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Premier League Betting

The fixture list for the 2015/16 Premier League was announced on Tuesday and immediately there was some appeal in 11/2 shots Manchester United, who will be more than delighted with the run in that they have at the end of the season. Louis van Gaal’s men could be in with a good shout of snatching the title if they are in the picture down the final stretch, as there is a clutch of winnable matches waiting for them.

United’s last five games next season are against Aston Villa, West Ham, Leicester City, Norwich and Bournemouth. So their 11/2 quote at Ladbrokes to win the Premier League crown will certainly have even more appeal when punters look at that. But, of course, things do get balanced out a bit because they have a tough October where they face Arsenal, Everton and Manchester City in consecutive games.

Chelsea holds favouritism at the ahead of the market with a 6/5 Ladbrokes quote. The Blues open at home against Swansea but then face their first big match of the season when they travel to Manchester City on August 15th, their second fixture of the season. Chelsea face Bournemouth, Sunderland and Leicester in their final five fixtures, the other two in that sequence behind home fixtures against Spurs and Man City.

The Chelsea Game aside, Man City look to have a comfortable start to the season, but they will turn around at the end and have to face Chelsea and Arsenal in their last five games and the Citizens are running as 5/2 second favourites to win next season’s title. As for Liverpool, they are running out at 28/1 to get their hands on the domestic price.

Brendan Rodgers faces a tough sequence of opening away fixtures, kicking off with a trip to face Stoke at the Britannia, where they were humiliated 6-1 on the final day of last season. Their next away game then sees them go to Arsenal, which in turn is followed by a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

Next season’s newcomers Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich will be relatively happy with the respective fixtures which they have to kick the season off with. Bournemouth takes on Aston Villa at home, while Watford make a trip to Everton who are generally slow out of the blocks while Norwich will entertain Crystal Palace at Carrow Road. Ladbrokes are offering odds of 33/1 that all three win their opening fixtures.

Some other Premier League enhanced odds specials running at Ladbrokes at the moment are Bournemouth to avoid relegation at even money (up from 8/11), Watford to avoid relegation at 5/4 (up from evens) and Stoke to land a top ten finish which is also now a price of 5/4 (up from even money). That’s it, folks, Premier League 2015/16 betting starts here.


17th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Arsenal FA CUP

Well it was so comfortable in the end for Arsene Wenger as he guided Arsenal to their record 12th FA Cup title. The Gunners put on a great show to blow away the challenge of Aston Villa, banking themselves an easy 4-0 win over the Midlands outfit.

It took them until the 40th minute to find the breakthrough, Theo Walcott opening the rout. Walcott had been a 15/2 quote in the first goalscorer market for the FA Cup Final. Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and then deep into stoppage time, Olivier Giroud popped up with a fourth. So a successful FA Cup defence for the Gunners.

Can they make it three in a row next season?

Arsenal are running as 7/1 third favourites in 2015/16 FA Cup betting, putting them in as joint third favourites alongside Manchester United. Chelsea are the 5/1 favourites for FA Cup success, with online betting site Sky Bet, followed by Manchester City at a 6/1 quote.

It is a pretty tough feat to pull off three FA Cup wins in a row, the last team to do it was Blackburn back in the 1880’s.

 


30th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Premier League Betting

Manchester City v Southampton Betting Preview

Southampton need to produce a win from somewhere at the Etihad on Sunday. That is the only way in which they could potentially book themselves a top five finish. They start the weekend in seventh place, two points behind fifth placed Liverpool. Getting a win against City won’t be easy though as the Citizens are in brilliant form at the moment having won their last five on the bounce.

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Manchester City v Southampton Betting Tips

The Citizens are finishing the season with a real bang. They have banked wins in each of their last five Premier League games and are in immense home form too. They have netted sixteen goals in their last five games the Etihad and they put three past Southampton when the two met on the South Coast back in November. The Citizens have taken wins in each of their last four home games against Southampton and currently in the Premier League, they are on a six match winning streak at home and have gone unbeaten in their last seven there. Their overall home form has been W13 D3 L2 and with an average of over two goals per game from them at home, you can back this one to over over 2.5 goals at a quote of 1/2 with online betting site William Hill. When you have Sergio Aguero in form, it’s pretty easy to win games. He has six in his last five game and is a 3/1 First Goalscorer quote with online betting site Betfred. The Citizens have taken five clean sheets in their last six home games and are an 11/5 quote to win to nil.

Manchester City v Southampton

If they want to bank a top five finish, Southampton would need the three points and hope that Liverpool and Spurs fail to win their respective final games. So it’s not looking too likely, and the Saints themselves are big underdogs for three points. They boosted their confidence with a 6-1 win at St Mary’s over Aston Villa last weekend. But that doesn’t paint an accurate picture of their recent form. Since losing keeper Fraser Forster they have gone on the slide and have lost three of their last five played (W1 D1 L3). With just two wins in their last six it is hard to expect them to take three points at the Etihad. They aren’t carrying the away form to pull that off, having lost five of their last six away from the south coast (D1). Pile on top of that a loss on each of their last four visits to City, then the Saints don’t look too likely to add to their best ever points tally for a Premier League season.

Manchester City v Southampton Betting Odds

Man CIty 4/7, Draw 4/1, Southampton 11/2

Manchester City v Southampton Predictions

Southampton had hit the skids until they produced that massive win over Villa last weekend. All that did was keep their hopes of a top five finish alive, but those hopes will probably be crushed by Man City who are in great form at the moment and looking for their sixth win on the bounce. Would back a home win and Aguero to score anytime.

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21st May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Football News

Online betting site Skybet have backed Manchester City into odds on favourite (5/6) to sign Raheem Sterling in the summer. The 20 year old is priced up at a 2/1 to remain at Liverpool, with Chelsea and Arsenal both trading at 5/1 with the bookmaker to capture the signature of the England forward.

Sterling and his representatives apparently told Liverpool on Monday that he had no intention of signing a new deal with the Anfield club when he sits down for contract talks on Friday. While fans may look at this is something of a greedy move by Sterling, with former Liverpool man Phil Thompson saying that he believes Sterling is stonewalling because of asking for a hefty new salary.

Raheem Sterling

But it could of course be down to ambition. Liverpool failed to break into the UEFA Champions League for next season and with three of the top four clubs having their names in the hat to sign Sterling, then the youngster is likely to stand a bigger chance of winning silverware with a move to somewhere like Man City or Chelsea. In the current standing of things, that is just fact.

Sky Bet’s Chris Spicer said: “We’re starting to see a lot of interest on the Transfer Specials now, with some big deals being backed to happen this summer.

“We typically see quite balanced betting on these markets with some shrewder punters getting less carried away by the speculation, but all the money has been on Sterling to switch clubs when the transfer window opens.”

 


19th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Premier League Betting

Swansea v Manchester City Betting Preview

Manchester City are still nervously looking over their shoulders and seeing Arsenal looming large in their rearview mirror. That is the scrap for second place, but the Citizens can take a huge step towards securing the runners up spot with a win at the Liberty on Sunday. But they will be facing an in-form Swansea side who have something to play for themselves, a shot at making next season’s Europa League.

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Swansea v Manchester City Betting Tips

Well, both of these have run into a bit of form, with Swansea having won their last three Premier League matches in a row. Can they make it four in a row, something they have only ever managed to do once before (August 2014)? A big three points on offer for sure, but Swansea have lost four of their last five matches against Manchester City, drawing the other one. They gave a great account of themselves earlier in the season at the Etihad losing 2-1 after Wilfried Bony (now of Man City) had put them ahead in the game. They didn’t have the resiliency to hold out those. Swansea have recorded numbers of W5 D1 L1 in their last six Premier League match and have only suffered one defeat in their last seven at the Liberty Stadium. Garry Monk incidentally has the best win percentage of any Swansea City manager in the Premier League (42%)

Bafetimbi Gomis has fired off a goal in each of his last four appearances for Swansea in the Premier League, although in general they still look a little lightweight in the final third of the pitch. Gomis, who netted the winner against Arsenal last weekend to break the good form of the Gunners, is trading at a quote of 2/1 in the Bet365 anytime goal scorer market. The Swansea have only been beaten at home four times this season, and of all their home games they have have only been losing at half time in five of them. This most likely will go under 2.5 goals, with three of the last four between them at the Liberty having done so. Only 39% of Swansea’s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals, and you can this one to go under at 6/5, which looks decent value.

The Premier League golden boot is more likely than not going to end up in the hands of Sergio Aguero this season. He has caught fire again, firing in eight goals in his last five games and not only that, he is big 3/1 first goalscorer value, as he has netted the opening goal on each of his last five top flight appearances. That’s some form. He has scored the opening goal in games more times than any other player this season (10). Manchester City’s away form is still a little ropey, having lost four of their last five. They ended their losing streak on the road in their last away game, taking a 1-0 win at Tottenham. Could be value in a Draw/Man City half time/full time bet as Man City’s substitutes have been involved in more Premier League goals than any other side this season (18 – nine goals, nine assists).

Swansea v Manchester City Betting Odds

Man City 3/4, Draw 3/1, Swansea 4/1

Swansea v Manchester City Predictions

The Swans have been going well but have struggled to get much change out of Manchester City in recent times. They will probably push hard but at the end of the day, with City’s Aguero firing again, that may make the difference in the three points going to the away side in a low scoring affair.

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16th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Football Betting

“I have already said 200 million times – I will be here next season. That’s it,” said Pep Guardiola when faced with more rumours that he could be heading to Manchester City next season. The current Bayern Munich boss has kept blowing off rumours that he is on his way to the Etihad, but despite all his denials, Guardiola remains firm favourite to replace Manuel Pellegrini next season at the Premier League club.

Guardiola, who is rumoured to have made a verbal agreement with City, has drifted from 1-4 to 6-5 with Paddy Power to be the next permanent City manager. Still, that is a long way shorter than second favourite Carlo Ancelotti at 11-4 with Jurgen Klopp available at 3-1. Patrick Vieira comes in as a 7/1 shot in what appears to be a four horse race.

Everyone else in the rumour market is bar 20/1. Bayern failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League final on Tuesday night, despite beating Barcelona in the second leg of their semi final clash. That snapped a winless streak for Bayern after landing the Bundesliga title.


14th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Premier League Betting

Manchester City v QPR Betting Preview

So the league title has gone, but City can’t take their foot of the pedal at the moment, because there is still a tight scrap with Manchester United and Arsenal for top four positions at the end of the season. City may be more relaxed because the pressure of a title defence is off their shoulders, and they will be a banker to pick up three points against the visiting QPR, who looked doomed to head back to the Championship next season.

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Manchester City v QPR Betting Tips

Not a fixture which has appeal when you are scrapping for your Premier League lives. QPR will be down if they don’t take three points in this game and with their away form this season, that doesn’t seem likely. To their credit they have managed to avoid defeat in two of their last three road games, but that doesn’t wash over the fact that they have lost fourteen of their seventeen played on the road this term. Their current form, home and away has seen them take just one win in their last ten played. The quality just isn’t there. Charlie Austin, who is 4/1 in the anytime goalscorer market, has scored 36 league goals for QPR (inc. playoffs); 29 more than any other player for the club (Zamora the next most with seven).

So, even though they couldn’t hande Chelsea’s efficiency this season, Manchester City have gotten back into winning ways, having won their last three Premier League games on the bounce. They have now suffered just the one defeat in their last 15 Barclays Premier League home games (W11 D3 L1). You can see why they are heavy favourites for this one. They also have head to head form against QPR, as they have gone unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions against QPR (W4 D2), drawing the last two. Their current home form though, coupled with the demise of QPR, should produce a home win.

Sergio Aguero has scored three goals in four Premier League games against QPR, including probably his most famous goal of all on the final day of the 2011-12 season. You can back Aguero at a price of 4/7 in the Paddy Power anytime goalscorer market. The Citizens are in great home form, having won their last five there and they have taken clean sheets in four of those five as well. Manchester City to win to nil can be backed at a 6/5 quote with Paddy Power, which may be a little generous. Interestingly, Manchester City’s substitutes have contributed towards 17 goals (nine goals, eight assists) this season; more than any other teams’ replacements. The longer the game goes, the more chances City will likely get.

Manchester City v QPR Betting Odds

Man City 2/9, draw 13/2, QPR 12/1.

Manchester City v QPR Predictions

City are still a very good home side and let’s not forget that. They should be more than comfortable, even against a side so desperate for a win. That will probably help them, as QPR don’t know how to defend at the best of times, so City should get plenty of chances on the board. Look for them to win with a clean sheet.

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10th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Manchester City

Tottenham v Manchester City Betting Preview

Good looking game to come on Sunday from White Hart Lane. Sadly for Manchester City it won’t have any bearing on them retaining their league title, and indeed, title celebrations could have already happened at Stamford Bridge earlier in the day. This should be an entertaining affair though as Spurs need to push hard for three points to keep up their challenge for a place in next season’s Europa League.

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Tottenham v Manchester City Betting Tips

What are you going to get from Spurs? You just don’t know do you, they are a punters nightmare at the moment. The Lilywhites have put up a W2 D2 L2 record over their last six, so they are not a side you back with confidence. But, that having been said, they are a good home side. They have lost just one of their last eleven Premier League home games, although that was their last game at White Hart Lane, losing 1-0 against Aston Villa in a bit of a shock result. Because of their home form and Man City’s poor road results, you may like the look of the 5/2 punt on the Lilywhites. They also have something to play for whereas City don’t, because they are still in the hunt for a UEFA Europa League place, starting the weekend level with fifth placed Liverpool. Here is where things get tricky about backing Spurs, their defence.

Tottenham have managed just the one clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League outings. So you would expect goals and over 2.5 goals is trading at 4/7 with online bookmaker Boylesports. With the amount of goals they have conceded against City lately, you wouldn’t expect them to pick one up here. The Lilywhites have lost their last three in a row against Manchester City and in total they have conceded 15 goals in those three games. So you could also probably comfortably look at both teams to score for a price of 1/2. Harry Kane is a quote of 7/5 in the anytime goalscorer market, while Nacer Chadli may be worth a look with a goal in both of his last two games. In the last three clashes between Man City and Spurs at White Hart Lane, there have been a total of sixteen goals netted.

The number of goals that City have fired off against Spurs lately is pretty remarkable. They have won two of their last three visits to White Hart Lane by a 5-1 scoreline and they banked a 4-1 win over the Lilywhites at the Etihad earlier in the season as well. Sergio Aguero scored all four goals in that meeting and he is trading as 5/6 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market for this one. The Citizens have also won seven and lost just one of the last eight Barclays Premier League meetings with Spurs. It has been four defeats in their last four away games and just one win in their last seven on the road though for Manuel Pellegrini’s men. Terrible form and their frailties have been highlighted. Can they snap out of their road slump against a team who they seem to enjoy scoring against?

Tottenham v Manchester City Betting Odds

Manchester City evens, Draw 11/4, Spurs 5/2

Tottenham v Manchester City Predictions

Even though the Citizens have been so poor on the road, they are value to back for the win here, and that is down to the Tottenham defence, which just can’t keep clean sheets. City have netted often enough against the Lilywhites recently to suggest that they will have enough in the tank to find a way through a porous defence. The game should go comfortably over 2.5 goals.

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30th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Premier League Betting

Manchester City v Aston Villa Betting Preview

There is still a massively tight battle for positions in the top four and Man City will be hoping that home advantage can at least get them into an automatic Champions League spot. They head into the weekend in fourth place and with ground to make up on Arsenal and Man Utd. They run into a Villa side who are growing in confidence and stature and won’t make things easy for the Citizens at the Etihad.

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Manchester City v Aston Villa Betting Tips

Is this a good time to be playing Aston Villa? The Citizens are still running as heavy favourites for the game despite the upturn in fortunes of Villa. City are in great home form, having won their last four Premier League matches on the bounce at the Etihad and not having conceded a goal in any of those. The Citizens have scored at least two goals in each of those four home victories as well, and with a 2-0 win over Villa earlier in the season, it’s not worth deserting Manuel Pellegrini’s men here. Manchester City have won more Barclays Premier League games (20) and scored more goals (65) v Aston Villa than against any other team.

Sergio Aguero is back in goal scoring form and has now reached 20 goals in two different Premier League seasons. Aguero is running as 3/1 favourite in the Paddy Power first goalscorer market. Yaya Toure has scored in his last three Premier League appearances against Aston Villa. City are looking for their fifth clean sheet in a row at home and could be worth considering as a even money quote to win to nil. City have won their last two home games against Villa by a 5-0 and a 4-0 scoreline and with a total of 32 goals in the last nine meetings between these two it is probably worth having a punt for the game to go over 2.5 goals.

Villa may be in the FA Cup final, but there is still a little bit of work to secure their Premier League status. They are four points clear only of the drop zone, but with a W3 D1 L2 record in their last six, there is renewed hope of staying up. They have won two of their last three away games in the top flight, both victories coming with a clean sheet. Christian Benteke can’t stop scoring at the moment and he has now has scored nine goals in nine competitive games under Tim Sherwood. Huge end of season contribution from him and he is a 7/2 quote in the anytime goalscorer market. Aston Villa have scored the same number of league goals under Tim Sherwood this season (12 in eight games) as they managed under Paul Lambert (12 in 25 games). You still have to take into consideration the fact they have lost seven of their last nine away games in the Premier League.

Manchester City v Aston Villa Betting Odds

Man City 1/4, draw 5/1, Aston Villa 11/1

Manchester City v Aston Villa Predictions

Villa have only scored six second half goals this season, so if City are in front at half time in the game, it will be hard to see the visitors turn things around. Even with everything going on with Villa at the moment punters will have to be pretty confident in City’s home form to get the job done. The Citizens look a decent bet to win by a two goal margin.

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23rd April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Premier League Betting

Manchester City v West Ham Betting Preview

It has been a miserable old time of things for Manchester City and boss Manuel Pellegrini lately. If the Citizens lose this, then the likelihood of Pellegrini being out of a job will increase massively. City have been shockingly poor on the road lately, but they are in decent nick at home. There should be a comfortable three points on offer at home against a West Ham side who aren’t in any kind of winning form to be troubling the Citizens at the Etihad.

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Manchester City v West Ham Betting Tips

The last time that Manchester City lost three Premier League matches in the space of one calendar month, was back in November 2008. They are two defeats in during April and they head into Sunday’s fixture against a side whom they have already lost against this season. West Ham beat City 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground earlier in the season, but the Hammers have never managed to do the double over the Citizens in a single season. So that should mean City are alright in this one. City have crumbled to four defeats on the bounce outside the Etihad, but at home, their form is strong, having won their last three in a row.

Their last three wins at the Etihad have each been with a clean sheet as well, so that should be a good option at online betting site Bet365. It has been a pretty rough 2015 for City, and if the  season had started on Boxing Day then Man City would be ninth, 17 points behind leaders Arsenal. They have lost five league games during 2015 and that is one more than they suffered all of last year. The Citizens have won each of their last four at home against the Hammers and the last two have come with a clean sheet against the Londoners. City fans will have been delighted to see Sergio Aguero snap his goal drought last weekend, and he is 4/7 with online betting site Bet365 in the anytime goalscorer market, with Wilfried Bony is trading at a price of 6/5.

The Hammers have been having a rough year as well. Their slump started back at Christmas and since then they have won just two of their last fifteen Premier League matches played. Neither of those wins happened to be on the road eight, and the Hammers are without a win in their last eight Premier League away games (D4 L4). Sam Allardyce’s men have failed to score in four of their last eight on the road as well, and they haven’t managed to score more than one goal in any of their last five games played. They have only managed to do so once in their last eleven incidentally. West Ham’s form is W1 D1 L4 in their last six and the goals just aren’t there from Sam Allardyce’s men.

Manchester City v West Ham Betting Odds

Man City 1/4, Draw 11/2, West Ham 10/1

Manchester City v West Ham Predictions

No reason to desert the Citizens and home and the best value on them is seeing them take a win to nil as well, because West Ham don’t have that much to offer going forward. Even if City don’t play all that well, a piece of magic from Sergio Aguero or David Silva should be enough to put this game to bed. City’s overall home record of W10 D3 L2 stands up enough to take a win over the Hammers.

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17th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting










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