The Citizens picked up exactly where they left off from last season as they put a resounding 5-0 win over West Ham on the board last weekend. Their first home game of the new campaign is a massive one as they play host to Spurs. Tottenham had to work hard to get their opening win of the campaign, fighting back from being a goal down at home against Aston Villa. Read our Manchester City v Tottenham betting tips for more.
Man City 1/3
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 14th, 2019 at 6:12 p.m.)
The Citizens made no mistake in their opening game of the new season. They didn’t even play that well in the first half. But a 5-0 win at West Ham was what they walked away with. Raheem Sterling was the star of the show with a hattrick. Sterling is at 4/1 in the first goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 14th, 2019 at 6:12 p.m.). Once they found their stride the Citizens were just cutting through West Ham’s defence like a hot knife through butter.
They do face a stern test in their opening home game of the season. But City beat Spurs twice in the league during the last campaign and they aren’t a side who particularly fear anyone. Man City recorded a W18 L1 record from their 19 home games last season in the top flight. Pep Guardiola’s men averaged 3 goals per game at home, conceding just 12 home goals the entire campaign. They strung together a 9 match winning streak at the Etihad to finish the season with. Nine of Man City’s 14 home successes in the EPL were by a margin of at least two goals.
Man City won both EPL meetings last season 1-0
Spurs knocked City out of the Champions League on away goals
The Citizens have won five of the last six meetings in all competitions
Spurs have lost their last three visits to the Etihad (all competitions)
Spurs had to recover from a setback at home against Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the season. The Lilywhites found themselves a goal down at the half time break. But then Mauricio Pochettino’s men rallied late on with summer signing Tanguy Ndombele scoring their equaliser in the 73rd minute. It looked as if they were going to have to settle for a draw before a late Harry Kane show. The England striker scored twice in the final five minutes gets Spurs a 3-1 victory.
Away from home last season, Tottenham produced a W11 D0 L8 record. Their form did collapse at the back end of the last term, their long campaign in the Champions League catching up with them. Spurs lost each of their last five road fixtures last season, failing to score in three of those. One of the losses was a 1-0 reverse out at Manchester City. Spurs still managed to score an average of 1.75 goals per away game during the last campaign. With Harry Kane up and running and new signing Ndombele looking like a great addition, they have reason to be confident.
Manchester City to win by a one-goal margin at 11/4
Under 2.5 goals at 13/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 14th, 2019 at 6:12 p.m.)
Two of the best teams in the top flight go head-to-head in this one. City had the better of things in the league meetings during the last campaign and they were just flying last weekend. It’s a difficult first road trip of the season for Spurs and they may just come up short. Manchester City to win by a one-goal margin.
16th August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City will begin their title defence with a trip to West Ham. The Citizens picked up the Community Shield on the weekend in a penalty shootout win over Liverpool. West Ham finished with a flourish last season to bank a top ten finish. Read our West Ham v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 2/9
West Ham 11/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 6th, 2019 at 5:33 p.m.)
The Hammers produced a home record of W9 D4 L6 last season in the top flight. It wasn’t a bad run from them at the end of the season either as they lost just one of their final nine home fixtures (against Everton). However, if you break it down, it was their home games against the top sides in which they had the most problems.
West Ham were W2 D3 L3 in their home games against the other top ten finishers, failing to score in five of those games. The Irons scored an average of 1.7 goals per home fixtures, while they struggled at the back with a clean sheet in just 21% of fixtures.
Six of West Ham’s nine home wins the last term were by a margin of at least two goals. It was a pretty steady season from the Hammers under Manuel Pellegrini. They did need a little something extra up top. They have added Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller to that end, so should be a little sharper.
Haller comes in as the club’s record signing at £45 million. They do have that poor record though against Manchester City that they have to shake off. It would be some start to the season if they could pick up a win. At the worst, it’s one of the toughest games out of the way early on.
The Citizens won 4-0 away at West Ham last season
Manchester City are on a seven-match winning streak against the Hammers
Eight of the last nine meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
City have four clean sheets in their last six against the Hammers
The Citizens will begin their quest for more domestic success. It was a clean sweep of the league title, EFL Cup and FA Cup for them last season. It’s a pretty high bar that they have set for themselves. Will they start the new season with three points? Last season they started away from home against Arsenal and took a 2-0 win.
Manchester City went undefeated in their first seven away games of last season, winning five of those. Their overall away record last term was W14 D2 L3. The Citizens won their final seven away games on the bounce.
They averaged exactly two goals per game on their travels and that was only half of it. Their defence was so good, earning a clean sheet in over half of their away games and conceding just 0.58 goals per road game. City won 53% of their away games to nil.
The Citizens finished the season with an eleven match scoring streak away from home. Of the fourteen road victories that they earned, all but four were by a margin of at least two goals. One more stats for them, City were leading at the half time break in 12 away games. Of the four losses they suffered all of last season, three were away from home.
City looked a little bit spent in the second half of the Community Shield, so because of that, we’ll back West Ham to get on the scoresheet at least. It looks to have been a positive summer by the Hammers. But City should control enough for the game to walk away with the three points.
8th 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
Across the big five European leagues, there were no surprises this season as to where the titles ended up. Each of the favourites from the divisions were all successful. Looking forward twelve months from now, will it just be the same again?
Manchester City 8/11, Liverpool 11/4
* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power at 8:54 pm on May 19th, 2019)
This season’s Premier League title race was an epic. Manchester City and Liverpool locked horns pretty much all the way, and it wasn’t until the start of the new year that Manchester City clawed their way back into ascendancy. That started with their home win over the Reds on January 3rd, a game which they had gone into, seven points adrift of the Reds.
At the end of the day, they held their nerve brilliantly, winning their final fourteen fixtures of the league season to secure the title on the final day of the season. Pep Guardiola’s men are 8/11 to make it three in a row season* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power at 8:54 pm on May 19th, 2019). After having had the door slammed in their face of trying to earn their first Premier League title, Liverpool have to pick themselves back up and try to find a way to crack this remarkable City team.
Bayern Munich 8/13, Borussia Dortmund 13/2
* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power at 8:54 pm on May 19th, 2019)
This is another of the big five leagues that went down to the wire. All of the early form of the season was made by Borussia Dortmund. They raced out of the blocks while Bayern Munich, under new boss Niko Kovac took some time to get going. But it was Bayern Munich who started turning up the heat really from the start of December when they won thirteen of four games in a red-hot period of games. The tipping point in their favour came at the start of April as they crushed title rivals Dortmund 5-0.
Dortmund, who had gone undefeated from the start of the campaign through to mid-December, couldn’t keep up their pace. At the end of the even though they won eight of their last twelve games, costly slips away from home cost them. The interesting thing about next season’s Bundesliga is that Bayern are losing Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, while Dortmund will see Christian Pulisic go to Chelsea and Jadon Sancho is being hotly tipped for a move away as well. Who will adapt better to the changes?
Juventus 4/7, Inter 5/1, Napoli 11/2
* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power at 8:54 pm on May 19th, 2019)
Once again Serie A was a non-contest. Juventus romped to their eighth straight league title. Change will be coming next season as Juve are parting company with Massimiliano Allegri. But will that be enough to see their dominance in the country dwindle? It doesn’t seem too likely. It is a really tough thing to imagine how other contenders like Napoli or Inter are going to close the gap enough on Juventus, regardless of whoever is in charge.
Barcelona 10/11, Real Madrid 11/10, Atletico 33/1
* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power at 8:54 pm on May 19th, 2019)
The demise of Real Madrid this season has been somewhat spectacular. Just about everything went wrong for them. After winning the Champions League for the third straight season last summer, boss Zinedine Zidane walked away, noticing that the club was likely to go into decline. It did. They started the season with Julen Lopetegui.
He was sacked in October to be replaced by Santiago Solari, becoming the official coach the following month. He was out of the door in March with Zinedine Zidane coming back. They ended the season with three losses in four, finishing 19 points behind winners Barcelona and eight behind second-placed Atletico Madrid. So it was fairly routine at the end of the day for Barcelona, who grabbed the title again losing just three times all campaign.
PSG, Lille, Lyon (odds to be announced)
There was little challenge to PSG in the title race in Ligue 1 this season. Even though their form slumped badly towards the end of the season, they still won at a canter ahead of second-placed Lille. This is a more extreme example than Serie A is really, because the money and the power that the Parisians have over everyone else on the domestic front is unmatched and they aren’t likely going to be touched next campaign either.
19th May 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
The Citizens will line up at Wembley on the weekend, the final leg of their attempted domestic treble for the season. Once again it has been so impressive from them and now with the pressure of the Premier League title race over they are going to be dialled in. Watford will be on the hunt for their first FA Cup title in what is just their second appearance in the Final. Read our Manchester City v Watford betting tips for more.
Man City 1/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 14th, 2019 at 11:51 p.m.)
The Citizens won the final fourteen games of their Premier League campaign to get the title. Back in February, they collected the EFL Cup via a penalty shoot-out against Chelsea at Wembley. Now it’s back to business in the FA Cup for them. Across all competitions, Manchester City have won fourteen of their last fifteen games. The one loss in that sequence happened in the Champions League against Spurs.
If you want to look back a little further then the Citizens are W20 D1 L1 in their last 22 games in all competitions. The Citizens have conceded just the one goal in their last five games played now and it’s been something of a stellar campaign from them in the FA Cup. They opened with back to home wins over Rotherham and Burnley by a 7-0 and a 5-0 scoreline respectively. They then won at Newport in the fifth round. They did have to fight back from 2-0 down at Championship side Swansea in the quarterfinals.
On their visit to Wembley for the semi-final, they took on Brighton. Gabriel Jesus put City on the board in the opening five minutes and that was it. Brighton barely raised an attacking effort in the game and City booked their spot in the final. City have won the title five times before (their most recent in 2011) and have also finished runners up five times. The last time they were in the FA Cup final, they suffered a shock reverse as they were toppled 1-0 by Wigan in 2013. So it just goes to show that not everything goes their way every single time.
The Citizens won both 2018/19 EPL league meetings
City have won their last ten games in all competitions against Watford
Each of the last five meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Both teams have scored in each of the last three meetings
Man City are W3 D2 L1 against Watford from previous FA Cup meetings
The only previous FA Cup final that Watford have been in was back in 1984 when John Barnes was in the team and Graham Taylor was manager. They lost that game 2-0 against Everton. So it has been a long wait for them to get their second. The Hornets did not have the greatest of form down the final stretch of the season. They picked up just the one win (90 minutes) in their final seven games of the season. They lost each of their last three, conceding a total of nine goals in those games.
So have they ran out of steam at the wrong time? That will be the worry for them. They haven’t taken a clean sheet in any competition since a 1-0 win at QPR in the FA Cup back in February. That is twelve match run with no clean sheet for them. That’s not the kind of thing that you want to read about going into a game against Manchester City. The Hornets have put together a pretty stable campaign in the FA Cup it has to be said, for most of it anyway. They came through two away ties against Woking and Newcastle in the third and fourth rounds respectively, collecting a 2-0 win in each of those games.
They were back out on the road in the fifth round, coming through a tricky tie at Loftus Road against Championship side QPR. That was a 1-0 win for the Hornets. They then got their first home game in the quarterfinals, which helped them over the line in a tough battle against fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace, Watford taking a 2-1 win there. Then in their semi-final at Wembley against Wolves, with just over ten minutes left in the game, it looked as if their run was over. They were trailing 2-0 but a piece of magic from Gerard Deulofeu and a last minute penalty from Troy Deeney sent the game to extra time. Deulofeu won it for them in the 104th minute.
Manchester City will be refreshed and recharged ahead of this FA Cup Final. Their league title chase was stressful and that’s behind them now. They have handled Watford twice already this season and there’s no reason to expect this outcome to be any different. Man City to win to nil.
15th May 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
One more win then lands City title. The Citizens dug out a nervy 1-0 home win over Leicester on Monday night and now need just the one final push to get themselves over the finish line. It has been a long while since Brighton picked up the league victory but they have drawn three of their last four. After booking survival, can they hold off the Citizens? Read our Brighton v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 1/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 6th, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.)
The Seagulls are winless in their last eight league games (D3 L5). Each of those three draws in that sequence happened inside their last four games played. If they were to dig out another one on the final day of the season, it could scupper Manchester City’s hope of holding on to the title. The Seagulls have collected just the one point from their last four games at home so they aren’t running in great form at the moment. In those four home games, Brighton produced just the one goal.
Across the course of the season at home in the top flight Brighton have only managed an average of goal per game. Just 39% of fixtures at the Amex Stadium this season have made it over 2.5 goals. In their seven games played this season against the other top four teams, home and away, Brighton suffered a defeat in each of them. They did, however, score in each of their three home games in that sequence.
The overall home record of Brighton this season is W6 D5 L7 but they have lost five of their last eight in there (W1 D2). In total Brighton have taken a clean sheet in 28% of home games but they are without one in any of their last four at the Amex. Of the six home wins that they have taken this season, five of them have been by a one-goal margin. Each of their last five Premier League games, home and away have gone under 2.5 goals. Brighton are safe from relegation, so at least they have no stress is about having to get anything out of this game.
Man City earned a 1-0 home win over Brighton in September
They then beat them in the FA Cup semi-final 1-0
City are on a four-match undefeated streak against Brighton in all competitions
Brighton are winless in five against City
Manchester City are on a 13 match winning streak in the Premier League at the moment. If it ends up being 14 in a row then they will be winning the Premier League title again. It has been a tremendous run of form by the Citizens and of course in such a high-pressure title race, they have had their stressful moments. Three of their last four wins in this big sequence have been by a 1-0 scoreline only. Manchester City are currently running on a six-match winning streak out on the road.
The overall away record of Manchester City this season is W13 D2 L3 and they have averaged 1.9 goals per away game. Defensively they have done brilliantly as they have only conceded 10 goals on their travels all season. That has been a clean sheet for them in 61% of their away games. It is well worth taking a look at just what their defence has done lately. In their last 12 league games, home and away, Manchester City have conceded just the two goals, collecting 10 clean sheets.
Of their away wins this season in the top flight, nine of the 13 have been by a margin of at least two goals. The Citizens have also been leading at the halftime break in 11 of their away games. City are on a 10 match scoring streak away from home, and home and away combined have scored in each of their last 21 EPL fixtures. Of those 10 goals which they have conceded away from home this season, 70% of them have been in the second period of fixtures. They have opened the scoring in 15 of their 18 away games. This just one final 90 miutes of action for them to hold their nerve in.
This has been some remarkable run from Manchester City under pressure. They managed to just hold their nerve against Leicester on Monday, and you would expect them to do the same against Brighton. It may well be another low scoring victory, but City will not care. Manchester City to win to nil
10th May 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The title race swings back to Manchester City then on Monday evening. They saw Liverpool earn a dramatic late winner at Newcastle on Saturday, so once again the Citizens are playing catch up. Can Leicester who have former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers at the helm, deny the home side? Read our Manchester City v Leicester betting tips for more.
Man City 1/6
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 5th, 2019 at 4:27 p.m.)
Manchester City have already, so far in having put together a 12 match winning streak in the Premier League. They need just two of them to retain their title. They will likely be looking to go out on a bang in this their final home game of the season. It is basically at this point, three points which cannot afford to be dropped as they trail leaders Liverpool by two points. Manchester City are on an eight-match winning streak on home soil in the top flight. They have won 17 of their 18 home fixtures this season.
Back in December when Manchester City were going through a bit of a poor month, one of the three defeats which they suffered in December was away at Leicester. So that has to be on their mind as the pressure in the title race heats up once again. Manchester City have collected a clean sheet in 44% of their home games in the top flight this season. They have earned a clean sheet in four of their last five on home soil. Manchester City have scored in both halves of 78% of their home games this term and not too surprisingly 78% of their home fixtures have made it over 2.5 goals.
Manchester City average over three goals per home game themselves this season, while they have only let in 12 goals at the Etihad. Of their 17 home wins this season only four of them have been by just the one-goal margin. Manchester City have also been leading at the halftime break in 13 of their home fixtures and they have struck the back of the net in all home games played. Manchester City have also opened the scoring in each and every home fixture played this season. All of the stats points to them collecting three points, but that doesn’t account for the mental pressure that is going to be on them on the day.
Leicester took a 2-1 home win over Man City in December
Leicester have won just one of the last six meetings in all competitions
Man City have won their last two home games against the Foxes
Both teams have scored in seven of the last eight meetings
The victory over Manchester City back in December is definitely one of the big highlights of Leicester’s season so far. Last weekend the Foxes produced a fantastic 3-0 home win over Arsenal. They really are not in bad shape at all with five wins in their last seven league games (D1 L1). So on the surface of things they do look as if they could pose a problem or two for Manchester City in their title hopes. Overall this season the away record that Leicester have produced is W7 D4 L7. In those games, they have scored an average of 1.5 goals per game.
They have only picked up a clean sheet in 22% of their away games though and this is where it may get sticky for them, they have not earned a clean sheet in any of their last seven away games. But going back to their scoring they have struck the back of the net in each of their last nine road fixtures. Each of Leicester’s last five away games have gone over 2.5 goals, the Foxes having netted at least two goals in each of their last three away from the King power. Of the away goals that Leicester have scored this season, 81% of them have come after the halftime break. Will Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers be able to do his old club Liverpool a favour?
There is no doubt that Manchester City are going to be dialled in for this, their final home game of the season. While Leicester are not in bad form at all they are struggling for clean sheets and it could be their downfall at the end of the day. Any kind of win here for Manchester City will do, it doesn’t matter how ugly it gets. Manchester City to win to nil.
6th May 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Can Manchester City hold their nerve until the end of the season? After seeing off Tottenham and Manchester United in back to back games, they can’t let their intensity drop as they visit Turf Moor on Sunday. Once again they are playing catch up to Liverpool who won on Friday night. A win puts City back top with two to play. Read our Burnley v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 1/7
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 27th, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.)
Can Burnley ruin Manchester City’s chances of a title defence? That seems to be the question that everyone is asking of them at the moment. Last weekend they went to Stamford bridge and earned 2-2 draw against Chelsea. That leaves them undefeated in their last four games now, winning three of those. In total their record at Turf Moor this season is W7 D2 L8 and they have taken back to back home wins. Those were both 2-0 victories over Wolves and Cardiff. It will, of course, be a much stiffer challenge that they face in this one. Burnley’s home record against top six sides this season is W1 L3.
The home win in that sequence happened against Spurs. Burnley have averaged 1.3 goals per home game this season with 59% of matches going over 2.5 goals. The Clarets have earned a clean sheet in 29% of their home games. Burnley have scored at least one goal in each of their last twelve league home games as well, so do have a bit of form behind them. Enough to trouble the Citizens? Burnley have scored 61% of their home goals in the first half of games and they may need an early positive start in this. The problem for Burnley may be in defence as only the current bottom three have worse defensive records than that of Burnley’s this season in the top flight.
Manchester City have beaten Burnley 5-0 in both league and FA Cup this season
The Citizens are unbeaten in their last seven against the Clarets in all champions
Burnley have conceded at least three goals in four for their last five against City
The Clarets are W1 D1 L1 in their last three league home games against City
The Citizens are on an eleven match winning streak in the league at the moment. They really couldn’t be doing much more than they are. Their last two wins have been big ones as well, City coming through some big tests of character in having beaten Spurs and Manchester United. It would be easy after those two successes to let complacency set in for an easier looking fixture. But this is Manchester City and they look pretty well dialled in. The Citizens are on a five-match winning streak on their travels at the moment. They have conceded just the one goal in that sequence of games as well.
Home and away, City have taken a clean sheet in eight of their last eleven games, which is a remarkable record. In total, the Citizens have scored 33 away goals this season which is an average of just under two goals per game. They have shipped just the ten goals on their travels at an average of 0.6 per road game. Manchester City have earned a clean sheet in 59% of their away games this season. Less than half of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals. Of their twelve away wins recorded this term, the Citizens have won nine of them by at least a two-goal margin. City’s overall away record is W12 D2 L3. They have won all five away games against teams currently in the bottom seven.
Manchester City looked composed and even though they know they are going to get a tough game here against the unpredictable Clarets, the quality and class that the Citizens have has to win through at the end of the day. Away win to nil.
27th April 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Manchester City have a clear target in front of them. Win their final four games of the season and they are crowned champions once again. This may be their biggest hurdle to achieving that. Manchester United have fallen badly out of form but they will relish the chance of toppling their biggest rivals at Old Trafford in midweek. Read our Manchester United v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 4/9
Man Utd 13/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 22nd, 2019 at 3:04 p.m.)
It is all going a bit sour for Manchester United at the moment who suffered a crushing 4-0 defeat at Everton on the weekend. That was their third straight Premier League away defeat. It means that Manchester United have lost four of their last five games played in all competitions (W1) and with this slump, taking a top-four finish this season has become increasingly unlikely for them. But as a positive Manchester United do still have some home form behind them as they are on a three-match winning streak at Old Trafford. Each of those three wins incidentally were by a one-goal margin.
The overall home form of United is W10 D5 L1 This season and they have been scoring well. The Red Devils have scored at least two goals in nine of their last 10 Premier League home games. Their defence has been crumbling pretty badly lately though as they have not managed to earn a clean sheet in any of their last seven Premier League games. That’s not a particularly good thing in having to face up to the division’s top scorers. United have averaged exactly 2 goals per home game this season and 81% of all fixtures at Old Trafford have made it over 2.5 goals. United have claimed a clean sheet in just 12% of home games this season. Seven of their 10 home successes this term have been by a one-goal margin.
Man City earned a 3-1 home win over United earlier this season
Man City have won their last two league visits to Old Trafford 2-1
Each of the last three league meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
The Citizens are W5 D1 L1 in their last seven league visits to Old Trafford
Manchester City showed a bit of grit and steel in taking a 1-0 home win over Tottenham on the weekend. That was of course straight off the back of their Champions League exit at the hands of Spurs in midweek. So that was fantastic character shown by the reigning champions and it moved them on to a 10 match undefeated streak of form in the Premier League. Make that a 10 match winning streak actually. Away from home the Citizens have won their last four in a row, conceding just the one goal in that sequence. In their four away games against the other big six teams this season Manchester City have produced a W2 D1 L1 record.
Overall this season Manchester City have produced a record of W11 D2 L3 on their travels and they have averaged just under two goals per away game. Their defence has been rock solid as well because they have only conceded 10 away goals all season, which is an average of just 0.6 goals per game against them. In total Manchester City have taken a clean sheet in 56% of their away games. Both teams have scored in only 38% of Manchester City’s road fixtures. Of their 11 away victories recorded this season eight of them have been by a margin of at least two goals. The Citizens have also been leading at the halftime break in 11 of their 16 away games. Home and away combined City are on a 18 match scoring streak at the moment and they have scored 61% of their away goals in the first period of fixtures.
Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 13/8
Manchester City 2-1 correct score at 15/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 22nd, 2019 at 3:04 p.m.)
Surely Manchester United cannot be as bad as they were against Everton on the weekend. This is some kind of chance at redemption for them for the performance. But Manchester City looked far more committed and talented at the moment and the away win looks a solid.
22nd April 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting