It will be party time at the Etihad on the weekend as the Citizens can celebrate their title win. Manchester United’s loss at home against West Brom last weekend gave City the title in a bit of an anticlimax. Regardless, City will look to mark the occasion with another home win which could leave some pressure on Swansea who are just above the drop zone.
Man City 1/7, Draw 7/1, Swansea 14/1* (Betting Odds taken at 4:36 p.m. on April 16th, 2018)
The Citizens will get to celebrate winning the league title as they step out at the Etihad on the weekend. They probably would have liked to have been in a position of winning the league title with victory in this one, but that’s not the way it panned out. City were superb last weekend in landing a 3-1 win at Spurs, especially after the rough run of form that they had over the previous week or so. City’s long winning streak at home was broken with a loss against rivals Manchester United in their last home game, but that’s just part of a W14 D1 L1 record they have posted on home soil. The Citizens will probably look to enjoy themselves in this one and they have averaged 3.31 goals per home game this season. So a Man City 3-0 correct score option at Betfair for 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:36 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) isn’t a bad option to consider really. Either way, City are going to be value to back to win to nil, having conceded at under a goal per game on average this season. City have scored in all of their home games this season and 68% of their home goals have been in the second half of matches.
Not a great game for Swansea to face given their position in the league. They still have big relegation concerns and are on a four-match winless streak of form (D3 L1) after playing out a home draw with Everton on the weekend. Their away form isn’t great either with a winless streak of six going away from the Liberty Stadium. Overall they have only won twice on their travels this season (D6 L9) and they can’t really be expecting too much out of this one. The Swans have returned only 11 away goals all season in the league and 64% of their away goals have come in the second half of matches. They have at least scored in five of their last seven away games but it hasn’t been enough to get themselves the wins that they have needed often enough. At the back they have taken just the one clean sheet in their last six league outings home and away. They are going to be vulnerable here, especially given the occasion but they may well be able to keep the game under 3.5 goals which is 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:36 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) at Betfair. Following this they face Chelsea and then have to really put their survival stock in their easier three games at the end of the season.
The Citizens romped to a 4-0 win at the Liberty Stadium back in December and that is a four-match winning streak that they are on against the Swans in all competitions now. They are unbeaten in their last eleven Premier League games against the Welsh outfit and have won all previous six home matches in the EPL against Swansea. Each of City’s last three home wins against them have been by a 2-1 scoreline. Both teams have scored in eight of the last nine clashes in all competitions.
Manchester City will probably just go out and enjoy the smiles in this one. That could make them extra dangerous, because if they are relaxed and creative, Swansea could be in for a bruising afternoon. City to win to nil.
18th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Man City are going to have to wait just a little bit longer now to get the league title in their hands. They blew their lines at home against rivals Manchester United last weekend. This is no easy game for them either so can they avoid losing back to back league fixtures? Spurs are still buzzing along on a fantastic winning streak and won’t be fearing the Citizens at the moment.
Tottenham 6/4, Man City 13/8, Draw 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 11:22 p.m. on April 9th, 2018)
It has been imperious form from Tottenham lately who are on a six-match winning streak of league form. The goals are flowing well for them as well having netted at least two in each of their last four games. They haven’t picked up a clean sheet in any of their last three and keeper Hugo Lloris has been guilty of a few mistakes. Both teams to score at 8/15 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 3:50 p.m. on April 10th, 2018) looks like a viable option for this high profile fixture. The Lilywhites have superb home form, unbeaten in fourteen at Wembley and currently riding a four-match winning streak there with each of those four wins coming with a clean sheet. But this is Man City visiting so in the bet365 correct score market a Tottenham 2-1 option is a good solid 10/1 poke* (Betting Odds taken at 3:50 p.m. on April 10th, 2018). Spurs really need the points to keep their top two finish dreams alive and it would heap more frustration on City.
