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Manchester City v Manchester United Betting Tip Both teams to score – 27 April 2017

Premier League Tips
27th April 2017 Kickoff: 2000hrs Manchester City v Manchester United – Football – England – Premier League When the fixture list was drawn up last summer many would have looked to the second Manchester derby of the season as being a possible title decider due to how late it would be played in the campaign. A potential battle between old foes Guardiola and Mourinho –dueling to win their first title with these clubs. As we know now, that is not the way it has transpired and two of the giants of English football are not only lagging behind Chelsea at the top, they’re also faltering in their efforts to finish in the top four. City hold the narrowest of leads with a single point advantage meaning it is all to play for at the Etihad on Thursday. There’s no getting away from the fact that it has been a disappointing first term in charge for Guardiola at Manchester City. The Premier League has looked beyond them since before the turn of the year, they were eliminated from the League Cup by their city rivals in the early stages, were unable to see out their last 16 tie with Monaco despite holding lead from the first leg and to cap things off Sunday seen them knocked out of the FA Cup at the semi final stage by an Arsenal side who have been awful of late. The expectation was huge when the new head coach arrived and although it was naïve to think that he would somehow be able to wave a magic wand, the return has not been good enough all things considered. Failure to finish in the top four and not participating in the Champions League next season would be almost catastrophic for the club’s long terms ambitions, and there’s a very real chance that could yet happen if they are unable to find the three points on Thursday. United have not been regarded as a title contender since the very early stages of this season – if ever – which is not all that surprising when you think about the mess that Mourinho inherited. That said, the former Chelsea boss was backed with a huge transfer budget and that certainly seemed to increase supporters’ hopes that they could be able to win their first title since 2013. There have been encouraging signs at times with a long unbeaten record in the league still going and the League Cup triumph back in February also a highlight. The Reds continued their success in cup competitions with an extra time win over Anderlecht in the Europa League last week but that game was indicative of their season to date. Despite scoring first and looking superior to their opponent, Mourinho’s men did not have the killer instinct and missed a plethora of chances to make it much easier on themselves. The game also contained a couple of really sour episodes as both Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic picking up season ending injuries. Both players had enjoyed excellent seasons but it’s up to their colleagues to finish the season by clinching a top four spot and winning the Europa League. City’s inconsistency is there for all to see and it has been for the majority of the campaign. Since the turn of the year they have played 13 games in the Premier League, winning seven and drawing four. What they have been unable to do is string a run of eight or nine consecutive wins together which they should be capable of with the quality in their squad. With six games left that sort of run has to be the aim for the remainder of the season having won their last two against Hull and Southampton. You would struggle to be confident about their ability to do that, though, such is the fragility of certain areas of their team – particularly in defence. I alluded to United’s unbeaten Premier League run earlier and it has to be admired, especially as they have not entirely convinced for parts of that. Since losing heavily to Chelsea at the end of October, the Old Trafford club have not tasted defeat in their last 23 league games – winning 13 of those. There have been far too many draws, of course, but it’s at least a step in direction and something to build on not only for the rest of this season, but also with a view to next year when they will hope to be much closer to the top. Mourinho will also take great confidence from the fact that they have played Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton (twice) and Arsenal during that spell and none have been good enough to walk away with three points.

Manchester City v Manchester United Betting Tip

This will be the third meeting of the season between City and United and the score currently stands at 1-1. When City ran out deserved winners at Old Trafford back in September it appeared to be a big step towards establishing themselves as the most likely winners of the league and consigned United to hope for top four. The latter of those observations was accurate but City are now very much in the same position. Due to how tight the situation is at the moment from third to sixth, Thursday’s game will not be decisive but it will be a psychological advantage if one of them can get the win. City’s main issue this term has been in defence and it’s an issue that continues to blight them despite Guardiola attempting new systems and formations. Only on three occasions (from 15) have City prevented the opposition from scoring at home in the league which is an awful record for a team who hoped to be winning the title. Whilst United have struggled in front of goal they have an excellent record on their travels, failing to score just twice from their 15 away games. Looking at that alone would suggest that an away win may well seem good value but the visitors have not won away to any of the top seven this season. With that in mind, I think the safest option would be to back both teams to score in this one. Both teams to score 4/5 @ Betfair
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Arsenal v Manchester City Betting Tips: BTTS, 2017-04-23

