With a bumper coupon of TV games, why see the need to go out in the cold when there are practically 11 hours of televised action with a crammed coupon of games. Here are my 2.5 goal picks for today’s action. Good luck if you decide to follow.
Sunderland Vs Newcastle
The Tyneside derby takes place once again, and when you look at derbies like this one for example, there is an enhanced razzmatazz in the atmosphere. The fans could well be jeering at one another without necessarily keeping full focus on the actual game itself. Expect a feisty affair. Newcastle has a point to prove, as they have gone the last five in the head to head without a win.
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Sunderland have done the job, with three of the last five seeing three or more goals and just two in the last six having both sides net.
Closer to the present, both sides are appearing in a bad state. Newcastle netted six, yes six goals in an eight goal thriller to Norwich last weekend. Now, without an overreaction to the mighty Toon, Steve McClaren’s players must continue with a win against Sunderland if this is the start of a turnaround.
Sam Allardyce knows Steve McClaren’s tendencies when it comes to team strategy and vice-versa. This could be the benefit of how this game may pan out with both sides keen to get the opening goal. Both sides in nine games have 56% with three or more goals in the game. This tie will head down the fierce rivalry road, and could be a gift for bookings and potential sending offs. Odds against for three or more goals have a shade of value attached with both needing three points and leaky defences.
BET: Over 2.5 goals at 1.98 with 888sport
Bournemouth Vs Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs head into the dreaded Europa League hangover on Sunday after being pipped to Anderlecht on Thursday night. Bournemouth, more prepared are looking for their third win of the season, but Spurs will not make this easy.
In games after the Europa League Spurs on under/over three goals are one apiece thus far. On the goal statistics in general, four in nine of the host’s games have landed on the overs, with one fewer for Spurs in nine games. More interestingly on the home/away form both have played four, and just one out of the eight combined have ended with three or more goals in the game.
Mauricio Pochettino is aware his Spurs team will set up for an aggressive Bournemouth side, and Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side have played some good performances at home. This indicates Spurs will look to frustrate Bournemouth defensively.
Spurs could be feeling the strain from their Thursday night game, and Bournemouth wanting to keep games very tight at home, the case on where this game may go must be leaning on the under goals on this occasion.
Bet: Under 2.5 goals at 1.85 with 888sport
Manchester United Vs Manchester City
A true Mancunian will say that Manchester City is the team to support. This game does not really have a home and away effect as both sides have shown that goals come at no expense in this fixture.
Bookmakers on the match price give United the very marginal advantage, although when an away side is under 2/1 it really suggests the bookies think a case can be made for all three outcomes.
Both sides had European duty in midweek, with Manchester United enduring the long trip to Moscow but came away with a vital point. City won on home soil, and with the sides individual form recently, this game is tough to call.
On the head to head with goals, casting back to 2012/13 the sides in six games landed three or more goals on five occasions. To the present last six in all competition, Manchester United’s match outcomes landed three or more goals on five occasions. Manchester City in the last six has landed in all six.
Bookmakers edge three or more goals in the game at a shade of odds on, with slight odds against on fewer than three. Both sides thrives this fixture, and making a case for two or less goals based on the stats is no easy task. With Manchester United’s long trip to Moscow could be a factor, but the players are conditioned in travelling all over the world. I find it difficult to create a case for a low scoring affair, thus, taking the over outcome!
Bet: over 2.5 goals at 1.87 with 888sport
Over 2.5 goals at Sunderland
Under 2.5 goals at Bournemouth
Over 2.5 goals at Manchester United
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