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Chelsea vs Watford
Chelsea Fc played out an absolute thriller at Stamford Bridge in midweek as they drew 3-3 with AS Roma in the Champions League, although Antonio Conte is unlikely to be as happy as the neutrals to have witnessed such a game.
Chelsea has lost just one of the previous eight Premier League meetings with Watford (W5 D2 L1); this coming in a 1-0 win for the Hornets at Vicarage Road back in September 1999 – Allan Smart scoring the only goal of the game.
Watford hasn’t won a competitive game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since May 5th, 1986. The Hornets enjoyed a 5-1 victory in their final top-flight game of the 1985-86 season, thanks to goals from David Bardsley (2), Brian Talbot (2) and Colin West.
Predictions: Chelsea wins & Over 2.5
Manchester City vs Burnley
Manchester City has conceded in four of their last six home Premier League games, and they’re facing a Burnley side who have found the net in each of their last seven trips away, including five goals in three matches against three of last season’s top four.
Manchester City has won three, drawn two, and lost one of their last six meetings with Burnley, with five of these games seeing both teams get on the scoresheet.
Despite losing only one of their six Premier League meetings with Burnley (W3 D2 L1), the Citizens have failed to keep a clean sheet against the Clarets. Indeed, no side has faced Burnley more in the competition without keeping a clean sheet against them (Hull City also six).
Prediction: Man City Wins & Over 2.5
Everton vs Arsenal
Everton’s torrid start to the season is showing no signs of coming to an end at the moment. They put up a brief fight in midweek as they drew level with Lyon in a hotly contested second half, but they were instantly pegged back again and ended up losing 2-1 at Goodison Park.
Arsenal has undeniably suffered some shocking results this season, notably their 4-0 loss at Liverpool and the defeat at Watford last weekend. However, they bounced back with a 1-0 win over Red Star Belgrade on Thursday to maintain their perfect Europa League record, and the fact they have won seven of their last nine in all competitions shows their form.
Arsenal has won five and lost one of their last six meetings with Everton, but both teams found the net in four of them.
Everton has won two of their last four Premier League home games against Arsenal (D1 L1), having failed to win any of the previous six against them at Goodison Park. While Arsenal has won 11 Premier League away games against Everton – only at West Ham and Aston Villa (12 each) have they won more.
Prediction: Arsenal Wins & Over 1.5
Tottenham vs Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur produced a fantastic performance on Tuesday as they continue their good run in the Champions League, with their 1-1 draw at The Bernabeu resigning Champions League holders Real Madrid to a rare draw at home.
Liverpool will be buoyed by this form, and they will enter the match on the back of an emphatic 7-0 thrashing away to Maribor in midweek. That extends their own unbeaten streak to five matches, which includes four away games in total and their home draw with Manchester United last weekend.
Both of these sides possess enormous attacking talent, but we’re not expecting a high scoring game here. Tottenham have seen just six goals in their four home league games this season and only one of them has seen more than three goals scored.
Liverpool has won three and drawn three of their last six meetings with Tottenham, and haven’t lost to them in any of their last ten meetings, a run which stretches back to 2013.
After a run of four wins and a draw between 2010 and 2012, Spurs are winless in their last nine Premier League games against Liverpool (W0 D3 L6).
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four away league games against Spurs (W2 D2), conceding just one goal in that time and netting nine themselves.
Real Madrid vs Eibar
This game should be a home banker but we’ve said that a few times already this season with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu and they’ve come up short. Eibar aren’t having a great season and are unlikely to offer as much as some of their recent visitors but Los Blancos aren’t playing well enough to suggest it will be a massacre so a low-scoring Real Madrid win could be on the cards.
The Basque minnows stopped the rot last time out with a 0-0 draw to end a 3 game losing streak. They’ve looked very short on goal threats this term though which is a concern as they were quite enterprising at times last season if a little dependent on getting crosses into the box. Eibar have netted just 0.38 goals per game in La Liga this season, which is the joint worst record in the division.
Real Madrid has won 5 of the 6 meetings between the sides in La Liga. Eibar did pick up a point at the Bernabeu last season though.
The Whites have scored in each of their eight games against Eibar in all competitions (W6 D2), keeping a clean sheet in five of them (three goals conceded).
Real Madrid has only won one game at home in La Liga 2017/18, their worst performance at home after their first four games since 1999/2000 (W1).
Prediction: Madrid Wins & Over 2.5
Swansea vs Leicester City
Swansea fans had a dreadful fear of relegation at the start of the season, with their narrow escape last season being followed by the loss of their two-star players in Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente. Despite this, the South Wales outfit have actually performed pretty well this season.
Leicester parted ways with Craig Shakespear this week just four months after he signed a three-year deal and saved the former Premier League champions from a relegation battle. This came after their last-ditch 1-1 draw at home to West Brom on Monday, which made it six league games without a win.
Leicester have won four and lost two of their last six meetings with Swansea. The 11 meetings between these teams has seen the home side on the day win ten times.
While Swansea have won two of their three home Premier League games against Leicester (L1) – their first such meeting in October 2014 and last meeting in February 2017 (both 2-0).
Prediction: Leicester Win
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace
Newcastle’s torrid start to their return to the Premier League seems to be well and truly over now, with the Tyneside club looking a lot more confident going forward now and picking up the results to go with it.
Newcastle’s defence isn’t up to much either. They have managed just two clean sheets in all competitions this season and have conceded seven goals in five games at St James’ Park. With Crystal Palace’s new found confidence flowing I expect The Eagles to get a goal, but the fact they haven’t kept a clean sheet all season is a worry for their backline so backing Both Teams to Score looks a great choice here.
Newcastle have scored in 11 of their 12 previous Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace, with the exception being a goalless draw at St James’ Park in April 2005.
The Eagles have won only one of their last 12 league visits to St James’ Park (2-1 in March 1998), failing to score in eight of those games (W1 D3 L8). While the Magpies have lost only one of their last nine Premier League games on home soil (W5 D3 L1), losing to Spurs earlier this season.
Predictions: Newcastle wins
Hibernian vs Celtic
These two have racked up 30 goals between them on their way to the final of this competition. The Bhoys have cruised through the opening two rounds, while Hibs edged past Livingston in the quarter-finals. There’s 10 points separating the two in the table ahead of this one.
However, Hibs did manage a 2-2 draw at Celtic park last month. They were unlucky not to end Celtic’s unbeaten run then. While Celtic should be a little more focused for a cup clash, they still have defensive issues. Hibs have scored in eight of their nine league games since returning to the top flight, and we expect them to get a goal here.
Celtic have won four of their previous six meetings with Hibernian.
Hamburg vs Bayern Munich
Hamburg’s strong start to the season has taken a drastic turn for the worse. Hamburg has been put through their paces against tougher opponents, losing to nil against RB Leipzig, Hannover, Dortmund, and Bayer Leverkusen, while also only managing a 0-0 draw at home to Bremen in the “North Derby” and another 3-2 defeat on the road to Mainz 05 (D1 L5). Any chance of making amends on this poor run might have to wait another week.
From a betting perspective, Bayern are huge favourites here, and the reigning champions look to be worth backing in one way or another. In terms of goals, one or more from the Bavarians is never really a question. What was lacking before Ancelotti packed his bags was the Bavarians’ ability to maintain defensive consistency, particularly in the absence of star keeper Manuel Neuer. Now, Bayern looks back to their best and against a Hamburg side that has failed to score in 75% of their outings at the Volksparkstadion this term, another shutout should be on the cards.
Bayern Munich won 8-0 at home to Hamburg when the two sides last met in February. Bayern Munich has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between them.
Hamburg has failed to score in 75% of their home outings this term. Bayern Munich has kept clean sheets in both of their matches under new-boss Josef Heynckes.
Prediction: Bayern wins & over 2.5
Barcelona vs Malaga
On paper, there should only be one result here. Barcelona are looking supreme at the top of La Liga having only dropped points once in 8 matches this season. Meanwhile, Malaga has been pretty hopeless having only collected a point on one occasion and they currently prop up the table.
It’s hard to see their quality not telling eventually though and the visitors are likely to offer little to no attacking threat whatsoever. Malaga has lost all of their four away games this term to nil and has failed to score in 75% of their outings in La Liga so far. Perhaps surprisingly their coach Michel remains in a job but they’ve not really shown any signs that they are about to turn things around.
Malaga are a real bogey side for Barcelona. The Catalans only took 1 point from their two games with Malaga the last term and almost unbelievably failed to score in either game as 9 man Malaga earnt a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou. They’ve avoided defeat on 3 of their last 6 visits to Barcelona.
Barcelona has won their last 16 games at home in La Liga, the longest current run of any team in the competition.
Predictions: Barca wins & Over 2.5
Eintracht Frankfurt VS Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund may have begun the season in commanding fashion, setting a Bundesliga record under a new coach (Peter Bosz) with clean sheets in their opening five matches, but the last few weeks have been less kind to them. Dortmund came out on the wrong end of an exciting but hot-tempered match at home to RB Leipzig last weekend (a 3-2 defeat) before failing to get the job done in the Champions League against Cyprian champions APOEL on Tuesday (a 1-1 draw).
Dortmund won 2-1 against Eintracht when the two sides last met in the DFB Pokal final in May. Eintracht has won the last three meetings at home to Borussia Dortmund.
Both teams have scored in four of Eintracht’s and all of the Dortmund’s last five competitive matches. Aubameyang has scored 10 goals in 8 Bundesliga outings this season
Predictions: Under 4.5
Napoli vs Inter Milan
The biggest Serie A match of the weekend pits together the current top two at the San Paolo. Napoli are the only team in Europe’s six major leagues to have a 100% record at this stage of the season, which shows just how great their start has been. They’re already looking at letting the Champions League slide to fully focus on domestic glory, but just how far can this side go?
However, Napoli has already won at Roma and Lazio, two of the current top five. The leaders’ 100% start has simply carried on their form in the run-in last season, which means they have now won their last 13 matches in the league. While they’ve not been up to scratch in the Champions League quite yet, it’s hard not to be impressed with how well the home side are playing.
Napoli has won three of the last five meetings between these two sides.
Napoli has scored at least three goals in their last six at home and in all but one of their league games this season. All of Napoli’s home wins this term have come by at least two goals.
Prediction: Napoli win either half
Monaco vs Caen
Monaco has lost serious ground on Ligue 1 leaders and title favourites PSG and unless they sort out their stuttering form they will have next to no chance of retaining the crown which they won in 2016/17. Last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Lyon means Leonardo Jardim’s team are now six points behind PSG after nine games.
Caen meanwhile has had an excellent start to the season and sit 8th after nine matches having won five and lost four so far. The side’s defensive record has been sensational, having conceded just six times, but less impressive is their goals scored column, with Caen having found the net only seven times.
In 16 previous meetings, each side has won four times while eight of the matches have been drawn.
Monaco are the second highest scorers in Ligue 1 so far, scoring 24 goals in nine games.
Prediction: Monaco wins
Marseille vs PSG
PSG’s visit to Marseille this weekend promises to be an exciting encounter between two in-form Ligue 1 sides who like to attack. The hosts currently sit in 4th position in the table having won five, drawn two and lost two of their opening nine encounters. They also go into the match on the back of a good 2-1 win over Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League on Thursday
PSG continue to beat all challengers and swept aside Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday. They have scored an incredible 29 goals in their first nine matches and it is expected that they will at least go close to breaking the 100-goal barrier with the likes of Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar firing on all cylinders.
In 44 previous matches, PSG have won 24, Marseille have won 12 and eight have been drawn.
PSG are unbeaten in their last 14 competitive games against Marseille (W12, D2). Their last defeat came on 27 November 2011 (3-0 at the Vélodrome). This is their longest unbeaten run against Marseille.
Marseille have only lost 3 of their last 26 home Ligue 1 games (W16 D7), including one against Paris on 26 February 2017 (1-5).
Prediction: over 2.5
FC Porto vs Pacos de Ferreira
Porto may have lost their 100% record in the league last time out, but they remain unbeaten after that 0-0 draw with Sporting. They’ve looked like the team to beat this season, with Benfica seemingly combusting and falling out of the title race early. Holding Sporting at bay only boosts Porto’s strong start, which looks set to continue against Pacos de Ferreira.
Not only have Porto been winning at home, but their last five home matches have seen them win by a margin of three goals or greater. That run is likely to continue when they host Pacos de Ferreira this weekend, as Porto have scored 19 times in the last six meetings between these two at this ground.
Porto have won 14 of their last 16 home meetings with Pacos de Ferreira.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 13 of Porto’s last 15 home matches. The hosts won to nil in 59% of their home matches last term.
Prediction: Porto wins & over 1.5
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