Leicester vs Man City - Match Preview

Leicester vs Man City – Match Preview – The quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup sees unbeaten Manchester City face Leicester at the King Power Stadium this Tuesday evening.

After another impressive win at the weekend, City remain 11 points clear of second-placed Manchester United. Two wins against title rivals in the last two weeks has only strengthened City’s grasp on the league, with the Citizens now 1/33 on to claim their third Premier League crown.

In their 4-1 demolition of Spurs, Raheem Sterling grabbed himself another brace. The Englishman is enjoying his best season to date and now has 15 goals in all competitions. With Sterling and Leroy Sane providing pace and width to City’s attack, it has allowed David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne more space to operate centrally. With this in mind, it can be no surprise that both have sparkled this season and will be at the top of the ballot poll when the player of the year award comes around.

de Bruyne will be a favourite for the Player of the Year with his stunning performances so far Photo Credit: skysports.com

For me, De Bruyne will pip Silva to the award. Although it is only December and this may seem a premature statement, I just can’t see anyone catching City, or matching the efforts that these two have put in during the first half of the campaign. Whilst Mohamad Salah has been phenomenal for Liverpool since joining from Roma, I think he will just miss out on the award, should he continue his fine form for the rest of the season.

Leicester have been fantastic since the appointment of Claude Puel. The Frenchman has given the Foxes a new lease of life since taking over, which has seen them shoot up the Premier League table. At the weekend they suffered their worst result in his reign as they went down 3-0 to Crystal Palace. I feel as though this was just a minor blip and I expect them to be right back at it as they face the champions-elect.

Okazaki has scored some vital goals for Leicester Photo Credit: skysports.com

Leicester have lost their last two games against Manchester City after losing 2-0 earlier in the campaign. Before then they had gone three games unbeaten as they surged past their then title rivals to the Premier League trophy. Those last five meetings have racked up 15 goals and I expect there to be more again when they meet on Tuesday.

In the league this season, City have scored two or more goals in eight of their nine away games. Leicester have managed the same feat in four of their nine home games, which is the eighth best record in the division. With these stats in mind, I think BTTS and over 2.5 goals would be a safe bet. Whilst I think this will be a tough game for City, and team selection could play a deciding factor, I still think they’ll come away with the win to cement their place in the semi-finals of the competition.

 

Prediction: Leicester 1-3 Manchester City

 

SKYBET: CITY TO WIN 3-1- 10/1

SKBET: BTTS AND CITY TO WIN- 7/4

SKYBET: VARDY TO SCORE FIRST AND LEICESTER TO WIN 2-1- 95/1

SKYBET: JESUS TO SCORE AND CITY TO WIN- 11/8

SKYBET: LEICESTER TO WIN IN EXTRA TIME- 33/1

SKYBET: BTTS AND OVER 2.5 GOALS- 11/10

Arsenal vs West Ham - Match Preview

Arsenal vs West Ham – Match Preview – Arsenal and West Ham meet for the second time in less than a week on Tuesday night in their Carabao Cup tie. When the two met six days before in the Premier League, the game was left goalless with Arsenal left ruing missed chances.

The hosts will be hoping for a turn in fortune this time around as they enter the fixture on the back of a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United. A stunning goal from Mesut Ozil was enough for Arsene Wenger’s side to clinch the victory and continue the German’s good form for the Gunners.

Giroud will hope he gets a starting place in the Carabao Cup Photo Credit: skysports.com

In the last round, Arsenal hosted Norwich in a match that was won after 120 minutes of football. It is unsure how strong the squad will be for this tie, with the busy festive season underway people are unsure as to how Arsene Wenger will prioritise. The Londoners have only conceded once in their last four matches across all competitions, solidifying down at the back. Can Wenger’s men advance to the next round?

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – Arsenal to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 15/8

Arnautovic has begun to show his worth to West Ham Photo Credit: skysports.com

The visitors are enjoying a little honeymoon period since David Moyes’ arrival. The Hammers most recently turned over Stoke City away from home 3-0 in the Premier League with a fantastic performance from Marko Arnautovic, who has taken his time to adjust to his new club. In the last round, West Ham took out a major hitter with a big 3-2 victory over Spurs away from home. It was a very rare victory under Slaven Bilic’s reign this season. A team high on confidence, Moyes side will look to continue this impressive run of form.

Skybet Match Result – West Ham to Win – 5/1

Arsenal have scored two or more goals in 77% of their home Premier League matches this season. West Ham have only scored in 30% of their away matches.

Arsenal have been awarded an average of 7.6 corners per home match this season. They are likely to be on the front foot again on Tuesday.

Kevin Friend will take charge of this Tuesday night fixture. The Englishman has awarded an average of 25.6 booking points in his 9 Premier League matches so far this season.

 

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  • Skybet Both Players to Score – Olivier Giroud and Diafra Sakho – 6/1
  • Skybet Penalty Specials – A Penalty to be Scored – 11/4
  • Skybet Full Time Result and BTTS – Draw and Yes – 4/1

Everton vs Swansea City - Match Preview

Everton vs Swansea City – Match Preview – Sam Allardyce will look to continue leading Everton’s resurgence against the Premier League’s bottom side Swansea City in Monday night’s fixture.

Under Ronald Koeman Everton were in the thick of a relegation battle but since ex-England manager Allardyce’s arrival, The Toffees have risen straight up the table into the top half with three wins and a draw from their previous four.

The draw came in the Merseyside derby at Anfield too, in a very pleasing 1-1 draw for Everton fans. That result, and the performances in wins over Huddersfield Town (2-0), Newcastle United (1-0) and in the Europa League against Apollon (3-0) have brought optimism back to Goodison Park.

Rooney has been in good form since Allardyce took over at Goodison Photo Credit: skysports.com

Swansea City, however, seem to be having any residual positivity drained from them game by game; The South Welsh club are rooted to the foot of the table after an awful run of form that has seen them lose 10 of their last 13 games, picking up just two wins and a draw in the meantime.

After a similarly poor first half of the season in 2016/17, Swansea brought in Paul Clement to save the season and by successfully avoiding relegation, that was achieved. This term has been equally challenging, and Clement faces an uphill struggle to keep both his job, and his team in the Premier League.

A trip to back-in-form Everton will be daunting for Swansea, who are searching for just their second away victory in the league this year. The Toffees defensive solidity matched with Swansea’s difficulties in creating chances and taking them should prove decisive.

Team News

Yannick Bolasie could feature for Everton for the first time in over a year, whilst Leighton Baines, James McCarthy, Ross Barkley, Ramiro Funes Mori and Seamus Coleman are all unavailable through injury.

Kyle Bartley is the only omission from the Swansea squad, as Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony has been ruled fit to play despite coming off against Manchester City with muscle tightness on Wednesday.

Bony is likely to start after coming off in the loss to Manchester City Photo Credit: skysports.com

Stats

Under Sam Allardyce, typically, Everton have been strong at the back and only conceded one goal under the experienced boss’ stewardship. The Toffees have picked up three Premier League clean sheets in their last four attempts but due to the disastrous defending beforehand, are still 16th in our club clean sheet table with a lowly figure of just four clean sheets.

The problem for Swansea City has not been with keeping clean sheets, but with scoring at the other end. The Swans have kept six shutouts so far this campaign, with only the top seven in the division faring better.

If remaining true to form, this game will present few corners. As a team who have struggled to attack consistently, Swansea have an unsurprising presence as low down as 14th in our club corner stats table.
However, the true shock comes with Everton’s league-low total of just 55 corners all season, especially interesting given Allardyce’s penchant for set-pieces and ex-Swansea man Gylfi Sigurdsson’s quality from such scenarios.

For cards and booking points there is only one way to bet if this season’s stats are anything to go by, with only Leicester, Stoke and Southampton accumulating a lower average booking points per game than Swansea’s 13.1.
Additionally, Everton rank 4th in our club card stats table, with 28 yellow cards and two red cards so far, coming in with 1.9 bookings per match on average.

