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31 minutes ago, Sir Puntalot said:

Same with Leicester to beat Watford - 4/7, really? Watford have been awful away, but again I just think it's another one of those matches where it's that stage of the season, both teams playing for nothing and nothing would surprise me. :\ 

Yes we're well into silly season but don't forget the ELO - a 2.5 goal advantage to Leicester :eek

Can't really blame the markets for pricing it the way they have from ratings perspective.

It's a game I don't want to get involved with but I agree that backing Leicester @ 4/7 is no value despite ELO.

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1 minute ago, Mindfulness said:

Yes we're well into silly season but don't forget the ELO - a 2.5 goal advantage to Leicester :eek

Can't really blame the markets for pricing it the way they have from ratings perspective.

It's a game I don't want to get involved with but I agree that backing Leicester @ 4/7 is no value despite ELO.

Time to hit Summer Leagues and South America. ;) 

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Can Arsenal win ? Seems that they still have chance to get into top 4

They only played 33 matches, still have 5 matches to go (maximum 15 points)

Looking back at the past 6 seasons, at current stage Arsenal is at either 3rd or 4th position. Today they are at 6th.

What is worrying is at the final third of the season (last 12 matches) for the past 6 seasons, Arsenal was able to maintain consistency in form, but this 2016-17 season has been the opposite as Arsenal did better in the first 12 matches. They have already lost 4 matches since matchweek 26 - They never lose more than 3 out of the final 12 matches for the past 6 seasons.

Under Arsene Wenger, they have never ever lost more than 3 out of the final 12 matches except on the season when he took over (1996-97)

Probably the closest comparison is from 2013-14 season where the team was shaky from matchweek 26 to 33 (DWLWLDDL) before recording 5 wins out of 5. But having said that, they were already in top 4 positions by then.

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HULL v SUNDERLAND

Hull at odds of 1.45 to beat Sunderland says it all.

It is a terrible price, but the bookmakers are convinced of the home win here.

Sunderland have been terrible away all season. They have picked up 2 wins and a draw from 16 games. They have failed to score 9 times on the road. This squad is so poor, that they could drop right through the Championship next season, straight into League 1. 

Another set of interesting stats regarding Hull at home this season. Against teams ranked 9 to 20 at home (11 teams) this season, Hull have lost just once. They have 7 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. Their real problem has been away from home where they have lost 12 times to the top 15 teams picking up just 3 points. 

What has really pissed me off with Moyes, is that he has tried nothing this season.  They have been the same stale, uninspired team all season, and have never given it a go. Losing does'nt bother me, as long as I have given myself a chance to WIN. But losing with NO UPSIDE is laughable. You kill a little more of yourself every time you do it...

I would like to see the PRE LEAGUE TABLE PREDICTIONS forum again. The one where people suggested there league table.

All of the following bets will be reasonable here

Hull HT/FT - Odds 2.2
No to BTTS - Odds 1.8
Under 2.5 goals - Odds 1.95
Hull Win to Nil - Odds 2.25

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Can Arsenal win ? Seems that they still have chance to get into top 4

They only played 33 matches, still have 5 matches to go (maximum 15 points)

Looking back at the past 6 seasons, at current stage Arsenal is at either 3rd or 4th position. Today they are at 6th.

What is worrying is at the final third of the season (last 12 matches) for the past 6 seasons, Arsenal was able to maintain consistency in form, but this 2016-17 season has been the opposite as Arsenal did better in the first 12 matches. They have already lost 4 matches since matchweek 26 - They never lose more than 3 out of the final 12 matches for the past 6 seasons.

Under Arsene Wenger, they have never ever lost more than 3 out of the final 12 matches except on the season when he took over (1996-97)

Probably the closest comparison is from 2013-14 season where the team was shaky from matchweek 26 to 33 (DWLWLDDL) before recording 5 wins out of 5. But having said that, they were already in top 4 positions by then.

I'm not sure arsenal will do anything in this game. Let Pogba handle Ozil ( a complete mismatch), and Herera man mark Sanchez, and I  don't think Arsenal can score. I would'nt bet a cent on Arsenal here.

