Pumas v Stormers, Betting Preview & Prediction

PUMAS v STORMERS

The Pumas play their first fixture at home in Nelspruit having lost by 22 points to the Cheetahs on the road and then stunning the Griquas, beating them by 6 points also on the road.  They were certainly much improved against Griquas having been blown away in the first-half against the Cheetahs where they conceded over 40 points.

Stormers got off to a rusty start last week eventually hanging on to beat the Lions 23-17 having had a bye in Week 1. 

Looking back at recent Currie Cup head to head matches hosted by the Pumas they were well beaten 57-28 in 2018, but beat WP 22-12 in 2017.

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Pumas 17/2

Draw 45/1

Stormers 1/10

Handicap:  Pumas (+18.5) at 9/10, Stormers (-18.5) at 9/10

Suggested Bet:  1st try Scorer Bongi Mbonambi at 12/1

The Stormers maul looked powerful against the Griquas last week and I can see Bongi guiding them home from a 5m lineout.

Aston Villa v Leeds, Betting Preview & Prediction

Aston Villa put their 100% record on the line when they take on Leeds in Friday night English Premier League action.  We take a look at the game from a betting angle.

Villa narrowly avoided relegation last season, but they have been on fire since the new season kicked off, winning all 4 games.  Last time out they beat fellow high-flyers, Leicester 1-0 away and their two home games have been a 7-2 win over Liverpool and a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.

Leeds have made a promising if unspectacular start and sit 10th on the table, 8 positions behind Aston Villa and having played a game more.  They have won 2, lost 2 and drawn 1 of their 5 matches and last time out lost 1-0 at home to Wolves, but prior to that they drew 1-1 with City on the road.  They played in some high scoring fixtures early on with 7 goals in each of their first 2 matches, but since then the next 3 games have all delivered for under 2.5 goal backers. 

While Leeds are newcomers to the EPL it wasn’t that long ago that these teams met in the Championship back in 2018/2019 and this fixture was won 3-2 by Leeds with the reverse fixture drawn 1-1.

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Aston Villa 13/10

Draw 26/10

Leeds 21/10

Suggested Bet:  Aston Villa win at 13/10

When a team like Aston Villa performs above expectations punters tend to expect them to come down to earth, but at 13/10 I think they represent a decent bet against a Leeds side that has performed well, but not to the level that Aston Villa has.  Villa’s 7-2 home win over Liverpool may have been something of a freak result, but any team that can beat Liverpool by 5 goals deserves to be backed at anything above even money in this fixture. 

I have a feeling that there could be goals in the game and I see Over 2.5 goals priced at 7/10, I am going to leave this alone, but if I was venturing into the goals markets I would be going Over 3.5 goals at 33/20.

Aston Villa v Liverpool, Betting Preview & Prediction

ASTON VILLA v LIVERPOOL – Click here to bet

Villa only just avoided relegation last season, but they have won both their matches, all be it against Sheffield United and Fulham.  Liverpool have won all 3 of their games including an impressive 3-1 win over Arsenal last time out.

Liverpool did the double over Aston Villa last season, but they never had things their own way winning this fixture 2-1.

BETTING

Aston Villa 15/2

Draw 9/2

Liverpool 7/20

Suggested Bet:  Both teams to score, YES, at 17/20

Can’t look past a Liverpool win here, but I do believe that Aston Villa can trouble the scorers.

Man United v Tottenham, Betting Preview & Prediction

MANCHESTER UNITED v TOTTENHAM – Click here to bet

United have only played two games and they have opened with a loss against Crystal Palace before beating Brighton on the road 3-2 last time out.  They face a Tottenham side which has been very inconsistent drawing 1-1 with Newcastle at home last time, having beaten Southampton 5-2 on the road in their only away start.

BETTING

Manchester United 9/10

Draw 11/4

Tottenham 3/1

Suggested Bet:  Both teams to score, YES, at 7/10

This would have arrived in both of last season’s fixtures and 4 of the 5 League games that the sides have played so far this season.

Wolves v Fulham, Betting Preview & Prediction

WOLVES v FULHAM– Click here to bet

Wolves are another side struggling to match last season’s form and after an opening win over Sheffield United they have lost to Manchester City at home and West Ham on the road.  They face a Fulham side that is back in the EPL, but have conceded a minimum of 3 goals in each of their 3 games, all of which have been lost.

BETTING

Wolves 11/20

Draw 31/10

Fulham 6/1

Suggested Bet:  Handicap, Wolves (-1) at 29/20

I am going to look past that 4-0 defeat to West Ham and assume that Wolves can pick up something like last season’s form against a Fulham side that really looks to be battling in the top Division.