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ARSENAL v MANCHESTER CITY Sunday 23rd April 2017 - Kickoff: 1500hrs Football - England - FA Cup Betting Tips The second FA Cup semi-final this weekend features another Premier League clash with Arsenal taking on Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon with both teams having surrendered their league title ambitions. It’s been a disappointing campaign so far this season for Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal team as The Gunners currently occupy sixth place in the English top flight, their worst league position for many a season, and a Europa League place now appears their best chances of european football participation as they are seven points adrift of today’s opponents Manchester City for a Champions League qualifier spot. In Arsenal’s favour though is their recent results against Manchester City which have seen The Gunners claim three victories, three draws and just one defeat to Manchester City which was City’s 2-1 home win over Arsenal in the league back in December. Onto Manchester City, and the highly anticipated new reign of manager Pep Guardiola was supposed to have sparked Manchester City into title challengers for the Premier League once again, but their season hasn’t shaped up to be the case at all. City sit in fourth place and find themselves 11 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea as they are in danger of having to qualify for next season’s Champions League and may even yet need to settle for a disappointing Europa League spot. Something in Manchester City’s favour ahead of this cup clash though is that they’ve captured back-to-back wins over Hull City and Southampton, so they too have reasons to be upbeat about their chances at Wembley today. To sum up, both of these teams have been horribly exposed on the european stage recently, and while both teams possess impressive attacking talent, their respective defences give cause for concern. This FA Cup semi-final may well represent the final chance to redeem these club's disappointing seasons. I’ll therefore back both teams to score here, which, incidentally, has happened in six of their last seven meetings in all competitions. Pick: Both teams to score @ 1.55 Sportingbet
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Chelsea v Manchester City Betting Tip – Chelsea, 5 April 2017

Premier League Tips
5th April 2017 Kickoff: 2000hrs Chelsea v Manchester City Football – England – Premier League Chelsea suffered a very surprising blip by losing to Crystal Palace at home at the weekend, just giving Tottenham some hope that they can still be caught in the race for the Premier League. That loss also makes the visit of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City even more important as Manchester City look to cement their place in the top four and will be able to play as the underdogs for a change – a tag they have not had too many times in domestic matches this season. It looked to be business as usual for Antonio Conte and his Chelsea team on Saturday when Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring in the fifth minute. The leaders looked set for their 23rd league win of the season and maintain their 10 point lead over Spurs. Palace had other ideas though, and two quick fire goals meant Chelsea lost at home for the first time since September. It certainly will not be panic stations just yet considering how dominant Conte’s team have been and in many ways the visit of City could just be what is needed to get them back to winning ways as the atmosphere and big match feel will ensure the intensity is back, which was missing at times on Saturday. Should they drop further points at home and Spurs are able to take three points from their match with Swansea then it really would be game on in the title race. City drew 2-2 with Arsenal on Sunday in what was a very strange game all in. The visitors started like a house on fire and scored in the first five minutes, proceeding to look as though they could score at will each time they went forward. Poor defending cost them yet again, though, and despite going ahead for a second time were unable to hold the lead. It’s pretty much been the story of their season under Guardiola and extended their run of draws to three. Thanks to Manchester United’s own slip ups, the blue half of the city remain in control of the fourth and final Champions League place which – along with the FA Cup semi-final – is their key target for the remainder of this campaign. Guardiola will be well aware of the challenge that awaits both he and his players as they visit a team who have displayed tremendous consistency but he’ll also know that his players have more than enough ability to trouble their hosts – particularly on the back of that weekend defeat. It’s virtually impossible to predict how Guardiola will line his team up in any game, particularly one where he has to try and combat a system that has been incredibly successful for Chelsea. Conte is known for sticking by his tried and tested (and will remain so despite the weekend loss) which is virtually the opposite of the man in the other dugout so it makes for an intriguing encounter.

