Barclays Premier League – Manchester Derby preview

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Sunday 2 November, 12:30:

Manchester City v Manchester United – Etihad Stadium

The highlight of this weekend’s Premier League fixture list is Sunday’s clash between the Manchester sides at the Etihad Stadium.

Louis van Gaal’s team celebrated their late equaliser against Chelsea last week like a victory and they would surely be happy with a similar score line away to the reigning league champions. However, this is a derby game and no one will be talking about sharing the points.

While the draw against Chelsea will have given United a boost, Manuel Pellegrini’s team are coming into this match on the back of a disappointing Champions League draw in Moscow, a 2-1 defeat at West Ham and a Capital One Cup loss to Newcastle. The positive news for City is that they have now won three straight derbies against their rivals and will start as favourites to make it number four.

It looks certain that David Silva will miss the match after a scan on his knee revealed ligament damage. The injury was incurred during the mid-week game against Newcastle.

United are still unsure whether Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao will be fit in time for the Sunday’s game and are remaining tight-lipped about their progress.

Goal betting

From a betting point of view, this game looks like a contender in the over 2.5 goals market at first glance: City’s home games have an average of 3 goals per match and United’s away games average 3.5. The percentages tell a slightly different story however, with only 50% of each team’s respective games producing the result.

The same percentages also apply to the over 3.5 goals market. This shows us that there have been some high scoring games amongst the results and at this stage of the season the sample size is still quite small.

If we look at home and away games for both teams combined, City have an over 2.5 goal ratio of 56% with United coming in slightly higher at 67%. If we look at head to head games between the teams, five out of the last six encounters have resulted in over 2.5 goals.

Both teams to score

So far this season, both teams have scored in 75% of Man City’s home games and 75% of Man United away games. The combined figure of 150% should make this bet irresistible to regular Goals Galore punters.

Corner betting

Manchester City home games would normally be sure fire bet in the over 10.5 corner market with an average of 12.8 per game. However, this figure could be cancelled out by United’s very low away average of 8.5 corners pr game. The Red Devils have restricted their opposition to an average of just 2.3 corners per away game this season. The corner market should probably be avoided for this reason.

Match prediction

United have yet to win away this season and it is hard to see them reversing that trend in this game. City are experiencing a minor crisis but they were impressive in their last home league game when they demolished Tottenham 4-1. Derbies are always difficult to call and much will depend on whether Wayne Rooney is fit; the United captain in the all-time leading scorer in Manchester derbies.

This one will be close and there should be a few goals but City should just have the edge.

Recommended bets: Over 2.5 goals, Both Teams to Score

Result: Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United

Barclays Premier League – Manchester Derby previewunratedNeil2014-10-31 01:55:15Live on Sky Sports 1

Sunday 2 November, 12:30:

Manchester City v Manchester United – Etihad Stadium

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ATP Men’s Tennis – Paris Masters: World Tour Final places still up for grabs

After his epic three hour and 20 minute win over Tommy Robredo in the Valencia Open final, Andy Murray just needs to reach the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters to guarantee his place at the World Tour Finals that take place at the O2 in London from 9-16 November.

Murray has won 18 of his last 20 matches over a grueling five week period and has certainly given his all in his attempt to feature at the showpiece event. He was 11th in the Race to London after the US Open and seems to have found form at the right time; just over a year after he underwent back surgery. Even if he does not reach the quarter-finals he may still qualify depending on how his rivals perform.

The win moves Murray into fifth spot ahead of Kei Nishikori. After pulling out of last week’s event in Spain, the Japanese player now needs a semi-final place in Paris to become the first player from Asia to reach the World Tour Finals.

Tomas Berdych is still in contention for a WTF place despite his first round exit in Valencia. The Czech player is currently occupying the eighth qualifying spot and will also need to reach the semi-finals to guarantee a place in London.

David Ferrer faces a tough task after dropping into ninth place and will need to reach the Paris final if he is to finish in the top eight. However, the Spaniard does have good record in the tournament having been a winner in 2012 and a runner-up last year. If he misses out, it will be the first time in six years that he has failed to take part in the season finale.

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ATP Men’s Tennis – Paris Masters: World Tour Final places still up for grabsunratedNeil2014-10-28 10:47:34After his epic three hour and 20 minute win over Tommy Robredo in the Valencia Open final, Andy Murray just needs to reach the quarter-finals of the P…
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Men’s tennis: ATP update – Murray leads charge in final Race to London places

With only two weeks left to fill the final places for the WTF season showpiece event at the O2 arena in London, Andy Murray has forced his way into the top eight with victory in Vienna.

The Scot defeated rival David Ferrer to claim his second tour title in a month and has already made it to the quarter finals of the Valencia Open event this week. Murray is now in pole position after seventh-placed Tomas Berdych crashed out to Pablo Andujar on day one in Valencia.

The Czech travelled to Spain on a high after securing the IF Stockholm Open title on Sunday but was unable to carry his form into the 500 event. This gives Murray a great chance of breaking into the top five if he can continue his winning form with victory in Spain.

There are just three places left for the London event as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic are all already guaranteed to finish in the top eight. Kei Nishikori looks certain to take one of those places leaving just two spots up for grabs.

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Men’s tennis: ATP update – Murray leads charge in final Race to London placesunratedNeil2014-10-28 06:53:35With only two weeks left to fill the final places for the WTF season showpiece event at the O2 arena in London, Andy Murray has forced his way into th…
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Barclays Premier League: over 2.5 goal betting – Oct 25-27

This weekend is the ninth round of Premier League action so let’s take a look at the pick of the goal betting opportunities.

West Ham United and Manchester City will get things underway in the early kick-off game that takes place at the Boleyn Ground in East London on Saturday. The Hammers are in a good run of form at the moment; sitting fourth in the table and averaging 1.5 goals per game at home. Their opponents are currently second in the league but may still be recovering from a mid-week trip to Russia where they played another disappointing Champions League game.

Pellegrini’s team have managed to score 2.5 goals per away game this season and concede an average of one per game. As a result, this games ranks highly as a contender in the over 2.5 goals market. Combine this with a City win at 11/10 with Paddy Power; or both teams to score at 20/21 with Bet365.

The next game that stands out is the clash between Southampton and Stoke City at St. Mary’s Stadium. The stats may have been bloated by the Saints 8-0 demolition of Sunderland last week but Ronald Koeman’s men are certainly full of confidence in front of goal. They have an average goal strike of 2 per home game while opponents Stoke have managed to net an average of 1.3 goals on their travels. Over 2.5 goals can be backed at 10/11 in this game with Paddy Power or Coral.

West Brom have a good home scoring strike rate this season with an average of 2 per game. Their opponents this weekend are Neil Warnock’s Crystal Palace who also have an impressive ratio of 1.8 per away game. Those are good stats in anyone’s book and make this game another over 2.5 goal candidate. This one is currently available at evens with several bookies.

Premier League goal betting

Barclays Premier League: over 2.5 goal betting – Oct 25-27unratedNeil2014-10-26 14:56:55This weekend is the ninth round of Premier League action so let’s take a look at the pick of the goal betting opportunities.

West Ham United and Ma…

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Champions League preview: Liverpool v Real Madrid – Wednesday, 22 October

The Champions League returns this week with two of European footballs most decorated teams going head to head. Five-time winners Liverpool will welcome ten-time champions Real Madrid to Anfield in what promises to be another great European night on Merseyside.

On the face of it, this game looks to be rather one-sided with the Spanish side enjoying a decent run of form while Liverpool have stumbled disappointingly out of the blocks this season. But this is European football; and this is Anfield: There have been some dramatic results in this stadium over the years and these big home games seem to bring out the best in the Reds.

Madrid will be without the world’s most expensive footballer as Gareth Bale is set to miss out through injury but they still have an impressive line-up of world class talent at their disposal. Ronaldo has already bagged an incredible 17 goals in the league and Europe this season which is in stark contrast to Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli who has managed just one. Brendan Rodgers will still be without Daniel Sturridge, who has had a setback in his recovery from injury, and will be hoping that some of his new signings can find form in this game.

Another worrying stat for Brendan Rodger’s team will be the fact that Los Blancos have scored a total of 37 goals this season with 19 of those being scored away. That is an average of 3.8 goals per away game in all competitions. Liverpool have managed just 16 goals all season – which is less than Ronaldo. Combine this with the fact that Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet at Anfield this year and things do not look great for the home team.

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Champions League preview: Liverpool v Real Madrid – Wednesday, 22 OctoberunratedNeil2014-10-26 15:00:05The Champions League returns this week with two of European footballs most decorated teams going head to head. Five-time winners Liverpool will welcom…
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