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
Manchester City get another home fixture against Spurs after their midweek clash in the Champions League. Manchester City have to keep their foot on the gas in the top flight to keep up the pressure on Liverpool. Spurs though need the points to help them try and secure a top-four finish. Get set for another top clash. Read our Manchester City v Tottenham betting tips for more.
Man City 3/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 16th, 2019 at 11:57 p.m.)
The Citizens are on a huge nine-match winning streak at the moment in the Premier League. At such a crucial stage of the season, they can’t let that momentum slip at all. If this is a repeat of the thrills in midweek between the two at the Etihad in the Champions League then it’s going to be fireworks. The Citizens are on a seven-match winning streak at home in the league at the moment, continuing their sequence of having scored in all home fixtures played so far in the top flight.
The overall home form of Man City this season is W16 D0 L1. They have averaged 3.2 goals per home fixture this season and 82% of their home games have made it over 2.56 goals. 59% of them have gone above 3.5 goals. In total Manchester City have taken a clean sheet in 41% of their home games and they have conceded just the two goals in their last six there. Of their home successes, this season thirteen of the sixteen have been by a margin of at least two goals. City have been leading at halftime in 12 of their 17 home fixtures. The Citizens have also scored the opening goal in every single home game this season.
City took a 1-0 league win out at Tottenham earlier this season
City are on a three-match league winning streak against the Lilywhites
Tottenham are winless in four league games against City
Tottenham have won just one of their last eight trips to City in the league (D1 L6)
Spurs showed in their Champions League meeting with City that they can handle the Citizens. Spurs have won their last two league games, but are on a big four-match winless streak of form on their travels in the top flight. That has left their away record at W11 D0 L6 this season in the league. Can they rediscover their winning away form? Spurs have averaged almost two goals per away game this season in the EPL so haven’t been short of goals. 71% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals.
Tottenham have earned a clean sheet in 35% of their away game this season, but don’t have one in any of their last five on their travels. They will hope to be a lot tighter than they were at the Etihad in midweek in the Champions League. Four of the six away defeats that they have suffered away from home this season have been by a one-goal margin. Spurs have not drawn an away game this season. They have shipped at least two goals in each of their last four. Tottenham have conceded 71% of their away goals in the second half of matches.
Manchester City have to go for broke really in this one. When they are on their game, even the stronger sides in the league struggle to keep a tab on them. Manchester City have a lot to prove in this one, back them to get over the finish line with three points.
18th April 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
It is Spurs then who hold the advantage in this tie after a 1-0 success on home soil against Manchester city. Is that a big enough of a lead for Tottenham as they make the trip north to the Etihad for this second leg? Manchester City really have to raise their standards from what they were in the first leg. Read our Manchester City v Tottenham betting tips for more.
Manchester City 2/7
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 13th, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.)
Manchester City need to mount a comeback after losing 1-0 in London. City missed the chance to open the scoring in that game as well, Sergio Aguero missing from the penalty spot. This is Manchester city’s third last-eight tie in the last four seasons and last season they were dumped out at this same stage by Liverpool. So that is five games in Europe against fellow English sides that Manchester City have played and they have lost all of them. In those five games, Manchester City have scored just the one goal. City’s home record in all competitions this season is W23 L2 – winning each of the last 11
City have scored a big 6-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk and a 70 win over Schalke so far at home this season in the Champions League. They have totalled up sixteen goals in their four home fixtures so far in this campaign. The Citizens have won seven of their last 14 European games, losing six of those. At the start of the group stage campaign, they did lose at home to Lyon but won six of their next seven games before losing at Spurs. City have won only two of the seven UEFA competition ties in which they lost the away first leg. City are the top scorers in this season’s UEFA Champions League with 26 goals.
Things are even in the head to head between City and Spurs, both having taken 61 wins with 35 draws. In English domestic knockout football, Spurs have won nine of the teams’ 14 ties – including five of the last six. This is their fourth all-English European tie, their first in 46 years though. Their record from those previous ties are W1 L2. Spurs hold an away record of W2 D1 L1 in the knockout rounds of the Champions League away from home. They only picked up the two points on their travels in the group stage though.
In the last round, they secured a fantastic win at Borussia Dortmund to progress to the quarterfinals. Spurs have only won five of their last 19 European away games though (D7 L7). Tottenham have won 17 of the 19 ties in UEFA competition in which they won the home first leg. They will be without their talisman Harry Kane though who picked up an injury in the first leg and is likely to out for the rest of the season. This is just the second time in the quarterfinals for Spurs in the Champions League, their previous one being eight years ago. Spurs have won just four of their last nine matches in all competitions, each of the defeats in that sequence happening away from home.
Of course, there is going to be a response to Manchester City on home soil in this tie. They must have learnt lessons from last season’s failure against Liverpool and can step on the gas and edge their way to the match win in this second leg. Manchester City to win.
15th April 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Crystal Palace v Manchester City Premier League Preview, 14th April 2.05pm
After a midweek misfire in the Champions League, Manchester City make a tricky trip to Selhurst Park to face the Eagles. The Citizens are on a big winning streak in the league, but Palace are more than capable of pulling off an upset. As they did when they visited the Etihad earlier this season. Read our Crystal Palace v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 3/10
Crystal Palace 17/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 11th, 2019 at 3:44 p.m.)
Crystal Palace picked up three points last weekend with a 1-0 victory out at Newcastle. That leaves them with three wins at their last five Premier League games. Across their last 10 league fixtures, Palace are W5 D2 L3 so haven’t been in bad shape at all. They did claim a win in their last home fixture which was a 2-0 success over Huddersfield but that is their only victory in their last four at Selhurst Park. The overall home record of Crystal Palace this season in the Premier League is W4 D4 L8.
They have been a low scoring side on home soil in the top flight as Palace have scored just 13 goals all season. Just 25% of matches at Selhurst Park this season have gone over 2.5 goals. To their credit, the Eagles have picked up a clean sheet in 38% of their home fixtures. Of the four home victories that they have recorded, three of them have been by a two goal margin. Crystal Palace are currently on a six-match scoring streak on home soil and 62% of their home goals have been scored in the second period of fixtures. They have conceded 76% of their home goals in the second half of games as well.
Palace took a 3-2 win at the Etihad back in December
There was a 0-0 draw in last season’s corresponding fixture
Man City are W2 D1 in their last three visits to Selhurst Park
Both teams have scored in just two of the last seven meetings
Can Manchester City keep their momentum going? The Citizens are currently on an eight-match winning streak in the Premier League and they have won their last three out on the road. Their defence has really tightened up as they have conceded just the one goal in their last seven Premier League fixtures. This season Manchester City have won six of the seven away games against sides currently in the bottom half of the table, the one exception a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle. Manchester City averaged 1.9 goals per away game this season. They have scored 64% of their away goals in the first period of fixtures. Man City are on a 16 match scoring streak in the top flight.
In defence, Manchester City have conceded at an average of just 0.6 goals per away game and less than half of their away fixtures have made it over 2.5 goals. The Citizens have claimed a clean sheet in 60% of their away games, with both teams scoring in just 33% of their away games. of their 13 away victories recorded this season, only three of them have been by just the one-goal margin. Manchester City have been leading at the break in 10 of their 15 away games. Of the goals that Manchester City have conceded away from home this season, two-thirds of them have been after the halftime break.
This is a tricky game for the Citizens and last weekend against Cardiff and in midweek against Spurs, they looked really flat. There may well be a decent opportunity here for the Eagles to raise their game and throw down a serious challenge. Draw.
13th April 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Tottenham v Manchester City UEFA Champions League Preview, 9th April 8.00pm
This fascinating all English Premier League clash goes down at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. So this will be the first ever European game there. Will Spurs be able to land a positive result in this one? Manchester City are favourites, but they fell against English opposition in last year’s campaign. Read our Tottenham v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 4/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 7th, 2019 at 4:02 p.m.)
It was a pretty tight call for Spurs to just get out of their group in the first round of action. The only took one point from their first three games but then dramatically fought back to get through. In the round of 16, Spurs went up against Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham put on a fantastic performance in the tie to win 4-0 on aggregate. That put them through to just their second quarter-final appearance in the Champions League, their previous one happening eight years ago. From their two previous European cup quarter-finals, Spurs have won one and lost one. This will be the fourth time in European action that they have been involved in knockout tie against English opposition, Spurs going W1 L2 from their three previous such ties.
At home in the last round, Spurs claimed a 3-0 victory over Dortmund and that was their first ever success at home in a Champions League knockout stage match (D1 L2). In this season’s group, stage Spurs lost at home against Barcelona, before beating PSV and Inter. Their overall record against Manchester City is W60 D35 L61 in all competitions. Spurs are on a three-match losing streak against Manchester city so do have to shake off that run of form. Tottenham have only managed to claim four clean sheets in their last 15 matches across all competitions. Their form is not red-hot at the moment with just two wins in their last seven in all competitions.
Manchester City took a 1-0 league win at Spurs in October
The Citizens are on a three-match winning streak against Spurs
Both teams have scored in five of the last seven meetings
This is their first ever European meeting
Manchester City reached the FA Cup final over the weekend and with that their quadruple hopes are still up and running. Manchester City had a easy time of things in the last round of this season’s UEFA Champions League. The Citizens beat Schalke 10-2 on aggregate. This is just their third appearance in the European Cup quarter-finals after beating PSG in the 2015/16 edition and then getting knocked out by Liverpool last season. Manchester City have lost all four of their previous European games against fellow English opposition. In that sequence of games, City scored just one goal conceded seven.
Manchester City topped their group in first round of action after having suffered a home defeat in their opening match against French side Lyon. This season in their UEFA Champions League progress, the Citizens have claimed their two biggest European wins. They produced a 6-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stage and they took a 7-0 home win over Schalke in the round of sixteen. The Citizens are W7 D1 L5 in their last 13 European fixtures. They are W4 D1 L1 in their last six out on the road. They have netted at least two goals in each of their four away games in this season’s Champions League.
Under 2.5 goals at 6/5
Manchester City to win at 4/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 7th, 2019 at 4:02 p.m.)
Manchester City may just have the edge in this tie which is probably going to be another tight encounter between the two Premier League sides. Spurs haven’t been at their best for a while now and the visitors could sneak it by a one-goal margin. Away win.
8th April 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting