CHIEFS v HURRICANES, BETTING PREVIEW & PREDICTION

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The Chiefs started this tournament as 2nd favourites but they have been disappointing losing away to the Highlanders, at home to the Blues and away to the Crusaders. Time is running out for them and they no nothing less than a victory will do here.

The Hurricanes have also lost both of their opening matches away to the Blues and then at home to the Crusaders. They will need big improvement from their pack if they are to win this one

BETTING

Chiefs 40/85

Draw 25/1

Hurricanes 19/10

Handicap:   Chiefs(-5.5) at 9/10, Hurricanes (+5.5) at 9/10

Suggested Bet:  Hurricanes win at 19/10

No handicap for me in this one, I am going for the Hurricanes to beat a Chiefs side that must be feeling the pace of entering a 4th successive New Zealand derby weekend.

HIGHLANDERS v CRUSADERS, BETTING PREVIEW & PREDICTION

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The Highlanders were originally favourites to finish bottom of the table, but they edged the Chiefs in their opening encounter and last week came very close to rolling the Blues in Auckland.  They are a team that punch above their weight and while they have lost their last 4 matches to the Crusaders, all of those have been in Christchurch and the last time these teams met in Dunedin the Highlanders edged it 25-17 in 2018.

The Crusaders were convincing winners in their opening encounter against the Hurricanes, but last week they were made to fight hard by the Chiefs eventually winning by 5 points.

BETTING

Highlanders 7/2

Draw 28/1

Crusaders 1/4

Handicap:  Highlanders (+10.5) at 9/10, Crusaders (-10.5) at 9/10

Suggested Bet:  Alternative Winning Margin Crusaders by 11-20 points inclusive at 26/10

The Crusaders haven’t been at their best yet as this New Zealand Super Ruby Tournament started, but I think they will pack too much class for this Highlanders side.  The handicap looks fairly well set and rather than take the minus I am going for the Crusaders to beat it, but for the score line to be respectable with the winning margin of 11 to 20 points for the visitors.

MANCHESTER CITY V LIVERPOOL, BETTING PREVIEW & PREDICTION

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It is not often that you get a top of the table clash in the English Premier League where there are 23 points separating the sides, but that is exactly the case here.  Liverpool, of course, have been crowned Champions and will now be targeting the 100 points in the season mark.

Manchester City interestingly enough have been priced up as 1/1 favourites for next seasons EPL with Liverpool priced at 13/10.

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City are coming off a FA Cup quarter-final win, but last week they lost away to Chelsea in the League.  Their home form though has been strong with 11 wins and 2 draws in their 15 matches and they have won their last 3 home games in succession.

Liverpool have lost only once on the road this season and that was away at Watford, but they have failed to win in their last 2 away matches.

Looking at goal stats, Manchester City home matches have averaged 3.5 goals each and 12 of the 15 matches have had 3 goals or more in them while Liverpool away games have averaged 2.3 goals each with 9 of the 15 matches delivering for over 2.5 goal backers.

Liverpool beat City 3-1 at Anfield in November 2019, City won this fixture 2-1 last season.

Betting

Manchester City 21/20

Draw 57/20

Liverpool 12/5

Suggested Bet: Over 3.5 goals at 13/10

Fixtures between these sides generally produce goals and I have a feeling that with the pressure off both sides we could be treated to some end-to-end action and hopefully 4 goals or more go into the back of the net.

BOURNEMOUTH V NEWCASTLE UNITED, BETTING PREVIEW & PREDICTION

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Bournemouth are 18th on the table and filling the final relegation spot and since returning to action they have lost 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace and 1-0 on the road at Wolves.  Overall they have now lost 5 out of their last 6 matches in the League with the other match being drawn.

Newcastle have taken 4 points from a possible 6 in their last 2 games, beating Sheffield United 3-0 at home and drawing 1-1 at home to Aston Villa.  They sit 14th on the table and certain of another season of Premier League action.

Betting

Bournemouth 14/10

Draw 43/20

Newcastle 9/4

Suggested Bet:  Over 2.5 goals at 13/10

This price looks tempting especially when you look at the head-to-head record between the sides where this bet would have arrived in the last 4 meetings.

EVERTON V LEICESTER, BETTING PREVIEW & PREDICTION

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Everton are 12th on the table having taken 4 points from a possible 6 since action resumed after the COVID-19 break.  They drew 0-0 at home to Liverpool and then edged Norwich 1-0 on the road.  Everton home games have been fairly low scoring with 10 out of the 15 matches delivering for under 2.5 goal backers.

Leicester are 3rd on the table, but have Chelsea breathing down their necks having just drawn the 2 games since play resumed.  They played to a 1-1 draw at Watford and then to a goalless draw at home to Brighton.  8 of Leicester’s 15 away matches have had 3 goals or more in them, but the last 3 they played have failed to deliver for overs backers.

Betting

Everton 31/20

Draw 23/10

Leicester 19/10

Suggested Bet:  The draw at 23/10

The betting suggested that this should be a tight game and I agree as it doesn’t look to be much between the sides.  I also suspect a low scoring clash is on the cards and under 2.5 goals is trading at 15/20.