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Soccer Saturday is where most of us get a football fix for the week, the most football games in the world are played on this day, so plenty of chances to make some money.
England Premier League
Man City AH-1.5 to beat Bournemouth @ 1.80 (888Sport) – 3 points
Manchester City host Bournemouth in front of their home fans looking to continue dominating the Premier League where they have taken a maximum 12 points so far. Under manager Guardiola, the team have been in great offensive nick, thrashing Gladbach 4-0 in mid-week and even beating the neighbours Manchester United by a score of 2-1 last time around. City have plenty of talent in Iheanacho, Nolito, Sterling and De Bruyne up front even though Aguero is out with a suspension. Their defence looked assured in mid-week with their first clean sheet of the season while having their first choice back 4 along with Bravo at the heart of the defence. Manchester City under Guardiola will want to secure a victory early on to rest a few players ahead of their EFL Cup game in mid-week.
Bournemouth have impressed so far this campaign taking 4 points out of 12 so far, which leaves them in mid-table and they will take plenty of positivity from their win against the Baggies prior to the 1-1 draw with Palace which will bring confidence through the side. These 2 teams have played twice last year; which saw their defence collapse against City losing 4-0 and 5-1 in those meetings. With City out for blood, Eddie Howe will be setting up shop to try and minimise the damage and feel that they can then score on the counter attack, much like they have in 3 out of the 4 games played this season.
Manchester City have just conceded 4 goals so far this campaign, while netting 21; and they should be strong enough to cover the Asian Handicap; much like they have in 4 out of the last 7 games that they have played.
England Premier League
West Ham to beat West Brom & Both to Score@ 6.00 (Bet365) – 1 point
West Ham DNB to beat West Brom @ 1.98 (Bet365) – 2.5 point
West Ham will feel extremely hurt from last week’s performances where they went up 2-0 and then collapsed to a 4-2 loss to Watford. Manager Slaven Bilic has a lot of defensive work to do with his team especially since they have kept only 1 clean sheet this season. The Hammers have been in good scoring form netting in every single game this season even against stronger sides like Chelsea and Manchester City. West Ham finally have Payet fit and last week he showed back glimpses of his old form, and we expect him to continue playing well providing assists to his team mates like Antonio, Zaza and Lanzini.
West Brom have been the lowest scoring team in the Premier League with just 2 goals, but the the Baggies will have gotten some confidence after having new Chinese owners just completing their takeover. When such situations are completed, it gets the sides motivated in order to play well with the hope of securing a pay rise. The Baggies will rely a lot on Rondon and Berahino in order to deliver the goals for them up front. They have also had some creative midfielders who can create chances for them and can find goals themselves when needed in in Nacer Chadli, Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu.
This game looks like a cracking encounter, and I am backing West Ham to win this game and both teams to score which looks good considering West Hams poor defensive record and West Brom scoring goals in 12 out of their last 18 home fixtures.
Las Palmas were the surprising top team of La Liga after the opening 2 weeks, and almost had it for 3 weeks in a row until Sevilla stole a victory from them in the dying minutes of the game. Las Palmas will still be full of confidence and how could this team not after netting 10 goals in La Liga while conceding 5 goals during that time. Las Palmas have relied a lot on new signing Kevin Prince Boateng who has netted 2 goals while Nabil El Zhar and Marko Livaja have also netted twice each to help the teams causes so far. Las Palmas have bought a good brand of football with them this season with lots of goals flowing through, and love to break on the counter attack much like they did in the 5-1 thrashing of Granada.
Malaga have been an average team for the last few years after their owners pulled out the heavy investment, but they have still managed to have finish in the top half of the table in 4 out of their last 5 seasons since the Qatari’s have been in charge. They have almost managed to find decent players who deliver the goods. So far this campaign, they have managed 2 draws while losing the other one to Villarreal by 2 goals. Each of their games has seen them conceded, 5 in total for the campaign and that won’t bode well for their confidence when they travel to an in-form Las Palmas team.
This game looks ripe for Las Palmas to continue on their merry way with another victory, but I expect goals from this game seeing how leaky the Malaga defence is as well as Las Palmas inability to keep a clean sheet this season. My backing goes on the goals market Over 2,2.5 Asian Goal Line.
Portugal Segunda Liga
Santa Clara v Porto B – Over 2,2.5 Asian Goal Line @ 2.03 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
One of my favourite teams to bet on in the world with a good chance of bets landing is Porto B from the Segunda division. This team is generally been the architect for the development of players for the Porto first team. Last year Porto B won the division by scoring 84 goals in 46 games played while also conceding 52 goals on the defensive end. Porto B have started out this season in great nick with 6 games played so far, with 18 goals in their games, 9 goals for and 9 against. Varela and Galeno have started out the season netting 4 goals between them. Last weekend they kept it tight against Penafiel with 0-0 at Half time, and then the 2nd half saw a full goal surge with 2-2 being the final scoreline netting us a winner then.
Santa Clara have started out this season in fantastic fashion with 16 points from 6 games, with 5 wins and a draw which makes them the league leaders. They have scored 9 goals so far while only leaking 3 in return. Out of those 2 games came against 2 good teams in Vitoria and Famalicao in 2-1 wins in both those games. Out of 6 games played so far, only 1 game has had less than 2 goals for Santa Clara showcasing their strong offensive momentum while also being vulnerable against better teams. Their inconsistency offensively might be a cause for concern as they do not have a single player who has dominated their scoring efforts so far.
Any game with Porto B is pure entertainment, and I am backing over 2,2.5 Asian Goal Line in this game against Santa Clara as Porto B know that winning this game, should catapult them to 3rd in the table.
England Premier League
Arsenal 2nd goal before 80 mins v Hull City @ 1.50 (Bet365) – 3 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
England Premier League
Burton NO Clean Sheet v Brighton @ 1.50 (Bet365) – 3 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)