Tier 1 Multi – August Week Two
Group Multi – Saturday 11 August 2018
Betting tips, soccer previews and predictions
Southampton (win) v Burnley @ $1.80
St Mary’s Stadium, 10:30pm Sunday
How I’m getting $1.80 for this leg is a mystery. Burnley had to travel to my favourite city to play against one of the most hostile crowds ever seen. They have a 3 day turn around before they have to play against a Southampton side brimming with confidence. They’ve won 3 out of 6 from their preseason games and had an impressive 3-3 draw with Schalke. It is evident that they have plugged the deficiencies of last season by acquiring Danny Ings, Vestergaard and Armstrong. Two attackers and a CB is what they needed to compliment their industrious midfield. Ings will bring plenty of goals, he has been sharp in preseason for Liverpool and will be looking to prove himself after a horror run with injuries. Hughes hasn’t lost any players he didn’t want to get rid of. This will create a stronger team unity.
Burnley are depleted with injuries and as stated above, they’re going to be knackered after getting woken up at the crack of dawn for prayer. I predict Dyche will play it safe and lock up shop and hope for a jammy goal. With Hughes now having a preseason under his belt and brought in a number of new players. I can only see one team walking away with the full compliments of points. – Le Professor
Prediction: 2 – 1
Arsenal v Man City (BTTS and over 2.5) @ $1.80
The Emirates, 1.00am Monday
It’s a huge ask for Emery to host Man City in his first game and come away with three points but if we are any chance it will come from a huge performance from our front four. Having played 3 games over the winter between the four of them they are well rested and have no excuses for a huge game against the reigning champions. Man City, whilst having World Cup players out, have depth in almost every position and will still field a top 4 line up with 3-4 of their best players missing. I’m predicting an early goal and this turning into a shoot out as both teams try to press high and take the ascendancy to the opposition as Arsenal are in front of their home fans and Pep doesn’t know any other way.
Going with my heart in the prediction here 2-1 to the Arsenal with Ozil producing 2 no look passes for the assists. – Conservative Dave
Prediction: 2 – 1
Nice (win) v Reims @1.83 – Allianz Riveria Sunday 12th 4:00am
After considerable changes in personnel over the off season, Nice find themselves at home to newly promoted Reims to kick the season off. The departures of key players Jean Serri, Allessandre Plea and Marlon as well as manager Lucien Favre will have this side looking quite different this season. New signings Danilo and Herelle should slot straight into the starting lineup but it’s big Frenchman Patty Vieira taking over at the helm which should make the biggest difference. After impressing in his stint as New York City manager, the 42 year old will move onto a bigger challenge where he will be expected to earn his side a European spot.
Reims will be hoping for a fast start after blitzing Ligue 2 last season, running away with the title by 15 points. Unfortunately they’ve had to sell their star attacker Siebatcheu to Rennes and I think he will be hard to replace. While I think Reims will be competitive this season, unluckily for them they find themselves coming up against a Super Mario with a point to prove. Combine that with pacey dribblers Srarfi and Saint Maxim our wide and a fully fit Cyprien pulling the strings and I don’t think they’ll get close. Comfortable home win to kick off the season for Nice and Patrick Viera. – Yogi
Prediction: 2 – 0
Cologne (win) v Union Berlin @ $1.67
RheinEnergieStadion, 4.30am Tuesday
I’m going to have to ask for a pass on this one as it takes place on Tuesday morning. Normally I, myself wouldn’t allow it but if all three other Tier 1 legs get up then we can write this off as a win because at $1.67, this leg is the definition of free money. I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Koln ever since Podolski came to Arsenal and their fanbase seems to be great value after leaving an impression in their Europa League ties. This is demonstrated with the loyalty shown by both Hector Jonas and Timo Horn, who despite having interest from all parts of Europe, have decided to stick it out in 2. Bundesliga and go again with the Billy Goats.
They may have lost a few players as a result of their relegation, but the core has stayed and therefore will be a force this season and should comfortably see themselves back in the top flight in no time. Markus Anfang has a very attacking football philosophy and at home, the players will be encouraged to put on a show for their fans with Simon Terodde likely to get on the scoresheet. – Big Show
Prediction: 2 – 0