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  1. As the English Premier League continues growing every year, millions of dollars are bet across the globe every season weekend. The league attracts millions of football fans worldwide, offering betway punters the chance to enjoy some entertainment and earn some cash. However, it presents unique challenges to both recreational and serious bettors alike. This detailed guide on how to wager on the Premier League games will give you smart tips and advice to enhance your betting skills and help you breakeven when placing wagers. Premier League Odds Explained To maximize your chances of making money, its essential to understand the Premier League odds before you start placing bets. Fortunately, top bookmakers offer odds on almost every market you can imagine in football, ranging from outright bets to handicaps and total goals. Here are the most popular types of bets available on premier league games: Match result (1X2) – Like any other sport, this bet involves predicting whether the match will end in a home win, a draw or an away win. Goal Total Under/over – By selecting either over or under a specified number of goals, you’ll be predicting whether the total goals scored will go beyond or below the figure. For instance, if you bet on Over 2.5 in a game, you’ll win the bet if the total goals are more than 2. Asian Handicap – If you like to bet on EPL games at Betway, this market is one of the best to improve odds on strong favourites. The bet involves giving one team an advantage over the other by allocating it some free goals at the beginning of the game. How To Bet And Win On The Premier League When placing a wager on Premier League games, you need to learn tips and strategies to increase your profit and minimize the risks. Most of these things apply to sports betting in general, so it will be quite easy to succeed in other leagues by using them. They include: Conduct in-depth research and analysis on the teams and the players, comparing recent form and head-to-head statistics Identify value bets and avoid betting on strong favourites as they usually have very thin odds Keep a record of your wagers and apply a consistent staking method Have a proper bankroll management system Premier League Betting Statistics Here are some basic statistics on the premier league, as revealed by the 1900 games played over the last five seasons. Please note that these stats should only be considered as part of your primary analysis. The Home Field Advantage The worth of the home-field advantage is an important consideration and a great starting point for your analysis. According to the last five premier league seasons, it carries a significant amount of weight, with 44.5% of the games played won by home teams, with away teams winning 30.3% and draws ranging at 25.2%. Premier League Games Are Drawn At Halftime Based on the last ten league seasons, 42.3% of all Premier League games stand at a draw by halftime. However, about 34% of home teams lead by the end of the first half, while only 23.7%of away teams have been able to emerge victorious in the first half.
  2. Liverpool’s 3-1 over Manchester City has put the club on course to win the top-flight crown for the first time in 30 years. It would take a dramatic collapse for the Reds to fail to close out the Premier League title, boasting an eight-point lead over Leicester City and Chelsea along with a nine-point advantage over Manchester City after their triumph at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s men have a strong squad, but no team is beyond need reinforcements, especially if the club are going to continue to compete on four fronts following their victory over Arsenal in the Carabao Cup. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have already been struck down by short-term injuries this season, while Xherdan Shaqiri in the depth position behind them has been ruled out for a period of time. Joel Matip has been managing a knee problem, pressing Dejan Lovren into action at the back, while Joe Gomez is also an option. However, it could be a concern, putting further pressure on Virgil van Dijk to be available in all competition for two matches per week. The Reds will be scouring the transfer market to ensure that they remain on course to lift the title come the end of the season and are currently being backed at 2/5 as of 14th November in the Betway football betting odds to end their drought. We’ll now look at three players that Liverpool could sign in January to push them over the line. Timo Werner Liverpool’s front three has been the foundation of their dominant form over the last two seasons. The interchangeable play between Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane has been the envy of almost every team across Europe. Without one of their forwards, the attack is not quite balanced, although Divock Origi has performed admirably in stepping up now and again, notching important goals. However, the Reds will be targeting someone that can play in the same system. Kylian Mbappe would fill that role spectacularly and would surely confirm both the Premier League and Champions League crowns for the Reds. Klopp has already distanced himself from the Frenchman, citing that he would cost too much – a world-record fee. Werner, on the other hand, would be affordable as he reportedly has a release clause of €30 million and has experience playing across the front line. The forward is a player on the rise and has the energy to fill the demands of Klopp’s system, boasting a keen eye for goal in the process, with 11 goals to his name in the Bundesliga this term. Werner could be lured away from RB Leipzig, providing intense competition in the final third as well as offering respite for the big three. Jack Grealish Liverpool have enough box-to-box midfielders, especially with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fit and firing once more after a difficult time due to injury. Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson are the engine room of the team, allowing the front three and the full-backs to put teams under immense pressure in the final third. Although the Reds are not short on creativity they could be lacking a midfielder with the ability to unlock def aences. A penny for the thoughts of Philippe Coutinho as he would be the perfect player for the role, but he chose to leave Anfield for Barcelona, only for his career to stutter since his departure. There was reported interest in a reunion, although it did not come to fruition as he ended up joining Bayern Munich on loan. The Reds could target a younger player and someone in the mould of Grealish could appeal. He has great talent on the ball with the ability to slice open opposition defences. Whether the 24-year-old has the consistency at this stage of his development to become an integral part of the team is doubtful, but he would be more than useful to ease the burden on the starters. A bid in the region of £40m could test Aston Villa’s resolve for their skipper. Kalidou Koulibaly A real statement of intent from the Reds would be to move for the Senegal international. Koulibaly has been dominant for Napoli in the middle of their backline for five years. His ability was recognised last season when he was voted the best defender in Serie A. At the age of 28, Koulibaly may be eyeing a move elsewhere to achieve the success that has eluded him at the Stadio San Paolo. Pairing Koulibaly with Van Dijk in the Liverpool backline would give the Reds the best tandem in the world. It would give them such a huge advantage over their rivals. It would be expensive, but it could be a move that locks down success on four fronts.
  3. Liverpool are currently enjoying a strong first-half of the season so far, as they lead the way in the Premier League title race ahead of main rivals and defending champions Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp's Reds are also still on course to defend their Champions League crown after an historic sixth European triumph last term, when they overcame domestic rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the final. That win saw the German coach write himself into the club history but he still has his sights firmly set on a top-flight victory, but they still face a stiff test from Pep Guardiola's Sky Blues. Klopp's side are currently regarded as the narrow favourites to finally go all the way and lift the Premier League crown this term, with fans able to bet on Liverpool ahead of every domestic fixture along the way on Ruby Bet during what could be a historic season. While they are pushing for silverware on all fronts, Klopp's side have been recently hit with the news that they will have to contest two games in as many days at the end of this year. The Reds qualified for the Carabao Cup quarter-finals and will face Aston Villa on December 17th. But the Premier League league leaders are also scheduled to play a FIFA Club World Cup semi-final the very next day on December 18th in Qatar. This has obviously caused much frustration for Klopp, who will now have to decide which is more important and name two full squads to play two games across a couple of days just before Christmas, in two different countries! It's a crazy situation for any club and the Liverpool boss wasn't pleased, stating, "we cannot carry on like this." The fixture pile-up could ultimately cost the Reds in the long run and hinder their chances of winning the silverware they crave and are already lined up for. From the dates of November 23rd until January 2nd, Liverpool are scheduled to play no less than a whopping 12 games in just 37 days. These games will also be contested across four competitions - the Premier League, Carabao Cup, Champions League, and Club World Cup. Meanwhile, their FA Cup third-round tie is still to be determined early in 2020 on top of all of that as well. This isn't the first time that Liverpool and Klopp have had to deal with a worrying build-up of fixture problems, which is threatening to derail their season prospects and bid for silverware success once again. Back in 2016, Klopp fielded a weaker side in an FA Cup replay clash but ended up losing the game. If they had won they would've had to contest the next round just a few days after an EFL Cup final meeting with Man City, along with a Europa League game mixed in for good measure. Klopp and his Liverpool side face a whirlwind fixture pile-up in the coming weeks but, if they can come through it, success may lie on the horizon as a deserved reward.
  4. Saturday Nov 9: Klopp pours cold water on the Mbappe rumours, or at least he tries to. “I don’t think there is a club in the world that can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG, that is how it is. We cannot do it, it is as easy as that. OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him, what a player he is. But it is about the money of course. No chance. Absolutely no chance, sorry for killing that story!” No chance right now, and possibly no chance next summer either. PSG don’t need the money so they don’t ned to see. But Mbappe is not spending his whole career in France and at some point in the next couple of years he will move, and it might be as a free agent. Ordinarily we wouldn’t be able to compete for a player like that, but Spain’s big two have issues and England is now the place to be. And what is the most attractive club in England right now? Us. Mbappe would want to come here, of that I’m pretty certain. So as Klopp says, it comes down to the money. And for me, that’s where Nike come in. They give him a massive sponsorship deal, we give him the same wages as our top players or even a bit more, and maybe a deal can be done. Nike are going to pushing our ‘brand’ all over the world, with LeBron and Serena Williams and all their other stars helping to promote it. Messi and Ronaldo aren’t going on forever and Mbappe looks like the heir apparent. If you’re Nike, why wouldn’t you want to get your big star at your flagship club? It’d be a license for them to print money, and to sweeten the deal for them maybe we hand over all image rights for him. Look, I don’t know exactly how these things work, but I do know that if Nike think they can make more money from having Mbappe at Anfield then between all parties they could work something out. So in short, Jurgen can say whatever the hell he likes but he’s not killing my buzz on this. Meanwhile, the u18s were 6-0 down after 40 minutes to West Brom today. It ended 6-3 after they rallied, but fucking hell, Aston Villa’s first team must be licking their lips about that quarter final now. Some of these kids (Kometio, Cain, Clarkson, Norris I’d guess) will be involved in that because there is no other real alternative. The u18s seem to concede a shitload of goals but they score loads too. Their games are wildly entertaining, they’re like the first team pre-Virg. In fairness they’re usually a fair bit younger than their opposition as there are loads of 16 year olds in the squad. Conceding six in one half though, that’s not good. West Brom’s 16 year old centre forward was dynamite though. He scored four and really looked the business. There has been some talk that we’ve got an interest in him and want to nab him before he signs pro terms with them. Makes sense from our point of view. The last time we did that was Bobby Duncan, and while that ended badly we actually made money on the deal. It might not be the smartest thing of the lad though. Jerome Sinclair came from West Brom too, and in hindsight his career might have turned out very differently if he’d where he was and broke into their first team instead of coming here and letting money influence his career path. Sunday Nov 10: L 3 City 1 Fair to say we’ve had worse days than this one! Great result, great performance, great atmosphere. This team just delivers relentlessly. I didn’t want to make any predictions prior to the game because it usually blows up in my face, but honestly, I’d have been genuinely amazed if we’d lost. I thought it was possibly that we might smash them everywhere and we almost did. We could have been up by four at half time, even though City played well. That’s the thing though. They’ll always play well because it’s impossible to restrict their possession and stop them creating chances. It just can’t be done because they’re so good with the ball. It’s a combination of great players and Guardiola’s unique style, but for all their lovely football they have weaknesses, and nobody can exploit those weaknesses better than us. I thought this was a tactical masterclass by Klopp. We genuinely looked like scoring every single time we attacked them. Klopp knew where the spaces would be and he ensured we were able to exploit those spaces every time we won the ball back. It’s funny how Guardiola is seen as the tactical genius while Klopp is labelled as Mr Motivator. The truth is Klopp is just as good tactically as any manager out there. We’ve been saying for a while now how we’re in Man City’s heads. From top to bottom they seem obsessed with us (Kevin De Bruyne being the obvious exception, as he’s never got involved in any of that shit and is always complimentary). Guardiola seems to spend every waking moment worrying about us and to his credit he doesn’t pretend otherwise. He’s openly admitted it multiple times. It’s one of the few things I like about him actually. When he describes us as the best team in the world at the moment, he’s not lying. We’ve outperformed City over the last 12 months and when he says Anfield is the toughest place int he world to get a result, he’s not just blowing smoke up our arses, it’s the truth. So while a lot of people mocked him for saying this was one of the best performances he’s seen from his team, I get where he’s coming from. City played well today. Their finishing could have been better, but generally I’d assume they did everything their manager wanted. Here’s the thing though. We’re really, REALLY, fucking good. And our strengths match up beautifully with City’s weaknesses, which is why we looked like scoring every time we crossed the halfway line today. If City play like that against virtually anybody else in the world, they win the game. Against us, it’s not enough. That’s why I think Guardiola was so complimentary of his team. All that being said, he’s a terrible loser and is the first one in football to point at the officials any time he doesn’t get his own way. His “TWIIIIICE” meltdown on the touchline was hilarious, but the way he make a tit out of Michael Oliver on the field at full time was not. I’m annoyed by that. Few people have a lower opinion of referees than me and there were a few things Oliver did today I didn’t like. But it’s fucking hard. The pressure in these games is massive and sometimes there are decisions that aren’t black and white. You can give a decision that will split opinion, but unless it’s an obvious mistake a ref shouldn’t be hammered for it. Oliver was probably an 8.5 out of 10 today. Maybe even a 9. Yet instead of receiving praise for his display all we’re hearing is this bullshit talk about City being screwed by the ref and VAR. Why? Because Egghead Pep threw a strop. His actions dictated the storyline. It should have been about Klopp’s tactical masterclass and an excellent refereeing display. Instead it’s all about Guardiola feeling like he’s been shafted by the officials. Still, never mind eh. Nine points clear of them even though our fixtures have been much harder then theirs. Happy days. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note that the Week that Was is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  5. This week’s round up will be like the semi-final stages of the Champions League - a Man City free-zone. We played them on Sunday so that was covered in the match report. All the fall out from it - and there's a lot - will be in “the week that was” due to be posted up at the weekend, so this will cover all the other games. May as well kick things off with the two sides who are now the closest of the chasing pack. First up, Chelsea beat Palace in the early game to temporarily go second. Kevin Abraham broke the deadlock in the second half with a composed finish and Pulisic wrapped it up late on to give Chelsea six league wins on the spin. They haven’t played anyone decent in those six games, but you still have to win and they have. Pulisic is looking really good now and Lampard has introduced another youngster into the side, Reece James, who was terrific and completely shut down Wilf Zaha. He probably shouldn’t be allowed to play again until he’s been the barbers though. Dreadful state of affairs that. It looks like a tarantula orgy. James’ hairstyle apart, Chelsea are looking good and next up they’ve got a certain side who I’m not talking about, which could be a cracker of a game. Defensively they’re suspect but they’re great going forward and their style is attractive to watch. If they get it right tactically and that’s going to be interesting. Palace were shite, because Palace are shite. Been saying it all season, but it’s only a matter of time until they’re in the bottom six. Chelsea’s stint in second spot was short lived as Leicester rolled over Arsenal to leapfrog them. Arsenal losing again was no surprise though. It was away and they travel about as well as BA Baracus, plus Leicester are much better than them. Throw in the fact they were up against Jamie Vardy, a man who has embarrassed the Gunners in recent years almost as frequently as Arsenal Fan TV, and there was nothing down for them really. Leicester smacked them around and it was far easier than the 2-0 score suggested. Arsenal only had one shot I think. They were pitiful. They were lucky not to concede an early pen when Guendouzi grabbed Soyuncu by the shoulder as he attacked a set-piece. VAR didn’t over-rule the ref on that, which again just makes you wonder what’s going on. It’s 100% a penalty and it deserved to be punished for sheer stupidity alone. How are they not giving that? Maybe they were influence by the likelihood that Soyuncu wasn’t even going to reach the ball, but that makes what Guendouzi did even worse. How thick do you need to be to do that? That incident was Arsenal in a fucking nutshell though. They do shit like this every week. If it’s not Xhaka it’s David Luiz. If it’s not David Luiz it’s Guendouzi. Next week it will be Torreira or Bellerin or Kolasinic or Mustafi. They must have the thickest squad of players in the league. Absolutely no discipline whatsoever. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that PL Round Ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  6. Report by Dave Usher Last year we missed out on the title in large part due to only taking one point against City, so this win was huge. It doesn’t guarantee anything, but what needed to happen happened, and while the rest of the nation bleats about phantom penalties and pro-Liverpool conspiracies, we can just laugh it off and celebrate another great win that puts us eight points clear at the top, and nine clear of City. While Pep Guardiola desperately tried to ensure the narrative was City being screwed by the officials again (he did the same thing when we spanked them in Europe too), the real story of this game was the tactical masterclass by Klopp that allowed us to keep them at arms length for most of the day while completely ripping them to shreds at the other end. Apparently XG showed that City had more ‘expected goals’. Whatever. My eyes told me that every single time we attacked we looked like we’d score. It might not have always led to a clear chance, but it always looked like it could do. City were dangerous and played some lovely football around the box, but we defended them as well as it’s possible to do while also ensuring we never got pinned back by them and were always able to spring counter attacks. Klopp’s assessment was that you can’t beat City by playing like they do, because they’re the best at playing that way. He’s dead right. They’re sensational at what they do, but what they do at one end does leave them wide open at the other, and we took full advantage of that. It was a strange start to the game as for the first few minutes we just couldn’t get the ball. City got on top of us immediately and forced some early corners. Everything seemed to be going through Bernardo on the right in the early stages, but we were doubling up nicely on both him and Sterling on the opposite side. City had a lot of the ball but our shape was good, and it soon became clear that any time City didn’t have the ball they were in big trouble. It genuinely felt as though we’d score every single time we attacked. They were wide open and I’m surprised we only scored three to be honest, especially as two of them came so early. And how good were those goals? Just beautiful. City can bleat all they want about the first one, I don’t care. Irrespective of what happened in the box, the way we worked it from back to front so quickly was ruthlessly efficient and a sign of things to come. Sadio had stayed forward in “the half space” as Klopp likes to say, and Robbo sent him clear with a pass out of defence. Mané drove at the defence, waited for support to arrive in the middle and then tried to pick out Bobby. City were scrambling back and managed to intercept it, but Mo closed down so quickly that Gundogan’s clearance went only to Fabinho, who just fucking leathered it in from 25 yards. The keeper had no chance of saving that as it was such a sweet strike. It went like an arrow and when you look at the still photo of it you can see the perfect form of Fabinho. Head down, just striking right through the ball. Glorious. He should do that more often really, shouldn’t he? Although if he added goals to what he already does then that’s genuinely not fair on the rest of the league and maybe some sort of handicap would need to be introduced. I don’t know, maybe have him carry a dead weight around the field with him or something. After all, that’s what Gerrard had to do for half of the time he played with us. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  7. Saturday Nov 2: Villa 1 L 2 Fucking hell, why can’t we ever just win comfortably? Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t be any more full of admiration for the stones these lads have, but we’re a great side that is capable of blowing teams away, so how about we start doing it so we don’t have to be put through the shredder every week? I’m not specifically just talking about today, as Villa aren’t a pushover and it was never going to be easy, but so many of our games are going down to the wire. It’s emotionally draining. And yet, we’re six points clear. These late goals are the difference between us and the rest. Games when you’re in trouble and in the past would have lost points, we’re somehow coming away with wins. The ‘lucky Liverpool’ shite that’s being thrown around though is laughable. How were we lucky today? If anything, we were fucking massively unlucky and had all the excuses we needed to justify dropping points. But we didn’t drop points because no matter what is thrown at them, no matter how many setbacks they run into, these lads aren’t phased by any of it and they just go out and win. There was nothing lucky about today. We battered Villa and although the goals came late there’s no doubt we deserved them. If VAR wasn’t the worst thing to ever happen to football we’d have been home and dry long before that anyway. The disallowing of Firmino’s goal was so staggering it was bordering on corrupt. I genuinely don’t know how that can be allowed to happen. Literally the only person on the planet who is saying that is offside is Martin Atkinson. I know the linesman flagged, but I bet when he saw the replay he knew he was wrong. That just leaves Atkinson in his own. Then there’s the handball that wasn’t given. This is exactly the kind of game you normally lose and everyone blames the officials. Not this team though. City won late too but Guardiola decided to talk about us again. In particular, he made reference to Sadio ‘diving’. Interesting. How did he know so quickly that Sadio had been booked today? They probably pay someone to keep an eye on us, the weird obsessed bastards. Who the fuck does this tit think he is though? Sadio isn’t the type to do this, but he should be demanding a public apology. Guardiola has essentially called him a cheat and questioned his integrity. I wouldn’t let it go if it was me, but Sadio will probably just laugh it off and won’t give it a second thought. The u23s won the mini derby today with a winner four minutes from time. Gotta love how these late goals are just a feature right throughout the club. The 18s have had a few this year too. Herbie Kane got this one and it was a cracker. Such a good player him, I can’t understand how he’s ended up stuck here when he’d walk into most teams outside of the Premier League. The other goal was scored by Tony Gallacher, who I’ll be honest, I couldn’t pick out of a line up even though he’s been here a few years. I’ve seen him play a fair few times but can’t ever remember anything about him, good or bad. He must be alright as he’s been kept on when loads of others have been released. Sunday Nov 3: More refereeing and VAR nonsense today and once again Martin Atkinson was involved. He was the on field ref this time, and managed to anger both Everton and Spurs. At least you can’t accuse him of favouritism this time. He’s an equal opportunities shitbird, I’ll give him that. I don’t blame him for sending off Son though, as I’d have done the same thing. Fuck him and his crocodile tears, he committed a petulant, snide foul and now he has to live with the consequences. VAR absolutely ruined this game for anyone inside the stadium though, and this is the thing that isn’t getting enough attention. If you’re at the game and VAR is getting involved, it basically just shits all over your match going experience, sometimes even when decisions go your way. It’s fucking horrible, there are long delays and they still end up with the wrong decision half the time. Fuck it off. Get rid. In other news today, fake news, David Silva is a doubt for next weekend. You know he’s nailed on to play. Same with that Rodri fella who is supposed to be out. Shit, I wouldn’t even be shocked if Sane and Laporte are back in time having been given some illegal, state of the art, miracle treatment. Don’t put anything past these fuckers, they’ll do anything to win. And why the fuck hasn’t Bernardo been dealt with yet? It was meant to be weeks ago. You watch, his hearing will be next week after they’ve been to Anfield. It’s fucking bullshit is what it is. Anyone else would have been banned by now. Something else I saw today and it’s really tickled me. Solskjaer has lost as many Premier Leagues as Klopp, despite being there less than a year and having played 104 games less. That’s one of the most incredible stats I’ve seen. I mean, yeah, United have been shite, but even so that seems mad doesn’t it? I mean who’d have thought that a guy who was out of his depth at Cardiff would do so badly at Manchester United? If only there had been some sort of sign? This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note that the Week that Was is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
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    Opposition View: Manchester City

    The two best teams in England meet on Sunday in what has quickly become one the most compelling rivalries in Football. After last season’s title heartbreak, many observers were wondering how Liverpool would respond. The answer has been unequivocal as they have looked men on a mission. Man City naturally were the favourites coming into this new campaign having won the last two titles, but head into this showdown six points behind the Reds. However, you certainly underestimate the team from the Blue half of Manchester at your peril. It has all the makings of being a classic and TLW asked @tom_brunt from @manchesterisB for his thoughts. How do you view Man City's start to the new season? Two defeats to teams that we wouldn’t expect to lose against is always a hammer blow but we have faith in the team and management that we can have a better middle to end of the season, though clearly it would have been preferable to be on maximum points at this stage Which player has excelled for City in the new campaign and conversely, is there an individual who you think needs to raise their performance? Fernandinho stepping into a CB role has looked good although he has made a few mistakes of late. (Phil) Foden, (Tommy) Doyle and Angelino have impressed and I would like to see more of them. Bernardo needs to improve; I feel the ongoing allegations about racist behaviour on twitter have not helped his cause. BUT he is a quality player and will come good... maybe on Sunday? It has been a remarkable decade in Man City's history. Who do you believe has been the pre-eminent player in this period: Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero or David Silva and what makes you come to that conclusion? For me I find it really hard to differentiate the three, I have pictures of all of them on my wall. The player I will miss the most is David Silva, he is easily the most talented footballer I have watched. There is unlikely to be a dry eye in the house when David Silva plays his final game for the club at the end of the season. Do you believe Pep Guardiola has the faith in someone like Phil Foden to fill his position for the long term? Foden is Silva’s natural replacement; this is obvious to any blue. I have full faith that we will see Foden more this season with a view to him being a first team regular next season. There is a real lack of competition at the top end of the Premier League in the present moment with the usual suspects falling by the wayside for one reason or another. However, there is one team in Liverpool who have matched you stride for stride over the last season and a bit. How do you currently view the competition/rivalry with Liverpool - with frustration because you haven't been able to run away with the league title, or with some grudging respect as it brings out the very best in you? I think Liverpool play a really exciting and positive brand of Football and its great to have a rivalry of course as the league will be boring without it and I’m just glad its not United. The media has and will continue to hype up the rivalry for obvious financial reasons but I think there is a lot of mutual respect between the two sets of fans. While the managerial record of Guardiola speaks for itself over a long period of time, as a observer of the game, what has impressed you most about the work of Jurgen Klopp in his time at the Reds? If Pep were to leave, Klopp (or similar) would be someone I would want as manager. Obviously this isn't going to happen however, I like his personality. His positivity shines through. A victory at Anfield is something that has alluded many City managers over the years. So with that said, do you think that Guardiola will go all-out looking for the three points, or will he look to play it safe and take a point with plenty of water to still go under the bridge this season? If it wasn't for Mahrez spooning the penalty over the bar last season this discussion would be different. I think the teams have a huge respect for each other and will set up that way. It will not be gung-ho but I believe that Liverpool's defence will be stronger than ours. Who are the key Liverpool players that you feel pose the most threat to City claiming a satisfactory result on Sunday? VVD at set pieces and of course your front three Have you got a score prediction for this important clash? I am usually not one for predicting scores but I think a score draw.
  9. The two best teams in England meet on Sunday in what has quickly become one the most compelling rivalries in Football. After last season’s title heartbreak, many observers were wondering how Liverpool would respond. The answer has been unequivocal as they have looked men on a mission. Man City naturally were the favourites coming into this new campaign having won the last two titles, but head into this showdown six points behind the Reds. However, you certainly underestimate the team from the Blue half of Manchester at your peril. It has all the makings of being a classic and TLW asked @tom_brunt from @manchesterisB for his thoughts. How do you view Man City's start to the new season? Two defeats to teams that we wouldn’t expect to lose against is always a hammer blow but we have faith in the team and management that we can have a better middle to end of the season, though clearly it would have been preferable to be on maximum points at this stage Which player has excelled for City in the new campaign and conversely, is there an individual who you think needs to raise their performance? Fernandinho stepping into a CB role has looked good although he has made a few mistakes of late. (Phil) Foden, (Tommy) Doyle and Angelino have impressed and I would like to see more of them. Bernardo needs to improve; I feel the ongoing allegations about racist behaviour on twitter have not helped his cause. BUT he is a quality player and will come good... maybe on Sunday? It has been a remarkable decade in Man City's history. Who do you believe has been the pre-eminent player in this period: Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero or David Silva and what makes you come to that conclusion? For me I find it really hard to differentiate the three, I have pictures of all of them on my wall. The player I will miss the most is David Silva, he is easily the most talented footballer I have watched. There is unlikely to be a dry eye in the house when David Silva plays his final game for the club at the end of the season. Do you believe Pep Guardiola has the faith in someone like Phil Foden to fill his position for the long term? Foden is Silva’s natural replacement; this is obvious to any blue. I have full faith that we will see Foden more this season with a view to him being a first team regular next season. There is a real lack of competition at the top end of the Premier League in the present moment with the usual suspects falling by the wayside for one reason or another. However, there is one team in Liverpool who have matched you stride for stride over the last season and a bit. How do you currently view the competition/rivalry with Liverpool - with frustration because you haven't been able to run away with the league title, or with some grudging respect as it brings out the very best in you? I think Liverpool play a really exciting and positive brand of Football and its great to have a rivalry of course as the league will be boring without it and I’m just glad its not United. The media has and will continue to hype up the rivalry for obvious financial reasons but I think there is a lot of mutual respect between the two sets of fans. While the managerial record of Guardiola speaks for itself over a long period of time, as a observer of the game, what has impressed you most about the work of Jurgen Klopp in his time at the Reds? If Pep were to leave, Klopp (or similar) would be someone I would want as manager. Obviously this isn't going to happen however, I like his personality. His positivity shines through. A victory at Anfield is something that has alluded many City managers over the years. So with that said, do you think that Guardiola will go all-out looking for the three points, or will he look to play it safe and take a point with plenty of water to still go under the bridge this season? If it wasn't for Mahrez spooning the penalty over the bar last season this discussion would be different. I think the teams have a huge respect for each other and will set up that way. It will not be gung-ho but I believe that Liverpool's defence will be stronger than ours. Who are the key Liverpool players that you feel pose the most threat to City claiming a satisfactory result on Sunday? VVD at set pieces and of course your front three Have you got a score prediction for this important clash? I am usually not one for predicting scores but I think a score draw. View full article
  10. Saturday was almost a great day for Man City, but not quite. At half time they were losing at home to Southampton while we also trailed at Villa Park. They came back to lead 2-1 late on, while we were still losing. The gap was three points with them coming to Anfield this weekend knowing a win would put them top. Then in the blink of an eye we’d scored twice and the gap was back to six. We’ve been on the other end of that and it’s fucking soul destroying. No wonder Baldiola was so salty afterwards. Instead of worrying about what we’re doing, he should probably be asking himself how come his side made such hard work out of beating a team that had lost 9-0 at home in their previous game. I usually expect to City win regardless of who they’re playing, but at least in some cases I can talk myself into why the other side might have a chance (Wolves recently is a good example). Southampton though? I gave them a zero percent chance of winning and only a tiny percentage chance of not losing by at least three. Yet but for shite goalkeeping from the recalled Alex McCarthy, they’d have won. Both City goals were easily preventable with a half decent keeper. Actually that’s unfair as I reckon McCarthy is alright usually, but he fucked up on both goals in this one. Mind you, Ederson was even more culpable for the Southampton goal when he fumbled a shot and then almost got kicked in the face by Ward-Prowse as he unsuccessfully tried to retrieve the situation. Some would call that brave, but it doesn’t impress me as he looks like he’s spent his entire life putting his face into situations where it gets booted to fuck. If I had a face like I’d be the same, as what does he have to lose? He’s the only player I’ve ever seen who can get booted in the face by Mané, have a shitload of stitches and somehow end up looking less brutal did he did before. He was subbed at half time in City’s midweek draw with Atalanta with a minor injury. Hopefully he misses the game on Sunday, not because I see him as being much better than Claudio Bravo, but just so I don’t have to look at him. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m no Brad Pitt, but he’s just painful to look at and a lot of it is self inflicted. The horrible tatts and the Jaws from James Bond braces, just why?? I’m not reading anything into that Atalanta result though as it’s tough going to Italy and winning, especially when you have to play the final 15 minutes with ten men and Kyle Walker in goal. I was hoping that would provide some comic relief and it almost did when he made a pig’s arse out of a free-kick, but after that Atalanta just went backwards and never got near him. Fucking shitbags, a draw was no good to them whatsoever but instead of throwing everything forward, they spent the rest of the game trying to get City players booked and sent off. Normally I’d be all in on that, but not in a Champions League group game as there’s no benefit to us in that. City come to Anfield this week and we’re supposed to believe that David Silva won’t be available. Not buying it. He’ll play. So will his racially insensitive namesake Bernardo, who has somehow managed to get his punished delayed until after this game. Fucking stinks that. If there’s any justice he’ll get a red card, the snide little shitbag. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note that PL Round Ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  11. Liverpool started the season, not only as defending champions, but also as one of the favourites for the Champions league title. Prior to the competition starting, The Reds were a general 8/1 to retain their title, after a remarkable 2-0 victory over Spurs in last season’s showpiece at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Punters across the globe saw value in this inflated price, and after a solid start to their defence in Group E, they’ve been backed in to 5/1 second favourites with most bookies, behind English Champions Man City – a price that seems appealing given their recent success in the competition. They currently sit top of their table, ahead of Napoli, and are a general 2/9 to top the group. Liverpool started the competition with a difficult away trip to Italy, facing the aforementioned Italian outfit at the Stadio San Paolo. The venue is widely regarded as one of the most difficult in Europe for travelling sides, and so it proved, as the reds were beaten 2-0. It was a closely contested game, with the home side picking up two late goals through Dries Mertens and former Tottenham star, Fernando Llorente. On matchday two, Liverpool welcomed Red Bull Salzburg to Anfield, as they looked to maintain their formidable record at Anfield in the competition. The Reds appeared to be heading for a routine victory, as goals from Sadio Mane, Andy Robinson and Mohamed Salah put them 3-0 up after just 36 minutes. Hwang Hee-chan then responded for the Austrian champions, as Liverpool took a 3-1 lead into half-time. Just 11 minutes of the second half had passed when Salzburg pulled another goal back through Takumi Minamino, before they incredibly made it 3-3 just four minutes later. The match looked like it could be heading towards one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history, before Salah picked up his second on the night and the three points for Liverpool with a 4-3 victory. Next up saw Liverpool travel to Belgium to face off against Genk. As expected, the reds were the strong favourites to take maximum points and duly obliged with an impressive 4-1 victory. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continued his excellent run of form following a lengthy injury, with a brace - the second of which put Liverpool ahead after just two minutes. Both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also got on the scoresheet, before the home side scored a consolation goal late on. The return leg against Genk back at Anfield followed most recently, with Liverpool looking to all but seal their progression to the knock out stages of the competition. Several first team regulars were rested, with the huge Premier league clash against Manchester City upcoming – this included the likes of captain Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. The missing players were noticeable on the night, as Liverpool produced a relatively flat performance, but ultimately prevailed as 2-1 winners. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was again on the scoresheet as he netted the winner after 53 minutes, converting a low strike into the bottom corner. This earnt him the man of the match trophy, as Liverpool pushed their unbeaten record at home in European competition to 24 matches – a staggering run of form that includes 18 wins and six draws, with the last defeat coming against Real Madrid back in October of 2014. The victory now means Liverpool have won three straight games in the Champions League and are in a very strong position to top the Group, further enhanced with Napoli only drawing at home to Red Bull Salzburg. However, one negative is that the reds again conceded, meaning that it is now eight games in succession without a clean sheet. Next up for Liverpool will see them welcome the Italians to Anfield, in what is likely to be the game that decides who finishes top of Group E, with just one point separating the two sides at present.
  12. Liverpool are gearing up to host Man City in a massive six-pointer that could go a long way towards deciding the outcome of the title race. Victory would leave the Reds with a healthy nine-point advantage as we head into mid-November. Yet defeat would see Man City cut the gap to just three points, so they will surely come out all guns blazing at Anfield on Sunday. The leading sports betting sites now make Liverpool the odds-on favourites to win the title, generally priced at around the 4/5 mark. Defending champions Man City are priced at 6/5 after making an uncharacteristically sluggish start to the season. They have already lost to Norwich and Wolves, and they are already playing catching with the high-flying Reds. However, they took four points off Liverpool last season – a draw at Anfield and an agonising victory at The Etihad, courtesy of John Stones’ goal-line clearance – en route to finishing one point clear of Jurgen Klopp’s men in the most epic title race in Premier League history. That might explain why Man City have been installed as the narrow favourites to win this game. Yes, you read that correctly. Despite leading the table by six points, remaining unbeaten all season thus far and having home advantage, Liverpool are the bookmakers’ underdogs in this game. Most bookies have the Reds at 6/4, while Liverpool are out at 17/10. Should Liverpool fans lump on Klopp’s side at such a generous price? First you have to consider each team’s motivations. They will certainly both be desperate to win, yet a draw would suit Liverpool better. It would preserve their six-point lead and maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign, stretching it to 12 games. The Reds have excelled at grinding out victories over smaller clubs this season, only dropping two points to Man Utd in the entire campaign so far, and they are likely to continue doing so. On the other hand, Man City have proven themselves to be vulnerable when facing middling opposition. Their 3-2 defeat to Norwich was the stuff of nightmares for Guardiola, and they can have no complaints about the nature of their defeat to Wolves, while they also dropped points against a Spurs team languishing in the bottom half of the table. Liverpool might feel that if they can hold Man City to draws they can simply tear apart the rest of the division and clinch their first title in decades. Yet Man City – who are liable to suffer more surprise defeats over the course of the campaign, particularly when considering their shortage of staff at centre-back – will be forced to come out and attack at Anfield as they desperately try to cut Liverpool’s title lead. That extra motivation to win may have factored into the bookmakers’ reckonings. But that could prove to be dangerous for Guardiola’s side. Liverpool break at blistering speed and Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have the quality to punish Man City’s defensive shortcomings. If Liverpool can maintain parity in the midfield battle – and that is a big if when coming up against Kevin De Bruyne – then they should win this game. They are a more solid team defensively, and just as dynamic in attack as Man City. Lots of Liverpool fans are likely to back their team at such a high price. Another option might simply be to go for both teams to score and over 2.5 goals, as this is sure to be a classic encounter. It finished 0-0 at Anfield last season when these teams met, before that 2-1 reverse at The Etihad, but Man City look a lot sharper going forwards and a lot poorer at the back this term, so that could result in a more open and entertaining contest. Reds fans will just have to hope Klopp has a cunning plan to deal with De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling does not come back to haunt Anfield and Salah and Mané receive strong service throughout the game. This team thumped Barcelona 4-0 here last season, and their record at Anfield is impeccable, so they have nothing to fear from the Premier League champions. Victory for Liverpool would land a psychological blow in the title race, so it is time for the Anfield faithful to roar their heroes onto greatness once again.
  13. Sadio Mane has delivered a firm response to Pep Guardiola ahead of the Reds clash with Man City on Sunday.The City manager raised plenty of eyebrows on Saturday evening including Jurgen Klopp when he declared “Sometimes Mane is diving, sometimes he’s scoring goals in the last minute.”Since then the Spaniard has looked to backtrack from those comments, giving glowing praise to Liverpool’s resolve and Mane’s qualities as a player.Mane though is awake to the game that Guardiola is playing ahead of the big clash.Liverpool Echo reported the Senegal star as saying:“ I think it's a bit clever from him to get the attention of the referee but I will just play my football like I'm always doing. "“I don't pay attention to what he's saying because it's part of football.“ Is he worried about Liverpool? Maybe, I don't know. You guys (media) know more than me. “The only thing I can say I will be for sure ready for the team, to give everything possible, and to help my team.Mane then made it clear that he will not alter the way he goes about his game for anyone.“If it could be a penalty for sure I will 'dive' again. “If the dive will give me a penalty then I will do it to get it back! Why not? But what Jurgen said is correct. I do not dive."The star forward was adamant that there was a level of contact in the contentious incident against Aston Villa last Saturday. “There was contact for sure. “Maybe it was not a penalty and he didn't give it, and he gave me a yellow card. “To be honest I don't have any problem about it.“For sure it can happen in football and we have seen many people, some diving and get penalties, some got a penalty and the referee didn't give it. “That's football. You have to deal with it.“It's what I want to keep doing. “If I get a penalty, yeah it's a penalty. “If no penalty, no penalty, but [it will] never change the way I'm playing or the way I'm doing my things."Mane said the focus on the team isn’t so much on City but more so on themselves to claim the three points.“It will be really really important for us to get a positive result and we will be ready, spot on from the first second until the last,""We will give everything possible to win. “To be honest, I don't like to talk about City but I love to talk about Liverpool and what we're going to do against them. "We are going to play like always but give more for getting positive results and we're looking forward to it to be honest. View full article
  14. Sadio Mane has delivered a firm response to Pep Guardiola ahead of the Reds clash with Man City on Sunday.The City manager raised plenty of eyebrows on Saturday evening including Jurgen Klopp when he declared “Sometimes Mane is diving, sometimes he’s scoring goals in the last minute.”Since then the Spaniard has looked to backtrack from those comments, giving glowing praise to Liverpool’s resolve and Mane’s qualities as a player.Mane though is awake to the game that Guardiola is playing ahead of the big clash. Guardiola gambled and rolled the dice, but if that's his game then he should check out www.newzealandcasinos.io and leave the mind games to those who do it best.Liverpool Echo reported the Senegal star as saying:“I think it's a bit clever from him to get the attention of the referee but I will just play my football like I'm always doing."“I don't pay attention to what he's saying because it's part of football. Is he worried about Liverpool? Maybe, I don't know. You guys (media) know more than me. “The only thing I can say I will be for sure ready for the team, to give everything possible, and to help my team.Mane then made it clear that he will not alter the way he goes about his game for anyone.“If it could be a penalty for sure I will 'dive' again. If the dive will give me a penalty then I will do it to get it back! Why not? But what Jurgen said is correct. I do not dive."The star forward was adamant that there was a level of contact in the contentious incident against Aston Villa last Saturday. “There was contact for sure. Maybe it was not a penalty and he didn't give it, and he gave me a yellow card. “To be honest I don't have any problem about it. For sure it can happen in football and we have seen many people, some diving and get penalties, some got a penalty and the referee didn't give it. “That's football. You have to deal with it. It's what I want to keep doing. “If I get a penalty, yeah it's a penalty. If no penalty, no penalty, but [it will] never change the way I'm playing or the way I'm doing my things."Mane said the focus on the team isn’t so much on City but more so on themselves to claim the three points. A quick browse at rsabet shows the Merseysiders are favourites to win the game but Mané is taking nothing for granted.“It will be really really important for us to get a positive result and we will be ready, spot on from the first second until the last,""We will give everything possible to win. “To be honest, I don't like to talk about City but I love to talk about Liverpool and what we're going to do against them. "We are going to play like always but give more for getting positive results and we're looking forward to it to be honest.
  15. Report by Dave Usher Job done and now we can just forget all about this game. It won’t live long in the memory, that’s for sure. This was one we just needed to win and get out of the way, and we did. We should qualify The crowd weren’t up for it and the players rarely got out of second gear, mainly because they didn’t need to. We seem to be able to do just enough when we need to and that’s a good habit for a team to have. All eyes seemed to be on Sunday’s game with City and as a result this was just extremely flat, on and off the pitch. The players were more up for it than the crowd, thankfully. Not much more, but enough. The game wasn’t as close as the scoreline suggests but that’s becoming a recurring theme this season. We keep winning games by one goal despite creating ten times the amount of chances as the opposition. It’s annoying but it would be churlish to get too worked up about it as after all, we’re still winning these games. Whatever happened to those four or five goal hammerings though? Be nice to have a few of those so we can relax and enjoy these games a little more. This wasn’t exactly stressful and I never felt that we weren’t going to win, but if we’d scored a couple more goals then the closing stages would have been less tense and maybe we could have given Curtis Jones a little run out, which would have been nice. The way the game started it looked like we’d run away with it. Genk couldn’t get out of their own half for most of the first half but we let them score with their first attack. By that point we should have been up by three or four but we’d only taken one chance, a sharp close range finish from Gini. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
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