Manchester City are faced with another must-win match as they are trying to keep up the pace with Chelsea London and defend their title. At this point their actions might seem without result after unnecessary draws against Everton, Chelsea and Hull City as well as the defeat against Arsenal.
Sergio Aguero was back to full fitness against Stoke City, which could see the striker hungry for goals against Newcastle, who return to Etihad after taking the hosts out of the Capital One Cup. Now, Aguero is rumored to miss the match due to a back injury, but the Citizens will see Toure finally back in the fold as well as Bony from the AFCON. Their return will hopefully mean much more stability for Man City who are undefeated in 28 of their last 31 matches played at Etihad. Man City need a David Silva in great form as his play-making skills could open up goalscoring chances for other players if Aguero will be unavailable.
Newcastle are 11th in the Premier League coming from a draw against Crystal Palace, which only adds to their defensive issues. The visitors conceded 37 goals this season, and now with Dummett, Tiote and Taylor out for the match against the Champions, Newcastle will have to find potential winners from Perez and Cisse. The Magpies might be keen on showing again that Eithad does not give Man City the needed clout, but with City up for three points prior to their Champions League clash, might see them tightening their defensive ranks.
Manchester City are almost assured winners with Unibet backing their win with 1.28 odds, as opposed to Newcastle’s 10.50. The difference in odds is due to the fact that Newcastle are without a win at Etihad since 2005, not taking into account the League Cup win. In the last five Premier League matches between the two, Man City conceded only once and scored 15 goals, which makes the both teams to score betting market a real gamble. Over 3.5 goals has 2.43 odds, Man City with a -2 handicap have 2.25 odds, Newcastle with a +2 one 1.66, and we’re betting 7 units on Man City to win both halves with 2.50 odds from Unibet.
Manchester City: Team’s Formation
Newcastle United: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Man City to win both halves
Result: -7 units, bet lost
Tottenham host Fiorentina at White Hart Line in an attempt to beat the odds and secure a substantial advantage for the qualification. Both teams are in contention for next year’s European football, and while Tottenham are on the 6th place, two points away from Europea League, Fiorentina are on the 4th place, which is a guaranteed Europa League place.
The hosts have no missing players, but they will have a busy schedule ahead of them seeing as the return leg of the Fiorentina match comes just several days prior to the League Cup final against Chelsea. Tottenham failed to win the group, and allowed Besiktas the honor of emerging as group winners. In Premier League, Spurs have won against Arsenal, but ended up losing against Liverpool, which of course does not take away from their status as potential competition winners. Harry Kane and Eriksen are the players to build a match around, since everything they do almost always ends in great goals.
Fiorentina won their away games in the group stage, which means that even if the hosts will want something more than a draw then they should very well be able to work around the Fiorentina players with good Premier League football knowledge. Rossi and Bernardeschi did not make the squad due to injuries, and the goals could either come from Mario Gomez, Babacar or Fiorentina’s newest signing Mohamed Salah, brought in to take Cuadrado’s place. The last away match Fiorentina lost was against Parma, and that was because of a one minute lapse in concentration. Viola’s latest result is a 3-1 win over Sassuolo, which marked their 8th match without any loss.
Spurs play better at home, but Fiorentina have players in their lineup that could decide a match and even come from behind to end up winning. Titan Bet offers 2.10 odds for a Tottenham win, 3.55 for Fiorentina and 1.85 for over 2.5 goals. A draw has 3.45 odds, Tottenham for both halves 3.35 and Fiorentina 6.00. We are going to bet 5 units on Tottenham to win and over 2.5 goals per match with odds from Titan Bet. A Spurs clean sheet has 2.85 odds, a Fiorentina one 4.00 and Tottenham to score last ha 1.76 odds. Harry Kane has 2.25 odds to score, Soldado and Adebayor both have 2.85 while Eriksen has 3.20. For Fiorentina Mario Gomez has the best odds to score, 2.55, Gilardino and Babacar have 3.35 and Joaquin has 5.75 odds as an anytime goalscorer.
Tottenham: Team’s Formation
Fiorentina: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Tottenham to win and over 2.5 goals
Middlesbrough are chasing the first place in the Championship after Bournemouth recorded only a draw in the match against Huddersfield. Now they will travel to Birmingham to finally top the table and put some distance between them and the other Premier League hopefuls.
Middlesbrough exited the FA Cup after a 0-2 loss against Arsenal which prompted Aitor Karanka to state that despite his team not showing the same drive from the match against Manchester City, they took in the respect the Gunners had for them as they fielded the best starting eleven they had instead of playing with the reserves. Middlesbrough are also on an unbeaten run of eight matches in the Championship, and can’t afford any missteps as Derby County are just one point behind them. Konstantopoulos might return in goal after Mejias was deemed “not a cup goalkeeper”, but the rest of the team should be the same as against Arsenal.
Birmingham have a tendency of scoring goals from direct free kicks and their last 5 matches played at home against Boro have seen over 2.5 goals. The hosts are currently on the 13th place in the Championship with 38 points, and are unable to win in 6 matches. However, in those winless matches they only managed to concede 5 goals, including their latest unexpected loss against relegation threatened Millwall. Morrison, Gunning and Green are all on course to full fitness after different ligament injuries and Rob Kieran could make his debut for Birmingham after coming on loan from Wigan Athletic.
Boro’s hero from the clash with Manchester City Lee Tomlin is confident in his team’s abilities to make it to Premier League, and the bookies have him and Leadbitter with 2.87 as anytime goalscorers. Birmingham has 3.80 odds to win, Middlesbrough 2.10 which is the exact betting market we’re going to bet on with 7 units. Last time the two teams met, Boro won with 2-0, and another win like that has 9.50 odds with William Hill. Both teams to score has 1.95 odds, over 2.5 goals 2.20, Boro to lead after 60 minutes 2.37, Birmingham 3.80 and an own goal has 9.00 odds with William Hill.
Birmingham: Team’s Formation
Middlesbrough: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Middlesbrough to win outright