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Referees to watch this week
Refs to watch this midweek: — Mark O'Haire (@MarkOHaire) August 15, 2022
Grimsby v Carlisle: Simon Mather (52.50)
Sheff Utd v Sunderland: James Linington (49.84)
Colchester v Bradford: Carl Brook (47.59)
Reading v Blackburn: Keith Stroud (46.25)
MK Dons v Port Vale: Tom Nield (43.65)
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Another battle of the Bridge expected?
Chelsea vs Tottenham is always a feisty affair so check out our cheat breaking down who we believe are key players to be carded.
Can West Ham get their first win on the board?
West Ham travel to the City Ground in what should be an interesting affair. Moyes' side are currently the best price of 15/4 to win the game and see under 2.5 goals.
Four of Nottingham Forest's last six outings in all competitions have produced under 2.5 goals, including their 2-0 defeat at Newcastle last weekend, whilst West Ham have seen four of their last five matches produce fewer than three goals, which isn't all that surprising for David Moyes' side that tend to be strong at the back and economical in front of goal.
Koulibaly to be examined by in form Kulusevski?
Kalidou Koulibaly will face his first test since joining the Premier League with the Senegalese international facing one of the most in form players in the league in Dejan Kulusevski.
Kulisevski scored an impressive 8.6 rating from WhoScored last week and since joining Spurs has assisted nine times and scored six in the Premier League.
Koulibaly is currently the best price of 5/2 with three bookmakers to be booked but can be found as short has 6/4 with one bookmaker
Brentford to condemn United to second loss of the season?
Everyone will remember Brentford's first game in the Premier League last season, beating Arsenal 2-0 at home. With Manchester United looking poor against Brighton in their first game, and Brentford courageously rescuing a point away at Leicester, the Bees will go into tonight's game with the confidence to take all three points.
Both teams scored in this fixture last season, with United winning 3-1 at the Brentford Community Stadium. With both team's fortunes changing since that fixture, Brentford will be confident at getting revenge against the Red Devils. Brentford to win against Manchester United and both teams to score in tonight's fixture has a best priced odds of 6/1.
Arsenal to win both halves vs Leicester
Arsenal have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches against Leicester in all competitions. They also won both halves on two of those occasions, and with best priced odds at 3/1 to win both halves, they look like good value to do so again against the Foxes.
Back our 8/1 FavFour including Arsenal to win
Our FavFour is currently +43.5pts in profit for the year and for this week it can be backed at the best price of 8/1 versus 6/1 with several bookmakers.
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Is Koulibaly prepared for Kulusevski test?
Kalidou Koulibaly only conceded three penalties during his eight years in Serie A with Napoli. One of those was for a foul on Dejan Kulusevski, who he is likely to line up directly against on Super Sunday. Spurs are a best price 11/2 to score a penalty.
Something we don't know about Ralph?
Almost 95% of the bets placed today through oddschecker on the Next Manager to Leave market have been on Southampton's Ralph Hasenhuttl. He is now into a best price 7/2 (6/4 in places) having been as long as 5/1 yesterday.
Interestingly, he also features in our FIVE first weekend performances to shake up the betting market which you can read HERE.
In demand Rashford to start with Martial still out
Marcus Rashford continues to be linked with a move to PSG (now 5/1 from 13/1 earlier this week), but looks set to start Manchester United's first away league match at Brentford. He is a best price 3/1 to score anytime, as he did in this fixture last season, with a worst price of 11/5.
Early kickoff value in Aston Villa's clash with Everton
Following a productive pre season for Leon Bailey, in which he produced three goals and two assist for the Villans, he comes against an Everton team who are struggling defensively and only kept one clean sheet in their last six Premier League games, going back to last season.
In this same fixture last year at Villa Park, Bailey scored his first Aston Villa goal against the Toffees and could be good value to repeat the feat this season (best price 57/17).
To add further problems to Frank Lampard’s side, he is without defenders Ben Godfrey and Yerry Mina, and a new partnership of James Tarkowski and Conor Coady could be in place; an exciting prospect for the Villa forward line.
In George Gamble’s Aston Villa vs Everton preview, he states that Everton are “far too easy to score against” and still look shakey defensively. Solomon Rondon returns from suspension for Everton, and with him in the side, they could be a threat from set-pieces, especially against a Villa side who struggled at defending set-pieces against Bournemouth in their 2-0 defeat.
Last season, Aston Villa collected six points up against the Merseyside club, scoring four goals without reply across the two fixtures. They are also unbeaten in their last six matches against Everton but haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last six Premier League games, which hints at both teams getting on the scoresheet. BTTS is a general 10/11, while Villa to win & BTTS is a best price 3/1.
Home advantage key in WBA vs Sheffield United
A quick look at West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United's head to head record would tell you that in their last eight meetings the Baggies have won four and the Blades three, yet in the last four the home team has come out victorious.
There has also been over 2.5 goals in five of the last eight meetings between the two sides. Steve Bruce's West Brom are currently a best price of 3/1 to win the game with over 2.5 goals.
Back possession based teams in the hot weather
It's no secret that teams who retain a lot of the ball do well in the heat. Just think about England's performances in warm weather tournaments over the years.
Therefore, the Acca Scout has picked out four EFL teams to consider on 3pm this Saturday with strong possession stats after two games:
MK Dons (67.1%)
The four teams can be combined in a 113/1 best price acca through oddschecker (worst price 65/1).
Leicester sure to score away at Arsenal?
Having only failed to score in two away league games last season, Leicester visit Arsenal on Saturday and face the difficult task of playing in front of a packed out Emirates Stadium. Many teams struggle to score away from home and crumble under the pressure of a home crowd.
This was not the case for Leicester last season as they scored in all but two games away from home in the league. With their first away game at Arsenal, are they going to continue this trend?
A goal to be scored in Aston Villa vs Everton boosted to EVENS
Aston Villa host Everton in the early kick off on Saturday and both sides will be hoping to pick up some points after suffering defeat in their opening fixtures. William Hill are boosting odds for a goal to be scored in the match from 1/16 to Evens.
In the last six matches between there has been only one goalless draw back in May of 2021. Before that you'd have to go back to 2003 to find the next time both these teams failed to find the back of the net. After disappointing starts, both Gerrard and Lampard will be anxious to get off the mark in the league.
One for the Wednesday EFL Cup Acca?
- Six of Sunderland’s last seven league games have featured fewer than 2.5 goals being scored in total - a run that stretches back to last season
- Five of Sheffield Wednesday’s last eight competitive fixtures have produced under 2.5 goals, including their 1-0 victory over MK Dons on Saturday
- Under 2.5 goals looks good for the Wednesday acca at best price 22/23 (worst 4/5)
Casemiro the obvious card target for Real Madrid vs Frankfurt
With the most tackles per game, most fouls per game & most yellow cards among Real Madrid and Frankfurt players in 2021/22, Casemiro is the stand out option at 13/5.
Real Madrid most backed to win Super Cup
Following Frankfurt’s thrashing at the hands of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, it comes as no surprise to see that 90% of bettors have gone for a Real Madrid victory in tonight’s Super Cup game.
The Champions League holders are best priced odds at 5/11 (worst priced odds at 2/5 with several bookies), so you may find more value in a Real Madrid win with both teams to score (15/8) or Karim Benzema to score anytime (9/11).
Benzema scored 15 goals in Real Madrid’s successful Champions League campaign, with that tally only being beaten in 2015/16 by Cristiano Ronaldo with 16 goals. He scored two goals in their three pre-season matches and will be looking to start this season as he finished off the last, in fine goalscoring form.
Watch out for Union Berlin this weekend
Last year's 5th place finishers Union Berlin started strongly in the German Bundesliga last weekend, beating Hertha Berlin 3-1. However, it was their foul count of 23 which caught the eye of the data collectors on WhoScored.com.
Just one game of course but across the Premier League, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga, the team with the second most fouls was Borussia M.Gladbach with just 18. The Acca Scout recommends looking at the cards market for Union Berlin's game at Mainz on Sunday when that lands later this week!
Extra time the trend in recent UEFA Super Cups
The UEFA Super Cup has gone to extra time in seven of the last nine editions, dating back to 2013.
On the only two occasions it didn't, Real Madrid won vs Sevilla in 2014 and vs Man Utd in 2017). Madrid also won it in 2016 AET (again vs Sevilla).
Real Madrid are a best price 10/1 to win in extra time (worst price 15/2).
Tomorrow's game will also be the first time Real Madrid have faced Eintracht Frankfurt in a competitive match since the 1960 European Cup final - Real Madrid won 7-3.
Super Cup tips to follow double Hawthorns success
Find out what George Gamble is backing in the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Frankfurt in Helsinki. The full article is HERE.
Last night he correctly backed the draw at half-time (21/20) and Karlan Grant to score anytime (21/10) in West Brom vs Watford.
Where are the goals in this week’s EFL Cup matches?
Both teams scored in 16 of the 35 first round matches in the EFL Cup last season. Has InplayMan picked out three with goals for his Tuesday treble?
In the first round, all 48 clubs from EFL League One and League Two will be joined by 22 clubs from the EFL Championship. The two clubs who finished 18th and 19th in the 2021/22 Premier League (Burnley & Watford) enter in round two.
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Spurs most backed despite City’s ominous start
Despite Manchester City's impressive opening to their Premier League defence at West Ham on Sunday, it's actually Spurs who have started this week as the most backed for the Premier League title through oddschecker.