Man United v Chelsea Prediction (26.Oct)

Man United v Chelsea Prediction

Most of the major investment under Louis Van Gaal has been in the Manchester United's attacking department and the defence still looks too weak against opponents of Chelsea's calibre. Under Van Gaal, the Red Devils have kept only 2 clean sheets in 9 matches and those were against the Premier League's bottom two, Burnley and QPR. Chelsea have conceded 8 goals this season, 6 of these have came away from home. The likely absence of leading strikers Diego Costa and Loic Remy are a worry, but Eden Hazard, Oscar and Cesc Fabregas are all capable of finding the back of the net. And there have been over 2.5 goals scored in 10 of Man Utd's last 11 home games in the EPL.

Man United have won their last 3 in a row at home in the league.

Chelsea remain unbeaten in the EPL this season and have won 7 out of 8 games so far scoring 23 goals. Jose Mourinho has a great record in this fixture having lost just once in 12 meetings with the Red Devils.

However, Old Trafford remains a relatively unhappy hunting ground for the Blues having only won twice there in all competitions in the last 5 years.


Man Utd have shipped 9 goals in their last 4 played, but they have power up front, scoring at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches in the Premier League. Chelsea have only failed to score 2 or more goals in one Premier League game this season; that was in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad against Man City.

Falcao will come back into the team having been benched at the Hawthorns following his international trip to Canada and the Colombian superstar has looked much sharper in recent weeks, including in a 20-minute burst off the bench on Monday.

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Posted on 24 Oct 2014, 18:05 GMT

Tottenham v Newcastle Prediction (26.Oct)

Tottenham v Newcastle Prediction

Tottenham's 4-1 loss at Man City last weekend doesn't tell half the story as that match could have finished 6-6. And the scoreline could have been very different had Spurs converted their penalty to make it 2-2, and not had a man sent off soon after. Newcastle sit 18th in the table despite their badly-needed and first in the league win against Leicester (1-0) last time.

Tottenham will head into the fixture brimming with confidence on the back of their Europa League 5-1 win over Asteras.

Newcastle have failed to win their last 9 away matches in the Premier League.


Eriksen has scored in his last two Premier League appearances. He has now notched 3 times in Spurs' most recent 5 league matches, during which they have managed only 5 goals in total.

Spurs have only scored more than once in a game on two occasions this term – they came against QPR and Sunderland – two of the top three leakiest defences in the league. Newcastle have been poor on their travels failing to score in 3 of their 4 games and conceding 7. The Magpies have also lost their last 3 visits to London, failing to score in each match in the capital.

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Posted on 24 Oct 2014, 17:55 GMT

Burnley v Everton Prediction (26.Oct)

Burnley v Everton Prediction

Burnley are still winless after 8 games and were beaten 3-1 at home by West Ham last weekend. The Clarets are level on 4 points with QPR at the foot of the table and are only kept off the bottom on goal difference. Everton look to be coming good after a poor start to the season, beating Aston Villa 3-0 last time, and their 16 scored goals are the highest in the division bar the top 3 teams.


Burnley manager Sean Dyche's main area for concern has been the team’s inability to score, highlighted by the fact they are the league’s joint lowest scorers with 4 goals.

Lukaku has netted in 3 of his last 5 Premier League games and he has now scored 18 EPL goals for Everton.

Posted on 24 Oct 2014, 17:40 GMT

AC Milan v Fiorentina Prediction (26.Oct)

Milan v Fiorentina Prediction

One loss all season in the league (4-2-1), against table-topping Juventus, is no disgrace for a Milan side reborn and rejuvenated under Pippo Inzhagi. It remains the only game that AC have failed to score in. Only one loss in all competitions since the first week of September is fine form indeed for Fiorentina, albeit only 5 goals scored in the league may represent a problem.

Milan are currently sitting on 14 points after 7 games this season, the same number Max Allegri started off with in his debut Scudetto-winning season at Milanello.

Fiorentina sit in 11th place on the Serie A log with just 2 wins and 3 draws under their belt. The Viola's biggest problem has come in the absenteeism of Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi, who are once again sidelined with injuries that have taken time to heal.


Milan's 16 scored goals is the best in the division but 10 conceded is the worst in the top 10 alongside neighbours Inter. The Rossoneri have just one clean sheet this campaign.

The Japanese international has been in flawless form this season for the Rossoneri with 6 league goals already. In last weekend's game to Verona, Honda bagged a brace to help continue Milan's impressive start to the season.

Posted on 24 Oct 2014, 17:25 GMT

Bastia v Monaco Prediction (25.Oct)

Bastia v Monaco Prediction

Bastia hadn't won since August and beating their enemy Nice (1-0) last weekend was a massive breath of fresh air. But they will need to find more inspiration offensively. Their goal in Nice was after a mistake by Diawara early in the game but apart from that they didn't create enough. The hosts will face a very solid Monaco defence now who kept another clean sheet in midweek in the Champions League against Benfica (0-0). Bastia have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 7 home matches against Les Monegasques in all competitions.

Monaco are defending very well now in their 4-3-3 formation. The problem for them is offensively. Dimitar Berbatov is still out injured and it is a massive blow for the visitors as he is their best player and their only real number 9 too.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Bastia's last 9 games in Ligue 1 as well as in Monaco's last 5.


The Furiani stadium is a very difficult place to go to and the atmosphere will be intimidating but Les Monegasques won their last two games in Bastia. Monaco are only 4 points adrift of 3rd place and appear solid at the back, as they have only conceded 2 goals in their last 8 matches in all competitions.

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Posted on 24 Oct 2014, 14:35 GMT

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Posted on 24 Oct 2014, 11:30 GMT

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I don’t think anyone saw Sunderland’s 8-0 defeat at Southampton coming, and the problem for Colossus players now is deciding how Gus Poyet’s team will react to that humiliation when they face Arsenal on Saturday.

Will they roll over again, or was it just a one-off?

You would like to think that professional pride would dictate that Poyet will get a positive reaction from his players – and they are unbeaten at home this season – but it’s no given that they will get a result even if the level of performance and commitment improves.

Last season, they were thumped 5-1 at Tottenham and were beaten 1-0 at home to Everton in their next match.

So, for all that Arsenal have been largely unconvincing this season, I have to fancy them to win this comfortably. And they won this fixture 3-1 last season, as well as winning 4-1 at the Emirates.

So I take 0-2, 1-3 and Any Other Away (AOA) here.

In the next game in the Colossus, it was honours even between the two sides in the league last season, with West Brom winning this fixture 2-0 before losing 3-1 at Palace, and I think they could share the points here.

West Brom made a pretty moderate start to the season but they have really picked up recently, winning at Tottenham, perhaps unfortunate not to get a point at Liverpool and, of course, come here on the back of a 2-2 draw with Man Utd on Monday night.

But Palace haven’t been playing too badly either and have been scoring a lot more goals this season, as we saw in a 3-2 win at Everton.

So I go for a scoring draw here, either 1-1 or Any Other Draw (AOD). But if there is to be a winner you gave to fancy the home side, so I will add in 2-1.

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One thing is for sure in El Clasico is that you get goals. Indeed, you have to go back 12 years to find the last goalless match between Real and Barcelona.

And while invariably three or more goals are scored in the games, it is rare for any of the sides to score four. In fact, Barca’s 4-3 win at Real Madrid in this fixture last season was the only time in their last 19 meetings had either side notched up an “Any Other” scoreline.

Real have lost twice this season and may be without Gareth Bale here, but they have looked in rude health with successive 5-0 league wins recently and I fancy them to nick a tight one, perhaps 2-1 or 3-2.

However, I will add in AOD too, as top of the table Barcelona are unbeaten in eight games, and of course a certain Luis Suarez is set to return, too.

It was good to see Ross Barkley back at the weekend, but that is bad news for Burnley, still winless after eight games and beaten 3-1 at home by West Ham last weekend.

Everton look to be coming good after a poor start to the season, beating Villa 3-0 last weekend, and I take them to win this 0-2 or 1-2.

Tottenham’s 4-1 loss at Man City in a crazy, wide-open game last weekend doesn’t tell half the story as that match could have finished 6-6. And the scoreline could have been very different had Tottenham converted their penalty to make it 2-2, and not had a man sent off soon after.

They are one of the most inconsistent sides in the league but, if they tighten things up at the back, then I think they could beat Newcastle by the odd goal, either 2-1 and 1-0.

Newcastle sit 18th in the table despite their badly-needed home 1-0 home win at Leicester last time but actually won here 1-0 last season. Judged on their overall form this season, I have to fancy the home side to edge it.

Man Utd v Chelsea is the game of the weekend, and I think it promises to be more disappointment for the home side as I fancy Chelsea to win this either 0-2 or 1-2.

These big games are where Jose Mourinho comes alive, and he doesn’t lose them too often. In fact, he’d probably settle for a draw right now and move on to QPR next weekend.

But, given the manner in which Man Utd have been playing for most of this season – and more, importantly how his side have been performing so ruthlessly – I have to think Chelsea will take all three points.

If the City-Tottenham was a crazy game, then the final 10 minutes or so of QPR’s 3-2 loss to Liverpool on Sunday was proper madcap stuff.

And even Villa, without a goal in four games since winning 1-0 at Liverpool, will be fancying their chances of finding the net after watching that.

But QPR showed enough against Liverpool – and they could have easily been 2-0 up at half-time there – to suggest that their second win of the season is achievable here. I go 2-1 to home side.


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Posted on 23 Oct 2014, 13:05 GMT

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El Clasico: Real Madrid v Barcelona

This week’s bet365 Live Streaming shows the ever anticipated first El Clásico clash of the season. As ever, it is set to be an interesting game as Real Madrid have an impressive total of 25 goals in just 5 league games whilst Barcelona have a clean sheet to protect and are yet to concede a La Liga goal in their 14/15 season.

Carlo Ancelotti's men made it eight straight wins in all with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday and Barca recorded a 3-1 success against Ajax at Camp Nou 24 hours earlier, while Luis Enrique's side have yet to lose in Spain's La Liga Primera.

The Catalans, who will have controversial summer signing Luis Suarez available for the first time giants after serving a four-month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, will have had an extra day's rest by the time they reach the capital.

Despite Barca currently having a 4 point advantage over their fierce rivals, Real are currently edging as favourites at 11/8 (2.38) with bet365, whilst Barca are close behind at 7/4 (2.75). Bale has been confirmed out for the clash, whilst Suarez is currently priced at a generous 13/2 (7.50) for first goalscorer meanwhile Ronaldo is favourite end Barcelona’s clean sheet at 15/4 (4.75) for first goalscorer this weekend.

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Posted on 23 Oct 2014, 11:40 GMT

Real Madrid v Barcelona Prediction (25.Oct)

Neymar - El Clasico

Luis Suarez's return for Barcelona adds extra spice to the first El Clasico of the season. The Uruguayan is set to make his comeback following a 4-month ban for biting Italian Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. With Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez amongst some of the players set to join Suarez on the pitch, we're sure to be in for one of the most thrilling encounters between the two La Liga giants. Both teams to score is normally a banker selection for Clasico matches - it's landed in the last 16 meetings between the two sides.

Luis Enrique's men are sitting atop the Liga table after picking up 7 wins and a draw from their first 8 matches of the campaign, while Real Madrid's return of 2 defeats in the same period means the onus is on them to deny Barca another victory. The Catalans last trip to the Santiago Bernabeu ended in victory for the visitors, as pint-sized magician Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick and provided an assist in a thrilling 4:3 encounter.

Neymar and Messi have already netted 19 goals between themselves this season, 15 of which came in the La Liga.

Real visited Anfield in midweek and walked away wit a comfortable 3-0 victory after Benzema (2) and Ronaldo picked up the goals that defeated Liverpool. Los Blancos have now won their last 8 games in a row which is very impressive. During this 8-game span, Madrid have outscored their opponents with 35 scored and just 5 conceded. 16 of those 35 goals have come from fully-fit superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Barcelona welcomed a trip from Ajax in midweek and comfortably beat the dutch side 3-1. Barca are top of the La Liga and currently hold a 4 point gap over Real who are in 3rd place.

Gareth Bale is a doubt and is likely to miss out for the hosts.


Neymar is in great form currently with 7 goals in his last 5 games.

Posted on 24 Oct 2014, 15:15 GMT