This late Friday night fixture starts the new Premier League season and there will be plenty of pressure on Manchester United. It hasn’t been the most productive or settled of summers for them but they are favourites to bag three points at Old Trafford. What will a spirited Leicester be able to pull off in this away game? Will they be able to disrupt Jose Mourinho’s men in this intriguing clash? Read our Man Utd v Leicester betting tips for more.
Man Utd 9/20
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 7th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.)
With little happening in the summer transfer market and Jose Mourinho having cut a disgruntled figure throughout pre-season, it will be interesting to see what the Red Devils produce on Friday night. United were strong at home last season in the top flight, posting a W15 D2 L2 record there across the course of the season, conceding just the nine goals along the way. It makes sense to have a look at under 2.5 goals with bet365 at 17/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 7th, 2018 at 5:12pm) as there may be a slow start to the season for them. Plus, five of their last six league games have been under the goal line. United also banked a clean sheet in 63% of their home games last season.
Not too surprisingly Romelu Lukaku is the 6/5 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on August 7th, 2018 at 5:12pm) as United will lean heavily on the big man for goals once again. The Red Devils won their opening game of the season last term 4-0 at Old Trafford against West Ham and have won their last three opening games of a new season in a row. The last time they lost an opener was against Swansea at Old Trafford in 2014. Overall Manchester United have gone undefeated in 34 of their last 36 Premier League home games.
Rolling over for their away from last season, Leicester have lost their last three road games in the top flight. They have shipped at least two goals in their last three away from home in the top flight as well. Right off the bat, the Foxes will not be at full strength for this as boss Claude Puel has said that Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy won’t be starting the game and one of their big summer signings James Maddison is a big injury doubt for them as well. After selling off Riyad Mahrez in the summer to Man City, they have brought in Rachid Ghezzal as a replacement, but he’s likely to be on the bench after joining late.
With questions over the weight of Leicester’s attack going into this one, Manchester United to win to nil at 5/4 odds with bet365 does appeal* (Betting Odds were taken on August 7th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.) in Manchester United v Leicester betting odds. Leicester posted a W5 D5 L9 away record in the top flight last season. They opened their account last term on the road and suffered an albeit thrilling 3-4 defeat at Arsenal. The Foxes are W1 D1 L2 in their last four opening fixtures of a Premier League season. With them not at full strength on Friday, they are going to have their work cut out for them.
It was a 2-0 home win that United rolled out in this corresponding fixture last season. They have gone undefeated in their last seven Premier League games against the Foxes now (W4 D3) and they have won five of their last six top-flight home games against Leicester as well. Both teams have scored in seven of the last nine meetings.
Even though United haven’t looked settled and Mourinho does have injury problems himself, we are still going to back the Red Devils to get a win for our Manchester United v Leicester betting odds. It is well worth backing the game to go under 2.5 goals as well. Leicester may just be too lightweight to cope at Old Trafford.
8th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Manchester United don’t appear to have had the most settled of summers and pre-season really. Not if the picture painted by Jose Mourinho is anything to go by. He has cut a disgruntled and frustrated figure for most of it. There has been little movement from them in the transfer market really which is a little bit of a surprise seeing as they have a considerable gap to close on rivals and reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.
Last season ended up being a season of function over style and now Mourinho enters that strange third season period for his tenure at Chelsea. He was fired twice from Chelsea and once from Inter Milan in his third seasons. He is a short 6/1 price to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.
Still was a second place finish to Man City a bad result last season for the Old Trafford crew? They were the best of the rest behind Pep Guardiola’s men and this season they are the third favourites to win the Premier League outright at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm). Even if the style was missing, Mourinho still did a good job in that finishing position. United were very strong at Old Trafford as you would expect, winning all but four of their home fixture and one of the two home defeats they suffered was against Manchester City.
They only conceded nine home goals all season in the top flight, largely down to keeper David de Gea more than their defensive qualities. United are 5/2 in the Premier League without Man City betting market, behind only Liverpool* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm).
You get the feeling that some of their stronger offensive players like Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and to an extent Marcus Rashford would flourish even more if they were allowed to have a bit more creative freedom. It would be a surprise if Mourinho was suddenly going to unleash a full-force attacking formation.
But their one big summer signing at the time of writing was midfielder Fred whose job will be to allow Poga more of that freedom. But still, last season there were players there like Anders Herrera supposed to be doing that and it never really happened. So in terms of what they will bring to the table, what new things they will come up with remains to be seen.
Something clearly has to be done to try and reel in their big rivals Man City who finished 19 points clear of them at the top of the table. That’s an enormous gap to make up to the quality of the champions. Manchester United have a big goal scoring threat though of course in Romelu Lukaku who is at 8/1 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm) to finish as the Premier League’s top goal scorer for the 2018/19 season. With Jose Mourinho’s pre-season preparations disrupted by having to rest those players who were in World Cup action, United’s pre-season results were nothing to write home about at all.
Manchester City 4/6
Man Utd 7/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm)
Manchester United start the league season on Friday, August 10th when they welcome Leicester City to Old Trafford for the late evening kick off. The Red Devils are 9/20 odds-on favourites at Old Trafford for maximum points out of the game* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm). It’s not that bad of an opening sequence of games for United really as the only other of the big six in the league that will meet in their first eight games will be Spurs at the end of August and that one is at Old Trafford.
Much the same can be said of their end-of-season run-in as well. In their final seven matches for the season, they are scheduled to face just one other big-six side. So that is something that could help propel them towards their dreams of a top-four finish. Their big game within that sequence is the hosting of Chelsea on April 27th. The two key derby dates against Manchester City happen on 10th November at the Etihad and then on 16th March at Old Trafford.
It is probably going to be more of the same from Manchester United who we think will just stick with Mourinho regardless to the end of the season. We don’t see them doing enough in the transfer market to close the gap significantly to their rivals Man City at all, but they should get another top-four finish for themselves.
There is a temptation to push them on at a quote of 10/11 on a Top Three Finish in the Premier League for the Red Devils next season* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm). That may be the minimum from them in terms of success though in the league.
7th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Red Devils haven’t had a great time of things in the pre-season with a run of unspectacular results. Their most recent effort saw them crash heavily against Liverpool, but Manchester United have been far from full strength. Reigning European champions Real Madrid make their introduction into the summer action at the ICC.
Real Madrid 4/7
Man Utd 17/4
* (Betting Odds were taken on July 29th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.)
Manchester United crashed 4-1 against Liverpool on the weekend in a game where Jose Mourinho fielded youngsters for the large part. He is clearly annoyed about all this summer action and is really getting nothing out of it with the sides that he has been fielding. United are D3 L1 in their summer pre-season action and it has been pretty unspectacular stuff. Under 2.5 goals is at 27/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 29th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.) for the game and that looks a reasonable option. They opened their International Champions Cup action with a 1-1 draw against Milan and this will complete their interest before heading back to Europe. They will get one last friendly before the start of the new season as they face Bayern Munich on August 5th.
This is the first action of the summer for Real Madrid who haven’t played since their victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final back in May. They sold off Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in the summer which is the biggest transfer of the window so far. It will be interesting to see what they do with the money and they have already been splashing some cash in getting forward Vinicius Junior and defender Alvaro Odriozola into the club. How to they replace someone like Ronaldo though?
How do they transition into a new era? New boss Julen Lopetegui has a tough task on his hands there and so it will be interesting to see if we get any clues as to what he is going to do from his line up in this game. More impetus could rest on the shoulders of Gareth Bale. It is a tough game to call and there is an option of 8/13 on both teams to score at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken on July 29th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.). Real Madrid will also meet Juventus and Roma in the ICC.
The last time these two met was last summer in the European Super Cup. Real Madrid took a 2-1 win on that occasion and they have won four of the last six meetings between the two clubs (D1 L1). Both teams have scored in each of the last six competitive clashes.
