SOCCER Saturday starts of in November, and I am hoping to focus now with some solid picks after a lot of research preparing for this weekend.
England Premier League
West Ham to beat Aston Villa @ 1.78 (MarathonBet) – 3 points
West Ham come into this game with a lot of confidence after losing just 1 game in their last 7 which was against a Manchester United team at Old Trafford. Since then they have beaten Man City, Liverpool among the big teams and even came back from 0-2 down against Stoke City to turn it around to a 2-2 scoreline.
West Ham are now able to welcome back Diafra Sakho who has been outstanding for them, and was the player of the month back in October. He will be looking to continue that form heading into this game now to try and to help this side against a struggling Aston Villa side who blew a 1-0 lead conceding 2 goals in the final 10 minutes after a red card for Benteke who will miss this game. Sam Allardyce had to change around his team and his style of play, instead of direct, for more flair, strong winger play and through balls. The player who has blossomed most in this change in style has been Downing, who has been given a free role behind the strikers to roam around to create the ball as he sees fit.
Aston Villa are looking a lost cause these days, after losing 6 straight games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton, QPR and Tottenham while only scoring once (last week) in their last 2 months. With Beneteke out, all the pressure will fall on Weimann and Agbonlahor to handle the scoring efforts. Their defense has been completely lost despite the return of Ron Vlaar. In their last 5 games they have concede 12 goals, and they have looked absolutely lost in organization especially against teams who go direct.
West Ham in great form, need to secure a win to keep up with the top 5 as their current form suggests, and at home the crowd should boost them to this victory against Aston Villa.
Man City AH-1 to beat QPR @ 1.83 (Pinnacle) – 3 points
Man City v QPR – Over 12.5 corners @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 3 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
Man City v QPR – Over 13.5 corners @ 1.91 (Bet365) – 3 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
Believe it or not, after a string of poor results and almost eliminated from the Champions League, its Manuel Pellegrini who has to watch out for his job rather than van Gaal in the red half of Manchester. Despite sneaking out a victory against Man Utd last week, they have lost 3 out of their last 4 games, which has put pressure on the Man City Manager. Silly losses to CSKA Moscow at home, West Ham away and Newcastle at home should now see the Man City Blues extremely pumped up to smash out this struggling QPR side.
QPR have lost 5 out of their last 7 games, but their performances have improved and been encouraging. They almost stole a point from Chelsea last week and won against Aston Villa the week before, which will give some confidence especially to Charlie Austin who netted 3 goals in those 2 games. However, in the spell of 7 games, they have conceded in 6 games, showing their struggles are actually coming from the defensive end. The good thing about QPR is they have played well against the bigger sides but I don’t know how they will survive this expected barrage from Man City.
Man City will turn to their experienced forward line of Dzeko and Ageuro to start this game I believe as they both will go in search of goals. Expecting Pellegrini to start with an attacking outfit, probably starting Kolarov on the left back along with Navas and Nasri as Wingers to try and create. Defensively City have looked vulnerable in recent weeks and I expect Mangala to come back into the lineup along with Fernandinho to add a bit of stability to the team.
Man City should run riot in this game and I expect a 2 or 3 goal difference in this game. In case they win by 1 goal, we get a refund.
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