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Top ten football betting tips - FCNaija

News By: Ambrose Udeme | 17/03/2018

Betting Tips

RB Leipzig v Bayern Munich

Last season’s top two face off on Sunday when RB Leipzig host champions Bayern Munich, who know they can secure a sixth straight Bundesliga title this weekend with a win combined with slip-ups from Schalke and Borussia Dortmund.

RBL are yet to beat Bayern in four meetings, although they did manage a draw in the second round of the DFB Cup this season before losing on penalties.

This fixture has seen 14 goals in three Bundesliga meetings. The average of 4.7 goals per game is more than any other current top-flight match-up. I tip both sides to score.

Prediction

Leipzig 2-3 Bayern

Stoke City v Everton

Stoke will assess forward Mame Biram Diouf, who missed Monday's defeat by Manchester City after hurting his shoulder in the Potters' previous game.

Saido Berahino could also come back into contention after improving his fitness levels but Stephen Ireland and Lee Grant remain out.

Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson is out for several weeks with a knee injury. Ashley Williams serves the second game of a three-match ban, but Idrissa Gueye returns after illness.

Stoke are winless in their last four matches against Everton (D1, L3), having won the previous three. However, Everton haven't won both league matches in a season against Stoke since the Potters' first campaign in the Premier League in 2008-09.

Theo Walcott, who was forced off last weekend with cramp, but is fit to play. While Everton look safe now and don't need too much more to be completely sure of top flight football next season, it is different for Stoke, who have become draw specialists under Paul Lambert. At the very least The Potters should get a point from this tie.

Prediction

Stoke 1-1 Everton

Cologne v Bayer Leverkusen

The odds are stacked heavily in the favour of Leon Bailey and Co. when free-scoring Bayer Leverkusen visit Rhineland neighbours Cologne on Sunday.

The Billy Goats have failed to win any of their last four games against their local rivals (two wins, two draws). Leverkusen have only lost at Cologne twice in the last 25 years – both times it cost Die Werkself the Bundesliga title.

Cologne were well beaten on Monday night, losing 3-1 at Werder Bremen, a week after going down 3-2 at home to Stuttgart. Leverkusen in my opinion will score in this tie.

Prediction

Cologne 2-1 Leverkusen

Liverpool v Watford

Liverpool could recall captain Jordan Henderson, who was on the bench for Saturday's defeat at Manchester United. Long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne remains out, while 18-year-old striker Ben Woodburn is also unavailable for Saturday's game. Watford defender Craig Cathcart is back in contention after recovering from a hip problem. Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu, Nathaniel Chalobah, Younes Kaboul and Isaac Success remain injured.

Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes could return to the squad, having sat out the defeat at Arsenal after missing training because of personal reasons. Liverpool have won eight of 10 games against Watford since the turn of the century (D1, L1). The sides drew 3-3 in August's reverse fixture, while Watford's most recent win was a 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road on 20 December 2015.

The Hornets' last win at Anfield was a 1-0 victory on 14 August 1999, when Tommy Mooney hit the winner.

The way Liverpool defended against Manchester United was not good at all, but they are still dangerous going forward. If that clicks again, I would go with a routine Reds win, which would lift them back into third place in the table.

Prediction

Liverpool 3-0 Watford

Huddersfield v Crystal Palace

Huddersfield midfielder Danny Williams has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after breaking an ankle. Elias Kachunga is available for the first time since damaging knee ligaments in December, while Philip Billing is also fit.

Mamadou Sakho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Yohan Cabaye have all been passed fit following lengthy spells out. Wilfried Zaha has shown no ill-effects after appearing as a substitute on his comeback last week and is set to start.

Palace have won just one of their last 13 league matches against Huddersfield (D7, L5). Huddersfield who have failed to score in all five previous top-flight matches between the clubs have scored 18 goals in their last five league wins over Palace, an average of 3.6 goals per game, whilst conceding just once. The Eagles' last away triumph away at Huddersfield was a 2-1 Championship win in 2000.

The home side were forced to settle for a point despite dominating against 10-man Swansea last week. I think Palace will score at the John Smith's Stadium.

Prediction

Huddersfield 2-2 Palace

Borussia Monchengladbach v Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim head to injury-stricken Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday in search of the win that could take them back into the top six for the first time since December.

While Gladbach have been slowing drifting away from the European places, Hoffenheim have been building up quite the head of steam. After winning back-to-back Bundesliga matches for the first time this season, Julian Nagelsmann’s side are now unbeaten in three and start the weekend just two points adrift of sixth-placed RB Leipzig.

Gladbach have not been exactly helped by squad that has been decimated by injury. Reece Oxford, Dennis Zakaria, Vincenzo Grifo and Jannik Vestergaard are the latest names all set for prolonged spells on the sidelines, taking the the Foals' list of absentees into double figures, which means Hecking could field a team of injured outfield players. It all means fringe players Mandela Egbo, Patrick Hermman, Josip Drmic and Mikael Cuisance could come in for this tie. Christoph Kramer remains a doubt for this game with a knee problem, but may be needed to battle though if even half fit.

Hoffenheim have lined up with the same starting XI in each of their last two - wins over Augsburg and Wolfsburg - but will be without midfielders Dennis Geiger, who suffered a season-ending hamstring injury last time out, and Lukas Rupp.

The last nine Bundesliga games between these sides have produced 40 goals, for an average of 4.4 per game. The Foals have already conceded six defeats in the Rückrunde. Despite their poor run, I am forced to take sides with Gladbach who in my opinion will get at least a point out of this tie.

Prediction

Monchengladbach 1-0 Hoffenheim

Eintracht Frankfurt v Mainz 05

Nigeria's Leon Balogun's Mainz will vacate the relegation play-off spot if they can better Wolfsburg's result against Schalke, when they travel to Eintracht Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena on Saturday.

While fifth-placed Frankfurt were denied a share of the spoils in Dortmund last time out by an injury-time Michy Batshuayi goal - their Eagles' second defeat in three games, Mainz remain in deep trouble towards the foot of the standings following their narrow 1-0 home defeat to Schalke. The 05ers have occupied the relegation play-off spot for a number of weeks now, but at least have the relative comfort of a seven-point cushion on the automatic relegation zone.

Despite their 3-2 loss to Dortmund last Sunday, Frankfurt who have have won their last four Bundesliga home games, which is their best run for nearly 18 years still have their best ever points haul after 26 games, with 42. Only champions in waiting Bayern Munich have conceded fewer goals (18) than Eintracht's 30.

Frankfurt have scored a league-high seven goals through substitutes. Mainz are third by that measure with six. Mainz have only conceded twice in their last four games. The Commerzbank Arena i a tough ground to go and with Mainz dwindling form, I'm tipping Frankfurt to take all three points from this one.

Prediction

Frankfurt 2-0 Mainz

Bournemouth v West Brom

Bournemouth duo Joshua King and Ryan Fraser are both doubtful with respective neck and back issues. Manager Eddie Howe has also revealed several other unnamed squad members have niggles and are being assessed.

West Brom are expected to recall Jonny Evans after he missed last week's defeat by Leicester through injury, but Gareth Barry remains sidelined. This game comes too soon for Daniel Sturridge and Nacer Chadli, both of whom will return to training next week. James Morrison is still out with an Achilles problem.

Victory for West Brom would secure a first league double over Bournemouth since 1992-93, when both sides were in the third tier. The Baggies won 1-0 against Bournemouth on the opening day, one of just three league wins for them this season.Bournemouth are unbeaten in both of their previous Premier League home fixtures against West Brom.

Alan Pardew is winless in his three previous Premier League matches against Eddie Howe (D1, L2).

While Bournemouth are without a win in four Premier League matches, drawing two and losing two, a seventh successive defeat for the Baggies should they fall at the Vitality Stadium would equal their longest losing streak in the Premier League (set between February and April 2003).

Alan Pardew who is winless in his three previous Premier League matches against Eddie Howe faces another uphill task as he takes on the Cherries who are unbeaten in both of their previous Premier League home fixtures against West Brom.

Howe's men almost always concede, having kept only one clean sheet in their past 20 matches - but I'm still backing them to win and climb away from the relegation zone.

Prediction

Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom
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