The build-up to the festive football season continues this weekend in the Premier League and we have another acca to bring you featuring Leicester, Manchester United and Manchester City all to win with a max bet of £50. Form Labs breaks down the three games with their betting preview and tips, and don’t forget that we have additional enhanced odds and accas for the Premier League and from across Europe.
Leicester v Watford Betting Tips
Although Watford haven’t had to endure the rigours of a midweek clash, their hosts Leicester battled to win on penalties in the Carabao Cup versus Southampton following a goalless stalemate. They may have been second best against the Saints for periods of the game, though several first team regulars were rested and the result is a testament to their strength in depth.
It also leaves them unbeaten in five outings across all competitions, while they’ve conceded just the solitary strike in their four matches since the tragic helicopter crash – despite defensive lynchpin Harry Maguire only managing 27 minutes over this period due to injury.
The Hornets earned just one point in trips to Newcastle and Southampton prior to the international break and were duly beaten 3-0 by Liverpool on their return, leaving them W2-D3-L5 since the September round of international fixtures. They’re still in the top half of the table owing to early season form where they won their opening four clashes, but Claude Puel’s men are just two points further back in 10th and we expect these two to be the other side of each other by the end of the weekend.
Indeed, Leicester have won all three games hosting Watford since the latter were promoted, while they should benefit from the likes of Casper Schmeichel and Ben Chilwell and James Maddison returning to the starting line-up.
Manchester City v Bournemouth Betting Tips
Bournemouth are having a good season and find themselves up in 8th, but a trip to the Etihad is as daunting as it gets, and they would have hoped for an easier assignment to try end their run of three straight losses. While 2-1 defeats hosting Man Utd and Arsenal are hardly shameful, they also lost on the road at Newcastle by the same score and Pep Guardiola’s side will fancy their chances of bettering that goal tally.
The Cherries have actually lost 15 of their last 17 encounters with ‘Big Six’ opponents stretching back to April 2017, with the adventurous brand of football employed under Edie Howe resulting in his team shipping an average of 2.29 goals per game across these. In fact, they’ve lost each of their last six such matches as they conceded at least twice in each, while they have suffered 4-0 losses in this fixture for two straight seasons now.
City may have had a midweek game to contend with, but they’ve won 12 of their last 14 unbeaten games across all competitions and have plenty of depth to their squad regardless. On home turf, they’ve won all seven league matches as they’ve bagged 27 goals already, as they won by at least two clear goals in six.
Southampton v Manchester United Betting Tips
Man Utd have won just four of 10 home games this season across all competitions following Marouane Fellaini’s late midweek contribution, but they’ve fared slightly better on the road as they’ve gone W5-D1-L3. The stalemate saw Chelsea snatch a last gasp equalizer, while the defeats came at a Brighton side that do much better at the Amex on the opening day of the season, as well as disappointing 3-1 defeats to the Hammers and rivals Man City. They have however consistently found the net as they’ve managed 17 goals across these nine games, keeping clean sheets against the two weakest sides they’ve faced – Burnley and Young Boys.
Southampton have lost all six encounters with ‘Big Six’ outfits since Mark Hughes took over at St. Mary’s, with the three such games this term yielding a combined score of 12-1. Although we’re not convinced United will win against them by at least three clear goals as Liverpool, Chelsea and City have all managed this term, they are certainly of at least top-half quality.
Indeed, the Saints have still lost six of their nine winless matches against such teams this season and so the Red Devils having won six of their eight unbeaten visits to the St Mary’s stadium in all competitions this decade, should prevail.
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