The Terriers get a really tough return to league action after the international break. They are still looking for their first win of the season and have to take on Liverpool. Will the rest have done the Reds good having drawn their last two before the break? Questions were arising about their star players not hitting their potential this season. Read our Huddersfield v Liverpool betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 15th, 2018 at 7:16 p.m.)
The Terriers are still on the hunt for their first win of the season and it would be a stunning upset if they were to get it in this one. They have three points from three drawn matches so far only, one of them out at Burnley before the international break.
Their home form has seen them collect only the one point this season and punters are going to have a hard time finding positive to back them. Their last home game saw them suffer a 2-0 loss against Tottenham.
So that is a good indicator and a Liverpool 2-0 correct score option is at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 4:53 pm). Huddersfield have yet to come up with a home goal this season. So the option on both teams not to score has to have some value.
With the season settling down you can see the struggles that the Terriers are having. In total this season Huddersfield have produced only the four goals which leaves them as the joint lowest scorers alongside bottom club Cardiff heading back into the weekend.
Liverpool will be looking to get themselves up and running in winning ways again as they make the trip to Huddersfield. The Reds are W3 D1 on the road and their winning streak was snapped in a 1-1 tie at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in their last road game. That was also the first occasion this season that they had failed to score two goals in an away game.
Liverpool to win to nil is at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 4:53 pm) and is a popular option for Huddersfield v Liverpool betting tips. Their powerful front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah haven’t been as strong as they were last season.
Salah has just one goal in Liverpool’s last five league games now and has been extremely wasteful compared to his pinpoint accuracy last term. The Reds are facing a poor defence here and Salah is the 8/11 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market, but has just one away goal all season* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 4:53 pm).
Liverpool have conceded just the three away goals all season, two of them happening in the second half of matches. Liverpool have been ahead at half time in three of their four road games. A Liverpool/Liverpool half-time/ full-time bet is at 5/6 odds* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 4:53 pm).
It was all a bit too easy for Liverpool last season in the Premier League meetings with Huddersfield. The Reds produced a 3-0 win in both of their games against the Terriers. Those were the first league meetings since the 1971/72 old division one season.
It looks likely that the best Huddersfield could look for would be a point. Liverpool struggled in tougher fixtures before the break but otherwise have handled themselves well. We will settle on the away win & under 2.5 goals as Liverpool haven’t quite been at their fluent best.
18th October 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
With no wins in three now across all competitions for Liverpool, the Reds will be looking to shake themselves up on the weekend. There will be no better way for them to do that either than in beating league leaders Man City. The Citizens have strung together a four-match winning streak and will want to prove themselves against what is deemed to be their main title challenger. Read our Liverpool v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 15/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 3rd, 2018 at 9:14 p.m.)
The Reds have not picked up a win in any of their last three games in all competitions, picking up a draw with Chelsea in the top flight last weekend. There’s obviously no panic button that needs to be hit but a loss in this one would be a further setback. A big one at that.
Liverpool have won all three of their home games this season, scoring a total of eight goals and not connecting any. However, we are going with both teams to score in this one at 8/15 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 3:46 pm). Liverpool have conceded in three for their last four league games now.
So even though they are on a run of eight matches at Anfield in the top fight without conceding, we are backing City to snap that. The Reds have a very strong home record of being undefeated in their last 24 Premier League game and they have been winning at both half time and full time in eight of their last nine at Anfield.
Liverpool have scored at least two goals in all but two of their last thirteen home games. Sometimes big clashes like this can disappoint but we are going over 2.5 goals at 23/20 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 3:46 pm). Even with Mo Salah out of form, the Reds aren’t likely to change their lineup.
Kevin de Bruyne is back in training for the Citizens but isn’t ready for action yet. They do have some other injury issues with Fabian Delph and Benjamin Mendy which leaves them a little bit short in the left back position. The Citizens have fired offer a W6 D1 record in their seven league games and out on the road, it has been a W2 D1 return.
The draw, their only dropped points of the season happened at Wolves back at the end of August. They can throw everything at this well-timed game just ahead of the next international break. A Man City/Draw Double Chance is at 1/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 3:46 pm).
Sergio Aguero is at 9/2 in the first goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 3:46 pm) beaten only by Liverpool’s Mo Salah there. Manchester City have won eight of their last nine Premier League away games and home and away combined, have tightened up defensively with a clean sheet in each of their last three.
They do of course boast tremendous scoring power as they have netted at least two goals in all but one of their last seven games. They have not been losing at half time in any league fixture this season and have shipped only the one goal away from home in total.
These two met four times last season as they also squared off nit the Champions League as well as the Premier League. Liverpool won three of the four meetings, the only loss coming at Man City in the league. So that is some momentum that the Reds have and they have only lost one of their last ten games against the Citizens in all competitions now. They are on a five-match winning streak in the Premier League at Anfield against Manchester City. each of the last four games have gone over 2.5 goals.
Manchester City have to step up and prove themselves here in this massive showdown at the top of the table. With Liverpool just looking as if they are a bit off the boil and more conservative than usual, this could be a great time for City to strike. Away win.
5th October 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Liverpool got off to a bang in the group as they produced a dramatic late home win over PSG on match day one. They get another tough game this week as they head out to Spain to face up to Napoli. The Italians have been going well this season but they couldn’t handle the power of Juventus on the weekend in Serie A. Read our Napoli v Liverpool betting tips for more.
Liverpool even money
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 29th, 2018 at 11.35 p.m.)
It has been a really decent season from Napoli as they have once again shown up as the main threat to Juventus in the Scudetto. However, they lost against Juventus in a high-profile showdown on the weekend. That was just their second defeat of the season. Napoli have a perfect three wins from three this season on home soil, the last two wins coming with a clean sheet as well. There are two strong sides meeting here and the natural inclination is to go over 2.5 goals at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 6:46 pm).
Napoli have been having their problems keeping up the standards in Europe though it has to be said. They have lost seven of their last thirteen games in Europe and have won just one of their last six. However, they have won three of their last four on home soil, scoring at least two goals in each of those. Both teams to score looks a pretty straightforward option to throw into the mix at 4/7 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 6:46 pm). They won’t make it easy for the visiting Reds and boss Carlo Ancelotti has never lost a UEFA game against Liverpool (W3 D1).
The Reds have lost a little bit of their strong winning momentum, having been held to a draw by Chelsea twice in the last week (EFL Cup and Premier League). They recorded a thrilling 3-2 win over PSG in the opening round of Champions League action. This is the first of two very tough away games though in the group, as they will have to face PSG in a return out in Paris of course. So far away from home, this season Liverpool are W3 D1 and they have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last three road games. In the correct score market a 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 6/1 with the Liverpool 2-1 at 15/2* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 6:46 pm).
Mo Salah looks a bit short on confidence at the moment and Daniel Sturridge, who scored their equaliser against Chelsea in the Premier League on the weekend, may well get a shot here. He is a decent enough 3/2 anytime goalscorer option to have a look at for the game anyway* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 6:46 pm). Liverpool’s record in Europe against Italian teams is W10 D7 L10. Liverpool went W1 D2 in their three group stage games last season, and then went W2 L1 in their three away games in the knockout phase. The loss in that sequence was in Italy against Roma.
The only previous time that these two met was in the 2010 Europa League. There was a 0-0 between the out in Italy and then Liverpool posted a comfortable 3-1 win back on home soil against them.
Tough game to call because it could be a fairly even contest. Both have their big strengths and this won’t be an easy road game for the Reds. Because of that, we can see a bit of value coming in backing the home side in a Double Chance at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 6:46 pm).
30th September 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
This will be a big battle between two unbeaten Premier League sides this season. Liverpool holds a two-point advantage at the top of the table over the Blues and so if they could land three points at Stamford Bridge then that would be a significant result for them. Can the Blues leapfrog them with a big home performance? Read our Chelsea v Liverpool betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 24th, 2018 at 11:33 p.m.)
Forget whatever happened in the League Cup meeting in midweek at Anfield. That’s not going to have a bearing on this competitive fixture. The Blues have made a fine start to the season having dropped just the two points, which was out on the road in a frustrating game against West Ham last season. So they are a perfect three wins from three on home soil and the Blues have returned nine goals in those three games. We are going to take the obvious option of 13/20 odds on over 2.5 goals* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.). Chelsea’s three home games this season have averaged four goals per game. So the stats are there to even push that to 3.5 goals if you fancied.
Chelsea still looks short of a quality, prolific goal scorer but Eden Hazard has been carrying responsibility well with a five-goal haul this season and four of those goals have come at home. Hazard is at 7/4 odds in the anytime goalscorer market for the game* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.). Chelsea are looking so much more exciting under Maurizio Sarri and it will be interesting to see how much they can trouble Liverpool. For sure we are going to back both teams to score as it is hard to see this being a conservative match up.
