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Leeds vs Burnley
Over a long period during the past 14 years, this fixture has been taking place in the second tier of the English football system but on this day Leeds and Burnley go head-to-head as Premier League teams in a 12pm GMT kick-off on Sunday lunch-time from Elland Road. Can either of these two teams loitering precariously above the relegation zone take the win here?
Leeds are still keeping hold of their admirers for their bold style of high press and intense tempo but it's now 3 defeats in their last 4 league games after the 6-2 hammering away to rivals Manchester United last weekend. Marcelo Bielsa's team are now down in 14th place and 7 points above the relegation places. The Whites are hoping to have their defensive unit bolstered with a potential return of Diego Llorente but Robin Koch is still out injured and captain Liam Cooper needs to be given a fitness test after suffering a stomach muscle injury in their last game. Leeds games are certainly exciting at the moment with 22 goals scored in their last 4 games and the team getting off a league-best of 31 shots per game. They are also the only top flight team to face and take over 200 shots on goal this season. Their defence is the worst in the division though with 30 goals already considered. The optimistic statistic is that they are unbeaten against teams placed lower than them in the table this season.
Burnley are continuing on their resurgent run of results after beating Wolves 2-1 last weekend. That win made it 4 league games unbeaten to move the side up to 16th in the table and 3 points above the drop zone. The Clarets defence has been pivotal in this run having only conceded 2 goals in that period. Sean Dyche will be delighted with his teams effort but he faces an opposition that could arguably test his side's defence more than any other this campaign. The defensive record away has been impressive with the club keeping 4 clean sheets from their 7 league matches on the road. However, their record away against newly promoted sides can only be described as poor with them bagging just 2 wins from their last 16 encounters. Striker Chris Wood scored 24 goals in 44 games for Leeds before his move to Burnley... and you know what they say about former players coming back to haunt their old clubs? Could be worth an anytime scorer bet.
I think this is a game that could be a big challenge for Burnley. Leeds are rampant on the front foot and their 5-2 win over Newcastle in their last home game showed how they can dismantle teams when they get going. I'm sure Burnley won't afford them as much space and time on the ball as the Magpies did so it won't be a one-sided affair but I can certainly see why Leeds are the firm favourites. I think they'll have too much for the Burnley defence and I'm not sure Burnley have enough in attack to nullify that threat.
Leeds to Win @ 1.81 with SBK
Anytime Scorer: Chris Wood @ 2.78 with SBK
sajtion got a reaction from StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Nov 21st - 23rd
this weekend could be solskjaer last game in charge. i don't see man utd beating west brom. they are too erratic and west brom will have a plan
i will also be going with double on leeds and leicester to win and that should pay handsomely for £100 stake.
sajtion reacted to StevieDay1983 in L1, L2, & Scottish Predictions > Oct 6th - 10th
Fleetwood vs Hull
The international weekend means that the attention is away from the Premier League and Championship. It gives League 1 and League 2 a chance to take centre stage. The first game we'll be previewing from this section this weekend is the Friday night kick-off between Fleetwood and Hull at 7:45pm BST from Highbury Stadium. Can the home team upset the odds and take a win here?
Fleetwood come into this game in 21st place after only managing 1 win from their opening 4 league games. Manager Joey Barton was a controversial appointment for the Cod Army but came very close last season to guiding them to the Championship. An opening day 2-1 win over Burton led many to think this could be the start of something special at the club but 3 league defeats on the bounce has tempered expectations. A run to the EFL Cup 3rd Round and back-to-back wins in the EFL Trophy has meant that the Fleetwood faithful have still had plenty to cheer about. League form is in need of improvement though.
Hull are looking to bounce back up to the second tier of English football at the first time of asking. Manager Grant McCann has led his team to 4 wins in 4 league games to see them in 2nd place behind Lincoln with only goal difference separating the two clubs. An even more impressive statistic is that the Tigers are yet to even concede a goal in the league this season so far. Some would argue this is their biggest test to date with all of their games to date being against teams that aren't up there as potential promotion candidates.
