Watford v Leicester Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Saturday 19th November by @tashason21

Watford v Leicester – Vicarage Road at 15:00

My latest Asian Handicap betting preview covers Saturday’s Premier League game between Watford and Leicester.

Watford

Before the international break, Watford were thrashed 6-1 by Liverpool at Anfield, with Daryl Janmaat scoring the only Watford goal.

Prior to their defeat against The Reds however, Watford had been in good form and were 4 matches unbeaten in the Premier League.

The Hornets drew against Bournemouth (2-2) and Swansea (0-0), as well as beating Middlesbrough (1-0) and Hull City (1-0), which saw them move as high as 7th in the Premier League table.

Watford’s defeat against Liverpool saw them drop down to 8th, but overall Watford have made an impressive start to their campaign.

Against Leicester, Watford will be missing defender Jose Holebas, who is serving a 1 match suspension after picking up his 5th yellow card at Anfield. This will come as disappointing news for the home side, as Holebas has been a crucial part of the defence that has helped Watford keep 3 clean sheets in their last 4 matches.

There is also concern over goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, who is currently being assessed relating to fluid on his knee.

Striker Troy Deeney will be in search of his 100th goal fro the club and he’ll be one to watch on Saturday, although he hasn’t scored in his last 4 games.

 

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Troy Deeney

Leicester

Premier League Champions Leicester City are finding this season a lot tougher than their last, which comes as no surprise really.

It was almost impossible for Leicester to replicate the heroics of last campaign and Ranieri’s men are still in search of their first Premier League win away from the King Power Stadium..

Before the international break, The Foxes suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to West Brom. Leicester haven’t won in 3 games across all competitions and they’ve already lost more matches this campaign, than their entire 2015/16 season.

Ranieri’s side are currently 14th in the Premier League table and they’re only 2 points above the relegation zone! A win against Watford is therefore a must!

Despite their struggles in the Premier League, Leicester are going beyond expectations in the Champions League and they are yet to lose a single game, winning 3 and drawing 1 of their 4 matches to date.

Mahrez and Vardy need to find their form again, as they’ve only scored 3 Premier League goals between them this season. Vardy would have been boosted by his goal that he scored mid-week for England against Spain however, which ended a run of 14 games without finding the net.

Conclusion

I think this game will be close, but Leicester need to improve on the basis of recent displays in order to beat Watford at home. The Hornets are 3 games unbeaten at Vicarage Road and only 2 Premier League sides have beaten them at home this season – Arsenal and Chelsea. Therefore, I recommend backing Watford draw no bet, which looks value at 2.08.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Watford +/-0 (Draw No Bet) at 2.08 with BetVictor

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.

 

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Lille v Lyon Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Friday 18th November by @tashason21

Lille v Lyon – Stade Pierre-Mauroy at 19:45 live on BT Sport ESPN

Friday night, I will be focusing my Asian Handicap betting preview on the French Ligue 1 game between Lille and Lyon.

Lille

Lille desperately need a win against Lyon, although it certainly won’t be easy. Les Dogues look a completely different side to the team that finished 5th in Ligue 1 last campaign and have had a terrible start to the new season. Lille are currently 18th in the league and therefore find themselves in the relegation zone.

The home side have lost 3 of their last 4 matches, all by a 1-0 margin and were most recently beaten by 10th placed Angers away from home.

On a more positive note, Lille’s home form is better than their away form as Les Dogues are yet to win a match away from the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Ligue 1 this season. Lille have won 3 and lost 3 of their 6 home league games to date and will be hoping for another win on Friday.

A serious problem however is that Lille have one of the worst defences in the league and they’ve already conceded 18 goals in 12 league games. They will certainly have to brush up their defence if they are to beat Lyon, one of the best attacking sides in France.

Interestingly, Lille are undefeated in their last 9 home games against Lyon across all competitions. They have won 6 and drawn 3 games against their opponents.

Eder and Marcos Lopes are Lille’s top-scorers, although both have only scored 2 league goals this season.

 

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Eder

Lyon

Before the international break, Lyon beat 17th placed SC Bastia 2-1 at home. Despite their form slipping in the middle of October, Lyon are now back to winning ways and come into this game 3 matches unbeaten across all competitions.

The home side are tied on 19 points in the table, alongside Toulouse and Bordeaux and have moved up to 7th place in Ligue 1.

Lyon are a great attacking force and have scored 20 goals in just 12 games! Alexandre Lacazette is unsurprisingly Lyon’s top-scorer with 10 goals to his name after only 8 league appearances. This is an impressive stat considering he missed a month through injury back in September!

On the road Lyon have looked vulnerable however and they have only won 2 of their last 9 away fixtures across all competitions. This will certainly build some hope in the Lille camp, who are looking to avoid a third straight defeat.

Conclusion

This clash see’s the 4th best attacking side in Ligue 1 meet a team with one of the poorest defences, which should make an interesting watch! Taking this into account, surely there has to be goals in this match and therefore backing over 2.25 goals looks value at 1.93.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.25 goals @ 1.93 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21

 

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Northern Ireland v Croatia Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Tuesday 15th November by @tashason21

Northern Ireland v Croatia – Windsor Park at 19:45 live on Premier Sports

My latest Asian Handicap betting preview focuses on the international friendly match between Northern Ireland and Croatia. Last weekend I returned a nice profit having backed Republic of Ireland +0.5 at 1.92, with the Irish beating Austria 1-0.

Northern Ireland

It’s been a busy week for Northern Ireland, who will be playing their second match in the space of 4 days against Croatia.

The home side thrashed Azerbaijan 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier last weekend, with Lafferty, McAuley, McLaughlin and Brunt all getting on the scoresheet.

So far, Northern Ireland have only lost 1 match in Group C and as a result, they’re sitting 2nd in the group table with 7 points. Azerbaijan also have 7 points and Northern Ireland’s victory looks even more impressive when you take into account that Azerbaijan were unbeaten before hand, having won 2 and drawn 1 of their 3 group games to date.

Northern Ireland’s only defeat of the qualification process so far came against Germany in a 2-0 loss. The Germans are currently sitting top of Group C, boasting a 100% win record.

The rest of Group C consists of the Czech Republic, Norway and San Marino. Michael O’Neill’s side drew 0-0 away to the Czech Republic and beat San Marino 4-0 in another comfortable victory at Windsor Park. Northern Ireland are yet to play Norway and are set to take on the Norwegians in February.

This friendly against Croatia gives O’Neill the chance to experiment with a few players and give others a well earned rest!

 

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Kyle Lafferty

Croatia

Croatia are currently top of Group I after winning 3, drawing 1 and losing none of their World Cup qualifying fixtures so far.

They’re also fortunate to have a relatively easy group which consists of Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland and Kosovo and so they are likely to finish top of the group and will almost certainly qualify.

Last week Croatia beat Iceland 2-0 as Brozović scored a brace to secure Ante Čačić’s side another 3 points.

Turkey have been the only side to hold Croatia in their qualifiers to date, with that game ending in a 1-1 draw. Victories over Finland (1-0) and Kosovo (6-0) make up their other results and their next World Cup qualifier is against the Ukraine at the end of February.

Croatia have a talented squad, which includes the likes of Modrić, Rakitić and Perišić and on paper they should beat Northern Ireland. However, taking into account this is a friendly and Northern Ireland are playing at home, a safer bet is to back goals in this game.

Conclusion

Croatia’s squad is most definitely of a higher quality, although I can see both teams getting on the scoresheet. For this match I think there is good value on the overs market and therefore I recommend backing over 2 goals at 1.90. 2 goals in the match would see our stakes refunded and 3 goals would secure us profit.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2 goals @ 1.90 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.

 

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