March 2015 | 19:45 (GMT)
Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez

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Valencia vs Almeria – La Liga Betting Prediction

Although Valencia have never been able to go back to the top of the league, they nevertheless maintained an intimidating form throughout the competition. They have consistently been part of the top six in the past 17 weeks and were part of the top two on six non-consecutive occasions. Thus far, Los Che have yet to succumb to their enemies as of their eight fixtures in both La Liga and Copa del Rey.

Almeria fell into the drop zone once as of the 18th week of the season, and were only able to rank higher than the 10th spot once. The past few weeks were a mixture of hits and misses for the side, with wins they achieved against Real Betis, Celta, and Malaga, a draw with Getafe, as well as a defeat from Sevilla.

12BET Online Betting Tip: Valencia will score multiple goals at the expense of Almeria.

Valencia vs Almeria at Estadio Mestalla
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SD Eibar

Córdoba vs Eibar – La Liga Betting Prediction

Cordoba and Eibar both spent the last football season in the second division and have successfully emerged as top clubs to be promoted to La Liga. However, if the comparison will only revolve between these squads, the away team have so far been more successful than their hosts.
Their last three matches gave Eibar seven points while Cordoba only picked up one. On two occasions, Armeros achieved clean sheets. Their disparity is also quite evident in the current rankings of the Spanish top-flight league, where Los Califas are moored in the relegation zone while their rivals comfortably sit in the top half.
12BET Online Betting Tip: Eibar could earn a third consecutive clean sheet against Cordoba.


Córdoba vs Eibar at Estadio El Arcángel
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Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad vs Rayo Vallecano – La Liga Betting Prediction

Carlos Vela’s opener via penalty kick gave Real Sociedad the early lead against Granada in their most recent bout. However, an equalizer from their opponents ensured that the match will end with both teams earning one point apiece. This extended Txuriurdin’s unbeaten run to a fourth week and while their streak is not necessarily as spectacular as that of the other stronger teams, it was decent enough to keep them within the top dozen of the league.
Rayo Vallecano, meanwhile, have retained their position in the mid-table following mixed performances in the past few weeks. Their resilience is noteworthy, but at the same time, they have a hard time addressing their inconsistency. The defense is also generally weak, with little efforts they exert to disallow their opponents from creating opportunities. Los Franjirrojos must also improve in the air for them to maximize their scoring potential.
12BET Football Betting Tip: Real Sociedad will lord Rayo Vallecano over.

Real Sociedad vs Rayo Vallecano at Estadio Anoeta
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Malaga CF

Elche vs Malaga – La Liga Betting Prediction

Malaga enters the match with overflowing confidence after securing its 2nd consecutive win in its last 6 encounters. Such can be considered as a good response after suffering a bout of defeat in the past weeks.
Another reason behind the confidence of the online betting favorite is the fact that they sit safely in the 7th spot of the league table. They don’t have to worry of relegation problems as opposed to their opponent, Elche.
Elche is already experiencing survival problems. They’re winless in their last 5 matches and are currently struggling at the 19th spot of the league table. For the team, winning against Malaga is a must, but they’ll definitely bleed before they can snatch the 3 points.
12BET Online Betting Prediction:
Elche 1-2 Malaga

Elche vs Malaga at Martinez Valero
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Villarreal CF

Villarreal vs Deportivo – Betting Prediction

Playing in El Madrigal generates a new sense of self-confidence for Villarreal that will readily help them impose their rank in Primera Division. There’s no reason for the club to be afraid of their upcoming opponent. Aside from the fact that they have a better rank in the top-flight league, their present form also speaks of their great strength. To note, the football betting favorite won its last 4 matches. The most recent one was against Atletico Madrid, which is a definite no pushover in the league.
Considering how they’ve managed to overcome such feat, it will be definitely hard for Deportivo to match their opponent’s strength. It has only won once in its last 6 matches. Two (2) of them ended in a draw, while the remaining battles ended in three (3) losses. Apparently, this kind of team form is something that will prevent them form snatching the three (3) points.
12BET Football Betting Prediction:

Villarreal 2-0 Deportivo La Coruna

Villarreal vs Deportivo La Coruna at El Madrigal
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AS Monaco

AS Monaco vs Zenit Petersburg – Betting Prediction

The team that wins this particular match gets the opportunity to emerge as group winners, provided that Bayer Leverkusen loses to Benfica.
On a closer look, both Monaco and Zenit have managed to collect enough points to dominate the group. At any rate, Bayer’s lead is not that big. An impressive performance is all that it takes to overcome the current group leader.
As for Monaco, they can readily use its home court advantage to turn th odds into their favor. They will be needing all the support that the crowd give since some of its key players such as Layvin Kurzawa and Ricardo Carvalho will be sidelined.
Meanwhile, Zenit will not be seeing Alexandr Kerzahkov on the pitch as he is also injured. Yet, despite this unfortunate scenario, expect the visitor to put up a challenge in a bid to snatch a better performance.
12BET Champions League Betting Prediction: 2-1


Monaco vs Zenit Petersburg at Stade Louis II
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Real Madrid

Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo – Betting Prediction

Real Madrid

Succumbing to defeat is the least thing that Real Madrid would experience. The squad is in perfect shape and maintains a clean slate since its impressive El Classico win. And with Cristiano Ronaldo making it to Ballon d’Or’s short list, it is evident that the club is overwhelmed with different inspiration sources to motivate them.
Celta Vigo

Celta Vigo faces an uphill task of trying to snatch a win against the Los Blancos. They just suffered their 2nd consecutive loss, which was even made worse by the fact that it happened within the hands of Eibar, a newly promoted squad in La Liga.
12BET Sports Betting Prediction
Real Madrid 4-1 Celta Vigo


Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo at Santiago Bernabeu
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Inter Milan

Inter Milan vs Udinese – Serie A Betting Prediction

Inter Milan
Inter fell out of the top 10 after losing to the capital club, Roma. The said loss earned criticisms, which pointed out the squad’s lack of confidence in taking chances. Adding insult to injury is the fact that they haven’t won a match within its last three (3) encounters.
Udinese is in dire need of a victory. The club hasn’t won in its last five (5) matches and they’re greatly missing the opportunities to collect points.
Considering the need that compels both Inter and Udinese in snatching a victory, their upcoming match presents a high possibility of ending in a stalemate.
12BET Betting Prediction:
Inter 1-1 Udinese

Inter Milan vs Udinese at Stadio Olimpico
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