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Liverpool backed for EPL title after Kevin De Bruyne Injury

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Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City were dealt a blow during the week and influential midfielder Kevin de Bruyne suffered a knee injury during training. The Belgian star was City’s player of the year last term as he produced 21 assists for his side and netted twelve goals as the Citizens lifted the Premier League title. But with the news that he had suffered a knee injury, with early reports  talking about him potentially being out for a few months, it sparked punters at Betfair to put further backing towards Liverpool to win the Premier League title this season. After the news City went on the drift from 1.6 to 1.7 with the betting exchange as Liverpool went the other way coming in from 5.00 to 4.3 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.). Without question, the absence of De Bruyne over the course of the season would take its toll.

Could City cope without De Bruyne?

But the real question would be whether or not they have the depth to cope without him? The Citizens lifted the Community Shield against Chelsea without him at the start of the month and he only put in 30 minutes of action in the 2-0 win that the Citizens posted over Arsenal last weekend in their first Premier League fixture of the season. The immediate fixture list ahead of Manchester City does look manageable for them. They are odds-on favourites to take a win over Huddersfield at the Etihad on the weekend and following that they go into games against Wolves, Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff and Brighton through to the end of September. Then their first real big test comes against Premier League second-favourites Liverpool on October 7th.

Premier League Winner Odds*

Man City 4/6 Liverpool 3/1 Man Utd 14/1 Chelsea 14/1 Tottenham 16/1 Arsenal 25/1 Bar 200/1 * (betting odds taken from August 15th, 2018 at 11:31 pm)
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Liverpool v West Ham Predictions & Betting Odds – 12th August 2018

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Liverpool v West Ham Betting Tips - Premier League, 12th August 1.30pm This should be a fantastic match because here you have two of the biggest spending clubs over the transfer market in the summer. Liverpool have added more pieces to their puzzle as they try and figure out a way to catch up to the reigning champions Manchester City. As for West Ham, they have a new manager in Manuel Pellegrini and after a clutch of signings over the summer, they will be hoping for much better things to come. They get a very tough opener at Anfield, but they basically will at least have nothing to lose in the match as they are heavy underdogs. Can they pull off an upset?

Liverpool News and Form

There is going to be a lot of pressure on Liverpool to deliver some success this season on the domestic front. They finished fourth last season as their attention turned to the Champions League but in order to add depth, they have been shopping big in the summer. They are likely to give Premier League debuts to goalkeeper Alisson along with other new summer signings Fabinho and Naby Keita. The Reds will be taking on a side who invested heavily in the summer as well, but still, the Reds are favourites at Anfield to complete the job. They are unbeaten in their last 21 home matches in the Premier League after all. They boast so much attacking flair and power and it is only natural to assume a high-scoring game in this one and so for our Liverpool v West Ham predictions we are going over 3.5 goals at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.). There is a stat to back that up really as the Reds have scored at least two goals in nine of their last 10 home games in the top flight. Also, they may not be at their strongest defensively with Joel Matip reportedly not ready and neither Dejan Lovren not fit enough. For our Liverpool v West Ham predictions we are also going to have a look at a Liverpool/Liverpool half-time/full-time option at 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.) simply because Liverpool were winning at both half time and time in five of their final six Premier League matches of last season. We have seen plenty of what to expect from Liverpool again through their pre-season matches and one of their key performers up front has been Daniel Sturridge. Will he get rewarded with a starting spot?

West Ham News and Form

It has been all change for West Ham in the summer as they now have former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini coming back to the Premier League. They were one of the busiest Premier League clubs over the summer in terms of transfers and they have some great options, notably across the front line and in the full back positions. There should be a lot more organisation and strength at the back, but still, keeping Liverpool quiet at Anfield is not going to be an easy thing. Both teams to score is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.) for the fixture as West Ham look to try and improve upon their bottom half of the table finish from last season. They got themselves in a terrible defensive mess last season and along with the relegated Stoke, the Irons had the joint-worst defensive record of all. So they had to do something and the board has been bold enough to back the new manager and splash the cash around, bringing in the likes of Ryan Fredericks to help out. They also splashed out big in improving their front line which now looks pretty impressive and points to the Hammers having a good season. They have Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko to help out with their scoring power and they added a bit of creativity in bringing in Jack Wilshere as well. There was only three away wins last season for West Ham and it’s going to be hard to get one in this one, but it will be a good test of their credentials after a busy summer.

Liverpool v West Ham Head to Head

It was all too easy for Liverpool against West Ham last season as they recorded back to back 4-1 wins over the Londoners. Liverpool have scored exactly four goals in each of their last three games against West Ham. Each of the last five meetings between them in all competitions have gone over 2.5 goals. Liverpool though are only W1 D1 L1 in their last three Premier League home games against the Irons. The overall head to head is in Liverpool’s favour at 71-28 with 37 drawn games.

Liverpool v West Ham Betting Odds*

Liverpool 1/4 Draw 11/2 West Ham 13/1 * (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.)

