Out betting tips:
|Bookie:||Bet365 (£ free bet)|
The highest odds:
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|Bookie:||Bet365 (£ free bet)|
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Slaven Bilic’s side go head-to-head with the Citizens and our tipster is backing the well-fancied visitors to come out on top in a high-scoring game
The first game on the today’s list will put face to face Swansea and Arsenal in a crucial game for both of them. I expect them to give their best, forcing the victory this afternoon in Wales. It is likely to see a spectacular duel, with goals scored in both halves in my opinion.
Prediction: Goal in both halves @ 1.50
Benfica are without a doubt the strongest side in Portugal this season and I expect to see that on the scoreboard too. My prediction is that Benfica will be leading at half time and the odds are very interesting too.
Prediction: 1 at half time @ 1.53
I chose a simple bet here, victory for Gabon, being the strongest side at first view. They have a better squad in my opinion and I expect them to start with a good results at Africa Cup of Nations, the odds for their victory being attractive enough.
Prediction: 1 @ 1.40
2015: W259 – V20 – L128
2016: W533 – V36 – L239
January 2017: W10 – V0 – L2
Only predictions marked with ”*” are included in the statistics!
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Tottenham are in big need of points in the Europa League when they host Anderlecht from Belgium on thursday november 5th. Here you find our betting tips and preview ahead of the game.
Finally, it was Anderlecht who played with the knife against the throat – now the situation is the same for Spurs when the teams meet at White Hart Lane.
Group J has developed into a hornet’s nest in the previous round results – Anderlecht won 2-1 at home over Tottenham and Monaco, 1-0 against Qarabağ. This means that the table looks as follows before the fourth round:
1. Monaco 5 points, +1
2. Anderlecht 4 points, +0
3. Tottenham 4 points, +1
4. Qarabah, 3: 3 points, -2
In other words, quite openly – all four of the top opportunities in the playoff spots, and even more interesting is the situation now that the bottom duo both playing at home during Thursday’s matches. As we know: a huge advantage in Europe.
This could be a entertaining battle.
Home at White Hart Lane Tottenham have to set the tone; rinse forward in attack after attack. Since mutual matches trumps goal difference a draw would be devastating for Spurs here. Would it, for example, stand 1-1 well into the second half, count on a host that pushes up positions in pursuit of a goal.
Match Plan is therefore clear
Tottenham also have a big game this weekend when they host Arsenal for the North London derby.
– Anderlecht is important to us, and we must be focused on it now but everyone is excited about Sunday (Arsenal home reds. Note), says the team’s star striker Harry Kane to Mirror.
Whether Kane will play from the start is uncertain, but if he starts on the bench should Heung-Min Son in all cases, be ready for the game, unlike when the teams last met and Clinton N’Jie was entrusted on top. Clearly better offensively positioned now, the Spurs.
Both sides should have top chance to make the scoresheet and we think that over 2,5 to the odds 1/1 – 2,0 is the best bet here.
|Betting tips:||Over 2,5 goals|
|Best odds:||1/1 – 2,0|
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Strong offensive and bad defensive. Thats what we learned about both Chile and Bolivia during this years Copa America. When they meet each other in the capital’s we have found 2 good betting tips that you can find here in our betting preview.
Chile is at the top of the table and Bolivia sits in second but Mexico chasing them and both teams risk to miss direct qualification to the play offs with a loss here.
Chile had a rough start to the tournament, which often happens in the big favorites, and perhaps above all host countries, but they picked up their game in the second half agains Ecuador and they won it by 2-0. Regardless of whether all parts of the game did not work, it’s always nice to start with a victory.
Bolivia’s premiere was the more worries filled but they manage to get a 0-0 draw agains Mexico. Then they had a massive game agains Ecuador that they won with 3-2 despite beeing a huge underdog.
Chile also played a wild game in the last round where it ended 3-3 agains Mexico. So we hade a total of 11 goals in these two teams last games. So both teams are extremely sharp when it comes to scoring but equally vulnerable when it comes to defense.
We will play both teams to score that we find at 5/4 (2.25) at Ladbrokes. We will also try Bolivias Martin Smedberg-Dalence to score anytime to the massive odds 16/1 (17,0).
Betting tips: Both teams to score
Odds: 5/4 (2.25)
Bookie: Ladbrokes (New clients get £25 bonus)
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The inquests and post-mortems into the 2014/15 season have barely begun, never mind drawn a conclusion, but in the betting world there is no time to hang around when it comes to looking ahead to the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
Chelsea were convincing winners this season, putting the title to bed with three games to spare. It is a sign of how well they played in the first half of the season that they have been able to saunter to the finishing line without breaking sweat.
In those opening months of the campaign, Chelsea produced football which was most unlike that of manager Jose Mourinho and something close to the style which owner Roman Abramovich craves to see at Stamford Bridge. Post-Christmas, as the form of Cesc Fabregas dried up a little and injuries hit Diego Costa, Chelsea resorted to what has been described as typical Mourinho to get the results required to win the title.
The convincing way in which Chelsea have won the title this season makes them justifiable favourites at 11/8 at the time of writing with betfair to win it again next year. At this stage, it would be hard to advise against backing Chelsea to make it back-to-back titles. It may seem a short price, but you’re being offered odds against on easily the best team in England. And you can be sure that Mourinho will extract further improvement out of his team next season, especially with further reinforcements coming in during the summer.
Fabregas will benefit from a rest in the summer following his bizarre end to the season with a red card at West Brom, while it must be noted that Costa hasn’t featured in a third of Chelsea’s Premier League games this season. If he stays fit all season, the Brazil-born striker can easily score 30 goals.
Defensively, Chelsea don’t particularly need to strengthen after captain John Terry had what must rank among one of the best seasons of his career. Mourinho also has the promising Kurt Zouma to call upon if Terry, or even Gary Cahill, show any signs of letting their standards slip.
In midfield, a player to take the creative burden off Fabregas and Eden Hazard every once in a while would help as would an upgrade on John Obi Mikel as holding midfield back-up. In attack, Costa also needs greater competition.
But the key difference with Chelsea, compared to their rivals, is that they are looking at strengthening their squad, the rest need to improve their teams.
Manchester City are 3/1 second favourites after again mounting what could best be described as a lacklustre defence of their title. The indications are that Manuel Pellegrini will still be around next season, despite speculation surrounding his future as manager.
At the two ends of the pitch, at least, City don’t need to have concerns about their starting XI, with Joe Hart in goal and Sergio Aguero up front. The January signing of Wilfried Bony to provide both support and cover for Aguero should start to pay dividends next season once he has had a pre-season with the club.
But in defence and midfield, City need to improve and they also need to be better in their recruitment this summer. There has been talk of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba being offered £250,000 a week to move to the Etihad Stadium and that would instantly transform the City side. With Yaya Toure not as good as he was last season, and rumours abounding of a reunion with Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan, Pogba would be an ideal replacement, if he can be persuaded to turn his back on Juventus. Further signings are required out wide after underwhelming seasons from Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas. There is also the matter of replacing James Milner, if he leaves on a free transfer.
Defence must also be looked at before City are credible challengers to Chelsea again, with Vincent Kompany’s form dipping in recent months and Eliaquim Mangala yet to convince on a consistent basis.
Manchester United are another club likely to spend heavily in the transfer market and there isn’t currently great appeal about their price of 9/2 to win the title. Louis van Gaal has achieved his first objective of taking the club back into the Champions League. His next target is to mount a title challenge, which never looked likely this season.
Van Gaal isn’t likely to hang around when it comes to bringing in new signings after already agreeing a deal for Memphis Depay. With Van Gaal’s philosophy slowing taking shape at Old Trafford, he will want fresh faces through the door as quickly as possible.
There will be outgoings, probably led by David de Gea. United can’t afford to sign a sub-standard replacement for the Spanish keeper given how many points De Gea has won them this season. Defence, midfield and attack will also require some improvement, with up front probably the more pressing concern given the struggles of Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie this season.
The value in the betting at the moment, certainly when you are betting on two places at a third of the odds, is with Arsenal at 6/1.
Arsenal look to be in a slightly stronger position than United at the moment in terms of the balance and strength of their squad, and they will also have the rare luxury of not having to negotiate the Champions League play-offs.
An upgrade on Olivier Giroud in attack, such as the signing of Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, would nudge Arsenal nearer to being title challengers and, if they can sign Petr Cech from Chelsea, then that would be another piece in the jigsaw.
Liverpool are 14/1 to win the title next season, but it’s hard to see Brendan Rodgers repeating the leap he made a couple of years ago when taking the club from seventh to second in the space of 12 months. Then, he had Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling at his disposal.
Suarez left for Barcelona a year ago, Sturridge has endured an injury-hit season and Sterling reportedly wants to leave this summer. With no Champions League football to offer, Rodgers will have a tough task bringing in the required players to improve on this season.
Tottenham’s price of 66/1 doesn’t appeal either as they will doubtless flatter to deceive again, while it’s 1500/1 for new boys Bournemouth and Watford to cause one of football’s greatest shocks.
So, if you’re having a bet now on who will be Premier League champions in 12 months’ time, you just can’t get away from Chelsea, and you have to remember that a short-priced winner is always better than a big-priced loser. As for the value, well, that lies with Arsenal to finish in the first two.
At the halfway stage of qualification for Euro 2016, an international friendly clash between Republic of Ireland and England will offer both nations a chance to judge where they stand heading forward, while presenting an opportunity for bosses Martin O’Neill and Roy Hodgson to experiment in a non-competitive environment.
Ireland, having been placed in a much tougher group alongside reigning world champions Germany, Poland and Scotland, have started to slip in international football betting to reach next summer’s European Championship showpiece in France. Bet365 now have them at 2.75 to make the finals, while it is virtually impossible to get a price on unbeaten England suffering the most dramatic of collapses to miss out.
Republic of Ireland v England Betting Tips
History dictates that there is not much to choose between these two geographical neighbours, and there is little to suggest that their latest locking of horns will be any different. The last four meetings between the two nations have ended in 1-1 draws, with the last of those played out at Wembley back in May 2013.
Ireland are, in fact, unbeaten in their last five outings against the Three Lions, with the last decisive result between the two coming at the 1988 European Championship – a looping header from Ray Houghton enough for Jack Charlton’s troops to get the better of Bobby Robson’s men in Stuttgart.
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A similar outcome could be the cards this time around, although England have negotiated their last seven friendly encounters without coming unstuck and have suffered just two defeats in their last 15 games in all competitions – with both of those coming at the 2014 World Cup.
Hodgson’s men will be fancied when they head to the Aviva Stadium on 7th June, but it would be foolish to read too much into their fine run of form. They have hardly been tested during a faultless Euro 2016 campaign, with Slovenia, Switzerland, Lithuania, Estonia and San Marino swept aside with the minimum of fuss.
If they are to start laying down a marker for an appearance at the next major UEFA tournament on the calendar, then they really need to prove themselves against tougher opposition – and Ireland, as an experienced outfit will plenty of Premier League talent within their ranks, will be no pushovers on home soil.
One interesting footnote to the fixture in Dublin will be Wayne Rooney’s ongoing efforts to become England’s all-time leading goalscorer, with the Manchester United striker currently one behind Gary Lineker and two adrift of World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton on 49. Expect him to be heavily backed to hit the top of that list before the 2014/15 international season comes to a close.
Who will win – Republic of Ireland v England Predictions
Friendly fixtures are notoriously difficult to predict because there is no knowing how the managers involved will approach the encounter, with players of promise and those on the fringes of the fold often offered an opportunity to impress. The recent spate of stalemates between the Irish and English also suggests that lumping on a score draw would be a wise approach. For anyone looking for a bit more bite for their buck, a Rooney hat-trick on an historic occasion for him may not be the most outlandish of flutters.
There is no punter in the world that can dispute the talents of the mercurial AP McCoy. The Northern Irish sportsman has be named the Champion Jockey for 19 successive years. Quite frankly, that is ridiculous. Besides Phil Taylor in darts, there is no other sporting star in the world that can boast such a dominant record.
However, for all McCoy’s brilliance, the Grand National has always been a place where his pedigree deserts him. It took him 15 attempts before he won the National on Don’t Push It in 2010. Whereas McCoy may dominate the day-to-day racing, Ruby Walsh is the man for Aintree.
AP McCoy by Paolo Camera
The Grand National 2015 latest odds are very attractive for anyone thinking of ante-post betting. You are then making the calculation of whether to back your brain, which would suggest McCoy, or heart, which yearns for Walsh.
So who should you consider staking your money on?
In a nutshell, it should be Walsh.
McCoy is the greatest jump jockey of all time; nobody will ever be able to amass a record as phenomenal as his. But just because you are brilliant does not mean that you are the best at every racecourse in the country. It is natural that jockeys favour some tracks to others, and although McCoy is by no means inadequate at Aintree he just is not as good as Walsh at the Merseyside course.
The past five years have seen Walsh dominate proceedings at Aintree. Of the 92 races he has started, he has gone on to win 21, giving him a success rate of 23 per cent. McCoy, by contrast, has won 17 races of 135, equating to a 13 per cent success rate. From the figures it is clear that Aintree is Walsh’s playground, not McCoy’s.
Ruby Walsh by nakashi
As for the Grand National itself, it again makes for better reading if you are stationed in the Walsh camp. The 35-year-old has won the Grand National twice; in 2000 on Papillon – his debut Grand National – and in 2005 with the brilliant Hedgehunter. Besides the victories, Walsh has consistently finished in the top five, which for a National jockey is an impeccable record.
There is a hunger in Walsh’s belly that may be missing in McCoy’s. Walsh had his 2014 ruined by a fall, something that cost him a chance to race in the Grand National. Expect him to be fired up to mark his return to Aintree with a strong showing, which, considering his record, looks more than probable.
In conclusion, go for Walsh. He is the better jockey at Aintree and has a fire inside him that will be far more intense than the drive inside of McCoy. An each-way bet on both jockeys would also be a pretty smart move.
Steven Gerrard announced that he’ll be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season after spending 27 years at the club both as man and boy. His departure will no doubt spark a period of transition at the club and, considering the timing of this announcement, might just well spur Gerrard’s shocked team-mates on to end his final season at Anfield strongly.
Liverpool’s odds to finish in a European spot will shift and change over the coming days and you can read some of the best analysis, insight and debate out there with bluesq.com. Judging the Reds’ final league position could well bring in a healthy payday for those that get it just right. The coming weeks might well just be the most significant in terms of defining the club’s season as they ride the crest of such an emotional wave at such a pivotal point of the calendar.
After facing AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup third round on Monday night, Liverpool take on Sunderland and Aston Villa away from home. At their best, they could conceivably take six points from those games. A couple of crunch games against Chelsea in the League Cup semi-finals then await them before January closes with a tricky home tie against West Ham.
Get through the month unscathed and the Merseyside outfit could enter February just outside the Champions League places and looking forward to a showpiece day out at Wembley. Suffer from the form that has plagued them for most of the campaign and they could be languishing in mid-table and left licking their League Cup wounds.
What is for certain is that, with just under half a Premier League campaign to go, Gerrard will remain committed to cause until the very last minute of his very last appearance for Liverpool – a side he’ll forever be synonymous with.
Warrington Town, Maidstone United, Southport, Worcester City and Dover Athletic made all the headlines when they were the giant-killers in the first round. But they have all been handed difficult second-round ties so it may be best to look elsewhere for possible upsets.
Hartlepool United v Blyth Spartans
Blyth may be languishing in 19th spot in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League table and are more used to playing the likes of Rushall Olympic and Belper Town but they have a fine FA Cup pedigree and are facing a Hartlepool side that is already looking like relegation certainties from League Two.
In the 1977/78 season, Blyth made national headlines when they reached the fifth round, knocking out Chesterfield and Stoke City – who had only recently been relegated from the top flight – before holding Wrexham to a 1-1 draw. Spartans were eventually beaten 2-1 in the replay.
More recently, in 2008, Blyth knocked out Shrewsbury Town and Bournemouth before losing 1-0 to Premier League side Blackburn Rovers.
In contrast, Hartlepool are rooted to the foot of the League Two table and are six points away from safety following the recent 3-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers York City, their 13th defeat in 19 matches this term.
Hartlepool are a side devoid of confidence and seemingly perfect fodder to be the latest of Spartans’ conquests.
Accrington Stanley v Yeovil Town
Most of the first-round giant-killers have been handed tough away draws, so it may be best to look with the likes of Bet365 at teams that have good home records for potential FA Cup betting.
Yeovil Town are struggling in League One following last term’s relegation from the Championship and are used to losing. A long trip to Accrington in early December is exactly what they do not need and Stanley will be no pushovers at their tight Crown Ground.
Accrington saw off Notts County 2-1 in the first round and have won six of their ten home League Two fixtures so far this term. The Glovers will be dreading the journey back to Somerset if they slip to defeat at Accrington.
Aldershot Town v Rochdale
Home advantage could be key to the Shots, who did brilliantly to beat 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth in the first round.
Aldershot have little to play for in the Conference as they are currently in 16th position and they will be keen to make more national headlines against Rochdale. League One play-off challengers Rochdale may be two divisions above their opponents but they are more likely to be thinking about another possible promotion campaign when they arrive at the ESS Stadium.
If you’re hoping to make money regularly from sports gambling, you’re going to need an edge or a system of some sort that delivers more wins than losses. Or, to be more specific, when you win the amount you win needs to be more than the total of your losses. These two are not the same thing – but we’ll come back to that in a moment.
Frist, though, let’s consider a few basic truisms. And these are as true in the world of gambling as they are in investing or trading – or any other arena where people are trying to make money in a market where everyone else is essentially doing the same thing; a market is a market and all markets have their own market dynamics.
It’s fundamentally important to understand that the future is, in no way, predictable in terms of what will happen – though the probabilities are. This is essential for any gambler and whilst most would nod their head in agreement – they don’t actually practice what they preach. They’re swayed by “expert” analysis and consensus – and a whole host of other factors rather than the relative values based on the numbers – the odds.
Ergo, good decisions can turn out to be wrong and bad decisions can turn out to be right. It’s hard, therefore, to “look” right very often – so we shouldn’t even try. This is not about vanity but cold, hard numbers only. The best gamblers are simply right more times than they’re wrong. Or more specifically, their overall wins are relatively bigger than their losers (even if the latter quantity is actually greater). They make more on their winners than they lose on their losers. So we all have to accept randomness and that we’ll get things wrong.
So let’s say, for example, that a friend is willing to gamble his 51 units of whatever against your 49 on the toss of a coin. The coin is true and fair and tossed by a third party – but your friend wins three in a row, pockets your 147 units – whatever they may be – and subsequently laughs all the way to the bank.
But here’s the thing; YOU were still right to take the bet – and you’d be right to take that bet forever. The fact that you actually lost is beside the point entirely.
The same goes in relative value in sports betting – even at much longer odds. If football side A is top of the league and side B is bottom and 10-1 against to win a game in which there has to be an eventual winner, the only decision you need to make is whether team B would be likely to win one from eleven games or more. If you think they’d be likely to win two out of 21 such games, for example, you would back them. This is relative value.
But how do you decide about this stuff? After all – with really big sporting events, you’re unlikely to be able to truly know something the rest of the market doesn’t.
The trick is in knowing your stuff and having the courage to be contrarian and have an understanding of the afore-mentioned probabilities and relative values; that’s all there is to it.
Some sports offer excellent opportunities for those who can truly specialise and have an inside edge due to their superior knowledge. In particular, sports where one person is playing one other person can be easier to read for the experts. So, for example, an experienced observer of tennis is more likely to be able to predict the way a match is going to develop than is an expert at something like 15-a-side Rugby Union, or 11-a-side football etc. This is because the observer can study one individual and ‘know’ to some extent at least, what is going on in the player’s mind and body and to be able to read tactics.
Some tennis players at the top of their game, for example, will be confident enough, even in the four major Grand Slam tournaments, to use the first set to find their range and generally settle into the match. This comes from the confidence that they’ll win the ensuing three sets with relative ease.
With betting exchanges that enable you to back or to lay either player at any moment during the game, and to gamble on the winner of individual sets, this offers obvious opportunities to the expert observer.
The gambling opportunities with Betfair and betting during play with a sport like boxing may be even greater. Again, this is because the experienced expert observer can read into a fight what the rest of us simply can’t. They will know when a boxer may be feigning fatigue or what his tactics are going to be in later rounds etc. Even those of us who don’t know much about boxing will have heard about or will be able to remember the Muhammed Ali versus George Foreman “rumble in the jungle” in Kinshasa, Zaire (now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo) back in 1974. In this fight, the man who many consider to be the greatest boxer of all time, Ali, let George Foreman punch himself out in the early rounds before launching a tirade in the eighth round.
Of course, it wasn’t quite as simple as that. Ali had jabbed away accurately at Foreman during the preceding rounds to help tire his opponent whenever he got a chance between the blows that were raining down on the side of his head (protected by Ali’s hands) and his body – and he taunted him continually. But it was mainly the effort Foreman had put in without much effect during rounds two to seven in particular that took its toll on the bigger man.
Now if you’d been a keen observer of boxing and understood what Ali was doing, and you began to see the signs that the more powerful George Foreman was just maybe beginning to get tired in the sixth round or, better yet, you anticipated that he was bound to start tiring (say around the fourth or fifth rounds) you would have been able to profit from your judgement.
Of course, exchanges and the like weren’t around in those days, but the point is valid anyway. But the interesting thing – and the vital point to remember – is that you may have been wrong. In a hypothetical re-run of that fight, you may back Ali in the sixth round but then the tiring George Foreman may have conserved a small amount of energy sufficient to land a haymaker in the eighth – anticipating Ali’s onslaught. In that case – we’d all have been left wondering what was wrong with Ali that night, why he just didn’t seem to ‘turn up’ for the night after all the publicity and preparation etc., and whether Foreman’s big punch was the greatest ever thrown perhaps.
But if this had been the case – you’d still have been right on the balance of probabilities to have backed Ali earlier on in the fight – which is entirely our point here. You will never get them all right and you may as well never even try to do so (be right that is). Instead, you should try to be able to demonstrate that the decision you took was the right one based on the overall balance of probabilities. As we said earlier; good decisions can turn out wrong, whilst bad decisions can turn out right. The crucial point is that you made the right decision on a value judgement basis at any particular point.
Let the outcomes take care of themselves and don’t sweat the times you lose because you’ll win more than you lose in this way. You could say you just have to roll with the punches perhaps!
The two main candidates to lift the Premier silverware at the end of the season will face each other this Sunday, when Manchester City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium. After disappointing results in their opening games of the Champions League, both sides will now have to turn their full attention to a game that could shed some light into which side really has what it takes to win the title race.
Chelsea’s alltime leading scorer and charismatic figure Frank Lampard might start for Manchester City against his former team. Manchester City must quickly put that frustrating 10 defeat against Bayern Munich on Wednesday behind their backs and focus on the task at hand, and it sure isn’t an easy one. It has been a rough start of the Premier League season for the Citizens, grabbing just one point from theprevious two games, leaving the defending champions fifth in the league table, five points behind Chelsea. A win in this game would be crucial for Manchester City’s ambitions and would prevent Chelsea from gaining an even bigger advantage. Sergio Aguero, who was on the bench for the most part of the game against Bayern Munich, will probably start this game alongside Edin Dzeko up front.
Jose Mourinho couldn’t have asked for a better start of the Premier League season for his team.Four wins in four games leave Chelsea all but alone at the top of the table, and the Portuguese mastermind seems to have found in Diego Costa, who has already scored 7 goals in four league games for Chelsea, the answer for the scoring problems his team had last season, and in Cesc Fabregas, who his spreading panic and fear amongst opposing midfielders and has already made six assists, the key to unlock those tight and difficult games. While a defeat wouldn’t put at risk Chelsea’s objectives for the season, Mourinho is aware of the fact that a win at the Etihad Stadium would put Manchester City in a very uncomfortable position.
The Blues have won at Manchester City more often than any other side in Premier League history (11 times). With a 40% chance of grabbing the three points, Manchester City are seen by the bookies as slight favorites to win this game, against a 32% probability of being Chelsea the side that comes out of this game with the victory and a 28% chance of both sides having to settle with a point each.
Last time these two sides met at the Etihad Stadium for the Premier League, and despite the fact that Manchester City had the ball for 65% of the time and produced 25 goal attempts, Chelsea came out as winners thanks to a Branislav Ivanovic firsthalf goal. A similar outcome this Sunday would put Jose Mourinho and his team 8 points clear of the defending champions. Manchester City need to quickly get back to the winning formula they had last season at home and that allowed the Citizens to win all but two games.
This has all the ingredients to be a highly entertaining game, with both sides looking to grab the precious three points. A draw would still leave these two teams separated by five points and Jose Mourinho and his team, at this early stage of the season, wouldn’t certainly mind that.
Our Best Betting Tips and Pick: Draw
Bookie: bet365 (200€ bonus)
The Premier League is nearing ever closer to its return and with it, break the monotony that Saturday afternoons currently possess. And with everyone looking at the top of the table, as they try and predict who will be holding the trophy above their heads come May or whether Louis van Gaal will be able to turn things around at Manchester United, it is easy to understand how some people can overlook the relegation betting. Despite it lacking the grandeur of picking title winners there is still plenty of value down at the bottom.
Currently it is Burnley who are favourites to go down followed by the other two promoted teams: Leicester and QPR. A further look at the odds, found through, and it seems that bookies think it will be a perilous season for West Brom, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Hull. So who is worth betting on to get relegated?
Sadly for the North-West club money is everything in the Premier League and that is something that they do not have vast reserves of. Sean Dyche does not have a huge budget to work with and therefore will have to make do with the squad that won promotion instead of being to create a Premier League side. A quick comparison of Burnley’s players with the other sides at the bottom and you see the extent of the division in class. A lot rests on forward Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, who respectively scored 21 and 20 league goals last season. Now it seems stupid to think that either will come close to these figures this campaign but if they do, which seems illogical, then Burnley could stave off relegation.
It seems crazy that we can seriously discuss Aston Villa and relegation. Long are the days of being a top-6 slub, the big Birmingham club is on its knees. Owner, Randy Lerner, has put the club up for sale, curtailing his investments at the same time. As a result, Paul Lambert hasn’t been able to do much to his side, which for the third consecutive season, whilst at the start of this season it seems unlikely that star striker Christian Benteke will be fit. Villa have sadly become a below par side and this year really could see them relegated from the Premier League for the first time since its inception back in 1992.
They didn’t survive the drop by much last season, which saw Pepe Mel take over from Steve Clarke before stepping down himself in the summer. Alan Irvine is the new man in charge but, not as manager, but as head coach, meaning he manages the team but plays no part in transfer dealings. How can a manager manage a team that he cannot even assemble? Also, Irvine’s track record is wholly underwhelming for a Premier League manager, his last job was a disastrous stint with Sheffield Wednesday in 2011. Before the Owls Irvine’s only other managerial experience was a two-year stint with Preston. Irvine is an inexperienced boss and for that alone the Baggies look like a reasonable bet for relegation.