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Midweek Premier League football was eventful. Late winners, plenty of goals and resting of stars sets December up beautifully. New faces in dugouts – well, old faces in different dugouts – and some managers on the brink of their P45s put severe weight on this weekend.

European football means we have six fixtures at 3pm on Saturday. And, as has become tradition, I am going to wander down the list here.

 

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION vs LIVERPOOL

Brighton were involved in a stalemate with Crystal Palace at the Amex on Tuesday. Having again created very little, goals are still a worry for Chris Hughton’s side.

Liverpool are likely to give them chances, but this will be a stern test of a usually solid Seagulls back line.

Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have all been given rests in the last week, and it would be of no surprise to see the magic quartet start together on Saturday afternoon.

This is a challenging time in Brighton’s season, and I think they may well have enough to be safe, but one win in five and Jurgen Klopp’s rotation means I am backing the Reds for an away win.

TIP: Liverpool to win @ 4/9

 

EVERTON vs HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

The importance of Everton’s win over West Ham on Wednesday cannot be overstated. To do it so emphatically made it even more significant, and, with Sam Allardyce arriving, the Toffees should pull away from relegation peril.

Their visitors this Saturday have not scored on the road since August, and were thrashed 5-0 by Arsenal on the same night as Everton’s win. It’s now three straight defeats for the Terriers, who have scored just nine goals in 14 league matches.

I don’t see this being another 4-0. Everton, though, should have too much for David Wagner’s side. Huddersfield are in trouble.

TIP: Everton to win @ 13/20

 

LEICESTER CITY vs BURNLEY

Burnley are having a season that is on course to be one of the greatest in Premier League history. Now above Tottenham and into sixth, Sean Dyche’s side are the masters of the narrow victory.

Leicester have improved markedly since Claude Puel took over, though they were fortunate to beat Spurs in midweek. That did bring an end to a three-match winless streak, mind.

At some point, Burnley will surely stop defying the odds. They have scored fewer goals than Stoke and Everton, who are both embroiled in a relegation battle.

Their away form has been the most surprising of all after their road struggles last season, but I am going to sit on the fence at the King Power.

TIP: Match to be drawn @ 5/2

 

STOKE CITY vs SWANSEA CITY

Mark Hughes and Paul Clement are under enormous pressure. Stoke have not won in four, and performances are only getting worse. Swansea are level on points with Crystal Palace at the bottom of the table, and have scored seven league goals all season.

The Potters hold the league’s worst defensive record, having been torn apart by Liverpool on Wednesday evening. Swansea could not muster a shot on target against Chelsea, keeping them as the league’s worst attack. Quite a combination, that.

Defeat should probably spell the end for either manager. Recruitment has been poor at both clubs, but that will not excuse another loss on Saturday.

I can’t pick much between the sides at the moment, even with the return of Tammy Abraham.

TIP: Match to be drawn @ 47/20

 

WATFORD vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Watford’s defence continues to let them down. Spurs’ poor finishing and the absence of Toby Alderweireld has hurt them.

The visitors to Vicarage Road have won only once in five league matches, forcing them down to seventh. Fatigue has clearly played its part, but Mauricio Pochettino’s options are limited compared to his top six rivals.

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The Hornets have been a joy to watch for much of this season. Their attack is dangerous, if a little unpredictable. For a Spurs defence short of its secure best, this is a real test.

It will not be easy, but I think Spurs might just squeak an important narrow victory.

TIP: Spurs to win @ 4/6

 

WEST BROMWICH ALBION vs CRYSTAL PALACE

Alan Pardew’s first match in charge of West Brom comes against one of his many former clubs, and he faces one of his fellow old guard of Premier League managers. The merry-go-round dictates that Roy Hodgson also faces a former club.

Crystal Palace remain at the foot of the table, but signs are good. Should things continue as they are, the Eagles will leave the bottom three before long.

Pardew has been brought in to turn West Brom’s dire form around (they haven’t won since August) and the former Newcastle manager has a good record of producing results early in his tenure.

This is a tough one to call, but I fancy the Pardew bounce to strike again.

TIP: West Brom to win @ 29/20

 

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Which Way is Your Premier League Betting Going?

It just gets better and better. The Premier League is throwing up thrills, drama, goals galore, and no few surprises and watching and enjoying with Asian Handicap Betting is the perfect weekend!

But who can you count on? The match of the weekend sees Arsenal take on Manchester United, neither seem to be able to keep up with leaders Manchester City. And then there’s Spurs, down to seventh, while Burnley and Watford mix it with the giants.

WEEK 15 SATURDAY:

Chelsea vs Newcastle United

Betting odds say Antonio Conte’s champions will coast this game, and with four home wins on the run, against a side which has just ended a four-match losing streak, it looks like a cert. The Magpies battled well to snatch a draw at West Brom, but they’ll need more than battle to get anything at the Bridge.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Liverpool

Fifth-placed Liverpool has an altogether trickier task on their visit to Brighton. The Seagulls are sitting tenth with just one defeat in seven, and defenders Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk have been immense. They’ll need to be on their game to stop 12-goal Mo Salah, though.

Leicester City vs Burnley

Not long ago these two were fighting it out at the top of the Championship, but the Foxes have since won the Premier League and now the Clarets are shaking things up in sixth place. The Clarets have won four in five and sit eight points above Leicester. Sean Dyche will surely set his team up to win but beware of in-form Jamie Vardy.

Watford FC vs Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino says his team’s dip in form has nothing to do with the release of his book. I haven’t read it so I can’t comment but they need to get going again soon! Watford aren’t the easiest place to go when you’re out of form. The Hornets are scoring almost two goals a game, more than the star-studded Spurs.

Everton vs Huddersfield Town

Will Big Sam have dotted the ‘I’s and crossed the ‘t’s on his contract with Everton in time to entertain the Terriers? The Toffees didn’t look like they needed him; hammering the Hammers 4-0 this mid-week. Meanwhile, Town have lost the last three, conceding 11 goals. Everton could be in the top half even before Sam’s sorted them out!

Stoke City vs Swansea City

Two under pressure coaches meet in Stoke where Mark Hughes welcomes Paul Clement. Stoke are 16th and just three points above the drop, with just one win in six, while the Swans collected only one point in that time and are in serious trouble.

West Bromwich Albion vs Crystal Palace

The Eagles land in the Midlands with just one defeat in the last five and so they’ll take on former manager Alan Pardew with plenty of confidence. The Baggies threw away a two-goal lead against Newcastle in midweek and are in need of a confidence boost.

WEEK 15 SUNDAY:

Bournemouth vs Southampton

It’s not as sunny as we like it on the South Coast at the moment. The Saints have won only once in the last five and after a pick-up in form, the Cherries lost to Burnley on Wednesday. It’s good to see Callum Wilson back on the pitch and scoring again for Bournemouth and he could be the difference in this home assignment.

WEEK 15 MONDAY:

Manchester City vs West Ham United

City have adopted the habit of Champions – scoring late winners. When can we start calling it ‘Pep Time’ in honour of the great Sir Alex? I doubt they’ll need injury time to put away the sorry Hammers though. What a place for David Moyes to look for his first win!

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Premier Football Bets on the Good Old Boys

When the going gets tough, send for an old hand. That’s the mantra at the bottom half of the Premier League.

While the cream of English footy chases the biggest world names, the strugglers have already wielded the axe, and appointed some of the old school, to get them out of the mire. Relegation betting odds always shift when Big Sam strolls into town, as he has at Everton. The same can’t be said of West Ham’s David Moyes!

West Bromwich Albion vs Crystal Palace (December 2, 23:00 GMT+8)

For my first handicap betting pick this week I’m watching a cracker. The Baggies have appointed Alan Pardew to lift them away from the gloom and his first game is a team he’s saved previously and went on to sack him right after. Roy Hodgson has been in charge at Selhurst Park since game five and he’s eked out nine points. Another three here will see him draw level with the 17th placed hosts.

This will be some battle and so, for a 🌟 bet, I’m going for a draw at 3.10.

Watford FC vs Tottenham Hotspur (December 2, 23:00 GMT+8)

Spurs are down to seventh after a mystifying loss of form, taking just four points from the last five games. Now that Marco Silva is staying put at Watford, for the time being, the Hornets have recovered their own form, winning twice and then giving Manchester United a fright in midweek.

A punt on Watford with a +0.75 goals start is at 1.99 for a 🌟🌟 bet.

Manchester City vs West Ham United (December 4, 00:00 GMT+8)

Pep’s boys are sweeping all before them, just. Their 12th consecutive league win, against Southampton, came in the 96th minute thanks to a superb strike from the reborn Raheem Sterling. David Moyes’ Hammers were swept aside by Everton, of all teams, and it would take a minor miracle to lift them out of the drop zone this weekend!

City struggled to break down the Saints and Moyes must have the Hammers better organised, so how about a 🌟🌟 bet on Under 4.00 goals at 1.81?

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This is Why Home is Where the Heart is

We are being truly spoilt, sports betting fans, having given the chance to witness three sets of dramatic Premier League football games all within a week.
As we prepare for the final part of the trilogy, my betting tips reflect a leaning to home comforts.
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Everton vs Huddersfield Town (December 2, 23:00 GMT+8)

Wayne Rooney rolled back the years and ‘Big Sam’ was back in town. What was not to like for Everton fans in midweek.

After their 4-0 crushing of West Ham, including a stunning Rooney effort from inside his own half, will the Allardyce effect bring an end to the Toffees’ generally torrid spell?

Certainly, as the former England coach takes charge for the first time, Huddersfield must now fear the worst.

This is certainly no let-up for the Terriers after games already this week against Man City and Arsenal.

I can’t see past more Goodison glee and a 🌟🌟🌟 tip of Everton First Half 1X2 @ 2.42 and Asian Handicap -0.75 Everton @ 1.95.

Stoke City vs Swansea City (December 2, 23:00 GMT+8)

Stoke may have had little luck in their 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool but that has been a familiar theme throughout the season and patience is fast running out in the Potteries as fans becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress.

With that said, Swansea seem the perfect visitors as Swans are without a victory in their past six games and are hardly threatening at all in attack, despite having the talented, if inconsistent, Wilfried Bony and Tammy Abraham in their ranks.

Mark Hughes and Paul Clement both need a victory and I feel the former will be successful.

Another 🌟🌟🌟 tip is Asian Handicap -0.75 Stoke @ 2.26.

Bournemouth vs Southampton (December 3, 21:30 GMT+8)

This is a south coast thriller when form goes out the window.

Southampton will have been deflated after their last-gasp defeat at Man City but can take many positives from their showing, unlike their visitors Bournemouth who were best at home by Burnley.

Boss Eddie Howe knows the best immediate response is to triumph and enjoy bragging rights in a neighbouring clash which has often featured resentment and rancour.

I’m going to edge for the small brother to prevail in a 🌟🌟 prediction of Asian Handicap 0.00 Bournemouth @ 2.11.

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Everton appoint Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has been appointed as Everton's new manager on an 18-month contract.

The Toffees revealed on Wednesday afternoon that the former England boss will become the permanent successor to Ronald Koeman, who was sacked last month after a poor start to the season left the club 18th in the Premier League.

David Unsworth has been overseeing first-team affairs on an interim basis with Everton's comprehensive 4-0 win against West Ham ar Goodson Park was his final game in charge.

Allardyce, who has been out of work since resigning from Crystal Palace at the end of last season having steered them away from relegation, will bring in Sammy Lee, former Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare, goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson and fitness coach Ryland Morgan as his backroom team.

The 63-year-old, who has also had spells in charge of Notts County, Bolton, Blackburn, West Ham, Newcastle and Sunderland, will take charge for Saturday's Premier League match against Huddersfield.

On his appointment, Allardyce issued a statement which read: "The attraction of the club itself, the people I've known at the club – Peter Reid is one of my best mates, so are Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell whom I worked with at Sunderland – these people have always made me aware of just how special and unique a club Everton is and I feel really enthused and energised to come in as manager.

"I've always thought Everton was a great club. It is a great club. Obviously, the club has gone through a difficult spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again.

"Because, ultimately, it's the ambition of the club, the ambition of the owner and the board, allied to the fact that it's Everton and all the fantastic history, which have proved to be key for me."

Everton, who are 11/8 to secure a top half finish, are 8/13 to defeat the Terriers this weekend, while David Wagner's men are available at 9/2 and the draw is priced at 14/5.

Pizzagate and the Big, Big Football Games!

Arsenal vs Manchester United

Who could forget the Battle of the Buffet?! 2004 was the year when tempers flared in the tunnel and someone intentionally wizzed a slice of pizza and hit Sir Alex Ferguson.

Arsenal against Manchester United has always been a feisty affair but that match 13 years ago, to my knowledge, was the only time food was thrown. Was the pastry hurler Cesc Fabregas? Well that’s not one for football betting right now. The current crop of Gunners and Red Devils have quite enough on their plates.

United started the Premier League season with great optimism as reflected in the opening title betting odds. But now, they find themselves struggling to stop an eight point gap to the top widening. Meanwhile, as Arsenal fans try to convince themselves they’re in a title race, a top four spot is more realistic and by no means guaranteed.

The two teams are in similar good form, three-match winning runs following a defeat, and the key to who carries on winning lies in the United rearguard’s ability to keep the Gunners at bay. Alexandre Lacazette limped off in their big midweek win against Huddersfield and that’s a blow for Arsenal. However, in Alexis Sanchez they carry a constant threat.

United won well at Watford on Tuesday and the re-appearances of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have almost put a smile of Jose Mourinho’s face. Will we see another at the weekend?

Well, Arsene Wenger and Jose have never liked each other; they haven’t even tolerated each other. So, like in any big game, the only thing that matters is the result.

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Super Sunday: 9/1 Double Has Moyes’ West Ham Losing Again

Can anyone stop Manchester City this season? Pep Guardiola’s Blues juggernaut continued their winning run with a last gasp winner against Southampton on Wednesday evening and City are still eight points clear of arch rivals Manchester United.

Saints were gallant in defeat and will be quietly confident ahead of a trip to Bournemouth in the first of two HUGE games in England’s top flight.

For David Moyes, this is as difficult as it gets. After conceding three goals away at Everton on Wednesday night, it can’t get much worse for West Ham but Moyes will be wary of a heavy defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

The Hammers will need everything to go to plan in order to keep this one close. Check out our top tips and betting advice ahead of Sunday’s double header…

 

BOURNEMOUTH vs SOUTHAMPTON

A difficult one to call. Bournemouth, plagued by inconsistency for most of the season, have shown signs of building momentum in recent weeks but Eddie Howe’s men are still looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation battle below.

With just four wins in 13 top flight games this campaign, the Cherries sit just four points above West Ham – that kind of form cannot continue into 2018.

Southampton have struggled as well, particularly in front of goal. The visitors have netted in each of their last two Premier League matches though and that is a sign that the tide at St Mary’s Stadium has started to turn after a slow start to the season.

Over 1.5 away goals is available at 13/8 here and that is an excellent price considering Bournemouth’s woes. It could be an entertaining, expansive encounter on the south coast.

I’ve gone with Southampton here. Mauricio Pellegrino’s men were seconds away from an extraordinary point away at Manchester City on Wednesday and Saints should take plenty of positives from that fixture.

Southampton’s latest victory, a 4-1 thrashing of Everton, saw a BTTS + win go in their favour and 9/2 is a respectable price for a repeat this weekend.

TIP: Southampton to win and both teams to score @ 9/2

 

MANCHESTER CITY vs WEST HAM UNITED

How many City goals are we expecting then? Over 3.5 goals is available at 23/20 but that is far too short. West Ham may tire in the second half due to the relentless pressure and over 2.5 second half goals is currently valued at 7/5.

It might be worth considering this particular market – City have been scoring the bulk of their recent goals in the second half.

Finding a suitable tip in West Ham’s favour isn’t easy at the present moment. Here, there is some value in backing no goal in the opening 15 minutes at 8/13.

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City have kept the winning run going but Pep’s men haven’t been blowing teams apart in recent weeks. West Ham may capitulate later on in the contest but 8/13 is a solid price for a stalemate at the 15 minute mark.

City have won their last four fixtures against West Ham by a combined score of 15-1 and it is hard to back against the Blues on current form. The Etihad faithful will be expecting a cricket score this weekend and neutrals should sit back, relax and watch a masterclass.

Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and admit that the better team won, Moyes’ men may have to do that on Sunday afternoon.

TIP: Manchester City to win to nil @ 10/13

 

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Moyes issues axe threat

David Moyes has warned his West Ham players to cut out the costly individual errors or risk being replaced in his team.

The Hammers chief watched his side suffer a 4-0 drubbing at his former club Everton on Wednesday night to make it just one point from a possible nine in his three games at the helm since replacing Slave Bilic at the London Stadium.

The defeat leaves the Londoners without a win in seven Premier League games and occupying the final relegation place, two points adrift of safety.

However, rather than question the attitude of the players, Moyes has suggested mistakes at vital moments have been capitalised on by their opponents.

Indeed, Manuel Lanzini could have reduced the deficit to 2-1 early in the second half at Goodison Park, but his penalty was saved by Jordan Pickford before the Toffees went on to secure a convincing win.

And speaking of their recent run of results, Moyes, revealed that he could look to make changes to his starting XI if the errors continue.

He said: "I think in the time I've been here, in the three games I've had, the goals we're conceding are from individual (errors).

"I don't think it is because we are not organised or not running hard enough to get back into position, or the players are not showing the right attitude.

"I actually think it was individual mistakes in the games that are costing us, so we either have to eradicate it or find people who are not going to make the individual mistakes."

Moyes will hope both Winston Reid and Andy Carroll will recover from slight hamstring and knee issues ahead of Sunday's daunting trip to Premier League leaders Manchester City.

He added: "I think I have got to hope that this is where 'you never know what happens in football' comes in, because we certainly wouldn't be looking favourites.

"But I have to say there's not many teams looking favourites when coming up against those teams just now.

"We have to go there and it's exactly right – you never know."

West Ham, who are 10/11 to be relegated this season, are priced at 20/1 to win at City, while Pep Guardiola's men are available at 1/12 and the draw is 10/1.

Silva eyes more City success

David Silva is targeting more trophies with Manchester City after signing a new one-year deal extension until summer 2020.

The 31-year-old Spain international midfielder, who joined City from Valencia in 2010 for £24million, has already enjoyed success at the Etihad Stadium with two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups.

However, having played his part in City's impressive start to the season, with eight eight assists to date, as the side sit eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and have sealed their place in the last-16 of the Champions League, Silva is targeting more silverware.

"I am incredibly proud of what I have achieved at City in my seven-and-a-half seasons here and with Pep in charge, I feel we are in a great position to win trophies this season and beyond," he said.

"The style of football we are playing is a pleasure to be a part of and I look forward to winning more titles in the years to come."

City director of football Txiki Begiristain added: "We are very pleased with this announcement.

"Not only has David Silva been central to the club's success over recent years, he remains one of the team's key players.

