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
The Red Devils will look to take more points towards locking down a second place finish in the league this season and with a place in the FA Cup Final, it’s not been all that bad on the domestic front. Arsenal are playing out their last season before Arsene Wenger leaves his managerial job with them. Can he go out with a bang by taking down his old foe Jose Mourinho?
Man Utd 4/9, Draw 10/3, Arsenal 13/2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:58 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018)
The Red Devils are back on league duty after their FA Cup triumph over Spurs on the weekend. Manchester United are W13 D2 L2 at home this season and their recent loss to West Brom there snapped a terrific five-match home winning streak that they were on. They have responded pretty well to that shocker against the Baggies. United look well set to claim second place in the league now and three points here would go a long way to achieving that. United have averaged over two goals per home game this term and their defence has been brilliant having conceded just the eight all term at Old Trafford. Taking Arsenals poor away form into consideration, Manchester United to win to nil is at 6/4 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 1:56 a.m.). The Red Devils have given up just three second-half away goals at home all season that’s how good they have been in closing out games. They have earned a clean sheet in 65% of their home fixtures. Only champions Man City have a better defensive record than United do this term. Romelu Lukaku is the 10/3 first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 1:56 a.m.) and of course this will be a reunion for Alexis Sanchez against his former employees.
The Gunners have had such a poor season away from home in the top flight. They have produced just a W3 D4 L9 record on their travels all season and they are currently riding a five-match losing streak (winless in six) away from the Emirates. That’s pretty shocking by their standards. Arsenal have lost three of their other four matches this season against the current top five (D1) and so that’s not a good sign for them. Arsenal have been level at the break in ten of their road games this season so a half-time draw at bet365 may appeal and United to be fair, have looked a bit sluggish early in games. Arsenal have not taken a clean sheet in any of their last seven road games and they have conceded an average of 1.6 goals per away game. They have shipped exactly two in their last two away games. 65% of the goals that Arsenal have scored on their travels have come in the second half of matches, while 65% of away goals conceded have been after the break as well. In the bet365 correct score market a Man Utd 2-0 and a 1-0 are both at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 1:56 a.m.). After a difficult season, Alexandre Lacazaette has scored in three of Arsenal’s last four games.
The Red Devils were 3-1 winners at the Emirates earlier this season and things sit even between the two clubs in their last five league meetings with two wins each and a draw. United are unbeaten in their last ten league home games against the Gunners though but two of the last three at Old Trafford have ended in a 1-1 draw. Only one of the last four league games between the two clubs at Old Trafford have gone over 2.5 goals.
Manchester United have been a solid, reliable outfit on home soil and they can get the job done against Arsenal as well. They just have a habit of getting those wins on the board and Arsenal’s defence, especially away from home doesn’t look strong enough to hold out.
27th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
One of these two Premier League heavyweights will be closing in on silverware this season with a success in this FA Cup duel. Manchester United have taken a lot of heavy criticism for their lack of performances this season but will still be a hard side to beat. Will the positive attacking momentum of Spurs be able to take down the Red Devils? The winner of the tie will face either Chelsea or Southampton in the FA Cup Final.
Tottenham 6/5, Man Utd 23/10, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho could then be dropping players who didn’t perform in that shock 1-0 home loss against West Brom in the Premier League weekend. This is Jose Mourinho though and it could all be mind games. The Red Devils are yet to concede a goal in this season’s FA Cup. They opened with a home win over Championship side Derby before easing past League Two side Yeovil. Then it was back to back 2-0 successes over fellow Premier League sides Huddersfield and then Brighton. So three of their four FA Cup games have ended in a 2-0 scoreline in their favour. The shortest-priced correct score option at bet365 for the game is a 1-1 at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:36 p.m. on April 18th, 2018). The Red Devils last got their hands on the FA Cup just back in 2016 with a 2-1 success after extra time against Crystal Palace. That leaves them just one behind Arsenal now on the all-time list of FA Cup wins with twelve.
The last time that Man Utd and Spurs were together in the FA Cup was in 2009 with manchester United taking a fourth-round home win 2-1 over the Lilywhites. There have been fifteen previous FA Cup matches between Manchester United and Spurs and things are dead even with five wins each and five draws. Both teams not to score at Bet365 for 3/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) has to offer some value as both teams have scored in just one of the last eight meetings. Of those, Spurs have won two of the last three meetings but the two of them traded home wins in this season’s Premier League. Three of United’s FA Cup games this season have gone under the 2.5 goal line and four of the last six meetings between Tottenham and Manchester United have produced fewer than three goals.
