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Some good matches tonight from the Premier League, Scotland and France. Spain and Italy continue with Cup matches and I would recommend following these via the in-play stats. There are angles. Bologna stood out yesterday. No promises given the time difference but if I am up and about, I will Twitter chat @drtclub.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

19:45 kick-offs


Fulham v Leicester - 2.54 Leicester

  • New manager syndrome for Fulham negates any form prior to this match.
  • And it's the man who won Leicester the title!
  • Fulham were always going to struggle v Liverpool and Chelsea away but beat Southampton 3-2.
  • A worry there that a team like Southampton, hardly goal laden, could score 2 goals against them!
  • And that's it for Fulham recent form.
  • Leicester are unbeaten in 5 matches, 3 draws and 2 wins and conceding 1-0-0-1-0 recently.
  • All Leicester losses this season have come v the top 8 where they have scored in all defeats.
  • Really on season form, Leicester should not be losing today. They have a good defensive look to themselves, have goals in them but.....we have new manager syndrome for Fulham which may engender a positive response.

Wolves v Chelsea - 1.81 Chelsea

  • The grand plan for Wolves sees the wheels falling off. 4 wins, all to nil. Great when you can keep a clean sheet. But Wolves have now conceded in the last 6 matches, and, wouldn't you know, see 5 defeats and a draw. Winning to nil is not a tactic that is working. They need to up the goal scoring count.
  • Only 3 over 2.5 goals matches suggests they can be defensive but against classy opposition, fall foul late on.
  • Wolves have conceded 2 goals at least in each of their last 3 home matches.
  • Wolves have scored and conceded without winning v top 8 teams.
  • Their only home wins came v 2 of the current bottom 3.
  • 7 of 8 goals scored by Wolves at home came 2nd half.
  • Chelsea have a sole loss v Tottenham, a pre-European Club competition match and a London derby so there were extenuating circumstances.
  • 3 consecutive away clean sheets prior to that Tottenham away defeat.
  • Chelsea have failed to score only twice.
  • All Chelsea away wins have come v 14th and lower so an argument that their form may flatter them. Only 2 away matches v the top 13, and Wolves are 13th, saw no win.
  • Best case today for Wolves is a score draw, I feel. They are scoring v the top 8 and may do so today albeit without winning. Simple angle.

Burnley v Liverpool - 1.31 Liverpool

  • Were this last season, the market would not be as dismissive of Burnley who are floundering this season.
  • I don't see head to heads as relevant such is Burnley's fall from grace this season.

Burnley (19th)

  • 5 losses and 2 draws last 7 matches.
  • Only 3 clean sheets.
  • Only 2 wins.
  • No 0-0 at halftime at home.
  • 5-0 away loss v 1st and 0-4 home loss v 3rd.
  • Conceded 2 goals at least in 4/5 matches v the top 14 at home.

Liverpool (2nd)

  • Must win for Liverpool to keep tabs on City. 5 point gap with a Liverpool game in hand.
  • Failed to score only once.
  • 3 0-0's at halftime in the last 4 matches ends that usual Liverpool lead halftime/fulltime pattern of earlier in the season.
  • 2 0-0's at halftime away ( 29%).
  • All 3 draws have come v the top 4.
  • Clean sheets away v 11th and lower.
  • 3/3 wins home and away v 17th and lower without conceding.

Conclusions

  • An unreadable Burnley. I always think they will revert to the Burnley of last season but that is not happening.
  • They look like a Championship side again, conceding 9 goals in 2 matches v the top 3.
  • Liverpool tend to keep clean sheets v strugglers so if they score (and they have only failed v Man City) they should win.
  • Ordinarily I would lay the 0-0 in the halftime score market but 3 in 4 matches now for Liverpool puts me off. I expect 2 goals minimum from the Reds today.

Everton v Newcastle - 1.57 Everton

  • Due deference to Everton or a market which sees through Newcastle's recent winning run.
  • 2 1-0 Everton wins last season.

Everton (7th)

  • Bar West Ham (no offence) it takes a good 'un to beat Everton. Losses only v the Hamsters, Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool, the last 3 away defeats.
  • 4 consecutive home wins.
  • Scored in their last 7 at home.
  • 4 wins and a 1-1 v 15th and lower at home.

Newcastle (14th)

  • 3 wins and a loss last 4 matches.
  • All defeats home and away have come v the top 12. Like last season, a feeling Newcastle's survival will be based on taking points from fellow relegation threatened sides.
  • Scored and conceded in all matches v top 8, losing all bar 1.
  • 5 goals scored away first 1/2 hour of matches.

Conclusions

  • Newcastle quicker than Usain Bolt. 5 goals, all 5 goals, scored away first 1/2 hour. Watch out for that today. I think Newcastle are layable if scoring first. Everton did eventually score just a single goal v Cardiff but were utterly dominant. They may have the same struggle today despite dominance. This might be a tight match but Everton should boss it. Note the Newcastle scoring and conceding v the top 8, albeit tending to lose. Do Everton have 2 goals in them? Well, they did v Palace, Fulham and Brighton but not against Cardiff despite winning.

20:00 kick-offs

Tottenham v Southampton - 1.38 Tottenham

  • New manager syndrome for Southampton. Mark 'Sparky' 'Hughesy' Hughes is gone after failing to pick Matt le Tissier for his Southampton side.
  • Head to heads again will not be relevant under present circumstances.

Tottenham (5th)

  • 7 wins in 9 matches.
  • No draw this season.
  • Only 3 0-0's at halftime.
  • No 0-0 at halftime at home.
  • All losses bar 1 came v the top 4.
  • Only beat Cardiff 1-0 at home.

Southampton (18th)

  • Only 2 losses in 6, one v Man City. Old Sparky Hughesy Hughes did deliver 4 draws in those 6 matches.
  • With Southampton scoring 2 goals in each of their last 2 matches, the sacking of Sparky Hughesy Hughes may have been a bit premature. Stuart Armstrong scored 3 of those 4 goals. Goals were Saints problem. Maybe they found a solution?
  • 3+ goals conceded in 3 matches v the top 3.

Conclusions

  • The sacking of Hughes may have been a tad ill-timed as there was improvement in Southampton, and 4 goals in 2 games but no wins.
  • New manager may mess up the form reading of this match. But on form, Saints will not be winning today.
  • Tottenham have had a couple of limp wins, 1-0 v Cardiff and 0-1 v Palace but if they show an ounce of the form they showed v Chelsea, they should win with ease.
  • Remember Spurs no draw this season so note that.

Man Utd v Arsenal - 2.52 Man Utd

  • Too high profile a match for me to research, albeit to say that this is not the Arsenal side of old, which tended to roll over v fellow top 5 teams.
  • Arsenal's only losses though have come v top 3. United 8th at the moment.
  • Arsenal failed to score only in their first match of the season.They scored and conceded in all aways.
  • United have conceded 3-2-3 v the top 5 but not met the top 4 at home.
  • Both teams to score and Arsenal not lose? Do remember, 2.52 the favourite suggests it's too tough to call.

FRENCH LIGUE 1

I repeat what I said yesterday. I do not tend to research French Ligue 1. I find it a tough league so note that as you read the research below.

18:00 kick-offs

Lyon v Rennes - 1.58 Lyon

  • 1-1 and 1-2 Lyon in the last 2 head to heads.

Lyon (4th)

  • Only 1 loss in 11 matches came v PSG.
  • Only 3 losses came without scoring.
  • 4 wins in 6 matches.
  • No defeat in 5 at home.
  • 5 0-0's at halftime at home.
  • Unbeaten home and away v 10th and lower.
  • 4 of 5 goals conceded at home came 2nd half.
  • Scored first in 7/8 at home.
  • Led at halftime in 5/8 matches at home.

Rennes (14th)

  • Scored and conceded in 10 of their last 11 matches.
  • Failed to score in only one match.
  • Scored and conceded in their last 8 away matches.
  • Score draws away v 3rd, 5th and 6th.
  • Not beaten the top 9 home and away.
  • 11 of 14 goals conceded away came 2nd half.

Conclusions

  • Both teams could score here today with Rennes not winning, if they continue their score draw record v 3rd-6th away.
  • Lyon tend to score first. If leading 2-0, lay them or the score line in the hope both teams score.

20:00 kick off

Strasbourg v Paris St-G - 1.39 PSG

  • The last 2 home head to heads have been 2-1 and 1-2.

Strasbourg (8th)

  • Only 1 loss in 8 matches.
  • Only 3 clean sheets.
  • Not played the top 5 at home.
  • Not beaten the top 10 yet this season.
  • 9 of 12 goals scored at home came 2nd half.

PSG (1st)

  • All wins bar a 2-2 draw with Bordeaux last match.
  • 6 clean sheets in 8 matches.
  • Scored 2+ goals in each of their last 7 away.

Conclusions

  • Strasbourg yet to meet the top 5 at home and yet to beat the top 10 home and away.
  • PSG are still scoring 2 goals at least and that should be enough today.

SPL

19:45 kick-offs


Motherwell v Celtic - 1.3 Celtic

  • 1-1 and 0-0 last 2 head to heads at Motherwell suggests laying Celtic at 1.3 odds.

Motherwell (9th)

  • 2 consecutive home wins to nil.
  • 3 clean sheets in 5 matches - led to wins.
  • Yet to beat the top 6 home or away.
  • 3-7-3 goals conceded v top 3 this season.

Celtic (2nd)

  • 6 wins in their last 7 matches.
  • 9 clean sheets in 11 matches.
  • 11 of 15 goals scored away came 1st half.
  • All dropped points have come away.
  • Clean sheets away v 5th and lower.

Conclusions

  • The head to heads tell us to lay Celtic at 1.3. Better yet if they score first.
  • Season long form though points to a Celtic ability to keep clean sheets and score goals (6/7 wins).
  • If you think Celtic can score today, lay the 0-0 in the halftime score market. 11/15 goals scored away came 1st half.
  • Motherwell tend to win if keeping clean sheets but note they are yet to beat the top 6.

Rangers v Aberdeen - 1.54 Rangers

  • 2 consecutive 1-1 draws in league head to heads.

Rangers (1st)

  • 6 wins in 7 matches.
  • Failed to score only twice.
  • Only 2 0-0's at halftime.
  • In 8 of their last 10 matches, Rangers have scored 2+ goals.
  • No defeat in 7 at home.
  • No 0-0 at halftime at home.

Aberdeen (7th)

  • 3 wins in 4 matches.
  • Conceded in each of their last 6 away.
  • 2 0-0's at halftime away (29%).
  • 5 of 6 goals scored away came 2nd half.
  • Only won 1 match away v 9th and higher.

Conclusions

  • Aberdeen have not scored more than 1 goal v the top 2 and should that pattern continue, and Rangers continue to score 2 goals, a home win is forthcoming.