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  1. Leeds vs Aston Villa It might not be the most high-profile game this weekend in the Premier League but the 4:30pm BST kick-off between Leeds and Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon from Elland Road has the potential to be a real barn stormer. Both teams are just about hitting their minimum expectations but there is a danger that a loss could damage their morale to a degree that it may derail their season. Leeds were a team a lot of people thought might struggle but Jesse Marsch has proved a lot of people wrong so far. However, the Whites are now without a win in 3 league games and down to 13th position in the table. The Yorkshire club are now just 2 points above the relegation zone but they do have two games in hand on most teams around them. There is a chance that Leeds could remain undefeated for their first 4 home league games of a league season for the first time since 2002. Luis Sinisterra could become just the second player in club history to score a goal in each of his first 4 starts for the team. The only other player to pull off that achievement was Charlie Keetley back in 1932. It's been a month since the club's last league game when they suffered a demoralising 5-2 defeat away to Brentford. How will the team bounce back after having to dwell so long on that result? Aston Villa had been looking like a team in trouble with Steve Gerrard's name being thrown around as potentially one of the first managerial casualties of the season. A 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City followed up by a 1-0 win at home to Southampton before the international break has seen the team move up to 14th place in the table but they're still only one place above the drop zone. The Lions are still suffering from turgid away form though having lost all 3 away league matches so far this season and losing 4 away league games in a row now. History also shows that October has not been a kind month to Villa down the years with the team losing 18 of their last 25 Premier League matches played in this month. Maybe they just don't like it when the weather turns?! In terms of head-to-head records, it's not nice reading for Leeds fans with their team winning just 1 of their last 10 home top flight league games with Aston Villa. It's also interesting to see that Villa could win three league games in a row against Leeds at Elland Road for the first time ever. Given the long break between these two teams' last league games, it's a tough one to call. I do feel away form is a real problem for Villa so I can see Leeds stealing the victory here. Leeds to Win @ 2.40 with SpreadEx BTTS @ 1.69 with SBK
  2. Manchester City vs Manchester United It's another big game this weekend in the 2pm BST kick-off on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League as Manchester City host Manchester United in the first Manchester Derby of the season at the Etihad Stadium. The home team will be keen to stop Arsenal from breaking away at the top of the table but they take on an ever-improving visiting team who are beginning to show signs of returning to their glory days. Manchester City may well be the favourites to win the league and retain their title this season but after Arsenal's impressive 3-1 win over Tottenham in the North London Derby they are now 4 points adrift of the league leaders. Pep Guardiola's side won't be panicking though. They've been here before. The Citizens are unbeaten in their 7 league games played so far with 5 wins and 2 draws having also scored a division-high 23 goals in that period. There is a chance for City to become the first team to win 8 home league games in a row whilst scoring at least 3 goals in each win since Tottenham managed it back in 1965. Erling Haaland is the obvious pick for anytime scorer and you might even want to double or triple that because he's scored 12 league goals already and could become the first player to score three hat-tricks in consecutive home games in the Premier League. The one stat that does hang in the background is that Guardiola has lost 3 of his 4 league matches against United at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester United know that they are moving in the right direction with the team now up to 6th place after 4 league wins in a row. Erik ten Hag's influence is beginning show for the Red Devils. An improvement in the defensive displays has been key for United's upturn in form with the team conceding just 2 goals during that 4 game winning spell. Unfortunately, each of the last five United managers have lost their first encounter with City with Sir Alex Ferguson being the last gaffer to buck that trend back in 1987. The optimism can be found in the fact that ten Hag had a decent record in Der Klassieker against Feyenoord during his time with Ajax winning 8 of his 9 domestic matches against them. Will this also finally be the game where Cristiano Ronaldo notches up his 700th career goal? The Portuguese front man will likely be a substitute again and has only scored 4 goals in his 12 matches against Manchester City but he is the big man for the big occasion. It's been back-to-back wins for Manchester City against Manchester United and they could make it three wins in a row for the first time since 2014. This fixture has seen the away team win on 21 occasions. No fixture at this level has seen the away team win more times. I think this game will be a closer encounter than it would've been 4-5 weeks ago but these sides are still some distance apart. I'm backing a City win with both teams to score. Manchester City to Win & BTTS @ 2.75 with Bet365 Erling Haaland to Score 2 or More Goals @ 4.00 with Bet365
  3. West Ham vs Wolves The late kick-off at 5:30pm BST in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon will see West Ham play Wolves at the London Stadium. Both of these teams will not be happy with their current league positions at the wrong end of the table. A defeat here would leave the losing team languishing in the relegation zone but a win could see them fly up the league table. A classic example of how fine margins could dictate a season. West Ham will be wondering just how much longer this poor form can go on in the league under David Moyes. The former Everton and Manchester United man is likely keeping favour due to the club's excellent form in the Europa Conference League but it's now 5 losses from their last 7 league games including back-to-back defeats. Just 3 goals scored in their 7 league goals shows where the problems lie for the Hammers. No win in their last 6 home league games is their worst run of home results in 19 years. If they lose here it'd be their worst start to a top flight season since 1988/89 and that campaign ended in relegation. The team is now in 18th position and just 3 points off the foot of the table. A win here is absolutely crucial. Wolves are not in a much better place than their opponents for this game right now. Bruno Lage's reign had started positively but things appear to be getting worse and worse. Wanderers are in 17th place and just 2 points above the relegation zone. The team is suffering from a similar impotency problem as West Ham in the final third having only scored 3 goals in the league so far this season. It is just 1 win from their last 14 league games as well and have failed to win any of their last 7 away league matches. New striker signing Diego Costa could make his debut for the team but Lage has suggested this may only be from the bench as he attempts to return to full match fitness over the coming weeks. How will the team react after the 3-0 demolition at home against Manchester City in their last game before the international break? Wow, there are not many other teams in the Premier League and Football League that are as demoralised and short of confidence as these two. Only Nottingham Forest and Leicester are below these two sides and defeat here could have a seriously detrimental impact on their season. I have to say out of the two I feel West Ham have the better potential to grab the win. Wolves are in big trouble from what I have seen and I'm not sure Diego Costa is the answer. A narrow home win for me. West Ham to Win @ 2.00 with 888Sport Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.78 with SBK
  4. Liverpool vs Brighton The final 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League will pit title hopefuls Liverpool against a Brighton team entering a new era at Anfield. This might well have been a more predictable affair had Graham Potter still be in charge of the visiting side but his departure now means that things become a little less clear. Can either team take 3 points or will they battle out a draw? Liverpool haven't quite got their season going yet but it's still just 1 loss from their opening 6 league games. The only problem is that they've only managed to pick up 2 wins as well leaving the club down in 8th place and already 9 points off the title pace. The continued absence of wing back Andrew Robertson is still clearly an issue in terms of balance for Jurgen Klopp's men but I don't think the departure of Sadio Mane can be under-stated either. New signing Darwin Nunez has hardly hit the ground running and it feels like the Reds just aren't firing on all cylinders. The good news is that the team are undefeated in their last 26 home league games. Mohamed Salah could be worth an anytime scorer pick having 11 goal involvements including 6 goals in his last 10 matches played against today's opponents. Brighton come into this game in 4th position but under a new head coach in Roberto De Zerbi. Unless you're a football hipster you will probably know very little on this new appointment. The former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk gaffer appears to have a career in the ascendancy having narrowly missed out on European qualification with Sassuolo and then leaving Shakhtar Donetsk whilst they were top of the Ukrainian Premier League before the Russian invasion happened. He's still undoubtedly an unknown quantity and it's a huge gamble by the Seagulls hierarchy to appoint him. De Zerbi describes himself as a possession-based manager so that's obviously the reasoning behind his hiring. He takes over a Brighton team that have lost just 1 of their last 11 league games and he will be aware that the last five managers to make their top flight debuts at Anfield have all lost. I'm quite disappointed we didn't get to see Potter remain in charge for this game because it could've been a humdinger. Liverpool will be loving the fact Brighton have suffered this disruption to their season. De Zerbi is a huge punt from the owners and I'm not convinced it'll come off straight away. He totally understand the methodology behind his appointment but were their better and more proven managers available they could have opted for? Have they gone leftfield for the sake of going leftfield... and is a limited budget also consideration? I fear Liverpool could give De Zerbi a ruthless introduction to the Premier League here. Liverpool HT/FT @ 2.20 with Bet365 Liverpool -1 @ 2.20 with Betfair
  5. Cardiff vs Burnley The Championship action is back after the international break and I'm thrown into an emotional mangle with this Cardiff versus Burnley game that kicks off at 3pm BST on Saturday afternoon from the Cardiff City Stadium. I'm still in shock after the surprise sacking of Steve Morison just before the international window and it's left me completely dumbfounded about how we will be set up for this game. Thanks Vincent Tan et al! Cardiff might not have been getting results every week under former gaffer Morison but there was no doubt that the playing style had moved in a positive direction, the players backed the manager, and the supporters were buying into the process. It's quite clear that Morison obviously upset someone behind the scenes because the club were in 18th place but only 4 points off the play-off pace. Perhaps more encouragingly, the feeling was that we were an inconsistent goal scorer away from being a real threat. Our impotency in the final third was an issue but one we felt could be resolved. Mark Hudson has been given the role of interim head coach and he manages a Bluebirds team that have only lost 1 of their 4 home league games this season. Nobody knows what formation he will choose. Nobody knows what players he will pick. Nobody knows what sort of manager he will be. We're flying blind here people! Burnley are a team that have shown huge potential already this season and despite being in 4th position they have only lost 1 of their 10 league games so far but have drawn 50% of their league matches. Vincent Kompany seems to have a fine reputation as a head coach already and he's learning on the job in one of the toughest divisions in European football. The Clarets are unbeaten in their last 7 league games and their 5-1 hammering away against Wigan a few weeks back shows how merciless they can be against teams that turn up off their best. The concern for Burnley is that it is just 1 win from their last 4 away league games. Is Kompany at fault for being too cautious on the road? There's no doubt his Burnley team possess huge quality and you get the feeling if they back themselves here they could really dominate. It doesn't matter who is manager of Cardiff. The problem remains that we don't have a striker capable of putting the ball in the opposition net. This is why both teams have scored in just 3 of our 10 league games this season. It's mainly because we don't score! Burnley are the sort of team that will punish us for not taking our chances. Hudson's had two spells managing Huddersfield covering 4 games. He lost all 4 by an aggregate of 9-2. Let's just say our fans live in hope that he'll thrive but we're not optimistic. I fear Burnley could give us a hiding here. Burnley to Win @ 2.42 with SBK BTTS No @ 2.00 with BetVictor
  6. Crystal Palace vs Chelsea It's an all-London affair in the next 3pm BST kick-off we're previewing in the Premier League as Crystal Palace look to lift themselves away from the relegation zone at home against an off-colour Chelsea at Selhurst Park. It's fair to say neither of these teams will be happy with their campaigns so far and this game could provide a positive turning point for them with the right result... or it could plunge them further into concern! Crystal Palace currently sit in 16th position and just 2 points above the relegation zone in the top flight. Patrick Vieira's side were tipped to build on their encouraging campaign last year but it's been a dogged season so far. The Eagles have taken points from 4 of their 6 league games so far so the panic button isn't being pressed yet. It's now 18 league games drawn by the team since the start of last season. The club's opening day 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal is their only defeat in their last 9 home league games. The team's results in London derbies aren't great though with them earning just 2 wins from their last 20 such games. Chelsea head into this game with new manager Graham Potter at the helm in his first league game in charge. His first competitive game in charge of the Blues saw them held to a 1-1 draw at home to RB Salzburg in the Champions League. Thomas Tuchel's sacking did come as a surprise to many but the fact remains that Chelsea are down in 7th place after 6 league games so given they spent so much over the summer it's probably understandable that the owners not only wanted better but wanted their own appointment in place. The team have suffered defeat in 3 of their last 5 away league games but they have won 8 of their last 9 London derby matches and have kept 7 clean sheets during the process. Only 1 of the previous 10 permanent Chelsea gaffers has lost their first league game in charge. That was Frank Lampard back in 2019. Christian Pulisic is a leftfield shout for anytime scorer having bagged 5 goals in 5 games against Palace. It's going to be interesting to see how this Potter appointment at Chelsea works out. The club have undoubtedly signed one of the most talented and progressive managers in European football but he's also a manager who needs time and patience to impress his methods. Chelsea were always a club that lacked those qualities under Roman Abramovich but will Todd Boehly be the same. The RB Salzburg display showed Potter won't hit the ground running and Crystal Palace away is the sort of game that will brutally expose any weaknesses or teething problems. I can see Palace getting something here. Crystal Palace Double Chance @ 2.00 with SportNation Crystal Palace to Score First @ 2.80 with Boylesports
  7. Here are the odds for the matches to be played in the Cymru Premier this coming weekend. Take a look and share your predictions with us!
  8. Bournemouth vs Brentford One of the more understated games this Saturday at 3pm BST is the clash between newly promoted Bournemouth and second season veterans Brentford at Dean Court. Both teams are currently in a satisfactory mid-table position but it's been fine margins so far. A loss here could risk seeing the defeated team slip into a slump of results where as victory could instil the self-belief needed to inspire a top half push. Bournemouth continue life under interim head coach Gary O'Neil. Results and performances have clearly improved under the former Portsmouth and Middlesbrough player with the team unbeaten in their three league games under his tutelage. The Cherries come into this game confident with a decent defensive record during October having only conceded 1 league goal during their last 6 top flight games played in this month. It's also fair to say that their results so far show they're a difficult team to play for sides outside of the "established top six". Their three league defeats this season have come against Manchester City, Arsenal, and Liverpool but they are unbeaten in their four league games against Aston Villa, Wolves, Nottingham Forest, and Newcastle. Brentford still look like a team that will have no issues this season consolidating their place in the Premier League. Thomas Frank has built a capable and streetwise team that possesses the strengths across the pitch to compete at this level. The Bees are now in 9th place with just 1 loss from their previous 4 league games. Although that was their last league outing in a 3-0 home defeat to local rivals Arsenal. I wonder if Ivan Toney tweeted anything after that game? Anyway, Brentford appear to be the great entertainers with their games having 27 goals scored in them this season. Only Manchester City (29) and Leicester (32) have seen more. Defensive concerns remain for Frank with Brentford failing to keep a clean sheet in their last 19 away Premier League games. This will be the first time Bournemouth and Brentford have played each other in the top flight of English football. The home team are looking a lot more motivated and fluid under O'Neil but you have to wonder if the international break came at the worst time for them breaking their momentum. Brentford have this awful goals conceded away record though where they're essentially needing to score twice to have any hope of winning. It's a lot of pressure. I wouldn't be surprised to see this one end in a score draw. Draw @ 3.50 with Betfred BTTS @ 1.80 with William Hill
  9. Southampton vs Everton One of the more intriguing matches this weekend in the Premier League is the clash between two clubs anticipated to struggle this season in Southampton and Everton in a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday afternoon from St Mary's Stadium. A victory for either side would pull them away from the bottom end of the table and leave fans wondering if maybe they could battle for a top half of the table finish rather than a relegation scrap. Southampton have experienced a typical season under Ralph Hasenhuttl so far where inconsistency continues to blight any steps forward the club appears to make. There had been encouraging signs for the Saints but it's now been 3 losses from their last 4 league games to leave them down in 14th position and just 3 points off the relegation zone. There is also a risk that the team could lose three league games in a row without scoring for the first time since 2018. Worryingly, it is now 13 losses from their last 19 league games too. Starting games slowly appears to be a niggling issue for this team with the club conceding first in their last 6 matches. Defensive woes continue to haunt the team as well with no clean sheet kept in their last 13 league games. Everton were the pick of many to potentially be a big casualty in the top flight this season but Frank Lampard is just about doing enough to keep the club above the water line. In all fairness, the Toffees are unbeaten in their last 5 league games after losing their first two league matches of the season. Admittedly, 4 of those have been draws but it shows Lampard has made his team hard to beat and it's moved the club up to 13th place in the league table. There is a chance that Everton could keep three clean sheets in a row here which shows the hard work Lampard has put in to shoring their defensive line up. Unfortunately, away form is still an issue with the team earning just one win and keeping one clean sheet in their last 20 away league games. It's a stark statistic that the away team in this fixture has only prevailed victorious in 5 of the previous 46 top flight meetings. You have to say that when you throw in the fact that Everton's away form is so poor and Southampton cruised to a 2-0 win when the teams last met back in February that it's hard to see an away win coming here. I wouldn't be surprised to see both teams battle to a draw if I'm honest but I am wary that Everton have lost in 7 of their last 9 visits to this stadium. Draw @ 3.50 with SBK Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.86 with VBet
  10. Fulham vs Newcastle The Premier League delivers five 3pm BST kick-offs on Saturday afternoon with newly promoted Fulham facing a tricky challenge as they take on the billionaires of Newcastle at Craven Cottage. It's perhaps surprising to see that the top flight new boys are the ones coming into this game as the higher-placed side but will the away team be able to earn a rare win this season to move on up the table? Fulham will be delighted with their start to their league season. Marco Silva has led his team to 6th in the table after 7 league games. It's an impressive start given they have already played three of the "established top six" in Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham. The Cottagers have the chance to win three home league games in a row in the top flight for the first time in a decade. Unfortunately, they might be without a fully fit Aleksandar Mitrovic who picked up an injury on international duty. The Serbian striker has scored 49 goals in his last 50 league games so he's become a vital part of this squad. It's now 3 wins from their last 5 league games. Silva could be the key component here by becoming the first manager to beat an opposition manager with four different teams. He's already beaten Eddie Howe as manager of Hull, Watford, and Everton. Newcastle know that this season is all about pushing on and competing for those European qualification spots. The Magpies are in 10th position but have drawn 5 of their 7 league games so far. It is 6 league games without a victory though and the fact that new signing Alexander Isak is likely to miss out here is a big blow. It's just 2 wins from their last 9 away league games in the top flight. Those two victories came last season against teams that are no longer in the Premier League in Norwich and Burnley. The optimistic statistic is that Newcastle have only lost 2 of their previous 18 top flight league games against newly promoted teams. Striker Callum Wilson could be important if he's fit to start here having scored 3 goals in his last 3 appearances against Fulham. I think it's fair to say that the outcome of this game could well depend on whether or not Mitrovic is fit to start. Both Fulham and Newcastle are at risk of being without their leading front men but the absence will hurt Fulham more than Newcastle. I'm going to chance my arm that the reports of the Serb being out for three weeks mean he'll be absent here. I think if he's not fit then Fulham could struggle. I think a draw is a fair shout. I'm wary of Newcastle's awful away record. Draw @ 3.50 with Betfred Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.99 with SBK
  11. Arsenal vs Tottenham The Premier League action is back after the international break and we have a baptism of fire to welcome us back into the chaos again as it's the North London Derby at 12:30pm BST on Saturday lunch time when Arsenal host Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium. Both teams are right in the mix for the Champions League qualification places this season and, dare we say, might even be considered dark horses for a title push. Arsenal fans are beginning to wonder if this is the year their team finally returns to the big stage. Mikel Arteta's side are back on top of the table after a 3-0 win away to Brentford which was a fantastic way to bounce back after the disappointing and, arguably, harsh 3-1 loss away to Manchester United. The Gunners have won 6 of their 7 league games so far and they took a 2-1 win in their opening Europa League group stage game away to FC Zurich. The team does have a number of potential injury concerns including Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney, and Oleksandr Zinchenko. It's now 6 home league wins in a row for Arsenal. However, they have now gone 8 home league games without managing to keep a clean sheet. Arteta does boast an impressive record of 7 North London derbies without defeat. Tottenham are another team looking like edging nearer to fulfilling their potential this season. Antonio Conte is clearly having a positive influence on the team and has led them to 3rd in the table with the club remaining unbeaten after 7 league games so far. It's an undefeated run that has stretched to 13 league games from last season. The team might not have churned out some classic displays but they are still getting the results despite performances not quite being as good as the fans would have liked. The sign of an impressive team. Harry Kane is once again a stand out for anytime scorer having bagged 6 goals in 7 league games already and netting 13 goals in 17 matches against Arsenal across all competitions. Son Heung-min could be the leftfield shout having scored 4 goals in his previous 5 league games against Arsenal and coming into this game off the back of a 13-minute hat-trick in the 6-2 home win over Leicester last time out. It's perhaps a good time for Spurs fans to look away with Tottenham having only won 2 of their last 37 away league games against Arsenal with the last of those wins coming back in 2010. There's not a lot separating these two teams at the moment but you have to say that it's been the Gunners who have produced the more convincing performances. Only 1 of the last 23 league meetings have been won by the away side in this fixture but I'm not convinced that either team can get one over on the other here. I wouldn't be surprised if this ended in a score draw. Draw @ 3.80 with SpreadEx BTTS @ 1.65 with SBK
  12. Anderlecht vs Charleroi Yes, I'm back fresh from a trip to Belgium so I thought where better to restart my previews than the home of luxury chocolate, sprouts, and dodgy early 00s dance music? It's Anderlecht versus Charleroi in a 12:30pm BST kick-off on Sunday afternoon from the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in the Belgian First Division A. The home team are heavy favourites but there's very little separating these two clubs. Anderlecht are having to get used to no longer being the undisputed kings of Belgian football and, so far this season anyway, they are actually in danger of slipping into the forgotten land of mid-table mediocrity. Felice Mazzu is the new man in charge after Vincent Kompany's departure to Burnley earlier this summer and it's not been an easy start to his tenure in charge at the club. The Purple and White are in 8th place and already 14 points off the title pace set by Royal Antwerp. It is just 1 loss from the last 5 matches across all competitions though and the team have picked up 4 points from their opening two Europa Conference League group stage games with a 1-0 win at home to Silkeborg and a 0-0 draw away to FCSB. It is also three home games undefeated in succession for the team in all competitions. Charleroi will see this as an opportunity to make a big statement about their hopes of qualifying for European competition this season. The Zebras are in 10th position in the Belgian top flight with consistency being their enemy. Head coach Edward Still will be disappointed with the team's current form consisting of 3 defeats from their last 4 league games with the team conceding 3 goals in each of those defeats. In fact, the solitary win in that run came against the 10 men of Gent at home. It's fair to say that Charleroi's away record isn't actually too shabby as of late with the team winning 2 of their last 3 away league games. Although the most recent away day did see a 3-2 loss at OH Leuven who are appearing to be a bit of a surprise package this season. This game has suddenly become vitally important to both of these teams because there is a risk that defeat could see their current disappointing situations slip into panic. Anderlecht undoubtedly face more pressure being the home team and a fan base with far greater expectation but Charleroi will want to be back competing for European qualification sooner rather than later and that could suffer a setback with a loss here. I have concerns over Anderlecht this season but it's early days for Mazzu. I think the home team should get the victory here but it'll be a battle. Anderlecht to Win @ 1.61 with Unibet BTTS @ 1.75 with Bet365
  13. Here are the odds for the next round of Greek Super League matches coming up. Hit us with your predictions for these games down below!
  14. Check out the latest odds and ratings for the next batch of matches coming up in the MLS. The play-off chase is intensifying as we reach the final weeks of the regular season. Who are you backing to reach the post-season phase? Give us your predictions below!
  15. Check out the odds for the next round of group stage games in the Europa Conference League coming up next week! Give us your predictions for these matches down below!
  16. The League 1 and League 2 fixtures have continued throughout the international break but the Scottish schedule is back now! Check out the odds and ratings above then share any bets you have planned with us down below!
  17. Apologies for the delay in getting this up. I've been on annual leave but back now! The Punters Lounge Fantasy Football League has a new leader at the top of the table after @StevenKing and his warning hazchem side stormed to the summit. His front three of Alexander Isak, Gabriel Jesus, and Erling Haaland is really doing the business. Allan Woods will feel his team name quite literally with this week being a steep learning curve as they dropped to 7th place after leading the way last week. Congratulations to Greg Nash and his Tokyo Rovers team who smashed their way to the top score of the week with 92 points. His decision to captain Son Heung-min proved to be a stroke of genius and his defensive line and keeper also delivered a whopping 33 points between them. He pipped @MinellaWorksop's Dynamo CamSmith FC who hit 91 points in a complete turnaround of fortunes from recent weeks. Welcome to the party Stuart! It's time to all point and laugh (checks notes to make sure it's not me) at the team with the lowest score this week! @Zidane123's Manchester United 77 could only muster 21 points on a dry week. Four of his players didn't even have a game scheduled thanks to the postponements so it's a tough knock for Shuaib and he'll be looking to bounce back this week!
  18. Italy vs England The focus of attention turns to League A Group 3 on Friday night when European football giants Italy and England go head-to-head in a 7:45pm BST clash at the San Siro in Milan. These two nations are in a battle for their lives to avoid relegation to League B but the pressure is certainly more on the away team to get a win than the home side. Which way will this one go? Italy were kings of Europe just over a year ago as they stormed to the European Championship crown but it's not all been plain sailing since then. Head coach Roberto Mancini has witnessed his team slip into a spell of inconsistency since their major tournament win with the team winning just 4 of their 14 matches played since that victory on penalties at Wembley against England. The Azzurri are 3rd in this group having managed just 1 win from their 4 group games thus far. It's also just 1 win from their last 4 home matches played which is disappointing form for a team that prided itself on their home record not so long ago. It will also be a concern for Mancini that his team have conceded 7 goals in their UEFA Nations League matches so far. England know that nothing less than a win here will do. It's been a very poor UEFA Nations League campaign for Gareth Southgate's men so far. The Three Lions sit bottom of the group with just 2 points from their 4 group games. They are 3 points adrift of their opponents who occupy 3rd position so even a draw would be problematic due to England's inferior goal difference. It's 4 matches without a win for England and the team have failed to even score in 3 of those games. The last outing was a terrible 4-0 home defeat to Hungary. It's a big slump in form for a team that stormed to the European Championship final in 2021 and to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018. If England fail to win this one then it piles a lot of pressure on Southgate to deliver at the World Cup this winter. It's just 1 win from the last 10 meetings for England against Italy and that record is even worse across competitive action with the English not beating the Italians in competitive games since a 2-0 win in the 1978 World Cup qualification campaign. England haven't experienced a win on Italian soil, even taking friendlies into consideration, since 1961 when a Gerry Hitchens brace and a goal from Jimmy Greaves helped them to a 3-2 friendly win. Both teams come into this game out of sorts and I'm not sure I can separate them. I wouldn't be surprised if they played out a bore draw that emanates a total lack of self confidence from both sides. Draw @ 3.30 with SBK Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.67 with William Hill
  19. Belgium vs Wales Two teams that have become very familiar with each other over the last decade meet once again in this League A Group 4 clash between Belgium and Wales in a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Thursday night from the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. The home team need a win to keep up the pressure on group leaders Netherlands where as the visitors need a victory to simply keep their realistic survival hopes in top league alive. Belgium remain one of the top ranked teams in world football but there's still the feeling they are not fulfilling their potential under the management of head coach Roberto Martinez. Failure to deliver glory at the European Championship last summer saw another major tournament pass this golden generation by and the fact they are 2nd in this group having dropped points in 50% of their matches so far suggests things aren't getting any better. The Red Devils started the campaign with a shocking 4-1 loss at home to Netherlands but it's been 3 matches without defeat since. The 6-1 win over Poland in their second group game showed what this squad is capable of but they have largely flattered to deceive. Madness when you think that this current squad includes the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Youri Tielemans. Romelu Lukaku is a stand-out absentee through injury. Wales are still celebrating the fact that they'll be appearing in their first World Cup since 1958 after beating Ukraine 1-0 in the play-off final back in June but the team has still delivered a number of assured displays in this League A group with the results just failing to match what the performances warranted. Robert Page earned a contract extension earlier this month but he has a number of selection issues ahead of this window with his injury list including Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies, Joe Allen, Harry Wilson, and David Brooks. Gareth Bale has also been confirmed as a likely doubt. The Dragons come into this game bottom of the group with just 1 point from their 4 matches so far but they have lost 3 games all by a single goal with the team conceding after the 85th minute in all three of those losses. So near, yet so far. The Welsh still fondly remember the historic 3-1 win over Belgium at the 2016 European Championship Quarter-Final and it's been just 1 win for Belgium in the last 7 meetings but this is a Belgium side that have only lost 1 home game since 2009 and have won 4 of their last 6 matches in all competitions. Wales are very threadbare and even though no matter what starting XI Page seems to send out they put in a performance full of effort and courage it just feels like the quality is lacking. This could be the game where Belgium dish out a bit of a hiding. I'm heading out to Brussels for this one on the day of the game and I'm just focusing on where the best places to drown my sorrows in Brussels will be! Belgium HT/FT @ 2.10 with Sporting Index Belgium -1 @ 2.10 with Betfred
  20. Scotland vs Ukraine The UEFA Nations League is back this week and the first preview is the clash between League B Group 1 rivals Scotland and Ukraine in a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Wednesday night from Hampden Park. These two teams are yet to meet in this edition of this competition but both are vying for that top spot and promotion to League A. Can either team get the win to boost their hopes? Scotland fans will still be suffering heartache after their World Cup play-off semi-final 3-1 home defeat to Ukraine back in June but this is a chance for revenge on the besieged nation. It's been a mixed bag of results since that demoralising loss with Steve Clarke's men seeing a 3-0 loss away to Republic of Ireland sandwiched by a 2-0 home win over Armenia and a 4-1 away victory over a 10-man Armenia. The loss to Ukraine earlier this year was a single defeat from their last 6 home matches. The Tartan Army have a strong squad available for this game and will be hoping they can get a win to leapfrog Ukraine at the top of the group heading into the final 2 group games. Ukraine will also be licking their wounds after the 1-0 loss to Wales in the World Cup play-off final but as the war at home shows a morale-boosting shift in momentum there is an enthusiasm to transfer that momentum onto the pitch. Head coach OIeksandr Petrakov has seen his team lose just 1 of their last 15 matches and it just so happens that Wales games was that single defeat. It's been two wins and a draw in the UEFA Nations League since then with the team topping the group and 1 point ahead of their opponents for this game. The Blue and Yellow have won 5 of their last 7 away games so will be full of confidence heading into this game after winning 3-1 on their last visit to this venue just under 4 months ago. It's probably fair to say that if Ukraine manage to take all 3 points here then they should go on to seal promotion to League A. There is no denying that this Ukrainian team are a dangerous unit right now and still play with the passion and patriotism that is heightened by events on the home front. Scotland feel like a team that might well have gone past their peak with Clarke now. There have been worrying signs in the previous matches in this competition and even though the reaction to the hammering at the hands of Republic of Ireland was positive against Armenia, it was a result gifted to them by ill-discipline by their opposition. I feel that Ukraine will take at least a draw here but fancy them for the win. Ukraine Draw No Bet @ 2.02 with Unibet Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.62 with SBK
  21. Check out the odds for the next lot of Turkish Super Lig games coming up after this international break. Share your bets and predictions for these matches with us down below!
  22. Check out the odds for the next round of Dutch Eredivisie matches that will be played after the international break. Give us your predictions for these games down below!
  23. Here are the odds for the next round of Belgian First Division A games scheduled to take place after this international break. Hit us with your predictions down below!
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