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Liverpool v Manchester City Betting Tip Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals – 14 January 2018

Premier League Tips
Sunday 14th January 2018 Kick off 1600hrs Liverpool v Manchester City Football – England – Premier League The destination of the league title doesn’t appear to be much in doubt as Manchester City have opened up a 15 point lead over the chasing pack, led by Manchester United. Liverpool – who would have harboured some hopes of challenging for the title – are currently in fourth, a further three points behind. It means that Sunday’s game is unlikely to have any impact on who finishes top but nevertheless the clash between the two is one of the most attractive of the calendar. The Reds will be out for revenge as well having been thumped 5-0 in the reverse game. The big news surrounding Liverpool in the past week has centred around matters off the field as opposed to on it, with the departure of star man Philippe Coutinho for an astronomical fee. The Brazilian playmaker will no doubt be missed but the move was always likely to happen when the Catalan giants made it clear they were interested, the unfortunate thing for Jurgen Klopp is that it has happened mid-season as opposed to the summer. Whether Liverpool look to replace Coutinho at the moment or at the end of the season but the fans will demand that the money from the transfer fee is reinvested. To matters on the field and it was another victory for Klopp and his players as they seen off rivals Everton 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup. The biggest story to come out of that was the winning goal being scored by Virgil Van Dijk – the recent £75m signing from Southampton. Van Dijk was signed for his quality at the other end but he’s also capable of chipping in with a few goals as he proved last week. Sunday’s game against City will be a test of his defensive qualities more than anything else, though. City had to overcome an early scare against Championship outfit Bristol City in the first leg of their League Cup semi final on Tuesday. The Premier League leaders went a goal behind in the first half before equalising and then scoring in injury time to take a 2-1 lead to Ashton Gate a week on Tuesday. It was the second cup win of the week for Pep Guardiola’s men having dispatched Burnley 4-1 in the FA Cup last weekend. Back to league matters this Sunday and another chance to assert their undoubted superiority over their rivals and taking a massive step towards winning the title for the first time since 2014. City remain unbeaten domestically, of course, but that record will be tested against a Liverpool team in really good form currently. Guardiola has stated that his team will be unable to go through the league season without losing such is the competitive nature of the Premier League but there will be some thought to it now we’re past the halfway stage. It came under threat in their last league outing against Crystal Palace, though, and they will have to perform better to prolong it after their trip to Anfield.

Liverpool v Manchester City Betting Tip

This is a clash between the two most prolific teams in the Premier League with a combined total of 105. The fact that City have scored 14 more than the second highest scorers illustrates just how dominant they have been this term and the quality they possess in the forward areas, led by Sergio Aguero who is in tremendous form with six goals in his last six games. Liverpool will be depleted without Coutinho but he would have been injured for this game no matter so preparations would have been without him. Klopp can also call on plenty of creativity and firepower, particularly Mo Salah who will return to the team after missing the cup win over Everton. The Egyptian forward has been excellent since moving to Liverpool in the summer and only Harry Kane has scored more. I mentioned the previous meeting between these two back in September and although the 5-0 score line was deserved in the end, it looked like being a much more competitive affair before Saido Mane was controversially sent off. City ran riot from there but it was a good indication for what has since happened in terms of how ruthless the league leaders can be. Liverpool come into this one on the back of four straight wins – only the second time they have managed that this season. It will give them confidence but they will have to be at their best if they are to be the first English team to defeat City this season. For the visitors it will be business as usual and having already won away to Manchester United and Chelsea this season, they will be looking for success at another of their rivals and lay down a marker for the remainder of the season. This one promises goals and I think we’ll get them. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is the selection. Both teams to score and Over 2.5 goals 3/4 @ Coral  
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Manchester City v Bristol City Betting Tip Man City to score in both halves – 9 January 2018

FA Cup & League Cup Tips
Tuesday 9th January 2018 Kick off 1945hrs Manchester City v Bristol City Football – England – League Cup There was a huge shock in the last round of the League Cup as Bristol City defeated Manchester United and their perennial winning manager of this competition, Jose Mourinho. The reward for Lee Johnson’s men is a battle against the other half of Manchester – the so far unbeatable, City. Despite facing a huge task for the Championship club, it still promises to be two massive occasions and a chance to enjoy themselves further on what has been a tremendous cup run thus far. For City it’s another challenge on their quest to making this a season to remember. It was business as usual for Pep Guardiola’s men on Saturday as they cruised into the next round of the FA Cup with a 4-1 dismantling of Burnley at the Etihad. They had to come from behind but the win means it is now 26 domestic games unbeaten this term. That could have came to an end in their final Premier League game of 2017, of course, when only a last minute penalty save from Ederson ensured they left Selhurst Park with a draw. They returned to winning ways at the first time of asking and approach the semi-final of the league cup on the back of two comprehensive home victories. Their participation in this particular competition has not been without incident either, requiring penalties to see off both Wolves and Leicester. Both times Guardiola has elected to make some changes but it was two very strong teams who took to the field. With a 15 point lead over rivals United in the Premier League, City can afford to play a more experienced team in this tie, and any potential final, safe in the knowledge that they are almost certainly going to win the title. Bristol City have reached this stage of the League Cup twice before, the latest coming in season 1988/89. Realistically, it’s more than likely as far as they’ll go this time around as well considering the size of task that awaits them. However, the Robins were afforded a similar chance in the last round when coming up against the other half of Manchester. It was a night that will live long in the memory for all connected with Bristol City, especially in the circumstances of scoring a last minute winner in front of their own supporters. As alluded to above, we know how much Mourinho prioritises the League Cup and the fact that United were the reigning holders makes it a little more special. It’s another great achievement in Johnson’s time at the club, and occurred in a season where they are in with a real shout of automatic promotion to the Premier League. Currently in fourth spot, City are two points adrift of the second automatic promotion spot which looks to be between half a dozen or so clubs at the moment. That will ultimately take priority, as it should, over the cup competitions but Tuesday’s game is another opportunity for the supporters to dream.

Manchester City v Bristol City Betting Tip

Every time Manchester City take to the field in a domestic game, there is a growing feeling and desire of who is going to be the English team that finally managed to beat them this season. Palace came within a whisker but fell short whilst few others have managed to lay a glove on them whatsoever. It’s an unenviable task that awaits Bristol City considering it’s a two legged tie, but one in which the players and fans will be relishing the prospect of. Bristol City will also take some hope from the fact that Wolves – another Championship club – were able to take the Premier League leaders all the way to penalties, and did so without conceding. Leicester further cemented the feeling that the League Cup may well be where they are most vulnerable, again running them very close in the last round. That said, City have scored 43 domestic home goals this season and will have an array of talent on the park once again. Bristol City will be hoping they can turn in a performance that allows them to go back to Ashton Gate in a fortnight’s time still in with a chance of causing yet another huge upset. Unfortunately, they are probably coming into the game in their worst run of form in just under a year having lost three straight games – conceding 10 and scoring just once. The match against Man City will be their third successive away game in a little over a week and that will be further taxing for a small squad. If anybody is going to take advantage of that then it’s Guardiola. The hosts have a massive game away to Liverpool on Sunday and they’ll be looking to put this to bed early, so take the home team to score in both halves. Manchester City to score in both halves 1/2 @ Marathon Bet  
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Manchester City v Tottenham Betting Tip Man City and both teams to score – 16 December 2017

Premier League Tips
Saturday 16th December 2017 Kickoff 1730 Manchester City v Tottenham Wanderers Football – England – Premier League It may be somewhat premature to suggest that the race of the Premier League title is already over before we even reach the new year, but you suspect it is going to take a monumental collapse from the current runaway leaders, Manchester City, for anybody to have a chance of closing in on them. Before the season started many felt that Tottenham would be capable of going one better than their second place finish last term but in truth, they have never looked like they would be able to find the consistency required to even reach that same position. Nevertheless, they are still able to turn in a big performance and will be looking to end City’s 15 game winning run in the league. Wednesday’s 4-0 demolition away to Swansea was as impressive a performance you are likely to see in the Premier League this season. The ease at which they were able to slice through their opponents should be concerning for every other team in the division and especially as it came only four days after another massive result on the road – the 2-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The score line that day never illustrated just how big a gap there was between the two teams but it was further evidence of how this City team know how to win games. That’s been the biggest difference so far in this campaign, the ability to turn games they would have previously have drawn into three points and it’s testament to the mentality that Pep Guardiola has instilled within the squad. The manager was asked after the Swansea game if there was a chance complacency would set in now they have an 11 point lead and he was quick to dismiss the slightest thought – the scary thing for the other 19 managers is this is the time of year where you would most think they would struggle, and there’s absolutely no sign of it happening. Big things were expected of Spurs having recorded their highest place finish in the Premier League last season, when finishing second. That expectation was tempered somewhat by the fact they were also having to contend with a move to playing all their home games at Wembley as their new stadium is being built. Unfortunately for Spurs’ supporters, that doubt has been well founded and they have not been able to reach the same level of performance often enough to be a live threat to City or the title. Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Brighton was more laboured than spectacular which has been the case with a lot of their winning matches in the league this season. Interestingly enough, it means they have now won two games in a row in the league for just the second time this campaign. That is an indication of how difficult they have found it so far but you do not doubt the quality that they possess and now they have crept back into the top four they will be looking to establish themselves there and pressure Untied and Chelsea, even if City look out their reach. With a last 16 draw against Juventus to come in the Champions League to look forward to they will be now able to concentrate on doing just that.

Manchester City v Tottenham Betting Tip

Manchester City look imperious just now and I personally cannot see anybody challenging them despite the amount of football there is left to play. That said, there will be plenty of teams who will feel they are able to trouble them and take advantage of their weaknesses, which they have a few. City also have the issue of having to juggle all four competitions they are entered in and that can sometimes see teams come unstuck. Spurs will be hoping that they are that team who can topple them after such a dominating spell which has seen them pull clear of everybody else. They will take great confidence from the fact that they have an excellent recent record over City, winning three of the last four league meetings having lost eight of the previous nine before that. We have witnessed several good games recently between the top clubs, including the Manchester derby last Sunday. This game has the potential to be every bit as exciting and full of incident as any as Spurs – on their day – can rival any team in this league. With two straight wins in the league then the pressure on the players has lifted somewhat and they can play with a bit more freedom. City will be formidable, we know that, but they have conceded in five of their eight home games, albeit winning them all eventually. This game is likely to follow a similar theme where Spurs can find some joy but ultimately fall short of taking any points home with them. Manchester City to win and both teams to score 9/5 @ William Hill  
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Manchester City v West Ham Betting Tip Man City to win both halves – 3rd December 2017

Premier League Tips
Sunday 3rd December 2017 Kickoff 1600hrs Manchester City v West Ham United - Football - England - Premier League Super Sunday this week appears to be something of a complete mismatch on paper as league leaders Manchester City host third bottom West Ham. Their seasons so far have been the polar opposite of each other as Pep Guardiola’s men have surged clear at the top of the table, combining sublime skill and a real dedication to win. On the other hand, West Ham’s campaign is going from bad to worse as they were humbled 4-0 by a struggling Everton team on Wednesday. A margin of 30 points separate the two after just 14 games so it is a mammoth task that awaits the visitors as they try to turn their season around at the most daunting venue, against the best opposition, in English football. Raheem Sterling has come in for much criticism during his time at City but this season appears to be the one where he finally fulfils his promise. Having been immense for Liverpool in the second half of the 2013/14 campaign, Sterling is not only returning to that level but also surpassing it. The last week has seen the wide player net two extremely crucial winners when it looked like the leaders would be dropping points against Huddersfield and Southampton. Instead, they remain eight points clear and in a great position to win their first title since 2015. Guardiola’s men have now won 12 straight in the league and will fancy their chances of making it 13 with the visit of the Hammers. Do that then they are in prime position ahead of traveling to Old Trafford next Sunday in what may see them put yet more daylight between themselves and their nearest rivals. Having previewed West Ham’s game against Everton in midweek, and watched the subsequent game, it’s obvious to see just how big a task that David Moyes has on his hands. The first half performance at Goodison was nothing short of horrendous and although they may consider themselves slightly unfortunate with regards to the penalty incident, the defending in general was calamitous, there was nowhere near enough deists in any aspect of their play. Those all have to change if West Ham are to start climbing the table and moving away from the relegation zone, but the signs are not great that they will be able to do that without yet more investment. Considering the money that has been spent under the previous manger, it’s ridiculous to think that the club are just one point off the bottom. And it’s only going to get harder for Moyes and his players with this the first of three horrendously difficult games, as they prepare to face two massive London derbies against Chelsea and Arsenal in the next couple of weeks. It’s more than possible that things will get worse for the Irons before they get better.

Manchester City v West Ham United Betting Tip

It’s not just the huge number of points between these two clubs which is indicative of how their seasons have went, the goal difference is also very telling. Manchester City are 35 goals to the good - a full 11 better than any other team - where as West Ham are -18, the single worst in the Premier League. That in itself is the most damning of statistics for the visitors whose new manager has already commented on their lack of organisation and discipline. When Everton manager those are elements of the game that his teams were renowned for but his last three jobs suggest that he may not be able to instil those effectively any longer. It certainly appears that way with this group of players. City have done all their hard work in the Champions League to qualify top of their section so it’s all about domestic competition between now and February, despite having their final group stage game next midweek. That will focus the mind of everybody at the club to try and get six points from their next two league games which would be a large step towards winning this title. Huddersfield and Southampton have come very close to takin points off the leaders this past week and given hope to the others that it is possible to trouble Guardiola’s men. That said, those two teas teams are far better defensively than this West Ham outfit and you really do fear for the visitors. It’s not just the tactical side of the game they struggle with, their mentality is all wrong as well and that’s the real danger on Sunday. Joe Hart will make an emotional return to the Etihad but expect him to be in for a busy time. The hosts have scored three or more goals on five occasions already this season and that’s well within their grasp again this weekend, but the better value bet is for them to win both halves, something they have done in four of their six at home. Manchester City to win both halves 3/4 @ Betway
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Manchester City v Wolves Betting Tip Man City to win to nil – 24 October 2017

FA Cup & League Cup Tips
Tuesday 24th October 2017 Kickoff: 2000hrs Manchester City v Wolves Football – England – League Cup There’s an intriguing game in prospect at the Etihad on Tuesday evening as top of the Premier League faces off against the Championship league leaders in the League Cup. Both Manchester City and Wolves have enjoyed excellent starts to their respective campaigns and will be looking to continue that good form and attempt to book a place in the quarter finals of this competition. It’s likely the two coaches will take the opportunity to make some changes but an entertaining game awaits. The biggest surprise about Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Burnley at the weekend was the fact they had to wait until the last 15 minutes of the game to wrap the points up. Their visitors provided some resistance where most others have failed but it was still a very impressive performance from Pep Guardiola’s men to extend their lead at the top of the table. Whilst this competition will be way down their list of priorities for this season, it still represents a trophy and having not won anything since they triumphed in this competition back in 2016, it would be folly not to try and win it. Due to their European commitments, City have only had to play one game to reach this stage and it was a tricky one as they had to overcome a stubborn West Brom team at the Hawthorns. With so much football coming up the fact they have a home tie in this round will have been pleasing for Guardiola as he tries to use his squad to ensure they remain on track both domestically and in Europe. Having been taken over by new owners last season there was an air of anticipation surrounding Wolves with many expecting them to challenge for automatic promotion straightaway. A number of new signings were brought in but the promotion challenge never materialised, despite changing managers on a couple of occasions. Some fans were growing cynical of the owner’s intentions but those fears have been completely dispelled this season as Wanderers have laid down a marker for all other clubs in the Championship from the off this time around. Saturday’s win over Preston was their third straight win in the league and ensured they stayed a couple of points clear at the top of the table. Promotion to the top flight will undoubtedly be their main priority this season but the cup will act as a nice distraction as well. Wolves have already knocked out Premier League opposition in the shape of Southampton but found matters more difficult in the last round when requiring extra time to see of lower league Bristol Rovers, can they spring the ultimate shock on Tuesday?

Manchester City v Wolves Betting Tip

Considering how impressive these two have been in their respective leagues already this season, you would be a brave man to back against them finishing anywhere else than the positions they currently occupy, despite there being so much football left to play. It may be that a number of squad players are given an opportunity in this one but it should not detract from the style of play we have been come used to from both managers. City have been relentless at home all season and it would be a monumental effort for Wolves to even get this one to extra time. Unfortunately for the visitors I expect this to be another comprehensive home win for Guardiola’s men and expect them to do so without conceding a goal. Manchester City to win to nil 13/12 @ Unibet
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Manchester City v Napoli Betting Tip Most goals scored in 2nd half – 17 October 2017

Champions League Tips
Tuesday 17th October 2017 Kickoff:1945hrs Manchester City v Napoli Football – Europe – Champions League When the draw was made for the group stage back in August, the clashes between Manchester City and Napoli were one of the most eagerly awaited games. The two light blue clad clubs have built up a reputation for playing some of the most attractive football in Europe and Tuesday’s game at the Etihad promises to be the first of two really enjoyable games. City, as was to be expected, have the advantage in Group F coming into this one having taken maximum points from their first two games whilst Napoli will be looking for a better result than their first away game of the section. City and their manager Pep Guardiola were under pressure this season following a disappointing performance in the previous campaign, and having spent a further £200m in the summer transfer window. It could hardly have went better for them thus far though as they have delighted their supporters with some wonderful football and most importantly, a style that is bringing them success both domestically and in Europe. They have moved a couple of points clear at the top of the Premier League following a 7-2 romp at home to Stoke on Saturday and will be looking to cement their position at the top of their Champions League group with a third straight win. Their two wins to date have been achieved very differently having thumped Feyenoord 4-0 in Rotterdam on match day one before facing a stubborn Shakthar Donetsk team who they eventually seen off 2-0 at home last time out. The double header against Napoli is likely to determine where they finish in terms of first or second, so they’ll be going all out for three points. Like their opponents on Tuesday, Napoli are setting the pace in their domestic league but they’ve gotten to the summit without dropping a single points – something the Manchester club have not been able to do. It’s a tremendous start for Maurizio Sarri’s men who have made progress each year under his reign and are now looking to go to that next step and win Serie A. With Juventus making an uncertain start there appears to be a real opportunity for them to do just that and having defeated Roma 1-0 in the Italian capital on Saturday, sent out a further signal of intent. Sarri’s men now have to turn their attentions to collecting vital Champions League points and their needs is probably greater than it might have been coming into this one having lost to Shakthar on match day one – a defeat that surprised many. Napoli atoned for that somewhat with a comfortable win against Feyenoord three weeks ago but they will face one of the hardest tasks in European football at the moment when facing what is a rampant City side in front of their own fans.

Manchester City v Napoli Betting Tips

There will be no shortage of attacking talent on show in this one with both teams possession some immensely gifted players. Kevin de Bruyne has attracted the most amount of plaudits following the start to his season but he’s one of many that is capable of producing moments of magic and that should lead to plenty of excitement for those watching on. City and Napoli are averaging over three goals scored per game in all competitions this year whilst they concede, on average, well under a goal. Considering the success they have both enjoyed this season that’s possibly not too much of a surprise but it’s symptomatic of how they play. Both coaches look to starve the opposition of possession so it will be interesting how that affects this game. I’m really keen on there being more goals scored in the second half in this one. 66% of Man City’s goals and 62% of Napoli’s are scored after half time and whilst they both concede more in the first half, I expect the first period of the game to be when each team feels the other out. More goals scored in second half 10/11 @ Betfair
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Chelsea v Manchester City Betting Tips: Over 2.5, 2017-09-30

Premier League Tips
CHELSEA v MANCHESTER CITY Saturday 30th September 2017 - Kickoff: 1730hrs Football - England - Premier League Betting Tips The late kick-off in this Saturday’s Premier League fixtures features a block-buster between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in the pick of this weekend’s action in the top flight with both teams in good form. Chelsea laid down a marker during the week with an excellent 2-1 win away at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, and this will certainly provide a timely boost for Antonio Conte’s men as they prepare for the visit of in-form Manchester City today. Chelsea, themselves, are in red-hot form having won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions, but while they possess a 100% winning record away from home, their results at Stamford Bridge have room for improvement, with a record of  1-1-1  4/3. Manchester City also recorded a midweek win in the Champions League when they ran out 2-0 winners over Shakhtar Donetsk to hand them a seventh win on the trot in all competitions, and they too, like Chelsea, possess a 100% record on the road in the Premier League. Wins at Brighton, Bournemouth and Watford were all expected, but it’s been the quality and the ruthlessness of their displays that have caught the eye. Nevertheless, manager, Pep Guardiola will be anxious for his side to not let their foot slip off the pedal, which was their downfall in last season’s title race. The Citizens have scored in each of their last 11 away matches on the trot, with 8 of the 11 results ending up over 2.5 goals, and they’ll be pushing to take something off Chelsea here today in what will be both team’s sternest test yet. Pick: Over 2.5 @ 1.80 Unibet
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Manchester City v Liverpool Betting Tip Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals – 9 September 2017

Premier League Tips
Saturday 8th September 2017 Kickoff:1230hrs Manchester City v Liverpool Football – England – Premier League The Premier League returns with a huge match at the Etihad as two of the pre season favourites for the title clash. Manchester City and Liverpool may have already dropped points in disappointing fashion this season, but they have also shown their undoubted quality and ability. Both sets of fans have not only had to deal with the prolonged international break ahead of this one, but they endured a torturous end of the transfer window, too. As a result, everybody will be delighted to get back to matters on the field for their respective clubs and it promises to be a thrilling occasion. Manchester City have been usurped as favourites for the Premier League title by the other half of Manchester after their respective starts to the season. City have been held by Everton at home, whilst winning away to Brighton and Bournemouth either side of that. They had a last minute goal from Raheem Sterling to thank for getting all three points last time out otherwise it would have seen them fall four points behind United at the top. Despite winning their two games narrowly, City have shown real potential going forward at times, without having that clinical edge at the end of it. It sounds silly considering they have the services of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus in the striking positions, so you won’t imagine it will take long before they turn that around. Saturday would represent an excellent opportunity to do just that and lay down a marker against a title rival. Liverpool would have been severely disappointed when dropping points to Watford on the opening day of the season against Watford, having gotten into a winning position. It also served to illustrate that they were suffering from the same issues that plagued them all of last season in defence. To their credit, however, they have responded well by winning their next four games. Two impressive victories against Hoffenheim in the Champions League and taking six points from their following two league games against Crystal Palace and Arsenal have got them right back on track. The 4-0 win against Arsenal in particular served notice to the rest of the Premier League that although they may still be a work in progress, they remain a devastating prospect in attack and have an array of players capable of causing opposition defences damage. Saturday is an undoubted challenge but as we know from Jurgen Klopp’s time in charge, games against the ‘big’ teams usually bring out the best in this Reds team. I alluded to the ongoing saga that was the whole of the transfer window for these two clubs and although it was mixed fortunes for both, I think we can all agree that it is a relief to see it come to an end. City were linked throughout the summer with a move for Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal but despite putting in several bids in the lead up to the close of the window, they were unable to prise him away from the Gunners. It was even more complicated at Anfield as Liverpool were being linked with players coming and going. The will he, won’t he drama surrounding Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona rumbled on even after the window closed with claim and counter claim, eventually resulting in the player staying. It wasn’t all good news for Klopp and the Liverpool supporters, though, with them admitting defeat in their pursuit for Virgil van Dijk. Many felt he would be the perfect player to help solve their defensive issues but Southampton were unwilling to sell. I’m sure we can prepare for more of the same in January...

Manchester City v Liverpool Betting Tip

These two were the third and fourth highest scoring in the Premier League last season and there squads are packed full of attacking a talent. The two games between them in the previous campaign were more subdued than we would probably have expected with a total of three goals between them. Liverpool came out on top in the head to head battle, taking four points from their encounters. Both managers have big decisions to make ahead of this game, made that bit trickier due to the number of players who played with their countries over the last 10 days or so. Guardiola’s big decisions revolves around who to play up top. Gabriel Jesus has started the season in better form and that could give him the nod over Aguero whilst it’s Jesus’ Brazilian teammate, Countinho, who will be the focus of attention for Liverpool fans. Despite scoring for Brazil it would be a surprise to see him brought straight back in having not featured for his club this season. It’s a game I’m really looking forward to and will test the credentials of both. Although we’re still very early in the season, further dropped points would be a real blow for either team so we can expect both coaches to be targeting the win and that is likely to result in an entertaining games. The two matches never lived up to expectation last term but there is so much potential for goals in this win the selection is both teams to score and over 2.5 goals in the game. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals 3/4 @ Boylesports
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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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