Match Betting Preview - Switzerland vs England. Sunday 9th June 2019, UEFA Nations League Third Place Play Off, Estadio D.Afonso Henriques. Live on Sky Sports Main Event – Kick-Off: 14:00 BST.

Switzerland vs England
Sunday 9th June 2019
UEFA Nations League – Third Place Play-Off, Estadio D.Afonso Henriques

Live on Sky Sports Main Event – Kick Off: 14:00 BST

Switzerland vs England: Gareth Southgate is tasked with picking up England after throwing away another semi-final lead against the Netherlands when they take on Switzerland on Sunday.

It was another night of what could have been for England on Thursday night as they went down 3-1 to the Netherlands. Despite leading until the 73rd minute, Southgate’s side were once again guilty of handing the initiative to the opposition. The Three Lions dropped deeper and deeper, inviting pressure on to themselves, just as they did against Croatia a little under 12 months ago. John Stones’ inexplicable error then all-but sealed their fate, before Ross Barkley allowed Ronald Koeman’s side to add a third. England were reminded just how short they are on quality in midfield, as Frenkie De Jong ran the show, just as Luka Modric did in Russia. Jordan Henderson’s absence from the starting XI hit the Three Lions hard, whilst the absence of a true ball-playing midfielder still haunt Southgate and the FA.

Switzerland went down 3-1 to Portugal on Wednesday, with a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick proving the difference between the two sides. Vladimir Petkovic’s side were also embroiled in more VAR controversy. After seeing their initial penalty appeal turned down at one end, Portugal broke and earned a spot-kick of their own. VAR interjected and German official Felix Brych gave the Swiss penalty on review, allowing Ricardo Rodriguez to equalise. It proved to have little impact, though, as Fernando Santos’ side ran out winners. Switzerland last faced the Three Lions in September 2018, where they came away with a 1-0 defeat. In fact, they haven’t beat the Three Lions since 1981, a run of 11 matches.

Ovidiu Haţegan is the referee for this match. The official plies his trade in the Romanian league and has officiated 29 games this season. During those matches, he has accumulated an average cards total of 4.76. Therefore, I would recommend a maximum of 60+ booking points for this fixture.

Southgate is bound to make changes following Thursday night’s defeat. It’s been a long season for most of the Three Lions contingent, so there may be further experimentation. I’ll still back them for a narrow win, though.

Switzerland vs England will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event with kick-off at 14:00 BST.

Prediction: Switzerland 1-2 England

Suggested Tips – Switzerland vs England (SKYBET)

  • Correct score, England Win 2-1 – 8/1.
  • Scorecast Boost (Double Chance) – Harry Kane to score first and England to win 2-1 or 3-1 – 25/1(NB).
  • Price Boost – Wilson and Sterling to both score – 13/2
  • Winning Margin – Exactly 1 Goal – England – 3/1.
  • Popular RequestABets – Shaqiri & Sterling to score and Schar & Rose to be carded  100/1(Outsider Shout).
  • Popular Player Stats RequestABets – Draw 0-0 and no booking points – 125/1.
  • Player Stats RequestABets – Kane to score a header and Shaqiri to score from outside the area – 80/1 (Outsider Shout 2).
  • Yes or No? – Q1 – Yes, Q2 – Yes, Q3 – No, Q4 – Yes, Q5 – Yes, Q6 – No – 40/1.
  • Player Stats RequestABets – Kane 1+ shots on target & Shaqiri 1+ shots on target and 3+ corners each team – 6/4. (NAP).

 

Match Betting Preview - Netherlands vs England. Thursday 6th June 2019, UEFA Champions League Final,Estadio D.Afonso Henriques. Live on Sky Sports Main Event – Kick-Off: 19:45 BST.

Netherlands vs England
Thursday 6th June 2019
UEFA Nations League semi-final, Estadio D.Afonso Henriques

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

Netherlands vs England: Two of the world’s most up-and-coming sides go head to head in Portugal, with England and Netherlands looking to make the final of the UEFA Nations League.

