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Liverpool backed for EPL title after Kevin De Bruyne Injury

Liverpool
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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Arsenal v Manchester City Predictions & Betting Odds – 12th August 2018

Arsenal
Arsenal v Manchester City Betting Tips - Premier League, 12th August 4.00pm The first big clash of the new Premier League season arrives on Sunday. Reigning champions Manchester City head to the capital to take on Arsenal. City won there in the league last season and will be looking to get their Premier League title defence off to a strong start. What will Arsenal be able to come up with as they have new manager Unai Emery in place? It would be a pretty bold statement made by them if they could come up with maximum points in this one.

Arsenal News and Form

Arsenal gets a fresh makeover for the start of this season with new manager Unai Emery looking to shake up their fortunes. Arsenal had a great home record in the Premier League last season, going W15 D2 L2 so there wasn’t any complaints there. It was their away form which was so shocking. The two home defeats that they did suffer came against the top two finishers, Man City and Man Utd. Aside from that, they were strong on home soil, taking a clean sheet in 47% of their home games. It’s unlikely that they are going to keep Man City at arm’s length for 90 minutes on Sunday though. Both teams to score at bet365 is an obvious-looking Arsenal v Man City betting tip at 1/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.). Can new boss Unai Emery make a huge impact out of the gate? Going back to how strong Arsenal are at home, they have lost just two of their last 26 Premier League home games, a fantastic record. Not only that, but they came up with at least three goals in each of their last five home games of last season. The addition in January of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang could pay dividends this season and he is at even money in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.). We can take a look at over 3.5 goals comfortably for this fixture as the potential for goals is high. The Gunners saw over 2.5 goals in all but one of their last nine games against the Citizens in all competitions. Last season Arsenal were nowhere near matching up to City. Will it be different this time around?

Manchester City News and Form

There are no real issues for Pep Guardiola to be fretting about them, other really than the fitness of those players arriving back late in the summer for training after the World Cup. Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne for example only got back to training this week. Last weekend City went to Wembley and took a comfortable win over Chelsea in the Community Shield. The thing about City is that they have so much talent in depth that even if they aren’t putting their strongest starting eleven out, they are still likely to be so difficult to handle. The Citizens have won 31 of their last 35 Premier League matches and they have scored at least three goals in their last three games against the Gunners across all competitions. In the bet365 correct score market a Manchester City 3-1 result is at 14/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.) and appeals for Arsenal v Man City predictions. Sergio Aguero was the star of their Community Shield win last weekend and he got both of their goals against the Blues. Aguero is the 4/1 favourite in the bet365 first goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.). Another betting tip to consider for Arsenal v Manchester City is backing the Citizens in a half-time/full-time option. Manchester City have been winning at both half time and full time in their last three matches against Arsenal. Last season the Citizens posted a W16 D2 L1 away record in the top flight and won each of their last six. They got Riyad Mahrez in over the summer from Leicester to bolster their creativity, but other than that, they really haven’t needed to do much more. Will the reigning Premier League champions get themselves off to a flyer?

Arsenal v Manchester City Betting Odds*

Man City 19/20 Draw 14/5 Arsenal 3/1 * (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.)

Arsenal v Manchester City Predictions

Man City to win: Arsenal have done some decent bits of work over the summer in the transfer market to try and shore up their defence but it still may not be enough to hold back City. City enjoyed themselves against the Gunners last season and there is every chance that with them being the more settled of the two sides, they are going to get the win. Man City to win & both teams to score appeals in our Arsenal v Man City predictions.
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Manchester City Premier League 2018/19 Preview Betting Odds & Predictions

Manchester City
The Citizens are the reigning champions of England and they are being heavily backed to go and successfully defend their title. With manager Pep Guardiola firmly embedded at the club now they look to have everything in place to stay on top of the English game for some time to come. There doesn't appear to be any let up in the intensity of their ambition to claim more titles either and picked up the Community Shield against Chelsea ahead of the new domestic season. It was just all so easy for the Citizens last season as they broke records all over the place in the Premier League. They amassed a tally of 100 points and fired off 106 goals in their 38 games as well. They ended up with a W32 D4 L2 record and you just can’t argue with that kind of force. They finished 19 points clear of second-placed Manchester United and that is just a gap in quality which is going to be so difficult for any side to close this season. City are 4/6 odds on favourites to win the Premier League again* (betting odds taken from August 6th, 2018 at 8:57 pm). The Citizens added Riyad Mahrez to their ranks over the summer for extra support in terms of creativity. That is something which is going to be important because teams have had a good look at how Many City managed to open them up so easily last season and will look to plug those holes in going up against them again. So City may have to find that extra touch of creativity, rely on those individual moments of brilliance from players even more this season with teams setting up more defensively against them. There’s just no feasible way for teams to contain them, as the only times they looked vulnerable last season was when teams, notably Liverpool, came out and challenged them by pressing them high. That’s a risky game though and one that is so tough to pull off against City for 90 minutes. They just look as if they are doing things with consummate ease and they clearly have an abundance of depth and they are looking to continuously grow as well.

Premier League Outright Winner Odds*

Man City 4/6 Liverpool 4/1 Man Utd 7/1 Chelsea 12/1 Tottenham 16/1 Arsenal 20/1 Wolves 250/1 Everton 250/1 Bar 300/1 * (betting odds taken from August 6th, 2018 at 8:57 pm) Not only will they have their ambitions on the domestic front but they will driving forth on their quest to get the Champions League title under their belt as well. But because of the depth that they have and some good additions in the transfer market during 2018, they should be able to handle themselves more than adequately. It’s just so hard seeing anyone get themselves close enough to the Citizens and of course, they have an abundance of individual strike power. Sergio Aguero is at 6/1 odds in the Premier League Top Goalscorer market* (betting odds taken from August 6th, 2018 at 8:57 pm) for the 2018/19 season while he has so many teammates around him to chip in like Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling. It’s an embarrassment of attacking riches really. Without question, they are the obvious ones to beat. We don't see anyone doing so.

Fixture List

Manchester City start their title defence with a great fixture as they head out on the road to visit Arsenal. That should be a thoroughly entertaining affair at the Emirates and Man City strolled to a 3-0 win there last season. They can be backed at even money odds* (betting odds taken from August 6th, 2018 at 8:57 pm) to get the win there in that opener, a nice price for the away side to be taken at. So that is the start that they have and following that they will be expected to go on a tear. Their next six matches sees them with what should be a very comfortable run of fixtures against sides who are largely expected to finish in the bottom half of the table. They take on all three newly promoted teams in that sequence. Things start getting tricky around October and November when they face Liverpool, Spurs and Man United in a sequence of six games. The Citizens won’t be unhappy with their end of season run in either. They only meet one of the other big six in their final seven matches for the season, which is Tottenham on April 20th and that is on home soil. The two Manchester derby dates against their rivals Man Utd are at home on November 10th and then at Old Trafford on March 16th.

Prediction

Everything looks pretty manageable for the Citizens. Get the Arsenal game out of the way and they have a great run of fixtures early in the season which will allow them to build up a strong head of steam so they could get themselves off to a positive flyer. The same down the back stretch really because they shouldn’t be feeling too much pressure with the fixtures ahead. There’s no way to oppose Man City really in the title race but because we do predict Liverpool to be the closest to them a Man City/Liverpool Straight Forecast is at 10/3 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken from August 6th, 2018 at 8:57 pm) does appeal.
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Chelsea v Manchester City Predictions & Betting Odds – 5th August 2018

Football Betting
Chelsea v Manchester City Betting Tips - Community Shield, 5th August 3.00pm The start of the new English domestic season is here with the Community Shield being played on Sunday. This is the curtain raiser to the new season and this year’s edition sees Premier League champions Manchester City stepping out at Wembley against FA Cup holders Chelsea. Both teams have had busy summers with players active in the World Cup and understrength squads taking part in the International Champions Cup. We can expect to see two full strength teams scrapping it out on the weekend though.

Chelsea News and Form

Maurizio Sarri has been having an important look at his new squad through action at the International Champions Cup, where the Blues have had one of the stronger squads out. He needs as much game time to view his options and get his new system implemented. Now Sarri gets his first taste of English football as Chelsea step out at Wembley to take on Man City on the weekend in the Community Shield. Chelsea have looked positive in their approach in the ICC and the Blues are in the Community Shield on the back of their FA Cup success earlier this year. The Blues are four-time winners of the Community Shield four times in their history but haven't worn it since 2009, despite putting in four appearances since then. There were in last season’s Community Shield when they lost out to London rivals Arsenal. Alvaro Morata had a disappointing season for the Blues last term, but the Spaniard seems to be fitting into Sarri’s new system well and looked sharp at the ICC. The Spaniard, who missed the World Cup, is a 19/10 anytime goalscorer option for the game* (Betting Odds were taken on July 30th, 2018 at 00:44 a.m.) as he will remain the focal point of Chelsea’s attack. A win in this one over the Citizens would give Chelsea a good shot of confidence ahead of the new season. It would be a good positive motivator for Saree. Both teams to score is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 30th, 2018 at 00:44 a.m.) and that is one of our top betting predictions for Chelsea v Manchester City betting on the weekend.

Manchester City News and Form

Like Chelsea, Manchester City were also involved in the International Champions Cup. The difference though was that City were massively understrength, with only a handful of first teamers like Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane in action. So Guardiola has been using the time to look at his youth and they haven’t disappointed really. Guardiola will naturally be calling on more of those players who were involved in the World Cup to take part in this one and in the bet365 first goalscorer market it is Sergio Aguero who is the 7/2 outright favourite* (Betting Odds were taken on July 30th, 2018 at 00:44 a.m.) the rumours of him joining Real Madrid dying down. Manchester City won the Premier League at a canter last season and they are favourites for more domestic success this season. Just like Chelsea, Manchester City have won the Community Shield four times in their history and the last time they got it was in 2012 with a 3-2 win over yes, Chelsea. The shortest-priced option in the bet365 correct score market for this one is a 1-1 draw which is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 30th, 2018 at 00:44 a.m.). The Citizens have actually lost two of their last three Community Shield appearances, going down 3-2 against Man Utd in 2011 and then 3-0 against Arsenal in 2014.

Chelsea v Manchester City Head to Head

Manchester City took 1-0 wins in both league meetings with Chelsea last season and things are even over the last six meetings in all competitions with three wins each. The only time they met in the Community shield was in 2012 with City winning 3-2.

Chelsea v Manchester City Head to Head

Manchester City took 1-0 wins in both league meetings with Chelsea last season and things are even over the last six meetings in all competitions with three wins each. The only time they met in the Community shield was in 2012 with City winning 3-2.

Chelsea v Manchester City Betting Odds*

Man City 19/20 Draw 13/5 Chelsea 13/5 * (Betting Odds were taken on July 30th, 2018 at 00:44 a.m.)

Chelsea v Manchester City Predictions

Chelsea to win: This looks to be as good as a time as any to oppose Manchester City. Chelsea have been fielding stronger sides in the summer than the Citizens have been doing and therefore could just have that little bit of an edge on the day.
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Bayern Munich v Manchester City Predictions & Betting Odds – 30th July 2018

Football Betting
Bayern Munich v Manchester City Betting Tips - International Champions Cup, 30th July 00.00am This is the final game for both Manchester City and Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup this summer. The Citizens have lost their other two games so far at the event so will want to try and push for a positive, although they are nowhere near full strength. German Champions Bayern have a win and a loss under their belt at the event so far and City boss Pep Guardiola will get a nice reunion with his former club again under relaxed circumstances.

Bayern Munich News and Form

Bayern Munich opened their International champions Cup account with a 3-1 win over PSG having come from behind in the game. That was against a reserve PSG side though. The Germans aren’t a full strength, notably resting most of their German players from the World Cup. Following their win over PSG Bayern then took a 2-0 loss against Juventus in their second game of this summer-friendly festival. Now it is on to Manchester City at the Audi Football Summit. This is one of the biggest high-profile games coming from the International Champions Cup but both are going to be a long way short of their regular starting eleven. Bayern do have the likes of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Rafinha and Sandro Wagner with them and of the two sides here they do look to have taken the stronger squad. Surprisingly new Bayern boss Niko Kovac has operated with a back four instead of his preferred back three. It is only natural to expect the goals to flow in this one and over 2.5 goals is at 8/15 odds and makes a reasonable option to look at* (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.). Their width through Robben and Ribery could be the key to them troubling City.

Manchester City News and Form

So it has been back to back defeats for Manchester City at the International Champions Cup 2018. They started with a 1-0 loss against Borussia Dortmund and then went down 2-1 against Liverpool after having taken the lead in the match. Those are defeats of course that no-one will remotely worry about as City have taken a pretty youthful reserve type squad out to the USA on tour. This is just about a look at their depth. Really only Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva are the senior figures in the tour squad for them. So will they be able to finish on a positive note though before heading back to Europe ahead of the new season? Pep Guardiola's was actually beaming about how well his young side did against Liverpool, their opponents having star power like Mo Salah and Sadio Mane out in force. Just have a look at both teams to score for a quote of 1/2 at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.) for the game and hopefully we get to see the entertaineing, open affair that it could be.

Bayern Munich v Manchester City Head to Head

These two have met up six times in the UEFA Champions League and they have produced three wins apiece in those. The last time they met in a pre-season friendly was in 2016 with the Bavarians collecting a 1-0 win.

Bayern Munich v Manchester City Betting Odds*

Bayern Munich 19/20 Man City 5/2 Draw 11/4 * (Betting Odds were taken on July 27th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.)

