This is Group E action and what a duel this could be. Liverpool and Napoli were together in last season’s group stage. The two traded 1-0 home wins in that campaign and each of the last three competitive meetings have ended in a home win to nil. Will Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli be able to open with a win over the reigning European Champions? Read our Napoli v Liverpool betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 14th, 2019 at 5:47 p.m.)
It is a quick reunion for Napoli and Liverpool who were together in last season’s group stage. Napoli almost managed to end Liverpool’s campaign too, the Italians being denied second place in the group by a great late save from Reds keeper Alisson on matchday six at Anfield. Napoli had taken a 1-0 home win over them, Lorenzo Insigne getting their late winner in Naples.
This is the fourth successive Champions League group stage campaign by Napoli. They were beaten in the quarter-finals of the Europa League by Arsenal last season after dropping from the Champions League. Napoli have only managed to earn themselves four wins in their last 12 Champions League matches (D3 L5). All four of those victories were produced on home soil.
The Partenopei are on a three-match losing streak against Premier League sides (home and away) and have suffered a loss in five of their last six. They have lost two of their last three home games against English teams as well but are, overall, W5 D1 L2 in their eight previous games in Naples against English opposition. Napoli have failed to make it past the group stage in three of their five previous UCL campaigns.
Each of the last three meetings have been won by the home team
Both teams have scored in just one of the last four competitive meetings
Liverpool lead the head to head W2 D1 L1 against Napoli
The Reds have the pressure of being the defending European Champions. Can they handle it? Remarkably their success only came after a poor group stage campaign. Liverpool lost all three of their away games in the first stage of last season’s competition, the defeats coming at PSG, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade. But they managed to take second place ahead of Napoli on goal difference only. It was a squeeze. Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in last season’s Champions League Final.
Their overall record in the competition was W8 D1 L4 and they have won five of their last seven European games (D1 L1). Liverpool have, however, losing six of their last ten European games outside of England. Liverpool have suffered back to back defeats in Italy, but in total have suffered three losses in their last nine road games against Italian opposition (W3 D3 L3). Liverpool have already had a taste of European success this season, beating Chelsea on penalties to lift the European Super Cup.
The trend for a home win in a low scoring game is there. Liverpool did struggle in last season’s group stage away games and Napoli are certainly not going to be a pushover. We expect another low-scoring encounter in a tight match. Home win.
16th September 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
League leaders Liverpool will be aiming to extend their perfect record for the season. They will be red hot favourites at Anfield to collect the three points. Newcastle took four points from two games just before the international break. But will they be able to get anything about this extremely difficult away game? Read our Liverpool v Newcastle betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2019 at 1:16 p.m.)
The Reds have made it four wins from four at the start of the new Premier League season. They will be looking to keep up the heat at the head of the table as they host Newcastle. The Reds have beaten Norwich and Arsenal in their two home games this season, scoring a total of seven goals. They did concede in both of those games though.
The Reds have been leading at half time and full time in each of their last seven Premier League matches now. The two successes that they have had this season takes them to a 40 match undefeated home streak in the top flight. Their formidable strike force has been going well and Liverpool have scored at least two goals in each of their last thirteen now. They have netted at least two goals in 12 of their last 13 home games against the Magpies in all competitions.
All four of Liverpool’s league games this season have made it to at least three goals. There has been a trend in that. Two-thirds of their league goals scored this season have come in the first half of matches. Five of their seven goals at Anfield have been scored in the first half. They are yet to concede in the opening half of a league fixture this season, which brings that HT/FT market fully into play as a betting angle.
Liverpool are on a three-match winning streak against Newcastle
The Reds are unbeaten in five against the Magpies
Newcastle’s last three defeats at Anfield have been to nil
Liverpool scored seven goals in two games against Newcastle last season
The Magpies lost their opening two games of the new season and new manager Steve Bruce was going through it. However, out of absolutely nowhere, they pulled off a 1-0 away win at Tottenham. They then followed it up with a point away at home against Watford. So they will be feeling a lot better about things at the moment. Consistency is going to be the key for them, but this is a game in which momentum could easily be lost.
