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Reds to bounce back? Get Premier League tips for October 26/27

Leigh Copson 22 Oct 2019
Mohamed Salah (credit:Anthony Devlin/EMPICS Sport)

Premier League predictions for the weekend of October 26/27. Bettingpro writers Ben Darvill and Leigh Copson have picked out their favourite bets from this weekend’s matches in England’s top flight. Read on to get our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

Leigh’s Bet: Manchester City v Aston Villa (Saturday 12:30 BST)

Manchester City took full advantage of Liverpool’s first slip-up of the season last weekend. Pep Guardiola’s side bounced back from the shock defeat to Wolves prior to the international break as they ran out 2-0 winners at Crystal Palace, and 24 hours later they saw Liverpool settle for a 1-1 draw at Manchester United that means the gap between the top two is now six points heading into this weekend. City will be eager to keep the heat on their rivals this weekend, having seen Liverpool blow a similar lead last season, and they have the ideal fixture in the form of Aston Villa. Villa, of course, have finally made their return to the Premier League this season and after a slow start that saw them lose three of their first four games and win only one of the first seven, Dean Smith’s side have been able to kick-start their campaign around the international break. They went into the break on the back on an excellent 5-1 victory at Norwich City and followed that up with a 2-1 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion when they returned to action last weekend. Those two victories have taken Villa’s unbeaten run in all competitions to four games, but can we really expect them to make it five without loss by taking something from this Saturday lunchtime kick-off at the Etihad Stadium?

We have seen City slip up a couple of times already this season, losing away to Norwich City and at home to Wolves, but it would be pretty foolish to take on the defending Premier League champions, especially on their home patch. They have been outstanding at home since Guardiola took the reins and we have seen nothing so far from Villa on the road that would suggest they can spring an upset here – they have lost three of their first four away from home since returning to the top flight and that should become four defeats in five here. The question is, how do we back Manchester City and make a decent profit? This is where bet365’s Bet Builder feature comes into play – allowing us to combine several markets from the match in the pursuit of good odds. First of all I expect the home side to win this match pretty comfortably and given that all seven of their Premier League wins so have been by at least two goals I expect more of the same here. They have also been fast starters, leading at half-time in all but one of the top-flight matches they have won so far so that makes Man City/Man City in the Half-time/Full-time market a must. And for my final two selections for this bet I am backing goals. They always appear to be on the cards when City play and given that Villa’s last five fixtures have produced at least four goals, this could turn into another high-scoring contest that sees Villa at least find the back of the net in a losing effort.

Ben’s Bet: Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday 16:30 GMT)

In this one we have two teams that many thought would be battling near to the top of the table this season with an apparent long-overdue Premier League title in the offing. While one has achieved this early-season goal of still being in the race for the title and, indeed, setting the pace at the top, the other has seen their form completely fall off a cliff, with Tottenham Hotspur’s 2019/20 campaign already threatening to turn into a complete disaster. Home side Liverpool come into this one on the back of a near-perfect start to their season with eight wins and a single draw in nine seeing the side open up a six point lead at the top of the table. Powerful performances against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester has seen the European champions beat three of the current top five. With Manchester City struggling to really get going after suffering two defeats and a draw, Liverpool have excelled and boast that six point gap, while they have more than doubled Tottenham’s points tally this campaign. Spurs come into this one without a win in their last two and having achieved parity in the table across their nine games, with three wins, three draws and three losses seeing the London side limp onto 12 points, five short of Chelsea in fourth and 13 behind leaders Liverpool. Their last game, a 1-1 draw with Watford at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, was typical Spurs this season. The Hornets are a side that had only picked up three points in eight before their draw with Tottenham, scoring just four times and conceding 20, the joint-most in the league. Pundits pointed to this one being the perfect chance for Tottenham to get back to winning ways, but their current inability to defend, attack or string consistent and meaningful sequences of play together saw the side drop two points yet again, with their 12 shots and 70% possession culminating in just two shots on target and a single goal that came in the 86th minute, 80 minutes after the visiting side had taken the lead. Clearly, things are not right for Tottenham at the moment, and their apparent off-field issues are hurting their fortunes on it. 

The recent results between the two sides has seen Liverpool win their last three in a row including the Champions League final in June, while they have lost just two of their last 17, with 10 wins in this time. The challenge for Tottenham in this one will be matching the defensive performance of Manchester United last week after they held Liverpool to just one late goal in the game, whilst also massively improving on their attacking intent, with the London side looking blunt when they go forward recently. While Spurs will be desperate to sharpen a frontline that looks like a shadow of their former-selves, they must also contend with arguably the best front-three in world football, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino absolutely lethal. While the three forwards playing well and in-tune has been a near-constant feature for Liverpool, where they have also excelled is the ability of one or two of the stars to step up when things are not going well for all three in the match. So far this year, Mane and Salah have stepped up while Firmino has struggled, with the pair netting five and four goals respectively. While Tottenham are usually no slouches at the back, they, like every other team on the planet, will be petrified of what the Reds can do when they get their front-three quick and accurate ball. With this in mind, we feel that backing Mane, a player that has excelled under Jurgen Klopp to the point that he is being discussed in the bracket of the very best players in the world, to score is the right option to take. Along with this we are backing the game to see more than 2.5 goals, something that has happened in five of the last seven matches between the two sides. 

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