Konstantin Genich

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Konstantin Genich is a Russian football commentator for Match TV. He’s a former professional football player, known for playing at Amkar Perm and Khimki. He joined our team of pundits in December 2012 to share his view on Spanish La Liga and Russian Premier League matches as well as other major tournaments across Europe.

CSKA Moscow v Zenit: Konstantin Genich’s Betting Tip

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CSKA Moscow v Zenit: Konstantin Genich’s Betting Tip

Looking at the markets I like the look of ‘Both Teams to Score’. In the three meetings between these two sides last season, CSKA came out on top twice although you may also recall that in the supercup a few years ago, CSKA left with deep wounds. I saw Zenit’s pre-season matches against Basel and Sporting Lisbon where they looked good going forward and had some great combination play. Of course there is now a change of emphasis with no Hulk or Witsel but manager Mirceal Lucescu has seemingly rebuilt the side. Although Aleksandr Kerzhakov and Oleg Shatov have looked…

Portugal v France: Konstantin Genich’s betting tip

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Portugal v France: Konstantin Genich’s betting tip

We have finally reached the climax of Euro 2016 and I am so glad to be bringing you this tip from Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris where there is a lovely relaxed atmosphere as fans prepare for the final on Sunday. Young artists are relaxing and drawing whilst students are lying around and cooking, although I am not quite sure what… Portugal v France. Of course we expected France to be in the final but Portugal on the other hand has seen an outburst of objection, however, we must praise them for their efforts and congratulate them. So, what should…

Germany v Italy: Konstantin Genich’s betting tip

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Germany v Italy: Konstantin Genich’s betting tip

Those crazy Italians were extremely good against Spain and their victory was absolutely deserved. In fact their win could’ve been far more emphatic as they could’ve score more than two. They left a lot of emotions there on the pitch. And now it’s Cold Math vs Emotions. And I think that the German pragmatism can defeat any opponent. The Germans are a tough side for Italy to face, regardless of the fact that they lost to them in 2006 and 2012. The current Germany team can get a favourable result here just as they did against Slovakia. No one can…

Spain v Czech Republic. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Spain v Czech Republic. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

It’s hard to predict the result of Spain’s first game – they could easily get things off to a lovely start here and produce a convincing win, but they were expected to do this at the last three tournaments but failed to get a good start and indeed failed to win their opening game. On top of this, their last friendly against Georgia doesn’t exactly paint Del Bosque’s men in a good light. But they’re still a good team, one with a plethora of talent, and they are of course the holders on this trophy. It is going to be…

Poland v Northern Ireland. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Poland v Northern Ireland. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Let us not forget that Northern Ireland finished first in in their qualifying group, OK it might not have been the strongest group, but nonetheless they performed well and came through in first place. They are generally playing with three central defenders and it is their defensive qualities that have been the main reason for their success so far. They also have a decent center forward in Kyle Lafferty. Still, it seems to me that the Poles are just stronger. Poland will also realise that three points in this game is a must and, with the new format, three points…

Terek Grozny v Rostov. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Terek Grozny v Rostov. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Many are giving the advantage to Rostov in the upcoming meeting, in particular, the bookmakers. If Rostov win and CSKA lose points, the team from the south of Russia will become champions. Terek are back playing in front of a home crowd, but they took a heavy beating from Spartak in Moscow on Monday, so will need to bounce back from that. Especially since they are playing in front of their own fans, i’m sure they will be looking to finish the season on a high and not in defeat. In my opinion, Terek aren’t much weaker than Rostov in…

Rayo Vallecano – Levante. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Rayo Vallecano – Levante. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

I honestly do not understand the current murmurings about how the Rayo players deliberately surrendered against Real Sociedad last weekend. Why would they? after all, as a result of that loss they now find themselves in the midst of the relegation zone, knowing that even a final day win might not be enough to save them. Levante, who’re already consigned to life in the second division next season, have already caused an upset when beating Atletico Madrid and depriving them of any title chance last weekend. This is unlikely to happen once more. Especially given that Levante are playing away…

Granada – Barcelona. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Granada – Barcelona. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Today’s win can give Barcelona the title, and, as a rule, such games are never too entertaining. So I don’t expect Barca to do something they so often do which is score a lot. This is a game where both sides know what they want. Barcelona simply want to secure the league trophy, and Granada, well, they really want nothing despite what their president has said and despite what Real Madrid expect from them. Granada have secured their stay in the Spanish top flight, so nothing else really matters. And in reality how much resistance can they offer against the…

Deportivo La Coruna – Real Madrid. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Deportivo La Coruna – Real Madrid. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

It’s a bit risky, I like the look of a Deportivo goal in this one, particularly in the 2nd half. If Barcelona lead by a couple of goals in Granada, Real Madrid will be demotivated and could easily lose their discipline. They will definitely be informed about their rivals’ match. Of course, they are fighting for the 2nd place with Atletico Madrid, but the info about Barcelona getting the title can certainly deflate them. Deportivo La Coruna are facing Zidane’s men at home, and, as the pressure is off, they will want to enjoy the occasion and give their fans…

Dinamo Moscow – Rostov. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Dinamo Moscow – Rostov. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

At first this game looked a good opportunity for a double chance bet – Dinamo Moscow or draw at 1.60. The hosts are under new management and this is likely to have shaken up the squad and we all know that a change of manager can have a big effect early on. Players will want to impress, and as Dinamo are hovering dangerously above the relegation zone, they’re also playing for their futures at both the club and in the division. Rostov away are a different team to Rostov at home, and they have often struggled to get the breakthrough…

Ural Yekaterinburg – Spartak Moscow. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Ural Yekaterinburg – Spartak Moscow. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Straight away looking at this fixture it is BTTS that stands out. Ural are always motivated against the teams from Moscow, especially Spartak. The visitors have got a lot of fans in Yekaterinburg too, so the atmosphere at the stadium will be great. Great is something Ural haven’t been recently, while Spartak come into this game in good form having won two Moscow derbies against Lokomotiv and Dinamo, keeping clean sheets in both. A third clean sheet may be beyond the Moscow teams’ reach here though. In their last game Dinamo had enough chances and Spartak were pretty lucky not…

Krasnodar – Krylia Sovetov. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Krasnodar – Krylia Sovetov. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Both Krasnodar and Krylia Sovetov are undefeated in their last six games. The Samara club are, historically, a tough opponent for Krasnodar. Oleg Kononov’s team were unable to get a win over Krylia for a long time. However, they finally managed it this season, and did it in style, recording a 4:0 win. After being stunned by a draw in Kazan against Rubin, Krasnodar need to win all of their games if they are to stand any chance of finishing in a Champions League spot. On the other hand, Krylia have achieved everything they wanted to this season, and as…

Mordovia – Zenit. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Mordovia – Zenit. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

I’m not going to invent things here. Last weekend, I predicted Promes to score against Dinamo and won. This time I suggest that you go for a Hulk goal. The Brazilian has already played and scored at this stadium this year against Kryliya Sovetov, from the penalty spot. Given that Zenit have quick and versatile players in their forward line such as like Shatov and Hulk, and Mordovia’s defence is tall and slow, a penalty could easily be on the cards in this one too. Moreover, Hulk takes all set pieces and shoots a lot. He failed to score in Makhachkala…

Ufa – CSKA Moscow. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Ufa – CSKA Moscow. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

CSKA, of course, are the favourites for this match, there is no doubt about that. But it is clear that the visitors are now nervous, the management breaks down on referees, so does the head coach and players. They are well aware they cannot lose points at this stage. Their opponent is not the strongest, but this is an away match on an artificial surface. Ufa are facing relegation and need points, as well. I expect CSKA to win, but don’t expect very high quality. The most important thing at this stage of the season is the result. CSKA must win so…

Liverpool – Villarreal. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Liverpool – Villarreal. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

It really is hard to predict anything here. Neither of the two teams carry a great advantage after the first leg. Although were the visitors to score an early goal tonight, this would all change and it would be Villarreal with the upper hand. With this in mind, the scoreline of the first leg (1:0) certainly does make Villarreal the favourite. They are a side who’re capable of remaining disciplined at the back and will likely use counter attacks at Anfield. Considering that Liverpool’s defence is far from perfect we can certainly expect the Spanish side to threaten and it…

Sevilla – Shakhtar Donetsk. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Sevilla – Shakhtar Donetsk. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

I am going with Emery’s team to win here. Everyone knows just how good they are at home. Yes, they had recent drawbacks, when playing at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, losing to Real Sociedad in La Liga and Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League. But the team from Donbass has just had a very difficult, physically taxing match against Dinamo Kiev. With the match ending up in a brawl, many emotions were left there and Shakhtar may be fatigued. At the same time, Emery  was able to rest several of his key players over the weekend, including his leaders, and therefore they…

Real Madrid – Manchester City. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Real Madrid – Manchester City. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

I can’t see this being a goal-fest as some people might think, and in my opinion over four goals is unlikely. As we remember, the 1st leg ended with a goalless draw, so it must be something supernatural if we see a lot of goals tonight. We saw a scoreline of 3:2 at Santiago Bernabeu on Seprember 18, 2012 in the group stage of the Champions League. But today such a scenario seems unlikely. Gareth Bale can save the game vs Rayo Vallecano or Real Sociedad, but Man City are a different proposition. Maybe Cristiano Ronaldo will help Bale to crash…

Bayern Munich – Atletico Madrid. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Bayern Munich – Atletico Madrid. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

I said once that Bayern Munich are the favourites here, and a bet on the Germans looks the best choice. I like the style of Atletico, but they just might not be able to withstand the Bavarian onslaught tonight. If Guardiola’s men can play with the same intensity and aggressive style, just as they did in the second half of the first leg, then I think Atletico will struggle to contain the hosts. Oblak is not Superman. I think that Bayern Munich were quite unlucky in the previous game, and all they need to do is simply find that little…

CSKA Moscow – Zenit. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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CSKA Moscow – Zenit. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Both teams know each other inside out and it’s hard to pick a winner here. Zenit haven’t lost to CSKA in the Russian league in recent times. Although the last two cup games between each other ended in a win for the Army club: 2:0 and 3:0. On those occasions though i think it is fair to say that Zenit were not properly prepared and their focus this time around should be much improved. Both teams are still fighting to win the league, although they will certainly want to do all that they can to add this trophy as well.…

Real Betis – Barcelona. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Real Betis – Barcelona. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

This can be a vital game for Barcelona in the title race, because of two reasons: 1. they’ll play after both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, and 2. both Atletico and Real will have an eye on their mid week Champions League encounters. If Barcelona win in Sevilla against Real Betis, the path to yet another La Liga title will be clear ahead. Next they’ll have to play against Espanyol at Camp Nou and away against Granada. These are the games that Barca should win, and win comfortably. Real Madrid have a much tougher schedule, including games against Real Sociedad…

Atletico Madrid – Rayo Vallecano. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Atletico Madrid – Rayo Vallecano. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Rayo Vallecano might not be the biggest name in La Liga, but they certainly know how to cause some of the big teams problems. And the fact that they scored two goals against Real Madrid in their last game will give them confidence. The problem today is that Atletico Madrid, with their near perfect defence, are a much tougher nut to crack. I think that Diego Simeone’s team will be very focused on next week’s Champions League semi-final second leg, so today they’ll try to score early and hold the winning score without exerting themselves too much. This is why…

Real Sociedad – Real Madrid. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Real Sociedad – Real Madrid. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Real Madrid have to take three points here if they want to stay in the title race. But playing in San Sebastian is never an easy task: as we remember, both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid dropped points there this season. Sociedad have nothing to fight for now, but this won’t hinder the Basques dislike for any of the capital-city teams. With this in mind it’s hard to see them not being motivated against Real Madrid. Eusebio Sacristan Mena is a former Barcelona man, so he will definitely be looking to get his players ready for a fight against Zidane’s team. They…

Shakhtar Donetsk – Sevilla. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Shakhtar Donetsk – Sevilla. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

We could be in for a bit of a negative game here tonight. I don’t think that Shakhtar will want to invite Sevilla into an open game, even in front of their own fans in Lviv. Mirca Lucescu understands that his team should adopt a cautious style against a good attacking side and their main task will be to avoid conceding at home. This probably won’t bother Sevilla too much, who will be confident, as they always are, when playing at home in the return leg next week. This is why I’m expecting to see a tight game. Unai Emeri…

Villarreal – Liverpool. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Villarreal – Liverpool. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

It’s tempting to go for both teams to score here. Villarreal are a team who can vary their style and use different tactics, but Liverpool are well prepared too. The attack of the English team is strong with Firmino, Coutinho and Sturridge all set to start here. With these three the reds still look very strong going forward and I think that the absence of Origi won’t have too much of a negative impact. Liverpool will surely score tonight, regardless of the fact that Villarreal don’t concede many at home this season. On the flip-side Villarreal are extremely good going…

Atletico Madrid – Bayern Munich. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Atletico Madrid – Bayern Munich. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

It’s very tough to predict anything here, as two top sides face each other in what looks an intriguing encounter. One thing that is for sure is that this certainly won’t be the most open of games. Atletico won’t open up, they will be happy to contain and frustrate their opponents, and their likely main task will be to prevent the visitors scoring what could be an all important away goal. Depending on how well the hosts are able to execute such a plan, they will act accordingly in the return leg in Munich. The draw at 3.00 looks good;…

Manchester City – Real Madrid. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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Manchester City – Real Madrid. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

It’s extremely hard to predict the winner here, especially in the 1st leg in Manchester. The one thing that we must have in mind is that Real Madrid are in the perfect form now, having five wins in a row (nine in a row in Primera), and some of those wins were dramatic. Their last game against Rayo Vallecano on April 23 was pretty tough, but even without Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema they came back from 0:2 to 3:2. We saw their character and we saw that they have a player who can lead the way when Ronaldo or Benzema…

CSKA Moscow – Dinamo Moscow. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

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CSKA Moscow – Dinamo Moscow. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

If we remember the first match between these two this season, It ended in favour of CSKA –  2:0. And it was, to put it mildly, not a very good game. CSKA won, but their football lacked any real quality. Today, perhaps, even with low-quality football, CSKA have to win the game and take all three points. We remember that before the last match CSKA hadn’t won against Dinamo for ages. Dinamo coach Andrei Kobelev said on club TV that the team will play for the result. And this means they won’t play an open game against CSKA. This gives…

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