Gareth Southgate’s side will feel confident of success in Portugal and are the bookies’ favourite to claim silverware. The Three Lions topped a group containing Spain and World Cup semi-finalists Croatia to make it to this point. Harry Kane is expected to start for England after returning to International duty following his Champions League disappointment with Tottenham. The final was the Englishman’s first start since April, but he is expected to go up against Virgil van Dijk for the second time in five days. Jadon Sacho’s fine form for Borussia Dortmund should see him retain his spot on the right, with Premier League winner Raheem Sterling on the other flank. England’s last defeat in normal time was almost a year ago. That came again Spain in 2018, which highlights how far this group has come in that time.

Whilst England’s attack has frightened some of the best defences in the world, the Netherlands have their talismanic captain, fresh from tasting Champions League glory. Van Dijk is partnered by Matthijs De Ligt, who is also one of the most sought after men in world football. In midfield, Frenkie De Jong and Gini Wijnaldum will try to orchestrate the engine room, leaving Memphis Depay and Co to run free in attack. Whilst Ronaldo Koeman’s side didn’t make the World Cup, with De Ligt, De Jong and several other exciting talents making a name for themselves on the biggest stage, their future is looking very bright. Just like England after the 2016 EUROS, Netherlands are beginning to show shoots of recovery after a disappointing few years.

Clement Turpin is the referee for this game. The Frenchman plies his trade in Ligue 1 and has officiated 17 games this season. During those matches, he has accumulated an average cards total of 3.35. Therefore, I would recommend a maximum of 50+ booking points for this fixture.

A lot will depend on whether Sterling and Sancho can isolate the Dutch fullbacks. Whoever comes out in that battle could win the match, such is Holland’s strength in midfield and at the back. I think this one may go to extra time, with such little to separate the teams.

Netherlands vs England will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event – Kick-Off: 19:45 BST.

Prediction: Netherlands 1-1 England

Suggested Tips – Netherland vs England (SKYBET)

  • Correct score, draw 1-1 – 5/1.
  • Price Boost – Sterling to score first – 7/1.
  • Price Boost – Sancho and Depay to both score – 16/1(NB).
  • Popular RequestABets – BTTS in both halves and 2+ corners each team in each half – 50/1(Outsider Shout).
  • Popular Player Stats RequestABets – Maguire to score a header and Depay to score from outside the area – 150/1
  • RequestABet Specials Up to 10/1 – BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 10+ booking points each team – 3/1.  (NAP).

Match Betting Preview - Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool. Saturday 1st June 2019, UEFA Champions League Final, Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Live on BT Sport 2 – Kick-Off: 20:00 BST.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool
Saturday 1st June 2019
UEFA Champions League Final, Wanda Metropolitano Stadium
Live on BT Sport 2 – 20:00 BST

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool: Liverpool will be desperate to make up for their Premier League disappointment by claiming the UEFA Champions League trophy when they take on Tottenham on Saturday night.

Jurgen Klopp’s reds missed out on their first Premier League title after losing out to Manchester City by a point. The Reds finished with the third-highest point tally in the competition’s history but still missed out to Pep Guardiola’s side. That disappointment should spur them on to claim the Champions League. It’s the second time in as many season’s that Klopp’s men have reached the final. Last years final was marred by Loris Karius’ error, whilst Gareth Bale’s wonder strike also stole the headlines.

Real Madrid won’t be there on Saturday, for the first time in three years, handing Mohamad Salah and Co the initiative to claim European success for the first time since Istanbul. All of the big guns are fit, meaning Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will lead the attack alongside Salah. Divock Origi could play the role of super sub, following his heroics against Barcelona in the semi-final.

Like Liverpool, Tottenham have their big names back, with Harry Kane set to make his first appearance since April 9. There has been speculation over the Englishman’s fitness, but also if he merits a place in the side. One of Lucas Moura or Son Heung-Min would be expected to drop out to make way for Kane, despite their heroics against Ajax that got them there. If not, it could be Dele Alli who misses out. It’s the first real selection headache Mauricio Pochettino has had to deal with for a few weeks. Spurs ended the season with a 1-1 draw against Everton, although their minds were clearly focused on their date in Madrid. It’s the first time they have reached the Champions League final since the competition was reformed. Without doubt, a win would go down as the greatest achievement in the club’s modern history.

Damir Skomina is the referee for this game. The Slovenian official took charge of Real Madrid’s win over Ajax in the round of 16, as well as last season’s semi-final between Liverpool and Roma. The experienced official has averaged 4.67 yellow cards per game this season. Therefore, I’d advise a maximum of 60+ total booking points this season.

