Manchester City will once again try and close the gap on leaders Liverpool to five points. They are back at home this weekend as they play host to Wolves. Wolves landed their first league win of the season last time out. Can they get anything out of this tough trip to the Etihad? Read our Manchester City v Wolves betting tips for more.
Man City 1/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 3rd, 2019 at 9.46 p.m.)
The Citizens collected a 3-1 win at Everton last weekend to move on back to back wins. They were challenged in the first half of that fixture, but then pulled away. The Citizens have scored at least two goals in all league fixtures played this season and have tallied up eleven of them in their last two alone. Their success over Everton last weekend was their 19th win in their last 21 league games. The Citizens have scored at least two goals in each of their last eight.
While they have come under some pressure defensively this season, Man City have taken a clean sheet in five of their last six home games. Over 2.5 goals has cropped up in each of the Citizens’ last eight league fixtures. The Citizens are W2 D1 at home in the league this season, scoring twelve unanswered goals in their last two there. There is an injury doubt over Kevin de Bruyne for this one. City will be defending an eight-match undefeated run against Wolves in all competitions.
City have gone unbeaten in eight games against Wolves
Manchester City took four points against Wolves last season
The Citizens have won four of the last five EPL meetings with Wolves (D1)
Just one of the last four meetings in all competitions have gone over 2.5 goals
Wolves landed their first league win of the campaign last weekend with a 2-0 home success over the ailing Watford. That was a massive boost for Wolves, who seem to be struggling to balance domestic and European action this season. The win over Watford leaves Wolves at W1 D3 L2 this season. They have managed only two points out on the road, those coming in draws at Leicester and Crystal Palace.
It has been four goals scored by them on their top-flight travels this season. Home and away combined, seven of the nine goals that Wolves have scored this season have come in the second half of matches. They are currently sitting on a six-match scoring streak. Not only is this one of the toughest away games in the Premier League, But Wolves have also only collected one victory in their last ten away games in the league.
Manchester City should be driving towards three points in this one. The attacking threat of Wolves hasn’t quite materialized this season on the domestic front. This is a game which they may just have to scratch off. Home win.
6th October 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Citizens took a comfortable 3-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk to open their Champions League account with. They will be looking to drive on to another three points in their first home game of the campaign. Zagreb also enjoyed matchday one success as they pummeled debutants, Atalanta. Read our Manchester City v Dinamo Zagreb betting tips for more.
Man City 1/14
Dinamo Zagreb 33/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 28th, 2019 at 1:17 p.m.)
In their last five Champions League matches, Manchester City have scored a total of 17 goals. On matchday one they eased to a 3-0 success at Shakhtar. The Citizens are now W8 D1 L1 in their last ten Champions League games since their loss to Lyon on matchday one last season.
They have won nine of their last sixteen in the competition, losing six. As for their home form in the Champions League, City are on a four-match winning streak, losing three of their last 20.
From their five home games of last season’s competition, Manchester City totalled 20 goals. This is their ninth Champions League campaign and still the title has eluded them. In all competitions, Manchester City are on a four-match winning streak, scoring a total of 17 goals. In all competitions too, the Citizens have suffered just one defeat in their last eighteen (W15 D2). They do have their injury problems at the back but the quality that they have in attack is just phenomenal.
This is the first meeting between the two clubs
Zagreb came racing out of the blocks on matchday one. Mislav Orsic bagged himself a hatrack as they smashed Atalanta 4-0. That was a big result for the Croatians because they wouldn’t have wanted to come into this game against City with no points from that opener. That was only their fifth win in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. That was their 37th match (D5 L27). So it’s not exactly a rocking record that they have.
Back in the 2016/17 season when they were last in the competition, they lost all six of their games. Before that win over Atalanta, they had been on an eleven match winless streak in the group stage fixtures, winning one of 27 (D2 L24). They are the reigning Croatian Champions and they reached the round of sixteen in last season’s Europa League. Zagreb have won five of their last ten European matches, which includes qualifiers. They started this campaign in the second qualifying round.
Manchester City are not likely to miss a beat in this one. While Zagreb had their big success in their opener, this is a different kettle of fish for them to deal with. Manchester City to win to nil looks a decent enough fit.
30th September 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Everton boss Marco Silva is starting to feel a bit of pressure after a home defeat against Sheffield United. Things are not likely to get any easier for him this weekend as they face up to reigning champions Manchester City. The Citizens will be coming back into league action after their 8-0 win over Watford last weekend. Read our Everton v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 3/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 24th, 2019 at 5:35 p.m.)