 

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  • Skybet Price Boost – Wilfried Bony to Score First – 9/1
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Leicester City vs Crystal Palace - Match Preview

Leicester City vs Crystal Palace – Match Preview – Crystal Palace and Leicester City are two teams with new life breathed into them via fresh management and both will be looking to continue their recent strong form at the King Power on Saturday.

The vastly experienced Roy Hodgson has turned Palace into a much more disciplined side, and in the process, has taken The Eagles off the foot of the table and they are now 18th, only just inside the relegation zone due to goal-difference.

After three consecutive draws, Tuesday’s dramatic victory against Watford, where with just a minute of normal time left Palace were 1-0 down but scored twice to win, took Hodgson’s men to six games unbeaten in the Premier League.

The manner of the win could be just the catalyst needed to pick up some vital points in what promises to be an extremely tight affair in the battle to avoid the drop.

When Craig Shakespeare was sacked from the Leicester dugout, it seemed as if Leicester could also be involved in that relegation fight, however since the arrival of ex-Southampton manager Claude Puel, The Foxes have lost just once in seven matches (to the imperious Manchester City) and won their last four consecutive games.

Such a turnaround has catapulted Leicester to 8th in the table, but perhaps even more remarkably just five points away from Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League places.

Whilst that would be an unrealistic expectation, the powers that be at the King Power will surely be vindicated with this upturn in form, and with four points between them and Watford in 9th, a consolidation of a top 8 finish must be within reach.

Mahrez has been in great form under new manager, Claude Puel Photo Credit: skysports.com

Stats

This game screams goals. Leicester are buoyed after scoring four at the normally resilient St Mary’s in their victory against Southampton on Wednesday, and have scored 10 in their last four games – the form of Riyad Mahrez a large part of that. Palace have scored twice in five of their last eight games too and are joint bottom of our club clean sheet table with just two shutouts all season. Leicester have only recorded a total of four themselves, so this should be a game where the attackers will benefit.

If the game goes to form, then betting on booking points could yield some success. Palace sit in 3rd place in our club card stats table for yellow cards awarded with 31, and 7th for the overall booking points average per game with 19.4. Conversely, The Foxes are joint second-bottom, with just 16 yellows and no reds all year for just 10 average booking points per fixture.

Zaha has been in great form for Palace Photo Credit: skysports.com

Despite struggling for most of the campaign, Palace find themselves in a very lofty 3rd position in our club corner stats table with just Man City (111) and Spurs (113) topping Palace’s total of 102 corners to date. This would be to utilise their imposing aerial strength with players such as Scott Dann, Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke.

 

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  • Skybet Both Players to Score – Jamie Vardy and Christian Benteke – 6/1
  • Skybet Player Carded Accumulator – Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur both to be carded – 14/1
  • Bet365 – Correct Score – 2-2 – (link no longer available)
  • Bet365 – First Goalscorer – Shinji Okazaki – (link no longer available)

Bournemouth vs Liverpool - Match Preview

Bournemouth vs Liverpool – Match Preview – Bournemouth will host Liverpool this Sunday afternoon in Premier League action at the Vitality Stadium.

The hosts enter this fixture following a valiant effort against Manchester United midweek that ultimately ended up in a 1-0 defeat.

Liverpool will be hoping to turn their fortunes around this Sunday following two draws in a row against Everton and more recently, West Brom.

Bournemouth are currently 14th in the Premier League with 16 points from 17 matches. Eddie Howe’s side have begun to find their feet this campaign following a very rocky beginning.

Defoe bagged a brace against Crystal Palace, can he grab a goal against the Reds Photo Credit: skysports.com

Jermain Defoe has also started to find his shooting boots with a contender for goal of the season recently as the Englishman came to save his side against Crystal Palace with an impressive brace. Bournemouth will be hoping to salvage something from this as they face an out of form Liverpool side; as their next two fixtures are Chelsea and Manchester City away.

Skybet Match Result – Bournemouth to Win – 5/1

Salah is the deadliest player in front of goal in the Premier League so far this season Photo Credit: skysports.com

Jurgen Klopp will be drilling into his players that anything less than three points is unacceptable this weekend. Not capitalising on their chances has cost them in their previous outings, as they have totalled 37 attempts in their two last games with one goal to show for it. Summer signing Mo Salah has set the Premier League alight from the right wing at Anfield, currently the top scorer in the Premier League with 13 goals and three assists. Currently 5th in the Premier League, Liverpool will hope a result against Bournemouth will see them leapfrog Spurs into a Champions League spot, who face Manchester City this weekend.

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – Liverpool to Win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – 7/2

Liverpool have been kind to their travelling fans this year, having scored two or more goals in 62% of their away Premier League matches so far.

Bournemouth have struggled to keep opposition attacks away so far this season, only keeping a clean sheet in 25% of their matches this season.

Bournemouth have been awarded an average of 5.6 corners in their home fixtures so far this season whilst Liverpool have been awarded an average of 4.5 on the road.

Paul Tierney will take charge of this fixture, who has awarded an average of 36 booking points in his 5 Premier League matches so far.

 

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  • Skybet Penalty Specials – Liverpool to be Awarded a Penalty – 3/1
  • Skybet Both Players to Score – Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino – 3/1
  • Skybet 1st Half Goals – (3+) – 9/2
  • Bet365 – Half Time/Full Time – Liverpool/Draw – (link no longer available)
  • Bet365 – Anytime Goalscorer – Jermain Defoe – (link no longer available)

Manchester City vs Spurs - Match Preview

Manchester City vs Spurs – Match Preview – Premier League leaders Manchester City play host to Spurs this Saturday evening in a huge clash in the Premier League.

The hosts are absolutely flying at the top of the table, 11 points ahead of second place Manchester United. After their midweek victory over Swansea City, Pep Guardiola’s side have now broken the record for the most points achieved in Premier League history in the first 17 matches.

Aguero has 10 goals so far this season in the league Photo Credit: skysports.com

The visitors are looking to catch up with Chelsea in the league standings. They enter the fixture in decent form, having won their last three matches in all competitions.

Manchester City have been a delight to watch so far this season. Their ability on the ball is almost untouchable, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva opening up defences with their eyes shut. They have already managed to score 52 goals in their 17 matches this season and have only conceded 11 in the process. They are a frightening opponent for any side to face; Sergio Aguero being the main fear as he has already bagged 10 goals with three assists. Spurs may have their work cut out at the Etihad Stadium.

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – Man City to Win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – 7/2

Harry Kane has 12 goals so far this season, 2nd to current top scorer, Mo Salah Photo Credit: skysports.com

Spurs are currently 4th in the Premier League having attained 31 points from 17 matches so far. They haven’t quite been the picture of consistency that they have shown in the previous seasons, with uncharacteristic slip-ups from time to time. However, their recent form suggests they are ready for battle on Saturday, with prolific talisman Harry Kane spearheading the Londoners attack. The Englishman has scored 12 goals with one assist this season as he is looking to defend his golden boot accolade.

Skybet Match Result – Spurs to Win – 9/2

Manchester City have found no trouble entertaining their home crowds this season, having scored two or more goals in 87% of their Premier League matches at the Etihad.

Spurs have been awarded an average of 7.1 corners per match this season. Predicting that they will be sitting back and trying to catch City on the counter, they could win corners in behind the defence.

Craig Pawson is taking charge of this Premier League tie, he has averaged 41.5 booking points across his 13 matches so far this season.

 

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West Brom vs Man United - Match Preview

West Brom vs Man United – Match Preview – Manchester United will be hoping to bounce back from last week’s derby defeat as they take on West Brom at the Hawthorns.

 

Since appointing Alan Pardew as Tony Pulis’ successor, West Brom haven’t won. After picking up only one point from crucial games against relegation rivals Swansea and Crystal Palace, the Baggies now find themselves in the bottom three. With goals a struggle for West Brom, Pardew is going to have to find some way of getting them out of this mess. With the January transfer window fast approaching, it’s key that he can access his squad and bolster it in the right areas to keep them up.

Evans returns to his former club as he hopes for a win for new manager, Alan Pardew Phot Credit: skysports.com

Jose Mourinho’s men relinquished their 40 game unbeaten run at home last weekend with City running out 2-1 winners. That defeat has left United 11 points behind the league leaders with a number of pundits saying City have now secured the title. If United are to have any hopes of catching their noisy neighbours, they need to start with three points on Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku has come under a lot of criticism for his performance in the derby. The Belgian striker has struggled for form after initially making a fantastic start at his new club. Lukaku  missed a crucial chance to draw United level last week. Scoring the winner in the home win over Bournemouth will do the Belgian good but he has begun to draw criticism from his own fans, it’s vital that Mourinho re-energises his striker and gets him back to his form from the start of the season.

Can Lukaku get back to form as he was at the beginning of the season? Photo Credit: skysports.com

In the derby, it was apparent that United missed Paul Pogba. Since returning from injury the Frenchman has shown how much they have missed him. Without him, they lack creativity in midfield and someone who can run with the ball, breaking past defenders and setting up chances. Whilst Herrera and Matic are good players, they don’t possess the same qualities of Pogba. With this the last of his three-match suspension, Mourinho will be relieved to get his star man back.

West Brom have conceded two or more goals in four of their eight home matches this season. That is the second highest in the league, with only Stoke and Palace ahead of them on five apiece. Similarly, United have scored two or more goals in half of their away matches this campaign. A percentage that leaves them sixth in the table.

West Brom’s recent form against United is quite good, having only lost three of their last eight meetings. Their last win came at the Hawthorns in 2016 as they ran out 1-0 victors. With their current form and lack of threat up top, I can only really see an away win in this one.

 

Prediction: West Brom 0-2 Manchester United

 

SKYBET: CORRECT SCORE UNITED 2-0- 11/2

SKYBET: LUKAKU TO SCORE A BRACE- 9/2   

SKYBET: BTTS AND UNITED TO WIN- 5/2

SKYBET: RASHFORD AND MARTIAL TO BOTH SCORE- 5/1

SKYBET: DRAW 1-1, 2-2 OR 3-3- 4/1

SKYBET: LINGARD TO SCORE FIRST AND UNITED TO WIN 3-1- 60/1

BET365 : ANYTIME GOALSCORER- JONNY EVANS- (link no longer available)

BET365 : HALF TIME/FULL TIME- WEST BROM/DRAW- (link no longer available)

Sheffield Wednesday vs Wolves - Match Preview

Sheffield Wednesday vs Wolves – Match Preview – Sheffield Wednesday host league leaders Wolves at Hillsborough in a bid to end their winless run.

The Owls are without a victory in five matches after losing their seven-game unbeaten run last weekend at Norwich. With Wednesday marooned in mid-table, ten points adrift of the play-off places, pressure has further mounted on manager Carlos Carvalhal. A number of reports have speculated that if Wednesday don’t produce a good performance on Friday night, it could be the end of Carvalhal’s tenure at S6.

After leading 1-0 at half-time last week, Wednesday disappointingly threw their advantage away and came away from Norwich with a 3-1 defeat. After being the better team for the first 45, the Owls looked like a team short on confidence as they collapsed in the second interval. Even there most consistent players looked out of sort. At home, Wednesday have drawn three of their last four games, with their last win back in October. If they are to try and recapture the form of the last two campaigns, they need to make Hillsborough a fortress again. This needs to start on Friday.

A must win game for Sheff Wed manager Carlos Carvalhal who could be on his way out if unable to turn things around Photo Credit: skysports.com

Wolves lost their six-game winning run last weekend as they drew a blank with Sunderland. After such an impressive run, Nuno Santo’s men struggled to break the Black Cats down and were left frustrated with just a point. With Wolves last defeat coming in October, it will no doubt be Wednesday’s toughest task of the season yet. The division’s top scorers have lost only twice on the road this season and have won their last three away games without conceding a goal. Not only are Wolves clinical in attack but defensively they are sound as well. Wolves have conceded just two goals in their last seven games, collecting five clean sheets.

Bonatini has 12 league goals this season for Wolves Photo Credit: skysports.com

Last season Wednesday defeated Wolves 2-0 at Molineux before drawing 0-0 at home. This season they will come into the tie as massive underdogs. Wolves have only lost one of their last seven visits to Hillsborough, which came back in 2015. Wolves have scored 2+goals in six of their ten away games this season, which is the second highest in the division. Similarly, Wednesday have scored twice or more in six of their ten home games, which is the fifth highest in the league.

Whilst form would point towards three points for Wolves, I think this will end in a draw. Wednesday don’t lose many games at home, and with the pressure now firmly on the players to perform it might spark them into life. With the Owls underperforming so drastically this season, we are bound to soon see a performance more in keeping with their two top-six finishes in the last two seasons.

 

Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Wolves

 

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SKYBET: HOOPER TO SCORE FIRST AND WEDNESDAY TO WIN 2-1- 35/1

SKYBET: BONATINI AND RHODES TO BOTH SCORE- 7/1

SKYBET: JOTA TO SCORE AND WOLVES TO WIN- 5/2

SKYBET: CAVALEIRO TO SCORE A BRACE- 12/1

SKYBET: WINNING MARGIN WOLVES BY EXACTLY ONE GOAL- 11/4

BET365 : OVER 2.5 GOALS AND BTTS-(link no longer available)

BET365: WOLVES TO SCORE IN BOTH HALVES- (link no longer available)

BET365 : TOTAL ALTERNATIVE GOALS – OVER 3.5- (link no longer available)

 

NFL - Gameweek 15 Preview

NFL – Gameweek 15 Preview – Both the NFC & AFC playoff races are heating up, with only 3 games left in the season before the playoffs, here are my top 5 predictions for the week.

Saturday Night Prime Time: Chargers at Chiefs

The Chargers have been hot and are tied with the Chiefs for the number 1 seed in their division, they are also in a 3-way tie for a wildcard spot in the playoffs. A loss would put the Chiefs out of the playoffs for the interim, so this is a must win for both teams. The Chiefs had a great start and have been up and down since. At home with their crowd, I expect them to be in sync on both sides of the ball. However, with the Chargers momentum I see them pulling away late.

Chargers to Win – 24-20

Rivers: 300 YDS, 2 TDS

Gordon: 86 Total YDS, 1 Rushing TD

Allen: 115 YDS, 1 REC TD

Patriots at Steelers

This game will determine the number 1 seed in the AFC along with home court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Pats are coming off a disappointing loss against the Dolphins and it is rare they lose back to back games. The Pats are also getting their pro bowl TE Rob Gronkowski back from suspension and will look to get their offense back on track. Meanwhile, the Steelers have been rolling as winners of 8 straight games, and with MVP Candidates, Antonio Brown and Le’veon Bell, their offense possesses the top WR and RB in the league. History shows the Steelers struggle on the road against the Pats, at home with their ultimate goal of home field on the line, in a close game I see the Steelers inching it out.

Steelers to Win –  31-28

Roethlisberger: 255 YDS, 2 TDS

Bell: 125 Total YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 1 REC TD

Brown: 110 YDS, 1 TD

 

Rams at Seahawks

Coming off their loss to the Jags, the Seahawks are injured on defense and that won’t go well against the top 3 scoring offense that is the Rams. Meanwhile, the Rams lost a close game against the Eagles but are still in the hunt for the top seed in the NFC. Seattle won the first matchup between these two teams earlier in the season and will be playing for their playoff lives. The Rams are virtually in the playoffs with a win and with a loss, the Seahawks would be officially out of the playoffs. At home against a top division rival, I have the Seahawks winning a close one.

Seahawks to Win –  28-24

Wilson: 300 YDS, 2 TDS, 1 Rushing TD

Baldwin: 100 YDS, 1 TD

Jets at Saints

The Saints lost a close game against the Falcons and are in a tight race with the Panthers for the lead of their AFC South Division. This is a must win for the Saints and star rookie RB Alvin Kumara should be back from injury giving them a boost. Next week the Saints will face the Falcons again, I expect them to get back on track this week, to gain momentum for next week’s showdown.

Saints to Win –  24-14

Brees: 275 YDS, 2 TDS

Kumara: 100 total YDS, 1 TD REC

Ingram: 85 YDS, 1 Rushing TD

Thomas: 75 YDS, 1 REC TD

 

Packers at Panthers

It’s the return of star QB Aaron Rodgers for the Packers but would need to run the table for any hope of getting in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Panthers upset the Vikings last week and are in a heat with the Saints on winning their division. The past two years the Packers have ran the table and with Rodgers back even at possibly 80% health, I believe that will galvanize the Packers defense and jumpstart their offense. In an upset, I have the Packers winning late.

Packers to Win – 24-21

Rodgers: 285 YDS, 3 TDS

Adams: 105 YDS, 1 TD

 

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West Ham United vs Arsenal – Match Preview – As the Premier League enters its busiest season, we have been treated with more midweek action. West Ham host Arsenal in what is promising to be an entertaining London derby.

West Ham sent shockwaves through the league on the weekend, surprisingly beating Chelsea 1-0 at home. The victory was not only David Moyes first as Hammers manager but also helped them close the gap inside the relegation zone; now only missing out on goal difference.

Arnautovic scored the only goal of the game as West Ham defeated Chelsea Photo Credit: skysports.com

Arsenal didn’t quite give the performance many fans were hoping for against Southampton after their emphatic 6-0 victory over BATE last week. They managed to salvage a point thanks to a late Olivier Giroud goal that was deserved due to their dominance.

Arsenal grabbed a late equaliser after Charlie Austin’s early goal to draw 1-1 in their last game Photo Credit: skysports.com

West Ham are currently 18th in the Premier League standings. They have managed to grab 13 points from their first 16 matches; a very poor showing from them given their positive reinforcements during the summer transfer window. Whilst goals have been hard to come by for the Hammers, they haven’t been for their opponents, as West Ham have already conceded 32 goals this season; more than anyone else this season. Arsenal’s attack at times have been very clinical, could they prove that the Chelsea result was a fluke or are they finding their feet?

Skybet Match Result – West Ham to Win – 17/4

Arsenal are currently 5th in the Premier League, chasing the top four with only one point separating them and Liverpool. They have been a picture of inconsistency thus far, with irregular line ups from Arsene Wenger that have sometimes crucified opposition defences but at times they have crucified their own. Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette have been the most promising sights for the Gunners and will be the key men that West Ham will look out for. Can they put the pressure on the top four?

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – Arsenal to Win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 2/1

Arsenal have only scored two or more goals once away from home all season in the Premier League. Whilst West Ham have only scored two or more twice at home. This could come down to just a solitary goal.

West Ham have averaged 26.9 booking points per match this season while Arsenal have only averaged 15.0. Though, as it is a London derby, this could get fiery.

Jonathan Moss takes charge of the fixture, he has averaged 35.9 booking points in his 11 Premier League matches.

 

Suggested Tips

  • Skybet Price Boost – Pablo Zabaleta and Granit Xhaka both to be carded – 15/2
  • Skybet Price Boost – West Ham to Win 1-0 – 20/1
  • Skybet RequestAbet Up to 10/1 – BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 20+ booking points each team – 13/2
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  • Skybet Featured RequestAbet  – Lanzini & Sanchez to score and Obiang & Monreal to be carded – 100/1
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