One week into the new Premier League season and we have to wonder if undefeated Burnley and West Bromwich Albion are unstoppable. Sure, both teams have only played one game a piece, but with Burnley defeating defending champions Chelsea 3-2 (thanks to 2 red cards), and West Brom winning commandingly 1-0, this is only 95% a joke.
Burnley – (6/4)
West Brom – (19/10)
Draw – (21/10)
Goal Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (7/5)
Under – (8/15)
Both Teams to Score
Yes – (21/20)
No – (7/10)
As we look at these squads, it looks likely only one squad will score, if either at all. Last season neither club enjoyed scoring nearly as much as they liked getting scored on, with Burnley and West Brom having -16 and -8 goal differences, respectively.
Only averaging 1 goal a match, Burnley’s 3 last week puts them way over their quota. West Brom, on the other hand, has no defined man on the attack to take advantage of the departure of former The Clarets’ defender Michael Keane.
If these clubs hope to hit the 2.5 Over/Under mark, it will be in the boot of Sam Vokes. The Clarets’ forward was the clubs only 10 goal scorer last season and opened this season with 2 against Chelsea.
West Bromwich’s only goal of the season goals to defender Ahmed Hegazi, who likely won’t put up too many. They are hoping for some attacking power out of Southampton transfer Jay Rodriguez, who they got to the tune of £13.5 million.
Burnley 1 – 0 West Bromwich Albion
Let’s get something straight really quickly: Predicting a Draw is fun for Nobody, So The Clarets will need to work extra hard just for me. The 2.5 Over/Under will not be hit, and as bad as both defenses are, West Brom’s need for some offensive is much worse.
All faith should be placed on the foot of Sam Vokes, Burnley’s striking do-all.
Coming into their third game of the season Nantes has to be grumpy about their situation. After finishing 7th in Ligue 1 last season, they face the newly promoted 1-1-0 Troyes squad, who haven’t been in Ligue 1 for two years, and yet they are favorited to win this Fixture.
Troyes – (6/4)
Nantes – (2/1)
Draw – (2/1)
Goal Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (13/10)
Under – (3/5)
Both Teams to Score
Yes – (19/20)
No – (4/5)
As always, we’ll work backward through these odds. The margin is very slim between both scoring and not scoring, and that’s because in 2 games a piece Troyes and Nantes have scored 3 and 0 goals each, respectively. And while that may be telling of underwhelming offenses, neither team boasts strong defenses either; Troyes has allowed a goal in each of their last two games, and Nantes has allowed 4 this season.
Last season Nantes had a goal difference of -14 but averaged a goal a game, so that allow should support a minimum score of 1-1 in this match.
Whats important to note is on top of that -14 goal difference total for Nantes, Troyes has performed well against very talented teams. Just last week they won their match up with Nice 2-1, a team that finished 3rd a year ago.
Neither team added or lost any big additions to their squads, so it stands to see who steps up to be a game changer.
Troyes 2 – 1 Nantes
Coming out of Ligue 2 on quite the mission, Troyes looks poised to continue their hot start. Nantes is the perfect opponent to continue to allow their young stars continue to shoot the ball.
Where we take the odds of Over 2.5 and both teams scoring, we would understand why you wouldn’t believe Nantes would put any up at all. We think it only makes sense that a club needs to start scoring some time, and their averaging 1.05 games last season meshes well with Troyes average of 1 goal against in this small sample size of a season.
With the bout between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and “The Notorious” Conor McGregor inching closer, one has to wonder: How will Mayweather win?
I mean sure, McGregor could pull out the victory, but “Money” is 49-0 against actual boxers, so even if this wasn’t Conor’s first fight the odds are against him. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t interesting props to this fight. Namely has been Mayweather’s inability to finish an opponent.
Exact Method of Victory
Mayweather By Knockout – (+300)
Mayweather By TKO – (+300)
Mayweather By Decision – (+230)
McGregor to be Knocked Down or Out
Yes – (-300)
No – (+200)
Fight Goes The Distance – (+200)
Coming into this fight, Floyd rides the wave of 7 straight unanimous or majority decision victories. However, he hasn’t managed to Knockout another fighter in 6 years dating back to September 2011.
Of his 49 wins, Floyd has tallied 26 Knockouts, but 20 of those came in his first 24 fights (77%). Only 6 have coming in his last 25 bouts (24%) dating back to January 2001. Coming into this fight at 40 years old, the chances of throwing a knockout punch seems even lower.
On the flip side, McGregor has lost 3 UFC fights in 24 bouts, all three has come to submission. He may not win, but at the very least you can assume he won’t be getting punched into the ground.
So as a bettor, are you taking Floyd? Then your best bet is the fight going the distance, and him winning by decision. If you do think his experience will be overwhelming for McGregor, taking the +300 on the TKO is the safer bet, as 5 of his last 6 early finishes (18/26 KO’s total) were technicals.
August 20th marks the beginning of a new season for Celta De Vigo and Real Sociedad, as Celta Vigo tries to right the ship after a poor season. Even though Real Sociedad has the better odds to win the Primera Liga (300/1 to 750/1) after a 6th place finish, Celta De Vigo is favored to win the fixture.
Celta De Vigo – (11/8)
Real Sociedad – (2/1)
Draw – (9/4)
Goal Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (1/1)
Under – (4/5)
Both Teams to Score
Yes – (3/4)
No – (1/1)
Starting backward, both teams like to score as much as they enjoy getting scored on. Last season both teams scored near the same goal totals, Real Sociedad’s 59 to Celta De Vigo’s 53. The difference between Sociedad’s 6th place finish and Vigo’s 13th were goals against; 53 to 69, a difference of +6 to -16. Celta Vigo hopes that the departure of Defender Yuri Berchiche will open up some shooting lanes.
Returning for Real Sociedad are 3 +8 goal scorers from last season, including Jose and Juanmi, who put in 12 and 11 respectively.
On the other side of the ball, Celta Vigo has star forward Iago Aspas’ 19 goal season to lean on, and not much else. The club has no returning goal scorers of more than 4 goals, so it’s all on the Spanish forward.
Celta Vigo 1 – 2 Real Sociedad
Its more than fair to assume Vigo will suffer another weak season, and Real Sociedad seems to be trending in the same direction. But where the advantage still lies is on the offensive side of the ball, where they may not have scored too many more goals, but do have a more defined attacking force.
Sociedad seems to be a safe bet to win, as well as both teams scoring. Extra winnings come comes off of the belief Vigo will continue to get scored on like they did a year ago.
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