This game will be tight. Liverpool won both meetings in the league, but only by one goal. I think that might be the case again, or, if not, it may go all the way to extra time and maybe even penalties.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool will be televised live in the UK on BT Sport 2 with kick off at 20:00 BST.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2: Liverpool

Suggested Tips – Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool – (SKYBET)

  • Correct Score – Liverpool to win 2-1 – 8/1.
  • First Goalscorer – Sadio Mane – 5/1
  • Both Players to Score – Lucas Moura and Mohamed Salah – 11/1.
  • How will tie be decided- Either team to win in extra time – 11/2.
  • Price Boosts – Son Heung-min to score and Tottenham to win in 90 mins – 7/1.
  • Previous Stats RequestABet Winners – Mane 3+ shots on target, Salah 2+ shots on target and Kane 1+ shots on target – 25/1. (NB 2).
  • Popular RequestABets – Liverpool to win, BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 20+ booking pts each team – 14/1. (NAP).

Suggested Big Odds – RequestABet – Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool – (SKYBET)

  • Joshua to win in Rounds 1-3 (v Ruiz) & Mo Salah to score in 90 mins (v Spurs) – 15/2. (NB).
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  • Player Stats RequestABets – Firmino to score a header and Tottenham to score a penalty – 100/1.
  • Player Stats RequestABets – Eriksen 1+ shots on target & van Dijk 1+ shots on target, 4+ corners in each half and Sissoko & Robertson to be carded – 125/1.
  • Player Stats RequestABets – Draw 1-1, 5+ Liverpool corners, 30+ match booking pts, Tottenham 1-0 at HT (90 mins) and Tottenham to win in ET – 150/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 80/1 and above – Mane to score, Liverpool 3-1 and 2+ corners each team in each half – 80/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 80/1 and above – Alderweireld & Wijnaldum to score, 4+ corners in each half and Eriksen & Alexander-Arnold to be carded – 500/1.

Match Betting Preview - Chelsea vs Arsenal. Wednesday 29th March 2019, UEFA Europa League Final, Baku Olympic Stadium. Live on BT Sport 2 – Kick-Off: 20:00 BST.

Chelsea vs Arsenal
Wednesday 29th May 2019
The Europa League Final, Baku Olympic Stadium

Live on BT Sport 2 – Kick Off:  20:00 BST 

Chelsea vs Arsenal: It’s an all-English affair in the Europa League final as Chelsea and Arsenal go head-to-head in the latest instalment of the London derby, with European silverware up for grabs.

Chelsea come into this match praying for a repeat of their 2013 triumph over Benfica. There are few survivors from that side, six years on, whilst speculation continues over the future of Maurizio Sarri. With Juventus reportedly sniffing around the Italian, this could be his last match as Chelsea manager. Frank Lampard is the favourite to replace Sarri, should he opt for a return to Italy. This could be a farewell trophy for Eden Hazard too, who looks set to move to Real Madrid this summer.

With a transfer ban looming over the Blues’ head, this could be one of the toughest closed seasons in the Roman Abramovic era. Champions League football is secure, at least, regardless of this result. Their route to the final was far from straight forward; they needed penalties to edge past Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-final. They are yet to lose in this year’s competition, however, which is an impressive feat.

This game has much bigger added implications for the men in red. For Arsenal, this is their one and only shot to secure Champions League football. This is their first European final since losing to Barcelona in 2006. After finishing fifth in the league, Unai Emery’s hopes of acquiring some of Europe’s top talent in the summer window rests on this match. Arsenal have impressed in this competition this season. The knocked out Spanish opposition in the last round, making light work of Valencia with home and away wins. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have been central to their success in this tournament and the pair will need to be at their best again on Wednesday if they’re to lift the trophy. They will be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan after he stayed at home due to political unrest between Armenia and the final host country Azerbaijan.

Gianluca Rocchi is the referee for this game. The Italian has officiated 13 Serie A matches this season. In that time, he has accumulated an average card total of 5.46. Therefore, I would advise a maximum of 60+ total points for this fixture.