Newcastle have such a poor record at Anfield, losing all but two of their last thirteen visits there. They are still dealing with a pretty big injury list, waiting for the likes of Dwight Gayle, DeAndre Yedlin and Allan Saint-Maximin to get back. That win at Spurs will have given them belief at least. It came after a horrendous showing in a 3-1 loss at Norwich in their previous road game. Just one of their four games played this season have made it over 2.5 goals. They will do well to keep the score down in this one.
On paper, Liverpool should coast to a really easy three points at Anfield in this one. They have Champions League duties coming up in midweek, so a fast start and then just easing back would be the order of the day. Liverpool to win to nil.
13th September 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Burnley will aim to become the first team this season to deny Liverpool points in the top flight. Even though they have only taken the one win, the performances of Burnley has been very good so far. Liverpool had a bit of a sketchy time in their one away game this season, the Reds taking a narrow win at Southampton. Read our Burnley v Liverpool betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
The Clarets have collected four points from their opening three games of the new campaign. It could easily have been more points collected by them already though. They started with a 3-0 home win over Southampton and then easily deserved a point at Arsenal, but slipped to a 2-1 loss. Last weekend on a trip to Wolves the Clarets were well on top in the game but conceded an equalising goal in the 97th minute of play.
The positive is, is that they have been putting the ball in the back of the net. Another is that they have a striker who is well in form and that is Ashley Barnes who has scored four of their five league goals this season. In midweek an understrength Burnley suffered a shock EFL Cup loss against League One side Sunderland. Each of Burnley’s last three games against Liverpool in all competitions have gone over 2.5 goals.
Given that Liverpool haven’t looked great in defence this season, the betting options should probably lean towards both teams getting on the scoresheet in a high scoring game. Last season at Turf Moor Burnley posted a W7 D2 L10 record and lost five of their six home fixtures against top-six sides, including a 3-1 loss against Liverpool.
Liverpool won both league meeting with Burnley last season
Both teams have scored in each of the last five meetings
Burnley are W1 L4 at home against Liverpool in the EPL
Four of the last five meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
The Reds are the only team with a 100% record after just three games of the new Premier League season. They kept up their early momentum with a comfortable win over Arsenal last weekend. The 3-1 success that they took at Anfield against the Gunners, added to their wins over Norwich and Southampton. It’s a total of nine goals already from the Reds this season.
It is now a twelve match winning streak that Liverpool are on in the Premier League, scoring at least two goals in each of those. The Reds have scored at least 2 goals in their last three matches against Burnley. So a decent betting angle in this game is for the Reds to get at least two goals on the board at Turf Moor.
It is remarkable stuff from them and Mo Salah is leading the way in goals for them, having bagged three for the season. He’s the only Liverpool player with more than one goal for this campaign. In their one away game this season they didn’t play well, but still landed a 2-1 win at Southampton. There has been no clean sheet from Liverpool so far but still, they have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 12 league games.
We think that Burnley can knuckle down and frustrate Liverpool at least until half time in this one. The Reds weren’t great on the road at Southampton and Burnley are always up for a good fight. We do expect of course Liverpool to go on and get the win. Half time draw.
30th August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Reds have looked on their game right from the off this season. That’s an ominous sign for Arsenal then who have to go to Anfield on Sunday in the weekend’s top game of the Premier League. The Gunners have matched Liverpool with two wins from two, but they were a little fortunate to beat Burnley over the weekend. Read our Liverpool v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 20th, 2019 at 8:15 a.m.)
Are Liverpool in form? Yes of course they are and there doesn’t look to be any scenario when they are not going to be. The Reds opened their new Premier League campaign with a 4-1 victory over Norwich. They struggled to get any fluency going in their 2-1 away win at Southampton last weekend, but sandwiched in between those two league fixtures was their long night in Istanbul when they beat Chelsea on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup.
So they can be forgiven for a slightly lacklustre performance at Southampton. But still, they look very good once again in attack with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane already on the scoresheet for them this season in the top flight. While they have gotten themselves a six-goal tally already from just their two games, the lack of clean sheets will just be a slight concern for them. They haven’t looked anywhere near as defensively capable as they were during the last campaign.
So just because of that, it may well be worth looking at both teams to score from a betting perspective in this fixture. Liverpool had a highly impressive home campaign during last season, earning a W17 D2 L0 record at Anfield. Liverpool averaged 2.9 goals per home fixture last season and conceded just 10 times on home turf. There are currently on an eight-match winning streak of home form in the top flight, winning each of their last five.
The Reds have scored at least 3 goals 5 of their last 6 EPL home games against Arsenal
Each of the last five meetings have gone over 3.5 meetings
Arsenal are winless in six against the Reds currently
Liverpool are unbeaten at home in the EPL against Arsenal since 2012
The Gunners are the only team to have matched Liverpool’s 100% winning start to the new Premier League season. Their successes though have been by a narrower margin than those of Liverpool’s. Arsenal opened with a 1-0 away win at Newcastle and followed that up with a 2-1 success over Burnley in their first home fixture of the campaign.
Arsenal are blessed with a great deal of attacking talent which is only going to get stronger when Nicolas Pepe finally gets up to speed in the top flight. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has netted him both of Arsenal’s league games this season and both of his goals incidentally have come in the second half of fixtures. They have also both been winning goals. That’s how important he is to the team.
Arsenal’s recent form against Liverpool in the Premier League is not good at all, particularly at Anfield. Arsenal had massive defensive problems away from home in last season’s campaign where they posted a W7 D4 L8 record. In total Arsenal only managed one clean sheet away from home the entire campaign and conceded at an average of 1.8 goals per road fixture. 74% of Arsenal’s away games last season went over 2.5 goals.
It is a little hard to imagine that Arsenal are going to have the defensive strengths to hold out against Liverpool. The Gunners will pose an attacking threat and the Liverpool defence itself has looked a little rocky this season. But still, it’s the Reds at Anfield. Liverpool to win & both teams to score.
23rd August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
No rest for Liverpool then. After their extended midweek action in the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea, Liverpool get straight back down to Premier league business on Saturday afternoon. They make the long trip to Southampton and the Reds will be red hot favourites to get the three points at St Mary’s. Southampton were beaten heavily on the opening weekend of the new season. Read our Southampton v Liverpool betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 14th, 2019 at 6:12 p.m.)
The Saints got off to a bad start. After surviving a tough relegation battle last season, with new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl getting them safe, there was a great deal of new optimism surrounding them in pre-season. That came crashing down as they were beaten 3-0 at Turf Moor by Burnley last week. So they have to do dust themselves off from that bruising loss and look to get something going in their first game at St Mary’s.
In last season’s top-flight campaign Southampton posted a W5 D8 L6 record. They didn’t win any of their first seven home games (D5 L2) then they got their first one against a top-six side, Arsenal. Southampton’s home record against the top eight last season wasn’t all that bad as they went W4 D1 L3. 78% of all games at St Mary’s went over 2.5 goals with the Saints only managing a clean sheet in 16% of their home fixtures. They did open the scoring in 12 of their 19 home games last season.
Liverpool won both league meetings last season, scoring 3 goals in each
The Saints have lost one of their last three EPL home games against the Reds
Both teams have failed to score in each of the last six meetings in all competitions
Liverpool haven’t conceded in their last three league games against Southampton
Community Shield. Premier League. UEFA Super Cup. It’s been a busy start to the new season for Liverpool. The Reds will be expected to deliver the goods as they head to the south coast on Saturday. They made light work for their opening game of the new domestic season, a 4-1 win at home over Norwich. They looked right on the money in their attack, no sign of any early season rust or anything.
Mo Salah took just 20 minutes to open his account for the season and he is the 3/1 first goalscorer favourite for this fixture* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 14th, 2019 at 6:12 p.m.). The Reds were just formidable last season and out on their travels in the Premier League they posted a W13 D5 L1 record. The one loss was at Manchester City, their only defeat of the entire season.
The Reds closed out the season a four-match winning streak away from home. Liverpool averaged 1.8 goals per away game last season and their fantastic defence, led by Virgil van Dijk conceded an average of just 0.6 goals per away game, taking a clean sheet in 47% of all away fixtures. Impressive stuff and they won all road fixture against sides who finished in the bottom half of the table, scoring at least two goals in 8 of those 10 such fixtures.