Liverpool v West Ham Predictions

Liverpool to win: As much good work that West Ham have done over the summer, you can’t look past Liverpool delivering the goods in this one. They have spent a lot over the summer, but it has been good signings to enhance them. They are likely to come out with a barnstormer and Liverpool to win & over 2.5 goals tops our Liverpool v West Ham predictions.
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Manchester United v Liverpool Predictions & Betting Odds – 28th July 2018

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Manchester United v Liverpool Betting Tips - International Champions Cup, 28th July 10.00pm This is one of the highlight fixtures of the summer’s International Champions Cup as the two Premier League giants meet up in Ann Arbor, Michigan for this contest. This is going to naturally draw a pretty big crowd and there will be some pre-season bragging rights up for grabs. Both have already been in action in the summer event and both will be looking to ramp up the intensity ahead of the new domestic season.

Manchester United News and Form

The Red Devils got a 1-1 draw against Milan in their opening International Champions Cup game on July 25th in Carson, California. All games in this event go straight to a penalty shoot-out if they end in a draw and this one produced an epic shootout of 26 spot kicks. United were the ones who took the win 8-9. Manchester United had players like Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling, Anders Herrera and Eric Bailly out in the action for the game as Jose Mourinho assesses his option ahead of the new term. We are looking at the clash and excepting some goals to flow in the game especially with the defences that are likely to be on show. Over 2.5 goals is at 13/20 for the game* (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 7:12 pm) over at bet365. Both of these may actually be tempted to go with stronger starting lineups to get a bit of competitive edge going. It has been a fairly quiet transfer market summer for the Red Devils apart from getting in midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester United’s final game of the International Champions Cup will be against Real Madrid on July 31st. So far United have drawn all three of their pre-season friendlies against AmĂ©rica, the San Jose Earthquakes and Milan.

Liverpool News and Form

Things didn’t get off to a great start for Liverpool in the International Champions Cup as they blew a lead against Borussia Dortmund to lose 3-1, some pretty big defensive mistakes showing up from the Reds in that one. But they struck back in a positive fashion as they beat an under strength Man City side 2-1 on Wednesday having fallen behind in the match. So, boss, Jurgen Klopp will have been happy with that as there is renewed pressure on him this season after spending so big in the transfer market. The club will expect major returns this season. They have been busy as this will be their sixth game in the month of July as they gear up for the new season (W3 D1 L1). Mo Salah and Sadio Mane were both on target in the win over Man City. Salah stuck almost immediately after coming on as a sub and Mane got the match-winner from the penalty spot. Salah is the 4/6 anytime goalscorer favourite for the game* (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 7:12 pm). Clearly Manchester United are not the most expansive side under Jose Mourinho and aren’t at full strength, but still, we are going with both teams to score which is an odds-on price at bet365. This will be Liverpool's third and final game of the International Champions Cup 2018.

Manchester United v Liverpool Head to Head

These two old foes know each other well. Last season in the Premier League Manchester United got four points from their two games against the Reds and are undefeated in their last five competitive games against the Anfield crew.

Manchester United v Liverpool Betting Odds*

Liverpool 17/20 Draw 13/5 Manchester United 3/1 * (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 7:12 p.m.)

Manchester United v Liverpool Predictions

Liverpool to win: The Reds did well against Man City and they are worth backing just because they have that extra attacking power about them compared to the Red Devils. Liverpool have already used the likes of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah with effect and we see the Reds taking the win.
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Manchester City v Liverpool Predictions & Betting Odds – 25th July 2018

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Manchester City v Liverpool Betting Tips - ICC, 25th July 3.00pm We have an all-Premier League clash as part of the International Champions Cup happening in midweek. Reigning English champions Manchester City will be taking on the challenge of Liverpool. City opened their summer in the USA with a loss against Borussia Dortmund, while Liverpool have been having a really busy summer including a game against Dortmund as well on Sunday night which they also lost.

Manchester City News and Form

The Citizens opened their International Champions Cup account on the weekend with a 1-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in Chicago. A first-half penalty from Mario Gotze was enough to get the Germans the win. City were pretty much playing a youth side throughout, which was to be fully expected. New summer signings Riyad Mahrez did get a run out, while Leroy Sane came on to see some game time. Joe Hart even got the second half of the game between the sticks and produced a top save. You wouldn’t imagine that city are going to be a great deal stronger for this game at this stage of the summer. Naturally looking at this game and over 2.5 goals at bet365 is going to have some appeal. It will probably be an exciting and open game between the pair who will be duelling it out in the Premier League title soon. The starting elevens in this game are going to be nothing like the ones that are going to happen when they meet up in competition this season. One notable performance from their game against Dortmund came from young forward Jack Harrison who looked really sharp.

Liverpool News and Form

After Dortmund had done with Man City, Liverpool had a crack them on Sunday evening as Jurgen Klopp faced his old side. The Reds lost 3-1. Liverpool have been the big spenders of the Premier League so far during the summer, shelling out a big chunk of cash in total on Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and broke the goalkeeper transfer record to get Alisson to the club. So there have been a lot of additions to the Reds and that is important from the perspective of depth for them as once against they will be challenging on all fronts. They lacked that during last season. So this is a good summer at the International Champions Cup for them to get their new players settled and after this, they will go and face Manchester United this one and this will already be their sixth game of the pre-season. So even though their players who took part at the World Cup are going to be reintegrated slowly, the players Klopp is using at the moment should be sharp. Liverpool tend to have a Plan A and that’s it, so expect plenty of attacking momentum from them. We have to back both teams to score in this International Champions Cup game on Wednesday.

