The Buffalo Bills will travel on a short week to face the Cleveland Browns in an NFL pro football game scheduled for Thursday night.Kick off time from Cleveland is scheduled for 8:25PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NFL Network. Those looking for NFL wagering online information can find places that offer the best Sportsbook Bonus.The betting odds from this NFL game have the home team Cleveland Browns favored by -4 points with an over under line set at 41 points. Those who play on Cleveland on the money line will lay -210 odds with Buffalo returning +175 odds on the money line.Buffalo improved to 2-2 on the season following a 23-20 home victory in week four against the Baltimore Ravens as a +3 ½ point betting odds underdog. The game finished at under 45 points.The Bills jumped out to the 20-7 lead at the half. The team put up 350 yards of offense and ran effectively with 203 yards on the ground on 55 carries. Rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel hit on 10 of 22 throws for 167 yards with a touchdown and two picks. Fred Jackson had 87 rushing yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Buffalo will need to be better than 1 of 4 inside the red zone. On defense they limited the Ravens run game to just 24 yards on nine attemps. They allowed 347 yards passing with two touchdowns to Joe Flacco but win this game because the Buffalo defense picked off five passes.Cleveland is 2-2 in the 2013 campaign following a 17-6 home victory last week to the Cincinnati Bengals as a +3 ½ point betting odds underdog. The total finished at under 42 ½ points. The Browns limited the Bengals to just a field goal in each half.The team produced 336 offensive yards and ran for 89 yards on 30 carries. Quarterback Brian Hoyer hit on 25 of 38 throws for 269 yards and two touchdowns. On defense the team held the Bengals to 266 yards of offense and won the turnover battle by a +2 margin. Cleveland allowed no Bengals touchdowns in their two red zone tries.
This week sees an entirely different situation now however, as the Champions’ League kicks back into action and Tuesday evening sees a reprised clash between two of the form teams in Europe as Napoli return to London to take on Arsenal once more. Rafa Benitez’s Neopolitan Azzuri will offer a strong challenge to the Gunners, but fired up by their strong league form and victory on Match Day One in Marseille, Wenger’s team will be confident of a different result.Benitez has had strong start to the Serie A campaign in Campnia, and his astute signings during the summer transfer window have complemented the nucleus of the squad he inherited. When Edinson Cavani left Napoli, it was vital for the club to invest the incoming money wisely. Three players were brought in from Real Madrid, with Callejon and Abiol joining striker Gonzalo Higuain. Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina was also secured on a year’s long loan. The success of the squad, and the way in which Benitez has blended the elements together is now producing good rewards as they are strongly placed in Serie A and already have a a victory over Borussia Dortmund in their pockets from Match Day One.It’s certainly true that Arsene Wenger will not be taking the match lightly, and will be aware that his team will need to be on its mettle to achieve the desired victory. As they sit atop the Premier League however, he’ll also be aware that there couldn’t really be a much better time – despite a lengthy injury list – for the clash. With Mesut Ozil apparently fitting seamlessly into the Arsenal structure, Giroud scoring and leading the line with aplomb, plus the perhaps unexpected bonus of Aaron Ramsey’s goals and stellar performances the Gunners are certainly firing on all cylinders at the moment. Not only are the team scoring goals however, they also look a tighter unit further back. The addition of the returning Flamini has given the team security and the midfield the confidence to move forward with the belief that there’s someone at home, watching the back door.It’s a strange twist for the north London team from the pre-season games and indeed the first game of the season when the Gunners were humbled at home by Aston Villa, with Christian Benteke bullying the centre back pair of Koscielny and Mertersacker. Knitting together with Flamini, the Franco-German alliance now looks a unit comparable to almost anything in the league.Two things appear certain about the Napoli game. Firstly, it will be competitive, and secondly it will go a long way towards deciding the fate of the group. Should Napoli take three points from the game, qualification will become an uphill struggle for the Gunners; even a point would complicate the process. Given the form and confidence coursing through the team at the moment though, I expect the Gunners to take a victory, possibly by a 3-1 margin.