The Citizens suffered that crazy 2-3 home loss against Man Utd last weekend. After sitting 2-0 up at half time, no-one saw that second half collapse coming. They were just 45 minutes away from the title and now they have to wait. Man City’s away form still makes for some good reading though as they are W13 D2 L1 for the season. The Citizens are on a three-match winning streak on the road, having scored at least two goals in each of those wins and conceding just the one goal in total. Manchester City have produced 37 in their 16 away games this season and have conceded just the eleven. They have scored in each of their last five away games. The two losses that they suffered in the top flight this season, their victors needed at least three goals to topple them. That says a lot about City. Over 3.5 goals at bet365 is at 6/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:50 p.m. on April 10th, 2018) and worth a look. More than half of City’s away victories in the Premier League this season have been by a margin of at least two goals.
Man City romped to a 4-1 home success over Spurs earlier in the season. That snapped a four-match winless streak of form that they were on against Spurs though (D1 L3). So Spurs are ahead in the recent head to head meetings and the Lilywhites, albeit at White Hart Lane, have won their last two home league fixtures against the Citizens. Six of the last nine have produced at least four goals.
Tottenham to win: A win for Spurs could a least prolong City’s inevitable title just a little bit longer. City have been exposed recently by Liverpool and Man Utd and Spurs will know how to get the visitors rattled. Home win.
12th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Manchester City have taken a couple of physiological hits in the last week. First, there was their issues in the first leg of this quarter-final tie at Anfield, losing 3-0 and then blowing a 2-0 half time lead at home against Manchester United on the weekend, in their chance to wrap up the Premier League title. Manchester City look to be really up against it at the moment but an early goal for them in this one would probably blow the tie wide open.
Man City 4/9, Draw 15/4, Liverpool 5/1* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018)
So Manchester City have it all to do. They need a minimum of four goals and a clean sheet to turn this time around. In the bet365 correct score market the shortest priced option is a Man City 2-1 success at 15/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018) which doesn’t get them anywhere close to qualifying. A 4-0 win for them is at 18/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). This is only Man City’s second quarter-final tie in the Champions League, failing against PSG in the 2015/16 season. They have only played one previous European tie against an English side before, losing against Chelsea 2-0 on aggregate in the 1970/71 European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finals. City were on a 13 match unbeaten streak of form at home in Europe before losing against Basel in the last round. They had won their previous four before that. Overall home and away the Citizens have won six of their eight games in the competition this season. City have won only two of the six UEFA competition ties in which they lost the away first leg. Sergio Aguero is back fit and he is the 7/2 first goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). He has 15 goals in 16 games in all competitions in 2018.
It will be interesting to see how Liverpool handles this all now. Do they just try and sit back from the start and invite City on? Do they just go about their usual business which has served them well twice against the Citizens this season now? Liverpool are W5 D3 from eight previous two-legged knockout ties against fellow English sides. That having been said they have never won a European away game against an English side(D5 L4); their record against English rivals in Europe overall is W6 D8 L5. The Reds have won two of their four away games in the competition this season however they have collected just four wins in their last 17 European away games (D8 L5) so haven’t been great on the road. Liverpool are W29 L5 from previous two-legged ties in Europe when they have won the first leg at home. Four of those occasions were 3-0 home wins for the Reds and they won through on each of those occasions. Liverpool are a threat going forward and both teams to score is at 1/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). Liverpool have only failed to score in three of their last 21 matches in all competitions and their away record this season in all competitions is W12 D6 L5. They will wait on the late fitness fo Mo Salah who has 17 goals in his last 15 appearances for Liverpool.
The quarter-final first leg of this tie was the first time that Liverpool and Man City hade met in Europe. Overall on the domestic scene, the two clubs have met 178 times before with the Reds well ahead with an 87-44 head to head lead with 46 draws. Man City took a 5-0 home win over Liverpool in this season’s Premier League. But Liverpool turned the tables at Anfield when they met in January, becoming the first side to beat them in this season’s Premier League. There have only been two previous two-legged knockout ties between them (both in the League Cup) with Liverpool winning through on both occasions. As an omen, the Reds went on to the win the trophy on those two occasions 1980/81 and in 2011/12.
Does City have a mammoth comeback in them? The problem for them is trying to keep Liverpool off the scoresheet because they will be unravelled if the Reds get an away goal. City are good enough to get themselves the win but aren’t likely to deny Liverpool a goal so back a Man City to win and both teams to score punt.
