With the season hotting up now and we entering the final 3 months, March is a crucial period for most teams in the Premier League as well as other major leagues around Europe.
England Premier League
Chelsea AH-1 to beat Hull City @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
Chelsea goal before 80 mins v Hull City @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 2.5 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
Liverpool v Man Utd – Both teams to score @ 1.85 (Betfair) – 2.5 points
Liverpool come face to face with their arch rivals Manchester United today with the aim of reversing the loss that they suffered by losing 3-0 at Old Trafford during Van Gaals purple patch from earlier in the season. Liverpool also lost 3-1 to their neighbours last season by a score of 3-1; so will need to turn around this poor form tonight.
Liverpool have been in great form heading into this fixture winning 6 Premier League games on the trot, and not losing in the league since the 3-0 loss with United in December. Liverpool defense has been shored up since while the return of Daniel Sturridge has helped build confidence in the team, despite him not starting all the games. The form of Lallana, Sterling, Henderson and Coutinho has helped the team handle the wins despite not having an out and out striker on the pitch at most times. Liverpool have scored in almost every game bar a 0-0 draw with Everton; but have a habit of conceding goals against good teams such as Tottenham, Man City and Arsenal over the past few months.
Man Utd have been a mixed bag for most of the campaign, but holding on to their position near the top of the table in 4th spot. United have lost just 2 games since a loss in the Manchester Derby on 1st November, to Southampton and Swansea, but have managed to comfortably beat teams like Arsenal, Liverpool and last weak thrashed Tottenham, so will be looking forward to this big game against their arch-rivals. Wayne Rooney, Fellaini and Mata in particular have been in great form providing the offense for United, and this has helped them find the back of the net in 9 straight games.
This will be a highly tensed and pressured game and I expect both teams to somehow find the back of the net in this crucial encounter.
Wolfsburg AH:0,-0.5 to beat Mainz @ 1.93 (Bet365) – 3 points
Wolfsburg have been in great form coming into this fixture against Mainz, losing just 1 game since November 27th against Augsburg, and now aim to continue to build their fortunes as they aim to build pressure against Bayern Munich who are ahead of them.
They have just come from beating Inter Milan over 2 legs in the Europa League, and will be pumped up to secure wins in order to deliver a strong performance tonight. Bas Dost, Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Shurrle make up an extremely interesting and attacking front 3 for Wolfsburg, who are always creating chances as well as taking every opportunity available to score goals. In all the games that Wolsburg have won so far, they have smashed in a minimum of 2 goals, and that shows you the effect that the front 3 have had this campaign.
Mainz have been sitting in mid-table for most of the campaign and picking up sporadic wins since. They have won only thrice since October and that has seen them languish in 12th spot in the league. Even Dortmund who were below them at one point during the season, have over shot them.
Wolfsburg jus continue to find goals and strong performances, and this is full value backing them on the asian handicap today.
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