Arsenal v Burnley Prediction (1.Nov)

Arsenal v Burnley Prediction

Arsenal are in bright spirits at the moment having reversed their recent woes a bit, claiming 2 important victories last week in the Champions League and in the Premier League. The Gunners' 2-0 win over Sunderland was only their 3rd victory of the season and they will look to make it 4 from 10 now. And 3 points on Saturday could lift them into the top 4 provided results go their way. Burnley foot the Premier Legaue table and are the only team yet to pick up a win. The Clarets are struggling to adjust to the rigours of England's top tier and their problems should worsen here.

Arsenal are undefeated in their last 22 home matches in the Premier League, winning 14. Arsene Wenger is still without the likes of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud, but Theo Walcott should definitely play some part in this game, Aaron Ramsey is back to full fitness, and Alexis Sanchez is in brilliant form.

Burnley have failed to win their 9 matches so far in the Premier League (0-4-5). The Clarets have conceded 12 goals in their last 4 fixtures, and when you consider none of those games were against a top class side then you have to really fear for them at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.


Goalscoring has become a major concern for the newly-promoted club and Burnley have failed to score in 3 of 4 league away games this term.

Posted on 30 Oct 2014, 21:00 GMT

Newcastle v Liverpool Prediction (1.Nov)

Mario Balotelli

These aren't two great defences, and this is the fixture which has produced more goals than any other clash in Premier league history (129). And there have been over 2.5 goals in 11 of these teams' last 13 meetings in all competitions. Liverpool haven't kept a clean sheet on the road this season and there have been over 2.5 goals scored in the Reds' last 11 away games in the EPL.

It is Newcastle who are going into this as the form team, unbeaten in 4 and have won their last 3 in all competitions, while Liverpool have won just 3 of their last 6 league matches now. Brendan Rodgers' men needed 2 late goals to overcome Swansea in the Capital One Cup, with new signings Mario Balotelli and Dejan Lovren both netting in the closing stages.


Cisse has scored a goal every 61 minutes in the top flight this season, but none in his last two. It's time to score again.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 4 league matches now (W2 D2) however, they have been made to work hard for their spoils. With Newcastle taking a Capital One cup win at Man City (0-2) in the week, the confidence from that may just get the Magpies at least a point on the board. Pardew's men only being beaten once this season at home, when champions Man City won 2-0 on the opening day, while Liverpool have lost 3 of their 5 away matches this term.

Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in 9 of their last 11 away matches in the Premier League, but they have conceded at least two in 5 of 6. The Reds left St James's Park with a 2-2 draw last season, it could head that way again.

Posted on 30 Oct 2014, 20:20 GMT

Atletico Madrid v Cordoba Prediction (1.Nov)

Atletico Madrid  v Cordoba Prediction

Atletico Madrid are undefeated in their last 24 home matches in La Liga and they are now seeking a 7th victory in 8 games in all competitions. Los Rojiblancos have scored in 13 successive league games at home, while they have kept clean sheets in 8 of them. Cordoba have failed to win any of their 9 matches in Primera so far (0-5-4) and they have scored just 2 goals on the road.

Atletico Madrid were snubbed rather undeservingly during the week at the LFP Awards night. While Diego Simeone did pick up the Coach of the Year, none of his players were recognised for their efforts last season, despite winning the league. Diego Godin has warned that this will serve as an extra motivation for the team.


Griezmann has attempted the most shots (including blocked) without having scored in the top tier this campaign (18). It's time to notch one.

The hosts have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches in La Liga. But Atletico have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Cordoba in all competitions.

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Posted on 31 Oct 2014, 13:30 GMT

Napoli v Roma Prediction (1 Nov)

Napoli v Roma Prediction

Napoli have the 2nd best attack of the entire Serie A (17 goals scored), but they have the worst defense of the top half of the table (12 conceded). Roma have scored 16 goals so far.

In the last round Napoli drew 1-1 at Atalanta and missed a penalty by Gonzalo Higuain 2 minutes before the final whistle. But they showed great goal scoring skills in their 6:2 win against Verona last weekend with Higuain and Marek Hamsik both ended their respective Serie A goal droughts in that game. The hosts are without midfielder Walter Gargano and striker Michu, both out injured.

After losing against Bayern (1-7) and drawing away against Sampdoria (0-0), the Roma found back to winning at home in the last round against Cesena (2-0). Goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis and captain Francesco Totti will return to the starting XI, with both having been rested in midweek. The visitors will be without the services of key defenders Davide Astori and Douglas Maicon on Saturday while fellow defender Kostas Manolas is a doubt.


Considering the quality offered by both teams so far, the big favorite of the match is Roma. After the mid week match, the Giallorossi are first in the chart (together with Juventus), winning 7 of their 9 league games this term.

Posted on 31 Oct 2014, 14:10 GMT

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Everton didn’t enjoy the best start to this campaign – indeed one of their low points was a 3-0 loss to this weekend’s rivals Swansea in the Capital One Cup – but the signs are that they are on a charge up the table now.

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Of course, sixth-placed Swansea will provide sterner opposition than the latter two sides, and Bony is back in form. But Everton won all three of their games against Swansea last season, by an aggregate of 8-4, and 2-1 is my favoured score line here.

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Everyone has been rightly raving about Southampton’s start to the season, but a closer inspection of their form suggests it may not be wise to get too carried away just yet.

After all, the times that they have come up against some of the better sides – namely, Liverpool and Tottenham, albeit away – they have lost. And they haven’t played any of the real big guns yet.

And Hull are going along pretty well themselves after draws at Arsenal and Liverpool recently.

I think this has the look of a low-scoring draw, either 1-1 or 0-0, but if there is to be a winner I have to slightly favour Southampton. They won this fixture 1-0 last season, and I’ll add that scoreline to my perm.

Bayern Munich were held to a 0-0 draw at the weekend but I think normal service will be resumed when they welcome main Bundesliga rivals – well, historically anyway, if not currently – Dortmund.

Prior to that goalless scoreline at the weekend, Bayern had been in blistering form, scoring 17 goals in their previous three matches, including that 7-1 hammering of Roma.

On the other hand, Dortmund were beaten 1-0 at home by Hannover at the weekend and are currently 15th in the Bundesliga after a series of poor domestic performances.

They are clearly much better than that – indeed they are three from three in the Champions League, scoring nine goals and conceding none, and did record a shock 3-0 win in this fixture last season – but on recent league form there is surely only one winner here. I take Any Other Home (AOH), 3-0 and 3-1.

The Manchester derby sees both sides desperately needing a morale-boosting victory, and particularly City at home following their 2-1 loss at West Ham and a midweek 2-0 defeat to Newcastle.

City haven’t started the season that badly on the whole, but they need to show more of a killer instinct when they have sides on the ropes. And even their 4-1 defeat of Tottenham could have been very different if the opposition had taken their numerous chances when the game was in the balance.

But if all their big guns show up at the weekend, I am taking City to win 3-1 or 2-1. United will have been buoyed by that 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea on Sunday and have goals in them, but you have to fear for their defence against the likes of Aguero and Silva.

Tottenham continued their Jekyll and Hyde season when beaten 2-1 at home by Newcastle, and they are not a side that punters can trust at the moment.

So, for all their goal scoring problems – and five straight defeats without scoring a goal is pretty bad – I take Villa to win this 2-1, with 1-1 as back-up. Tottenham are a good side to be playing at the moment, and Villa’s luck in front of goal has to turn soon, surely.

However, the fact that Tottenham beat Villa by an aggregate of 9-0 in their three encounters last season does worry me, though, as does Villa’s recent goal drought!

Sunderland clearly look to have big problems, while Crystal Palace are arguably playing a lot better than their 16th place in the league suggests, and were unlucky not to take all three points at West Brom on Saturday.

I take Palace to win this either 2-1 or 1-0.

Arsenal have not convinced this season and needed two late goals to win 2-1 in Anderlecht, but I think that you have to bank on them with AOH in their return match at the Emirates next week.

Anderlecht may be top of the league in Belgium – at the time of writing, anyway – but they have actually been in pretty poor form of late, and Arsenal can turn it on against lesser sides at home, as they showed in a 4-1 defeat of Galatasaray.


Posted on 30 Oct 2014, 13:30 GMT

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The first “der Klassiker” of the season takes place in Germany, with a late kick off for the Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich (priced 1.44 at bet365) and Borussia Dortmund (6.50). This game is always a little more competitive than most, and this week should be no exception.

Despite their early victory, when they defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 in the DFL Supercup, Borussia Dortmund have been in poor form this season due to many injuries. They are only a point above third-from-bottom Hamburg and have a 14 point deficit on their hosts so it’s unlikely that BVB will be at their strongest on Saturday evening, but anything can happen when these two giants meet.

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Posted on 29 Oct 2014, 19:35 GMT

Man City v Man United Prediction (2.Nov)

Man City v Man United Prediction

Neither defence has been brilliant this season, while both sides have big scoring power and so the likelihood is that the game will go over 2.5 goals, as 7 of the last 9 Manchester derbies have done (in all competitions). This should be an entertaining game as City really need to win and will have to go for it but must be wary of the threat United can carry in attack.

City have already played 3 home matches against big-6 opponents and their only dropped points were against leaders Chelsea (1-1), the toughest visitors they are likely to face. The quality of their attacking play at the Etihad was evident in clear-cut wins over Liverpool (3-1) and Tottenham (4-1), and leaving aside the Chelsea games, all of City's other matches against big-six opponents under Pellegrini have had over 2.5 goals.

United will have been buoyed by that 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea on Sunday and have goals in them, but you have to fear for their defence against the likes of Aguero and Silva. The Red Devils have scored in all but one of their 4 away games this season, but they have conceded 11 goals in their last 5 matches.


Aguero missed a great chance at West Ham last week, yet has notched 9 times in 7 Premier League starts this season.

Rooney is the top goalscorer in Manchester derbies having netted 11 goals, and he has scored 4 in his last 5 Premier League appearances at the Etihad (3 in his last two). Prior to him taking the red card this season, he'd scored 3 goals in United's first 6 games and he'd also scored for England between these fixtures against Norway.

Manuel Pellegrini had named a strong side for the match against Newcastle in midweek but his plan backfired as City produced a lack-lustre display as they crashed out of the competition. The hosts drew 2-2 at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League before losing 2-1 at West Ham, and are enduring a poor spell of form. With late strikes against West Brom and Chelsea recently to earn a point in each game, perhaps United are getting back to Fergie time and showing good character in not lying down. Louis van Gaal's side are now unbeaten in 4 matches (W2, D2) and are just 3 points off a coveted Champions League spots.

City have shipped two goals in each of the last 3 outings.

Posted on 31 Oct 2014, 20:00 GMT

Aston Villa v Tottenham Prediction (2.Nov)

Aston Villa v Tottenham Prediction

Aston Villa are only 2 points off of the relegation zone in the Premier League table after 5 losses in their last 5 game, with no goals scored and 13 conceded. Tottenham sit in mid-table with 11 points but that makes them look positively prolific in comparison to the Villa. And Spurs' away form hasn't been too bad (1-2-1) with the exception of their 4-1 defeat to the champions City and two of those goals came after they were reduced to 10 men.

Tottenham have won 8 of their last 9 matches against Aston Villa in all competitions.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino made 10 changes to his side for the Capital One Cup victory against Brighton, with only Jan Vertonghen keeping his place from the side that lost at home to Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday.


Aston Villa have only scored 4 goals in 9 Premier League games so far; the fewest of any team in the top flight. They've now gone 5 matches without scoring a goal. Tottenham have kept a clean sheet in their last 5 matches against the Villains in all competitions.

Adebayor has scored more goals against Aston Villa (7) than versus any other opponent in the Premier League, scoring 4 in 4 for Spurs against the Villans. He was on the scoresheet last time out against Newcastle too.

Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches against Aston Villa in all competitions, and the hosts have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 5 games in the Premier League.

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Posted on 31 Oct 2014, 19:45 GMT

Levante v Almeria Prediction (2.Nov)

Levante v Almeria Prediction

The game in Levante is likely to be at the opposite end of the entertainment spectrum, with the bottom-placed hosts still unable to score at home, and only 4 goals on the road is a pathetic return. Almeria offer appropriate encouragement with only one win in 5 themselves, scoreless in 4 of those. So this won't be a game of many goals.

Levante have failed to score in 8 of their last 10 matches in La Liga.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 9 of Almeria's last 11 games in La Liga.


New Levante manager Lucas Alcaraz will be hoping to do an awful lot better than his sacked predecessor Jose Luis Mendilibar, and so a 3-0 defeat at Celta wasn't the best way to start. Levante have won 6 of their last 7 home matches against Almeria in all competitions.

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Posted on 31 Oct 2014, 19:30 GMT