EPL BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 35

The intense rivalry to claim bragging rights in north London is the highlight of the Premier League this weekend, while the fight for spots amongst Europe’s elite continues to bubble up. Join us as we dive into the Premier League and offer up some interesting options for EPL betting in week 35.

PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING

Tottenham

A 0-0 bore draw against Bournemouth on Thursday would certainly not have been the kind of preparation Tottenham fans would consider ideal with a north London derby looming. Having won just two of their last 10 fixtures, Mourinho must push his team to step up and pick up the pace for one of the Premier League’s biggest fixtures of the season.

Eric Dier will not feature due to a recently imposed four-game ban, so Spurs may have to set up differently for their first north London derby at their new stadium. With their team currently sat in the middle of the table, Spurs fans know that a win against Arsenal could push them into the centre of the battle for Europa League qualification, with three points possibly hoisting them up into sixth place.

Arsenal

A red card for Nketiah’s late challenge on James Justin last Tuesday saw Arsenal go down to 10 men and ultimately concede against Leicester City, in what became their 14th draw of the season. Now on a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions, the Gunners travel the short distance across the capital to take on their fiercest rivals in a north London derby that should be highly competitive, despite the lack of fan attendance.

With the usual pre-match mind games between Mourinho and the Gunners already catching the attention of the public, Arsenal fans know their team must push aside their dreadful record against the Portuguese manager and capitalise on a shaky Tottenham team. Having scored for Arsenal in the previous 2-2 encounter with Spurs, why not consider Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to fire in another goal this Sunday at 13/12 (2.08) as an option for EPL betting in week 35?

TOTTENHAM VS ARSENAL: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

In what looks to be one of the closest games this weekend, Tottenham come out slightly ahead at 8/5 (2.60) to win, with Arsenal’s chances measured at 17/10 (2.70).


Sheffield United

Having put together a three-match unbeaten run, Sheffield United welcome Chelsea to Bramall Lane this Saturday, in what is a must-win fixture for both sides. With John Egan’s late strike against Wolves last Wednesday moving Sheffield United to within a single point of sixth place, three points this weekend could spell a possible Europa League finish for the side that were battling it out in the championship last season.  

Although Chelsea look unstoppable at the moment, Chris Wilder will take confidence from his side’s previous encounter against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Chelsea

Chelsea look to defend their newly acquired third place, as the Blues sit one point above Leicester City in the Premier League table. Boasting five wins out of six since the restart, the London team go into their Saturday fixture having bagged eight goals in their last three games.

Although history and form are on their side, Chelsea have a few injuries to worry about, most notably Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante. Securing three points away to Sheffield United with a weakened midfield could prove trickier for the Blues than initially anticipated.

SHEFFIELD UNITED VS CHELSEA: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Chelsea come out on top as favourites at 3/5 (1.60) to win, with Sheffield United at 26/5 (6.20), to cause an upset.


Manchester United

Having entered the record books by winning their fourth consecutive game by a three-goal margin against Aston Villa last Thursday, Manchester United look like they’re back to their best ahead of a home fixture to Southampton.

Unbeaten since the restart of the league and currently on a five-game winning streak, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will demand his team continue their pursuit of Champions League football, and reestablish themselves amongst the higher echelons of European football. Regardless of Manchester United’s current standing in the game, Mason Greenwood is one of the young starlets of the sport across the continent right now; why not back the 18-year old to score for the Red Devils at 7/6 (2.17)?

Southampton

Three wins, a loss and a draw since the restart of the league has left Southampton in 12th place, battling it out amongst the mid-table teams. With a comfortable 16-point gap from the relegation zone, the Saints have picked up at points an outstanding rate for a team with seemingly nothing left to play for.

Southampton fans will look to their top scorer, Danny Ings, to add to his 19-goal Premier League tally. The Saints should take the battle to the Red Devils at Old Trafford as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team have already shown they have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with Manchester United having secured a home 1-1 draw earlier this season.

MANCHESTER UNITED VS SOUTHAMPTON: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

On account of their recent form and home advantage, Manchester United march into the fixture as favourites at 2/7 (1.28) to win, with the chances of the travelling side, Southampton calculated at 9/1 (10.00).


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EPL BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 30

With the preliminary midweek games out of the way, English football returns to its rightful place as the highlight of a football-filled weekend.

Join us as we take a closer look at some options for EPL betting in Week 30 and examine some of the headline fixtures taking place in the next few days.

PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING

Tottenham

Currently seven points off the top four, Tottenham’s 2019-20 campaign had seemingly faltered under the weight of recurring defensive errors and hard-hitting injuries. With captain and talisman Harry Kane returning to fitness from injury, Spurs are now much better placed to finish the season competitively. Jose Mourinho will look to stoke the fire within his players in an effort to reignite their fight for a Champions League place and close the gap on their opponents in the table.

Manchester United

While Manchester United fans can only glance enviously at their fiercest rivals at the top of the table – both City and Liverpool are beyond reach, Champions League qualification is still very much within their grasp. With a European ban looming for Manchester City – appeal pending obviously, fifth place could well secure a spot in Europe’s top competition. While Sheffield United and Wolves separate the Red Devils and Spurs, the North London side are perhaps their biggest challengers for the position. A win, therefore, is vital.

TOTTENHAM VS MANCHESTER UNITED: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Although they are the home-side, Tottenham come out as underdogs at 39/20 (2.95) to win, with Manchester United measuring up at 7/5 (2.40).

Everton

With his side mired in mid-table, Carlo Ancelotti will hope that his players were able to use the mid-season hiatus as a chance to study that tactical system he’s been trying to implement since taking the reigns in December. The Toffees return to football with an immensely challenging home derby against runaway league-leaders Liverpool this Sunday. Will Everton have the firepower to delay the inevitable? Or will they be dispatched as they so often have in recent years by their rivals?

Liverpool

There’s still the potential for this to be a truly historic season for Liverpool. Klopp’s men resume the season way out-front in the league with an astounding 82 points. Having dropped points only twice in 29 games, the Reds will be pumped to return back to their winning ways come this Sunday. As Liverpool cross to Goodison Park, Jordan Henderson and co will be focused on securing three of the final six points necessary to become champions.

EVERTON VS LIVERPOOL: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

As is almost always the case this season, Liverpool find themselves as strong favourites at 20/33 (1.61) to win, with the chances of Everton causing an upset calculated at 23/5 (5.60).

Watford

Chaos, disappointment and questionable tactics have left a ragged Watford team fighting just above relegation places. On the plus side, an extraordinary 3-0 hammering of a then-unbeaten Liverpool side in Watford’s last home game showed the naysayers that the Hornets have the potential to push themselves out of the danger zone. With their first match back against a strong third-place Leicester City team, Watford will need to hit the ground running to fulfil their ambition of securing another season in the Premier League.

Leicester City

A full 103 days after their last competitive game, Leicester City will return to the pitch in an away fixture at Watford this Saturday.  With the aim of their season – clinching a Champions League spot – within touching distance, Brendan Rodgers will have his Foxes hungry for points to realise their European dream. There’s also the ever so small possibility that they could challenge Manchester City for second place, should Pep’s men turn their focus to other competitions where they still stand a chance of picking up silverware.

WATFORD VS LEICESTER CITY: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

No surprises as Leicester City come into this fixture as favourites at 9/8 (2.13) to win. Watford have odds of 5/2 (3.50) to secure a much-needed victory.   

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Premier League Season Preview

The 2018/19 Premier League season was a battle for the ages, featuring two of the best teams of the Premier League era: Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Both teams look set to do battle again in what should prove another exciting season.

Season 2018/19

In 25 of the 27 seasons since the Premier League was formed, Liverpool’s tally of 97 points would have won them the title. Unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp’s men, they ran into the only team ever to score more points, Pep’s Manchester City. Fresh off a 100-point season in 17/18, City would finish the season with 14 straight league wins to secure 98 points and a second successive league title.

The fight for the remaining Champions League places would prove a close one. Chelsea finished 3rd, just one point ahead of Tottenham in 4th. North London rivals Arsenal were a point and a place back in 5th. Manchester United rounded out the Top 6 and took the final Europa League group stage place. Wolves finished an impressive return to the top flight by finishing 7th and making it to the Europa League qualifiers.

At the bottom of the table, Huddersfield and Fulham would have their fates settled relatively early. Fulham proving to have the worst defence in the league, while Huddersfield could only manage three wins. Cardiff and Brighton took their battle for survival to the penultimate game of the season, with a loss to Crystal Palace sealing relegation for Cardiff.

Champions-elect?

MANCHESTER CITY Last season’s winners are favourites to repeat the feat and make it a three-peat by securing their third title in a row. Captain and club legend Vincent Kompany may have left without a direct replacement, but City have plenty of players to fill his role, both on and off the pitch. Club stalwart David Silva takes the captain’s armband while Fernandinho prepares to step into central defence when needed – with new record signing Rodri set to anchor the defence. Guardiola will hope to get a full season out of Kevin De Bruyne this time out, and bank on Raheem Sterling continuing his ascension to the top of the game.

LIVERPOOL – Jurgen Klopp and Guardiola can talk about an open title race all they want; nobody is buying it. Liverpool finished 25 points ahead of third-placed Chelsea last term. And with yet another change of manager and a transfer ban, The Blues are unlikely to overhaul them. Speaking of transfer bans, Liverpool seem to be operating under an almost self-imposed ban. Their signings having been restricted to teenagers and a back-up goalkeeper on a free transfer. Keep their first XI – and in particular the front three – fit, and there’s no reason The Reds can’t push City all the way in the league once more. Especially if City if allow themselves to get distracted in pursuit of feat that Klopp’s men managed last season, and City haven’t thus far come close to; winning the Champions League.

Relegation fodder?

SHEFFIELD UNITED / NORWICH CITY – Of course, the recently promoted sides are always favourites to be relegated back to whence they came. Over the past 10 seasons, on average, one of the three promoted sides will manage to survive. This time around, that side is likely to be Aston Villa, due to the heavy investment that the club has made in its playing staff – of note, Fulham did similar last year.

Norwich were the highest scoring side in the Championship last season thanks to their attacking brand of football. Unfortunately, they were also pretty open at the back, conceding 57 goals in their league campaign. If they are to survive, they’ll need to be much more solid. Sheffield Utd were very much the opposite and finished the season with the best defensive record in the division. They’ll be hoping that captain Billy Sharp will be able to fire in enough goals to keep them up.

BURNLEY / BRIGHTON – If one of the promoted sides is likely to stay up, then one of the existing teams is likely to go down. The most likely suspects are Burnley and Brighton, with neither side having invested heavily in new players in the transfer window. Both sides struggle to score goals and this will perhaps be the cause of their downfall. Brighton are as reliant as ever on ageing striker Glenn Murray, who was responsible for over a third of their goals last season. Burnley and shots on goal – at either end – do not go hand in hand. Last season no side had few shots than The Clarets. On the plus side, no side allowed fewer shots than Sean Dyche’s men. And when they did create chances, those chances were normally of high quality. They’ll be hoping that returning striker Jay Rodriguez can stick a few of them in the back of the net.

PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Manchester City are favourites to win the title at 1/2 (1.50) while Liverpool find themselves at 13/5 (3.60). Nobody else is considered to be in with a genuine shot, with Spurs the best of the rest and given odds of 18/1 (19.00) to win the Premier League. There are a number of teams grouped in as relegation candidates, Sheffield United are 2/3 (1.66), Norwich are 9/10 (1.90), Burnley and Brighton are both 13/7 (2.85) while Aston Villa are 2/1 (3.00). When it comes to topping the scoring charts, Harry Kane is favourite 4/1 (5.00). Last seasons joint top-scorers are priced as follows, Mo Salah at 5/1 (16.00), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 8/1 (9.00) and Sadio Mane at 12/1 (13.00).

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Tottenham vs Liverpool: Champions League Final Betting Preview

On Saturday in Madrid, Tottenham will face Liverpool in an all-English match-up, as they compete in the biggest game in club football, the UEFA Champions League final.  

This game signifies a huge moment for English football, cementing the Premier League as the dominant force in Europe, capable of sweeping all European competition before it. Because this is the first time in history that both major European finals – Europa League and Champions League – have been contested by four teams from the same nation. This all-English Champions League final – the second in the competition’s history and the first since 2008 when Chelsea were defeated on penalties by Manchester United – also signifies the end of the Spanish era, with either Barcelona or Real Madrid having won the last five finals.

Tottenham Hotspur

Making their first ever appearance in the final, Tottenham are the eighth English club to appear in the fixture; giving England more finalists than any other country – Italy and Germany are next on the list with six each. While the fixture represents a changing of the guard in terms of nationality, Spurs also represent a change in terms of the established elite of European football. They are the 40th club to reach the final, and the first newcomers since Chelsea in 2008. Triumph, and Spurs would become the 23rd side to win the European Cup and the first new name on the trophy since Chelsea’s 2012 victory.

Tottenham’s progress to the final has been dramatic, to say the least! The quarter-finals saw bundles of drama and away goals victory over Premier League Champions Manchester City. But somehow, the semi-final was even more epic, with Spurs becoming only the second team in UEFA Champions League history to recover from losing the home first leg in a semi-final, turning around a 1-0 defeat by Ajax in north London with a 3-2 success in Amsterdam. Lucas Moura was the hero on the night, scoring both a hat-trick and the injury-time winner to send Pochettino’s men through.

Liverpool

Unlike Spurs, Liverpool are no strangers to Champions League finals, having reached eight in their history and four since the turn of the century. Last years losing finalists, The Reds have an English record five European Cups in the Anfield trophy cabinet and will be hoping to go one better than last year. Liverpool lost their best player Mohamed Salah early in the game and suffered multiple blunders from goalkeeper Loris Karius in a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

This season’s side is a different proposition though. In almost any other year, they’d have been runaway Premier League champions. Unfortunately for Liverpool, though, they finished second to an outstanding Manchester City side. So, this represents the only chance of silverware left for Jurgen Klopp’s team, who reached the final with an epic semi-final comeback story of their own; following up a strange 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp with a resounding 4-0 thumping at Anfield of Lionel Messi’s Barcelona.

TOTTENHAM VS LIVERPOOL: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL BETTING ODDS

Given their form this season and their history in European competition, it’s no surprise that Liverpool are favourites to lift the European Cup for a sixth time, at odds of 4/9 (1.44). Despite their dramatic progression through the knockout rounds, Spurs are 9/5 (2.80) to win the trophy for the first time.

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Champions League Final Betting Tips

Liverpool go into this fixture having been by far the dominant force domestically this season. In the Premier League, they finished 26 points ahead of the team from North London and beat Spurs 2-1 home and away. Since 2016 the sides have faced each other eight times, with Liverpool winning four games, drawing three and losing only once to Poch’s men.

Liverpool also have a great record against English sides in European competition and are unbeaten in their last five against domestic rivals. However, Spurs, because of their intense style of play, always present a tough proposition for Liverpool and are arguably the most difficult domestic opposition The Reds face outside of Manchester City. Spurs also hope to have talisman Harry Kane back in the line-up following injury. So why not back the fairytale to continue, and bet on Spurs to win and both teams to score at 28/5 (6.60)?

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

Tottenham v Man City Betting Tips

Tottenham v Man City promises to be a great game on Monday night as both teams play an attacking style of football and have two of the worlds best strikers on show in Kane and Aguero. With Tottenham recording their best ever start to a Premier League campaign, they can overtake Man City in the table with a win at Wembley.

These games see plenty of goals with 9 goals scored in Premier League fixtures between both clubs last season with Man City winning 3-1 at Wembley and beating Tottenham 4-1 at home.

After putting 5 past Burnley last weekend and scoring 3 in Champions League in midweek, Pep’s team are free scoring and Tottenham’s defence will need to be switched on to stop the City strikers.

Match Odds :  Tottenham 16/5  (4.20)            Draw 59/20 (3.95)          Manchester City 7/9 (1.77)

Premier league 18/19

Man City have scored the most goals so far this season scoring 26, averaging just under 3 goals a game. Defensively, they have only conceded 3 goals in their 9 games so far. As well as Liverpool and Chelsea, Man City are still unbeaten.

For Spurs, they have lost at home to Liverpool and away at Watford and apart from these two matches, they have won 7 of their 9 matches.

Tottenham v Man City Betting Tips

Man City are 7/9 (1.77) favourites to win the game and continue their unbeaten start to the season. For Tottenham to win and inflict a first defeat on the Premier League Champions is priced at 16/5 (4.20). The draw can be backed at 59/20 (3.95)

Tottenham v Man City Betting Tips

With the talent on show, Tottenham v Man City should deliver plenty of goals and both teams to score is priced at odds of  5/9 (1.56)

With a shade of odds on to win, to back Man City at a better price, take the 39/20 (2.95) on offer for Man City to win and both teams to score. This would be our value pick.

In goalscorer market Harry Kane is  21/20 (2.05) to score anytime and 4/1 (5.0) to score first. For Man City Sergio Aguero is the key talisman and priced at 33/10 (4.30) to open the scoring. He has a good record against Spurs and primed to have a big game.

A couple of correct scores of interest would be Man City to win 3-1 at odds of 10/1 (11.0) and 3-2 priced at 16/1 (17.0)

Good luck with your bets. Odds correct at time of going to print.

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Looking Forward to the London Derby

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are locked in a battle to seemingly avoid the automatic Champions League spots. Both teams have stumbled recently when presented with the opportunity to make gains on the top four. Tottenham may consider themselves lucky to have got a result against Liverpool recently when a win was vital for their European aspirations. Can Arsenal make it successive seasons in failing to gain automatic qualification? Time will tell.

Mahrez goes to City!

Riyad Mahrez will more than likely travel to Manchester City this weekend. He is unlikely to be having a medical though. Mahrez has been on a self-imposed strike since his transfer to the Etihad fell through. Claude Puel may still take him on the bus though if only to let him see what he could have had.

This might have been a tough game for Manchester City with Mahrez playing, it will be easier without him. Expect the Midlanders to put up a great performance, but it is another win for the Sky Blues for me.

Palace could heap more misery on Everton at the weekend

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side have been flying of late and they are starting to pull away from the relegation places. Everton may not have fully recovered from their 5-1 demolition at the hands of Arsenal last week and Palace could prove to be another very tough test for Toffees.

Things need to get better quickly for Benitez’ Newcastle

Newcastle are like a corpse afloat right now. Dangerously close to the relegation zone and with little hope of that changing anytime soon. United may have slipped up against Tottenham but don’t expect Newcastle to begin their revival with victory over the Reds.

Arsenal run riot over awful Everton

Arsenal destroyed Everton with a stunning display that was effectively all over in the first 18 minutes. Arsenal were already 3-0 up with less than 20 minutes on the clock thanks to two goals from Aaron Ramsey and one for Koscielny.

Ramsey went on to complete his first ever hat-trick for the club and new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also got off to a wonderful start with a classily taken goal in the 37th minute.

Southampton consign West Brom to a dark place

Southampton left the Baggies floundering at the foot of the table after a 3-2 victory at the Hawthorns. The ground was tinged with sadness anyway after the untimely death of one of its great footballing heroes, Cyrille Regis.

In many ways it was special day for Baggies fans but not special enough to get the win they need to get away from the bottom of the table. West Brom could do with a big Cyrille taking the ball from the half way line and running at defences right now. They haven’t seen any of his thunderously great goals at the Hawthorns for some time but for many the memory of his Goal of the Season winning strike against Norwich City in the 1981/82 season will never be forgotten, and probably never bettered.

Last minute drama at Anfield

Liverpool and Tottenham played out a pulsating at Anfield with some of the best action reserved for the last four minutes.

The game already looked to be heading for a draw (which would have given Liverpool the advantage in the race for the Champions League spots) when Harry Kane missed a penalty many thought should have been adjudged offside. One minute later Mohammed Saleh scored a Messi like goal at the other end to very definitely give the Reds the upper hand. Unbelievably, another disputed penalty three minutes later gave Kane the chance to make amends which he duly did. Nevertheless, Tottenham failed to make any ground on Liverpool, currently occupying third spot, and must do it all again against Arsenal at the weekend.

Eagles win Super Bowl 52

The Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New England Patriots 41-33 to win the 52nd Super Bowl at the US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis.

Tom Brady failed in his bid to take the Patriots to a record equalling sixth Super Bowl. The forty-year old legend was overshadowed by the Eagles, young Quarter-Back Nick Foles in only his second season in Pro Football. Foles became the first player in history to throw and receive a touchdown. The young substitute QB had a sensational game but it could have been very different for Philadelphia had Brady not been dispossessed with two minutes on the clock and the Patriots in play. The Eagles subsequently managed to run the clock down and claim their first ever Vince Lombardi trophy.

American Football fans will be able to see the Eagles play ‘live’ in London when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley in October.

1025 Days of Hurt

Paul Lambert’s return to the Premier League sees Stoke city beat Huddersfield. It has been 1025 days since Paul Lambert has managed in the Premier League. Lambert was sacked from his role as Aston Villa manager in 2015 following their slide into the relegation zone. He replaced Mark Hughes who was dismissed by Stoke City for the same reason. Lambert watched from the stands as Stoke were beaten 3-0 by Manchester United on Monday. Fast forward to Saturday and his first real game in charge saw them beat Huddersfield 2-0. The win takes them one point off the relegation zone. Not exactly safe, but, moving in the right direction.

Do you think Paul Lambert is the man to keep Stoke City in the Premier League? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below…

Missed opportunity for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur missed an opportunity to go level with Liverpool as they could only manage a draw with Southampton. Spurs remain in fifth place after failing to beat the Saints. Mauricio Pellegrino though, whose job must surely be under scrutiny, will have been happy with a draw.

Hughton’s Brighton, humbled by Chelsea

Antonio Conte must have been happy with the way his side defeated Brighton. It was an impressive display from a Chelsea team oozing style and flair. Despite missing key players including the suspended Morata, Chelsea brushed aside Brighton, who have won only once in their last 13 games in the Premier League.

Who needs Sanchez anyway!

Manchester City dropped out of the race to sign Sanchez from Arsenal, which Pep Guardiola said was for financial reasons. This left Sergio Aguero in an enviable bargaining position come contract renewal day. Aguero hit a hat trick against Newcastle at the Etihad and again emphasised why he is so valuable to the Sky Blues.

Spirited display from Burnley earns Mourinho’s praise

Sean Dyche’s Burnley received praise from Mourinho following Manchester United’s hard fought 1-0 victory at Turf Moor. Mourinho admitted that Burnley’s hard, physical, direct style of play made it difficult for United. Only a moment of class by the often under-rated (by Mourinho) Anthony Martial, managed to break the deadlock. Curiously, Martial, who has scored in his last three games for the Reds, is one of the players who must feel most under threat with the pending arrival of Sanchez from Arsenal.

Where will Sanchez fit into the United team? Who will make way? Post your comments down below…

Millwall. Super Millwall!

Big shout out to EnergyBet partners Millwall for their amazing 4-3 victory over Leeds United at the weekend. The game saw two incredible come backs, as Millwall let a 2-0 lead slip away to be 3-2 down to the Yorkshire side with only three minutes to go. Millwall’s Tom Elliott levelled the scores in the 87th minute and victory was sealed with Jed Wallace’s stoppage time goal. These were 3 vital away points for Millwall, whose home form has been impressive, but they have been let down by some largely mediocre performances away from home.

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Champions Chelsea host former champions Leicester City

Current EPL champions Chelsea entertain former champions Leicester City in one of the ties of the weekend. Chelsea will be looking to leapfrog Manchester United into second place, whereas Leicester will be hoping to make up some ground on Burnley and Arsenal having had some poor results over the Christmas period.

Chelsea are one of the teams in my weekend acca, together with Tottenham, Newcastle and Watford.

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New Year – Newcastle

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is looking to add to his squad in January to give them some fresh impetus for the New Year. One of the players he is reportedly looking at is former Newcastle and Liverpool forward Andy Carroll. Carroll, who maybe now regrets ever leaving Newcastle could be a good addition for the Geordie side if he is able to maintain a decent level of fitness. Either way with or without the pony-tailed forward Newcastle should be too strong for Swansea this weekend.

 

Southampton want their players back

Southampton is another side looking to dabble in the transfer market this month. Boosted by the recent £75 million sale of full back Virgil van Dyke, manager Mauricio Pellegrino wants to bring back former academy player Theo Walcott to St Mary’s. Pellegrino needs a goalscorer from somewhere if he is to keep the fans off his back. Unfortunately, he is unlikely to find one by Saturday, which is why I have Watford down as one quarter of my weekend acca.

 

Out with the old, in with the new. Kane and Rooney face off

Tottenham and England superstar Harry Kane goes up against former United and England superstar Wayne Rooney. Who will win? Who knows! This match could be the game of the day though, with Tottenham looking to grab fourth spot from Liverpool and Everton seeking to establish just how far they have come under Sam Allardyce. This has all the makings of a classic. Tottenham to shave it though and complete my weekend acca 😊

 

Can Liverpool succeed where all others have failed?

Without question the game of the weekend should be, Liverpool against Manchester City. Liverpool, playing at home, will want to keep their recent excellent form going with victory over the league leaders. It will be a major challenge for the Reds as they look to hold onto fourth spot ahead of Tottenham.

City have only won thirteen times at Anfield in eighty-four attempts. Liverpool have won forty-nine times with twenty-two draws. However, a Coutinho-less Liverpool will not want a repeat of the result from their last meeting back in September which city won 5-0!

Sunday Special: 16:00 Liverpool 21/10 v Manchester City 6/5

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City to win and both teams to score. £20 stake returns £65

Harry Kane will not score another goal in 2017..

..vows to be even better in 2018!

Harry Kane has beaten Alan shearer’s record number of goals in the Premier League. Kane elevated his already lofty profile in world football to almost God like status by ending the year with consecutive hat tricks against Burnley and Southampton. His 39 goals during 2017 ends Alan Shearer’s 22-year record of 36 goals achieved in 1995.

Taking Shearer’s Premier League record alone is a magnificent achievement, but with 56 goals in all competitions he eclipsed even the great Lionel Messi. Messi could manage only 54 goals during the year but still holds the record of 91 goals in top flight competition in 2012. However, let’s take nothing away from the Spurs number 9, to leave players of the quality of the Argentinian wizard and the Portugese superstar Ronaldo in your wake is an awesome achievement.

Kane has been plundering defences in the Premier League and Europe throughout 2017. He has amassed eight hat tricks in 2017. What is more, he has been doing all this at a rate of more than one goal per game! This bodes well for the 2018 World Cup where England fans will be hoping for more of the same. Fitness and form of course are fickle creatures, but should Harry Kane maintain both he could be the man to right past injustices that have befallen England in previous tournaments.

See the latest 2018 World Cup betting markets here….

Here at EnergyBet we take a good deal of interest in the career of Harry Kane. As a youngster and just beginning his journey as a professional footballer with Tottenham he had two loan spells, one with Leyton Orient (now sadly in the Vanarama League) and one with Championship side Millwall. Both these sides are now officially partnered with EnergyBet. Unfortunately, the chances of either of these sides getting Harry to come back as part of another loan deal seems to have faded, but we can still dream here at EnergyWorld.

Everybody here at EnergyBet will be lifting a glass of Champagne in Harry Kane’s honour on New Year’s Eve and let us all hope that 2018 will prove to be every bit as successful as 2017 was for the Spurs superstar. Stay fit and stay super Harry!

All the latest New Year Premier League odds here….

Everybody here at EnergyBet and EnergyWorld would also like to take this opportunity to wish all our players a very happy new year. May all your dreams (and your bets) be successful ones.

New Year’s Tip of the Day:

EnergyWorld’s first tip for 2018 is for the game Stoke City v Newcastle. A £20 wager on Stoke City to win and both teams to score will return £92. Stake £20 on Newcastle to win and both teams to score will return £114. You can check either of these bets out under the ‘Specials’ tab by clicking the link to the right of the match odds, which can be found at the link above. Good Luck!



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