This is a game that is finely poised to be a well-fought encounter. I know Fleetwood haven't had the best start to their season but they showed what they can achieve last season. Hull are setting themselves up nicely already and with a squad that boasts so much quality and experience you have to fancy them to earn promotion this season and I am anticipating them to get another win in this game.
Hull to Win @ 2.44 with Novibet
BTTS @ 1.75 with Bet365
sajtion reacted to StevieDay1983 in Championship Predictions > Jul 10th - 12th
Fulham vs Cardiff
The brutal schedule of the Championship continues tonight when promotion-chasing Fulham entertain play-off hopefuls Cardiff in an 8:15pm BST kick-off from Craven Cottage. Both sides are in the thick of the action at the right end of the table but after contrasting results during their midweek fixtures will either team be brave enough to come away with all 3 points?
Fulham had appeared to be running out of steam when they returned from the suspension for covid-19. Scott Parker's men lost their two league games after returning but it's been 3 league wins on the bounce since. This has seen the Cottagers move up to 4th in the table and just 7 points off the automatic promotion spots with only 4 league games remaining including this fixture. Just 1 goal conceded in their last 3 matches has been key to the team's recent results. This game will also see the club's top scorer Aleksandr Mitrovic return from suspension and looking to add to his 23 league goals scored this campaign.
Cardiff had been in impeccable form since returning to action. The Bluebirds had gone unbeaten before the midweek 3-2 loss at home to Blackburn but that defeat was a reminder that this is the Championship where anyone can beat anyone. Neil Harris will be disappointed with the sloppy goals his team conceded having previously conceded just 1 goal in their last 5 league games. Disconcertingly, Cardiff have a poor away record against teams in the top half of the table having won only 2 of their away games against sides in the top 11.
I know I say this every week but I'm not optimistic about this one. I'm not going to read into our away form against the top half sides too much because that form has greatly improved under Harris. However, it's an awful record and I feel this is a Fulham side that are starting to believe in themselves again. Cardiff will bounce back because one thing Harris has shown is that he addresses problems quickly. The only issue is that in doing that he can sometimes unintentionally create other issues. If I'm being brutally honest, I think we'll do well to get a point but I can see us losing by a single goal.
Fulham to Win @ 2.07 with VBet
BTTS @ 1.92 with VBet
sajtion got a reaction from StevieDay1983 in Championship Predictions > Jun 26th - 28th
i would definitely back barnsley to win despite millwall looking like they might secure premier league promotion. they have done me many times this season but this match means a hell of a lot more to barnsley as they battle the drop
charlton also has to turn up and beat qpr. qpr has had some great wins and some very bad losses but when it comes down to it charlton need the win more so i'm going with the motivation factor and backing the hosts get the win
derby is within a chance of at least play offs but if they lose this game it could be over for them or long way back to the top. they have to make sure of a win
sajtion got a reaction from StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Jun 27th - Jul 2nd
wolverhampton has been too good and too fortunate with results. i fear it may go against them here as strugglers usually are ones to ruin the party
i was disappointed with watford performance versus burnley. i thought they would fare better after burnley got trashing from man city. it seems the pressure is getting to them and not sure how they will handle southampton
solskjaer has done quantum leap with this man utd team and they are finally looking dangerous and capable side. i think norwich knows they don't have enough to stay up so man utd will win but should be careful not to take the game lightly
sajtion reacted to Magic0024 in Premier League Predictions > Jun 27th - Jul 2nd
Football Facts and Streaks regarding Premier League
Aston Villa have failed to win in their last 7 matches in Premier League.
Wolverhampton have been undefeated in their last 4 away matches in Premier League.
68% of Aston Villa’s matches had over 2.5 goals scored in Premier League.
26% of Wolverhampton’s conceded goals occurred in the first 15 minutes in Premier League.
