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Premier League: Can Gunners Shoot Down Their Away Woes?

West Ham United vs Arsenal

Arsenal have a problem, and while it has been overshadowed by their recent wins against Fulham in the Premier League and Blackpool in the FA Cup, the issue is bound to appear again when they visit London neighbours West Ham.

To put it simply, Unai Emery's men have been playing poorly on the road. Sure, it didn't start that way, but what matters is the present and how they are doing when playing away from home.

Arsenal need to find a solution quickly if they want to stay in the hunt for a top-four place and the Champions League spots that go with it. They are only three points behind no.4 Chelsea, but the resurgent Manchester United are right on their tail.

The Gunners cannot afford any slip-up...not now the battle at the top is heating up.

Talking Points

No Glory on the Road for Arsenal

Arsenal took 10 out of a possible 15 points in their first five away games of the season. Not bad at all for a team that ushered into a new era with a new coach and a number of new players.

However, that dominance didn't last long and the Gunners found themselves looking outside the top four again, no thanks to a series of ugly performances on the road.

While the team has lost just once at home this year, it's the complete opposite when they are playing far from the bright lights of the Emirates Stadium. They have only taken four victories out of 10 fixtures on the road, all of which are against teams on the bottom half of the table.

They are yet to defeat a top team, having already lost to Chelsea and Liverpool. In fact, their match against the Reds of Merseyside was embarrassing, as Jurgen Klopp's men ran riot en route to a 5-1 drubbing.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is keen to improve Arsenal’s away record
Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang aims to lead the Gunners to a Premier League win against London rivals West Ham

Arsenal have not won an away match in the Premier League since November 2018, losing twice and drawing their last four.

Sure, the optimist will say they defeated Blackpool at Lancashire over the weekend, but hey, that's a third-tier team and it's in the FA Cup!

Injuries Taking Its Toll

Besides their poor performance away, Arsenal also have injuries to think of...and PLENTY OF IT!

Playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been ruled out until February with a foot issue he sustained during their Carabao Cup defeat last month. Defender Rob Holding (knee) and forward Danny Welbeck (ankle) are out for the season with separate injuries, while rising star Hector Bellerin is a major doubt as he progresses in his recovery from a calf problem.

It shouldn't help the Gunners that regular starters Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal are all facing a fitness race ahead of the team's weekend visit to the London Stadium.

Team captain Laurent Koscielny is expected to return in time for the West Ham game, but there's no doubt Emery has a lot of thinking and tinkering to do.

West Ham, Improving?

It's easy to write off West Ham in this fixture. After their summer spending that signalled they were ready to compete, they flopped big time and lost four straight matches to start the season.

The Hammers are 10th in the standings right now, albeit with a losing record of eight wins, four draws and nine defeats. They also have a negative goal differential with 29 makes and 32 conceded.

While that's the case, however, it's worthy to note that Manuel Pellegrini's side has made huge strides since their disappointing start. They have been solid offensively, scoring 20 markers in their last 11 games.

For comparison, the team scored only nine in their opening 10 league games.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping to win the Premier League match against derby rival
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini gestures to his players during a Premier League match against Southampton

It's quite a concern for them that Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is a doubt with a back injury, but they still have Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic who have been on a tear offensively for the past few months.

History

Arsenal are aiming for the best Premier league 2019 results, and they will be looking at their recent head-to-heads with West Ham for some confidence.

The Gunners have won all but one of their last five meetings with the Hammers, including their first tie this season at Emirates which saw Emery's charges come out as 3-1 winners.

Before that, in the 2017-18 campaign, Arsenal also nailed the Hammers with only one goal en route to a 4-1 win at home.

Here's one disturbing fact though: Arsenal failed to win at the London Stadium in their lone visit there in 2017, playing out a 0-0 draw with the then David Moyes-managed squad.

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West Ham United vs Arsenal Correct Score Draw 1-1 @ 7.20
January 12, 20:30 (GMT+8)

Arsenal are the stronger team, they are deeper and have a better record. With that said, it's easy to be swayed by the Premier League 2019 odds that favour a Gunners win.

Besides, even the odds at SBOBET point to a relatively comfortable victory for the Gunners.

However, I am not really comfortable with how Arsenal are playing away from the Emirates. I think this will be a tight affair contrary to what most fans expect, and I see it ending with a draw—specifically a 1-1 stalemate.

Both teams can score, but I believe West Ham will also try to balance it and defend more.

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Premier League: Chelsea Can Give Magpies the Blues

Chelsea vs Newcastle United

Two of the biggest Premier League clubs come head to head in London on Sunday, and it’s a massive game for both.

Chelsea have stuttered since conceding its 12-match unbeaten run, and this is a must-win game for Maurizio Sarri’s Blues to keep their slim chances of a title tilt alive and, more realistically, to strengthen their grip on that priceless fourth place.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United are in the thick of a relegation scrap, without a win in five games and looking a little weary. The last thing they need is a hiding in London, and a point would be like gold dust.

Talking Points

Chelsea need to be ruthless in front of goal

Sarri has his team well organised and, for much of the season, playing with more flair than last term. But all too much of their early season success was down to the exhilarating form of Eden Hazard.

The Belgian maestro has added goals to his all-round play, and that makes him one of the real world-class talents in the Premier League.

The Blues dominated the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Spurs and were unlucky to be a goal down at the half-way stage.

N’Golo Kante continued to play in a position further forward and came close to scoring at Wembley.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is dominating the Premier League 2019 news at the moment as FC Bayern Munich chase the youngster. The Bundesliga giants have tabled a £35 million bid and have just announced current wide man Franck Ribery is sidelined. Hudson-Odoi’s lively performance in the semi-final against Spurs has left Chelsea fans hoping and praying he stays put.

But when he sees how Jadon Sancho has blossomed at Borussia Dortmund, he might just have his head turned.

Hazard remains Chelsea’s top scorer with ten goals while striker Alvaro Morata continues to struggle, managing only half that figure—not a great return on the weighty fee Chelsea paid to bring the Spaniard to the Bridge.

Sarri is likely to dip in the market in January to strengthen his front line.

Geordies face a tough fight

Another relegation battle is Newcastle’s fate this season, and current form doesn’t fill the fanatical Magpies fans with much confidence.

In Rafa Benitez, they have a world-class manager. Nonetheless, he has limited resources to play with.

Premier League: Rafa Benitez reshuffles his squad for their upcoming match against Chelsea
Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez giving instruction to his players from the touchline

Newcastle pushed Manchester United last week but still ended up on the wrong end of a 2-0 result. And as all SBOBET Premier League fans know, this league can be so unforgiving. A damaging losing run is hard to shake off as we move into the second half of the season, and smaller squads suffer injuries and suspensions.

Striker Ayoze Perez has said there is something wrong at Newcastle, as the Magpies struggle in the relegation mire. They certainly looked lacklustre in a 1-1 home FA Cup draw to Championship side Blackburn Rovers last weekend.

There is uncertainty off the pitch too, with Benitez refusing to sign an extension to his contract beyond the end of this season. The coach is Newcastle’s biggest asset and without him, this team would already be in the bottom three.

The Premier League 2019 odds suggest the Magpies should escape, though it will be mighty close.

It’s hard to see how Newcastle are going to beat sides, with Perez uncertain and Salomon Rondon the only player with more than two goals for the team. I can’t see them troubling Chelsea’s back line.

History

There have been some great tussles between these two teams in the Premier League era, with Chelsea winning 28 to Newcastle’s 14 and 12 matches drawn.

The Magpies thumped Chelsea 3-0 on the final day of last season, but Sarris’ men are a different prospect than the flaky bunch which followed up a league title with last season’s flop.

The Blues haven’t lost at home to Newcastle in the last six meetings, and while the Geordies have done as well away as at home—taking 11 points on the road—they are winless in five.

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Chelsea vs Newcastle United Total Goal 2-3 @ 2.08
January 13, 01:30 (GMT+8)

This match looks like a regulation home win, but the only caveat I’d add is that Benitez is a tactical and strategic expert who is capable of setting up a team to frustrate and snuff out their opponents’ threat.

He’ll be aiming for a 0-0 or a 1-1 result but, despite Chelsea’s misfiring in front of goal, I do think the Blues—particularly Hazard—will be too good for their visitors.

A 2-0 scoreline at looks a likely outcome, but a bet on 2-3 goals allows for Rafa making his point.

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Premier League: Will the Seagulls Make a Total Mess of Liverpool’s New Year?

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Liverpool

Seagulls can be a pest at the best of times, so Jurgen Klopp will be wary of an unwelcome ambush when Liverpool take a trip to Brighton for their Premier League clash this weekend.

The league leaders will be desperate to avoid a third consecutive defeat at this pivotal point in the season. Their Premier League 2018 results couldn’t have been much better, as the Reds entered 2019 unbeaten. But defending champions Manchester City soon put paid to that! And a rapid FA Cup exit has made it two defeats in two this year.

Under Chris Hughton, Brighton continue to overachieve. One of the brightest managers in the league has guided his team to a mid-table position, but they need a few points yet to earn another season at the top table.

It’s a cracking game for SBOBET football fans to wrestle with; by no means a foregone conclusion.

Talking Points

Home form is key to Seagulls’ survival

The Seagulls defied expectations last season with a successful campaign in their first foray into the Premier League, entirely down to their home form. While they were in the relegation mix for most of the season, only four teams managed to win at the Amex Stadium.

And they are in good form on home soil again, losing only one of the last seven games in Brighton. Coach Hughton has done a superb job, but he has been quick to heap praise on his opposite number today. He said: “At this moment Liverpool are the best team in the league. Anything we can get will show how far we’ve come. I think Jurgen Klopp has been outstanding for the game here.

“Liverpool are better prepared and it’s all led by him.”

I can’t imagine Chris will expect any favours for his kind words. But he will have a plan to frustrate the Reds with his well-drilled defence, bolstered by the signing of Bernardo from Leipzig. And his other big summer recruit, striker Florin Andone, has started to find his feet, scoring in the FA Cup win at Bournemouth last weekend.

But the Seagull’s biggest threat will be Glenn Murray. If he doesn’t score, then Brighton can struggle in front of goal. The experienced striker has bagged eight goals this season, including his usual smattering of cleverly earned penalties. But second top scorer, with four, is big defender Shane Duffy.

Premier League: Brighton striker Glenn Murray will be a big threat for Liverpool
Glenn Murray in action for Brighton & Hove Albion against Arsenal

The Reds must keep the faith

Liverpool had a chance to go ten points clear at the top of the league, but defeat to Manchester City has sent the Premier League 2019 betting markets spinning back in favour of the Sky Blues. Following that up with a limp display to crash out of the FA Cup against Wolves was not the reaction Klopp expected; even though he made several changes, he would have expected his fringe players to fight for a shirt and they simply didn’t.

But two games can’t change a season unless you let them. Klopp has an abundance of riches at his disposal. Mo Salah has been named African Player of the Year after a phenomenal 2018 and he has already scored 13 league goals, alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino with eight each. Xherdan Shaqiri has provided another threat from wide midfield weighing in with six, so this remains a formidable attacking line-up.

Klopp does have a few issues in defence, though. With Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez out, Fabinho could be called on to partner the towering Virgil wan Dijk at centre-back. But Van Dijk is such an imposing presence I expect him to handle Murray and co.

History

Liverpool won all five of the meetings between these two sides since 2011, including a very hard-earned 1-0 win at Anfield earlier in the season. Mo Salah scored the goal which sent the Reds to the top of the league after three games.

Brighton’s home form is good, but not as good as Liverpool’s away record; the Reds have won eight and drawn two on the road, with just that solitary loss at the Etihad.

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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Liverpool Brighton & Hove Albion Asian Handicap +1.50 @ 2.05
January 12, 23:00 (GMT+8)

Brighton could really do with a point from this game as they make the trip up to Old Trafford next to face a resurgent Manchester United. Although the Seagulls have a nice ten-point cushion above the drop zone, they would like to avoid embarking on a losing run as they try to reach the safety mark. And they generally do so well at the Amex.

Liverpool are at odds of 1.92 with that handicap which, after a couple of poor results, looks a little shaky to me. I can’t see the Reds running away with it, but they might just battle out a single goal win to keep their title bid on track.

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Premier League: Ready for a Wembley Thriller?

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

This is a massive contest for both sides and should be a fabulous spectacle for the neutrals.

Anything other than victory will surely end Spurs’ outside title aspirations while, with a respectful nod to their recent win at Newcastle, this is interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first real test since he landed in the Manchester United hot seat three weeks ago.

Spurs start as favourites – just - as they go in search of a first league double over their opponents since before the Premier League began.

Talking Points

It was in 1989-90 when the Lilywhites achieved that feat when Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne were in their pomp and World Cup-bound.

Those of a certain vintage, like me, will still go misty-eyed at the memory of Italia 90!

Back to the current day, and most SBOBET fans will surely agree this is probably the best side Spurs have had since the early 90s.

They are third in the table, this on the back of a third-place finish last season and two successive runner-up spots.

They also are 90 minutes away from an appearance in next month’s League Cup Final, following their midweek success over Chelsea.

Moreover, they have a new ‘old’ home to return to soon and, looking at the development photos, it’s a very exciting time as they move towards returning to White Hart Lane. Hopefully, for them, this will help them become a genuine force for the leading prizes.

Of course, there is a large elephant in the room for this fixture. That surrounds not any player but the dugout.

Manchester United take on Tottenham on Sunday in the Premier League, Will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pass Spurs test?
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts during the Premier League match

In Solskjaer, United have an interim boss who has already said he definitely wants to be the next permanent Manchester United boss.

In the other dugout, Mauricio Pocchetino is keeping his cards close to his chest.

He has outlined his hope to remain at Spurs for a long time to come, yet there remains a doubt that the Argentine would seriously contemplate a move should the biggest job in English football be offered to him.

In truth, this will be the first proper test of Solskjaer’s credentials and whether he has genuine credibility to become a full-time successor to Jose Mourinho.

This is also his opportunity to stake his claim against the man widely considered the favourite for the post.

Not only will all eyes be on the men in charge, but both teams will have something to aim for.

Spurs could win three consecutive top-flight meetings with United for the first time since 1960.

United, meanwhile, want to end a run of three straight Premier League defeats at Spurs, having been beaten just three times in the previous 23 games (won 12, drawn eight). In fairness, two of those losses were ‘dead rubbers’ for the Mancunians.

Given the two sides have scored 40 goals between them in their last six matches in all competitions, it’s clear that all the ingredients are in place for a contest which should produce some of the Premier League 2019 highlights.

History

Last season saw United hold the upper hand in their clashes.

A late Anthony Martial goal settled the league encounter at Old Trafford, while a blistering start from Spurs - which included a goal after 11 seconds - helped them run out 2-0 winners at Wembley.

It was United who triumphed when they next met at the national stadium in an exciting FA Cup semi-final: the Red Devils recorded a 2-1 success.

Although a much closer game than the scoreline suggests, three second-half goals helped Spurs to a convincing 3-0 win at Old Trafford earlier this season when Lucas Moura enjoyed his best day in a Tottenham shirt since his move to North London from Paris St German 12 months ago.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United 1-1 Correct Score @ 6.60
January 14, 00:30 (GMT+8)

I do think this will be an exciting attacking game with both sides playing football in a manner which has become synonymous with the respective club’s DNA.

Spurs are favourites with Premier League 2019 betting odds. They are priced 1X2 @ 2.07 with United an attractive @ 3.35. The draw is offered @ 3.45.

Asian Handicap betting also edges in favour of the North Londoners -0.75 @ 2.35 and Man Utd +0.25 @ 2.17.

With goals expected, there’s no real surprise you can get odds of over 3.00 goals @ 2.11. Total goal 2-3 will pay out @ 2.00 and total goal 4-6 @ 2.81.

The double chance Man Utd or draw @ 1.69 will certainly tempt a few.

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Premier League: Mo on the Mark to Shoot Down Seagulls

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool went seven points clear at the top of the Premier League today thanks to a hard-fought win at the Amex Stadium.

Mo Salah scored the only goal of the game, from the penalty spot, to get Jurgen Klopp’s title challenge back on track.  Brighton made it very tough, and this was a huge result for the Reds. The title chase looks like going right down to the wire, and you won’t miss a single twist or turn right here at SBOBET.

Liverpool fans will now be nervously watching the Premier League 2019 results over the rest of the weekend, particularly Manchester City’s home game against Wolves on Monday night. But for now, the league table looks just fine for the Merseysiders.

Highlights of the game

This was never going to be easy for Liverpool against a Brighton side which is strong at home, and the first half was very hard work for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Liverpool saw plenty of the ball in the opening exchanges but the Seagulls’ defence was well organised as ever, and it took until the tenth minute for the Reds to carve out an opening. Andy Robertson put in a super cross just behind Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino got on the end of it but poked the ball just wide.

Brighton made a foray into the visitors' half, and Pascal Gross swung in a cross which leading scorer Glenn Murray headed over the bar. Then Xherdan Shaqiri came close to breaking the deadlock, on 27 minutes, when he headed a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross just wide. But for all the Reds’ possession, they couldn’t produce a clear-cut chance before the break.

Brighton's David Button vs Mo Salah during their Premier League clash
Brighton's David Button looks dejected

The Reds managed their first shot on target, on 48 minutes, when Mo Salah put Sadio Mane through, but his low shot was well saved by David Button.

Liverpool are rumoured to be preparing a £15m bid to bring Pascal Gross to Anfield but they probably didn’t expect much help from him in this game. It was Gross who presented the Reds with their chance when he put in a clumsy tackle to bring Salah down in the penalty area. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, and the Egyptian hitman climbed to his feet to power the ball through Button’s hand and into the net.

It was hard on Brighton who had defended so well, and Gross tried to make amends at the other end only to see his shot charged down by Fabinho. The Seagulls were still in the game as the Reds held a slender lead and forced a succession of corners. But Liverpool are always dangerous. When Firmino burst through on goal, Button managed to deflect the ball wide.

For all Brighton’s good defensive work, they didn’t really threaten the Liverpool goal. And it was the visitors who looked likely to add to their lead as the clock ticked down. Salah did well to put Sane in for a late attempt, but his shot was deflected wide. Salah himself should have scored when James Milner squared to him but he scuffed his shot.

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While Liverpool had enjoyed over 77 per cent possession by half-time, they could only muster four attempts on goal and none on target.

The Reds fired three at Button’s goal in the second half as they won the full match shot count by ten to seven, but the Seagulls didn’t manage a single shot on Liverpool’s goal.

Salah’s penalty was, amazingly, the fourth awarded to Liverpool since Christmas Day! It was Mo Salah’s 14th goal of the league season. And the Reds have now won all six of the meetings between these two sides since 2011. It ended a decent run for the Seagulls who had won two and drawn two of the last four games.

The Premier League 2019 odds are still backing the Reds, but anything other than a win today would have changed that. It was a narrow victory, but still three priceless points.

What’s next?

Liverpool have never lost back-to-back Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp applauds the fans at the end of the match

Brighton have another tough game against a top-six team next week when they visit Old Trafford. Liverpool fans will be cheering the Seagulls on against Manchester United as the Red Devils attempt to continue their upturn in form.

Liverpool’s recent defeat to Manchester City piled the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s team, but they have responded well and can look forward to a return to home next week. It’s back to Anfield where the visitors are Brighton’s rivals, Crystal Palace, and a great chance for the Reds to keep marching on.

 

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Premier League: West Ham Hammer on Poor Gunners

West Ham United 1-0 Arsenal

The Premier League is an exciting source of fantastic football for the eager sporting fan. The English top flight is full of clubs with capable players that can keep up with the best of them.

Of course, the top six clubs get all the attention with the quality of players they manage to draw. One great example of a club with a strong roster is Arsenal. The Gunners have brought in players who are among the world's best simply through the club name and the vast amount of resources they have.

However, West Ham proved that you don't have to buy the best players in order to be successful. Their 1-0 victory over their neighbours at London is a masterful display of superb defending and planning by Manuel Pellegrini's men. Meanwhile, Unai Emery has to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to win these kinds of games.

Highlights of the game

Everyone and their mother knew that Arsenal would have a bit of a problem coming into this match: their failure to win games have seen them fall short of the lofty standards set by the board and the fans. Emery tried forcing the team past the rut by fielding an attack-oriented 3-4-3 that has Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Alex Iwobi up front.

However, Mark Noble was the first to make a threatening shot to Bernd Leno. The Hammers captain took a powerful shot from the edge of the box around the seventh minute, and the German stopper had to pull off a superb save in order to stop the ball.

Alexandre Lacazette was soon able to put in work with his own shot attempts in the fourteenth minute. His first shot was blocked by former Arsenal man Lukasz Fabianski, and his follow-up went way above the crossbar and ended up with a goal kick for the Hammers.

Samir Nasri celebrates against former Premier League club Arsenal
Aaron Ramsey leaving Arsenal as Samir Nasri assists the winner for West Ham

There hasn't been a lot of significant moves that happened since the Lacazette attempts, the next being a near goal by Felipe Anderson. He was supplied a great ball by former Arsenal man Samir Nasri, but his shot was just wide of the left post. Matteo Guendouzi tried to respond with a mid-range shot of his own, but the ball drifted wide of the right post.

Declan Rice tried to end the half with a superb header from inside the penalty area, but his shot was also wide of the post. The referee blew the half-time whistle, and many in the London Stadium can feel that it is only a matter of time before a goal would be scored.

And that moment came at the start of the second half. A tussle inside the penalty box saw the ball land in front of Nasri. He then made the pass to Rice, and the teenager wasted no time in smashing the ball past Leno and into the top-right corner of the goal.

Emery eventually reverted the formation back to have four defenders in the back to bring in both Lucas Torreira and Aaron Ramsey, who made big Premier League 2019 news by reportedly joining Italian powerhouse Juventus in the summer.

The substitutes tried everything they could to rattle the Hammers and get an equaliser, but Pellegrini's well-trained lads didn't show the vulnerabilities that bit them dearly against Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Arsenal's struggles away from the Emirates continue. They cannot progress towards the Premier League title if they cannot stop losing on hostile grounds.

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This is the fifth straight away game that they have not won, and three of the five were defeats. The last time they won away from the Emirates was November 2018 at Dean Court.

This loss is especially painful for the Gunners as they had 58% possession of the football but were more than sloppy with it. Fortunately for them, West Ham also weren't able to capitalise on their chances, only having three of their 11 shots on target.

Rice's superb goal against Arsenal is his first-ever professional goal. He has been developing his trade under the West Ham system since 2013, and it is exciting for Hammers fans to see one of their academy products showing results in the top flight.

What's next?

Unai Emery rue lost opportunities after West Ham defeat in the Premier League
Arsenal manager Unai Emery reacts with a match official

West Ham have a couple of winnable fixtures for the rest of January. They will play Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League while they will face AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup. However, all of their games will be away from London Stadium.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have a tough schedule ahead of them. They will play Chelsea at the Emirates, and the Premier League 2019 odds will definitely be tougher. What follows that is a tough FA Cup tie against Manchester United, and that will be followed by a relatively easier league game against Cardiff.

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Premier League: Willian’s Genius Breaks Geordies’ Hearts

Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United

A beautiful second-half goal from Willian gave Chelsea a narrow win over Newcastle in front of a packed crowd at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro had given the Blues a first-half lead, but a superb header from Ciaran Clark drew the Magpies level before Willian won it for the hosts. Maurizio Sarri’s Blues had a chance to extend the lead over fifth place in the Premier League to six points after Arsenal’s defeat away to West Ham. The visitors gave them a real game, but Chelsea’s quality eventually shone through.

According to Premier League 2019 odds, Newcastle should avoid relegation, but they are back in the bottom three after Cardiff City won a point to move ahead of them.

Highlights of the game

Chelsea had plenty of the action in the opening stages and went ahead on just nine minutes. David Luiz carved the Newcastle defence open with a precision ball for Pedro, and the Spaniard lifted a delicate lob over the keeper and into the net. We said Chelsea needed to be more ruthless in front of goal, and Pedro was exactly that.

Pedro and Willian help Chelsea see off a stubborn Newcastle side 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League
Chelsea's Pedro celebrates after scoring his side's first goal

Newcastle needed a change in game plan and it was no help for Rafa Benitez that winger Kenedy was unavailable to play against his parent club. Chelsea continued to dominate the game with Luiz heading narrowly wide and Pedro forcing a good save from Martin Dubravka with a 25-yard effort.

But the visitors did begin to work their way into the game. Ayoze Perez had an excellent chance to level when Salomon Rondon put him clean through, but he sliced his shot wide of  Kepa’s post. Then Newcastle stunned the home crowd as they drew level when Ciaran Clark met Matt Ritchie’s corner and bulleted a header past Kepa and into the net. 1-1.

For all Chelsea’s first-half possession, Newcastle had fashioned as many chances as the home side. And the Blues came out in the second half determined to rectify that. N’Golo Kante took advantage of a lucky deflection to collect the ball and put Pedro clean through on goal, but this time Dubravka got down to make a brilliant save.

But there was not a lot the visiting keeper could do when Willian restored Chelsea’s lead with a touch of genius. Eden Hazard, who had been quiet up to now, ran at the Newcastle defence before laying the ball off to the Brazilian, who then curled a beauty beyond Dubravka and into the corner of the net to send the home fans wild.

Willian had a glorious chance to make it three when Luiz put him through with a superb ball, but he failed to do what Pedro had succeeded in when the Newcastle keeper thwarted his lobbed attempt.

Newcastle had a great chance to get back in the game on 85 minutes: Manquillo picked out Rondon with a floated cross, but the striker’s header flew wide.

Key statistics

Ciaran Clark heads home to level the scoreline between Chelsea and Newcastle in the Premier League
Newcastle United's Ciaran Clark celebrates with his teammate Sean Longstaff after scoring his side first goal

The SBOBET odds pointed to a comfortable home win and it was well-deserved in the end, but a one-goal lead is never relaxing.

This was the first time Chelsea had scored at home in three games which was a welcome return for the fans, and this win means Chelsea has lost only one of 24 home Premier League games against Newcastle.

Eden Hazard had a quiet game but he has now made ten assists to add to his ten goals in the Premier League.

Newcastle have only lost four games away from home and it’s their home form which has dumped them into relegation trouble, losing at St James Park to Manchester United last week. But the Premier League 2019 results already in today had left the Geordies in the relegation zone.

What’s next?

There is a huge game for Maurizio Sarri’s team next week as he takes them to the Emirates to face Champions League rivals Arsenal. A result there will cement their top-four place for a few weeks to come.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have a busy week ahead; first is a tricky FA Cup replay away to Championship side Blackburn Rovers. And then it’s back to St James’ Park where they have a crunch match at home to relegation rivals Cardiff City. They need to get their home form going soon or it will be a nervy run in for the Geordies, and anything less than three points against Neil Warnock’s strugglers will sound alarm bells.

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Premier League: City Go in Search of Another Goal Glut

Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Here’s a quiz question for SBOBET fans.

Has a team ever come into a Premier League match after scoring 16 goals in two matches?

I don’t know the answer for sure, but I seriously doubt it.

Yes, Manchester City’s demolitions have come against lower league opposition in both domestic cup competitions.

But, fresh after their key league victory over league leaders Liverpool, City are a team in form regardless of the standard of opponents.

Talking Points

They will need to be, too, as they trail the Merseysiders by seven points going into this encounter after they extended their lead with a victory at Brighton.

That means City know anything other than victory against a side which held them earlier in the campaign will not suffice.

This is a fourth consecutive home match for the reigning champions, and Nuno Espirito Santo’s men will be on a high themselves after seeing off Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo hopes to defy the odds and beat Manchester City in upcoming Premier League match
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates with Ruben Neves following their FA Cup victory against Liverpool

That result, ultimately, could give Liverpool a big advantage in the title race as City have a much more heavily congested run of fixtures over the next month.

The Citizens could be without two of their most influential figures in this one with Sergio Aguero, who has scored 14 goals in 22 appearances this season, suffering from illness over the past 10 days, while skipper Vincent Kompany struggling with a muscle problem.

Wolves, meanwhile, appear to have a near full-strength side, not that home boss Pep Guardiola can complain at any of his own possible absences given the depth of the squad at his disposal.

City naturally are firm favourites and they have actually won five of their last six home top-flight meetings with Wolves (drawn one) since a 2-3 defeat in December 1979.

In contrast, Wolves have picked up one win in their last 10 matches with City in all competitions (drawn three, lost six) and that was a 2-1 win at Molineux in the top flight in October 2010.

With the January transfer window in full swing, both clubs are being linked to a number of targets this month, even if there seems little substance in many of the rumours.

That also includes a far-fetched Premier League 2019 news which suggests City could snap up Barcelona frontman Ousmane Dembele while, in the same report, they are linked to Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, who netted the FA Cup winner against Liverpool.

Santo says he won’t be rushed into signing new players. Fresh from success against the second-best team in the country, he probably has enough on his plate as he prepares his side for a trip to the top team in the country.

History

Historically, these sides can’t be separated.

City have triumphed in 47 of their meetings, with Wolves successful in 46 of the contests and the other 25 ending as draws.

As well as their league draw in August, the sides drew in the League Cup last season when City needed a penalty shoot-out to progress at the expense of the then-Championship outfit.

The last time they met at the Etihad Stadium in the top flight was in October 2011 when Edin Dzeko, Aleksandar Kolarov and Adam Johnson were on target in a 3-1 win.

City had triumphed 5-2 at Molineux days earlier, too, when Dzeko and Johnson again found the net in the League Cup.

You have to go back to August 1999 for the last time Wolves won on City turf.

It was Division One (now Championship) and a 1-0 win at Maine Road.

The scorer that day – a young Irishman by the name of Robbie Keane as he ruined City’s first game back in the division after they had spent one season in the third tier of English football.

How times have changed!

Betting Tip

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Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Total Goal 4-6 @ 2.53
January 15, 04:00 (GMT+8)

The Premier League 2019 betting odds are as firmly entrenched towards one side as you’d expect.

City are overwhelming favourites to see off the spirited Wolves with 1X2 odds @ 1.19 and Wolves are far out @ 16.50. A repeat of the draw earlier in the season attracts odds of @ 5.80.

Asian Handicap odds also point to a home success with something to spare.

The price on City -2.25 @ 2.21 compares to Wolves +1.75 @ 2.29.

Likewise, over 3.50 goals @ 2.31 is not as generous as you may expect.

If the correct score is your preferred route, then a second 1-1 draw of the campaign would pay out @ 14.50.

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Premier League: Six of the Best for Solskjaer and Sensational De Gea

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester United

‘Simply unbeatable’.

That was how a television presenter described the performance of David De Gea as the full-time whistle sounded at Wembley.

It was hard to find a better summing up of this Premier League clash.

The Spanish number one was simply superb as he made a series of first class saves time and time again in a one-sided second half.

SBOBET fans of a Spurs leaning will wonder how their side failed to win the game, let alone lost, yet in De Gea the hosts came up against one-man barrier.

Based on the second 45 minutes, he can submit his own personal compilation of 2019 Premier League highlights.

Highlights of the game

Entertainment was expected and it certainly delivered, none more so than De Gea as Manchester United made it six wins out of six under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

While Spurs fans may argue their own side weren’t clinical enough and that some efforts were straight at the shot-stopper, others produced stops the Spaniard had little right to make.

The pick of them saw him deny Toby Alderweireld with brilliant reflexes after the Belgian defender got to a corner before Marcus Rashford.

The second, again with his feet, denied the tireless Harry Kane and the third kept out Dele Alli as the midfielder ran clean through.

The fact Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said the second half showing was the best he’d seen during his four and a half years in charge of the north Londoners said it all.

With Pochettino and Solskjaer in charge, it seems belief emanates from players on both sides and this was an utterly compelling spectacle.

In the first half, United had actually edged the contest and scored what turned out to be the winning goal a minute before the break.

Paul Pogba’s pass split open the home left hand side, Rashford ran clear and, from an acute angle, fired perfectly across goal beyond Hugo Lloris.

Rashford has now scored in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career.

Sensational David De Gea continues to impress SBOBET fans
David De Gea celebrates with teammates after winning against Tottenham Hotspur

As well as coming up against De Gea, Spurs - bidding to win three consecutive top-flight meetings with United for the first time since 1960 - were also unfortunate to lose Moussa Sissoko to a hamstring injury moments before United’s goal.

It summed up their day and, with Son Heung-Min now set to depart for the Asia Cup, they can only hope the sight of Kane limping at the full-time whistle is not as the result of a serious injury.

This victory boosts United’s outside chances of a top four finish.

And while few can argue their defence needs strengthening, despite a third clean sheet in a row which means they have kept consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time this season, this result also showed belief has been strengthened within the ranks of the Red Devils in recent weeks.

United were eight points behind Arsenal when Solskjaer took temporary charge on December 19 – they are now level. Food for thought?

Key statistics

De Gea’s 11 saves for United in this contest were the most saves he’s made in a top-flight league match without conceding a goal.

Solskjaer has equaled Sir Matt Busby's all-time record of winning his first five league games in charge of United.

Tottenham have lost just twice in 12 matches in all competitions, winning nine and drawing one.

Spurs have lost consecutive Premier League home fixtures for the first time since May 2015.

They have lost five of their nine Premier League matches at Wembley against top-six teams.

Spurs are on a club record run of 27 consecutive league matches without a draw (won 19, lost seven) since a 1-1 stalemate at Brighton last April.

Pogba has scored four goals and set up four in his last five games.

Rashford has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine Premier League games, scoring five and assisting five.

What’s next?

A trio of away games in London await Spurs who are back in action a week today (January 20) when they travel to neighbours Fulham before another derby in the capital – the second leg of their League Cup semi-final at Chelsea.

There’s then a trip to Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the FA Cup before they conclude a busy January by hosting Watford.

Man Utd welcome Brighton to Old Trafford next weekend and are then back in action in North London with a trip to Arsenal in the FA Cup. They round off the month by entertaining Burnley on January 29.

 

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Premier League: City Cruise Past 10-Man Wolves

Manchester City 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

When Willy Boly reflects on the Premier League 2018/19 campaign won’t forget the matches against Manchester City in a hurry.

The Frenchman scored his first goal in the top flight against the champions in August.

In this return fixture he was sent off for the first time in his Wolverhampton career.

Two firsts for Boly, one to remember, one to put to one side.

Certainly, his 19th minute dismissal for a reckless lunge on Bernardo Silva realistically ended this as a contest.

Highlights of the game

The majority of SBOBET followers expected City to win this one – especially after 16 goals in their last two matches - and they were already in front before Boly’s moment of madness.

Centre back Aymeric Laporte, who also scored in the meeting between these sides earlier in the season, played one of the passes of the season – certainly one of the Premier League 2019 highlights from a defender –to dissect the visitors defence and the rampaging Leroy Sane found Gabriel Jesus who tapped in from close range.

The warning signs were ominous at this point – City had lost none of the previous 19 Premier League games in which Jesus has scored in (won 18, drawn one).

The warning signs were even clearer moments later when Boly was dismissed and suddenly Wolves’ difficult task was made even harder.

The red card clearly riled some fans of league leaders Liverpool, naturally fearful of City and irked by a decision not to send-off City skipper Vincent Kompany for a similar challenge in their recent top of the table clash when Pep Guardiola’s men closed the gap at the summit.

While inconsistency of officials naturally riles, it was hard to argue with referee Craig Pawson’s decision.

Jesus was in the wars himself a short time later, colliding with a post when sliding in and the sporting reaction of the Wolves players in quickly calling for the physio was good to see.

Jesus did get on the score sheet again before the break, however.

Shortly after Diogo Jota gave City a warning, Ryan Bennett tripped Raheem Sterling in the box and Jesus converted from 12 yards.

Will Gabriel Jesus' brace be one of Premier League 2019 highlights for Manchester City?
Gabriel Jesus celebrating his opener against Wolverhampton Wanderers

The sight of Kevin De Bruyne replacing David Silva and Sergio Aguero coming on for Jesus in the second half highlighted the strength in depth at Guardiola’s disposal and the home side managed the remainder of the contest against plucky opponents without over exerting themselves.

The former had an impact 12 minutes from time as he floated in a cross which took two deflections, the latter from Conor Coady before nestling into the net to seal a comfortable night’s work and reduce Liverpool’s lead to four points.

It said much for Wolves’ progress this season under Nuno Espirito Santos that this was their biggest defeat of the campaign.

This was too much of an ask though, especially once they were reduced to 10 men.

The Premier League 2019 betting odds are fascinating. Liverpool have a healthy lead but the title race continues.

Key statistics

Jesus now has seven goals in three games.

This is City’s first clean sheet in a Premier League home match for seven games.

David Silva has now appeared for City more times (267)in the Premier League than any other player for the club.

Since the start of the 2015-16 season, only Jamie Vardy (12) and Wilfried Zaha (12) have won more penalties in the Premier League than Sterling (11).

City have won 13 of their past 15 home league fixtures.

They are unbeaten in 35 Premier League home matches against promoted opposition since a 2-0 defeat by Reading in February 2007 (won 31, drawn four).

This was the second successive game that Bennett has conceded a penalty.

Wolves have the best record among the clubs seventh or lower against the Premier League's established top six, earning nine points (won two, drawn three, lost three).

Wolves are now winless in seven top-flight away matches against City stretching back to a 3-2 victory at Maine Road in December 1979.

What’s next?

After four away home games on the bounce, it’s two away on the spin now for City.

They travel to managerless Huddersfield on Sunday (January 20) before the second leg of their League Cup semi-final at Burton a week on Wednesday.

Burnley are the visitors to the Etihad Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup on January 26 before they conclude a hectic January with a trip to Newcastle (January 29).

Wolves meet Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday and finish the month with a home match against West Ham with an FA Cup fourth round tie against Shrewsbury or Stoke City sandwiched in between.

 

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Premier League: Red Devils Redemption?

Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion won their first Premier League meeting with Manchester United this season, but they know they can't look too much in the past. Not against these awakened and much-better Red Devils, at least.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen the best start for a new manager in United history, and he will be looking to extend that record as he further solidifies his case to be the permanent manager of the club after this campaign.

There's renewed hope and a change of energy surrounding the organisation as well, and while Brighton have proven they can hold their ground against top teams, they might be biting off more than they can chew against this Manchester United squad.

Talking Points

Six wins in six games in all competitions have United flying high again. They remain sixth in the standings, but they are now level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal.

The Red Devils, in fact, could surpass the Gunners with a victory against Brighton this weekend, especially with Unai Emery's men up for a tough challenge against Chelsea.

Perhaps, the biggest difference with Manchester United is their offence. The shackles called 'Park the Bus' by Jose Mourinho had been removed with the departure of The Special One and the arrival of Solskjaer.

Manchester United are playing with more freedom now, and that is clear with the 15 league goals (17 overall) they have scored so far under Solskjaer. That's a rate of three goals per game!

In comparison, United made just 29 goals in the 17 matches that Mourinho managed—a production that saw them make less than two goals per contest. Even more disturbing is the fact that they also conceded 29 during that poor stretch.

Solskjaer has undoubtedly brought out the best in his players, particularly from Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.

Marcus Rashford has been tearing up the Premier League as he is now one of the primary attacking options of the Red Devils
Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring Manchester United's lone goal against Tottenham Hotspur

Rashford, who was seemingly falling out of Mourinho's favour, had a sudden resurgence and is now one of the primary attacking options of the team. The 21-year-old has brought his tally to eight, last scoring the lone goal in their win versus Tottenham Hotspur.

Meanwhile, Pogba is finally being used correctly. Often the subject of criticisms for his poor performances—which was not helped by his highly-publicised disagreements with Mourinho—the 25-year-old star midfielder appears to be back to his old, usual self.

The French World Cup champion has contributed four goals and four assists in five Premier League games since Solskjaer took over.

Brighton will be wary of the new threat that Manchester United offer. Unfortunately, their prospects of winning look dim considering their recent struggles. The Seagulls have taken only five points out of a possible 21 in their last seven fixtures, winning just once in that period.

If there is one positive thing about Chris Hughton's outfit, it that they are a pretty decent team defensively. They limited the high-octane attack of Liverpool to just one goal in both of their encounters this year and played out a 1-1 stalemate with Arsenal late last month.

History

Manchester United couldn't wish for better Premier League 2019 results, having won their two league matches at the start of the New Year. Nonetheless, they still have plenty to prove, with the top four a little far away.

As mentioned, this match with Brighton is like a revenge game for the Red Devils. They lost 3-2 to the Seagulls at Sussex the last time out, behind goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross.

Last year, Brighton also won their home game versus United, bagging a 1-0 victory after the 27-year-old Gross fired them through with a 57th-minute winner.

It should be noted, however, that United haven't lost against Brighton at Old Trafford since their promotion in the 2017-18 season. They met twice at the famed stadium—one in the Premier League and one in the FA Cup—and United won both fixtures while keeping Brighton scoreless.

Betting Tip

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Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion First Half 1X2 Draw @ 2.41
January 19, 23:00 (GMT+8)

The Premier League 2019 odds at SBOBET unsurprisingly lean in favour of Manchester United...and by a HUGE MARGIN!

It's quite difficult to bet against the Red Devils given the way they are playing right now. Winning consistently has a positive effect on the confidence of the players and the team as a whole, and Manchester United are showing that.

Brighton can only hope to limit the expected damage Manchester United will cause, and I think they will do just that.

I think the Seagulls will employ a defensive-minded approach to neutralise the free-flowing United attack. Although I believe the home team will come out on top, a first-half draw is a plausible outcome.

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Premier League Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Dangerous Eagles Can Put Pressure on Reds

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

When Roy Hodgson takes his Crystal Palace to Anfield on Saturday, the league leaders will be under no illusion they are in for a serious test.

On the face of it, Premier League: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace has all the hallmarks of a home win, but life is never that simple when you are at the top of the league. Hodgson is one of the best managers in the game and knows Liverpool well, having previously coached the Reds in the Premier League. And he has the players to spring a surprise, as Manchester City will painfully testify.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have had an amazing first half of the season, but it will mean very little if they don’t hold on to their four-point lead over the champions. SBOBET Premier League 2019 looks like going down to the wire with Liverpool at odds of 1.68 to lift the Premier League trophy in May, and Manchester City at 2.20 to retain it.

The Reds must win this game to stay in control as Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues take a trip to virtually doomed Huddersfield. Fail to do so, and the gap will almost certainly be down to two points. And when the Anfield faithful were talking about a ten-point lead only two weeks ago, now that is pressure!

Talking Points

Liverpool’s stretched defence

The Reds needed a Mo Salah penalty to squeeze past Brighton last week by a narrow 1-0 margin. That’s taken the Egyptian on to 14 league goals already and he is sure to add plenty more before May alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

But while Klopp’s front-line has been in prolific form again, he has had a few headaches at the back. Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren are still out injured, and while Joel Matip is nearing fitness, the Reds have been dealt another blow with Trent Alexander-Arnold sidelined for a month. The versatile James Milner could step in to cover, and Brazilian midfielder Fabinho is another option, having deputised capably at centre-back in last week’s win over Brighton.

But the most important player at the club right now is Virgil van Dijk. Since his arrival from Southampton a year ago, the towering defender has played 50 games, of which have featured 24 clean sheets. The £75m Liverpool spent looks like a bargain now as Van Dijk has become one of the best centre-backs in world football. The Reds have conceded less than a goal a game in his time, and has a win percentage of 66 per cent, compared to 52 per cent in Liverpool’s previous 50 games.

Andros Townsend celebrates scoring a goal against Man City in the Premier League
Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend gestures to the fans at the end of the match

The Eagles can take a big scalp

Van Dijk, and whoever is alongside him, will need to be on his game on Saturday because the Eagles are a dangerous side. Despite struggling at the wrong end of the table, Roy Hodgson’s team pulled off the result of the season by beating Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium, with Andros Townsend scored a contender for goal of the season with a stunning 30-yard volley. And Palace have the front players and pace to beat any side, but they blow hot and cold. They beat Manchester City and then failed to score against Cardiff. And then they followed up an impressive away win at Wolves with a home defeat to Watford, so maybe they are a little happier on the road at the moment.

Wilfried Zaha is a constant threat and a winner of spot-kicks, but with only three league goals, Hodgson will be looking for more from his main man as he tries to steer his team to safety.

History

When you take a look at the previous Liverpool vs Crystal Palace results, the

Eagles have had a fair amount of success against their opponents. Liverpool lead the head-to-heads by 12 to seven, though, with three draws in the Premier League era, and the visitors haven’t won in their last four meetings with the Reds.

The Reds scored a goal in each half to beat ten-man Palace back in August after Aaron Wan-Bissaka received his marching orders. And while the Eagles have been flying away from home, another positive away result would be a major shock.

Liverpool have won eight home matches in a row, with a home record of 9-1-0 this season.

Betting Tip

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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Asian Handicap +2.00 @ 1.88
January 19, 23:00 (GMT+8)

That’s some home record, and our Liverpool vs Crystal Palace odds can’t see anything other than a Reds win. The hosts are at 1.20 to take the three points, Crystal Palace out at 14.00, and the draw at 6.00.

But I have a funny feeling Palace will score a goal at Anfield against a depleted Red defence, and that will be enough to make it a tough test for Klopp’s men.

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Premier League: Wolves Look for Revenge at the Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City

This is an interesting time for Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers to meet in the Premier League.

The two sides are situated right smack in the middle of the table and are putting on some serious competition for the rest of the teams in the league. However, not everything has been peachy for both sides as they are on a poor run of form.

A win at this point of the season would be nice as it would put more distance between them and the bottom pack, so expect these two sides to go all out to take the three points.

Talking Points

Wolves on the hunt for the win

It's not an exaggeration to say that Wolves are punching way above their weight in their first season back in the English top flight since 2012. They defied some pre-season Premier League 2019 odds and are currently on pace to finish in the middle of the pack if they can keep on churning out points in the remaining games of the season.

One can easily credit this fantastic run of form to Nuno Espirito Santo and the players he has fielded on the regular. Matt Doherty has always delivered on the right wing, garnering four assists in 22 appearances. Raul Jimenez has also been a fantastic option in front of goals and assists he has been providing in front of goal.

However, the three-at-the-back defensive scheme employed by Nuno hasn't been effective all the time. In fact, they haven't been especially consistent in the league. Their last three league games were a glorious win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley that was followed by crushing defeats to Crystal Palace at the Molineux and Manchester City at the Etihad.

Given the way that they are sorely inconsistent in their most recent form, it will be hard to predict which iteration of Nuno's Wolves will be showing up against the Foxes. He can only hope that his take on the 2-4-4 will be able to pull off a result.

Fortunately for the Wolves, they have a very effective 12th man in the Molineux. Plenty of away fans hate visiting the Wolves' hunting grounds, and the fans should at least provide a stressful atmosphere that should make life difficult for the equally struggling Foxes.

Will Leicester come out of their foxhole?

The Foxes are also showing glimpses of their league-defying campaign with the way they have been performing as of late, but it just seems like they can't keep a hold on their fantastic form as any win they make is immediately negated by their usual inconsistencies.

A lot of Leicester fans will agree with me when I say that this has been the most exciting they've seen their Foxes play ever since their defiantly delightful run to the Premier League title in 2015/16. The team is scoring goals and victories over considerable opposition. Their 2-1 triumph over Manchester City was a delight, and their away triumph over Everton on New Year's Day definitely makes their annual showing of Premier League 2019 highlights.

However, not everything has been chirpy at the King Power Stadium. They lost inexcusable games against teams like Southampton and Cardiff to go with dropping points against strugglers Fulham and Burnley. This urged Leicester supporters to cry out in frustration and Puel to break character and snap back at the gallery.

Can Leicester City disappoint Premier League 2019 Odds and win vs Wolverhampton Wanderers?
Jamie Vardy and James Maddison are expected to lead Leicester City to victory

Neutrals and tolerant fans can only hope that the rift between Puel and the more passionate supporters subside. Jamie Vardy and James Maddison can probably do something about that by scoring goals against their hosts.

History

These two long-established sides have faced each other plenty of times through the history of professional English football. They have met 69 times since 1934 with Wolves winning the first fixture, 3-1. Wolverhampton won 20 of those while the Foxes took 26 of those games. Twenty-three matches ended in draws.

The more recent fixtures have tight as well. The last time these two sides met before this season was in a 2017 club friendly where Wolves won 1-0 at the Molineaux. However, Leicester spoiled Wolves' return to the Premier League after a six-year absence by dominating the newly promoted Wolves in front of their home fans.

Betting Tip

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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City Over 2.25 Goals @ 2.16
January 19 20:30 (GMT+8)

SBOBET has superb odds in offer for this intriguing match. The expert bookies see this matchup as a close affair as both teams are struggling to stitch together wins.

I see either team running away with the win. Both are desperate for points and are looking to improve their form after royally tripping in the league. I think this game would end in a 2-1 home win for the Wolves as I still believe that they edge out the Foxes in terms of roster quality by tiniest of bits.

However, Vardy can still pull off a party every now and then and fish for goals. Maddison is also hungry enough for some goals. We might even see a high-scoring affair at the Molineux.

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Premier League: Could This Be the Derby of Hellos and Goodbyes?

Arsenal vs Chelsea

They are London’s most successful Premier League clubs.

Both fancy themselves as the biggest, too: Arsenal have won 13 league titles and 13 FA Cups, while Chelsea are the only British club to have bagged all three European trophies. It’s swings and roundabouts. As such, they don’t get on very well.

Don’t just take my word for it – read this article from Scott Murray.

What it all means is there is a rarely a dull duel when they clash, as they will at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Talking Points

Ironically, the player from either side who has been most talked about this week is unlikely to even feature.

Petr Cech this week announced he’s to retire in the summer after a career in which he has won every major honour with Chelsea and Arsenal.

An exemplary professional, he will take his place on the Gunners bench in this top-flight clash after failing to regain his place since sustaining an injury in September.

With or without Cech, Arsenal certainly need to bounce back after going down 1-0 to West Ham last weekend and facing the prospect of slipping to sixth place in the table before this match kicks off.

Boss Unai Emery should have a near full-strength squad to choose from.

Hector Bellerin was only deemed fit enough for the final 21 minutes of last weekend’s defeat at West Ham after recovering from a calf problem but is likely to return to the starting line-up.

Whether German midfielder Mesut Ozil does – he has no fitness concerns but has been left out of late – remains to be seen.

The Gunners have suffered a serious drop in form since a 23-game unbeaten run ended with a 3-2 defeat to Southampton last month. Indeed, they have collected just seven points from a possible 15 which may lead to a recall for the mercurial Ozil.

Chelsea looking forward to sign striker Gonzalo Higuain to improve their Premier League performance
AC Milan's Gonzalo Higuain reacts after the match against Juventus

The big news for Chelsea and potentially one of the big Premier League 2019 news stories is whether or not they can complete the signing of  Gonzalo Higuain in time so he can make his debut.

It’s reported a deal has been agreed with Juventus to sign the Argentina international on loan for the rest of the season, which will pave the way for Alvaro Morata to leave for Atletico Madrid.

If it does happen, however, I only expect Higuain to be on the bench.

With Higuain possibly starting a career in England and Cech about to finish his (this could well be the final meeting he’ll be involved in between the two clubs he has graced over the past 14 years), this clash could be about both hellos and goodbyes.

History

When these sides met in the second week of the season, it was a thriller.

Chelsea edged the contest 3-2, thanks to a late winner from Marcos Alonso.

It was a match which fully displayed both sides' strengths and weaknesses and was yet another chapter in the long-established rivalry.

Arsenal went on a long unbeaten run which only just recently ended after that defeat, and they will be looking to continue their recent good home record against the west Londoners.

That August success for Chelsea was their only triumph in the last seven meetings.

At the Emirates last season, a late Bellerin goal rescued a point for the Gunners, who then beat Chelsea 2-1 at the same venue three weeks later to reach the League Cup Final.

Add in a goalless draw in last season’s league encounter at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal victories over Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup Final and Community Shield, it’s easy to see who has had the edge in recent years.

Arsenal have won 76 of their meetings over the years, with 63 Chelsea victories and 57 draws.

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Arsenal vs Chelsea Total Goal 4-6 @ 2.87
January 20, 01:30 (GMT+8)

SBOBET odds reflect the league table really so it’s no surprise Chelsea start as slight favourites.

The Asian Handicap SBOBET betting odds offer an attractive deal for Chelsea –0.50 @ 2.38, while Arsenal are priced 0.00 @ 2.25.

1X2 odds also lean towards the visitors with Chelsea @ 2.38, Arsenal @ 2.89 and the draw at an appealing @ 3.30.

The best Double Chance deal is Arsenal or draw @ 1.53 which shows you just how close this game is expected to be.

As for a repeat of the match earlier in the season and a 3-2 home victory, that would pay out @ 225.00.

What’s the betting on it being a goalless draw now!

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Premier League: Jota Delivers in This Instant Classic

Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-3 Leicester City

If you asked a casual fan whether this Premier League fixture would end as an instant classic, he would probably laugh at you before walking off. These two teams aren't exactly known for their scoring capabilities, and they come into this match after suffering painful defeats.

However, the people who watched this game know that this game is one of the most entertaining they have watched the entire season. Both sides showed passion for the game and the emblems on their chests. And their passion was rewarded with goals upon goals.

Diego Jota was especially fantastic for Wolves as he led his club to victory on the back of a fantastic hat-trick that was completed in the most dramatic fashion.

This is easily one of the best Premier League 2019 results you will ever see, and I am thrilled to have witnessed it.

Highlights of the game

The quality of action that the spectators at the Molineux saw was fast and unrelenting. The Foxes and the Wolves traded quick blows as they tried to establish a fantastic result to stop the inconsistent run of form they have found themselves in.

A quick goal was delivered, and the home fans were delighted that the first strike was theirs. Wolves had a corner on four minutes that was squashed by a resolute backline. They tried launching a quick counter, but the hosts quickly dispossessed the Foxes and launched their own counter. Joao Moutinho launched a cross that found Diego Jota, and the Portuguese forward finished the ball with a beautiful strike.

Leicester looked to equalise and almost got a quick reply when Jamie Vardy almost pinched the ball off Rui Patricio's foot just one minute later. Vardy would soon come to regret not converting his fifth-minute attempt when their hosts pulled off another goal.

The second goal came from a dead ball, this time. Moutinho launched the ball from the left corner. The ball flew towards the middle of the goal, and Ryan Bennett met the ball to head it past Kasper Schmeichel.

The home fans were ecstatic while the visiting supporters were inconsolable. Any Wolves vs Leicester odds in favour of the Foxes were immediately reversed. Some Leicester fans were probably clamouring for a change in touchline leadership as Puel just isn't cutting it for them.

Demarai Gray's goal puts Leicester back in the Premier League game
Leicester City's Demarai Gray celebrates with Jamie Vardy after scoring their first goal

However, it's not like the Foxes have given up on getting back into the game. They managed to recover and fight back to turn things around. Vardy, Demarai Gray and Ricardo Pereira led the Leicester attack but were stopped by Rui Patricio and the Wolverhampton backline. The half ended with the Wolves riding a high.

Whatever Claude Puel said to his team during the break worked wonders as Leicester started the reset on sixth gear. Jamie Vardy collected the clearance on the 47th minute and immediately made the pass to Gray. The 22-year-old then dribbled the ball towards the goal in the midst of two gold shirts and powered a low-driven ball past Patricio.

Puel was pumped with the progress, and the Foxes were back in it. What he didn't know was that the equaliser was on its way. Four minutes later, Harvey Barnes collected a loose ball within the Wolverhampton box. He then fired a shot that was deflected by Conor Coady and flew into the goal. Not a bad way to get your first goal for Leicester.

The game was already entertaining enough for SBOBET Premier League punters, but Wolves were just getting started. Ruben Neves launched a beautiful long ball to Jota from the counter-attack. He outplayed Schmeichel on the one-on-one by powering the ball underneath him.

The subsequent lack of action saw Leicester fans despair. The last ten minutes of the clock ticked, and Puel was getting animated on the touchline. However, things changed when James Maddison took an 87th-minute free-kick. He launched the ball towards the box, and Wes Morgan fought through two Wolverhampton defenders to head the ball past Patricio. The score was 3-3, and the entire Molineux was on its feet.

The match's dying embers were tense as it seemed like a draw was inevitable. However, a very happy Raul Jimenez collected a diagonal Neves pass on the counter. He crossed the ball to Jota, and the Portugal U21 international broke Leicester hearts with a sublime strike for his hat-trick.

Key statistics

One could say that this was a battle of two halves, but Leicester had more time with the ball at 54%. They also had 16 shot attempts, but Wolves were just more clinical in the first half. Interestingly, both Patricio and Schmeichel weren't able to make any saves despite both of them stopping three shots each in the first half.

Leicester have now lost three of their last league games, all of which by a single goal. However, their supporters should be happy that their French manager is doing all he can to break the rut. The Leicester team that played this game reminded me of the motivated side that took down Manchester City on Boxing Day.

There's nowhere to go but up for Leicester.

What's next?

Premier League Review: Claude Puel looking dejected after Diogo Jota scored their fourth goal
Claude Puel reacts as Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates Diogo Jota's winner

Leicester City will be hosting Liverpool next. This is another tough test as they have such a prolific front three in Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. However, their leaky defence should give Puel's boys a chance.

Meanwhile, Wolves will play League One outfit Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup before welcoming West Ham United to the Molineux. Given the way they played this game, they should have all the confidence in the world to win this fixture.

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Premier League: Liverpool Seven clear after Seven-Goal Thriller

Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace

Jurgen Klopp has taken Liverpool seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, but not before the Eagles gave them one heck of a fright!

The Reds are still unbeaten at Anfield, but they were pushed all the way in this seven-goal thriller. The hosts were at SBOBET odds of 1.20 to win the game, but it was much harder than they expected as Palace took the lead and continued fighting to the death. In the end, a Mo Salah brace was the difference between the two teams.

Highlights of the game

The hosts were on the front foot from the off, but the Eagles managed to withstand the early pressure. James Milner did well to put Joel Matip in but veteran keeper Julian Speroni was quick off his line to thwart the danger, then Firmino cut in from the right but his shot flew well over the crossbar.

Sadio Mane rose well to meet a corner but his header went straight into the Palace keeper’s hands. And the 39-year-old Speroni was on hand again to tip over a powerful header from Virgil van Dijk when the big Dutch defender met a Milner corner. And then, after standing firm against the red onslaught for half an hour, Palace silenced the Anfield crowd by going ahead.

And it was a well-worked and beautifully simple opener. Wilfried Zaha left Milner standing as he raced down the left and then centred a pinpoint ball for Andros Townsend to fire low into the bottom corner. The Eagles have already proved this season they can be a dangerous side for the very top teams, and Klopp must have been wondering whether he was to be the next victim.

Salah bagged the only goal of the game to win three crucial points against Brighton last week, and after being largely anonymous during the first 45 minutes, it took him just two minutes of the second half to draw the Reds level. After defending so well in the first half, Palace made a complete hash of a clearance which Van Dijk sent back in; the ball fell to Salah for the Egyptian to direct a clever volley into the bottom corner.

50 Premier League goals and counting for Mohamed Salah
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates with Roberto Firmino after scoring his side's opening goal

That was enough to get the Anfield Kop on their feet, and they were up again five minutes later when Firmino made it 2-1. The Brazilian had a huge slice of luck after he scuffed his shot, but it took a nasty deflection which sent the ball across the goal and into the net.

We said the Eagles were dangerous, though, and they refused to lie down. And when big defender James Tomkins met a corner his header flew back across goal and into the Liverpool goal. 2-2.

Liverpool had to do it all again.

And they did, on 76 minutes, but what a shocker poor old Speroni had. Milner crossed and the veteran keeper leapt to meet it, but only diverted it towards his own goal, where Salah nipped in to claim the goal.

Palace refused to give up and really should have equalised on 83 minutes when Patrick van Aahnolt swung a cross over, but Jeffrey Schlupp headed wide when he should have scored.

James Milner saw red on 89 minutes when he put in a late challenge on Zaha; he was already on a yellow and it was an easy decision for the ref. But Mane settled Liverpool’s nerves with a cool finish in injury time/ Palace substitute Max Meyer made it 4-3 right at the death, though.

What a game!

Key Statistics

After a breath-taking match, Mo Salah has moved on to 16 league goals this season and bagged his 50th in the Premier League.

That’s nine home wins on the trot for the Reds, and Townsend’s opener was only the fourth goal Liverpool had conceded at home in the league. By the end of the game, Alisson had conceded three goals, to double the number he has shipped at Anfield.

The Palace keeper made the Premier League 2019 news, taking the honour of being the oldest player in the Premier League having been recalled by Hodgson for his first appearance in over a year.

And this was the first time Hodgson had lost at Anfield as a visiting manager.

What’s next?

Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace pushed until the very end of their Premier League match, but Liverpool came out on top
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shakes hands with Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson

Another win means the Premier League 2019 odds still back a Liverpool title win, and the Reds have a breather next week having been dumped out of the FA Cup by Wolves. They don’t play again until Wednesday, 30th January, when Leicester City head to Anfield.

Roy Hodgson’s Eagles host Spurs in the FA Cup fourth round, and with Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son out injured, Palace will fancy that one. Then it’s back to Premier League business and a crunch survival clash away to Southampton.

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Premier League: Rashford Nets Winner as Ole Makes It Seven Out of Seven

Manchester United 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Games like this matter.

Interim Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made that abundantly clear before kick-off when he said: "Now we are expected to entertain and dominate, and sometimes these are the games you really need to step up for."

It was the Norwegian’s way of saying that no Premier League matches are a given and that there is no room for complacency if you want to be successful.

Solskjaer, winner of six Premier League titles as a player, knew that better than most as a spirited Brighton arrived at Old Trafford.

Highlights of the game

There was a late change to the team sheet when Luke Shaw fell ill during the warm-up and was replaced by Diogo Dalot. Surprisingly to this observer, the young Portuguese full-back actually started left-back rather than Ashley Young switching from right to left.

Once the action got going, both sides showed attacking intent.

Jurgen Locadia’s weak shot called David de Gea into action, and Marcus Rashford saw a shot cleared off the line by Shane Duffy.

There was a suggestion United were just starting to up the tempo midway through the first half when Paul Pogba saw an overhead kick deflected for a corner before Marcus Rashford saw his curling effort bend narrowly off target.

The breakthrough arrived in the 25th minute.

A diagonal ball from Nemanja Matic was controlled expertly by Paul Pogba who was fouled by Gaetan Bong in the penalty area. Referee Paul Tierney pointed to the spot, and the Frenchman converted emphatically from 12 yards.

It was odd to hear a few groans as the Frenchman stepped up – fans remembering his penalty against Everton earlier in the season which he scored at the second attempt, somewhat fortuitously.

Yet there was no doubting his accuracy on this occasion as he scored his eighth league goal of the campaign - five have been in the past month.

To their credit, Brighton were keeping home chances to a premium and threatening themselves.

It took some dogged defending to keep them out while Glenn Murray lashed a half-volley wide when he may have done better.

They were on top when United scored their second three minutes before the break with a goal which is one of the Premier League 2019 highlights.

Dalot found his fellow youngster who had plenty to do, but his close control and trickery was a joy to watch before he found the top corner beyond a helpless David Button.

It was quite a way to mark his 150th appearance for the club.

The Seagulls had won the two most recent encounters with United (1-0 and 3-2 home triumphs in May and August last year).

However, despite not playing badly, they were suddenly up against it even more as they tried to become the first team to win three consecutive league games against a redemption-seeking United since Swansea in 2014 and 2015.

With Ander Herrera tireless and Rashford and Anthony Martial a constant threat, United looked to add to their tally after the break with the latter beating two defenders with arrogant ease before firing just too high.

Rashford then burst past Pascal Gross, but Jesse Lingard fired wide when it looked like he would score before Victor Lindelof flashed a header across goal.

Gross brought Brighton back into the game with 19 minutes remaining with a smart finish after he was allowed too much time following a superb ball into the danger zone with the outside of his foot from David Propper.

It was yet another goal which showed United’s defensive deficiencies that blighted their first half of the campaign have not disappeared.

It was also a goal which gave the visitors belief and the game was briefly end-to-end as the away fans chanted ‘we’re going to score in a minute’. They certainly caused the home side some nervous moments in the closing stages.

Fixtures like this, of course, will not define Brighton’s season. Ask any SBOBET pundit, and they will tell you Chris Hughton is working a minor miracle on the south coast.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continue to make his mark in the Premier League after defeating Brighton & Hove Albion
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates his seventh victory for Manchester United

Solskjaer knows bigger tests await too and the Premier League 2019 betting odds on them securing a top-four finish are still a big ask.

But in becoming the first manager to win his first six league games in charge of the club, he can do no more than he has so far.

Key statistics

United have never lost at home to Brighton (won nine, drawn two).

Solskjær has equalled the longest Premier League winning streak by a manager from the beginning of his reign at a club: six by Carlo Ancelotti for Chelsea in 2009 and Pep Guardiola for Manchester City in 2016.

Pogba has been directly involved in more than half of United’s 17 Premier League goals since Solskjaer took charge with five goals and four assists.

With six goals and five assists, Rashford has been directly involved in 11 goals in his last 10 league appearances.

Gross has scored in his last three games against United.

United have secured six consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since January 2017.

Since winning 3-2 at Man City on the final day of the 2012-13 season with Norwich City, Brighton manager Hughton has lost his last 15 away matches against the ‘big six’ in all competitions by an aggregate score of 4-43.

Brighton have lost a Premier League-high 20 away games since the start of last season.

Hughton has lost all six away matches as a manager against United by an aggregate scoreline of 1-16.

Murray has gone eight Premier League appearances without a goal, his longest barren run for Brighton in the division.Top of Form

What’s next?

It’s FA Cup fourth-round action for both sides.

United travel to Arsenal in the tie of the round next Friday (January 25), while Brighton entertain West Brom the following day.

They then complete their January schedule on the 29th when Brighton travel to strugglers Fulham and United host Burnley.

 

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Premier League: Chelsea Mum as Gunners Fire at the Emirates

Arsenal 2-0  Chelsea

It was a much-anticipated battle between two of London's biggest football clubs.

Not only was this Premier League clash between Arsenal and Chelsea meant for bragging rights of being London's best football club, the six-pointer would also help in securing the final Champions League spot. Much was at stake, and both Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri fielded their best teams for the win.

However, it seemed that the Gunners were the more clinical of the two London clubs as they enjoyed a 2-0 triumph over the Blues. None of Chelsea's usual suspects was able to step up as a solid defensive performance helped Arsenal hoard the three points all for themselves.

Highlights of the game

Mesut Ozil's absence from the starting lineup is the biggest pre-game Premier League 2019 news to hit Arsenal and Chelsea fans alike. Not a single soul outside the Arsenal organization has a clear picture as to how a player paid £350,000 weekly is spending time on the bench, but everything turned out fine for Emery.

Both teams tried to take control of the game early on as they both had strong XIs that can easily dictate the pace of the game. Chelsea tried everything they could to establish their dominance early on, but their lack of an established striker still continues to hurt them.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the Gunners were the first side to make a significant challenge to the opposing defence. Alexandre Lacazette puts him through the backline with a precise cross, but the former Borussia Dortmund star failed to convert his chance.

Arsenal continued banging into Chelsea's door, and the all the backline could do was swat them away by sending the ball as far from the goal as they could. However, their lack of attacking pressure would eventually turn to a goal for the hosts.

Granit Xhaka took a short corner on 14 minutes to Hector Bellerin, and the Spaniard wasted no time to whip in a cross to Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman shook his marker loose and fired a bullet of a shot on an extremely tight angle past Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Blues were stunned while the rest of the Emirates erupted in celebration.

You can tell that Chelsea's creative juices from the early stages of the season have run out as they can't put together decent attacks. However, Pedro threatened with a shot that barely missed the right post in the 18th minute.

The game fully got blown out of the water when Arsenal took advantage of another dead-ball situation. Sokratis ended up with the ball on the left side of the pitch from the resulting corner. He then made a lob pass to Laurent Koscielny, who managed to beat the offside trap but was on his way to the ground. He somehow contorted his body and headed the ball towards the right-hand corner.

The deflated Arsenal that was taken by surprise at London Stadium was nowhere to be found. Arsenal were in full control of this match. Meanwhile, Chelsea could not wait any further for the Gonzalo Higuain loan to be set in stone so that they can begin playing effective football again.

Chelsea had a chance to finish the first half with a goal when Willian whipped on a corner kick. Marcos Alonso leapt over the Arsenal defence and headed the ball towards the goal. Unfortunately, the ball swept just wide of the left post.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard played as false nine against Arsenal in their recent Premier League match
Eden Hazard struggles to control the ball

That was the final good chance Chelsea had in the match as Arsenal shored up their defences in the second half. They tried everything they could to somehow salvage a redeemable result, but it's hard to score when there are ten Arsenal shirts clogging the penalty box.

Some of our experts predicted this to be an exciting duel between two prolific attacking sides. However, it's hard to imagine Chelsea being an effective attacking outfit if they can't even thread together some nice attacking moves in the opponents' half.

Key statistics

Chelsea actually had more time with the football, holding it for 64% of the match. However, they were wasteful on the attack: only a single shot of the 13 shots the Blues made over 90 minutes were on target. Meanwhile, Arsenal had five on target with the same number of shots while only holding the ball for less time.

Chelsea have developed quite a worrying trend for 2019. They've been alternating between winning and drawing/losing in all competitions since January third, and this result is the most worrying result they have had so far. However, they are still doing just fine in the league.

What's next?

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea are still ahead of 3 points in the Premier League table against Arsenal
Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery before the match

I don't know what Maurizio Sarri has to do, but maybe Higuain's arrival at Stamford Bridge would help them solve some of their immediate issues. Should the out-of-favour Juventus striker's loan be finalised in the week, expect him to start against AFC Bournemouth. The Premier League 2019 odds for this game should be overwhelmingly in their favour as well.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have a tough fixture ahead as they face Manchester United in the FA Cup. The Red Devils are performing up to expectations under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will be tough opposition for the Gunners. SBOBET will follow this match with great interest and offer quality odds for such an explosive match.

 

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Premier League: Burnley Aim to Continue Fine Old Trafford Record

Manchester United vs Burnley

Man Utd are flying under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The interim boss and fan favourite has overseen eight wins out of eight since taking charge last month and will now have his sights firmly set on nine.

As they prepare to welcome Burnley to Old Trafford for this Premier League encounter, however, they will be minded about the Clarets' liking for the big occasion.

Talking Points

Some SBOBET statisticians will tell you that Burnley were involved in a little bit of Premier League history when they visited United two seasons ago.

On that occasion, the hosts had a then-record 37 attempts on goal but could not beat former United goalkeeper Tom Heaton as the visitors held out for a goalless draw under something of a siege.

Fast forward 14 months, and the hosts needed an injury-time equaliser from Jesse Lingard to salvage a point during what was a miserable Christmas spell for the Red Devils.

Miserable is not a word you can associate with any part of Solskjaer’s first six weeks at the helm.

And after a fine victory at Arsenal in the FA Cup, the hosts will come into this game full of confidence.

The Premier League 2019 betting odds have long stopped backing United as title contenders.

In fact, they have not even been considered since late September.

But the return to form in recent weeks has provided some of the early Premier League 2019 highlights, and a top-four berth is suddenly within their sights as a genuine target.

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Sean Dyche must strengthen his side as they visit Old Trafford

Likewise, after a chastening autumn, Sean Dyche is leading his Lancastrian troops back to signs of form which saw them claim an incredible seventh-place finish last term.

They have recovered admirably ever since a home humbling at the hands of Everton on Boxing Day, winning three and drawing one of their last four league games to climb out of the drop zone and three points clear of danger.

Those three wins account for half of their six league triumphs to date this season which shows how much they were needed.

In the week in which a new book has been promoted about the life and times of the club’s former legendary and powerhouse chairman Bob Lord, Dyche must wonder what Lord would have made of the club’s great renaissance over the last few years, were he still alive.

The current boss is hoping to add to his squad by the time Thursday’s transfer deadline passes, but it’s unlikely there’ll be any surprises in his line-up nor new arrivals for this encounter.

Dyche knows he needs to strengthen yet can’t afford to be complacent. He can’t, given Burnley’s financial realities, spearheaded by an astute business model, and also minded that the team will finish the season with league games against Chelsea, Man City, Everton and Arsenal.

Recent history tells you Man Utd will be minded not to be complacent against Burnley either.

History

United won the early season clash at Turf Moor.

At a time when the pressure was mounting after two defeats in their first three games, a Romelu Lukaku double sealed a 2-0 success against a Burnley team jaded by Europa League exertions.

Last season, the sides met twice in a month.

The Old Trafford clashed ended 2-2 as mentioned above, while an Anthony Martial special sealed a hard-fought 1-0 success at Turf Moor.

The season before also saw Martial on the scoresheet in a 2-0 United win after that goalless draw earlier in the campaign.

You have to go back to early 2015 for the last time United defeated Burnley on home soil.

That 3-1 win was secured by a rare Chris Smalling double and a Robin van Persie penalty after Danny Ings had found the net for Burnley who were unfortunate to be beaten on the night.

Betting Tip

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Manchester United vs Burnley Total Goal 2-3 @ 2.14
January 30 04:00 (GMT+8)

There’s no surprise that United are firm favourites.

The 1X2 bet has them priced @ 1.26 with Burnley @ 14.00 and the draw @ 4.90.

Asian Handicap odds reflect that status too with United -1.75 @ 2.00 and Burnley +1.50 @ 2.19.

The attacking success of United under Solskjaer is shown in that over 3.25 goals will only pay @ 2.14 and total goal 0-1 is offered @ 5.20.

A repeat of the 2-0 scoreline in United’s favour comes out @ 6.40.

Burnley were well-beaten at Manchester City in the FA Cup on Saturday and rested some players, presumably with this league fixture in mind.

It’s hard to see past a United win, but this may not be as straightforward as some think.

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Premier League: Spurs Need Good Fortune As They Aim To Avoid Second Hornets Sting

Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford

This will be a third meeting between the clubs this season and Watford have already given Spurs a bloodied nose and a mighty scare.

In early September they stunned the north Londoners on a memorable afternoon for the Hornets at Vicarage Road.

Then three weeks later, it took a penalty shoot-out for Spurs to prevail in the League Cup.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men could certainly do with lady luck on their side as Watford arrive at Wembley in the Premier League.

Talking Points

That is because Spurs have had a heavy schedule of late and with injuries hitting their squad, plus the absence of Son Heung-Min at the Asian Cup, it’s no surprise they have suffered as a result.

Being knocked out of the League Cup semi-final hurt and their second setback in four days, an FA Cup exit at the hands of Crystal Palace, has led to some minor criticism.

The fact remains, however, that they have coped admirably well in the circumstances and any suggestions this Spurs side choke at the final hurdle are unfounded.

Premier League: Can Mauricio Pochettio's men bounce back after FA Cup defeat?
Kieran Trippier reacts after missing the penalty during their FA Cup match against Crystal Palace

This SBOBET writer believes they have made great strides under Pochettino and, with a more in-depth squad and a return to the ‘new’ White Hart Lane imminent, could be on the verge of something special.

That is if, and it is an if, Pochettino stays at the club and is allowed investment to strengthen the squad with more quality.

There’s no doubt that this next six months could be a decisive period in Spurs’ modern history as they bid to add silverware to their undoubted Premier League highlights of recent years.

If their injuries clear up quickly, I expect them to claim a third-place finish in the league.

Victory in this would help and may even see Son return after South Korea were surprisingly eliminated at the quarter-final stage, although he is likely to be tired after travelling back to the UK.

The national team captain also complained of extreme fatigue during his 12-day stay at the tournament which suggests he’s unlikely to be thrown straight back into the starting line-up.

Watford boss Javi Gracia changed his entire starting XI for the weekend’s FA Cup tie at Newcastle. It didn’t stop the Spaniard from guiding his side to a place in the fifth round with a 2-0 win.

Semi-finalists in 2016, they would love a cup run to evoke memories of 1984 when the late Graham Taylor guided the underdogs all the way to a Wembley final against Everton – a period in the club’s history fondly remembered.

As Gracia celebrates a year in charge, a good result at Wembley in this league encounter would certainly further boost confidence.

Watford have nothing to lose with no threat to their Premier League safety – they lie in seventh place – and no real chance of making the top six (they trail Arsenal and Man Utd by 11 points).

Garcia has called upon his players to show their ambition in the second half of the campaign and, with Spurs’ resources stretching to breaking point, it could be a very good time to play them.

Yet with influential centre back Toby Alderweireld and playmaker Christian Eriksen both set to return after being rested for the FA Cup tie, Spurs should have enough – but it will be far from easy.

History

Watford’s success in September was their first victory over Spurs since a dramatic finish in 1987.

It also was their first win over them in the Premier League following three draws and three defeats.

Last season when the two sides met, Watford held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw after Christian Kabasele and Son traded early goals and Spurs played most of the second half with 10 men.

Spurs saw off the Hornets in the return Wembley fixture in April when Dele Alli and Harry Kane (both of whom will be missing this week) found the net in a 2-0 win.

Betting Tip

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford Tottenham Hotspur Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 2.20
January 31, 04:00 (GMT+8)

Spurs are natural favourites with Premier League 2019 betting odds.

You can get 1X2 odds on them @ 1.66 and the draw has a certain appeal @ 3.70. Watford are priced 1X2 @ 5.20.

The Hornets are also a fairly attractive proposition with Asian Handicap betting + 0.75 @ 2.06.

Goals are often plentiful when these sides meet and you can get over 2.75 goals @ 2.00, total goal 2-3 @ 2.01 and total goal 4-6 @ 3.25.

If Watford are to throw a spanner in the works of Spurs’ bid for a top-three finish then how about double chance Watford or Draw @ 2.14?

Whereas for Spurs to avenge that September defeat, correct score 2-1 will pay out @ 6.80.

I am leaning towards a Spurs victory though.

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Premier League: Reds and Foxes Feel the Pressure

Liverpool vs Leicester City

Premier League football is back this week and we’re taking a look at a vital clash at Anfield, where league leaders Liverpool entertain Leicester City.

Both teams had a weekend off, having bombed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle, and they arrive at this fixture having been on opposite ends of seven-goal thrillers. Liverpool held off Crystal Palace 4-3 last week, while Leicester succumbed to a last gasp winner in a 4-3 reversal to Wolves.

Neither result tells the story of a team completely in control. And both the Reds and the Foxes have good reason to be anxious in the run-up to this clash, which makes it all the more fascinating for us neutrals.

Talking Points

Can the Reds hold their nerve?

The Premier League 2019 betting odds still have Jurgen Klopp’s side as marginal favourites to win a first Premier League title, though reigning champions Manchester City are just four points behind and with a better goal difference. One slip up from the Reds will install City as favourites and there are 15 games still to play.

The Sky Blues have had their blip and came out all guns blazing, winning the last eight games, in all competitions, scoring 28 unanswered goals in the last six, including a 5-0 hammering of in-form Burnley in the FA Cup. They play relegation-threatened Newcastle United on Tuesday night and so I expect Liverpool’s lead to be down to a single point.

So Liverpool must hold its nerve and concentrate on its own priorities. The first task is to beat Leicester City. It’s going to be a big week in the top flight and you can keep up with all the latest Premier League 2019 updates right here at SBOBET.

The most worrying aspect for Klopp is the form of his defence against Palace, added to the injury list which plagues his back line. Alisson Becker had a surprisingly shaky game against the Eagles; the Brazilian keeper conceding three at home for the first time. But surely that was a one-off.

Klopp has selection worries at the back with Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dejan Lovren all out, and slight worries over Virgil Van Dijk and Fabinho, while James Milner is suspended after receiving a red card against Palace. Van Dijk has been ill and if he doesn’t recover in time he will be a huge loss for the Reds.

The Liverpool boss has no such worries up front where his goal happy strikers are all fit and firing. They might need to score a few to guarantee three points though!

Leicester can spring a surprise

Claude Puel always seems to be under pressure as Foxes coach. The expectations at the King Power Stadium have maybe become a little too high after their unbelievable title win three years ago. But three defeats on the run have put the spotlight on the boss again, particularly after a humiliating FA Cup exit to League Two minnows Newport County.

But despite losing three from four in the league the Foxes are still in the top half and they do have the capacity to beat the very best, inflicting a shock defeat on Manchester City on Boxing Day, before embarking on a poor run of form.

England centre back Harry Maguire is expected to be fit for the clash at Anfield, and the impressive Wilfred Ndidi will run the Foxes’ midfield. James Maddison is expected to push further forward, just behind Jamie Vardy, and he hopes to add to his five league goals so far this season. He certainly has plenty of skill and bags of confidence and a wicked shot on him.

Premier League: Jamie Vardy is expected to lead Leicester City's attack when they face Liverpool at the Anfield
Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy during their Premier League match versus Wolverhampton Wanderers

History

Previous meetings favour the hosts with Liverpool winning 14 of the 27 meetings since 1994, with eight wins for the Foxes and five drawn.

Recent history is also the reason for optimism on Merseyside. Liverpool has won the last three against Leicester and hasn’t lost at home in ten matches.

But they will be well aware of the threat of Jamie Vardy, the Foxes arch poacher has scored seven goals in his eight Premier League appearances against the Reds, and he has seven to his name so far this season.

Liverpool’s last league title came before the inception of the Premier League in 1992, so the cheeky Foxes can rightfully boast that they have won the competition in its current format, whereas their illustrious hosts haven’t!

Betting Tip

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Liverpool vs Leicester City Leicester City Asian Handicap +1.75 @ 2.02
January 31, 04:00 (GMT+8)

I don’t expect that boats to help Leicester much and Liverpool is expected to win by two clear goals, with SBOBET odds of 1.89 with that -1.75 goal handicap. But, while the hosts have responded to two defeats with back-to-back wins, neither has been entirely convincing and I wonder if slight nerves are beginning to set in.

Leicester has the attacking threat to take advantage of a depleted defence, though I doubt their own defence will hold back the Reds’ world-class attack for too long and I expect Liverpool to edge it.

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Premier League: Lightning Strikes Twice at the Theatre of Dreams

Manchester United 2-2 Burnley

Well, that was dramatic!

As Premier League games go, it seems lightning can strike twice.

Last season, Manchester United fought back from 2-0 down and rescued a point at home to Burnley with a stoppage-time equaliser.

Thirteen months on and they’ve done exactly the same.

SBOBET neutrals could rightly argue Burnley were hard done by.

They were at their belligerent best and fully deserved their advantage going into the closing stages.

But not for the first time during his tenure of six weeks, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United are making a habit of producing the best Premier League 2019 highlights.

Highlights of the game

What ended as a night of relief for the home fans began as a night of reflection at Old Trafford.

Fans sung Flowers of Manchester outside the ground and inside displayed a giant banner to mark the 61st anniversary of the Munich air disaster—this is the closest home match to the tragedy.

There was also a minute’s silence respectfully observed for Emiliano Sala, the striker who is one of two men missing following last week’s plane disappearance.

When the action on the pitch began, it was lively but far from one-way.

Marcus Rashford saw a fourth-minute shot blocked by Charlie Taylor after good understanding between Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba down the left. Rashford probably should have also scored when played in by Romelu Lukaku after a neat 1-2.

However, Chris Wood tested David de Gea, while Phil Jones made two important blocks as Burnley showed they weren’t just in town to be rolled over.

They were organised, disciplined and committed on the counter-attack and deserved to go in level at the break.

The start to the second half was also lively. De Gea managed to prevent a corner but nearly presented Burnley with a gilt-edged chance, while Juan Mata tested Tom Heaton—hero of this fixture two seasons ago.

Then the opening goal ... and it came for the visitors.

Jack Cork robbed young Andreas Pereira, and it proved costly as he played in Ashley Barnes who put on a clinical finish.

Ashley Barnes has spoiled the fun at Old Trafford after scoring for Burnley in a Premier League battle with United
Burnley players celebrate after Ashley Barnes scored the first goal against Manchester United

It was the first time since his interim appointment that Solskjaer’s United had been behind.

If that was the cue for a home siege though, Burnley hadn’t read the script.

The closest United came to scoring was when Lukaku (scorer of a double in United’s success at Turf Moor in September) was kept out by a combination of Heaton and Ashley Westwood. It was his final contribution before being replaced by Alexis Sanchez.

Captain Ashley Young led by example with a series of forays and inviting crosses down the right but as Burnley held firm, so United’s frustrations increased.

The next goal seemed crucial, and it went to the visitors again.

Nine minutes were remaining on the clock when Westwood delivered a superb cross and Wood’s finish was equally adept.

When Jeff Hendrick held back substitute Jesse Lingard four minutes from time, there was home hope. Pogba, in turn, despatched the spot kick coolly.

Yet, the Premier League 2019 betting odds on another Solskjaer-style comeback were surely too much of an ask?

Not quite.

Deep in injury time, Heaton produced a fine save to keep out a Sanchez header, but he was helpless as Victor Lindelof pounced to score his first goal for the club.

Old Trafford erupted. For Burnley, it must have felt like a defeat.

At 1-0 up, Sean Dyche could be heard bellowing instructions to his players across a largely quiet and stunned arena.

Now, the noise was deafening but Burnley held on—it was the least they deserved.

Relegation certainly won’t be an option if they continue to play like this.

Key statistics

Manchester United are unbeaten in 20 home games against Burnley in all competitions since a 5-2 defeat in the top flight in September 1962.

The Clarets have now drawn their last three matches at Old Trafford (0-0 in 2016 and 2-2 in 2017).

Home and away, Burnley have registered just one victory in the past 27 meetings with United (drawn 11, lost 15).

United have been awarded eight Premier League penalties this season, more than any other side.

Burnley are unbeaten in their last five league matches (won three, drawn two), their longest undefeated sequence since a six-match streak between February and April 2018.

The Clarets have gone 67 top-flight games without being awarded a penalty, with their last spot-kick taken and scored by Sam Vokes in a 3-1 defeat at Everton in April 2017.

Tuesday is the only day of the week on which Dyche has never lost a Premier League game, winning three and drawing three of his six matches.

What’s next?

Into February and the Premier League action continues.

Burnley are home to fellow strugglers Southampton on Saturday, while United travel to Leicester 24 hours later.

 

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Premier League: Fantastic Foxes Dent Liverpool’s Title Bid

Liverpool 1-1 Leicester City

Leicester City put on a fine show at Anfield tonight to deny Jurgen Klopp’s title-chasing Liverpool, and they could have easily taken all three points.

The Reds had the chance to go seven clear at the top of the Premier League, but they bottled it as Sadio Mane’s early goal was cancelled out by Harry Maguire.

In the football world, Premier League 2019 predictions have been ebbing back and forth. And now, after Manchester City lost last night, the Sky Blues have been given a reprieve by their rivals.

There’s a whole lot of drama to come for SBOBET football fans, and we’ll be there every step of the way.

Highlights of the game

The Reds got off to a dream start and the Kop End at Anfield erupted, as Sadio Mane played a one-two on the edge of the area before curling a beauty beyond Kasper Schmeichel and into the far corner of the net. There must have been 30 passes in the move leading up to the goal and Leicester could only chase shadows.

How would the Foxes Leicester react to that—one down with only two minutes on the clock?

Much of the visitors’ hopes were pinned on the return of attacking midfielder James Maddison, a transfer target for Liverpool last summer, and he almost got a shot away after seizing on a loose Alisson pass. He was pulled back by Jordan Henderson, though referee Martin Atkinson just waved play on.

The Reds have been beset by injury problems to their backline, which has meant a run in the side for Joel Matip, who took a yellow card early on after stopping Jamie Vardy in his tracks.

And then Alisson again played his side into trouble when Vardy closed him down and the ball landed on Marc Albrighton. The 29-year-old Albrighton floated a delightful cross over, but Maddison headed wide with the empty net at his mercy.

That seemed to spur the Reds into action and they had two penalty appeals in two minutes. First, there were shouts of ‘handball’ when Ben Chilwell blocked a Salah shot.

Leicester's Harry Maguire has prevented Liverpool from winning after equalising during their recent Premier League game
Leicester City's Harry Maguire scores an equaliser against Liverpool in recent Premier League battle held at Anfield

Moments after that, the Egyptian was felled by Harry Maguire, but Atkinson was unmoved on both occasions.

On the cusp of half-time, the ground fell silent. Leicester swung in a free-kick which was cleared and recycled, and as the ball floated over, Harry Maguire sneaked in at the far post to fire home.

The Reds had it all to do again.

Their task almost got harder in the first real action of the second half as Chilwell cut through the Reds’ defence and fed Maddison whose shot was cleared. Jonny Evans followed it up by getting on the end of a cross before being intercepted by Roberto Firmino to allow Alisson to save.

The Foxes were having the better of the game. But after a lightning break, Demarai Gray made the wrong choice, shooting straight at Alisson when Maddison was in acres of space.

Liverpool finally tested Schmeichel again on 74 minutes when Firmino’s quick feet opened up the Leicester defence. Nonetheless, his low shot was well saved by the Leicester keeper. Then Mo Salah had an opportunity with a free-kick from around 20 yards but the Foxes’ wall stood firm.

The Reds piled on some late pressure as Salah and Mane tried to stretch their opponents’ defence, but on each occasion, the visitors were equal to them. If they had scored a late winner that would have been very hard on the Foxes … but it didn’t come.

Key statistics

Just over a week ago Liverpool beat Crystal Palace to go seven points clear at the top of the table, and that was the prize again tonight but they fluffed their lines.

But the Reds still have an impressive record at Anfield, now unbeaten at home in 33 Premier League games. Leicester put on a fine show tonight though, ending a run of eight consecutive home wins for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Though Liverpool had over 72 percent possession, the Foxes’ had two clear cut chances to win the game while the hosts never really troubled Schmeichel’s goal.

What’s next?

Manchester City's shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle was one of the biggest Premier League 2019 results so far, and it gave the Reds a big chance which they just couldn’t take.

Next up, Liverpool are away to West Ham and then at home to Bournemouth. The Hammers have had back-to-back defeats and were woeful in a 3-0 loss to Wolves on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Cherries won for the first time in five at the weekend and followed that up with a stunning victory over Chelsea, spanking Sarri’s Blues 4-0!

The Foxes have two more tough games on the way. First, it’s Manchester United at the King Power Stadium and then Claude Puel takes his men to Wembley to take on the Tottenham Hotspur.

 

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Son Returns to Help Spurs Rediscover Premier League Spark

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Watford

They may have left it late—boy did they leave it late—but this Tottenham Hotspur side has character.

After back-to-back cup defeats and with the absence of key players, an in-form Watford side may have been one of the last teams Mauricio Pochettino’s men wanted to face in the Premier League.

Yet, just when it seemed some of SBOBET fans were writing off Tottenham’s season, they produced some of the early Premier League 2019 highlights.

The critics may have been circling in recent weeks, but as Pochettino pointed out, this is a club going places and one which has qualified for the Champions League in each of the last three seasons. They seem set to do so again.

Highlights of the game

Watford had been chasing a league double over Spurs after their fine win at Vicarage Road in early September.

They had also taken the north Londoners to a penalty shoot-out in the League Cup a few weeks later, so a trip to the national stadium and the chance to complete a league double over them for the first time must have been an appealing one.

More still, they were facing a home side struggling with key injuries, a team which had lost their last two home league games and lost three of their past four in all competitions.

And after victories at West Ham and Crystal Palace, there was also the incentive of attempting to win three consecutive top-flight games in the capital for the first time.

Chances came and went in the early exchanges, with the returning Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min—surprisingly a starter despite reporting of tiredness during his Asia Cup exertions—both threatening.

Visiting skipper Troy Deeney saw a shot blocked before Gerard Deulofeu and Son again went close on the half hour. And after Fernando Llorente failed to direct a header from close range, the Hornets took full advantage.

Left-back Jose Holebas delivered an out-swinging corner which goalkeeper Hugo Lloris misjudged, allowing Craig Cathcart to nod home for his second goal against Spurs this term.

After the break, Deulofeu went close while Llorente missed a second inviting chance. The pressure then started to build as Deeney almost made it 2-0 from a difficult angle.

Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld saw their efforts blocked, and Spurs could have been forgiven for thinking their spell of pressure may not pay off—just like the way they were denied in their last home match.

However, the Spurs still would not give in.

With 10 minutes remaining, Son lashed home from close range after Llorente drove towards the goal. The ball found its way to the South Korean via a couple of deflections.

Fernando Llorente saves Tottenham against Watford and helps them nab all the three points in recent Premier League match
Tottenham Hotspur forward Fernando Llorente celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Watford

Substitute Erik Lamela, Danny Rose and Davinson Sanchez saw shots blocked, but Llorente was determined to make amends and impressively guided Rose’s delivery into the bottom left-hand corner.

If Spurs were delighted, Lloris was no doubt relieved.

Watford, who remain in ninth spot, were crestfallen and may have felt hard done by but, producing only one shot on target, there was no doubt Spurs were worthy winners.

With key players to return (although Harry Kane and Dele Alli look likely to be out until early March), they look a good bet for a second consecutive third-place finish this season.

Three home games out of four coming up in all competitions may help.

Take a look at the Premier League 2019 betting odds!

Key statistics

Tottenham have won the past eight league meetings with Watford at home by an aggregate scoreline of 24-4. Their tally of 54 points after 24 Premier League matches is a club record.

They have now equalled Bolton Wanderers’ Premier League record of 28 matches without a draw.

Son’s 80th-minute equaliser was his 13th goal of the campaign.

Watford have only lost two of their past nine league fixtures, winning three and drawing four.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last eight home games against Watford in all competitions (won seven, drawn one), since a 3-2 loss in a League Cup match in October 1994.

What’s next?

It’s been a hectic January for Spurs, but February won’t get any easier.

Newcastle travel to Wembley on Saturday, with Watford visiting Brighton later on the same day.

The Hornets then host Everton at Vicarage Road a week later.

Twenty four hours after that and Spurs have another home contest, this time with Leicester and a trip to Burnley, sandwiched between a Champions League clash with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

 

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Premier League: January 2019 Deadline Day Fails to Inspire

What do Andrey Arshavin, Papiss Cisse, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Christophe Dugarry and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang have in common?

They were all big money deals in the January transfer window and made varying degrees of impact, although were largely successful.

That can’t be said for many a New Year purchase, however, because while January can be a time when some clubs catch a bargain and thrive, others simply panic buy.

The window has now been part and parcel of the football calendar since it was introduced in the Premier League in 2003 - Fifa's insistence on limiting permanent moves during the season to a one-month period was grudgingly accepted by English football.

It’s pretty obvious that any transfer window can be just madness.

But for those Sbobet fans who love the thrill of deadline day, the 2019 version was a bit of an anti-climax.

Last year Manchester United appeared to get the beat deal of the month when they secured the signature of Alexis Sanchez in exchange from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Sanchez has only delivered in bursts for his new club, although gave them a reminder of his talents last week.

There was certainly no deal to match that scale this time around, even though Newcastle broke their club transfer record – for the first time in 14 years – to secure the talents of Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United.

They also signed defender Antonio Barreca on loan from Monaco.

That was really as exciting as it got with confirmation that Jonny Castro had made his loan move from Atletico Madrid to Wolves on a permanent basis the next highest fee.

So is there any new recruit who can create some 2019 Premier League highlights?

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Veteran Peter Crouch is back in the Premier League after he signed a contract with Burnley until the end of the season

Veteran Peter Crouch’s move to Burnley definitely caught some imagination and, with 108 Premier League goals, he is just one behind Romelu Lukaku and the now retired Ryan Giggs so could well have surpassed the now retired Welshman by the end of the season for what will surely be his swansong in the top flight of English football.

Arsenal’s loan capture of the lesser-known Suarez from Barcelona, Denis, hardly set pulses racing.

The midfielder has struggled for minutes this season, starting just twice in eight appearances, but will be hoping that will change as he reunites with Unai Emery, his former Sevilla boss, at the Emirates Stadium.

Leicester’s loan signing of Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans could prove the most astute move of deadline day, while Michy Batshuayi’s loan move to Crystal Palace raised a few eyebrows, but that really was it.

Indeed, arguably the biggest story was the pending departure of Marouane Fellaini from Old Trafford to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng.

And once the clock struck 23.00 hours English time, that was that and the window was closed.

A total of £180 million was spent in January which, when you consider £150 million was sent on deadline day alone last season, shows how low-key it was – the first time there has been a fall in English football’s top flight since 2012.

That was 2019 Premier League news deadline day and, in truth, it was all a bit of a damp squib.

 

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Premier League Leicester City vs Manchester United: Ole’s Plan is Still On Track

Leicester City vs Manchester United

After winning his first eight games as Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has drawn one. And now his team has another big test.

Premier League Leicester City vs Manchester United will be one of the most-watched fixtures of the weekend, not least because the football world wants to see whether United can get back to winning ways without delay. The two managers have clear, if rather different, objectives. Solskjaer has said he wants to win silverware in his stint as Manchester United’s caretaker, whereas Claude Puel’s aim is to stay as Leicester boss amidst fan pressure.

The Leicester City vs Manchester United betting odds are close enough to realistically open up all three results, and that’s usually the way for an inconsistent Leicester side which followed a string of defeats with a draw at Anfield!

Both Leicester and Manchester United had a fairly quiet January transfer window, but there was activity on the final day: Leicester brought new blood in while the Manchester club moved a big player out.

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Puel has riches at his disposal

Premier League Leicester City vs Manchester United: Youri Tielemans can give a good possibility for the Foxes to play box-to-box
Leicester City sign Youri Tielemans on loan from Monaco

The Foxes faithful have an exciting team to watch with the likes of James Maddison and a number of England players in their ranks. And now they have another young talent to take a look at as Youri Tielemans has joined his new team-mates in Leicester following a loan move from Monaco. The 21-year-old midfield prodigy looks a real prospect after joining the Ligue 1 side following a €21-million switch from Anderlecht. He became the third-youngest player ever to make his debut in the Champions League in Belgium, appearing against Olympiacos aged 16 years, four months and 25 days.

He’ll join a side with a frustrating habit of losing when they expect to win. But what a great performance the Foxes made to deny Liverpool a win at Anfield in midweek, earning a point with a goal from Harry Maguire. He was immense throughout the game, repelling all the Reds lethal attack could throw at him. It was only the England centre back’s third goal of the season, but his all-around play inspired Leicester to an unlikely point.

This is the Manchester United of old (almost)

We know how Ole Gunnar Solksjaer wants his team to play, particularly after agreeing to sell Marouane Fellaini to Chinese club Shandong Luneng at the end of the January window. The big Belgian was a mainstay under Jose Mourinho who liked his ability to stop the opposition play, but Solskjaer wants his own team to play good football. Since his arrival, the moody Paul Pogba has been smiling again and has now scored nine times for United, while Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial all have eight.

The Red Devils lost their 100 per cent record under Solskjaer but preserved his unbeaten run, with two late goals to grab a point against Burnley on Tuesday. It was the United of old, launching wave after wave of attack in the closing minutes, finally breaking down a resolute Claret defence. Fans commented it was a return of ‘Fergie Time’, but I can’t help but think that the Red Devils would have grabbed a winner under Sir Alex.

Romelu Lukaku was given a start against Burnley with Jesse Lingard missing out. But Lingard came on to win the crucial penalty which sparked that late comeback.

Don’t underestimate the impact of Sir Alex’s former right-hand man, Mike Phelan, astutely brought back into the fold by Solskjaer.

History

There is little comfort for home fans who dare to look at the Leicester City vs Manchester United results in the Premier League era. The Foxes have won just two from 27 games, with seven draws and 18 defeats at the hands of the Red Devils.

They return to the King Power without a win in four while Manchester United are on a run of four consecutive away wins.

But Leicester are the more recent Premier League champions of the two, of course, winning in 2016.

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Leicester City vs Manchester United Draw 1x2 @ 3.20
February 3, 22:05 (GMT+8)

This will be a great game to watch between a Leicester side bouncing with confidence after a brilliant performance at Anfield and Solskjaer’s Manchester United, playing with a vibrancy not seen for years and desperate to get back on the winning trail.

Leicester are at odds of 3.45 to win at SBOBET, and Manchester United marginally odds against at 2.14. I can see this game flowing from end to end and I think eventually they may just cancel each other out.

1-1 is the most likely result at 6.20.

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Premier League: No Warm Welcome for Liverpool in the East End

West Ham vs Liverpool

They are made of tough stuff in the East End of London; when Premier League leaders Liverpool come to town, they are sure to get a frosty reception.

Much of the UK has been covered in snow this week, and the London Stadium will be no place for the faint-hearted in the biting cold. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool need to stay cool, though, as the temperature in the title race is beginning to get rather warm.

The Premier League 2019 betting odds will stay with Liverpool as long as they keep winning; the leaders are available at 1.48 while Manchester City are at 2.70 here at SBOBET. But the Reds failed to take advantage of City’s midweek slip-up against Newcastle United. A draw with Leicester City left the Reds five points clear of the champions, and that’s a gap which keeps the Manchester crowd very interested.

Talking points

Will Marko make the match?

The big Premier League 2019 news is around the treatment table. Liverpool’s defensive injury list has been well-documented, but a blessing for the Reds and a curse for the Hammers seemingly emerged this week when Marko Arnautovic limped away from the ground on crutches, following a midweek defeat to Wolves.

The enigmatic Austrian has just signed a new contract at the London Stadium shortly after enthusiastically advertising his desire to leave the Hammers, so the faithful Iron fans don’t really know what to think. And news in today suggests that he may have made a miraculous recovery and make it to face Liverpool. If he doesn’t, then Manuel Pellegrini has the goals of Felipe Anderson to call on. The Brazilian is top scoring with eight, not a bad return since his £36m switch from Lazio. And he is proving to be a real handful for defences up and down the country.

Javier Hernandez could also feature if Arnautovic isn’t fit, and the Hammers have the capability to spring a surprise after beating Arsenal 1-0 thanks to young midfield star Declan Rice.

This will be no walk in the park for the visitors.

Liverpool want to avoid another sucker punch

There may be a few sweaty palms in Liverpool, certainly among fans yearning for a long-awaited league title, if not in the players. With a great chance to go seven points clear at the top of the league, Liverpool showed some signs of the pressure mounting in the title race, failing to beat Leicester after going ahead in the third minute. The Reds were on the attack when Leicester hit them with a counter-punch seconds before the half time whistle, and they never really recovered.

Can West Ham upset the Premier League odds as they face top of the table Liverpool?
Manuel Pellegrini preparing himself as they face Premier League leaders Liverpool

West Ham are likely to concede much of the ball and try to hit Liverpool on the break, and they could easily give the league leaders a nasty shock with the pace and trickery of Anderson in their ranks. Goalkeeper Alisson looked decidedly shaky on Wednesday after conceding three in the previous game to Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp’s side must be patient and not over-commit. With Mo Salah and Sadio Mane leading their attack, they have the ability to score in a split second.

History

Recent results don’t tell the whole story of this fixture. Sure thing, West Ham lost three matches in a row, but they were all away from home. And in the two games before that, they had back-to-back wins at the London Stadium. Their passionate fans will roar them on at the first sign of weakness in an opponent.

Meanwhile, Liverpool's away league record this season reads nine wins, two draws and a solitary defeat. But the Reds have lost two of the last three away in all competitions, including a FA Cup defeat to Wolves.

The head-to-heads are well in the favourites’ favour as Liverpool won 28, drawn ten and lost ten of these meetings since 1993; the Hammers have failed to beat Liverpool on any of the last four occasions.

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West Ham vs Liverpool West Ham Asian Handicap +1.50 @ 1.86
February 5, 04:00 (GMT+8)

Make no mistake: this is another big test of Liverpool’s title credentials. West Ham are a wounded animal after three defeats and a tongue-lashing from their boss. Coach Pellegrini laid into his players after the dreadful 3-0 defeat to Wolves in midweek, three days after saying he was ashamed of their performance in the FA Cup against lower-league opponents Wimbledon.

Liverpool are at 2.07 to win by two goals or more, something they have failed to do in the last five games. I think they will find it very hard to break down a Hammers team determined to show their manager and fans just what they are capable of. And the Eastenders love to play the underdog with a nasty bite.

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Premier League: Champions Face a Week of Destiny

Manchester City vs Arsenal

It may seem premature to say it’s now or never for Manchester City in their bid to retain the Premier League title, but their next eight days will almost certainly prove that way.

Home games against Arsenal and Chelsea, sandwiched between a visit to Goodison Park to take on Everton, is the task facing Pep Guardiola’s men.

The stark truth is they really need to triumph in all three to keep alive their hopes of becoming the first side to win back-to-back league titles since their city neighbours a decade ago.

Talking Points

The shocking Premier League 2019 news of the week came at St James’ Park where City largely outplayed Newcastle, scoring inside 24 seconds, only to lose, 2-1.

If leaders Liverpool had beaten Leicester 24 hours later, the race would have been all but over.

That the Merseysiders failed to do so, and displayed nerves at the same time, should have heartened Guardiola and his players.

Yet they will know better than anyone that ending the week five points off the summit means there is no room for another error.

Guardiola has told them as much, and that means winning all three league matches they face over the next week.

He knows they have been underperforming at times, stripping them of some of the invincibility they established last season.

Fixture congestion is the other main issue, emphasising again the crucial importance of the next eight days.

City have already played five more games than Liverpool, who were knocked out of the League Cup and FA Cup at the first hurdle. They are also guaranteed to play an additional two domestic cup matches this month and potentially a further three between now and May should they reach the FA Cup final.

Manchester City can win a fourth consecutive Premier League game against Arsenal
Manchester City celebrating goal at Arsenal on opening day

The repercussions of that fixture overload are already being felt. While City have the squad to cope and there is the prospect of building real winning momentum, a frantic schedule could increase the risks of fatigue and injuries.

Guardiola has described it as a ‘challenge’ in itself.

That challenge begins in earnest this week.

It is unquestionably their week of destiny.

History

Arsenal have not got a particularly good record at the Etihad Stadium.

Aside from a surprising 2-0 win there in January 2015, secured by goals from Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, the Gunners have not triumphed since 2010 – and that was a match in which City played 85 minutes with 10 men.

Although Arsenal have enjoyed success over their opponents in the FA Cup and Community Shield in recent seasons, they have only tasted victory once in their last eight meetings.

Last season, City beat Arsenal three times.

Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus were on target in a 3-1 home league win before Guardiola’s men triumphed 3-0 twice in five days.

They cruised to victory in the League Cup final at Wembley before turning the tables on them again on their own turf by the same scoreline.

On that occasion, they were ruthlessly despatched in a one-sided first half in which Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane scored without reply.

On the opening day of this season, they were also comfortable winners at the Emirates when Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva were the marksmen.

Despite their recent dominance, Arsenal still have the overall advantage with 96 wins to City’s 54.

The other 45 encounters have ended all square.

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Manchester City vs Arsenal Asian Handicap City -2.00 @ 2.28
Feb 04, 00:30(GMT+8)

Considering their recent record against City, perhaps it should not surprise too many SBOBET fans that they are real outsiders with Premier League 2019 betting odds.

Indeed, you would not think this is a match between second and fourth when you consider City are priced 1X2 @ 1.27 and Arsenal @ 9.75. Even the draw offers @ 5.60.

Given both sides have a propensity to attack, over 3.75 goals will payout @ 2.17 and total goal 4-6 @ 2.17. Total goal 2-3 @ 2.32 is marginally more attractive.

The double chance Arsenal or draw @ 3.55 will appeal to chancers and those of a ‘diehard’ Arsenal persuasion, whereas a repeat of last season’s 3-1 home win is available @ 8.75.

A repeat of City’s opening day 2-0 success is available @ 8.00.

We pride ourselves with our great value Asian Handicap odds so Arsenal +1.50 @ 2.19 is worth a punt.

This is a match the home side must win, and I can’t see them slipping up.

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Premier League: Another Win for Ole as Red Devils Tame the Foxes

Leicester City 0-1 Manchester United

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red revolution continues with his ninth win as Manchester United boss.

The Red Devils have now won five on the run away from home and sit fifth in the Premier League while the Foxes are down in 11th. After putting in such a great performance to take a point away from Liverpool in midweek, one of the big Premier league 2019 results so far, the hosts gave another North West giant a real game but couldn’t get the goal their play deserved.

Neither team features in the headline Premier League 2019 odds at the moment, but both have a clear aim, United to finish in the top four and Leicester to have a tilt at Europa league football. And after today’s result it’s the visitors who have made more progress.

Highlights of the game

We hoped for a high tempo start to the game and we got it with a good chance at either end in the first five minutes.

Leicester had the first attempt on goal when Wilfred Ndidi met a brilliant corner from James Maddison but he glanced his header just wide with David de Gea rooted to the spot. And then, on five minutes United should have scored when Luke Shaw swung over a deep cross which Marcus Rashford headed wide from just six yards.

But the young England striker made no mistake when he was presented with a clear run on goal; Paul Pogba lobbed a beautiful ball over the top of the Leicester defence and Rashford fired home to put the Red Devils ahead on nine minutes.

Marcus Rashford takes credit for Manchester United's good Premier league 2019 results this week
Marcus Rashford celebrates his ninth goal of the season and his sixth under Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Leicester have gone behind before, doing so before beating Manchester City in December, and they almost hit back immediately when Maddison latched onto a Jamie Vardy flick and fired towards goal, but Shaw got in a timely block. And former Red Devil Jonny Evans had a great chance from another corner but his header flew wide.

The Foxes almost threw any chance away just before the break when sloppy play let in Rashford, but this time his shot was safely gathered by Kasper Schmeichel. And then in first half injury time Ricardo Pereira hit a sweet volley but straight at De Gea.

The second period started as the first ended with Leicester on the attack, Harvey Barnes shooting across the face of goal before Maddison fired into the side netting. Then, after United weathered the storm Rashford took a shot from the edge of the penalty area but fired wide.

Then, on the hour, Leicester came so close to equalising when a Maddison free kick bounced high off the Red wall and Vardy hit a first time volley but De Gea gratefully gathered the ball.

And the United keeper made a great save when Rachid Ghezzal fired a wicked free-kick curling towards the top corner but De Gea leapt across to make a spectacular one handed stop. Minutes later Evans had a chance to level when Ghezzal swung another free-kick over but the centre back failed to connect with Harry Maguire’s flick on.

Solskjaer brought Romelu Lukaku on and the big Belgian had a chance to finish the game but he shot straight at Schmeichel when clean through. And the ball swept to the other end carried by Barnes and he centred to Vardy who, once again, shot straight at De Gea. And in an end to end finish United broke with speed and Anthony Martial shot at the Leicester keeper.

Maguire had one more effort for the Foxes but couldn’t hit the target as United held on for Ole’s ninth win in ten games.

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Rachid Ghezzal forced a great save from De Gea but the Foxes couldn’t break through

Solskjaer’s stated intention has been to play attacking football in the pursuit of silverware and he’s certainly got the United fans smiling again, but they had a lot of defending to do in the second half as Leicester roared back.

It was a big win at SBOBET odds 2.14 and keeps United well in the top four race.

Rashford’s goal was his sixth in eight league games under OGS and he had only scored 20 in the 92 before that.

But Leicester needs to shake off the habit of conceding early goals, this was the 11th time they have conceded in the opening 15 minutes this season. And, despite their best efforts they are now without a win in three.

What’s next?

Next week the Foxes have another difficult test away to Spurs, who went second in the table after a 1-0 home win to Newcastle on Saturday, though Manchester City were still to play Arsenal.

The Red Devils are away to Fulham next week and that won’t be easy against Claudio Ranieri’s relegation strugglers. The Cottagers are in danger of being cut adrift and they’ll be fighting for their lives. They carry a serious attacking threat but leak goals for fun and United’s strikers will be licking their lips.

 

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Timing is Everything in the Premier League!

Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal

How very lax!

Manchester City took 46 seconds to break the deadlock in this one – a whole 22 seconds longer than it took them to open the scoring against Newcastle in midweek.

Unlike then, however, the reigning champions were in no mood to surrender this lead.

They are determined not to relinquish the Premier League crown as shown by a start which stunned many SBOBET fans, as well as Arsenal themselves.

Coach Unai Emery just stared on in disbelief, helpless at what he had seen.

Highlights of the game

To their credit, the opener – the unmarked Sergio Aguero heading home Aymeric Laporte’s cross after the Spaniard dispossessed Alex Iwobi - didn’t lead to the floodgates being opened.

Aguero was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty after being hauled down by Shkodran Mustafi shortly afterwards, while only an offside flag denied Laporte a second goal.

Then, with their first attack, the shell-shocked Gunners were level and it was City’s turn to be stunned.

Nacho Monreal flicked on a Lucas Torreira corner and Laurent Koscielny, returning from an injury sustained only nine days ago, was this time left unmarked and made no mistake.

As Premier League 2019 highlights go, has there been a more thrilling start to a game since the turn of the year?

City had actually started the match in third place following Spurs’ victory over Newcastle yesterday and were aiming to win a fourth consecutive top-flight game against the Gunners – a feat they last managed from 1935-37.

However, they weren’t in the best of form having lost four of their nine Premier League away matches – as many defeats as in their previous 72 matches (won 56, drawn 12).

They had also been beaten in three of their last seven Premier League games when they have scored first - they had lost just three of their previous 96 matches after taking a 1-0 lead.

In their favour, Arsenal were winless in their last 20 league games away to the other sides in the established top six since a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium in January 2015 – losing 10 of 12 such fixtures.

Despite dominating possession, the equaliser certainly took City by surprise after such a relentless start.

Indeed, had Ederson not been more alert nine minutes before the break, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang would have been clean through as the hosts’ early momentum was disrupted.

Just when it seemed Pep Guardiola would cut a frustrated figure at the break, Aguero proved his top-class status yet again.

Ilkay Gundogan played a one-two with Raheem Sterling and the England man’s low first-time cross found Aguero at the back post who tapped home with aplomb.

The victory was sealed just after the hour.

Sterling again was the provider and, while Bernd Leno got a touch, Aguero completed his hat-trick, albeit via his elbow.

Arsenal’s complaints were justified but there was no arguing against the scoreline.

City are two points off the pace – for now at least – and in Aguero have the Premier League’s finest performer.

After Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United in 2009, the tag of the world-class Premier League star waned for a few years.

Since Aguero moved to the other side of the city in 2011, he has fulfilled that with arrogant ease.

What a player!

Key statistics

Aguero has now scored the two fastest Premier League goals this season - both in the past week.

Aguero has 10 goals in 12 games against the Gunners and 10 Premier League hat-tricks. Only Alan Shearer (11) has more.

Aguero has been directly involved in 27 goals in his last 16 Premier League home starts (24 goals, five assists).

Guardiola is unbeaten in 12 games as a manager against Emery (won eight, drawn four), while Arsenal haven’t kept a Premier League clean sheet on the road this season.

Unai Emery's Arsenal have moved down to sixth place of the Premier League rankings
Arsenal manager Unai Emery giving instruction to his players from the touchline

They also have lost the last four meetings with City in all competitions, conceding 14 goals and scoring just twice.

City have won their previous six home games in league and cup.

Arsenal have lost 12 of their last 20 away league games (won five, drawn three), with their sole clean sheet coming in a 1-0 win at Huddersfield in May.

Emery’s side are without a win in their last six top-flight away games (drawn two, lost four), with their last victory coming at Bournemouth on November 25.

What’s next?

As the Premier League 2019 betting odds fluctuate, the tough games keep coming for City. They are at Goodison Park on Wednesday night to face Everton before returning to the Etihad to take on Chelsea a week today (February 10).

Arsenal travel to bottom club Huddersfield next weekend and then return to European action by visiting BATE Borisov on February 14 in the Europa League.

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Premier League: Eyes on the Top 4 for Manchester United!

Fulham vs Manchester United

Eleven points off the pace in the top four under Jose Mourinho last December, Manchester United are now just two points away from the Champions League places.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen what could be said as the greatest turnaround in the Premier League this season, but his job is far from over as they remain outside the big four—looking at Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea.

Manchester United, however, have a chance to join the group and oust Chelsea in the process, especially with the Blues set to play league-leading City for the main event of the week.

Fulham aren't expected to put up a fight, and the general consensus for United is that this fixture is theirs to lose.

Talking Points

Man United going for quality

Unbeaten in their first 10 games in all competition since Solskjaer took over, Manchester United's rise is certainly not a fluke. They accumulated a record of nine wins and one draw during that stretch, scoring 25 goals in the process.

Remarkably, they have four clean sheets over that span and have conceded more than one goal in just one occasion—in their shocking 2-2 draw with Burnley last week.

Perhaps, the biggest change that happened for the Red Devils is their emphasis on counter-attacking football—a far contrast to the defensive, "park the bus" scheme implemented by Mourinho when he was in charge at Old Trafford.

As cited by Richard Fay of Manchester Evening News, Solskjaer has transformed Manchester United to the best counter-attacking team in the league. After averaging a measly 0.18 fast breaks per game, the Red Devils are now making 1.13, which leads the English top flight.

United's new and more entertaining style of play was evident in their recent wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal against the Spurs after Paul Pogba split the defence wide open, while  Anthony Martial sealed a comprehensive 1-3 FA Cup victory versus the Gunners with another counter.

However, it's not only the style of play that improved for United. Under Solskjaer, quality has been the main criteria for roster selection.

Romelu Lukaku remains optimistic to get a playing time for Manchester United's Premier League game against Fulham
Romelu Lukaku looks frustrated during Manchester United's Premier League match against Burnley

Romelu Lukaku, who was pegged to be the team's primary striker, has been dropped to substitute duties. The Belgian has only made one Premier League start for the squad under the stewardship of Solskjaer, and it has paid off big time as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were given opportunities to rediscover their form.

Paul Pogba, oft-criticised during Mourinho's tenure, has been sensational as well—taking his game to another level and proving why United paid so much to bring him back. The French World Cup winner leads the team in scoring and assists with 11 and nine, respectively.

The likes of Juan Mata, Phil Jones and  Andreas Pereira started and disappointed against Burnley, and as a result, they were moved to the bench in their latest win against Leicester City.

With Solskjaer using a method that works and doing the right thing when it comes to his Starting XI, it's hard to see the Manchester outfit going down easily.

Future looks bleak for Fulham

While United are experiencing a renaissance, Fulham are under a quick decline. Unfortunately, there seems nothing they can do right now.

Currently 19th in the league, Claudio Ranieri's team is three games away from survival. And winning that much isn't an easy thing to do, especially for a club that has only four victories after 25 matches in the 2018-19 campaign.

Fulham have a reliable scorer in former Newcastle man Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbian international has 10 league goals to his name, even taking the Premier League 2019 highlights when he scored a brace against Brighton & Hove Albion to give the West London club their first top-flight win in the new year.

Nonetheless, Fulham's defence is suspect, as they remain the worst defensive team in the league. They have already allowed 55 goals, nine more than the second-worst team in that department.

No other club has conceded more than 50 so far this season.

History

Fulham haven't won against Manchester United since 2009, though they have spent more than half of the past eight years out of the top flight.

United took down Fulham 4-1 in their first encounter this season, thanks to Rashford who had a goal and two assists in the victory.

Before that, the two teams last played in the 2013-14 season. Manchester United won 1-3 at the Craven Cottage before Fulham forced a 2-2 draw in the return fixture at Old Trafford.

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Fulham vs Manchester United Manchester United Correct Score 0-3 @ 13.50
February 09, 20:30 (GMT+8)

I don't see Fulham challenging Manchester United here; not with the Premier League 2018 odds stacked against them; and not with United aiming for the top four.

Even the Asian Handicap odds at SBOBET point to a one-sided affair, giving Fulham a plus-handicap of up to 1.25 goals.

While Manchester United lose focus defensively at times, it's hard to imagine anyone from Fulham threatening their backline. With that said, I predict another Manchester domination at London—one which could very well end with three goals to nothing.

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Premier League: City Back at the Top

Everton 0-2 Manchester City

Manchester City returned to the summit of the Premier League after an absence of almost two months, thanks to a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

Aymeric Laporte struck in first half injury time, and then super-sub Gabriel Jesus added a second at the death, to grab all three points for the Sky Blues as they took over from Liverpool at the top.

Everton boss Marco Silva has been coming under increasing pressure following six defeats in nine games, and he made five changes to the team which lost to Wolves at the weekend. In a bold move he left out experienced and key players Seamus Coleman and Gylfi Sigurdsson, and they started on the bench along with striker Richarlison.

But in the end City won more comfortably than the score-line suggests as the Toffees rarely came close to breaching the visitors’ defence.

Highlights of the game

Pep Guardiola made just two changes and one of his incomers, Leroy Sane, had the first shot on goal, firing just wide from a third minute corner. And as City turned up the pressure they twice came very close to going ahead in the first 20 minutes. First Aymeric Laporte found himself unmarked at a corner and headed wide with the goal at his mercy; and then Ilkay Gundogan smashed the ball against the bar after meeting a low cross from David Silva.

Everton began to get in the game and lifted the Goodison crowd with some nice passing which resulted in a corner, but City cleared comfortably. The recalled Bernard was lively on the left and the Toffees were beginning to settle after a shaky opening 20 minutes. But City continued to probe and Andre Gomez had a worrying moment when he clipped David Silva on the edge of the penalty area, but referee Craig Pawson was unmoved. The home fans thought they’d made it to half time but not so.

Idrissa Gueye has been sulking rather since Everton blocked his move to PSG in January, and he took it out on Fernandinho, upending the City midfielder some 25 yards out. And when David Silva whipped in a ferocious cross Aymeric got the vital touch to divert it into the net.

Defender Aymeric Laporte help put Manchester City back on top of Premier League with win over Everton.
Defender Aymeric Laporte celebrates his first half injury time goal after missing a sitter in the opening minutes

That changed the half time team talks but the pattern of play continued and Everton keeper Jordan Pickford needed two chances to hold on to a fierce Sane shot. Sergio Aguero scored his tenth Premier League hat-trick  at the weekend, and he’s now just one short of Alan Shearer’s league record. The prolific striker is rarely out of the Premier League 2019 news, and he almost wrote some more when he was inches wide with a spectacular overhead kick.

With a quarter of the game left, Marco Silva brought Sigurdsson on to try to stretch the City defence but for all Everton’s endeavour the closest encounters came at the other end. After a quick break Silva teed up Raheem Sterling and his shot hit Tom Davies and flew over the bar.

Richarlison made a late appearance for the Toffees and caused a scare in the City box, seizing on a sloppy ball from Kyle Walker and fizzing a wicked ball across the goal but Ederson came out to clear.

And it was two big name City substitutes who sealed the points on 97 minutes, Kevin De Bruyne slid a ball through for Jesus and the young Brazilian beat Pickford at the second attempt.

Manchester City Gabriel Jesus substitutes and registers double lead win last kick of the Premier League match.
Gabriel Jesus off the bench to score a 97th minute goal and seals the points

Key Statistics

After Liverpool had failed to beat West Ham on Monday the Premier League 2019 betting markets swung back in Manchester City’s favour, and they are now clear favourites to win the title.

The Sky Blues completed the double over Everton for the first time since 2014, when they won the title under Manuel Pellegrini. But the Toffees have now lost four of their last five home games, and have conceded more goals from set pieces than any other team in the league…12.

What’s next?

Well, that all means City are back at the top of the Premier League since early December, but that could all change again pretty soon of course. Keep up with the Sbobet predictions as we approach the season climax. Mine is that City will go on to win the title.

The Sky Blues can really assert their position as favourites to retain the title, with a win over fourth placed Chelsea on Sunday. Maurizio Sarri has been having a difficult time motivating his players recently…but then he does keep criticising them!

After seven defeats in ten, Vicarage Road would not be Marco Silva’s choice for his next game, but Everton must take on a dangerous Watford side which sits in eighth, a place above the Toffees.

 

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Premier League: Eyes on the Top 4 for Manchester United!

Fulham vs Manchester United

Eleven points off the pace in the top four under Jose Mourinho last December, Manchester United are now just two points away from the Champions League places.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen what could be said as the greatest turnaround in the Premier League this season, but his job is far from over as they remain outside the big four—looking at Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea.

Manchester United, however, have a chance to join the group and oust Chelsea in the process, especially with the Blues set to play league-leading City for the main event of the week.

Fulham aren't expected to put up a fight, and the general consensus for United is that this fixture is theirs to lose.

Talking Points

Man United going for quality

Unbeaten in their first 10 games in all competition since Solskjaer took over, Manchester United's rise is certainly not a fluke. They accumulated a record of nine wins and one draw during that stretch, scoring 25 goals in the process.

Remarkably, they have four clean sheets over that span and have conceded more than one goal in just one occasion—in their shocking 2-2 draw with Burnley last week.

Perhaps, the biggest change that happened for the Red Devils is their emphasis on counter-attacking football—a far contrast to the defensive, "park the bus" scheme implemented by Mourinho when he was in charge at Old Trafford.

As cited by Richard Fay of Manchester Evening News, Solskjaer has transformed Manchester United to the best counter-attacking team in the league. After averaging a measly 0.18 fast breaks per game, the Red Devils are now making 1.13, which leads the English top flight.

United's new and more entertaining style of play was evident in their recent wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal against the Spurs after Paul Pogba split the defence wide open, while  Anthony Martial sealed a comprehensive 1-3 FA Cup victory versus the Gunners with another counter.

However, it's not only the style of play that improved for United. Under Solskjaer, quality has been the main criteria for roster selection.

Romelu Lukaku remains optimistic to get a playing time for Manchester United's Premier League game against Fulham
Romelu Lukaku looks frustrated during Manchester United's Premier League match against Burnley

Romelu Lukaku, who was pegged to be the team's primary striker, has been dropped to substitute duties. The Belgian has only made one Premier League start for the squad under the stewardship of Solskjaer, and it has paid off big time as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were given opportunities to rediscover their form.

Paul Pogba, oft-criticised during Mourinho's tenure, has been sensational as well—taking his game to another level and proving why United paid so much to bring him back. The French World Cup winner leads the team in scoring and assists with 11 and nine, respectively.

The likes of Juan Mata, Phil Jones and  Andreas Pereira started and disappointed against Burnley, and as a result, they were moved to the bench in their latest win against Leicester City.

With Solskjaer using a method that works and doing the right thing when it comes to his Starting XI, it's hard to see the Manchester outfit going down easily.

Future looks bleak for Fulham

While United are experiencing a renaissance, Fulham are under a quick decline. Unfortunately, there seems nothing they can do right now.

Currently 19th in the league, Claudio Ranieri's team is three games away from survival. And winning that much isn't an easy thing to do, especially for a club that has only four victories after 25 matches in the 2018-19 campaign.

Fulham have a reliable scorer in former Newcastle man Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbian international has 10 league goals to his name, even taking the Premier League 2019 highlights when he scored a brace against Brighton & Hove Albion to give the West London club their first top-flight win in the new year.

Nonetheless, Fulham's defence is suspect, as they remain the worst defensive team in the league. They have already allowed 55 goals, nine more than the second-worst team in that department.

No other club has conceded more than 50 so far this season.

History

Fulham haven't won against Manchester United since 2009, though they have spent more than half of the past eight years out of the top flight.

United took down Fulham 4-1 in their first encounter this season, thanks to Rashford who had a goal and two assists in the victory.

Before that, the two teams last played in the 2013-14 season. Manchester United won 1-3 at the Craven Cottage before Fulham forced a 2-2 draw in the return fixture at Old Trafford.

Betting Tip

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Fulham vs Manchester United Manchester United Correct Score 0-3 @ 13.50
February 09, 20:30 (GMT+8)

I don't see Fulham challenging Manchester United here; not with the Premier League 2018 odds stacked against them; and not with United aiming for the top four.

Even the Asian Handicap odds at SBOBET point to a one-sided affair, giving Fulham a plus-handicap of up to 1.25 goals.

While Manchester United lose focus defensively at times, it's hard to imagine anyone from Fulham threatening their backline. With that said, I predict another Manchester domination at London—one which could very well end with three goals to nothing.

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Premier League Liverpool vs Bournemouth: Can the Reds Stand the Heat?

Liverpool vs Bournemouth

Thirteen games to go and the tension at the top of the Premier League has just gone up a notch.

Liverpool have been in the race all season and occupied the top spot for weeks, but Jurgen Klopp’s side faces a serious challenge from Manchester City and Spurs. It’s vital the Reds get back to winning ways after a run of two draws, and Premier League Liverpool vs Bournemouth is their next chance.

The famous old Anfield ground will have a red-hot atmosphere, and the passionate Liverpool fans will hope for an easy passage against Eddie Howe’s Cherries. But while the Liverpool vs Bournemouth odds point to a comfortable home win, life is never that easy. Like it or not, the pressure has increased as the Reds have just been knocked off the top of the league, for the first time in almost two months, by Manchester City after the Sky Blues won at Everton in midweek.

Talking Points

Liverpool fans won’t like looking at this, but the Premier League table shows that City have made up four points over the last two fixtures to move ahead of the Reds on goal difference. No one expected the champions to lose to Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, but they have responded as league winners do, with ruthless back-to-back victories.

Liverpool legend calls for calm

Meanwhile, Liverpool picked up two points against Leicester City and West Ham and, particularly against the Hammers, it could have been worse. Former Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher has tried to rally his team, saying the Reds must stop worrying and look forward: “It doesn’t matter what anyone says really – whether it’s nerves, poor performance or whatever it may be. What they need to do is win the game against Bournemouth convincingly to put a bit of that talk to bed.”

That will be easier said than done, but the Reds need to make and take more chances than in the last two games if they are to stroll to a win. Sadio Mane has been the man on target while top scorer Mo Salah has cut a frustrated figure at times. And Pool’s defence, marshalled by the colossus Virgil van Dijk, must be on its game to thwart the Cherries' attacking instinct.

Key injuries for Bournemouth

Bournemouth are poor away from home and Premier League fans expect Liverpool to win this match
Nathan Ake scores a late winner to stun Liverpool back in 2016

Jurgen Klopp has struggled with injuries to his defence, but the last two weeks have been unkind to his opposite number as Eddie Howe looks set to be without two important players. Neither top scorer Callum Wilson nor winger David Brooks trained yesterday, and both are very doubtful. They have scored 16 goals between them, and Brooks has provided four assists so they are a big double loss to the Cherries.

Brooks could be out for three weeks after injuring his ankle while scoring in the recent 4-0 win over Chelsea; he felt the injury during his goal celebration! Defender Simon Francis and midfielder Lewis Cook are also sidelined.

So this is a big game for attacking wide player Ryan Fraser, who has serious pace and an eye for goal, and eight-goal Josh King will provide a constant threat.

Meanwhile, centre-back Nathan Ake will relish the task of keeping Salah and co quiet.

History

Liverpool return home after collecting just a single point on a difficult trip away to West Ham last Monday. That means the Reds have had two wins, two draws and two defeats in the last six in all competitions.

In the last four games, Eddie Howe’s team won two at home and lost two away; they have struggled on the road all season.

Previous Liverpool vs Bournemouth results are reasons to be cheerful for the home fans. In the ten meetings since the Cherries arrived in the Premier League, Liverpool won eight, with one draw and one win for Bournemouth, that being the remarkable 4-3 win back in 2016 when the Reds were leading 1-3 but conceded three goals in the last 14 minutes!

But Liverpool have won the last three clashes, scoring 11 goals and conceding none.

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Liverpool vs Bournemouth Bournemouth Asian Handicap +2.00 @ 1.95
February 9, 23:00 (GMT+8)

There will be plenty of twists and turns to come in SBOBET Premier League 2019, but will there be another one on Saturday in Liverpool? I think it will be another nervy affair as the pressure increases, and the Reds really need to whack the ball back into City’s court.

Liverpool are at 2.01 with that two-goal deficit, but Bournemouth will be a tricky customer. The visitors will be smarting having lost to Cardiff City last week.

They are missing key players, but I expect them to score despite Liverpool coming through eventually.

If they don’t, then it is time to worry.

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Premier League: Chelsea Attempt the Impossible at the Etihad

Manchester City vs Chelsea

No one in the Premier League finds the idea of playing Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium a thrilling idea. Not only are the Sky Blues the defending champions of the English game, but their 55,000-capacity stomping grounds will also be a hostile place to play in.

Chelsea will have the unfortunate task of beating the league leaders in their own home. The Blues are struggling to get a consistent run of form under Maurizio Sarri, and many of the Chelsea faithful are bewildered how the Blues, a team that was formerly undefeated in the season's early stages, are now barely hanging on to the final Champions League slot.

Of course, Chelsea still have the players that can help them steal a point right under Manchester City's noses. And a lot of Liverpool fans will be hoping that they will be able to pull that off.

Talking Points

Man City to continue their dominant streak

The Sky Blues are back where they belong. If you believe the ultras lurking around the Etihad, that is.

A good number of City faithful began sweating bullets when the Sky Blues tripped at the tail-end of 2018 with three losses and a draw. They temporarily saw tough title rivals Liverpool had a comfortable lead at the top as pundits and SBOBET fans loudly wondered if this would be the year of the Reds.

Even some of the players were affected by the rough patch they went through. Bernardo Silva openly admitted that they thought they bottled the league: "A few days ago, we thought we had lost the Premier League."

However, Pep Guardiola made sure that his boys kept their heads down and focused on the games ahead. Surely enough, they began winning football games again while looking like they didn't put that much effort at all.

Having played a game more than title rivals Liverpool, Man City aim to beat Chelsea in the Premier League
Sergio Aguero has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances versus Chelsea

Their six-pointer triumph against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool was the biggest of their Premier League 2019 highlights that helped in their climb back to the top. Their 0-2 victory over Everton vaulted them back to the top of the league. All City have to do now to win the title is keep on winning their games.

City definitely have the talent needed to succeed against Chelsea. Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, and Leroy Sane are a potent attacking trio: the three of them combine for 32 Premier League goals. Fernandinho and David Silva are also ready to provide support when needed.

Defeat is not an option for Pep when he has players of this calibre, and I doubt that the Spaniard will fail to deliver.

Time to let Sarriball go?

Sarri's signature style of play -- appropriately called Sarriball -- was a hit when the Italian first arrived in the league. However, his tactics have paltered lately as Chelsea struggled to get in fighting form.

Their one-sided defeat to Arsenal shows how his tactics have performed on English soil: sloppy, lazy, uninspired. Jorginho struggles to find his form as the regista that holds everything together, and Eden Hazard tends to be uninvolved in some matches.

Sarri knows that results matter at Stamford Bridge and that his current tactics do not work the way he intends it to. A change must be made if he is to start a winning run in the league. Some will suggest that he utilises N'Golo Kante better. Some might say that a more attack-heavy formation would suit the Blues well.

It's a consensus that everything must change in order for Chelsea to succeed. The question is this, though: does Sarri have the humility to recognise the lack of success his tactic has on British soil and try something different?

History

As two of the most successful English clubs, it's no wonder that the two have met on the English top-flight more often than not. Of the last 146 duels they have played, 58 were won by Chelsea. Given how Chelsea overwhelmed City when they last faced each other in December, there's little question that Sarri ball would be used here again.

However, City are coming off a strong run of form at home with consecutive wins against Arsenal and Everton. We're sure that they will approach this game with the same quality of attacking prowess.

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Manchester City vs Chelsea Chelsea +1.00 @ 2.11
February 02, 00:00 (GMT+8)

I honestly believe that Manchester City will be able to win this game. They just have too good of a roster to even have a slump at this point in the season. With their personnel and tactics performing at a high level, it would be hard to bet against them.

However, I believe that Chelsea would be able to perform. They still have Eden Hazard on their side, and his presence alone is affecting Premier League 2019 betting odds. I believe that they have enough players to be able to enact a more effective strategy.

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Premier League: Can the Inconsistent Foxes Raise Their Game Again?

Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City

If this Premier League clash ends goalless, I’ll eat my hat!

For here are two attacking-minded sides who have not only produced some of the Premier League 2019 highlights between them but also produced 21 goals in their last four top-flight clashes.

Form-wise, Leicester were unfortunate not to claim a point against Manchester United last weekend and after taking a fine point at Anfield a few days earlier.

They may have lost the preceding three games, including an embarrassing FA Cup defeat at Newport, but they seem to find their mojo when they are up against the heavyweights: they have taken seven points from three matches against the top two and Chelsea this term.

Meanwhile, injury-hit Spurs have bounced back from exiting both domestic cup competitions in the span of four days with successive home victories over Watford and Newcastle.

Although unlikely, they even got an outside chance of winning the title.

Talking Points

While Harry Kane and Dele Alli are both back in training, this game is too early for both. Meanwhile, Eric Dier is out with a virus and Ben Davies is missing due to a groin injury.

In Son Heung-Min, however, the home side has a player who is in fine form and has sparked their last two victories after returning from South Korean duty at the Asian Cup.

He has scored nine goals in his last 10 league and cup appearances for Spurs and has scored three and set up two in his last two Premier League starts against Leicester.

He also had a hand in 14 goals in his last 11 starts in the Premier League, scoring 10 and assisting four.

In Kane’s understudy, Fernando Llorente, Spurs also have a frontman who has been involved in seven goals in his past eight appearances in all competitions (five goals, two assists).

Leicester, meanwhile, could give a debut to new loan signing Youri Tielemans. They have a dangerous frontman of their own who enjoys playing against the big boys - Vardy has been directly involved in seven goals in his last seven league appearances against Tottenham with four goals and three assists.

Daniel Amartey and Marc Albrighton are both injured for a side whose back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Man City in December preceded a home loss to strugglers Cardiff City, suggesting the Foxes are better suited for bigger games.

How underrated manager Claude Puel would love to end that inconsistency.

History

In this fixture last season, on the final day of the campaign, the sides produced a thriller which resulted in Spurs sealing third spot in the table.

That spectacle and a 2-0 victory at the King Power Stadium in December, in which Heung-Min and Alli were on target, maintained Spurs’ recent good record against the Foxes – they have only been defeated once in their past six meetings.

Despite the inconsistencies in form, Jamie Vardy remains Leicester’s attacker scoring 7 Premier League goals this season
Jamie Vardy shoots the ball during their match against Manchester United

That one loss came last season when Leicester triumphed 2-1 with Vardy and the now-departed Riyad Mahrez finding the net.

Indeed, since returning to the Premier League in 2014, Leicester have conceded 22 goals against Tottenham Hotspur - more than against any other team.

Yet Leicester have what Spurs crave – a Premier League title – and a pivotal moment in that unforgettable campaign came in a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane in January 2016.

Spurs finished second that season, and some of their fans have had a dislike for Leicester ever since they were pipped to the post and missed out on what they know was a glorious opportunity.

It will come as no surprise to SBOBET fans that the mighty Spurs have won 55 of their meetings with Leicester, enjoying 35 triumphs and 21 draws.

The sides have met 25 times in the Premier League, each winning 10 games.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City Draw 1x2 @3.60
February 10, 21:30 (GMT+8)

Leicester City have lost all three of their games against Spurs at Wembley. As well as last season, they were the defeated side in 1961 FA Cup Final and the 1999 League Cup Final.

With Premier League 2019 betting odds, Spurs naturally start as favourites and are priced 1X2 @ 1.70 with Leicester @ 4.90.

Asian Handicap betting follows a similar path with Leicester + 0.50 @ 2.29 and Spurs an attractive -1.00 @ 2.23.

For more goals galore, over 3.00 goals offers odds of @ 2.38 and total goal 4-6 @ 3.40.

The Double Chance of Leicester or Draw @ 2.07 has a certain appeal, while a repeat of the North Londoner’s 2-0 success in December with the correct score is available @ 8.00.

Given it has now been 29 league games since Spurs last played out a draw - only Portsmouth, between March 1928 and February 1929 (38 games) have gone on a longer run - my prediction may surprise you.

Despite not picking up many points of late, Leicester are playing well and Spurs may also have one eye on their home Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund three days later.

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Premier League: Come On United; Give Ole the Job!

Fulham 0-3 Manchester United

Manchester United is a Premier League force again, at last, and temporary coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves a whole lot of credit.

The Manchester United fans sang the name of their caretaker manager as they breezed to victory under blustery conditions at Craven Cottage on the bank of the River Thames. This was another tick on his application for the job as he made it eight wins in nine league games. And with Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man, Mike Phelan, by his side, OGS has put himself in pole position to be the next permanent manager.

There was a Gallic flavour to this win with first-half goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial which blew their hosts away before Pogba added a second-half penalty.

The Premier League 2019 betting odds on a top-four finish for United have tumbled in recent weeks, and that was unthinkable back in December. Manchester United’s win lifts them into the top four, and they will probably stay there as Chelsea visit Manchester City tomorrow.

But for Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham, the task of staying in the top flight is looking harder by the week.

Highlights of the game

The hosts made a bright start after coming under pressure in the first minute. Fulham broke and had a glorious chance to go ahead when Luciano Vietto got on the end of an Andre Schurrle cross, but he hit his volley wide.

Ever-present Aleksandar Mitrovic has been Fulham’s biggest goal threat and made a nuisance of himself, beating Chris Smalling. His header landed at the feet of Schurrle who blasted over the bar. But the defensive frailty that could well ruin Fulham’s season was on show again in the 14th minute.

Maxime Le Marchand lost the ball to Ander Herrera and he found Anthony Martial, who in turn slid the ball through to Paul Pogba down the left. As keeper Sergio Rico set himself for a cross, the Frenchman hammered the ball high into the net to beat the keeper at his near post.

And it was 2-0 on 23 minutes with an equally brilliant goal. United broke quickly again, and Martial outpaced the Fulham defence with superb skill when Phil Jones found the young striker. He then fired a beauty beyond Rico and into the net. The Cottagers recently came back from a two-goal deficit to beat Brighton, but these Red Devils under OGS are an entirely different prospect.

Paul Pogba scored his seventh Premier League goal in eight games to put United ahead
Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates scoring their third goal

Pogba continued to run the show in the second half, and when Ranieri took Schurrle off before the hour mark the frustrated home fans chanted, ‘you don’t know what you’re doing!’ at the beleaguered Fulham boss. He had subbed his best player who has recently made it known he wants away.

And it got worse for the hosts when Le Marchand felled Juan Mata in the penalty area. Up stepped Pogba with his shuffling, stuttering run up and fired the ball into the right corner. Fulham looked beaten and they were.

Mitrovic did finally bring David de Gea into action with a well-directed header, but the United keeper saved it comfortably. Substitute Alexis Sanchez should have made it four when he went clean through on goal, but his shot was too close to Rico. Then Fulham’s day was summed up when Ryan Babel missed a sitter and was immediately subbed.

Key Statistics

The only blip in Manchester United’s Premier League 2019 results was a home draw with Burnley; otherwise, it’s been wins all the way for the Red Devils. And they have won six consecutive away games for the first time since 2009.

This victory makes it 20 out of 28 for United in the Premier League against Fulham, losing just three and drawing five.

Pogba’s early strike was his seventh goal in eight league games. What must Jose Mourinho be thinking?

If Fulham are to put in a real survival bid, then they must win their home games. They came into this clash with two wins from the last three at the Cottage, but they haven’t had back-to-back victories in the Premier League since 2013.

Anthony Martial score against Fulham during their Premier League match
Anthony Martial celebrates with Phil Jones after scoring Manchester United's second goal

What’s next?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s biggest test so far is looming as French giants PSG head to Old Trafford for a Round of 16 Champions League tie on Tuesday. Take a look at the odds here at SBOBET on what promises to be a cracking game. And then it’s the big northwest derby, Manchester United against Liverpool…what a belter!

Two difficult away games against vastly improved teams face Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham: a trip to West Ham is followed by an away clash with Southampton. The Cottagers have been poor on the road so I don’t see much light at the end of their tunnel.

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Premier League: Liverpool Pick off the Cherries…Over to You, City!

Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League today with a convincing win over travel-sick Bournemouth in front of a packed and delighted Anfield crowd.

With talk of pressure hampering the Reds’ progress, this was just what Jurgen Klopp needed to get his team back on track after two draws had handed the lead at the top over to Manchester City. It was Liverpool back at their best attacking with scintillating speed; a clean sheet with a depleted defence will have pleased the Liverpool boss no end.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring, and Mo Salah finished off the visitors after a brilliant Georgino Wijnaldum chip. Bournemouth are on a terrible run away from home, but take nothing away from Liverpool as this was a big win and fully deserved.

Highlights of the game

The nerves in the home end could have been shredded a little more in the first couple of minutes: Ryan Fraser almost put the Cherries ahead with a curling effort, but Alisson got a strong hand to the ball. Bournemouth fear no one, having recently thumped Chelsea 4-0, and this was an early warning for the Reds.

The Anfield crowd began to get restless but breathed a sigh of relief on 24 minutes when Sadio Mane met a James Milner cross and headed firmly into the Bournemouth net. The Reds relaxed immediately and were in the mood now, almost making it two, minutes later if Salah didn't fluff his shot from 12 yards.

Sadio Mane scored in 4 successive Premier League matches during his time in England for the first time
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praises Sadio Mane following his goal

But ten minutes after the first came the second goal, and the crowd erupted. It was a beautiful finish from Georginio Wijnaldum who controlled a lofted ball before lobbing it over Artur Boruc and into the corner of the net.

Bournemouth’s Adam Smith had a good shout for a penalty just before the break when he fell under a challenge from Andy Robertson. But the referee was unimpressed, booking Smith as he retaliated. And that was the last real chance for the Cherries to get a result.

The game was over minutes after half-time after a lovely move from Liverpool, ending with a delightful flick from Roberto Firmino to tee up Mo Salah. The Egyptian curled the ball into the far corner to make it 3-0.

Liverpool seemed satisfied with that, and Bournemouth looked incapable of finding any way back into the game as the crowd relaxed into the afternoon. And it should have been four after a lightning Liverpool attack. Mo Salah crossed for Naby Keita. He really should have scored his first goal for Liverpool, but he blasted it high into the stands.

The home crowd was in a celebratory mood when they had another treat: Trent Alexander-Arnold came on after three weeks out injured. He almost capped his appearance with a goal, but Boruc did well to keep him out. No matter; this was a good day at the office for the Reds who went three points clear at the top.

Key statistics

All Liverpool eyes will be on the Etihad tomorrow to see whether Manchester City can return to the top with a win over Chelsea.  The Premier League 2019 betting odds point to a race to the end. The Sky Blues look to have a very slight edge at the moment, but this comfortable win will do Liverpool a power of good.

The Reds’ main men were on target: Mane’s opener was his fourth goal in consecutive league games, and Salah’s goal was his 49th in 62 Premier League games.

The Cherries have been shocking on the road. This was Bournemouth’s eighth consecutive away defeat. Happily for Eddie Howe, their home form has been outstanding. Meanwhile, Liverpool has the only unbeaten home record and are undefeated in 33 games at Anfield.

And this was Liverpool’s ninth win against Bournemouth in 11 meetings…no surprises, really.

Mohamed Salah is Premier League's top scorer with 17 goals
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his side's third goal
What’s next?

So while Liverpool fans keep up with the Premier League 2019 updates, the Reds will be preparing for another huge week of football. Klopp comes up against his old Bundesliga foes FC Bayern in the first knockout round of the Champions League.  SBOBET odds will give the best range of Asian Handicap Betting options for this game so take a look tomorrow.

And then, it’s away to Manchester United in the big Premier League game of next weekend…mouth-watering.

The Cherries will be pleased to be back at home next week when they entertain the in-form Wolves in what should prove to be an entertaining clash.

 

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Son of a Gun – He’s Done it Again in Premier League!

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Leicester City

I said if this Premier League encounter ended goalless that I’d eat my hat!

Now I don’t actually have a hat SBOBET fans but I meant what I said simply because these two are attacking-minded sides.

Even without the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and, surprisingly Jamie Vardy – kept on the bench for a reason yet to be made public – it was hard to see a stalemate, especially as there’s only been one goalless draw in the 97 league fixtures between Spurs and Leicester. That came in the second tier of English football in March 1948.

Highlights of the game

As well as the absence of Vardy, there was another unexpected change for the Foxes when Papy Mendy sustained an injury in the warm-up and was replaced by Wilfred Ndidi.

The late disruption didn’t seem to affect them as they created two early chances with Harry Maguire forcing Hugo Lloris to tip the ball over the bar before promising youngster Harvey Barnes fired narrowly wide after being played in by debutant Youri Tielemans.

It was Maguire who had helped earn Leicester a point 11 days earlier at Anfield and Spurs would have been well aware that they have taken points off many of the established big six so far this season.

As far as Premier League 2019 betting odds are concerned, Spurs are distinct outsiders in the title race but want to be in a position to pounce should the top two slip up.

Twenty minutes in and Kasper Schmeichel, a real talent in the mould of his father – recently voted the Premier League’s greatest ever goalkeeper – produced a top-drawer save to deny Danny Rose.

Schmeichel was powerless to prevent the deadlock being broken in the 33rd minute, however, when Christian Eriksen delivered the ball into the danger zone and Davinson Sanchez powered home a header.

It was his first goal for the club following his 2017 summer move from Ajax.

Into the second period and Leicester went close to an equaliser.

Demarai Gray, playing the lone frontman, headed straight at Lloris after a good ball from Ricardo Pereira and then shot at the keeper after good work from Ben Chilwell.

As promising as Gray is and, as enterprising as the likes of Chilwell and James Maddison are, visiting fans must have wondered what if Vardy had been on the pitch.

Moments later he was, just as Jan Vertonghen bundled over Maddison.

The scene seemed set but it must always be difficult to come onto the pitch and be thrust under the spotlight.

He entered the fray and saw the resulting spot-kick, his first touch, parried away by Lloris.

It was to prove a pivotal moment.

Within minutes, Leicester had surrendered possession and the ball made its way to Eriksen who produced a long-range trademark special from 20 yards which left Schmeichel with no chance.

Tottenham Hotspur took advantage of Jamie Vardy's absence in the first half
Jamie Vardy was kept in the bench until the second half started

Vardy was desperate to make amends and played in Barnes, who tested Lloris, before he reduced the arrears himself, expertly converting a pinpoint Pereira cross.

The Foxes deserved their goal and were pressing for an equaliser when Spurs sealed the contest in stoppage time.

Moussa Sissoko cleared a Leicester corner and, with the Foxes committed to attack, Son Heung-Min raced clear half the length of the pitch to despatch the third.

For the third game in a row, Son had provided another of the Premier League 2019 news stories and was the Spurs hero.

Key statistics

The last five Premier League meetings between these teams have produced 25 goals.

Spurs are without a draw in a Premier League record 30 matches.

They have scored six goals in the last 10 minutes of their past four league games.

Son has scored 10 goals in his past 11 league and cup appearances for Spurs and has scored four goals and set up two in his last three Premier League starts against Leicester.

Fernando Llorente has been involved in 11 goals in his past eight starts for Tottenham in all competitions (nine goals, two assists).

Leicester have lost four of their last five league games.

Over the last seven matches, only bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield have earned fewer points than their tally of four.

Leicester have won just one of their last 16 matches on a Sunday in all competitions (drawn four, lost 11). That solitary victory came against Everton in Claude Puel’s first game in October 2017.

Vardy has been directly involved in eight goals in his last eight league appearances against Tottenham, with five goals and three assists.

147 different players have scored for Spurs in the Premier League (level with West Ham).

Eriksen has assisted 57 Premier League goals since his debut in 2013.

What’s next?

Spurs welcome Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund to Wembley in midweek as the Champions League knockout stages resume.

They then have 10 days off before a trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley on February 23.

That is before a massive week with league doubles against arch rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.

It’s nearly a fortnight before Leicester play again.

It’s two home games in four days then for the Foxes who entertain Crystal Palace (February 23) before welcoming Brighton to town (February 26).

 

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Premier League: Manchester City go Top with Six of the Best

Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League tonight with a stunning win, piling heaps of misery onto sorry Chelsea.

And it was a historic night for Sergio Aguero, who fired his 11th Premier League hat-trick, a feat bettered by no-one. Raheem Sterling added a brace as City simply destroyed a poor Chelsea side which, courtesy of the six goal swing, has dropped below Manchester United and Arsenal to sixth in the table.

After a 4-0 thumping at the hands of mid-table Bournemouth Maurizio Sarri admitted that he was struggling to motivate his players. Well we said that Chelsea were attempting the impossible at the Etihad, but I can’t say they made much of an attempt! Maybe Sarri is right.

Meanwhile, the Premier League 2019 betting odds are edging towards the title returning to the Etihad, and on this performance that makes a whole lot of sense.

Highlights of the game

This game was over in half an hour as the Sky Blues breezed into a four goal lead. It could have been more as the hosts blew the Blues away with some scintillating football. It took only four minutes for the Sky Blues to go ahead as the Chelsea defenders still looked to be finding their places. Kevin De Bruyne took a quick free-kick to Bernardo Silva who crossed for Raheem Sterling to fire home from ten yards. It was just too simple.

Hat-trick man Aguero missed an absolute sitter before he opened his account. Silva rolled the ball across the box and the unmarked City top scorer somehow screwed the ball wide from all of three yards! But minutes later he smashed one into the top corner from almost 30 yards out to give Kepa no chance in the Chelsea goal.

Raheem Sterling lead Manchester City in satisfying SBOBET tips and win against Chelsea
Raheem Sterling celebrates after opening the scoring

Only 19 minutes had gone when Aguero scored his second and City went 3-0 up; and it was a nightmare for Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, who tried to head the ball back to his keeper but it went straight into Aguero’s path and beat Kepa again.

The Chelsea defence was all over the place when City made it four on 25 minutes. A weak clearance from David Luiz reached Ilkay Gundogan on the edge of the penalty area and he fired low and true into the corner beyond the reach of the despairing keeper.

It’s hard to fathom, but Chelsea had a good share of the first half and plenty of possession in the hosts’ half. Gonzalo Higuain had the visitors’ best effort, hitting a beautiful dipping volley but Ederson was equal to it with a fingertip save.

Aguero came so close to his hat-trick just after the break heading a De Bruyne cross against the bar, but he didn’t have to wait long for his big moment. In an uncharacteristic moment, the normally excellent Cesar Azpilicueta fouled Sterling and the referee pointed to the spot.

Up stepped Aguero, to fire a perfect penalty into the corner, sending the keeper the wrong way. And that was enough for Pep Guardiola who pulled his big players off, substituting Aguero, De Bruyne and Fernandinho as some Chelsea fans made an early exit. The Blues did have another chance with a free kick but Emerson shot straight at Ederson.

And there was more pain for Chelsea on 80 minutes when Sterling, who opened the scoring, ended the proceedings with a cleverly chipped shot over Kepa and into the net.

Key Statistics

The weekend’s Premier League results kept City on their toes, with Liverpool and Spurs both winning, but this was an emphatic response.

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Maurizio Sarri express disappointment in Chelsea's performance vs Manchester City

Amazingly, Chelsea had over 48 per cent possession in the opening 45 and won the first half shot count by eight to five, but they found themselves 4-0 down! City was simply ruthless.

Today was all about Sergio Aguero. The Argentine has now equaled Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 11 hat-tricks and he has scored an incredible 43 goals in 64 appearances against top six teams.

But sad Chelsea is yet to score an away goal in 2019.

What’s next?

The Champions League is back this week and we’re already making our SBOBET tips, so take a look tomorrow before the action starts on Tuesday.

Manchester City has a favourable draw against FC Schalke, not having the best of seasons in the Bundesliga. That game is next week, and before that the Sky Blues have an FA Cup tie away to Newport County.

With Manchester United’s resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Chelsea is now out of the Champions League places, and on this form the Blues will struggle to get back in. They play at home to the Red Devils in the FA Cup, but have a Europa League tie against Malmo to contend with before that.

 

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Premier League: Big Chance, and a Big Test for Spurs

Burnley vs Tottenham Hotspur

All the talk in the Premier League has been around Liverpool’s hopes of holding Manchester City off in the title race, but Spurs isn’t out of the hunt just yet.

With City playing in the Carabao Cup this weekend and Liverpool facing the in-form Manchester United on Sunday, Mauricio Pochettino’s men can close in on the leaders with a win over Burnley at Turf Moor. Make no mistake, Premier League: Burnley vs Spurs isn’t a guaranteed three points for Spurs, but it’s a great chance.

If Spurs can follow up four wins with a victory in Burnley they will climb to within just two points of the leaders, and that will lift the SBOBET Premier League 2019 to new heights of intrigue. But this corner of East Lancashire can be one difficult place to win, and with Burnley back to their old selves Spurs have a battle on their hands.

Talking Points

Captain Tom is Burnley’s heartbeat

After a difficult start to the season, with fixtures congested by the Europa League, the Clarets’ return to form has coincided with the recall, after a long injury, of goalkeeper and club captain Tom Heaton. Burnley is the only club ever to have had three England keepers on its books. Injuries to Heaton and Nick Pope led Sean Dyche to call on Joe Hart in the summer and he held the goalie’s jersey until the turn of the year.

After a seven-match unbeaten run, Heaton is eyeing a return to the England set-up and that puts more pressure on Everton’s Jordan Pickford, who is having a difficult time. Heaton’s presence seems to have settled the Clarets’ defence which, in turn, has allowed the attacking players to express themselves. 19-year-old winger Dwight McNeill is getting rave reviews with his dashing runs and superb delivery, and he has been a good supply of ammunition for strike pair Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, both on seven goals.

Burnley was within seconds of beating Manchester United in January and is still the only side to take points off the Red Devils under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when both Barnes and Wood were on target.

Spurs take note.

Premier League: Can Tom Heaton and the rest of Burnley stop Tottenham Hotspur?
Tom Heaton in action for Burnley versus Brighton & Hove Albion

King Harry close to a return

Injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli led many of us to believe that Pochettino’s men might struggle to keep up the pressure on the leading pair. But this Spurs team has thrived rather than survived without their big players. They simply blew Borussia Dortmund away in a blistering 45-minute spell in their Champions League tie last week.

South Korean star Heung-Min Son has been in irresistible form in recent weeks, scoring his tenth goal in 11 games in the recent 3-1 win over Leicester City as Spurs embarked on a four-match winning run at Wembley.

While Alli is still some way from recovery, Kane is getting near, a month earlier than expected and he could feature on Saturday, most likely starting on the bench and making an appearance if Spurs need a goal.

History

This North vs South clash is a replay of the 1962 FA Cup Final which was a golden era for both clubs, two years after Burnley had won the league, Spurs pipped the Clarets to the post in both League and Cup in ‘62.

Both teams arrive in good form, Spurs with four wins and Burnley unbeaten in seven in the league, but the last time Spurs left home they lost 2-0 to strugglers Crystal Palace.

The Burnley vs Spurs results in recent years have favoured the Whites, with nine wins to Burnley’s three and three draws. The last meeting was the return match at Wembley when Christian Eriksen scored a 91st minute winner to break Claret hearts.

Spurs have kept a clean sheet in their last three visits to Turf Moor and, amazingly, they haven’t drawn in 30 Premier League games.

Betting Tip

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Burnley vs Tottenham Hotspur Double Chance Burnley or Draw @ 2.06
February 23, 20:30 (GMT+8)

The Burnley vs Spurs betting odds point to an away win with Spurs at 1.70 to win, Burnley at 4.80 and the draw is 3.70.

This does present a good chance for Spurs to close the gap at the top, but Sean Dyche’s team is fighting tooth and nail to climb away from the danger zone and, once again, they look like the team which finished seventh last season.

Spurs run of league games without a draw has to end sometime and the Clarets will be hard to break down while posing a threat up front, the visitors’ back line will know they’ve been in a game!

The league table says it should be an away win for sure, but the last six league games say otherwise and I don’t think there will be more than a goal in it.

Coming from a loyal Claret…is that head or heart?

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Premier League: It’s the Big One!

Manchester United vs Liverpool

It is the biggest game in English football and as big as it gets on planet football.

Manchester United versus Liverpool at Old Trafford.

When English football’s two most successful clubs collide, the world watches.

Make no mistake. Despite the ‘new money’ that has come into the top level of English football over the past decade and a half or so, this remains the ultimate clash and the most fierce rivalry in the Premier League.

Talking Points

Both sides come into this one on the back of good results.

United were impressive as they knocked FA Cup holders Chelsea out of the competition on their own turf, while Liverpool played out a goalless draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League – a better result than many realise.

As has regularly been the case over many years, this clash has much riding on it.

Liverpool are desperate to win English football’s top prize for the first time in 29 years. When they last triumphed in 1990 it took their tally to 18 league titles compared to United’s seven.

Now, masterminded by the great Sir Alex Ferguson, United have 20 in the bank with the Merseysiders still on 18.

This season Liverpool - who have two more European Cup triumphs to their name than United (five to three) - are in prime position to end that drought but there have been recent signs the pressure is starting to get to them.

They were convincing 3-0 winners at home to Bournemouth in their last league match a fortnight ago, mind.

United have not been involved in the title race this season and are a massive 14 points off the summit.

Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri trains ahead of their Premier League clash vs Man United
Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri during training

Their form, since the appointment of interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – appointed three days after they lost to Liverpool two months ago – has been impressive though and they have climbed into the Premier League’s top four when the possibility seemed highly unlikely.

United will hope at least one of Anthony Martial or Jesse Lingard can make an earlier than expected return from injury this weekend, while Liverpool will likely be relieved Virgil van Dijk’s midweek suspension in Europe does not apply domestically.

Manchester United have won seven of their past nine home league games against Liverpool and have also won eight of their last nine Premier League matches, yet they have kept just one clean sheet in their 12 Premier League home fixtures this season, a joint-division low.

Two personal benchmarks are also very close to being reached, although only one could be in this clash.

David De Gea is one clean sheet away from his 100th in the Premier League, while Mo Salah is one shy of 50 Premier League goals for Liverpool - if he scores in this game, he will have 50 in just 63 games, making him the fastest player to reach the milestone for a single club.

Even without these intriguing stats, this has all the hallmarks of a clash which could produce many of the 2019 Premier League highlights in one afternoon.

In English football this is as big as it gets.

History

Liverpool’s 3-1 victory in this fixture at Anfield in December, when second half substitute Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice, was their first league win over United in four and a half years.

Last season, a Marcus Rashford double inside 24 minutes fired United to a 2-1 success at Old Trafford. The meeting at Anfield earlier in the campaign had ended goalless.

Both meetings the previous season also ended level. Again, 0-0 at Anfield, and then 1-1 at Old Trafford when Zlatan Ibrahimovic cancelled out a James Milner penalty.

Overall, throughout a long and illustrious history, United have the edge with 88 victories, Liverpool have won 76 of the meetings and the other 65 games have ended in draws.

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Manchester United vs Liverpool Manchester United Asian Handicap 0.00 @ 2.26
February 24, 22:05(GMT+8)

SBOBET fans will not be surprised to know the 2019 Premier League betting odds are a close run thing.

Liverpool start as slight favourites, according to 1X2 odds @ 2.35 with United @ 2.94. The draw – a result in three of the last five meetings – is available @ 3.30.

With plenty of attacking talent on display, over 2.75 goals will pay out @ 2.03 and over 3.00 goals @ 2.38.

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Premier League: Who’d say Burnley Can Beat Spurs? Barnes and Wood!

Burnley 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane’s much anticipated comeback was spoiled at Turf Moor on Saturday lunchtime, as Sean Dyche’s Burnley shocked Spurs and walked away with all three points.

That the Clarets fought tooth and nail was no surprise, but the way they attacked the game with the scores level may have caught Spurs off their guard. And it was Burnley’s in-form strike duo Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood who scored either side of a Kane equaliser.

It all means that Spurs’ hopes of winning the Premier League have taken a mighty blow, while Burnley has moved away from the bottom three places, now six points clear and up in 13th place. The Premier League 2019 betting odds on Mauricio Pochettino’s team lifting the title are lengthening rapidly, as are the chances of Burnley going down.

Highlights of the game

The first half went much as expected as Spurs zipped the ball around with crisp passing and fast movement, while Burnley defended in numbers and tried to hit the visitors with a combination of long balls and fast breaks. The outcome was a goalless first 45 minutes, though Barnes came close after a sweeping Burnley move but his shot flew just over the bar, and Kane headed a good chance into the hands of the Burnley keeper.

Tom Heaton has been in superb form since his return to the Clarets’ team. And while he probably had a quieter day than he expected, he was called into action by a brilliant piece of play from Kane shortly after the break. The comeback kid made space for himself with quick feet and unleashed a beauty of a shot destined for the top corner, but Heaton flung himself across the goal to tip over.

It’s well worth watching the Premier League 2019 highlights to see a world class shot and save by the two England men.

Heung-Min Son has filled Harry Kane’s goal scoring shoes in the England man’s absence but he struggled to make much impression on a Burnley defence, well marshalled by man-of-the-match James Tarkowski. And then, on the hour, the Clarets stunned Spurs with the opener.

Young winger Dwight McNeill won the ball in midfield and earned a corner after a mazy run, and Chris Wood rose highest to head into the corner of the Spurs net from the dead ball kick.

Harry Kane managed to score but fails to uplift Tottenham as they were beaten 2-1 by Burnley in Premier League
Harry Kane scores on his return to Tottenham

Spurs fought back quickly and were level on 65 minutes when the quick thinking Danny Rose took a throw-in, about ten yards further forward than where the ball went out, and hurled his throw over the top of the Burnley defence to Kane who finished clinically.

The Whites had to wait until second half injury time before Christian Eriksen snatched a dramatic winner against the Clarets at Wembley in December.  And they went for another late win here, but then so did Burnley as Dyche threw on Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson. And it was the Icelandic winger who made the difference, rolling a clever pass across the penalty area for Barnes to tap in at the far post.

Turf Moor erupted as Spurs title hopes looked is disarray.

Key statistics

This was a big win for Burnley at pre-match SBOBET odds of 4.80 but in the end it was well deserved. Spurs dominated possession with 69 per cent of the ball, but while the shot count was won by the visitors 17 to ten, only two of the Clarets’ shots were from outside the area while ten of Spurs’ were.

It was a magnificent eight for the Clarets. Both Barnes and Wood have moved on to eight league goals and look very likely to finish the season in double figures. There aren’t many teams outside the top six that wouldn’t pay good money for a strike partnership like this.

Dyche’s team looks back to its best again, having gone eight games unbeaten since losing to Everton on Boxing Day.

It ended a run of four consecutive wins for Spurs, but it’s back-to-back away defeats in the league for the title chasers. And, amazingly Spurs still hasn’t drawn after 27 games this season, winning 20 and losing seven.

What’s next?

After winning a game they weren’t expected to, the Clarets now have a big week with games against teams in the mix in the bottom eight. First they travel to Newcastle on Tuesday and then they welcome Crystal Palace to Turf Moor.

Spurs has a rather different challenge with two huge London derbies on the way. They travel away to Chelsea and that will be a tough enough game, but then it’s the North London derby when Unai Emery’s Arsenal visits Wembley.

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Premier League: Red Devils Hinder Liverpool’s Title March!

Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool

Manchester United held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Old Trafford, a result which lifts Jurgen Klopp’s side to the top of the league by a single point.

Liverpool are going for their first Premier League title and Jurgen Klopp was at pains to say this massive game, Premier League Manchester United vs Liverpool, would not be decisive, but failing to beat a United side ravaged by injury has left Manchester City as clear favourites for the title.

The pre-match Manchester United vs Liverpool betting tips all pointed to a close game and the Red Devils fought hard after losing three players to injury in the first half. But Liverpool were toothless.

Highlights of the game

Jurgen Klopp started with an experienced line-up in the knowledge that this was the biggest game of Liverpool’s season. It was always going to be a tough match against their oldest and fiercest rivals, and the vast majority of the 75,000 fans at Old Trafford were in full voice roaring on the Red Devils.

The hosts dominated possession in the first half but there were few shots on target, two for United and one for Liverpool. Mo Salah was looking for his 50th goal for the Reds in the Premier League, after scoring in last week’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth, when Liverpool were back to their attacking best, but he didn’t get a sniff before the break.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a really tough opening 45 minutes, having to make all three substitutions before the half time.

Midfield dynamo Ander Herrera was the first to bite the dust, injured on 22 minutes and replaced by the inexperienced Andreas Pereira. Next to fall was Juan Mata who limped off on 25 minutes to be replaced by Jesse Lingard. Worryingly Marcus Rashford looked to be struggling but he made it through to the break. Substitute Lingard didn’t though, and he was replaced by Alexis Sanchez just before half time as the physio room at Old Trafford started to become a little crowded.

Premier League: Manchester United are forced to use three of their substitutes due to injury
Jesse Lingard receiving treatment inside the pitch during the match between Manchester United and Liverpool

Liverpool had to make a change of their own when Roberto Firmino began to struggle and he was replaced by Daniel Sturridge. There were more first-half substitutions than shots on target but United did have a couple of good efforts just before the break, with Romelu Lukaku forcing a save out of Alisson with a header aimed for the corner.

Rashford looked in some discomfort in the second half but he was in the early action as United looked the more likely to score. Lukaku raided down the right and when his cross fell to Rashford, the youngster’s effort hit the side netting. Jurgen Klopp looked visibly irritated as Liverpool offered little going forward.

The visitors had a chance on 70 minutes when James Milner fired a cross into the near post but Georginio Wijnaldum’s effort was deflected just wide. And it was a measure of Salah’s disappointing afternoon when he was substituted on 79 minutes. The Egyptian hitman had been virtually invisible.

This game will never feature in the Manchester United vs Liverpool highlights packages but it could be a big moment in the 2019 Premier League.

Key Statistics

Liverpool has only won one of its last 13 games in all competitions at Old Trafford and that was five years ago. They didn’t really look like ever winning this one either.

The Red Devils are on the longest current unbeaten run in the Premier League, ten games, and Solskjaer will be delighted by the clean sheet. It’s only the second one in 13 games at Old Trafford this season…amazing!

What’s next?

There’s another great week coming up for SBOBET football fans. For Liverpool, it’s a visit to Watford and then the Mersey derby next weekend at Goodison Park, and that will be as tough as anything as the Toffees try to frustrate their neighbours’ title bid.

And then Klopp’s men are at home to Burnley, who did the top two a favour yesterday by beating Spurs 2-1.  I think Liverpool needs to win all three to keep the pressure up at the top.

Manchester United have two winnable games, away to Crystal Palace, though that won’t be easy against Roy Hodgson’s side, 1-4 winners at Leicester City this weekend; and then at home to relegation-threatened Southampton. The Red Devils have dropped to fifth after Arsenal beat Southampton today.

 

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The Quadruple Dream Continues: Sky Blues Face Hammers for Their Premier League Hopes

Manchester City vs West Ham United

There's no question that Manchester City are the best team in England at the moment, and one can definitely understand why some pundits are already ceding the Premier League as theirs.

They have one of the deepest teams in Europe, and Pep Guardiola cannot help but field outstanding squads every single time they play a football game. They have four slots lined up in their trophy cabinet, and the fans eagerly await the inclusion of the league, the FA Cup, and the Champions League to the collection.

Of course, West Ham United will be trying everything in their power to stop them. Given the way they have surprised the bookies this season, there is enough basis for the West Ham faithful to believe that the Hammers can pull off a magnificent upset.

The question that must be asked is this: can West Ham actually stop the Sky Blues from scoring goals? And do they have the ability to pull a fast one on their imposing defence?

Talking Points

A Giant-killing is possible with the Hammers

The Hammers have been in and out of the league's top half, and the faithful fans that flock the London Stadium will tell you how close of a shave the past couple of years have been. They have flirted with relegation frequently over the past two seasons that it is understandable that many of them will approach this game with a guarded positivity.

It's not exactly difficult to understand why the Hammers aren't looking forward to a trip to Manchester. They have not been the most consistent team, and their Premier League 2019 results have been a mixed bag of great victories and disappointing defeats. Their inconsistent form is the only thing stopping them from reaching greater heights in the table.

However, I would like to point out to the West Ham faithful that there is enough reason to be positive coming into this match. They have pulled off impressive results against incredible opposition against clubs such as Arsenal and Manchester United. They also held Liverpool, City's biggest rival for the title, to a 1-1 draw. Their latest triumph over Fulham is also encouraging.

Felipe Anderson eyes to defy the odds and help West Ham beat Manchester City in Premier League
Felipe Anderson celebrates after assisting Michail Antonio in West Ham United's Premier League match against Liverpool

In order for them to pull off such a draw or a win, they need their star players to step up to the plate. Felipe Anderson has been a revelation from the wing and must step up once again. Marko Arnautovic should also be on form to bang in goals. Lukasz Fabianski must be alert to stop any Sky Blue shot attempt from going in.

Beating City is a gargantuan task for any manager, but Manuel Pellegrini must approach this game positively. The quality of his players at the London Stadium may not be up to par to the Manchester City team he handled in his 2013/14 campaign, but they can definitely take City to their limits.

It's a game for City to lose

West Ham can definitely upset the Sky Blues if they allow them to do what they want, and it is up to Pep Guardiola's men to stem the attacks of the men in claret.

They won a steely EFL Cup encounter against Chelsea, and the Blues showed the rest of the league ways on how to limit the Sky Blues from scoring. Moreover, the EFL Cup may have come at a cost as they lost key players to injury.

While Guardiola was delighted that they won the first of their quadruple, he admitted that the injuries Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte sustained was going to hurt their chances in the other fronts: "the only problem is we will be without important players for the coming weeks."

However, the Sky Blues have a wealth of talent to back them up. Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, and Vincent Kompany can hold down the middle of the pitch while Kyle Walker is more than a capable replacement for the injured Brazilian.

More importantly, they still have their outstanding attacking core intact. The fact that they have Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, and Kevin De Bruyne in the rotation is a testament to the monstrosity of a team that they have.

And don't get me started on the ever-consistent Sergio Aguero.

This is honestly City's game to lose, and the Premier League 2019 odds back them up. I will be honestly surprised if this game ends in anything but a win for them.

History

The two Premier League regulars have met a total of at least 100 times since 1924. City currently hold the better win-loss record between them with 51 games won, while the Hammers are toiling with their 33 victories. The remaining sixteen fixtures have been draws that were mostly made in West Ham's home grounds.

The biggest bogey that is haunting West Ham at the moment is the fact that they lost 8-1 in their last two fixtures at the London Stadium. Their most recent game in November 2018 was a total embarrassment for the Hammers as they didn't get to score any goals at all.

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Manchester City vs West Ham United 2-3 Total Goals @ 2.41
February 28, 04:00 (GMT+8)

There's no reason to doubt that Manchester City will crush West Ham and come away with the three points. The sheer difference in quality between the two of them is just too great for the Hammers to overcome with just willpower alone.

However, I don't think they'll be able to score more than three goals against West Ham. Their last two games at the Etihad saw the game ending with a total of three goals made. The Hammers should be doing everything they can to be solid in the back, and there's no reason to believe that more of the same would happen here.

This will be an interesting game to watch for SBOBET punters and the neutral footballing fan. It will be curious to see if West Ham can defy the odds and pull off another incredible result.

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Premier League: Capital Clash May Not Provide Rebellion Remedy

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

Two clubs from the capital in need of a pick-me-up.

One dramatically beaten in the lottery of a penalty shoot-out to miss out on the first major silverware of the season; the other reeling from a late blow which could have finally killed off their title hopes – albeit very outside ones anyway.

Revenge may also be in the air as Chelsea and Spurs prepare for this Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, their third meeting in less two months.

We are about to find out if familiarity really does breed contempt.

Talking Points

Let’s be honest: it’s all been about the shoot-out mutiny in the build-up to this.

Unless it was all about a ‘misunderstanding’ as Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri suggested after the match, the behaviour of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in their League Cup Final defeat on Sunday was nothing short of disgraceful.

Suffering from a cramp with spot kicks looming, the young Spanish goalkeeper’s refusal to be substituted – insisting he was fit enough to continue – was as astonishing as it was unacceptable.

While he should be disciplined, it says much for the modern game that he may not. And while he will still be at the club next season, Sarri will certainly be not.

This episode was indicative of ‘player power’ and was complete public insurrection, showing scant regard for the club and no respect whatsoever for his manager.

The rebellion will still be uppermost in the minds of home players and fans alike when this important league clash begins which is unfortunate, particularly for Sarri whom, until that point, had held the upper hand tactically in the Wembley showpiece.

The struggling Chelsea squad will host Tottenham for a Premier League midweek clash
Chelsea's goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga jumps while aiming to save a shot attempt

The mood will be interesting if and when Kepa’s name is read out over the tannoy at the start of the contest.

Of course, Spurs had disciplinary problems of their own over the weekend.

The threat of a touchline ban hangs over boss Mauricio Pochettino who was charged for his conduct following their 2-1 league defeat to Burnley.

Spurs were angered by some of the decisions of the controversial Dean, who has been stood down as the fourth official from this fixture.

Pochettino acknowledged afterwards that he was really more frustrated by his side’s inability to build on their equaliser at Turf Moor as they chased a win which would have moved them nearer the summit.

He did have the consolation, however, of seeing Harry Kane return with a goal after six weeks on the sidelines – a big lift for the club which has been badly affected by injuries since the turn of the year.

So the opportunity to make amends quickly for a below-par display now awaits Spurs who also host Arsenal in the North London derby before the week is over.

In truth, both sides need a lift, and this may be fruity with tensions already simmering in the respective camps.

After all, these meetings have already produced some Premier League 2019 highlights, not always for the right reasons.

 


 

 

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History

Many SBOBET fans will know there is much history between these two rivals.

After holding a hoodoo over Spurs for so long, Chelsea have struggled in recent years against their London rivals.

Spurs have won four of their last seven meetings including Sarri's first defeat in the Premier League, a 3-1 Wembley success in November.

They also won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge last season - their first success in 31 visits to Stamford Bridge in all competitions since February 1990.

Overall, Chelsea have triumphed in 69 of their meetings with Spurs enjoying victory 54 times and 40 matches ending all square.

Of course, Chelsea won in a penalty shoot-out in last month’s League Cup semi-final after the two-legged tie had finished 2-2 on aggregate.

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Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur Asian Handicap Spurs draw no bet @ 2.36
February 28 04:00 (GMT+8)

Premier League 2019 betting odds edge towards the home side, as they so often do at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are priced 1X2 @ 2.29 and Spurs @ 3.10 with the draw @ 3.25.

It’s similar with Asian Handicap betting with Chelsea available to back at -0.50 @ 2.29 and Spurs +0.25 @ 1.95.

If you fancy goals, you can get odds @ 2.11 of over 2.75 goals, total goal 2-3 @ 1.91 and total goal 4-6 @ 3.25.

A repeat of Chelsea’s 2-1 victory in the League Cup last month (they won the tie on penalties after 180 minutes) is priced @ 8.00 with correct score betting, whereas a repeat of Spurs’ 3-1 November triumph – the same scoreline they won in this corresponding fixture last season – is @ 30.00.

With Spurs still missing key personnel, my tip may surprise you.

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Desperate Times, Desperate Measures?: Liverpool’s Challenge for the Premier League Title

Liverpool vs Watford

Liverpool are still at the top of the English game, and Anfield is still one of the toughest destinations to play in England. However, they are losing their grip on the Premier League title and are a bit short-handed defensively. Manchester City are closing in on the summit and Tottenham aren't that far behind. Any more draws and the Reds can bid goodbye to their top position.

They have a chance to put some more distance between them and the Sky Blues when they face Watford, but the Hornets themselves are in a good run of form. If they aren't careful enough, they will see the rug pulled under their feet.

Can the Merseyside club keep their position at the top? Or will Watford spoil their season and drag them down the table? Join the SBOBET football team as we take a look at this important match.

Talking Points

Can Liverpool keep the summit?

The Reds have built a reputation over the past three years as a strong football team that is always looking to strike. The 2017/18 campaign saw the fulfilment of Jurgen Klopp's vision that he has strived to build since his arrival in 2015.

Thanks to the outstanding attacking talents of Firmino, Salah and Sane, the Reds finished with 84 scored goals last season. They kept the goals coming this season as they combine for an astonishing total of 28 league goals.

They also looked solid at the back as Virgil van Dijk and James Milner worked to keep the backline as strong as possible. The emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold was also vital in the Reds' rise to the top of the table.

However, their form has dipped since the turn of the year. In fact, four of their last five matches in all competitions ended in extremely frustrating draws. While some of those matches were against tough competition (like the revitalised Manchester United), it cannot be denied that their Premier League 2019 results are underwhelming, to say the least.

Fortunately, Klopp and the rest of the Liverpool locker room are more than aware of their problems. They know that the fire that brought them to the top is missing and that they must play with their hearts on their sleeves if they want to finish the season as Premier League champions.

They no longer have the centre-back shortage that plagued them over the past couple of months as Van Dijk is now fit to play. It will be up to the squad to play their guts out, work hard for the shirt, and get the three points at Anfield.

Etienne Capoue hopes to replicate his prolific form when Watford face Liverpool in the Premier League
Etienne Capoue applauds the fans after playing a vital role in Watford’s recent Premier League match

The Hornets look to sting

This is possibly the best situation that Javi Gracia's Watford can be at the moment.

They are far from competing for European places as there are ten points between them and Chelsea. Wolverhampton Wanderers, the team that could leapfrog them in the standings, have struggled to win games against lesser competition. Unlike their hosts, the Hornets come to this game with the littlest amount of pressure.

They have also proven themselves as a club that is worthy of attention. They almost got away with a draw against Manchester City, and their wins over Liverpool's neighbours Everton and Cardiff City are just some of their impressive Premier League 2019 results.

Their position is also due to the players who are exceeding pre-season expectations. Etienne Capoue showed fans why he was such an acquisition from Tottenham in 2015. Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu have stepped up in the goals department, and Jose Holebas continues to supply goals from the left wing.

There's nothing Watford should fear at the moment, and the way they have played their football is nothing short of outstanding. There's no wonder why Sir Elton John keeps on recommending potential players for the Hornets to pick up.

History

It's quite surprising, but there was a time that the two teams didn't even face each other on the football pitch. There have only been 25 professional football games the two clubs have played since 1982, and the Reds understandably won 19 of them.

Their most recent matches also paint a discouraging fixture for the Vicarage Road-based club. Five of their last six matches in the league all ended in wins, and three of those results saw the Reds end the game with at least a three-goal lead.

There's one sliver of hope the travelling Watford faithful can hang on to, though: the Hornets managed to keep up with Liverpool's scoring and finish the game in a 3-3 draw in August 2017.

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Liverpool vs Watford Total Goals @ 2.15
February 28, 04:00 (GMT+8)

It's easy to understand why many of the pre-game Premier League 2019 predictions see Liverpool winning with ease. They still have one of the better attacking cores in the entire country, and Virgil van Dijk's return to the starting XI would surely boost Jurgen Klopp's confidence.

However, I believe that Watford will be up to par with the Reds. They don't have the pressure of keeping Manchester City at bay unnecessarily burdening them, and their more recent performances paint an encouraging picture for their supporters and the neutrals.

I surmise this game to be a rather close one, with either Firmino or Salah scoring the winning goal. However, I don't think either side would be able to score much. The most likely result would be 2-1 in favour of Liverpool.

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Premier League: A Tale Of Two Keepers As Sarri Takes Control

Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

The evening began with talk about one goalkeeper and ended with the focus very much on another.

‘Will he, won’t he’, was what many a fan and SBOBET followers were wondering after the Kepa Arrizabalaga episode.

A mixture of cheers and boos emanated around Stamford Bridge as the stadium announcer read his name on the team-sheet before this Premier League match kicked off.

Yet by the time the game had finished, it was another goalkeeper who was firmly under the spotlight.

Highlights of the game

Of course, Arrizabalaga was dropped to the bench by Maurizio Sarri for undermining his manager’s authority and credibility with his one-man rebellion 72 hours earlier.

Now, Sarri needed a result to match the conviction he showed with his selection.

A month after these two sides could only be separated by penalties in the League Cup semi-final, this initially seemed like one encounter too many for two jaded teams who either cancelled each other out or were devoid of their usual spark.

Seven minutes in, and Gonzalo Higuain hit the post with a sliced effort with the outside of his boot which was moving away from Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Two minutes from the break, and the frame of the other goal was shaking.

Harry Winks saw his effort come back off the bar before Arrizbalaga’s replacement, Willy Caballero, managed to fingertip a low Son Heung-Min ball away before it reached the lurking Harry Kane.

 
 
 
 

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Tottenham were looking to win three consecutive league games against Chelsea for the first time since a run of five between March 1961 and September 1963.

But for two sides who have produced a number of Premier League 2019 highlights, this game was still waiting to burst into life.

It finally did.

Early after the restart, Higuain had the ball in the net but was fractionally offside as he raced onto Jorginho’s neat pass.

Then, 12 minutes into the second half, Pedro dribbled into the box, dropped a shoulder and rifled low through the legs of Lloris, the pace surprising the 2018 World Cup-winning goalkeeper.

Spurs briefly looked like they would threaten with the introduction of Fernando Llorente, but their frustrations were complete six minutes from time when Kieran Trippier, under no pressure, rolled the ball back to Lloris, failing to realise the keeper had sprinted out to the edge of his box.

Whether it was the fault of Trippier, Lloris or a bit of both, it was a frustrating and farcical end to the evening for Spurs and their unconvincing number one.

Hugo Lloris and Chelsea are now in Premier League fans' radar after losing to the Blues
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris looks dejected and confused during their Premier League match against Chelsea

How Chelsea crowed as the Premier League 2019 betting odds took another twist, and they improved their chances of a top-four finish.

Key statistics

Chelsea have now hit the woodwork 18 times in the Premier League this season.

Before tonight, Spurs had won three of their last four Premier League meetings with Chelsea, as many as they had in their previous 20 attempts.

The last time Chelsea lost both league games in a season to Tottenham was in 1970-71.

The Blues are unbeaten in all four Premier League home matches this season against other established top-six teams (won three, drawn two).

Sarri’s side have scored 20 goals in their last 16 league matches, compared to 27 goals in their first 11 fixtures this season.

Tottenham have taken 15 points from seven London derbies this season; now Chelsea, with 16, have earned more.

Spurs have gone a Premier League record 32 consecutive fixtures without a draw since April. It’s the longest top-flight run since Portsmouth’s 38-game streak in 1928-29.

This is the first time Spurs have lost four consecutive away matches in all competitions since a run of seven in a row under Harry Redknapp from December 2008 to February 2009.

Mauricio Pochettino has won four Premier League games against Chelsea as Tottenham manager - more than every other Spurs boss combined.

However, Pochettino has lost nine times to Chelsea, more than any other opponent in his managerial career.

What’s next?

The big matches keep coming for these two sides.

Both have London derbies this weekend also. Spurs host Arsenal at Wembley in the North London derby, while Chelsea make the short journey to neighbours Fulham.

A hectic period for Chelsea continues with two home games in four days: they face Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League and Wolves in the Premier League.

Likewise, Spurs travel to Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, albeit with a 3-0 first-leg advantage, and then face strugglers Southampton on March 9.

 

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Premier League: Liverpool Hammer Hornets to stay Top

Liverpool 5-0 Watford

Well, if anyone was wondering whether Liverpool have recovered from their little wobble, the Reds proved it emphatically with a five-star show against Watford.

Knowing they needed to match Manchester City’s result against West Ham to stay at the top of the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds were excellent from start to finish. The second half of this season is proving to be more of a challenge than the first to Liverpool. The leaders have struggled to turn draws into wins, but not tonight as Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk scored a brace each.

It was a big night in the top flight, and when the Premier League 2019 results came through, the news that Manchester City had beaten West Ham made this result all the more important.

Highlights of the game

Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates after playing a vital role in Liverpool’s Premier League match
Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates with teammates at the end of their Premier League match with Watford at Anfield

Roberto Firmino picked up an injury in the draw with Manchester United at the weekend, and that meant a place for Divock Origi. But it was Sadio Mane, starting in a centre forward position, who put the Reds ahead on just nine minutes. Trent Alexander-Arnold swung in a beautiful cross from the right, and Mane rose to plant his header past Ben Foster and into the net.

If that was a well-worked goal, the second was a touch of genius with the same two players involved again. Alexander-Arnold found Mane on the penalty spot and it looked like his first touch had let him down, but he sent an outrageous backheel beyond Foster and in for his second.

Watford came into this game fresh from hammering Cardiff City 1-5 last Friday when Gerard Deulofeu helped himself to a hat-trick, but they looked shell-shocked and must have feared a thrashing of their own (quite rightly). Alexander-Arnold is in superb form and he lifted a ball over for Mo Salah. The Egyptian was inches away as his shot hit the post.

The Hornets almost halved the deficit just before the break when Deulofeu passed to Troy Deeney but he fired wide from ten yards.

Liverpool seemed to be coasting in the early stages of the second half but they stepped up the pace and were three up with a quarter of the game remaining as the Hornets’ defence opened up for Divock Origi to cut inside and fire a low shot beyond Foster.

Three became four on 80 minutes and it was man-of-the-match Alexander-Arnold the provider again, this time bending in a superb dead-ball kick for Virgil van Dijk to nod home. And the big centre-back scored his second in two minutes heading past Foster again from an Andy Robertson cross. Van Dijk fancied a hat-trick but time ran out on the big defender!

This was an outstanding performance from a team which believes it can win a first Premier League title, and that would be so sweet for the passionate Liverpool fans.

Key statistics

The Premier League 2019 betting markets still favour the title returning to the Etihad, but Liverpool are putting up one heck of a fight, still with just one defeat all season. And Anfield has become a fortress where the Reds are unbeaten in 35.

And Jurgen Klopp’s side has narrowed the deficit in goal difference, now just six adrift of Manchester City as the Sky Blues beat West Ham by a single goal.

Watford have suffered real pain in Liverpool, this 5-0 drubbing following 6-1 and 5-1 losses in the last two seasons.

And Liverpool are now unbeaten in seven league games against Watford, scoring 25 goals and keeping five clean sheets. Meanwhile, Sadio Mane loves swatting the Hornets with five goals and three assists in five games.

 

What’s next?

There’s a real treat for SBOBET Football fans next weekend when Klopp takes his team across Stanley Park to Everton for the Mersey Derby on Sunday afternoon. That will be one heck of a game and a big test for Klopp’s men, who only managed to beat the Toffees at Anfield in December, thanks to a last-minute clanger dropped by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.

But they’ll go there in good spirits to face a side out of form, until beating Cardiff 0-3 on Tuesday.

Watford are at home to Leicester City and that will be a fascinating clash. Both teams are chasing Europa League qualification, and the Leicester players have a new head coach to impress in Brendan Rodgers after recently seen off another manager, this time Claude Puel. He watched his new side beat Brighton last night.

 

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Premier League: City Squeeze Past West Ham

Manchester City 1-0 West Ham

A second-half penalty, coolly converted by Sergio Aguero, was enough for Manchester City to beat West Ham and keep the heat on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

It was a frustrating night for the Sky Blues until Aguero’s penalty, and while it was a harsh award, West Ham did well to keep the score down to one as City dominated from virtually the first whistle to the last.

Pep Guardiola apologised for the way he succeeded Manuel Pellegrini as City boss back in 2016, and the Hammers coach received a warm reception on his return.

The Sky Blues, just as they are now, were chasing a historic quadruple under Pellegrini, but the speculation surrounding Pep’s arrival seemed to derail them. And this was the Hammers boss’ first visit to the Etihad since. And his team came quite close to derailing Guardiola’s trophy charge.

Highlights of the game

It was one-way traffic from the first minute as Manchester City surged forward, and Kevin De Bruyne hit a searing drive from 25 yards which whistled just past Lukasz Fabianski’s post. And the Hammers keeper’s upright was rattled on five minutes when De Bruyne pulled the ball back for David Silva who crashed his shot against the post.

As City swarmed all over the Hammers, De Bruyne was involved again. He cut the ball back for Sergio Aguero, but his backheel was wide. The Hammers overcame relegation-threatened Fulham last week, thanks to a controversial handled goal by Javier Hernandez, but it took them 25 minutes to get into City’s penalty area when Vincent Kompany beat Andy Carroll to a cross from Michail Antonio.

 

The Etihad crowd became a little subdued as their side failed to turn possession into goals, and tonight’s Premier League 2019 updates came through at half-time with the news that Liverpool had gone 2-0 up against Watford.

The Sky Blues began the second half as they did the first, but it was West Ham who came close to breaking the deadlock just after the break. Manuel Lanzini fired a low ball across the penalty area, and Carroll slid in at the far post but shot straight at Ederson.

Guardiola had seen enough and made a change, bringing Bernardo Silva on, and he had an immediate impact. He ran at the heart of the West Ham defence and felt a touch from Felipe Anderson’s outstretched leg which was enough to send him sprawling. Sergio Aguero stepped up and slotted the penalty home to give City a rather lucky lead. It was a harsh penalty, to say the least, but the Sky Blues were happy to take anything after an hour without a goal.

The game was almost out of sight a couple of minutes later, though, but Ryan Fredericks made a heroic goal-line clearance from David Silva and then Aguero. City began to look a little leggy, but De Bruyne continued to dominate the game and brought another save from Fabianski late in the game.

Bernardo Silva off the bench lifts Manchester City in Premier League match against West Ham United in Etihad Stadium
Bernardo Silva in action after coming off the bench for Manchester City

Key statistics

Few Manchester City vs West Ham predictions suggested this game would be goalless at the break, and Pellegrini must have been as delighted as Guardiola was frustrated. The Sky Blues had 78 per cent possession and 11 shots to nil. But only one shot was on target.

The final shot count in this 100th encounter between these two teams registered 20 to two, and City managed seven on target.

West Ham has been hovering around the middle of the table for much of the season and finished the evening in tenth.

Sergio Aguero was the man for the big moment again and he has been on the winning side in each of his last 24 league starts at the Etihad.

And Pep likes playing the Hammers; he has been on the winning side in all of his seven games against West Ham. But this was the first time in 16 Premier League games at the Etihad that City had failed to score two goals.

What’s next?

Pep takes his Sky Blues on a trip to the South coast next Saturday when they take on mid-table Bournemouth. The Cherries are always happier on their home turf and will be keen to recover from their latest drubbing on the road, having lost 5-1 to Arsenal this evening.

Manchester City have the first of their targets in the bank, having bagged the Carabao Cup last weekend. The league champions will be determined to stay in the hunt in the other three. Keep up with our SBOBET tips for the coming round of fixtures over the next couple of days.

The Hammers are at home to Newcastle this weekend, and the Magpies will arrive in good spirits having just defeated Burnley as they climb away from the danger zone.

 

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Premier League: Are We Up for a Cherry-Picking in the South Coast?

AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City

If you're a sensible football fan, you'd look at this upcoming battle between Bournemouth and Manchester City and see an easy win for the Sky Blues with the quaint south coast as the backdrop. However, avid Bournemouth fans know that they have as much of a chance at getting the three points here as City.

The Cherries aren't the biggest team in the Premier League, but everyone who has watched them play knows that they can play some beautiful football. Under Eddie Howe, Bournemouth have churned out impressive results, and some of them were very impressive giant-killings.

Of course, one would not easily bet against Pep Guardiola and Manchester City; they are still the kings of England. However, would it hurt to dream and witness a small club take down one of the continent's giants?

Talking Points

Pressure on the Sky Blues to keep on winning

There are only a few people clubs in England that can match Manchester City's level of football. I reckon that there aren't even more than five clubs across Europe that can hold a candle to the brand of attacking football the Sky Blues have shown this season.

They are easily the most impressive attacking outfit in the country, leading the entire Premier League in goals scored at 75. Their defence is also solid as the backline has only allowed a total of 20 conceded goals. Under Pep Guardiola's masterful tutelage, there's no wonder why a lot of Premier League 2019 betting groups think that the Sky Blues are still considered heavy favourites to lift the title.

However, not all of their wins have been rosy. For example, their defeat against Newcastle United in January was nothing short of curious. While Sergio Aguero managed to secure a first-minute goal at St. James' Park, a second-half collapse saw Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie pull off the incredible upset.

Moreover, their 1-0 win over West Ham was frustrating, to say the least. While they easily overwhelmed the Hammers on the pitch, their inability to score goals was nothing short of confounding. Moreover, there are calls in the gallery that Bernardo Silva dove to get the favourable call.

While no team is perfect, City do have some of the world's best players on their payroll. It's hard not to walk into any stadium with confidence when you have people like Kevin De Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez ready to play for the shirt at a moment's notice.

Can the Cherries do it all again

The ardent Cherry fan is probably satisfied yet slightly disappointed with the way the club has played over the past two months, and it's not hard to see why he or she would feel such emotions.

It was at the tail-end of January when the Cherries gave the world the biggest Premier League 2019 news yet: they took down an uninspired Chelsea XI to the tune of 4-0 at home. A brace from Joshua King and goals from David Brooks and Charlie Daniels secured the unexpected stomp.

Unfortunately for the south coast club, they have not experienced a taste of victory since then. What immediately followed the game was consecutive defeats to Cardiff and Liverpool. While they managed a draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, they immediately went back to their losing ways and endured a 5-1 hiding at the Emirates.

Bournemouth thrashed by Arsenal in their Premier League match on Wednesday
Bournemouth's David Brooks celebrates scoring their second goal

Eddie Howe would need all of his best men to be ready to play. As Callum Wilson is still out with a knee injury, it will be up to King and Ryan Fraser to lead the line. Meanwhile, Steve Cook and Jefferson Lerma have to lead the backline and defend against City's impressive attackers. David Brooks must continue to become the X-Factor for the Cherries and catch the opponents off-guard.

History

It hasn't been long since the Cherries have established themselves as regulars in the English top flight, so these two clubs haven't played each other that much. Ever since Bournemouth's debut in the top flight in the 2015/16 campaign, they have not won a single one of the league games they have played.

Their most recent confrontation doesn't instil that much confidence amongst the Bournemouth faithful: Wilson was the only bright spot for Howe's XI when they visited the Etihad in December. Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Ilkay Gundogan got the goals for that game.

However, Bournemouth will be hoping that their magical night out against Chelsea would rub off on this coming fixture.

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AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City First Half Over Under 1.50 @ 2.17
March 2, 23:00 (GMT+8)

Common sense and a lot of SBOBET tips dictate that the bigger team would be the heavier favourites to win. After all, they have some of the best attackers in the entire continent, and their defence has been very consistent throughout the season. There should be no reason as to why City would not take home the three points.

However, we must remember that they are facing one of the clubs that thrive on being the underdog. They do have a tendency to take it up a notch whenever they play some of the biggest teams in the country. We can just ask Liverpool and Chelsea, for instance.

It will be up to the men donning the red and black if the upset is actually achievable. If they manage to stem the tide in the first ten minutes and play their football, I think they have a chance.

Personally, I see this as being a win by the Sky Blues with the goals being settled in the first half.

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Premier League: How Far is Spurs Ahead of Arsenal?

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal

The North London derby is the capital’s biggest and best. And this weekend, when Spurs and Arsenal meet in a vital Premier League clash, it promises to be an epic!

After decades of domination, the Gunners have been in the shadow of their neighbours in recent seasons. While Spurs has pushed for a first Premier League title, falling just short in 2016, Arsenal has been agonising over its fall from the heady heights of the early 2000s.

But there are signs that Arsenal is steadily finding its place among the league’s elite again, while Spurs has had a very recent attack of the jitters, with back-to-back defeats virtually ending their hopes of league glory this season. Unai Emery will target this as a big chance for the Gunners to assert their authority while Spurs will be looking for revenge after losing the return fixture 4-2.

Our weekend SBOBET Premier League reports will have this one right up there, as Arsenal aims to close the gap on its neighbour to just a single point.

Talking Points

Spurs’ bad week at the office

Two poor results don’t represent a crisis but it’s certainly been a deflating week to be a Spurs fan. It has been a horrible few days for Mauricio Pochettino’s boys, who turned up at Burnley last weekend, delighted by the news that Harry Kane was fit to play and aiming to close the gap on the leaders to just two points. But the Clarets beat Spurs 2-1 and that landed a savage blow to their title hopes.

Then Pochettino’s men travelled across London to face Chelsea, a club in some turmoil after the Carabao Cup final circus when its keeper, Kepa, defied the coach’s instructions and stayed on the field to lose the penalty shootout.

But amidst discussions around player mutiny and while all the attention was on the Chelsea defence, poor Kieran Trippier had a misunderstanding with Hugo Lloris and slid the ball past his own stopper to score an embarrassing own goal. I’d advise Kieran to steer clear of the Premier League 2019 highlights for a couple of weeks, and think back to his headline grabbing performances at Russia 2018 where he was excellent throughout!

While all the Spurs strikers drew a blank at Stamford Bridge Kane scored against Burnley. But Heung-Min Son, prolific in the skipper’s absence, will struggle to get the share of chances he has enjoyed for some weeks. And Kane cut a frustrated figure in defeat to Chelsea.

Dele Alli may make the bench after a six week lay off, but I think Spurs’ best chance of success on Saturday lies with the creative Christian Eriksen, who has already provided nine league assists this season.

Premier League: Will Mesut Ozil starts for Arsenal as they clash against Tottenham Hotspur?
Mesut Ozil made a return this week against Bournemouth

Gunners set their sights

Five wins in six have lifted Arsenal back into the top four of the Premier League and Unai Emery takes his team to Wembley just four points behind their North London rivals. He’ll settle for a top four position in his first season, but Emery knows how much this derby means to the fans and he’ll be plotting a way to win.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is just a single goal behind the league top scorers on 16, and one ahead of Harry Kane, and with strike partner Alexandre Lacazette on 12 the Gunners have serious firepower, certainly on a par with their opponents. Both were on target when the Gunners hosted Spurs back in December.

And Mesut Ozil made a return to the Arsenal starting line-up this week, for the first time in 2019, and he looked like his old self, scoring one and making another goal as the Gunners dismantled Bournemouth 5-1. He’s been on the outside of Emery’s inner circle but that kind of performance should mean another start against Spurs.

History

Of the 59 games played since 1993, the Gunners have won twice as many as the Whites with 24 to 12 and there have been 23 draws, though they have each won two of the last four

Arsenal comes into the game in fine form having won the last three games, scoring ten goals and conceding one. Before their back-to-back defeats the Spurs won four on the bounce, all at Wembley.

Christian Eriksen is the biggest assist provider in the game with three more than Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsay.

Spurs is yet to draw a game in the league this season, with a home record of nine wins and four defeats.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal Arsenal Asian Handicap +0.50 @1.85
March 2 20:30AM

The Spurs vs Arsenal betting odds have the hosts as slight favourites at 2.08 with the draw at 3.35 and Arsenal 3.45.

I just think the mood at Arsenal will be the better at the moment and that often counts for a lot in these games. Spurs will be deflated and the Gunners can close the gap further.

Spurs don’t do draws, but 1-1 is the most likely result at 6.60.

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Premier League: Ton Up For The Toffees On Derby Day

Everton vs Liverpool

It is the 100th league Merseyside derby at Goodison Park and, given the milestone, it is fitting that this clash is one of magnitude.

For Liverpool yes, but for Everton I hear you cry?

For a side which has only beaten Lincoln, Bournemouth, Huddersfield, and Cardiff since the turn of the year?

For a side which has conceded as many goals as they have scored all season?

For a side which sits in ninth place in the Premier League and is a staggering 33 points off the summit where their old foes and neighbours currently sit?

Oh yes. It is for those very reasons – and there are others – why this match is of epic proportions for both sides. It is called pride and, in footballing parlance, local bragging rights.

Talking Points

Everton, naturally, do not want their arch rivals to win the title. That would make Premier League 2019 news too much to bear for any die-hard Toffee.

Of course, they are also desperate for revenge after a Jordan Pickford howler gifted their arch rivals a last-gasp victory in December at Anfield.

It definitely hurt Everton players and fans alike to the core, especially after playing so well. That will ensure they are extra determined this Sunday.

Boss Marco Silva, under pressure after a barren run, acknowledged earlier this week that he is, in effect, on trial and needs results to vastly improve.

If he could mastermind a long overdue victory in the Merseyside derby, Everton fans would probably give him a pardon for the rest of the campaign.

It is a big ask, of course, because Liverpool are top and— while under pressure themselves— remain favourites to claim English football’s top prize for the first time since 1990 – two years before the Premier League era even began.

Liverpool aim to beat Everton to maintain their one-point lead over Man City at the top of the Premier League table
Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates at the end of the match

They have faltered recently after a virtually flawless first half of the campaign. They now know that if they win their final 10 league games, they will be champions no matter what. Other than losing the services of the crucial Virgil van Dijk to injury or suspension, it is hard to see Liverpool slipping up too much between now and the end of the season. But then again, the red half of Merseyside have not been in this position for quite some time.

And even when they were, most recently in 2014, nerves and home expectation got the better of them.

Perhaps playing away from home will help? Not that the Goodison faithful will give them a warm welcome.

It’s derby time!

History

It is a rich and illustrious history which captures the imagination whether you’re a ‘Blue’ or a ‘Red’.

As the second most successful club in the country, it should come to no surprise that Liverpool have traditionally held the upper hand with 119 wins to Everton’s 82, with 82 draws.

You have to go back to October 2010 for the last time Everton won the Merseyside derby.That afternoon, goals from fans’ favourite Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta sealed a 2-0 success at a raucous Goodison Park.

In the time since their last victory in the fixture, Everton have beaten 32 of the other 33 teams they have faced in the Premier League.

The only survivors from that afternoon all belong to Everton with at least one of Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman, and Leighton Baines expected to be involved this weekend.

Since then, they have met on 18 occasions (16 in the league and twice in the FA Cup) with Liverpool winning nine times and nine meetings ending all square.

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Everton vs Liverpool 1X2 draw @ 3.70
MArch 04, 00:15(GMT+8)

Fresh from a 5-0 dismantling of Watford, (and the fact Everton have lost eight of their last 12 matches), Liverpool are red hot favourites, whichever way you look at it.

They are priced 1X2 @ 1.60 with Everton well adrift @ 5.80. Even the draw comes in @ 3.70.

It’s a similar situation with Asian Handicap betting where you can get odds on Liverpool -1.00 @ 2.08 and -1.25 @ 2.40.

Everton, in contrast, are available at + 0.75 @ 2.12.

The Double Chance Everton or Draw is available @ 2.24 and a repeat of last season’s goalless draw – correct score 0-0 – will payout @ 11.00.

My tip for the weekend was going to be total goal [email protected] 1.96. Yet on reflection, I felt that too safe and looked at the other options for you SBOBET fans to consider with our Premier League 2019 betting odds.

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Premier League: That’s Why They Are Champions!

Bournemouth 0-1 Manchester City

Back on top of the Premier League and two points clear at the summit.

It’s games and results like this which help you win titles.

In truth, there weren’t too many Premier League 2019 highlights but, at this stage in a long campaign, it’s not about how you win but the fact you do.

In the words of Guardian football writer Stuart James: it’s about results, not aesthetics!

Before you re-assess the Premier League 2019 betting odds, however, it’s worth noting City – already without Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte - lost Kevin De Bruyne to injury in the first half and John Stones early in the second period.

Pep Guardiola later confirmed De Bruyne had come off with a muscular issue, while Stones was substituted as a precaution.

The reigning champions will hope those key men are not out for long.

Highlights of the game

All SBOBET fans will acknowledge, of course, that City have massive strength in depth, and Riyad Mahrez is a quality replacement.

On for De Bruyne, the Algerian international – a club record £60 million signing from Leicester City who has received recent criticism for some below-par performances - scored the only goal at the Vitality Stadium 10 minutes after the restart, his 10th of the season was a clinical finish from a tight angle.

It was enough to secure a fifth successive league win and could prove to be the most important goal yet for the 2016 Player of the Year since his arrival in the north-west.

Just like in midweek, City weren’t quite at their best on the south coast but did more than enough to see off a spirited West Ham, and it was the same here.

In the first half, a tame Stones header was their only attempt on target. David Silva had earlier side-footed wide when well-placed from De Bruyne’s pullback, while centre-back Nicolas Otamendi directed an acrobatic effort on to the roof of the net.

They dominated throughout in the second half, too, with the Premier League’s top scorer, Sergio Aguero, hitting the bar from long range and Mahrez seeing his header well saved by veteran Polish goalkeeper Artur Boruc. The hosts failed to muster one effort on goal let alone on target, failed to win a corner and had just 18 per cent possession throughout.

It’s the first time they have failed to register an attempt in a Premier League game since being promoted in 2015.

Yet Bournemouth deserved some credit for a dogged and disciplined showing, a far cry from their midweek display at Arsenal and an understandable approach given they were up against the most prolific side in the top flight.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe was in the Bournemouth team the last time they avoided defeat against City - that was a third-tier game in 1999.

Given City were unbeaten in their previous 13 meetings, winning the seven Premier League fixtures by an aggregate score of 24-3, many fans thought this would be fairly straightforward.

Once Mahrez scored, the outcome was never in doubt.

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The Cherries have only avoided defeat in one of their seven home games against City, a goalless draw in the third tier 20 years ago.

Their six most recent home defeats in the league have come against established top-six sides, including all four losses this season.

Guardiola’s side has won four successive league games without conceding. They last managed four wins with clean sheets in September 2017.

Mahrez’s goal was his first in the Premier League since he netted on December 4 in a 2-1 success at Watford. Five of his league goals for his new club have come away from home.

City's 100 per cent record in eight games against Bournemouth is the best in English top-flight history.

David Silva has provided an assist in each of his past three Premier League away games.

Bournemouth have conceded a total of 31 goals in their 11 matches against top-six opposition this season.

What’s next?

Pep Guardiola celebrates after Manchester City won over Bournemouth in Premier League Matchday 29
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola congratulates his players following their win against Bournemouth in the Premier League

Bournemouth travel to bottom club Huddersfield next week and host Newcastle a fortnight today (March 16). They round off March with a trip to Leicester City.

Man City host Watford in the Premier League next weekend, followed three days later by the second leg of their Champions League tie at home to Schalke (they lead 3-2 from the first leg).

It’s then a trip to Wales and Swansea in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

City conclude March with a visit to basement battlers Fulham.

 

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Premier League: More Drama on Derby Day at Wembley

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Arsenal

Now, that was dramatic! A point apiece in the Premier League North London derby, as well as a missed (or saved) penalty and a sending-off – and the latter two, were in stoppage time alone! Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey had given the Gunners a first-half lead before Harry Kane continued his superb record in this fixture with a leveller from the spot. These were just more Premier League 2019 highlights between these two arch-rivals, and the Premier League 2019 betting odds on who will claim a top-four finish gets no easier to predict for SBOBET fans.

Highlights of the game

Whether it is true or not, the mood in the home camp would not have been helped with the claim before kick-off that skipper Kane is said to be considering his future at the club.

Spurs were desperate to return to winning ways on the back of consecutive Premier League defeats to Burnley and Chelsea, while Arsenal had the incentive of knowing victory would keep them in fourth position and move them within a point of their neighbours.

After Alexander Lacazette scuffed wide early on, Arsenal made the breakthrough as the ball went from one box to the other very quickly.

Arsenal cleared as Kane took an extra touch before shaping to shoot, Davinson Sanchez misjudged his header, and Lacazette released Ramsey who raced clear from the halfway line and expertly rounded Hugo Lloris before rolling the ball into an empty net.

At this stage, Unai Emery’s team may have sensed weakness in the home ranks and came close to a second when Alex Iwobi cut inside in from the left, ghosted past Kieran Trippier, and Lloris pushed away his shot.

It took a superb double save from the ever-improving Bernd Leno just before the break to keep them in front.

Christian Eriksen was denied from Kane’s cross, and the German then intervened to keep out Moussa Sissoko after the grounded keeper managed to throw out his left hand to divert the ball to safety.

Harry Kane has stepped up to hinder Arsenal from winning in recent North London derby in Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane hits an equaliser during the North London derby in Premier League

Spurs, vying to register three consecutive top-flight home wins against Arsenal for the first time since 1961, had to improve but were nearly further behind shortly after the restart when Iwobi played in the unmarked Nacho Monreal whose cutback was fired wide by the waiting Lacazette.

It was Spurs’ chance to go close moments later when Toby Alderweireld lashed a volley into the side netting from Eriksen's free-kick.

There were 17 minutes remaining when  Eriksen tried to find Kane with a free-kick, but Shkodran Mustafi bundled over the England striker and he made no mistake from the resulting penalty.

Replays later showed Kane was marginally offside when Eriksen's free-kick was played into the danger zone.

As if that was not controversial enough, 90 minutes were on the clock when substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went down in the box under pressure from Sanchez and referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot.

However, the drama wasn’t over as Lloris, at fault for at least one of the goals Spurs conceded in midweek, redeemed himself by pushing away Aubameyang’s spot-kick.

It was also worth noting that Jan Vertonghen put in an incredible challenge to block Aubameyang’s follow-up.

As Spurs aim for a fourth consecutive top-four finish, it was clear that on fine margins can crucial league positions be determined.

After that, there was still time for Lucas Torreira to be shown a red card as he slid late into Danny Rose.

So, all square in the third meeting between the two clubs this term.

Spurs won at the Emirates in December in the League Cup, a modicum of consolation after they threw away a two-goal lead weeks earlier when Arsenal won a thriller.

Aubameyang was the hero on that day when Vertonghen was sent off. Perhaps this time it was a role reversal.

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Kane (nine) is now the outright leading scorer in Premier League north London derbies, overtaking Emmanuel Adebayor who scored eight.

Arsenal’s only away league victory in this fixture in the past 11 attempts came in March 2014.

This ended Spurs’ Premier League record of 32 consecutive fixtures without a draw which stretched back to April last year. It was the longest top-flight run since Portsmouth’s 38-game streak in 1928-29.

Mauricio Pochettino has never lost a Premier League home game against Arsenal, winning three and drawing three.

Arsenal are winless in 22 Premier League away fixtures against other established top-six teams since beating Manchester City 2-0 in January 2015 (drawn eight, lost 14).

They are the only club not to have kept a Premier League away clean sheet in 2018-19.

What’s next?

It’s all away days now for Spurs for the rest of the month.

They travel to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday with a healthy advantage in the second leg of their Champions League tie.

It’s then a trip to the south coast next weekend to face Southampton in the Premier League and, after a free week followed by a break for internationals, visit Anfield on March 31 to take on league leaders Liverpool.

Arsenal have a more hectic schedule over the next 12 days.

They now meet Rennes, midtable in Ligue 1, twice in a week in the Europa League with another big Premier League clash, against Manchester United, in between.

 

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Premier League: Everton knock Liverpool off the Top!

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Marco Silva’s Everton played out a 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the 200th Merseyside league derby today to stop their city neighbours returning to the top of the Premier League.

After yesterday’s Premier League 2019 updates, Liverpool had conceded the top spot to Manchester City when the Sky Blues won at Bournemouth. Everton raised their game, particularly in the second half, and could have even won the match. But for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, this was another setback in their quest to win the title, and the Premier League 2019 odds have shifted firmly in the direction of Manchester.

There are still nine games to go, but having been seven points clear of Manchester City not so long ago Liverpool can feel the momentum swinging against them.

Highlights of the game

The atmosphere at Goodison Park was crackling from the first minute as the home fans sensed an opportunity to put a spanner in their city rivals’ title ambitions. They cheered every Blue pass and every tackle and they were on their feet when Gylfi Sigurdsson rode a challenge from Andy Robertson before squaring the ball, but Virgil van Dijk was on hand to clear the danger.

Liverpool slowly began to take control of the game. While chances were few and far in between, a golden opportunity came their way on the half-hour. Jordan Pickford made a catastrophic injury-time mistake in the December derby at Anfield to gift Divock Origi a goal and Liverpool a lucky win. But the Everton keeper got it just right this time when Mo Salah was clean through, making himself big and getting a strong hand to the Egyptian’s effort.

Jordan Pickford has stopped Liverpool from reigning in the Premier League following the 0-0 draw with Everton
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford blocks Liverpool star Mohamed Salah from scoring a goal during the Merseyside derby in Premier League

Everton’s first real attempt on goal came early in the second half when Dominic Calvert-Lewin met a corner and forced a good save from Alisson with a well-directed header.

Trent Alexander-Arnold fired a 30-yard free-kick in, but it was an easy save for Pickford. After a superb run from Joel Matip, Salah was clean through, but Micheal Keane stopped him with a last-ditch interception.

Everton had a good period of play, and Klopp responded by bringing on Roberto Firmino and James Milner.  And Liverpool came close to scoring when Van Dijk headed across the box to Fabinho, but he was too ponderous with the goal at his mercy and couldn’t get his shot away.

The crowd ramped up the noise as Everton went on the attack, and Cenk Tosun had a great chance when he found himself onside, but his first-time effort rolled into Alisson’s hands.

The pressure seemed to be weighing heavily on Liverpool’s strikers with the front three struggling to create anything, and Everton looked the more likely to score. But their fans were delighted at the final whistle as they taunted the Reds with a brutal appraisal of their title prospects!

Key statistics

The Toffees started the day a massive 33 points behind Liverpool and only a win at Cardiff in midweek halted a run of three consecutive defeats. Their last derby triumph was in 2010 and Liverpool are now unbeaten in 17 Mersey derbies, but this will have felt like a win to the Toffees.

The first 45 minutes was a story of Liverpool dominating possession but only making one clear chance and registering just four shots. Meanwhile, Everton sat deep and satisfied themselves with one shot and a 45-minute clean sheet. By the final whistle, Everton had seven shots and three on target, as did Liverpool.

After Manchester United stopped Liverpool last week, another rival has frustrated them. But Klopp’s team has won just two in the last six games, and that is not title form.

What’s next?

Liverpool can get their challenge back on track with a home game against Burnley. Sean Dyche’s team has been in good form since the turn of the year but has just registered back-to-back defeats. While they will get in the Reds’ faces, Klopp’s men should have too much quality if they can stay calm.

Then it’s off to Munich for Champions League action in the second leg of their Round-of-16 clash with FC Bayern. Liverpool took a 0-0 draw with them, so a scoring draw against the Bundesliga champions will be enough to see them through. Keep checking for all the pre-match news and latest odds right here at SBOBET.

Everton will be away to Newcastle United, still with work to do to extend their stay in the Premier League but in great form at home. Rafa Benitez is a hard man to outwit, and the ex-Liverpool boss will give Silva a tough examination.

 

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The Hornet Still Stings: Watford Can Spoil Manchester City’s Premier League Run

Manchester City vs Watford

If you're a casual football fan, you would think that the Premier League has finally returned to normality. Manchester City have returned to the top of the English top flight, and it seems like there's no stopping Pep Guardiola from getting a back-to-back league title. However, the season doesn't end until May, and there's still quite a bit of football left to be played. Many clubs in the Premier League have impact players that can turn the game on its head if the Sky Blues aren't careful enough. And this scribe is sure that they remember just how tricky of an opponent the Hornets can be. Join the SBOBET Premier League team as we take a deeper dive into this seemingly lopsided match and study if this game is as simple as the Manchester City vs Watford odds claim it to be.

Talking Points

Can a wounded City run the marathon? It's an old sporting adage at this point: a season of professional football like the Premier League is more akin to a marathon than a sprint. Anything from injuries or a shocking defeat can turn a league-winning side into strugglers. Just ask Liverpool. Right now, City's biggest problem lies with injury problems. Injuries to Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte leave Pep with a very small pool of players to pool and deploy for the remaining three fronts they are fighting in. They almost suffered another loss when Kevin De Bruyne had to be subbed out in their scrappy win at Dean Court, but he might not be out of the squad for long. His absence will still affect the club's overall effectiveness, however.

 
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Fortunately, Pep has a ridiculous pool of fantastic players to choose from that can step up to the plate and perform when needed. Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane are still dangerous from the wings, Ilkay Gundogan has proven himself as a capable servant of the club, and Riyad Mahrez is always hungry to prove himself and snag a starting spot with consistent performances. And we haven't even touched on the team's strikers yet. Gabriel Jesus may not be a consistent performer, but he already has six league goals in only seven starts and 15 substitute appearances. Sergio Aguero is also close to another ridiculous scoring record as he is likely to start in this match once again. As long as City play their usual game, there's no reason for the thousands of fans at the Etihad to feel afraid of their chances. Watford always look to strike big Watford aren't making as much noise in the footballing media as their hosts, but that doesn't discredit the fact that they are playing out of their skin this season. The Hornets are nowhere near the relegation scuffle as they have reached the magical 40-point threshold in February, and Javi Gracia's boys can now focus on getting as high a league position as they can. They were in the Premier League 2019 highlights for the wrong reasons recently, though: Liverpool used them as whipping boys to showcase their dominance in a 5-0 hiding. However, the gaffer was more than confident in his team's ability to bounce back, and they showed just that in an impressive showing against Leicester that spoiled Brendan Rogers' debut as the Foxes' manager. Watford are aiming for a European spot as they face Premier League champions Manchester City
Andre Gray celebrates with his team-mates after scoring against Leicester

Etienne Capoue's solid defending will be counted on if they are to snatch a point at the Etihad. Troy Deeney, Gerard Deulofeu, and Abdoulaye Doucoure must also step their game up if they want to get a positive result. Gracia would also love it if Andre Gray pulls off another late winner.

History

Manchester City and Watford haven't locked horns in the top flight that often as they weren't fixtures in the English top flight until recently. However, the 19 games that they have played together have all gone in favour of the league leaders. City won 12 of those games and only dropped points in three games. The three games Watford have won over City were all in the 1980s, and they haven't gotten better enough to add to their small tally of wins against the Sky Blues. However, their most recent meeting gave an encouraging look for the Watford faithful. They gave the defending champions quite a battle in December, and more of the same can be expected of the overachieving Hornets.

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Manchester City vs Watford Watford Asian Handicap +2.25 @ 1.95
March 10, 01:30 (GMT+8)
Of course, anyone would be stupid to bet against Manchester City at this point of the season. They still are the best team in the Premier League by leaps and bounds, and Pep Guardiola is such a master tactician that he can lead the Sky Blues to victory against the Hornets with one eye closed. However, it is important to remember that this same side struggled to comfortably win against a minnow like Bournemouth. Eddie Howe showed Javi Gracia how to frustrate the team, and the Spaniard has more in-form players compared to his English counterpart. Moreover, the absence of Fernandinho, Laporte, and De Bruyne is bound to sting his rotations. I still think that Manchester City will take the three points, but this scribe respectfully believes that the final score won't be as lopsided as one may think.

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Premier League: Liverpool to Seize the Moment

Liverpool vs Burnley

When the going gets tough, the tough get going; and over the last couple of weeks things have become a little tough for Liverpool.

So long the league leaders, Jurgen Klopp’s team has just fallen behind Manchester City after a run of games where the goals have come in fits and starts, whereas earlier in the season the Reds were sweeping all before them. But the gap at the top is only one point, and it’s critical to Liverpool’s title prospects that they overcome Burnley on Sunday.

Premier League, Liverpool vs Burnley is the big Sunday lunchtime clash and Anfield will be bouncing. But the Reds need to seize the game and get a goal as early as they can, because the longer they fail to score the more the crowd will transmit their nerves to the pitch.

And that will be Burnley’s strategy, to keep their hosts quiet against huge odds, and Sean Dyche’s team has character in bucket loads.

 


 

 

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Talk of pressure is no good for Liverpool

A draw with Everton last week opened the door for Manchester City to take the top spot in the Premier League but Jurgen Klopp insists that won’t make any difference to his team’s mood. There is no reason why they can’t beat Burnley if they play to their ability, but having seen a seven point lead disappear can play tricks on your mind.

The Reds are likely to be four points behind City when they kick off against the Clarets, as Pep Guardiola’s side hosts Watford on Saturday. But Klopp remains focussed on the task in hand saying: “Our only problem this week is Burnley and that's enough - we have to be really good to beat this team, Dyche is doing an amazing job. We have to be prepared for the fact it will be tough.”

Liverpool needs the Anfield crowd to roar his team on and Klopp knows Burnley will do its utmost to frustrate. Dejan Lovren and James Milner are doubtful, but despite patchy scoring form of late, the forward line still picks itself, spearheaded by Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, who is the Reds’ man in a rich vein of scoring.

Burnley’s Two Ashleys in fine form

The Clarets’ Premier League success over the past few seasons has been built on solid defence, with three England keepers on their books and the impressive centre back pairing of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski. But a recent eight match unbeaten run owed much to the form of their forward players.

Burnley’s Ashley Barnes has been slowly getting the spotlight in his previous Premier League performance Ashley Barnes celebrates after scoring a goal against Tottenham[/caption]

Striker Ashley Barnes has nine goals, six since Christmas, and his partnership with Chris Wood is a real handful. And midfielder Ashley Westwood is a dynamo with quick feet, a fine eye for a pass and six assists to his name.

Burnley’s unbeaten run was ended at Newcastle, when Westwood was ill, and the Burnley midfield lost a lot of its zip.

Liverpool won’t need reminding of the danger Burnley poses. The Clarets recently beat and outplayed Spurs at Turf Moor. And in the last meeting between these two teams, in December, Burnley was leading until well into the second half, before Klopp brought Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino on; and those two players made the difference.

This fixture last season was a 1-1 draw and a repeat of that would be a shocker for the Reds.

History

The recent history between these two sides has been a little tetchy, Klopp and Dyche having a public spat over the conduct of each others’ players in Pool’s December victory at Turf Moor.  Mee put in a hard but fair challenge on Joe Gomez which broke the young England defender’s leg, and the Reds’ boss was critical of Burnley’s physical approach. But Dyche responded in kind by saying Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge took a dive to give Liverpool an advantage. That alone makes me think the Liverpool vs Burnley highlights will be well worth a watch!

Klopp says there are no hard feelings any more, but if his team fails to beat Burnley on Sunday it might be worth asking him again…

Liverpool has won seven of the previous ten meetings and I think they’ll make it eight in 11. So let’s take a look at the latest SBOBET odds to see where the value is.

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Liverpool vs Burnley First Half Under 1.50 Goals @ 1.75
March 10, 20:00 (GMT+8)

With the Premier League 2019 odds putting Liverpool at 1.17 to win, Burnley at 14.50 and the draw at 7.00, you’d be excused for thinking that Burnley isn’t in the same league. In many ways they aren’t, but both have won two of the last six, including draws away to Manchester United.

Liverpool has had three 0-0 draws in the last four games, but in their last two home league matches they have spanked Bournemouth 3-0 and Watford 5-0. I won’t rule Burnley out, though I think a 2-0 home win looks likely and Liverpool will have to work hard for it.

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Premier League: It’s the Gunners Against Ole Gunnar!

Arsenal vs Manchester United

Meetings between these sides have defined so much of the Premier League era and, while this time around the stakes are not as high as both have experienced in the past, there is still plenty at stake.

In the 200th league meeting between the sides, only one point separates the teams in fourth and fifth position with both striving for the potentially lucrative carrot that fourth spot holds – a place in next season’s Champions League.

In the week in which Manchester United produced magic in Paris to reach this season’s quarter-finals, it’s back to the bread and butter of league action and a contest which is no less important.

Arsenal, meanwhile, had a night to forget in their own European encounter but, again, that first leg defeat will count for little when this kicks off at the Emirates Stadium.

Talking Points

There’s a certain irony that, after their December clash at Old Trafford, the first meeting since 1986 in which neither the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson nor Arsene Wenger had been involved, there is now another new incumbent in the United hotseat.

Both new men in charge are doing pretty well.

Unai Emery has generally lifted spirits at Arsenal. Despite not strengthening greatly from the squad he inherited from Wenger last summer, they do seem to have found a new spark at times, albeit they remain suspect mentally and defensively on occasions.

Manchester United still claims fourth spot on Premier League table over Arsenal
Unai Emery calls on big Arsenal performance to take down Manchester United off fourth place

Had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not seen a late penalty saved by Hugo Lloris in last week’s North London derby, it would be Arsenal, not United, sitting in fourth place.

Their 1-1 draw at Wembley did, however, show the tactical talents of Emery and he will be keen to guide his side back to winning ways.

The Gunners will be without the suspended midfielder Lucas Torreira, sent-off deep in stoppage time in that game. As well as long-term absentees Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin.

United are in the midst of an injury crisis with no fewer than 10 players (including the suspended Paul Pogba) absent, a factor which made their midweek victory in France even more remarkable.

Pogba will be back this weekend, while Anthony Martial may be also fit to return.

Both men played a key part in United’s cup triumph at Arsenal six weeks ago, and their inclusion would give interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a major boost.

United have won all nine away games they have played since Solskjaer was appointed in mid-December. Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 14 home league games, winning 12 of them including the last eight.

Something has to give.

This will be one to watch!

History

This will be the third clash between the clubs in as many months.

In early December, they shared four goals at Old Trafford in a match Arsenal were unfortunate not to win.

In January, United turned on the style with a clinical attacking and dogged defensive display to win at the Emirates in their FA Cup, albeit on a night when the hosts had awful luck with defensive injuries.

Last season, United enjoyed a memorable league double over Arsenal with a 3-1 victory in this corresponding fixture – a match in which David De Gea was magnificent – and a 2-1 home win against a weakened Arsenal team in the closing stages of Wenger’s reign.

These two teams have met 53 times in the Premier League era, with United leading 24-13 in terms of victories. There have been 16 draws.

Overall United have won 99 of their clashes with Arsenal winning 82 and 48 draws.

Betting Tip

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Arsenal vs. Manchester United Asian Handicap Man Utd 0.00 @ 2.26
March 11, 12:30(GMT+8)

Arsenal are favourites on home soil against a United side expected to be drained following their midweek exertions.

It’s worth remembering, of course, that Arsenal played 24 hours after United.

1X2 odds have the Gunners @ 2.38 and United @ 2.89.

The draw is offered @ 3.30.

 


 

 

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A repeat of the 2-2 draw in December will payout @ 11.00 with correct score, while 1-1 is available @ 6.40.

These games produce goals more often than not and total goal 2-3 @ 2.00 and total goal 4-6 @ 2.82 have a real appeal.

Over 3.00 goals comes in @ 2.13.

In contrast, correct score 0-0 is available @ 14.50 and total goal 0-1 @ 4.40. The last time the sides played out a goalless draw was in February 2014 at the Emirates.

If Asian Handicap betting is your preferred route, look at the -0.50 Arsenal @ 2.38.

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Premier League: Super Sterling Stars as Champions Overcome Controversy

Manchester City 3-1 Watford

Raheem Sterling will rightly take the plaudits after this fixture.

His hat-trick won the Premier League encounter at the Etihad Stadium to ensure Manchester City maintained their advantage at the top of the table.

There was no doubt they deserved their advantage, either – a quick watch of the Premier League 2019 highlights will show that.

However, SBOBET followers will know this match changed on a decision which proved highly controversial.

Less than a minute of the second half had elapsed when a ball was knocked onto Sterling who was in an offside position as he finished with aplomb.

After much discussion between the linesman (who had flagged) and referee, the goal was given after Paul Tierney ruled Watford full-back Daryl Janmaat had knocked the ball onto Sterling before he shot.

Yet, surely Janmaat only made the challenge because Sterling was offside in the first place?

It’s only hoped that the introduction of VAR next season will ensure there can be no doubt about these decisions (not that I’m overly confident).

Highlights of the game

From the outset, Watford’s game plan was probably obvious and made total sense.

Expect to defend in numbers and, on the rare occasions they had the ball, counter-attack.

Boss Javi Garcia, managing his 50th game for the Hornets, kept the in-form skipper Troy Deeney (with five Premier League goals and three assists in nine games this calendar year) and Gerald Deulofeu on the bench as if to confirm those tactics.

For 45 minutes, it worked.

David Silva went close with an early header, while Sergio Aguero (with 10 goals in seven appearances against Watford) should have opened the scoring with a free header on the half-hour, but the plan did its job as the reigning champions came up against a sea of green.

Four minutes into the second half, and it was game over.

First, Sterling converted after Aguero had chested Ilkay Gundogan’s lofted ball into his path, and the goal was given after initially being disallowed for offside.

Watford players are left disappointed with their 3-1 defeat against Manchester City in recent Premier League clash
Watford players complain after Raheem Sterling's offside has been overruled during their Premier League clash against Manchester City

Then, with Watford seemingly stunned by the decision, City took full advantage.

This time, Silva and Riyad Mahrez combined for Sterling to have the most straightforward of finishes.

Just before the hour, Silva showed his class again with a pinpoint pass, and Sterling’s feet were too quick for his markers as he completed his hat-trick.

As shell-shocked and as hard done to as Watford must have felt, they deserved credit for keeping going and, with their first touches, subs Deeney and Deulofeu made an instant impact.

A long kick from Ben Foster was flicked on by Deeney, and the young Spaniard coolly reduced the arrears.

They never went close again, however, as City saw the game out to extend their lead to four points at the summit.

Job done – with a little bit of help from the referee.

Key statistics

Deulofeu’s goal, 17 seconds after coming on, was the quickest by a substitute in the Premier League since October 2014, when Sammy Ameobi scored after eight seconds for Newcastle versus Spurs.

City have never lost a Premier League game against Watford (won eight, drawn two), winning the last eight in a row by an aggregate score of 25-4.

In all competitions, Watford have lost their last 10 meetings with Manchester City and are winless in 14 since a 1-0 home victory in the second tier in March 1989.

The last Hornets boss to beat City away from home was the late Graham Taylor, who masterminded a 2-1 success in April 1987.

City have won 10 of their last 11 league games, including the past six in a row.

City have earned 45 of the 48 points available to them in home games this season, losing only against Crystal Palace in December.

Aguero has ended on the winning side in each of the last 25 league fixtures he has started at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 30 goals.

The Hornets have suffered 13 successive league defeats away to the established top-six teams since a 2-1 win at Arsenal in January 2017.

They have now also lost all 10 of their Premier League matches against sides starting the day top, conceding 29 goals.Top of Form

What’s next?

The Premier League 2019 betting odds may change a few times between now and when City are next in league action.

It’s three weeks until they meet Fulham.

This week, they entertain Schalke with a 3-2 first-leg advantage in the Champions League. Next weekend, they travel to Swansea City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Watford also have a FA Cup last-eight tie to contend with.

They host Crystal Palace a week today (March 16) before travelling to Manchester United on March 30 in the Premier League.

 

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Premier League: It’s Advantage Arsenal and Unlucky 13 for United in top-Four Race

Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United

Gunners, 2; Ole Gunnar, 0.

In the 200th league meeting between the sides, this Premier League clash – with so much history behind it - was evenly contested and still in the balance until a poor decision to award a penalty 21 minutes from time.

Once that was converted, Arsenal had daylight and leapfrogged their opponents into fourth place.

How crucial this result will become remains to be seen but, for now, at least, it’s advantage Arsenal.

Highlights of the game

Unsurprisingly, there was little between sides who came into the game separated by one point with both striving for the potentially lucrative carrot that the fourth spot holds – a place in next season’s Champions League.

The sides had already shared four goals earlier in the campaign, and another closely contested encounter was expected by SBOBET fans.

Both sides, boosted by the result earlier in the day at Stamford Bridge, welcomed back key players from their midweek encounters.

Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba’s return strengthened United’s midfield with Anthony Martial deemed fit enough to be on the bench, while Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to the home side’s starting line-up.

There was a frenetic pace from the outset with a number of dangerous balls flashing across the face of both goals.

Chasing a seventh consecutive away league win, a feat they last achieved in 1993, Manchester United hit the woodwork twice in the first 20 minutes.

First, the in-form Romelu Lukaku hit his shot into the ground and off the top of the crossbar from Luke Shaw’s inviting delivery.

Then Brazilian midfielder Fred then saw a drive from the edge of the box thud against the post and away to safety.

By that time, Arsenal were in front thanks to a superb strike.

Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka doesn’t score many goals, but they tend to be special when he does.

This was no exception as he took aim, and his piledriver swerved past the helpless David de Gea – one of the Premier League 2019 highlights.

Alexander Lacazette may have doubled the hosts’ lead, but his shot was blocked by Chris Smalling. Marcus Rashford played in the powerful Lukaku who held off two defenders and rounded Bernd Leno before the German stopper did well to recover.

United threatened again before the break when Pogba, Lukaku and Diogo Dalot split open the home defence, and it took a crucial challenge from Xhaka to deny Rashford as he lined up a shot.

Into the second half and United had the edge.

Leno stopped Lukaku when he should have scored, and Rashford went close with a free-kick before he was stopped by the German goalkeeper.

There was also some dogged defending from Laurent Koscielny on his 250th Premier League appearance.

Jonathan Moss has given a penalty kick for Aubameyang that led to Arsenal's Premier League win over Manchester United
Referee Jonathan Moss gestures to a Manchester United player during their Premier League clash against Arsenal

Then the pivotal moment came. Lacazette easily went to ground under a challenge from Fred, and referee John Moss incorrectly awarded a spot-kick.

Aubameyang converted and the Premier League 2019 betting odds, and the race for the top four had taken another twist.

Lacazette should have made it three after Victor Lindelof misjudged the bounce of the ball.

If Rashford had put his header either side of Leno in stoppage time, instead of straight at the keeper, there may have been a nervous final few moments for Arsenal.

But the north Londoners had the points, and interim United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten league record (won 10, drawn two) since being appointed in December was finally over.

Key statistics

Ten of Arsenal’s 14 Premier League victories over United have been in games played on a Sunday.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 15 home league games (won 13, drawn two), winning the last nine.

Their three defeats in the previous 42 top-flight matches at the Emirates Stadium all came against the two Manchester clubs: two versus City, one against United.

Arsenal have earned 41 Premier League points at home this season, a tally exceeded only by City’s 45.

The Gunners have taken 12 points from nine games against established top-six rivals this season (won three, drawn three, lost four). They earned just six points in total in such matches last term.

 
 
 
 



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