Chelsea v Manchester City Betting Tip

Chelsea were 3-1 victors when these two met at the Etihad back in December and it was arguably that game which signaled where these two teams were likely to end up. City looked good in the opening exchanges and were the better team at times. Chelsea, however, adjusted to the circumstances in the game and proved to be too strong, clinical and powerful for their opponents – deservedly running out winners. City players lost their head at the end of that encounter and it could well be that there are some scores to settle on Wednesday. Although you would never want to lose a game at this time of the season, the defeat to Palace may not have been the worst thing in the world to happen to Chelsea. It would have been extremely unlikely if they were able to negotiate the rest of the campaign without losing and the fact they have another home game to back it up – against this opponent as alluded to earlier – could be what’s required to get them over the line. City are simply a team you cannot trust and one of Conte’s biggest strengths is being able to pinpoint any weaknesses that the opposition may have – in City’s case that’s the defence, particularly right back. Whoever is selected for City will have to face Eden Hazard and that is a battle few will win. It could well be that’s what decides the game but I’m firmly behind Chelsea to win and do the double for Guardiola and City this season. Chelsea 7/5 @ Bet365
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Middlesbrough v Manchester City Betting Tip – 11 March 2017

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Saturday 11th March 2016 Kickoff: 1215hrs Middlesbrough v Manchester City Football – England – FA Cup Now we are getting to the latter stages of the FA Cup there is a mixture of cup and Premier League action over the course of the weekend. There have been longstanding arguments about whether playing league games on cup weekend dilutes the prestige of the FA Cup but that’s a debate for another day and for other more concerned people. One of the all Premier League ties of the quarter final stage sees struggling Middlesbrough host a Manchester City team who may see this as their best and most obvious chance of a trophy. 2017 has been abysmal thus far for Aitor Karanka and his Boro team as they slip ever closer to an immediate return to the Championship. Their last win in the league came way back on the 17th of December and since then it has been 10 straight without success. They have failed to score in seven of them which has further highlighted a major issue that has blighted them ever since Karanka has arrived at the club. Boro are the lowest scorers in the Premier League, scoring a measly 19 and despite being relatively good defensively, are in serious danger of going down. Currently third bottom with only four wins all season, they are now three points adrift of safety and unless they can find some form soon then you seriously fear for them. The only slight positives for them since the turn of the year is the fact they have been able to record two victories in this competition, beating Accrington Stanley and Oxford United. Unfortunately, they have not been anything like convincing in either of them and it goes without saying that this game will be a much different proposition. City had been building up a bit of steam of late with four straight wins in the league and an impressive come from behind win over Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. That good run came to somewhat of a halt on Wednesday as they were frustratingly held by Stoke at home, the game ending goalless. It all but puts paid to their hopes of catching Chelsea at the top of the table and leaves them to concentrate on securing a top four finish, progressing in the Champions League and attempting to win this. Their route to this stage has also not been straightforward having been taken to a replay by Championship outfit Huddersfield. They did of course go on to win 5-1 at the second time of asking, and that followed two comfortable successes away to fellow Premier League teams West Ham and Crystal Palace. With the second leg against Monaco to come next midweek it is a busy time for Pep Guardiola’s men but they do have a slight advantage with this game being played early afternoon Saturday before playing in France on Wednesday.

Middlesbrough v Manchester City Betting Tip

These two met in the league at the Etihad back in November when Middlesbrough were able to register a very credible draw and deservingly so as well. It was a period in the season when City were really struggling for form whilst Boro were arguably at their most impressive stage of the campaign. Much has changed since then and the fact it is in the cup may also see the teams take a slightly difference approach. Both managers have elected to use their squads in the FA Cup – which is basically the done thing for Premier League clubs these days - so we cannot be entirely sure how either team will line up, which makes it slightly more difficult to advise a bet but what we do know for certain is that Manchester City’s squad has far more depth and quality to it in comparison to Middlesbrough. City have shown some real good form in the cup thus far and have actually found it easier scoring goals in the FA Cup than they have in the league. There is an argument to be made that playing in this could prove a welcome distraction for the home side but considering their current position I think it’s the complete opposite. Boro cannot afford to priorities the cup if they wish to stay in the Premier League, in my opinion, and if they are to exit it this weekend as I suspect they will, I do not anticipate it being too devastating for Karanka. City have won three of their four games in this competition by three or more goals and I think that’s another realistic outcome this weekend. The main selection is backing the visitors minus a goal but I would also not put anybody off being more adventurous and also having a go at -2 and -3 goals. Manchester City -1 6/5 @ Stan James
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Manchester City v Monaco Betting Tip Both teams to score – 21 February 2017

Champions League Tips
Tuesday 21st February 2016 Kickoff: 1945hrs Manchester City v Monaco Football – Europe – Champions League The second set of last 16 fixtures take place over Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and they look more evenly matched than some of the games played last week. One that certainly falls into that category is Manchester City against Monaco which may not have looked as competitive if the draw was made eight months ago. City have regained some much needed form of late but they will have their hands full against a Monaco team who lead PSG in Ligue 1 and have been scoring for fun. The decision to entice Pep Guardiola to City, and pay the many that comes with it, was to improve the club’s performance in the Champions League. Manuel Pellegrini eventually led them to the last four in his final season but they rarely looked like threatening Real Madrid over the two legs and went out tamely. Guardiola has of course won this competition twice as manager as Barcelona but could not get his previous club Bayern beyond the last four stage. It was not a vintage group stage by any means but they did show that on their day, this City team can compete and beat the best when brushing aside Barcelona 3-1 at the end of October. As ever though, achieving that consistency is key and that performance was more the exception than the norm meaning they had to settle for second spot. Being drawn against Monaco definitely presents them an opportunity but they’re also a team who cannot afford to underestimate an opponent. Monaco have been a breath of fresh air in Ligue 1 this term as their attacking football has been one of the big stories of the European season. Not only is their style of play pleasing on the eye but it’s effective as well, and the team from the principality are putting it up to PSG who have dominated French football of late. What makes their league form that bit more impressive is the fact they have been able to combine their efforts with progress to this stage of the Champions League – a campaign which they started back in July. They had to negotiate two tricky encounters against Fenerbahce and Villareal before being drawn against Tottenham, Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow. Monaco deservedly topped that group, losing only one game which was on match day six in what was a meaningless game for them having already qualified. They come into this game with more than a fighting chance and will cause plenty of problems for City.

Manchester City v Monaco Betting Tips

These two have never met in a competitive game before but City only have to look at Monaco’s recent record against English teams to realize how difficult both legs will be. Monaco accounted for Arsenal two seasons ago – turning in an excellent performance at the Emirates – whilst they also won home and away against Tottenham and were the better team in both games. City took seven points from their three home games in the group stage and considering they did not win any of the reverse fixtures, will feel they may need a lead to take to Monte Carlo for the second leg. Games involving Monaco virtually guarantee entertainment and although City have tightened up of late, they are yet to convince against an attack such as the one that Tuesday’s opponents possess. The visitors are spearheaded in attack by Radamel Falcao but they are known for scoring goals from all over the park. Guardiola will no doubt have something up his sleeve to combat that but there remains a fragility about this team. Four of Monaco’s six group games seen both teams scoring whilst three of City’s also seen the same outcome , and it looks a safe selection to click on this occasion. Both teams to score 7/10 @ Betfair
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Huddersfield v Man City Betting Tip Over 3 goals – 18 February 2017

FA Cup Tips
Saturday 18th February 2016 Kickoff: 1500hrs Huddersfield v Manchester City Football – England – FA Cup The Premier League takes a backseat this weekend as the FA Cup reaches the last 16 stage. Teams will now beginning to think that if they can win two more games they will be playing at Wembley and there’s plenty of teams from the lower league who remain in with a chance of doing that. One of those teams is inform Huddersfield who take on what appears to be a huge challenge with Manchester City coming to town. That said, the Terriers are riding high in the Championship and are full of confidence. David Wagner was best known as being Jurgen Klopp’s right hand man before coming into English football, but he is quickly being recognized as a very talented and effective coach in his own right. He’s been in charge of Huddersfield for just over a year and the improvement at the club in that time is remarkable. Now, in the middle of February, the Yorkshire club are sitting third in the table and are only five points off of leaders Newcastle. Bearing in mind this is a club who have never played in the Premier League and have yo-yoed between this level and League One for the best part of a decade, that in itself is some achievement. They look well placed to finish in the top six at the very least and if they can continue on their current form – where they have won their last six and lost only one of their last 15 – then they will have an excellent chance of finishing in the top two and securing automatic promotion. Wagner and his players will switch their attention to the FA Cup this weekend and although underdogs, they will surely relish taking on Pep Guardiola and City. City themselves seem to be in a really good point of their season just now, with Monday’s win away to Bournemouth meaning they have now won four straight – the first time since the end of September. Considering how dominant they were in the opening weeks of the season and the expectation amongst the support with Guardiola’s arrival, that’s remarkable in itself. The key challenge for all concerned is being able to maintain a similar level of form for the rest of the season and attempt to challenge on all three fronts. City have returned to second spot in the league where they remain a lengthy eight points adrift of Chelsea and will take on Monaco next midweek in the last 16 of the Champions League but before that, they face a tricky game on Saturday as they look to progress in a competition which they have not won since 2011. It may be that the FA Cup presents City’s best opportunity of winning silverware in Guardiola’s first season, as sobering as that may be.

Huddersfield v Manchester City Betting Tips

This game pits two teams in excellent form against each other and it should be an entertaining one at that. City have a huge game coming up in the Champions League but Huddersfield also have a very important fixture of their own this coming Tuesday as they host Reading, a team just below them in the table, in a game that is bound to have an impact on the promotion picture in the Championship. All that can wait, however, and we can look forward to this one first, particularly as it takes place at 3pm on a Saturday. Both Wagner and Guardiola have similar philosophies on how the game should be played which should ensure this is an entertaining game. Huddersfield have only lost twice at home this season and have scored eight goals in their two FA Cup games to date, albeit against lower league opposition. City have had more than their fair share of disappointments this season, especially on the road, but there are signs that the team’s mentality is strengthening to go with their undoubted quality. They, too, have scored eight in the FA Cup and have also yet to concede, and both games have been against Premier League opposition – away from home. I expect the trend to continue in this one and advise backing over three goals, meaning if there are exactly three goals scored then stakes are returned. 66/67 @ 10bet
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West Ham v Manchester City Betting Preview – 6 January 2017

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Friday 6th January 2016 Kickoff: 1955hrs West Ham United v Manchester City Football – England – FA Cup The FA Cup Third Round has long been one of the most anticipated weekends on the English football calendar and whilst it may carry the same prestige as it once did, there’s still excitement around. West Ham face Manchester City in the first game of the round this year, with both sides requiring a boost from what has been a disappointing first half of the season. West Ham last reached the final in 2006 – contesting an epic encounter against Liverpool, whilst City have reached it twice in the last six seasons, winning once against Stoke before a shock loss to Wigan two years later. Who will take one step closer to Wembley this time around?! There was real positivity building around West Ham after Slaven Bilic guided the Hammers to seventh – and a place in Europe – in his first season in charge, ahead of their move to the London Stadium. That positivity has been tempered somewhat this term, however, as West Ham have been unable to hit those same heights. Monday’s loss at home to Manchester United was their 10th defeat of the season and one that leaves them in the bottom half of the table. They do have a seven point cushion over the bottom three and managed to string three crucial wins together in December, but expectation now is such that the supporters are not accepting of merely surviving in the Premier League. The club have this week been linked with several strikers in a attempt to add depth to their squad and it could be a new signing with a proven ability to score goals at the top level will ensure they kick on between now and May. The hysteria that surrounded Pep Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad has been diluted somewhat with City struggling to keep on track with leaders Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. Recent losses to that opponent and Liverpool have highlighted some real shortcomings of the team and their seemingly inability to put a run of form together that many felt they were capable of. For a manager that only knows success in Spain and Germany, his first experience of England has certainly been something of a reality check and one that has begun to annoy Guardiola who has been noticeably irked with the media of late. His players at least showed some of the desire and grit that has been lacking by defeated Burnley at home despite playing the majority of the game with 10 men and will be hoping that the result and second half performance is the foundations for a very positive run of form to begin 2017 – starting with Guardiola’s first FA Cup game this evening.

West Ham United v Manchester City Betting Tips

These two have already met in the league this season as City survived a second half scare to record a 3-1 win which took them to the top of the table at the time. That seems a long time ago for Guardiola but he’ll be desperate for another win over the hammers with a view to continuing City’s participation in the competition. West Ham will just be hoping that the switch of competition brings with it better results at home than the league does. To give them some confidence, they have already defeated Chelsea in the other domestic cup this term. Both teams have struggled defensively this season which should mean for plenty of goals in this encounter. West Ham have kept just four clean sheets all season whilst City have not been much better with seven – taking into account that two of them were against Steaua in the playoff round of the Champions League. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals was a slightly unlucky loser for us in midweek but I think that’s the route to go on this occasion. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals 20/23 @ Coral
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Leicester v Manchester City Betting Tip Manchester City – 10 December 2016

Premier League Tips
Saturday 10th December 2016 Kickoff: 1730hrs Leicester City v Manchester City                                                                         Football – England – Premier League League With European football now out the way until February for both these clubs, all attention focuses on Premier League points for Leicester and Manchester City. The two will come into this weekend’s game needing the win for very different reasons as the hosts attempt to climb away from the relegation zone whilst their opponents will be looking to close the gap at the top of the table. It’s fair to say that neither have had the best of weeks so a win to end it would be very much welcome for both managers. After the huge high of surprising everybody and winning the Premier League title last season, Leicester have came crashing back down to earth domestically, at least, and find themselves in 16th spot after 14 games. They have, of course, qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League – topping their group no least – but competing in two competitions seems to have been their undoing in the Premier League. The summer additions do not seem to have added the depth required so Claudio Ranieri will be relieved that he can concentrate solely on ensuring they are not dragged into a relegation battle and attempt to pull clear before they return to European action next year. They welcome City on Saturday evening having failed to win in the league since the 22nd of October, losing three of their last five. Another major concern for the manager is their poor defensive record as the Foxes have not kept a clean sheet in the league for eight games. City will be on a recovery mission this weekend after a disappointing home defeat to Chelsea last Saturday which further illustrated that there is some serious work needing to be done with this team. The defeat was compounded further with the petulant dismissals of both Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero who will both miss Saturday’s trip to Leicester, indeed the latter will not be available for selection in the league again until New Year’s Eve. The situation is certainly not terminal as City lie in fourth, four points adrift of leaders Chelsea. They, too, have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League but Guardiola (who is known as a perfectionist) will know better than anyone that if they are to be successful in England and Europe, then performances and standards will simply have to be a lot better on a more consistent basis – starting on Saturday.

Leicester City v Manchester City Betting Tips

Leicester surprised world football last season when they took on and defeated the best England had to offer, and City failed to beat them on either occasion the two met. The circumstances surrounding the first meeting of the two this term are much more different as the home team come into it desperate for some respite after a recent poor run. City have not performed to the levels we expect but they could well have that bit of extra quality to make the difference. As both clubs had already ensured qualification for the next stage of the Champions League, Ranieri and Guardiola opted to rotate their squads so their first choice XI will be well rested ahead of this one. City have won their last three away games in the league and even without Aguero I fancy them to edge this one and inflict yet more misery on their hosts. Manchester City 3/4 @ Betfred
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Manchester City v Celtic Betting Tip Both teams to score – 6 December 2016

Champions League Tips
Tuesday 6th December 2016 Kickoff: 1945hrs Manchester City v Celtic                                                                                         Football – Europe – Champions League Incredibly, this week sees the final round of group stage matches in this season’s Champions League. It seems like barely any time has passed since both these teams were opening their campaigns back in September but they will close out this stage of the competition with very different paths ahead of them. City have already done enough to secure second place and qualify behind Barcelona for the last 16. Celtic, on the other hand, will finish bottom of the group and will only be playing for coefficient purposes along with pride. That said, if we can get a repeat of the game at Celtic Park then we could well be in for a treat. City do not come into this match on the back of the result they would have been hoping for after losing 3-1 at home to Chelsea last Saturday. It was a game hyped as being between two teams with genuine title credentials and many people’s favourites for that accolade. Despite going a goal up in the first half, Pep Guardiola’s men were well beaten in the end and done themselves no favours for the upcoming matches with the nasty sending offs of both Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho in the latter stages. As they had already qualified and could finish no better than second in the section, it’s unlikely that Guardiola will change his strategy for this game but he may just be that little bit more motivated to ensure they finish the group off on a winning note and refocus minds ahead of their weekend fixture away to champions Leicester on Saturday evening. City will also be keen to continue their winning record at home in the Champions League where they have racked up six wins and two draws in their last eight games at the Etihad. Celtic looked set to be on course for their first ever domestic defeat under Brendan Rodgers against Motherwell at the weekend as they went behind 2-0 and 3-2 before a rousing comeback ensured a 4-3 win and stretched their lead further at the top of the Scottish Premiership. The second half performance was a further indication of how much growth and development this team has went through in the six months that Rodgers had been at the club, and further illustration of their dominance of the Scottish game. European football has been much more challenging, of course, as you would expect when you compare the resources of the Scottish champions to the likes of City and Barcelona. Qualifying for the group stage was the main goal this term and that as achieved after three qualifying matches. Their chances of progressing any further were not helped when drawn in this section, and the writing was on the wall with a 7-0 thrashing away to Barcelona to kick off proceedings. To Celtic’s credit, though, they have turned in much more accomplished performances since that loss and could easily have a couple of wins on the board. As it is their two points have come at home to City and away to Borussia Monchengladbach – they’ll be hoping to add to that tally tonight. Guardiola is expected to give many of his fringe players a run out this evening with a view to not only give some of the younger players in the squad further experience, but also allow his key players some rest after what has been a hectic first half of the campaign. Many of his squad have played two games a week since early August between domestic, European and international commitments and this dead rubber of a match presents an opportunity for a break ahead of what will be a chaotic festive period for the club as they bid to climb their way back to the top of the table. What the manager (and neutral) will be looking for from those who come in is the tempo to be right from the outset otherwise it could descend into something of a training game. It would be a surprise if Rodgers plays anything other than his strongest team available for the game as he looks to lead his players to what would be a famous win. It may not mean anything in terms of qualification but it does provide an opportunity for his team to continue to grow at this level and build their coefficient rating which should mean an easier passage in future qualification campaigns. Celtic have plenty to look forward to between now and the end of the season but they will want to avoid a similar performance and result to that they experienced against Barcelona in the Nou Camp. There were plenty of positives to take from the 1-1 draw against Monchengladbach in their last away game and it will be about building on those.

Manchester City v Celtic Betting Tips

The 3-3 draw back in September between these two was arguably the game of the group stage and whet’s the appetite for tonight’s game. It’s sometimes difficult to get players motivated when there’s little meaning to the result but as it’s another clash between Scotland and England – and the fact that thousands of Celtic fans have travelled to Manchester – the atmosphere should help with the pace and tempo of the game. It’s a match that probably means more to the visitors as Rodgers will have his eye on developing his players further ahead of their next participation in the Champions League. Defences were posted missing at times when they last met and neither were on top form at the weekend in their respective domestic matches when both shipped three. I envisage another entertaining game at the Etihad with City and Celtic both demonstrating they have plenty of options in attack throughout their seasons thus far. City’s last six games have all seen both teams scoring and Celtic certainly have enough to trouble them on Tuesday backed by their amazing supporters, and it was also a winning selection for the column back in September in the last meeting. Both teams to score 8/11 @ Stan James
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Manchester United v Manchester City Betting Tip Both teams to score – 26 October 2016

English Football Betting
Wednesday 26th October 2016 Kickoff: 2000hrs Manchester United v Manchester City Football – England – EFL Cup Despite only coming to the end of October, Wednesday plays host to the second Manchester derby of the season as United meet City for a place in the quarter final of the EFL Cup. The red half of the city will be looking for some revenge following a 2-1 defeat in the league back in September. Anybody expecting United to have immediate success with the arrival of Jose Mourinho will be suffering from something of a reality check at this point in time. Having been in the wilderness somewhat since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, the club went all out to get Mourinho to replace Louis Van Gaal during the summer and there was a belief that the former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach would have an instant effect on the club’s fortunes. That belief was further strengthened when he acquired some big name players (and personalities) that appeared to have been lacking under the previous two managers. Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, amongst others, were the high profile players that United supporters craved, and hoped would get them back to the top of the tree in England this season. Fast forward a couple of months and the smart money is on the turnaround at Old Trafford is going to take slightly longer. Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea would have been a humbling one for all concerned, particularly Mourinho against his old club, but it was also an illustration of how limited this United team remain when having to chase games. Few can compete with the Portuguese man when it comes to frustrating opposition teams, but losing a goal so early in the game was their downfall and one they could not recover from. Ten wins from the first 10 games of the season looked to have City on track to fulfill their own supporters’ expectations of this season. With Pep Guardiola arriving at the club, along with a host of big money signings, there was huge optimism surrounding the club and they could not have started the season in better form – both domestically and Europe. The last five games, however, have brought them back down to earth with a bump and there is a need for a significant improvement if they are to have the success that so many predicted. City remain winless in the month of October having lost to Tottenham and Barcelona, and drawn at home to Everton and Southampton. There’s no doubt that they have suffered some bad luck along the way and could easily have more points on the board than they currently possess, but there remains a naivety to how the team defend and that is being exploited at every opportunity. Guardiola has enjoyed overwhelming success everywhere he’s went but there is some suggestion that he is trying to overcomplicate matters early in his City career with certain player selections and tactics, not least leaving Sergio Aguero on the bench against Barcelona last midweek. Mourinho has been critical of the performances of some of his players already this season and he would have been angry with the manner of the defeat against Chelsea on Sunday. Despite their early season troubles, United remain just six points off the league leaders and are definitely within reaching distance. However, the concern has to be around their overall performances which have been far from convincing, especially in attack. The arrival of Zlatan was expected to solve their goal scoring problems, in the short term at least, but he has struggled over the last six weeks, scoring just one goal in his last nine appearances. His last goal in the league actually came when these two last met at Old Trafford in September. Without him scoring regularly there has been a distinct lack of goals in general, as United have managed to score more than one goal in just four of those games. With Champions League qualification far from assured at the halfway stage, and with their league campaign faltering, Guardiola has understandably stated that there will be some changes ahead of this EFL Cup match. Despite being drawn away to their biggest rivals, this competition still ranks as the least important of the three they are currently contesting and it will provide an opportunity for some of his fringe players to get a run out, at the same time affording key players some rest. Kevin De Brunye is ruled out through injury but we can expect several more changes to the team that faced Southampton on Sunday. Nevertheless, considering the run they are on at the moment, all concerned will be hoping that Wednesday night is a return to winning ways as City try to spark their season back into gear.

Manchester United v Manchester City Betting Tips

When the two met in the league back in early September, City looked to be a superior outfit for long spells but the match could easily have been drawn late on. Whilst this week’s game will not carry the same significance, it remains a derby and one that both managers will want to win, even if they are likely to freshen their teams up ahead of important league and European fixtures in the next week. Although it may not have the array of stars that would normally bestow this fixtures, there will be plenty of talent on show and a number of match winners on both sides. I often think that this competition allows teams to play with a bit more freedom as it is not the same prestige or importance that others carry. As that’s the case, we should expect to see Mourinho play with less restrictions that he normally may and as Guardiola tends to play a similar way all the time, I can see this being another entertaining encounter – similar to the 2-1 game which City edged. The visitors have not kept a clean sheet since the middle of September whilst United have only managed to shut out on opposition team at Old Trafford since August, and that came in the Europa League to Zorya. Both teams to score looks a reasonably safe bet, here, at tempting odds. Both teams to score 3/4 @ Betfair
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