Soccer Odds - English Premier League Week 27 Fixtures Featuring Manchester City vs Liverpool

  • Friday, February 27th, 2015

    By  Ej Garr

    Manchester-City-vs-Liverpool odds

    Soccer Betting: Jose Mourinho took center stage after last weekend's round of matches, and the attention turned to Sky Sports and their interview with the Chelsea headman that took part on Monday.He was offered the opportunity to openly state his concerns, and speak freely without fine or suspension for anything said on the air, and that is an article in and of itself. The interview can be seen at Sky Sports website and anyone following Premier League will likely listen to it. You would also imagine it is probably also on YouTube or Twitter, or your favorite social media outlet by now.

    Getting back to the pitch, Manchester City has closed the gap to five points on Chelsea atop the Premier League table as we enter Round 27.

    Manchester City will be highlighted in our match of the week, as they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpoolon Sunday. Both clubs faced mid-week European competition, with City losing 2 - 1 in their first leg of the tie with Barcelona, and Liverpool coming off a shoot-out defeat that put an end to their Europa League run.

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    Due to scheduling conflicts, there will only be 8 of the 10 matches played this weekend, including domestic league play and cups, as well as European competitions.

    There will also be mid-week fixtures after this weekend's round, so the English pitch will be busy for all of March to come.

    Let's break it down!

    Saturday, February 28- 6 Matches

    Sunderland vs Manchester United

    3-Way: 1: Sunderland +890 Away ; X: +385 Draw ; 2: Man U -275 Home

    Spread: Sunderland +1.5 -135 ; Man U -1.5 +115

    Total 2.5: Over -120 ; Under +100

    Analysis and Prediction:

    We thought Man U would be able to squeeze out a win last weekend, but we now know that Robin Van Persie might miss up to a month after an injury during the Swansea match that is now being reported as a ligament issue. He has been seen wearing leaving the yard wearing a boot.

    United certainly didn't lose the match with Swansea because of a lack of shots, because they put plenty of pressure on Swansea and scored first in the match and kept possession for nearly 2/3 of the match.

    How will the Van Persie injury affect the offense, since no one expects Falcao to be relied on up front to find success finding the net? Plus, we have mentioned how much more suited Falcao would be in a mid-fielder role, but no one has listened to us to this point.

    Naturally, United is a strong favorite at home, as they should be, but how favored should they really be?

    The line setters are making us pay $35 of juice to take the +1.5 on Sunderland, and that is right on the edge of the value line for us around here. Juice is not our friend!

    The Sunderland / West Brom match was a pure snooze fest, with no real threats on goal to speak of. We will suggest this Under 2.5 at +100, since Sunderland won't score, and Man United might find 2 at best.

    Swansea City vs Burnley

    3-Way: 1: Swansea +185 Away ; X: +225 Draw ; 2: Burnley +160 Home

    Spread: Swansea Pk +100 ; Burnley Pk -120

    Total 2.5: Over +120 ; Under -140

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Swansea comes off a sweep of Man United, after winning at home last weekend with a second 2 - 1 win over United this year. Now they have to find a similar emotion to take on Burnley, a club near the bottom of the table.

    Everyone says this is a great spot for a letdown, and it is understandable, since we do see how hard it is for clubs to get themselves back up after an emotional win the weekend before. The line setters also see the letdown coming, with the lines mildly favoring Burnley to find some type of result at home.

    We are undoubtedly suggesting this Over 2.5 at a lovely +120, with a price to enjoy, and no reason to expect these two to have the ability to sit back and play a match with minimal shots on net. This should be hit by the hour mark, so the Over 2.5 makes the board.

    Aston Villa vs Newcastle

    3-Way: 1: Aston Villa +350 Away ; X: +235 Draw ; 2: Newcastle -110 Home

    Spread: Aston Vlla +0.5 -110 ; Newcastle -0.5 -110

    Total 2: Over -135 ; Under +115

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    It was nice of the Villa fans to rise in the 20th minute to welcome in Tim Sherwood as a full time manager. Those kind of moments can affect the rest of the campaign. It almost did, as Villa was in line for a draw at home only to let a terrible decision from Ron Vlaar in the box grant Stoke a PK in extra time. It was certainly on Vlaar for the foul. After the ball took a bit of a deflection off his leg, he turned it over just outside his box, and had to tackle his man with a clear path to the net in the box, which will now also cost him an appearance for this week on the Villa back line.

    Newcastle comes off a 5 - 0 thumping to Man City last weekend, and now needs to regroup from a terrible outing. The match started off terrible, going down 1 - 0 in the 2nd minute, and they found themselves down 3 - 0 in just over 20 minutes. Nothing changed from there, and they only registered one official shot on goal. Last we heard, one shot on net per match does not win many contests.

    This match may end 1 - 1, but it is hard to expect we will see much scoring here. Luckily the Under 2 is decently priced, so we can move that to the under 2.and 2.5 handicap, sitting at -110 as we preview the matches.

    Hull City vs Stoke City

    3-Way: 1: Hull +325 Away ; X: +235 Draw ; 2: Stoke -105 Home

    Spread: Hull +0.5 -115 ; Stoke -0.5 -105

    Total 2: Over -135 ; Under +115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Stoke got the call in the box in extra time that beat Villa last weekend, and it propelled them to 36 points, and a little more comfort in the table. Now they can only make an attempt at the 10 points they sit out of the final European qualification spot that Southampton currently holds.

    Hull City has gone from 19 to 26 points in the last 3 matches, and it has given them some hope to finally be out of the relegation spots for the time being.

    We were shaking our heads in the studio when this total came out at 2, but yet juiced to the Over at -130. There will be three goals here without much of a doubt, and there is a decent +105 on the Over 2 and 2.5 handicap here.

    Move the line and get the value price, and expect the net to be found.

    Southampton vs West Brom

    3-Way: 1: Southampton +125 Away ; X: +220 Draw ; 2: West Brom +250 Home

    Spread: Southampton Pk -170 ; West Brom Pk +145

    Total 2: Over -120 ; Under +100

    Analysis and Prediction:

    West Brom will certainly have to do better than a shot on goal to get by Southampton, no matter how sketchy Southampton has been of late.

    Maybe it was the media who filled Southampton's head full of grace for getting where they were with the injuries and make shift lineups this season. Arsenal and Man United have now passed them in the table, so they have to get back in form soon, or else they will be out of the European discussion sooner than later.

    Southampton will get back on track again this weekend, so we will suggest the lovely +125 on the 3-Way line on the away side here.

    Crystal Palace vs West Ham

    3-Way: 1: C. Palace +275 Away ; X: +235 Draw ; 2: West Ham +110 Home

    Spread: C. Palace +0.5 -130 ; West Ham -0.5 +110

    Total 2.5: Over +115 ; Under -135

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Crystal Palace let us down last weekend, and were really not even in that match with Arsenal, although we had hoped Arsenal might be looking ahead to their match in Champions League with Monaco. West Ham is another club who was sitting in European spots just a month ago, and are now falling out of the group on a weekly basis.

    We will just try to sneak in this Over 2.5 at +115, because we do expect them both to score, as they did in their first meeting this year, when Ham beat Palace in their house 3 - 1 on the front half of the campaign. We see both teams score in plenty of Palace matches, including 6 of the last 8 times out, so why not make it 7 of the last 9, and feed us some net to cash this Over 2.5 on the total.

    Sunday, March 1 - 2Matches

    Featured Match Manchester City vs Liverpool

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    Man City +145

    Liverpool +185

    Draw +245


    Man City Pk -125

    Liverpool Pk +105

    Total 2.5:

    Over -130

    Under +110

    Analysis and Prediction:

    As mentioned, both clubs are coming off disappointing results in their mid-week European competitions, and now Liverpool will no longer be competing in Europa League after their 2 - 0 losson Thursday. The Reds are still alive in the FA Cup, and they host BlackburnMarch 8in that competition.

    Man City should have been down 3 - 1 to Barcelona on their home leg of the Champions League tie, but Messi missed a PK with no time left on the clock. They do have hope in Europe, be it an uphill battle and down 2 - 1 on aggregate with a clash at Camp Nou on deck for them in mid-March.

    Stephen Gerrard will be out for the next couple of weeks at a minimum, and some will say he does not affect much of the game anymore, so his injury is not significant.We disagree with that 100 percent, but it will not change the fact that both of these clubs need these three important points.

    At first blush, the thought of a 1 - 1 match had certainly crossed the thinking process on a play here, but there is plenty of offense on this pitch. One thing Stephen Gerrard brings is a defensive addition that they will be without, so we will see if we can sneak in this Over 2.5 at -130, agreeing with the line setters’ thoughts.

    Everton vs Arsenal

    3-Way: 1: Everton +550 Away ; X: +340 Draw ; 2: Arsenal -190 Home

    Spread: Everton +1 -105 ; Arsenal -1 -115

    Total 2.5: Over -130 ; Under +110

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Arsenal has to rebound from a big 3 - 1 loss to Monaco during the week in Europe, and Everton pushed through their tie with Young Boys in Europa League to find themselves going deeper into the competition.

    We all know how dangerous Arsenal is when they are healthy, and they are definitely putting a team on the pitch they expect to win against. They have quietly moved in to the third place slot in the table, and will surely look to keep that spot, if not aim for Man City just ahead of them.

    It is no mystery that Timmy Howard can change the complexion of a match with his goal keeping prowess, and we expect a low-scoring match to take place here, even with the Arsenal offense doing well right now.

    Hoping for a 1 - 1 match and a call on the Under 2.5 at +110.

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