It is pretty hard to see anything but a Liverpool victory cropping up in this fixture. Southampton were just not at the races on the opening weekend of the season, and this is a tough game for them to deal with. Liverpool to win to nil.
16th August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
It is time for the annual showcase match between the current European Champions and Europa League winners. For the first time ever the UEFA Super Cup will feature two English teams, with last season’s Champions League winners Liverpool being the strong favourites to collect more silverware. Can Frank Lampard put his first piece of silverware in the cabinet though as Chelsea boss? Read our Liverpool v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 12th, 2019 at 2:24 p.m.)
Considering the opposition that Liverpool had to go through on their way to Champions League success last season, it was a remarkable campaign. They were drawn against PSG, Napoli and Red Star in the group stage and they weren’t without their troubles there either. But they got through and then found Bayern Munich standing in their way in the round of sixteen. One big away night in the second leg saw the Reds make progress.
After an easier tie in the quarter-finals against Porto, Liverpool found themselves paired up against Barcelona in the semis. After a 3-0 loss in Spain in the first leg, Liverpool looked down and out. Not so though, as they turned on one of the most remarkable shows that Anfield has seen in the Champions League. The Reds produced a 4-0 second-leg win over the Catalans. Then it was fellow Premier League side Spurs in the Final. Liverpool won 2-0 to celebrate their sixth European Cup/Champions League title.
They played out a 1-1 draw with Manchester City in Community Shield to kick their new season off, losing in a penalty shoot-out. Then they smashed four goals past the newly promoted Norwich in their opening Premier League game last Friday. Mo Salah and Roberto Firmono started that game against Norwich, with Sadio Mane putting in a second-half performance. They boast the scoring power to do some damage
Salah is the first goalscorer favourite at 10/3* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 12th, 2019 at 2:24 p.m.). This is the sixth Super Cup for Liverpool with three wins from their five previous appearances. Their most recent title was in 2005 when they beat CSKA Moscow after extra time. Liverpool have lost keeper Alisson to injury, but given that the impressive scoring that they have in their ranks, they the favourites with the bookmakers.
The Reds took four points off Chelsea in the Premier League meetings last season
Chelsea took a 2-1 EFL Cup win at Anfield last term
The Blues have lost just one of their last six against Liverpool (W2 D3)
Both teams have scored in 10 of the last 12 meetings
The Blues had a fairly sedate start to their successful Europa League campaign last season. They posted W5 D1 record in the group stage, as the Londoners were easily a cut above the rest of the opposition without ever needing to field the strongest team or find top gear. They then eased past Malmo 5-1 on aggregate in the round of 32. They were expected to get a little bit of a tougher test from Dynamo Kyiv in the round of sixteen, but Chelsea crushed their opponents 8-0 on aggregate.
Chelsea, then managed by Mauricio Sarri took a 5-3 aggregate win over Slavia Prague, the second leg being a seven-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge. Then Chelsea were pushed to their limits by Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals. Both legs ended 1-1 and with the extra time not providing a winner, it was down to a penalty shootout which Chelsea won 4-3. That put them through to the final to face Arsenal, but it was a one-sided match up with Chelsea winning 4-1, Eden Hazard getting two goals in his last game in a Chelsea shirt.
That was Chelsea’s second Europa League title from two campaigns. Impressive stuff. Times have changed over the summer with new boss Frank Lampard trying to pick up the pieces at the club with transfer ban hanging over them until next summer. The Blues took a 4-0 hammering at Old Trafford on Sunday against Manchester United in their opening EPL game. While Chelesa weren’t too bad going forward, they were wide open in defence and that will be a concern in facing Liverpool’s deadly attack. Do they go for damage limitation or try to stick to their guns of playing an open game? Early pressure for Lampard.
Chelsea were picked off time and time again by Manchester United’s counter-attacks on the weekend. Liverpool’s attack is far more clinical than that of the Red Devils. So that can only lead us to the conclusion that this is going to be a big European night of Liverpool in Istanbul. Where have we heard that before?
13th August 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
You are all excited to be back in the Premier League after winning the Championship and then you have to go to Liverpool for your opening game back in the top flight. That is the situation facing Norwich on Friday night in a tough opener for them. Liverpool were unbeaten on home soil in the EPL last season, will they kick things off with a bang? Read our Liverpool v Norwich betting tips for more.
The Reds were in semi-competitive action on the weekend as they played out a 1-1 draw with Man City in the Community Shield. The Reds lost the subsequent penalty shoot-out. Liverpool lost their shot at the league title last season, finishing a point behind Manchester City after an epic duel.
Jurgen Klopp’s men lost just once last term and on home soil remained undefeated. Their record at Anfield was W17 D2. Across their home fixtures, the Reds averaged 2.9 goals per game and in their home campaign, they conceded just ten goals (0.53 per fixture). It was immensely powerful stuff from them.
They closed out last season on a seven-match home winning streak in the league, and on a fifteen match scoring streak at Anfield. The Reds scored at least two goals in each of their final seven home games of the last campaign. Liverpool were also leading at the half time break in 13 of their 19 home games last season.
In total, the Reds collected a clean sheet in 63% of their home games. The only points that they dropped on home soil were against sides who finished in the top nine. Given that the Reds have scored exactly five goals in four of their last six games against Norwich and have had the strike power of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, it’s hard to see them not getting on the scoresheet.
This will be the first meeting since the 2015/16 EPL season
Liverpool have won six of the last seven clashes (D1)
Norwich have conceded at least 3 goals in all but one of their last seven against the Reds
The last league meeting at Anfield ended in a 1-1 draw
It was some campaign that Norwich put together in the Championship last season. They won the title, but they did get off to a slow start to the season. Norwich’s record over their first six games of the Championship last season was W1 D2 L3. They failed to win any of their three openers too.
But then when it all clicked there was no stopping them. Norwich closed out the season on a fourteen match undefeated streak of form, winning ten of those. They posted an impressive W12 D9 L2 overall away record last season in the second tier.
The Canaries went unbeaten in their final seven away games, scoring in each of their last thirteen. But the transition up to the top flight is never easy. There has not been that much major action from them in the transfer market. Their big capture was goalkeeper Ralf Harmann on loan.
Also arriving has been right-back Sam Byram from West Ham for £750k and striker Josip Drmic on a free from Borussia Monchengladbach. Will they have enough to survive the season? That, of course, is going to be their primary objective. The Canaries are 11/8 second-favourites to suffer relegation this season* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 5th, 2019 at 5:40 p.m.)
There should be no slip up from Liverpool here on home soil on the opening day of the season against a newly promoted side. There are naturally going to be frailties in Norwich’s game having stepped up to the new high level. They could get exposed. The Reds can cover a -2.5 Asian Handicap.
7th August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Of course, it’s tough to tell much from pre-season action, but Liverpool’s has been decidedly poor. Because of international commitments, their frontline hasn’t had the chance to get match time under their belts. Manchester City just pipped the Reds to the Premier League title last season. They also won the FA Cup and the League Cup. Will they land the first blow of the season by beating Liverpool at Wembley? Read our Liverpool v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 11/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 29th, 2019 at 8:07 a.m.)
Liverpool were smashed 3-0 at Murrayfield in a friendly on the weekend. That continued a poor run of result from the Reds in pre-season. After beating Tranmere and Bradford, Liverpool lost three of their next four games (D1) against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and then Napoli. So not the greatest of preparations but Jurgen Klopp is playing it all down. His powerful front line of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane we’re all busy in the summer for their respective countries and therefore have been resting up in Liveprool’s pre-season.
They will likely see some action at Wembley of course. On the transfer front, it has been quiet by the Reds this summer, who after a couple of years of heavy investment, may be feeling the pinch a bit. The last time that Liverpool won the Community Shield was back in 2006 when they beat Chelsea 2-1. This is their first appearance in the fixture since then. Only Manchester United have won the Community Shield more times than Liverpool have, the Reds having won it 15-times, making them the joint-second most successful club along with Arsenal. Liverpool ended last season winning 13 of their final 14 games in all competitions. They conceded in just one of their last six.
Manchester City took four points off Liverpool last season
The Citizens were on the only side to beat the Reds in last season’s EPL
Liverpool have lost just one of their last five against City (W3 D1)
Five of the last six meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Manchester City have won the Community Shield five times. Twelve months ago they lifted the Shield with a 2-0 win over Chelsea. The Citizens were under pressure from Liverpool in the Premier League title race last term. At one point they were trailing the Reds by seven points. But some astonishing form from Manchester City from February onwards saw them do enough to overhaul that deficit and win the league by a point. The turning point was their 2-1 win over Liverpool at the start of the year.
Manchester City won their last fourteen games of the 2018/19 season and there was just nothing the Reds could do about it. City conceded just one goal in their final five fixtures. For their pre-season Manchester City have mostly been knocking around Asia, facing West Ham and Wolves in the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy. It’s hard to see where City do improve, but their big summer signing has been Rodri from Atletico Madrid. The Spaniard is seen as a natural replacement for the ageing legs of Fernandinho at the base of the midfield. Their big departures have been Fabian Delph to Everton and Vincent Kompany leaving on a free.
Liverpool have looked a bit ring rusty during the pre-season. They may need a little more time to get things back and flowing again. It’s hard to call games like this because it’s not always the strongest sides that are fielded, but this should feature both getting close to it. Manchester City just tips favouritism at 11/4 outright* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 29th, 2019 at 8:07 a.m.).
1st August 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
The new season of the Premier League starts on Friday, August 9th with a game at Anfield between Liverpool and Norwich. That is where another round of top-flight title-chasing action will all start. The Reds of course on home soil will be looking to get off to a flying start.
Jurgen Klopp’s men produced such a strong season last term, losing just one game and still couldn’t get across the finish line. Liverpool are 9/4 second-favourites pre-season to beat Manchester City to the punch this time around* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm).
Manchester City 4/6
Manchester United 25/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm)
Manchester City, who made it back to back Premier League titles last season thanks to a fourteen match winning streak to close out the season, are the early 4/6 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm). Looking at the pre-season odds at bookmaker bet365, the title race is expected to be nothing more than a two-horse race once again between the two current powerhouses.
Despite looking as if they may lose their grip on the title to Liverpool last season, somehow Pep Guardiola’s men found a way to win, despite losing four games compared to the one that Liverpool dropped. The Citizens open their title defence with an away game at West Ham at lunchtime on the opening Saturday of the season.
It looks as if the gap is widening between the top two and everyone else who could potentially be in the title race. Spurs have continuously missed the boat, not having had the stamina to stick out a season in full contention for the title. There are question marks surrounding them now, the biggest of which is going to be over manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Will he still be sticking around? He suggested towards the back end of last season that he may look for a new challenge and didn’t seem particularly happy about Tottenham’s lack of a war chest to go dipping heavily into the transfer market to boost their depth, which they are clearly in need of. Spurs open at home against Aston Villa on Saturday, August 10th. Tottenham are out at 16/1 to get the title* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm)
Chelsea have a transfer ban hanging over their heads and it’s hard to see them doing enough, whoever may end up in charge, to get their noses into the title race. They were a long way short in quality last season. Even with some questionable tactics, the quality of players just wasn’t there. It will be less without Eden Hazard.
Perhaps some of the younger blood will get a chance to shine now that their hands have been tied in the transfer market, but that’s not something that is likely to bolster their current situation of not realistically being a title contender. The Blues have a tough opener as they will be heading to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Sunday, August 11th.
The Red Devils had a tough time at the end of last season. They have some major rebuilding to do and they have been out as big 40/1 with some bookmakers to win the Premier League this season. They are currently at 25/1 with bet365* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm). That seems like almost an embarrassing number that they have on them, but it is indicative of their decline since the hay days of Sir Alex Ferguson era.
With Paul Pobga looking as if he wants away and a crop of ageing players not delivering along with no Champions League action next season to attract new players, it’s a tough spot for the Red Devils. They have the inexperienced hand of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge as well and his bubble was severely burst at the back end of last season.
The bookmakers are perceiving Arsenal as even less of a title threat than Manchester United are. The Gunners are out at 40/1 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm) to pull off a title. This will be a big second-season for boss Unai Emery who couldn’t figure out how to get Arsenal playing like a decent away team.