Everton took quite a bad hit last weekend. A 2-0 loss at home against Sheffield United. The Toffees had been on top for most of the game but were badly sucker-punched. That has left the Toffees with a W2 D1 L3 record this season. They did win their opening two home games, both of those one-goal margin victories over Watford and Wolves (the current bottom two). But preceding the loss against Sheffield United last weekend was a heavy away loss at Bournemouth
So in their last four Everton are W1 L3 in the EPL. That’s why Marco Silva is starting to get heavily backed to be the next EPL manager to go. Of the five goals that Everton have scored in the league, four of them have been in the first half of matches. After last weekend’s result, they have failed to net in half of their league fixtures so far this term. They have also gone without a clean sheet in four after opening the season with back to back blanks.
Manchester City won both league meetings in the last campaign
Everton have lost their last three against City and are winless in four
Both teams have scored in three of the last four meetings
Everton have won one of their last six league home games against the Citizens
Punters were wondering what would Manchester City do after their shock loss at Norwich on September 14th. Most will have expected them to beat Watford. Few would have expected the margin of victory by which Pep Guardiola’s men got the win. It was an 8-0 demolition job that City dished out to the Hornets. The game was over in the first 20 minutes as City were 5-0 up by them. That was without Raheem Sterling who was rested. Bernardo Silva was the star of the show with a hattrick.
Manchester City are W2 L1 in their top-flight travels this season. They took 5-0 win at West Ham and then a 3-1 success at Bournemouth. They then had that crash at Carrow Road against Norwich. But it’s been at least two goals scored by them in all three of their away games. They are now, somewhat ridiculously, averaging exactly four goals per league game this season. Of the four goals that they have conceded away from home, three of them have been in the first half of fixtures. City have opened the scoring in five of their six games and have been leading at the break in the same amount.
Everton aren’t quite there but it may just be worth backing them to get on the scoresheet at least because City’s defence isn’t great. Everton are just unlikely going to be able to match up to the scoring power the visitors will bring to the table.
27th September 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Manchester City were badly rattled by Norwich last weekend in a shock 3-2 loss at Carrow Road. The Citizens just looked short of a bit of effort in the game. They will want to shake that off with a big response here. Will the struggling Watford bear the brunt of the wounded Manchester City beast? Read our Manchester City v Watford betting tips for more.
Manchester City 1/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 19th, 2019 at 1:12 p.m.)
Well, what will Manchester City produce in this one? They looked a step short of their usual selves last weekend at Norwich. The Canaries were full of running and hassled the Citizens, and found out that just going direct at the heart of the City defence reaped rewards. Manchester City have problems defensively with only Nicolas Otamendi their one fit centre half. In midweek, City did ease to a Champions League win at Shakhtar Donetsk and looked back in their usual groove.
Man City have scored at least two goals in all five of their Premier League games this season (W3 D1 L1). The goals that they have given up though will really be nagging Pep Guardiola you would imagine. That’s one clean sheet in their last four. So far at home, this season City played out a 2-2 draw with Tottenham and then hammered Brighton 4-0. It is already an average of 3.2 goals per league fixture from the Citizens. Manchester City have dropped just two points in their last eleven home fixtures in the Premier League. In their last 24 at the Etihad they are W21 D2 L1).
Man City won both league meetings against Watford last season
The Citizens beat the Hornets 6-0 in the FA Cup Final as well
Each of the last six meetings in all competitions have gone over 2.5 goals
Watford are winless against since 1989
The Hornets would be happy with even half of the kind of form that Manchester City have produced so far this season. They have two points for the season, but the positive from that is that those points have come in their last two fixtures. There was a 1-1 draw against Newcastle followed by a 2-2 draw against Arsenal last weekend. That fixture against the Gunners was the first game back in charge of Quique Flores who replaced Javi Gracia in the recent international break.
Watford’s away record is D1 L1, the defeat happening at Everton. After failing to score in their opening two games, they have now hit the back of the net in each of their last three. Their defence needs sharpening up though with no clean sheet this season. Not a record that you in having to face up to Manchester City. Just to put this poor start into context, they are ten points worse off than they were after five games of last season’s campaign. Watford have lost five of their last seven league away games (D1 L1).
Manchester City really should fill their boots in this game. They need to shake that setback against Norwich off as quickly as they possibly can. There’s a good chance that they are going to get it against a Watford side who have had a porous defence this season. City should win by at least a two-goal margin.
20th September 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Manchester City are one of the front runners for the UEFA Champions League title this season. They have an away game in Kharkiv to start with as they take on Shakhtar Donetsk. City have won three of the four previous meetings. This is the third time in a row that the two clubs have been paired up in the group stage. Read our Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Man City 2/7
Shakhtar Donetsk 8/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 14th, 2019 at 5:47 p.m.)
Shakhtar Donetsk had a rough time of things against Manchester City last season in the group stage. They lost 3-0 and 6-0 against the Citizens. But it’s a new season for the Ukrainian champions so fresh optimism will be there. In last season’s group stage Shakhtar took just one win in the group, and their total of six points saw them finish third behind City and Lyon. They didn’t win a home game, losing against City but held both Lyon and Hoffenheim to a draw.
They dropped down to the Europa League and were beaten in the round of 32 by Eintracht Frankfurt 6-3 on aggregate. But their home form (although they don’t play at home because of conflict – they play in Kharkiv) is W11 D5 L2. So that’s a pretty handy record. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last nine European home games though. They have claimed just one win in their last nine European fixtures home and away (D4 L4).
Man City are W3 L1 against Shakhtar
Manchester City scored 9 unanswered goals against Shakhtar last season
Shakhtar are W1 L1 at home against the Citizens
The Citizens are in their ninth Champions League campaign and are still looking for that elusive title. Once against the English champions go as one of the front runners to be crowned Champions. They have made it past the group stage in each of their last six campaign. Last season Man City opened with a home loss against French side Lyon but still easily did enough to top the group at the end of the day. They were eventually knocked out by Tottenham on away goals in the quarter-finals.
It is eight wins in their last 15 European matches now for the Citizens (home and away) losing six of those. So it’s not a particularly great record to be fair. Out on the road, they have taken a W4 D1 L2 record in their most recent seven. Their two road losses in that sequence happened in England (against Liverpool and Spurs). They have been to Ukraine four times before where they have collected a W2 L2 record. The Citizens will be looking for a big pick-me-up after suffering a shock Premier League defeat against Norwich on the weekend.
The Citizens had little trouble against the Ukrainians last season and they probably won’t this time around either. It should be a fairly routine away victory for the Premier League club and they are worth backing to get it to nil.
16th September 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
The Canaries know that they could be in for a rough ride at Carrow Road on Saturday evening. The problem for them is that they like to play a good attacking game themselves at home. That is just going to invite pressure on themselves against a Manchester City side with so many players in great form. Read our Norwich v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Manchester City 1/7
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2019 at 1:16 p.m.)
Norwich boasts the worst defensive record in the Premier League. That’s not a great thing as they have to try and contain the top-scoring side in the division this weekend. Norwich are W1 L3 for the season and the defensive struggles are already pretty real for them. They have conceded at least two goals in each of their four games. Their one success for the campaign happened at home against Newcastle.
Three of their four games played in this season have gone over 3.5 goals and that’s not an unreasonable proposition for this game considering the opposition at Carrow Road. Norwich’s main man up front has been Teemu Pukki who has scored five goals already and he was on target for Finland in the recent international break. 70%of the goals (7 of the 10) that the Canaries have conceded this season in the top flight have come against them in the first period of fixtures.
This is the first league meeting since 2016
Man City are unbeaten in their last four league games against Norwich (W2 D2)
Six of the last eight league meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Norwich have failed to score in three of their last four against City in the league
Manchester City have dropped just two points from their four league games this season. That was in their 2-2 home draw with Spurs. It has been business as usual elsewhere from them. The Citizens are the league’s top scorers with 14 goals netted across their four games and they have scored at least three goals in each of their three victories. Their away record so far has seen them take a 5-0 win at West Ham and a 3-1 success at Bournemouth. Sergio Aguero is on six goals for the campaign.
Raheem Sterling is just one behind the Argentine. Manchester City have won 17 of their last 18 Premier League games now, with each of their last five going over 2.5 goals. The Citizens have scored at least three goals in each of their last three away games. They have also been winning at both half time and full time in all but two of their last seven away games in the league. Throw all that together with City having lost just one of their last thirteen against Norwich in all competitions, it’s not unrealistic to expect an away win.
Manchester City are the league’s top scorers and taking on a Norwich defence which has conceded more than any other in this season’s Premier League, the outcome should be clear. The Citizens should take three points back with them a win and a clean sheet.
13th September 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Citizens eased to a win at Bournemouth last weekend and that left them two points behind league leaders Liverpool. They get back to home soil this weekend for the visit of Brighton. The Seagulls haven’t been able to add another to win since that brilliant opening weekend result that they produced against Watford. Read our Manchester City v Brighton betting tips for more.
Man City 1/12
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
The Citizens were 3-1 winners at Bournemouth last weekend after making another flying start. They have scored the opening goal in each of their games this season within 25 minutes of kick-off. It has been a total of ten goals from City so far in this campaign, but Pep Guardiola will be scratching his head over the goals which they have given up. That’s no clean sheet in two now.
This is their second home game of the season, having played out a 2-2 draw with Tottenham in their previous one, despite controlling the game from start to finish. It is a four-match streak in the top flight (carrying over from last season) in which City have scored at least two goals. They have a bit of form against Brighton as well.
Not only have City won their last five games against the Seagulls in all competitions, but they have also been winning at both half time and full time in their last four against them. In total now in the Premier League, Man City have won 16 of their last 17 played. Raheem Sterling is top scorer for them with five goals, Sergio Aguero is hot on his heels with four. Kevin de Bruyne has also made four assists this season.
The Citizens won both league meetings and an FA Cup tie against Brighton last season
The Seagulls are on a five-match losing streak against City
Manchester City have won their two previous EPL home games against Brighton by a 2 goal margin
Sergio Aguero has scored in three of his four EPL games against Brighton
Brighton will be keen to stop their slide. That’s going to be enormously difficult for them to do in this game though. They started their new campaign with a brilliant 3-0 win at Watford, the Seagulls putting on a bit of an attacking show. They then followed that up with a 1-1 home draw against West Ham. Graham Potter’s men lost at the Amex last weekend against Southampton.
So they have been slipping backwards and this is the worst game possible in which to try and arrest a slide. Brighton have failed to win 11 of their last 12 Premier League games now, the one exception being that season opener over Watford. In midweek Brighton claimed a 2-1 EFL Cup win over Bristol City in which they gave some of their new signings a run-out.
In last weekend’s south coast derby loss against Southampton, Brighton had Florin Andone sent off, so he’s banned. In last season’s top-flight campaign, Brighton finished the season with a W3 D4 L12 record away from home. They averaged well under a goal per game on their travels last season, including a 2-0 defeat at Man City. They failed to score in any of their away games against the top four last term.
No point in looking at the match outright for this one. A win for Manchester City is predicted and it’s well worth expecting it to be a big one as well. They look sharp up front do the Citizens and will likely tear through Brighton’s defence. Look at the game to produce at least four goals.
30th August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Cherries have had a decent start to the new Premier League campaign with four points from two games. They will have a tough task on their hands on the weekend when Manchester City come for a visit. Only a VAR intervention prevented the Citizens from making it two wins from two for the season as they were held to a draw by Spurs last weekend. Read our Bournemouth v Manchester City betting tips for more.
Manchester City 2/11
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 20th, 2019 at 1.22 p.m.)
Bournemouth have made an unbeaten start to the new Premier League season. They have managed four points from their two fixtures so far. They will have been slightly disappointed with their opening home draw against Sheffield United though, because the Cherries had been leading in the second half of that fixture against the newly promoted Blades.
Bournemouth then managed to make the most of some defensive errors by Aston Villa to claim a 2-1 away win last weekend. So a pretty good start by Eddie Howe and his men. But there has not been a clean sheet for them so how are they going to stand up against the might of Manchester City on the weekend? This is where the season is about to get real for them.
The Cherries posted a W8 D5 L6 record at home last season but they lost four of their six fixtures at the Vitality Stadium against the top six finishers. One of those was a 1-0 loss against Manchester City. Three of the four losses which they suffered against the top six were by a one goal margin only. Bournemouth managed to take a clean sheet in one third of their home fixtures last season.
Man City won both league meetings against Bournemouth last season
The Cherries are on an eight match losing streak against City
Manchester City have scored at least two goals in 7 of their last 8 against Bournemouth
Bournemouth have never recorded a win against the Citizens (D2 L12)
Manchester City would have six points from their opening two games of the season were it not for VAR. The technology denied them a late winning goal at home against Tottenham for an accidental handball offence that nobody saw. Anyway that aside, Manchester City have looked very good once again this season. They opened their new campaign, which is another title defence of course, with a 5-0 away victory at West Ham.
They then looked to be on course as they dominated Spurs, but somehow didn’t manage to come away with the victory. Little adversities like that always seem to just push Manchester City on to even heightened degrees of brilliance. They will be keen to not let last weekend’s result affect them. Given that they have scored five away goals in one road game so far, they have every reason to be confident.
Manchester City earned an away record of W14 D2 L3 last season. They averaged exactly 2 goals per game away from home last term. Raheem Sterling has been their star performer in front of goal with four goals to his name already and the England forward is at 5/6 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 20th, 2019 at 8:15 a.m.)
This is likely to be a lot of one way traffic in the direction of the Bournemouth goal. Manchester City appear to be on their game at the moment, which is no real surprise. The Cherries haven’t made a bad start but keeping up with the Citizens is another matter.
23rd August 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
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