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Premier League Predictions > Jan 1st - 3rd

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Glenn Murray to score against West Ham - odds 2.75 at bet365

He loves scoring against the Hammers, whose defence is leaky this season. Zabaleta is back in the starting lineup, so it's an improvement in comparison with the lineup against Burnley. Fabianski has been fantastic in goal but he can't save them all. West Ham are tired and Brighton had an extra day of rest.  Murray only played 15 minutes against Everton so he will be fresh today.

A side bet - both teams to score - 1.84 at pinnacle.

I believe there's value in the away win at  odds of 4.2 - Brighton are poor away but they have won 2 matches this season already (that's 2 out of 10) and West Ham have lost 50% of their home matches (5 out of 10).

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Manchester City vs Liverpool

Next up is the big one. Title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool go head-to-head in this epic clash at the Etihad Stadium tonight for an 8pm kick-off. Could the outcome of this match play a pivotal role in deciding which team wins the Premier League title this season or are we all being a little dramatic?

Manchester City had endured a rough patch of 3 defeats in 4 league games before their 3-1 win away to Southampton in their last game. It had some suggesting the wheels had come off the Pep Guardiola express. Was it a blip or are teams starting to work out how to deal with City's attacking prowess now? The club remains in 3rd place in the league but a win here would see them move up to 2nd and to within 4 points of leaders Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp's side are still unbeaten this season. The Reds have won 9 league games on the bounce and with the team currently 6 points clear at the top of the table before this game their fans are starting to dream. This is arguably their toughest challenge to date though. They come to the Etihad Stadium where they have only won 1 of their last 9 visits but I think we can all agree that they'd certainly take a draw here.

Liverpool do hold the better record over City in recent years. The Reds have won 4, drawn 1, and lost 1 of their last 6 meetings. This is also the strongest Liverpool side in decades according to a lot of pundits so should we be expecting another Liverpool victory?

It appears Klopp has the best of Guardiola in their head-to-head battles. No other manager in Guardiola's career has given him more grief than Klopp. Their time together in the Bundesliga and Premier League has seen Klopp get the better of his counterpart on more occasions than not.

History suggests there may be favour for City. Not only have City won their first match of the calendar year in 11 of the last 12 years but Liverpool are notoriously mediocre at best during January. The Reds have won just 5 of their last 17 matches in all competitions played in January. They have lost 9 of the 24 matches played under Klopp in that month.

This is one of the most unpredictable games yet. This Liverpool side is exceeding the expectations of most of us. City have faltered but is it simply a case of them getting their bad patch out the way and Liverpool yet to have theirs? No team has ever failed to go on and win the Premier League title with the lead Liverpool had coming into the new year. I'm just not sure they'll win this one. It feels like it's about time Guardiola got one over on Klopp. I can see a 2-1 or 3-2 win for City here. A cheeky bet is Sergio Aguero to score anytime given he's bagged 6 goals in 6 home league games against Liverpool.

Manchester City to Win @ 2.10 with BetVictor

Anytime Scorer: Sergio Aguero @ 2.25 with Ladbrokes

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@Xcout

Appreciate that mate. I think the markets have broadly struggled to get a grip on Wolves games so far this campaign. The Palace +0.50 closing line was around 1.7 so the market adjusted eventually but basically they were very slow here and this gave us space for a nice value bet.

 

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