Match Betting Preview - Wales vs Denmark, Friday 16th November 2018, UEFA Nations League - Group B 4, Cardiff City Stadium. Live on Sky Sports Football, Kick-Off: 19:45 GMT.

Wales vs Denmark
Friday 16th November 2018
UEFA Nations League – Group B 4, Cardiff City Stadium

Live on Sky Sports Football, Kick-Off: 19:45 GMT

Wales and Denmark go head to head in a winner takes all bout in League B Group 4 of the UEFA Nations League.

Wales are currently two points ahead of Denmark with this match being their last of the group stage, whilst Denmark still have a match against Ireland days after this Friday night showdown. If Wales win, they top the group and earn promotion to League A, whilst if Denmark win the same outcome. A draw would see it all come down to the Denmark vs Ireland match.

Wales are priced at 13/8 and slight favourites for the match, as priced by SkyBet. The talisman is back for the Welsh in the form of Gareth Bale and he will be a nightmare for the Danish defence. He is deadly from all angles, distances and aerially and is priced at 7/2 to break the deadlock. Another player who has been a shining light in the eyes of Ryan Giggs is Derby County loanee Harry Wilson. He scored a crucial free kick against Ireland and is dangerous from outside the area. He is priced at 3/1 to score anytime.

Wales shipped two goals in their trip to Denmark however looked strong in their most recent showing against Ireland. Denmark have some tricky forward players however it is likely Wales will line-up with five at the back. For the Welsh to keep a clean sheet is 6/4.

Denmark are priced at a tempting 19/10 given the last result between these two. Much like their opponents, Denmark also have a leading player in Christian Eriksen. The Tottenham man is 13/2 to score first. Despite only playing two matches, they are yet to concede a goal and have a rock between the sticks with Kasper Schmeical. Denmark are 7/2 to win to nil.

The referee for this match will be Slovakian Ivan Kružliak. Wales vs Denmark will be televised on Sky Sports Football HD and kicks off at 19:45.

Prediction: Wales 1 – 0 Denmark

– It should be a tight and tense affair. Gareth Bale could be the difference.

Suggested Tips – Denmark vs Wales – (SKYBET)

  • Correct score: 1-0 Wales – 11/2.
  • Wales to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 9/4.
  • Both teams to score in the 2nd half – 7/2.
  • First Goalscorer – Gareth Bale – 7/2.

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Match Betting Preview - England vs USA, Thursday 15th November 2018, International Friendly. Live on Sky Sports Football, Kick-Off: 20:00 GMT.

England vs USA
Thursday 15th September 2018
International Friendly, King Power Stadium

Live on Sky Sports Main Event, Kick-Off: 20:00 GMT

England vs USA: Wayne Rooney will make his final England appearance from the bench when Gareth Southgate’s side host the USA at Wembley for an international friendly.

England’s record all-time scorer will make his final Three Lions bow on Thursday, but will not start or captain the side. Rooney’s inclusion has been criticised by some former players, as Peter Shilton accused the FA of ‘cheapening the shirt’. This game offers a chance for fans to pay their respects to an England legend, whilst also raising money for a worthy charity. He isn’t taking the place of any young player, nor will his appearance change any records in respect to England caps. It is Rooney’s first cap since 11th November, just over two years ago.

Jadon Sancho is expected to be given his first England start, after impressing in last month’s double-header against Spain and Croatia. The young winger has starred this season for Dortmund and holds the most assists in the Bundesliga. Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and the recalled Michael Keane are also expected to play some role in the match, although it’s unknown whether that will also be from the start. England fans will also be hoping to see Raheem Sterling replicate his scintillating form for his country. Sterling has been in terrific form once again for Manchester City, and supporters will be hoping to finally see the translate in the Three Lions shirt.

The USA travel to the capital looking to put their World Cup disappointments behind them. Manager Dave Sarachan is in the process of rebuilding his side, after their humiliating defeat to Trinidad and Tobago which saw them fail to qualify for Russia 2018. There are still some familiar faces in the USA squad, with former Aston Villa ‘keeper Brad Guzan, on-loan Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and DeAndre Yedlin have all been included for this game. Their biggest danger man is Dortmund winger Christian Pullisic. The speedy winger will provide the USA’s biggest threat down the flanks as he looks to turn the game in his side’s favour.

Jesus Gil Manzano is the referee for this game. The Spaniard has taken charge of six La Liga fixtures this season, accumulating an average cards points total of 6.17. Therefore, I would recommend a maximum of 60+ total points for this friendly fixture.

England should run out comfortable winners, in all honesty. Whilst Southgate may tinker with his side to try different combinations, they should have enough to come away with the win.

England vs USA will be televised live on Sky Sports Main Event with kick off at 22:00.

Prediction: England 2-0 USA

Suggested Tips – England vs Switzerland – (SKYBET)

  • Correct score: 2-0 England – 17/2.
  • Scorecast Boost – Barkley to score first and England win 2-1 or 3-1 – 13/8.
  • Harry Kane to score a header – 8/1.
  • Raheem Sterling to score first – 11/2.

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Match Betting Preview - Manchester City vs Manchester United. Sunday 11th November 2018, FA Premier League, Etihad Stadium. Live on Sky Sports Premier League – Kick-Off: 16:30 GMT.

Manchester City vs Manchester United
Sunday 11th November 2019
FA Premier League, Etihad Stadium

Live on Sky Sports Premier League – Kick-Off: 16:30 GMT

Manchester City vs Manchester United: League leaders Manchester City will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League when they host city rivals Manchester United at Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side hold a two-point lead at the top of the table, with Liverpool and Chelsea just behind them. They prepared for this match in style, as Gabriel Jesus’ hat-trick secured a 6-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. Raheem Sterling grabbed the headlines with his mesmeric run for City’s third of the evening as he continues his fantastic form at the start of the season. The Englishman has just signed a new deal with the club that will run until 2023. Guardiola’s main decision will be whether to restore Aguero back to the starting XI or stick with Jesus after his midweek treble. The Argentine will probably get the nod upfront; he has a fantastic record against the Red Devils, with seven goals in nine league meetings.

Manchester United will be looking to build on their dramatic midweek win over Juventus against their nearest rivals. Goals from Juan Mata and an Alex Sandro own-goal completed the turnaround, with both strikes coming in the final five minutes. Mourinho’s side have won five of their last six games after seemingly being set to lose his job not so long ago. Anthony Martial’s form has been a huge bonus, whilst Paul Pogba has also improved in recent weeks. If Mourinho is to truly win the fans back around, he could do with a positive result in this match. Nothing would give their supporters more satisfaction than another win over their noisy neighbours.

Anthony Taylor is the referee for this game. The Englishman has officiated 11 games in the top flight this season, accumulating an average booking points total of 36.4. Therefore, I would recommend a maximum of 50+ total points for this game.

This is sure to be a great spectacle, with Guardiola still yet to beat Mourinho at the Etihad in three meetings. We were treated to five goals last year and I reckon we might see a few more on Sunday.

Where to Watch: Manchester City vs Manchester United will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League with kick off at 18:30 GMT.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-2 Manchester United

Suggested Tips – Manchester City vs Manchester United – (BET365)

  • Correct score – Draw – 2-2 – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips – Manchester City vs Manchester United – (SKYBET)

  • Both Players to Score – Raheem Sterling & Anthony Martial – 12/1.
  • First Goalscorer – Sergio Aguero 3/1.
  • Popular RequestABet – Aguero & Martial to score, 3+ corners each team and Shaw to be carded – 33/1.
  • RequestABet Special – 80/1 and above -Sane to score from outside the area and Manchester City to score a penalty – 100/1.
  • RequestABet Special – 80/1 and above – David Silva to score, Manchester City to win and Fernandinho, Stones & Herrera to be carded – 150/1.

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Match Betting Preview - Chelsea vs Everton. Sunday 11th November 2018, FA Premier League, Stamford Bridge. Live on Sky Sports Premier League – Kick-Off: 14:15 GMT.

Chelsea vs Everton
Sunday 11th November 2019
FA Premier League, Stamford Bridge

Live on Sky Sports Premier League – Kick-Off: 14:15 GMT

Chelsea vs Everton – Sarri’s Chelsea have been one of the three unbeaten Premier league sides this season and are real title contenders. Everton have been a rather creative outfit this season but have struggled to get a run of form going.

Chelsea are favourites for this match, priced at 2/5 to win by SkyBet. Their previous record against Everton makes for pleasant reading. The Blues have not lost to Everton at home since 1994. Eden Hazard has been the standout performer this season with seven goals to his name along with four assists. The Belgian is 7/2 to open the scoring. Alvaro Morata has also found his feet at Stamford Bridge and is 11/10 to score anytime.

Chelsea have won their previous six halves of Premier league football and are 2/1 to make it eight halves of football. Their defence has a lot of credit to take with only eight goals conceded this season so far. They’ve kept a clean sheet in 45% of their matches this season and are priced at 5/4 to keep another. However, they face a strong attacking side.

Everton are priced at 6/1 to cause an upset this weekend. Marco Silva’s side won their previous outing against Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 with Richarlison getting a brace. A possible blow for the Toffees could see Ricarlison side-lined as he is a doubt for the match. Heads will turn to Gylfi Sigurdsson in the Brazilians absence. The Icelandic midfielder has five goals and two assists so far this season. SkyBet are pricing him at 12/1 to score from outside the area, a feat he very often accomplishes when scoring. Great odds.

Defensively Everton could improve. With 15 goals shipped in 11 matches, Chelsea will feel they are facing a vulnerable side. Everton are 2/5 to concede two goals.

The referee for this match will be Kevin Friend. The official has averaged 30 booking points in his 7 Premier League matches.

Where to Watch:  Chelsea vs Everton will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League and kicks off at 14:15 GMT.

Prediction: Chelsea 3 – 1 Everton

– Chelsea will continue their goal scoring antics but Everton could give them a headache.

Suggested Tips – Chelsea vs Everton – (BET365)

  • Correct score – Chelsea – 3-1 – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips – Chelsea vs Everton – (SKYBET)

  • Player to Score a Brace – Eden Hazard – 6/1.
  • Both Players to Score – Alvaro Morata & Gylfi Sigudsson – 14/1.
  • Popular RequestABet – Hazard to score 2+ goals and Chelsea 3-0 – 40/1.
  • RequestABet Special – 80/1 and above – Morata 2+ shots on target, Sigurdsson 2+ shots on target, Alonso, Barkley & Walcott 1+ shots on target each – 80/1.

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Match Betting Preview - Liverpool vs Fulham Sunday 11th November 2018, FA Premier League, Anfield. Live on BT Sport 1 – Kick-Off: 12:00 GMT.

Liverpool vs Fulham
Sunday 11th
 November 2018
FA Premier League, Anfield

Live on BT Sport 1 – Kick-Off: 12:00 GMT

Liverpool will host Fulham in Premier League action this Sunday lunchtime.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are knocking on the door of league leaders Manchester City alongside Chelsea, so three points is vital for their title bid. Meanwhile, Fulham are currently rock bottom of the league with 5 points from 11 matches.

Liverpool are backed as heavy favourites by SkyBet, who have priced them at 1/10. The Reds will be looking to bounce back from a very disappointing result midweek against Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Champions League. Their front three has continued to impress his season, however have been a little less prolific. The player with the most goals so far is Sadio Mane with six to his name. He is priced at 7/2 to break the deadlock.

Their defensive record at home has been exemplary. With a rate of just 0.2 goals conceded per home match, they will be looking at Fulham as another great opportunity for a clean sheet. SkyBet are offering 4/6 for Liverpool to keep a clean sheet and great odds of 8/11 to win to nil.

Fulham have a tough test on their hands as they are priced at a huge 25/1 to come out victorious. With a run of six straight defeats, it’s been a bleak time for the football club and their record against Liverpool doesn’t help their cause. In their last four matches against them they’ve conceded an average of 3.5 goals. Their record on the road this season has been poor too, with just one point claimed from a possible 18. They have been behind in 50% of their away matches at half-time. For Liverpool to win both halves you get odds of 8/13.

If Fulham are in a chance of finding the net then Aleksandar Mitrovic is their best chance of doing so. The striker has bagged five this season and is a physical, problematic striker for defenders to deal with. He is priced at 7/2 to score anytime.

The referee for this match will be Paul Tierney. He has averaged 38.3 booking points in his 6 Premier League matches.

Where to Watch: Liverpool vs Fulham will be televised live in the UK on BT Sport 1 and kicks off at 12:00 PM GMT.

Prediction: Liverpool 3 – 0 Fulham

– Their attacking force will open up the Fulham defence with ease.

Suggested Tips – Liverpool vs Fulham – (BET365)

  • Correct score – Liverpool Win – 3-0 – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips – Liverpool vs Fulham – (SKYBET)

  • Correct Score Group Betting – Liverpool win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – 11/4.
  • Scorecast – Mohamed Salah to score first and Liverpool win 3-0 – 28/1.
  • Popular RequestABet – Van Dijk to score a header and Salah to score from outside the area – 66/1.
  • RequestABet Special – 80/1 and above – Mane & Salah to score, Liv win to nil, Liv to score 5+ goals, 6+ corners, Alexander-Arnold carded and 30+ booking pts – 80/1.

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Match Betting Preview - Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur. Saturday 10th November 2018, FA Premier League, Cardiff City Stadium. Live on BT Sport 1 – Kick-Off: 17:30 GMT.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday 10th
 November 2018
FA Premier League, Selhurst Park

Live on BT Sport 1 – Kick-Off: 17:30 GMT

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur – the visitors will be hoping to build on their midweek with over PSV with another three points in the Premier League when they travel to Crystal Palace.

Spurs secured a vital three points in the Champions League on Tuesday night, coming from a goal behind to beat PSV 2-1. Harry Kane’s brace ensured Mauricio Pochettino’s men stayed in the competition, as anything but a win would have seen them eliminated. In the Premier League, Spurs secured a hard-fought 3-2 win against Wolves last weekend, with Eric Lamela, Lucas Moura and Kane sealing all three points. That win keeps them in fourth place, just three points behind Liverpool and Chelsea.

Tottenham face Chelsea, Inter Milan and Arsenal all in the space of a week after this match, so it’s vital they get all three points on Saturday ahead of such a tough run of games. Winning games like this are the difference between a top four side, and those challenging for the Premier League. If Tottenham want to reach that level, these are the tricky games they need to find a way to win.

Palace are without a win in six matches in all competitions. They lost 3-1 at Stamford Bridge last week, having picked up a point against Arsenal the week before. They host Tottenham on Saturday and then face Manchester United to compound a tough run of fixtures for the Eagles. Palace’s future will not be dictated in games against the big six, however. It’s games against sides in and around them which will determine whether they will be in mid-table obscurity or a genuine relegation battle. Palace’s main concern, as it has been for some time, is their lack of goals. They’ve scored just three times in their last five games; making them the league’s third-lowest scorers with eight.

Jonathan Moss is the referee for Saturday’s tea-time game. The Englishman has officiated eight top-flight games this season, accumulating an average booking points total of 40.6. As a result, I would advise a maximum of 60+ total points for this fixture.

Palace showed their grit and determination against Arsenal a fortnight ago, which Spurs will be wary of. However, both of their goals came from the penalty spot, which I think will again be their undoing. Therefore, I’m backing Tottenham to edge it.

Where to watch the game: Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur will be televised live in the UK on BT Sport 1 with kick-off at 17:30 GMT.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Suggested Tips – Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur – (BET365)

  • Correct score – Tottenham Hotspur win – 2-1 – (link no longer available).
  • Player to Score First – Harry Kane – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips – Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur – (SKYBET)

  • Correct Score Group Betting – Tottenham to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 2/1.
  • Both Players to Score – Lucas Moura and Wilfred Zaha – 10/1.
  • Popular RequestABets – Tottenham to win, BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 20+ booking points each team – 14/1.
  • Popular RequestABets – 80/1 and above – Zaha and Kane to score, Milivojevic & Alderweireld to be carded 80/1.

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Match Betting Preview - Cardiff City vs Brighton & Hove Albion. Saturday 10th November 2018, FA Premier League, Cardiff City Stadium. Live on Sky Sports Main Event – Kick-Off: 12:30 GMT.

Cardiff City vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday 10th
 November 2018
FA Premier League, Cardiff City Stadium

Live on Sky Sports Premier League – Kick-Off: 12:30 GMT

Cardiff vs Brighton: Cardiff City host Brighton at the Cardiff City looking to climb out the bottom three in a crucial match at the foot of the Premier League table.

The Bluebirds currently sit 19th in the table, one point off safety. With Huddersfield and Newcastle both collecting vital wins last weekend, Cardiff need to pick up their second win of the campaign. Last weekend they went down 1-0 at home to Leicester City on an emotional afternoon in the Welsh capital. Cardiff did win their previous home game, however, against fellow relegation candidates Fulham. If Cardiff are to survive at this level, they need to continue the form they showed again Fulham. Beating your nearest rivals is vital, and doing so at home is even more crucial. Neil Warnock’s side also faces Wolves and Southampton in their next two home games, which could define their campaign.

Brighton’s three-match winning run came to an end last weekend against Everton as they lost 3-1. For large portions of the game, Chris Hughton’s side matched the Toffees, they were just undone by that extra bit of quality from Richarlison. Prior to that result, the Seagulls had secured three crucial wins against sides in and around them. That will leave them hopeful of securing another win on Saturday. All of Brighton’s three wins were by a 1-0 scoreline, which shows their defensive resilience. That could turn to be a problem for Brighton, who have only scored nine goals this season, the fifth lowest in the league.

Martin Atkinson is the referee for this match. The Englishman has officiated ten top-flight matches this season, accumulating an average booking points total of 35. Therefore, I would advise a maximum of 50+ total point for this game.

This is a vital game at the bottom of the Premier League, that Cardiff dare not lose. Brighton are a strong side and resolute at the back, but I think this one will end all square.

Where to watch the game: Cardiff City vs Brighton & Hove Albion will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League with kick off at 12:30 GMT.

Prediction: Cardiff City 1-1 Brighton

Suggested Tips – Cardiff City vs Brighton – (BET365)

  • Correct score – Draw – 1-1 – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips – Cardiff City vs Brighton – (SKYBET)

  • Player to Score a Header – Shane Duffy – 14/1.
  • Scorecast – Murray to score first and Brighton win 1-0 – 22/1.
  • Popular RequestABet – BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 20+ booking point each team – 8/1.
  • RequestABet Special – 80/1 and above – Knockaert & Ralls 1+ shots on target each and Reid & Murray 2+ shots on target each – 80/1.

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Match Betting Preview - Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday. Friday 9th November 2018, Sky Bet Championship, Bramall Lane. Live on Sky Sports Football – Kick-Off: 19:45 GMT.

Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday
Friday 9th
 November 2018
SkyBet Championship, Bramall Lane

Live on Sky Sports Football – Kick-Off: 19:45 GMT

United vs Wednesday: Sheffield United will be looking to go back to the top of the Championship when they take on city rivals Sheffield Wednesday in the Steel City derby at Bramall Lane.

The Blades dropped off the summit of the league following their 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest last weekend. That left Chris Wilder’s team third in the division, one point behind joint leaders Leeds United and Norwich City. Despite their lofty position in the table, United have won just once in their last four league outings. However, they have only lost once at home this season, which came on the opening day of the season against Swansea City. Their main threat comes in the form of Blades fan Billy Sharp. The 32-year-old already has 11 goals this season, with seven of those goals coming in his last seven games. Given their position in the league, United go into this derby as overriding favourites, just as they were when the two sides last January at Bramall Lane. That match ended 0-0, despite Wednesday being reduced to ten men, which goes to show that form means little in these types of games.

Sheffield Wednesday were in sixth before the international break, but four straight defeats has seen them plummet to 17th in the table, four points above the relegation zone. Jos Luhukay’s first game as Owls boss came in this fixture in January, and he will be hoping a positive result can ensure it won’t be his last. Wednesday are the only side in the league yet to keep a clean sheet. They have conceded ten goals in their last three matches, which is an alarming stat. Yet, the Owls were conceding a similar rate last season before this fixture and came away with a commendable draw. They’ll be hoping to welcome back Fernando Forestieri, who has missed the last four games through injury. The Italian and Marco Matias are both expected to be named on the bench which will bolster their attacking options.

Andre Madley is the referee for Friday night’s clash. The Englishman has officiated 11 matches at this level this season, accumulating an average booking points total of 29.5. As a result, I would advise a maximum of 60+ total points for this fixture (it is a derby).

The form guide tells you that this game should end as a comfortable home win. However, form goes out of the window when it comes to a derby game like this. Wednesday’s result last January in similar circumstances highlights that, whilst having Forestieri back, even from the bench, could be vital. As a result, I’m going for a draw, although United could nick it.

Sheffiled United vs Sheffield Wednesday will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Football with kick off at 19:45 GMT.

Prediction: Sheffield United 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Suggested Tips – Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday – (SKYBET):

  • Correct score: draw 1-1 – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips – Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday – (SKYBET):

  • BTTS and United to win – 9/4.
  • Price Boost Adam Reach to score outside the area – 20/1.
  • Both Players to Score – Billy Sharp and Stephen Fletcher – 7/1.
  • Double Up boost – Billy Sharp to score and a player to be sent off (was 11/2) – 11/1.
  • Popular RequestABets – Fletcher to score a header and Sheffield Utd to miss a penalty – 200/1.
  • RequestABets up to 10/1 – BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 20+ booking points each team – 8/1. (NAP).

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Match Betting Preview - Arsenal vs Sporting CP. Thursday 4th October 2018, UEFA Europa League - Group E Qualifier, Emirates Stadium. Live on BT Sport 1 – Kick-Off: 20:00 GMT.

Arsenal vs Sporting CP
Thursday 25th October 2018, Emirates Stadium
UEFA Europa League – Group E Qualifier 

BT Sport 1 – 20:00 GMT.

Arsenal can all but secure top spot in Group E with another victory against Sporting in the Europa League.

A  1-0 victory in Lisbon on the last matchday put Unai Emery’s team into a fantastic position. Whilst many clubs would perhaps not see the Europa League as any sort of priority, Emery has wonderful pedigree in the competition, winning three consecutive times with Sevilla. The league form hasn’t seemed to be suffering, so why not attempt to claim a European trophy.

That league form aided Arsenal’s recent wonderful run of eleven wins on the bounce, before recent draws. The last of which was an excellent game, a 1-1 draw with fellow title challengers Liverpool. The Gunners went 1-0 down, and in the past an Arsenal team may have crumbled but a tide is turning with the way they battled back to claim a point.

As such, Arsenal are now in fifth, but only one point away from North-London rivals Spurs and the top four. League leaders City are still within grasp at just half a dozen points away. Seven wins, two draws and two losses (to City and third-placed Chelsea) is a solid start to the campaign.

Contextually, perhaps a better start than what Sporting have made in Portugal. The Lions are third in a very tight top of the Primera Liga, two points away from leaders Porto but only the same number ahead of fifth-placed Benfica.

A run of three losses in five matches, including being knocked out of Taca de Liga at home by Estoril, which Sporting held, saw manager Jose Peseiro relieved of his duties for the second time at the club. Strong rumours have surfaced that current Al Jazira boss Marcel Keizer is the man targeted to replace Peseiro.

It just suggests more turmoil at a club which has suffered more than its fair share of it of late. Club president at the time Bruno de Carvalho suspended 19 players after a semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid in this competition last season.

Players and staff were then attacked at training in May, forcing seven players to terminate their own contracts and subsequently move on. Whilst some, namely Bas Dost and Bruno Fernandes decided to stay, Portugal internationals Rui Patricio, Gelson Martins and William Cavalho said farewell to the drama.

One of Portugal’s ‘big three’ teams, Sporting will always have enough prestige as a club and quality in the academy to rebuild, but rebuild they must.

In contrast, Arsenal seem to be growing continuously stronger under Emery, with players such as Alexandre Lacazette and October club player of the month Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who already have 13 goals between them this season, particularly shining.

The referee for the match will be Gediminas Mazeika and the Lithuanian will be taking charge of his second Europa League game of the campaign. Mazeika gave out six yellows in the previous fixture between Sevilla and St Leige, which finished 5-1 to the Spanish outfit.

The Gunners should have sufficient momentum and quality to continue the decent European form and secure qualification into the knockout stages with victory here. Which should really be no surprise considering the other teams in the group are FC Vorskla Poltava of Ukraine and Qarabag FK of Azerbaijan.

Prediction – Arsenal 2-1 Sporting CP

Suggested Tips – Arsenal vs Sporting CP – (BET365)

  • Correct score: Arsenal to win 2-1 – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips – Arsenal vs Sporting CP  – (SKYBET)

  • Price Boost Granit Xhaka to score from outside the area – 16/1. (NAP).
  • Scorecast Boost Double Chance – Alex Iwobi to score first and Arsenal to win 2-1 or 3-0 – 3/1.
  • Scorecast – Aubameyang to score first and Arsenal to win 2-1 – 40/1.

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Match Betting Preview - BATE Borisov vs Chelsea. Thursday 8th November 2018, UEFA Europa League - Group L Qualifier, Haradski Stadium. Live on BT Sport 2 – Kick-Off: 17:55 GMT.

BATE Borisov vs Chelsea
Thursday 8th November 2018, Haradski Stadium
UEFA Europa League – Group L Qualifier 

BT Sport 2 – 17:55 GMT.

Chelsea will travel to Belarus to face BATE in the UEFA Europa League.

The hosts are hoping to keep their hopes alive as they currently sit on three points from as many matches. The visitors will be looking to continue their perfect run and confirm qualification with a win on Thursday evening.

BATE are priced at 13/2 to pull off a big surprise on home turf by SkyBet. BATE are running things this season in the Belarusian premier League but have struggled to convert that into their European campaign. They currently sit bottom of Group L with one win that came against Videoton. Jasse Tuominen was amongst the scoresheet in their opener and is their biggest goal threat to Chelsea’s defence. He is priced at 7/2 to score anytime.

They will have a tough test trying to keep out a Chelsea attack that is flying in the Premier League. For them to, somehow, pull off a clean sheet SkyBet are offering 7/1.

Chelsea are heavy favourites for this encounter with a price of 2/5. Their dominance of Group L is clear with nine points from three matches. In their previous outing against BATE, Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the hat-trick hero as Chelsea came out 3-1 victors. Whilst Maurizio Sarri’s selection is up for debate, Loftus-Cheek is likely to feature and is 6/1 to score first. The presence of Eden Hazard is still unsure as he returns to full fitness.

The goal from their last match against BATE is the only they have conceded so far in the tournament. Their depth and strength at the back is one of the reasons they are one of the favourites to win the whole tournament. SkyBet are offering great odds of 5/4 for Chelsea to win to nil and odds of 2/1 for Chelsea to win both halves.

BATE Borisov vs Chelsea will be televised on BT Sport 2 and will kick off at the earlier time of 17:55.

Prediction: Bate Borisov 0 – 2 Chelsea

– The visitors will want to confirm qualification that night and have too much quality for BATE.

uggested Tips – BATE Borisov vs Chelsea – (BET365)

  • Correct score: Chelsea to win 2-0 – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips – BATE Borisov vs Chelsea – (SKYBET)

  • Correct Score Group Betting – Chelsea win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 13/8.
  • To score Penalty – Chelsea – 4/1.
  • Popular RequestABets – Giroud to score a header and Hazard to score from outside the area – 66/1.

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