Bayern Munich v Manchester City Predictions

Bayern Munich to win: Don’t read too much into the losses by City because they are nowhere near full strength for this and are just having a really good look at their depth more than anything. So we are going to roll with Bayern Munich collecting a win over them.
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Manchester City v Liverpool Predictions & Betting Odds – 25th July 2018

Football Betting
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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Premier League Winner 2018/19 Outright Betting Odds & Predictions

Premier League Betting
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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Aguero trimmed to 6/1 to make Real Madrid move

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Wednesday afternoon saw a big market shift on Sergio Aguero departing English Premier League champions Manchester City for pasture new. Paddy Power announced that they had received a series of bets on Aguero going to Real Madrid in the summer and the market price tumbled from 33/1 down to 6/1* (Betting Odds were taken from July 18th, 2018 at 10:22 p.m.). There really hasn’t been much word on the future of Aguero at Manchester City, but Real Madrid is actively looking to shake things up over the same, especially having landed nearly £100 million in the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. Aguero is 7/1 to go back to his former club Atletico Madrid* (Betting Odds were taken from July 18th, 2018 at 10:22 p.m.). Sergio Aguero Next Club after Summer Transfer Window Real Madrid – 6/1 Atletico Madrid – 7/1 PSG – 25/1 Barcelona – 25/1 Bayern – 33/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from July 18th, 2018 at 10:22 p.m.) Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Could it be a case of Sergi-go this summer for Aguero? Most clubs would be loathe to lose such a talent, but maybe not Pep Guardiola – who frequently dropped him last season, and would probably unearth yet another world beater to replace Aguero with.” Aguero joined Manchester City in 2011 and has scored 143 goals in 206 appearances for them. He wouldn’t totally be one for the future though as he just turned 30 in June. Real Madrid have been linked with some big names from around Europe this summer like Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and that persistent link between them and Neymar.
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Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund Predictions & Betting Odds – 21st July 2018

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Man City v Borussia Dortmund Betting Tips - International Champions Cup 2018, 21st July 2.00 am This is the opening fixture of the 2018 International Champions Cup, a series of friendly matches around the world between Europe’s top clubs. English champions Manchester City get an opener against Borussia Dortmund but there should be a host of stars missing after the World Cup because of needing time to rest. This game is being played out at Soldier Field in Chicago so make a note of the very early kick-off UK time on Saturday morning.

Manchester City News and Form

We, of course, cannot expect the Premier League champions to be at full strength for a friendly match in early summer straight after a World Cup. There is no way that is going to be happening. There’s no real point in sending out strong full strength team at this point of the summer. Pep Guardiola has a good opportunity to look at some of the squad options that he has available. Young Phil Foden was kept back from England’s U19 European Championship campaign and he could be getting in some important time, and it’s a big summer for Riyad Mahrez after his big money move from Leicester as well. Friendly games that are so hard to make a call on but you have an option of 8/15 at bet365 on both teams to score* (Betting Odds were taken on July 18th, 2018 at 10:22 p.m.). Just wait until you see starting lineups before even bothering with goalscorer markets for the game. Lukas Nmecha could well get some time up front for the Citizens on Tour. City does have top players with them like Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan, the latter a former Dortmund player.

Borussia Dortmund News and Form

Lucien Favre is the new Borussia Dortmund boss as he was brought in during May to guide the club in a new direction. In his first game in charge he saw BVB get a 1-0 win over Austria Vienna last week. They have taken some more experienced player with them to the USA including Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle but there is probably going to be a lot of focus on youngster Maximilian Philipp up front for BVB. Over 2.5 goals for the future is at 19/40 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 18th, 2018 at 10:22 p.m.). The big wonderkid at Borussia Dortmund is Christian Pulisic who big things are expected of. The young American has reportedly gotten big interest from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United. So this will be a good chance for him to showcase himself and get noticed even more. So too England’s Jadon Sancho who was on the books with Man City before moving to Dortmund last August. Like City’s Phil Foden, his club commitments saw him miss out on England U19’s European Championship campaign.

Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund Head to Head

Interestingly Borussia Dortmund have never lost a game against Manchester City. There have only been the two meetings through which were back in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League. There was a 1-1 draw in England before Dortmund got a 1-0 win back on home soil.

Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund Betting Odds*

Borussia Dortmund 5/4 Man City 15/8 Dare 13/5 * (Betting Odds were taken on July 18th, 2018 at 10:22 p.m.)

Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund Predictions

Borussia Dortmund to win: This is a tough friendly to call because you just have no idea about what is going to go down. For both, this is going to be a good early workout and a look at the depth in their respective squad. The Germans do have some great youngsters in the work and we are just rolling with them.
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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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