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Serie A is currently half-way through their mid-season break to accommodate the Copa America that’s currently taking place in Brazil. In this article, we will summarise the current state of the Brazilian league after nine games, taking a look at who’s started well and who will be glad to get away from the action, albeit only for a month.

Brazil: Who is Top of Serie A?

Palmeiras currently tops the table and will do so even after the league returns on July 13th. They are 5 points clear and probably wished they could have continued playing without the Copa America disruption. In their last 5 games before the break, they won all 5 and conceded just the single goal, in an away victory at Chapecoense.

More: Brazil Serie A League Table

Goal Stats in Serie A

As you might expect, it’s Palmeiras again who lead the way in terms of goals scored. However, if you’re just looking for goals without the need to pick sides, look no further than Fluminense. They are currently 16th in Serie A and there have been 3.22 goals per game on average. This is partly down to their away form, where they have conceded 2.60 goals per game.

More: AVG Goals in Brazilian Serie A

Best Defence in Brazilian Serie A

You guessed it, it’s Palmeiras. From the opening 9 games in Serie A, they have kept 7 clean sheets. That’s outstanding. Next in the charts is Corinthians, who has 5 clean sheets in 8 games. They, like Palmeiras, have kept a clean sheet in all of their home games so far. Unfortunately for Corinthians, they have not had the same success at the other end of the pitch and despite their defensive efforts are 10th in the table.

More: Clean Sheets in Brazilian Serie A

Form Before The Copa America

Looking at the last 6 games, there’s some real winners and losers. Obviously, Palmeiras. However, let’s shine a light on some of the other sides also performing well in Brazil. SC Internacional has lost just 1 of their last 6 games, failing to score in just a single game.

If you’re looking for goals, Chapecoense might be the team for you. 83% of their last 6 fixtures ended with 3 or more goals being scored. If BTTS is more your market, they’ll do too. 100% of their last 6 games saw both teams hitting the back of the net, with Chapecoense winning just a single fixture during that spell. They will be hoping to come back from the break in much better shape, as will Alagoano.

Alagoano is currently 19th in the league and won just 1 of their last 6 fixtures. Overall this season, they have won just 11% of games with none coming on the road. Next up, they host Corinthians. A side who has not conceded a goal vs a side that has yet to score a goal on the road.

Thanks for reading. Who do you think will make the most of their return to Serie A after the Copa America has finished? The action returns on 13th July and, as always, you can find all the stats you need here:

Stats and Fixtures for Brazilian Seria A

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Raheem Sterling’s outstanding form this season has seen him develop into a truly indispensable member of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Despite the fierce competition for places within City’s richly assembled squad, Sterling’s held his own on his way to registering a personal-record of 23 goals and 17 assists from his 49 matches in all competitions. Second, behind only Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane in City’s goals and assists charts respectively, he’s been a real driving force behind the club’s magnificent campaign.

So familiar with Guardiola’s positional play framework, Sterling is fulfilling his role with the utmost confidence. He’s at the top of his game. Putting all his critics and the unwanted headlines to one side, he’s remained dedicated and focused on his craft, which his seen him improve year-on-year under Guardiola’s stewardship. What will next season hold for Sterling?

A huge part of his development is how much he has improved his general goal-scoring ability. From being in the right places to improving his one-on-one finishing. Sure, he still misses the odd sitter, but the overall improvement in his game really is clear for all to see. He’s more composed and rarely snatches at his chances, whilst scoring goals of all types in this title-winning campaign for Manchester City.

He’s a key cog in a beautiful system and his off the ball movement has been key for Pep’s side. His runs in behind the defence and into the box have been key to him getting in the correct positions to either create or finish Manchester City’s chances.

Thanks to Guardiola’s stewardship, he’s now much better at reading the game, knowing where his opponents are and tailoring his runs accordingly. This awareness allows Sterling to know when to dart towards the front post to latch onto a cutback, hold his run while the defence collapses towards the goal or embark on a back post run. The latter offers plenty of strategic benefits, for it gives him a massive dynamic advantage over his more awkwardly oriented marker, who will typically be standing still and facing towards the ball. This gives Sterling greater momentum when attacking the ball, something that’s seen him frequently beat his man at the back post.

We should note that it also helps when you have multiple wizards on the field providing these balls into the box. I’m looking at you Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva.

Guardiola’s meticulous toiling on the training ground is clearly reaping rewards for Sterling, as the Spanish manager spoke to Sky Sports of how he’s worked “specifically on the last action on the pitch – that control in the last moment to make the right movement in the final three or four meters“.

Keep doing what you’re doing, Pep!

The fluid movements between Sterling and his teammates have been key to his, and others, effectiveness for Manchester City this season. This creates endless problems for opposition defenders, simply trying their best to mark Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero and others. Key patterns include interchanging with Aguero, dropping deep or switching positions with a midfielder or fullback. This is all done so cohesively that it can actually look messy at times. However, it’s a beautiful mess.

Predominantly situated on the wing, this is typically where Sterling receives possession. This situation in a game will allow him to use his dribbling skills and athleticism to good effect. Able to progress up the pitch, he torments his adversary with his qualities. This season, City will often overload the opposite flank in order to free up Sterling (or Bernado on the other side) and quickly switch the play. This has been a vital tactic used and has lead to many goals for Manchester City. It leaves Sterling isolated, creates a one-on-one and stretches the back line of the opposition.

Simply put, he’s been a menace with the ball at his feet. He’s incredibly unpredictable and hard to stop courtesy of his nice repertoire of stepovers, shoulder drops, feints and wicked changes of pace. He’s become more direct and relishes driving at defenders.

His creative game is always improving, too. Last season he combined neatly in confined spaces by using nifty flicks, layoffs, and back heels. These cute passages of play are the default when watching Manchester City and Sterling thrives. Quick one-twos allow him to use his pace and intelligence to create something from nothing in and around the box. I believe his 17 assists serve as a testament to his overall intelligence as a footballer and his maturity under Guardiola. Both should be credited hugely.

The Guardiola effect is so clear. Raheem Sterling has been turned into a goal-scoring machine, an incredibly effective attacking threat. Under Guardiola, he’s devastating.

“He is sharp, fast, clever, fighting, ambitious and decisive. He can play both sides and can play in the middle and receive the ball between the lines and commit the center-back with a lot of aggression.” – Pep Guardiola on Raheem Sterling, 2019.

Statistically, it’s been a great season:

  • 0.34 XG per game
  • 36% conversion rate
  • 2.2 shots PG
  • 5.71 completed dribbles PG
  • 1.7 key passes PG
  • 5.22 touches inside the box PG
  • 2.14 progressive runs PG
  • Fouled 1.81 times PG

Sterling has established himself as one of the elite players in the Premier League and the £49m that Manchester City paid for him looks like superb value for money, and then some!

He’s the PFA Young Player of the Year and there are no signs to suggest that Raheem Sterling’s development will slow down. He can go as far as he likes in the game and with the guidance of Guardiola is improving with every training session. His rich vein of form this season saw City clinch a memorable treble and I’m sure it won’t be the last piece of silverware he helps his side win.

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The 2019 U21 European Championships gets underway tomorrow as Poland host Belgium. There’s a real sense of excitement ahead of this tournament that is sure to include plenty of future stars.

The U21 Euros will take place in Italy, starting on June 16th. As you can see by the odds, it’s wide-open who might win the competition, but the slight favourites are England, Spain, and Italy at 5/1.

England U21 Team and Predictions

England U21 has taken proven Premier League players such as Aaran Wan-Bissaka, Demarai Gray, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Exciting talents like Phil Foden, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Reiss Nelson have also been included. The latter had a solid season in Germany, playing 23 games in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim.

It’s a tough ask for Aidy Boothroyd, but he certainly has the players to win this competition. At the end of the day, it might come down to tactical nouse, as many international tournaments do. As we will explore in this article, the fellow favourites for the competition trump Aidy in that respect.

England has a very experienced squad, for this level and on paper, has one of the strongest starting elevens in the competition.

Spain U21 Team and Predictions

Spain U21 is looking very strong once again. They’re in a group with Poland, Italy, and Belgium so will have to be at their best to progress. A really exciting group with some mouth-watering fixtures.

Spain U21 won this competition consecutively back in 2011 and then again in 2013. Featuring in that squad was David de Gea, Dani Carvajal, Koke, Thiago, Isco, Morata, and Sergio Canales… Just to name a few.

Will we look back at this crop of players in the same way? There are certainly some special talents in that squad, including Fabian Ruiz. The versatile midfielder – who signed for Napoli last season from Betis – forced his way into Carlo Ancelotti’s side by the end of the season and scored 5 goals in a very creative end to the season.

There will also be plenty of eyes on Dani Cabellos who currently plays a bit-part role for Real Madrid. He’s at the point in his career now where he may have to stick or twist. A good showing at this competition and I’m sure the thousands of scouts will make that move away from the Bernabeu much easier.

Spain Manager Luis de la Fuente Castillo

Spain U21 is managed by Luis de la Fuente Castillo, a former player who racked up over 350 appearances between Bilbao, Sevilla, and Alaves. He’s been managing since 1999 and has been involved with the Spanish national team since 2013 when he took over Spain U19. He won the U19 European Championships in 2015 with his U19 side before taking over the U21 side in 2018, after Albert Celades left to join Real Madrid.

Italy U21 Team and Predictions

I’m really looking forward to watching this Italy team. It’s a team packed with potential and maturity for this level, spearheaded by Moise Kean. The Juventus forward has already featured for the Italian national side but will use this tournament as an invaluable experience. He comes into this having scored 7 goals in a breakthrough season for Juventus.

Federico Chiesa is another that will surely set this tournament alight. The rumours have already started linking the Fiorentina winger with Liverpool and I would expect them to continue, especially after watching him play.

I’m also looking forward to seeing more of Nicolò Zaniolo, who played over 30 games for Roma last season at just 19 years of age. These players are more than ready for this competition.

Players To Watch at U21 Euro 2019

As the tournament progresses, I’m sure you’ll be seeing these names on your timelines. These are highly experienced, highly talented players for their age:

  • Jonathan Tah
  • Luka Jovic
  • Borja Mayoral
  • Joachim Andersen
  • Alen Halilović
  • Mikel Oyarzabal
  • Houssem Aouar
  • Domagoj Bradaric
  • Yari Verschaeren

Who do you think will win this competition?

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There is no sugar-coating it: Manchester United are a club in deep crisis. In a season that has seen the other members of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ enjoy varying degrees of success, United have been left behind.

The writing was on the wall in pre-season when Jose Mourinho consistently complained about a lack of support in the transfer market, and insisted United would be “in trouble” come the start of the season. Mourinho didn’t get much right prior to his sacking in December, but he was on the money there.

While some agreed with Mourinho that he needed another substantial transfer kitty to close the gap on Manchester City, others pointed to the £360m already spent since he took charge in 2016.

Mourinho had borne the brunt for much of United’s demise this season. Outdated, defensive tactics and a failure to motivate players were at the core of the team’s struggles, which were highlighted further when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over and guided United on a club-record run.

Current failure a symptom, not the cause

Only, that record-run gave way for another, unwanted record as United then embarked on their worst spell in 57 years. The focus of criticism has now switched to the players – accused of downing tools for both Solskjaer and Mourinho.

Yet, the current failure is a symptom, not the cause, of a more gradual decline at United; a decline that goes back to the start of the post-Alex Ferguson era and has been overseen by one man: executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

In the six years since Ferguson’s retirement, Woodward has made a series of disastrous decisions that have not only set United back, but have been a complete departure from the foundations put in place under Ferguson that transformed the club into one of the richest and most successful in the world.

To be slightly fair to Woodward, his first major decision of post-Ferguson was an attempt, of sorts, at continuity by appointing David Moyes, partly on the recommendation of United’s greatest ever manager.

What made less sense was offering the former Everton coach a six-year contract, particularly when his reign was cut short after eight underwhelming months. While Moyes is partly to blame for his disappointing spell, he was certainly hindered by Woodward’s incompetence in the transfer market. Moyes identified the right targets – he wanted a creative midfielder and at the top of the list were Barcelona pair Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara. He ended up with Marouane Fellaini.

Woodward entered panic mode

After the first post-Ferguson summer proved disappointing and as United started to slip behind their Premier League rivals, Woodward went into panic mode – and armed with one of the biggest budgets in world football, decided to keep throwing money at the problem.

This is what’s known in gambling parlance as the “All-In” strategy – an expression used to describe an approach where patience gives way for volatility and high-risk; when preference is given to the chances of winning big and maximizing returns as quickly as possible.

Woodward has adopted a very similar approach to player recruitment and it is a risky gamble that has not paid off. Nine of Manchester United’s 10 most expensive signings have been sanctioned by Woodward.

While that is not entirely surprising given the rapid inflation of transfer fees and huge increase in Premier League money, what is shocking is none of them can be regarded as unqualified successes.

Even worse? Eight of those players – Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Fred, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Victor Lindelof, and Eric Bailly – were signed in the Mourinho era and were part of this season’s squad that has undoubtedly regressed.

Granted, a League Cup, Europa League and a Premier League runner-up finish were secured under Mourinho, but the foundations were shaky, particularly given Mourinho’s notorious ability to implode in his third year.

What beggars belief is that Woodward has not learned from the catastrophic mistakes when Louis van Gaal was in the dugout, epitomised in his first season by a club-record move for Angel Di Maria and the ludicrously expensive loan signing of Radamel Falcao.

Reckless and rudderless

The Dutchman’s second year saw United squander £86.4m on players no longer at the club with the exception of surplus-to-requirements full back Matteo Darmian, while the £54m outlay on Martial is yet to prove money well spent.

All of which serves to highlight Woodward’s misguided ‘All-In’ approach: spend big money hoping to land the jackpot quickly, thus attempting to immediately restore United to past powers, when in fact the club are further behind than ever.

That is precisely the reckless and rudderless strategy Woodward has taken, and it has not been restricted to players but managerial recruitments, too. A baffling six-year deal for Moyes was followed by two years of treading water under Van Gaal and then a tumultuous spell with Mourinho.

Perhaps Woodward’s most incompetent managerial decision was his most recent: opting to give Solskjaer a permanent contract during his interim tenure when now the Norwegian looks ill-equipped for the role. It was an appointment based on emotion instead of sound business logic and it looks to have backfired.

While Woodward may have huge resources to continue spinning the wheel, it has done little to move United forward and there may well come a time when his poor decisions will cost him his job.

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Friday March 5, 19:00

The Eerste Divisie in Holland is one of our favourite leagues, with plenty of goals always flowing. This week we have another full round of fixtures, including 9 fixtures this Friday. In this article, we will take a look at the key fixtures and provide stats, betting tips and detailed previews. If you’re interested in digging deeper into the stats, take a look at our football form guide.

FC Twente vs Dordrecht

The league looks to belong to FC Twente this season, and they could attribute this to their incredible home form. They have won 71% of home games, scoring 1.87 goals per game. Not too many, there are certainly teams that have scored more at home but no team has conceded fewer home goals than Twente this season. Dordrecht is inconsistent, to say the least. In the last 5 away games, they have won 3 whilst scoring 10 goals. To give you an idea for their fluctuating form, they recently beat Volendam (16th) 4-3 away from home. The game before, they conceded 8 to Eindhoven (11th). They have conceded 17 goals in the last 5 games, both home and away.

Roda JC vs RKC

Roda (10th) hosts RKC (7th), with Roda currently unbeaten in the last 4 home games. It’s really tight between these sides, both in quality and in the league standings. Just 10 points separate 6th and 15th so every game is effectively a 6-pointer. RKC will be confident, having won 3 of the last 5 games coming to this and scoring in each of the last 4. On the road, they have scored 1.60 goals per game this season whilst the home side has seen 75% of their games end with both teams scoring. Goals expected in this one.

Den Bosch vs Sparta Rotterdam

This is the game I’ll personally be watching on Friday. 2nd travel to 4th with Sparta Rotterdam in much better form having won the last 4 games. Away from home, they have won just 31% of games. Their main problem is not being able to see out games, as they have had 8 draws on the road. Sparta has kept a clean sheet in just 25% of their away games this season, whilst Den Bosch has scored in every single game. They don’t just score once, either. They have scored 2.06 goals per game on average this season and in the last 5 home games have scored 11 goals.

Tips for Eerste Divisie
  • FC Twente Win & Over 2.5 Goals
  • BTTS:YES (Roda JC vs RKC)
  • Over 2.5 Goals (Den Bosch vs Sparta Rotterdam)

View hundreds of our predictions, all in a single, curated place. 

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Saturday 6TH april: 15:00 KO PREVIEW

Aston Villa seems to be hitting form at just the right time. After winning just 2 games from 15 between December and March, the Villains have now won the last 5 games, their best run of form this season. The next challenge? A couple of tricky away fixtures in the space of 4 days, starting at Sheffield Wednesday.

Wednesday, managed by former Villa manager Steve Bruce, is another team hopeful of making the playoff this season. They are currently unbeaten in the last 12 games. A victory for Bruce against his old employers would take his side within a point of Aston Villa. It’s incredibly tight in the Championship this season, with just 4 points separating 5th from 11th.

It’s anyone’s guess who will make the playoffs at this point, but hitting form at this time of the season will do the hopefuls no harm. Let’s take a look at what’s been going right recently for Aston Villa, starting with their return to goalscoring form.

FORM

Dean Smith’s side comes into this fixture having scored 13 goals in the last 5 games, averaging 2.60 goals per game. During this spell, they have kept 3 clean sheets, including impressive victories against Derby and Middlesborough. These results could prove to be crucial come the end of the season. Every point matters.

This is a vast improvement in form, as Villa failed to score in 3 of the previous 5 fixtures. They’ll have to continue this form if they’re to get something from Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday has kept 3 clean sheets in the last 5 home games and has not tasted defeat in front of their own fans for 10 games, a run that spans back to November when they lost to Derby. There’s probably more onus on the home side here, so it will be interesting to see how Aston Villa approach this game.

More: Championship Form

PREDICTIONS

The combined season stats for these sides suggest that we might see a couple of goals in this game, with 74% of games ending with 2 or more goals being scored. There’s been an average of 3.21 goals per game this season when Aston Villa plays and 2.54 goals per game when Sheffield Wednesday take the field.

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HEAD TO HEAD

The last 5 matches between Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa have produced mixed results, with 3 victories for Sheffield Wednesday and 2 for Aston Villa. 4 of the 5 games has seen 2 or more goals being scored and the last 3 meetings have all ended with both teams scoring.

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Monday 1st april at 20:00

Arsenal will be looking to continue their fine home form this season and increase their chances of Champions League football on Monday with a victory against Newcastle.

ARSENAL Form

Arsenal can do no wrong at home, where they have won 81% of their games. They are unbeaten in the last 5, winning 4 and drawing 1-1 to Tottenham at the beginning of March. They have scored 11 goals in the last 5 games and overall this season have netted 2.31 goals per home game. Emery’s side will be hoping to take advantage of the poor away form Newcastle has shown this season. The defence has done their bit, too, with Arsenal conceding just 0.75 goals per home game this season.

NEWCASTLE Form

Newcastle has recorded just a single victory away from home since November, and that came at Huddersfield. No disrespect to the Terriers, but my Sunday league side could have gone to Huddersfield and got something. It’s a different story at home for the Toon, where they have won the last 5 games. Something just isn’t clicking on the road. They have scored just 0.80 goals per game whilst playing away this season. This, combined with the earlier stats on Arsenal’s defence does not bode well for Newcastle.

More: Football Form Guide

Predictions

It’s very likely that Arsenal will win this game. Newcastle has failed to score in 40% of their away games whilst Arsenal has a strong defensive record at home, keeping a clean sheet in 38% of games.

Here’s my prediction for this game, using the stats from our Arsenal stats page.

  • Arsenal to Win and BTTS: NO @2.37

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ODDS
  • Arsenal Win: 1.33
  • Draw: 5.25
  • Newcastle Win: 9.50
Head to Head (Past Fixtures)

Looking back at recent history, it’s not good for Newcastle. Arsenal has won 10/11 recent fixtures between these sides. The last meeting finished 2-1 to Arsenal back in September after Granit Xhaka scored a stunning free-kick. Newcastle scored late on but was able to stage a comeback of any kind.

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SUNDAY 31st March at 20:00

PSG, currently 20 points clear in Ligue 1, travel to Toulouse on Sunday. This might look like a routine victory for the French champions but recent form has seen the home side move away from the relegation zone and they’ll be relishing this fixture. It will be interesting to see how Mbappe performs, with news circulating earlier this week that he is destined for Real Madrid this summer.

Form

PSG’s form is spectacular, as you might expect. They simply dominate the French league and they have won 11 of the last 12 fixtures. They dropped points when they lost away at Lyon at the start of February. Since then, however, they have returned to their unforgiving nature. They have scored 17 goals in the last 5 games. The majority of these goals, it’s interesting to note, have come in the second half of games.

Toulouse, as we mentioned have upped their game recently and have not tasted defeat at home in 6 games now. They recently drew 2-2 at home with Lyon, the only side to defeat PSG in the league this season. I think it’s sensible to predict that they’ll lose this game, but by how many and will they score?

Predictions

Adding to the stat we mentioned earlier about PSG scoring most of their recent goals in the second half of matches, I looked at their stats page to find out that 63% of their goals have come in the latter stages of games. This could be due to the opposing team giving up, or simply making mistakes due to being worn out by PSG’s possession. It’s not easy running around after Kylian Mbappe.

I’m going to go with PSG to win, obviously. But I’ll be creating a bet builder that also plays into some of the stats that I’ve discovered whilst looking at the latest Ligue 1 form. Here’s what I’ll be backing in this game, and I have to say I’m really impressed with the odds on this one.

  • PSG to Win and 2nd Half Most Goals @ 2.30

Adding to this, Toulouse has seen 64% of home goals scored in the second half of matches. I think this is a brilliant find. What are you betting on this weekend, and will you be following this prediction?

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Head to Head (Past Fixtures)

Looking back at recent history, it’s not good for Toulouse. PSG has won 9 of the last 12 meetings between these sides, with a single victory for Toulouse back in September 2016. The last meeting between these sides ended in a 1-0 victory to PSG, back in November. The game before, also 1-0.

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Saturday 30th March at 15:00

Old Trafford will be bouncing on Saturday as it was confirmed earlier in the week that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be taking over the club on a full-time basis. He’s been given a three-year contract. I doubt any side would have wanted to face Manchester United this weekend, let alone at Old Trafford. In this article, we will look at the current form of both these sides and we will give our predictions.

Form

Using our football form guide, you can see that over the past six games it’s Watford who is in better form at the moment, having won four and lost two. Manchester United is currently ninth in the form table, with three wins, two defeats and a draw against rivals Liverpool.

Despite the good form for Watford, we might want to dig a litter deeper into their away form. Looking at the last five games, they have lost three. Those three games were away to Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City. In fact, they have lost every game they have played against the big six away from home. Will this one be any different? Manchester United’s home form suggests it will be more of the same.

Under Solskjaer, Manchester United have not yet lost at home in the league and have scored two or more goals in every game bar one, the 0-0 draw with Liverpool. If you remember that game, Manchester United had to make all three substitutions before half-time and were forced to keep an injured Marcus Rashford on the pitch. Saturday’s fixture will be a different kind of test for Ole’s side.

Predictions

Manchester United has kept just two clean sheets at home this season. This was not just a problem under Jose Mourinho, as the Red Devils have shipped home goals against Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Brighton, Burnley and Southampton since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the wheel at Old Trafford.

Watford has scored more goals on the road than they have at home, notching 1.44 goals per game. They have struggled for clean sheets, too, keeping one in just 19% of games this season. Looking at this, and the fact that 79% of home games for Manchester United has seen both teams score, leads me towards that very market. I think Manchester United will be raring to go on Saturday and Watford will be hopeful party-poopers. BTTS (Both Teams to Score) is currently 1.80 for this fixture.

Latest Predictions for Manchester United vs Watford:

  • BTTS:YES (100 Coins) @ 1.80
  • Home Win (50 Coins) @ 1.43
  • BTTS:YES (2000 Coins) @ 1.77
  • Home Win (100 Coins) @ 1.44

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Head to Head (Past Fixtures)

Manchester United has won six of the last seven games between these sides. The last meeting between these sides was back in September, where United scored twice in 5 minutes through Lukaku and Smalling. You can view all of the previous meetings, and much more by interacting with the widget below:

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Friday 29th March: 7:45 KO

Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to continue their fine away form on Friday evening when they travel to Hoffenheim. Given the squad and talents at Bayer, you could say they’re underachieving this season. They come into this game in 6th place and having won four of the last five away games.

Form

Looking at the Bundesliga form guide, it’s clear that both teams will be looking to keep the momentum building. Hoffenheim has won the last two home games and has tasted defeat just twice in the last ten games. However, their fans will tell you that one too many draws have crept into their form recently. Bayer Leverkusen will be looking for more of the same, having turned a corner recently on the road. After winning just twice between the start of the season and December, they have now won four of the last five away games, losing only at Bayern Munich. Incidentally, Bayern Munich this week smashed their transfer record to sign World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid.

Predictions

I think we’ll see goals in this game, with Hoffenheim scoring freely at home this season. They have netted in the last five games coming into this and have scored eight goals in the last five home games. Bayer Leverkusen has been scoring for fun whilst on this hot streak away from home. They have scored fifteen goals in the last five away games, averaging 3.00 goals per game.

Overall, they have averaged 2.00 goals scored per game on the road. This, combined with the fact that 77% of home games for Hoffenheim has ended with both teams scoring, leads me towards predicting that this game will follow that trend. I would back BTTS (Both Teams to Score) and Over 2.5 Goals at 1.80.

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Head to Head

When these sides face off, there’s usually goals. The last three meetings have produced fourteen goals. Both teams have scored in all of those games, with each side winning a single fixture and the match they played in August 2017 ending in a 2-2 draw. Hoffenheim won the last fixture 4-1. How they would love a repeat of that on Friday night. You can view our interactive widget below:

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