Arsenal vs Leicester betting tips: Improved Arsenal to go 4 PL games unbeaten?

Mid-week night action sees Arsenal host ambitiously sitting in 3rd Leicester City at Etihad Stadium. We preview this clash that could see The Foxes lose their beloved spot to 4th Chelsea breathing down their neck.

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Who is playing?

Arsenal vs Leicester City

What competition is it?

Premier League Matchday 34

What time is Arsenal vs Leicester City?

20:15 GMT, Tuesday 7th July 2020

Where do Arsenal play? 

Emirates Stadium, London

Where can I watch Arsenal vs Leicester City?

Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League

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Thoughts on Arsenal vs Leicester City

It’s a gigantic game for Arsenal and even bigger for Leicester City. Slowly climbing up the ladder The Gunners are facing Champions League aspirant Leicester City who will not give up their 3rd place that easy. The hosts are sitting in 7th with 49 points to their name. Mission Europa League is not that deluded of an idea for Arsenal if they keep up with the current surprising form. Leicester City, on the other hand, are the ones who don’t want to be excluded from the European Cups with them sitting in 3rd with 58 points so far.

It’s Leicester who won three out of last five games played between both sides and it’s fair to say they are the ones better looking on the paper. Brendan Rodgers has done wonders, nobody was expecting, with the team this season. Arteta, on the other hand, is fresh in the business, with years of knowledge under Guardiola. The Gunners’ form, however, speaks for itself with them consecutively winning every game since 25th June. This is one of the tough ones to call, with both sides having something to offer and fight for.

Another clean sheet for Arsenal?

It’s time to shine for Arsenal. After a horrible double game week performance in the Premier League return, the team has won every single game and hasn’t lost a single goal. Change of formation from four to three defenders at the back and Emiliano Martinez filling better than expected a gap in goal after Bernd Leno’s unfortunate injury has been fundamental in Arteta’s squad revolution. However, the very much praised win streak could be over soon.

It’s test time for Arsenal as the team, besides Leicester, will be also facing Spurs, Liverpool or Man City in the following two weeks. The Gunners love performing on Emirates Stadium. They have scored approximately 61% of the goals at home by also averaging not too shabby 1.81 PPG compared to 1.18 PPG away. Since Premier League return the team has been balancing on 1.8 goals scored per game which is above their 1.48 average so far.

It’s fair to say most fans have ruled out any possibility for success with all the injuries being the club’s ball and chain since Premier League return. The Gunners very much proved everyone wrong and they should not be by any chance underestimated by the opposition.

Goodbye 3rd place?

2020 isn’t Leicester’s very best season by a mile. The club has won only four league games out of 14 played that time. The fixtures don’t look too good for The Foxes either. They will face Spurs and Man United in the next four weeks until the end of the season. As a team aspiring for Champions League, they should not let Arsenal humiliate them on their own turf. A win in this one would be the best-case scenario for Leicester with them sitting in 3rd with only one point separating them from Lampard’s Chelsea.

Team, despite averaging lower 1.50 PPG away compared to 2.00 at home, is evenly efficient when hosting or guesting a game. Moreover, The Foxes are third-best offensive and second-best defensive team in the league with 63 goals scored and only 31 conceded in 33 games played so far. Their recent 1-2-1 record could have been better given that they were facing teams from the lower part of the table.

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Arsenal recent matches:

  • Wolves (a) 0-2 win
  • Norwich City (h) 4-0 win
  • Sheffield Utd (a) 1-2 win
  • Southampton (a) 0-2 win
  • Brighton (a) 2-1 defeat

Leicester City recent matches:

  • Crystal Palace (h) 3-0 win
  • Everton (a) 2-1 defeat
  • Chelsea (h) 0-1 defeat
  • Brighton (h) 0-0 draw
  • Watford (a) 1-1 draw

Top Contributors

Arsenal top contributors:

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Forward): 21 Premier League goal involvements: 19 goals + 2 assists – Gabonese striker is one of the most important figures in Arteta’s squad. He has scored 2 goals and recorder 1 assist in the 4-0 win against Norwich City on 1st July.
  • Alexandre Lacazette (Forward): 11 Premier League goal involvements: 8 goals + 3 assists – The Frenchman is having a significant regress in numbers compared to last season, however still is one of the vitalist parts of Arsenal’s offensive. He has finally scored against Wolves last time out after being goalless in the last five matches.

Leicester City top contributors:

  • Jamie Vardy (Forward): 25 Premier League goal involvements: 21 goals4 assists – The English striker is yet to break another personal record from 2015/16 season when he scored 24 goals in a single Premier League season. He is currently leading among the top scorers with 21 goals so far.
  • Harvey Barnes (Midfielder): 14 Premier League goal involvements: 6 goals8 assists – It’s fair to say the English midfielder is having his best season so far in the club. He has played in 31 out of 33 games so far this season, thanks to Brendan Rodgers very much praising and liking his style of play.

Previous Meetings

9th November 2019 LEI 2-0 ARS Premier League
28th April 2019 LEI 3-0 ARS Premier League
22nd October 2018 ARS 3-1 LEI Premier League
9th May 2018 LEI 3-1 ARS Premier League
11th August 2017 ARS 4-3 LEI Premier League

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Premier League June: 5 of the best highlights

June has been a month full of surprises and unexpected results for the Premier League. We present five of the biggest highlights from this last 26 matches played in June. 

The waiting is over!

It’s official! Liverpool have gone down in the history of Premier League in 2019/20 season. The Reds have officially been announced champions on 25th June 2020 after Man City losing 2-1 to Chelsea. The team got themselves a well deserved 1st place with 23 points separating them from 2nd Man City before the start of 32nd game week.

It has been a hell of a ride for Liverpool this season. Jurgen Klopp’s side have had many tough fixtures so far but it’s their astonishing chemistry on the pitch that helped them pass through all the obstacles. It has been 30 years since Liverpool celebrated league win and it’s fair to say the waiting is finally over.

The fans, however, will need to wait a bit longer to see their favourite team lifting up this year’s trophy until last home game played against Chelsea.

Man Utd unbeaten in 15 matches

Red Devils have had their difficulties not only this season but in the last years. However, things look very promising for Man United with them being now unbeaten in the last 15 games after a 3-0 win against Brighton on 30th June. The team is sitting in 5th place in the Premier League and have a realistic chance to qualify to Champions League next season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has started with the lineup, which appears to be the strongest and most solid one. The fans had a pleasure to watch Fernandes and Pogba link-up from the first minutes which yet again translated into another great result for the team.

It was Mason Greenwood who defeated Mathew Ryan in goal first making it 1-0 in only 16 minutes of play for Man United. Statistics don’t lie and it was Red Devils who were predominating opposition from the get-go. We didn’t have to wait too long to see another goal in this thrilling Premier League clash. It was the fans’ favourite Bruno Fernandes who hit the net this time in 29th minute. The Portuguese scored yet another goal in 50th minute making it 3-0. The score hasn’t changed from that point out.

The second half looked way better for the hosts with them creating much more threat than in 1st half, but it didn’t seem enough for Man United’s defence. The Seagulls are now sitting in 15th place and are fearfully looking at the relegation zone.

Danny Ings with a doublet

Southampton have severally proven this season that they should not be by any chance underestimated. The team’s form has been off balance many times but it never stopped Danny Ings from providing very much needed goals for the Saints. The Englishman scored three times and assisted once since Premier League return in mid-June. After his another incredible performance against Watford, he moved into 2nd place in this season’s top scorers with the impressive total of 18 goals.

Saints’ main man in front Danny Ings didn’t wait too long to score an opener against Watford. Will Smallbone, young Irish midfielder who started making his big steps in the first team, was the one who assisted the English striker in 16th minute. The second goal came from Ben Foster’s terrible pass which Danny Ings successfully cut and perfectly utilised the opportunity of making it 2-0 in 70th minute.

It would be a clean sheet If not unfortunate deflection from Jan Bednarek counted as own goal in 79th minute. Funnily enough, it took only 12 minutes for Southampton to score again, this time from perfectly taken free-kick byJames Ward-Prowse. The game ended 3-1.

Southampton are now sitting in 14th place with 7 points difference from 15th Brighton whilst Watford is on the edge of stepping into the relegation zone with only 1 point away from 18th Bournemouth in the Premier League.

‘Foden Effect’

It’s fair to say Phil Foden was one of the Man City’s brightest stars in June. Moreover, surprisingly Man City hasn’t lost a single game this season with the young midfielder in the game. The Englishman got only 25 minutes of regular time against Arsenal on 17th June and it appeared to be enough for him to score a goal making it 3-0.

His performance against The Gunners has been very solid, but it’s the game against Burnley in the Premier League that everyone was talking about.

The score against Burnley has been opened on 22nd minute when Phil Foden seized the opportunity created by Bernardo Silva. Later on, it was incredibly in-form Riyad Mahrez who scored both goals in 43rd and 45+3 minute after successfully utilising a penalty.

Dominated in every aspect Burnley haven’t started their second half very promisingly. David Silva was the one this time scoring a goal making it 4-0 in 51st minute. Only 12 minutes later it was the main man Phil Foden who hit the net once again in the game. The score hasn’t changed from that point out.

Premier League: When does it return? Top players? Exciting title race?

Master vs Apprentice

It has been Mikel Arteta’s first confrontation as Arsenal manager against his former boss Pep Guardiola. Despite all the knowledge, the Spaniard absorbed during his three-year time as an assistant manager in Man City, there’s still a humongous room for improvement. The result hasn’t been very satisfying for The Gunners as the match ended 3-0 for better Citizens in the Premier League.

The Gunners seemed to have broken a mirror before stepping into this one. Not only Granit Xhaka and Pablo Marí got injured in the first 25 minutes of the play, but also the team were down to 10 men after David Luiz received a red card in 49th minute which gave Man City opportunity to score a goal from a penalty. The match ended as an embarrassing 3-0 defeat as Arsenal made a poor return to Premier League action.

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Galatasaray vs Trabzonspor betting tips: Desperate Galata to end their winless streak?

It’s business time for 4th Galatasaray and 2nd Trabzonspor. Both teams will desperately try to seal a win in this Sunday Afternoon clash. We preview this spectacle that could jeopardise one of the teams’ positions in the standings. 

Who is playing?

Galatasaray vs Trabzonspor

What competition is it?

Super Lig Matchweek 30

What time is Galatasaray vs Trabzonspor?

19:00 GMT, Sunday 5th July 2020

Where do Galatasaray play? 

Turk Telekom Stadium, Istanbul

Where can I watch Galatasaray vs Trabzonspor?

BT Sport 1

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Thoughts on Galatasaray vs Trabzonspor 

Only five matchweeks are left until the end of the season. Both sides will desperately try to seal the win in this one. Trabzonspor is sitting on 2nd place with only two points away from their desired top place currently occupied by Basaksehir. Galatasaray, on the other hand, is 4th so far with only one point separating them from 3rd Sivasspor.

It’s a big clash between underdog Galatasaray who has been unsuccessfully trying to end their embarrassing winless streak and Trabzonspor who has a bigger chance than ever to win their very much desired Super Lig title after 36 years. It’s the guests that present themselves much more appealing and better on the paper than the hosts. However, Turk Telekom Stadium isn’t a place to be underestimated. The Yellow-Reds have been doing wonders on their turf for years now and many times they have surprised the opposition with their defence.

Galatasaray desperately needs a win!

The tea time is over for The Yellow-Reds If they still aspire to be in the Champions League next season. The team and the staff will need to find a solution, despite all the obstacles in the form of injuries and suspensions, in order to seal a win in the league game. With five games yet to be played and six points difference from Trabzonspor (which could be significantly shortened after this clash), there’s still a chance for them to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Galatasaray’s stadium this season is a fortress were opposition doesn’t score many goals, If any. The team concedes only 0.73 goals per game at Turk Telekom Stadium, which is the very lowest in the league so far. The morale of the squad might be a little down with them struggling to win for the last five matches. Without Radamel Falcao in front, it’s probable to see yet again Emre Akbaba to be in charge of the team’s offensive. The Turk has been the sole scorer for Galatasaray in the last game against Basaksehir.

The injuries have been the team’s ball and a chain and nothing seemed to change against Basaksehir last time out. This time it was Mario Lemina who got substituted. The Gabonese is expected to return on 9th July. The team was already playing with two defensive midfielders in the centre back position in the last Istanbul derby. The task will be much more difficult this time, therefore Galatasaray will need to give it all to prevent them from losing this very important match.

Unbeaten in 22 games Trabzonspor to make it 23?

Trabzonspor have done one of the riskiest, yet smartest moves in the last years by hiring unexperienced Huseyin Cimsir as a new manager in January 2020. The team under the fresh management hasn’t lost a single game and produced an astonishing 30 goals in only 11 league games. The team is doing an impressive job so far and is only two points away from the 1st place, which could change soon.

According to statistics, Trabzonspor performs way better at away games. The team have lost only one match but recorded only two clean sheets this season when playing as visitors. Their away 1.93 PPG is the best among the teams so far, but would have been even better If the team didn’t share so many points with the opposite team (six times). Both Abdulkadir Omur and Alexander Sorloth have scored a goal and recorder one assist in the last three league games and are among a few that would have an enormous influence on the final result of the upcoming clash against Galatasaray.

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Galatasaray recent matches:

  • Basaksehir (a) 1-1 draw
  • Gaziantep (h) 3-3 draw
  • Rizespor (a) 2-0 defeat
  • Besiktas (h) 0-0 draw
  • Sivasspor (a) 2-2 draw

Trabzonspor recent matches:

  • Ankaragucu (h) 1-1 draw
  • Alanyaspor (a) 2-2 draw
  • Fenerbahce (a) 1-3 win
  • Goztepe (a) 1-3 win
  • Basaksehir (h) 1-1 draw

Top contributors

Galatasaray top contributors: 

  • Radamel Falcao (Forward): 11 Super Lig goal involvements: 10 goals + 1 assist – The Colombian striker scored an opener in 36th minute against Gaziantep on 21st June. Later on in the game, got injured and substituted in 80th minute and it’s very doubtful to see him on the pitch this season.
  • Omer Bayram (Midfielder): 11 Super Lig goal involvements: 1 goal + 10 assists – One of the vitalist parts of Galatasaray’s midfield. He has also broken his personal all-time record with 10 assists in the single Super Lig season.

Trabzonspor top contributors:

  • Alexander Sorloth (Forward): 28 Super Lig goal involvements: 20 goals + 8 assist – An unwanted child of Crystal Palace who absolutely predominates Super Lig with his numbers whilst being on loan in Trabzonspor. Luckily for the club, he is expected to end his Turkish journey after the end of 2020/21 season If Crystal Palace won’t interfere.
  • Anthony Nwakaeme (Midfielder): 17 Super Lig goal involvements: 11 goals + 6 assists – The Nigerian has been a very important part of the squad since joining in 2018/19 season. The 31-years-old recorded an assist in the first game played since Super Lig suspension, but following his after-match injury, he was unavailable until 3rd July. We expect him to play against Galatasaray.

Previous Meetings

1st December 2019 GS 1-1 TS Super Lig
10th February 2019 GS 3-1 TS Super Lig
1st September 2018 TS 4-0 GS Super Lig
1st April 2018 GS 2-1 TS Super Lig
29th October 2017 TS 2-1 GS Super Lig

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Man Utd vs Bournemouth betting tips: Incredible United moving into 4th?

Manchester United host Bournemouth at Old Trafford this Saturday Afternoon. We preview this clash that could see the hosts move into 4th place.

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Who is playing?

Manchester United vs Bournemouth

What competition is it?

Premier League Matchday 33

What time is Manchester United vs Bournemouth?

15:00 GMT, Saturday 4th July 2020

Where do Manchester United play? 

Old Trafford, Manchester

Where can I watch Manchester United vs Bournemouth?

BT Sport 1

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Thoughts on Manchester United vs Bournemouth

It’s the match of a huge significance as every point matters for both teams from that point out. Unbeaten in 15 matches, 5th Manchester United will be facing 19th Bournemouth currently sitting in the relegation zone. There are only 6 match weeks left until the end of the season. Since Liverpool has been officially announced champions it has now come down to the teams below to fight for their desired spots in the standings.

The Cherries can’t seem to find a solution for their very disappointing performances. The team has been drowning in its own losses for months and nothing seems to change this time out. Man Utd is with no doubt a much bigger threat in this clash. Red Devils have never lost a game at Old Trafford against Bournemouth.

Unbeaten United to make it 16?

It’s fair to say Ole’s side is aspiring for next year’s Champions League. Mission first thought as impossible, now becomes more and more realistic as there are only three points separating them from the 4th place. The team has been unbeaten in the last 15 games played across all the competitions. What strikes us the most is the team’s efficiency which has been even more boosted since the Pogba-Fernandes linkup on the pitch.

Hosts are better than ever since the Premier League return. Seven goals and two clean sheets in three matches is an impressive statistic. It’s fair to say United is one of those teams who perform significantly better at their own stadium. The team loses as fewer goals as Liverpool or Man City – only 0.75 – when playing at home. Moreover, Man Utd haven’t lost at Old Trafford since 22nd January.

Unprevented Bournemouth defeat?

The Cherries have regressed significantly performance-wise compared to the other season’s played at English top level. However, 2019/20 campaign hasn’t started that bad for the team. They have produced 16 points in the first 11 games played this season, but it was after their shocking 1-0 win with Man Utd when the things started slowly falling apart. Since then they have won only three games out of 21 played.

Statistics look very poor for the guests. Last time they have won an away game was on 14th December against Chelsea. The team can not be proud of their defence this season. They concede 4th most – 1.69 – goals per game in the league. Prayers don’t seem to have been listened as the team lost seven goals since Premier League return, where four of them were scored in the first 30 minutes of the game.

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Man Utd recent matches:

  • Brighton (a) 0-3 win
  • Norwich City (a) 1-2 win
  • Sheffield Utd (h) 3-0 win
  • Spurs (a) 1-1 draw
  • LASK (a) 0-5 win

Bournemouth recent matches:

  • Newcastle (h) 1-4 defeat
  • Wolves (a) 1-0 defeat
  • Crystal Palace (h) 0-2 defeat
  • Liverpool (a) 2-1 defeat
  • Chelsea (h) 2-2 draw

Top Contributors

Man Utd top contributors:

  • Marcus Rashford (Forward): 20 Premier League goal involvements: 14 goals + 6 assists – the Englishman is a very versatile player playing either on the wing or as a striker, therefore, his numbers are influenced by the formation. The 22-years-old hasn’t scored a goal since January mostly due to injuries but assisted two times in a 3-0 win against Sheffield United on 24th June.
  • Anthony Martial (Forward): 17 Premier League goal involvements: 14 goals + 3 assists – The French striker has stunned everyone with his first hat-trick for Man United on 24th June.

Bournemouth top contributors:

  • Callum Wilson (Forward): 8 Premier League goal involvements: 8 goals + 0 assists – last goal scored before the Premier League suspension on 7th March.
  • Harry Wilson (Midfielder): 7 Premier League goal involvements: 7 goals + 0 assists – last goal scored in January in the 3-1 win over Brighton.

Previous Meetings

2nd November 2019 BOU 1-0 MUN Premier League
30th December 2018 MUN 4-1 BOU Premier League
3rd November 2018 BOU 1-2 MUN Premier League
18th April 2018 BOU 0-2 MUN Premier League
13th December 2017 MUN 1-0 BOU Premier League

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Manchester United Bournemouth Betting Tips

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Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray betting tips: Mission Impossible for desperate Galatasaray?

It’s a derby match Istanbul fans were very much waiting for. Current leaders Basaksehir host 4th Galatasaray at Fatih Terim Stadium. We preview this match that could see Galatasaray moving to 3rd. 

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Who is playing?

Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray

What competition is it?

Super Lig Matchweek 29

What time is Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray?

19:00 GMT, Sunday 28th June 2020

Where do Istanbul Basaksehir play? 

Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium, Istanbul

Where can I watch Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray?

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Thoughts on Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray

It’s derby time in Istanbul where leader Basaksehir will take on last year’s title winners Galatasaray. On paper, hosts are looking way better than guests, undefeated in nine games with chief hopes to make it 10 after the final whistle. We cannot say the same thing about The Yellow-Reds. The team has suffered a tremendous regress in the last games. They got only one point since Super Lig return in mid-June.

Fun fact: Former Galatasaray legend Okan Buruk manages Istanbul Basaksehir, whilst Fatih Terim manages Galatasaray, the man they named Basaksehir’s stadium after.

It will be a tough game for Galatasaray, with them being 7 points adrift of Basaksehir. The teams have already met this season when The Lions hosted their game at Turk Telekom Stadium. The match has ended 1-0 to Basaksehir that time. It’s fair to say Galatasaray desperately needs three points in this one with 5th in-form Besiktas breathing down their neck.

Basaksehir to maintain leaders?

It’s revenge time for Basaksehir. The team for two last consecutive seasons have back to back got very close to win a league by both times losing to 1st Galatasaray. The team was only 2 points adrift from winning the league last season. With them currently sitting on 59 points and 2nd Trabzonspor on 57, they can not afford to lose. In a worst-case scenario, the draw won’t be enough to keep them in 1st after this game week.

According to statistics, Basaksehir plays better at home. It should be a relief that the team are hosting the game as they are averaging 2.43 GPG, compared to 1.43 GPG away. Moreover, the team doesn’t give away points that easy as they’ve lost only once and drawn three times when playing at Fatih Terim Stadium. Only 3rd Sivasspor holds a better home record. All eyes should be on Edin Visca against Galatasaray, Basaksehir’s vitalist part of the squad. The Bosnian contributed to 21 league goals this season which is approximately 39% of 54 scored so far.

Injuries to be Galatasaray’s ball and chain?

The Yellow-Reds have been Super Lig’s champions for two consecutive seasons. Now the time has changed as they are drifting away from their very much desired 3rd consecutive Super Lig title. Galatasaray haven’t started their league return very well. The team was undefeated in 10 league games until 15th Caykur Rizespor beat them in the game since Super Lig resumption. After an embarrassing 2-0 defeat, The Yellow-Reds have also drawn 3-3 with 10th Gaziantep FK. The team needs to change things around If they think of qualifying to next season’s European Cups.

The 3-3 draw against Gaziantep last time out came as a shocker, as the team doesn’t lose that many goals at home or away. The only thing Galatasaray can be proud of this season is their defence. The team concedes the lowest in the league 0.89 goals per game all thanks to remarkable performance some players have put on.

However, lack of Radamel Falcao, Florin Andone, Fernando Muslera and most defenders being suspended or injured has put Galatasaray in a very uncomfortable position. Now everything is in Fatih Terim’s hands of how he will revive his out of form squad.

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Istanbul Basaksehir recent matches:

  • Ankaragucu (a) 1-2 win
  • Alanyaspor (h) 2-0 win
  • Trabzonspor (a) 1-1 draw
  • FC Copenhagen (h) 1-0 win
  • Goztepe (a) 0-3 win

Galatasaray recent matches:

  • Gaziantep (h) 3-3 draw
  • Rizespor (a) 2-0 defeat
  • Besiktas (h) 0-0 draw
  • Sivasspor (a) 2-2 draw
  • Genclerbirligi (h) 3-0 win

Top Scorers

Istanbul Basaksehir top scorers:

  • Edin Visca (Midfielder) – 10 Super Lig goals
  • Demba Ba (Forward) – 10 Super Lig goals

Galatasaray top scorers:

  • Radamel Falcao (Forward) – 10 Super Lig goals
  • Sofiane Feghouli (Midfielder) – 6 Super Lig goals

Previous Meetings

22nd November 2019 GAL 0-1 BAS Super Lig
19th May 2019 GAL 2-1 BAS Super Lig
15th December 2018 BAS 1-1 GAL Super Lig

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Istanbul Basaksehir vs Galatasaray Betting Tip

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Premier League Matchweek 31: 4 of the best highlights

It has been a dramatic and emotional matchweek! Liverpool has won their first Premier League title, and the rest is history… We present four biggest highlights from this historic week of competitive English top-flight football. 

Anthony Martial smiles like never before!

Unbeaten in 12 matches Manchester United made it 13 this week as they won impressively 3-0 with Sheffield United. The stakes of the game were very high with Red Devils sitting only two points above the rivals before the kick-off.

Unfortunately for Sheffield United. John Egan (red card) and Dean Henderson (illegible to play against Man Utd) have been left out of the squad. Both players have a tremendous value to The Blades’ defence and their absence had a big impact on the team’s performance.

Manchester United fans had plenty of reasons to get excited before this clash. One of them is Fernandes-Pogba link-up the football world have been very much looking forward to. The duo has been amazing in the match and has created many fantastic opportunities for their fellow teammates.

The highlight of this thrilling clash was Anthony Martial’s stunning performance. The Frenchman scored all three goals in 74 minutes. It has been his very first Premier League treble for Red Devils since joining in 2015/16 season. The last United player to achieve that was Robin van Persie against Aston Villa in 2013.

Spurs seal a win in London derby

It has been a second derby match since Premier League return. Spurs haven’t shared their points with the opposite team this time out by securing a very much needed three points. Tottenham moved to 7th leaving Sheffield behind in 8th whilst West Ham got closer to the relegation zone with only 2 goal difference from the 18th Bournemouth.

The first half has ended goalless, and it was the second in which the game score has changed to 1-0. It was Tomáš Souček who unfortunately scored an own goal in 64th minute. The score changed yet again in 82nd minute. This time Harry Kane was the one hitting the net after a wonderful counterattack started by Heung Min-Son. The Hammers also had their chances, but it was Spurs who utilised them more effectively. The North London club are now on 45 points in the Premier League table.

Arsenal turning tables

Arsenal’s series of unfortunate events have ended as the team secured a first win since the Premier League return. The tables seemed to turn this time out as it was the opposite team that received the red card giving The Gunners more confidence on the pitch. Following last week’s injury of Bernd Leno, it was Emiliano Martinez standing in goal. The Argentinian was in question before the kick-off, but it was him that saved The Gunners from conceding goals.

Mikel Arteta hasn’t changed his mindset as yet again started with young blood in the squad. Funnily enough, it was 21 years old Edward Nketiah that scored the first goal in 20th minute after a horrendous mistake from Alex McCarthy. Nothing seemed to change in the game until Jack Stephens got sent off for fouling Aubameyang in 85th minute. One minute later it was Joe Willock, who changed the score after another terrible mistake from the Southampton’s goalie. Arsenal had lost their opening two games since the return of Premier League action.

Liverpool’s very first Premier League title

It has been an emotional game week full of drama, joy and thrill. English top-flight football has been slowly moving towards the end, but the fans didn’t need to wait that long to see this year’s Premier League champions. Liverpool’s 4-0 win with Crystal Palace and Man City’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea has resulted tremendously on The Reds winning the league 6 weeks before the end of the season. Following Jamie Carragher words, the red side of Liverpool surely got “rotten” with no strings attached as they had a lot to celebrate for on Thursday night.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

After a “Salahless” Merseyside derby which ended up as a goalless draw, the Jurgen Klopp’s side played with the Egyptian in front this time out. However, it was young Trent Alexander-Arnold who beat the opposition’s keeper first after a brilliantly executed free-kick in 23rd minute. The team was predominating the match all the time which translated into another goal this time scored by Mohamed Salah after a marvellous assist from Fabinho in 44th minute.

Nothing changed in the second half as The Reds have been continuously storming Wayne Hennessey in goal. It was the Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, this time out, that has stunned everyone with an absolute screamer from 30 yards making it 3-0 in 55th minute. 14 minutes later Sadio Mané was the one to score the last and final goal of the game.

The match, besides fantastic actions and goals, consisted also of an interesting substitution made in 74th minute of the game. 19 years old Neco Williams changed Trent Alexander-Arnold in his Premier League debut appearance. The young star got praised a lot for his short but eye-catching performance.

Chelsea vs Man City

After an easy 4-0 Liverpool win, it has all come down to this one match in which this season’s Premier League championship could have been early decided. In order for that to happen, Chelsea needed to win or at least draw with Man City.

Underdog Chelsea has been playing very effective football making no colossal mistakes that could cost them a goal in the first half. One of the night’s brightest stars Christian Pulisic has beat Ederson in goal after a stunning solo run and finish in 35th minute. The American has been the only scorer of the first half.

Trent wasn’t the only player this matchweek with a free-kick goal as Kevin De Bruyne scored a beautiful set piece in 55th minute making it 1-1. Things got much more heated from that point out. The drama reached its peak when Fernandinho got sent off the pitch in the 77th minute after a handball foul in the penalty area giving Chelsea an opportunity to make it 2-1. It was Willian this time out that made Chelsea take the lead after a successively utilised penalty. The advantage of 11 against 10 men was noticeable until the final whistle with Lampard’s side sealing a win in this one.

It has been 30 years since Liverpool’s red side celebrated their Premier league win with Sir Kenny Dalglish in charge. However, Jurgen Klopp achieved something no other Liverpool manager achieved before. The Reds earned their way up and thanks to their hard work they went down in the history of Premier League. 25th June 2020 will be an eternally remembered date for every Liverpool fan out there.

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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Impressive Palace to halt eventual Premier League winners?

It’s a midweek clash between leaders Liverpool and a mid-table team Crystal Palace. We tip this match that can see the hosts move a one step closer to the Premier League title.

Who is playing?

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

What competition is it?

Premier League Matchweek 31

What time is Liverpool vs Crystal Palace?

20:15 GMT, Wednesday 24th June 2020

Where do Liverpool play?

Anfield, Liverpool

Where can I watch Liverpool vs Crystal Palace?

Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League

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Thoughts on Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

With the first match week behind us, we are previewing another Liverpool match. This time The Reds face Crystal Palace. This season’s leaders and most probable title winners host shockingly in-form Londoners. There is a massive gap between both sides as 41 points separate them.

Statistically, The Reds should be comfortably securing a win in this one. 0-0 draw against Everton has been more of a shock to everyone and now the time has come for The Reds to redeem themselves. The guests, on the other hand, can not be underestimated with them being undefeated in goal for four consecutive matches. With Crystal Palace’s lofty hopes for the European Cup next season and Liverpool’s road to glory, the match will be the feast for those watching.

No Salah No party

Jurgen Klopp has finally achieved to create his own Frankenstein monster defeating nearly every team on its way this season. 27 wins in 30 league matches is more than an impressive statistic. Nothing would be possible without Mane-Firmino-Salah in field chemistry. The Premier League’s most popular trio has contributed to approximately 50% of the team’s goals so far. However, the last match played against Everton saw The Reds play with an unusual starting lineup. The match ended 0-0 and the missing piece Mohamed Salah has been riding the bench until the final whistle.

Following Man City’s big 5-0 result with Burnley on Monday night, The Reds will need more time to win the coveted Premier League title. The Citizens have a tough week ahead of them. If they lose to Frank Lampard’s side and Liverpool wins against Crystal Palace, The Reds will be officially announced this year’s Premier League champions.

Liverpool always wins at Anfield. Moreover, they are averaging 2.67 goals per home game (highest in the league). The team also concedes a very low 0.80 goals per game at Anfield. It’s fair to say Liverpool’s performance very much resembles total football where every player is highly involved in many areas of the pitch. The likes of Andrew Robertson or Trent Alexander-Arnold are the very best examples of that. Both players have assisted their fellow teammates 19 times in 2019/20 Premier League season so far.

The Eagles aim high

Roy Hodgson’s side has been performing impressive lately. Four wins, four clean sheets and five goals in the last four matches stun a lot. The team have started the league return very well with a 0-2 win against Bournemouth. However, it’s unlikely to see them keep up with the pace. Crystal Palace has one of the most difficult fixtures ahead of them. The Eagles will be facing Chelsea, Man Utd, Leicester City and Tottenham in the upcoming game weeks. The question now is, will the remaining tough fixtures interfere with Roy Hodgson’s plans for a top-middle place in the 19/20 Premier League season?

The Eagles biggest flaw is their offensive. Lack of a solid striker has been the team’s burden for years now. 28 goals scored across all 30 games played this season is Premier League’s second-lowest right after 20th Norwich City. However, with their defence, they are presenting themselves very impressive. The team concedes only 1.08 goals per game, which is 6th best in the league. In the last five years, Crystal Palace has won three times with Liverpool, every time when playing as guests. Things changed since Mohamed Salah arrival and Jurgen Klopp’s master plan becoming more real in 17/18 season. The Eagles haven’t won with The Reds since then by averaging over 2.2 goals conceded per game.

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Liverpool recent matches:

  • Everton (a) 0-0 draw
  • Atletico Madrid (h) 2-3 defeat
  • Bournemouth (h) 2-1 win
  • Chelsea (a) 2-0 defeat
  • Watford (a) 3-0 defeat

Crystal Palace recent matches:

  • Bournemouth (a) 0-2 win
  • Watford (h) 1-0 win
  • Brighton (a) 0-1 win
  • Newcastle (h) 1-0 win
  • Everton (a) 3-1 defeat

Top Scorers

Liverpool top scorers:

  • Mo Salah (Forward) – 16 Premier League goals
  • Sadio Mane (Forward) – 14 Premier League goals

Crystal Palace top scorers:

  • Jordan Ayew (Forward) – 9 Premier League goals
  • Luka Milivojević (Midfielder) – 3 Premier League goals

Previous Meetings

23rd November 2019 CRY 1-2 LIV Premier League
19th January 2019 LIV 4-3 CRY Premier League
20th August 2019 CRY 0-2 LIV Premier League
31st March 2018 CRY 1-2 LIV Premier League
19th August 2017 LIV 1-0 CRY Premier League

Okan’s Betting Tip

Liverpool Crystal Palace Betting Tip

*Odds as of the time of writing (Monday 25th June) and subject to change.

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Premier League Return: 4 of the best highlights

Last-minute goals, red cards, injuries, shocking results… Premier League return has it all! We present four biggest highlights from this unforgettable week of competitive English top-flight football. 

Black Lives Matter and NHS tribute

A long-awaited moment has come as Premier League has restarted its fixtures starting with Aston Villa-Sheffield United match on 17th June. With a lot of things going on in the world, the Premier League has changed a few things around especially for the league’s return. There have been few transformations implemented to support and pay tribute to Black Lives Matter and the NHS.

What has changed?

  • Players’ names on the back of the kits have been replaced with the slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’ for the first 12 Premier League fixtures.
  • Warm-up tops look also different and have gone through a transformation. Now the players are wearing black t-shirts with the printed slogans associated with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
  • They have replaced the Premier League badge on the right sleeve with the BLM logo.
  • There is also a special heart-shaped symbol with the NHS logo on every Premier League kit.
  • The teams respectfully hold a one minute silence for those affected with Covid-19.
  • Right before the kick-off, both sides take a knee symbolising Premier League’s opposition towards racism.

Series of unfortunate events 

The Gunners haven’t started their Premier League return very well. Injuries of Granit Xhaka and Pablo Marí in the first 25 minutes of play have devastated the fans. Later on, the last-minute goal from Raheem Sterling before the half-time has put The Gunners into misery in the break. Nobody was expecting things to get any worse, unfortunately, they did.

David Luiz on the 49th minute has inconsiderately fouled the very agile Algerian, Riyad Mahrez in the penalty area. Not only the VAR confirmed the penalty but also the Brazilian got sent off for his mistake. Man City with the advantage of more man and 2 goals difference thanks to a successfully utilised penalty by KDB was predominating its rivals from that point out. The Citizens hit the net once again in the last minutes of the game making it 3-0 and calling it a day.

Goalless Merseyside derby

What came as a shocker this Sunday evening was a goalless match between Everton and Liverpool. This happened only nine times since the Premier League inception in 1992. Jurgen Klopp’s side has started with a different lineup this time out as they played the likes of Minamino, Keita, Milner or Matip from the first minutes. The Toffees went for the same starting eleven except for one player. Carlo Ancelotti has experimented with his left side this time by putting the 19 years old Anthony Gordon on the pitch from the first minutes of the game.

It has been Liverpool’s second time sharing the points with the opposite team. Without The Toffees’ brilliant defensive performance starring Mason Holgate or incredible Jordan Pickford, it would be more certain to see Liverpool hitting the net as usual. Both teams had their chances, but the statistics look better for the guests with 70% of ball possession, 10 shots and 6 corner kicks. Now as the draw has slowed down The Reds’ road to glory, the fans will need to wait a bit longer for their awaited moment to go down in the history of Premier League.

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Shocking last-minute defeat

Arsenal lost another game, this time against 15th Brighton. The Gunners unfortunate series of injuries have been their ball and chain since the Premier League return. Nothing seemed to change this time. They had substituted Bernd Leno in 40th minute for Emiliano Martínez after a horrific knee injury. Things got very heated from that point out as Arsenal side have been blaming Neal Maupay for causing the injury. 

After a goalless first-half, both sides have finally started scoring. On the 68th minute, Pepe produced a stunning goal with his better-left foot very much reminding us of a similar Arjen Robben used to score for Bayern Munich. We didn’t have to wait long to see an equaliser from the hosts making it 1-1 in the 75th minute. Arsenal’s leaky and fragile defence hasn’t been on its best this season which takes us to the last seconds of this clash. Neal Maupay made it 2-1 in 90+5th minute after a brilliant assist from Aaron Connolly. Arsenal side and fans haven’t hidden their frustration which was seen on the pitch where the things got heated between both sides or on social media.

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