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Aston Villa vs Wolverhampton
Doubtful: Danny Drinkwater (4/0 m), Frederic Guilbert (23/0 d)
Out (injuries/other): Bjorn Engels (17/1 d), Thomas Heaton (20/0 first goalkeeper), Wesley (21/5 f, 2nd top scorer)
Out (injuries/other): -
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Over/Under Goals Aston Villa
15 home games Wolverhampton
15 away games 80% Over 1.5 goals 80% 67% Over 2.5 goals 47% 33% Over 3.5 goals 27% 20% Over 4.5 goals 20% 7% Over 5.5 goals 0% 20% Under 1.5 goals 20% 33% Under 2.5 goals 53% 80% Over 0.5 goals at half-time 67% 47% Over 1.5 goals at half-time 33% 20% Over 2.5 goals at half-time 20%
sajtion reacted to Pep004 in Premier League Predictions > Jun 23rd - 25th
Manchester United v Sheffield United
Preview: Only 2 points are separating currently 5th Manchester United and 8th Sheffield United so we should have an intense match tonight on Old Trafford. The official referee will be Anthony Taylor who usually likes to show a high number of cards. The weather in Manchester is sunny so the pitch condition will be good, but it will be quite warm as 27°C is predicted around 20:00.
Manchester with Ole Gunnar Solskjear had plenty of ups and downs this season but they are still aiming for the top 4 and the Champions League in the next season. To reach that, they will have to close the gap with 4th Chelsea who are 4 points in front of them. To do that, they have undoubtedly win this match against Sheffield who are doing surprisingly good this season. Pogba was one of the brightest individuals in the second half against Tottenham last Friday, and I expect the French midfielder to come back in the first XI which means Ole will probably drop the young McTominay or change the formation, which I think won’t happen. I believe Man U remembers how they were 2-0 down in the first match on Bramall Lane and I expect them to start way more serious from the first minute here. Solskjaer has almost no injury issues and except maybe Lindelof who had a minor injury against Tottenham, he has all important players available.
Sheffield absolutely surprised everyone with the current 8th place but with 44 points, they are only 7 points above the 14th Southampton. Without doubt, they can be relaxed as there is no chance they will find themselves in the relegation battle, but the income if you finish 8th or 14th is not the same, moreover however it sounds funny when you see teams like Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham, Wolverhampton, around, they theoretically still have chances to reach European spots for the next season. Chris Wilder has few more issues than his colleague on the other bench, as he can not count on the first goalkeeper Henderson (loaned from Manchester United), and suspended fullback Egan. Moreover, the fitness status of central defender O’Connell who missed the first two fixtures of Sheffield is questionable.
I expect Manchester United to have an upper hand in this encounter. Individually, it’s completely useless to compare these two sides as Manchester is undoubtedly way better. The question is what kind of Manchester will we see on the pitch tonight? If we will see the Man United from the second half against Tottenham, I think we can comfortably aim for higher odds like 2,40 for Asian handicap -1,5. Regarding the financial status, wagers, and the fan’s expectations, I think Manchester United are way more “in need” of all three points here. Sheffield is definitely a side that likes to surprise bigger teams but without their first goalkeeper and important defenders, I think their chances are even a bit smaller. They are a team that likes to play crosses, push for set-pieces, as they are one of the best teams in the league when it comes to aerial duels, but Manchester United with some really tall players like Maguire (1,94m) should have an answer to that.
The betting suggestion is to split the stake into those two options:
Manchester United -1,25 @2,04 Pinnacle Manchester United team totals over 1,5 @1,70 Pinnacle
Norwich v Everton
Preview: Carrow Road in Norwich will be the venue of the match between Norwich and Everton. If nothing spectacular will happen in those last rounds, Carrow Road won’t host the Premier League matches next season as Norwich is sitting deep at the bottom with 6 points behind the relegation “line” and moreover, besides Everton, they still have face Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City until the end of the season. Everton on the other side are for them on a disastrous 12th place with 38 points and are pretty far from the European spots. The official referee will be Andy Madley whose average of yellow cards is 3,38 per match.
