The summer festival of the World Cup will quickly fall into memory and now during the build up to the new seasons of domestic football across Europe, the club level action starts to swing into play now with the arrival of this summer’s International Champions Cup. This once again is a pretty big collection of top sides from Europe heading off to different parts of the globe to compete, if this makes sense, in a friendly competition.
Basically, there are 18 of Europe’s top sides taking part in this, but all teams only play three different matches, so it’s not a massive round robin affair where everybody plays everybody else. The eighteen sides are then ranked at the end of the matches to see who is going to be crowned champions. It’s all totally meaningless of course, but it does see big clubs going up against each other which is always a crowd pleaser. A lot of the faces that are taking part in the International Champions Cup will be showing up in the Champions League next season.
This year’s International Champions Cup is being played in three different zones, the USA, Europe and out in Singapore. The bulk of the action is a big money spinner coming from the USA. Singapore is hosting just the two matches which are Atletico Madrid v Arsenal and then Arsenal v PSG. In total there will be 27 matches in total to look at for your International Champions Cup 2018 betting.
England: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham
France: PSG, Lyon (Lyon came in to replace Sevilla who withdrew)
Germany: Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund
Italy: Inter Milan, Juventus, Milan, Roma
Spain: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid
It is really barely worth raising any interest in the outright winner market for the International Champions Cup 2018. You have just three games for each team and different teams are playing teams of varying quality and this will just be training exercises more than anything. So you’re better off just staying focused on the outcome of the individual matches instead for your International Champions Cup betting odds.
All of the matches at the International Champions Cup will be played from July 20th through to August 12th. Even though that coincides with the start of the English Premier League, mainland Europe starts their campaigns later than England.
July 20th, 2018
Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund
July 21, 2018
Bayern Munich v PSG
July 22, 2018
Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund
July 25th, 2018
Borussia Dortmund v Benfica
Manchester City v Liverpool
Roma v Tottenham
Milan v Manchester United
July 26th, 2018
Atletico Madrid v Arsenal
July 28th, 2018
Arsenal v PSG
Benfica v Juventus
Chelsea v Inter Milan
Manchester United v Liverpool
Bayern Munich v Manchester City
Barcelona v Tottenham
July 30th, 2018
PSG v Atletico Madrid
July 31st, 2018
Barcelona v Roma
August 1st, 2018
Arsenal v Chelsea
Benfica v Lyon
August 4th, 2018
Milan v Lyon
Real Madrid Juventus
Milan v Barcelona
August 7th, 2018
Chelsea v Lyon
Real Madrid v Roma
Atletico Madrid v Inter Milan.
Within all of the action at the 2018 International Champions Cup, you will find big showdown, such as the feature of a London Derby of Arsenal v Chelsea and the North-West Derby showdown between Manchester United and Liverpool. That one is in Ann Arbor Michigan, while the London Derby is being played of course, not in London, but in Dublin.
This is the sixth edition of this tournament and as of yet, there have been no format the same from one year to the next. The old formats had champions of each zone where it was being played, so there was a North America and Europe Champion, for example, a Champion in China etc. The participating teams didn’t even play the same number of matches in some instances.
Real Madrid were the first ever winners, beating Chelsea to the punch in 2013 and then in 2014 Manchester United won with Liverpool taking the runners-up spot. Paris St Germain won it in back to back years in 2015 and 2016 and then Barcelona were crowned champions last season with Manchester City following them in second.
The 2018 edition will be the first one that is just one big table and the winner of that after three games each is the champion. There is not geographical champions to be crowned.
This tournament does, of course, allow fans to get a look at new summer signings that clubs have made and one of those will be Cristiano Ronaldo who will be turning out for Juventus after his big move. Fortunately, we do get to see him potentially take on his former club as there is a Real Madrid v Juventus fixture scheduled for August 4th from Landover which will provide some exciting International Champions Cup betting odds.
There is just no reasonable way that you can expect to pick out the winner of the International Champions Cup. But what the tournament does do is bring some exciting club level betting to the summer proceedings and it does fill a nice gap before the start of the European domestic seasons. So look out for some great International Champions Cup betting odds, not only in the match outrights but through other avenues as well.
This is a great time to relax and look at some live in-play betting on some big, albeit non-competitive matches, and get your eye in on the teams before the start of the new seasons. Perhaps you will see something that you like about a team and then go and back them for their domestic season for some silverware. There will be plenty of the usual submarket betting options available on all of these games at bookmakers, like the correct score, over/under, goalscorer markets, handicaps, accas and so much more.
14th July 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Southampton got the job done by collecting three points at Swansea in midweek which gives them a great cushion of a nine-point goal difference over the Swans. This was always going to be a tough finish for them and the job for them will not be to lose heavily. Manchester City picked up a win over Brighton in midweek in their final home game.
Man City 2/5, Draw 15/4, Southampton 6/1* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 9th, 2018)
Southampton are pretty much safe for the season. They would have to lose this heavily and have Swansea heavily beat Stoke on the final day of the season to take a tumble down a tier. The Saints are just W4 D7 L7 at home this season and they have won just one of their last ten at St Mary’s. The lone win in that sequence did happen in their last home match though as edged out south coast rivals Bournemouth at the end of April. Overall home and away the Saints are unbeaten in four (W2 D2) and they took a win of huge importance out at Swansea in midweek to put them on the brink of survival. Southampton have produced 20 goals in 18 home games this season and they will probably be thankful that Manchester City have already won the title and had their celebrations. That will increase the chances of the visitors being off-key. Just 29% of Southampton’s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals but as this is Man City regardless of their focus over 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 8/15 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.). Only West Brom have a worse home record than Southampton do this season and while a win for them is not too likely, all the same, they just don’t have to lose by much.
The Citizens eased their way past Brighton in their final home match of the season in midweek, giving Yaya Toure a good send off. The Citizens are W4 D1 in their last five games and their away form is a five-match winning streak. Overall their away record for the season stands at W15 D2 L1. The goals are still flowing from them as they have scored at least three goals in five of their last seven games played and in the bet365 correct score market a Manchester City 2-0 is at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.) the joint shortest-price along with a 2-1 success for them. Away from home specifically they have scored at least three goals in each of their last five and a Man City 3-0 is at 11/1 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:46 a.m.). Manchester City have averaged 2.4 goals per away game this season and they have been tight at the back with a clean sheet in 50% of their road games and conceding at well under a goal per game on average. They are unbeaten in six away from home and have scored in each of their last seven road game. City have already broken the record for most goals and most points in a single Premier League season.
Southampton did alright at the Etihad earlier in the season only taking a 2-1 loss but that is back to back defeats against the Citizens now in the top flight. In the last five Premier League meetings between the two clubs, Southampton are W1 D1 L3 against the Citizens. Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings and the Saints are W2 D1 L2 in their last five home games against Manchester City.
Manchester City are enjoying themselves still at the end of the season and will be relaxed enough on the south coast. Southampton basically just have to watch how many goals they concede on the day to just make sure of their survival. Away win and under 2.5 goals.
11th May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Citizens have gotten their titles celebrations out of the way as they received the trophy on the weekend. This will be their final home game of the term. So the party time at the Etihad may get extended a little further. The game itself doesn’t really matter at all with everything is done and dusted for these two. City are the Champions and Brighton did enough with a win over Manchester United last weekend to guarantee survival.
Man City 1/11, Draw 9/1, Brighton 33/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:06 a.m. on May 6th, 2018)
The Citizens were clearly a bit distracted on the weekend as they never really found their groove against a resilient Huddersfield at the Etihad, playing out a 0-0 draw. That leaves the Champions with a W15 D2 L1 record for the season on home soil. They are chasing records but they received the Premier League trophy on the weekend so it was more of a celebration afternoon than anything. City average 3.2 goals per game at home this season and with Brighton already safe for the season, then it will be likely that City steps it up again in this one. In the Coral correct score market a Manchester City 3-0 is at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:15 a.m. on May 7th, 2018) and frankly how many off days are they likely to have? The Citizens have scored 67% of their home goals in the second half of matches but even with that, they have been leading at half time in twelve of their eighteen home fixtures so far this term. Only three of their fifteen homes wins have been by a one-goal margin.
