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Brighton v Crystal Palace – Premier League
Brighton have full strength available to them once again, with just Sidwell out, and despite putting a lot into their weekend clash with Man Utd just one change in personnel is expected, with Izquierdo replacing March in a manager’s choice out wide. Murray could struggle to come through 90 minutes given his age and quick turnaround time, but it’s not likely he’s benched for Hemed. The loss against Man Utd won’t have impacted morale, and they head into this rivalry clash with Crystal Palace in good spirits, sitting in the top half of the table. There’s a lot at stake in this game and they’ll believe they can win, with anything less disappointing. The 0 handicap is fair considering their home form, with a balanced approach taken in what is a game they will be desperate to win. In general, Brighton don’t enjoy high scoring, open games, so against Crystal Palace, who haven’t scored away from home, the 2 total goals line is fair. They won’t be too expansive in their approach early on, preferring to build methodically, only taking risks if behind at any point. Should they get in front, they’d be content to dig in and hit on the counter, defending what they have.
Crystal Palace have no new injury concerns, being at full strength bar a couple of fringe players who don’t weaken with their absences. After a crucial weekend win changes are expected to be minimal, with Benteke for McArthur the only likely change. Dann and Speroni, who have been regulars, are set to remain benched as Tomkins and Hennessey are preferred respectively. The weekend win continued their recent upturn in results, but on their travels they’re still to score or take a point, so they won’t be getting carried away. Desire to do well in this game will be very high, and a 0 handicap is a fair reflection of their chances. A draw suits them more, but they’ll be playing to win, keeping an organised shape as they hunt their first clean sheet of the season. Goals haven’t come on the road yet, so the total goals line of 2 is about right for what is likely to be a cagey game against their biggest rivals. They’ll set up to be well organised first and foremost, relying on counters as their main outlet. While it’s level they won’t take risks, but if they go behind they’d have little choice but to open up, which would increase the chances of goals.
Prediction: Over 2.00 goals
Watford v Manchester United – Premier League
Watford will need to hand a late fitness test to Britos, who is struggling with a knock, but even if fit it’s unlikely he starts as Prodl is a stronger alternative to step in at centre back. The rest of the team should remain intact from the last game, being close to its best, with just a few fringe players out. Deeney returns but should make the bench as Gray continues up front. The mood in the Watford camp has significantly improved following back to back wins, and though home form hasn’t been great thus far, they’ll believe they can continue their good run and beat Man Utd. They’re deserved underdogs with a +0.75 handicap and will see a draw as a good result, but if they’re organised defensively it’s within their abilities, taking a fairly cautious approach throughout. Against Man Utd the first priority for Watford will be to remain organised at the back, knowing that if the game opens up they may struggle to keep pace. The 2.75 total goals line is fair and could be crossed with an early goal, especially if Watford get it, even if they put all effort into defending a lead. At no point will they be risky in their approach, knowing an open game suits Man Utd.
Man Utd are once again expected to be without Bailly and Jones at centre back, with both struggling with injuries. Mourinho is expected to rotate a bit following the weekend, with Valencia, Mata and Matic all leading candidates to be handed a rest, Darmian, Ander Herrera and Fellaini getting opportunities as they move to 4-3-3. Given they have a big game at the weekend further change is possible. Away form has been a little patchy of late, and while they managed to win at the weekend they were made to work very hard for their three points. A trip to in-form Watford won’t be easy, but only a win will be deemed satisfactory as they try and pressure Man City. A -0.75 will be a tricky handicap to overcome, but they’ll hope to control possession and score early before managing the game. The ideal scenario for Man Utd in this clash is to score first, control the tempo and escape with a narrow win. They’ll only really open up and attack if level late or facing a deficit, which could make crossing the 2.75 total goals line a bit tougher. They’d back their defensive resolve to secure a clean sheet, and would likely tighten up if they found themselves ahead at any point.
Prediction: Under 2.50 goals
Reading v Barnsley – Championship
Predicting the starting eleven Jaap Stam names for Reading every game is no easy task given how regularly he likes to change. However the fact is he does not have that much strength in depth right now given the injury situation. Still, at least one change from the weekend is anticipated, with Beerens possibly recalled. Swift, Obita and McCleary are the biggest injuries right now. Only a victory for Reading would allow them to beat the -0.5 handicap. They have only won five league games over the whole season, and just twice at home, giving them one of the lowest-ranked home records in the Championship. They will still expect to win this game, especially as most teams expect to beat a team like Barnsley, who were expected to struggle. Reading will stick to their normal game. Only Millwall, Norwich and Birmingham have been involved in lower-scoring matches than Reading. They witness an average of 2.4 goals per game in their Championship matches. Six of their 9 at home have failed to beat the 2.5 goal line. This game though has the makings of quite an open affair, meaning there could be chances at either end. Reading are one of the lowest scorers in the division.
Barnsley will make changes as Paul Heckingbottom often rotates his team when they play at least twice in the same week. Tricky winger Hammill is banned anyway, whilst Bradshaw could be rested. Gardner, Hedges and Ugbo may come in, which may not strengthen the team in relation to quality, but it is fresher. Thiam may be back from injury, most likely among the substitutes. Over their last four away games, Barnsley have been unbeaten, not losing against the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich. They are something of an unpredictable team given their youthful exuberance, but one thing is for certain is that they will play to win. The +0.5 handicap would be beaten with at least a draw, but going all-out to win is quite a risky strategy which may or may not work. The last four games has seen Barnsley participate in match-ups that have not beaten the 2.5 goal line. Away from home they have scored three and four goals at Millwall and Burton Albion respectively, and only once have they failed to score away from home. They will play to win and try to outscore the opponents, and an early goal certainly opens matters up even more than anticipated.
Prediction: Under 2.50 goals
Blackpool v Blackburn – League One
Blackpool have concerns over Daniel and Tilt who could both well miss this match. Delfouneso could come in to replace Daniel and ensure only a slight weakening to the side while Tilt may have to be replaced by the experienced Taylor playing out of position. They will look to make few other changes however. Robertson, Cullen and McAlister are still out. They have been performing reasonably well without blowing teams away. They may struggle with the quality of their opponents and that is why the handicap line is set at +0.5. They have both conceded and scored no goals in the last two fixtures. They are likely to keep the game very tight once again as they will hope to limit their strong opponent’s chances. This could see under 2.25 goals.
Blackburn Rovers continue to be without Conway who weakens the starting line-up. However, Antonsson will be able to cover at left wing and they will likely name a similar side once again as they look to sustain their form. Bennett could have been afforded a rest in the previous match so will hope to return. Their form has been very strong in the last three games and they will hope to be dominant once again. This could see them have too much ability and threat for their opponents and could see them beat the -0.5 handicap line. Blackburn Rovers have shown a greater ability to score more goals recently. They will be hopeful of going on to win the game convincingly in this fixture and could push for over 2.25 goals.
Prediction: Blackburn -0.50 Asian Handicap