The English Premier League is heading towards it’s close and points are more vital than ever. The title charge is a two horse race between Manchester City and Liverpool but the final two spots in the top four are wide open. That means two huge clubs are missing out. At the other end of the table two of the relegation spots look to be nailed on whilst the third and final place is still rumbling on. Relegation is not good in any league but the English second tier is unforgiving so bouncing back is no guarantee – just ask Sunderland. Also, don’t forget there is a lot of money at stake for every position gained come season end so even those middle teams have something to play for and with most teams having eight games left to play there is nothing like betting on the season outcome to keep your interest peaked over the final weeks.
Long Running Soccer Bet – Winners & Runners Up
Liverpool had looked on course to bag themselves a first First Division title in nearly 30 years at the turn of the year. Slowly they’ve frittered their lead away and Manchester City, managed by Pep Guardiola, have seized the opportunity to close the gap. Now Liverpool are chasing.
If you offered Jurgen Klopp the current scenario in August he would have torn your arm off; at Christmas not so much. In domestic terms, Manchester City seem to be hitting peak form at the right time whilst Liverpool are showing the pressure.
Manchester City are odds on for the title. It’s in their hands now and they have the know-how to get over the line. Back City now and you’ll make a decent return. Wait and the odds will get worse with every match day that passes.
Sorry Liverpool fans, it’s second place for you. One day, maybe.
Long Running Soccer Bet – Third & Fourth Place
Manchester United have suffered a topsy-turvy campaign. Under Jose Mourinho they struggled with creativity and received a lot of criticism for their style of play. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived to replace the sacked Portuguese before Christmas and has transformed their fortunes dramatically. The Red Devils have gone from upper mid-table to pushing for a top four place and a guarantee of Champions League football next season. This was unthinkable when he arrived.
The rejuvenated United were on an incredible run until suffering defeat against Arsenal. If United can bounce back from that setback then the top four remains a realistic target for them. Don’t rule it out.
The outcome at the Emirates makes it hard for anyone to back United for anything higher than fourth. So who will bag the final Champions League places?
A few weeks ago and Tottenham Hotspur were in the title race. Games away at the Etihad and Anfield laid in wait but ‘it was in their hands’. Fast forward to today and they’re now two games that could consign Spurs – and their new stadium – to Europa League football. It will probably mean they finish below Arsenal too, who I’m backing for third.
My predicted top four is Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United. Want to boost your odds? Pick the order.
That’s a sign of tough times for Spurs and Chelsea, who look set to lose Eden Hazard to Spanish giants Real Madrid in the coming months. At least they’re not under a transfer embarg-oh…
Soccer Games to Watch Out For
There are top games this Saturday, with top teams taking to the pitch to take their places at the top of the table. Then there are the teams struggling at the bottom, desperate to avoid relegation.
Huddersfield, despite changing managers, remain rooted to the foot of the league. They are dead and buried at this stage. Long odds on bets are available on the Terriers finishing bottom. Yes, it seems mad with such long odds but you’ll have a job finding a bank to offer you interest like that on offer through bookies.
Burnley are another team at the wrong end of the table and they’re scrapping for their lives. They will be desperate for three points for the win this weekend to salvage any hope of staying up . Check out our top soccer picks for the best results and odds.
Soccer Teams to Look Out For
Second top travel to second bottom on Sunday with the opportunity to claim back top spot – albeit having played a game more.
Fulham have acted very quickly with Claudio Ranieri and duly sacked him. Welcome Scott Parker. Performances have been improved but it’s a results business and the results remain poor; these look likely to be relegated.
Last time out Liverpool dispatched their opponents in comfortable fashion. Expect the same to happen here. Simply put, many of the teams this season aren’t good enough to grab a sneaky win, and Klopp’s men will have too much firepower for them. They could win the league if all goes their way.
Check out our top soccer picks to see what we think will be happening this weekend!
Soccer Picks – Relegation
Two relegation spots are all but confirmed. Huddersfield will prop the table up, a consequence of not having a goal scorer. Fulham will likely pick up the odd result between now and May but it’s Championship football for them next season too. That leaves one spot open.
The odds would suggest it’s one of Cardiff, Southampton or Burnley who join them.
As mentioned, Burnley are capable of boring teams into submission so they’ll pick up enough to survive. Southampton look a much better prospect under the guidance of Ralph Hasenhuttl and I suspect they’ll survive too.
That means goodbye to Cardiff. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see it go to the wire though. Manager Neil Warnock and his players have done a fantastic job simply to remain in the fight but, unfortunately, the quality of squad isn’t there.
Cardiff alone to get relegated isn’t paying out a great deal. Improve your odds by predicting the relegated three – Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff – in that order.
Whist on Cardiff, it’s worth reminding everyone of the tragedy that struck with Emiliano Sala. Relegation or not, Cardiff will end the season with huge amounts of respect. I suspect the neutrals would love to see them escape. Unfortunately, this is the Premier League – it’s an unforgiving place.
Soccer Picks – Golden Boot
Harry Kane, winner of the Golden Boot in the World Cup, would have been a shoo-in but for injury. Luckily, for us punters, that means there is a market to be exploited.
Sergio Aguero and Mo Salah, of Manchester City and Liverpool respectively, lead the scoring charts. Harry Kane and Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang are also right in the hunt.
Form would suggest City will blow teams away in the coming weeks and Aguero, as spearhead of attack, is likely to grow his tally. Salah on the other hand looks jaded and somewhat out of sorts.
If your betting style is that of Jose Mourinho then play safe, back Aguero. If you’re more Solskjaer who would rather go down swinging then there is two outsiders to consider.
Firstly, a man in form, Mane. Somebody has to step up to the plate when Salah isn’t flying. Mane can do that, it’s not unthinkable. The other option is from the existing Champs. Raheem Sterling is having the season of his career and although he is just below the chasing pack it would be bonkers to rule out an offensive player who bags goals week after week. The demolition of Schalke proved Sterling and City could quite easily put a few more teams to the sword between now and May. If that happens, it could be Sterling collecting the award.
Other Soccer Lines
Some of the games that you’ll see won’t have an obvious winner – of maybe there’s too obvious a winner, which makes betting on the match winner too difficult, or pointless.
Everton have a squad who simply keep changing form; losing top games one minute and winning impressive victories the next. Marco Silva was lauded as the savior of Everton in the summer following a long pursuit. It’s not quite worked out. It hasn’t been a disaster either mind. Betting on a result other than match winner is always good for games with teams on such form.
Other games look to be boring and drab, where two teams will cancel each other out. Here you could bet on No – Both Teams to Score, under/over goals and yellow cards.
Maurizio Sarri has been a dead man walking for sometime now. For Silva the Goodison faithful are slowly but surely turning against the structure of their club. Money has been spent and no huge progress is being made. Why not try and bet on the next Premier League manager to be sacked…?
Soccer Bet Summary
Finally, I’ll leave you with a play safe and a long shot for the weekend:
The Soccer Bet Play Safe
Tottenham to make the Champions League.
Why? Liverpool and Man City are obviously a shoe-in. However, the other two places are being hotly contested by Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Man United. Tottenham have been in third for most of the time, but have had a poor run of form and have lost momentum.
However, they have their new stadium and look to be pulling it back, while Arsenal, Chelsea and Man U have all had some shock loss results. We believe that Spurs can hold on to their place and grab a spot in next year’s Champions League.
The Soccer Bet Long Shot
Liverpool to win the league.
Why? Liverpool aren’t having it their own way and Man City are currently favorites for the title – being one game in hand. However, Man City have some sticky games and are also still in the FA Cup as well as Champions League, which might mean a few tired players with tough games ahead. Liverpool are sitting just a point behind and could snatch the title from the grasp of Man City.
A few non-committal tips just for you.
Firstly, trust your gut but do your research too. If the stats back it up you stand a better chance of success.
Once you’ve decided on the bet then shop around. Different bookies will use different algorithms to decide their odds. You’ll get more for your money if you take five minutes to look at an odds comparison. In addition to the odds, look at sign up bonuses. You might get a free bet or money back guarantee. You Can decide to boost your stake, spread your chances over multiple bets or to back more of an outsider. You could also decide to bet less but that seems unlikely!!
Finally, remember to only bet what you can afford. Enjoy the football and, hopefully, find yourself a winner.