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Middle East Leagues Expert reacted to StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Jul 18th - 22nd
Norwich vs Burnley
The penultimate games of the Premier League season begin on Saturday evening when already relegated Norwich host Europa League chasing Burnley in a 5:30pm BST kick-off at Carrow Road. The fate of the home team might already have been sealed but they'll still be keen to end the campaign on a positive with the away side desperate to gate crash the European qualification fight.
Norwich have been looking like a doomed team for a while now so the relegation that was confirmed the other week hasn't exactly shocked anyone. Daniel Farke's side are rock bottom of the English top flight and 13 points adrift of safety. The Canaries have sort of fizzled out as the season has come to its conclusion. I'm not sure if it's a damaged confidence level or just lack of motivation but it's now 8 league games lost in a row and only 1 goal scored during that time. That's a very worrying statistic especially when you consider how easily they strolled to the Championship title last season scoring 93 goals and even beat Manchester City at home by a 3-2 score-line earlier this season. Where has it all gone wrong?
Burnley continue to punch above their weight under the legend that is Sean Dyche. The Clarets are in 10th place and 5 points off the Europa League qualification spots with just 2 league games to go. However, with the FA Cup likely to see another European qualification spot freed up in the league there's every chance that if they win both of their remaining two league matches then they could find themselves in with a shout of European football next season. Just 1 loss in their last 14 league matches has killed off any brief concerns of relegation and it's now 6 league games unbeaten for the club.
I'm not expecting a thriller here. Neither of these teams are exactly prolific in front of goal. Norwich have failed to score in 7 of their last 8 league matches and less than 2.5 goals have been scored in 8 of the last 9 league matches for Burnley. I think backing the away win is the only option here and I wouldn't surprised if they managed to keep a clean sheet during the process.
Burnley to Win @ 2.30 with BetVictor
Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.72 with Sportingbet
Middle East Leagues Expert reacted to neilovan in Premier League Predictions > Jul 14th - 17th
The problem with this mini season is that it really like August and Sept at the beginning of a new season. You really don't know what will jump outta the box.
Feb, March, and April are great months for betting, as there is momentum, and you can see which teams are doing well and badly. Also the big squads have so many more players, and can rotate easily, while the smaller clubs are gasping !
For me the most amazing thing about the games under lockdown is how well behaved the players are. There is no "in your face", "screaming and carrying-on" nonsense. They just get on with the game and play. It is really refreshing and just shoves how fans rev these guys up !
Hopefully it is something that MUST become the norm in the future.
Not overly excited about any of tonight's games.
I think that Villa or Sheffield United could win away. I am probably taking both bets (singles) on low stakes for the away win. If 1 of them wins I am in profit, and if both lose, it's not a train smash.
Crystal Palace v Man United.
Can Man United stop conceding stupid goals? Realistically who knows. They do look a little unbalanced, with too much attacking prowess, and not enough defensive solidarity. For me Bailly and Lindelof are just not up to the task (thanks for buying them Jose). I would be selling both, and then getting Koulibaly. Alongside blockhead they would be rock solid.
But they have to concentrate on the league. They need CL football like oxygen. Who cares about the FA cup ? (just ask van Gaal) . If they get CL football, they keep Pogba as well. So they have to win here, and probably win big. If they can catch up Leicester in goal difference it could mean that a final day draw gets CL football.
United are 4 to 10 to win this game... which is ridiculously low and not worth taking. The fact that they are giving up 1st half goals makes the AWAY win HT/FT a risky proposition. I like the over 2.5 goals here at odds of 1.75 or so. I would almost be tempted to go over 3.5 or even go away win and over 2.5 goals.
Middle East Leagues Expert reacted to StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Jul 14th - 17th
Arsenal vs Liverpool
If one Premier League fixture has delivered goals down the years then it's Arsenal versus Liverpool. These two sides go head-to-head in an 8:15pm BST kick-off on Wednesday night at the Emirates Stadium. The home team had been on an unbeaten run of 4 league games before their disappointing 2-1 defeat to rivals Tottenham and they'll want to get back to winning ways here against the newly crowned champions.