They did battle through to the Europa League Final where they lost to Chelsa, but far too many defensive weaknesses were costly for them on the domestic front. They have a great attack but need to add some serious grit in the middle of the park and defence. Arsenal’s first test of the season will be a trip to Newcastle on Sunday, August 11th.
29th June 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The 2019 UEFA Champions League Final sees Tottenham stepping into unknown territory. They are making their debut in the European Cup Final and will be taking on five-time winners Liverpool. Across the course of the domestic season, Liverpool banked 2-1 wins over the Lilywhites in the Premier League. Can they keep their winning streak going or do the Londoners have some away to fight back? Read our Tottenham v Liverpool betting tips for more.
This is a big moment for the club heading into their first ever European Cup Final. Spurs had to mount a massive fightback in the semifinals against Ajax to get this shot at the trophy. A second-half hattrick from Lucas Moura in Amsterdam saw Spurs get across the line with a 3-2 success on the night, meaning that they won through on away goals. That made them just the second team in the history of the competition to have recovered from losing the first leg of a semi-final tie at home.
Tottenham are the first newcomers in the European Cup final since Chelsea made it there back in 2008. If they win this one then Spurs would become just the sixth club in Europe to have won all three of UEFA’s major club trophies. Spurs have never managed to pick up a victory in Spain before, taking a D3 L3 record from their six previous visits there. They are D2 L1 from previous visits to Madrid (against Real Madrid) specifically.
Before their semi-final battle with Ajax, Spurs had taken an away-goal win against Man City in the quarterfinals. In the round of sixteen, they had tore apart Borussia Dortmund. Spurs hold a W6 D2 L4 record overall in this season’s Champions League. From their four previous games against fellow English sides in the competition, Spurs are D1 L3. The form of Spurs did fall away at the end of the season.
They have posted just the two wins in their last eight fixtures in all competitions (D1 L5) earning just one clean sheet in that sequence. They have one win in their last five played (D1 L3). All season across all competitions, Spurs have only drawn five games (of 57 played) during the campaign. Tottenham are well down in the head to head against Liverpool, winning 48 and losing 79 of their previous 170 meetings. Spurs have taken just the one win in their last 14 games against the Reds, losing nine.
Liverpool won both EPL meetings 2-1 against Spurs this season
Liverpool have won 9 and lost 1 of their last 14 games against Tottenham
Both teams have scored in seven of the last eight meetings
Five of the last six meetings have ended up over 2.5 goals
After their great Premier League campaign, Liverpool ended up empty-handed as they narrowly missed out on the title to Man City. Will they be able to collect the Champions League trophy to put some big gloss on the campaign? They are five-time winners of the European Cup and twelve months ago they had a disaster against Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League. Liverpool are back after a dramatic semi-final win over Barcelona.
Liverpool had lost the first leg 3-0 at the Camp Nou but turned the tie on its head back at Anfield. This will be the club’s ninth appearance in the final of the European Cup and it is the third time they have made a UEFA final in consecutive seasons. There are only two teams in history who have suffered successive European Cup Final defeats (Juventus and Valencia). Liverpool’s overall record in UEFA finals is W11 L9.
The Reds are W1 D1 L2 from their four previous trips to Madrid. The two defeats in that sequence were in their last two visits there (against Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid). Barcelona have suffered a loss in four of their last five visits to Spain. Their overall record from matches played in Spain is W7 D5 L6. In their last five games in Europe against English opponents, Liverpool are W3 D2.
Liverpool have suffered a defeat in six of their last 14 games in European competitions, with each of those six defeats coming outside of England. Against fellow English opposition in UEFA competition, Liverpool hold a W7 D8 L5 record. They are carrying some brilliant current form at the moment having won 13 of their last 14 games (L1). They have also picked up a clean sheet in four of their last six played. Liverpool have scored at least two goals in 13 of their last 14 games across all competitions as well.
The Reds should have the upper hand in this one. They have gotten the better of Spurs twice already this season and the Lilywhites carried little form with them at the end of the season. Liverpool should be spurred on after their misery of twelve months ago. Liverpool to win.
27th May 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting