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Sat 12:30 – Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool
Tipster180 Banker – Both Teams to Score
We have a mouthwatering early kick off in the Premier League this weekend as Spurs take on Liverpool. There is goals galore when these two sides clash horns with one another, a fact that can be clearly seen in the last six head to head results:
League: Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham
League: Tottenham 4-1 Liverpool
League: Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham
Cup: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
League: Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool
League: Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham
As you can see both teams have scored in 5 of their last 6 head to head meetings (83%). Both Liverpool and Tottenham have scored 9 goals each this season after just 4 games, and they both reside in the top five for expected goals. The chances are that we’ll see this continuing on Saturday with another entertaining showing.
Sat 15:00 – Chelsea vs Cardiff
Tipster180 Banker – Chelsea Clean Sheet: Yes
There was valid cause for concern when Maurizio Sarri took the helm at Chelsea but the Italian has settled in well at Stamford Bridge with players and fans alike seemingly buying into his philosophy. They have kicked off the Premier League season with 4 wins out of 4 scoring an impressive 10 goals in the process.
Generally a rule of thumb of Chelsea sides of late is that they always seem capable of shutting out the weakest teams at Stamford Bridge and this is a trend that continued last season. Here are their home performances against the bottom 6 from last term:
29/11/17 – Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City (18th)
16/12/17 – Chelsea 1-0 Southampton (17th)
26/12/17 – Chelsea 2-0 Brighton (15th)
30/12/17 – Chelsea 5-0 Stoke City (19th)
12/02/18 – Chelsea 3-0 West Brom (20th)
08/04/18 – Chelsea 1-1 Huddersfield (16th)
As you can see they kept a clean sheet against 5 of the bottom 6 teams at home last season and that likely to be where Cardiff will finish this season. They have struggled to get into games and do look like they lack the firepower and quality against a well organised Chelsea defence. The fact that Neil Warnock’s side have failed to find the net in three of their four Premier League outings and have registered a meagre five shots on target this term, so them breaching Chelsea’s defence looks unlikely.
Sat 17:30 – Watford vs Manchester United
Tipster180 Banker – Manchester United No Clean Sheet
Watford head into this weekends game against Manchester United in spectacular form, The Hornets are enjoying their best ever start to a Premier League season having won all 4 of their opening games scoring 2 or more in all of them. Manchester United, on the other hand, have struggled. After beating Leicester City on the opening day they slipped to successive defeats to Brighton and Tottenham before picking up 3 points away at a struggling Burnley side.
Watford are not opponents that Manchester United particularly favour. They have often struggled to keep the ball out of their own net when visiting Vicarage Road, As you can see from their last 6 trips to Watford:
28/11/17: Watford 2-4 Manchester United
18/09/16: Watford 3-1 Manchester United
21/11/15: Watford 1-2 Manchester United
14/04/07: Watford 1-4 Manchester United
26/08/06: Watford 1-2 Manchester United
29/04/00: Watford 2-3 Manchester United
Whilst we can discount the last three with the games being so long ago, we can take particular attention to the most recent three meetings at Vicarage Road. Watford have scored in all 3 games, netting 2 or more in 2 of those. With Manchester United conceding 3 at Brighton and against Spurs, we can see the in form Watford getting on the scoresheet here.
Sun 11:00 – Real Valladolid vs Alaves
Tipster180 Banker – Under 2.5 Goals
Real Valladolid have started life in La Liga admirably, picking up two points from three games having played Getafe (a), Barcelona (h) and Girona (a) so far this season. The most notable thing we can take from these games is how well organised they have been in defence. They gave up just 0.64 xG away at Girona, 1.15 xG at home to Barcelona and 1.35 xG at Getafe.
Here they face an Alaves side who don’t see many goals on their travels against the so-called weaker sides in the division. Last season they saw 3 or more goals in just 3 of their 9 away games against sides in the bottom half, with 2 of those coming against Las Palmas and Malaga sides that conceded 74 and 61 goals respectively.
Despite limiting their opponents to few chances, Valladolid haven’t been creating either. They have created just 0.04 xG, 0.57 xG and 0.94 xG in their three games so far. With little likely to change here we see this game being a dull low scoring affair and Under 2.5 goals looks just the ticket here.
Sun 13:30 – Heerenveen vs Heracles
Tipster180 Banker – Both Teams to Score
Heerenveen and Heracles meet on Sunday afternoon in what promises to be a goal filled game. Heerenveen have scored 8 and conceded 9 in their opening 4 games, whilst Heracles have scored 8 and conceded 10 in their opening 4 league fixtures. Both Teams to Score has landed in 4/4 Heerenveen games and 3/4 Heracles games so far this season. That yields a huge average of 4.375 goals per game over both teams’ fixtures, so the signs are already promising.
When these two teams clash there is always goals, they have played each other 26 times and have never had a 0-0 draw. In fact just 4 of their 26 meetings have seen less than 2 goals scored. Both Teams to Score has landed in 20/26 meetings (77%). We see a repeat of that here again on Sunday with goals being the order of the day.
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