Watford vs Manchester United
Betting News, Football

Watford vs Manchester United

Watford vs Manchester United

Date – Saturday 15th September – 5.30pm

Location – Vicarage Road

Form

Watford – WWWW

Man United – WLLW

Predictions

Surprisingly, United are strong favorites for this clash, despite Watford’s superb start winning all 4 league games. United have looked shaky and unconvincing in every game so far and unless they sort that out, they will struggle to get anything here. I can see Watford taking advantage of United’s defensive issues, it’s just a question of if United can score enough to counter that.

Verdict – Watford 2-1 Man United (14/1)

Tips 

Deeney to score and Watford win (6/1)

Watford to win (3/1)

A penalty to be scored by Watford (9/1)

Top Stat

Jose Holebas has made the joint most assists in the league this year, tying with Benjamin Mendy on 4.

tottenham hotspur vs liverpool
Betting News, Football

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool

Date – Saturday 15th August – 12.30pm

Location – Wembley Stadium

Form

Spurs – WWWL

Liverpool – WWWW

Predictions

Liverpool have been in superb form at the start of the season, topping the table and only conceding 1 goal, which was due to a howler from Allisson. Spurs started well with 3 wins but were beaten by Watford in a game they deserved to lose. I expect this to be tight, a lot tighter than when Spurs hammered Liverpool here last season, and could well be an entertaining draw.

Verdict – Spurs 2-2 Liverpool (11/1)

Tips

Eriksen first goalscorer (10/1)

BTTS and draw (10/3)

Firmino man of the match (9/2)

Top Stat

Liverpool have only conceded 1 goal so far this season, but Spurs put 6 past them in 2 meetings last season.

Champions League Predictions
Betting News, Football

Champions League Predictions

Champions League Predictions

With the Champions League group stage only a week away, we give our predictions for this season’s tournament.

Who will win it this year?

Uncle Sam – Man City – 11/2

Real Madrid are incredible but they have lost Ronaldo. I think this year it may go to an English side and that would be Pep Guardiola’s Man City.

Rob – Man City – 11/2

It’s about time that Real Madrid and Spanish football’s stranglehold over European competitions came to an end and the best-placed team to do that is the Premier League champions.

Francis – Bayern Munich – 10/1

They are ultra-consistent and they have been knocking on the door the last few years. After a disappointing World Cup for German, the Bayern Munich contingent will be rejuvenated and a top price of 10/1, they cannot be ignored.

Jack – Juventus – 8-1

Seen as perennial ‘bottlers’ after failing to win the Champions League despite being successful enough to make the final in recent years, with the newly acquired Cristiano Ronaldo (you may have heard of him) I think this is a great price and expect them to finally end their Champions League hoodoo.

Who will win the Best Player award?

Uncle Sam – Mo Salah (Liverpool)

I’ll go with Mo Salah here. What a player. The Egyptian King propelled Liverpool to last year’s final and I expect him to do something similar this year.

Rob – David Silva (Man City)

The Best Player award usually goes to a player from the team who wins the tournament and, as I’m predicting City, I think this will go to their Spanish playmaker David Silva, who will have the edge over Kevin De Bruyne due to the injury sustained by KDB.

Francis – Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

For me it’s going to be Kylian Mbappe! I don’t feel PSG can win the Champions League just yet but I believe Mbappe can win the best player award.

Jack – Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

I can’t remember the last time I saw someone as talented as the young Frenchman, and if he can repeat his World Cup form on club footballs grandest stage he will be a shoo-in.

Top Goalscorer?

Uncle Sam – Mo Salah (Liverpool) – 11/1

So much talent to choose from but I think I will also give this accolade to Mo Salah. Liverpool showed last season what a free-scoring team they can be with Salah being their main threat in front of goal.

Rob – Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 6/1

A boring pick I know, but Ronaldo is still the best striker in the world. He continues to defy his age and blow defences away on a consistent basis. This season could prove more difficult with his move to Juventus, but Cristiano thrives on challenges like this.

Francis – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 12/1

The big man Robert Lewandowski will fire them in and cannot be far off the top of the charts.

Jack – Sergio Aguero (Man City) – 5/1

I expect Man City to make it far into the competition and Aguero will be the one to lead them there from the front, although expect plenty of rotation with Gabriel Jesus which may hinder his chances.

Will there be a surprise package?

Uncle Sam – Juventus (8/1)

I’m not sure if they can be classed as a surprise package, however, Juventus getting Ronaldo is a huge coup and they could win the Champions League this year.

Rob – Borussia Dortmund (66/1)

Dortmund won’t be good enough to win it, but they have looked very good at the start of this season. In a group with Atletico, Monaco and Club Brugge, they should qualify and may even have a chance of topping the group, which you can get odds of 10/3 on.

Francis – Atletico Madrid (14/1)

Not that much of a surprise but at a tasty 14/1 with the final being on in the Wanda Metropolitano, you have to have a nibble on Atletico
Madrid! With one of the best coaches in World Football, they will be there or thereabouts. Keeping Antoine Griezmann was a great accomplishment! They are a real darkhorse for me.

Jack – Porto (150/1)

Portugese teams are never wildly fancied but looking at their group its very winnable with odds of 13/8 backing them to win it and this could be a key momentum builder for later in the competition. One to watch for sure.

Will there be a surprising exit?

Uncle Sam – Manchester United

Again I’m not sure if this would be a surprise, however, Manchester United have a lot of problems behind the scenes and that will only translate on the pitch.  There could be another Sevilla moment heading their way this year.

Rob – Inter Milan

Tempting to say Man United too but I thought I’d pick differently. Inter probably aren’t expected to qualify in a group with Barcelona and Tottenham but I’m not even sure they’ll finish above PSV. They’ve made big signings but, judging by their start to Serie A, it doesn’t seem to have paid off yet.

Francis – Liverpool

PSG will win Group C in my opinion and Napoli will finish second! Sorry Liverpool fans but the squad aren’t there just yet. Major
improvements made but the defensive side of things needs serious tweaking and Napoli are no mugs.

Jack – Monaco

Bit of a nightmare group for the French outfit and can potentially see them to be the team to fail to qualify from the group. Atletico are a class above the other contenders and Dortmund have had a decent start to this season. Even Brugge are capable of the odd surprise.

Pretty Pollyanna
Betting News, Horse Racing

Pretty Pollyanna heading straight to Newmarket

Pretty Pollyanna heading straight to Newmarket

Pretty Pollyanna will sidestep a trip to Sunday’s Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh for the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket at the end of September.

The Michael Bell-trained juvenile had been expected to step up to seven furlongs for the Group One race on day two of Irish Champions Weekend following victories in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes and Prix Morny on her last outings.

In any case, ground concerns have made connections abandon ideas of running in Ireland, with Newmarket’s six-furlong Group One on September 29th the new target.

Joint-owner Tim Gredley stated:

“The plan is to keep her for the Cheveley Park. It was going to be a little bit complicated getting her out to Ireland and they had a lot of rain on Saturday morning.

“We were really keen to have a go at the Moyglare and try seven furlongs, as we are pretty sure she will stay over seven and a mile.

“The travelling can take a lot out of them and if we went out there and were unlucky with the ground, it puts you on the back foot straight away.

“The Cheveley Park is on our own doorstep so we don’t have to do as much travelling and it makes a lot more sense for the welfare of the horse.

“If all goes well in the Cheveley Park, she is entered in the Fillies’ Mile so she could have a go at that.

“She has come out of her last race really well and Michael Bell is happy with her.

“She had a bit of battle in the last half a furlong, but she was comfortably on top against a five-furlong specialist (Signora Cabello). The nice thing is we know we have a talented filly.

“We would have been confident going to the Moyglare, but just for the welfare of the horse, we think it is better to be patient.” 

Betting News, Tennis

US Open – Semi Finals

Rafael Nadal vs Juan Martin Del Potro

Quarter Finals

Rafael Nadal 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7 7-6 Dominic Thiem

Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7 6-3 7-6 6-2 John Isner

Predictions

Number one seed Nadal came through a tough game against Austrian Thiem. After suffering a shock 0-6 first set loss, the Spaniard rallied and won in 5 sets. Del Potro managed to slug it out against John Isner. Del Potro comes in as the number 3 seed here, which goes to show it will not be easy for Nadal. I can see this going all the way with Rafa triumphing in 5 sets.

Verdict – Rafael Nadal 3-2 Juan Martin Del Potro (5/1)

Kei Nishikori vs Novak Djokovic

Quarter Finals

Marin Cilic 6-2 4-6 6-7 6-4 4-6 Kei Nishikori

Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 6-4 John Millman

Predictions

Japanese number one Nishikori came through the quarter finals against Cilic in a real battle in the heat of New York. Both players made endless unforced errors and Nishikori will not survive long against Djokovic playing like that. The Serb had a tough, but in the end comfortable, quarter final against Roger Federer’s conqueror John Millman. Can’t see anything other than a Djokovic win here.

Verdict – Nishikori 0-3 Djokovic (11/10)