Fans of domestic football can rejoice as the international break is finally over and now it’s time for the busy winter schedule of league football. This weekend we have some great games including Man City vs Liverpool and El Clasico. Here are the best bets for the weekend according to Kurt Bristoll…
Bristol City vs Hull City – Hull City to win
Hull City sit top of the Championship, level on points with Brighton, whilst Bristol City are in 20th and just two points outside of the relegation zone. This one seems like a very easy one to call. Hull have won their last five games in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last 12 matches, whereas Bristol City have only won three games all season and have only one win in their last five. I would back Hull in the early game to get the weekend off to a good start.
Hull to win – 6/4 with Bet365
Watford vs Manchester United – Manchester United to win
In the early kick off in the Premier League, Watford take on Manchester United. Watford will be happy with the way their season has started and after nearly a third of the season they are 11th in the table. United should also be fairly happy with their start, whilst they have yet to start playing more fluently they are 4th and only two points off top spot. I can’t see there being a lot of goals in this one but I do feel that United will take all three points here. After a spell without scoring they are coming into this one after wins against West Brom and CSKA Moscow. United haven’t conceded in over 500 minutes so Man United to win to Nil interests me in this one but I think it is better to play it safe and stick with a Manchester United win.
Man United to win – 5/6 with Paddy Power
Real Madrid vs Barcelona – Both to Score in the 1st half
This weekend brings us the first Classico of the season and with Lionel Messi being declared fit to play it looks like we could be in for a cracker. These two normally deliver a feisty and passionate derby with lots of hard tackles, cards and normally some goals too. William Hill are offering 3/1 for Messi and Ronaldo to score at anytime which could be an interesting bet but this hasn’t happened since March 2014. So I think the real value is in both teams to score in the 1st half, which happened in both league games last season, with both teams looking to make an early impact I think it may happen again in this one.
Both teams to score in the 1st half – 5/2 with Bet365
Manchester City vs Liverpool – Manchester City to win and over 2.5 goals in the game
Manchester City are exactly where most people expected them to be, top of the league and the top goalscorers of the division. Liverpool on the other hand have failed to impress and are currently 10th having only scored 13 goals in their 12 matches this season. I can only see this going one way as Man City have won their last five games at home scoring 20 goals in the process whereas Liverpool have yet to really get started under Jurgen Klopp, aside from the victory at Chelsea a few weeks ago. I expect there to be a few goals in this one and Man City to grab the win.
Man City to win and over 2.5 goals – 6/4 with Bet365
Tottenham vs West Ham – Both Teams To Score
Two teams that are having very similar seasons meet in this London Derby on Sunday. They sit in 5th and 6th in the league table, level on points, separated only by goal difference. I think this will be an exciting match with lots of attacking football. I can’t pick a winner in this one so I’m going with both teams to score. Both teams have scored in all five of Tottenham’s last five matches and it has happened in four out of the last five games for West Ham, last season this fixture finished 2-2 and I could see a similar result on Sunday
Both teams to score – 4/5 with BetVictor
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