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Mourinho odds to be out of the door by Christmas 2018

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Will Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho see out the full season with the club? That really seems to be up in the air at the moment and punters have been jumping all over the odds on him to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post. He is the 9/2 second favourite to be the first top-flight boss to find himself a job this season*( betting odds taken from August 9, 2018, at 9:05 PM). This really all started, well at least came to a head in the summer when he told United fans not to bother showing up to watch them at the International champions cup in the USA and he was vocal about not having made any notable summer signings in the summer transfer market, despite informing the club of players that he wanted. So he has cut a disgruntled and grumpy figure for most of the preseason and with a lot of his players arriving back late into training because of extra workloads at the 2018 World Cup, preparations have been disrupted for him. But really that is the same for most of the top clubs in the Premier league who have had to deal with players having had an extra busy summer at the World Cup. United opened the new Premier League season with a 2-1 home win over Leciester on Friday night. Ladbrokes reported this week that they had to cut the odds of Mourinho leaving from 3/1 to 5/2 to be out of a job by Christmas 2018*( betting odds taken from August 9, 2018, at 9:05 PM). They are also offering a price of even money on him to be gone from Manchester United by the end of the season. The bookmaker ran a poll recently which returned figures of 74% wanting the Portuguese boss out. There is a trend to all of this because Mourinho has never lasted a full three seasons at any of his jobs. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “There’s been a huge shift in the betting at Man United on Deadline Day, but it’s nothing to do with incoming players. “Instead, Mourinho is now looking more likely than ever to leave the club in the next few months, something which is clearly what the majority of fans want,” Apati added.
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Manchester United v Leicester Predictions & Betting Odds – 10th August 2018

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Manchester United v Leicester Betting Tips - Premier League, 10th August 8.00pm Manchester United and boss Jose Mourinho will be under some pressure on Friday night to deliver maximum points. This is the opening game of the 2018/19 Premier League season and United are expected to start strongly. But they don’t appear to have had a very settled summer. Leicester doesn’t have much form going against the Red Devils in the Premier League and are heavy underdogs for this game.

Manchester United News and Form

United boss Jose Mourinho does not appear to have had a happy summer with injuries stacking up, players coming back late after the World Cup and little action in the transfer market. It will be interesting to see how they perform here and they have doubts over Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini while Antonio Valencia and Nemanja Matic are bigger injury concerns. United went W15 D2 L2 at home last season shipping just the nine goals, so under 2.5 goals with bet365 at 17/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 7th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.) is a decent option for Manchester United v Leicester predictions. Five of United's last six league games have been under the goal line and United banked a clean sheet in 63% of their home games last season. Romelu Lukaku is the 6/5 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on August 7th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.) and United will need him at his marauding best because it is hard to see where the goals are going to come from otherwise. Last season United opened on home soil as well, beating West Ham 4-0 in a positive start. They have won their last three opening games of a new season in a row. The last time they lost an opener was against Swansea at Old Trafford in 2014. United have such a strong record at home that they will appeal as the Red Devils are undefeated in 34 of their last 36 Premier League home games.

Leicester News and Form

Leicester could have a tough time in this one. At the back end of last season, they lost their last three away games in a row, shipping at least two goals in each of those. Boss Claude Puel seemed to lose his way just a touch at the end of the term. He won’t have a full strength side out at Old Trafford either which won’t help his cause here. Puel has said that Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy won’t be starting the game and one of their big summer signings James Maddison is a big injury doubt for them as well. The Foxes have brought in Rachid Ghezzal as a replacement for Riyad Mahrez who went off to Manchester City, but he’s likely to be on the bench after joining the club late in the summer. So Leicester were already underdogs for this game and now have to deal with an understrength starting eleven. Because of that, Manchester United to win to nil at 5/4 odds with bet365 does appeal* (Betting Odds were taken on August 7th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.) in Manchester United v Leicester predictions. The Foxes weren’t a great away side last term, posting a W5 D5 L9 record on the road in the top flight. Last season they opened their account away from home and suffered a 3-4 loss at Arsenal in what was a cracking game. The Foxes are W1 D1 L2 in their last four opening fixtures of a Premier League season. This could be a tough night for them.

Manchester United v Leicester Head to Head

The Red Devils have some strong form going against Leicester in the Premier League including their 2-0 win over them in last season’s corresponding fixture. United are undefeated in their last seven Premier League games against the Foxes now (W4 D3) and they have won five of their last six top-flight home games against Leicester as well. Both teams have scored in seven of the last nine meetings but only once in the last three.

Manchester United v Leicester Betting Odds*

Man Utd 9/20 Draw 16/5 Leicester 13/2 * (Betting Odds were taken on August 7th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.)

Manchester United v Leicester Predictions

Manchester United to win: Jose Mourinho has personnel problems for one reason or another and they themselves are not likely to be at full strength. But still, we are backing the home side to get a win on the board as tactically they should do enough to stifle Leicester. Manchester United to win & under 2.5 goals looks like a reasonable prediction.
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Manchester United Premier League 2018/19 Preview Betting Odds & Predictions

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It has been something of an unsettled summer for Manchester United it appears. Jose Mourinho seems to be more and more embattled and embittered and there has been little from them in the summer transfer market to suggest that they are going to step it up in their challenge for the Premier League title against rivals Manchester City. Last season it was a matter of function over style from Mourinho’s men and it did get them a successful second place finish, so they were the best of the rest behind runaway titlists Man City. United are third favourites to win the Premier League outright at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm). That is down Mourinho and that’s something that can’t be denied, even if the style is lacking. The Red Devils produced a very strong home record for the season last erm, winning fifteen of their nineteen fixtures at Old Trafford and one of the two losses suffered there was against the Citizens. So there was no complaints in terms of results and with the brilliance of David de Gea between the sticks, they conceded just the nine goals at Old Trafford all season in the top flight. But it was the lack of flair and creativity that they were criticised most for. They are 5/2 in the Premier League without Man City betting market, behind only Liverpool* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm). Their big players like Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and to an extent Marcus Rashford never really got the chance to flourish like they could because of tactics. It’s unlikely that Mourinho is going to open up on the style of play, that’s not his way. So we can expect more of the same and their big summer signing at the time of writing has been midfielder Fred, who has been brought in primarily to add some steel at the base of the midfield which is designed to allow Pogba to flourish a bit more going forward. But they had players in that exact role last season and it didn’t free up the Frenchman. So the jury is still out a bit in terms of what Manchester United will be able to bring to the table in order to try and reel in Manchester City who finished 19 points clear of them at the top of the table. That’s an enormous gap to make up. They have their big goalscoring asset in Romelu Lukaku who is at 8/1 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm) to finish as the Premier League’s top goal scorer for the 2018/19 season. Manchester United were pretty busy over the pre-season but failed to really post positive results, but as a disgruntled Mourinho was quick to point out, he had basically his second string with his pre-season preparations disrupted because of the World Cup.

Premier League Outright Winner Odds*

Manchester City 4/6 Liverpool 4/1 Man Utd 7/1 Chelsea 12/1 Tottenham 16/1 Arsenal 20/1 Bar 250/1 * (betting odds taken from bet365 on August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm)

Fixture List

The Red Devils host Leicester in the opening fixture of the new Premier League season. That is a Friday night kick off on August 10th, which is one to watch out for. Manchester United are 9/20 odds-on favourites at Old Trafford for maximum points out of the game* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm). Manchester United do appear to have a comfortable opening sequence of fixtures. The only other top-six side that they meet in their first eight games will be Spurs at the end of August and that one is at Old Trafford. The back end of the season is pretty much the same for United as well because they face just one other top-six side in their final seven matches of the season. So that’s a nice run in which should help them to secure a top-four finish. Their big game within that sequence is the hosting of Chelsea on April 27th. The two key derby dates against Manchester City happen on 10th November at the Etihad and then on 16th March at Old Trafford.

Prediction

You know what you are going to get from Manchester United and we can see the strengths of Mourinho’s approach to the game, even it’s not the most fan-friendly, getting them a top-four finish again. If you wanted to push that on there is a price of 10/11 on a Top Three Finish in the Premier League* (betting odds taken from August 2nd, 2018 at 6:19 pm) for the Red Devils next season. That will be the minimum from them in terms of success.
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Manchester United v Real Madrid Predictions & Betting Odds – 31 July 2018

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Manchester United v Real Madrid Betting Tips - International Champions Cup, 31 July 5.05pm Manchester United will round off their International Champions Cup action for the summer with a game against Real Madrid. This hasn’t been a summer of interest for the Red Devils as they have produced less than spectacular results and lost heavily against Liverpool on the weekend. Real Madrid starts their new era with a new manager and without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United News and Form

Manchester United took on Liverpool on the weekend in the International Champions Cup and suffered a 4-1 loss. Jose Mourinho has been disgruntled at all of this and he has been fielding weakened sides. He really isn’t getting anything out of all this as his main stars involved in the World Cup are all held back on a break. The Red Devils have been busy with pre-season friendly matches but are only D3 L1 so far, a run of unspectacular results. Under 2.5 goals is at 27/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 29th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.) for the game and that looks a reasonable option. They opened their ICC account with a 1-1 draw against Milan in a dull affair, winning the subsequent penalty shootout. After this, they get back to Europe but they will play one last friendly before the start of the new season as they face Bayern Munich on August 5th and will probably be stronger for that.

Real Madrid News and Form

Real Madrid are making their introduction into the ICC this summer not having played since their victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final back in May. It is a big summer for Real Madrid after having sold off their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo who brought them so much success. They have been out spending some of that cash in getting forward Vinicius Junior and defender Alvaro Odriozola into the club. But how do to they replace someone like Ronaldo though? How do they transition into a new era? They have a new boss in former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui who has to sort all of this out. Will we see any clues about his plans from his line up in this one? More impetus could rest on the shoulders of Gareth Bale. It is a tough game to call and there is an option of 8/13 on both teams to score at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken on July 29th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.). Real Madrid will also meet Juventus and Roma in the ICC.

Manchester United v Real Madrid Betting Odds*

Real Madrid 4/7 Draw 16/5 Man Utd 17/4 * (Betting Odds were taken on July 29th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.)

Manchester United v Real Madrid Predictions

Real Madrid to win: Manchester United look disinterested and lacking punch going forward and things aren’t going to change for this one. We are just backing the fresh legs of Real Madrid to come out and take a win.
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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 América, 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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AC Milan v Manchester United Predictions & Betting Odds – 25th July 2018

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AC Milan v Manchester United Betting Tips - ICC, 25th July 12.00pm Manchester United get their first taste of International Champions Cup 2018 action as they go up against AC Milan on Thursday out in teh United States. This game is being played out in Miami. The Red Devils had a lot of their main squad take part in the World Cup and this isn’t going to be a game where either of these are going to be at full strength.

AC Milan News and Form

It wasn't particularly successful season from AC Milan on the domestic front last season as they come home sixth in Serie A. They were trying to rebuild to be fair and over the summer they had their European ban lifted, so can really start looking forward to things. They are still a bit of a work in progress though and boss Giuseppe Meazza has some work to do over the summer to try to get them a bit more competitive. There were good enough pieces of the puzzle at Milan last season, but they really didn't get any kind of momentum going until the second half of the season and just weren’t in the title race by then. So it will be interesting to see if they can take a bit of a leap in progress. More likely than not there is going to be a lot of youth out for both of these sides and under 2.5 goals is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 22nd, 2018 at 4:51 p.m.) looks to worth a flutter on this international champions Cup game. This is going to be quite an important summer for them and after this meeting, they are going off to meet Tottenham and then Barcelona.

Manchester United News and Form

Manchester United haven’t been showing their hand too early in the summer transfer except for the capture of midfielder Fred. He is supposed to come in and shore up the defensive area of the midfield and allow Paul Pogba to flourish in getting forward a bit more. They did get a young left back Diogo Dalot as well so that is Like Shaw out of the door probably. There probably is going to be more from United in terms of transfers, but will they be able to land some real marquee names to push them on to challenge Manchester City more seriously? United had a lot of players taking part in the World Cup 2018 of course, so they won't be anywhere near full strength as their stars get a rest. Normally when you look at pre-season affairs like this you can expect a degree of openness but we can’t help but see the appeal of both teams not to score at 11/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on July 22nd, 2018 at 4:51 p.m.) for this encounter. Following this, the Red Devils will be taking on Liverpool and then Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup. This will likely be the low-key affair of their action in the States.

AC Milan v Manchester United Head to Head

The last time that Milan and Manchester United met competitively was in the 2009/10 Champions League with Manchester United winning both legs of their tie. The overall head to head between them from competitive meetings is five wins each with no drawn match. Both teams scored in just three of those ten games.

AC Milan v Manchester United Betting Odds*

AC Milan 9/5 Draw 5/2 * (Betting Odds were taken on July 22nd, 2018 at 4:51 p.m.)

AC Milan v Manchester United Predictions

AC Milan to win: We are simply going with AC Milan. They had their season of transition and really need to start pushing on now to get themselves in the thick of a Serie A title race this forthcoming season. United won’t be at full strength, nowhere near, so we are simply backing the Italians to come up with a win.
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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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CR7 odds to make sensational move back to Old Trafford

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Is Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the Bernabeu in the summer? This week there were reports that Real Madrid were entertaining a blockbuster bid from Juventus. The rumours are swelling around and Juventus have made their move knowing that Real Madrid are looking to shake things up over the summer after finishing a long way back of last season’s La Liga winners Barcelona. So there may we be the temptation to move 33-year-old Ronaldo out of the door and go on the search for fresh legs. Since the reported move by Juventus for Ronaldo, that has sparked up the speculation that Real Madrid are going to go and then try to renew their interest in getting former Barcelona man Neymar from PSG. That would be something. Juventus is 2/13 to be Ronaldo’s club* (betting odds were taken from July 7th, 2018 at 3:23 am) after the summer transfer window at Unibet with some operators suspending betting on the market after punters piled into it. Real Madrid is 16/5 odds* (betting odds were taken from July 7th, 2018 at 3:23 am) to still be the talisman’s club next season. Despite winning another Champions League title earlier this year with Ronaldo, the time looks right for the two to part ways. Ronaldo is certainly not getting any younger but he would be a good fit for someone like Juve who have been on the periphery of winning the Champions League over the last couple of seasons. His arrival could just spark that edge challenge needed to get over the line. However, while the Portuguese striker looks destined for Turin, could there be a twist? Could CR7 be making a sensational return to Manchester United? Earlier this summer Ronaldo was priced up at 16/1 odds* (betting odds were taken from July 7th, 2018 at 3:23 am) to make a return to the Red Devils but on Friday bookmakers were receiving a surge of bets on him making a return to the Theatre of Dreams, with one operator cutting him from 14/1 to 8/1. Unibet have Manchester United at 10/1* (betting odds were taken from July 7th, 2018 at 3:23 am) to be Ronaldo’s club after the summer. There is, of course, the thought that he could be used as bait for PSG to get Neymar going the other way.

Cristiano Ronaldo Club After Summer Transfer Window Odds*

Juventus 2/13 Real Madrid 16/5 Man Utd 10/1 PSG 14/1 Any MLS Club 20/1 Chelsea 25/1 Man City 40/1 * (betting odds were taken from July 7th, 2018 at 3:23 am)
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Chelsea v Man Utd FA Cup Final 2018 betting options at Bet365 – 19th May 2018

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It will be Jose Mourinho v Antonio Conte one more time this season as Chelsea take on Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday. The action from Wembley kicks off at 5:15 p.m. and for both clubs, this will be their last chance at landing some silverware for the season. Manchester United finished second in the Premier League while Chelsea could only manage a fifth-place finish. With failed Champions League and EFL cup campaigns for both, this is their only chance to put a bit of shine and polish on the season. It is Manchester United who go into the final as the narrow 9/5 odds favourite with bet365* (betting odds taken at 11:01 p.m. on June 17th, 2018). That leaves Chelsea as the 19/10 underdogs so it is expected by the bookmaker to be a pretty tight duel between them. This is a repeat of the first ever FA Cup Final to be held at the new Wembley Stadium, which was back in 2007 with Chelsea taking a 1-0 victory after extra time. The Blues had a disappointing season in their title defence in the English top flight this term. In their final two games of the season they could only manage 1-1 home draw against Huddersfield before being convincingly beaten by Newcastle 3-0 on the final day of the season. Manchester United meanwhile have lost just one of their last 14 games in all competitions, winning 10 of those so they are in good form even though they have been heavily criticised for failing to produce dynamic entertaining performances. During the course of the Premier League season the two clubs traded home wins.

Popular FA Cup Final Betting Markets

Both of those wins were by a one goal margin and on offer in the bet365 winning margin market, there is a 3/1 odds price on Manchester United with Chelsea at 10/3 odds* (betting odds taken at 11:01 p.m. on June 17th, 2018) to do it by that one goal margin. Incidentally, Chelsea's last four FA Cup Final successes have been by one goal margin in the end. There are plenty of exciting FA Cup final betting markets open at bet365 from the standard fare of betting on the match outright and the popular goalscorer markets, to alternative options like scorecasts and Asian handicap betting. Because this is expected to be a tight game between the two sides another good FA Cup final betting market at bet365 to consider is the Method of Victory. In there you can choose the outcome of the game by winning method for either team be it in 90 mins, extra time or penalties. Will this be Antonio Conte’s last game in charge of Chelsea? Either way, can he sign off on the season on a positive note? The Blues have been struggling clinical finishing and defensive stability all season, but can they pull it all together once again at Wembley and make up for last season’s defeat in the showcase match to Arsenal? On the other side of things, former Chelsea boss Mourinho would love nothing more than to get one over his Italian counterpart. While Manchester United have not been playing with style swagger they have been efficiently churning out results and certainly look the more consistent of the two sides.

In-Play FA Cup Final Betting

Bookmaker bet365 have a tremendous variety of FA Cup final betting markets available to customers both pre-match and in play. Enjoying in-play betting on the big match from Wembley will open up a host of new options for you to enjoy as the action is ongoing. Bet365 generally offer above 70 in-play markets on a big game like this. Markets like next goal scored, the next goal scorer and final score can all be enjoyed. Plus you will also get the added benefits of cash out and partial cash out options which allow you full control of your live in-play betting selections.
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