Manchester City v Chelsea
Bar Liverpool, these are the two form teams at the moment and, when they go head-to-head this weekend, I think it will be a fantastic watch on Saturday evening.
After their defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side last weekend, Manchester City will be keen to bounce-back here. They have won 36 of their last 40 games at home and will be confident they can put the pressure back on Liverpool at the top of the league.
And, when they play at the Etihad Stadium, there’s usually goals. There’s been 24 in their last six league games (four per game) and their attack, which is arguably the best in the world at the moment, is firing as ever.
Their defence, however, is still looking suspect. Aymeric Laporte is out injured for another couple of months, and it’s likely Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho at centre-back. That’s certainly not a world class defence and it’s been evident that they can be got at.
Chelsea, unlike City, recorded all three points in their last game against Crystal Palace. Despite some pre-season scepticism, Frank Lampard has got his team firing and they’re currently sitting comfortably in the top four.
Going forward is where they’ve flourished, with Lampard getting the best out of the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and, more recently, Christian Pulisic. They’ve scored 27 goals in their opening 12 games, with Abraham currently the top scorer in the league.
This game just points to goals, with both teams looking electric going forward, but questionable in defence. With defeat not an option for City when you look at the gap between them and Liverpool, it could be an open game, especially if Chelsea take the lead.
I like the look of over 3.25 Asian goals at 1.880, where we’ll get half our money back if there’s three goals and a full pay out if there’s four, which I think will land in what I believe a great game in Manchester.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 3.25 goals at 1.880
Sheffield United v Manchester United
Sheffield United have been the surprise package this season, 5th in the league and currently occupying the European spots. Chris Wilder has got his team playing an unorthodox but effective style of football, and they’ve already taken some notable scalps this campaign.
Their most recent result was a 1-1 draw with Tottenham, and they’ve also recently drawn 2-2 with Chelsea and beaten Arsenal 1-0. Their style of play helps playing against the big teams, with the counter-attack being utilised frequently – something which Arsenal couldn’t handle a few weeks ago.
Scoring goals has been a problem for Sheffield United at times, but with summer signing Lys Mousset beginning to find his shooting boots, they’ll be confident they can get on the scoresheet against a United defence that isn’t known for keeping clean sheets.
Manchester United have found some form recently and, despite being under some pressure recently, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have got his team playing some nice football. However, their two most recent victories have been against Partizan Belgrade and Brighton, and they did lose to Bournemouth just three weeks ago.
I’m still not convinced by their midfield or their defence and, whilst Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have helped improve their back four, I think they’re still vunerable.
This is the only game on Sunday, leaving the Sheffield United fans and players all afternoon to get up for this one. Manchester United, the 20-time title winners, are always the team people seem to want to beat and I see no reason why the Blades can’t do that this weekend.
You can back them with a +0.25 start on the Asian handicap at 1.980 which is a more than fair price. We’ll get a full payout if they can pick up all three points, and a half win if they can only manage a draw at Bramall Lane.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Sheffield United +0.25 at 1.980
Aston Villa v Newcastle
This is the Monday night game this week, and I’ve got into the habit of backing Aston Villa under the lights. I’ve already mentioned in one of my previous pieces how much the Villa fans get behind their team at home and this seems to be even more so in these circumstances. They’ve lost just two games at Villa Park this season – a 2-1 opening day defeat to Bournemouth and a narrow loss to Liverpool by the same scoreline in their last game in Aston.
They will be playing their third-choice goalkeeper here, but captain Jack Grealish is likely to be back for this one and he’ll be a massive boost for Dean Smith. John McGinn also managed to get on the scoresheet multiple times for Scotland in the international break, so he’ll come back full of confidence. They need to be winning these games, at home to ‘relegation rivals’, and I’m confident they can here.
Let’s talk about Newcastle. They’re such an unpredictable side and it makes it really hard to back for or against them, potentially making this a risky selection. But, looking at their away fan, I think Villa looked too big at 2.050.
Steve Bruce’s side did manage a 3-2 win against Bournemouth in their last away game, but it wasn’t a stellar performance, the West Ham ‘keeper Roberto virtually gave them two goals, and they nearly bottled their 3-0 lead. They’ve lost all of their other matches away from St James’ Park this campaign, bar a shock 1-0 win over Tottenham earlier in the season, but I can’t see another result like that here.
So, as I mentioned, I’m going to Aston Villa to win at home to Newcastle on Monday night at 2.050, which I think is a really, really nice price.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Aston Villa to win at 2.050
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