The last thing Chelsea can afford here in this UEFA Champions League group stage game in Romania on Tuesday is a loss but the same exact thing can be said about hosts Steaua Bucharest.Both clubs were defeated in their Group E openers two weeks ago and a loss here for either side would put them so far behind the pack that nothing short of near-perfection would be necessary in their remaining four matches to try to find a way to advance to the knockout stage.These two teams—who both play in their respective country’s capitals—are somewhat familiar with each other after having met in the third round of the UEFA Europa League this past March with both sides holding serve on their home turf.Chelsea would eventually go on to win the tournament, defeating Benfica, 2-1 in the final on May 15 in Amsterdam.When these two met in the Romanian capital of Bucharest on March 7, Steaua and goalkeeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu shut out the Blues, 1-0 in a very impressive performance by the home team and an extremely lackluster one by the boys from West London.But the English Premier League representatives did roll to a 3-1 win on the return leg a week later at Stamford Bridge on goals by John Terry, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres to narrowly win the series on aggregate (3-2).With a surprise home loss to FC Basel in the tournament still fresh on their minds heading into this one, expect the Blues to be on their best behavior for all 90 minutes here against the upstart Roș-Albaștrii.Steaua (6-1-0) currently sits in first place in the Liga I Bergenbier table and has scored 19 goals and allowed just five so far in Romania’s top flight of football behind coach Laurențiu Reghecampf.Both goal scorers for the Roș-Albaștrii against Chelsea last year—Raul Rusescu (Sevilla) and Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur)—are no longer with the club but Sampdoria-loanee Federico Piovaccari (4 goals) has been a pleasant surprise at forward so far for Steaua.Adrian Popa (3 goals), Leandro Tatu, Adrian Cristea and Nicolae Stanciu also feature in the Steaua attack while Łukasz Szukala, Iasmin Latovlevici and Florin Gardoş help hold down the defense in front of dependable goalkeeper Tătăruşanu.Due to injuries, Steaua will be without center forward Stefan Nikolic and winger Alexandru Chipciu for this first meeting in this group with the Blues.Steaua lost its Group E opener to FC Schalke, 3-0 in Germany and is average against teams from England in international play but more than above average against them when playing at home in Bucharest.Chelsea sits in fourth place in the Premier League table and is coming off a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday. The Blues were upset in their Champions League group opener Stamford Bridge, 2-1, by Swiss side FC Basel on late goals from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller.The big news coming out of the Blues camp for this game is that playmaking midfielder Mata will be indeed getting the start after his performance after coming in for the second half against Spurs in the past weekend’s London derby and playing quite admirably.“This is the way players have to tell me they want to be in my team,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said in the post-match press conference at Tottenham. “I sometimes make a mistake as a manager, but I make my decisions on what I see in training and on the pitch. I liked what Mata did against Swindon in the Capital One Cup and I put him on the bench today.”“Now I like what I see when he plays for 45 minutes. I’m a very happy manager when I see Juan Mata playing like this. I can tell you now that he will play against Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League on Tuesday—he deserves that chance. I want my players to tell me they want to play. Juan told me that.”So it seems that maybe Mourinho’s stubborn side is prepared to give in to the fact that the club’s two-time Player of the Year might actually deserve a spot in a starting XI which has painfully shown to have a bit of a problem scoring goals this calendar year.And with the way he’s handled the Mata situation, maybe Chelsea fans now know just a little bit how Real Madrid fans might have felt at times last season under the leadership of the self-anointed Special One.Anyway, who starts around Mata is anyone’s guess but with a win being so important in this one, there’s no doubt Petr Čech will be the Blues goalkeeper against Steaua. And Samuel Eto’o may get the nod at striker after Torres’s emotional red-card game in North London just three days earlier.One guy who definitely won’t be part of the plan for Chelsea is defensive midfielder Marco van Ginkel who is out for six months after having surgery last week to repair a cruciate knee ligament injury.Chelsea heads into this match ranked a deceptive No. 4 in the latest UEFA club rankings with Steaua checking in at No. 54, but this disparity is quite deceiving and the Romanians are just as desperate as the Blues and have already proven in 2013 that they can beat this team in this city.Who knows where the Blues will sit in the group standings when these two clubs meet for the return leg at Stamford Bridge on Dec. 11, but a loss or even a draw here would surely light a fire under the critics again and hamstring Chelsea for the duration of group play.
Basel and Schalke will each be aiming to add to their winning starts in the Champions League when they meet on Tuesday.St Jakob Park in Switzerland will play host to the fixture and the home side go into the contest in good form, having not lost any of their last 10 matches in all competitions, while they sprung a surprise in their Group E opener.Murat Yakin’s side travelled to Chelsea with many expecting a comfortable home win, but goals from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller in the final 20 minutes saw the Swiss side leave with three points.Schalke also won on matchday one, beating Steaua Bucharest 3-0 at home, but drew 3-3 with Hoffenheim at the weekend after a weak second half.The Gelsenkirchen-based club have not impressed defensively in the Bundesliga so far this season, conceding 16 goals in their opening seven matches. Four of those came in a 4-0 home loss to Bayern Munich on September 21 - their worst defeat at their own stadium in 32 years.Jens Keller can take solace in the fact that Schalke have only lost one of their last 11 away matches in Europe, with the Germans winning two and drawing another pair last season.Basel had won six matches in a row before Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sion, while that clash also yielded a potentially costly defensive injury as Fabian Schar was carried off with a knee injury.The problem is not as serious as first thought, but the Switzerland international is a doubt for Tuesday.They do have some good news on the injury front, however. Matias Delgado, Taulant Xhaka both returned to action against Sion, while Geoffrey Serey Die and Arlind Ajeti could make comebacks.Keller has significantly more to contend with. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Christian Fuchs (all knee) are definitely out, with Ralf Fahrmann (foot) and Julian Draxler (knee) doubtful.According to reports in Germany, midfielder Jermaine Jones has been suspended by the club after a run of substandard performances, though the USA midfielder will definitely not feature regardless, as he is set for knee surgery.
UEFA champions league
FC Basel vs Schalke 04
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013
Venue : St Jakob-Park