"He has shown again this season that he is the best creative midfielder in English football and he will be very important in developing our talented young players in the coming years."

City are 1/10 to win the Premier League this season, while they are available at 9/2 to win the Champions League.

More Bundesliga Action for Football Betting Fans

If you’re looking for quality football games, you can always count on the Bundesliga to deliver!

The top professional league in Germany keeps live betting fans on their toes as every squad in the table are out to play. The fact that Bayern Munich were beaten by Monchengladbach should give people an idea of how competitive this league is.

This coming weekend promises more of the top-quality football we’ve come to love in the Bundesliga.

WEEK 13 SATURDAY:

SC Freiburg vs Hamburger SV

The weekend may start with a tight relegation battle, but don’t simply brush this game off as a snooze fest. Hamburg shocked many with an eye-popping win over Hoffenheim. Meanwhile, Freiburg won a great clash at home versus Hoffenheim. We can expect a thrilling match to happen at Schwarzwald-Stadion.

Bayern Munich vs Hannover 96

Bayern’s faithful supporters were probably shocked by the upset they experienced at the hands of Monchengladbach, so we can be sure to see fired-up plays from the rest of the squad. I think they have a good shot at victory against a struggling Hannover side.

However, the visitors have done extremely well against squads like Schalke and Dortmund. It would not be advisable to simply brush off the visitors, but Bayern should still win. With that being said, Hannover +2.25 @ 2.03 is a tempting punt to make.

Hoffenheim vs RB Leipzig

Hoffenheim have recently fallen off the top due to a string of subpar performances over the past two months. Meanwhile, Leipzig are closing the gap at the top after winning seven points in their last three games.

Leipzig look like heavy favourites to win this match, especially if we consider the fact that the 1899 lost 3-0 to Hamburg last time out. This game is theirs to lose, so punters should not hesitate to choose Leipzig’s -0.50 @ 2.29.

Werder Bremen vs VfB Stuttgart

The Red Bulls may have cut Werder Bremen’s fun short, but their 4-0 win over Hoffenheim should give them all the confidence they need to put up a fight against Stuttgart. The visitors have only drawn with Hannover, but they won three of their last five matches.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund’s aspirations for the title might as well end here if they don’t manage to win against Bayer Leverkusen this weekend. The BVB have not won a Bundesliga game in so long, but their high-scoring draw with Schalke gives supporters hope.

Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen are on an impressive unbeaten streak, putting their confidence on the highest level. I don’t think they will be beaten at home, but Dortmund should be able to turn this into another draw. Punters should not hesitate to consider punting on the outright odds of a Draw at 3.30 odds.

Mainz  05 vs Augsburg

Alfred Finnobogason and Philipp Max are the driving force behind Augsburg’s impressive run to the top half of the table. Abdou Diallo and Yoshinori Muto are also doing great on helping Mainz battle in the middle of the pack. Expect these four to play well then these two sides meet at the Opel Arena.

WEEK 13 SUNDAY:

Schalke 04 vs FC Koln

Schalke players are definitely thrilled that they escaped the Signal-Iduna-Park with a point in tow, but they will surely want the entire three points when they face Koln. They still haven’t notched a win in the Bundesliga despite their astounding win over Arsenal, so I don’t see them winning on the road.

Hertha BSC vs Eintracht Frankfurt

This mid-table clash doesn’t seem like there is anything worth watching, but this could still provide enough drama to the neutral.  Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic will probably cause a lot of havoc on the Berlin defences, but the hosts have been long used to coming back from behind. We could catch a back-and-forth between these two sides happening.

WEEK 13 MONDAY:

VfL Wolfsburg vs Borussia Monchengladbach

The visitors are still high off of their fantastic victory over the league leaders, so they will be coming to the Volkswagen Arena full of confidence. Meanwhile, Wolfsburg endured a second-half beating to Augsburg and will be hungry for a bounce-back win. Fans should expect fireworks in the final match of the game week.

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