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The UEFA Champions League has undergone something of a change from recent years, with traditional powers like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich taking a back seat to the new guard of the game. And with teams like Manchester City and Liverpool running through the competition to this point, one has to wonder if the current favourites in City are actually undervalued to win the competition despite their top billing.

City have found their way to the top of the Premier League again this season despite a stiff challenge from Liverpool to this point, thanks to the tremendous depth that they boast all over the field. That depth comes in handy during this portion of the season, especially for a City team that is still competing in the Champions League, Premier League, and the late stages of the FA Cup.

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Sane and Mahrez on the field

For this competition, that means that City should have enough capable bodies to put themselves in a position to win the tournament. They will be able to put players like Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez, who haven’t seen the field as much as expected this season, out there in pivotal games to help their chances of advancing in Europe’s most high-profile tournament. And while any football preview should show City as the favourite, it’s the fact that they have the talent to back up that billing that is special.

Winning the Champions League is no easy task, but City are the favourites to do so in the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. As of March 27, 2019, Pep Guardiola’s team sat at +225 odds to win the competition at Betway, ahead of European giants Juventus and Barcelona at +350 each. That is a ringing endorsement of the legitimacy of City’s Champions League candidacy, but it might not go far enough to paint them as favourites given just how much the rest of the competitors in the Champions League have struggled.

While City have been routinely covering the spread betting odds throughout their season, Barcelona and Juve have hit some bumps in the road. The Catalan giants have had an easy go through a weak La Liga this year, but haven’t been as convincing in the Champions League thanks to a weakened attack. And while Juventus managed to get through the always-tough Atletico Madrid in the round of 16, they have injury questions surrounding their star man Cristiano Ronaldo. If nothing else, these two frequent finalists haven’t been as convincing during their European campaign as City.

Elsewhere, football betting tips may point to Liverpool as the team that might be able to give City the most trouble in the Champions League. That would be a decent notion, both because of the way that Liverpool play and because of their success against City last season in this same competition. But City have done well against the Reds in the Premier League as of late, which could cool off any talk of the Champions League trophy coming back to Anfield. Value bettors might like the +400 odds for Liverpool, though.

En route to the quadruple?

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Outside of the top four, it would be highly unlikely for any of the remaining teams in the competition to lift the trophy. Manchester United has looked abysmal for much of this season, even if they did advance past notorious choke artists Paris Saint-Germain in the first knockout round. Tottenham got through Dortmund, but Dortmund seems to have fallen apart after a strong start to the Bundesliga campaign. And Porto and Ajax just appear to be cannon fodder for the elites who remain in the competition.

All of this is to say that City are the deserving favourites to win the Champions League, and could make history when this season is said and done. Thanks to the remaining field in the FA Cup, City are the clear favourites to win that competition as well. If they can add the Premier League on top of the FA Cup and the already secured Carabao Cup, they could be competing for the elusive quadruple when the late stages of the Champions League take place.

Whether City get there or not, the fact that the quadruple is even being discussed in the modern age of football is amazing. And for that reason, City might be an even bigger favourite than the odds suggest. Unless their packed calendar gets in their way, there might not be a club who is capable of stopping them right now.

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Fixture: Sheffield United v West Brom
Date: December 14th, 2018
Competition: English Championship
Venue: Bramall Lane
Kick-Off Time: 19:45
Betting Odds: Sheffield United(2.32) Draw(3.65) West Brom(3.25)

Sheffield United

— Edged past 23rd-placed-placed Reading last Saturday and won the game 2-0
— Have won 11 of their last 19 league games
— Only lost 3 of their last 19 league games
— Not been losing at half-time in 14 league matches

West Brom

— Most goals scored in Championship (44)
— Two goals a-piece at home to Aston Villa last Friday
— Took 18 more games to reach current total of 36 points last season
— Not lost in their last 5 league games

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Fixture: Doncaster v Scunthorpe
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English League One
Venue: The Keepmoat Stadium
Kick-Off Time: 12:15
Betting Odds: Doncaster(1.68) Draw(4.20) Scunthorpe(5.40)

Doncaster

— Comfortable 4-0 winners against Bristol Rvs in their last game
— Have 10 more points than at the same stage last season (33 vs 23)
— Have won 3 of their last 5 league games
— Only lost 1 of their last 5 league games

Scunthorpe

— Most goals conceded in League One (42)
— Had 7 shots on target at home to Gillingham in their last game but couldn’t find the net in a 2-0 loss
— Are 15 places lower in league than at the same point last season (20th vs 5th)
— Have lost 8 of their last 10 league games

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Fixture: Man City v Everton
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Premier League
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Kick-Off Time: 12:30
Betting Odds: Man City(1.24) Draw(7.40) Everton(15.00)

Man City

— Most goals scored at home in top five English divisions (29)
— Lost 2-0 vs Chelsea last time out
— Have won 7 of their last 8 league games
— Have been leading at half-time in 9 of their last 12 league matches

Everton

— Two goals a-piece at home to Watford last Monday
— Have drawn 3 of their last 5 league games
— Not been losing at half-time in 6 league matches
— Only lost 1 of their last 6 league games

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Fixture: Crystal Palace v Leicester
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Premier League
Venue: Selhurst Park
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Crystal Palace(2.74) Draw(3.25) Leicester(3.00)

Crystal Palace

— Lost 3-2 vs West Ham 6 days ago
— Have lost 7 of their last 10 league games
— Only won 1 of their last 11 league games
— Have kept 8 clean sheets in their last 20 league matches

Leicester

— Lost 2-0 at home to Tottenham in their last game
— Have drawn 3 of their last 5 league games
— Only lost 1 of their last 7 league games
— Have been losing at half-time in 3 of their last 5 league matches

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Fixture: Huddersfield v Newcastle
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Premier League
Venue: The John Smith’s Stadium
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Huddersfield(2.68) Draw(3.10) Newcastle(3.20)

Huddersfield

— Least goals scored in top five English divisions (10)
— Didn’t register a shot on target at Arsenal last Saturday in a 1-0 loss
— Took 7 fewer games to reach current total of 10 points last season
— Have lost 8 of their last 12 league games

Newcastle

— Lost 2-1 at home to Wolves last Sunday
— Only the 5th ever league meeting between these two sides
— Have lost 12 of their last 21 league games
— Not kept a clean sheet in 5 league matches

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Fixture: Tottenham v Burnley
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Premier League
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Tottenham(1.20) Draw(8.00) Burnley(20.00)

Tottenham

— Scored 2 goals from 2 shots on target against Leicester last time out in a 2-0 win
— Have 8 more points than at the same stage last season (36 vs 28)
— Have won 5 of their last 6 league games
— Have been leading at half-time in 5 of their last 6 league matches

Burnley

— Found a way past Brighton last Saturday with a 1-0 home victory
— Are 9 places lower in league than at the same point last season (16th vs 7th)
— Have lost 6 of their last 8 league games
— Only won 1 of their last 9 league games

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Fixture: Watford v Cardiff
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Premier League
Venue: Vicarage Road
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Watford(1.66) Draw(4.00) Cardiff(6.40)

Watford

— Two-two score draw at Everton last Monday
— Have been losing at half-time in 4 of their last 5 league matches
— Not won in their last 6 league games
— Have lost 4 of their last 6 league games

Cardiff

— Least goals scored away from home in Premier League (3)
— Found a way past Southampton in their last game with a 1-0 home victory
— Are 12 places lower in league than at the same point last season (15th vs 3rd)
— Have lost 9 of their last 13 league games

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Fixture: Wolves v Bournemouth
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Premier League
Venue: Molineux
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Wolves(1.98) Draw(3.65) Bournemouth(4.40)

Wolves

— Found a way past Newcastle last Sunday with a 2-1 home victory
— Only the 3rd ever league meeting between these two sides
— Have lost 5 of their last 8 league games
— Not kept a clean sheet in 8 league matches

Bournemouth

— Comfortably beaten 4-0 by Liverpool in their last game
— Are 6 positions better off this season (8th) than at the same point last season (14th)
— Have lost 5 of their last 6 league games
— Not kept a clean sheet in 6 league matches

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Fixture: Aston Villa v Stoke
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Aston Villa(2.08) Draw(3.70) Stoke(3.85)

Aston Villa

— Two-two score draw at West Brom in their last game
— Have lost 5 of their last 6 league games when meeting Stoke
— Not lost in their last 6 league games
— Have won 4 of their last 6 league games

Stoke

— Scored 2 goals from 2 shots on target against Ipswich last Saturday in a 2-0 win
— Have 12 more points than at the same stage last season (32 vs 20)
— Not lost in their last 8 league games
— Have drawn 4 of their last 6 league games

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Fixture: Blackburn v Birmingham
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Championship
Venue: Ewood Park
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Blackburn(2.48) Draw(3.40) Birmingham(3.20)

Blackburn

— Drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough 6 days ago
— Not kept a clean sheet in 5 league matches
— Only won 1 of their last 5 league games
— Only lost 6 of their last 30 league games

Birmingham

— Lost 1-0 at home to Bristol City last Saturday
— Are 12 positions better off this season (10th) than at the same point last season (22nd)
— Have won 6 of their last 10 league games
— Only lost 3 of their last 17 league games

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Fixture: Bolton v Leeds
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Championship
Venue: The Macron Stadium
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Bolton(5.80) Draw(3.85) Leeds(1.73)

Bolton

— Least goals scored at home in Championship (5)
— Lost 3-2 vs Norwich last time out
— Have lost 6 of their last 8 league games
— Have been losing at half-time in 7 of their last 11 league matches

Leeds

— Edged past QPR in their last game and won the game 2-1
— Are 6 positions better off this season (1st) than at the same point last season (7th)
— Have won 5 of their last 6 league games
— Have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 5 league matches

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Fixture: Hull v Brentford
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Championship
Venue: The KC Stadium
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Hull(2.88) Draw(3.60) Brentford(2.62)

Hull

— Scored 2 goals from 2 shots on target against Millwall last time out in a 2-2 draw
— Have drawn 3 of their last 5 league games
— Only lost 1 of their last 7 league games
— Only won 5 of their last 25 league games

Brentford

— Lost 3-2 at home to Swansea last Saturday
— Have lost 4 of their last 5 league games
— Not kept a clean sheet in 5 league matches
— Have only led at half-time in 1 of their last 13 league games

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Fixture: Ipswich v Wigan
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Championship
Venue: Portman Road
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Ipswich(3.40) Draw(3.25) Wigan(2.46)

Ipswich

— Lost 2-0 vs Stoke in their last game
— Took 17 fewer games to reach current total of 11 points last season
— Have lost 4 of their last 5 league games
— Have been losing at half-time in 6 of their last 9 league matches

Wigan

— Lost 1-0 at home to Derby last Saturday
— Are 15 places lower in league than at the same point last season (16th vs 1st)
— Have lost 5 of their last 8 league games
— Only won 1 of their last 8 league games

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Fixture: Preston v Millwall
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Championship
Venue: Deepdale
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Preston(2.20) Draw(3.45) Millwall(3.70)

Preston

— Were outplayed at last time out against Nottm Forest but won the game 1-0
— Only lost 1 of their last 11 league games
— Have won 3 of their last 5 league games
— Have been leading at half-time in 5 of their last 8 league matches

Millwall

— Two goals a-piece at home to Hull last time out
— Not won in their last 6 league games
— Have drawn 3 of their last 5 league games
— Not kept a clean sheet in 6 league matches

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Fixture: QPR v Middlesbrough
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Championship
Venue: Loftus Road
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: QPR(3.00) Draw(3.35) Middlesbrough(2.68)

QPR

— Lost 2-1 vs Leeds last Saturday
— Are 6 positions better off this season (13th) than at the same point last season (19th)
— Not kept a clean sheet in 6 league matches
— Not led at half-time in 6 league matches

Middlesbrough

— Least goals conceded away from home in Championship (6)
— Drew 1-1 against Blackburn last Saturday
— Have won 4 of their last 5 league games against QPR
— Only lost 2 of their last 25 league games

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Fixture: Rotherham v Reading
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Championship
Venue: The New York Stadium
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Rotherham(2.16) Draw(3.60) Reading(3.65)

Rotherham

— Two-two score draw at Sheffield Weds last time out
— Are 12 places lower in league than at the same point last season (21st vs 9th)
— Have drawn 4 of their last 5 league games
— Not won in their last 5 league games

Reading

— Didn’t register a shot on target at home to Sheffield United 6 days ago in a 2-0 loss
— Took 6 fewer games to reach current total of 16 points last season
— Not won in their last 5 league games
— Have drawn 3 of their last 5 league games

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Fixture: Swansea v Sheffield Weds
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English Championship
Venue: The Liberty Stadium
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Swansea(1.80) Draw(3.90) Sheffield Weds(5.10)

Swansea

— Were outplayed at in their last game against Brentford but won the game 3-2
— Have 13 more points than at the same stage last season (29 vs 16)
— Have lost 4 of their last 6 league games
— Have been losing at half-time in 6 of their last 10 league matches

Sheffield Weds

— Most goals conceded in Championship (38)
— Two goals a-piece at home to Rotherham last time out
— Only the 5th ever league meeting between these two sides
— Have lost 6 of their last 9 league games

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Fixture: Barnsley v Portsmouth
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English League One
Venue: Oakwell
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Barnsley(2.42) Draw(3.30) Portsmouth(3.30)

Barnsley

— Least goals conceded at home in League One (6)
— Lost 1-0 vs Wycombe last time out
— Have 16 more points than at the same stage last season (36 vs 20)
— Only lost 4 of their last 20 league games

Portsmouth

— Least goals conceded away from home in League One (6)
— Lost 2-1 at home to Charlton last Tuesday
— Have 13 more points than at the same stage last season (45 vs 32)
— Have lost 6 of their last 7 league games when playing at Oakwell

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Fixture: Bradford v Walsall
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English League One
Venue: Valley Parade
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Bradford(2.74) Draw(3.45) Walsall(2.78)

Bradford

— Least goals scored at home in League One (7)
— Involved in an entertaining 3-3 draw against Plymouth last Saturday
— Have lost 12 of their last 17 league games
— Only won 1 of their last 10 league games

Walsall

— Came from behind at home to Coventry in their last game registering a 2-1 win
— Took 5 more games to reach current total of 31 points last season
— Have been losing at half-time in 6 of their last 9 league matches
— Not led at half-time in 6 league matches

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Fixture: Charlton v AFC Wimbledon
Date: December 15th, 2018
Competition: English League One
Venue: The Valley
Kick-Off Time: 15:00
Betting Odds: Charlton(1.99)..

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Newcastle face one of their longest away trips of the season as they head to St. Mary’s to take on Southampton, in a city where they haven’t won a Premier League game in 14 years. Five winless visits have followed, including two heavy 4-0 defeats and a 3-1 loss. Throw in an alarming Premier League start for Rafa Benitez’s side and all of a sudden the Saints look like a good shout for three points. 11/10 for the Southampton home win looks like a great price.

Slightly further north we see Watford host a Huddersfield side that have only scored four goals in their opening nine Premier League games. David Wagner’s team have also gone without a win against a current Premier League side since last December when they, funnily enough, beat Watford 4-1 at Vicarage Road just before Christmas. There’ll be no repeat dosage this time around, though, and Watford come into this one off the back of a fine 2-0 win at Wolves last time out. A win and clean sheet double for the Hornets looks like value at around 13/8 with Betfair.

A place where clean sheets probably won’t be the order of the day is at Craven Cottage, where goal-shipping Fulham host Bournemouth in the Capital. Fulham have invested heavily in the final third when they probably should’ve paid a bit more attention (and cash) to their own penalty area. The Cottagers have conceded a whopping 25 goals in their opening nine Premier League games, but are the second-highest scorers in the bottom half with eleven strikes. Bournemouth find themselves in sixth after an excellent start, but only Manchester United have shipped more goals than the Cherries out of all of the league’s top ten. This one has goals written all over it, and a tenner on over 3.5 of them returns £40 with Betfair.

Liverpool should really have it all their own way at home to Cardiff, despite the Bluebirds registering their first win of the season last weekend at home to Fulham. Cardiff haven’t won at Anfield since the 1950s, and their most recent four Premier League meetings have seen the Reds smash 13 goals past the Welsh side. I wouldn’t touch a Liverpool win at 1/10 with a bargepole, but a classic Klopp-inspired first-half blitz should well yield some returns, and Liverpool to score over 2.5 goals in the first half would be no surprise at all at 11/2 with Betfair.

On to Saturday evening when two sides struggling for consistency meet at the King Power Stadium as Leicester host West Ham. Neither team are particularly trustworthy at the back, so look like a prime both teams to score candidate at 3/4 with BetBright. In each of these side’s last seven Premier League games they’ve only managed a solitary clean sheet apiece. This is a tough one to pick a winner in, but my gut says James Maddison, who was linked with a move to West Ham in the summer, could have a telling contribution, following his strong start to the season. £10 on both teams scoring, and a James Maddison goal in a Leicester win returns nearly £100 with Betfair.

A London derby is the pick of the opening bunch of Sunday’s Premier League games, as in-form Arsenal venture south to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Palace put up a solid showing at Everton last Sunday but were ultimately undone by their failure to take chances in a game that has summed up their season so far. This Arsenal side will give chances away, though, and if Wilfried Zaha can get himself in dangerous positions then he will cause plenty of problems for a defence that isn’t the quickest.  It’ll be hard work, but Arsenal have discovered the grit that makes these games a lot easier than the days of Arsene Wenger. A Gunners win and both teams to score should get your Sunday off to a flyer at 23/10 with BetVictor.

We finish things off with what is usually an intriguing game at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Everton. The Red Devils were handed a footballing lesson by Juventus in the Champions League in midweek, and a fresh Everton side will be confident of getting something out of this one. The Toffees will have to overcome a poor recent record against United, but three straight wins is ideal preparation ahead of the short trip to Manchester. You’ve got to say that 9/2 (Betfair) for the Everton victory looks like a great bet, but in the interest of punters who don’t quite have the cojones to back the away win, 11/10 on the Double Chance markets for either a Toffees win or a draw has a really solid chance.

Premier League Treble: £10 on Watford (to beat Huddersfield), Southampton (Newcastle) and Arsenal returns £68 with BetVictor.

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QPR v Aston Villa (Friday 26th October, 7:45pm kick off)

Friday night sees a stop-start Aston Villa side travel to west London to face a resurgent Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

The honeymoon period for new Villa boss Dean Smith is over after they surrendered a half-time lead to lose 2-1 at Norwich on Tuesday, while QPR made it three wins in four games with a 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Hoops manager Steve McClaren can put his side’s turn in form down, largely, to a run of just one goal conceded in their last four games.  With that in mind, a QPR clean sheet looks like decent value at 11/5 with Betfair. However, a quick look at Villa’s record in front of goal makes this one a tough bet to back. Villa have scored in every Championship game so far this season, which is a stark improvement on their last campaign, when they scored just once in their final four league games, before a play-off semi-final defeat to Middlesbrough.

A great scoring record is one thing, but when you also sit comfortably in the bottom half after 14 games it’s probably because you have problems in your own penalty area. Aston Villa may have a 100% scoring run so far, but just two Championship clean sheets all season is alarming defensive form for a side with the financial clout of Villa. At the sharp end they should have enough quality to find the goal at Loftus Road, but their defensive frailties make both teams scoring a near-certainty at 8/11 with BetVictor.

A likely source of QPR goals could well be in the form of Brighton loanee Tomer Hemed. After a goal on his debut against Wigan at the end of August, the Israeli international went nearly ten games without a goal, but a strike on international duty a couple of weeks ago has been followed up by goals in back-to-back wins for his temporary employers. Hemed is 19/10 with BetBright to notch a goal anytime for the fourth straight game.

If you like a bet on the double result or half-time markets, you should probably look in the direction of a draw at the break. In the 28 Championship games featuring these two, 17 of them have been all square at the break, and only four games have seen either team behind at the interval. A draw at half-time is even-money with Betfair, but if you think both sides will continue their decent scoring form, a tipple on a 1-1 half-time score line could leave you laughing at odds of 13/2 with the same bookie.

A televised Friday night game is always a great candidate for a same-game multi bet to keep you interested. For those who don’t know, a same-game multi is essentially an accumulator of multiple selections that are all based around the same game. For the Loftus Road clash, £10 on both teams to score, Tammy Abraham to score the opening Villa goal (the Chelsea loanee has scored in two of his last three games), and a goal to be scored in both halves returns £78 with Betfair.

With the Championhip table slowly starting to take shape, you can’t help but feel that with the quality Villa have, they aren’t a million miles away from a run of good form. Dean Smith has plenty of goals at his disposal, so if and when he can impose his attacking, possession-based philosophy on his new side then they will really start to click. I don’t think Villa will be 6/4 (BetBright) to win all too often once their quality starts to kick in.

QPR’s surprise return to form, however, could be seen as something of an anomaly to many. Their squad is a relatively weak one as far as the Championship goes, and before their unbeaten run they had lost three straight games without scoring. The Londoners look like the epitome of a team that blows hot and cold.

Loftus Road isn’t the easiest place to go to, and when the crowd gets going it becomes one of the Championship’s toughest hunting grounds. Villa can boast plenty of top-level experience, and have the quality to maneuver the tight pitch at QPR. Rangers will make it hard work for them, but an entertaining game that sees Villa come out on top is my order of the day here. An Aston Villa away win that will kick-start their season – as well as both teams scoring – looks a very lucrative double indeed at 22/5 with BetVictor.

Championship Trio: A tenner on Aston Villa (to win at QPR), Sheffield United (at home to Wigan) and Millwall (at home to Ipswich) returns more than £77 with BetBright.

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So, Liverpool have appointed a throw-in coach! An out of the ordinary appointment and when first heard seems a tad humorous but is it a shrewd decision?

Marginal gains are proven to work and with 40-50 throw-ins taken per game there could be some big wins overall from throw-in based improvements. The much-maligned Keys and Gray don’t seem to think so but dinosaurs of the game like these are fast becoming extinct.

I agree that focussing more on throw-ins is a sensible thing and from matches I’ve watched and coaching I’ve received, it would appear that not attention has been given to this part of the game in the past.

Is it important however to have coaching from the world record holder in terms of distance thrown? I’m not convinced and most of the benefits to be gained from throw-ins taken would likely be from retaining possession not launching it forward Stoke-stylee.

I find it highly unlikely that Liverpool are going to score many (if any) goals by beaming it forward 30 yards for their speedy frontline of Salah, Mane and Firminho to run onto. If that was the plan and there was an edge to be had, the publicity created from the appointment will surely see the end to that happening anyway.

It is great that marginal gains and data in sports is being taken more seriously as illustrated by the acceptance of expected goals by football fans and pundits but I think we are also seeing a lot of smoke and mirrors where analytics are concerned. If you’re a regular user of Twitter it’s likely you’ll have come across a whole host of charlatan sports and betting accounts using the buzz words to make bogus claims or at least overstating their worth.

There’s no doubt that the quantity of data collected and how it used for comparisons between players has improved and I’m certain that helps with recruitment. There are so many graphs produced though which look pretty but with not enough of an explanation of why it’s significant or how it can be used to improve performance.

I am yet to read a piece that clearly shows how data analysis specifically has been used to improve team/player performance. I’m not saying that it’s not possible (or even has happened) because it certainly is but we need to see more evidence for it to be accepted more widely and used by more of those in the game.

The likes of Ted Knutson and his StatsBomb group show some decent visuals, created by their expertly recruited programmers but again with little information about how it’s used. Yes, I get that data analysis is only part of the answer and that there are client sensitivity concerns too but I think the main reason we don’t see much evidence of this is because we’re still uncertain as to how best use the data to make a difference.

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