9th April 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
This is it then. The Premier League title could actually be settled on Saturday evening if Manchester City do a number over their bitter rivals. That would just about be the cherry on the cake for the Citizens in this epic season of theirs. Manchester United are plodding along behind City in second place, but a long way back and short of inspiring performances at the moment it would seem.
Man City 8/11, Draw 14/5, Man Utd 7/2* (Betting Odds taken at 7:32 p.m. on April 2nd, 2018)
Manchester City’s form has been right on the money with a five-match winning streak going and unbeaten in eight in the Premier League (W7 D1). So they are motoring along once more and they have set up this opportunity to win the league title on home soil against their greatest rivals. The Citizens have posted a W14 D1 L0 record for the season at the Etihad and they are on a fourteen match winning streak there. 40% of their home games this season have been won to nil and Manchester City to win to nil at bet365 for this clash is at 2/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018). The Citizens have scored in all of their home games this season and 60% of their games at the Etihad have ended over 3.5 goals. But because Manchester United are likely to come and park the bus then this may well fade under 2.5 goals. Of the goals that the Citizens have come up with at home in the top flight, 71% of them have occurred in the second half of matches. It really is take your pick in the anytime goalscorer market with so many City players in great scoring form. Sergio Aguero tops the pile as 11/10 favourite with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018). The title is now within touching distance.
You look at Manchester United’s form in terms of results and fans can really have no complaints. They are on a four-match winning streak, but their style of play is what is not making the Old Trafford faithful very happy. They look pretty uninspiring. Still, they have scored at least two goals in each of their last three league games, which includes wins over Chelsea and Liverpool. They were home successes though and the Red Devils have lost two of their last three away games in the Premier League and the victory in that sequence was a tight squeeze against Crystal Palace. United’s away record this season is W8 D3 L4 but they have scored an average of 1.7 goals per game, conceding just over a goal per game away from Old Trafford. So again, it’s not bad. The Red Devils have collected only the one clean sheet in their last five league outings home and away now so that suggests vulnerability even with the brilliance of keeper David de Gea. In the bet365 correct score market for the Manchester derby, the 1-1 draw and a Man City 1-0 are joint 7/1 favourites* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018). Can United temporarily at least, deny City the title?
The Citizens took a 2-1 win at Old Trafford back in December and that leaves with two wins in the last three league meetings (D1). There was a 0-0 draw in last year’s corresponding fixture and just two of the last six meetings in all competitions have made it over two goals. In the last seven Premier League meetings, Man City are W3 D2 L2 against their rivals. City have failed to win their last two league home games against them (D1 L1) failing to score in both of those.
City aren’t likely to blow their lines. The chance to win the league title against United. Expect them to be pumped up for this one and they should have a pretty good shot at overrunning their opponents as well. United’s levels of performance aren’t there and City can land a win to nil.
4th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This is the first UEFA meeting between the two English sides. Liverpool have already tasted success at Anfield against the Citizens this season in the Premier League, so will they be able to double up? Or will City be all the wiser for their mistakes in that game and have a better idea of how to handle themselves in this first leg? This has the makings of being an epic tie.
Man City 11/8, Liverpool 19/10, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 11:54 p.m. on March 30th, 2018)
This is going to get interesting then. This is the first time that Liverpool will have competed in a Champions League quarter-final in nine years. This will be the 17th all-English clash in UEFA Competitions and Liverpool have been involved in ten of those such is their rich history. The Reds were up against Porto in the round of sixteen and won the tie in the first leg away from home posting a 5-0 victory. They played out a 0-0 draw back at Anfield. Liverpool are W3 D2 from their five Champions League home games this season, scoring sixteen goals in that sequence. Goals will be expected in this but probably not as many as the seven-goal thriller between them at Anfield in January which Liverpool won 4-3. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 is probably going to get a lot of backing in this one and that is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). This is probably going to be more tense and cautious with a lot more at stake.
The Reds have won nine of their previous 13 European Cup quarter-finals and of their eight previous two-legged ties against English opposition, Liverpool are W5 L3. Overall Liverpool’s record against English clubs in Europe is W5 D8 L5 with all five of those wins coming at home (D3 L1). So looking at that stay, Liverpool are going to have to produce a lead to try and defend in the second leg or it’s going to be tough for them. In the bet365 correct score market, the shortest priced option is a 1-1 draw at 11/2 with a 2-1 victory for Man City following at 17/2* (all Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). The Reds are unbeaten in their last fourteen European home games (W9 D5).
Manchester City are making just their second appearance in the Champions League quarter finals. They lost 3-2 on aggregate to PSG in the 2015/16 campaign in their only previous visit. They have only once before met a fellow English side in Europe and that ended in two 1-0 defeats against Chelsea in the 1970/71 European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final. In this season’s Champions League group stage, City cruised to wins in each of their opening five games before losing what was a dead rubber for them at Shakhtar Donetsk on match day six. In each of their three road victories this season in the competition, City have scored exactly four goals. That’s the attacking threat that they carry. Last season they didn’t win one single away game, so there’s a vast improvement. Sergio Aguero is the 4/1 first goalscorer favourite at bet365 after his prolific 2018. City have the goals in them, will they be able to stand up to Liverpool better defensively this time around?
The Reds have won their last five at home against Manchester City, the last two being Premier League successes by a one-goal margin. Liverpool have stayed unbeaten on home soil now in their last sixteen fixtures against the Citizens in all competitions. They have won five of the last eight overall home and away against Man City in all competitions. Both teams have scored in just two of the last five clashes.
Manchester City just look to have the extra quality about them that should hold up on the day. Their loss at Anfield will have primed them much better for this Champions League attempt which will probably be a little more sedate. Look for the draw.
1st April 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
It is that time of the season once again, where you can start looking ahead to what may be to come next season. This year’s Premier League title has looked like a foregone conclusion for most of the way, with Manchester City running rampant. While we still have the rest of the domestic action, the Champions League and of course the World Cup in the summer to think about betting on, City have been priced up as favourites for next season’s Premier League title.
Bet365 have installed Pep Guardiola’s men as the 4/6 outright favourites* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) to successfully defend their title next season. They have made it look so easy in this season’s Premier League, no-one even getting close to matching their power and consistency in what could be a record-breaking season for them that is it hard to see them having it all fall down anytime soon.
At those 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) offered by Bet365, it implies that Man City have a staggering 60% chance of winning the Premier League title next season as well. If they were to successfully deliver a title defence, then they would be the first team to do so since rivals Manchester United pulled it off in the 2007/08 season.
Manchester United have been priced up at 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) making them third-favourites in the title race for next season, which is only a 14% chance that they will top the pile at the end of the season. Things have turned a little bit sour under Jose Mourinho this season and could need a shakeup in the summer. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are sandwiched between the two Manchester clubs at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) which means that are expected to be City’s closest challenge.
But Liverpool could find themselves with a big problem on their hands in the summer and that is holding on to the free-scoring Mo Salah as clubs like PSG and Real Madrid are bound to come knocking on the door for him. It is hard to know what situation Chelsea are going to be in next season with rumours that Antonio Conte could be parting ways with the club after some setbacks this season. The Blues are priced up as 10/1 shots* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) to get the Premier League title next season and with Willian and Eden Hazard likely to be in hot demand, it could be a long way back to the top for Chelsea.
Once again under Mauricio Pochettino Spurs have been the epitome of style, but on top of their missed chances in recent seasons of winning the league and more failure this season in that regard, they have been priced out at 14/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018). But it is a lot shorter than the 25/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) that bet365 have priced up Arsenal at. to win the league next season.
Outside of the traditional big six, the ones deemed most likely to do a “Leicester” and pull out a surprise title are Sam Allardyce’s’ Everton at 200/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) and yes, Leicester themselves at 300/1* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018).
28th March 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
With back to back wins just before the international break, Everton’s future looks a little more promising. That may all come crashing down when they host Man City on Saturday evening. But still, the Toffees are one of the few sides to have taken points off the citizens this season having played out a 1-1 draw at the Etihad earlier in the season.
Man City 1/3, Draw 4/1, Everton 8/1* (Betting Odds taken at 05:47 a.m. on March 26th, 2018)
The Toffees have won their last two games, taking down Brighton and Stoke and they have some good home form going as well. They have won their last three at Goodison Park, scoring at least two goals nine each of those and they have lost just one home game in their last ten (W7 D2 L1). So they have been pretty solid at home it’s fair to say, they just haven’t backed it up out on the road. Everton have averaged 1.6 goals per home game this term and have hit the back of the net in each of their last four. So that all makes for good reading except for the fact that they are taking on a brilliant Manchester City side here. But it may just be worth backing the Toffees to at least get on the scoresheet given their solid home form and both teams to score at bet365 is at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 05:42 p.m. on March 26th, 2018). The half time draw may well appeal too as the Toffees have been level at the break in nine of their home fixtures this term. Of the goals that they have scored at home so far, they have netted 72% of them in the second half of matches.
Win the next two games and the title is the bag for the Citizens. They are on a four-match winning streak at the moment and are W6 D1 in their last seven. Out on the road, their record is W12 D2 L1 and the only blip was that loss on their last trip to Merseyside as Liverpool beat them 4-3 at Anfield in the middle of January. City have averaged 2.3 goals per away game this season and they have conceded just the ten goals on the road as well, well under a goal per game on average. The Citizens have scored in each of their last nine league outings now and a win in this one sets up a title-winning shot in their following game against rivals Manchester United. Sergio Aguero is the first goalscorer favourite but David Silva has scored three in his last two away games and it at 9/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 05:42 p.m. on March 26th, 2018) in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market. Manchester City have scored in 93% of their away matches this season and are likely to find the back of the net one way or another. They will want the league title wrapped up as quickly as possible so they can fully focus on the Champions League.
There was the 1-1 draw between them earlier this season and Everton are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games against City (W1 D2) and have lost just one of their last six against him in all competitions (W2 D3 L1). So they actually have a decent bit of form. They have won just one of their last four at home in the top flight against the Citizens though (D1 L2) but that win was in last season’s corresponding fixture, a big 4-0 one at that.
Manchester City should be good for the win on Merseyside. They know the title is close now and they can deliver a little revenge in this one. Everton have improved their fortunes recently, but aren’t likely to be good enough to stop City.
28th March 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Champions League quarter-final draw threw up a big clash between the two remaining English sides in the competition, Manchester City and Liverpool. That will be a duel to look forward to and it at least guarantees that there will be one Premier League side in the final four. The other big tie for the final eight is a meeting between last season’s finalists, Juventus and Real Madrid. Barcelona and Bayern Munich have easier looking ties, facing Roma and Sevilla respectively in their quarter-final ties.
Barcelona 5/2, Man City 3/1, Bayern Munich 4/1, Real Madrid 9/2, Juventus 10/1, Liverpool 12/1, Sevilla 66/1, Roma 66/1* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.)
After seeing off Chelsea, Barcelona will be pretty happy with this tie against Serie A side Roma. They have moved to the head of the winner’s market for this season’s Champions League coming into 5/2 odds at Bet365* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.) following the quarter final draw. Barcelona are currently running on a twelve match unbeaten streak of form against Italian sides (W9 D3) and Lionel Messi has scored twelve goals in nineteen previous fixtures against Italian opponents. The last time that Barcelona played a home game against Roma, they ran out 6-1 winners over them in the 2015/16 Group Stage. As for Roma, they had a real struggle in their round of sixteen tie against Shakhtar Donetsk, losing the first leg away from home 2-1 but managing to edge their way through with a nervy 1-0 home success. From the four previous meetings between Barcelona and Roma, things are even with one win each and two drawn matches.
Prediction: Barcelona should be comfortable enough in this time, they are a class above what Roma are likely going to be able to come up with on their very best days.
Barcelona 1/4, Draw 9/2, Roma 11/1* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.)
Sevilla caused a bit of a shock in the last round as they collected a win over Manchester United thanks to a great performance in the second leg at Old Trafford. Still, they do look a little bit hit and miss in terms of their quality and they look likely to give up a lot of chances at the back to Bayern. The Germans eased their way past Besiktas in the last round as was fully expected of them and are going into this tie as strong favourites to win it. Bayern and Sevilla have never actually met before in UEFA Competition, however, Bayern are on a five-match losing streak in Spain, while Sevilla have never suffered a home defeat against a German opponent (W7 D4). It could make the first leg interesting at least.
Prediction: Bayern Munich are going to expose the gaps in the back line of Sevilla, which doesn’t look all that study. Sevilla’s best chance is going to be running up a good lead in the first leg, but still, it’s not likely to happen for them.
Bayern Munich 8/11, Draw 3/1, Sevilla 16/5* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.)
A rematch between the two finalists from last season, which Juventus suffered a 4-1 defeat in at the hands of Real Madrid. The Italians showed all of their class, resilience and fortitude in battling out a win at Wembley in the second leg of their duel with Tottenham in the last round. Juventus actually have won each of their last four two-legged ties against Real Madrid including the 2014/15 semi-final. Juventus collected a victory in six of their last seven home matches against Real Madrid. However in the head to head from nineteen previous fixtures that the two clubs have played, it is Real Madrid who are slightly ahead 9-8 with the two drawn matches. The Bianconeri are actually 6/4 favourites at bet365* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.) to get the victory in the first leg in Turin on the back of their good home form against the Spaniards.
Prediction: Real Madrid may have their hands full in this tie, especially in the first leg in Turin. The problems for Real Madrid have been at the back and there could be a price to pay. Of the four ties, this looks to the most likely to end up in an upset.
Juventus 6/4, Real Madrid 9/5, Draw 9/4* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.)
An all Premier League clash then, not what either of them would have wanted at all. But at least one English side will be in the final four. The two have never met before in UEFA competition and what adds just a little bit of spice to this one is that the only side to have beaten Manchester City in the Premier League this season is Liverpool who rolled out a 4-3 home win over the Citizens. Liverpool does also boss the head to head from previous domestic fixtures as well, being 87-45 ahead with 46 drawn matches. City have only collected once victory in their last eight games against Liverpool in all competitions, but they are 13/10 favourites at bet365 to win the first leg* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.). Liverpool’s success could hinge on them getting a big enough lead in the first.
Prediction: Over the context of two legs, Manchester City may well have enough to get the win on the board and progress. Even if they were to slip up at Anfield in the first leg, they would likely have enough to turn things around back at home. It is an uncomfortable tie for both, but Manchester City to progress.
Man City 13/10, Liverpool 2/1, Draw 12/5* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 6:42 p.m.)
3 April: Sevilla v Bayern, Juventus v Real Madrid
4 April: Barcelona v Roma, Liverpool v Man. City
10 April: Roma v Barcelona, Man. City v Liverpool
11 April: Bayern v Sevilla, Real Madrid v Juventus
17th March 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Manchester City are just four wins away from the Premier League title heading into the next weekend of action. They get a pretty decent chance of getting one of those as they step out against Stoke on Monday night. The Potters are already under big pressure near the foot of the table and games like this aren’t going to help them.
Man City 1/3, Draw 5/1, Stoke 12/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:33 p.m. on March 10th, 2018)
The Potters have only lost one of their last six league games actually, but have been struggling to get any wins together. They have won just one of their last ten league outings now and have drawn four of their last five (L1). So they just are lacking an end product at the moment and they have netted only the three goals in their last five league games now and have failed to score in half of their last ten league matches. Stoke are W5 D4 L5 for the season on home soil and have averaged just over a goal per game. They start the weekend in the relegation zone, but there is still some hope for them as things are tight down there. Really only Xherdan Shaqiri is showing up for them at the moment and he has scored each of Stoke’s last three league goals and in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market he is a price of 5/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:33 p.m. on March 10th, 2018) to come up with something in this one. There is big pressure on Stoke who still have to face Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool still this season during their run in. It may be tough to use this as a catalyst to get to better things. Stoke have opened the scoring in just five of their home games this season and have the joint worst defensive record in the top flight (along with West Ham).
City’s win over Chelsea last weekend moved them onto a three-match winning sequence in the top flight, having gone unbeaten in six (D1 L5). Out on the road a recent 3-0 victory at Arsenal snapped a three-match winless streak of away from that they were on (D2 L1) and it may just be worth backing both teams to score at bet365 for 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:33 p.m. on March 10th, 2018) as they are facing a Stoke side with nothing to lose in this game realistically. City have scored in each of their last eight games home and away combined in the top flight and away from home, they have averaged over two goals per game. In the bet365 correct score market a Manchester city 2-1 result is in at a price of 10/1 odds. Manchester City’s overall record on their travels this season is W11 D2 L1 and the lone defeat, and their only defeat in this seasons’ Premier League came at Liverpool back in mid-January. Sergio Aguero is up to 21 goals for the season and just six of those have come out on the road and doesn’t have an away goal since a win at Swansea back in mid-December. Leroy Sane may actually be worth a poke at 6/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:33 p.m. on March 10th, 2018) in the first goalscorer market because he has proven to be a good game breaker recently.
Manchester City have won two of their last three visits to Stoke, both victories by a 4-1 scoreline. When the two went head to head at the Etihad earlier this season there was a 7-2 victory posted by the Citizens. Both teams have scored in just three of their last eleven meetings with four of their last six going over the 2.5 goal line. Manchester City are W3 D1 L1 in their last five Premier League games against the Potters.
Stoke have shown much more resilience lately but that has not helped them get any wins on the board. Manchester City are likely to have too much for them at the end of the day so back an away win for the well-rested Citizens but back both teams to score in the fixture.
10th March 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Manchester City look to have already done enough in this tie to progress through to the next round. They have a 4-0 lead after their comprehensive display out in Switzerland in the first leg of this round of sixteen clash. So it all should be pretty easy for them back on home soil and the challenge of the Swiss is likely to fade away pretty quickly.
Man City 1/9, Draw 15/2, Basel 22/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:02 p.m. on March 5th, 2018)
Manchester City should get a pretty easy time of things in this one. Last season in the round of sixteen they bowed out of the tournament, but it looks pretty set in stone that they are going to avoid a repeat of that. Manchester City have actually lost three of their four previous round of sixteen ties, but barring a staggering comeback from the Swiss side on Wednesday night, the England champions-elect are going to move ahead as they are 4-0 ahead from the first leg. Manchester City had to show their patient side on the weekend as they beat Chelsea in the Premier League and that continued their phenomenal domestic home form. They are in great home form in Europe as well having gone unbeaten in their last thirteen home games in the UEFA Champions League, winning ten of them, so they are in form in Europe too. In the group stage, this season they won all three of their games, two of them with a clean sheet and City have won each of their last four home games in Europe, and seven of their last eight. Manchester City to win to nil at William Hill is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:02 p.m. on March 5th, 2018). Manchester City have never failed to progress in a UEFA two-legged tie having won the first leg away from home.
So this looks to be a bit of a dead rubber for Basel then as they head to the Etihad. They did have a bright moment against a Manchester side back in the group stage as they took a home win over Manchester United. However, their away record in England is pretty poor at W1 D5 L8. From their two previous visits to the round of sixteen at the Champions League, they have lost both of those ties (against Bayern Munich and FC Porto) because of heavy away defeats. Going back to this season’s group stage they earned their highest amount of points ever from a Champions League group stage this season, but their match day two success over Benfica snapped a six-match winless streak of European form that they were on. Also, their victory out at CSKA Moscow on match day three snapped a six-match winless run of away from they were on too (D1 L5). The Swiss side have suffered back to back defeats in England having gone unbeaten in their previous visits there. In the William Hill correct score market a Manchester City victory by either 2-0 or 3-0 are both at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00:02 p.m. on March 5th, 2018). City don’t need to exert themselves so the score may stay down a bit. Basel have been in five previous two-legged ties with English sides before and have a W1 L4 record from those. Basel have lost all 11 of the UEFA competition ties in which they were defeated in the home first leg.
The first leg was the first ever clash between the two sides.
The Citizens barely have to try most of the time to beat tough opposition, so should be more than comfortable in this game. They have such an advantage here that there is no need for them to do much in this second leg so it will probably be a quiet night. Settle on the home side to win to nil in a low scoring duel.
6th March 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting