Premier League MW2 TOTW: Goals galore as sensational Heung Min Son smashes FOUR past Saints!


The Premier League Matchweek 2 Team of the Week features some huge names as the matchweek goes down in the history books as one of the most entertaining. We provide a rundown of the best players from the seond week back in the English top-flight… 

Premier League Matchweek 2 Results 

19th September 2020 Everton 5-2 West Bromwich Albion
19th September 2020 Leeds United 4-3 Fulham
19th September 2020 Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace
19th September 2020 Arsenal 2-1 West Ham United
20th September 2020 Southampton 2-5 Spurs
20th September 2020 Newcastle United 0-3 Brighton & Hove Albion
20th September 2020 Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool
20th September 2020 Leicester City 4-2 Burnley
21st September 2020 Aston Villa 1-0 Sheffield United
21st September 2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-3 Manchester City

Premier League Matchweek Manager of the Week – Graham Potter

After a valiant effort in their opening game against Chelsea, Brighton made another strong start in their second Premier League game against Newcastle. Potter’s side took an early two-goal lead thanks to French forward Neal Maupay, with former Chelsea full back and promising youngster Tariq Lamptey becoming the latest English star in the right back position.

Newcastle were limited to just six shots, with none finding the target, earning Mathew Ryan a quiet afternoon thanks to a strong defensive effort from another young star. Ben White, a player Leeds United desperately wanted to return to Elland Road this season, was a part of a solid back line against the Toon which also included countrymen Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster.

Premier League Matchweek Player of the Week – Heung Min Son

This could have gone to several players this week, as the standard for the best player in this matchweek was immense. However, you can’t score four goals and not be the best performer, and that is exactly what South Korea’s Heung Min Son did at Saint Mary’s Stadium against Southampton.

The forward took advantage of some below-par defending from the Saints and got on the end of passes from goalscorer-turn-provider, Harry Kane. His pace was electric and the Saints back line simply could not recover in time to stop the deadly finishing of the South Korean.

Kane broke a record in the league, becoming the first player to assist four times to the same player in a single Premier League match. The Englishman’s array of passing and vision makes him a very close second in the best player this week.

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Goalkeeper: Emi Martinez (7.8 Player Rating)

After a somewhat surprising move away from the Gunners recently, despite his incredible form in an Arsenal shirt, the Argentine stopper proved once again why he is much more than a backup keeper. Despite Sheffield United going down to 10-men, they earned themselves a penalty in the first half. Up stepped Jon Lundstrum, but Martinez met his kick with a diving save to keep Aston Villa’s clean sheet and earn three points for his side. What a Premier League debut in a Villains shirt for Martinez.

Right Back: Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.8 Player Rating)

The quality of the Liverpool full back was on show once again, especially as the Englishman had more licence to get forward when Chelsea went down to 10-men. Alexander-Arnold was playing as a winger for most of the match, and that enabled him to attempt shots on goal and get plenty of crosses into the box, his speciality. With tremendous competition for the England right back spot, the 21-year-old knows he cannot afford to drop his performance levels in the next few weeks.

Centre Back: Ezri Konsa (8.1 Player Rating)

Another Villa player in the side is the goalscorer of the only goal of the game, and it came from an unlikely source in Ezri Konsa. The English centre back made four clearances, two interceptions, and won nearly all of his duels against the depleted Sheffield United frontline. With so many goals being scored this matchweek, it was certainly not a weekend to be a defender, and Konsa and co. helped Aston Villa to the only one of three clean sheets in the Premier League.

Centre Back: Tyrone Mings (7.7 Player Rating)

Konsa’s centre back parter Tyrone Mings joins to the TOTW as the England international in fact set up Konsa’s goal and earned himself a rare assist. Mings made three clearances and won 10 aerial duels as Villa saw off the Blades to earn a huge win and keep a clean sheet which could be invaluable later in the season. With Harry Maguire out of sorts, the centre back positions for England are up for grabs more than ever, and Mings will know he only needs a few more performances like this to claim a deserved spot in the Three Lions back line.

Left Back: Lucas Digne (7.7 Player Rating)

The Frenchman is back again for a second week running and showed his quality once again from the left back position of Carlo Ancelotti’s newly transformed Everton side. Digne made two tackles and one clearance, but it was his attacking contributions that caught the eye once again. He completed five crosses and four long balls as he advanced further up the left side of the Everton attack once Kieran Gibbs saw red for West Brom. You wouldn’t put it against the former Barcelona man to earn another spot in the Premier League TOTW next week.

Centre Mid: Dani Ceballos (8.4 Player Rating)

The Real Madrid-loanee contributed strongly at both ends of the pitch to earn his side a narrow and ugly win against West Ham United at the Emirates. The Spanish midfielder made three clearances, four interceptions, blocked two shots and provided the assist for the winning goal scored by Eddie Nketiah. The 24-year-old had a 90% pass accuracy and his performance in the middle of the field was one of the main reasons for Arsenal eventually overcoming the Hammers and earning an important three points for Mikel Arteta’s men.

Centre Mid: Andre Zambo Anguissa (7.8 Player Rating)

Despite being on the losing end in a seven-goal thriller, Fulham’s Andre Zambo Anguissa stood out as one of, if not the best performer in the match that saw an abundance of chances at both ends. The Cameroon midfielder, who spent time at Villarreal last season on loan, has opted to play for the Cottagers this season. The 24-year-old showed a bit of everything as he completed eight successful dribbles, won 15 ground and aerial duels and assisted one of Fulham’s three goals. He could be a key man if Fulham are going to stay up this season.

Centre Mid: Kevin De Bruyne (9.6 Player Rating)

Arguably the best player in the league, Kevin De Bruyne is not saving his best performances for later in the season. The Belgium superstar was the key man for Manchester City against Wolves, earning and scoring a penalty and also assisting Gabriel Jesus late on. He made five tackles, seven key passes and won eight duels on the ground. The 29-year-old also tested Rui Patricio throughout the night, with all four of his shots going on target. If City are going to close the gap on Liverpool, De Bruyne’s performance could be the catalyst to carry them to the title.

Left Wing: Heung Min Son (10.0 Player Rating)

It’s the first 10 of the season, a potentially scarce occurrence for a player to have the perfect game, but Heung Min Son did against Southampton. The 28-year-old netted his first just before halftime to switch the momentum of the game completely. The high line of the Southampton defence played completely into the hands of Spurs in the second half as Harry Kane found his forward partner on three more occasions. Son made one successful dribble, two key passes, but was ruthless in front of goal, scoring all four of his shots on goal. 

Striker: Harry Kane (9.9 Player Rating)

A rating so high is strange for a player that only scored one goal you might wonder, however with a record-breaking four assists to his name, Harry Kane was very close to earning himself the player of the week award. The sensational range of passing and vision to find Heung Min Son was outstanding as England’s number nine showed just how good he can put the ball on a plate for his teammates. Considering he only made 13 passes in the whole game shows that he made most of them count. The in-sync partnership now has Gareth Bale waiting to add to the deadly quality in attack and make Spurs a serious threat going forward.

Right Wing: James Rodriguez (9.1 Player Rating)

Building on his strong Premier League debut performance away at Spurs, James Rodriguez scored his first Premier League goal as Everton ran riot against West Brom at Goodison Park. The Colombian creative spark operated on the right but drifted inside and caused chaos with his left foot once again. The 29-year-old hit three key passes, seven long ball and assisted a second goal for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to make it 5-2. Considering the move to Merseyside from Real Madrid cost Everton nothing, Rodriguez could arguably be the buy of the summer so far.

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Honourable Mentions for Premier League TOTW 2

Timothy Castagne: After scoring on his debut last week away at West Brom, Castagne proved what an astute signing he has been for the Foxes. The attacking full assisted Leicester’s first goal for Harvey Barnes and also crossed a ball which led to an own goal, so technically created two assists. Ricardo Pereira’s return may provide a good selection headache for Brendan Rodgers.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin: After a sensational headed goal scored last week, DCL netted three a Premier League hat-trick for Everton as they crushed WBA 5-2. Calvert-Lewin seems to relish the opportunities that are being created for him by his new teammates in Carlo Ancelotti’s system, and an England call up is on the cards for the 23-year-old with this form.

Alison Becker: The Brazilian shot stopper saved a penalty from Jorginho at a crucial point in Liverpool’s game against Chelsea. Had he conceded, the momentum swing could have seen the Reds drop points to big-spenders Chelsea so early into the new Premier League season.

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Serie A 2020/21 Season Preview: Who are the Scudetto favourites? Who could face the drop? Any shocking surprises?


The Serie A returns for a brand new season in Italy. We provide a rundown of the state of play, schedule, players, teams and more.

When is Serie A season kicking off?

Serie A returns with all opening matches kicking off at 2pm on 20th September. Andrea Pirlo will make his managerial debut as Juventus boss against Sampdoria at home, whilst arguably the tie of the round is Lazio vs Atalanta. Serie A is the last of the big five leagues to kick off their new season.

How are games being scheduled in the league?

Everything is coming back to normal. Match weeks are scheduled one week apart from each other, mostly on the weekends and Mondays like we were accustomed to before the pandemic. There is no information yet about the mid-week and Friday fixtures.

What time do games usually kick off in Serie A?

Weekend games usually kick off at 2pm, 5pm or 7:45pm, however this can change once they announce the tv listings and kick off times.

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Who won promotion to the Serie A for the 2020/21 season?

Benevento

Benevento are back in the Serie A after a solo campaign back in 2017/18. They finished top of Serie B comfortably, with 86 points from 38 games played. The Sorcerers only lost four league games and their defence played a huge role, conceding just 27 goals. With automatic promotion back into Serie A, Benevento will hope that they do not have a repeat of their 2017/18 campaign. They set the record for the longest consecutive number of defeats (13) at the start of the season across the ‘big five’ European leagues.

Crotone

Crotone are another side returning to the Serie A after suffering relegation in 2018. Unlike Benevento, they were able to stay up for their first campaign in the top flight in 2016/17. The Pythagoreans finished just above the drop after a final day victory was enough to stay in the division and send Empoli down instead. This will be just their third top flight campaign in their history, and they will need to hope that striker “Simy” can help them score enough goals to stay up this season.

Spezia

Established in 1906, it will be the first time in the club’s history that they compete in Serie A. The historic campaign will start off with a trip to Udinese for Vincenzo Italiano’s men. After finishing 3rd and missing out on automatic promotion from Serie B last season, Spezia had to settle for the playoffs. They overturned Chievo Verona in the play off semi finals before facing Frosinone, who were unfortunate to miss out on promotion over two-legs despite the aggregate score being 1-1.

Which teams were relegated from Serie A last season?

SPAL

After back-to-back successive survival campaigns, including an impressive 13th place finish in 2018/19, SPAL finished bottom of the Serie A. The side relied on a lot of loan players joining the squad this season, and have now made another managerial change after Leonardo Semplici and Luigi Di Biagio were removed from the role. Unsurprisingly, they had the least amount of wins during the season with just five.

Brescia

The club Mario Balotteli represented last season and the club he started his career out did not stay in the division. Just six wins throughout the season was not enough to stay in the division. In their last two promotions to the top flight, they have gone back down, finishing 19th in both campaigns. They could however receive a fair amount of money for the sought-after Sandro Tonali and offload Balotteli and push to bounce back to the top flight in their first attempt.

Lecce

The Salentians, despite a valiant effort, fell just short of staying in Serie A after they suffered a last day defeat to the hands of Parma in a crazy 4-3 game. Had they won that game, however, they would have still needed Genoa to drop points, but their survival rivals won 3-0 against Hellas Verona to keep their points gap intact. After potent form at the start of February, Lecce’s survival chances were significantly damaged in a seven-game losing run which they conceded a whopping 25 goals.

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Who won the Serie A title last season?

Juventus, despite having a below-par and somewhat underwhelming season, came out on top once again as the Turin giants overcame any title challenges from the likes of Inter Milan, Atalanta and Lazio. It was the club’s ninth successive Scudetto, however they did only just win by a single point and record their lowest points total since 2010/11.

Juventus continue to add to their dominant and decorative history, having now become champion 36 times in their history. However, Maurizio Sarri could not keep his job for this season, with the former Chelsea manager axed by the club. In steps Andrea Pirlo, a rather shock appointment just days after they announced him coach of the Juve U23 side. The trend of hiring ex-players with little experience seems to be the new long-term thinking of clubs across Europe and not just in England.

What were the talking points from the 2019/20 Serie A season?

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Team Previews

Atalanta (19/20 – 3rd in Serie A)

The team on everyone’s lips last season across Europe as one of the most exciting, entertaining and ruthless sides in Serie A and the Champions League. Managed by Gian Piero Gasperini, Atalanta finished 3rd last season, ahead of the likes of Napoli, Lazio and Roma, and scored a staggering 98 league goals.

The question is how many key first team players can they hold on to, with wide men Timothy Castagne and Robert Gosens heavily linked with moves away.

Benevento (19/20 – 1st in Serie B)

Benevento’s 2017/18 Serie A season was memorable for two reasons. They broke the record across Europe’s top five leagues for the longest streak of defeats at the start of the season with 13. However, more people might remember goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli scored in injury time to give Sorcerers their first Serie A point against AC Milan.

Managed by Italian legend Filippo Inzaghi, Benevento have impressively signed former AS Monaco defender Kamil Glik, who provides both quality and experience in a key area if they are to stay up.

Bologna (19/20 – 12th in Serie A)

With a mid-table finish last season, it will frustrate Bologna and manager Siniša Mihajlović that they could not shore up their defence and finish much higher. Musa Barrow, Nicolas Domínguez, and Takehiro Tomiyasu are just some young stars coming through the Bologna side.

However, the team has to improve defensively if they want to aspire to challenge the top half. Clean sheets are a must, having only kept clean sheets in 5% of their league games last season, a league low.

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Cagliari (19/20 – 13th in Serie A)

Similarly to Bologna, Cagliari finished mid-table in 13th, however were better defensively and just could never quite see out enough games. They now have former Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco at the helm to help guide them further up the table this year.

The side has a strong South American spine, particularly in the central areas with Joao Pedro, Nahitan Nandez and Gaston Pereiro. Ahead of the new season, they have also strengthened with the loan signing of Ajax midfielder, Razvan Marin, and secure Marko Rog and Diego Simeone on permanent deals.

Crotone (19/20 – 2nd in Serie B)

This is just Crotone’s second top flight campaign after a two-year stay from 2016 to 2018. The Calabria-based club finished as runners up behind Benevento in the Serie B last season to secure automatic promotion.

Interestingly, Libya international and Manchester-born Ahmad Benali is one of their key players. Another key man will be crucial is 6 foot 6 inch tall Simeon Nwankwo, known as “Simy” who scored 20 Serie B goals last season.

Fiorentina (19/20 – 9th in Serie A)

Unfortunately Fiorentina seem to sit in between tiers of the top end teams and the mid-table teams. Their campaign last season was once again underwhelming despite bringing in the likes of Franck Ribery to the side which already has quality players such as Federico Chiesa.

What was particularly frustrating, and a common trait for a mid-table side, is a large amount of drawn matches. In fact, ACF drew 13 times, more than any other side in the division last season. They will need to turn draws into wins if they aspire to play in Europe.

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Genoa (19/20 – 17th in Serie A)

Four wins from the restart was enough to keep Genoa in Serie A for the upcoming season, after Lecce took them to a final day survival showdown. The nine-time Serie A champions and historic Italian club got the better of Lecce in a huge home match near the end of the season.

They are going to need to start their campaign much better if they want to avoid another relegation battle this season. Before the turn of the year, Genoa won just two games from their opening 17 Serie A games. They also have a squad predominantly of players over 30 and will need to look to the future.

Hellas Verona (19/20 – 9th in Serie A)

Hellas Verona had a very solid campaign, finishing in the top half on head-to-head record and never really went on a bad run of games. They picked a lot of their points up in draws and turning just a few of those draws into wins could have projected them to a much higher and more impressive league finish.

The Veneto-based side were a team that are always competitive in games last season and only suffered one heavy defeat last season at the hands of Lazio. This was their first season back in the Italian top flight after a playoff promotion win in Serie B in 2018/19, making their league finish even more impressive. It will be interesting if they can replicate their solid form once again.

Inter (19/20 – 2nd in Serie A)

It has been quite a season for Antonio Conte in charge of the blue side of Milan. The former Chelsea boss guided his side to a second place finish and proved to many how good of a coach he is. With a frontline of Romelu Lukaku and Latauro Martinez, Inter made the Europa League Final but eventually fell short.

The Nerazzurri could have stopped the dominance of a disappointing Juventus this season if they had not dropped so many points against struggling sides last season. 10 draws in Serie A was the most of any team in the top eight, meaning they would have only needed to turn one of their draws into a win to secure their first Scudetto since 2009/10, a decade ago.

Juventus (19/20 – 1st in Serie A)

The Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon was arguably the final straw for Maurizio Sarri in a strange yet successful campaign for Juventus. They won the league once again, albeit by a single point, and held off any title challenges from Lazio, Atalanta and Inter Milan throughout the season.

However, the Sarri style of play and underwhelming results and performances so Juve head into a new and exciting direction. Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates will now report to Andrea Pirlo, and in line with the vision of some Premier League clubs hiring new managers who are ex-players, will most likely get the time to implement his ideas and be successful.

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Lazio (19/20 – 4th in Serie A)

One team were in and out of the title race, Lazio and  the goal-scoring exploits of Ciro Immobile helped The Eagles to push Juve throughout but particularly in the second half of the season. A late season fall off during the restart meant Lazio settled for 4th, however it is still their highest finish since the 2014/15 season.

Immobile smashed the goal-scoring charts this season, with 36 goals in 37 appearances, and he would have been an outside choice in the Balon d’Or had it gone ahead this year. Whether they can replicate their strong season and also do well in the Champions League remains to be seen, especially when they failed to get out of their Europa League group last season.

Milan (19/20 – 6th in Serie A)

A late revival in their season meant that AC Milan will compete in the Europa League next season. The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a welcomed one, and despite his age the Swede has contributed massively and will play for the Rossoneri in this upcoming season.

At the start of the season, Milan lost seven of their opening 11 games and another underwhelming and frustrating season was on the cards for the sleeping giant of the club. However, since the turn of the year, they only lost two games, winning 13 games and drawing six in 21 Serie A games.

Napoli (19/20 – 7th in Serie A)

It was quite a chaotic season in Naples as troubles off the pitch meant Carlo Ancelotti said goodbye and headed for the Premier League during the season. In came former AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso, and results improved during the start of 2020, including a run of nine wins in 11 games.

They settled for the final Europa League spot in 7th, a competition they did not play in last season after progressing to the Champions League Round of 16 against Barcelona. Napoli have kept Dries Mertens, however they could lose out to interested parties after Kalidou Koulibaly, whilst Ancelotti has poached Brazilian midfielder Allan from the Azzuri.

Parma (19/20 – 11th in Serie A)

Despite two promotions and an 11th place finish last season, Roberto D’Aversa will not be in charge of Parma next season. The decision to move on from their hugely successful coach raises some eyebrows. It was only a few years ago that the club was on its financial knees and forced to play in the fourth tier in Italy.

Former Premier League players Andreas Cornelius and Gervinho starred for I Gialloblu last season, with 19 league goals between them. It will be interesting if they can have another solid mid-table season with new management in charge.

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Roma (19/20 – 5th in Serie A)

Paulo Fonseca is part of an exciting rebuild project with Roma that is headlined by the highly talented Nicolo Zaniolo. The attacking fluid football is reaping some rewards and, whilst they missed out on Champions League football, Roma will be optimistic about where this team is going.

Sandwiched in between solid starts and a very solid end to last season was a run of eight defeats in 13 games which damaged their chances at clinching top four. If they can bring in Chris Smalling on a permanent, that would be a firm statement of intent. They are however set to lose Aleksandar Kolarov to Inter Milan. Roma should finish in and around the top five or six again.

Sampdoria (19/20 – 15th in Serie A)

The front line of Manolo Gabbiadini, formerly of Southampton, and the veteran Fabio Quagliarella, who finished as one of the top scorers in 2018/19, provided a threat for Sampdoria last season. They have another former Saints man in Gaston Ramirez as the creative spark, but will be glad that their second half of the season form dragged them to safety after a very poor start to the season.

They lost out on a lot of points by failing to draw games, only drawing six times last season. Only Juventus and SPAL drew fewer games in Serie A. They need to improve defensively or find the net more than they did last season if they want to avoid a relegation battle.

Sassuolo (19/20 – 8th in Serie A)

This team was an exciting one to watch last season, and one that performing very well and caused trouble to the very best teams in the league. Sassuolo have their midfield to thank for some of the best counter-attacking play in the Serie A, thanks to the excellent seasons from the likes of Jeremie Boga and Manuel Locatelli.

The latter is proving why AC Milan should not have sold him and is being linked with another move again. The Neroverdi could lose Rogerio to Newcastle, but if they can keep hold of top scorers Francesco Caputo and Domenico Berardi, they should be set for another solid season.

Spezia (19/20 – 3rd in Serie B)

It will be the first time in the club’s history that they compete in Serie A. The historic campaign will start off with a trip to Udinese for Vincenzo Italiano’s men. After finishing 3rd and missing out on automatic promotion from Serie B last season, Spezia had to settle for the playoffs.

They overturned Chievo Verona in the play off semi finals before facing Frosinone, who were unfortunate to miss out on promotion over two-legs despite the aggregate score being 1-1. Survival will be on the cards, and it will be a monumental effort to avoid the drop this season for the minnows from Liguria.

Torino (19/20 – 16th in Serie A)

This side were very underwhelming last season, and star man Andrea Belotti still scored 16 league goals. Outside of him, the goals were not coming consistently from anyone else, and Torino scored just 46 league goals last season. Defensively, this side struggled, especially in January when a six-game losing streak saw them concede 19 goals including one of Atalanta’s ruthless seven-nil handouts.

They have gained a solid defender in the transfer window in former AC Milan full back Ricardo Rodriguez. Bringing back Simone Verdi again could help with the lack of goals, however they are rumoured to lose Ola Aina to Fulham. It would be surprising if they were to struggle as much as they did last season.

Udinese (19/20 – 13th in Serie A)

Luca Gotti is still trying to establish himself and help build this team who ended up safely in 13th after strong form at the end of the season. Udinese had their defence to thank for and the high number of clean sheets kept through the Serie A season. In fact, the Bianconeri kept the joint-most amount of clean sheets alongside the defensive-sound Inter Milan.

If they can improve their goal-scoring record whilst maintaining a similar defensive record, Udinese could easily push for a top/mid table finish. However, they scored just 37 goals last season, and could lose the highly sought after Rodrigo De Paul who scored seven of those goals. The lack of transfer activity coming in could affect them if they cannot bring in reinforcements.

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Who are the favourites to win the 2020/21 Serie A?

  • Juventus 3/4*
  • Inter Milan 15/8*
  • Atalanta 11/1*
  • Napoli 11/1*
  • Lazio 16/1*
  • AC Milan 18/1*
  • Roma 40/1*

*Odds as of time of writing (Thursday 3rd September 2020) and subject to change

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Premier League 2020/21 Table Predictions: Who will be crowned champion? Who is getting relegated? Surprise finishes?


Only a few weeks since the end of ‘Project Restart’, the new season is shortly upon us. Ahead of the 2020/21 Premier League season, each of our writers run through their full Premier League table predictions.

Sam Bettany’s Premier League Table Prediction

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Sam’s Premier League 20/21 Winner

It would have hurt City and Pep Guardiola what happened in the league and Champions League last season. I expect them to strengthen in numbers and quality, and with the best squad depth in the league, I think they will close a points total that I cannot see Liverpool maintaining for a third successive season.

They have already signed Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake, with the latter being an underrated signing who could massively improve a City back line that was underwhelming last season and featured Fernandinho and at time Rodri having to fill in ahead of John Stones.

Losing David Silva and Leroy Sane is a blow, but I expect Phil Foden to take the next step in his development this season and play regularly in the City lineup. They are likely to fare much better in the Champions League when it returns to two-leg ties, so I think their priority focus should be on stopping their Merseyside title rivals from winning back-to-back.

Sam’s Premier League 20/21 Top Four

Manchester City and Liverpool should clinch top four once again, so it is a case of several teams fighting it out for the remaining spots for Champions League football. Whilst Chelsea have bought well and have an exciting project going on under Frank Lampard, I question their consistency and poor record from defending set-pieces.

Pipping Chelsea to a top four spot I think will be Manchester United who will continue to perform well with Bruno Fernandes at the centre of things. The potential front line of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho is exciting, but like Chelsea will need to improve defensively.

Arsenal are on the up with Mikel Arteta and I think the Spaniard will get the best out of his squad in his first full season as Arsenal manager in what could be a manager of the season candidate leader. Defensively, Arsenal look much stronger, and the structure of the team regardless of the player’s quality could be what finally gets them a top four finish for the first time since 2015/16 season.

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Sam’s Premier League 20/21 Relegation Zone

Scott Parker’s Fulham side face another uphill battle to stay up on their Premier League return. I don’t think they will have enough quality to keep their Premier League status, especially if they have a similarly woeful defensive record to their 2018/19 Premier League campaign where they conceded 81 goals. That is six more goals than Norwich City from last season. They are one of the favourites to go down, priced at Evs* with Mark Jarvis.

Crystal Palace returned from the lockdown and looked very underwhelming. No wins since ‘Project Restart’ and the continuous rumours surrounding Wilfried Zaha makes next season an interesting one for the Eagles. If they lose Zaha, and bring their abysmal form from last season into this season, I can see them going down, and they are 2/1* to avoid safety with Mark Jarvis.

Sam’s Premier League 20/21 Wildcard

Most people probably expect Leeds United to finish around 12th-15th and have a fairly solid debut season back in the Premier League. However, Marcelo Bielsa has been working miracles at the Yorkshire club and his tactical approach could see him pick up some huge points against some bigger teams this season. I expect them to beat one or two of the title chasing sides and have a sound record at Elland Road this season. An 8th place finish is ambitious, but very possible and realistic.

Wolverhampton Wanderers achieved 7th in their debut season back in the Premier League in 2018/19, whilst Sheffield United settled for 9th but were on course to finish much higher before Project Restart. I cannot see them in a relegation battle this season and you can get Leeds United to finish in the Top 10 at 11/5* with Mark Jarvis.

Ryan Fitzgerald-Nolan’s Premier League Table Prediction

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Ryan’s Premier League 20/21 Winner

Many have tipped the Blue side of Manchester to take the Premier League crown this season. Bruised. Angry. Wealthy. The case for Pep Guardiola and co. is most undoubtedly a strong one, nonetheless I favour Liverpool to ‘walk on’ with the momentum built over the past three seasons. Some would argue that it is the last three seasons of fantastic runs that will lead to a burnout, but Klopp has struck gold with squad harmony and player development.

Almost every starting 11 member is coming into or in the peak of their powers, and with the addition of Thiago Alcantara, the Spaniard brings a new dynamic to Klopp’s famed pressing style. It will be close, an awful lot closer than the campaign just past, but the Reds will do it.

Ryan’s Premier League 20/21 Top Four

City will play second fiddle to Liverpool, but the title race on paper may have had a new candidate enter the chase over the past few weeks. Chelsea cannot afford anything less than a third, almost literally. Roman Abramovich’s expenditure over the summer has seen the west London side win the transfer window at a canter.

The question remains whether Frank Lampard can translate spending onto the pitch, as the jury is out on the ex-Blue’s performance last time out. Mikel Arteta is moulding the club in his own image, and as long as they can tie-down talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal will enter the fray- but there’s more on that later.

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Ryan’s Premier League 20/21 Relegation Zone

It may seem harsh to send two of the three promoted sides back the other way. West Brom however inspire little confidence, having stumbled to automatic promotion last term with the help of a Brentford capitulation. Lack of investment may also undo the Baggies, along with Slaven Bilic unable to nail down certain starters in positions like centre half and striker.

Villa cannot rely on surviving in the season’s home stretch again, and it’s the club’s incomings and outgoings that could define their season. Starlets such as Jack Grealish, John McGinn and Douglas Luiz must stay at Villa Park.

They require all the while more reinforcements up top, with only 6 of the Birmingham outfit’s 41 goals coming from strikers last season. Scott Parker has done more than a respectable job in the dugout at Craven Cottage, and will need to strike the balance between not repeating the club’s ills off last time out in the top flight (over £100 million spent) and maintaining the chemistry that brought them through the playoffs.

Ryan’s Premier League 20/21 Wildcard

Mikel Arteta has already bagged two trophies in under a year in the job. The young Spaniard’s holistic approach has seen fans and many a neutral buy in to what he’s doing at Arsenal, and the brand of football introduced at the Emirates is as easy on the eye has been sorely missing over the years. Arteta has a clear vision and on the warpath to doing so, boldly claiming they will be European champions within three years recently.

Such talk can go on pause for now, at least until the Gunners reach the Champions League. This season could be different. The Lamborghini-style attacking prowess on display over recent seasons has been undone by car-crash defending. Acquisitions of Gabriel, William Saliba and Kieran Tierney have gone a long way in the eyes of fans to address such issues.

Alas, Aubameyang is key. The Gabon international accounted for 39% of all Premier League goals for Arsenal last season. Get that contract done, and Gooners may have their top four wish.

Matthew Hill’s Premier League Table Prediction

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Matthew’s Premier League 20/21 Winner

I’m going to go for Liverpool to win the league. I have seen many people going for Manchester City to win the league and I haven’t seen many people if any going for Liverpool, which has surprised me a little bit. I think this is because of the slight drop in form at the end of the season after the Premier League confirmed them as champions and a mixed start to their preseason.

I think the 18 point gap will be too big for Manchester City to close although it will be closer and if Liverpool lose a key player to a long-term injury, then they could struggle, especially against the stronger teams.

Matthew’s Premier League 20/21 Top Four

Roman Abramovich will expect Chelsea to close the gap on the top two and will ideally want them to be challenging for the title, the 33 point gap to Liverpool will be one step too far for this season. It is still unknown how the new players will adapt to the Premier League and the goalkeeper position is still unknown. Arsenal look and are performing like a stronger side under Mikel Arteta.

They beat Liverpool at the end of last season (albeit after Liverpool had won the league) and won three important games at Wembley against Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool to win both the FA Cup and the Community Shield. I’m going for Arsenal to just beat Manchester United and Tottenham to a top four place. Manchester United have had a quiet transfer window compared to their competitors and they still look vulnerable at the back, but there is still time to change this.

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Matthew’s Premier League 20/21 Relegation Zone

Newly promoted have struggled in the Premier League in the last few years. Norwich went straight back down last season with Aston Villa only just staying up on the final day. In the 18/19 season, Cardiff and Fulham both went straight back down and Huddersfield suffered the drop after just two seasons in the Premier League. I think West Brom and Fulham will both struggle.

West Brom have done well to have re-signed Pereira and could sign Diangana permanently, which are both great signings, as both players were important for The Baggies last season. However, Norwich had much of the same squad they did well in the Championship with but finished rock bottom of the Premier League last season. Fulham need to keep Mitrovic fit if they are to have a realistic chance of surviving, but I think they will finish just short of survival.

However, Scott Parker is a very good young manager and I think they will do better than they did the last time they were in the Premier League. The third spot will go to Aston Villa. I feel as though it may be between Aston Villa and West Ham again for the last spot. Villa have signed Matty Cash but they need to strengthen further, especially up front.

Matthew’s Premier League 20/21 Wildcard

However, although one or two newly promoted clubs struggle, there is usually one a surprise package that is usually a promoted club. Recently, it has been Wolves and Sheffield United or a little further back it was Reading in 2006/07. I think the dark horses next season will be Leeds United.

They did very well last season and even in games where they weren’t at their best they got a result such as at home to Barnsley. Bielsa has looked to strengthen as Leeds have broken their transfer record on Rodrigo. Where Leeds may struggle is when they play at home with no fans, as they are used to playing in front of a large and passionate crowd at Elland Road.

Jake Perry’s Premier League Table Prediction

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Matthew’s Premier League 20/21 Winner

Manchester City

Matthew’s Premier League 20/21 Top Four

Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United

Matthew’s Premier League 20/21 Relegation Zone

West Brom, Fulham, Aston Villa

Matthew’s Premier League 20/21 Wildcard

Chelsea

Okan Iskin’s Premier League Table Prediction

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Okan’s Premier League 20/21 Winner

Manchester City

Okan’s Premier League 20/21 Top Four

Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea

Okan’s Premier League 20/21 Relegation Zone

Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Fulham

Okan’s Premier League 20/21 Wildcard

Manchester United

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Premier League Winner Markets

  • Manchester City 4/6*
  • Liverpool 21/10*
  • Chelsea 11/1*
  • Manchester United 12/1*
  • Arsenal 40/1*
  • Tottenham Hotspur 50/1*
  • Leicester City 150/1*
  • Leeds United 150/1*

Premier League Relegation Markets

  • West Bromwich Albion 19/20*
  • Fulham Evs*
  • Aston Villa 13/8*
  • Crystal Palace 15/8*
  • Newcastle United 21/10*
  • Burnley 14/5*
  • Sheffield United 16/5*
  • Leeds United 16/5*
  • Brighton & Hove Albion 16/5*
  • West Ham United 17/4*

Premier League Top Four Markets

  • Manchester City 1/33*
  • Liverpool 1/14*
  • Chelsea 4/9*
  • Manchester United 4/9*
  • Arsenal 13/5*
  • Tottenham Hotspur 14/5*
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers 6/1*
  • Leicester City 8/1*
  • Everton 16/1*
  • Leeds United 22/1*
  • West Ham United 28/1*
  • Southampton 33/1*

*Odds as of time of writing (Thursday 3rd September 2020) and subject to change

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32Red Sprint Cup: Betting Odds – Will specialist sprinter The Tin Man manage another epic top three finish? (5/9/2020)


This year’s 32Red Sprint Cup from Haydock Park once again features The Tin Man. Check out the runners and odds below…

Which racecourse is holding the 32Red Sprint Cup?

Haydock Park Racecourse, Merseyside, England

What time is the 32Red Sprint Cup?

3:25 GMT on September 5th 2020

What type of race is the 32Red Sprint Cup?

Group 1 flat race open to thoroughbreds 3 years or older

What is the distance of the 32Red Sprint Cup?

6 furlongs on a straight turf track

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32Red Sprint Cup Runners

  • Oxted 4/1*
  • Dream Of Dreams 5/1*
  • Hello Youmzain 5/1*
  • Golden Horde 6/1*
  • One Master 12/1*
  • Art Power 12/1*
  • Tabdeed 14/1*
  • Khaadem 14/1*
  • Summerghand 20/1*
  • Pierre Lapin 20/1*
  • Threat 20/1*
  • The Tin Man 25/1*
  • Brando 25/1*

Clive Cox confident about Golden Horde

“The Sprint Cup at Haydock would be a logical step to take from here, if all is well in the meantime,” said Cox.

“He has come back really well from his run in France. He is still only a baby in comparison to those he was up against in the Maurice de Gheest.

“As a three-year-old, he is taking his racing really well, and I’m happy with him.

“He travelled really kindly in the Maurice de Gheest, but I think the last 100 yards was just a step too far after racing competitively throughout.”

*Odds as of time of writing (Friday August 28th 2020) and subject to change

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Sprint Cup Previous Winners

Year Winner Jockey Time
2019 Hello Youmzain James Doyle 1:12:79
2018 The Tin Man Oisin Murphy 1:14:13
2017 Harry Angel Adam Kirby 1:13:90
2016 Quiet Reflection Dougie Costello 1:13:45
2015 Twilight Son Fergus Sweeney 1:12:86
2014 G Force Daniel Tudhope 1:12:95

Sprint Cup Facts

  • Five of the last six winners have been three-year-olds
  • The Tin Man has podium finishes in each of the last four Sprint Cups (2016 – 2nd, 2017 – 3rd, 2018 – 1st, 2019 – 2nd)
  • John Dunlop is the leading trainer with four winners in this event across three decades (Runnett 1981, Habibti 1983, Lavinia Fontana 1994, Invincible Spirit 2002)
  • No horse has ever won twice since the inaugural two sprints in 1966 and 1967 when the Peter O’Sullevan-owned Be Friendly won both races with different jockeys.

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Horse Racing Schedule 2020: The biggest meetings still to come before the end of a crazy year!


Horse Racing Schedule

Below is a list of big meetings from across the world for the rest of 2020. These include the Kentucky Derby, St Leger, Ayr Gold Cup, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Melbourne Cup and Breeders’ Cup Classic.

September Horse Racing Schedule

In September, we start with the 32Sprint Cup Festival from Haydock Park. On the Saturday, we have one of the biggest meetings in the US schedule with the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs in

The following week we go to Doncaster for the William Hill St. Ledger and have a two-day weekend event at Leopardstown and Curragh in the Longines Irish Champions Weekend.

UK Sep 3rd-5th 32Red Sprint Cup Festival Haydock Park
US Sep 5th Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs
UK Sep 9th-12th William Hill St. Leger Doncaster
IRISH Sep 12th-13th Logines Irish Champions Weekend Leopardstown/Curragh
UK Sep 17th-19th Ayr Gold Cup Ayr
UK Sep 24th-26th Cambridgeshire Meeting Newmarket

October Horse Racing Schedule

FRENCH Oct 3rd-4th Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Longchamp
UK Oct 9th Dubai Future Champions Day Newmarket
AUSTRALIAN Oct 17th The Everest Randwick
UK Oct 17th QIPCO British Champions Day Ascot
UK Oct 23rd-24th Autumn Afternoon Meeting Doncaster

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November Horse Racing Schedule

AUSTRALIAN Nov 3rd Melbourne Cup Victoria Racing Club
US Nov 6th-7th Breeders’ Cup Classic Keeneland
UK Nov 13th-15th The Open November Meeting Cheltenham
UK Nov 27th-28th Ladbrokes Winter Festival Newbury

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December Horse Racing Schedule

UK Dec 4th-5th Betfair Tingle Creek Christmas Festival Sandown Park
IRISH Dec 6th John Durkan Memorial Chase Day Punchestown
IRISH Dec 19th Bring On The Festive Season Raceday Navan
UK Dec 26th-27th 32Red Christmas Festival Kempton
IRISH Dec 26th-29th Leopardstown Christmas Festival Leopardstown
UK Dec 27th Coral Welsh Grand National Chepstow

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UFC Fight Night Edgar vs Munhoz: Predictions, Betting Tips and Odds – Pedro Munhoz to give deadly welcome to Frankie Edgar at Bantamweight? (22/08/2020)


UFC Fight Night returns to Vegas for a SEVENTH UFC Vegas event at the APEX as Frankie Edgar takes on Brazilian Pedro Munhoz in the main event. Sam Bettany previews the main event and looks at the rest of the card, having landed six of his last nine UFC tips.

Event Details

What event is this?

UFC Fight Night Edgar vs Munhoz

Where is UFC Fight Night Edgar vs Munhoz being held?

UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

How many bouts are on this UFC Fight Night car?

11 bouts (five on main card, six on prelims)

Which division has the most fights on the night?

Light Heavyweight and Welterweight (three bouts each)

What time can I watch UFC Fight Night in the UK?

Prelim action begins at 23:30 GMT on BT Sport

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UFC Fight Night Main Event: Frankie Edgar (USA) vs Pedro Munhoz (Brazil)

The UFC Fight Night Main Event features the bantamweight clash between former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Pedro Munhoz. This bout has been in the making for a while with the schedule cancelling three times this year alone.

Edgar (19-3)

The veteran and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will look for a potentially career-reviving win. The UFC legend has been a great fighter over the years and has provided some of the most memorable moments inside the cage, but is struggling to get in the win column lately. In his last four fights, he has only won one against another fading fighter in Cub Swanson. Edgar has struggled to make it past the first round in recent bouts, having suffered a first round stoppage defeat to Chan Sung Jung and a knockout loss to Brian Ortega.

However, the 38-year-old took Max Holloway all the way to a decision last summer. A new weight division makes his debut at 135lbs intriguing. The New Jersey native will look to prove he still has what it takes, but dropping two weight classes from where he won the belt in 2010 at this stage of his career is high risk. “The Answer” is a 21/10* underdog with Mark Jarvis to get back on the win column.

Munhoz (18-4)

Having been in the conversation for several years now, Pedro Munhoz looks to put his name in title contention and defeating Frankie Edgar on his 135lb debut won’t do any harm to him. It will frustrate the Brazilian to have been so good against Cody Garbrant last March only to have put his title shot on hold after a defeat to Aljamain Sterling a few months later. Sterling is now in line to get a shot at the new champion Petr Yan who won the vacant belt against Aldo on Fight Island a few weeks back.

The 33-year-old, who lives in California, has the chance to get himself back in contention and give Edgar the worst welcome to the UFC Bantamweight Division. “The Young Punisher” has three submissions in his eight UFC wins, and could be the first fighter to submit Edgar should he take advantage of Edgar standing in the pocket. An all-round dangerous opponent, Munhoz is the favourite at 4/11* to bounce back with a win and moving up the top five rankings in the division.

*Odds as of the time of writing (Thursday 20th August 2020) and subject to change

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A big night for the Light Heavyweight Division on UFC Fight Night

Co-maining on this UFC Fight Night card is an intriguing vet vs up-and-comer fight between Ovince Saint Preux (OSP) and Alonzo Menifield. OSP is an exciting vet that, despite his record, is one of the deadliest men in the division. He is one of the most entertaining too, with three Performance of the Night bonuses in a row, and there is every chance he could make it four for four. Menifield is a newcomer and still early into his UFC career.

Having entered his last fight undefeated, he suffered his first ever pro MMA defeat to Devin Clark back in June. With the quick turnaround, he is looking to put that first defeat behind him and add a 15th defeat to the record of OSP when they showdown on Saturday night. Menifield is the slight favourite at 3/4*, with OSP a 21/20* price, so it is very tough to call. Other light heavyweight bouts on the night include Marcin Prachnio vs Mike Rodriguez on the main card and Ike Villanueva vs Jorge Gonzalez in the prelims.

Young Kazakh Mariya Agapova out to make another statement win?

After making her UFC debut back in June, 23-year-old Mariya Agapova has secured a spot on the main card of this UFC Fight Night card thanks to a sensational debut. She defeated Hannah Cifers by submission in the first round, earning a Performance of the Night bonus, and is looking to get a spot in the rankings with a win against Shana Dobson on Saturday night. The former boxer has only been training MMA for a few years however could be the latest star in the Women’s division and put Kazakhstan firmly on the UFC map.

The Kazakh born prodigy earned the chance to appear on Dana White’s Contender Series last summer after a 6-0 record fighting across Eastern Europe and Asia. Her loss in the series to Tracy Cortez by unanimous decision is her only defeat to date. a win here on her second UFC bout could land her a highly ranked opponent for her next bout. She is extremely confident, and it will be interesting to see her matchup against someone her own height in Shana Dobson. She is a very low 1/14* to win with Mark Jarvis.

*Odds as of the time of writing (Thursday 20th August 2020) and subject to change

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UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Munhoz Preliminary Card

Bantamweight: Timur Valiev vs Mark Striegl

Welterweight: Carlton Minus vs Matthew Semelsberger

Light Heavyweight: Ike Villanueva vs Jorge Gonzalez

Welterweight: Dwight Grant vs Calen Born

Lightweight: Austin Hubbard vs Joe Solecki

Women Strawweight: Amanda Lemos vs Mizuki Inoue

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Welterweight: Daniel Rodriguez vs Takashi Sato

Women Flyweight: Mariya Agapova vs Shana Dobson

Light Heavyweight: Marcin Prachnio vs Mike Rodriguez

Light Heavyweight: Ovince Saint Preux vs Alonzo Menifield

Bantamweight: Frankie Edgar vs Pedro Munhoz

Sam’s UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Munhoz Betting Tips

Pedro Munhoz should have enough to get it done against Frankie Edgar who I think will have some issues with conditioning and facing such a dangerous opponent on his 135lb debut. Munhoz to win is 4/11* with Mark Jarvis.

*Odds as of the time of writing (Thursday 20th August 2020) and subject to change

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The Northern Trust 2020: Predictions, Betting Tips and Odds – Who is set to win the first event in the FedEx Cup playoffs in Boston?


It is the FedEx Cup playoff time as we go into the first event since the regular season concluded with The Northern Trust. Sam Bettany provides a rundown of what to expect from TPC Boston and who to consider backing, having landing tips on Collin Morikawa and Webb Simpson each way recently.

Event Details

The Northern Trust Player Field?

Top 125 FedEx Cup ranked golfers

What competition is it?

PGA Tour 2020 FedEx Cup Playoffs

What day is does the The Northern Trust start?

Thursday 13th August 2020

Where is The Northern Trust 2020 being played?

TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts, USA

What channel is The Northern Trust on?

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sport Golf

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Thoughts on The Northern Trust 2020

The regular season has now come to a close this season, and we make our way northeast for the first event in the FedEx Cup playoffs. The Northern Trust is an event played at alternate venues each year between New York and New Jersey, however the event heads to Massachusetts at TPC Boston for the first time. The winner is set up receive 1,500 points in the standings.

Previously known as The Barclays until 2016, the Northern Trust has provided us with three big winners in 2017, 2018 and last year’s edition in 2019. Patrick Reed is the defending champion having also won the event back in 2016, whilst Bryson DeChambeau won in 2018 and Dustin Johnson secured his second win in 2017.

Unlike the Wyndham Championship last time, this is an event that has by American golfers have been very successful in. European players have come close, but the last European player to win the event was all the way back in 2005. In fact, there have only five wins for European players at this event played across different courses in the northeast since 1967 (Seve Ballesteros twice, Sergio Garcia twice, and Padraig Harrington).

The most successful golfer at this event hails from outside the US however in Vijay Singh. The Fiji veteran secured four wins during his time playing in the event between 1993 and 2008. In fact, his first and penultimate PGA wins were in this tournament. Back in 1993, they knew the tournament as the Buick Classic and played at the Westchester Country Club in New York between 1967 and 2007. Singh’s 2008 win saw him secure the first ever win in this event at Ridgewood Country Club, the course which also hosted the 2010, 2014 and 2018 editions of this event.

According to the PGA themselves, the top-ranked player in the world has won here twice (Tiger Woods, 2006; Rory McIlroy, 2012), while on 11 occasions the winner was ranked inside the top 15. Whilst Patrick Reed won last year’s event, Bryson DeChambeau is the last person to win at this course. DeChambeau is a joint-favourite at 12/1*, whilst Reed is a 28/1* strong contender to secure back-to-back wins.

*Odds as of time of writing (Tuesday 18th August 2020) and subject to change

Nearly two aces for Kim Si-woo at Sedgefield!

Only three players in PGA history have a player hit two hole-in-ones in the same round. Kim Si-woo, the leader of the tournament heading into the last round, almost joined the prestigious list of players to complete this sensational feat. The South Korean, whose drop off in the last round saw him drop to T3 for the tournament, shot a 62 on day three after an ace on the third. Then on the 12th, the 25-year-old hit a 5 iron which the ball agonisingly just rolled around the edge of the hole.

The last player to record two aces in the same round was in fact at this tournament, when known as The Barclay’s, by Brian Harman in 2015. His hole in ones came in the last round at the 3rd and 14th at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey.

Webb Simpson each tip at Wyndham Championship lands

It would have been a little silly to not back the American to do well at Sedgefield after his back-to-back runner up finishes. He had also won the event back in 2011 and knows this course so well. Once again, he was in the conversation on Sunday. However, Simpson settled for third place behind Billy Horschel and Jim Herman, who took a huge lead in his rankings once again after securing his third PGA win. His third place finish meant a 10/1* each way landed.

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TPC Boston

Established

2002 by Arnold Palmer (Redesigned by Gill Hanse with Brad Faxon)

Featured Holes

Hole 2 (par 5 difficult green)

Hole 4 (par 4 huge greenside bunker)

Hole 11 (par 3 deep greenside bunker)

Hole 18 (par 5 pot bunker)

Par

Par 73

Length

7,216 yards (6,598m)

The Northern Trust Defending Champion

Patrick Reed (two-time winner) (-16)

The Northern Trust Featured Groups:

  • Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Webb Simpson
  • Tiger Woods, Dylan Frittelli, Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Lando Griffin
  • Bryson DeChambeau, Sungjae Im, Patrick Reed

The Northern Trust Previous Winners:

2019 Patrick Reed (-16) by one stroke
2018 Bryson DeChambeau (-18) by four strokes
2017 Dustin Johnson (-13) by playoff
2016 Patrick Reed (-9) by one stroke
2015 Jason Day (-19) by six strokes

Sam’s Betting Tips

There have been three aces in the last two events, all coming from Asian players. Kim Si-woo and C.T. Pan both secured hole in ones at Sedgefield Country Club last weekend, whilst Byeong Hun An managed one in the final round of the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park. A hole-in-one at this event is Evs* with Mark Jarvis.

We backed Jason Day to be the top Australian golfer at the PGA Championship and he was in fact a leader in the early rounds, but eventually settled for 4th. Day has been in fiery form, with top 10 finishes in his last four appearances, (4,6,4,7). I can see him having another great week and should finish ahead of a rusty Adam Scott and out of form Marc Leishman. He is 5/4* to finish as the best Australian.

Bryson DeChambeau will probably receive less media attention this week, which could help him focus on continuing his fine form and make his bombs off the tee count. He has top 10 finish in five of his last seven appearances, having won the Rocket Mortgage Classic in early July. DeChambeau each way is 12/1* with Mark Jarvis.

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*Odds as of time of writing (Tuesday 18th August 2020) and subject to change

**Each way terms for Outright Winner paying 6 places at 1/5th odds

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UFC 252: Predictions, Betting Tips and Odds – Will UFC great DC leave octagon with heavyweight belt or damaged legacy? (15/08/2020)


UFC 252 returns to Vegas once again after four brilliant cards on Fight Island. Sam Bettany previews the main event and looks at the rest of the card, having landed four of his last six UFC tips.

Event Details

What event is this?

UFC 252

Where is this event being held?

UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

How many bouts are on this card?

11 bouts (five on main card, six on prelims)

Which division has the most fights on the night?

Middleweight and Bantamweight

What time can I watch UFC 252 in the UK?

Prelim action begins at midnight (UK Time) on BT Sport

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UFC 252 Main Event: Stipe Miocic (USA) vs Daniel Cormier (USA)

The UFC 252 Main Event features the trilogy UFC Heavyweight title bout between champion Stipe

Miocic (C) (19-3)

The champion has no intention of losing his belt again against an opponent he arguably underestimated in their first bout. The trilogy was bound to happen. It had to happen. For Stipe Miocic, the mindset going into this could be his only downfall, but other than that he has a lot going for him. The 37-year-old, who is a firefighter-paramedic, will have been a busy man during the lockdown period away from the cage.

Both guys have fought and beat the who’s who of top heavyweight fighters in the UFC, but it is Stipe who intends to make sure this fight is his by trading at distance. He already knows DC cannot just back off the Ohio native with the significant size difference and reach advantage. Don’t count 6ft 3in champ out if he is down on the scorecards early, because he proved he can make the right adjustments to win against DC. Miocic is a 19/20* slight underdog for this one.

Cormier (22-2, 1NC)

At 41, Cormier’s time in the octagon is ending. He will leave the sport behind as a competitor and continue to work as a commentator and coach after this fight. In his last bout of his MMA career, he takes on Stipe Miocic with a legacy of being the greatest heavyweight on the line. Having held belts at both the UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight divisions, the Louisiana-born fighter could go down as the greatest should he take the belt from Miocic once again.

The game plan has to be just right, because last time out DC could not respond to the adjustments Miocic made in the third round of the second fight. People may forget that Cormier was winning the second fight early on until the shift in the game plan from Miocic which saw DC get hit with some heavy body shots which switched the momentum of the bout. Will his impending retirement from the cage distract DC from his performance? How much will the smaller cage affect his performance? Also, the scales could be a big factor too. Will DC come into this closer to 220 or 230? He is going into this one as a slight favourite at 17/20*.

*Odds as of the time of writing (Friday 14th August 2020) and subject to change

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Will UFC 252 co-mainer Suga Sean O’Malley go to the ground?

The Suga Show is already back with another potentially explosive episode of entertainment. It is already his third fight this year, and the DWCS champion of season two is looking for another quick win to his name. He admits he faces a tougher opponent than he has ever faced in Marlon “Chito” Vera. USADA suspended O’Malley last year, and it meant this fight never went ahead last year. O’Malley has backed his ground game but ultimately is likely to end this one on the feet and is a 1/3* favourite to secure yet another early stoppage win.

Active Ecuadorian fighter Vera looks to get back in the win column after an unlucky scoring from the judges in his last fight against Song Yadong in May when the UFC was starting back up in Jacksonville. Prior to that fight, Vera was on a five-fight win streak at bantamweight, the same weight division as O’Malley. Vera and his coaches will need a better game plan however if they want to bring the Suga Show to a halt and Mark Jarvis prices him at 9/4* to cause the upset.

Another huge heavyweight bout not to sleep on at UFC 252!

Prior to the co-main, we have quite some warm up in the UFC Heavyweight Division, as Junior dos Santos (JDS) takes on Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Former champion JDS is currently on a two-fight losing streak having lost against Curtis Blaydes in January of this year. The Brazilian was coming into that fight off another TKO loss to Francis Ngannou in the opening round. With a 21-7 record, Cigano still holds a spot in the top five in the official rankings, and a win here is massive for the 36-year-old. He is a 11/10* slight underdog with Mark Jarvis.

Surinamese fighter Rozenstruik comes into this fight potentially unphased despite losing his undefeated pro MMA record last time out. After a 6-0 record, the 32-year-old made his UFC debut just last year and has fought five times. He possesses incredible cardio for a heavyweight and that could come into play should this fight go beyond the first round against dos Santos, who is still one of the best heavyweights with his footwork. Despite only 11 pro MMA fights before UFC 252, this will be the kickboxer’s sixth fight since February 2019, and he is looking to make a quick bounce back from a very early KO loss to Ngannou and is 8/11* favourite to win with Mark Jarvis.

*Odds as of the time of writing (Thursday 13th August 2020) and subject to change

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UFC 252 Preliminary Card

Featherweight: Chris Daukaus vs Parker Porter

Women’s Strawweight: Felice Herrig vs Virna Jandiroba

Featherweight: T.J. Brown vs Daniel Chavez

Women’s Strawweight: Ashley Yoder vs Livinha Souza

Lightweight: Jim Miller vs Vinc Pichel

UFC 252 Main Card

Bantamweight: John Dodson vs Merab Dvalishvili

Featherweight: Herbert Burns vs Daniel Pineda

Heavyweight: Junior dos Santos vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Bantamweight: Sean O’Malley vs Marlon Vera

Heavyweight Title Bout: Stipe Miocic (c) vs Daniel Cormier

Sam’s UFC 252 Betting Tips

I cannot see Danny Pineda, who has lost 13 bouts now, being able to stop the rising Herbert Burns in his first UFC bout since 2014. Burns has four consecutive first round stoppages, and he is 1/3* to get it done against Pineda.

Junior dos Santos has looked a little sloppy in his last two outings and his chin and cardio will no doubt be tested if this goes beyond the first round. Jairzinho Rozenstruik is 8/11* to earn a significant bounce-back win with Mark Jarvis.

What was an early prelim fight on the card has now been bumped up to give TJ Brown and Danny Chavez some more exposure. Chavez is making his UFC off of three first round wins and is priced at 5/4* to earn his first UFC victory at UFC 252 with Mark Jarvis.

*Odds as of the time of writing (Thursday 13th August 2020) and subject to change

UFC 252 Tips

*Odds as of the time of writing (Thursday 13th August 2020) and subject to change

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