Galatasary have kept four clean sheets in their last five games, and at home have only conceded two goals in their last seven games.
A difficult Premier League card over the weekend where it’s hard to be confident enough about anything to recommend a solid bet at odds on; and it’s perhaps better to look for some speculative value.
Manchester City’s game against Barcelona looks a real blockbuster and the home side does look to have a genuine chance of winning.
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Four goals against Cardiff at the weekend made Manchester City the quickest side in English top league history to score 100 goals in a season, and spread betting firm Sporting Index reckon Manuel Pellegrini’s men are going to beat the mark for the most goals scored in an English season in all competitions out of sight.
How Aston Villa are mid-table has me flummoxed to be honest. To me they are consistently looking like one of the four weakest teams in the division yet if the table doesn’t lie, there are nine teams worse.
The decision to disallow Cheick Tiote’s goal for Newcastle against Manchester City is certainly the worst I have seen of its kind, and it was hardly surprising that Alan Pardew lost his rag somewhat.
Bookmakers are betting on how many losses Manchester United are going to suffer in the league this season, with Paddy Power going 11/4 that they will be beaten eight times and 11/4 nine times.
Sam Allardyce’s men have shipped a few goals lately but if we take away their four games against the current top four, West Ham have conceded only 17 goals in 16 games against top flight opposition.
During the 2005 Ashes series, Shane Warne bowled a bouncer outside off-stump to Kevin Pietersen, a ball that the was watched through with a smirk, followed by wry smiles and giggles all round.
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