Norwich who are still in FA Cup as they qualified through the penalty shootouts against Tottenham as mentioned aren’t in a good situation. With plenty of tough matches upcoming, they are 6 points behind the relegation zone and after the horrible performance against Southampton (3-0 defeat), it is hard to say some positive words about this group. They look too weak offensively – scored only 25 goals in 30 matches, (the worst in the league), too weak defensively – conceded 55 goals (2nd worst), and I really can not see any positive things about this team. They have Hanley, Zimmermann, and Byram out injured, while the midfielder Stiepermann just came back to training after being tested positive for the virus earlier.
Everton expected a way different season as they have and the 12th position is definitely not something that will satisfy nor the leaderboard, nor the fans. Ancelotti still has plenty of players on the injury list – Sidibe, Mina, Delph, Tosun, Walcott, and Gbamin, but looking at the possible lineup we can still see a very decent squad with some great individuals who should perform way better. Against Liverpool, they were concretely outplayed when it comes for possession (only 29%), but they had their chances and they defended pretty well organized. Ancelotti is in the lead of Everton since December 2019 and he has 5 wins, 4 draws, and 3 defeats in Premier League. I do believe that this club can profit from his experiences and I expect them to bounce back until the end of the season.
Even though the head-to-head statistics are 5-5 and that Norwich shocked Everton on the first match this season and beat them with 0-2, I think it’s payback time and even though trends are aiming to the both to score and overs, I simply like the odds on straight away win. I don’t know how much strength and especially living hopes are still in the locker-room of Norwich while on the other side Everton simply have to improve their “balance” until the end of the season. With an experienced coach as Ancelotti definitely is, as mentioned, I expect Everton to bounce back a little and finish in top10.
Everton -0,5 @1,93 Pinnacle
sajtion reacted to StevieDay1983 in Bundesliga I & II Predictions > Jun 20th & 21st
Mainz 05 vs Werder Bremen
The quick turnaround in matches in the Bundesliga means we're here again after a round of midweek games. The title race may be over but the relegation battle is still wide open. It could take another twist this weekend when Mainz 05 play Werder Bremen in a 2:30pm BST kick-off on Saturday afternoon with the difference between winning and losing potentially being the difference between staying up and going down.
Mainz 05 are in 15th place coming into this game with a 5 point gap between themselves and the relegation play-off spot currently held by Fortuna Dusseldorf. Achim Beierlorzer is close to securing his team's place in the German top flight next season but games like this will be the key. Recent form has been inconsistent but it's delivered enough points to keep the team's head above the water. The stark issue coming into this game being that all of Mainz 05's last 8 points earned have come on the road. Home form is disconcerting with just 1 win, 2 draws, and 7 defeats coming from their last 10 home league games.
Werder Bremen know that time is running very short and nothing less than all 3 points here will do. Florian Kohfeldt's men are in 17th place and 6 points adrift of safety. A draw or loss would condemn them to at least a relegation play-off. The club's form has been improved since they returned from the suspension with 3 wins, 1 draw, and 4 losses that is more akin to mid-table mediocrity and not relegation fodder. Unfortunately, 3 of those losses have come in their last 4 league games. However, and here's the kicker, Werder have won each one of their last three away league games scoring 7 and conceding 1 in those matches.
As a few of you know, I'm a big football romantic. I love the underdog story and teams fighting against the odds. So there are times when I might swerve common sense and the statistics to back a team that is up against it. Werder Bremen might not be fancied by the bookies for the win but the ELO ratings back them and I do too. I think the Werder fight for survival will go to the last weekend at the expense of Mainz 05.
Werder Bremen Draw No Bet @ 2.10 with SportPesa
Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 2.21 with SportNation
sajtion reacted to StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Jun 17th - 22nd
Watford vs Leicester
There is a 12:30pm BST kick-off today in the Premier League when relegation battlers Watford host Champions League qualification contenders Leicester at Vicarage Road. These two teams are competing at opposite ends of the league table but are they more closely matched than the table suggests? Can Nigel Pearson also get one over on his former employers?
Watford had one of the worst starts to an English top flight season this year when they won just 1 of their opening 17 league games. It goes a long way to explaining how Pearson is the third managerial appointment for the Hornets this season after the departures of Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores. On the positive side, Pearson does appear to have got the team playing effectively. It's 5 wins, 4 draws, and 5 losses in the league for Pearson's men since he took charge. There is a small concern that the new manager bounce might have been starting to wear off with the club having only managed 1 win in their last 7 league games. The team is currently positioned in 17th place and only remain outside the relegation zone on goal difference. The good news is that Watford remain stubborn opposition at home having only lost 3 of their last 12 home league games.
Leicester started this season so well under Brendan Rodgers. A free-flowing style of attacking football won over the affection of a lot of neutrals. The fact that Rodgers has reinvigorated striker Jamie Vardy has been a big bonus for the Foxes. The club is in 3rd place but a dip in form has seen what looked like certain qualification for the Champions League suddenly thrown into doubt. After losing just 2 of their opening 17 league games it's now just 1 win from their last 5 league games. However, that single win was a dominant 4-0 victory over Aston Villa just before the suspension.
I'm not convinced that Leicester can come to Vicarage Road and take all 3 points. If I was forced to pick an outcome I'd go for the draw. I'm tempted by backing Vardy as an anytime scorer because he's bagged 19 goals this season with 9 in his last 11 appearances. He's also scored in all four of his previous appearances against Watford. I'm just not sold on the idea of Leicester winning this one. I'm definitely keen on both teams scoring though.
BTTS @ 1.80 with Bet365
Anytime Scorer: Jamie Vardy @ 2.25 with 888Sport
sajtion reacted to StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Jun 17th - 22nd
Brighton vs Arsenal
The second game in the Premier League today is a 3pm BST kick-off between relegation battling Brighton and a tired-looking Arsenal at the AMEX Stadium. The home side will be keen to get a win that will help move them away from the relegation zone against an away team that looked like they'd not received the memo that the season had restarted during their midweek league defeat to Manchester City.
Brighton currently sit in 15th place and just 2 points above the relegation zone. Graham Potter has done a solid job of building on the fine work and foundations put in place by former Seagulls manager Chris Hughton. It's a crunch period for the club though. The club's hierarchy made it clear they weren't comfortable with the season restarting so how will that affect their mentality for this game. Brighton are without a win in their last 9 league games but they've also only suffered defeat 3 times during that period. It's also just 1 win in their last 7 home league games. A high number of draws shows they've become a hard team to beat but they still need to turn the odd draw into a win if they're to avoid slipping into the bottom three. It's interesting to see that 3 of the last 4 home games for Brighton have ended 1-1. The ray of light for the team is that they're unbeaten against Arsenal in four meetings.
Arsenal had appeared to be showing signs of improvement under Mikel Arteta before the coronavirus break. The defeat to Manchester City had seemingly undone all the hard work put in place before the suspension. It's clear that the same old issues still remain. Yes, it would be harsh to judge the Gunners entirely on that City result but the defence is still a shambles and the midfield is still absent of a back bone. How long will these problems persist with the club? The decision to fly up to Manchester just a few hours before kick-off on Wednesday was also a big and inexplicable mistake. Arteta was undoubtedly furious with his team's display and the performance of David Luiz. He'll be demanding a reaction and I expect to see one.
Talking of problems that won't go away for Arsenal, their away form remains a problem. No wins in their last 6 away league games and just 1 away win since the opening day of the season is a depressing statistic. I want to back Arsenal but I'm not sure they have enough to do it. The fact that sways it is that Brighton's home form is almost as poor as Arsenal's away form and I think we'll see a reaction from the Gunners to take the win.
Arsenal to Win @ 2.49 with VBet
BTTS @ 1.80 with SportNation
sajtion reacted to StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Jun 17th - 22nd
West Ham vs Wolves
The feast of Premier League football continues at 5:30pm BST on Saturday evening when relegation-troubled West Ham take on Champions League contenders Wolves at the London Stadium. Nothing less than a win will be good enough for the home team here as they look to claw themselves away from the bottom three against a visiting team that are dreaming of dining at Europe's top table next season.
West Ham were one of the big voices against restarting the league season. Not hard to see why when you see that they're currently in 16th place and only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. Just 1 win from their last 9 league games is a worrying statistic for the Hammers. This particularly the case given there was so much optimism around a squad that had been boosted by some exciting signings under the management of the highly-acclaimed Manuel Pellegrini. 16 goals conceded in their last 7 league games shows you where the real problem lies. The hope for David Moyes' side is that only Manchester City and Liverpool have kept clean sheets against West Ham at the London Stadium.
Wolves continue to progress in dream land. The Europa League journey will continue in August but for now the club will battle to reach the Champions League via the league. Nuno Espirito Santo's men are in 7th placed but it's quite congested at the top. Wanderers are just 3 points behind 5th placed Manchester United who occupy that last Champions League qualification place but they're also just 4 points ahead of 11th placed Crystal Palace. Fine lines. It's 5 league games unbeaten for Wolves with 4 clean sheets kept during those matches.
It feels like this game will have goals. Both teams managed to score in 9 of the last 11 home matches for West Ham and both teams also scored in 10 of the last 13 away games for Wolves. I would probably have to favour an away win in this one but I'm wary that both sides will be approaching this cautiously. Wolves have to see this as an opportunity to pile the pressure on the top five and there's certainly more pressure on West Ham to deliver given their predicament.
Wolves to Win @ 2.16 with VBet
BTTS @ 1.91 with SportNation
sajtion reacted to StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Jun 17th - 22nd
Tottenham vs Manchester United
The Premier League throws up a big game in the race for the Champions League qualification places tonight when Tottenham host Manchester United in an 8:15pm BST start at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Jose Mourinho will be looking to get a victory over on his old team as he also looks to re-ignite the hopes that the home team possess for reaching Europe's elite competition against a United side that appear to be resurgent.
Tottenham haven't endured the best of seasons compared to recent years. Mourinho was controversially appointed as the manager back on 20th November to replace the outgoing and popular Mauricio Pochettino. It's been a mixed bag of results for the former United and Chelsea manager who has lifted Spurs up slightly in the table to 8th place and just 4 points outside the coveted Champions League qualification spots. The season suspension came at a time when Tottenham had failed to win any of their previous 6 games. It's a slump in form including the team picking up just 1 point from their 3 league games before the break.
Manchester United have had a rollercoaster of a season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer courted both the plaudits and the criticism in equal measure since the beginning of the campaign. The Red Devils sit in 5th place and that would be enough for a place in next season's Champions League with Manchester City currently banned from Europe for the next two seasons. In a complete contrast to Spurs, United won 8 and drew 3 of their 11 matches before the suspension kicked in. The signing of Bruno Fernandes in January appears to have had a huge positive impact.
I'm expecting a thrilling encounter here. Mourinho still does not yet have a solid defence that he can use as a foundation at Tottenham. This means he'll need to rely on his attacking strengths but without the suspended Dele Alli it could be a problem here. United come into this game with a strong squad and the potential of a Fernandes and Paul Pogba central midfield is mouth-watering. I think we could see a few goals here with United sneaking a win as Tottenham's rebuild continues to plod along in underwhelming fashion.
