<![CDATA[Soccer RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Everton @ Manchester United 09/17/2017 EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/17/everton-manchester-united-09/17/2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Everton make the trip to Manchester to take on a rampant Manchester United at Old Trafford, what sort of reception will former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney get on his return and also how will Romelu Lukaku play against his former team?

Everton are in a slump three losses in a row on the field and some controversy surrounding their star man Wayne Rooney off it. Ronald Koeman is feeling the pressure. A midweek hammering by Atalanta from Italy followed the 3-0 hammering by Tottenham in front of their own fans at Goodison Park last weekend. The toffees come into this game needing…

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Everton make the trip to Manchester to take on a rampant Manchester United at Old Trafford, what sort of reception will former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney get on his return and also how will Romelu Lukaku play against his former team?

Everton are in a slump three losses in a row on the field and some controversy surrounding their star man Wayne Rooney off it. Ronald Koeman is feeling the pressure. A midweek hammering by Atalanta from Italy followed the 3-0 hammering by Tottenham in front of their own fans at Goodison Park last weekend. The toffees come into this game needing something to stop the rot and it's probably the toughest game they could face all year. Rooney and Clavert-Lewin will lead the line up front while Sigurddson and Schneiderlein will  be tasked with stopping a very impressive Manchester United midfield. Defensively Everton will need to be solid this weekend as they face their former star striker Romelu Lukaku.

Manchester United were rolling in the league until a hiccup last weekend at Stoke. That was a tough game for the Red Devils but Jose Mourhino's men showed plenty of metal coming from a goal down before being pegged back. Stoke were value for the point but United were unlucky not to win it with Lukaku, Martial having chances near the end to win the game. United's from three of Martial/Rashford Lukaku and Mkhitarian have been on fire all season. With fifteen goals in their first first five games in all competitions it's obvious where the strength is in this team. An injury to Paul Pogba will have an effect definitely but with Herrerra to come in to replace him it should not be that big an issue.

There are lots of side stories here but the main event is that Manchester United should be too strong for an improving Everton side. I would not be surprised if both Rooney and Lukaku score in this one but I think Manchester United will have too much in the locker and I expect the league leaders to win this one by a couple.

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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:05:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94551
<![CDATA[Arsenal @ Chelsea 09/17/2017 EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/17/arsenal-chelsea-09/17/2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments The game of the weekend in the Premier League will see Arsenal travel across London to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the early game on Sunday.

This game kicks off at 8:00am ET so for all American readers make sure to get your bets in Saturday night or get up early for what should be an absolute cracking game of football. These two have no short history and even recently met in the FA Cup final last season. Arsene Wenger is under serious pressure as Arsenal struggled early this season losing to both Stoke and being embarressed by Liverpool in anfield. The Gunners face another…

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The game of the weekend in the Premier League will see Arsenal travel across London to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the early game on Sunday.

This game kicks off at 8:00am ET so for all American readers make sure to get your bets in Saturday night or get up early for what should be an absolute cracking game of football. These two have no short history and even recently met in the FA Cup final last season. Arsene Wenger is under serious pressure as Arsenal struggled early this season losing to both Stoke and being embarressed by Liverpool in anfield. The Gunners face another tough test here as they travel to Stamford Bridge looking to kick start their Premier League campaign. An off season of uncertainty seen the arrival of Lacazette and he looks like the real deal, a pacey striker who will finish in the big games. Alexis Sanchez and Mezut Ozil may have contract negotiations hanging over their head but when on form they can provide the type of service that Lacazette will thrive on. Both look likely to start here on Sunday and this Arsenal team after being accused of giving up against Liverpool have plenty to prove to both their fans and the pundits.

The Champions are purring, after a rough opening weekend when they lost to Burnley, Chelsea have rolled off four wins in a row including their Champions League midweek win. Eden Hazard is back from his injury, Alvaro Morata has come in and immediately made a difference up front so much so that Antonio Conte's side do not even miss awol striker Diego Costa. This is a very talented Chelsea side, from the goalkeeper out there are leaders on every line from Luiz and Cahill to Kante and Hazard. Morata settled extremely well and while he arrived with a big price tag he looks value for money already having hit three in four so far.

