De Bruyne deal boost for City

Kevin De Bruyne has handed Manchester City a massive boost by signing a contract extension to keep him on board until summer 2023.

The 26-year-old Belgium international has been an integral part of City boss Pep Guardiola's plans this season with six goals and 10 assists in the Premier League as the Citizens sit 12 points clear at the top of the table.

De Bruyne, who joined City from German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in a record £55million deal in August 2015 having endured a frustrating previous spell in England with Chelsea, was tied to City until 2021.

But he was keen to pledge his longer term future to the club with the side enjoying a fine campaign to date and are still on course to win all four major trophies.

De Bruyne told the City website: "I am really happy to have signed this new deal. As I've said previously, my intention has always been to stay here at City, where I've felt at home from day one.

"Not only are we winning – we are playing great football. It's a pleasure to be a part of and I'm really excited about what we can achieve in the coming years."

Director of football Txiki Begiristain added: "Kevin's new deal is great news for our club.

"He has shown this season how important he is to the team and has been integral in everything we've done so far.

"We are thrilled he has committed his long-term future to Manchester City."

City are 10/3 to follow up their expected Premier League win with Champions League glory, while they are priced at 11/4 to lift the FA Cup and 4/7 to win the League Cup.

De Bruyne is available at 1/2 to win the PFA Player of the Year award.

Zinchenko warns of Robins threat

Oleksandr Zinchenko has warned his Manchester City team-mates to expect a difficult test at Bristol City in their League Cup semi-final second leg on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola's men travel to Ashton Gate holding a slender one-goal lead after coming from behind to defeat Lee Johnson's Championship outfit 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium a fortnight ago courtesy of Sergio Aguero's late strike.

The runaway Premier League leaders will be expected to get the job done in the second leg, but Zinchenko is guarding against complacency given the stern test the Robins provided in the first meeting and the fact they have already defeated Manchester United on home soil in the competition.

The 21-year-old Ukrainian full-back, who is set to start at left-back in the absence of injured duo Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph, said: "We already know about them as the first game was not so easy.

"They defended well and at Bristol it will be a more difficult game than here.

"United losing there was a surprise for us but to be honest everyone who watched the game could see Bristol City played well. They have showed us they can beat us."

City captain Vincent Kompany is still a doubt with a calf injury but Yaya Toure could play as Guardiola has vowed to play the strongest team he can.

He said: "Of course we are going to try to see the best team as possible.

"I will say we are going to go there and try and win the game and go to the final."

City are 1/4 to win the game and are available at 1/20 to reach the final, while Bristol City are priced at 14/1 to win on the night and 12/1 to reach the final, while the draw in 90 minutes is 11/2.

Cup Football Betting is Absolutely Capital!

The Carabao Cup semi-finals will be settled this week and London is calling as two Premier League giants come head-to-head at the Emirates.

With the first-leg matches settling nothing, it’s all to play for when Arsenal host Chelsea but before that, Bristol City hope to upset the betting odds again when Manchester City visit Ashton Gate.

Arsenal vs Chelsea (0-0 1st leg)

City are the hot favorites, with mobile betting fans, to lift the trophy as the two biggest threats are about to slug it out after a goalless first leg. Both Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte are on the hunt for a striker Arsene because Alexis Sanchez leaving only needs a formality and Antonio because his team have recently completed a three-match sequence of 0-0 draws.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Borussia’s Pierre Emerick Aubamayang could be the men to bolster Arsenal’s attack, while Chelsea are chasing Roma’s Edin Dzeko. Whoever comes in will have plenty of supply from the world class creative players at each club. Mesut Ozil was in outstanding form as Arsenal swept aside Crystal Palace at the weekend while Chelsea’s midfield maestro, Eden Hazard, helped himself to two as the Blues hit Brighton for four.

It’s going to be a cracker. The Gunners are at 2.33 to advance with Chelsea at 1.66, but I’m not so sure about that…

Bristol City vs Manchester City (1-2 1st leg)

It took a 92nd-minute winner courtesy of Sergio Aguero to give the Sky Blues a narrow first leg lead at the Etihad and Bobby Reid, scorer of Bristol’s penalty in that game, believes his side is still in the tie. And why not? In the previous round, Korey Smith’s dramatic winner saw off Manchester United.

Bristol City is at 1.80 to win with a +2.00 goals handicap, which could be on, but I’m afraid that won’t be good enough to see them through.