Manchester City v Liverpool Head to Head

Four times these two met last season with all of those games ending over 2.5 goals as expected. They traded wins in the Premier League (both home wins) while Liverpool won both legs of their UEFA Champions League meeting. In the overall history between the two clubs (competitive) Liverpool are 89-45 ahead.

Manchester City v Liverpool Betting Odds*

TBA * (Betting Odds were taken from July 22nd, 2018 at 4:51 p.m.)

Manchester City v Liverpool Predictions

Liverpool to win: This is going to be about the respective depth that those two clubs have in their ranks. It’s hard to take much from their games against Borussia Dortmund because of the changes in personnel. We are simply going with Liverpool to be the better of the two in what is likely to be a fun and open game.
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Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund Predictions & Betting Odds – 22nd July 2018

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Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund Betting Tips - ICC, 22nd July 9.05pm Borussia Dortmund are getting in a heavy workload at the start of the International Champions Cup. This comes shortly after their clash with Manchester City in the early hours of Saturday morning so they are not getting much of a turnaround. Liverpool took a friendly win over Blackburn in midweek before heading out to the States to open their campaign in this summer's ICC.

Liverpool News and Form

Liverpool begin their International Champions Cup action then against Jurgen Klopp’s former club. The Reds banked an easy win over Blackburn at Ewood Park in midweek, looking totally comfortable in the game. Lazar Markovic and Daniel Sturridge got on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win for the Reds. James Milner missed a spot kick in the first half of the game and then Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes at halftime. New signings Naby Keita and Fabinho both made appearances in the second half of the game. Liverpool aren’t going to be at full strength but will get a good look at their new signings. Both teams to score with 10Bet is at 1/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 20th, 2018 at 10:22 p.m.). This has the making of being an open game as we expect a blend of youth and experience from Liverpool in this one and after this, they face Man City and Man Utd in the International Champions Cup. They have played four pre-season games already and you imagine they will be more focused on those meetings with City and Utd in terms of putting on a show.

Borussia Dortmund News and Form

So another test against English opposition for Borussia Dortmund after meeting with Manchester City in the early hours of Saturday morning. New boss Lucien Favre has a big job on his hands over the summer so they need these big games, because they really fell apart badly last term and were a big disappointment on the domestic and European fronts. We are looking at over 3.5 goals at 10 Bet for odds of 7/5* (Betting Odds were taken from July 20th, 2018 at 10:22 p.m.). One good thing about the Dortmund set up is that they have a lot of youth in their ranks, quality youth. But in the bigger picture, they are in a bit of a transition period so need to build some conscience and togetherness over the summer. They won their opening summer friendly 1-0 against Austria Vienna before facing up to Manchester City. Because of what is going on with BVB they aren’t as settled of a club as Liverpool are, but the Germans didn't have that many players taking part in the World Cup so they have taken what is a fairly strong squad for their International Champions Cup exploits.

Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund Head to Head

There have been five competitive meetings between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool are 2-1 up with the two drawn matches from those game. They were last together in that fantastic 2016 Europa League duel which Liverpool won 5-4 on aggregate.

Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund Betting Odds*

Liverpool 6/5 Draw 51/20 Dortmund 21/10 * (Betting Odds were taken from July 20th, 2018 at 10:22 p.m.)

Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund Predictions

Liverpool to win: We are going with the Reds in this one to give Jurgen Klopp a taste of victory against his former club. Dortmund have a really quick turnaround after their game against Manchester City and we can see a positive approach from Liverpool getting the better of them. Look for both teams to score as well.
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Premier League Winner 2018/19 Outright Betting Odds & Predictions

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The start of the new Premier League season will be on Friday, August 10th, 2018 when Manchester United host Leicester at Old Trafford in an 8 pm kick off. The highlight of that opening weekend of the new season will be on Sunday though as new Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be hoping to plot the downfall of reigning Champions Manchester City at the Emirates. That is the final game of the opening weekend of the Premier League 2018/19 season and what a cracker that should be. But of course, it is all about the long-term gain in the pursuit of the Premier League title and not just fleeting glory of winning a game here and there. The familiar faces are all back at the head of the betting in the Premier League Winner market at bet365 and here we break down the chances of each one getting their hands on the title.

Premier League Winner Odds*

Man City 8/13 Liverpool 9/2 Man Utd 13/2 Chelsea 14/1 Tottenham 16/1 Arsenal 20/1 bar 250/1 * (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm)

Manchester City

The Citizens won the Premier League title unchallenged last season, finishing a country mile ahead of their bitter rivals Manchester United. The Citizens were quick into their stride over the summer in capturing Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, a move that was proposed back in the January transfer window but the Foxes were asking more than what City were willing to pay at the time. But the move has gone through and that is another weapon in Man City’s arsenal. It could be a key one as well because Manchester City will be looking for a little more depth, and high-quality depth to balance out their campaigns on all fronts. City are the front runners for the Premier League title and while they aren’t likely to make wholesale changes over the summer a way to think about their chances of landing back to back titles, is asking yourself whether the rest of the clubs are going to do enough to close the gap on them? You know what is coming from Man City. They have set the bar to a whole new high level.

Liverpool

The Reds have emerged as Manchester City’s main challengers in the Premier League 2018/19 title race. Liverpool, who came home fourth last season as well as reaching the UEFA Champions League Final couldn't sustain the challenge on the domestic front despite some strong displays. What let them down was lack of depth and when they realised the Premier League title was out of reach they naturally went all gung-ho at the Champions League title instead. They produced some impressive scoring power last season, second only to Man City in that department and their brash style under Jurgen Klopp is set to continue. So why have they moved up in favouritism? It is because they have made some smart transfer moves in the summer already. They have got Alisson Becker from Rome as a new number one keeper as well as adding Naby Keita from RB Leipzig and Fabinho from Monaco. They also got themselves a huge bargain in Xherdan Shaqiri so they are clearly working on building up their depth, the one thing that was lacking from them last season. Their chances of better progress will be improved if they were to get a new centre-half, and that is the area where they do need a big improvement. But they are shaping up well in the pre-season.

Man Utd

As usual Manchester United are linked with just about everybody under the sun in the summer transfer market. Nothing has happened yet for them and we are wondering whether big moves are actually going to be made or not. They have shelled out a lot over the last couple of years with the likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic but they weren’t even close to reeling in Manchester City. So you have to be left wondering where that leaves them a bit and while they did come home second, their brand of football under Jose Mourinho left a lot to be desired. It is going to be hard for the club to attract the big flair players really and you look at the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez and even Paul Pogba and wonder if they wouldn’t flourish more in a more positive environment. Unless they get a couple of really big marquee signings over the summer, United will be a solid contender for a top-four finish, but not a big challenger in the title race. They have been linked with the likes of Toby Alderweireld, William, Hirving Lozano and Ivan Perisic and the other names that have cropped up won’t inspire a tremendous amount of confidence that they can take things to the next level. Where is the star power coming from?

Chelsea

Chelsea had some big struggles last season under Antonio Conte who seemed to lose his way. It was certainly a long way short of the standards he had set out in his first season in charge when he lead Chelsea to the Premier League title. It has been a tough summer for Chelsea, with the club not sacking Conte until the start of pre-season training and then leaving new manager Maurizio Sarri with less than a month to get things together. Chelsea didn’t seem to be backing Conte in the transfer market so will they be behind the new man? They certainly need a shakeup. The 4/6 odds on them to get a top-four finish* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm) will symbolise a successful season for them. However, Chelsea do look as if they could be more of a selling club than anything over the summer. Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have been linked with a move to Real Madrid. Willian has been linked with Barcelona and Manchester United. Alvaro Morata looks as if he’s trying to pave a way out of the club and PSG seem to be in the market to get N’Golo Kante. So the spine of Chelsea could be torn apart. Will that leave them with trusting youth, or will they get the players Sarri wants? The Blues also have another problem in Thursday night/Sunday schedule because of the Europa League. If they just sacrifice that, then they can play their way into a top-four contention.

Tottenham

The Tottenham conundrum. Arguably they play some of the best football in the English top flight but they haven't been able to get their hands on that title. They will have a struggle to do so again this season because of the power and depth that Manchester City have. Spurs can’t really match up to the Citizens in that department and again workload could be their downfall. The backbone of their team is Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane really and if injuries occur to those, do they have the backup to stay as highly competitive? They aren’t going to change their style under Mauricio Pochettino, but it’s been good for the club that he has stayed there and they have managed to get Kane on a bigger contract. Spurs aren’t known for their spending really but they could use a couple of extra touches of world-class quality in and around the squad to bolster their chances on the domestic front and in Europe as well. We don't see them doing enough in the transfer market, because they aren’t aggressive enough to make that much of a difference. The title is likely to stay out of their reach.

Arsenal

So what will Unai Emery do with Arsenal? It is an odd situation for him to be in having to replace Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman’s long tenure at the club. But this will be refreshing for Arsenal in a way as they fell short last season by a considerable margin both on the domestic and European fronts. The Gunners made early summer swoops for Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi so Emery is looking to bolster the back line and the midfield area. They probably are not going to go shopping for a big striker with them having picked up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window. The problem for Arsenal is that they fell so far back last season to the top four finishers in the league that it may take some time to get back up there in the mix. They will be in the Europa League group stage alongside Chelsea. It may be worth sacrificing that to rebuild themselves as a force on the home front first.

Top 4 Finish Odds*

Man City 1/16 Liverpool 1/4 Manchester United 2/7 Chelsea 4/6 Tottenham 4/5 Arsenal 2/1 Everton 20/1 leicester 33/1 bar 40/1 * (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm) If like most punters, you are probably suspecting that Manchester City are in line for another league title then that is going to diminish the chances of big value in the Premier League Outright Winner market at bet365. But you could look at the Top Four Finish market with the bookmaker to try and figure out who is going to be up there in the UEFA Champions League places for the following season. Naturally based off of how the bookmakers have lined up the odds on Liverpool and Manchester United, they are odds-on like City are to get a top-four finish. We can’t argue with that but it leaves an interesting race between Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal for that other spot. Chelsea and Arsenal look to be pretty much in the same boat. They have new managers, both squads need something of a big overhaul and no-one is going to be entirely sure what is going to come from them. With Man City, Liverpool and Man Utd you know exactly what you are going to get. So would you value the slightly unpredictable Chelsea or Arsenal over the more stable Tottenham? Spurs are 4/5 to get themselves into the top four* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm) next season, but because their European campaign is going to be more intense than Arsenal's and Chelsea’s we are going to oppose the Lilywhites. Chelsea do seem to flourish when new managers come in and shake them up and that is exactly what they need this time around and so we are looking at the 4/6 odds on the Blues scraping their way to a top-four finish* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm). Sarri’s way is much in the style of Guardiola and Klopp and could make a surprisingly big impact. If you do want to get a little more specific with it all then you could go and look at bookmakers who are offering the Top 4 Exact Order. As if calling a Straight Forecast wasn’t hard enough.

Straight Forecast

This isn’t a bad option again if you do heavily consider that Manchester City could be head and shoulders above the rest of the field once again. If you treat them as the banker for the top spot then you are halfway there to predicting a premier League straight forecast. It would then be a matter of choice as to who follows them home in second place. It is a 4/1 odds option on it being Liverpool for example and 9/2 that it would be Manchester United* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm). If you want to sacrifice odds for risk then there is the option of a Dual Forecast of course.

Hedging the Premier League Title

Manchester City are 8/13 odds to win the Premier League Outright* (betting odds taken from July 19th, 2018 at 6:23 pm) next season. It’s not unreasonable to think that Pep Guardiola's men will do it all over again given how strong they were last season. If you were set to oppose them through then you could create a Hedge Bet experience for yourself. If you staked £10 on Liverpool at 9/2 odds that would be a £55.00 payout if the Reds won. Then if you staked £34.06 on Man City as a Hedge Bet at 8/13 odds you would get the same payout if City won. So it means that whichever scenario that cropped up, you wouldn’t have to worry as you would have made £10.94 profit. Of course, Hedging does eat into your original potential profit. Naturally, a straight £55.00 payout on a win single for Liverpool is better than that smaller £10.94 profit, but you pay a premium to cut risk. Of course, there is also still the risk there that Manchester United or someone else could win it. Get your calculators out, double check your math and weigh up the risk and reward.
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Maguire move on the cards as clubs rally to get England star

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One of the stand-out performers for England at the 2018 World Cup has been big defender Harry Maguire. He has shown great grit in the three-man backline alongside Kyle Walker and John Stones, and he popped up with a towering header to give England a lead against Sweden in their quarter-final battle. That was his first goal for his country and along with some great defensive headers and the ability to stride out from the back with the ball at his feet, he has attracted a lot of attention. So much so that Ladbrokes have reported that they have had to place five Premier League sides at 6/1 or less to sign him in the summer. Maguire moved to Leicester last summer from Hull last summer for an initial £12 million fee and was player of the year for the Foxes. Manchester United are the 9/4 favourites* (betting odds were taken from July 9th, 2018 at 11:43 pm) to be his next club after the summer transfer window with Liverpool and Manchester City also supposedly in the running. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “England fans have fallen in love with Maguire, but so have a whole host of football managers by the looks of it, with plenty thought to be interested in his services.”

Harry Maguire Club After Summer*

Man United – 9/4 Liverpool – 5/2 Man City – 11/4 Tottenham – 9/2 Chelsea – 6/1 Arsenal – 8/1 Real Madrid – 16/1 Barcelona – 16/1 * (betting odds were taken from July 9th, 2018 at 11:43 pm)  
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Real Madrid v Liverpool Predictions & Betting Odds – 26th May 2018

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Real Madrid v Liverpool Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 26th May 7.45pm Twelve months ago Real Madrid created history by becoming the first ever team to successfully defend a Champions League title. Now they are back in the Final once again after a campaign where they have bent but haven’t broken, and they can create more history as they look to win the title for a third time in a row. Will they be able to handle the powerful attack of Liverpool though, because the defence of the Spaniards has not looked very convincing through their campaign? This will be a high-profile showdown in Kiev between two of the most decorated sides in Europe. Champions League Final 2018 Infographic

Real Madrid News and Form

It has not been plain sailing for Real Madrid through the UEFA Champions League this season, as they have had various scares and they found themselves being pushed hard on several occasions. For the second season running Real Madrid could only finish second in the group stage, this season trailing Tottenham. However that didn’t stop them going all the way to success last season in a historic title defence and now they can become the first club to win three UEFA Champions League finals on the bounce. In the quarter-finals of this season’s competition Juventus had them on the ropes at the Bernabeu but they managed to squeeze through thanks to an injury-time penalty by Cristiano Ronaldo. Then in the semi finals the Spaniards were second best to German powerhouses Bayern Munich and once again Real Madrid found themselves on the back foot quite a bit. But with a positive show of resilience and fortitude they managed to hang in and squeeze their way through to the Final. This competition means everything for them. Sometimes it doesn't matter how you get things done as long as you do. Their defence has been shaky this season and it will need to be at his best to try and keep Liverpool quiet, but based on the circumstances and the previous head-to-head between Real Madrid and Liverpool it may just be worth looking at under 3.5 goals at 46 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018). You cannot look at the defence of Real Madrid with any kind of certainty that there are going to go out and get a clean sheet. They don’t look anywhere near good enough but they find a way to get things done up front to compensate. They have scored in each of their last 29 UEFA matches and their overall record against English opposition is W15 D11 L11. In their UEFA Champions League, this season around Madrid are W8 D2 L2 so far with just the three clean sheets in 12 games. They are currently on a 27 match scoring streak in the UEFA Champions League and while both teams to score bet365 is going to be an obvious place for punters to look it’s not going to offer up very much value. Cristiano Ronaldo managed to score in every group stage match, in both legs of their round of 16 tie against PSG and again in each leg of their quarter-final tie against Juventus. He did not manage one in either leg of the semi-final against Bayern Munich but he is the 3/1 odds-on favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018) in the first goalscorer market. Real Madrid are looking for their the 13th European Cup/Champions League title and they have already beaten an English side this season as they defeated Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup back in August.

Liverpool News and Form

Liverpool have five previous European Cup/Champions League successes and it has been some season from them once again in Europe. They are the top scoring side in this year’s UEFA Champions League and between them, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have netted 29 of their 40 goals in total. They have been thrilling to watch, through sheer attacking brilliance and they have been up against some tough challenges but they have managed to get through them with flying colours. They took down Premier League champions Manchester City convincingly in the quarter-finals after kicking off as underdogs for the tie. Then in the semi finals Liverpool had to take on Roma, the side who had spectacularly knocked out Barcelona the previous round. After a slow start to the first leg, that man Mo Salah set them on their way and they never looked back. Once their immense attacking power started to click, they ran up a big first-leg advantage at Anfield which they were able to defend in Rome despite losing the second leg. Mo Salah, the Premier League Golden Boot winner is a 5/6 odds anytime goalscorer option with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018). Liverpool have won five of their seven previous European Cup/UEFA Champions League finals. However no player in the current squad has any previous experience of being in a UEFA Champions League final. That’s in stark contrast to all of the experience that Real Madrid can boast. Will that have an effect on their approach and the temperament on the night in Kiev? Realistically is hard to see the lack of experience playing its part in Liverpool’s challenge, the Premier League side play one way and that’s going to cause Real Madrid plenty of problems. Liverpool holds a W14 D12 L1 record against Spanish sides currently. Outside of England Liverpool have won just one of their last seven games against Spanish opposition which was the 2009 success against Real Madrid. The Reds hold a W7 D4 L1 record in this season’s UEFA Champions League, going unbeaten in 11 games before losing that semi-final second leg in Rome against Roma. They have a fierce front three that they can unleash on the defence of the Spaniards and with the pace and how clinical they are on the break, Liverpool have every chance of getting their hands on the cup. Bookmakers have them as slight underdogs and the shortest priced option in the bet365 correct score market is a 1-1 draw at 13/2 odds. Liverpool success it coming in at 11/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018).

Real Madrid v Liverpool Head to Head

There have been five previous fixtures between Real Madrid and Liverpool and from those previous encounters it is Liverpool who are 3-2 up. The goals count from the five previous encounters is at 6-4 in favour of the English side. The most recent coming together between Real Madrid and Liverpool was in their 2014/15 Champions League group stage when the Spaniards won both encounters. Real Madrid had Karim Benzema score in both of those fixtures. Each of the five previous meetings between Real Madrid and Liverpool all produced a win to nil. That is the only time that an English club has beaten and Spanish club in the final of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and incidentally is the last time that Real Madrid lost a European Cup/Champions League Final.

Real Madrid v Liverpool Betting Odds*

Real Madrid 6/5, Liverpool 21/10, Draw 13/5* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018)

Real Madrid v Liverpool Predictions

Liverpool do look good option going into the final of the UEFA Champions League on Saturday. Their powerful front line has all the tools and all the pace needed to completely overwhelm and completely unravel Real Madrid. The Spaniards look nothing special at all especially at the back and if the Reds can keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet there goes the attacking threat of their opponents. Liverpool can deliver on the night and get the win.
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Champions League Final Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

Liverpool
The 2018 UEFA Champions League Final will be hosted in Kiev on May 26th and it will be European giants Liverpool and Real Madrid who will be battling it out for the top honour. Real Madrid had a nervy contest against Bayern Munich to get through and make it to their third consecutive Final and Liverpool weren’t without a scare or two in their duel with Roma. The match is being played at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium where Spain beat Italy in the final of Euro 2012. Real Madrid, for administration purposes only are going to be the ‘home’ team for the match.

Champions League Final Betting Odds

Real Madrid 5/4, Liverpool 2/1, Draw 13/5* (betting odds taken on May 2nd, 20187 at 10:22 p.m.) Champions League Final 2018 Infographic

Road To The Final

Real Madrid: Real Madrid were drawn alongside Apoel Nicosia, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham in the group stage. Things started as expected for the Spaniards who won their opening two games. But then they managed just the one point from their two games against Spurs, putting them on the back foot. Even though Los Merengues took wins over APOEL and Dortmund again, it wasn't enough to catch Tottenham, so the reigning champions qualified for the round of sixteen in second place. That gave them a tough tie against PSG and the Spaniards were underdogs to qualify against the French outfit. But Real showed great nous in winning 3-1 at home in the first leg and rounding off the tie with a win in Paris too. Then came Juventus, the side they beat in last year’s final. After the first leg, Real Madrid were cursing at 3-0 up, but Juve had them rattled in Rome. The Italians fought their way back level and things looked set to go to extra time before Real Madrid were awarded a late penalty which Cristiano Ronaldo converted. Then came another tough battle for them as they had to deal with Bayern Munich. Without playing well in ether leg somehow Real Madrid managed to hang on in there and win through 4-3 on aggregate. They have certainly done it the hard way but did score at least two goals in nine of their twelve games, but took just three clean sheets. Cristiano Ronaldo scored in ten of their twelve games on the road to the Final. Liverpool: Liverpool were drawn alongside Hoffenheim in the qualification round of this season’s Champions League which they came through easily 6-3 on aggregate. That put them into the group stage where they were drawn alongside Spartak Moscow, Maribor and Sevilla. Liverpool got off to a slow start, blowing a half time lead at home to end with a draw against Sevilla and then only drew in Moscow in their following game. But then they caught fire, putting ten goals past Maribor in their two meetings, before being frustrated into a draw by Sevilla in their second meeting with the Spaniards. The Reds then powered their way to a 7-0 win at Anfield to beat Spartak Moscow in their final game. That put Liverpool through to the round of sixteen where they met Porto. Liverpool killed the tie in the first leg away from home, winning 5-0 in Portugal. They were underdogs for their quarter-final tie against fellow Premier League side Manchester City, but another awesome display of attacking power saw the Reds win 5-1 on aggregate. Then there was another goal-fest against Roma in the semi-finals. Liverpool landed a 5-2 win at Anfield in the first leg and had to sweat through things a little towards the end in Rome, losing the second leg 4-2, dodging some big penalty calls against them to win 7-6 aggregate. With their scoring power, the 2/1 odds on offer at bet365* (betting odds taken on May 2nd, 20187 at 10:22 p.m.)on them winning the match will have great appeal.

Real Madrid v Liverpool previous meetings

There have been five previous games between Liverpool and Real Madrid. The first-ever meeting was a historic one as it was in the 1980/81 European Cup Final. It wasn't the greatest of games as they both cancelled each other out, but Liverpool got the breakthrough in the 82nd minute with Alan Kennedy netting the only goal of the game at the Parc des Princes. The following meetings didn’t happen until the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League first knockout round and it Liverpool who came out again on top. Yossi Benayoun gave Liverpool a 1-0 away win in the first leg and then the Premier League side romped to a 4-0 success back at Anfield, Steven Gerrard getting a brace. The tables were turned though when they were next together. Liverpool didn't get a look when they met in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage. Real Madrid strolled to a 3-0 win at Anfield on match day three, before securing a 1-0 win back at home. Karim Benzema scored three goals in those games against the Reds.

Real Madrid Form and Preview

Real Madrid are the most successful European side ever. They have won the European Cup/Champions League twelve times before in their history and three of the last four finals. Their strike rate is phenomenal as they have won twelve of their fifteen European Cup finals. Overall their form hasn’t looked all that great really through this season's tournament, but they have shown tremendous character and they have survived. Their route to the final was considerably harder than the one that Liverpool faced. Having knocked out PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich that is a considerable achievement. They have had their backs against the wall at times, they have relied on the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo at times and the reigning champions have bent but they have not broken and that makes them a huge threat in the final. Defensively they have looked frail and both teams to score at bet365 is at 4/9 odds* (betting odds taken on May 2nd, 20187 at 10:22 p.m.)

Liverpool Form and Preview

This is the first European final for Liverpool since the 2004-05 season when they produced that stunning comeback against Milan in Istanbul. That gave them their fifth European title. The did make it back to the 2007 Final but they lost against Milan as the Italians took some revenge. Liverpool, in comparison to Real Madrid, have arguably benefited from the draw in the knockout stages of the competition. But you still have to win games and that has been what Liverpool have done through sheet attacking force. Jurgen Klopp’s men have produced some scintillating forward play in their domestic and European campaigns, with their star man being Mo Salah who has returned ten goals in his season’s competition. But the true power of Liverpool’s attack can be seen by the ten goals that Roberto Firmino has also netted in the tournament for them this season, and the nine from Sadio Mane. They scored seventeen goals in their three knockout rounds compared to the thirteen by Real Madrid.

History

It has been all Spain recently in the UEFA Champions League title race, with Real Madrid winning three of the last four and Barcelona getting one in the 2014/15 season. That’s some dominance. The last time that an English side won the tournament was in the 2011/12 season when Chelsea secured that dramatic penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, Munich. Spain have produced 17 winners of the European Cup/Champions League down the years, more than any other country. Italy and England are level with twelve wins each and then comes Germany with seven wins. The only other two countries to have produced wins on more than one occasion are the Netherlands (6) and Portugal (4). In total there have been 22 different winners of the European Cup/Champions League, of them the most successful being Real Madrid with 12 titles. Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer in the history of the competition with a ridiculous 120 goals in 152 appearances since his debut in 2003. Lionel Messi is the only one close to him and he has produced 100 goals in 125 appearances which is actually a slightly better rate of goals per game than Ronaldo. Ronaldo will be top scorer again this season most likely and the seventh season that he has finished as top scorer for a Champions League season (his sixth successive one). During the 2017/18 campaign, he has also broken his own record for the most goals scored in a single Champions League season. Liverpool are just one of four teams ever to have won the tournament after having played in a qualification round (2004/05). Real Madrid are just one of three teams to have successfully defended a European title on more than one occasion (5), the other two being Ajax (twice) and Bayern Munich (twice). Liverpool’s sole successful title defence happened in the 1977/788 season. Real Madrid remains the only ones to have done in the Champions League era.

Predictions

There is no reason that Liverpool should be afraid to not stick to their plans and just get at Real Madrid. The defence of the Spaniards has been pretty shoddy throughout the tournament and they have really rode their luck at times. Liverpool all the offensive tools that they need to carve open the back line of the Champions and this is a very winnable task ahead for the Reds. Back the Reds to get across the line with the silverware in their hands and both teams will probably score.
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Premier League Ante Post 2018/19 Winner Odds

Premier League Betting
Are you having your Premier League withdrawal symptoms yet? The 2017/18 season is done and dusted and now it will be around three months before being able to enjoy action once again. At least this summer there is the World Cup to bring some excitement to the table while we wait for the return of the English top flight. The odds on the new Premier league season are on offer so even though there is no action for a while, that doesn’t stop you in your teeth into some ante-post Premier league 2018/19 betting. Manchester City ran away with the league title in 2017/2018 season so will Pep Guardiola’s men be just as powerful in their title defence next term? No doubt that they will be dipping into the transfer market during the summer to bolster their squad even further, primarily with the desire to get their hands on the Champions League title.

Premier League Winner 2018/19 Odds*

Man City 4/6, Liverpool 5/1, Man Utd 6/1, Chelsea 12/1, Tottenham 12/1, Arsenal 25/1, Bar 200/1* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) Manchester City are 8/11 odds on favourites* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) to win the Premier League next season but title defences can be tough to pull off. No doubt opposing managers over the summer will be looking and studying the games where teams had success against City  during the season. In the second half of the season Crystal Palace, Burnley and Huddersfield all took draws against the Citizens. Manchester United and Liverpool were the only two sides to take a win against champions. So what does it take to challenge Manchester city? Well, a committed game plan of not being afraid to press them a little higher pitch. They have to be challenged. Liverpool and Manchester United were able to get at them work through sheer attacking bravery so that is something that other teams will have to figure out how to do a little bit better against the Citizens of next season. Of course still, it’s easier said than done when you are facing such immense side who can tear you apart in the blink of an eye. So if City were to have a wobble next season, maybe getting distracted by Champions League and FA Cup and League Cup campaigns, who is the most likely to capitalise and push towards the top spot? The bookmakers think Liverpool who are 5/1 second favourite is to win the league title next year. Liverpool look as if they need to make a couple of really big signings over the summer notably to try and improve their depth. A goalkeeper upgrade, a creative player in the middle of the park and an upgrade over Sadio Mane would probably push Liverpool to the next level. So it could be a big summer for them if they get things right in the transfer market and going based of what happened in the 2017/18 season they look of closest challengers to City. However the real appeal is in Manchester United at 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018). No, they weren’t pretty to watch during the 2017/18 season but if they can get off to a strong confidence start they will only grow from there. It’s hard to see them making major upgrades in the summer although they can use definite improvement in the centre-half department, back up for Lukaku and the genuine creative force in the middle of the park. The Red Devils won six of their 10 games against the other top-six finishes this season and generally, they did try to produce a little more positivity in those big challenges. If it were not for the exceptional season that Manchester City produced, United would have been pretty close to getting their hands on the league title and will tweak here and there. Jose Mourinho should be more than able to get them to a place where they can close the gap on their city rivals.

Rest of the Big Six may struggle

As for the rest of the big six, this is will be a difficult period of transition for Arsenal having lost Arsene Wenger and is hard to judge what they will be doing in the summer and even what kind of shape their team is going to be taking next season. Chelsea may have a new manager in charge next season too because Antonio Conte’s position does not look all that safe at Stamford Bridge and they need some heavy investment in the transfer market. But with no Champions League football next season will they be able to pull the big names that they need? Chelsea are 12 to 1 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) to win the league next season which is the same price as you can take on Tottenham at the moment. Spurs once again produced plenty of flair and plenty of quality can’t yet still they can’t seem to get their act together when it comes to winning the Premier League. Their chances over the last few seasons really have been missed opportunities, huge missed opportunities for them and it's only getting harder and harder for them to win the league. Period it will be even tougher if they sell Harry Keane in the summer.

Prediction

Obviously, Manchester City with their deep pockets are going to be the ones to beat next season. There are already rumours about them upgrading next season in terms of adding more strike power and an extra centre-half. We do see though Manchester United being the ones really to mount a big enough consistent challenge to the Citizens next season. While Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool has a great chance of boosting his squad boosting Liverpool’s fortunes next season, the sheer consistency is more likely to come from the pragmatic approach of Jose Mourinho's troops. Back them for another top-two finish.
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