Chelsea have the better balance in my opinion but this game represents more than just the three points. I think Arsenal have an added incentive here, they were lambasted in the media after their no show against Liverpool. Arsene Wenger and these Arsenal players can not afford another perfromance like that. I think we see the best of the Gunners here, although it might not be enough to win. I'm taking both teams to score in what should be an enthrawling match up.

 

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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94548
<![CDATA[Southampton @ Crystal Palace 09/16/2017 EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/16/crystal-palace-vs-southampton-09/16/2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments With only four games played Crystal Palace fired head coach Frank De Boer. It's a terrible decision this early in the season, De Boer deserved more time to try to implement his philosophy. He also deserved more support in the transfer market before the season started. Crystal Palace actually played quite well against Burnley in their last game, the manager could not be blamed for the loss with Benteke and Dann in particular responsible for missing guilt edged chances which could have at the very least earned Palace a draw. Palace have now turned to Roy Hodgson, the former England manager. He's…

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With only four games played Crystal Palace fired head coach Frank De Boer. It's a terrible decision this early in the season, De Boer deserved more time to try to implement his philosophy. He also deserved more support in the transfer market before the season started. Crystal Palace actually played quite well against Burnley in their last game, the manager could not be blamed for the loss with Benteke and Dann in particular responsible for missing guilt edged chances which could have at the very least earned Palace a draw. Palace have now turned to Roy Hodgson, the former England manager. He's probably best suited to manage a team like the one Palace have assembled and will play a more route one football than De Boer was prepared to play. Benteke, Puncheon, Cabaye, Dann all very talented players but they have failed to deliver this season for the eagles and until such time as the players start playing it's tough to take Crystal Palace in any game.

 Southampton come into this game after a very disappointing loss to Watford. The Saints have a very talented squad and will be looking at this game as one they can win away from home. The Saints up front with Gabbiadini, Long, Tadic and Austin have lots of firepower that will trouble Crystal Palace's back four. Southampton still have not seen Virgil Van Djik on the field for the first team but the big centre half played for the U23's on Monday and could be in line for a return this weekend. Van Djik was at the center of a transfer controversy this summer when he tried to force through a move to Liverpool. His influence at the centre of the Saints defence though is still missed and manager Manuel Pelligrino may feel like now is the right time to reintroduce the talented dutch man.

On paper there isnt much to seperate these two but coming into this game there has been alot of unrest at Crystal Palace and a change of manager this early in the season is almost unprecidented. Quite often though a change in manager can reinvigorate players and perhaps a change in style might suit Crystal Palace here with De Boer's passing game being too complex for the players he had. This isnt a strong play but I feel that Crystal Palace might just get a much needed win here and given they are at home and the price we are getting it's the right play.

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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:49:37 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94452
<![CDATA[Brighton @ Bournemouth 09/15/2017 EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/15/bournemouth-vs-brighton-09/15/2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Friday night EPL action will see Brighton travel to the Vitality Stadium for a meeting with a Bournemouth side who are desperate to get their season up and running.

Brighton having lost their opening two games of the year settled down with a draw at Watford and a good home win over West Bromwich Albion with an impressive display. Chris Hughton's side are solid and tough to break down. They will be led from the back by Irish Center half Shane Duffy a big man with a big heart who will put his body on the line for his team and also represents a significant aerial threat at set pieces. Brighton…

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Friday night EPL action will see Brighton travel to the Vitality Stadium for a meeting with a Bournemouth side who are desperate to get their season up and running.

Brighton having lost their opening two games of the year settled down with a draw at Watford and a good home win over West Bromwich Albion with an impressive display. Chris Hughton's side are solid and tough to break down. They will be led from the back by Irish Center half Shane Duffy a big man with a big heart who will put his body on the line for his team and also represents a significant aerial threat at set pieces. Brighton played well at the weekend beating a West Brom team who have started the season very well. With Pascal Gros netting twice the German midfielder will be in confident form ahead of this clash with Bournemouth.

Bournemouth are yet to pick up a point this season and are languishing in 19th in the league table. Eddie Howe made some good moves in the summer bringing in experienced striker Jermain Defoe, top class goalkeeper Asmir Begovich and full back Nathan Ake. The Cherries were desperately unlucky to lose at home to Manchester City with the away side pilfering the win with a 94th minute goal from Raheem Sterling. That wasn't the first time Bournemouth were caught late as Watford managed to net two late goals in the first home game at the Vitality on August 19.

Interesting clash here with both teams fancying their chances of a result in my opinion. Bournemouth put in a fine performance at home to Manchester City but were picked apart last weekend by a rampant Arsenal. Brighton will be solid this season and they hold their shape well in games. With Brighton picking up their first win last weekend and scoring three goals in the process I think they can get something from this one. Taking a solid and disciplined Brighton on the handicap here +1

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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:22:31 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94449
<![CDATA[Crystal Palace vs Southampton 16 September 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/16/crystal-palace-vs-southampton-16-september-2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments After a terrible start to the season, Crystal Palace sacked their manager Frank De Boer. The Dutch manager was fired after just 77 days in charge of the Eagles and now he has been replaced by Roy Hodgson. The English manager will start his tenure at Crystal Palace with a game at home as they take on Southampton.

Crystal Palace is still without Wilfried Zaha and his injury has caused the Eagles a lot of problems. This is a side that has no attacking threat at the moment and it seems like that will not change until he is back. It is important to…

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After a terrible start to the season, Crystal Palace sacked their manager Frank De Boer. The Dutch manager was fired after just 77 days in charge of the Eagles and now he has been replaced by Roy Hodgson. The English manager will start his tenure at Crystal Palace with a game at home as they take on Southampton.

Crystal Palace is still without Wilfried Zaha and his injury has caused the Eagles a lot of problems. This is a side that has no attacking threat at the moment and it seems like that will not change until he is back. It is important to note that Palace was very unlucky to lose their last game as they were by far the better team. That being said, they are still not playing well and are up against some strong opposition in Southampton.

The Saints lost at home last week at the hands of Watford. That being said, I think this will be a much easier task. Palace is in shambles and this seems like easy three points. This is a team that is better on paper and they are also in better form so it is hard to see them not win this game, even though it is away from home.

With all that being said, I am predicting this game to be a win for Southampton. Crystal Palace are just not good enough at the moment and due to that, they will lose. We are getting a pretty good price on this bet and due to that, I am going to suggest this bet. As far as goals are concerned, I am going for the under 2.5 goals since neither team has been able to score much this season so far.

 

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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:32:31 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94533
<![CDATA[Newcastle United vs Stoke City 09/16/2017 EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/16/newcastle-united-vs-stoke-city-09/16/2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Middle of the table clash from St James Park on Saturday as Newcastle United look to continue their two game winning streak when they face an inform Stoke City.

Stoke have had some excellent results this season already, a win over Arsenal was followed up with taking points of Manchester United, the first points Mourhino's team have dropped this season. Mark Hughes team was heavily favoured for relegation prior to the season starting and an opening weekend loss to Everton did not help. But the Potters have been excellent since that defeat, a win at home to Arsenal  followed by two draws…

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Middle of the table clash from St James Park on Saturday as Newcastle United look to continue their two game winning streak when they face an inform Stoke City.

Stoke have had some excellent results this season already, a win over Arsenal was followed up with taking points of Manchester United, the first points Mourhino's team have dropped this season. Mark Hughes team was heavily favoured for relegation prior to the season starting and an opening weekend loss to Everton did not help. But the Potters have been excellent since that defeat, a win at home to Arsenal  followed by two draws has left people wondering whether this Stoke City side can push for a top half finish. Hughes additions of Choupu Moting and Jese has reinvigorated the Potters up front and Darren Fletcher coming in to midfield has bolstered an already strong area for stoke. Kurt Zouma was a great signing from Chelsea and has been a rock at the back this season. Stoke are going to be tough to beat and I expect them to put in a good performance on saturday.

Newcastle looked terrible in their opening two games, defeats to Tottenham and Huddersfield had people wondering if the Magpies could stay up this season. while Rafa Benitez is a terrific manager a lack of investment in the off season had some fans and pundits questioning Mike Ashley's ownership. But Newcastle rebounded with an excellent home win against West Ham and an away victory at Swansea led by a terrific defensive display. While Newcastle did manage three goals against West Ham they do not look like the most potent strike force. Joselu who came across from Stoke is yet to find his feet in the Premier League but perhaps a game against his former team might prove to be the cherry he needs. Mitrovic is a work horse who puts himself about and this physical encounter will suit his talents , will he score enough goals to keep Newcastle up? Its tough to see that happening and while Dwight Gayle was excellent last season his record in the Premier League is patchy with fifteen goals in sixty four appearances, not a great record but considering there were only 27 starts in those 64 appearance he does have the talent to improve.

I've been impressed with Stoke City this season and while they are slightly behind in the league table I think this is a team that can push on and surprise a few pundits along the way. Stoke are hard working and will be tough to break down. Conceding only three goals in their first four games and two of those to the free scoring Manchester United. I like Stoke City here on the handicap and wouldnt mind having a little cut at them on the moneyline as well.

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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:04:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94530
<![CDATA[Tottenham vs Swansea 09/16/2017 EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/16/tottenham-vs-swansea-09/16/2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments The Saturday evening game will see Swansea travel to London to take on Tottenham at their temporary home in Wembley. Swansea have struggled this season with Paul Clement yet to find his balanced starting line up. The Swans lost Fernando Llorente and Guylfi Sigurddson in the off season and the pair combined for 70% of Swansea's goals last year. Replacing the two will be essential if Swansea are to avoid a drop into the Championship. Returning hero Wilfried Bony should provide some threat up front alongside Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham. The addition of Renato Sanchez from Bayern Munich could be…

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The Saturday evening game will see Swansea travel to London to take on Tottenham at their temporary home in Wembley. Swansea have struggled this season with Paul Clement yet to find his balanced starting line up. The Swans lost Fernando Llorente and Guylfi Sigurddson in the off season and the pair combined for 70% of Swansea's goals last year. Replacing the two will be essential if Swansea are to avoid a drop into the Championship. Returning hero Wilfried Bony should provide some threat up front alongside Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham. The addition of Renato Sanchez from Bayern Munich could be one of the signing's of the year if the Portugese international can deliver on his potential, having struggled to break into the Bayern first team for the last twelve months.

Tottenham struggled last season following Champions League games, of their six games following the group games they won only two. No doubt Pochettino will be mindful of that as they face Swansea on Saturday evening. Tottenham were very close to Chelsea in terms of ability last year but were let down in key games by inexperience. This side is battle hardened and with Harry Kane finding his scoring boots last weekend and again midweek against Borussia Dortmund I would think that Tottenham will be looking to push on here and get another win which could see them move up the table. An early loss to Chelsea and dropped points at home to Burnley is a worrying sign for Spurs fans though.Tottenham have taken one point from two home games in Wembley this season, Tottenham dropped a total of four points in the entirety of last season at White Hart Lane. There is no doubt that the change of home venue has effected the team but with a squad this talented Kane, Alli, Erikson, Dembele, Son, Wanyama surely these early season struggles will be temporary.

The Line here is abit high Tottenham -2 is a tough ask for any team having played an energy sapping Champions League encounter on Wednesday night against a very good Dortmund side. For this reason i'm going to take the Swans on the handicap, I think they can keep this tight and could even nick something from the game

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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 05:43:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94527
<![CDATA[Liverpool vs Burnley 09/16/2017 EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/16/liverpool-vs-burnley-09/16/2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Liverpool will look to bounce back after their 5-0 loss to Manchester city when they host an inform Burnley at Anfield on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp will have a balancing act this season as Liverpool try to make progress in both the Champions League and the Premier League. Missing star striker Sadio Mane wont help the reds cause here as he is suspended following his red card at Manchester City. Mo Salah and Roberto Firminho will be tasked with replacing the energetic Sane, not an easy task but at Anfield there should be a passionate home support to help lift the reds. Liverpool's problems…

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Liverpool will look to bounce back after their 5-0 loss to Manchester city when they host an inform Burnley at Anfield on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp will have a balancing act this season as Liverpool try to make progress in both the Champions League and the Premier League. Missing star striker Sadio Mane wont help the reds cause here as he is suspended following his red card at Manchester City. Mo Salah and Roberto Firminho will be tasked with replacing the energetic Sane, not an easy task but at Anfield there should be a passionate home support to help lift the reds. Liverpool's problems defensively have been evident again this season and they do not look comfortable at all. Klopp has not settled on a back four and his central defensive woes continued on Tuesday with Sevilla managing two goals. Phillip Couthino could return to the starting line up for the first time this season. The Brazilian tried to force through a transfer to Barcelona but was unsuccessful and alienated himself from his team and fans little while doing it. A big performance here might go some way to making amends.

Sean Dyche has had a good start to the season as Burnley manager, a terrific opening day performance saw Burnley win 3-2 at the champions Chelsea. To follow it up Burnley took a point from Tottenham in Wembley and then won a nailbiter 1-0 against Palace last weekend. This is a solid side with discipline. Burnley hold onto the ball well with Brady, Defour and Cork and will create chances on the counter attack here. Up front Burnley made a shrewd signing in Chris Wood, who came across from Leeds United. In his first two games the New Zealand International has managed two goals. Including the match winner against Crystal Palace and the equaliser against Tottenham. With Vokes, Walters, Wood and Barnes there are plenty of options up top for Burnley should they need to change it up.

I like Burnley on the handicap here. Burnley have played well so far this season, while Liverpool are a good team and deserve to be favourites they do not deserve to be favoured by 2 goals. Taking Burnley +2 on the handicap in what should be a great value play.

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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 05:07:52 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94524
<![CDATA[Huddersfield Town vs Leicester City 09/16/2017 EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/16/huddersfield-town-vs-leicester-city-09/16/2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Leicester City travel to the John Smith Stadium to take on newly promoted Huddesfield town in what should be an intriguing clash.

Leicester the Premier League champions of two years ago have started the season poorly but with tough games against Manchester City and Chelsea it isnt suprising that the Foxes have just three points from four games. One thing that has improved is the performances from a year ago. Jamie Vardy, Okazaki , Mahrez have all looked sharp and Leicester are going to be a top half team this year if they continue to play to this high level. Last time out against Chelsea…

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Leicester City travel to the John Smith Stadium to take on newly promoted Huddesfield town in what should be an intriguing clash.

Leicester the Premier League champions of two years ago have started the season poorly but with tough games against Manchester City and Chelsea it isnt suprising that the Foxes have just three points from four games. One thing that has improved is the performances from a year ago. Jamie Vardy, Okazaki , Mahrez have all looked sharp and Leicester are going to be a top half team this year if they continue to play to this high level. Last time out against Chelsea was a game which Leicester could easily have got a point from or maybe more. Vardy has three in four games and Okazaki two in three. The front two are quick and dangerous and they will test out Huddersfield's back four.

Huddersfield started the season with two wins and a draw before losing to West Ham on Monday night. David Wagner's side have been impressive, the summer addition of record signing Mounie and Ince has helped offensively and Huddersfield are not the whipping boys many thought they would be. To stay in the Premier League promoted sides really need to make their home ground a fortress and take as many points as possible from those fixtures. Huddersfield won fifteen games at home last year and will be looking to build on that this year.

Really interesting game here. I think Leicester have been better than their results indicate and given they have had tough fixtures with Manchester City away and Chelsea at home. Likewise Huddersfield have had possibly one of the easier schedules to date away to a disfunctional Crystal Palace and home to Newcastle and struggling Southampton. I think both teams cancel each other out here and I am taking the draw. 

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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 05:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94521
<![CDATA[Bournemouth vs Brighton 15 September 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/09/15/bournemouth-vs-brighton-15-september-2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Bournemouth will open this weekend's English Premier League games as they take on Brighton at home. This is an important game since both of these teams look like they will be fighting for relegation come the end of the season. As a result of that, ti will be detrimental that they get points where they can if they want to survive.

Bournemouth is a team that has a lot of heart and they have shown this is the way that they have been playing all season and in the past few season. This year, it seems like their side is just not up to the level it should…

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Bournemouth will open this weekend's English Premier League games as they take on Brighton at home. This is an important game since both of these teams look like they will be fighting for relegation come the end of the season. As a result of that, ti will be detrimental that they get points where they can if they want to survive.

Bournemouth is a team that has a lot of heart and they have shown this is the way that they have been playing all season and in the past few season. This year, it seems like their side is just not up to the level it should be. That being said, they are facing a team that are around their level and they will know that with the home crowd behind them, they should be getting all three points.

Brighton, on the other hand, are starting to build up some momentum in the league. This is a side that has been playing really well in the Championship for the past few seasons and they will hope that this squad is good enough this season with the big step up. While Bournemouth are not a really high quality side, they are at home and I think the pressure of being away from home will make this too much for Brighton.

All in all, we are getting a pretty good price on Bournemouth to win this game and as a result I am going suggest that betting on the outright result as the best option. Furthermore, we are getting a good price on the over 2.5 goals and considering the state of these two defensive units, I am expecting a high scoring game.

 

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Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:02:35 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94455