Tottenham have gone through two replays to get to to the semi-final. They opened comfortably enough at home with a win over AFC Wimbledon but then put in a poor display to draw 1-1 at League Two side Newport before winning the replay at Wembley. It was the same story in the next round as they draw at Rochdale before winning the reply at Wembley. They took a direct route of a 3-0 away win over Swansea in the quarter finals. So that’s at least two goals that Tottenham have scored in five of their six FA Cup ties this season. Harry Kane is 3/1 bet365 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds taken at 6:50 p.m. on April 16th, 2018) for the match up. Spurs are eight-time FA Cup winners, their most recent success though was back in 1991 and haven’t been back to the final since then. They will kick off as favourites to make it through this time.
Tottenham are the better of the two sides and with the familiarity that they have of playing on the Wembley turf this season that has to be something of an extra advantage for them. Manchester United aren’t likely to produce over the 90 minutes so look for the Lilywhites to win but for both teams to score.
18th April 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
The Cherries couldn’t handle the attack of Liverpool at Anfield on the weekend, but then again, who can? They are still well on course of a mid-table finish and will fancy their chances at the Vitality in midweek against a Man Utd side who lost at home against West Brom on the weekend. It was such a strange result from United, losing against the bottom side in the league after having just beaten the league leaders.
Man Utd 7/10, Draw 14/5, Bournemouth 4/1* (Betting Odds taken at 6:57 p.m. on April 15th, 2018)
The Cherries were blown away 3-0 at Anfield on the weekend leaving them with only the one victory in their last eight league games now (D4 L3). At home they have suffered just the one defeat though in their last eight games at the Vitality, winning four of those so it’s not been from them on the south coast. It is well worth looking at the half time draw cropping up here as Bournemouth have been level at the break in 10 of their home games this term including their last two. A half-time draw at William Hill is at 6/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:57 p.m. on April 15th, 2018). The Cherries have scored in each of their last eight home games in the top flight and have netted exactly two in six of their last seven there. The problems have been at the back though because they are without a clean sheet in their last eleven home fixtures which isn’t good. It has led to 75% of their home games this season going over 2.5 goals which is a pretty high percentage. Overall they have taken a clean sheet in just 12% of their home games. 72% of Bournemouth’s home goals have been in the second half of matches.
The Red Devils lost at home against West Brom on the weekend in a strange result. With spirits high after beating Manchester City, United just went back into their shell, looked pretty lifeless and suffered the consequences. Away from home United are W9 D3 L4 for the season and have won their last two on the road at Crystal Palace and then that epic comeback at the Etihad. They have actually not managed to pick up a clean sheet in any of their last four away games so both teams to score at William Hill for 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:57 p.m. on April 15th, 2018) may be worth a flutter. They have averaged 1.75 goals per game on their travels and 61% of their away goals have been after the half time break. They have actually conceded more goals away from home in the opening 30 minutes of games than they have scored. It’s just all very strange from United’s players who look restrained and resigned at times. Romelu Lukaku is the 21/20 anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds taken at 8:57 p.m. on April 15th, 2018) at William Hill.
The Cherries suffered only a 1-0 loss on their visit to Old Trafford earlier this season and that leaves them with a W1 D1 L3 record from their previous five Premier League games against the Red Devils. Both teams scored in four of those five meetings and from the previous two at the Vitality, it is one win each with both games going over 2.5 goals.
The Cherries may well have enough to rouse themselves for a good home performance in his one. They play with plenty of energy and pace, something that the Red Devils have been lacking a lot of lately. Draw.
16th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Well United set the cat amongst the pigeons last weekend in taking a stunning 3-2 victory at the Etihad against rivals Man City, denying them the league title, at least temporarily. They get back to home soil this weekend and they take on West Brom who are looking doomed. The Baggies are ten points from safety but dug out a point against Swansea last weekend to stop their losing rot.
Manchester United 1/6, Draw 6/1, West Brom 14/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:33 p.m. on April 10th, 2018)
That was some second half that Manchester United produced at the Etihad last weekend to beat rivals Man City 3-2. That moved the Red Devils out to a five-match winning streak in the league and in that sequence have now beaten Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City. So that’s some good results they have produced. Manchester United have scored at least two goals in each of their last five games as well and in the bet365 correct score market a Manchester United 2-0 option is at 9/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:55 p.m. on April 10th, 2018). They should be comfortable here as they have produced such a good season at home. The Red Devils are W13 D2 L1 this season at Old Trafford and are unbeaten in their last eight there, scoring in each of their last five (all at least two goals). United have averaged well over two goals per game at home this season and have conceded just the seven. So Manchester United to win to nil at bet365 looks a pretty solid option at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:55 p.m. on April 10th, 2018).
West Brom got rid of Alan Pardew and immediately picked up a point. That was at home against Swansea last weekend where they took the lead but couldn’t hold on. The Baggies are D2 L8 in their last ten league games, are still rooted to the foot of the table and ten points away from safety. There are only fifteen points left available to them now and the outcome of their season is inevitable. But at least they showed some fight last weekend. The Baggies have lost their last four away games coming up with only the one goal in that entire sequence. Overall their away record this season reads W1 D4 L11 and that lone win was in their first road game of the season at Burnley. The Baggies have produced only the eight goals on their travels this season and they are now without a clean sheet in any of their last seven. There’s just been no output from them and it’s hard to see them getting anything out of this trip to Old Trafford. Eleven of their eighteen defeats this season have been by a one goal margin only and they have conceded an average of 1.5 goals per away game this term.
Manchester United took a 2-1 win at the Hawthorns earlier this season and are unbeaten in three against the Baggies. United are only W1 D1 L2 surprisingly at home against the Baggies in their last four Premier League meetings there. Both teams have scored in just one of the last six clashes between the two clubs in the top flight. Five of the last six have ended under the 2.5 goal line.
This should be a pretty comfortable ride for Manchester United who do tend to blow hot and cold with their performances. They look strong candidates now for the second place in the league and they can collect three points in this one with a clean sheet.
13th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership 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
It is that time of the season once again, where you can start looking ahead to what may be to come next season. This year’s Premier League title has looked like a foregone conclusion for most of the way, with Manchester City running rampant. While we still have the rest of the domestic action, the Champions League and of course the World Cup in the summer to think about betting on, City have been priced up as favourites for next season’s Premier League title.
Bet365 have installed Pep Guardiola’s men as the 4/6 outright favourites* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) to successfully defend their title next season. They have made it look so easy in this season’s Premier League, no-one even getting close to matching their power and consistency in what could be a record-breaking season for them that is it hard to see them having it all fall down anytime soon.
At those 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) offered by Bet365, it implies that Man City have a staggering 60% chance of winning the Premier League title next season as well. If they were to successfully deliver a title defence, then they would be the first team to do so since rivals Manchester United pulled it off in the 2007/08 season.
Manchester United have been priced up at 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) making them third-favourites in the title race for next season, which is only a 14% chance that they will top the pile at the end of the season. Things have turned a little bit sour under Jose Mourinho this season and could need a shakeup in the summer. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are sandwiched between the two Manchester clubs at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) which means that are expected to be City’s closest challenge.
But Liverpool could find themselves with a big problem on their hands in the summer and that is holding on to the free-scoring Mo Salah as clubs like PSG and Real Madrid are bound to come knocking on the door for him. It is hard to know what situation Chelsea are going to be in next season with rumours that Antonio Conte could be parting ways with the club after some setbacks this season. The Blues are priced up as 10/1 shots* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) to get the Premier League title next season and with Willian and Eden Hazard likely to be in hot demand, it could be a long way back to the top for Chelsea.
Once again under Mauricio Pochettino Spurs have been the epitome of style, but on top of their missed chances in recent seasons of winning the league and more failure this season in that regard, they have been priced out at 14/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018). But it is a lot shorter than the 25/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) that bet365 have priced up Arsenal at. to win the league next season.
Outside of the traditional big six, the ones deemed most likely to do a “Leicester” and pull out a surprise title are Sam Allardyce’s’ Everton at 200/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018) and yes, Leicester themselves at 300/1* (betting odds taken at 11:14 p.m. on March 27th, 2018).
28th March 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting