Friday 29th January 2021
In Across the Leagues today:
Livingston’s run of excellent results has not gone unnoticed by Across the Leagues member Kevin C:
“I don't usually send in emails but I've been quietly profiting from Livingston's last 10 games of which 8 were won and 2 drawn, both to Celtic. I don't know how long the run can go on though, it's maybe a bit late. Oh and I apologise if you already mentioned it, but it could do with another mention!”
Don’t apologise, Kevin…
Livingston’s form is indeed worthy of another mention. In our analysis on 13th January we noted that Livi had won 8 games in a row in all competitions since David Martindale took charge.
Four games later, and Martindale’s side are now unbeaten in 12 matches overall.
We also highlighted Livingston’s form for Under 10.5 Corners. On our website, they sit 2nd in our Scottish Premiership table for that stat. With a 79% strike-rate, made up of 19 out of 24 games producing 10 or less Total Corners.
In that 13th Jan email, I previewed the Livingston v Aberdeen game. It ended up being call off for a second time. First for a frozen pitch, then due to torrential rain.
They go for a thirst attempt at the Tony Macaroni Arena this weekend (Saturday 3pm).
This is 5th v 3rd in the league table. Livingston have won 3 of their last 4 at home, with a draw v Celtic the only blot, if you can call it that, since the start of December. Aberdeen have only won one of their last 8 away.
Despite that recent form, the Match Result market has this match as a 50-50 affair. Each side are available at around 17/10 (2.7) to win, with the draw not much above 2/1 (3.0).
Aberdeen also bring some significant low-corners form of their own. With a 71% overall record for Under 10.5 Corners, to go alongside Livingston’s 79% stat. The bookies aren’t taking many chances in that market, with Under 10.5 priced at 1/2 (1.5) at best (Skybet).
In my original write-up for this fixture two weeks ago, I flagged up Livingston defender Jon Guthrie and midfielder Scott Robinson as 3/1 and 4/1 outside chances in the Anytime Scorer betting.
Since then, Guthrie has played every game, but not added any more goals to his 5-goal tally. Robinson scored in the cup v St Mirren, but has started on the bench in the last two league games.
There are many ways to look at this match (and the sides meet again at Aberdeen next Tuesday night, too). For me, the strongest case on form and price is to back Livingston to rack up another 3 points.
Our website contains Scorers stats for 17 different leagues, and over 300 teams.
Clearly then, there are always going to be several if not dozens players that could get our attention in the Anytime Scorer and First Goalscorer markets, on any given weekend or round of games.
All the info is on the site for you to find, view & use, at your leisure:
I’m focusing on a couple of men in Germany that have found their way into my notebook over the past fortnight, with some attractive prices on offer…
Bayern Munich v Hoffenheim (Sat 2.30pm, BT Sport)
This fixture has a history for goals. Each of the last 7 meetings have gone Over 2.5 Goals. Since the start of last season, the score-lines have been:
Hoffenheim 4 Bayern 1 (league)
Hoffenheim 0 Bayern 6 (league)
Bayern 4 Hoffenheim 3 (cup)
Bayern 1 Hoffenheim 2 (league)
Those two Hoffenheim wins will give spirit to upset-hunters this weekend. The away win is 10/1 (Bet365).
Andrej Kramaric scored 2 of his team’s goals in the last meeting, which was a 4-1 win in September. More recently, the Hoffenheim penalty taker has scored 4 goals in his last 2 games this month.
Bayern have only managed 2 Clean Sheets in 8 home Bundesliga games this season. Kramaric is the key threat in attack for the visitors.
While Bayern’s runaway top scorer Robert Lewandowski is short-odds on to score, at 3/10 (1.3) at best. Kramaric appeals at 23/10 (3.3) to score Anytime.
Werder Bremen v Schalke (Sat 2.30pm)
Schalke are bottom of the Bundesliga, but American teenager Matthew Hoppe has been a shining light in recent weeks…
The 19-year-old made headlines with a hat-trick a couple of weeks back. And followed that up with goals in each of his next two appearances. Hoppe has landed Anytime Scorer bets in 3 of his last 4 games.
Like Bayern, Werder Bremen have only kept 2 Clean Sheet in 8 attempts at home. Hoppe is the form man, and odds of 14/5 (3.8) catch the eye.
Brighton and Aston Villa delivered in the Most Corners and Corners Match Bet markets in midweek. Both teams stay on the list for this weekend’s Premier League match-ups:
Brighton v Tottenham (Sun 7.15pm, Sky Sports)
Southampton v Aston Villa (Sat 8pm, Sky Sports)
Brighton and Villa are available at around Evens (2.0) each to win the Most Corners or Corners Match Bet.
Last but not least, I’m shooting at a big price this weekend with my latest trip to the Win & Both Teams to Score markets (Win & BTTS)…
This time the stats take us to Serie A in Italy:
Take your pick…
As I always say, you can mix and match these games in any number of combination bets.
With the odds a little shorter here than in our recent match win/ Both Teams to Score attempts in the English Football League, I’m playing direct and going straight for the big prize, with the Win & BTTS treble at 27/1.
From the analysis above, here are my picks for the weekend…
Livingston v Aberdeen
Bayern Munich v Hoffenheim
Werder Bremen v Schalke
Brighton v Tottenham
Southampton v Aston Villa
Italy – Serie A:
I’ll be back on Monday, ready for another packed week of fixtures. Including a full midweek programme in the Premier League.
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Enjoy the football…