We will just go with Real Madrid here because Manchester United for the large part looks totally disinterested in all of this and that is understandable. This is early summer now for Real Madrid as they look to forge ahead with a new manager and without Cristiano Ronaldo. We are backing the Spaniards for the win.
30th July 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
This is one of the highlight matches of the summer’s International Champions Cup. We get a big clash between these north-west giants from the Premier League and this one is being played out in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Both have already seen International Champions Cup action, United getting the better of AC Milan in a penalty shoot-out and Liverpool losing against Dortmund and beating Man City.
Manchester United 3/1
* (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 7:12 p.m.)
Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw with Milan back on July 25th out in Carson, California in their opening International Champions Cup action. These games go straight to penalty shoot-out if things are tied at 90 minutes and this was an epic shootout with the Red Devils prevailing 9-8 in the shootout over the Italians. Manchester United had players like Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling, Anders Herrera and Eric Bailly out in the action for the game as Jose Mourinho assess his stock ahead of the new term. You look at his game and you would expect the goals to flow with neither being at full strength really and therefore over 2.5 goals is at 13/20 for the game* (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 7:12 pm) over at bet365. There will probably be the temptation to go with a stronger starting eleven in this high-profile friendly. The Red Devils have been quiet on the transfer market front aside from being in Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester United’s final game of the International Champions Cup will be against Real Madrid on July 31st. This is their fourth pre-season game of the summer having drawn against América and the San Jose Earthquakes as well as that tie against Milan.
Liverpool opened their International Champions Cup campaign with a 3-1 loss against Borussia Dortmund, with some defensive howlers on display. But they responded with a good 2-1 success over Manchester City on Wednesday having fallen behind in the game. So, boss, Jurgen Klopp will have been happy with that. The Reds have been really busy over the summer. Not only spending a lot of cash in the transfer market but playing games too. This will be their sixth game in the month of July as they gear up for the new season (W3 D1 L1). Mo Salah and Sadio Mane both got a goal in that win over Manchester United, Salah getting his just after coming on as a sub and Mane getting his from a stoppage-time penalty. Salah is the 4/6 anytime goalscorer favourite for the game* (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 7:12 pm). Even though Manchester United are not the most expansive of sides, we are expecting a good friendly match up here and we will have to roll with both teams to score which is an odds-on price at bet365. This will be Liverpool’s third and final game of the International Champions Cup 2018.
These are no strangers to each other of course. Last season in the Premier League Manchester United got four points from their two games against the Reds and are undefeated in their last five competitive games against the Anfield crew.
This is a no-pressure situation and you can just see Liverpool relishing the atmosphere a little bit more. They have used some of their big stars already to great effect on the tour and we are backing them to get a win over the more conservative Manchester United side.
28th July 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
AC Milan were a work in progress last season on the domestic front and so this is going to be another summer of development for them. There were patches last term where they looked to be getting things together. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will be devoid of their main squad stars as their youth and depth gets a rare chance.
Manchester United 11/18
AC Milan 9/5
* (Betting Odds were taken on July 22nd, 2018 at 4:51 p.m.)
AC Milan finished down in sixth in last season’s Serie A. They did receive some good news in the summer that their European ban had been lifted, so can start looking forward. They are work in progress under Giuseppe Meazza and last season while there were some good pieces of the puzzle there, it took quite a while for things to come together. They really didn’t start producing until the second half of the season and they were nowhere near being in a title race. So it will be interesting to see what kind of steps forward they can take over the summer. More likely than not there is going to be a lot of youth out for both of these sides and under 2.5 goals is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 22nd, 2018 at 4:51 p.m.) and worth a flutter we feel. This is going to be a big summer for them and after this meeting, they are going off to meet Tottenham and then Barcelona.
So nothing too much happening with Manchester United in the summer transfer market other than the signing of Fred, a midfielder who is supposed to help Paul Pogba flourish in a forward capacity a bit more. They brought in a young left back Diogo Dalot as well and we do expect them to get the chequebook again over the summer, but it is hard to see them really making a big statement in the transfer market. Because of the demands of the World Cup over the summer, Manchester United’s main crop of stars won’t be out in action for this one. We can usually look at friendly matches and expect a degree of openness but we can’t help but see the appeal of both teams not to score at 11/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 22nd, 2018 at 4:51 p.m.) for this encounter. Manchester United have big games against Real Madrid and Liverpool coming up after this in the International Champions Cup. We aren’t expecting a full-force wide-open game here.