Chelsea are in the better form of the two sides, although that can often go out of the window in a cup final. Given Arsenal’s desperation to secure Champions League football, I’m going to side with them. The pace of Aubameyang and Lacazette may just prove too much for David Luiz and Co to handle.

Chelsea vs Arsenal will be televised live in the UK on BT Sport 2 with kick off at 20:00 BST.

Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal

Suggested Tips – Chelsea vs Arsenal – (SKYBET):

  • Correct Score – Arsenal to win 2-1 – 10/1.
  • Both Player to Score – Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 8/1.
  • First Goalscorer – Eden Hazard to score first – 4/1.
  • Price Boost – David Luiz to be shown the first card – 10/1.
  • RequestABet Specials Up to 10/1 – BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 20+ booking points each team – 9/2. (NAP).
  • Previous RequestABet Winners –  ARS 2-0 CHE: Lacazette to score first, over 1.5 goals, 4+ Arsenal corners and Luiz to be carded – 33/1.
  • Popular Player Stats RequestABets – Aubameyang to score, BTTS, Azpilicueta to be carded and Arsenal to lift the trophy – 22/1. (NB).
  • Price Boost – Eden Hazard to score from outside the penalty area – 18/1.

Big Odds RequestABets – Pick 3 from the below at above 50/1 or more – Chelsea vs Arsenal – (SKYBET):

  • Popular RequestABets – Hazard & Aubameyang to score and Luiz & Xhaka to be carded – 50/1.
  • Popular Player Stats RequestABets – Lacazette to score, Jorginho to be carded and Arsenal to win in ET – 100/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 80/1 and above – Kante, Xhaka, Christensen & Kolasinac to be carded – 125/1.
  • RequestABet Specials – Giroud to score, Chelsea to win and Kolasinac & Maitland-Niles to be carded – 50/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 80/1 and above – Chelsea 4-3 and Arsenal to win 1st Half – 200/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 80/1 and above – Koscielny to score and Arsenal 2-0 – 100/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 80/1 and above – Kante & Barkley to score, Chelsea to win and Azpilicueta to be carded – 100/1.

Odds and Markets correct at the time of publishing / last updated at 16:48 on Wednesday 29th May 2019.

Match Betting Preview - Aston Villa vs Derby County. Monday 27th May 2019, Sky Bet The Championship, Play Off Final, Wembley Stadium. Sky Sports Football HD - Kick-Off: 15:00 GMT.

Aston Villa vs Derby County
Monday 27 May 2019
The Championship Play-Off Final, Wembley Stadium

Live on Sky Sports Football HD – Kick-Off: 15:00 GMT

Aston Villa vs Derby County: Aston Villa and Derby County go head to head in ‘the richest game in football’ with a Premier League place and a rumoured windfall of £180m at stake.

Dean Smith’s side enter this game having beaten West Brom in the semi-finals on penalties, after a 2-2 draw on aggregate. Villa’s performance at the Hawthorns wasn’t the best, as they lost 1-0, but they still managed to edge past their West Midlands rivals. Having beaten Derby 3-0 and 4-0 in the league season, they come into this match as favourites. Their hopes of reaching the promised land rest in the hands of their key players, Tammy Abraham, Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings. Without the trio, Villa would still be languishing in mid-table. They also know that if they fail to secure promotion all three won’t be at the club next year. With Financial Fair Play restrictions looming, Smith would have completely rebuild this side for next season, should they lose.

Frank Lampard’s men come into this game on a high after their phenomenal comeback against Leeds United. Despite tailing the tie 2-0 on aggregate, they came back with three goals in 15 minutes to win 4-2 at Elland Road and progress 4-3. Jack Marriott’s equalised with his first touch before bagging the winner. That brace should earn him a first start in months. If Lampard opts for a 4-4-2 diamond again, which I think he will, eyes will be on whether Martyn Waghorn is fit to join Marriott in attack, or whether Mason Bennett will lead the line.

The narrow system allows the Rams’ key players such as Mason Mount and Duane Holmes to find space between the lines and feed the attackers. Although Derby have lost 7-0 on aggregate over two games with Villa, that was a similar story with Leeds. They won that game, in the most unlikely of circumstance, which shows anything can happen in the play-offs.

Anthony Taylor is the referee for this fixture. The Englishman has officiated 48 top-flight matches this season. In that time, he has accumulated an average booking points total of 31.8. Therefore, I would advise a maximum of 50+ total points for this fixture.

This is a really tough game to call. Play-off finals aren’t usually flooded with goals; they can often be tense, nervy affairs. I expect Derby to make things tough for Aston Villa, but I am going to back Smith’s side for a narrow win. Don’t be surprised if this makes it all the way to extra time and even penalties, though.

Aston Villa vs Derby County will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Football with kick-off at 15:00 BST.

Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Derby County

Suggested Tips – Aston Villa vs Derby County – (SKYBET)

  • Correct Score – Aston Villa to Win – 2-1 – 8/1.
  • Both Players to score – Jack Marriott and Tammy Abraham – 8/1.
  • Player Stats RequestABets – Grealish 1+ shots on target & Wilson 1+ shots on target and 20+ booking points each team – 4/1.
  • Player Stats RequestABets – Abraham to score a header and Wilson to score from outside the area – 100/1.
  • Scorecast Boost – Tammy Abraham to score first and Aston Villa to win 2-1 – 40/1. (NB).
  • How Will Tie be Decided – Either team to win on Penalties – 5/1.
  • RequestABet Specials Up to 10/1 – BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 20+ booking points each team – 5/1. (NAP).
  • Popular RequestABets – Derby to win, BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 20+ booking points each team – 22/1. (Cover).

Match Betting Preview - Charlton Athletic vs Sunderland. Sunday 26th May 2019, Sky Bet League One, Play Off Final, Wembley Stadium. Sky Sports Football HD - Kick-Off: 15:00 GMT.

Charlton Athletic vs Sunderland
Sunday 26 May 2019
SkyBet League One, Wembley Stadium

Live on Sky Sports Football HD – Kick-Off: 15:00 BST

Charlton Athletic and Sunderland both travel to Wembley Stadium to face off in the SkyBet League One play-off final.

London-based Charlton needed penalties to overcome Doncaster Rovers in their semi-final tie. Meanwhile, Sunderland produced a 180-minute gritty performance with Chris Maguire’s first leg strike the only goal over both matches.

Charlton are technically on ‘home turf’ and are priced at 9/5 to win the match by SkyBet. Lee Bowyer’s side are the form club in the division and have lost just twice in the last 18 matches. However, in their two previous meetings with Sunderland they have drawn one and lost the other. Going forward, striker Lyle Taylor has been very impressive with 21 goals this term. He is priced at 13/8 to score anytime.

In six of their last seven wins, they have kept a clean sheet. SkyBet are offering 7/2 for them to win to nil.

Sunderland are priced at a very tempting 13/8 to win. The Black Cats have been a formidable force this season and were favourites to win the league at the start of the campaign. They lost only 5 matches all season – the lowest in the whole division however, with 19 draws they were unable to reach the automatic spots.

One luxury that Sunderland have managed to keep hold of during their EFL demise was Aiden McGeady. The Irish international scored 11 goals during the season and is priced at 11/2 to score first.

The referee for this match will be Andy Madley. This will be only the second time Madley has taken charge of Sunderland this season and he has shown 110 yellow cards and four reds in 39 matches. He averaged around 24 booking points between the various league one and two games he officiated this season.

Charlton Athletic vs Sunderland will be televised on Sky Sports Football HD and kicks off at 15:00.

Prediction: Charlton Athletic 0-1 Sunderland

– The Checkatrade finalists have proved they are hard to beat and can catch teams on the break.

Suggested Tips – Charlton Athletic vs Sunderland – (SKYBET)

  • Correct Score – Sunderland to win – 1-0 – 6/1.
  • To Win To Nil – Sunderland – 3/1.
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Lyle Taylor – 15/8.
  • Price Boost – Aiden McGeady to score first – 13/2.
  • Popular RequestABets – Sunderland to win, 4+ corners each team and Cattermole to be carded – 9/1.
  • Yes or No? – Q1 – No, Q2 – Yes, Q3 – No, Q4 – Yes, Q5 – Yes, Q6 – No – 33/1.
  • Player Stats RequestABets – BTTS, 20+ booking points each team (90mins) and Either Team to win on pens – 14/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 80/1 and above –  Draw 2-2, 5+ corners each team and 20+ booking points each team – 80/1.
  • RequestABet Specials up to 10/1 – BTTS, 3+ Corners each team and 10+ booking points each team – 2/1. (NAP).

     

Match Betting Preview - Newport County vs Tranmere Rovers. Saturday 25th May 2019, Sky Bet League Two, Play Off Final, Wembley Stadium. Sky Sports Football HD - Kick-Off: 15:00 GMT.

Newport County vs Tranmere Rovers
Saturday 25 May 2019
SkyBet League Two, Wembley Stadium

Live on Sky Sports Football HD – Kick-Off: 15:00 GMT

Newport County and Tranmere Rovers travel to the Wembley arch in the SkyBet League Two play-off final.

The two clubs finished 6thand 7thin the league standings, making them the two lowest ranked sides in the play-offs. The Welsh outfit overcame Mansfield 2-1 on aggregate whilst Tranmere won in similar fashion with the same win on aggregate. Either club is 90 minutes away from League One.

Newport County are slight underdogs for this math according to the bookmakers and are priced at 21/10 by SkyBet to win the match. Newport enter this match in very impressive form, unbeaten in 12 matches. In those 12 matches, they have not conceded more than one goal. With a tight defence, it seems likely Newport may win to nil and SkyBet are offering 7/2 for that to happen.

One player who has been instrumental to their successes is striker Jamille Matt. The Jamaican has 14 goals to his name this season and is a pest of a target man. He is priced at 11/5 to score anytime.

Tranmere Rovers, with the faithful support of referee Mike Dean, are priced at 6/4 to win inside 90 minutes by SkyBet. Tranmere are not in the desirable form of their opponents with just three wins from ten matches, but they have won when it matters. One player has stolen the headlines this season with a huge 29 goals to his name. James Norwood is the best goal scorer in the league and is priced at 6/4 to score anytime.

The referee for this match will be Ross Joyce. The official hasn’t taken charge of a League two match this season but has averaged 30 booking points per match when officiating in the UK this season.

Newport County vs Tranmere Rovers will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Football HD and kicks off at 15:00.

Prediction: Newport County 1-1 Tranmere Rovers

– This match is incredibly close therefore I am predicting it will make it to at least extra time.

Suggested Tips – Newport County vs Tranmere Rovers – (SKYBET)

  • Correct Score – 1-1 – 9/2.
  • Correct Score Group Betting – 1-1, 2-2, or 3-3 Draw – 10/3.
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Jamille Matt – 9/4.
  • Total Match Corners – 11+ – 5/4.
  • Popular RequestABets – Over 1.5 goals, 5+ Newport County corners, 3+ Tranmere corners and 10+ booking points each team – 3/1. (NAP).
  • Scorecast Boost – Padraig Amond to score first and Newport County to win 2-1 – 66/1.
  • Player Stats RequestABets – Draw 0-0 and no booking points – 150/1.
  • Player Stats RequestABets – A penalty taken and a player sent off – 16/1.
  • RequestABet Specials 80/1 and above –  Amond & Norwood to score, Newport County to win, 4+ corners each team and 20+ booking points each team – 100/1.

 

Match Betting Preview - Manchester City vs Watford. Saturday 18th May 2019, FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium. Live on BBC One - Kick-Off: 17:00 GMT.

Manchester City vs Watford
Saturday 18th May 2019
FA Cup final, Wembley Stadium

Live on BBC One – Kick-Off: 17:00 BST

Manchester City vs Watford: Manchester City will be hoping to complete a domestic treble on Saturday when they take on comeback king Watford in the FA Cup final.

Pep Guardiola’s side sealed the title in style last weekend, coming from a goal behind to beat Brighton 4-1 at the Amex. Sergio Aguero levelled minutes after Glenn Murray had threatened to spoil the party. Aymeric Laporte, Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez then ensured City become the first team to retain the title in over ten years. Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United were the last side to achieve that feat in 2007/08. After their disappointment in the Champions League, Guardiola will be determined to ensure City end the year with three pieces of silverware, especially in a game they are favourites to win. Citizens will only be too familiar of Wigan Athletic’s upset against then Roberto Mancini’s side, but Guardiola will be meticulous in his preparation and won’t allow his players to take anything for granted.

Watford’s form hasn’t been the best since they beat Wolves in such dramatic circumstances. It’s one win in six for Javi Gracia’s men since reaching the final, which saw them finish 11th in the final Premier League standings. Understandably, their focus has very much been on this clash, knowing a win would send them into Europe next season. It’s vital they don’t concede an early goal and their big players come to the party. The likes of Gerard Deulofeu, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Troy Deeney will have to be at their best. They will have to tighten up defensively too. Since beating Wolves, they have conceded two goals per game on average, which is a run they need to address.

Kevin Friend is the referee for this game. The Englishman has officiated 38 top-flight matches this season. In that time, he has accumulated an average booking points total of 38.2. Therefore, I would advise a maximum of 60+ total points for this fixture.

Manchester City have been a class act this season and don’t often lose against the smaller sides. Watford do carry a threat, as shown by their win against Wolves, but against the champions of England, it’s a different matter altogether.

Manchester City vs Watford will be televised live in the UK on BBC One with kick off at 17:00 BST.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Watford

Suggested Tips – Manchester City vs Watford – (SKYBET)

  • Correct Score – Manchester City to win 2-0 – 15/2.
  • To Score & Win – Gabriel Jesus – 15/8.
  • Price Boost – Raheem Sterling to score a brace – 11/2.
  • Double Up Boost – Manchester City v Watford – Sterling 3+ shots on target in 90 mins (was 4/1) – 8/1. (NAP).
  • To win by exactly 1 goal –  Watford to win, BTTS, 4+ Corners each team and 10+ booking points each team – 100/1. (Outsider Bet).
  • Popular Player Stats RequestABets – Deeney to score a header and Manchester City to score a penalty – 125/1.
  • Official Man Of The Match – Vincent Kompany – 25/1.
  • Player Stats RequestABets – Bernardo Silva 2+ shots on target, Sterling & Deulofeu 1+ shots on target each and Kompany & Holebas to be carded – 125/1.
  • RequestABet Specials Up to 10/1 – Over 1.5 goals, 3+ corners each team and 30+ match booking pts – 9/4. (NAP).

 

Match Betting Preview - Leeds United vs Derby County. Wednesday 15th May 2019, Sky Bet Championship, Play Off Semi Final 2nd Leg, Elland Road. Sky Sports Football HD - Kick-Off: 19:45 GMT.

Leeds United vs Derby County
Wednesday 15th May 2019
The Championship Play-Off, Semi-Final, 2nd Leg, Elland Road

Live on Sky Sports Football HD – Kick Off: 20:00 BST

Leeds vs Derby: Leeds United will be hoping to see through their one-goal advantage when they host Derby County at Elland Road in the second leg of their Championship play-off clash.

The Whites hold a 1-0 lead heading into this definitive clash, thanks to Kemar Roofe’s winner at Pride Park. The forward buried United’s first and only real clear-cut chance in the game, although Marcelo Bielsa’s side dominated throughout. United managed to pin the Rams back into their own half and keeping their danger men at bay. A similar performance in front of their home faithful will see them reach Wembley. United did all that without the services of Pontus Jansson, who could return for this return fixture. Adam Forshaw, who limped out of the first-leg clash will be missing, as will goal-scorer Roofe.

Patrick Bamford is set to lead the line, following his return from a two-match ban, with Tyler Roberts also out injured. Leeds were victorious in this fixture last January, beating Derby 2-0 at home. Bielsa’s record now stands at played three, won three against Frank Lampard. One more positive result will see them take a step close to the Premier League.

Derby have it all to do after being beaten on home turf last Saturday. Martyn Waghorn missed that clash, with David Nugent in attack. Waghorn has bagged five goals in his last nine games for the Rams and Lampard will be hoping to have their number nine fit for this game. If Derby are to turn the tie, they will need to be braver on the ball, as their boss stated after Saturday’s performance. Therefore, the likes of Mason Mount, Harry Wilson and Duane Holmes were ineffective, and need to be bolder in possession if they are to beat Leeds’ high press. Away from home, Derby have struggled this season. That being said, they are unbeaten in their last three on the road but have only won away twice this calendar year.

Anthony Taylor is the referee for this fixture. The Englishman has officiated 48 top-flight matches this season. In that time, he has accumulated an average booking points total of 31.8. Therefore, I would advise a maximum of 50+ total points for this fixture.

Derby have to go for it here, but, their record against Leeds this season is poor. Lampard’s side are yet to prove they quality to match Bielsa’s tactics or style. As a result, I’m going for a home win.

Leeds United vs Derby County will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Football HD with kick off at 19:45 BST.

Prediction: Leeds United 2-0 Derby County

Suggested Tips – Leeds United vs Derby County – (SKYBET)

  • Correct Score – Leeds United to win 2-0 – 15/2.
  • To Score & Win – Patrick Bamford – 15/8.
  • Both Players to score – Patrick Bamford and Pablo Hernandez – 5/1.
  • To win by exactly 1 goal – Leeds United – 11/4.
  • Player Stats RequestABets – Jansson to score a header and Klich to score from outside the area – 200/1.
  • RequestABet Specials Up to 10/1 – Leeds to score 1+ goals, 6+ Leeds corners, 3+ Derby corners and 30+ match booking pts – 7/4. (NAP).

Match Betting Preview - West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa. Tuesday 14th May 2019, Sky Bet Championship, Play Off Semi Final 2nd Leg, The Hawthorns. Sky Sports Football HD - Kick-Off: 20:00 GMT.

West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa
Tuesday 14th May
The Championship Play-Off, Semi-Final, 2nd Leg, The Hawthorns

Live on Sky Sports Football HD – Kick Off: 20:00 BST

West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa: West Brom will need to overturn a one-goal deficit in the second leg of their Championship play-off clash with Aston Villa if they’re to have any hope of reaching Wembley.

The Baggies head into this second leg without Dwight Gayle, who opened the scoring at Villa Park. West Brom’s top-scorer will miss both this game and the final, should they get there, after receiving his second red card of the season. That will be a big blow to James Shan’s teams’ hopes of qualifying but they do still have Jay Rodriguez to call upon. After taking the lead, Albion were very defensive at Villa Park, sitting nine men behind the ball.

At home, they will have to be much more attacking, but hope they can avoid getting hit on the counter-attack. The quality they do have in attack, even without Gayle, is enough to get the goals they need. Keeping them out at the other end will be their main concern. The Baggies have won their last five home games and haven’t lost at the Hawthorns since February, which came against Sheffield United.

Aston Villa battled back superbly to take a one-goal lead into the second leg. Conor Hourihane, who was unlucky to start the game, changed the match with his introduction and grabbed the all-important equaliser. Tammy Abraham then converted a stone-wall spot-kick, to make sure of the win. Overall, Villa were poor in the first half but much better in the second, especially after the equaliser. Gayle’s absence will prove a boost for Tyrone Mings and Axel Tuanzebe, who struggled to cope with him, particularly in the first half. Dean Smith’s men have enjoyed life on the road lately and haven’t lost away since the middle of February. With that in mind, they’ll feel confident of holding onto their first-leg lead.

Chris Kavanagh is the referee for this fixture. The Englishman has officiated 35 top-flight matches this season. In that time, he has accumulated an average booking points total of 33.3. Therefore, I would advise a maximum of 60+ total points for this fixture.

West Brom will have to go hell for leather if they want to get back in this one. Their defensive vulnerabilities are always a concern though, which were again highlighted on Saturday. Therefore, I think Villa’s lead, added to their counter-attacking threat will see them progress on aggregate.

West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Football HD with kick off at 20:00 BST.

Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Aston Villa

Suggested Tips – West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa – (SKYBET)

  • To Score & Win – Jack Grealish – 5/1.
  • Correct Score – Draw 1-1- 11/2.
  • Both Players to Score – Jay Rodriguez and Tammy Abraham – 5/1.
  • Full Time Result & Both Teams to Score – West Brom & Yes – 7/2.
  • Popular Player Stats RequestABets – Grealish to score from outside the area and West Brom to score a penalty – 80/1.
  • Player Stats RequestABets – Over 1.5 goals, Rodriguez 1+ shots on target & Abraham 1+ shots on target, 6+ match corners and 20+ match booking pts – 5/4. (NAP).
  • Player Stats RequestABets – BTTS, over 2.5 goals, Rodriguez & Abraham 1+ SOT each, 4+ corners each team and Dawson, Bartley & McGinn to be carded – 125/1.