So Brighton are safe after producing a surprise home win over Manchester United last Friday. That was a massive result for them is it guaranteed their safety. It also left them unbeaten in three games and each of the games in that sequence were against current top seven sides. They haven’t conceded in their last two games so maybe they can take some inspiration from Huddersfield’s performance on the weekend and scrap out something from this game. It is still a tough ask though and they have every right to relax now. They face a trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool next weekend. Brighton away form for the season is W2 D5 L10 and they are winless in their last eleven away from the Amex. The Seagulls have managed just the nine road goals this term and that’s it. A Manchester City to win to nil wager is at 8/15 odds with Coral* (Betting Odds taken at 2:05 a.m. on May 7th, 2018). Seven of Brighton’s nine away defeats this term have been by a two-goal margin.
Manchester City collected a 2-0 away win at the Amex back in August when these two came together. That was the first league meeting between the two clubs since the old Division 2 1988/89 season. Overall in the head to head between them, Man City are 9-4 up with five drawn matches.
Manchester City will want to sign off in style at home for the season and put an extra shine on the celebrations. It should be a win for the Champions and more likely than not it will be to nil as well with no pressure on Brighton to do anything.
8th May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Manchester City are closing in on setting more Premier League records for the most wins and the most number of points in a season. They haven’t let off the pace as they destroyed West Ham last weekend. That could be bad news for Huddersfield who go to the Etihad just three points above the relegation zone.
Manchester City 1/18, Draw 12/1, Huddersfield 25/1* (Betting Odds taken at 9:44 p.m. on April 30th, 2018)
What is there left to say about Man City this season? Nothing much. Since winning the title they have just gone from strength to strength instead of easing back. They have strung together a three-match winning streak, scoring twelve goals in the process. They are just out and hungry to break as many Premier League records as they can. They have already hit the 100 goals mark for the season and it’s likely that more will be coming on the weekend. In the betVictor correct score market, the shortest-priced option is a Manchester City 3-0 at 5/1* (Betting Odds took at 10:35 p.m. on May 1st, 2018) just to highlight how easy the bookmaker thinks this is going to be the for Champions. City’s home record for the season is W15 D1 L1 and they have averaged 3.4 goals per game at the Etihad this term. They have scored in each and every home game and 67% of their home goals have come in the second half of matches. Manchester City have been up 1-0 at half time in seven of their home games this term. 65% of their games at the Etihad have ended over 3.5 goals.
A bit of a thankless task ahead then for Huddersfield it would seem. The Terriers are just three points ahead of the bottom three heading into the weekend so could be in bigger trouble after this match. Their away form for the season is W3 D3 L11 so that’s not good to start with. They have taken one point from their last three on the road, which was a draw at Brighton in their last away game. The Terriers have only managed the eleven away goals all season and they have failed to score in 71% of their road games. Manchester City to win to nil is pretty much written all over this at 1/2 odds with BetVictor* (Betting Odds taken at 10:35 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). Huddersfield haven’t taken a clean sheet in any of their last fourteen away games but they have been level at half time in ten of their 17 games away from the John Smiths. That would be something of a success if they can get to the break level. 78% of the away goals they have conceded this season have been in the second half of matches.
Manchester City produced a late winner when they visited Huddersfield earlier this season. That was the first ever Premier League game between the two sides. They met in the FA Cup last season with City winning a replay 5-1. Those cup games were the first between them since meeting in the Division 1 1999/200 season.
It’s just all about the manner of victory for Manchester City then, just how many goals that they can stick on the board. They look full of energy still, powerful and most importantly of all, hungry. The Terriers may not get much of a look in, home win to nil.
3rd May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Hammers had a poor collapse at the end of their game against Arsenal last weekend and they probably won’t be looking forward to this one too much. The Hammers go into the weekend six points clear of the drop zone. The Citizens crushed Swansea with a majestic performance at the Etihad last weekend as they look to break some Premier League records.
Man City 1/3, Draw 15/4, West Ham 9/1* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018)
The Hammers looked on course for a point at Arsenal on the weekend before they collapsed and conceded three goals in the last ten minutes. That snapped at a three-match undefeated sequence of form that they were on (W1 D2). The Hammers have lost just one of their last seven on home soil in the top flight where they have posted a W6 D5 L5 record for the season. Their last two home wins have been with a clean sheet but even finding any way to win this looks to be a stretch. West Ham have taken a clean sheet in 38% of their home games this season but they aren’t likely to shut out City. But can they make an impact themselves going forward? Both teams not to score at bet365 is at even money* (Betting Odds taken at 1:44 a.m. on April 24th, 2018) and perhaps the safest option to roll with. Of the goals that West Ham have come up with on home soil, 60% of them have come in the second half of matches. Marko Arnautovic was on target again in the weekend and he is clearly their best route to goal. West Ham have already lost their other two games played against current top four sides and this is just likely to go the same way.
The Citizens romped to a 5-0 win against Swansea at home to celebrate their league title success but they want more, they want to set Premier League records. The Citizens have won their last four away games in the top flight, scoring at least two goals in each of those and they were spectacularly good on the weekend in beating Swansea. City have averaged 2.35 goals per away game this season and have given up an average of just 0.7 goals per away game. Manchester City to win to nil at bet365 is at 7/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 1:44 a.m. on April 24th, 2018). Their top scorer away from home this season is Raheem Sterling with a seven-goal haul so he is worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market. Manchester City have won 82% of their away games, that’s what the numbers stack up to and have scored in all but one of their road games. In each of their last five games home and away they have netted at least twice and in the bet365 correct score market a Manchester City 2-0 is at 7/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 1:44 a.m. on April 24th, 2018). It is party mode for them at the moment but they are still hungry for more.
Manchester City had a tight squeeze against the Irons earlier this season, winning 2-1 at home thanks to a winner from David Silva seven minutes from time. City are on a four-match winning streak against West Ham in all competitions and are undefeated in five. City have scored at least twice in each of their last five against West Ham, keeping two clean sheets in their last three against them. They won 4-0 at West Ham last season.
Man City don’t look as if they have any intention of taking their foot off the gas so expect a performance from them still. They are likely to crack West Ham’s defence easily enough so away win & over 3.5 goals.
26th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
It will be party time at the Etihad on the weekend as the Citizens can celebrate their title win. Manchester United’s loss at home against West Brom last weekend gave City the title in a bit of an anticlimax. Regardless, City will look to mark the occasion with another home win which could leave some pressure on Swansea who are just above the drop zone.
Man City 1/7, Draw 7/1, Swansea 14/1* (Betting Odds taken at 4:36 p.m. on April 16th, 2018)
The Citizens will get to celebrate winning the league title as they step out at the Etihad on the weekend. They probably would have liked to have been in a position of winning the league title with victory in this one, but that’s not the way it panned out. City were superb last weekend in landing a 3-1 win at Spurs, especially after the rough run of form that they had over the previous week or so. City’s long winning streak at home was broken with a loss against rivals Manchester United in their last home game, but that’s just part of a W14 D1 L1 record they have posted on home soil. The Citizens will probably look to enjoy themselves in this one and they have averaged 3.31 goals per home game this season. So a Man City 3-0 correct score option at Betfair for 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:36 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) isn’t a bad option to consider really. Either way, City are going to be value to back to win to nil, having conceded at under a goal per game on average this season. City have scored in all of their home games this season and 68% of their home goals have been in the second half of matches.
Not a great game for Swansea to face given their position in the league. They still have big relegation concerns and are on a four-match winless streak of form (D3 L1) after playing out a home draw with Everton on the weekend. Their away form isn’t great either with a winless streak of six going away from the Liberty Stadium. Overall they have only won twice on their travels this season (D6 L9) and they can’t really be expecting too much out of this one. The Swans have returned only 11 away goals all season in the league and 64% of their away goals have come in the second half of matches. They have at least scored in five of their last seven away games but it hasn’t been enough to get themselves the wins that they have needed often enough. At the back they have taken just the one clean sheet in their last six league outings home and away. They are going to be vulnerable here, especially given the occasion but they may well be able to keep the game under 3.5 goals which is 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:36 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) at Betfair. Following this they face Chelsea and then have to really put their survival stock in their easier three games at the end of the season.
The Citizens romped to a 4-0 win at the Liberty Stadium back in December and that is a four-match winning streak that they are on against the Swans in all competitions now. They are unbeaten in their last eleven Premier League games against the Welsh outfit and have won all previous six home matches in the EPL against Swansea. Each of City’s last three home wins against them have been by a 2-1 scoreline. Both teams have scored in eight of the last nine clashes in all competitions.
Manchester City will probably just go out and enjoy the smiles in this one. That could make them extra dangerous, because if they are relaxed and creative, Swansea could be in for a bruising afternoon. City to win to nil.
18th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Man City are going to have to wait just a little bit longer now to get the league title in their hands. They blew their lines at home against rivals Manchester United last weekend. This is no easy game for them either so can they avoid losing back to back league fixtures? Spurs are still buzzing along on a fantastic winning streak and won’t be fearing the Citizens at the moment.
Tottenham 6/4, Man City 13/8, Draw 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 11:22 p.m. on April 9th, 2018)
It has been imperious form from Tottenham lately who are on a six-match winning streak of league form. The goals are flowing well for them as well having netted at least two in each of their last four games. They haven’t picked up a clean sheet in any of their last three and keeper Hugo Lloris has been guilty of a few mistakes. Both teams to score at 8/15 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 3:50 p.m. on April 10th, 2018) looks like a viable option for this high profile fixture. The Lilywhites have superb home form, unbeaten in fourteen at Wembley and currently riding a four-match winning streak there with each of those four wins coming with a clean sheet. But this is Man City visiting so in the bet365 correct score market a Tottenham 2-1 option is a good solid 10/1 poke* (Betting Odds taken at 3:50 p.m. on April 10th, 2018). Spurs really need the points to keep their top two finish dreams alive and it would heap more frustration on City.
The Citizens suffered that crazy 2-3 home loss against Man Utd last weekend. After sitting 2-0 up at half time, no-one saw that second half collapse coming. They were just 45 minutes away from the title and now they have to wait. Man City’s away form still makes for some good reading though as they are W13 D2 L1 for the season. The Citizens are on a three-match winning streak on the road, having scored at least two goals in each of those wins and conceding just the one goal in total. Manchester City have produced 37 in their 16 away games this season and have conceded just the eleven. They have scored in each of their last five away games. The two losses that they suffered in the top flight this season, their victors needed at least three goals to topple them. That says a lot about City. Over 3.5 goals at bet365 is at 6/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:50 p.m. on April 10th, 2018) and worth a look. More than half of City’s away victories in the Premier League this season have been by a margin of at least two goals.
Man City romped to a 4-1 home success over Spurs earlier in the season. That snapped a four-match winless streak of form that they were on against Spurs though (D1 L3). So Spurs are ahead in the recent head to head meetings and the Lilywhites, albeit at White Hart Lane, have won their last two home league fixtures against the Citizens. Six of the last nine have produced at least four goals.
Tottenham to win: A win for Spurs could a least prolong City’s inevitable title just a little bit longer. City have been exposed recently by Liverpool and Man Utd and Spurs will know how to get the visitors rattled. Home win.
12th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Manchester City have taken a couple of physiological hits in the last week. First, there was their issues in the first leg of this quarter-final tie at Anfield, losing 3-0 and then blowing a 2-0 half time lead at home against Manchester United on the weekend, in their chance to wrap up the Premier League title. Manchester City look to be really up against it at the moment but an early goal for them in this one would probably blow the tie wide open.
Man City 4/9, Draw 15/4, Liverpool 5/1* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018)
So Manchester City have it all to do. They need a minimum of four goals and a clean sheet to turn this time around. In the bet365 correct score market the shortest priced option is a Man City 2-1 success at 15/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018) which doesn’t get them anywhere close to qualifying. A 4-0 win for them is at 18/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). This is only Man City’s second quarter-final tie in the Champions League, failing against PSG in the 2015/16 season. They have only played one previous European tie against an English side before, losing against Chelsea 2-0 on aggregate in the 1970/71 European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finals. City were on a 13 match unbeaten streak of form at home in Europe before losing against Basel in the last round. They had won their previous four before that. Overall home and away the Citizens have won six of their eight games in the competition this season. City have won only two of the six UEFA competition ties in which they lost the away first leg. Sergio Aguero is back fit and he is the 7/2 first goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). He has 15 goals in 16 games in all competitions in 2018.
It will be interesting to see how Liverpool handles this all now. Do they just try and sit back from the start and invite City on? Do they just go about their usual business which has served them well twice against the Citizens this season now? Liverpool are W5 D3 from eight previous two-legged knockout ties against fellow English sides. That having been said they have never won a European away game against an English side(D5 L4); their record against English rivals in Europe overall is W6 D8 L5. The Reds have won two of their four away games in the competition this season however they have collected just four wins in their last 17 European away games (D8 L5) so haven’t been great on the road. Liverpool are W29 L5 from previous two-legged ties in Europe when they have won the first leg at home. Four of those occasions were 3-0 home wins for the Reds and they won through on each of those occasions. Liverpool are a threat going forward and both teams to score is at 1/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). Liverpool have only failed to score in three of their last 21 matches in all competitions and their away record this season in all competitions is W12 D6 L5. They will wait on the late fitness fo Mo Salah who has 17 goals in his last 15 appearances for Liverpool.
The quarter-final first leg of this tie was the first time that Liverpool and Man City hade met in Europe. Overall on the domestic scene, the two clubs have met 178 times before with the Reds well ahead with an 87-44 head to head lead with 46 draws. Man City took a 5-0 home win over Liverpool in this season’s Premier League. But Liverpool turned the tables at Anfield when they met in January, becoming the first side to beat them in this season’s Premier League. There have only been two previous two-legged knockout ties between them (both in the League Cup) with Liverpool winning through on both occasions. As an omen, the Reds went on to the win the trophy on those two occasions 1980/81 and in 2011/12.
Does City have a mammoth comeback in them? The problem for them is trying to keep Liverpool off the scoresheet because they will be unravelled if the Reds get an away goal. City are good enough to get themselves the win but aren’t likely to deny Liverpool a goal so back a Man City to win and both teams to score punt.
9th April 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
This is it then. The Premier League title could actually be settled on Saturday evening if Manchester City do a number over their bitter rivals. That would just about be the cherry on the cake for the Citizens in this epic season of theirs. Manchester United are plodding along behind City in second place, but a long way back and short of inspiring performances at the moment it would seem.
Man City 8/11, Draw 14/5, Man Utd 7/2* (Betting Odds taken at 7:32 p.m. on April 2nd, 2018)
Manchester City’s form has been right on the money with a five-match winning streak going and unbeaten in eight in the Premier League (W7 D1). So they are motoring along once more and they have set up this opportunity to win the league title on home soil against their greatest rivals. The Citizens have posted a W14 D1 L0 record for the season at the Etihad and they are on a fourteen match winning streak there. 40% of their home games this season have been won to nil and Manchester City to win to nil at bet365 for this clash is at 2/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018). The Citizens have scored in all of their home games this season and 60% of their games at the Etihad have ended over 3.5 goals. But because Manchester United are likely to come and park the bus then this may well fade under 2.5 goals. Of the goals that the Citizens have come up with at home in the top flight, 71% of them have occurred in the second half of matches. It really is take your pick in the anytime goalscorer market with so many City players in great scoring form. Sergio Aguero tops the pile as 11/10 favourite with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018). The title is now within touching distance.
You look at Manchester United’s form in terms of results and fans can really have no complaints. They are on a four-match winning streak, but their style of play is what is not making the Old Trafford faithful very happy. They look pretty uninspiring. Still, they have scored at least two goals in each of their last three league games, which includes wins over Chelsea and Liverpool. They were home successes though and the Red Devils have lost two of their last three away games in the Premier League and the victory in that sequence was a tight squeeze against Crystal Palace. United’s away record this season is W8 D3 L4 but they have scored an average of 1.7 goals per game, conceding just over a goal per game away from Old Trafford. So again, it’s not bad. The Red Devils have collected only the one clean sheet in their last five league outings home and away now so that suggests vulnerability even with the brilliance of keeper David de Gea. In the bet365 correct score market for the Manchester derby, the 1-1 draw and a Man City 1-0 are joint 7/1 favourites* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on April 3rd, 2018). Can United temporarily at least, deny City the title?
The Citizens took a 2-1 win at Old Trafford back in December and that leaves with two wins in the last three league meetings (D1). There was a 0-0 draw in last year’s corresponding fixture and just two of the last six meetings in all competitions have made it over two goals. In the last seven Premier League meetings, Man City are W3 D2 L2 against their rivals. City have failed to win their last two league home games against them (D1 L1) failing to score in both of those.
City aren’t likely to blow their lines. The chance to win the league title against United. Expect them to be pumped up for this one and they should have a pretty good shot at overrunning their opponents as well. United’s levels of performance aren’t there and City can land a win to nil.
4th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This is the first UEFA meeting between the two English sides. Liverpool have already tasted success at Anfield against the Citizens this season in the Premier League, so will they be able to double up? Or will City be all the wiser for their mistakes in that game and have a better idea of how to handle themselves in this first leg? This has the makings of being an epic tie.
Man City 11/8, Liverpool 19/10, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 11:54 p.m. on March 30th, 2018)
This is going to get interesting then. This is the first time that Liverpool will have competed in a Champions League quarter-final in nine years. This will be the 17th all-English clash in UEFA Competitions and Liverpool have been involved in ten of those such is their rich history. The Reds were up against Porto in the round of sixteen and won the tie in the first leg away from home posting a 5-0 victory. They played out a 0-0 draw back at Anfield. Liverpool are W3 D2 from their five Champions League home games this season, scoring sixteen goals in that sequence. Goals will be expected in this but probably not as many as the seven-goal thriller between them at Anfield in January which Liverpool won 4-3. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 is probably going to get a lot of backing in this one and that is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). This is probably going to be more tense and cautious with a lot more at stake.
The Reds have won nine of their previous 13 European Cup quarter-finals and of their eight previous two-legged ties against English opposition, Liverpool are W5 L3. Overall Liverpool’s record against English clubs in Europe is W5 D8 L5 with all five of those wins coming at home (D3 L1). So looking at that stay, Liverpool are going to have to produce a lead to try and defend in the second leg or it’s going to be tough for them. In the bet365 correct score market, the shortest priced option is a 1-1 draw at 11/2 with a 2-1 victory for Man City following at 17/2* (all Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). The Reds are unbeaten in their last fourteen European home games (W9 D5).
Manchester City are making just their second appearance in the Champions League quarter finals. They lost 3-2 on aggregate to PSG in the 2015/16 campaign in their only previous visit. They have only once before met a fellow English side in Europe and that ended in two 1-0 defeats against Chelsea in the 1970/71 European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final. In this season’s Champions League group stage, City cruised to wins in each of their opening five games before losing what was a dead rubber for them at Shakhtar Donetsk on match day six. In each of their three road victories this season in the competition, City have scored exactly four goals. That’s the attacking threat that they carry. Last season they didn’t win one single away game, so there’s a vast improvement. Sergio Aguero is the 4/1 first goalscorer favourite at bet365 after his prolific 2018. City have the goals in them, will they be able to stand up to Liverpool better defensively this time around?
The Reds have won their last five at home against Manchester City, the last two being Premier League successes by a one-goal margin. Liverpool have stayed unbeaten on home soil now in their last sixteen fixtures against the Citizens in all competitions. They have won five of the last eight overall home and away against Man City in all competitions. Both teams have scored in just two of the last five clashes.
Manchester City just look to have the extra quality about them that should hold up on the day. Their loss at Anfield will have primed them much better for this Champions League attempt which will probably be a little more sedate. Look for the draw.
1st April 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting