Arsenal put in a storming end to last season to secure Champions League football but this time around they are losing momentum at just the wrong time.
I’m against Manchester United in tonight’s Manchester derby. It’s not just a perception that David Moyes’ men are having a rough old time of it against top teams – it’s backed up by the statistics.
Sometimes a single game can turn a season around – look what followed Aston Villa’s 4-1 win against Norwich – and there are reasons for thinking that at a shade of odds on Manchester United are a good bet to beat West Ham on Saturday.
With the World Cup approaching, Neymar was always going to be a name on everybody’s lips. However, rather than his form on the field, it is his controversial transfer to Barcelona that is currently attracting the most discussion.
A late equaliser for Fiorentina in the first leg of this last 16 tie gained them an unexpected 1-1 draw and I see this as a chance to get a price about laying the home side.
Of the two Champions League ties on Wednesday night I would be happier taking a position about the Dortmund game than the fixture at Old Trafford.
Manchester City are not on a good run on the face of it. They’ve lost two in a row and were pretty awful for 65 minutes when getting dumped out of the FA Cup by Wigan. But although they lost to Barcelona in midweek, they played very well indeed in my opinion.
I’ve been lucky enough to see Big Buck’s score twice at Cheltenham. Indeed I once saw someone (successfully) place a £30,000 win bet on him in the Betfair tent. Nice. The issue here revolves around whether Big Buck’s can regain the crown that injury denied him defending last season.
There’s something not quite right at Barcelona.
Picking Cheltenham winners is the minefield at the best of times, but with horses having run on soft ground for months, and the underfoot conditions now changing to good, we should tread even more carefully as there’s a chance of recent form going out of the window.
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