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City Fans Happy to Do their Football Betting with Sergio

Sergio Aguero hit a clinical hat-trick as Manchester City swept aside Newcastle in the Sky Blues’ relentless march to the title.

Most betting websites have nailed Pep Guardiola’s men on to win the Premier League and, on this showing, nothing much will change in the remaining 14 football games.

Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle United

Having ended their interest in paying Alexis Sanchez’ wages, it doesn’t look like City needs another striker as Aguero headed the Sky Blues into the lead, before following up with a penalty and a late third after Jacob Murphy had pulled one back. The Magpies are in danger.

Burnley 0-1 Manchester United

The Red Devils passed a stiff test at Turf Moor thanks to a brilliant second half strike from Anthony Martial which crashed in off the underside of the bar. The Clarets pressed for an equaliser but they only afforded a woodwork hit from Johann Berg Gudmundsson. In the end, United held out to take a hard fought three points.

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-4 Chelsea

Chelsea goes third after having the Seagulls for lunch in the early Saturday fixture. The outstanding Eden Hazard bagged a brace and Willian and Victor Moses got in on the act as Brighton stays in the relegation mix.

Southampton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs stay fifth after Southampton put up a good show to take a point at St Mary’s, which will give the Saints the confidence to start their climb while frustrating Spurs. The home side went ahead on 15 minutes when Sanchez put through his own net but their joy was short lived when Harry Kane headed an equaliser three minutes later.

Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace

Arsenal showed they have plenty of firepower, with or without Sanchez, by blowing away a hard-to-beat Palace in a blistering first 22 minutes. Mesut Ozil was in inspired form while four team-mates hit the net, Alexandre Lacazette scoring the fourth on 22 minutes. Luka Milivojevic claimed a second half consolation while the Gunners admired their work.

Leicester City 2-0 Watford

Well, the most fickle club owners in England have potted another manager! The talented and much loved Marco Silva (until about a month ago) was sacked by Watford after they slipped to a third defeat in four games. The Foxes are up to seventh, thanks to a penalty from Jamie Vardy and an injury time clincher by Riyad Mahrez.

Everton 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Big Sam has steadied the ship again at Everton after a run of three consecutive defeats, though it wasn’t pretty. Oumar Niasse equalised for the Toffees after Jay Rodriguez had put West Brom ahead,, Unfortunately for Tofees, poor James McCarthy suffered a horrific leg break to make it a bad day for the home fans.

West Ham United 1-1 Bournemouth

And it was honours even in this mid table clash which leaves the Hammers and the Cherries in 11th and 12th. In an entertaining tussle, Ryan Fraser put the visitors in front on 71 minutes only to see Javier Hernandez equalise just two minutes later.

Stoke City 2-0 Huddersfield Town

The Potters climbed out of the relegation zone, and new boss Paul Lambert couldn’t have wished for a much kinder fixture. After a fruitless first half, Joe Allen opened the scoring on 53 minutes before Mama Biram Diouf doubled the score line. The Terriers are on the slide and just two points above the drop.

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Pep keen on record

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will aim for a Premier League record points tally before the season is over.

The runaway leaders bounced back from their first defeat of the season last weekend by overcoming Newcastle 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with Sergio Aguero scoring a hat-trick.

City are 12 points clear at the top of the table with 65 points from 24 matches as they look to win their first title since 2014.

City will surpass Chelsea's record of 95 points if they win ten and draw one of their remaining 14 games this season.

Guardiola knows exactly what is required to guarantee the title, but he says City will keep their focus on every game.

"We need 10 more wins to be champions, and we'll try for more points," said Guardiola.

Newcastle defended in numbers on Saturday and they gave City a scare when Jacob Murphy pulled a goal back not long after Aguero's second. Guardiola has hailed the effort of his players.

"It was an outstanding performance, often against 11 players behind the ball [but] we were patient, and we found the space really well. They crossed the halfway just once and scored, but we're so happy," added the City boss.

"We reacted really well after dropping points before. It's not how many goals you score, it's how many chances you create, it's how many chances your keeper has to save. It was important how we reacted at 2-1 – we didn't panic."

Man City are 8/11 to remain unbeaten at home this season, while Aguero is 9/2 to finish the season as leading goalscorer.

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Guardiola not upset by Sanchez miss

Man City head coach Pep Guardiola says he understands the club's decision to pass on signing Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, claiming the stability of the Citizens must come first.

The current Premier League leaders were made hot favourites to land the Chilean this month after it became clear that he would leave the Gunners.

However, City decided to pull out of the race for the 29-year-old's signature due to the finances involved.

It now looks likely that Sanchez will join City's Manchester rivals United with the Red Devils head coach confirming his club are in advanced talks with the ex-Barcelona forward.

While Guardiola admits he would have liked to have been able to call upon a player of Sanchez's quality, he admits a big-money deal for the South American would have set a dangerous precedent.

"Normally we try to be stable with the wages of the players because I think it is good for the team and stability of the club," Guardiola said. "In the past, what the club did, was at that price.

"What happened last summer, everything increased amazingly. You have to adapt to that. I think the price in the summertime will be higher than this winter. Sometimes you have to anticipate that.

"We've spent a lot of money, we can't deny that, but I've never put pressure on a club when they believe it is too much. Immediately I accept that decision and move forward to find another solution.

"The stability of the club is the most important thing," Guardiola added.

Guardiola will now turn his attention back to the title race having seen his team's unbeaten record ended by Liverpool last week.

City face Newcastle on Saturday in a game they are 1/8 to win with the Magpies 25/1 and the draw 9/1.

The Citizens are 11/10 to go the season unbeaten at the Etihad Stadium.

City stay suits Fernandinho

Fernandinho is keen to remain at Manchester City for as long as possible after inking a two-year contract extension with Pep Guardiola's side.

The 32-year-old Brazil international is now committed to the runaway Premier League leaders until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

Fernandinho joined City from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer of 2013 and has gone on to score 14 times in 154 Premier League games for the club.

"This is a club with a fantastic future and I want to be a part of it for as long as possible," Fernandinho said. "With Pep in charge, I feel sure we can win significant silverware and, importantly, we will try to do it playing attractive, attacking football.

"It's a pleasure to be a part of this club and I look forward to seeing what the next few years bring."

Fernandinho has started 22 of City's 23 Premier League games so far this season and came on as a substitute in the other match.

Central defender Nicolas Otamendi agreed an extended contract with the club earlier this week after playing a crucial role in City's exceptional campaign to date.

Manchester City host Newcastle United on Saturday and are 1/8 to return to winning ways after losing 4-3 at Liverpool last weekend.

Fernandinho is 5/1 to score at any time in the match while Guardiola's side, 10/3 to win the Champions League this term, are 8/11 to keep a clean sheet against the Magpies.

Getting Back in the Win Column is What Matters Now!

This week’s Premier League will be Manchester City’s first try to bounce back from a defeat, so they will be the focus of my Week 24 betting tips along with other online gambling favourites who all failed to get the win the last time out.

Arsenal and Everton both fell to strong teams last week, so expect them to put up a performance that football betting fans will remember.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace (January 20, 23:00 GMT+8)
With Alexis Sanchez likely gone at the Emirates, it’s time for Arsenal to make a statement of their own and show that they don’t need the Chilean forward to win—a la Liverpool against City.
Sanchez scored a brace for the Gunners when they fought Crystal Palace three weeks ago, so this game is undoubtedly the perfect opportunity for them to bounce back. However, make no mistake: Palace are unbeaten in three and are coming off back-to-back wins against Southampton and Burnley.

I think Arsenal have enough attacking quality to pull out a win, though I predict it will be a low-scoring affair given Palace’s renewed focus on defence in their recent games. Considering all these, I suggest a 🌟🌟 bet on Goals Under 3.00 @ 1.91.

Everton vs West Bromwich Albion (January 20, 23:00 GMT+8)
Sure enough, nothing is going right for Everton. They lost three straight already and scored only once during that stretch, all while conceding eight. Fortunately for the Merseysiders, they have a legitimate chance of ending their slump against a West Brom side deep in relegation battle.

Alan Pardew’s side got all three points last weekend, so they’ll head to Goodison Park in high spirits. Nonetheless, it shouldn’t help that they haven’t won on the road since their second league game…and that’s five months ago!

There’s the possibility that this one will end up in a draw, but I like Everton’s solid form at home. With that said, another 🌟🌟 bet on the Toffees Asian Handicap -0.50 @ 2.28 is the way to go for me.

Manchester City vs Newcastle United (January 21, 01:30 GMT+8)
Manchester City are the best in the Premier League, but as what we have learned in their loss to Liverpool, they are not “invincible” and their backline can be ruthlessly exploited.

Whether Newcastle will also isolate Sergio Aguero and press the Sky Blues high up the pitch remain to be seen; however, City will still surely have a hard time against a team they beat with just one goal last month.

If there’s any silver lining for Pep Guardiola’s side, it’s the fact that the Magpies don’t have an attacking threat comparable to the Reds.

A City win is likely on the books, though I doubt there will be a huge gap as what the odds suggest. If you’re punting, go for Goals Under 3.50 @ 2.11 for a 🌟🌟🌟 bet.

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Otamendi commits to City cause

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi has committed his future to the Premier League frontrunners by penning a new deal that will see him stay until 2022.

The Argentina international was set to stay at the Etihad Stadium until 2020 but his efforts this season have earned him a further two-year deal with the Citizens.

Having featured in 22 of City's 23 Premier League games this term, Otamendi has made himself a key figure in the heart of manager Pep Guardiola's defence.

Despite a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday, City find themselves 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Having suffered their first league defeat of the campaign, Otamendi and City will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they host struggling Newcastle United at the Etihad.

City are 1/10 to win, 9/1 to draw and 20/1 to lose to the Magpies, who sit just three points above the relegation zone.

Speaking about his new deal at City, Otamendi wrote on Twitter: "Thanks to the club and technical team for their trust and respect, and to the fans for their support in every match, at all times."

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Will I Bet Online on a Big City Wobble? Not Just Yet!

Liverpool struck a mighty blow for the chasing pack with a 4-3 win over Manchester City last week, but now they need a few more teams to take up the challenge.

Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea fans are clinging on to the hope that winning the league is still just about on, and there are great odds available for online betting players willing to back any of them. But one win, one draw and yes, a defeat, in the last three football games do not represent a crisis; and I fully expect Pep Guardiola’s City to get back to winning ways this weekend.

WEEK 24 SATURDAY:

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Chelsea

Chelsea are 15 points off the pace, and maybe hanging on to a top four place. Winning a trophy will be enough for Antonio Conte. The Blues have drawn four on the bounce, in all competitions, and will face another battle against Brighton, fighting for their life in 16th.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

The Gunners don’t look like they could fight their way out of a paper bag at the moment, and look like losing their best players in this transfer window. So I won’t bet against the resurgent Eagles, up to 12th after back-to-back wins, from giving Arsene Wenger another headache.

Leicester City vs Watford FC

Outside the top six, the Foxes are in the race to be ‘best of the rest’ and were impressive in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge last time out. Watford, on the other hand, have fallen away somewhat with just four points to show for the last six games, and are just six above the drop zone.

Everton vs West Bromwich Albion

Sam Allardyce has got the Toffees motoring and, true to form, looks like splashing the cash this window, possibly bringing in Theo Walcott among others. But they’ve lost the last three league games, while the Baggies grabbed their first win since August to climb back into the pack.

West Ham United vs Bournemouth

The Hammers and Cherries are pulling nicely away from danger, each with eight points from the last four games, and both teams have goals in them, with 14 ‘over 2.5 goal’ matches from 23. David Moyes and Eddie Howe have different styles for sure but they’re certainly working at the moment.

Stoke City vs Huddersfield Town

New Stoke boss Paul Lambert said he didn’t mind being the Potter’s 15th choice for the job, but I bet he’s glad his first game in charge is at home to Huddersfield. Stoke have slid into the drop zone after three defeats but a win on Saturday will take them to within a point of the free-falling Terriers.

WEEK 24 SUNDAY:

Manchester City vs Newcastle United

The Sky Blues are still a massive 12 clear at the top, and aside from the defeat in last week’s match of the season, the only points they’ve dropped since August were in a draw against a vastly improved Crystal Palace. So I think they’ll give Newcastle a hiding. But the Geordies are unbeaten in three, and if they somehow extend that to four then maybe it is time for City fans to start wobbling.

WEEK 24 MONDAY:

Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur

There’s always one team ‘too good to go down’ which eventually perishes, and Saints fans will hope it’s not them as they sit a single point outside the bottom three. Scoring is often a problem an for the Saints, they are just three more than Harry Kane alone this season. However, for all Harry’s goals, Spurs are currently outside the top four.

WEEK 24 TUESDAY:

Swansea City vs Liverpool

So Jurgen Klopp’s heroes did what no-one else could in beating Manchester City and they’ll want to build on that to ensure a successful finish to the season. The Reds are on fire, with five consecutive wins in all competitions, and they should have more fun at the expense of the rock bottom Swans.

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