Liverpool are perfect in the top flight after six games and they are the early pace-setters. They banked a big 3-0 win over Southampton last weekend in an easy affair for them. It means that they have scored at least two goals in all but one of their games this season in the Premier League. They have also conceded in just two of their six games this term but they haven’t faced any side as powerful in attack as Chelsea this term yet. Because we see Liverpool having the edge over the Blues but not by much the Liverpool to win by a one-goal margin is at 10/3 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.).
That’s the same margin by which they have won three of their last four games by, including their successes over Tottenham. Sadio Mane is their top scorer for the season with four goals and two of those have been out on the road. Roberto Firmino has scored his two goals of the season away from home. All of Mo Salah’s have been at Anfield. We’re putting that together and looking at the value of 2/1 odds on Mane to get on the scoresheet for the Reds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 24th, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.). This would be another massive three away points for them if they could land them all.
Chelsea bagged a home win in the league last season in this corresponding fixture and earned a draw at Anfield. That was a good return from them and they are unbeaten in three now (W1 D2) against the Reds. Both teams have scored in six of the last seven league meetings and there have been four 1-1 draws in the last seven Premier League clashes.
We like the appeal on the away side for value in the match outright. Liverpool just look more the complete package then Chelsea do at the moment. Neither of these have faced as good of an attacking team this season as they will go up against in this. Liverpool look to just have the edge and they can get the win.
26th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This is the tie of the round in the EFL Cup as it is a heavyweight clash between two of the top sides in the country. Chelsea makes the difficult trip up north to take on Liverpool and with both of these defending unbeaten records this season, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. Read our Liverpool v Chelsea betting tips for more.
Liverpool even money
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 23rd, 2018 at 10:34 p.m.)
The Reds have won every game that they have played this season across all competitions and are going along with some rich confidence. It was a good week for them, beating PSG in the Champions League and then hammering Southampton at Anfield in the Premier League on the weekend. They have scored at least two goals in all but one of their games played this season. Their form at Anfield is four wins from four and they have returned eleven goals in their four home games. They have taken a clean sheet in three of their four home wins and Liverpool to win to nil is at 11/4 odds* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 10:34 pm). We aren’t likely to see the strongest Liverpool starting lineup in this one. Under 2.5 goals is at 23/20 odds* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 10:34 pm).
Chelsea dropped their first points of the new Premier League season on the weekend as they were held to a 0-0 draw against West Ham in a London derby. Chelsea will host Liverpool in the Premier League next weekend so they aren’t likely to show too strong of a hand in this one. The Blues have scored at least two goals in all but two of their games this season, those two games coming over the last week in a 1-0 win at PAOK in the Champions League and then the draw with West Ham. With them not being at full strength it is a little hard to see where the goals are going to come from for them because they are a little short in that department. We are actually going to look at both teams NOT to score at 6/5 odds* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 10:34 pm) for the tie.
We are going with the home win in this one as Liverpool do have the advantage of having the crowd behind them. This is likely going to be a battle of depth of the respective squads more than anything else. We see Liverpool just having the advantage in terms of scoring threat. Home win.
24th September 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
It is all positives around Anfield at the moment with a strong winning start in the Premier League and a success over PSG in their opening Champions League match in midweek. They are a force to be reckoned with given their strengths and form right now. Southampton have just the one win on the board for the season and could face a tough afternoon at Anfield. Read our Liverpool v Southampton betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 19th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.)
It has been a rocking start to the new season by Liverpool with five wins from five. They have shipped just the two goals as well so have laid down some big defensive improvements from last season. They have conceded in their last two games though, both 2-1 successes out on the road against Leicester and Tottenham. Liverpool have scored at least two goals in four of their five games this season and the Liverpool 2-0 correct score has a decent chunk of appeal at 6/1 odds for this weekend’s fixture* (Betting Odds were taken from September 19th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.). It is hard seeing them getting tripped up here.
Their two home league games have produced a 4-0 win over West Ham and a 1-0 success over Brighton. So there is the simple option of Liverpool to win to nil at 5/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 19th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.). Liverpool have actually kept a clean sheet in their last seven Premier League home games which is a fantastic record. They are undefeated in their last 23 home matches as well in the top flight. There is another trend with them as they have been winning at half time and full time in each of their last six games.
Not an easy game for the Saints here who are looking for just their second win of the season. Their record so far this term reads W1 D2 L2, their lone success happening out on the road against Crystal Palace. Their other away game ended in a 2-1 loss against Everton. Last weekend they played a 2-2 home draw in a south coast derby against Brighton, throwing away a good lead. Looking very much a side who are going to struggle for a high output in front of goal, they have scored exactly two goals in their last two games.
Their main performer in getting goals, Danny Ings isn’t going to be available for this one as he would be up against his parent club. So it could be Charlie Austin coming in to lead the line instead. As we don’t see them scoring in the game under 2.5 goals is well worth a flutter at 8/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 19th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.). Liverpool have more scoring power in them, but we are taking into consideration the effort of the Reds in the Champions League in midweek.
Liverpool took comfortable back to back wins over Southampton last season, both with a clean sheet. The Reds are unbeaten in four league contests against the Saints with a W2 D2 record. None of the last six meetings in all competitions have seen both teams score in a fixture. Liverpool are W3 D2 L1 in their last Premier League games against Southampton and are W2 D2 on home soil against them.
Liverpool just look unstoppable at the moment and given what we have seen from the saints so far, it is unlikely that investors are going to trip up the Reds. For our Liverpool v Southampton betting tips, we are looking at the simple Liverpool to win to nil option.
19th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
What a heavyweight duel this is going to be. Liverpool will want to come out and land a strong marker in this opener on home soil. With their form on the domestic front going well, the Reds are favourites to get the win in their European opener. PSG have been going equally as strong and this should be a fantastic open duel. Read our Liverpool v PSG betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.)
Liverpool maintained their perfect start to the new Premier League season with a good win out on the road at Spurs over the weekend. That again showed their strengths and although it was a 2-1 win in the end for them it could have been far more comfortable. They were strangely wasteful in front of goal at Wembley with both Mo Salah and Sadio Mane being guilty of some selfish displays in looking for personal goals rather than playing for the team. They have shown up defensively much better this season though without question and have shipped just the two goals in their five games played. They are going to need to be on their defensive toes against PSG, but we are going with both teams to score at 4/9 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.) in our Liverpool v PSG betting tips.
Liverpool won their group last season with a W3 D3 record and they rattled off 23 goals in their six games. But it wasn’t comfortable all the way for them at times, throwing away points. Still, it worked out pretty well in the end for them as they got themselves to the Champions League final. This is such a big game in the group, a tussle for early control and the Reds won’t want to cede ground at Anfield. You have two very powerful sides going head to head in this one and over 3.5 goals is going to take our fancy at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.). The two attacks on show have it in them to produce. Liverpool are unbeaten in sixteen European games (W11 D5).
PSG have made a flying start to their new season with six wins in six from all competitions. They have scored at least three goals in each and every game that they have played this season. They have just the one clean sheet in their last four though so again, it’s worth backing at least a goal for each side. They are stacked with attacking talent themselves and Edinson Cavani and Neymar are both at the 4/5 odds mark in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.). They will know that a win for them in this one sets them up so well in terms of gaining control of the group which also contains Red Star Belgrade and Napoli.
PSG never quite looked the part in Europe last season despite winning their group ahead of Bayern Munich. They posted a W5 L1 record in their group stage, scoring 25 goals along the way. Because of the way the draw fell, they ended up taking on Real Madrid in the round of sixteen and couldn’t handle the Spaniards, falling to a 5-2 aggregate loss. Because you have two very strong sides here it is hard to predict markets like the correct score. This will be just their third away game of the season having scored seven goals across their two league road games this term. Will they be able to stun Anfield into silence?
There is very little history between these two European giants as they have only played two previous matches. Those meetings were in the 1997/97 European Cup Winners Cup and both games produced a home win with a clean sheet. There was a 3-0 win for PSG and a 2-0 win for Liverpool.
This will arguably be Liverpool’s toughest game of the season. They are taking on a good side in PSG, but it is a PSG team who do, by and large, face substandard opposition on the domestic front. We can see Liverpool producing enough on home soil to produce a win.
17th September 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
The Premier League returns with a bang on the weekend in a high profile clash between Spurs and Liverpool. The Reds have produced four straight wins to start the season and they lead the league. Spurs haven’t quite been able to keep pace as they were taken down by Watford before the international break. Read our Tottenham v Liverpool betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.)
It is a W3 L1 record that Spurs have produced so far this season in the Premier League, their winning streak being snapped against Watford before the international break. They played poorly in that game and perhaps highlighted an issue in that they struggle for a Plan B when their fluent football isn’t happening. This will only be Tottenham’s second game of the season in the league, their other one ended in a 3-1 success over Fulham. Harry Kane is the 7/2 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.).
Last season Spurs produced good form at Wembley with a W13 D4 L2 record and it looks as if they will be staying there for a while as there have been delays with their new home. Spurs will be waiting on late fitness tests for Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris and a couple of others. We are going over 2.5 goals with bet365 at 13/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.). Each of Tottenham’s last five league games have gone above the goal line. They have scored in each of their four league games this season, netting nine in total. They have managed just the one clean sheet though.
Tottenham’s defense hasn’t been perfect and if anyone can expose that, it will probably be Liverpool. The Reds have started strongly with four straight wins but as well as their flair we have seen them grind a bit and dig out wins without playing well. Actually, there has been more of than that the flair. Mo Salah has started the season in good scoring form, but it is Sadio Mane who has been the most impressive and he is 15/8 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.) for this one. A win in what is their first game against another of the big six this season would really send a big statement.
That would put them six points clear of a title rival. So far Liverpool have won away at Crystal Palace and Leicester and they scored exactly two goals in both of those. A Liverpool 2-1 correct score market option is at 9/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.). In each of their last five games in the Premier League Liverpool have been winning at both half time and full time so that is a trend. The Reds have gone unbeaten in eleven of their last twelve games against Spurs in all competitions and their defense has been good, having conceded just one goal this term.
While Liverpool have been strong in their recent form against Spurs, it didn’t go their way last season. Tottenham banked four points from their two games against the Reds, powering their way to a 4-1 home win in the process. Liverpool have only lost one of their last 11 league games against the Lilywhites. Four of the last six meetings though have ended in a draw. Both teams have scored in all but one of the last six games between the two clubs in all competitions.
It is likely that Tottenham will be under pressure in this one. They churned out a really poor performance in their loss against Watford before the international break and their defense looked creaky. Liverpool have looked stronger in terms of defense this season and they could strike an important three points. The away win is our Tottenham v Liverpool prediction.
13th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The draw for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage was made on Thursday, August 30th and now all the participants know their fate in the group stage. While English Champions Manchester City will be fairly content with the draw that they have received, the other English participants all landed themselves in tough groups including Manchester United having to go up against their former star Cristiano Ronaldo, now with Juventus.
Manchester City 9/2
FC Barcelona 13/2
Real Madrid 9/1
Bayern Munich 10/1
Atletico Madrid 12/1
Manchester United 28/1
* (betting odd taken from Paddy Power on August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm)
This should be a pretty exciting group but the strong favourites are Atletico Madrid who are already at 1/2 odds-on to take the top spot in this one* (betting odd taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm). There really should not be too much of a challenge coming in from any of the other participants to stop them. Dortmund and Atletico will meet for the first time since the 1996/97 season.
Prediction: Atletico Madrid, Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge
This is a bit of a stinker of a draw for Tottenham. Not only do they have to try and deal with Barcelona but there is the problem of Inter as well, who looks a pretty strong dark horse threat. Tottenham though have handled themselves well enough in Europe recently to suggest that they can hold off the Italians, but it may not be enough to see them win their group. Spurs are 3/1 second favourites to win in the group* (betting odd taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm).
Tottenham’s only previous meeting with Barcelona was in the 1982 Cup Winners’ Cup. Barcelona won 2-1 on aggregate. Spurs had that famous 2010 Champions League duel with Inter, which ended in a thrilling 6-5 aggregate win for the Londoners. Then in the 2013 Europa League, the two played out a 4-4 aggregate draw with Inter in the round of sixteen, Spurs winning on away goals.
Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, Inter, PSV
Liverpool have heavily paid the price for being seeded in the third pot. That meant of course that not only were they drawn against one of the elite, but against a second-seeded team as well. They have fallen with PSG and Napoli and there aren’t any easy games there. While PSG are probably going to be strong enough to top the pile, it’s a coin toss pretty much between Liverpool and Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli who will pose a huge threat to Liverpool’s plans.
Liverpool’s only previous clash with PSG was in the 1997 Cup Winner Cup. The two traded clean sheet home wins on that occasion. They have only been up against Napoli once before and that was in the group stage of the 2010/11 Europa League with Liverpool banking a solid home win after a 0-0 draw out in Naples.
Prediction: PSG, Napoli, Liverpool, Crvena Zvezda
Sometimes you get a group of death in a competition draw, sometimes you get a group like this which will raise very little interest. Porto may be worth a flutter to go and get themselves the group win.
Prediction: Porto, Schalke, Lokomotiv Moscow, Galatasaray
A relatively comfortable group is ahead of Bayern Munich and they are 1/12 odds-on favourites at Paddy Power to secure top spot* (betting odd taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm). The rest of the group are nowhere near up to their standards but it should be a scrap between Benfica and Ajax to get that second spot. We are sticking with Benfica.
Prediction: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens.
Manchester City will be laughing over this draw. It really couldn’t have turned out much better for them. The Citizens are joint outright favourites to win the tournament. Is anyone in this bunch likely to stop them from winning the group, which includes Champions League debutants Hoffenheim? No.
The Citizens have never met Lyon before, but they were up against Shakhtar just last season in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The two of them traded home wins, City losing on the road in their final group stage match after the group win had already been secured.
Prediction: Man City, Lyon, Shakhtar Hoffenheim.
Reigning Champions Real Madrid will be pretty unfazed by this group stage. Roma really is just about their only real opposition and the top two seeds are likely going to make comfortable work of getting to the knockout phase.
Prediction: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen
Not the draw that Manchester United would have wanted at all. Juventus look a pretty sound option to go and win this group and no-one is likely to take points off of them in Turin. Manchester United’s struggles have been clear this season and unless things change, they will get a big run for their money for the qualifying place from Valencia.
Manchester United and Juventus last met back in 2003 in the Champions League with United landing back to back wins over the Italiannis in the second group stage. Things are even with five wins each and two draws from all of their previous meetings. United have won four of the last six meetings though (D1 L1).
The Red Devils were up against Valencia in the group stage of the 2010/11 edition with the Red Devils getting four points on the board. Each of the last five between them have ended under 2.5 goals and United are undefeated in six previous Champions League games against the Spaniards.
Prediction: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys
30th August 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Leicester are next in line to try and stand up to Liverpool in the Premier League. The Reds have won all three of their matches so far with a clean sheet, but they were made to work very hard by Brighton on the weekend. Leicester have had a solid start and will kick off at the King Power having won their last two games. Will they be able to stand toe to toe with Liverpool? Read our Leicester v Liverpool betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 28th, 2018 at 4:03 a.m.)
It is not too bad of a start to the season for Leicester really. They did alright in a 2-1 loss at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the season, but have responded positively with back to back wins over Wolves and Southampton. They have scored in each match played this season then and exactly two in each of their last two. So right out of the gate, we have to go over 3.5 goals for this clash at 13/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 28th, 2018 at 4:03 a.m.). The Foxes can play their part in this one being an entertaining and open game.
So they didn’t miss the suspended Jamie Vardy last weekend in their win on the south coast against Southampton. He is still out which leaves Kelechi Iheanacho as their shortest priced anytime goalscorer option. They are a pretty reliable side in terms of getting on the scoresheet built it their defence you would be worried about in this one. Can it survive 90 minutes of pressure from Liverpool? Both teams to score is great value at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 28th, 2018 at 4:03 a.m.).
The Reds have some positive momentum with three straight wins at the start of the season. They haven’t conceded a goal either, but our inclination for our Leicester v Liverpool bettings tips is that they will give one up in this one. In the bet365 correct score market, a Liverpool 3-1 scoreline is at 12/1 odds and that’s not an unreasonable option* (Betting Odds were taken on August 28th, 2018 at 4:03 a.m.). The Reds were really blocked off against Brighton last weekend, but will probably have a lot more space to work their attacking magic in at the King Power.
Mo Salah has two goals to his account so far already this season and the Egyptian is the 5/2 first goalscorer favourite for the fixture* (Betting Odds were taken on August 28th, 2018 at 4:03 a.m.). Liverpool’s lone away fixture this season saw them collect a 2-0 win out at Crystal Palace which was a bit of a grind for them, but they showed they can win ugly if they need to. The Reds collected a W9 D5 L5 record away from Anfield last season, form which really let their title challenge down. However, just one of those away defeats came against sides who didn’t finish in the top five at the end of the season.
Liverpool won both league games against Leicester last season but both were only by a one-goal margin. In the last six Premier League meetings Liverpool holds a W4 L2 record against the Foxes and Leicester have won two of their last three on home soil against the Reds. Both teams have scored in each of the last four Premier League meetings.
We are still going to go with a Liverpool to win option for our betting tips. They have shown this season that they can win with flair and they can win by grinding things out in scrappy matches. They may actually get more space against the Leicester back line than they did against Brighton and that will make them very dangerous. Liverpool to win & both teams to score.
30th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting