As we enter 2019 and players take back to the field, it’s the ideal time to find fixtures that present great bitcoin betting value. Here are a few of them straight from the top flight English leagues.
Man Utd v Reading
Reading sit 23rd in the Championship and are on a run of 10 matches without a victory in all competitions, suggesting they don’t stand a chance of getting anything from Old Trafford this weekend. Their defensive record is dreadful, while Reading have only won one away game all season.
Things are made even more ominous by the fact Man United have won 34 out of 35 FA Cup matches against low league opposition since 1992, avoiding giant killing on every occasion bar Leeds United in 2010. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revitalised Manchester United, who are looking highly confident now they are freed to be creative in the final third. There is nothing about Reading that will scare them.
Back Man Utd to win with a -2.5 handicap at 1.97
West Ham v Birmingham City
There is certainly a chance of an upset in this one. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been on a superb run of form recently, but it should be noted that they only tend to excel when allowed to sit back and hit teams on the counter-attack. Their shortcomings in central midfield mean they aren’t very effective when dominating the ball (as shown in the 2-2 draw with Brighton in midweek) and so Birmingham stand a decent chance.
Birmingham have a strong defensive record, conceding just one goal in their last four matches in the Championship. Another sold defensive showing could leave West Ham facing a replay, with the visitors full of confidence as they push for a play-off place.
Back the draw at 3.86
Wolves v Liverpool
The result at Molineaux depends largely on whether Jurgen Klopp decides to rest key players after such a wearying Christmas schedule, and indeed this seems the most likely outcome. Wolves, by contrast, can afford to play their first team given that a safe mid-table finish is secure. That hands the hosts a crucial advantage.
Liverpool tend to be blunt in attack when more than one of their front three is absent, while Wolves have a strong record of late, winning three of their last four home matches and regularly keeping clean sheets. Their back three should have enough quality to deal with Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.
Back Wolves to win at 3.86
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
Forest brought a five game winless run to an emphatic end last weekend by beating league leaders Leeds United 4-2, breathing life into an FA Cup tie that otherwise looked like a routine win for Maurizio Sarri’s team. The Italian’s lack of rotation throughout the season means his fringe players will be keen to impress (particularly if looking for a January move), and yet they could be frustrated by one of the Championship’s best defences.
It won’t be easy for Chelsea, but in the end their record against lower league clubs at Stamford Bridge speaks for itself; a routine home win that could continues Forest’s difficult away form is probable.
Back Chelsea to win with a -1.75 handicap at 1.88
QPR v Leeds United
On a five game unbeaten run, QPR can be quietly confident of beating the Championship front runners this weekend. Marco Bielsa is likey to feel that their league campaign is too important to play his first team for this one, while QPR could do with a major scalp as they continue their climb towards the playoff spots.
Successive league defeats for Leeds suggests a typical Bielsa collapse could be about to start; his methods are extremely demanding, and given there is no winter break in England Leeds seem particularly susceptible to this phenomenon.
Back QPR to win at 2.72
Bournemouth v Brighton
Bournemouth have lost eight of their previous ten Premier League matches, with those two victories coming against Huddersfield Town – and Brighton, on December 22. Eddie Howe’s team dominated the ball and won comfortably 2-0, with David Brooks the standout player. Brooks has continued to shine despite the Cherries’ poor performances, which is an ominous sign for a visiting team relying purely on home form at the moment.
Brighton have picked up just eight points from 11 away games, their only wins on the road coming against Newcastle and Huddersfield. Bournemouth fans can anticipated a victory then, although the safest bet is under 2.5 goals. Both sides will show caution, both are tired after the festive period, and both have dreadful goalscoring records of late. Callum Wilson hadn’t scored in six matches before Wednesday night, while Brighton have only found the back of the net six times in their last six games.
Back under 2.25 goals at 2.02
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