Last 7 away league games across Europe 4 teams have won 6 games and drawn 1 (Man United, Roma, Napoli and Celtic). Man United have conceded 2 goals and scored 16. Their defensive improvement is so subtle, bit-by-bit, that it has gone undetected. Like going to the gym for 4 months. You don't see changes on a day to day basis, but you know the difference at the end of the period.

They are a very difficult team to beat. Forget Mourinho's verbal war  and I'll rest everyone comments. They can still field a combination of

De Gea

Darmian, Blind, Smalling, Valencia, Jones

Pogba Herrera Mata Mhikitarian lingaard

Martial Carrick Rooney, Martial  which will probably get the job done against a clueless Gunners outfit

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Why or how would Herrera mark Alexis? Arsenal needs a scorer. Someone who will add 20-30 goals per season and add some assists on account of Alexis as well. They are somehow far from balanced team. I have feeling that they have everything and nothing at the same time. Their style of football is changing during the match, and that's not happening because of ta tical reasons, but simply because opponent can force them to play differently to easily. On the other hand, they are relying on individual role of Alexis too much IMO. 

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17 minutes ago, Pep004 said:

Why or how would Herrera mark Alexis? Arsenal needs a scorer. Someone who will add 20-30 goals per season and add some assists on account of Alexis as well. They are somehow far from balanced team. I have feeling that they have everything and nothing at the same time. Their style of football is changing during the match, and that's not happening because of ta tical reasons, but simply because opponent can force them to play differently to easily. On the other hand, they are relying on individual role of Alexis too much IMO. 

Simple, stop Ozil and Sanchez and ARsenal are toothless.

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It doesn't really matter who does it. Physically it's a good match-up (though Ozil is wimp, that gets easily bullied out of games). Jones could do it as well. Stop Ozil and Sanchez and it's game over ...

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2 minutes ago, neilovan said:

It doesn't really matter who does it. Physically it's a good match-up (though Ozil is wimp, that gets easily bullied out of games). Jones could do it as well. Stop Ozil and Sanchez and it's game over ...

I think that's a major problem for Arsenal. They have so many players that aren't being used to their full potential. As a Cardiff and Wales fan, I am fully aware of how creative Ramsey can be. He showed at the Euros how he can tear apart even the best opposition with generally average players around him. So why isn't he doing it at Arsenal? Arsenal shouldn't be so reliant on two players when they have so many technically gifted players. It's obscene. I really can't pin Arsenal down. I'm tempted to say it will be over 2.5 goals but it's a tough call at this stage of the season.

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30 minutes ago, StevieDay1983 said:

I think that's a major problem for Arsenal. They have so many players that aren't being used to their full potential. As a Cardiff and Wales fan, I am fully aware of how creative Ramsey can be. He showed at the Euros how he can tear apart even the best opposition with generally average players around him. So why isn't he doing it at Arsenal? Arsenal shouldn't be so reliant on two players when they have so many technically gifted players. It's obscene. I really can't pin Arsenal down. I'm tempted to say it will be over 2.5 goals but it's a tough call at this stage of the season.

 Arsenal's biggest problem is that they have to many similar players. They have a reasonable midfield, but it seems that players don't really understand their  roles. For me Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been excellent almost every time I have seen him (only started 21 games). Yet they miss a Pogba (read Viera) type midfield general. One rock in the midfield lets everyone settle down and play around him. I can't stand Fellaini, but he holds the midfield well, and is doing a job there. WHo is doing this for Arsenal ?

Then Wenger is also playing the wrong formation. I think Arsenal would be well suited to a 4 3 3 . Play Sanchez, Walcott and Giroud upfront. They have 52 goals between them this season. Giroud has 12 in 12 starts, and gives them an extra dimension upfront (he scores goals with his head).

 

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2 hours ago, neilovan said:

 Arsenal's biggest problem is that they have to many similar players. They have a reasonable midfield, but it seems that players don't really understand their  roles. For me Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been excellent almost every time I have seen him (only started 21 games). Yet they miss a Pogba (read Viera) type midfield general. One rock in the midfield lets everyone settle down and play around him. I can't stand Fellaini, but he holds the midfield well, and is doing a job there. WHo is doing this for Arsenal ?

Then Wenger is also playing the wrong formation. I think Arsenal would be well suited to a 4 3 3 . Play Sanchez, Walcott and Giroud upfront. They have 52 goals between them this season. Giroud has 12 in 12 starts, and gives them an extra dimension upfront (he scores goals with his head).

 

It's meant to be Granit Xhaka but I'm not sure Wenger understands how to manage that position very well. Vieira was very self-taught and he also had help with Petit playing a similar defensive role with the Gunners reliant on the wing play of Pires, Overmars, and Ljungberg with Wright, Bergkamp, and Henry up front in the past. You allude to this by saying the players don't understand their roles. That's down to Wenger.

I'll be very interested to see how this match pans out. @neilovan, what's your bet for this game?

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41 minutes ago, StevieDay1983 said:

It's meant to be Granit Xhaka but I'm not sure Wenger understands how to manage that position very well. Vieira was very self-taught and he also had help with Petit playing a similar defensive role with the Gunners reliant on the wing play of Pires, Overmars, and Ljungberg with Wright, Bergkamp, and Henry up front in the past. You allude to this by saying the players don't understand their roles. That's down to Wenger.

I'll be very interested to see how this match pans out. @neilovan, what's your bet for this game?

My bet here is under 2.5 goals at odds of about 2-1. If United win I think it is 0-1 or 0-2 which are 13-1 and 21-1 respectively

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20 hours ago, Sir Puntalot said:

Hull 4/9 to beat Sunderland? Has the world gone mad? :loon 

Price always dictates whether you should back a team or not, otherwise you just can't win long term. I wouldn't back Hull to beat Hartlepool at 4/9, mental. They have been very good at home and will probably win, but don't be surprised if Sunderland pull off a shock here as there's no pressure whatsoever on them.

:loon 

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    • England vs Panama The result in the Belgium versus Tunisia game means that if England win against Panama in this 1pm BST kick-off this Sunday at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod then it will put themselves and Belgium into the last 16. It will also eliminate both Tunisia and Panama. England were far from at their best in their opening 2-1 win against Tunisia but a few positives came from the game. Harry Kane showed that he can score goals on the big stage. The England players showed they could rise above an injustice such as the penalty that never was when Kane was powerslammed to the ground in the box. It also showed the fight within this England side that they kept going until the bitter end. Panama were defensively resolute for the first 45 minutes of their World Cup campaign in their opener with Belgium. Sadly, the second 45 minutes will likely be a half they will want to forget. The 3-0 score-line actually flattering them in the end with the amount of chances Belgium had. It does not bode well for this game where England showed in the first 20 minutes against Tunisia just how dangerous they are going forward. There are rumours circulating within the English media that Marcus Rashford will start up top with Kane. That would be a bold move but I think it's necessary. Panama will have only defence on their minds. They are just happy to be at this tournament. Qualification to the 2nd Round is not even within their trail of thought so 11 players behind the ball in the final third will be a dangerous but likely strategy for the CONCACAF side. I'm going to have to back a dominant England win here. England haven't really put teams to the sword properly under Gareth Southgate. During qualification for this tournament, their biggest wins were 3-0 against Scotland and 4-0 against Malta. Even in that Malta game three of the goals came in the final 5 minutes. The result here will depend on how England approach the game. If they go full throttle then it could be 4-0 or 5-0. However, it's likely Southgate will be reluctant to see his players use more energy than necessary in a game they probably see as a given. Panama are no Iceland. Panama are far worse. I think England will look to get an early goal or two then sit back and play keep ball. Save the energy levels for the Belgium game and beyond. I wouldn't be surprised if England only win this 1-0 or 2-0. I certainly can't see them conceding though. England to win to nil @ 1.67 with BetStars Marcus Rashford Anytime Scorer @ 2.33 with UniBet
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    • South Korea vs Mexico The Mexicans have a lightweight team like the Koreans, but I think the Osório team's position is more aggressive, very different from what it was against the German national team. Koreans need the positive result, an hour will have to give way. Even if it is closed for a certain time, Mexico has the resources to wrap up this defense of South Korea that is not the best. I believe in at least two goals for the Mexican team in the match. Mexico Over 1.5 @1.98  (NetBet) - unit: 1  
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