Arsenal vs Tottenham – Spurs more consistent than Gunners
Tottenham Hotspur finished as runners-up in the Premier League title last season. The Spurs would like to repeat last season’s performance. Tottenham hope to close the gap on Premier League leaders after this next match with Arsenal. A game between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is something you just can’t miss. The last three meetings for these clubs at Emirates Stadium have ended in 1-1 stalemates and Spurs haven’t won at this venue since 2010. Overall, it will be a difficult game for both teams and another tight contest is likely here. The Gunners will meet the Spurs at 12:30pm BST/7:30am ET on Saturday 18th November 2017 at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal lost to Manchester City 3-1 last weekend but were second best for most of that match in our view. The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger got aggravated at a penalty awarded to the Blues and felt their third goal was offside. The Gunners were grateful to goalkeeper Petr Cech for keeping the score down. The substitute forward Alexandre Lacazette did make a goal to make it 2-1 just after the hour mark. Arsenal looked vulnerable on the counter-attack as their central defenders could not keep up with City’s pace and movement. Arsene Wenger’s side have scored in 21 straight home games versus Spurs and should create chances again, but we’re thinking both teams to score in this fixture.
Tottenham Hotspur were not at their best when beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at Wembley this last weekend. It looks like the Spurs are suffering some kind of hangover from a 3-1 Champions League defeat of Real Madrid. The Spurs midfielder Dele Alli was out against Crystal Palace due to injury. Forward Harry Kane left the game with 15 minutes to go. The backup goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga had a great performance. The manager Pochettino hailed the Argentine goalkeeper as an unbelievable option to have at his disposal.The experience gained from being involved big matches should stand Tottenham in good stead. Sportsbooks Games thinks the Spurs now look more comfortable in such big fixtures. They have a four point advantage in the Premier League table and that will allow them to play with more freedom. Spurs are strong on the counter-attack and we like the chance for an away win.
Manchester City host Arsenal next Sunday at Etihad Stadium
Manchester City have been virtually unstoppable this season. City has a remarkable 35 goals in only 10 matches with a goal difference of plus 29.
City’s recent form has sparked talk of an unbeaten season, which Arsenal achieved in 2003-04. The Citizens are on top of the table by five points and the only team without a loss in 2017-18. Arsenal is fifth in the Premier League table, nine points off Guardiola’s leaders. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has called upon Sanchez to help continue its impressive record against City. The Gunners have only lost just once in the last eight meetings and won four times. This Premier League fixture is scheduled for Sunday, November 05, 2017, at 9:15 AM ET/2:15 PM BST at Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City are currently flying at the top of the Premier League. City has nine wins and a draw from 10 games. Their form, along with their style of football, already has some predicting that they’ll go the whole season unbeaten. City have an array of attacking talent within their ranks, none more lethal than forward Sergio Aguero. However, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger thinks the pressure will get to City eventually.
Arsenal have an attacking trident of Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez and Alexandre Lacazette. They are good enough to give any team some problems. The Gunners haven’t been sweeping teams aside like City , but their recent form has been pretty good. Watford are the only team to beat Arsenal in their last 12 matches in all competitions. Top Sports Blog thinks Arsenal will have the opportunity to hand City their first defeat of the season on Sunday. That being said, City still has the momentum and advantage in this fixture.
Tottenham Hotspur prepares to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday
The Red Devils have beaten the Spurs at Old Trafford for the past three seasons. Over the years, Manchester United has almost won twice the amount it lost in this fixture. However, the Spurs under their new manager Pochettino, have achieved victory in two of the last three encounters. This fixture has produced plenty of excitement in the past and this game will be no different. Both sides are level on points right now in second and third in the table. This Premier League matchup is scheduled to kickoff at Old Trafford on October 28, 2017, at 12:30 pm BST/7:30 am EST.
Tottenham Hotspur were very impressive with a 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool at Wembley this last weekend. Harry Kane was at his clinical best with a double strike and midfielder Dele Alli took on a deeper role. The Spurs appeared to be always in control despite having possession just 36 percent of the time. Tottenham looked to be back in good form after some patchy performances at the start of the season.
Manchester United was playing cold early last weekend and lost 2-1 to Huddersfield. Huddersfield showed much more hunger and desire and took a 2-0 lead. The Red Devils forward Marcus Rashford scored a 78 minute header that failed to spark a late revival. Huddersfield beat Jose Mourinho’s side by taking advantage of a lack of pace in their build-up play. The Red Devils forward Lukaku has seven goals in eight appearances for Manchester United this season. The Red Devils need to produce a strong response in this high profile fixture. This fixture has two of the best managers and two of the best strikers in English football going head to head. Sportsbooks Games think a fast tempo game will result with more goals being scored than is usual between these sides.
As Liverpool FC await, Tottenham Hotspur needs to do more at Wembley Stadium
The Tottenham Hotspur fans should feel relieved as their side managed to finally win a game at home. The Spurs won 1-0 against Bournemouth but find it really tough to produce the kind of performance they would have liked to deliver. The Spurs defensive performance in home fixtures is pretty disappointing as of late. With Liverpool coming next week, manager Mauricio Pochettino knows that his team will have to do much better if they are to avoid losing more points at home. This Premier League fixture is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 22, at 11 a.m. ET / 4 p.m. GMT at Wembley Stadium.
Liverpool FC has won just once since August and it appears they have lost a little bit of their form. However, The Reds remain unbeaten when playing against the Spurs in 10 games. Not since September 2011, has the Tottenham club managed a win over Liverpool. This is an opportunity for manager Jurgen Klopp to turn the tide for his team and propel it back toward the top of the league. Liverpool goes into the game eighth in the league, four points behind the Spurs in the Premier League table. Klopp does not have his star forward Sadio Mane, so far this season, for six weeks due to injury. He now has just introduced midfielder Philippe Coutinho into one of the league’s most lethal attacks.
Tottenham Hotspur FC is in form with seven wins in the last eight games. The Spurs forward Harry Kane has been prolific. Harry Kane is one of the Spurs most important players. The 24-year-old has already scored six goals in eight league appearances for the club. The real problem is that none of those goals came at Wembley, the Spurs home ground. The Spurs are finding it hard to secure points in home fixtures. During the Spurs win last Saturday against Bournemouth, their defense was exposed on more than one occasions. At home in Wembley Stadium, manager Mauricio Pochettino has seen his team win only once in the Premier League. Sportbooks Games gives Liverpool an edge, who has enjoyed success at Wembley, winning 20 times at the national stadium.
This is the opening weekend of Premier League soccer. The Foxes are opening up the season against Arsenal at the Emirates. Fireworks are expected to fly in this first Premier League match of the season. This English Premier League duel will go down Friday, August 11, 2017, at 2:45 p.m. ET at Emirates Stadium. The match will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
Arsenal and Leicester City are two of the more offense oriented teams of the season in England. Seeing these two teams going against each other to kick off the season should make for some entertaining soccer. The Gunners have to be the favorites of this match, merely because they’re Arsenal. This is a big, strong Arsenal team in the midfield and at the back, and we just aren’t sure the speedy, finesse game that Leicester City is bringing to the table is going to play in North London on Friday night.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors – Warriors with 3-1 lead in NBA Finals
The Cleveland Cavaliers who were facing a sweep, defeated the Golden State Warriors on their home court to put the NBA Finals at 3-1. The Cleveland Cavaliers are under pressure and put together an inspired performance in Game 4. The Cavs rushed out to a big lead early and then cruised to the win. Cleveland picked up the win based to an unbelievably efficient offense. The Cavaliers buried 24 three pointers in Game 4, which set an NBA Finals record. They shot a blistering 53.3 percent from 3 point land. Irving, Kevin Love (6-of-8) and J.R. Smith (5-of-9) led the way. Cleveland led through out the whole game and has finally picked up some momentum in the NBA Finals. Cleveland has played much better in the past two games. The Cavs really needed a split to get back in this series.
Kevin Durant led the way for the Warriors in Game 4, finishing with 35 points. Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both struggled from the field. Golden State shot only 28.2 percent from three-point range in the contest. The Golden State Warriors are still favored to win Game 5. They are up 3-1 and is aiming to wrap up the series at home next time out. The Warriors have been dominant at home throughout the postseason despite struggling last time out. Best Sports Site Blog thinks there is no way the Cavs shoot that well again. The Dubs should be better from the field when they go home and should leave this one crowned NBA champions.
The game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The matchup will be broadcast on ABC.
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers square off Wednesday night
The Golden State Warriors are up 2-0 in the series after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 on Sunday night. The Cavaliers get to go home and aim to rally like they did on the way to last year’s title, but it won’t be easy against the elite playing level of the Golden State team.The game between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena. The matchup will be broadcast on ABC.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are unable to keep up with the Warriors in the two games at Oracle. The Cavs return home for Game 3 and look lost and unsettled by Golden State’s movement on offense and defense. In Game 2 on Sunday Golden State shot 51.7 percent from the floor and 41.9 percent from three-point range, and if they continue to shoot that well the Cavs are going to have to be on fire to stay competitive. Kevin Durant who was acquired last year from Oklahoma City has become a huge asset for the Dubs. In Game 2 of the NBA Finals, he scored 33 points while adding 13 rebounds and five blocks. Stephen Curry was also impressive, finishing with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
For Cleveland, LeBron James had 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for Cleveland, but Kyrie Irving struggled from the floor. Lebron James needs to be going at full throttle and could propel them to a victory. The Cavaliers are knowing their season is on the line. Another key thing will be good play from the role players on the team. Cleveland will probably lead most of the game. However, the Warriors are making their case as one of the best teams of all-time. Best Sports Site Blog thinks that Golden State should capture this game. This will give Golden State Warriors a 3-0 lead in this NBA final series.
Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots advance to Super Bowl LI
Super Bowl LI is right around the corner and the Atlanta Falcons will be representing the NFC, while the New England Patriots compete for the AFC. The New England Patriots make their record ninth appearance in the Super Bowl and their seventh with both head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The Patriots will be going for their fifth Lombardi Trophy in this Super Bowl. The Atlanta Falcons will be going for their first ring. The Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has Super Bowl experience. He was defensive coordinator when the Seahawks went to Super Bowls for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The Patriots lead the all-time series between the two teams, 7-6. The last meeting for these two teams was back in 2013. The showdown for Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots is scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET, at NRG Stadium in Houston Texas.
The New England Patriots made it to Super Bowl LI with a ninth consecutive win by pounding the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17. The Patriots continued their stifling defensive play in their victory over Pittsburgh, holding the Steelers to 367 total yards while forcing a two turnovers. The Patriots defense have allowed just 10.6 points per game over their past five wins and outscored their opponents by an average margin of 21.8 points. The Patriots have won with offense and with defense. The Patriots have a balanced offense and can hang with the Falcons if this game becomes a shootout.
This will be the Atlanta Falcons second Super Bowl appearance. The last time came in the 1998 season, when Atlanta lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII. The Atlanta Falcons fielded have the league’s top scoring offense in the regular season with an average of 33.8 points per game, while the Patriots defense allowed an NFL-low 15.6 points per game on defense. One of the reasons the Falcons are in the Super Bowl is that their defense improved as the season went on. The Falcons have improved from an average of 25.4 points per game during the regular season to an average of 19.3 points over their last six games, including the playoffs. The Falcons defense rated 15th overall but it’s proving to be effective because of the speed, range and versatility of many of the young players. Even though the Falcons defense have improved they still struggle against the run. For this reason we give the Patriots an edge in what could be a high scoring event.
Atlanta Falcons host Green Bay Packers in NFC Championship Game
The Atlanta Falcons (12-5) take on the Green Bay Packers (12-6) for the second time this season when they host the NFC Championship Game as home favorites. This may be a high-scoring game with Aaron Rodgers dazzling us with fantastic throws each time he steps on the field and Atlanta scoring 71 more points than any other team did in the regular season. The Atlanta Falcons beat Green Bay 33-32 in the first meeting during Week 8 of this season. The NFC Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET, from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The game will be broadcast live on FOX.
When the Green Bay Packers have the ball it’s all about quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers have not relied on the running game lately. With Rogers at the helm, the Packers have won eight in a row in order to make the playoffs. Rogers finally threw an interception for the first time in nine games, but there is no doubt that Rodgers is playing on a completely different level right now. Defenses are lining up in nickel knowing that Green Bay isn’t going to run the ball but still can’t stop him. If Atlanta does lines up in nickel, they may see running back Ty Montgomery get the ball more often. Montgomery only has one 100-yard game this year, but Atlanta is weak on stopping the run this year.
The Atlanta Falcons have the NFL’s best scoring offense with quarterback Matt Ryan who is favorite to win the MVP award this season. Ryan is nearly unstoppable with a healthy wide receiver Julio Jones on the field. Julio Jones is one of the best wide receivers in the league but a nagging toe injury seems to have taken away some of his explosiveness. Jones is averaging 17 yards a reception. In his last five games, he has only one 100-yard game. The Falcons offense are still putting up points without a fully healthy Jones. Offensive Coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, Kyle Shanahan uses his running backs in the passing game which makes this offense difficult to stop. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are constantly matched up against linebackers and they have made defenses pay. Freeman and Coleman combined for 204 total yards and two touchdowns against Seattle last week and half those yards came in the form of receptions. We know the Rogers has been magical lately, but we give Atlanta Falcons the edge to win this game in the end.
The NFL has decided to flex a bad game out of the Sunday night slot and put a new game in. The league announced that the Week 12 prime time game will be between Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos. The Kansas City Chiefs or Denver Broncos will remain right behind the Raiders near the top of the AFC West division standings. The Kansas City Chiefs won the last meeting in Denver last November. Before that, the Denver Broncos have dominated the series against the Kansas City Chiefs with a seven-game winning streak. The Chiefs last two wins were both on the road playing as the underdog. The Chiefs are underdogs again on Sunday as the Broncos are a 3-point favorite. The game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos is scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at 8:30 p.m. ET at Sports Authority Field.
The Kansas City Chiefs have flown under the radar at 7-3 and currently sit atop the AFC West. The Week 12 battle with the reigning Super Bowl champs could be for the lead in the best division in football. The Kansas City Chiefs had a five-game win streak, but that came to an end with a 19-17 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Chiefs defense allowed 331 passing yards and a touchdown to Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston. The Chiefs offense had deficiencies in that game that cost them the win to the Buccaneers. Every team has to work around injuries and the Chiefs are no exception. The loss of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has hurt in the passing game. The Chiefs are having trouble scoring inside the red zone and are next to last in red zone touchdown efficiency. If it wasn’t for the accurate leg of field goal kicker Cairo Santos, the scoring average would be lower than their 19th ranked 22.2 points per game.
The Denver Broncos are also coming in with a 7-3 record. Denver has won three of their last four. Denver had a 25-23 win over New Orleans a couple of Sundays ago. During that game, Denver blocked a potentially tie-breaking extra point by the Saints and ran it back the other way for two points and an improbable victory. The Broncos played their last two games before the off week without cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive end Derek Wolfe. Talib and Wolfe both returned to practice this week. Also outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware is returning into the rotation from his fractured arm injury. This means the Broncos could field their starting defensive unit together for the first time since Week 2. Even with the injuries, the Broncos are ranked fifth in total defense, second in sacks and top ranked in pass defense. We don’t think that Kansas City has the weapons to win this one against a Broncos healthy team.