The last time that Milan and Manchester United met competitively was in the 2009/10 Champions League with Manchester United winning both legs of their tie. The overall head to head between them from competitive meetings is five wins each with no drawn match. Both teams scored in just three of those ten games.
It’s a shot in the dark but we are taking a punt on AC Milan. There’s no telling what the depth of these clubs are like and who they are going to use for this. AC Milan have a big summer ahead of them in terms of trying to close the gap on those above them in last season’s Serie A. Expect a positive display from the Italians.
23rd July 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
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
This is a final chance for silverware this season as Chelsea and Manchester United meet up in the FA Cup final at Wembley on the weekend. It renews the rivalry between Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and former Blues manager Jose Mourinho. Can Chelsea make amends for the FA Cup final loss last season against Arsenal or will they find Manchester United, who handled themselves well against the Premier League top six this season, too tough to break down?
Manchester United 8/5, Chelsea 19/20, Draw 11/5* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018)
Chelsea’s season really bombed at the end in the Premier League. After stringing together a four match winning streak to give themselves a chance of a top-four finish, they blew it in the end with a draw against Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge and a dreadful display at St James’ Park in the 3-0 defeat against Newcastle on the final day of the season. Chelsea have looked out of sorts for pretty much the entire season and haven’t been reliable at either end of the pitch. There are clearly missing out on a proven quality goalscorer and that could hinder their chances of trying to break down Manchester United’s defence. It is more than likely that Manchester United aren’t going to give up much space to the Blues and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018). The Blues don’t look confident at the moment to break down well-organised opponents.
There are times this season that Chelsea have looked really sloppy at the back. That having been said though they do have three clean sheets in their last five game. But in their final five games of the season they only managed to score more than one goal in a game on one occasion. In the bet365 correct score market the shortest priced option available is the 1-1 draw at 5 to 1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) but Manchester United one nil option is at 11 to 2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) and pretty appealing for this FA Cup final tussle. Chelsea’s FA Cup campaign started with a nervy battle against Championship side Norwich in which Chelsea needed a penalty shootout back at the Bridge to progress. Things got a little more comfortable for them in beating Newcastle and Hull easily on home soil but they needed extra time to get past Leicester in the quarter-finals. Chelsea took a 2-0 win at Wembley over Southampton in the semi finals but didn’t have things all their own way in that game.
Manchester United have taken a lot of criticism for their somewhat dull performances this season but by and large, it has been pretty successful for them. They locked in a second-place finish in the Premier League and have the chance to put shine on the season by winning the FA Cup Final. Manchester United have lost just one of their last 14 games in all competitions winning 10 of those so they are carrying some pretty strong form at the moment. They did finish the season though without their top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku, but the Red Devils are hoping that he will be fit to start at Wembley. United goalkeeper David de Gea won the Golden Gloves in the Premier League this season setting a new record for clean sheets. Even though the defence in front of him isn’t the greatest, he is certainly a match-winner for them with his form. Manchester United to win to nil at bet365 is 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on May 15th, 2018).
The Red Devils have had a pretty comfortable passage through the FA Cup this season which started out with a home victory over Championship side Derby. After away wins at Yeovil and then Huddersfield it was back to Old Trafford for the Red Devils as they beat out Brighton 2-0. So they made it through to the semi finals without conceding a single goal scoring at least two goals in each of their four games. They then went to Wembley for their semi-final game against Tottenham and the Red Devils were slight underdogs for the match given that Spurs had been playing their home games there this season. Manchester United though were the ones in control and they took the sting out of Spurs and produced a 2-1 victory for themselves. So that sequence of scoring at least two goals in an FA Cup game this season continued for them.
From the two Premier League meetings between Chelsea and Manchester United this season they both took a home victory and both of those victories were by a one goal margin only. They were paired up in the FA Cup last season with Chelsea taking a narrow home win over Red Devils. Chelsea have won three of the last five meetings with Manchester United in all competitions (L2) and each of those victories they won with a clean sheet as well. From the previous fourteen FA Cup matches that these two have contested it is Manchester United who are 8-4 ahead with the two drawn matches.
Chelsea have looked a real mess at times this season and were absolutely dreadful in their game against Newcastle on the weekend. Right now Manchester United are the more balanced of the two, so with Chelsea’s attack looking a little bit toothless at the moment Manchester United can take the win with a clean sheet.
16th May 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
The Red Devils haven’t put on a show in terms of performance many times this season, will they deliver an exciting afternoon in this final match of the season? There is nothing riding on it as they have finished second. Watford have nothing at stake here and given their poor stretch of form that they have been suffering this may not be a positive finish for the season for them.
Manchester United 2/11, Draw 6/1, Watford 12/1* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 9th, 2018)
There was another dour performance from Manchester United in midweek as they played out a 0-0 draw at West Ham. Back at Old Trafford the Red Devils have posted a W14 D2 L2 record for the season and they have won six of their last seven league outings there. They have scored exactly two goals in each of their last five home wins. In the bet365 correct score market a Manchester United 2-0 option is at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.). The Red Devils missed Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford no Thursday night and it showed as they created little behind the West Ham defence. United have averaged two goals per home game this season while they have taken clean sheet in 61% of their home fixtures. Will they be able to create without Lukaku though who has scored ten of his sixteen league goals this season at home? United do have the second best defensive record overall in the top flight and with that point against West Ham in midweek, they secured second place. They do still have the FA Cup final to look forward to.
The Hornets managed to snap their long winless streak of eight games (D2 L6) as they took a home win over Newcastle last weekend. They looked a bit better balanced in that one actually to their credit, but the Magpies were very poor. But that was at home and Watford’s away form makes for some miserable reading as they have lost their last five on the bounce and haven’t won in their last eleven on the road now. Wait, it gets worse. They have not scored in any of their last seven away games and Manchester United to win to nil at bet365 is at 11/10 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.). The Hornets have averaged under a goal per game this season out on the road and given their current form they don’t look a good option to go to Old Trafford and pick up three points. Of the goals that they have conceded away from home this season, 62% of them have been after the half time break in games. Only two sides have conceded more goals than Watford have done this season and that will leave them in jeopardy for this one.
The Red Devils took a good 4-2 win at Vicarage Road back in November and that is back to back wins over the Hornets now for them. United have won all four of their previous Premier League home games against Watford and the last three have been to nil. Home and away United have won four of their last five league games against Watford.
The Red Devils have had a good season at home and are likely to sign off on a positive note in this fixture. Watford have been poor over the second half of the season and aren’t likely to raise too much of a threat in a game of no meaning. Home win to nil.
11th May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Hammers got themselves a good win on the weekend out at Leicester which leaves them well within touching distance of safety on 38 points, heading into midweek action five points clear of the drop zone. Manchester United suffered a shock defeat against Brighton on Friday night but they still took a solid option to finish second.
Manchester United 8/11, Draw 11/4, West Ham 7/2* (Betting Odds taken at 00:06 a.m. on May 6th, 2018)
West Ham enjoyed a good afternoon at Leicester on the weekend, banking a 2-0 draw there which means that they are not going to be going down this season. That win was a good recovery after back to back league wins and it snapped a four-match winless streak that they were on. West Ham’s last two games are on home soil and their record there this season is W6 D5 L6 for the season. The Irons have lost just two of their last eight on home soil in the top flight (W3 D3) so it’s not all that bad. They have lost their other three matches against the current top four this season though and they conceded heavily in each of those. But they did also score so both teams to score at bet365 is at 3/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:17 a.m. on May 7th, 2018). They can relax a little into this one and just go out and try to enjoy themselves.
Despite their loss against Brighton last time out, Manchester United look comfortable for a second place finish in the table. The Red Devils are W7 L2 in their last nine league games and they have scored at least two goals in each of those wins. In the bet365 correct score market a Manchester United 2-1 win is at 8/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:17 a.m. on May 7th, 2018). Out on the road, this season Manchester United have produced a W10 D3 L5 record but they have produced a mixed bag of W3 L3 in their last six away from Old Trafford. They did again, score at least two goals in each of those wins. It may be worth having a look over 2.5 goals to crop up in the game as well. Surprisingly Manchester United have won just three of six away games at the current bottom seven in the league. You would expect more from them. Four of Manchester United’s six defeats this season in the top flight have been by a 1-0 scoreline and all but one of them by a one goal margin. They have averaged 1.7 goals per away game but are dealing with injuries to their front line at the moment.
The Hammers suffered a heavy 4-0 loss at Old Trafford earlier in the season and that leaves them winless in three against United now in the top flight (D1 L2). In the last twelve meetings in all competitions, Manchester United have a commanding W7 D4 L1 record against the Hammers. West Ham are W1 D1 L1 in their last three home games against Manchester United in the league. Both teams have scored in five of the last seven meetings but it hasn’t happened in the last two.
Draw: The Hammers may be able to scrap a point out of this. All the visitors need is a point to book the second place in the table, while a point suits the Hammers to get themselves safe at the end of the season.
8th May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Some Friday night Premier League action coming up from the Amex as Manchester United make the trip down south. The Red Devils collected a win over Arsenal on the weekend to strengthen their grip on second place in the table. Brighton have to survive just three more games to stay up, defending a five-point buffer between themselves and the drop zone. However, they are three immensely tough games.
Man Utd 8/13, Draw 11/4, Brighton 9/2* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 a.m. on April 30th, 2018)
So the Seagulls have a little more work to do, but the one concern is that they have such a tough end of season run in. They have to go to Man City and then Liverpool after hosting Manchester United in what is their final home game of the season. The Seagulls have drawn their last two at the Amex both 1-1 draws and the most recent one was against Tottenham. In the bet365 correct score market, the 1-1 draw in this one is at 13/2 odds while the Manchester United 1-0 is the shortest-priced option at 13/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 a.m. on April 30th, 2018). The Seagulls have collected a W6 D8 L4 record at home this season so it has been a pretty solid return for them. They have lost just one of their last six as well at the Amex (W3 D2). if they were to get anything out of this game it would have to be a low scoring fixture more likely than not. Under 2.5 goals should make for a decent props option and also the Seagulls have been level at half time in eleven of their eighteen home fixtures (eight of those 0-0 score lines) so that could be another option. 65% of the goals they have scored at home this season have been in the second half of matches.
The Red Devils got themselves a late three points at home against Arsenal on Sunday to leave themselves five points clear of third-placed Liverpool in the table and having played a game less than the Reds. So they are well set to finish as runner-up behind their rivals Man City. Manchester United have won seven of their last eight league outings now and they are on a three-match winning streak away from home scoring at least two goals in each of those successes. They do have just the one clean sheet in their last five on the road which is unlike them. United’s away record for the season is W10 D3 L4 and they have averaged 1.76 goals per road game. They haven’t drawn any of their last seven on the road and half of their away wins have been by a one-goal margin only. Manchester United to win by a one-goal margin at bet365 is at 5/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 a.m. on April 30th, 2018) and they are pretty much just winding down the season at this point. A win guarantees them second though.
The Red Devils have already landed two clean sheet victories over Brighton this season.They won 1-0 at Old Trafford in the league and then followed up with a 2-0 home win over the Seagulls in the FA Cup. The Red Devils are on a four-match winning streak against Brighton (although this season’s meetings were the first since the 1992/93 season) and all clean sheet wins. The overall head to head between them is 12-1 in United’s favour with five draws.
Brighton will have to bring plenty of fight to the table in this one, but it has been a long while since they have won a game. Manchester United have gotten back into the habit of winning games without playing particularly well. Away win by a one-goal margin.
30th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting