Manchester City recovered from their match day one defeat against Lyon by picking up three points against Hoffenheim last time out. They make a trip to Ukraine on Tuesday night to face Shakhtar. The Citizens lost on their last visit there back last year. Read our Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 4/11
Shakhtar Donetsk 6/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 21st, 2018 at 5:43 p.m.)
Shakhtar have at least avoided defeat in their opening Group Stage fixture in Group F of this season’s Champions League. They have played out back to back 2-2 draws against Hoffenheim and Lyon so far. If you wanted to roll with another 2-2 correct score that is at 16/1 odds with a Man City 2-1 win at 15/2* (betting odds taken on October 21st 2018 at 6:31 pm) making it the shortest priced option. There is a reason to back the home side actually to avoid defeat here as well. They are unbeaten at home against English sides with a W5 D2 record. They are 11/5 in the double chance market* (betting odds taken on October 21st 2018 at 6:31 pm) to avoid defeat.
Their form this season has seen Shakhtar lose just one fixture as they have taken a W10 D3 L1 from forgotten so far. They have been scoring freely as well as the Ukrainians have netted at least two goals in all but three of the fixtures in that sequence. There is reason enough to expect goals in this one and over 3.5 goals is at even money odds* (betting odds taken on October 21st 2018 at 6:31 pm). While they have been scoring there are question marks over their defence. Last season they didn’t keep a home clean sheet in the group stage (W3). Five of their six Champions League group stage games last season produced at least three goals. Moraes has scoring form as he has scored in four of their last five games in all competitions, including a brace at Lyon in their recent 2-2 UCL draw there.
This will be just the third meeting between the two sides
Man City and Shakhtar met in last season’s group stage
There was a home win for each as they met last season
City outscored their Ukrainian opponents 3-2 last term
City fell to a shock 2-1 home loss against Lyon in their Group F opener but they responded with a win by the same scoreline out in Germany on matchday two against Hoffenheim. It was not the easiest of games for them though and City haven’t looked as strong as would have been expected in his season’s competition so far. For Tuesday night’s fixture both teams to score is at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on October 21st 2018 at 6:31 pm). City, of course, do have great form again this season overall with a W10 D2 L1 record all competitions. City have put up a record of W4 D1 in their last five games with a clean sheet in four of those. Man City to win to nil is at 13/8 odds* (betting odds taken on October 21st 2018 at 6:31 pm).
City have conceded just two goals in seven away games in all competitions this season (W5D2). The Citizens have won only four of their last ten European away games with a W4 D2 L4 record and they have lost two of their last three away from the Etihad. The defeats came against Shakhtar and Liverpool in last season’s campaign. Sergio Aguero has scored five goals in his last nine European fixtures now and he got City’s first goal against Hoffenheim on matchday two. Aguero is the 13/5 first goalscorer favourite for Tuesday’s trip to Ukraine* (betting odds taken on October 21st 2018 at 6:31 pm). City have a W1 L2 record from three previous trips to Ukraine and are W2 D1 L2 overall against Ukrainian opposition.
Manchester City haven’t quite looked themselves in the Champions League yet this season. Shakhtar have been scoring well enough in the group to warrant backing them to somehow dig out a home draw in this one.
21st October 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Manchester City will be happy enough with this fixture after the international break as they look to get back into their groove. The Citizens are undefeated for the season and they take on the Clarets. Burnley had just started to turn their fortunes around, but face a tough battle in this one. Read our Manchester City v Burnley betting tips for more.
Manchester City 1/14
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 15th, 2018 at 7:16 p.m.)
League leaders Manchester City will be looking to extend their winning form on home soil in the Premier League this season. They have won all four at the Etihad so far, scoring a total of thirteen in those four. So that’s a good average output and a Manchester City 2-0 correct score is at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 6:33 pm). That gives them a good comfortable return after the international break. Manchester City have now won twenty of their last twenty-three (D2 L1) home games in the Premier League.
Raheem Sterling had a great game for England in their win over Spain on Monday and so his spirits should be high. He is at 10/11 in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 6:33 pm). With the Citizens having collected a clean sheet in each of their last four games in the top flight, the natural temptation for Manchester City v Burnley betting tips is to back a home win to nil. City have not conceded a second-half goal at home this season and another decent proposition would be to back a Man City/Man City half-time/ full-time wager.
After picking up one point in their opening five games of the season, the Clarets were turning the corner well with a W2 D1 record in their three games before the international break. That gave them a great lift and they scored seven goals in those three games. They have a tough couple of games to get through now as they will face Chelsea after having met the Citizens. Just because the Clarets may not see too much of the ball both teams NOT to score is at 1/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 6:33 pm).
Away from Turf Moor, this season Burnley are W1 D1 L2 so far and they have given up a total of six goals and have failed to score in two for their four road games. In total home and away, they have only the two clean sheets this season. The Clarets have been at 0-0 at half time in three of their four away games this season. We don’t see that being a very likely outcome in this one. Manchester City to win to nil is at 8/15 odds* (betting odds taken on October 16th, 2018 at 6:33 pm).
Manchester City collected a 3-0 win over Burnley in last season’s corresponding fixture. They also took a 4-1 home win over the Clarets in the FA Cup. City are W2 D2 in their four previous Premier League home games against Burnley but have won the last two. From the previous eight Premier League meetings between the two clubs, Manchester City are W4 D3 L1 against Burnley.
Manchester City are running so well at home and have won their last two league games there to nil. We are going to suggest riding that trend and backing Manchester City to win to nil in this fixture.
17th October 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
With no wins in three now across all competitions for Liverpool, the Reds will be looking to shake themselves up on the weekend. There will be no better way for them to do that either than in beating league leaders Man City. The Citizens have strung together a four-match winning streak and will want to prove themselves against what is deemed to be their main title challenger. Read our Liverpool v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 15/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 3rd, 2018 at 9:14 p.m.)
The Reds have not picked up a win in any of their last three games in all competitions, picking up a draw with Chelsea in the top flight last weekend. There’s obviously no panic button that needs to be hit but a loss in this one would be a further setback. A big one at that.
Liverpool have won all three of their home games this season, scoring a total of eight goals and not connecting any. However, we are going with both teams to score in this one at 8/15 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 3:46 pm). Liverpool have conceded in three for their last four league games now.
So even though they are on a run of eight matches at Anfield in the top fight without conceding, we are backing City to snap that. The Reds have a very strong home record of being undefeated in their last 24 Premier League game and they have been winning at both half time and full time in eight of their last nine at Anfield.
Liverpool have scored at least two goals in all but two of their last thirteen home games. Sometimes big clashes like this can disappoint but we are going over 2.5 goals at 23/20 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 3:46 pm). Even with Mo Salah out of form, the Reds aren’t likely to change their lineup.
Kevin de Bruyne is back in training for the Citizens but isn’t ready for action yet. They do have some other injury issues with Fabian Delph and Benjamin Mendy which leaves them a little bit short in the left back position. The Citizens have fired offer a W6 D1 record in their seven league games and out on the road, it has been a W2 D1 return.
The draw, their only dropped points of the season happened at Wolves back at the end of August. They can throw everything at this well-timed game just ahead of the next international break. A Man City/Draw Double Chance is at 1/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 3:46 pm).
Sergio Aguero is at 9/2 in the first goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 3:46 pm) beaten only by Liverpool’s Mo Salah there. Manchester City have won eight of their last nine Premier League away games and home and away combined, have tightened up defensively with a clean sheet in each of their last three.
They do of course boast tremendous scoring power as they have netted at least two goals in all but one of their last seven games. They have not been losing at half time in any league fixture this season and have shipped only the one goal away from home in total.
These two met four times last season as they also squared off nit the Champions League as well as the Premier League. Liverpool won three of the four meetings, the only loss coming at Man City in the league. So that is some momentum that the Reds have and they have only lost one of their last ten games against the Citizens in all competitions now. They are on a five-match winning streak in the Premier League at Anfield against Manchester City. each of the last four games have gone over 2.5 goals.
Manchester City have to step up and prove themselves here in this massive showdown at the top of the table. With Liverpool just looking as if they are a bit off the boil and more conservative than usual, this could be a great time for City to strike. Away win.
5th October 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Manchester City have a bit of pressure on their hands as they travel out to Germany on Tuesday night to take on Hoffenheim on match day two of this season’s UEFA Champions League. The Citizens suffered a shock loss at home against Lyon in their opening match and need a response. Hoffenheim picked up a draw in their opener against Shakhtar Donetsk. Read our Hoffenheim v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Manchester City 4/11
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 29th, 2018 at 11.35 p.m.)
Hoffenheim made their UEFA Champions League debut back on match day one as they played out a 2-2 draw against the more established Shakhtar Donetsk. They get their home debut on Tuesday night and what an occasion it is going to be as they play host to the English champions. Hoffenheim holds a W3 D2 L3 record for the season across all competitions and all but one of those fixtures have produced at least three goals. Over 3.5 goals is at even money for this one* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 3:34 pm).
They have only played two home games this season and they beat Freiburg and picked up a draw against Borussia Dortmund in those two Bundesliga fixtures. Hoffenheim have scored in each and every game they have played this season and Florian Grillitsch and Havard Nordtveit got their goals on match day one. Their shortest priced option in the anytime goalscorer market for the game is Brazilian Joelinton. If they could dig in for a point in this one that would be a great return for them. That would be some story.
Manchester City were pretty dreadful in their opening match of this season’s Champions League. For being the favourites to win it outright they looked pretty off-key. They have been in some pretty strong form other than that this season, winning eight of their other nine games played. They are on a three-match winning sequence at the moment having fired off ten goals in those three matches and collecting a clean sheet in each as well. Given their drop in standard on match day one we are looking at a Man City 2-1 correct score at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 3:34 pm).
They are unbeaten in five road games this season with a W4 D1 record posted and they have a clean sheet in four of those five. Sergio Aguero is an at 8/11 in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 3:34 pm). The Citizens won five of their six games in the group stage last season losing the other one so they could still end up with the same record as they did the last term when they won the group. A Manchester City to win & both teams to score option is at 6/4 odds* (betting odds taken on September 30th, 2018 at 3:34 pm) for the game which looks a reasonable punt. Manchester City’s record against German sides is W9 D3 L7.
This will be the first meeting between Hoffenheim and Manchester City.
It is unlikely that City are going to be as poor as they were against Lyon. We are going to back the Citizens to come good, but because they are on the road and because of what happened on match day one, we are backing City To Win & Both Teams To Score.
30th September 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Manchester City ended up making light work of Cardiff last weekend as they put five goals on the board. The reigning champions have another winnable looking match on their hands this weekend as they play host to Brighton at the Etihad. The Seagulls are still stuck on one win for the season and have lost their last two. Read our Manchester City v Brighton betting tips for more.
Man City 1/14
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 24th, 2018 at 11:52 p.m.)
The Citizens have only dropped the two points this season in their Premier League title defence. They are on a three-match winning streak at the moment after firing five goals past Cardiff last weekend. That is a total of ten goals scored in their last three games now so they are still looking pretty proficient in front of goal. A Manchester City 3-0 option in the correct score market is at 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken on September 25th, 2018 at 5:10 pm). There is a pretty decent chance of them, on home soil, banking a clean sheet you would imagine.
City have won all three league home games this season and Manchester City to win to nil which is at 4/7 odds* (betting odds taken on September 25th, 2018 at 5:10 pm). The Citizens have lost just one of their last twenty-two league home games since the start of last season, winning 19 of those in such an impressive record. The top scorer for them on home soil this season is Sergio Aguero who has netted three of his four league goals at the Etihad. They have been leading both at half time and full time in two of their three home games this season and we can support that happening in this one.
Brighton’s big moment this season was a home win over Manchester United back in mid-August, but it has been a bit of a struggle for them since them. They have taken just the two points in their last four games and suffered a 2-1 loss at home against Spurs over the weekend. Away from home this season they have posted a D1 L2 record, not getting on the scoreboard in either of those defeats which were at Watford and Liverpool. Both teams not to score at 8/15 odds* (betting odds taken on September 25th, 2018 at 5:10 pm) is an obvious option in Man City v Brighton betting tips.
To their credit, they have scored in four of their six league games this season, for a total of eight goals, which isn’t bad as they were expected to be struggling in front of goal. Glenn Murray has been the star of the scoring show for them with four goals on the board for them. But still, we don’t expect them to get on the board against City on the weekend. There is a trend with Brighton in away games as they have been 1-0 down at halftime in all three of their road games this season. So that is a good option for a halftime correct score option at 9/4 odds* (betting odds taken on September 25th, 2018 at 5:10 pm).
Not too surprisingly Manchester City got wins in both league meetings with Brighton last season in the Premier League. Both of those wins were by a two-goal margin, City taking a 3-1 win on home soil against the Seagulls. Those were their first meetings since a Carling Cup tie in 2008 and their first league clash since back in 1989.
It has to be Manchester City all the way in this home fixture. Brighton just can’t get it together on the road and the sensible option is Manchester City to win to nil. They should be good enough to win this by at least a two-goal margin.
27th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Cardiff are still on the hunt for their first win of the season. They have suffered back to back defeats and their defence has taken a bit of a bettering lately as well. They may not get much of a break either as they face the reigning Champions Manchester City on the weekend. Even a point out of this would be a great capture for the Bluebirds. Read our Cardiff v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 1/6
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 18th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
The Bluebirds have two points for the season thanks to 0-0 draws with Newcastle and Huddersfield. But they have lost their last two, conceding seven goals in total against Arsenal and Chelsea. So they are naturally going to be pretty vulnerable for this one as Manchester City come to town. We are going to look under 3.5 goals at 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 18th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.) as we don’t see Cardiff contributing to the goal tally in this one.
Cardiff are D1 L1 in their two home games this season. They have scored just the three goals across the course of the season and those have all bee in their last two games. They have been level at halftime in both of their home games this season but we don’t see that coming up in this one. Instead, a Man City/Man City half-time/ full-time option looks like a decent option to roll with at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 18th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.).
The Citizens have scored at least two goals in all but one of their league games so far this season and they rolled out an easy 3-0 win over Fulham last weekend. So they have gone about their business as usual and Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling are the joint top scorers for them this season. Sterling is a good anytime goalscorer option at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 18th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.). They are obviously powerful enough to go out and do a strong job on the road, but they haven’t been prolific on the road yet.
They took a 2-0 away win at Arsenal on the opening weekend of the season and then played out a 1-1 draw at Wolves. Because of that, a Manchester City 2-0 correct score option is at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 18th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.) which has great appeal for our Cardiff v Manchester City betting tips. The Citizens have scored exactly two goals in their last two visits to Cardiff. There is also the sensible looking option of a Manchester City to win to nil option to support the Citizens with.
There has been a meeting between these two this year as they met in the FA Cup back in January and the Citizens took a 2-0 win in South Wales. The only previous time they were together in the Premier League was in the 2013/14 season and the two of them traded home wins. Five of the last seven meetings have been over 2.5 goals.
We have to go with Manchester City collecting the victory in his one. Cardiff haven’t been able to get anything on the board even when they have scored. We don’t see them getting on the scoresheet against the Citizens so the away win to nil appeals in our Cardiff v Manchester City betting tips.
19th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Citizens are one of the frontrunners to get the title this season in the UEFA Champions League. That is realistically the next step in their ambitions. They get a home opener to this season’s campaign as they face up to Ligue 1 side Lyon. The Citizens are strong favourites to land the win in this one. Lyon have had nothing more than an average start to their new domestic season. Read our Manchester City v Lyon betting tips for more.
Man City 1/6
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.)
The Citizens launch their European campaign on home soil this season and they will be keen to drive home a positive result. The Citizens have been going about their business as usual, this season as they have posted a W5 D1 record in all competitions, including the Community Shield. They have scored at least two goals in but one of those games as well so we can expect some kind of decent output from them in this one. In fact, for our Man City v Lyon betting tips a Manchester City to win by a two-goal margin is priced at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.).
Their exit last season in the quarter finals at the hands of Premier League rivals Liverpool was a disappointing exit for them, especially as they had been such strong favourites for the tie. They are really contributing well as a team in terms of goals and Raheem Sterling may be worth a flutter at 4/5 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.). The Citizens need a good result here as they have lost their last two home games in Europe by a 2-1 scoreline (Basel and Liverpool). They were unbeaten in thirteen before that, winning ten of those. They are unbeaten in their last eight group stage home games, winning seven. Their record against French sides is W2 D2 L1.
Lyon are not expected to produce too much of a threat to Manchester City at the Etihad in midweek. They are W2 D1 L2 this season in Ligue 1, scoring just the six goals which is the joint second-lowest tally of the current top eight in the French top flight. Last season they powered their way to a third-place finish in Ligue 1 and they finished as the second highest scorers in the entire division. The French outfit are at 8/11 odds to get on the scoresheet in this one* (Betting Odds were taken from September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.). This is going to be a big test for them.
This is Lyon’s first appearance back in the main stage of the Champions League since the 2008/9 season when they made it to the round of sixteen where they were eliminated by Barcelona. Five of the eight games that they played during that campaign found their way over 2.5 goals. You can back this one to go under 3.5 goals at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 15th, 2018 at 11:35 p.m.) which has appeal as we think City can win this to nil.
This will be the first meeting between Man City and Lyon.
The Citizens should be strong enough on home soil to collect the win in this home fixture. Because Lyon haven’t been running in great form then we can only suggest for our Manchester City v Lyon betting tips, the home side to win by a two-goal margin.
17th September 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
The Citizens have made a predictably strong start to their Premier League title defence have only dropped the two points in their four games so far. They will looking to extend their 100% home record as they welcome Fulham. The Cottagers have picked up four points in their last two games but with a leaky defense, could face a tough afternoon at the Etihad. Read our Manchester City v Fulham betting tips for more.
Man City 1/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.)
The Citizens have produced a W3 D1 record for the new season, a season of a Premier League title defence for them. The only ones to have stopped them winning this season was Wolves in a duel at Molineux towards the end of August. But City snapped back with a 2-1 home win over Newcastle after that. It leaves them with a perfect record from two games at home this season, scoring eight goals in the process. They haven’t taken a clean sheet in any of their last three games played which is a surprise But knowing the scoring power that they have in them, and knowing that Fulham play an open game, over 3.5 goals is at 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken on September 13th, 2018 at 6:58 am).
While Sergio Aguero is their top scorer with three goals this season, all three of those came in one game. That was in a home game though. He is still the 11/5 first goalscorer favorite for this fixture on the weekend* (betting odds taken on September 13th, 2018 at 6:58 am). Raheem Sterling could miss after getting a knock while on recent international duty. Man City have won 32 of their last 38 Premier League games and there have been over 2.5 goals in 18 of their last 20 league fixtures at the Etihad. They have also scored at least two goals in each of their last six games against the Cottagers in all competitions.
Fulham have responded well after losing their opening two games of the season. They fired off their first league win of the season at home against Burnley before playing out a 2-2 draw with Brighton before the international break. That is six goals then in their last two games and they do look as if they will continue to create and take chances. Aleksandar Mitrovic has come up big for them in front of goal this season and he is at 10/3 in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on September 13th, 2018 at 6:58 am).
But it is at the back where you would worry about Fulham because they have shipped at least two goals in all four of their league games this season. In total is nine goals against in four games. So there are clear vulnerabilities that they are suffering with at the back and both teams to score is at even money* (betting odds taken on September 13th, 2018 at 6:58 am). This is not a trip they are going to fancy as they are on a six-match losing streak at the Etihad.
The head to head sees Manchester City on a five-match winning streak against Fulham. This will be their first meeting since the 2013/14 Premier League season. Manchester City put nine goals past Fulham in those two games. The Citizens are on a six-match Premier League winning streak at home against the Cottagers with a clean sheet in each of the last three too. City are undefeated in their last thirteen games against Fulham in all competitions.
Because of the open style that Fulham play, it is hard to see their defense holding out against Manchester City on the weekend. Because of that, we are fully expecting a home win to be produced and Manchester City to win & over 3.5 appeals in our betting tips for the fixture.
13th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The draw for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage was made on Thursday, August 30th and now all the participants know their fate in the group stage. While English Champions Manchester City will be fairly content with the draw that they have received, the other English participants all landed themselves in tough groups including Manchester United having to go up against their former star Cristiano Ronaldo, now with Juventus.
Manchester City 9/2
FC Barcelona 13/2
Real Madrid 9/1
Bayern Munich 10/1
Atletico Madrid 12/1
Manchester United 28/1
* (betting odd taken from Paddy Power on August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm)
This should be a pretty exciting group but the strong favourites are Atletico Madrid who are already at 1/2 odds-on to take the top spot in this one* (betting odd taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm). There really should not be too much of a challenge coming in from any of the other participants to stop them. Dortmund and Atletico will meet for the first time since the 1996/97 season.
Prediction: Atletico Madrid, Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge
This is a bit of a stinker of a draw for Tottenham. Not only do they have to try and deal with Barcelona but there is the problem of Inter as well, who looks a pretty strong dark horse threat. Tottenham though have handled themselves well enough in Europe recently to suggest that they can hold off the Italians, but it may not be enough to see them win their group. Spurs are 3/1 second favourites to win in the group* (betting odd taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm).
Tottenham’s only previous meeting with Barcelona was in the 1982 Cup Winners’ Cup. Barcelona won 2-1 on aggregate. Spurs had that famous 2010 Champions League duel with Inter, which ended in a thrilling 6-5 aggregate win for the Londoners. Then in the 2013 Europa League, the two played out a 4-4 aggregate draw with Inter in the round of sixteen, Spurs winning on away goals.
Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, Inter, PSV
Liverpool have heavily paid the price for being seeded in the third pot. That meant of course that not only were they drawn against one of the elite, but against a second-seeded team as well. They have fallen with PSG and Napoli and there aren’t any easy games there. While PSG are probably going to be strong enough to top the pile, it’s a coin toss pretty much between Liverpool and Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli who will pose a huge threat to Liverpool’s plans.
Liverpool’s only previous clash with PSG was in the 1997 Cup Winner Cup. The two traded clean sheet home wins on that occasion. They have only been up against Napoli once before and that was in the group stage of the 2010/11 Europa League with Liverpool banking a solid home win after a 0-0 draw out in Naples.
Prediction: PSG, Napoli, Liverpool, Crvena Zvezda
Sometimes you get a group of death in a competition draw, sometimes you get a group like this which will raise very little interest. Porto may be worth a flutter to go and get themselves the group win.
Prediction: Porto, Schalke, Lokomotiv Moscow, Galatasaray
A relatively comfortable group is ahead of Bayern Munich and they are 1/12 odds-on favourites at Paddy Power to secure top spot* (betting odd taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:40 pm). The rest of the group are nowhere near up to their standards but it should be a scrap between Benfica and Ajax to get that second spot. We are sticking with Benfica.
Prediction: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens.
Manchester City will be laughing over this draw. It really couldn’t have turned out much better for them. The Citizens are joint outright favourites to win the tournament. Is anyone in this bunch likely to stop them from winning the group, which includes Champions League debutants Hoffenheim? No.
The Citizens have never met Lyon before, but they were up against Shakhtar just last season in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The two of them traded home wins, City losing on the road in their final group stage match after the group win had already been secured.
Prediction: Man City, Lyon, Shakhtar Hoffenheim.
Reigning Champions Real Madrid will be pretty unfazed by this group stage. Roma really is just about their only real opposition and the top two seeds are likely going to make comfortable work of getting to the knockout phase.
Prediction: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen
Not the draw that Manchester United would have wanted at all. Juventus look a pretty sound option to go and win this group and no-one is likely to take points off of them in Turin. Manchester United’s struggles have been clear this season and unless things change, they will get a big run for their money for the qualifying place from Valencia.
Manchester United and Juventus last met back in 2003 in the Champions League with United landing back to back wins over the Italiannis in the second group stage. Things are even with five wins each and two draws from all of their previous meetings. United have won four of the last six meetings though (D1 L1).
The Red Devils were up against Valencia in the group stage of the 2010/11 edition with the Red Devils getting four points on the board. Each of the last five between them have ended under 2.5 goals and United are undefeated in six previous Champions League games against the Spaniards.
Prediction: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys
30th August 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Newcastle’s fruitless season may well continue on the weekend as they face a tough trip up to the Etihad to face reigning champions Manchester City. The Magpies have just the one point for the season so far but this will have seen City get frustrated last weekend. They Citizens couldn’t find a way to put a win on the board against Wolves. Will they unleash a backlash on the Magpies? Read our Manchester City v Newcastle betting tips for more.
Man City 1/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
City probably would have expected to have had nine points from nine so far this season, but they were frustrated on the road at Wolves last weekend, settling for a 1-1 draw. That won’t bother them too much and there is a good chance of three points for them here. Given the number of goals that City have scored at home against Newcastle recently, it is no surprise to see a Manchester City 3-0 correct score option at the head of the market* (Betting Odds were taken on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.). That would be just the kind of response that Pep Guardiola would want from his team.
City’s one home game so far this season saw them bag a big 6-1 win over Huddersfield and the Citizens have won 17 of their last 19 home games in the top flight. That’s some record. There have also been over 2.5 goals in all but two of their last 19 home games. There’s more as well because they have returned at least two goals in seventeen of their last nineteen at the Etihad in the English top flight. So we are confidently going to go over 3.5 goals at bet365 for 5/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.). Sergio Aguero is still top scorer for them with three.
The Magpies haven’t had quite as much to celebrate. They have collected just the one point in the league so far from their three games, which was a 0-0 draw against Cardiff. They lost their other two fixtures, granted tough ones against Spurs and Chelsea by a 2-1 scoreline on each occasion. They were dumped out of the EFL Cup for the second season running in the second round by Nottingham Forest in midweek as well. Joselu has gotten both of Newcastle’s league goals this season and because of that makes the best option in the anytime goalscorer market for the victors. But are they likely to break down City?
Probably not and Manchester City to win to nil has to be considered at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.). Things aren’t quite right with the Magpies and they conceded 81% of possession at home against Chelsea last weekend. The Magpies have actually lost fourteen of their last seventeen games against City in all competitions. Last season in the Premier League Newcastle managed only a W4 D4 L11 record and the wait for their first win of this season may have to continue. Newcastle have scored just one goal in their last four away games.
Manchester City took back to back wins over Newcastle last season but the Magpies did make it difficult for them. Manchester City are undefeated in five games against Newcastle in all competitions now (W4 D1) and they are on a nine-match winning streak at home in the league against them. The Citizens have scored at least three goals in each of their last six league home fixtures against Newcastle.
It has to be a fairly comfortable afternoon on home soil against Newcastle. It is unlikely that the Magpies, based on what we saw last weekend, are going to come out of their shell. It could be an early test of patience for City, but the Citizens to win to nil is our leading Manchester City v Newcastle betting tip.
30th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting