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Reds to go nine clear? Get Liverpool v Man City & more Premier League tips

Leigh Copson 6 Nov 2019
Liverpool (credit:Martin Rickett/EMPICS Sport)

Premier League predictions for the weekend of November 9/10. Bettingpro tipster Leigh Copson nailed a 7/1 Premier League pick last Saturday, and he is looking for more success this weekend. Get his and Ben’s favourite bets from this latest round of fixtures in England’s top flight, including Liverpool v Manchester City. Read on to get our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

Ben’s Bet: Wolves v Aston Villa (Sunday 14:00 GMT) 

Wolves and Aston Villa go into their match on Sunday desperately looking for the points to lift them up and away from the very weak floor currently placed above the drop to the Championship. Wanderers come into the clash unbeaten in their last six games in the league but, damagingly for the outfit, they have only two wins in this time, with the other matches all ending in draws after a start to the season that has been strong if unspectacular. Their victories over Watford and Manchester City were exceptionally impressive, with the latter particularly good, but the dropping of points against the likes of Southampton at home and a ten-man Newcastle will irk Nuno Espirito Santo greatly, with Wolves yet to reach the heights of last season. Aston Villa meanwhile have picked up 11 points from their opening 11 games which means they are three clear of Southampton in 18th and the final relegation spot. An ability to score goals has been evident across the campaign as they have netted 16 times, bettered only by the likes of Tottenham (17 goals), Chelsea and Liverpool (both 25), Leicester (27) and Manchester City (34). Interestingly though, Wesley, who has netted four times this season, is Villa's top scorer at this point, and the fact their top scorer has only put the ball in the back of the net for a quarter of their total goals means that the newly-promoted side are showing a real ability to share the load as far as goals are concerned. This means that Wolves will need to be aware of multiple different goal threats in their clash at the weekend. However, this does mean that if Villa are to go behind and have to go searching for a goal, then they will not have any single major goal scorer to turn to, which can often see a team needlessly launching the ball into the box in the hope of finding a touch from someone rather than utilising the goal scoring nose of a real top scorer.

While Villa will be looking to make the most out of Wolves struggles to win games, they will be very aware of the fact that their hosts have lost just once at home this season which came in a very entertaining match against Chelsea, which Wanderers lost 5-2. However, since mid-September, Wolves have not lost a match in the league, while Villa have gone over a month without a win on the road, with their last and only win away from home coming in an impressive 5-1 triumph over Norwich. It should be noted that the last time the two teams played came in the League Cup at Villa Park, where Wolves were beaten 2-1 by their opponents as their cup run was ended with a whimper, as Wanderers saw just 28% of the ball on the night. The away side will be hoping to channel some of that same spirit this weekend, but they will be aware of what a different beast Wolves are in the league and on their own turf. With this in mind, we are backing Wanderers to win this one and pick up a huge three points, with Villa a side they simply have to beat if they are to challenge in the top-half of the table once again. In order to give this bet more value we have utilised bet365's bet builder and added both teams to score. As previously mentioned, Villa have been good going forward, scoring 16 times, however, they have also shipped 18 goals at the back as they have struggled to stay compact, especially on the road, where they have conceded 11 of their 18 goals this term. Wolves meanwhile have scored and conceded 14 apiece and also look like they are struggling to get the balance right on the pitch. Both teams scoring is largely built on the fact that only three of Wolves' 11 games this season have seen one side keep a clean sheet, both in 2-0 wins over Watford and Manchester City, with the exception of their 0-0 draw with Leicester back in August. Since that win over City in early October though, Wolves have not kept a clean sheet as they have drawn 1-1 with Southampton, Newcastle and Arsenal. This inability to keep the ball out of their own net lately means we are confident of both teams scoring in this one along with a Wolves win. 

Leigh’s Bet: Liverpool v Manchester City (Sunday 16:30 GMT)

Fans of Liverpool and Manchester City will have had this match circled on their fixture list ever since the scheduled was released, and while it is far too early to deem it a ‘title deciding’ clash we saw last season just how important this fixture is likely to be in the title race. The Reds boasted a seven-point lead at the top when they paid a visit to the Etihad Stadium at the start of January, but they saw their 20-game unbeaten start to the season come to a sudden halt with a 2-1 defeat and as they stuttered over the next few weeks, Pep Guardiola’s side moved up through the gears to take advantage and go on a red-hot run of form that allowed them to finish one point clear at the top. So if Liverpool fans are feeling a worrying sense of déjà vu right now you can forgive them. The Merseyside giants have dropped just two points through their first 11 games of the season, winning 10 times, and that fantastic unbeaten start has allowed them to capitalise on a few City slip-ups to open up a six-point lead at the top of the table. While Liverpool have been, pardon the pun, red-hot, City have shown some vulnerabilities with a shock defeat away to newly-promoted Norwich City and a surprising loss at home to Wolves. They have also dropped points at home to an underperforming Tottenham Hotspur side this season and struggled to beat Southampton at the Etihad last weekend, so it is fair to say that at this point in time they are not the terrifying force they were over the final few months of last season as they surged to the title. However, it would be foolish to think that this is the start of some sort of collapse from the Eastlands club. City will almost certainly get back on top form soon and a victory over Liverpool on Sunday could be the spark they needed, moving them to with three points of their rivals in the title race. So can City leave Anfield with the spoils or can Liverpool open up a commanding nine-point lead ahead of the latest international break?

This is a tough one to call. Liverpool have taken 31 points from their first 11 games of the season but it has not been easy over the past several weeks with each of their last five Premier League victories coming via a single goal. They have been forced to show their mettle in several of those games too – it took a 95th minute goal to snatch victory at home to Leicester City, they had to bounce back from conceding in the first minute to beat Tottenham Hotspur, and they needed goals in the 87th and 94th minutes to come from behind to steal a 2-1 win at Aston Villa last weekend. So as you can see, they have not been overly convincing during this run. However, have these results shown us that the 2019/20 Liverpool team are ready to take the next step and finally end the club’s long-running title drought? During that dodgy patch they had last season these were the sorts of games where Klopp’s side would lose points and they always say that a sign of a good team, especially a title-winning team, is that they can still record victories when they are not at their best. Liverpool are finding ways to get the job done right now so I find myself leaning towards them coming out on top in this huge top-of-the-table clash. It feels almost inevitable that they will need a couple of goals though – City very rarely draw a blank and Liverpool have been leaking goals so far. The Reds have managed only three clean sheets in the 17 competitive fixtures they have played so far, with one of them coming against lower league opposition, and they have not managed to shut out a single opponent at Anfield. That makes backing Liverpool to win & both teams to score very tempting, but I am looking for a bigger return and really like the look of Liverpool winning 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1. This has been a winning bet on EIGHT of their 11 Premier League fixtures so far and could be a winner again on Sunday!

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