Arsenal are an enigma in their own right with Mikel Arteta's side struggling to build any sort of consistency and mixing impressive displays in with underwhelming performances. The Gunners are down in 9th place and 5 points off the Europa League pace with just 3 league games remaining. The prospect of an FA Cup Semi-Final clash against Manchester City on the weekend could see Arteta rest players here knowing that qualification for Europe through the league is now looking unlikely even if they win here. An encouraging statistic is that Arsenal have only lost 1 of their 9 home matches in all competitions during 2020.
Liverpool have fulfilled the dream of winning a first league title in 30 years. The target now is Manchester City's record-breaking points total of 100 points for a single season. Jurgen Klopp has seen his team go three league games unbeaten since their hangover 4-0 defeat away to Manchester City. In all fairness, even Pep Guardiola admitted that result was likely because the Reds players had probably been drunk all week! Still, it is just 1 win from their last 6 competitive away games so something needs to improve and it does suggest they could be vulnerable here if their opponents put in a decent performance.
This fixture always has goals. The last 9 meetings between these games have seen 49 goals scored with an average of 5.44 goals scored in each encounter. Over 2.5 goals being scored has landed in 8 of those 9 matches so we know where the money is likely to be for this one. In terms of a winner, I still feel Liverpool are some way ahead of Arsenal right now and if the visitors don't add another 3 points here then they'll see it as a very disappointing result.
Liverpool to Win @ 1.91 with William Hill
Total Goals Scored Over 3.5 @ 2.50 with BetVictor
Middle East Leagues Expert reacted to StevieDay1983 in Serie A Predictions > Jul 11th - 13th
Juventus vs Atalanta
The Serie A title race picture is gaining some clarity as the weeks pass by and this match between league leaders Juventus and in-form dark horses Atalanta in an 8:45pm BST kick-off on Saturday evening at the Allianz Stadium could go a long way to telling us where the title is destined to end up this season. A lot of people are backing the away team to snatch something but is that just wishful thinking against a home side that remain the dominant team in Italian football?
Juventus sit proudly on top of the Serie A league table on 31 matches played with a 7 point advantage over 2nd placed Lazio. Maurizio Sarri's men had won 7 straight league games in a row before the unexpected 4-2 defeat away to AC Milan in midweek. That result has given the chasing pack hope that maybe the title is still up for grabs and it's not a foregone conclusion yet. Despite the midweek loss, the fact remains that Juventus are an impeccable machine on home turf. It's now 14 wins and 1 draw from their 15 home league matches this season so with the odds being offered on a home victory it seems rude to ignore.
Atalanta come into this game as the one team that might actually break that home record Juventus boast. Gian Piero Gaserpini has seen his team go unbeaten for their last 11 league matches including winning their last 9 straight league games and not even conceding a goal in their last 273 minutes of league football. They are the in-form team not only of Italian football but European football. Just 1 league defeat on the road this season shows they know how to get results on their travels. A main reason for this has been the 41 goals they've scored in their 15 away league games. That's 11 more goals than the next highest away scorers in the division.
There is no doubt that this game has the potential to be an absolute fire cracker. Imagine the scenes if Atalanta manage to win this one. It could blow the whole Serie A title race wide open if Lazio and Inter Milan both win too. I just feel the big difference in this game will be the natural born winners coming to the fore. I'm talking about one man in particular. Cristiano Ronaldo. He thrives on occasions like this and having scored 16 goals in his last 17 league matches I can see a goal from him being the difference, sealing a win for Juventus, and bringing the club a step closer to yet another Scudetto.
Juventus to Win @ 2.29 with VBet
Anytime Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo @ 1.85 with Betfred
Middle East Leagues Expert reacted to StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Jul 11th - 13th
Sheffield United vs Chelsea
The Premier League season continues to enter into its final days with another round of fixtures. One match that stands out for me this weekend is the 5:30pm BST kick-off on Saturday evening between Sheffield United and Chelsea at Bramall Lane. Champions League qualification is up for grabs in this one with the home side looking to reduce the gap between themselves and their opponents.
