Manchester United may not remain one of the world’s most popular football teams alongside the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid unless the Red Devils start winning trophies again soon and Louis van Gaal gets them playing a more exciting, adventurous brand of soccer.
Sunday’s derby between Arsenal and Tottenham is the English Premier League match of the round but one cannot go past the odds of +104 with Marathonbet that Saturday’s match between Manchester United and West Bromwich goes under two and a half goals when selecting the best bet on the program.
One remembers watching other Van Gaal-coached sides – for example, his Barcelona team of the mid 1990s – and loving how they went for the throat of their opponents. What Van Gaal is doing with Manchester United is making it no more fun to watch than, say, Stoke, which is a far cry from the sides that played under the direction of Alex Ferguson.
Only the English Premier League games of Stoke and Watford have had fewer goals than those of Manchester United this season, with top-flight matches featuring the Red Devils averaging 2.09 goals. Six of Manchester United’s 11 English Premier League games have gone over two and a half goals but the Red Devils have taken part in the most goalless draws out of the 20 elite teams and one thinks that, as the season progresses, their matches will skew under the popular line.
West Bromwich will visit Old Trafford on Saturday and, like Manchester United, the Baggies are not the favourite English Premier League side of neutrals who want to sit down and see a terrific game. Seven of West Bromwich’s 11 English Premier League matches have gone under two and a half goals and one would be amazed if Baggies boss Tony Pulis sets up his team to be anything other than dull away to the former champion.
There are so many statistics available for easy consumption these days but get a load of this one: no English Premier League side has had fewer shots than Manchester United and West Bromwich. Marathonbet should not be offering odds against about Saturday’s English Premier League game being a fizzer.
Newcastle has deserved to take more than one point from its last two English Premier League matches, whereas injury-hit Bournemouth has received its just rewards from its recent top-flight games even though it is hard not to feel some sympathy for the damage done to the Cherries roster.
BetVictor is quoting odds of +240 about Newcastle making its lengthy trip to Bournemouth for Saturday’s English Premier League curtain raiser worthwhile and, while there is little to separate the teams on the ladder following 11 rounds, one thinks that the Cherries will fall well below the Magpies if the sides keep reproducing their recent performances. Across all competitions Bournemouth is on a four-match losing run and the Cherries have not posted a normal-time victory since defeating Sunderland in the English Premier League in late September. Newcastle’s results have been up and down but the Magpies were all over Sunderland before the Black Cats scored the first of their three goals against the run of play, while Stoke was indebted to Jack Butland for leaving St James’ Park with a point rather than a drubbing.
It is unusual for one to list a relatively big-priced team in one’s top three English Premier League bets of a round but one thinks that Newcastle should be challenging for favouritism away to a Bournemouth side with major issues.
Finally, Stoke eliminated Chelsea from the English Capital One Cup fewer than two weeks ago and, while the Potters did not have the better of the statistics in that tie, one is getting the right price to oppose the Blues as they return to the Britannia Stadium with their English Premier League campaign in crisis and their manager under huge pressure.
Sister bookmakers 888Sport and Unibet are offering odds of -122 about Stoke not losing its English Premier League game at home to a Chelsea team that, if you believe the rumours, is not all pulling in the same direction.
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