Manchester United to Win @ 2.43 with Unibet
BTTS @ 1.77 with SportNation
sajtion reacted to StevieDay1983 in Premier League Predictions > Jun 17th - 22nd
Norwich vs Southampton
The Premier League matches are back after a single day break and the action kicks off at 6pm BST tonight with relegation battlers Norwich taking on mid-table Southampton at Carrow Road. Time is running out for the home side to bridge the gap to safety but they face an away side that only need a couple more wins to realistically secure their top flight status.
Norwich looked dead and buried before the suspension for coronavirus. Daniel Farke's side are rock bottom of the table and 6 points adrift of safety. There was a ray of hope a couple of games before the break when the Canaries sealed a 1-0 win at home against Champions League qualification contenders Leicester. The narrow 1-0 loss to Sheffield United in the following game also offered positivity. The home form of Norwich could be what will save them. They've only suffered 1 defeat in their last 5 home league games and that was a 1-0 loss to league leaders Liverpool. You can also expect an eventful game with an average of 3.57 goals being scored in their home league games this season.
Southampton are in a much more positive place than they were back in October when they lost 9-0 at home to Leicester. Ralph Hasenhuttl's side are now in 14th place and 7 points clear of the drop zone with 9 league games left to play. The Saints have also won 4 of their last 6 away league games. However, that statistic can be turned to show that the club has also suffered 4 losses from their last 5 league games. Their decent run of results relied on the goals scored by striker Danny Ings but the former Liverpool and Burnley man has only bagged 1 goal in the club's last 7 league matches.
This game is a massive opportunity for Norwich to really give their survival chances a glimmer of hope. Their home form has been decent this season for a team in their position with wins coming against the likes of Leicester, Bournemouth, Manchester City, and Newcastle. Southampton have been more clinical on the road than at home but back-to-back away league defeats leaves me sceptical as to whether they can hit the ground running here. I'm torn between a draw and a home win. I'll favour the draw but would totally understand someone wanting to back Norwich to take the points.
Draw @ 3.50 with Unibet
Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.95 with Betfair
sajtion got a reaction from StevieDay1983 in Bundesliga I & II Predictions > June 9th - 14th
hoffenheim has dismissed their manager so leipzig should walk this match
i was surprised by cologne performance last week. they look in top notch form and could cruise to victory
hertha berlin has played great football in last few weeks but i'm fearing they could feel burned out after their effort didn't pay off against borussia dortmund. i thought they deserved at least point last week anyone thinking of backing them should be wary. eintracht frankfurt is doggy team and they pretty much busted everyone's coupon last week when they lost to mainz at home but before that won both away games against wolfsburg and werder bremen.
schalke doesn't have striker to rely on so bayer leverkusen won't have any problem beating them
borussia dortmund, bayern munich, wolfsburg and bayer leverkusen is nice four fold acca
£50 pays about £250
sajtion reacted to Pep004 in La Liga Predictions > Jun 11th - 14th
Sevilla v Real Betis
Preview: La Liga is back! And they will offer us so-called "El Gran Derbi" between Sevilla and Real Betis, two teams from Sevilla. As we were used to see in past seasons, Sevilla are the club with the upper hand as they are once again much better positioned than their rival (Sevilla 3rd, with 47 points; Betis 12th, with 33 points). At the moment, Sevilla is in a very hot spot, as they are the leading team in the group of 4 teams - Sevilla 47, Real Sociedad and Getafe 46, and Atletico Madrid 45 points, plus we can not cut off Valencia on the 7th with 42 points. Therefore every single match will be very important for the team of Lopetegui. Real Betis on the other side are currently 12th, and even though they had bigger ambitions before the season. Right now, they are 12 points behind 6th Atletico and 8 points above the relegation zone.
This time, Pizjuan definitely won't look like that...
Sevilla was in a pretty solid form before the break as they won away at as mentioned, very good Getafe with 0-3 on Coliseum, then Osasuna at home with 3-2, and in the last match they drew with away at Atletico Madrid (2-2). Besides that, they played 0-0 at home and 1-1 away at Cluj and will play face AS Rome in the next phase of the Europa League. Coach Lopetegui has some problems with the winger Ocampos, who has slightly injured his adductor and is questionable. As we were able to see in Bundesliga, rotations will be very important as they plan to play all 11 rounds of La Liga in only 6 weeks! Sevilla have a pretty wide squad and with a very good coach as Lopetegui definitely is, they should not be among those who will suffer a lot due to the short bench.
The board of Real Betis had much bigger expectations for this season, as they spent a bit more than 100M € in the transfer period before the season. The break might even come at a good time for them as, except the last surprising win over Real Madrid with 2-1, they had a run of 7 matches without winning the match. In my opinion, they have an exceptional squad and those who were reading my posts were able to see that I liked to play overs and both teams to score on their matches, as they were simply a team that was very solid offensively, and at the same time very weak at the defense. They conceded 43 goals, plenty of them due to the lack of concentration and poor positioning. Talking about the depth, Betis isn't a team that should be among those struggling the most either, as Rubi has some option to rotate as well.
As I said many times, in my opinion, matches are the best training, but the tempo will be simply extremely high and for some teams very hardly followed. Some players were used to play with this rhythm, but most of them aren't and therefore I suggest being careful with stakes for 1-2 rounds, to see a bit how some individuals worked during the quarantine. Obviously, clubs were tracking their activity level, giving them training, checking all the available data but still, some players worked harder than others and that should be visible in those first rounds. I'd go with Sevilla here, but not without their fans on Pizjuan. Fans in a derby like this are always a huge advantage, especially in those two clubs, where they always prepare a living hell to each other. This time, it will be more about tactics, superiority, team quality, individual quality, and I think Betis is simply too weak at the back, and I expect Sevilla to score at least twice. Still, that might not be enough for the win...
both teams to score @1,80 Pinnacle Sevilla team totals over 1,5 @1,925 both teams to score & over 2,5 goals @2,24 Pinnacle
sajtion reacted to StevieDay1983 in La Liga Predictions > Jun 11th - 14th
Sevilla vs Real Betis
La Liga is officially back! In an effort to help us remember where all the teams stand heading into this restart of the league I'm going to offer a preview for every game in the Spanish top flight this weekend. First up, it's the El Gran Derbi between Sevilla and Real Betis in a 9pm BST kick-off on Thursday night at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Who will take the points and the bragging rights?
Sevilla entered the suspension of the league in 3rd place and firmly locked in an intense battle to qualify for next season's Champions League with rival sides Real Sociedad, Getafe, Atletico Madrid, and Valencia. Former Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui was appointed as the manager back last summer and his influence has been felt immediately. The team is only 10 points off the pace of the league title. That might seem like a big gap but when you consider how frequently Barcelona and Real Madrid run away with the league and the fact that 28 points off the title pace last season, it's a marked improvement in a short space of time. Home form has been a huge positive for Los Nervionenses having only lost 2 of their 13 home league matches. They were also one of the in-form teams before the break having lost just 2 of their previous 11 matches in all competitions.
Real Betis face a tough first game back with this derby match against their Seville-based arch rivals. Head coach Rubi has led his team to a mid-table position of 12th after 27 league games. Los Verdiblancos are 8 points above the relegation zone but 12 points adrift of the current European qualification places. It seems another season of mediocrity awaits this group of players. However, to show progress, the team will be keen to at least match last season's 10th placed finish. Away form has been a problem for Real Betis with the club having only managed 1 victory in their 13 away league games this season.
The old saying goes, and it's oft repeated on these forums, that form goes out of the window in a derby game. Unfortunately, on this occasion, it seems backing anything other than a Sevilla win is utter madness. Sevilla have won both of their last two meetings with Real Betis and are superior in every department heading into this game. Unless something drastically changes I can see a business-like win for the home team.
Sevilla to Win @ 1.88 with VBet
BTTS @ 1.80 with William Hill