Sheffield United had looked to be stumbling since returning from the coronavirus suspension after failing to win three league games on the trot. However, Chris Wilder's men have now gone undefeated in 3 league matches including two victories. This run has seen the Blades move back up to 7th in the league table and to within 7 points of the Champions League qualification spots. It's still looking like a tall order to catch the top five but a win here could put the cat amongst the pigeons. United are unbeaten in 7 of their last 8 home league matches.
Chelsea appear to be getting better and better under Frank Lampard. The Blues had come into this suspension of the league with their place in the Champions League qualification spots in doubt. 6 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss from their last 8 league matches has helped to move them up to 3rd in the table and 8 points inside the top five. The 3-2 defeat away to West Ham was a gut-wrenching defeat but with the team bouncing back with two wins and scoring six goals it's clear that Lampard has picked them up from that loss.
An outsider looking in might see these two sides and immediately back a Chelsea win. We all know better than that though. We understand how tough and combative Sheffield United have been this season. I feel Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League. They're playing attractive football and credit to Lampard, he's getting the best out of his players. United might just miss out but they're going to give it everything. I feel a draw offers the best value here because the odds on an away win are far too short given how dangerous a proposition the home side will be here but I can certainly see both sides scoring.
Draw @ 3.95 with Unibet
BTTS @ 1.95 with Bet365
Middle East Leagues Expert reacted to StevieDay1983 in La Liga Predictions > Jul 3rd - 6th
Sevilla vs Eibar
La Liga enters its final few games of the league season this weekend and the focus of our weekly preview is the 9pm BST kick-off on Monday night between Sevilla and Eibar at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. This is a clash between two sides experiencing contrasting fortunes right now. Can the home side consolidate their position in the Champions League qualification spots or will the away team defy their tags as underdogs and snatch a win?
Sevilla come into this game in 4th place and 3 points inside the Champions League qualification places. Head coach Julen Lopetegui is set to lead his team to an improvement on their 6th placed finish last season. The club is currently on an unbeaten run of 10 league games but that has included 6 draws. The defensive side of their game has greatly improved this season with 7 of the last 8 wins for the team being with clean sheets. It's also 8 home league games undefeated for Sevilla.
Eibar are enduring slightly more troubling times than their opponents for this game. Jose Luis Mendilibar's men are down in 17th place but they remain 6 points above the drop zone. Only 5 league games are left for Eibar before this game and they have a game in hand on their rivals below them so it will take a big surprise to see them go down. Still, they'll want to secure their place in the Spanish top flight for next season as soon as possible. Just 1 defeat in their last 5 league games has them in good form for this game but that defeat was their most recent outing when they lost 2-0 at home to Osasuna.
OK, so even though Eibar have started to pick up points in recent weeks I find it very hard to see them getting anything from this game against a Sevilla team that look like they could really grow into something effective under Lopetegui. The home side know how to get the job done on their own turf and the visitors know they should be realistically safe now. I expect a convincing home win here.
Sevilla to Win to Nil @ 2.20 with SpreadEx
Sevilla HT/FT @ 2.30 with BetVictor
Middle East Leagues Expert reacted to StevieDay1983 in Super Lig Predictions > Jul 3rd - 6th
Kayserispor vs Besiktas
Our weekly Turkish Super Lig preview is coming up a bit earlier this week because I've managed to free up some time today to get it in early. The match at the centre of our preview focus is the Monday night clash between Kayserispor and Besiktas that is set to take place at 7pm BST from the Kadir Has Stadium. These two sides are battling at opposite ends of the table but both will want to take all 3 points.
Kayserispor find themselves down in 16th place and 1 point from safety. The good news for Robert Prosinecki's men is that they have this game in hand at home to try and climb out of the bottom three. Time is running short though. Only 4 league games remain after this so a win is key. Back-to-back league wins and 3 wins from their last 4 league games has helped to lift them from almost certain relegation to give them some hope of survival. Considering where they are in the table, their home record isn't too shabby either. They have the 11th best home record having only lost 4 of their 14 home league games this season.
Besiktas know the tough challenge that faces them. An in-form opponent that is fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table and experiencing some fine home form. Sergen Yalcin has led his team to 5th place and just 3 points off the pace of the Champions League qualification spots. That's a situation that has been helped by 2nd placed Trabzonspor being banned from European competition for two seasons due to breaches of UEFA financial fair play regulations. The team has lost just 1 of their last 8 league matches and that includes convincing back-to-back wins over Konyaspor and Denizlispor. One sticking point is the fact that Besiktas don't travel too well with just 6 wins from their 14 away league games so far.
The odds on an away win are uncomfortably low and given Kayserispor's recent form I wouldn't blame anyone for taking them at the odds listed. I just feel as well as the home side are playing it's always worth backing Besiktas to get a win. It's not going to be pretty but I think the fact they are so close to the Champions League qualification spots will be all the motivation they need.
Besiktas to Win @ 1.79 with VBet
Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.60 with William Hill
Middle East Leagues Expert reacted to StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Jul 4th - 6th
Manchester United vs Bournemouth
The Premier League is edging closer to its season end and as the games tick by the importance of games is growing for teams at the top and the bottom of the table. That's certainly the case in this game where Manchester United will look to give their Champions League qualification hopes a boost against a relegation-threatened Bournemouth side in this 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday afternoon at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have been in fine form since the restart of the top flight of English football. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen his United side move to 5th in the table having gone 8 league games unbeaten and 15 games in all competitions. This has included back-to-back 3-0 wins against Sheffield United and Brighton. Influential central midfielder Bruno Fernandes is quickly proving his worth with a number of dazzling displays in the middle of the park. One of the most surprising statistics from this run has been the fact that the Red Devils have kept six clean sheets from those matches.
Bournemouth are in a dark place right now. I'm not sure what's gone wrong for Eddie Howe's side but this season has been a difficult one. The Cherries are down in 19th place and could potentially be 4 points adrift of safety if results go against them this weekend. The heady days of just 3 defeats from their opening 11 league games seem a world away. The team has drawn 1 and lost 6 of their last 7 league games having lost every game since the return from lockdown suspension. Just 2 goals scored and 9 goals conceded in their last 4 league games shows you that the problems are at both ends of the pitch and with just 6 league games to go that's a very worrying state of affairs.
Every single bit of information tells us that this could be a painful experience for Bournemouth against a Manchester United side that are really stretching their legs right now. You'd simply be a fool to bet against United right now to the same degree that you'd be foolish to consider backing the away side in their current plight. I think a clean sheet United win seems to best option for this one.
Manchester United to Win to Nil @ 1.85 with Sportingbet
Manchester United HT/FT @ 1.80 with Coral
Middle East Leagues Expert reacted to StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Jun 27th - Jul 2nd
Brighton vs Manchester United
The Premier League game taking place tonight at 8:15pm BST at the Amex Stadium is between relegation battlers Brighton and Champions League hopefuls Manchester United. Both teams have their own motivations for this game and the result here could have a huge impact on how their respective seasons finish with every point now becoming more valuable than ever.
Brighton are in 15th place and 5 points above the relegation zone but with 6-7 league games remaining for teams there's still so much to play for. Pundits are suggesting 35 points could be enough to stay up this season which would suggest Graham Potter's men only need one more win to realistically secure their spot in the English top flight next season. A 2-1 win over Arsenal at home followed by a 0-0 draw away to Leicester shows this Seagulls side has bounced back from the break with a renewed vigour. It's only 1 defeat in their last 6 home league games.
Manchester United have picked up where they left off extending their unbeaten run in the league to 7 league games. This is a streak that has included 5 clean sheets. The 1-1 draw away against Tottenham was arguably fortunate but the 3-0 win at home to Sheffield United was an absolutely dominant display. These results have left the team in 6th place and 3 points behind 5th placed Wolves but they do boast a game in hand. Despite their decent recent defensive record, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have only kept two clean sheets away from home this season.
It wasn't long ago that this was the sort of game I'd be condemning United to struggle in. Brighton have started their league campaign well since returning to action but Manchester United did look hugely improved last week and find themselves in a rich vein of form. I think it'll be a closely fought game but I feel United have a few players hitting a purple patch of form with Bruno Fernandes remaining influential, Anthony Martial firing on all cylinders, and Paul Pogba now back fit. Brighton simply don't have the quality to match that.
Manchester United to Win @ 1.65 with Unibet
Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.80 with Betfair
Middle East Leagues Expert reacted to StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Jun 27th - Jul 2nd
Watford vs Southampton
It's a little bit confusing this week in the Premier League with the games spanning across the whole week due to the FA Cup fixtures being wedged in this weekend. One game that is taking place this weekend is the 4:30pm BST kick-off on Sunday afternoon between Watford and Southampton at Vicarage Road. Both of these teams have had their struggles with relegation worries this season but they'll be keen to secure their place in the top flight of English football as soon as possible.
Watford have had what can only be described as a disjointed season. Nigel Pearson is the third manager the club has had this season already and the club is down in 16th place and just 1 point outside the relegation zone. An awful start to the season has seen the Hornets fighting an uphill battle since the early weeks of the campaign but hope is strong amongst their fans that they can survive. Unfortunately, two league games without a win since returning to action has made it just 1 win from their last 9 league games. There is now serious concern that unless results improve then Watford will slip back into the drop zone. The shining ray of optimism is the fact that Watford have only lost 1 of their last 8 home league matches.
Southampton appear to be on the verge of sealing their place in the Premier League next season. Ralph Hasenhuttl's men are in 14th place and 10 points clear of the drop with just 7 games left to play. The Saints have returned to competitive action with mixed results having easily disposed of Norwich by a 3-0 score-line but then suffering a disappointing 2-0 defeat to an out-of-form Arsenal. The away form of the team has been solid with just 2 defeats from their last 7 away games. The incentive here for Southampton is to win and all but confirm their spot in next season's top flight.
Previous encounters between these two sides point to a specific outcome. Not only have 3 of the last 4 meetings ended in a draw but both teams have scored in 4 of the last 5 matches played between these clubs. It's too close to call based on their current respective home and away form too. So I'm going to follow the history and form books by backing a score draw.
Draw @ 3.26 with VBet
BTTS @ 1.95 with Bet365
Middle East Leagues Expert got a reaction from StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Jun 27th - Jul 2nd
I have small bet today on Aston Villa 0.75
I hope they can fight at home and at same time I do remember this Wolverhampton away from home against teams like Aston Villa Can even lose all the three points Hopefully
Middle East Leagues Expert got a reaction from StevieDay1983 in Quarter-Finals Predictions > Jul 6th & 7th
As Fan since I was kid , all the way I support England , hard to win this world cup for sure but I pray we beat Sweden and make it to last four at least , so no bet for me because all my emotions and nervous on England here
I had small bet On Russia 0.5 Only this Round
Middle East Leagues Expert reacted to neilovan in Premier League Predictions > Oct 28th - 30th
Leicester v Everton
Keoman fired - Puel Hired ! bet reviewed
Will David Unsworth have a positive effect on Everton ? Probable answer is yes, but ... how much? Unsworth Quote ... "I'm proud of the performance, they were terrific " after loss to Chelsea 2nd team. What nonsense, to be proud of defeat ! Played against a Chelsea 2nd line-up and lost.
So Southampton finished 8th last season under Puel. The fact is that with 46 points, they were closer to relegation that the top 7. Everton were 7th in the league with 61 points. They played a dour, dull brand of football, winning just 6 games in 19 at home. Only Middlesbrough and Sunderland won fewer home league games. They scored just 17 goals at home all season, only Sunderland scored fewer (16).
Everton are just atrocious. I am totally surprised by their form, and the way in which they are playing. I never expected it this season. I have watched them 5 times this season and they have been awful in almost every game. Forget the fact that they never replaced Lukaku. They should still have defensive structure ! Be boring, and draw a game 0-0. Once in a while, win 1-0. Just don't get thrashed 4 or 5 every week !
Can they get anything at Leicester ? I am not sure. They have no away form, not winning a league game in their last 10 away days. Picking up 4 points from a possible 30 is terrible.
Leicester, have 1 win under the caretaker manager. Under Puel it will probably be 2
Home Win - Odds 2.4
Middle East Leagues Expert reacted to neilovan in Premier League Predictions > Oct 14th - 16th
Watford v Arsenal Sat 2017-10-14
For me the jury is still out on Arsenal, especially on the road. Played 3 won 0, no goals scored. More damning is that they have not won a 1/2 (1st or 2nd) away from home, in any league game played this season.
They just came off two relatively easy home wins (against Brighton and WBA). Brighton showed nothing offensively, and WBA on the road, under Pulis never play ! These are games that everyone expected Arsenal to win, so how much confidence do these wins add ? Probably not much.
Travel wise, it is an easy weekend for Arsenal (almost a North London derby), but they are yet to show any form on the road. This is a team that has lost 6 of their last 10 away league games. They have managed to score just 3 first half away goals in 10 away games. So scoring, on the road is a problem !
Watford are somewhat of an enigma this season. They have also been poor in front of goal in recent home games. They have failed to score in 4 of their last 5 home games (opponents have been tough, and against Brighton had a man sent off).
Arsenal beat the poorish teams relatively easily. But somehow, they don't have the right balance/tactics/formation against decent teams that will sit in and defend. This could be a potentially frustrating afternoon for Arsenal.
Can Arsenal win this game ? I am not convinced. Watford got hammered by Man City, but they should be competitive here. Arsenal are miles away from Man City at the moment. It should be a more realistic challenge for Watford, and they could cause a shock here !
Another factor in this game is Chile's failure to get to the word cup. Sanchez will not be mentally ready for this game. It is a massive disappointment that could take a few weeks to get over. He probably won't start as his head is not in the right place at the moment.
Home Double Chance - Odds 2.25
Middle East Leagues Expert got a reaction from Simeon Borisof in 2018 World Cup Qualification African Section
In Africa I like some bets here
Morroco should win , -0.75 I like here as this mali team lost many power and Morroco play very serious and do or die game for them , they will put carzy pressure on Mali defense all 90 mintues , they must win at the end
Senegal -0.75 as well I like , best team in Africa I saw so far , many chances and score goals and very attractive side , this Faso team nothing special for me
Ivory Cost DNB worth bet here too , I saw Gabon many times , you feel they dont care at all even they play at home
South Africa DNB , despite they boring side to watch but they know at the end how to NOT lose and win maybe even and they have big chances here away from home
Middle East Leagues Expert got a reaction from StevieDay1983 in 2018 World Cup Qualification Asian Section
Korea will do all they can to defeat Iran , both teams miss some experience players , Iran will use some youth players for first time
I dont personally trust South Korea , true the game not important for Iran but I know how good they will fight in this game
Syria called very good players to play against Qatar , Syria will be good in this game but problem here they miss best defender !!
Qatar changed manager , but they called manager who live in Qatar and work there for last 20 years maybe so he know players good , hard game this , I expect both teams to score as syria have very strong attack and should suffer at the defense , while Qatar defense always bad and they can score sure
China at home with this master Italian manager wont lose this game but maybe end draw Im afarid , China DNB good bet , the Uzbeks changed lots and became weaker side away from home , generation change I think , Draw for Uzbek should be good
Japan game nothing to say here , I dont like and dont understand this teams mentality
after last night how this cows from saudi arabia lost from UAE who dont care I think better to be extra carefull in this national teams games , I feel some games NOT clean really
Middle East Leagues Expert got a reaction from Kunal888 in Tunisian league 15/8/2017
Stade Gabesien X JS Kairouanaise
Bet On Stade Gabesien -0.5
Stade Gabesien was the most busy team in Tunisia buy new good players before season start , they have target to go far this season , they have very good team and expert players and at home will be very hard to stop them .
On other side JS Kairouanaise sold many key players , add this those new players they bought wont be allowed to play today , they need some more time
this should be one side game from Stade Gabesien attack and attack , JS Kairouanaise will defend and waste time and try counters