Betting Match Preview - Chelsea vs Manchester United. Saturday 19th May 2018, FA Cup Final,  Wembley Stadium. Live on BBC 1 – Kick-Off: 17:15.

Chelsea vs Manchester United
Saturday 19th May 2018
FA Cup Final,  Wembley Stadium

Live on BBC 1 – Kick-Off: 17:15

Chelsea vs Manchester United – Chelsea and Manchester United meet in this year’s FA Cup final, with both sides looking to pick up their first piece of silverware this season.

Many are predicting that this could be Antonio Conte’s last game in charge of Chelsea. After failing to qualify for the Champions League, the Italian looks set to move on this summer. They finished their league campaign with a whimper; losing 3-0 to Newcastle on the final of the season. After selling the spine of his title-winning team, Chelsea have never recovered and now risk losing more key players. Their hold on stars such as Eden Hazard has undoubtedly weakened, with no Champions League football to offer their Belgian star.

It will take yet another rebuilding process at Stamford Bridge, with a lack of much-needed firepower the main cause for concern. Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are good strikers but have yet to show they are capable of leading a team to a Premier League title.  Morata has again been linked with a return to Juventus, after a disappointing debut campaign.

Manchester United said farewell to Michael Carrick as he retired on Sunday. The Englishman will join their coaching staff next season. Despite finishing second, few in Old Trafford will be pleased with their season’s work. Watching City stroll to their third league title in seven years – breaking every record in the process – will not have been pleasant viewing. An FA Cup trophy would improve thing but not cover up an underwhelming campaign. United still lack someone who can dictate the tempo of games, in the same fashion the retiring Carrick has in years gone by. They also lack world class defenders, with a new left and centre back high on Joe Mourinho’s shopping list. United are expected to welcome back Romelu Lukaku to face his former side. The Belgian striker has missed their last three matches through injury.

Michael Oliver is the referee for Saturday’s season finale. The Englishman has officiated the most game in the Premier League this season (30), accumulating an average booking points total of 36.5. Despite being regarded as England’s best referee, Oliver will be disappointed to not be attending this summer’s World Cup.

Chelsea looked woeful against Newcastle. A side without any fight, hunger or spirit; the exact opposite to Conte’s side that won the league last year. Manchester United haven’t been free-flowing in recent weeks either, but I still think they will win on Saturday.

Some statistic for this years Chelsea vs Manchester United final courtesy of Opta:

  • Jose Mourinho – winner with Chelsea in 2007 – could become only the third manager to win the FA Cup with two different clubs, after Herbert Chapman (Huddersfield and Arsenal) and Billy Walker (Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest).
  • Mourinho has won 12 of his 14 previous major European and domestic finals as manager (excluding Super Cup games), winning all six with English clubs (4 x League Cup, 1 x FA Cup, 1x Europa League).
  • Antonio Conte could become the first manager to lose consecutive FA Cup finals since Howard Kendall in 1985 and 1986.
  • Conte has lost both of his previous domestic cup finals as manager, with Juventus vs Napoli in the 2012 Coppa Italia, and the 2017 FA Cup with Chelsea against Arsenal.
  • Alexis Sanchez scored in last season’s final with Arsenal, and could become the first player to score in consecutive cup finals with different clubs.
  • The last player to play in consecutive FA Cup finals but for different clubs was Brian Talbot (Ipswich 1978,Arsenal 1979). Both Sanchez and Giroud could do so in this game.
  • Sanchez has scored eight goals in his eight games at Wembley Stadium for club and country, including six in five FA Cup appearances at the ground.
  • Giroud has been directly involved in 22 goals in his 26 FA Cup appearances (15 goals, 7 assists), more than any other player in the competition since his debut.
  • The Frenchman has either scored or assisted a goal in all three of his FA Cup final appearances – he assisted the winning goals in both the 2014 and 2017 finals, and scored as a late substitute in 2015.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored 12 goals in his last 12 FA Cup appearances, including five in five for Manchester United.

Chelsea vs Manchester United will be televised live in the UK on BBC 1 and BT Sport with kick off at 17:15 GMT.

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Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United.

Suggested Tips – Chelsea vs Manchester United (SKYBET)

  • Correct score, Manchester United to win 2-1 – (link no longer available).
  • BTTS and over 2.5 goals – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips – Chelsea vs Manchester United (SKYBET)

  • Lukaku to score and win – 7/2.
  • Giroud and Sanchez to both score – 9/1.
  • United to win by exactly one goal – 3/1.
  • RequestABet upto 10/1 – Giroud 2+ shots on target & Lingard 1+ shots on target, 3+ corners each team and 30+ match booking points – 8/1
  • Goalscorer Treble – Oliver Giroud, Romelu Lukaku & Alexis Sanchez All to Score – 33/1.
  • RequestABet Specials upto 10/1 – Over 1.5 Goals, 3+ Corners each team, 30+ Match Booking points – 11/8. (NAP).
  • RequestABet Specials 11/1 to 28/1 – Sanchez & Lingard to score, Manchester United to win and BTTS – 22/1.

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Match Betting Preview - Marseille vs Atletico Madrid.Wednesday 16th May 2018, Europa League Final, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Live on BT Sport 1 – Kick-Off: 19:45.

Marseille vs Atletico Madrid
Wednesday 16th May 2018
Europa League Final, Parc Olympique Lyonnais

Live on BT Sport 1 – Kick-Off: 19:45

Marseille vs Atletico Madrid: The Europa League final sees Atletico Madrid face off against Marseille with both sides looking to earn their first silverware of the season.

Marseille come into this game as underdogs, despite knocking out both Lyon and Salzburg on route to the final. Most of their fine campaign has been thanks to French winger Florian Thauvin. The former Newcastle winger has been in sensational form, scoring 25 goals and grabbing nine assists in all competitions. It was their defender, however, Rolando who secured Le Olympiens place in the final as he scored a crucial header in extra-time away at Salzburg. With only three Ligue 1 places awarding Champions League football, Marseille need to win the Europa League. They currently occupy fourth, level on points with Monaco but having played an extra game. If they were to win on Wednesday night they would join Monaco, Lyon and PSG in next year’s competition. In the league, Marseille are unbeaten in seven games, winning four.

Atletico come into this game having defeated Arsenal in the last round. A 2-1 aggregate win over the Gunners took them to the final, with Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann inflicting the damage. The Frenchman looks set to join Barcelona in the summer, with rumours circulating over a 100m euros move to the Nou Camp. Unlike their French counterparts, Atletico will feature in next season’s Champions League regardless of Wednesday’s result. In La Liga, they have been terrific and look set to finish runners-up to Barcelona. They lead third-placed Real Madrid by three points with just two matchdays remaining. Atletico haven’t been in the greatest form of late, however. They have won just two of their last six matches, in all competitions.

Bjorn Kuipers is the referee for Wednesday’s showpiece. The match will the Dutch official’s second Europa League final; having officiated Chelsea’s win over Benfica in 2013. He plies his trade in the Eredivisie, accumulating an average of 4.33 card per game, the league’s highest. This has included 61 yellow cards in 15 games.

Whilst Marseille have proven they are a top side, I can’t see pass Atletico in this game. The quality of Griezmann, Costa, Godin and Oblak is far superior to many sides in Europe and should see them lift the Europa League trophy.

Marseille vs Atletico Madrid will be televised live in the UK on BT Sport 1 with kick-off at 19:45 GMT.

Prediction: Marseille 0-2 Atletico

Suggested Tips – Marseille vs Atletico Madrid  – (BET365):

  • Correct score, Atletico 2-0 – 11/2.
  • Atletico to win to nil – .

Suggested Tips – Marseille vs Atletico Madrid  – (SKYBET):

  • Griezmann to score first – 9/4.
  • Costa to score and win – 9/4.
  • Thauvin and Gamiero both to score – 7/1.

NAPs – Marseille vs Atletico Madrid  – (SKYBET):

These are picks we’ve personally backed that are quite short in terms of the odds. Th majority of the picks below can be found in SkyBet’s RequestABet Specials up to 10/1 market for the game.

  • Atletico to win or draw, over 1.5 goals, Payet & Griezmann 1+ shot on target each & 10 booking points each team – 5/1.
  • Atletico to score 2+ goals & 20+ Marseille booking points – 15/8. (NAP).
  • Over 1.5 Goals, 3+ corners each team & 30+ Match Booking Points – 13/8.
  • Greizmann & Payet to have 2+ shots each on target – 20/1 (found in popular RequestABets within the game).
  • Come to Me to Win (Punchesdown 19:15) & Antoine Greizmann to Score in 90 mins – 7/1 (found in horse racing > specials > cross sport specials).

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Match Betting Preview - Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough. Tuesday 15th May 2018, Sky Bet Championship, Play Off Semi-Final, 2nd Leg, Villa Park. Live on Sky Sports Football – Kick-Off: 19:45.

Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough
Tuesday 15th May 2018
Sky Bet Championship, Play Off Semi-Final, 2nd Leg, Villa Park

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

Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough : Aston Villa hold a slender one-goal lead ahead of their second-leg play-off semi-final with Middlesbrough.

Mile Jedinak’s decisive header secured the win for Aston Villa when the two sides met at the Riverside on Saturday. In the second half, they put in a valiant defensive display with Middlesbrough unable to break down their opponents. John Terry and James Chester again proved why they are one of the best centre-back partnerships in the League; Chester has played every single minute for Villa this season. Alan Hutton also stood out. The Scotsman was tasked with man-marking Spanish winger Adama Traore, who has been a revelation since Tony Pulis’ arrival. If he swapped wings, so would Hutton and he marked Boro’s main man out of the game for 90 minutes.

If Middlesbrough want to find a way back into this tie, they’re going to have to be a bit more offensive. Despite losing the game, Pulis opted to take off Britt Asomblaonga for Patrick Bamford, rather than try the two together. I’m sure, from the start at least, they will maintain their 4-3-3 shape but they have to be open to using two forwards as they chase the game. It’s imperative Boro also find a way to stop Jack Grealish. Just like Traore, the Englishman is Villa’s main creative threat. If they again start with three midfielders, I’d recommend tasking Muhamed Besic or Adam Clayton to mark Grealish out of the match.

Mike Dean is the referee at Villa Park on Tuesday. Dean has predominately officiated in the top flight this season. The Englishman has accumulated an average booking points total of 40.2, the second highest in the league. With so much on the line, I’d advise a maximum of 50+ match booking points for this game.

Both these teams are potentially 90 minutes from Wembley. Middlesbrough have got to come out and play on the front-foot if they want to find a way back in this tie. However, I think Villa have too much experience to throw this position away.

Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event with Kick Off at 19:45 GMT.

Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Middlesbrough

Suggested Tips – Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough – (BET365):

  • First Goalscorer – Lewis Grabban – (link no longer available).
  • Correct Score – Aston Vill win 2-1 in 90 mins – (link no longer available).

Suggested Tips – Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough – (SKYBET):

  • Grealish to score and win – 7/2.
  • BTTS and Villa to win – 4/1.
  • Popular RequestABets – Aston Villa v Middlesbrough – BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 30+ match booking pts – 5/2(NB 2).
  • Grabban and Assombalonga to both score – 7/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 33/1 to 66/1 – Aston Villa v Middlesbrough – Jedinak 1+ shots on target & Terry 1+ shots on target, 5+ Aston Villa corners and 20+ Middlesbrough booking pts – 40/1. (NB).
  • Popular RequestABet – Over 1.5 goals, 5+ Aston Villa corners, 3+ Middlesbrough corners and 10+ booking points each team – 2/1. (NAP).

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Match Betting Preview - Fulham vs Derby County. Monday 14th May 2018, Sky Bet Championship, Play Off Semi-Final, 2nd Leg, Craven Cottage. Live on Sky Sports Football – Kick-Off: 19:45.

Fulham vs Derby County
Monday 14th May 2018
Sky Bet Championship, Play Off Semi-Final, 2nd Leg, Craven Cottage

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

Fulham vs Derby: Fulham will be looking to overturn a one-goal deficit when they host Derby in the second-leg of their Championship play-off semi-final.

The Rams’ 1-0 win on Friday night has given them a slender advantage heading into the second-leg. Cameron Jerome’s 34th-minute header was enough to seal the win, with Derby defending magnificently to preserve their lead. Fulham recycled possession well as always but just didn’t penetrate in behind the Derby rear-guard often enough. Alexandar Mitrovic was well marshalled by the impressive Curtis Davies, whilst Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon remained elusive throughout. If Fulham want to edge their way back into this tie, they need to find a way to move the ball quicker. There wasn’t enough tempo to the Cottagers possession play; making it easy for Derby to repel their attacks.

After falling short at the final hurdle, there are huge questions hanging over Fulham. Will missing out on automatic promotion derail their promotion push all together? With their 24-match unbeaten run coming to an abrupt end, can they get back to winning ways? Brighton never recovered from missing out on promotion on the final day two years ago and we could be seeing the same from Fulham. The Cottagers have, however, won 12 of their last 14 home league games, with their last defeat at Craven Cottage coming in November last year. Fulham fell at this stage last season; losing 2-1 to Reading over two legs. Whether they can end their play-off curse remains to be seen.

Chris Kavanagh is the referee for this crucial game. The Englishman has only officiated seven games this season in the Championship, with most of his appearances coming in the top-flight. Kavanagh has accumulated an average booking points total of 38.7 from 15 Premier League matches, which is one of the highest in the league.

I’m really not sure how this will play out. Fulham could easily produce a similar display as on Friday night, or come out the trams and blow the Rams away. I’m going to edge with Fulham to win in 90 minutes, although it could be anyone’s game after that.

Fulham vs Derby County will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Football with kick-off at 19:45 GMT.

Prediction: Fulham 1-0 Derby

Suggested tips – Fulham vs Derby County – (BET365):

  • To win to Nil – Fulham to Win to Nil – (link no longer available).

Suggested tips – Fulham vs Derby County – (SKYBET):

  • Jerome and Sessegnon to both score – 15/2.
  • Correct score, Fulham 1-0 – 11/2.
  • Mitrovic to score and win – 6/4.
  • Either team to win in extra time – 6/1.
  • Popular Bet – Over 1.5 goals, 5+ Fulham corners, 3+ Derby corners and 10+ booking points each team – 2/1.

Match Betting Preview - Liverpool vs Brighton, Sunday 13th May 2018, FA Premier League, Anfield. Live on Sky Sports Premier League – Kick-Off: 15:00.

Liverpool vs Brighton
Sunday 13th May 2018
FA Premier League, Anfield

Live on Sky Sports Main Event – Kick-Off: 15:00 

Liverpool vs Brighton: Liverpool need just a point against Brighton to secure their place in the top four and ensure Champions League football next season.

The Reds are within touching distance of a second consecutive top-four finish. Chelsea’s draw in midweek against Huddersfield means Jurgen Klopp’s side hold a two-point cushion and a superior goal difference over Antonio Conte’s team. Had the Blues won in midweek, Liverpool would have entered the final weekend of the season level on point and needing a win. Their Premier League form has dipped in recent weeks, with the Champions League seemingly taking priority. They are without a win in their last three games and have won just once in their last five matches in all competitions. Still, with just one game remaining Klopp’s men should have enough to see the season through, before casting their minds to Kiev and Real Madrid.

Chris Hughton has worked wonders at Brighton. After leading the Seagulls into the Premier League for the first team he has now secure them a second consecutive season in the top flight. In truth, their Premier League status has looked secure for some time, following wins against Manchester United, Arsenal and Swansea. Adding a little more flair to match their resilient and hard-working back-line will be the priority in the summer. They have the best defence in the bottom half of the league but are also the third-lowest scorers in the division. Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy have enjoyed fruitful debut campaigns in the Premier League. The pair formed a formidable partnership in the Championship and have continued that in the top flight.

Kevin Friend is the referee for Sunday’s clash. The Englishman has officiated 20 top-flight matches this season, accumulating an average booking points total of 23. This is the second-lowest in the league, with only Lee Probert proving more lenient. Consequently, I would advise steering clear of any bets with booking points for this match.

Liverpool haven’t been there best recently but should take all three points in this game. They’ll want to end the season with a victory and also maintain their unbeaten league run at home this season.

Liverpool vs Brighton will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event with kick-off at 15:00 GMT.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Brighton

Suggested tips – Liverpool vs Brighton (SKYBET):

  • Correct score, Liverpool to win 3-0 – 6/1.
  • Liverpool to win to nil – 10/11.
  • Firmino to score first – 7/2.
  • Salah to score a brace – 13/8.
  • Mane and Ings to both score – 9/2.

Match Betting Preview - Newcastle United vs Chelsea, Sunday 13th May 2018, FA Premier League, St James Park. Live on Sky Sports Premier League – Kick-Off: 15:00.

Newcastle United vs Chelsea
Sunday 13th May 2018
FA Premier League, St James Park

Live on Sky Sports Premier League – Kick-Off: 15:00 

Newcastle vs Chelsea – Chelsea will be hoping to keep their faint top-four hopes alive with a win against Newcastle on Sunday.

Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Huddersfield in midweek left them two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool ahead of the final day of the season. Victory would have lifted Antonio Conte’s men level on points with the Reds, although they do possess an inferior goal difference. The scenario is simple now; Chelsea must win and hope Liverpool lose at home to Brighton. Otherwise, it is Europa League football for the Blues. It’s been a disappointing season for Chelsea, which was summed up in their draw at on Wednesday. They have one of the league’s lowest conversion rates, which has been the main downfall of their season. Without Diego Costa, Chelsea have lacked goals and a ruthless edge in front of goal. With this likely to be Conte’s last game in charge, the new man coming in has a rebuilding job on his hands.

Rafa Benitez has done a remarkable job; leading to Newcastle to safety in the Premier League. Despite being one of the league’s biggest clubs, they have arguably the worse squad. In the summer, they need some real investment to push the club forward. If not, they risk losing Benitez, which would be a massive loss. A goal-scorer must be high on the club list of summer targets. Ayoze Perez is the club’s leading marksman, but he only has eight goals to his name. After four consecutive wins, Newcastle have lost their last three matches. A run symptomatic of their up and down season.

Martin Atkinson is the referee for Sunday’s match. The Englishman has an average booking points total of 42, the highest in the league. He has officiated the third highest numbers of games at 27, with only Michael Oliver and John Moss exceeding his tally.

Newcastle have little to play for, with their Premier League status already secured. You never know which version of them will show up, making it hard to predict this game. Chelsea, by contrast, must ensure they win to keep alive any chance of Champions League football.

Newcastle United vs Chelsea will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League with kick off at 15:00 GMT.

Prediction: Newcastle United 1-2 Chelsea

Suggested Tips – Newcastle United vs Chelsea – (SKYBET):

  • Correct score, Chelsea to win 2-1 – 7/1.
  • Hazard to score and win – 9/4.
  • Giroud to score a brace – 15/2.
  • Chelsea to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 13/8.
  • Ritchie to score first and Newcastle to win 1-0 – 130/1.

Match Betting Preview - Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa. Saturday 12th May 2018, Sky Bet Championship, Play Off Semi-Final, 1st Leg, Riverside Stadium. Live on Sky Sports Football – Kick-Off: 17:15.

Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa
Saturday 12th May 2018
Sky Bet Championship, Play Off Semi-Final, 1st Leg, Riverside Stadium

Live on Sky Sports Football – Kick-Off: 17:15

Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa: Middlesbrough host Aston Villa in the first-leg of their Championship play-off tie hoping to make the most of their home advantage.

The most eagerly awaited time of the year is upon us. Not, not Christmas. The play-offs! Fourth faces fifth in this match-up with both of these sides looking to return to the Premier League. Middlesbrough were vindicated by their decision to swap Gary Monk for Tony Pulis as the Welshman guided Boro to a top-six finish. Pulis’ experience could be vital as he looks to guide them back into the top-flight at the first time of asking. They have won their last four games, hitting momentum at just the right time.

They’ve lost just once in their last seven matches and are unbeaten at home since March. Since coming into the club Pulis ha made the Riverside Stadium a fortress again. Only three home defeats since December tells half the story, with clean sheets a huge part of their success. In Patrick Bamford and Britt Assombalonga, there are goals in the team. Middlesbrough’s record signing hasn’t had the greatest of debut campaign, by his high standard, but does have two goals in his last three games.

Aston Villa are my pick for the play-offs. In Steve Bruce, they have a manager that has been there and got the t-shirt. He knows how to get promoted, especially through the play-offs. His side is filled with big-game know-how. From John Terry to Robert Snodgrass and Glenn Whelan; these players know how to get the job done. Villa did end the campaign with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Millwall, although they did rest a few key players with their play-off spot already confirmed. On the road, they have only won one of their last five matches; a run that needs to end on Saturday night. If they can avoid defeat at the Riverside I would make them favourites to progress. Whether they can repel Middlesbrough for 90 minutes, however, remains to be seen.

Bobby Madley is the referee for this crucial game. The Englishman has an average booking points total of 31.1 from 18 Premier League games. He has, however, only officiated at the second-tier four times this season and is an experienced top-flight referee.

The first leg of most play-off ties are cagey. With so much to lose, neither team will be desperate to go ‘gung-ho’. As a result, I think this will be a draw, in what should be a well-contested match.

Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Football with kick off at 17:15 GMT.

Prediction: Middlesbrough 1-1 Aston Villa

Suggested Tips – Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa – (SKYBET):

  • Correct score, draw 1-1 – 5/1.
  • Ayala to score a header – 14/1.
  • Bamford to score first – 10/1.
  • Assombalonga and Grabban to both score – 12/1.
  • Grealish to score first and either draw 1-1 or Villa 2-1 – 50/1.

 

Match Betting Preview - Derby County vs Fulham. Friday 11th May 2018, Sky Bet Championship, Play Off Semi-Final, 1st Leg, Pride Park. Live on Sky Sports Football – Kick-Off: 19:45.

Derby County vs Fulham
Friday 11th May 2018
Sky Bet Championship, Play Off Semi-Final, 1st Leg, Pride Park

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

Derby vs Fulham: Derby County will be looking to end their play-off curse when they host Fulham at Pride Park on Friday night.

The Rams have been here and seen it all before. Their last 2014 play-off campaign was arguably the most heartbreaking; losing to a 90th minute Bobby Zamora goal at Wembley against ten-man QPR. More recently they lost to Hull City over two-legs in 2016 but failed to make the top six last season. After a poor run of form, Derby have won two of their last three games. Victories, against Cardiff and Barnsley, secured their place in the top six.

In those games, Cameron Jerome grabbed three goals with the January addition begging to settle into life at Pride Park. Matej Vydra also secured himself the Championship golden boot with another goal at the weekend, taking his tally to 22 for the season. Gary Rowett has recently changed to a back-three formation, which has sparked the Rams recent upturn in form. Whilst I don’t think this system suits them in the long-term, it has provided some fresh impetus in recent matches.

Fulham come into this game having finished 13 points ahead of their opponents. Slavisa Jokanovic’s men missed out on automatic promotion on the last day of the season; losing 3-1 to Birmingham City. Had they won, they would have stolen second spot as Cardiff drew with Reading. As a result, the Bluebirds are now back in the top flight. Fulham have been fantastic, going on an unbeaten 22 match run and blowing away every team in their way. Now, the real test starts. How will losing that run affect them? Can they reproduce those performances on the biggest stage? I personally have my doubts. We’re yet to see if this side can perform when it really matters, only time will tell.

Roger East has been confirmed as the referee for Friday night’s first-leg. The Englishman is in-experienced at Championship level, having only officiated five games this season. In the Premier League, however, he has managed 17 matches, accumulating an average booking points total of 33.5.

Play-off first-legs can often be tense and edgy. This should be a good game of football though. It’s often said you can’t win a tie in the first leg but you can lose it and that’s how I expect both managers to view this game.

Derby Country vs Fulham will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Football with kick-off at 19:45 GMT

Prediction: Derby County 2-1 Fulham

Suggested tips – Derby Country vs Fulham – (SKYBET):

  • Correct score, Derby 2-1 – 9/1.
  • Double chance, Derby or draw – 8/15.
  • Derby to win by one goal – 7/2.
  • BTTS and draw – 3/1.
  • Vydra to score first – 4/1.
  • Jerome and Mitrovic to both score – 13/2.

Match Betting Preview - West Ham United vs Manchester United. Thursday 10th May 2018, FA Premier League, London Stadium. Live on Sky Sports Main Event – Kick-Off: 19:45 GMT. 

 West Ham United vs Manchester United
Thursday 10th May 2018
FA Premier League, London Stadium

Live on Sky Sports Main Event – Kick-Off: 19:45 

West Ham United vs Manchester United – Having suffered defeat at the hands of Brighton last week, Manchester United will be looking to bounce as they face West Ham at the Olympic Stadium.

That defeat was United’s seventh in the league this season and left them a whopping 17 points behind Manchester City. However, they only need one point from their last two games to secure second place. The Red Devils should achieve that feat comfortably; they face Watford at Old Trafford after this game at the weekend. It’s been an indifferent campaign for Jose Mourinho. On one hand, there is no doubt they have improved but having spent so much money, they are still miles away from City’s level. It will take another summer of investment for United; a centre-back, left-back and centre midfielder will be high on Mourinho’s list of priorities. Mourinho criticised his fringe players following their defeat to Brighton, with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial failing to take their chance.

West Ham sealed their top-flight status last weekend with an impressive 2-0 win at Leicester City. The victory took the Hammers to 15thin the league, five points clear of the bottom three. Marko Arnautovic has been the shining light in an otherwise dull campaign for West Ham.

After signing in the summer for £25 million the Austrian has managed 11 goals in his debut campaign; making him the club’s top scorer. In completing his mission, by lifting the club to safety, it will be interesting to see what David Moyes’ future holds. Despite a relatively successful time in charge, I’m not sure he is the man to take them forward.

Michael Oliver is the referee in East London, just days after officiating Swansea’s game against Southampton. The Englishman has an average booking points total of 7.7, the fifth highest in the league (of officials who have refereed 20+ games). As a result, I’d advise a maximum of 40+ match booking points.

This game might seem like is a bit of a dead rubber but it will matter to Mourinho. He’ll want to see a reaction from his side as they look to build momentum ahead of the FA Cup final.

West Ham United vs Manchester United will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event, with kick-off at 19:45 GMT.

Prediction: West Ham United 1-2 Manchester United

Suggested tips – West Ham United vs Manchester United – (BET365):

  • Correct score, United to win 2-1 – (link no longer available).
  • Rashford to score anytime – (link no longer available).
  • Arnautovic to score first – (link no longer available).

Suggested tips – West Ham United vs Manchester United – (SKYBET):

  • Price Boost – Paul Pogba to score from outside the area – 9/1.
  • Scorecast Boost: Lingard to score first and United to win 1-0 or 2-0 – 18/1
  • Popular Bets – Smalling to score a header and Arnautovic to score from outside the area – 200/1.
  • RequestABet up to 10/1 – Over 1.5 goals, 3+ corners each team and 30+ match booking pts – 13/8. (NAP).

Odds and markets last updated on 10 May 2018 @18:28 GMT. Markets unlikely to be updated before kick off.

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Swansea City vs Southampton Match Beting Preview. Tuesday 8th May 2018, FA Premier League, Liberty Stadium. Live on Sky Sports Premier League – Kick-Off: 19:45. 

Swansea City vs Southampton
Tuesday 8th May 2018
FA Premier League, Liberty Stadium

Live on Sky Sports Main Event – Kick-Off: 19:45 

Swansea City vs Southampton: Swansea host Southampton in a ‘winner-takes-all’ game at the bottom of the Premier League.

The phrase ‘relegation six-pointer’ is a term often used too often, but it has never been more fitting for this game. Southampton sit level on point with Swansea, with just two league games remaining. Only goal difference is keeping the Saints out of the bottom three. They were denied a deserved victory at the weekend as Tom Davies struck in the 96th minute to break their hearts. Despite the late equaliser, the point was enough to lift them out of the bottom three and above Swansea. Southampton face league champions Manchester City at St Mary’s on the last day of the season, so this game is a must win. Huddersfield’s drawn with City has moved them three points clear of the bottom three, making it even more likely one of these two sides will drop into the Championship.

Swansea come into this game without a win in eight games in all competitions. Despite a fantastic start to life at the Liberty Stadium, Carlos Carvalhal’s side have struggled for form in recent weeks. At home, however, they have lost just one of their last six league games, winning four. Swansea face already-relegated Stoke City at home on the final day of the season, meaning a draw would still leave them with a chance of surviving. Victory would all but seal Premier League safety for another season.

Michael Oliver is the referee for Tuesday’s crucial fixture. The Englishman has an average booking points total of 37.7, the fifth highest in the league (of officials who have refereed 20+ games). As one of the league’s highest-rated referees, this a game he should be able to handle if not, the ramifications for either side could be colossal.

Both sides know they can’t afford to lose this game. As a result, I think it will be quite a cagey match, with little between the two teams. Consequently, I’m punting for a score-draw, which would suit Swansea more than Southampton.

Swansea City vs Southampton will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League HD with kick-off at 19:45.

Prediction: Swansea City 1-1 Southampton

Suggested tips – Swansea City vs Southampton  – (BET365):

  • Correct score, draw 1-1 – (link no longer available).
  • J Ayew to score first – (link no longer available).
  • BTTS – Yes – (link no longer available).

Suggested tips – Swansea City vs Southampton  – (SKYBET):

  • Austin to score and win – 2/1.
  • Group Correct Score – Draw 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3 – 10/3(NB 2).
  • Request-A-Bet up to 10/1 – Over 1.5 goals, 3+ corners each team and 30+ match booking pts – 6/5. (NAP).
  • SkyBet – Horse Racing/Football – Cross Sport Specials / RequestABet – Captain Simon (19.30 Ludlow) to win & Both Teams to Score (Swansea v Southampton) – 11/2. (NB).
  • Request-A-Bet up to 10/1 – BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 20+ booking points each team – 13/2. (NBB).

Odds and markets last updated on 8 May 2018 @18:58 GMT. Markets unlikely to be updated before kick off – we added the last pick (BTTS, 4+ corners) just now at 18:58.

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