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Champions League Betting

There should be a pretty interning UEFA Champions League campaign ahead for the four English sides getting in on the action this season. Leicester, Man City, Arsenal and Tottenham are representing the Premier League in this season’s affair and on Thursday the draw was made with Manchester City landing themselves in the highlight group where Pep Guardiola will get re-united with Barcelona. Scottish champions Celtic join them in the group as well along with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Leicester, after their surprise Premier League title last season got a much more favourable draw as they go into action against Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen. This is new territory for the Foxes of course and while Porto will be a threat in the group, Brugge and Copenhagen are really lacking Champions League experience lately as well, so the Foxes may well have a great chance to mix things up and qualify from their section. Leicester managed to avoid Atletico Madrid and PSV Eindhoven in the draw.

Champions League 2016/17 Group Stage Infographic

Tottenham are back in the mix for the first time in six seasons and they have to take on CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco. It looks like a pretty manageable group for the Lilywhites who will be playing their home games at Wembley this season in the competition because of construction at White Hart Lane. Arsenal can be fairly pleased with their UEFA Champions League draw having been pulled out alongside Basel, Ludogorets and their toughest challengers in the group, French champions PSG.

But it is the big prospect of Manchester City and Barcelona going head to head in the group stage which is really the highlight of the draw. How will Pep Guardiola get on against his former club? There are a couple of other big clashes around the group stage draw with Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid paired together in Group D while Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will square off in Group F. We take a look at some of the early betting options for the UEFA Champions League Groups Draw 2016

Group A: Paris St-Germain (France), Arsenal (England), Basel (Switzerland), Ludogorets (Bulgaria).

Not too bad a draw here for the Gunners as they will be expected to qualify from this fairly routinely. There are easy matches against Basel and Ludogorets to come for the North London outfit and their only big battles will come against PSG who of course don’t have Zlatan Ibrahimovic prowling around any more. Good news for the Gunners there, but the French champions are running as 8/11 favourite to win Group A with online betting site Bet365 leaving Arsenal as 13/8 second favorites to top the pile.
Prediction: PSG, Arsenal

Group B: Benfica (Portugal), Napoli (Italy), Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Besiktas (Turkey).

There is always at least one understated group that will fly under the radar a bit in the group stage and this is it. This isn’t likely to be an explosive group because there are tricky away games for all of these in this group, with even the favorites Benfica and Napoli having to go to the Ukraine and Turkey. Italian outfit Napoli should be strong enough to work their way through the group stage efficient enough and they have the gaols in them to cause a lot of problems. Enough to top the group.
Prediction: Napoli, Benfica

Group C: Barcelona (Spain), Manchester City (England), Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany), Celtic (Scotland).

This is the ‘Hollywood’ group of the UEFA Champions League draw without a doubt. Barcelona get to face up against Pep Guardiola’s Man City for the third time in the last four seasons and they are 2/5 odds on favourites to win the group ahead of Man City who are at 11/4. Barcelona are still expected to come out on top with Bet365 offering 1/2 on Man City taking 2 points or fewer from the two meetings with the Catalans. Guardiola is at City for a stronger Champions League campaign but once again the gods of the draw haven’t been that kind to the Premier League outfit. Celtic, given their struggles through qualification may find the going tough while Monchengladbach aren’t too likely to make a massive impression. They will likely battle Celtic for the UEFA League spot.
Prediction: Barcelona, Man City

Group D: Bayern Munich (Germany), Atletico Madrid (Spain), PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), Rostov (Russia).

Little doubt about the two favoured to get through this group into the knockout stage of the competition. That will be Bayern Munich who are running at 4/9 to top the section, with last season’s losing finalists, Atletico Madrid at 2/1. The two games between those two is likely to be the deciders in the group, with PSC and debutants Rostov pretty much just making up the numbers. Despite losing Guardiola, Bayern still look a very strong outfit with a powerful squad and should be able to top the pile.
Prediction: Bayern, Atletico

Group E: CSKA Moscow (Russia), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), Tottenham (England), Monaco (France).

Here come Tottenham then and they are a trading at 11/10 to take the group win. There are some tricky games in there for the Lilywhites but overall they can’t be disappointed by this draw whatsoever. CSKA Moscow and Monaco are beatable while Bayer Leverkusen as solid a they were last season, may not have the goals in them to really make a huge impact. Spurs should be able to get through this group on their home form alone, while the Germans may follow them through.
Prediction: Tottenham, Bayer Leverkusen

Group F: Real Madrid (Spain), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), Legia Warsaw (Poland).

A huge clash between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund is going to go down in this one. Along wit the Man City group, this should be a cracker. Real Madrid are a little vulnerable on the road in Germany so Dortmund will have a chance in this one. They Germans are 2/1 to win the group against the 1/2 on Real Madrid. These two were came together in the 2013/14 competition and both took respective home wins. In the last six meetings between the two, Dortmund have won their three home games, Real Madrid two of them (D1).
Prediction: Dortmund, Real Madrid

Group G: Leicester City (England), Porto (Portugal), Club Brugge (Belgium), FC Copenhagen (Denmark).

So here come Leicester in their UEFA Champions League debut. What an occasion for them and they will be happy with the draw although they are lacking the big fixture against a heavyweight. That may come in the knockout stage though. Leicester are actually 11/8 second favourites to win the group behind the 5/4 price on Porto. It should come down to a shootout between those two for the qualification spots because Brugge haven’t been here since the 2005/06 season while Copenhagen are one of the lower ranked clubs to make it to this stage. Good chance for Leicester but you would probably still lean towards the value of Porto, with their experience, getting top spot.
Prediction: Porto, Leicester

Group H: Juventus (Italy), Sevilla (Spain), Lyon (France), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia).

It may not be too hard to delineate what is going to play itself out in this group. You have Juventus, who despite losing Paul Pogba, spent a  lot of money on Gonzalo Higuain to bring them the goals that they need as a true poacher. The Italians should still be strong enough to march their way to success in this group. Sevilla, after winning the UEFA Europa League again, are back for a crack at the UEFA Champions League group stage. They are a tough side to crack on home soil, but the vulnerabilities may be there out on the road from them. Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb probably won’t be up to much.
Prediction: Juventus, Sevilla

Key dates

  • 13-14 September – First round of group matches
  • 6-7 December – Final round of group matches
  • 14-15/21-22 February – Round of 16, first leg
  • 7-8/14-15 March – Round of 16, second leg
  • 11-12 April – Quarter-finals, first leg
  • 18-19 April – Quarter-finals, second leg
  • 2-3 May – Semi-finals, first leg
  • 9-10 May – Semi-finals, second leg
  • 3 June – Final (Cardiff)

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25th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League Betting

Manchester City

Manchester City v Steaua Bucharest Betting Preview – UEFA Champions League 24th August

Well the Citizens already have this tie in the bag so Pep Guardiola could even rest his regular starting eleven and cruise through. It was that easy for them in the first leg, posting a 5-0 win over Steaua and there could be more misery for the Romanians as they head to the Etihad on Wednesday evening. Given the evidence of the first leg there is no way back into this tie at all for Steaua who looked a long way short of quality against the UEFA Champions League outfit.

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Manchester City v Steaua Bucharest Betting Tips

It has been all positives for Manchester City so far under Pep Guardiola. They have won both of their Premier League games this season and have stretched out a massive lead in this UEFA Champions League play off round tie against Steaua Bucharest. City banked a 5-0 win in the first leg out on the road and now they return to the Etihad just looking to go through the motions and see off the tie to make it through group stage of the tournament. The first leg was so easy for them, they quickly figured out how to crack open the Steaua defence and they didn’t look back. Sergio Aguero scored a hattrick against the beleaguered defence and he missed a couple of spot kicks as well. Aguero is obviously the 1/2 outright favourite in the anytime goalscorer market. He has looked in some sharp form already this season.

Will Pep Guardiola just take things easy in this one, give a run out to some of his squad players and rest key players? He can do that and still cruise through this tie off course because it is all over bar the shouting. It’s remarkable how Raheem Sterling has quickly gotten back to his best under Guardiola and how summer signing John Stones actually looks like a quality defender. It’s a big impact that the boss has. So all around this looks easy for City and you can back them to win to nil in the second leg as well, which is a price of 4/5 on the game and looks a nice bit of value. You have options like 5/1 on a Man City 1-0 and a 6/1 on a Man City 3-0 result happening through the correct score market. City have only faced Romanian opposition once before that was when they beat Timisoara 3-0 on aggregate in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League Play Offs.

Steaua have had plenty of history against English sides and from their 19 previous games against English opponents have gone W5 D4 L10 (W5 D2 L3 at home – W0 D2 L7 in England). So they are winless in England and are likely to remain that was as well. Both of Steaua’s previous two visits to the play off round of UEFA Champions League qualifying saw their ties end level on aggregate. That’s not going to happen here, but the question is, can they go out and restore a little bit of pride at least? Probably not. Steaua have posted a W4 D2 L1 record for the season across all competitions, but they looked so short of the quality needed to stand up to City in the first leg, that this is, more likely than not, going to be another fruitless visit to England. Over 2.5 goals is a price of 1/2 on the game with Bet365.

Manchester City v Steaua Bucharest Betting Odds

Man City 1/5, Draw 6/1, Steaua Bucharest 18/1

Manchester City v Steaua Bucharest Predictions

Easy for Manchester City. There’s no other word for it. This will all depend on what side Guardiola puts out and how driven they are to go and put more goals on the board. This could be another route or just as easily peter out into a non-starter with City sitting so comfortable. Either way it is still worth backing Manchester City to win to nil at home here.

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23rd August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League Betting


Last season Stoke managed to pull off a 2-0 home win over Manchester City in the top flight to continue some pretty solid home form that they have against the Citizens. Saturday’s early kick off in the top flight this Saturday is Stoke v Manchester City from the Bet365 Stadium. Because of last season’s result there, this makes this pretty interesting and looking back, Stoke have lost only one of their last eight league home games against Manchester City. Is another upset on the cards for the Citizens?

City are one of the title favourites this season under Pep Guardiola and they were on fire in midweek against Steaua Bucharest in winning 5-0. But that was an extra game for the Citizens to get through and that could play in favour of Stoke, whose defence is way tougher than Steaua. City have drawn five of their last seven visits to face the Potters and so this one certainly isn’t cut and dry by any stretch of the imagination. Will Guardiola get his first taste of Premier League defeat?

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19th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


Stoke v Manchester City Betting Preview – Premier League 20th August

There was an upset in this corresponding fixture last season when the Potters put a victory on the board over the Citizens. But they go as underdogs on home soil for this season’s coming together with Manchester City. Stoke opened with a draw against the newly promoted Middlesbrough, while Manchester City banked a win in Pep Guardiola’s opening Premier League fixture, knocking off Sunderland 2-1. City were rampant in midweek at Steaua Bucharest in the UEFA Champions League play off round, thumping the Romanians 5-0.

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Stoke v Manchester City Betting Tips

Well given the recent history between these two in the Potteries, this could be a tricky test for Manchester City. Stoke and City have traded two wins each in the last four meetings and from Stoke’s perspective that is a big increase in output having won just one of their previous twelve against them. Stoke won this fixture last season, putting a 2-0 victory on the board in a bit of a shock result. How they would love a repeat of that after having opened with a slightly disappointing 1-1 draw away at Middlesbrough last weekend. Five of Stoke’s last seven home games against Manchester City have ended in a draw and that could be a bit of a tempter on this one. Stoke would probably be pretty happy with that and a 1-1 correct score option for the game fetches you in a price of 6/1, the shortest priced option in the market.

So Stoke have been defeated in just one of their eight previous Premier League home games against Manchester City now. So how will they fare at the Bet365 Stadium this time around? If you take out Man City’s 4-1 win in here in 2015, of the other seven games, then Stoke have only conceded the four goals against the Citizens. So it is pretty solid and Peter Crouch has netted three goals in his last four home games against the Citizens and he can be backed at 3/1 in the anytime goalscorer market. The Potters have lost each of their last three home games in the league played in the month of August though and each of those losses came by a 1-0 scoreline. You can have a crack at a Manchester City 1-0 correct score for a price of 7/1. Considering that City have scored in just one of their last three visits there, it may be a decent option.

Manchester City opened their Premier League campaign this season with a 2-1 win over Sunderland at the Etihad. It wasn’t the most creative of performances though but they were sharp and ruthless in beating Steaua Bucharest 5-0 in the Champions League Play Off first leg tie in midweek. Sergio Aguero scored three goals in the game and missed two penalties as well. Aguero has scored six goals in six previous Premier League matches against Stoke and is 3/1 first goalscorer favourite for this match. City are only going to get better and better with each game under Pep Guardiola and as a club manager, he posted a W30 D4 L2 record in his last 36 games. Considering their struggles to put wins and goals on the board at the Bet365 Stadium, this is a good test for them.

Stoke v Manchester City Betting Odds

Stoke 4/6, Draw 11/4, Stoke 4/1

Stoke v Manchester City Predictions

The Potters have done pretty decently against Manchester City in their previous Premier League home games against them. However, the way that City played in midweek was very impressive, even with it being against low-quality opposition, they really got to play to Aguero’s strengths and City are carrying enough threat to post a rare win on the board at Stoke.

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18th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

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The first televised game on Saturday coming up from the Premier League is Stoke v Manchester City. It’s been a busy start to the new season for Manchester City who got themselves off to winning ways in the English top flight under Pep Guardiola last weekend. The Citizens posted a 2-1 home win over Sunderland, who only narrowly avoided relegation last term and it wasn’t the great flair-laden spectacle that perhaps punters were expecting from Man City.

There is going to be transition time before Guardiola really gets the club playing his week and they face a tricky trip to the Potteries on the weekend when they take on Stoke. The Potters got away with a draw against the newly promotional Middlesbrough on the weekend, and they may take some heart from the 2-0 victory that they posted over the Citizens in last season’s corresponding fixture. The otters are 4/1 underdogs for the game though, with Manchester City in at 4/6 and the draw at 11/4

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Manchester City

Steaua Bucharest v Manchester City Betting Preview – UEFA Champions League, 16th August

Manchester City make their first foray into the UEFA Champions League under Pep Guardiola after having made a winning start in the Premier League under him on the weekend. This is the first leg of their Play Off Round and the Citizens are strong favourites to go out and put the win on the board out in Romania. However, the Romanians have a pretty decent W5 D2 L2 record at home against English sides. This will be the first ever meeting of the two clubs.

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Steaua Bucharest v Manchester City Betting Tips

So Steaua didn’t get the most comfortable of draws in this one in their quest to make it to the group stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League. Still, the Romanians have faced English opposition before and they haven’t done all too badly really. From their 18 previous contest with English sides they have posted a W5 D4 L9 (W5 D2 L2 at home – W0 D2 L7 in England) from those matches. So definitely the strength is in their home form here. Steaua are here because of their 3-1 aggregate win over Sparta Praha in the third qualifying round. This then will be the third time that they have contested the UEFA Champions League play offs and from their previous contests at this stage, they have ended level on aggregate. They beat Legia Warsaw on away goals in 2013/14 but lost out on penalties to Ludogorets Razgrad in the 2014/15 campaign.

Chelsea was the last English side that Steaua faced, which was in the group stage of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League and they lost 5-0 on aggregate over the two matches. The Romanian club are just starting their new domestic season and they have taken three wins from three so far, not having conceded a goal in any of those. So you imagine that they will know that they are heavy underdogs and will set out to contain the Citizens for as long as they can.

So it could be  frustrating evening for the Citizens who opened their Premier League life under Pep Guardiola with a somewhat flat 2-1 win over Sunderland at the Etihad. There wasn’t much in terms of creativity from the Citizens in the match to be honest, but weren’t at total full strength. The Citizens have faced Romanian opposition before, having faced Timisoara in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League play offs. For those who don’t remember that, the Citizens won 3-0 on aggregate. For Manchester City this will be their first appearance in the UEFA Champions League play off round.

City are going as heavy favourites and will be backed heavily for the win. But you will be looking at other betting options as well for this one such as under 2.5 goals going at 21/20. That’s actually quite tempting because City will be happy enough to come away with a clean sheet victory in the bag you would imagine and won’t be busting a gut in this one. City to win to nil in the match is a price of 5/4 and you have an option of Man City 1-0 or a Man City 2-0 correct score option which are both trading at a price of 6/1. Sergio Aguero heads up the anytime and first goalscorer market for the match. This is where the calm experience of Pep Guardiola should really show itself.

Steaua Bucharest v Manchester City Betting Odds

Man City2/5, Draw 4/1, Steaua Bucharest 11/2

Steaua Bucharest v Manchester City Predictions

The Citizens have to be pretty happy with this draw and they should ease their way through this contest. It is not expected to be the most spectacular of nights in terms of performance but there’s no need for that. It’s just turn up in Romania, get back on the plane and get home for the Premier League on the weekend. A professional job should see City win to nil.

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14th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League Betting

Manchester City

Manchester City v Sunderland Betting Preview – Premier League, 13th August

There were changes at the top for both of these over the summer. David Moyes was drafted in to Sunderland after Sam Allardyce departed for the England job. The bigger news though was that Pep Guardiola joined up with Manchester City and the managerial great will get a crack at his first taste of Premier League action on Saturday evening. Will he, and the new players that he has brought into the club over the summer have an immediate impact? Will they look like a title-hungry side once again?

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Manchester City v Sunderland Betting Tips

So will Pep Guardiola kick off his Manchester City tenure with a home win? That is what is expected to happen and punters will probably have locked in City as a banker this weekend. Along with Guardiola, there have been new players coming into the club as well over the summer, with the likes of Nolito, Leroy Sane and John Stones adding to their already star-studded squad. Last term, City looked short of drive and enthusiasm but that will probably change a lot this term. Manchester City have won their last four Premier League games against the Black Cats and from 12 previous Premier League home games against the Mackems, City have never lost (winning ten of those twelve). So they are clear favourites here and Pep Guardiola has won the opening league game of the season as a manager in each of his last six seasons too.

Will the changes at the club add even more to Sergio Aguero’s goal output? It’s a fascinating though and he is the top goalscorer in the Premier League during the 2016 calendar year having netted 17 goals in 18 league games. Not only that he has scored three goals and assisted two more in his last three Premier League appearances against Sunderland. Aguero is 8/15 in the anytime goalscorer market with Kelechi Iheanacho running at 10/11. You can take a quote of 9/4 on Sergio Aguero in the First Goalscorer market. The Citizens have been good starters to new seasons recently, and have posted a W6 D1 record in their last seven opening weekend fixtures in the top flight. From their eight previous home openers in the Premier League, they have posted an unbeaten W3 D5 record. City have scored at least two goals in each of their last four home games against Sunderland (W3 D1).

You can take a quote of 8/15 on the game going over 2.5 goals which looks a pretty solid bet in this one. Tough opener for new Sunderland manager David Moyes who will be looking to fill Sam Allardyce’s sizeable shoes. As a note though, Moyes has won five times before as a manager at the Etihad and only Arsene Wenger (6) has won more there as a visiting boss. So while positive stats for them are hard to find for this game, there’s one at least. They have been inactive over the summer in the transfer market and really have done nothing to try and boost their creativity and output up front. That is likely to be a problem for them at City, creating enough chances to try and keep themselves in the game. Jermain Defoe was brilliant last season and he is a quote of 7/2 in the anytime goalscorer market for this one.

Manchester City v Sunderland Betting Odds

Man City 1/5, Draw 11/2, Sunderland 12/1

Manchester City v Sunderland Predictions

The CItizens should be able to pick up the three points in this one. They have had little trouble scoring and beating Sunderland in recent times and they should extend their winning streak over the Mackems. It’s hard to see what impact that the visitors are going to have in this game. Home win in a game which goes over 2.5 goals.

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11th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Football Betting

Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund Betting Preview – Euro 2016, 29th July

The Citizens make their entry into the summer’s International Champions Cup and they will be bowing straight out afterwards. Their game against Manchester United was cancelled because of weather conditions and a poor pitch out in China. So the Citizens have just the one game and it is against Dortmund who hammered Manchester United in their opening game of the event. Can the Citizens do a little better than that, or will Pep Guardiola survive against a club that he knows so well?

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Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund Betting Tips

This is a good summer friendly match to look forward to, being played out in China in Shenzhen. The Citizens were due to play Manchester United on July 25th but the game at the National Stadium, Beijing got cancelled and there won’t a rescheduling of it. Bad weather ruined that spectacle. Still it gave City some extra time to rest and get ready for this after the long trip out east. City opened their summer with a 1-0 loss at Bayern Munich, with new boss Pep Guardiola sending out a lot of reserve and academy players in the match. That having been said, you could see his style, notably his high-pressing game, being acted out on the pitch. They are likely to be going with a stronger starting line up in this one, will they be able to handle the power of Dortmund?

Manchester City have Sergio Aguero at 11/8 with Wilfried Bony at 7/4 going in the anytime goalscorer market. Then you have Dortmund’s goal machine Pierre Aubameyang who is a 13/10 shot to net. He got a goal against Manchester United the other day. So this game does have the look of goals in it and there is certainly the firepower available to make that happen. There should be good sides out for the first half of the match at least and therefore you have a nice punt on the game going over 2.5 goals for a price of 4/5 with online betting site Bet365. As always, we always suggest watching for the starting line ups and then enjoy live in-play betting on the goalscorer markets and correct score markets.

So Borussia Dortmund made really light work of beating Manchester United In their opening International Champions Cup match. They took a 4-1 win over the Red Devils and looked a whole world sharper and fitter. There have been big changes at the club over the summer having sold Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels but they have brought back some quality players as well and may have done some good business, with notably Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle joining them. So there is still high quality there and as we saw last season, under boss Thomas Tuchel, they play a very energetic and positive game. They have the goals in Aubameyang as well so can they do a similar job against City as they did against United?

Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund Betting Odds

Man CIty 11/8, Dortmund 15/8, Draw 12/5

Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund Predictions

Dortmund have to be the value in this one. They were on point in beating Manchester United and this will be the first summer showing for most of the City starting line up we presume. That has to have a bearing on the game and while Pep Guardiola knows the men in yellow very well, he may suffer a rare defeat against them here.

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27th July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Premier League Betting

The Premier League 2016/17 is set to be a wide open affair by the look of the odds running around at the moment. The race is so wide open and the depth of contenders looking bigger than ever before, that Bet365 have changed their each way terms on the Premier League outright market to a fifth the odds and have stretched it out to three places as well. The each way on the market is usually covered in just the two places.

So what is causing all the uproar in Premier League 2016/17 betting? Well, last season Manchester City and Manchester United were both left to scrap things out for fourth place. It was Manchester City who got it and therefore worked their way back into the UEFA Champions League. But with big managerial changes for both sides over the summer, Jose Mourinho heading to Old Trafford and Pep Guardiola taking over at the Etihad, much more is expected of both sides this season.

Manchester United seem to be on the hunt for midfield superstar Paul Pogba and Bet365 have pulled United into 7/2 to win the Premier League. When Pep Guardiola announced back in February that he was heading to Manchester City, the Citizens were around the 11/10 mark to win next season’s league title, but they were eased a little bit to 5/2 over the weekend. With United though having been out as big as 7/1 when the market opened, there is a chance, that if they land Pogba, that they will be going off as favourites.

Rupert Adams of William Hill rates the likelihood of United being favourites as “unlikely but not impossible” but according to Betfred’s Peter Spencer “it’s highly likely, especially if United complete the Paul Pogba deal”. Coral’s Nick Goff thinks United and City could be 3-1 joint favourites when the season kicks off.

Manchester United are the only team in the top ten of the betting who are a loser for us – and they’re a significant loser,” said Goff. “We opened at 7-1 in May and have laid bits at each price down to the current 7-2.”

But they are not the only two names in the picture of course, you have Arsenal, who were runners up last season and potentially making a high profile move for Riyad Mahrez at a quote of 6/1 while Chelsea are the same price as well. What will have appeal for Chelsea is that new boss Antonio Conte is likely to whip them into shape and is a tactical mastermind and on top of that, the Blues have no interest at all in Europe this season so will be fresher for longer on the domestic front.

The same can be said of Liverpool as well, who are skipping European duties this term and they are a quote of 9/1 to win the Premier League this season, Jurgen Klopp’s men having some big appeal and that leaves the Anfield crew at the same price at Tottenham. Then you have reigning champions Leicester who are a 25/1 quote after their unexpected title run last season. Compounding their title defence will be the distraction and extra work needed for the UEFA Champions League.

Coral’s Nick Goff continued “The Leicester effect means we have red numbers next to every team from 500-1 down.”

“We’re shorter about them than we would have been a year ago but that’s not putting off customers.

“The biggest loser is Middlesbrough at 1,000-1, who would cost us several million already – we’re only in July.”

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25th July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

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Manchester City v Manchester United Betting Preview – International Champions Cup, 25th July

It is still pre-season but there’s nothing like a Manchester derby. This one is going off in China as part of the International Champions Cup so nothing at stake but a bit of pre-season pride. Jose Mourinho will want a big response from his troops after they were hammered by Borussia Dortmund on Friday, and Pep Guardiola will be out looking for his first victory with Manchester City after having lost a friendly against former club Bayern Munich recently as well. The Citizens will have a stronger side out for this one though.

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Manchester City v Manchester United Betting Tips

Pep Guardiola will be hoping for just that little bit more from his squad as he looks to rebound from a loss in his first game in charge of City. That was a return to him to the Allianz Arena where he saw his youthful City side lose 1-0. There were 12 academy players in the squad for the game and in resting players after the Copa America and Euro 2016, it wasn’t a side which was anywhere near full strength. The big names will be joining up for the tour in China which is where City are for the International Champions Cup. Raheem Sterling, Joe Hart, new signing Nolito, David Silva and Sergio Aguero are set to join the party. After facing Manchester United at the National Stadium, City will then face Borussia Dortmund on the 28th of July.

The Citizens did a lot of high pressing in the game against Bayern, which is a big feature of Guardiola’s game, but naturally it will take time for it all to kick into full force. But they looked comfortable. The Citizens didn’t really create a wealth of chances for themselves though and because this is a friendly so just wait until kick off then you can go and knock around the live in play goalscorer betting markets, because until you know the strength of line ups, it’s not worth it in the pre-match markets. The same will go for the Correct Score market for example, as well. There was a lack of goals in last season’s Premier League meetings, just the one netted over the two games, giving United a 1-0 win.

Manchester United took a right hammering against Borussia Dortmund in their opening match in China. They were 2-0 down at the break and found themselves 3-0 down before new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan netted a consolation. United were nowhere near as sharp or match ready it would seem, as Borussia Dortmund were, there was quite a big gulf in class between the two. That’s a lot of goals shipped, but Mourinho isn’t a worried man, citing that Dortmund have been through more pre-season preparations than his squad. The Red Devils may be a little stronger come the start of the match against City, but then again, where United failed, City’s younger players actually held their own pretty well against Bayern Munich.

Manchester City v Manchester United Betting Odds

Man City 6/4, Man Utd 7/4, Draw 23/10

Manchester City v Manchester United Predictions

All that you can do is go based on what you saw from their respective games against Bayern and Dortmund. City looked the sharper of the two with having a weaker side than the one United put out against Dortmund. So that perhaps has to count for something, so have a crack on the Citizens putting the win on the board, probably in a low scoring game.

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25th July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

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