The made their fans wait until the final day of the season, but Norwich bagged themselves the Championship title. Thanks to the Canaries flying high, one punter (and Canaries fan) pocketed more than £1,600 on their success.
73-year-old Trevor Milton had packed three different bets across the course of the season on Norwich finishing in first place this season in the second tier.
Just a few games into the season, Milton placed a £5 each way on them coming out on top, at a price of 50/1. He made a second £25 each-way bet at 40/1, followed by a £20 win-only bet in November when the odds dropped to 4/1.
It wasn’t actually that strong of a start from Norwich this season. They won only one of their first six league games (D2 L3). Two of those loses were at home against West Brom and Leeds, two of the other main contenders who were expected to put down strong title challenges at the start of the season.
After their rocky start, the Canaries went on to lose just three more games across the course of the campaign. They were undefeated in their final fourteen games of the term and they completed the season with a 27 match scoring streak.
They did make their fans sweat in the end. A four-match sequence of draws in the middle of April saw Norwich’s lead at the top dwindle with Sheffield United putting pressure on them. The Blades had the chance to beat them to the title on the final day of the season, but Norwich closed the door on them with an away win at playoff-bound Aston Villa
Business own Mr Milton said: “I liked the youngsters in the squad and the mix of players, and I could see something.
“The league is not that good and I could see the enthusiasm from the youngsters and thought it was worth a punt.”
He said the £1,625 winnings were paid directly into his account by Bet365 at 2 pm on Sunday. Milton explained that he intends to back Norwich to get a top ten finish in the Premier League next season.
Is there going to be one more amazing twist in what has been such a stunning Premier League title race this season? Liverpool need to come up with one final huge effort at Anfield on the weekend. They have to take three points from this home game and hope that Manchester City fail to produce a win at Brighton. That is the only way that Liverpool, after so many years, can finally touch Premier League success.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 6th, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.)
Liverpool have been in such scintillating form recently. They have put together an eight-match winning streak in the top flight, so they can’t really had done anything more. Naturally, down the final stretch of the season, there have been wobbles here and there. They have rode their luck in the sequence to get notable wins at Fulham and at home against Spurs. They have left things very late as they did against Newcastle last weekend in grinding out a 3-2 win.
But their resilience and never-say-die spirit has kept them going. That was on show on Tuesday when they produced a 4-0 home win over Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie against the Spaniards. That saw the Reds overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit. That was a night full of emotion and raw energy. The question is, will that huge, momentous effort have taken anything out of them ahead of the final weekend of the EPL season?
Liverpool are on a six-match Premier League winning streak at Anfield and they scored at least two goals in each of those successes. That is part of an overall W16 D2 L0 record which Liverpool have produced on home soil this season. It’s been a magnificent effort at both ends of the pitch from them. The Reds have averaged 2.94 goals per home league game this season while their defence has stood up to the task as well.
Liverpool have conceded an average of 0.56 goals per game against them, totalling a clean sheet in 61% of home games. That’s a tremendous return and they will go into this one against Wolves with back to back home clean sheets to their name. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last sixteen Premier League games, home and away and at Anfield, they have netted in each of their last fourteen fixtures there. Going back to their scoring they have scored at least two goals in each of their last eight played, home and away.
Surely that powerful home record is not going to fail Liverpool at the last hurdle? Given the self-belief that they showed against Barcelona in midweek, it’s not looking likely. But what about Wolves? What will they bring to the table? On the evidence of their performances against the strongest teams away from home this season, a pretty decent challenge could be the answer to that question.
Wolves are W1 D3 L1 in their five matches against the other big six in the league away from home this season. That’s a fantastic return. The one loss in that sequence was at Manchester City when Wolves were taken down to ten men early in the game. The overall away record for the season from Wolves is only W6 D5 L7 but they are a tough side to break down when they are on their game. Home away Wolves have won each of their last three Premier League fixtures, including a success over Arsenal in that run.
Given what Wolves have produced against the stronger teams this season the danger for Liverpool is not about seeing Wolves win, as that’s unlikely. It’s about their resilience and ability to deny Liverpool the three points they need. But Liverpool have been thriving under pressure this season and they are likely to get over the finish line. The odds on Liverpool to win to nil are 6/5* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 6th, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.).
One more victory does it for Manchester City. Just one more win and they will get their hands back on the Premier League title. It has been such a stunning run of wins from them under the greatest of pressure from Liverpool in the title race.
They have one final ninety minutes to complete and they can’t take their foot off the gas, thinking this is simply in the bag. The odds on Manchester City to win to nil are at 1/10* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 6th, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.) which highlight their supremacy.
Man City 1/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 6th, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.)
Manchester City have won their last thirteen Premier League matches. That is what they have had to string together in order to put themselves in with a shot at making it back to back titles. They have been pushed every single step of the way by a powerful Liverpool team and the response that Pep Guardiola’s men have produced has been pretty amazing.
They ensured that they go into the final weekend of action a point clear at the top. They did that with a nervy home win over Leicester last Monday, the game settled by a single stunning strike from distance by captain Vincent Kompany. So that leaves them knowing that another win will secure the title.
If they fail to get that victory then they will need help from Wolves who are at Anfield facing Liverpool on Sunday. That is the very thin line between success and failure in this season’s Premier League title race
The fact that they are away from home on this final day of the season, does make the game a little bit interesting. They don’t have the comforts of being on home soil and having the home support pulling them across the line. But then Manchester City have been on top of things in their away fixture. They are currently on a six-match winning streak in the top flight away from home and their defence has been nothing short of fantastic.
Overall this season Manchester City have produced an away record of W13 D2 L3 and in that sequence of eighteen games, they have given up just ten goals. That is an average of 0.56 goals per away game. So strong has their defence been that less than half of Manchester City’s away games have gone over 2.5 goals. In total it has been a clean sheet for City in 61% their Premier League away fixtures.
The defence of Manchester City has actually been key in getting them this close to a title defence. Usually talking about City it is all about their attacking power. However, three of their last four wins in the top flight have been by a 1-0 scoreline (the other was a 2-0 success). So it has been the tiniest of margins from the Citizens, but they have found ways, by hook or by crook to get on the board and to blank their opponents.
In total Manchester City have tallied up ten clean sheets in their last twelve Premier League games (conceding just two goals in that sequence). They don’t care really if it is another 1-0 success that they take on the road on the weekend. That’s good enough, that is all they need.
Incidentally though, of their thirteen away wins, nine of them have been by a margin of at least two goals. Manchester City are currently on a 21 match scoring streak in the league and they have found the back of the net in each of their last ten away games. They have been leading at halftime in 11 road games.
This game may have had an extra edge if Brighton were still having to play for their Premier League status. They don’t. They are over the finish line and safe so they can breathe a sigh of relief. Brighton have drawn three of their last four league games though and their most recent one was against Arsenal last weekend. Liverpool fans will be hoping that the Seagulls can pick up another draw.
The home form of Brighton has not been good. They have lost three of their last four (D1) and in their last eight home games have produced a W1 D2 L5 record only. The Seagulls have failed to score in five of their last eight EPL home games. It has been an average of exactly one goal per game at the Amex Stadium from this season. In their other home games played against teams currently in the top four, Brighton have lost all three, all by a one-goal margin only.
City may once again just have to find a way to win, even if it’s their ugliest goal of the season. They just need something. Given the low scoring threat of Brighton, City will know that two goals is likely to give them a win here. But still, given the recent run of results the odds on Man City to win by a one-goal margin is at 13/5* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 6th, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.).
Sunday’s game at Old Trafford is going to be a situation of high pressure for both of the teams involved. They are still both in with a chance of securing a top-four finish, but at the same time, they will both be searching for a win in order to achieve that. Only one of them, of course, can pull that off.
Of the two it is the home side, Manchester United who are the more desperate. They are in sixth, trailing fourth-placed Chelsea by three points and are worse off than the Blues in goal difference.
The odds on Manchester United to beat Chelsea are 17/10* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 27th, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.)
Manchester United 17/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 27th, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.)
A lot of this game is going to be about a response from the Red Devils. They are badly out of form at the moment with four defeats in their last six Premier League games. After a 4-0 hammering at Everton last weekend, the Red Devils played host to rivals City in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford In midweek. They were brushed aside in the end by the Citizens, who claimed a 2-0 victory.
But that was the only defeat that the Red Devils have suffered in their last fourteen games on home soil in the top flight. So that at least is a pretty big positive for them and before the game against City they had put together a three-match winning streak at home in the top flight. That’s the form that they badly need to get back to try and keep their hopes for a top-four finish alive. Defeat in this one and that door would be pretty much slammed in their faces.
Given their drop in form, players have come under some heavy criticism and now the pressure has mounted on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. After such a positive start in winning his first eight games in charge, it’s certainly a more testing time for him. Manchester United have averaged 1.9 goals per home game this season which is good and 76% of games at Old Trafford have gone over 2.5 goals. However, United have managed a clean sheet in just 12% of home games and it’s that defence which has continued to leave them vulnerable.
Twelve of the last sixteen meetings between Manchester United and Chelsea have ended under 2.5 goals. This is likely to be another tense meeting given what is at stake. Manchester United picked up a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier this season and then took a 2-0 win there in the FA Cup.
Manchester United have lost one of their last three now against Chelsea in all competitions (W2 D1) so they do have a bit of head to head form. The reading gets even better in their recent home games against the Blues. Manchester United are unbeaten in their last five home games against the Blues in all competitions.
The Blues occupy fourth in the table and therefore they are the ones in control. However, their season has not been great by their standards, certainly not away from home. Chelsea have lost five of their seven away games played in the league since the turn of the new year. They did win the other two but were made to work hard in those success against the already-relegated Fulham and the relegation-threatened Cardiff. Chelsea won both of those games by a 2-1 scoreline, not exactly the most convincing of results from the Blues.
Chelsea have also had a really poor time of things away from home against the strongest sides in the division. From their six games played against the other top-eight teams, Chelsea have lost all of those, scoring just the two goals in those six games. Their overall away record this season is W9 D1 L7 and most of the damage has come in the second half of the season. Chelsea have had their struggles at the back, conceding in each of their last seven on the road.
Of the seven away defeats which they have scored this season, only one of them have been by a one-goal margin. So it adds up to some really poor reading from them. But then there are positives for them of course. They have the fourth-best defensive record in the league and only four teams have better away records than they have. But it’s just their current away from and lack of defensive strengths which is going to leave them vulnerable for this trip to Old Trafford.
United have lost five of their last six games in all competitions, and so are really going through the wringer at the moment. But there could be a glimmer of hope for them in this one because they are facing a Chelsea side who have been so poor on their travels. The odds on Manchester United to beat Chelsea are 17/10* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 27th, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.) and actually that has some very nice appeal.
Manchester City have won five of their last seven visits to Old Trafford now and they badly need another one when they go there on Wednesday evening. The Citizens still have the fate of the Premier League title in their hands. It’s four games to go including this one and Man City know that if they produce four wins, they win the title again. The odds on Manchester City to beat Manchester United on Wednesday are at 4/9* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on April 23rd, 2019 at 2:42 pm)
Manchester City 4/9
Manchester United 13/2
* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on April 23rd, 2019 at 2:42 pm)
At this stage of the season now it is all about holding their nerve together. The Citizens are four wins from the title and this trip to Old Trafford on Wednesday night, is realistically, the biggest challenge in front of them. Following this, Manchester City will have away games at Burnley and Brighton, which sandwiches a home fixture against Leicester. Talking about holding their nerve, Pep Guardiola’s men did just that on the weekend.
After getting eliminated from the Champions League by Tottenham in an emotional night at the Etihad, just a few days later Manchester City had to play host to Spurs in the Premier League. The Citizens showed their nerve and their mettle with a 1-0 home success over the Lilywhites, getting the job done when so easily they could have crumbled under the weight of their Champions League failure.
That win over the Lilywhites gave the Citizens their tenth straight Premier League victory. That’s some hot streak. During that sequence of games they have claimed victories over Arsenal, Everton, Chelsea and Spurs so have stood up when it matters against some of the stronger sides in the division. The Citizens are on a four-match winning streak away from home at the moment and that is part of an overall read record of W11D2 L3 this season in the top flight.
On top of the powerful scoring that they have produced and are so capable of producing, the Citizens have been rock solid in defence in the league. In their last ten games, they have conceded just the three goals, earning seven clean sheets in that streak of games. In total, they have claimed a clean sheet in 56% of their away games this season, with both teams scoring in just 38% of City’s road fixtures.
Manchester City will be facing a Manchester United side who are having a rough time of things at the moment. The Red Devils have lost five of their last seven games in all competitions and on the weekend were hammered 4-0 at Goodison Park by Everton in the Premier League. It was such a poor and lifeless performance from them, that it’s pretty tough not to peg them as underdogs in this one.
But on the other side of the coin, the Red Devils can’t be as bad again as they were at Everton. This is a special occasion, a derby match at home against their biggest rivals. Surely the Red Devils will find something a little extra to at least be a little more competitive and push City? They should need no extra motivation for such a big game, but do they have it in them? The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last fourteen home games in the league after all.
United have gone W1 D3 L4 in their seven games played against the other Big Six sides this season in the Premier League. Right now Manchester City are clearly the better, clearly the more confident of the two sides stepping out into action in this Wednesday night fixture. But they will know that Manchester United will be a bit more fired up than they were on the action.
But the Citizens have handled themselves well against the top sides this season and they have a lot more at stake in this than their rivals do. That may end up being the difference maker at the end of the day. It may not take a lot for the heads of United to drop, along with their already criticised work ethics, if City gets an early goal on the board. The odds on Manchester City to beat Manchester to nil are at 13/8* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on April 23rd, 2019 at 2:42 pm)
Manchester City saw their dreams of a quadruple this season take a hit as they were knocked out of the Champions League in midweek by Spurs. Manchester City collected a 4-3 second leg home over the Lilywhites but it wasn’t enough to prevent their exit on away goals.
It was certainly one of the most dramatic matches of the entire season on the domestic or European fronts. What next as the two come back together for a big Premier League clash at the Etihad? The odds on Manchester City beating Spurs against are at 1/4* (betting odds taken from bet365 on April 19th, 2019 at 7:07 pm)
Man City 1/4
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on April 19th, 2019 at 7:07 pm)
The intensity of the night at the Etihad in midweek was something special. It’s probably not going to get replicated in this one. The tension though is going to be high. If Manchester City can win their remaining games of the season then the title will be back in their hands. With Liverpool in such good form in the title race, the Citizens can’t afford to drop the ball.
But the nerves will surely be there. Their exit of the Champions League was disappointing. They looked to have done enough to get through, but when Raheem Sterling’s late strike was ruled out for offside, the City players and boss Pep Guardiola were left deflated. That was a big mental hit that they took against Spurs, who were, once again, excellent against City.
This is where it counts for City. But Guardiola now has a tough job of lifting his players. They start the weekend trailing leaders Liverpool by two points but with a game in hand. ALong with this one against Spurs, in their next league game, the Citizens have to go rivals Manchester United. These two games are going to be the benchmark of their title challenge during the run in.
Manchester City have beaten Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United at home this season. That’s no mean feat at all. It is part of an overall home record of W16 D0 L1 that they have taken this season in the top flight. They have averaged over three goals per home game this season as well in the top flight and the Citizens are currently on a seven-match winning streak on home soil now.
Manchester City have scored in all of their home games this term. The difference between this game and midweek’s is that City don’t have to come bolting out of the gates in search of an early goal. They can take their time a bit more which should leave them in better control of things at the back. In this corresponding fixture, last season Manchester City took a 4-1 win over Spurs and they have won six of their last eight home games in the league against the Lilywhites (D1 L1).
Tottenham seem to have figured out Manchester City better than anyone else this season. They were bold in their approach to the midweek meetup. They had no intention of sitting back and letting their defence try and handle things for 90 minutes. They got their rewards because of the pressure they put on the Manchester City backline which made uncharacteristic mistakes.
The star of the Tottenham show once again was Son Heung-Min who has stepped up to the plate once again in the absence of Harry Kane. Spurs have a lot to play for here. A loss and they could easily find themselves outside of the top four at the end of the weekend. The worrying thing for Spurs is their away form.
Tottenham have lost their last four league away games. Two of those were failures in big games against others in the big six, Chelsea and Liverpool, but shock defeats out at Southampton and Burnley in that sequence really saw their road form tumble.
They did still lose at the Etihad in midweek and the problem for Spurs is trying to replicate that kind of performance once again. They probably won’t find City as forgiving at the back.
The midweek meeting was just crazy. However, three of Manchester City’s four home games this season against the other big six have produced at least four goals.
Tottenham do carry an attacking threat and therefore the odds on Man City to win & both teams to score is at 7/5 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on April 19th, 2019 at 7:07 pm)