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  1. MAN CITY v LIVERPOOL This is a really tough game to call. Both teams have very little to play for yet, the players want to be trusted and play in future campaigns. The CL is a long way off (7th August) for Man City. If Pep is going to make the cups a priority, then he will field a slightly weaker side in this game. I don't think City can live with this current Liverpool team. Liverpool as Champions will want to show everyone why it is so. I think Liverpool put down a marker here ! I expect goals and a Liverpool win. Prediction: Away Win and Over 2.5 goals @ 4.5
  2. Brighton have struggled against the top sides this season, taking just 4 points from 9 games. Away from home they have 2 points from a possible 18. They have a tough run in, facing Man CIty, Liverpool and Man United at home. Their match at Norwich could decide their season. Man United have been really poor against the lower teams away from home this season. Teams sitting back, seem to frustrate them, and break their counter attack style and flow. Losses to Bournemouth, West Ham, Watford and Newcastle (no goals scored in any of these 4 games) just clearly shows that something is not working. I don't like the United way at the moment. Still miles too slow. The wingers look so unsure, and are happy just to stop and shuffle the ball onto someone else. For me, very little coming from Shaw on the left flank. He seems to run into these impossible to pass-to positions. So it is exactly the type of game that United don't want at the moment. A well organised opponent that sits in deep. I think United will really struggle here, and would be going under 2.5 goals as well as the home double chance. The odds of 1.72 for the under 2.5 goals bet is not worth it here. Just a little too low. Prediction: Home Double chance (Win or Draw) @ 2.25
  3. David Moyes with the quote That's what I do, I win - Moyes. ☹️☺️ Does that ever look bombastically stupid ... I think more of the same this week. Low to no scoring first halves, and under 2.5 the trend. Can definitely look at the highest scoring half (second) bet in most games, as you may as well not watch the 1st 45minutes. In 9 games in EPL, LaLiga and Serie A yesterday 8 of 9 games finished under 2.5 goals and 7 of 9 finished NO BTTS, I just do not see goals in the Newcastle game as well as the Man United game today. United are just playing rubbish. Looks like van Gaal version II combined with Mourinho, and is boring and dull. Villa and Newcastle will low-skill each other out (would be going under 1.5 match goals here). The 0-1/0-2 score looks likely in the Everton match. NOrwich are not a terrible team, but they are over reliant on Pukki and are so limited upfront (in this quality league). Bournemouth in trouble, and expect Wolves to win. Liverpool v Palace should be a decent game... Palace to snatch a draw here. Leave you with a classic.. Feb 2014 after Stoke 2 United 1 “I don’t know what we have to do to win” . Oh David just be quiet. If you don't know then why are you here?
  4. Football back with these strange crowd noises. I'm pretty sure I heard the crowd singing 'One-nil to the Arsenal' when Spurs went 1-0 up !
  5. Spurs v Man United I think both teams will be sluggish, and it will be a dull, slow, first half. I think the highest scoring half (second) may be the way to go here at slightly better than even money. I have a feeling United shade the 2nd half , after a 0-0 first half. HT draw FT United at 9/2 looks solid. Maybe my predictions are slightly biased, as I can't much stand Mourinho. Lets see who he throws under the bus after this game? He started the excuses early, saying Spurs can't compete financially...
  6. Everyone of these guys has a fancy new hair cut. I thought visits to/from the barber were banned in the UK ? Grealish had some weird braid/pig tail combination going. Way too much time and money :0
  7. Assuming Aston Villa survive by goal difference or a point, could a team relegated instead of them sue Hawk Eye for missing an obvious goal last night ?
  8. Hi All, Been grinding through a 12 week semi lockdown in South Africa. Just waay to long, feels like the last 4 hours of a 16 hour flight. A few factors regarding upcoming games. All of these games are uncharted territory. No league games have ever been played in these months. Interestingly, the majority of games since the restart have finished under the 2.5 goal mark, and it def seems the way to go. Players are fed up, they would like to be chilling and spending some of the millions on holiday. In addition, I expect games to be played at a slower pace, in the Summer warmth. Nobody wants to look the slouch / unfit , and be gassed after 55 minutes. Also, it is easier to defend, rather than score goals, especially when nobody is super match fit. So be looking to go the under 2.5 in most of the upcoming games.
  9. Two winners Tottenham and liverpool, with Villa and newcastle floating. Marco Silva what a joke.
  10. I think Chelsea will pound Newcastle probably 3 or 4 nil. Man United are just so useless that Newcastle looked reasonably good.
  11. Aston Villa v Brighton Villa are coming off an excellent demolition job of Norwich City prior to the International break. They are obviously playing well, and it is a surprise that Jack Grealish can't get a call up into the England squad. Brighton have not scored in 3 away league games and I feel that the drought could continue here. I expect Villa to take a 1st half lead and win. They have lost just one first half game at home in their last 9. More importantly it is also my pick for the 'last man standing' competition, where I hope to progress further than the 1st hurdle (this time). Man United v Liverpool Man United just nowhere to be seen. They are in a mess, and doubts are growing regarding Solksjaer's ability to solve the problem. Realistically the mandate for a manager/coach is to have a solid game plan(tactics), help players reach their full potential, create an environment where the team and club can prosper, and deliver an appealing style of play on the pitch. Does Solksjaer even tick any of these boxes? Would any other Premier league team want him as their manager? All he has done so far is give the youngsters the chance. But anybody could have done this ! What else is he bringing to the table apart from no experience and a poor track record. One plus in his favor, is that he has not compounded Man United's bloated squad and transfer errors. All three signings look decent, and are definite upgrades of what was there. Here is the deal for United and Woodward. Sell Pogba to Real Madrid for 120 million. Forget the combination of Ben Chilwell and James Maddison from Leicester. Just get Maddison, as you already have Shaw on a 50 million 5 year contract. Then forget about Mario Mandzukic and rather buy Callum Wilson from Bournemouth with the left over money from the Pogba sale. Great January business. I just don't think they can rely on Martial, who is inconsistent and prone to injury. You need a solid center forward who can hold up the ball and do his best work in the 5 yard box. Rashford is not your man for this task. Regardless of what United do, they need to sort out a director of football. Ajax have a perfect candidate (ex Man United keeper Edwin van der Saar), who is doing things brilliantly. Woodward won't move here because he is probably scared that van der Saar takes his job. The sales of Jasper Cillessen, Arkadiusz Milik, Davy Klassen, Davinson Sanchez, Justin Kluivert, Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt banked Ajax a cool 250m over 3 years. Imagine how good Ajax would be if they were not a feeder club? Regarding Sunday's game the less said the better. I think Liverpool win it easily and could give United an absolute flat handed baba-knuckle . Interesting that the odds on United winning have dropped from 8-1 to 5-1 now that Pogba is not playing . Am going away win and over 2.5 goals in this game.