Betbiga games preview look at the market ahead of games coming up over the weekend, with just 3 more games left to play, the battle for survival is on, while some leagues have been wrapped already, every game is important and has got its consequences.
Plus there’s a FA Cup final this weekend, which is delicately poised and set to be interesting.
We have selected 5 games you would like to have on your Betbiga betting slips.
Now, let’s dive into this week’s preview.
RETURN TO LA LIGA ALL BUT GUARANTEED
Espanyol is unbeaten in 15 games and has already secured their promotion to La Liga. Cartagena has only lost one of their last eight games, pulling themselves out of the relegation zone. Only one of the last six games featuring either of these sides has ended win both teams scoring.
Espanyol welcome Cartagena to RCDE Stadium on Friday night with the hosts hoping to pick up the three points to move them closer to the Segunda Liga title.
The hosts have now gone 15 games without a loss and, whilst their promotion is already confirmed, they will be looking to pick up another three points to at least keep their six-point lead at the top.
Cartagena has moved out of the relegation zone recently as they start to find a form with just one loss in their last eight games. They are still only one point above the relegation zone but have given themselves a great shot of survival.
This game should be an entertaining one but Espanyol comes in as heavy favorites and we think that they should pick up the three points in this one.
These two sides have only managed to see both teams scoring in one of their last six games between them and we think this game should continue that pattern and we’re predicting both teams won’t score in this encounter. Espanyol should pick up a relatively easy win and we’re forecasting a 2-0 victory for the hosts.
CITY AIMING TO CONFIRM TITLE TRIUMPH
Both teams have scored in eight of Newcastle’s last nine Premier League home games. Man City has won each of their last 11 Premier League away matches. Also, Man City has won each of their last three meetings with Newcastle in league and cup. Man City has kept just three clean sheets in the last ten Premier League fixtures.
Manchester City has already been confirmed as the 2020/21 Premier League champions by the time they kick-off at St. James’ Park on Friday evening as rivals United dropped points in midweek, though the Citizens can confirm their position as top dogs with a win against Newcastle.
Pep Guardiola’s charges missed their first shot at clinching the title on Saturday evening when their rotated XI was turned over 2-1 by their Champions League final opponents Chelsea at The Etihad Stadium.
Sergio Aguero fluffed a Panenka style penalty with City leading 1-0 before Thomas Tuchel’s Blues dampened the celebratory mood further with two second-half efforts, and the Argentinean striker could be pulled straight back out of the team for Friday’s fixture as a result.
Criticism of Steve Bruce has felt pretty harsh given the number of injuries to key players his side have suffered this season, but the Magpies showed what they can do with their best 11 when hammering Leicester 4-2 last time out.
Callum Wilson found the net twice against the Foxes and the England forward is a major threat on the break. The Magpies also have the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin, Joe Willock, and Miguel Almiron carrying plenty of attacking threat, and while it may be tough to beat Man City, they have the forward potential to at least find the net.
The Toon Army has scored 12 goals in their last six matches. Those goals have come against Spurs, Burnley, West Ham, Liverpool, and Leicester, so it isn’t as if Bruce’s side are finding the net against lowly opposition either.
ANOTHER STUMBLING BLOCK TO EUROPEAN PLACES
WEST HAM UNITED bombed at home in their last game and daren’t afford any more slip-ups on the south coast against a Brighton side free from relegation worries.
David Moyes’ side fell to a hugely disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Everton in one of their weakest displays of the season to almost certainly end their Champions League hopes.
It’s behind them they need to look now with Liverpool a point behind them going into Thursday’s rearranged game at Manchester United.
It would be a huge shame if the Hammers were to miss out on Europe given the outstanding season they’ve had and a win at the Amex is imperative.
Interestingly, Brighton will be without suspended talisman Lewis Dunk for the game and the omens are not good for the hosts when that happens – he’s missed seven games since Albion returned to the top flight and they’ve failed to win any of them and only taken three points.
So it’s a golden opportunity for the London side to take advantage.
The sides fought out an entertaining draw just after Christmas at the London Stadium which finished in a 2-2 draw. In fact, the last four meetings between the sides have ended in a stalemate with plenty of goals too. West Ham hasn’t won in Brighton in ten years.
THE FOXES HAVE NEVER LIFTED THE FA CUP
It has been a memorable season for both sides with the Blues reaching the Euro showpiece against the odds and Brendan Rodgers’ men on course to qualify for the Champions League.
Both still have a bit of work to do to secure a top-four Premier League finish after Chelsea lost at home to Arsenal on Wednesday to stay two points behind the third-placed Foxes.
Leicester warmed up for the Cup Final with a morale-boosting 2-1 win at Old Trafford, a match where all three of my tips came up, but they are still outsiders for a Wembley win. That’s because the Blues have consistently risen to the occasion under Thomas Tuchel, seeing off both Madrid clubs in Europe and twice defeating new Premier League champions Manchester City.
While Leicester has never lifted the Cup, Chelsea has won it six times since 2000 and will be out to make amends for last year’s defeat to Arsenal in the final.
Leicester has a decent record against Chelsea of late, losing just two of the last eight meetings. Four of those matches ended in draws with the Foxes claiming two wins.
Rodgers’ side won 2-0 at the King Power earlier this season but lost 1-0 to the Blues in last season’s FA Cup (below). Leicester have never lifted the FA Cup and they will need to see off potential European champions Chelsea to make history at Wembley.
BOTH TEAMS AIMING TO FINISH STRONG
Burnley is in the midst of an eight-match winless run at Turf Moor. Leeds has lost just one of their last eight league matches.
Burnley and Leeds meet at Turf Moor for a lunchtime tussle between two hugely contrasting styles of football on Saturday, where Marcelo Bielsa’s silky technicians could get the better of the host’s brawn.
The Clarets relegated Fulham in their last outing thanks to a 2-0 triumph at Craven Cottage, though it’s worth noting that six of Burnley’s last seven Premier League victories have come on the road.
At Turf Moor, their results have been dismal in comparison and Sean Dyche’s men are currently on the longest winless streak in the division on home soil (eight games).
Leeds have excelled in tests against the Premier League’s loftier reputations this season and that was certainly the case last week when they tossed Tottenham around in a 3-1 win at Elland Road.
With just one defeat in eight league assignments overall, Leeds is finishing the campaign with a flourish, though they will need to keep the wins coming in their final three games to secure a top-half spot.
Leeds is the only team in the Premier League yet to draw a single away game this term, which suggests there will be a winner in Lancashire on Saturday.
With Burnley’s alarming poor run of results at Turf Moor a factor, and Leeds playing with real confidence following a string of top performances against Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur – Bielsa’s boys could be worth backing to pocket the points.
Leeds beat Burnley 1-0 when the teams last met in December and they are priced generously to complete the double over their hosts this weekend. With Chris Wood – who has bagged eight goals in his last eight games – in red-hot form, Burnley can impact the scoresheet this time around, however, and that in turn makes a 2-1 Leeds victory a correct score prediction worth taking.
PICK OF 5 GAMES:
ESPANYOL VS CARTAGENA – 1 – 1.65
NEWCASTLE VS MANCHESTER CITY – OVER 2.5 – 1.54
BRIGHTON VS WEST HAM UNITED – X2 – 1.42
CHELSEA VS LEICESTER CITY – 1 – 1.86
BURNLEY VS LEEDS UNITED – GG – 1.55
TOTAL ODDS: 10.41