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|13/NOVEMBER/2018||Russia U19 - Latvia U19||X||4.75||1-1||WON|
|13/NOVEMBER/2018||Nacional Quilmes - Def. de Belgrano||2||3.90||1-2||WON|
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Scotland face a tough test in one of the Nations League’s toughest groups this weekend. They head to Albania in Group C1 on Saturday night, aiming to secure a result and put themselves into contention for promotion. The Scots have targeted this competition as a chance to sneak into the play-offs for the Euros, but will they be able to deliver on that golden opportunity with a result in this clash?
Unlike Scotland, Albania managed to get into the Euros two years’ ago. The hosts are also in the running for a place in the second tier, and they’re going to be out to make another major tournament. The hosts are coming off two losses on the road so far, but they’ll be hoping that they can use home advantage to move into first place this weekend.
However, Scotland sit in second, and they can surge into first with strong results in their final two matches over the coming days. The visitors have a huge advantage in that they have two more games to play, and they know that wins in both would take them top of the pile. They’ll be coming into this trip aiming to avoid defeat and stay in contention, but that’s easier said than done.
Scotland have faltered of late, and their losses to Israel and Portugal in the last international break have eroded even more confidence in their side. They seem rudderless as it stands, and that doesn’t bode well for what will be a really difficult trip. The home side claimed a victory here against Israel, something which runs alongside the general trend in Group C1.
So far, every match in this group has resulted in a home win. We’re seeing some closely matched sides facing off, with only home advantage making the difference between them. The trio are all gunning for first place, and it could well be that they all finish this group on six points. We see Albania doing just that, as we are backing them to win this clash. With Scotland losing five of their last six, and three straight away trips, we can’t ignore the trend of home wins. We see Albania as great value on the Draw No Bet market.
The Bulgarians, like Cyprus, didn’t grace Russia with their presence during the Summer, but they’ve done particularly well since the inception of this competition. Petar Hubchev’s men have won three of their opening four matches in League C, so they ought to go to Cyprus feeling confident, especially after winning the reverse fixture in October.
On the face of it, Cyprus have simply been treading water since the start of this competition. They’ve got just four points from a possible twelve, while they find themselves five points behind Friday’s opponents, having lost by two goals to one in the reverse fixture. That said, the bare figures don’t exactly tell the full story.
Cyprus did lose out to Bulgaria just a month ago, but they were unfortunate to come off second best on that occasion. By no means did Ran Ben Shimon’s men deserve to come out on top, but they didn’t exactly deserve to lose, while they very unlucky to concede twice, as the fact that they gave up just 0.79 expected goals suggests.
Offensively, Friday’s hosts haven’t done much of note, but they’ve done a pleasing job of keeping things reasonably tight at the back. They’re averaging just 0.83 expected goals for in the Nations League, which isn’t great, but to be conceding just 0.96 on average is far from disgraceful.
Bulgari’s bare stats also don’t exactly give us the whole picture. With nine points from a possible twelve, it would be easy to assume that the Bulgarians have looked strong, though their performances haven’t been quite as good as results would have us believe.
The visitors folded tamely when losing by a goal to nil in Norway last time out, clocking just 0.52 expected goals and surrendering 1.72 at the other end, while their overall efforts really haven’t been anything to shout about. They managed a measly 0.19 expected goal supremacy when beating Cyprus in the reverse fixture, while they struggled to get going in the final third in each of their first two matches in League C.
In truth, this pair are far more evenly matched than the league table suggests. The reverse fixture showed that there’s not much between the two teams, while, if anything, the underlying data tell us that Cyprus are ever so slightly the more well-rounded team. Keeping this in mind, the disparity in prices seems somewhat unjust. Having been unlucky losers in the reverse fixture, at a generous-looking price, Cyprus are worth backing to exact revenge by coming out on top in front of a home crowd.
Kazakhstan made the worst possible start to life in the UEFA Nations League when losing at home to Georgia on match-day one, though they’ve since bounced back and are now unbeaten in three matches in League D. After an encouraging draw in the reverse of this fixture and after beating Andorra by four goals to nil on home soil last time out, Thursday’s hosts will be feeling upbeat.
Having lost against a Georgia side that looks a little bit too good for this league, the Kazakhs didn’t exactly sparkle when they went away and drew against Andorra on match-day two, but they’ve since delivered two very encouraging performances. Their dominant home victory over Andorra last time out was pleasing, but their best performance came in the reverse of this fixture.
When taking on Latvia away from home, Kazakhstan were the dominant side. Not only did they create more in the final third, but they also gave less away, as the fact that they ended the game with a 0.66 expected goals supremacy suggests. Now back on their own patch, Stanimir Stoilov’s men ought to back themselves to come out on top.
Unlike Thursday’s hosts, Latvia are yet to pick up a win in the UEFA Nations League. They lost both home and away against Georgia, giving away slightly more than Kazakhstan did against the same opponents on home soil, while their efforts against Andorra at home, when drawing 0-0, were poor. On that occasion, the Latvians did keep a clean sheet, though they failed to score and racked up a rather unimpressive 0.79 expected goals. Against the same opponent, Kazakhstan not only won but they clocked a much more positive 1.45 expected goals.
Based on how the reverse fixture panned out and how the two teams fared when taking on Andorra in front of a home crowd, it’s very easy to make a case for the hosts, who’ve so far offered that bit more in all areas.
The bet that stands out is ‘Kazakhstan to Win & Under 3.5 Goals’. Overall, the Kazakhs have given very little away, as their average of just 0.4 expected goals against suggests, while Latvia have struggled to create much, as the fact that they’re averaging just 0.7 expected goals for suggests. That said, although the hosts have offered more than their visitors on this occasion, barring their 4-0 win over Andorra last time out, which was somewhat flattering, they’re not the sort of side to hand out a thrashing, so combining a home win with ‘Under 3.5 Goals’ makes plenty of sense.
Wednesday’s Brazilian Serie A action sees Vasco da Gama doing battle with Atletico PR. The hosts will be desperate to secure all 3 points as the threat of relegation continues to linger.
After a year of turmoil on and off the pitch, the target for Vasco in the remaining 5 games is a clear one; to stay in the division no matter the cost. After switching between Serie A and B in recent years, Almirante are in a fight to secure their top flight status once again but with a 3 points gap between themselves and the drop zone, it’s a fight they are currently favourites to win.
Vasco’s performances in recent months have been reasonably strong and indeed, they arrive having lost just 2 of the last 10 games, the latter of which a 2-1 defeat at Gremio over the weekend. Nonetheless, having lost just 1 of their last 8 home games, winning 4 times in the process, confidence is high in home ranks going into Wednesday’s clash and those taking to the pitch will be highly motivated to record a positive result.
Meanwhile, Atletico PR had looked in relegation trouble early on in the season but a stunning run of 11 consecutive home league wins now has them well out of danger and sitting in the lofty heights of 7th, just 1 point adrift of the Copa Libertadores spots. However, with a Copa Sudamericana semi-final, second leg to come at the end of the month, league action isn’t really the priority for the visitors at the moment.
Tiago Nunes is still expected to field his strongest team for the match, but Atletico’s simply awful away record still has them looking unlikely to take anything home with them. All in all, the side have not won any of their 16 away league matches so far this season, losing 10 times and having also never won at the Estádio São Januário in their entire history, their prospects don’t look the brightest ahead of kick off.
Ultimately, whilst it’s Atletico who are higher in the standings by quite some margin, that’s exclusively down to their home record and as visitors, they are one of the division’s weakest sides and that has Vasco arriving as the favourites.
At current prices, backing a home win looks to provide excellent value and is exactly where our money is going. Atletico rarely show much resolve on enemy territory and with Vasco quite a strong host, that’s unlikely to change here, with a 2-1 margin of home victory on the cards.
Tuesday’s Serie B action sees Ponte Preta doing battle with Coritiba. It’s a crunch fixture for the hosts, with 3 points needed to keep their promotion dreams alive.
Just mere weeks ago, Ponte Preta looked totally out of the running for an immediate return to the top flight but the return of Gilson Kliena to the Macaca dugout now has them in a position in which if they win their remaining two games, they’ll find themselves back in the big time.
Indeed, prior to him coming in, Ponte were 8 points behind the top 4 and hadn’t won in 8 matches but a stunning run of 6 wins from just 7 matches has seen them shoot up the table and the excellent run of form is now responsible for 33% of the team’s points this season. With confidence sky high in home ranks, 3 points is really the only option going into Tuesday’s game and a packed out Estádio Moisés Lucarelli will be expecting to see them secured.
Meanwhile, it’s been an absolutely disastrous season for Coritiba, who now have nothing to play for and are set to finish in mid table. Coxa had came into the campaign as favourites to top Serie B after being relegated from Serie A with a strong squad but despite having one of the biggest budgets in the league, they’ve fallen well below expectation.
A dreadful run of just 1 win from the last 7 matches ended any hopes of a late revival and there’s not a great deal of confidence in travelling ranks right now. With a significant portion of the squad set to leave when their contracts expire at the end of the year, Coritiba are using the two games that remain to experiment with who will likely be here next season, meaning the likes of Escobar, Vinicius Kiss, Uillian Correia, Alisson Farias, Jean Carlos, Alvarenga and Bruno Moraes will all miss this trip.
Ultimately, there can be little doubt about which way this match is going and that is more than reflected in the odds on offer. Ponte have been ranked as huge favourites according to the bookmakers’ prices and that’s not at all surprising given the form they are in and what’s riding on the game for them.
However, we do see some value in backing the hosts to win in combination with both nets being hit. Coritiba are unlikely to take anything home with them but with no pressure on the game, they can afford to play with an open style and having scored in their last 8 away games, we do think they can hit the net, but it’s unlikely to count for much. 3 of Ponte’s last 6 wins have been by 2-1 margins and that’s the scoreline we fancy seeing coming full time in this one.
Huddersfield, along with Newcastle, went into gameweek 11 of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign yet to win a league match, and after Newcastle’s victory on Saturday the pressure was on David Wagner’s team heading into their Monday night hosting of Fulham.
Fortunately for their pride as well as their position in the table, The Terriers managed to take all 3 points off a dismally out of form Fulham side at the John Smiths Stadium. This lifted them up to 18th in the table, but there is no denying the fact that they are still very much up against it this season.
Huddersfield have taken just 6 points from a possible 33, and they have scored a league low 5 goals so far. They have lost 5 of their last 7 in the Premier League, and their goal against Fulham on Monday was their first home goal in the Premier League since the middle of April.
Now, they come up against a West Ham side who are almost entirely unpredictable. The Hammers picked up a fantastic 4-2 win over Burnley last weekend, but they have regularly driven their fans into a frustrated fury this term.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men sit in 13th position currently, which actually isn’t too bad considering they lost their opening 4 games of the campaign. Since that run ended they have won 3, drawn 2, and lost 2 of their 7 games, including a draw against Chelsea and a 3-1 win against Manchester United.
Away from home West Ham have only won once this season, but on paper this is by far the easiest away match they will have played this term. The Terriers have lost 3 of their 6 home games this season, only picking up points against the 2 teams that sit below them in the table.
Whatever happens, we’re not expecting much in the way of end to end football here. At least 1 side has kept a clean sheet in each of Huddersfield’s last 11 home Premier League games, and West Ham have seen both teams get on the scoresheet in just 6 of their 11 league games this season.
Additionally, both teams have scored in just 1 of the last 5 meetings between Huddersfield and West Ham, so backing Both Teams Not to Score on Saturday, along with a 1-0 win for West Ham, looks the best option.
Arsenal managed to overcome a huge test at the weekend when they hosted Liverpool in the Premier League, claiming a point in a 1-1 draw to extend their unbeaten run into yet another new month. The Gunners are now unbeaten since the middle of August in all competitions – A run of 14 matches, 12 of which have ended in victory for Unai Emery and his side.
3 of these victories have been in their Europa League campaign too, putting them 3 points clear at the top of the table and knowing that a win on Thursday would all but guarantee their safe passage through to the knockout rounds. With Europa League specialist Unai Emery at the helm, their chances are looking bright in this particular competition.
Arsenal’s improved results have been warmly welcomed by the Emirates faithful, but almost as exciting is the way they’re actually playing too. They have scored 38 goals in their 16 competitive games so far, netting 8 in the Europa League too. This includes their hard fought 1-0 win away to Sporting Lisbon just a few weeks ago.
The Portuguese giants will be hoping to get their revenge on Arsenal here, but the signs aren’t looking promising for them. They have lost 3 of their last 6 games in all competitions and they have lost each of their last 4 meetings with English opposition.
To make matters worse, their away form in Europe is pretty atrocious. Sporting Lisbon have won just 4 of their last 27 away games in major European competition, losing 19 of those and drawing 8. One of these was last time out against Vorskla, but Arsenal are a vastly different proposition than the Ukrainian minnows.
While Arsenal’s attacking play is gaining the plaudits, their defence still has a lot of concerns surrounding it. They are missing a host of first team players in the back line, and they have only managed to keep 1 clean sheet in their last 6 competitive games. Sporting aren’t in the best of form, but they have scored in 13 of their 15 competitive games this term and will fancy their chances against the below par last line of defence that the Gunners are employing right now.
For this reason, we’re backing Arsenal to Win and Both Teams to Score on Thursday, along with a 2-1 correct score predictions for the hosts
Valencia missed a great chance to boost their last 16 hopes when they drew with Young Boys last week. They slipped up in Switzerland, as Michy Batshuayi’s opener was cancelled out. With Manchester United losing to Juventus on the same night, it was a missed opportunity for the Spanish side, especially after they did so well in their draw at Old Trafford. With Man United vulnerable, there’s an opening in the last 16 for Valencia. If they can keep in contention until the final clash – at home to United – then they have every chance of going through. However, could their hopes be scuppered in this clash with Young Boys?
The Valencia side which stormed into the Champions League last season would be punishing United’s slow start here. However, the Spaniards are in as much trouble themselves. They sit 15th in La Liga, struggling to get anywhere close to a European adventure next season. This is a campaign where they need to make the most their time in Europe, but they have just two points from their first three games.
Young Boys are seen as the minnows of the group, but they have a point from their first three. The Swiss league leaders have won three games on the spin since meeting Valencia, and they make this trip aiming to cause problems for an out of form side. While Juventus and United crushed Young Boys in this group, they were able to hold their own against Valencia. With a winning run behind them, the visitors should fancy their chances here.
The hosts’ hopes of making the next round seem slim when you look at their recent record in this competition. Valencia are winless in six Champions League matches (W0 D2 L4), their worst run since October 2011. The hosts have won just two of their last seven at home in this competition, while their league form is woeful. They’ve failed to win 91% of their league games this season, while they’re without a victory at home all season. They’ve drawn five and lost two at home, so the hosts seem a little short.
After a 2-1 win at Dinamo Zagreb in August in this competition, we can see Young Boys getting an away result. We’re backing the visitors on the double chance market, as Valencia’s campaign could be about to get even worse.
Little could rival the last match between these two for the headlines in October. A clash between two evenly matched sides turned out to be anything but, as Borussia Dortmund were 4-0 winners in a terrible night for Atletico Madrid. The Spanish side had never conceded that many inside 90 minutes under Diego Simeone, but the hosts are in fine scoring form this term. Lucien Favre is doing stellar work since taking charge at Dortmund this summer, and his side could book a spot in the last 16 with a win this week.
It’s been a mixed season for Atletico Madrid so far, and they dropped more points at the weekend. A 1-1 draw at Leganes has left them four points shy of Barcelona. They are set to improve on last season’s Champions League performance, as they’re five points clear in second in group A. However, they’re only clear by default, after awful performances from Club Brugge and Monaco so far. That 4-0 defeat in Germany has left Atleti three points behind leaders Dortmund, so this is a must win clash for Simeone’s side.
Dortmund continue to lead the way in the Bundesliga, and their 1-0 win at Wolfsburg on Saturday has put them four points clear at the top. Running away with this group has made their season even better, and their high scoring form peaked in the thumping win last month. With nine points to their name, a point in Spain puts Dortmund into the last 16. However, a victory would see them win the group with two games to spare. Can they claim another win over Atleti?
Things should be slightly more even in this clash, although that doesn’t mean Atletico Madrid’s defence is set to improve. The hosts haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their five games against Borussia Dortmund in European competition, with half of their total goals conceded against them (8) coming in the last meeting (4-0 at Signal Iduna Park). While they’ve scored in every home Champions League game at their new ground, they’ve also conceded in three of the four.
We can’t see Dortmund being shut-out here, with 38 goals in 13 games in the Bundesliga and Champions League. The visitors have been defensively solid in Europe, with three wins to nil. However, the visitors have a single clean sheet in their last eight away trips. We see them conceding in this trip, so we see both teams to score as the value on this one. On top of that, we’re backing a more even four goal thriller, with a 2-2 draw as our correct score pick.
Statistically, second season syndrome can be considered a myth, but don’t try telling that to Huddersfield fans right now. After defying all the odds to avoid relegation in their first ever Premier League season last term, The Terriers are now floundering around and looking all but certain to find themselves in the second flight next year.
Last weekend’s 3-0 loss at Watford extended their winless start to the season to 10 Premier League games, and in all competitions they are now winless in 15 matches in a run going back to the middle of April.
Unsurprisingly, this puts Huddersfield right at the bottom of the pack in the Premier League. They have collected just 3 points from a possible 30 and are behind 19th placed Newcastle on goal difference, which happens to be the joint worst goal difference in the table. They have conceded 17 more goals than they have scored this season, a record matched only by, coincidentally, Fulham.
Fulham’s return to the top flight held high hopes for the Craven Cottage faithful. They were impressive towards the end of last season and saw their team invest heavily during the summer break, but that is a move that could well come back to haunt them.
As of yet, their £100 million plus outlay hasn’t been overly successful. They were thrashed 3-0 at home to Bournemouth last weekend to make it 4 losses on the bounce in the Premier League, and a 2-0 defeat to a second string Manchester City side in midweek will have done little to boost morale.
The Cottagers actually looked to be finding their feet back in gameweek 3, with a victory over Burnley and a 2-2 draw away to Brighton bringing them a brief influx of points. Since then they have lost 5 and drawn 1 in the league though, conceding a huge 19 goals in the process. They have shipped 28 goals in their 10 league matches, making them the worst defensive side in the top flight.
Coming in a distance third in this unfavourable chart is Huddersfield, who have conceded a hefty 21 goals so far. Simply put, these are 2 of the worst defensive sides in the entire top flight, and they have just 1 clean sheet between them from a combined 20 games.
Huddersfield and Fulham have conceded a combined 49 goals in 20 games this season, and no team has ever conceded more goals in their opening 10 Premier League games than Fulham have. Huddersfield may be one of the worst sides going forward, but they will definitely fancy their chances of getting a goal or 2 against this Fulham side.
Considering both teams’ abysmal defensive records we think backing Both Teams to Score is a good option here, so we’re going for that along with a 2-2 correct score predictions to keep The Terriers’ dismal winless start going.
Manchester City’s seemingly unstoppable form continued in midweek as a heavily rotated side strolled to a comfortable 2-0 win over Fulham in the Carabao Cup, extending their unbeaten streak to 9 matches in all competitions and keeping them in the hunt for all the silverware on offer.
The Premier League looks the most likely source of success for The Citizens. They have won 8 of their 10 league matches so far this season, a feat only matched by the Liverpool side that are closely tailing them in 2nd place. Chelsea are the only other side to remain unbeaten this season, and while there is just 5 points separating the top 5 in the table the performances of all the teams involve suggest that this is very much a 3 horse race.
Ever since their shock 2-1 loss against Lyon in the Champions League, Manchester City have looked like a team determined not to slip up again. Admittedly they couldn’t manage to beat Liverpool early on in October, but apart from that no team has looked capable of stopping their steady march towards the Premier League.
They have won 8 of their last 9 in all competitions and have conceded just a single goal in this period. In the Premier League they haven’t conceded in 6 consecutive games, last picking the ball out of their own net at the start of September. This won’t come as good news to a Southampton side struggling in front of goal.
The Saints’ picked up another point last weekend in a drab goalless draw with Newcastle, but given The Magpies’ form this season you would expect that Mark Hughes isn’t happy with a draw there. This followed their much more impressive goalless draw at Bournemouth, but the fact remains that they simply don’t seem capable of scoring.
Southampton have won just 1 of their 10 Premier League outings and scored a total of 6 goals. This is the joint 2nd worst record in the league, and shockingly their last Premier League goal was over 6 weeks ago. They have failed to find the net in 5 league outings now, losing 3 of these matches.
A clean sheet for the hosts looks very likely in this situation, and while Southampton have managed to hold Bournemouth and Newcastle at bay in recent weeks facing Manchester City’s attack is a different prospect entirely. We’re backing Manchester City to Win to Nil along with a 3-0 correct score predictions.
Bournemouth’s excellent start to the 2018/19 Premier League season continued last weekend as they quickly dismantled a defensively frail Fulham side at Craven Cottage. They came away from that match with a 3-0 win under their belts, leaving them 6th in the Premier League table and still only 6 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.
Their success so far can’t be overstated really. They have scored more goals than any side outside the top 4 so far, and they once again translated that league form into domestic cup success in midweek with a 2-1 win over Norwich at the Vitality Stadium.
That win made it 5 wins from their last 6 competitive games for Bournemouth, and they have still lost just 2 of their 13 matches in all competitions this season. Their last defeat was over a month ago now away to Burnley, with The Cherries scoring 14 goals in the 6 matches since then. There is no doubt that they fully deserve their lofty standing in the Premier League table.
Manchester United, on the other hand, are having a torrid time of it this season. They did manage a 2-1 win over Everton last weekend, but that was just their second win in the last 8 competitive games and they have seen their Carabao Cup hopes die in that time and their Champions League ambitions severely injured.
Surprisingly, for a Jose Mourinho team, it’s the defensive side of the game letting the Red Devils down. They have conceded 17 goals in their 10 Premier League games so far and haven’t kept a clean sheet since a trip to Burnley at the start of September. Away from home they have conceded 9 goals in their 5 league matches and won just twice.
Meanwhile, at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth remain unbeaten at home and have won 3 of their 5 league games there. During this time they have scored 10 goals and conceded 5, so we can expect a high scoring match here.
7 of Bournemouth’s 10 league games have seen at least 3 goals scored this season, and Manchester United have been involved in high scoring games in 8 of their 10 Premier League affairs. This includes a total of 17 goals in their last 4 matches, so we think backing Over 2.5 Goals on Saturday looks a great option. Considering the visitors have already lost away to West Ham and Brighton this season, we’re also opting for a 2-1 win for the in form Cherries.
Can Dean Smith pick up a much needed win when his Aston Villa side meet Bolton? The hosts kick off the Championship weekend aiming to end a poor run, which has seen them drop down the standings. When he arrived from Brentford, the goal was to kick off a run for a top six finish. However, his winning debut has been followed up with a couple of defeats, which has put their play-off hopes on hold. Will they get things back on track with a win over the Trotters, or will Phil Parkinson’s side cause a shock?
Aston Villa are 17th in the table, a full seven points off the play-offs. In the Championship, that’s quite a big gap. There’s some way for Smith to go as he looks to take them back to the Premier League, after their defeats at Norwich and QPR. However, those were difficult games for the new boss to face. Both of those sides are in the top four in the league’s form table, so it’s no great shame for Villa to lose those trips. However, they have a chance to improve their form – with Bolton possessing the second worst record in the league over the last eight games.
Bolton are just two places and two points shy of Villa in the table, despite starting the season as one of the main contenders for relegation. They’re still only just above the drop zone, sitting four points clear of Reading. Despite being only narrow behind the Villains, they head into this clash as massive underdogs. Given that they’re currently defying their relegation odds, will the Trotters do the same in this visit to Villa Park?
The visitors have failed to win any of their last five, picking up a single point at struggling Rotherham. Bolton failed to score in all four of those defeats, and they’re one of the least impressive attacking forces in the second tier. The visitors have just 11 goals so far, and they head to a Villa side who managed to grind out a 1-0 win in their last home game.
We expect Villa to add to Bolton’s awful run of late. On top of that, we can’t see a high scoring game in this clash. Bolton have been short on goals of late, and the visitors have only managed to score more than once on one occasion in their last seven games. The visitors have seen under 3.5 goals in 87% of their games this season, so we think Villa to win and under 3.5 goals is the best bet here.
Manchester City made a swift return to the summit of the Premier League table on Monday night as an early goal from Riyad Mahrez settled the score between them and Spurs at Wembley. With both Chelsea and Liverpool winning over the weekend this was a crucial result for Pep Guardiola’s side, and the ruthlessness of their display is a marker for their title challengers for the rest of the season.
That victory extends The Citizens unbeaten run to 8 games in all competitions, with their only slip up during this period being their goalless draw at Anfield in the first half of October.
It also seems that they have really picked their game up in this run of results, bouncing back from that shock defeat at home to Lyon to score 21 goals in 8 games. It’s likely that Pep Guardiola will make a lot of changes here, but when your backup includes such talents as Gabriel Jesus and a Kevin De Bruyne returning to full fitness it’s not like their starting lineup will look much weaker on paper.
In fact, these fringe players will be using this match as a platform to show their manager what they can do in an attempt to force their way into a regular starting spot, making this a very dangerous situation for Fulham to be in.
Fulham aren’t exactly riding high on the crest of a wave either. They were well beaten by Bournemouth at the weekend, and that 3-0 loss made it 4 defeats on the bounce for the newly promoted side. To make matters worse they have conceded an huge 15 goals in these 4 games, and the 28 Premier League goals they have conceded make them the worst defensive side in the top flight by quite a distance.
Things don’t look good for the Cottagers coming into this one. They are facing the highest scoring side in the Premier League with a back line that looks decidedly shaky. Fulham’s competitive games this season have averaged 3.75 goals per game, and considering the quality of their opposition we think a Manchester City Win and Over 3.5 Goals bet looks a good shout along with a 4-1 correct score predictions.
Hearts will host Hibs at Tynecastle this Wednesday in the Edinburgh derby as both teams look to take the bragging rights. Can Hibs stop their rivals?
It was a disappointing weekend for Hearts as they were knocked out of the League Cup after losing to Celtic in the semi-final. The Jambos had high expectations going into the tie and a massive chance to make it to a final after so many years without one. Craig Levein’s side had a nightmare of a game, losing 3-0 in the process. The match didn’t get off to the best of starts for the Edinburgh club, as star striker and captain Steven Naismith had to be substituted early on in the first half. The match was an extremely cagey one, with Levein’s game plan executed perfectly, denying Celtic the space and width that the Hoops usually like to have when implementing their style of football.
The deadlock wouldn’t be broken until 10 minutes into the 2nd half, when Ryan Christie- who was brought on at half-time- won a penalty that Scott Sinclair calmly slotted into the bottom corner of the Hearts goal. Since then, Celtic went on a rampage, and Hearts had to sit and defend a total of 10 shots on goal from the League Cup holders. Hearts grip on the game would slip even further away from them when a goalkeeping error led to Celtic’s 2nd goal of the game, scored by James Forrest. Ryan Christie would finish off the Jambos after a screamer of shot went into the goalie’s top corner.
Hearts fans will feel nothing but disappointment, as Levein blew a big opportunity for his side to get into another cup final. However, the Edinburgh club are still top of the league with 25 points, albeit having played an extra game than most of the other Premiership clubs.
Hearts’ bitter city rivals are still on the Jambos’ tail. Neil Lennon has done a fantastic job at the club ever since he joined the side back in 2016 after managing Celtic for 4 years. The Northern Irishman guided the Hibees to the Championship title in his first season, finishing a strong 11 points ahead of the competition. Last season was Lennon’s return to the top flight of Scottish football, and his experience paid off as he led Hibs all the way to a 4th place finish and a decent League Cup run that came to an end after a 4-2 defeat to the eventual treble winners.
The same score was repeated just last weekend against Celtic, when Hibs failed to build on their winning streak in the league. It was a thrilling game that went end to end, and the 6 goals that were scored proved just that. Tom Rogić broke the deadlock for the hosts in the opening 10 minutes, as the Australian curled a shot from just outside the box after receiving the ball from James Forrest. Hibs conceded their 2nd goal just 10 minutes later, and Lennon’s side went into the changing room with that scoreline. However, the Edinburgh club came out with aggression, and they really showed their willingness to compete with the Hoops. Their efforts paid off, as Florian Kamberri scored a screamer from just inside the Celtic half, only for Hibs to then concede yet again. However, Boyle’s goal would give the away side some more hope going into the last 15 minutes, but Odsonne Édoaurd killed the game off thanks to his 2nd goal, ten minutes from full time.
This most recent loss saw the Hibees drop all the way to 6th place, level on points with Rangers but still within reach of the top spots of the table. A win against their city rivals would tighten the league up even more so, and the quality that Lennon’s side has shown so far this season could be a match for a slightly weaker Hearts team.
Hearts will be desperate to bounce back from their disappointing League Cup loss over the weekend, but it won’t be an easy task. Hibs last game against one of the bigger clubs in the league saw the Hibees lose 4-2, so we could see a similar scoreline on Wednesday. I’m going to back a 2-2 draw, as I feel that the teams are, at this point and given the hosts’ circumstances, evenly matched. Florian Kamberri scored an absolute screamer in Hibs’ last game, so I’m backing the Swiss striker to get his name on the score-sheet once again.
With almost all sides in League Two now having played 16 times this season, this Tuesday evening Crewe Alexandra welcome Mansfield Town to Gresty Road for the pair to play their game in hand. Both sides will be full of confidence following a solid run of form and with neither side looking likely to lose, we should be in for an enthralling encounter.
The hosts 2-0 victory over Grimsby Town at the weekend ensured that they are now undefeated in their previous four outings and has allowed them to build a comfortable gap over the danger zone. The Alex owe much of their success to a strong defensive unit and the 14 goals they have conceded this term is the joint third best defensive record in the division. However, the hosts continue with their troubles in front of goal and the 16 goals they have scored makes it an average of just over a goal per game.
Making the trip to Gresty Road is a Mansfield Town side who themselves have built their success on the back of their strong defence and with the side having conceded just 10 times this term, they have the joint best defensive record in the division. The Stags have also managed to keep a clean sheet in half of their outings this term, so it should come as little surprise to learn that 64% of their matches this season have finished with less than 2.5 goals scored.
The lack of goals in both of these sides means that backing there to be under 2.5 goals scored is the way to go in this fixture. The Alex have seen this happen in each of their last six outings and in 73% of their matches this term. The Stags have also kept a clean sheet in four of their last six matches and with just four goals scored in their previous five matches, a high scoring affair does not seem like it is on the cards.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League hopes took yet another huge blow in midweek as a cataclysmic error from Hugo Lloris saw Spurs reduced to ten men, with an equaliser in Eindhoven following shortly after. It was another poor defensive showing from Spurs, and they are now stuck with just 1 point from their first 3 group games and stand little chance of progressing in the competition.
Their focus turns back on the Premier League this weekend though, and in that they are still keeping up with the pacesetters at least. They are only 2 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, but despite this they have somewhat flown under the radar in the discussion about title challenges.
It’s easy to see why though. Spurs, while they have managed to pick up results, have been nowhere near their best this season. They were awful in their 2-1 loss at home to Liverpool earlier in the season and haven’t exactly set the world alight in any of their 4 Premier League wins since then. Their only truly impressive result was their 3-0 win at Old Trafford, but even in that game they could have easily conceded 2 or 3 goals in the first half alone.
Manchester City aren’t quite as dominant as they were last season either, but even with other challengers coming closer to them they still look the favourites to retain their trophy. Now that the season is gaining momentum, Pep Guardiola’s men now seem to be improving again as well.
They obliterated Burnley at the Etihad last weekend as they put 5 past former employee Joe Hart, extending their unbeaten start to the Premier League season to 9 games and putting them ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.
Manchester City have scored a league high 26 goals so far this term and have conceded a joint best 3 at the other end. They have dropped points to Liverpool and Wolves, but after Spurs’ showing against Liverpool and their rather flat recent performances we think Guardiola’s side have enough in the tank to take all 3 points on Monday.
Spurs have lost 10 of their last 15 Premier League encounters with The Citizens too, so we’re backing Manchester City to Win on Sunday along with a 2-0 correct score prediction.
Crystal Palace’s frustration continued to build as they fell to a poor 2-0 loss away to Everton last weekend, extending their run of defeats to 3 games and prolonging their slide down the Premier League table.
Considering the talent at their disposal, it is always surprising to see The Eagles struggling so often. They have one of the best squads outside the top 6 but simply can’t seem to keep their momentum going, and after just 1 win in their last 8 Premier League games, you can almost see the confidence seeping out of them.
Six of these 8 games have ended in defeat, and after 4 league matches at Selhurst Park they are yet to win. 3 of these 4 home outings have ended in defeat, and they have failed to score in all of them too. Considering they’re facing a side with an excellent record at Selhurst Park, the home fans won’t be feeling awfully confident coming into this clash.
Arsenal have won 6 of their 9 Premier League away games against Palace and lost just once, and home and away The Eagles have lost 9 of their last 11 Premier League matches against their opponents. Roy Hodgson hasn’t fared much better in his previous jobs either, failing to win his last 9 Premier League matches against The Gunners.
Unai Emery will like the look of these statistics, but even without them he’d be in high spirits coming into this match. Arsenal grabbed a late goal at Sporting Lisbon in midweek to extend their winning streak to a very impressive 11 competitive games. Those back-to-back losses against Manchester City and Chelsea feel like a distant memory now.
Goal-scoring wise they are second only to Manchester City this season, and while their defence does have an air of vulnerability about it, their play going forward is usually enough to make up for it. They are just 2 points off the top spot coming into game-week 10, and given that they’ve won all but 1 of their away games this season we think an Arsenal Win looks the best value here along with a 3-1 correct score predictions
It’s been an up and down season for Brighton so far, but finally things seem to be smoothing out for them and there will be a lot of fans on the south coast who are optimistic about their chances of remaining in the Premier League this season.
The Seagulls’ season may have started with a defeat to Watford, but their first outing at the Amex Stadium saw spirits soar as they deservedly beat Manchester United 3-2. After that things went south though, with a 6 match winless streak following, causing them to plummet down the table. Fortunately, things have picked up again now.
They ended that winless run with a tight 1-0 win over West Ham, with a 25th minute goal from Glenn Murray being enough to decide the game. Their star striker was taken off after a bad clash of heads against Newcastle, but still Brighton pressed on and came away with another 3 points for their troubles. These back to back wins have been enough to send them up to 12th in the table, 6 points clear of the relegation zone.
Wolves, despite only being promoted from the Championship at the end of last season, aren’t paying too much attention to the bottom 3. Instead, they’re keenly eyeing a mid-table finish after bringing in a bunch of top quality players to aid their return to the top flight. 9 games into the new season and they sit up in 9th position, and if you look at the Expected Points table they are up in 6th place.
Despite this excellent start to the season, they did fall to defeat last weekend as Watford won 2-0 at Molineux. Normally Wolves are excellent at the back, but they got caught out against The Hornets and their lack of attacking ambition made it very difficult for them to get back into the game from then on.
Both of these teams place a lot of emphasis on organisation at the back, and with Glenn Murray out injured there is a high chance of them sitting even deeper here. The Seagulls have seen just 23 goals in their 9 games so far, and 5 of those came in their hosting of Manchester United. Both teams have found the net in just 4 of their Premier League games this term as well.
Wolves can go even better than that though. The visitors have seen a total of 17 goals in the league this season, which is the 2nd lowest total in the table. Both teams have scored on just 3 occasions, with 2 of those coming in 1-1 draws against the big Manchester clubs. All this makes a Both Teams to Score – No bet look great value, so we’re going for that along with a 1-0 win for the visitors.
QPR enjoyed a fantastic midweek experience, seeing off Sheffield Wednesday at home 3-0 with some great football at times. Goals from summer signings Tomer Hemed and Nakhi Wells sealed the win, with Luke Freeman also getting a goal to beat a side who had been in good form themselves. It moved the club into the top half for the first time this season and represented their third win in four matches.
The club had beaten Ipswich 2-0 away from home in their last match, also playing some decent football and controlling the game for large periods. Tomer Hemed scored a penalty to win that match and he has been an astute signing for QPR since coming on loan from Brighton, acting as a focal point for QPR’s other attackers to feed off. Now Nakhi Wells has got his first goal since 2017, he can also kick on to add pace to their attack.
A win away at Reading and a home draw with Derby have completed this impressive unbeaten run for QPR, who are now just four points off the play-offs. It is testament to manager Steve McClaren that he has been able to turn around the club’s fortunes after enduring such a torrid start to the season, which kicked off with four straight losses, including a 7-1 defeat to West Brom. They now look a decent outfit, particularly in attack, with Hemed and Wells up front, and Luke Freeman and Eberechi Eze providing dynamism on the wings.
On the other hand, Aston Villa fell to their first loss under new manager Dean Smith, beaten by Norwich away from home in a 2-1 defeat. They had started off the better side, scoring early on through James Chester, however, lost main striker Tammy Abraham to injury and lost their way from there. Although they had an effort cleared off the line, Villa faded late on and conceded two Jordan Rhodes goals to compound their misery and come away with nothing. Whilst it wasn’t the worst the team have played, Villa have only won once in six now.
That victory was in Dean Smith’s first match at home to Swansea. The team won 1-0 thanks to a Tammy Abraham winner and looked strong throughout the match, keeping their second clean sheet of the season. With the emotion of former Sir Doug Ellis’ passing, it was always going to be a fired up performance and they managed to do it in Dean Smith’s first match.
However, other than that, it has not been good enough for a club of Aston Villa’s stature. Things had started to go wrong towards the end of Steve Bruce’s tenure, with lacklustre draws with Bristol City and Preston, whilst in their first game without him, Villa were defeated 2-1 by Millwall. In that game also, Villa took the lead through Abraham but ultimately lost the match. Thus, the mentality of these players has been shattered and Smith has a lot of work to do in order to turn them into promotion candidates.
With QPR in sparkling form and Villa scoring in every Championship game so far this season but keeping two clean sheets, we think this could be an exciting match, with both teams scoring at least. QPR have the momentum but Villa have the stronger team on paper, so it could be a tight match, with little to separate the sides. Thus, in terms of a correct score prediction, we think 2-2 is appropriate in match where the attackers will take centre stage.
Both sides head into game week three of Group A in perfect form. Zurich kick started their campaign with a 1-0 away win against AEK Larnaca and followed that up with a 1-0 home victory against Bulgarian side Ludogorets. Bayer Leverkusen started their Europa League campaign off with a 3-2 away win against Ludogorets and followed that up with a 4-2 home win against AEK Larnaca.
Zurich are in decent form at home in their own domestic league, they have not lost at the Stadion Letzigrund since March, however that 11 game unbeaten run has seen just 4 wins and 7 draws. They were leading 3-1 at home to top of the league Young Boys on Saturday however conceded two goals in 5 minutes to eventually draw the game 3-3.
Bayer Leverkusen are having a mixed season, whilst they have made a great start to their Europa League group their league form what is somewhat different. They sit in 13th place in the Bundesliga having picked up just 8 points from 8 games this season. They have improved recently as they did start their league season with 3 consecutive losses and have followed those up with 2 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 outings.
Much like their league form, Zurich have enjoyed success at home in the Europa League also. Stretching back to August 2014 Zurich have won 4, drawn 4 and lost 1 of their last 9 home Europa League games. They have played some decent sides in that time too, picking up a 3-2 win and 1-1 draw against Villarreal in 2014 and 2016 respectively, whilst also picking up a 1-1 draw at home to another German side, Borussia M’Gladbach.
This is Bayer Leverkusen’s first involvement in the Europa League since they were eliminated in the quarter finals 2-0 on aggregate to Villarreal in 2016. Leverkusen are hit and miss when they travel in Europe, in their last 10 away Europa League games they have won 6 and lost 4 with their losses generally coming against the better sides they have faced, losing to Villarreal in 2011 and 2016 and Benfica in 2013.
This game will be a bit of a clash of styles, Zurich generally like to keep it tight and shut their opponents out in Europe whilst Bayer Leverkusen have been a bit gung ho, shown by the 11 goals seen in their 2 games so far. We don’t think Zurich will be able to keep them out, and with Bayer Leverkusen conceding 2 goals to both Ludogorets and AEK Larnaca we can’t see the German side keeping a clean sheet either so far that reason we are backing Both Teams to Score. We can see this being another big scoring game, and for that reason we are going for a 2-2 draw.
As we edge towards the end of October, PSV find themselves in dreamland as far as their domestic campaign goes. They have won all 9 of their Eredivisie matches, putting themselves 5 points clear of Ajax in 2nd place and looking on track to secure another league title.
However, Dutch football isn’t the power it once was, and PSV aren’t enjoying the same levels of success continentally. Their 2 Champions League group stage matches so far have resulted in defeats, with a 4-0 thrashing at Barcelona being followed by a much more unfortunate 2-1 loss at home to Inter Milan last time out.
The Dutch giants were unlucky in that defeat to be honest. They went ahead midway through the first half and held their own for most of the contest, but the brilliance of Mauro Icardi made the difference on the night. Now, they host Tottenham as both sides look to win their first points of this group stage campaign.
Spurs picked up another 3 points at the weekend away to West Ham, but something just feels a bit flat about Mauricio Pocchettino’s side. They have struggled to put sides away this season, as made evident by their 1-0 victories over both Cardiff and West Ham.
This has come back to haunt them in the Champions League, where they capitulated late on away to Inter Milan to throw away a 1-0 lead and leave Italy pointless. Next up was a hosting of Barcelona, and while they did very well to keep themselves in the game at Wembley, the eventual 4-2 defeat showed that they simply didn’t have the quality to keep Lionel Messi quiet.
Tottenham have certainly played their fair share of dull matches in the past month, but we’re not expecting this to be one of them. PSV are a fast paced, attack minded side and know that they need a result here, so we can expect them to get at Spurs and give them problems. The Eredivisie leaders have scored a huge 36 goals in their 9 league games so far, and they’re facing a Spurs side who have shipped 15 goals in 12 competitive games this season.
Spurs, meanwhile, haven’t failed to score at all this term. Naturally, this has led to some high scoring affairs for both of them – PSV have seen at least 3 goals in 13 of their last 14 competitive games, while Spurs have in 9 of their 12 matches this season. This makes an Over 2.5 Goals bet look very attractive, so we’re going for that along with a 2-1 win for the visiting side.
Bayern Munich ended their poor run of form with a 3-1 victory at Wolfsburg on Saturday. It’s been a far from strong start by the Bundesliga champions, who sit third in the league. Their usually relentless push for silverware hasn’t been present in the early stages of the 2018/19 campaign, and Niko Kovac has to be under pressure following a run of just one win in five. He takes his side to Greece this week, as the Germans look to bounce back from a slip in their last Champions League clash.
AEK Athens are also in third place as they try to defend their title. They head into this encounter on the back of a rotten start to this group stage campaign, having lost two from two. A defeat at home to Bayern would all but knock them out of the competition, with two big defeats leaving them significantly off the pace. They were solid in the qualifiers, but losses to Ajax and Benfica have left them rock bottom. With a double header against Bayern up next, the Super League side need to raise their game.
Bayern haven’t made that great of a start in Europe, with a 2-0 win over Benfica and a 1-1 draw with Ajax. The Dutch side have emerged as a contender to make the last 16 after that point, and they sit top of Group E after the opening two matches. Bayern seem to be making too much work out of this group early on. Having landed three sides who went through the qualifiers – including two who did it without winning their league last term – Bayern should have been racing away with first place. However, they make this trip to Athens facing a must win game.
Bayern’s away form in this competition is impressive, so they should expect to get something away from the side who have lost their opening two. AEK have conceded three times in each of their first three, while Bayern’s scoring form in this competition is great. They have hit two or more goals in their last six away trips in the Champions League, and in 10 of their last 11. However, in that time they’ve only kept a single clean sheet. In fact, in 15 away trips in Europe, Bayern have conceded in 14 of them.
AEK have seen both teams score in five of their last six matches in this competition, and they should get forward here. Having conceded in their last five games, we expect Bayern’s defence to be breached here. Both teams to score is our tip, along with a 2-1 away win for the German champions.
Arsenal continued to build their strength before the international break as they demolished Fulham 5-1 at Craven Cottage, a result that pushed them up to 4th in the Premier League and relegated their back to back defeats at the start of the campaign to nothing but a distant memory.
Unai Emery’s transformation of The Gunners doesn’t just stop in the league either. The Europa League specialist has won both his group games as well as progressing in the League Cup, leaving Arsenal with a fantastic 9 match winning streak to look back upon. Victory here would have pushed them to the top of the table, although only in the unlikely event that Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea all slipped up at the weekend.
There are some niggling concerns for the Emirates faithful though, and they largely reside at the heart of the defence. Arsenal look decidedly shaky at the back, and injuries to the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Carl Jenkinson, and Konstantinos Mavropanos haven’t helped matters. Now, Sokratis is a major doubt after being forced off for Greece last week too, so there will be a bit of a worry there.
Leicester look in very good shape going forward as well. They may have lost at home to Everton last time out, but Ricardo Pereira found the net for The Foxes to continue their Premier League scoring run. They have netted in all 8 of their league games this season, and the last time they failed to score in the Premier League was at the start of May.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have only kept 3 clean sheets in their 11 competitive games this term, a stat that will have Jamie Vardy rubbing his hands together. The Leicester front man has scored 6 goals in his 6 Premier League starts against Arsenal, and he simply relishes the pressure of big matches. He has scored 27 goals in 46 league appearances against the big six clubs, and with 2 goals in 3 away appearances this season, he looks a great choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions.
Either team keeping a clean sheet on Monday night looks unlikely, but in the end we are expecting the home advantage and Arsenal’s form to have the last laugh. With 9 consecutive wins behind them and with Leicester losing 9 of their last 14 Premier League away days, we’re backing Arsenal to Win and Both Teams to Score along with a 3-2 correct score predictions.
The Premier League season may only be 8 games old, but Everton fans have already been on a rollercoaster of a ride so far. They started with a 2-2 draw away to Wolves, twice losing the lead and playing the entire second half with ten men but seeing star signing Richarlison bag a brace.
This back and forth style of play continued in the following weeks. The Toffees did manage a win against Southampton, but their extremely shaky back line looked vulnerable throughout, and that came back to bite them as they somehow let a 2 goal lead slip against Bournemouth.
However, after a 4 game winless run in the Premier League things have finally started looking up for Everton. They hammered Fulham 3-0 at the end of September, and started October with a very good 2-1 win away to Leicester. This boosts them up to 11th in the table, but if they can maintain this form then a return to Europe beckons for Marco Silva and his men.
Crystal Palace had high hopes for this season after Roy Hodgson saved them last term. The sun was shining, Wilfried Zaha didn’t leave, and they beat Fulham 2-0 in their opening game – Everything looked rosy at Selhurst Park. Unfortunately for The Eagles, their form has plumetted since then.
They have won just one of their 7 Premier League games since that opening weekend win, and that was a drab 1-0 affair against the lowly Huddersfield. 5 of these 7 games have ended in defeat, and their return of 7 points from a possible 24 isn’t what you expect from a side as talented as this one. To make matters worse, Wilfried Zaha has managed to aggravate an injury while on international duty and could miss out here.
Everton will be feeling confident about their chances for this one. The Toffees have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their 8 league games this season, and unsurprisingly the 3 games they failed to do so came when Richarlison was suspended. They netted 5 times in 2 games against Palace last season, and the visitors have shipped 2 goals in half of their league outings this term.
Crystal Palace have won just 1 of their last 7 league games and lost 5 times, so we think backing an Everton Over 1.5 Team Goals along with a 2-1 correct score predictions looks a good move.
The young Brazilian Richarlison may have been getting most of the plaudits this season, but our eyes are on another of Goodison Park’s stars. Gylfi Sigurdsson has come into his own under Marco Silva, keeping pace with Richarlison’s goalscoring and netting 4 times in the Premier League this term. These 4 goals have come in their last 4 games too, and the Icelandic playmaker has netted 3 goals in his last 6 Premier League starts against Crystal Palace. We think he’s a fantastic choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions.
Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea went into the international break in high spirits, with a 3-0 dismantling of Southampton taking them level on points at the top of the Premier League table following Manchester City and Liverpool’s draw. All three of these sides sit on 20 points after 8 games, and with both Arsenal and Spurs on 18 points this season’s race for the top spot could prove very interesting indeed.
The Blues are now unbeaten in all competitions since their Community Shield loss to Manchester City at the start of August. They have won nine times and drawn twice, and to be honest their performances seem to be getting better with every passing week.
Eden Hazard is proving absolutely crucial for the hosts though. The Belgian maestro has already scored 7 Premier League goals this season, and his 3 assists on top of that make him the first player this season to record an involvement in 10 Premier League goals. This comes despite him having only started 6 of the 8 games, so we think he’s a great choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions here.
Hazard’s job will be made easier by Manchester United’s atrocious defensive form at the moment. The Red Devils may have produced a miraculous comeback to beat Newcastle 3-2 before the international break, but the warning signs are still shining very brightly at Old Trafford. They somehow conceded twice in the opening 10 minutes of that game, and the 14 goals they have conceded already this season make them the 4th worst defensive side in the league.
Manchester United have lost away to both Brighton and West Ham, managing to concede 3 times in both of those games. Add to that the fact that Jose Mourinho has lost in 4 of his last 5 away games against sides he’s formerly managed and it’s not looking like a good afternoon for the visitors.
It’s not just Mourinho who has a sub-par record against Chelsea. Manchester United have won just one of their last 16 Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge, so a win for the hosts on Saturday looks very likely. However, the visitors may have performed well below expectations this season but they have still managed to score in all but one of their league matches, including in all of their away games.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have conceded in 3 of their 4 home Premier League games, so we think backing Chelsea to Win and Both Teams to Score looks an excellent value bet along with a 3-1 win for the hosts.
After an uncertain start to the season, Sheffield Wednesday have kicked into gear and picked up some impressive results in recent matches. The latest was a 2-1 away victory at Bristol City before the international break, with substitute Lucas Joao coming off the bench to grab both goals in an impressive second-half display. This had been in contrast to the first, in which Sheffield Wednesday were largely dominated by the home side. Nonetheless, they managed to stun the hosts in a great show of character to not only take the lead but to hold onto it after Bristol pulled one back in the 80th minute.
Indeed, the match against Bristol was the fourth unbeaten in a row for Sheffield Wednesday, against a succession of top teams in the division. In the match before the Bristol City encounter, Wednesday were held to a 2-2 home draw against West Brom, who scored two late goals to snatch victory away from the hosts, after a beauty from Adam Reach and a goal for Fernando Forestieri had put the Owls in front. Winger Adam Reach had also scored a screamer in the game prior to that against Leeds, which once more ended a home draw. Indeed, prior to the Leeds match, Wednesday had secured an impressive 2-1 away victory at Aston Villa to spark this run.
In all these games, Wednesday played some dynamic football and can take great heart from their capacity to compete against the top sides, despite being pegged back in all of them. With key players like star striker Fernando Forestieri and midfield playmaker Barry Bannan back fully fit from injury, the team looks like it has a strong basis to make a sustained play-off run and they look a formidable opponent at the moment.
In contrast, during the last four league matches, Middlesbrough have slipped up several times to raise some concerns about the team, though not too serious at this moment in time. In the last game before the international break, Middlesbrough suffered their first home loss of the season against Nottingham Forest, managed by their former boss Aitor Karanaka. For such a formidable team at home, it was the antithesis of their other performances, failing to score for only the fourth time this season and adding a third to their total goals conceded tally.
Although Middlesbrough beat Ipswich comfortably in their prior game, a 2-0 away win typical of their performances this season, manager Tony Pulis will have been more concerned in the recent games against Hull and Swansea. They could not take their chances in the away match at Hull, resulting in a 1-1 draw against a team in the relegation zone, whilst were held to a goalless draw at home to Swansea.
These matches have raised the question of Middlesbrough’s attacking potency. They may have scored in most games this season but their record of 14 goals scored after 12 matches is the joint-worst in the top-ten. In the top scorers chart, the team does not have a single representative, with striker Britt Assombalonga coming in at 23rd with four goals and no assists. In order to sustain a promotion bid, the club has to improve on this and strikes like Assombalonga and Martin Braithwaite have to step up even more.
Indeed, we think Middlesbrough can score in this match, at the very least. In all of Sheffield Wednesday’s home games so far this season, both teams have scored. Whilst Middlesbrough may be lacking in confidence, they still have the quality to get a goal and will make it very difficult for Wednesday to get one. Despite this, Wednesday are one of the most in-form teams in the division at the moment and have proven they can do damage against the best sides, so backing both teams to score looks to be a smart bet.
In terms of a correct-score, Tony Pulis will be primarily aiming for his side not to lose two games on the bounce, so it could be a relatively low-scoring match. Backing a 1-1 draw seems appropriate in this game and would be a result both teams could be happy with.
Rayo Majadahonda and Sporting Gijon both beat former La Liga sides in the last round of the Copa del Rey, but whoever wins on Thursday will be in with a chance of taking on one of the current top division clubs in the next round as that is when they enter the competition. The two clubs are competing in the same division for the first time in their history this season, and just last month Rayo Majadahonda beat Sporting Gijon 2-1 at home in the Segunda Division.
Rayo Majadahonda left it late as they recorded back to back wins in the league for the first time this season, beating Real Oviedo with a stoppage time strike. Visitors Real Oviedo just edged this tight and tense affair with 57% of the overall possession and more shots on target than Rayo Majadahonda, but still ended up with no points to show for their efforts.
The two sides went in level at the break with neither able to break down the others defence effectively, and while the visitors looked the more likely to score they gave away far too many fouls and always looked like they would concede from a set piece.
Both teams continued from where they left off in the second forty-five, with Real Oviedo seeing more of the ball and Rayo Majadahonda always looking most threatening from set pieces. The winning goal came against the run of play and earned the hosts an unexpected three points, when Luso netted in the first minute of stoppage time.
Rayo are looking to make it three wins on the trot in all competitions, which is in stark contrast to their three previous games all of which ended in defeat. Isaac Carcelén top scores for the hosts with three goals in all competitions and will provide the focal point of their attacks on Thursday. Carlos Carmona also has three goals this season and top scores for Sporting Gijon, but each of his strikes have arrived in the Segunda Division.
Carmona was on hand to earn Sporting Gijon a point at the weekend when they played host to Reus Deportiu. The home side dominated the entire ninety minutes and should have been 1-0 up at the break, but Serbia’s Đurđević missed a first half stoppage time penalty.
The visitors number nine Miguel Linares scored the opening goal of the game in the sixty-eighth minute and looked to have won the match for Reus Deportiu. However, a second penalty was awarded to Sporting deep into second half stoppage time and Carmona was given the responsibility this time and made no mistake from twelve yards.
Sporting Gijon will feel as if they missed out on a great opportunity for three points against Reus Deportiu, after dominating the match with 57% of the overall possession and sixteen shots to the visitors four. If Sporting can find their scoring boots and put in another performance like that on Thursday then they have a great chances of progressing through to the next round of the Copa del Rey.
We’re confident that both teams will score in this cup tie, and have backed the game to end in a 1-1 draw. Both teams have scored in three of Rayo Majadahonda’s and three of Sporting Gijon’s last six matches. Both teams also scored when the pair met earlier this month in the Segunda Division, and we’re expecting the same to happen in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
This game sees sides at opposing ends of the Spanish Segunda Division meet. Lugo haven’t made a great start to the season and will be looking to the Copa del Rey as a welcome distraction. Alcorcon meanwhile are putting together the foundations for a serious promotion push as they look to join an ever growing list of Madrid clubs in the top flight.
They’ve already had an eventful week. They raced into a 3-0 lead at Gimnastic Tarragona in the league at the weekend, only for stormy weather to bring an early halt to proceedings in the First Half. The match was concluded on Monday in slightly surreal fashion, with Alcorcon seeing out a 3-1 win to establish themselves further in the second tier’s top four.
As for Lugo, it was a pretty respectable weekend as they drew 0-0 at Tenerife. They will be keen to improve on a return of 9 points from 9 games so far in the league and at this stage a relegation battle looks a possibility for them, although it is still early days. They are one of the smaller teams in the Segunda Division so a Copa del Rey tie against top flight opposition would be a welcome boost but in truth the league will still be the priority and we should see rotation from both teams here.
Playing again 48 hours on from the conclusion of their match on Monday should only be a minor disadvantage for Alcorcon. They could effectively coast through the Second Half of the game in Tarragona and it is worth noting that Lugo have had to do a lot of travelling too when flying back from the trip to the Canary Islands for another game 72 hours later.
Alcorcon may make changes but there is a real feel-good factor around the club right now and they will be the more confident side here. They’ve gone 8 matches without defeat in all competitions and that goal in Tarragona on Monday was the only one they’ve conceded in that period, with some fantastic defensive displays firing them up the league.
Lugo’s poor home record this season is another reason to fancy the visitors. They’ve taken just 4 points from their 4 home league outings. It’s also just 2 wins in 10 at home in all competitions for the Galicians, so they may come up short against in-form opponents. Overall backing Alcorcon Draw No Bet could be the way to go.
The UEFA Nations League continues on Tuesday night with this game from League D, Group 1. Already it looks like there is only going to be one winner, with Georgia having bagged maximum points from their three fixtures to put them firmly on course for promotion and perhaps even a place at Euro 2020. The other three teams which includes Kazakhstan and Andorra, remain winless on two points each.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised that two teams who have long since developed a losing habit on the competitive international stage have struggled. Kazakhstan will be a bit disappointed though as they’ve failed to take some improved friendly showings in 2018 into this competition. They’ve already drawn in Andorra and Latvia in this group and will have their eyes set on trying to win the reverse fixtures at home, starting with this one.
Andorra finally won a competitive international in 2018 World Cup qualifying, stunning Hungary and they have certainly made some strides forward in recent years. They started their Nations League campaign with two draws, to further suggest they are heading in the right direction but there was something of a reality check in Georgia last week, as they sank to a 3-0 defeat.
Kazakhstan aren’t quite on that level though and you sense their extremely defensive tactics could work a bit better here. Andorra have improved massively at the back in recent years and actually started 2018 with four straight clean sheets. One of those was away to Latvia earlier in this group and they’re now a side that can hold their own against the other minnows of European football and even teams on a slightly higher level than them. Scoring goals though remains a huge problem, with just 2 scored in 11 matches since that famous win over the Hungarians.
Kazakhstan have a bit more firepower but still may find themselves short on creativity as they try to break this stubborn Andorran defence down. They haven’t scored more than once in a competitive international since a 2-2 draw with Poland in their opening 2018 World Cup qualifying game, over two years ago.
With both sides still searching for their first win in the competition, an edgy game, low on quality is likely and backing Under 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score – NO could be the way to go.