The international break for November is over!
Whether players on your team get injured, or bag hat tricks, representing their country, it all comes back to league action. It’s the season for squad depth, and it will be a key factor in choosing the best bets for Saturday.
I went 2-1 and 1-2 the two Saturdays before the international break. I don’t even want to recap week 1-2. I blew the Manchester Derby selection (draw), which was always a risky gamble, but the over 2.5 at Brighton-New Castle was brutal. A 1-1 draw, and it SHOULD have been a penalty awarded to Newcastle to secure the 2-1.
Let’s go. It’s the healthy way to get close to a brutal pace, and there are amazing games to bet on this Saturday.
Betting on Chelsea to win the first half against Burnley worked very well as they delivered the tie late for a 1-1 draw. Leicester’s counterattack is much better than Burnley’s, and I’ll be the host on Saturday; I will stay away from the first half bets.
I think Chelsea can, and probably will, win this match. I’m not brave enough to bet them at -125, coming out of the international break and playing out. What i will do is go back both teams score at -125 and I hope Leicester will do so soon.
Leicester goal early, and is almost certain that this bet is accelerated. This game also offers great live betting opportunities, especially if there are no goals after 20 minutes and Chelsea’s first half odds increase. Whatever happens, a goal in the first half by either team is good news and there really is no better way to start the day than with an exciting match with both teams scoring.
This bet definitely caters to the gambling fan aspect: let’s put our money on entertainment and goals, not who wins or loses.
Not only is the Premier League returning this weekend, Steven Gerrard is also returning. The Liverpool legend takes over as Villa’s coach and has a difficult match, not only with the opponent, but also coaching his team for the first time after his international service.
I really like that Brighton wins this game and that they win the first half at +250. I don’t want to fold here and suggest two bets, so I’m not going to say that Brighton’s first half is my block. I’m going to branch out even more to get better odds.
Leandro Trossard is +280 to score a goal at any time in this match. Leandro Trossard has scored in two consecutive Premier League games with Brighton, and I think the Belgian will shoot again on Saturday. I don’t like anytime goals for players on hot streaks and, yes, there was an international hiatus, but I’ll take +280 believing he’s on a mission for three games in a row and that his team needs him to play aggressively.
My prediction for this match is 1-2 Brighton, which is currently on +875 in SI Sportsbook.
What a fun game to watch and bet on, especially if you’re not a big fan of either club.
I want, and hope, some goals in this game. Odds makers seem to do it too, with the top / bottom value set at 1.5 (-752), 2.5 (-200), and 3.5 (+125).
I’m going to go back to a first half bet that I really enjoy making, sometimes live, but for this game I think it’s worth setting it up and going back to see how things play out. For Liverpool to host Arsenal on Saturday, I’m going to hammer more than 1.5 total goals in the first half.
I think Arsenal can and will score in the first half. Liverpool are also capable of going on a roll and scoring two or more goals. More than 1.5 goals in the first half stands at +125 in SI Sportsbook, and it’s really relying on traditional EPL powerhouses to deliver.
That is why I like this bet. There have been too many weekends where I looked at the score of the games in 30 minutes and thought, oh yeah, that team is made to score. Liverpool is definitely that team. I’m a Tottenham fan so I’m not going to admit that Arsenal are at that level (they aren’t), but I do think they will be heading home to keep this interesting early.
There is a theme for this Saturday with betting: support for goals.
I will always subscribe to those types of bets. Enjoy the games this weekend.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.