Liverpool v Leicester
Leicester are on a really hot run of form at the moment and, after beating Tottenham 2-1 a couple of weeks ago, comfortably dispatched of Newcastle 5-0 on Sunday. I’ve been very complimentary of Brendan Rodgers’ side since the start of the season and they continue to impress.
Goals continue to flow in the Foxes’ games and their style of play will ensure that this continues to happen, I suspect. Jamie Vardy scored two in their previous game and, despite James Maddison’s injury, they still created plenty of openings. Maddison could be back for this game at Anfield, which would be a huge boost for Leicester. They’ve seen 23 goals in their last eight games in all competitions (they’ve contributed 18 of those) and I think they’ll be more goals to come on Saturday.
No one has been able to stop Liverpool yet and they’ve still won every game they’ve played this campaign. However, they very nearly dropped their first points of the season against Sheffield United last weekend, but Dean Henderson’s howler meant they escaped with a 1-0 win.
Despite the one goal on Saturday, Liverpool always tend to score goals. Their goal tally in the last seven games reads 1 2 3 3 3 2 4 – impressive but unsurprising. With Leicester full-backs pushing high, I think Liverpool’s wingers could have some joy in behind the defence, something which they do quite frequently and with lots of success.
Goals is the play here and I think both teams will get on the scoresheet, potentially multiple times. Over 3 Asian goals is 2.050 and I think that’s good value. There’s been 13 goals in the last four games between these two, with a 3-2 being played out a couple of seasons ago. Three goals would see a return of our stake, anymore and we’d have a full payout.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 3.00 Goals at 2.050
West Ham v Crystal Palace
Just like Leicester, West Ham are on fire at the moment. They’ve lost one league games in their last 11 (that was against champions Manchester City) and have won three of their last five. They’ve also won three out of their last four home games and their form at the London Stadium has improved drastically since the start of the season.
They’re another team that I’ve been keen to back this season and also a team that I’ve backed to score goals. I’ve frequently mentioned how impressed I’ve been with Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini, and the other member of the attacking midfield trio, Andriy Yarmolenko, scored the opening goal against Bournemouth last weekend. Their record signing Sebastian Haller has potentially gone under the radar because of his lack of goals, but his all-round play should be given a lot of credit. On the whole, I think they’ve got a really well-balanced team and I’d back them to beat most teams in the league at the moment.
Crystal Palace beat Norwich 2-0 in their last game and, although it might seem like a good result on paper, I don’t think the Canaries are as good as their win against Manchester City showed. A “one man team” is banded about far too often but, without Wilfried Zaha, I think Roy Hodgson’s side would potentially be in big trouble.
They’ve played three away games this season, winning one and losing two. That victory was against a pretty shocking Manchester United at Old Trafford, but is still a decent result all the same. However, their two defeats away from Selhurst Park were against Sheffield United and a 4-0 thrashing by Tottenham.
I think their shaky away form will contin West Ham ue against a decent West Ham side, and you can back the Hammers at 2.010 to take all three points. I think that looks a really nice price.
1×2 Betting Recommendation: West Ham to win at 2.010
Newcastle v Man Utd
I don’t really know what to think of either of these teams. I think they’re both clearly underperforming and going to endure a pretty poor season.
Newcastle were thrashed in their last game against Leicester, and Steve Bruce will demand a response from that performance. If Isaac Hayden hadn’t been sent off, I think it would’ve been a lot closer and perhaps the players can take encouragement from that. The Magpies scraped an uninspiring 0-0 draw in their last home game against Brighton, but it shows they can remain tight at the back when needs be.
Their home form, admittedly, hasn’t been great, but I don’t like backing against Newcastle when they’re playing at St James’ Park. Their crowd can really turn against them if things aren’t going well, but the longer they can hold Manchester United on Sunday, the more they’ll get behind their side.
Manchester United are still struggling with injuries and it looks touch-and-go as to whether key man Paul Pogba will play in this one. There’s still questions over Marcus Rashford’s fitness and a lot of the responsibility now seems down to youngster Dan James. I wouldn’t fancy them scoring more than one goal in a game at the moment and I’d be very surprised if they did against a fairly resolute Newcastle defence.
A frequent theme for me this season seems to be backing against teams that have played in the Europa League the week before and I’m going to do the same again here. United travel to AZ Alkmaar on Thursday night and, with a squad down to the bare bones, that game could take a lot out of them.
You can back Newcastle at 2.010 with a +0.50 on the Asian handicap and I think that looks a nice slice of value. Steve Bruce will be managing against his former club and, the way things are going at United, he could be being lined up as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement!
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Newcastle +0.50 at 2.010
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