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Arsenal v Tottenham: Derby draw looks best bet

Arsenal v Tottenham 
Saturday, 12:30 
Live on Sky Sports Main Event

Gunners on hot-streak at home
This is all very Arsenal so far.

An early crisis in the very first part of the season suggests the whole thing is ready to collapse but the pressure on Arsene Wenger slowly subsides and before you know it they're doing okay again.

True, they're sixth of the elite teams who should be in the top six but sitting only four points off second place isn't bad. And if they beat Spurs on Saturday, they'll be just a point back from their local neighbours.

While those who go to watch the Gunners away still have plenty to moan about, regulars at the Emirates are seeing only win after win.

Taking into account last season, they've won 10 straight Premier League games at home. Their victims? Swansea, Brighton, West Brom, Bournemouth and Leicester in the current campaign and Everton, Sunderland, Man Utd, Leicester again and West Ham in the previous season.

They were big odds-on favourites for nine of those it has to be said.

Spurs hope to confirm power shift
Current league position, the fact that they finally finished above Arsenal last season and the general air of positivity around Spurs suggests they're now the top dogs in North London.

Tottenham being unbeaten in six games against the Gunners adds to that feeling although this still remains a very tough fixture for Spurs when played at Arsenal.

They've won just two of their last 32 league visits to Highbury/the Emirates, the last of those coming in 2010.

This has to rank as another good chance given how well Mauricio Pochettino has Spurs playing away from home but will they be at full sharpness?

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks all withdrew from the England squad with injuries while Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld also sat out the international break.

Even if all are passed fit, are they really 100%? Spurs will need them to be in a big fixture like this.

Arsenal favourites
Arsenal head the betting at 2.58, with Spurs 2.98 to pull seven points clear of their great rivals.

Both have claims but I think the Draw is just as viable and yet it's the biggest price at 3.60. That's the bet.

Recent history supports a Saturday stalemate as the last three Premier League encounters at the Emirates have all ended 1-1. That outcome is 8.20 and definitely worth a small play too.

Pochettino has never lost a north London derby (W2, D4) and twice in the last three years he's seen his side lead this fixture with less than 20 minutes to go.

But Wenger's record, including his recent one, has to be respected when the teams lock horns at the Emirates.

Goals expected
With all the attacking talent on view and the two sides' respective reputation for goals, it's predictable that Over 2.5 goals is clear favourite at 1.69.

But add in an FA Cup meeting in 2014 and Unders, currently 2.38, would have landed in the last five Arsenal v Spurs fixtures at the Emirates.

Great Dane can net again
With Spurs, it's usually a question of deciding how short a price you're willing to back Harry Kane at. Or, alternatively, take him for two or more, something he's done seven times already this season.

Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for France in midweek but the bet I like here is Christian Eriksen.

I've spotted something in his scoring patterns that shows he finds the net for Spurs when returning from international breaks.

That makes sense because he's usually coming back in high spirits having scored for his country.

In September, he scored in a 4-0 win over Poland and then registered for Spurs in a 3-0 victory at Everton. And after two more goals for the Danes in the space of four days in October he returned to club duty and got the winner against Bournemouth.

Imagine then the high he'll be on this time after firing a brilliant hat-trick against the Republic of Ireland in midweek to inspire Denmark to the World Cup finals in Russia.

I'll take him to ride the wave and bang in another at Arsenal. He's attractively priced at 4.60.

Ref watch
Mike Dean heads to the Emirates for this one.

The Wirral official has shown 29 yellows and a red in his nine matches this season.

He didn't book a single Arsenal player in the Gunners' opening-day win against Leicester and showed no cards at all in his last Spurs game - their 3-2 League Cup loss to West Ham.

As for card make-ups in this fixture, reading back from last season they show: 4, 3, 5 (1 red), 1, 4, 8, 9.

Opta Stat
Tottenham have dropped 37 points from leading positions in Premier League games against Arsenal, more than any other side has against another in the competition's history.

Recommended Bets
1pt Draw at 3.60
0.5pts 1-1 draw at 8.20
1pt Christian Eriksen To Score at 4.60

Serie A Betting: Juventus slip-up at surprise package Sampdoria

Napoli v Milan
Saturday, 19:45
Live on BT Sport 2 and Betfair Live Video
After the agony of Italy's failure to make it to Russia next summer, Serie A is back with what should be a stellar weekend, or at least a spectacular Saturday.
It all starts with Roma against Lazio, and that is followed by Napoli's coming together with Milan. This is a massive game for both teams, with Napoli coming off the back of that disappointing 0-0 draw with Chievo. They might be unbeaten in 24 Serie A games, but this is a high-class season, and any point dropped will be keenly felt.
So with Juventus snapping ominously at their heels, Napoli face Vincenzo Montella's much criticised Milan. I think that Napoli will get the win, and are priced at 1.49 to do so, but Milan are in good form away from home having won their last two, and this will not be easy.
Last season, it finished 4-2 in Napoli's favour, and I wouldn't be surprised to see something similar here. Lorenzo Insigne will feel that he has a point to prove in a high-profile game, Suso has a great record against Napoli, and with so much at stake this could be a real firecracker.
Before that 0-0 draw at the Bentegodi, Napoli's three previous games had all gone Over 3.5 Goals, and two of Milan's last three away matches have also reached that mark, and that's the bet here. You should be able to get 2.50 matched for there to be at least four goals at the San Paolo, and that's where my money will be going this weekend.
Recommended Bet
Over 3.5 Goals in Napoli v Milan @ 2.50
Roma v Lazio
Saturday, 17:00
Live on BT Sport 2 and Betfair Live Video
I think that it will be a similar story in the early game at the Olimpico in Rome. These two sides have been free scoring so far this season, and there's enough vulnerability about both of them defensively to believe that we could have a real thriller in the Capital.
Lazio have now won their last nine consecutive games in all competitions, and Roma are on a good run too. Lazio have scored 22 times in their last seven games, while having done a good defensive job at the start of the season, Roma are starting to spread their wings. That devastating display against Chelsea was followed by a 4-2 win against Fiorentina, and I could see these two sides going toe to toe in a game full of goals.
It's one of those occasions on which you have to picture the way that the encounter will be played out rather than worry too much about statistics. It's about where these teams are right now and the kind of match that they will produce. The early kick off time on a Saturday bothers me, but there'll still be a terrific atmosphere, and I believe that both teams will produce.
Lazio are brilliant to watch, spearheaded by Ciro Immobile, and Roma have in form Edin Dzeko to lead the line along with several more goal-scoring options. I like the market perception that this could be a little more attritional and low scoring than usual, because that gives us more of a price on the "overs", and I'm happy to back them at 2.60.
Recommended Bet
Back Over 3.5 Goals in Roma v Lazio @ 2.60
Sampdoria v Juventus
Sunday, 14:00
Live on BT Sport 3 and Betfair Live Video
I can't let Juventus go off at 1.63 against Sampdoria at Marassi and not think about laying them. Samp have picked up only one point in their last eight Serie A games against Juventus, but with the Bianconeri's veterans smarting and surely tired after their tribulations with Italy in midweek, it will take a monumental effort for them to come and win here.
Samp have now won five games out of five at home, including convincing wins against both Atalanta and Milan, and there's no way that they should be as big as 7.00 to win this. I know that it looks as if Juve are on one of those steamroller runs that could take them all the way to the title, but this is not a vintage Juventus team.
They are ageing, they can creak, and Marco Giampaolo's youthful Samp team have the potential to give them nightmares in what will be one heck of an atmosphere. I like Lucas Torreira, Gaston Ramirez gives them guile and they have two excellent finishers in the shape of Fabio Quagliarella and Duvan Zapata.
Juve are powerful away from home and of course shouldn't be written off, but Samp are a good bet this weekend, and while I'm tempted to take that big price about them winning, I'm also happy to lay Juve and keep the draw on our side.

Recommended Bet
Lay Juventus against Sampdoria @ 1.63

La Liga Betting: Goals could be at a premium in the Madrid derby

Leganés v Barcelona
Saturday, 15:15
Live on Betfair Live Video
Barcelona could so easily have gone into the international break on a bum note. Sevilla pushed them hard at the Camp Nou a fortnight ago, and with an hour played victory was far from guaranteed. In the end, the Blaugrana were grateful to an unlikely hero: Paco Alcácer made the most of a rare start to score in either half, sealing a 2-1 win.
It was a timely reminder of the former Valencia man's abilities. Barcelona have hardly struggled for goals in the opening months of the season, but with Luis Suárez going through a lean patch, they have occasionally been reliant on a certain Argentine No.10 to drag them through in tough moments. Alcácer is unlikely to be a starter week in, week out, but he should have a role to play.
That could be the case on Saturday, against a frugal Leganés side. Only Barça and Atlético Madrid have conceded fewer goals than Asier Garitano's team (eight), who are currently sitting pretty in ninth. That's no fluke, either: they have only allowed 182 opposition shots on target since the start of last season.
Admittedly, five of those eight goals conceded have been shipped in the last two rounds, but they were away games against Sevilla (1-2) and in-form Valencia (0-3). Leganés have kept four clean sheets in five at home, and while that will be a big ask here, they should keep the scoreline respectable.
Recommended Bet
Back under 2.5 goals at 2.24

Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid
Saturday, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Football and Betfair Live Video
It's derby day in the capital, with a change of scenery just one of a clutch of interesting storylines heading into Saturday night. The 161st Liga meeting between Madrid's finest is also the first at the Wanda Metropolitano, and you can be sure hosts Atlético will be wanting to mark the occasion with a win.
It should be a compelling battle - games between these two usually are - but it's worth noting that neither of these sides is performing at the level we have come to expect over the last few campaigns.
Atléti are fourth and unbeaten, but have a chronic drawing problem: five of their 11 league games this term have ended all-square. The defence has been typically stingy but there has been a marked lack of fluency in attack, with Antoine Griezmann less inspirational than usual and none of the bit-part actors around him able of seizing the initiative.
Madrid's issues have been well documented, but there has been little sign that Zinedine Zidane is close to finding solutions. The Frenchman has credit in the bank, of course, but public opinion doesn't take long to swing at the Bernabéu and a few more listless displays - be it in the league or in Europe - would surely start ramping the pressure up. How he would love Cristiano Ronaldo (or anyone) to really break the shackles and drag this side to a higher level.
The derby form book favours Los Colchoneros, who have won four and lost just one of the last eight league meetings between the sides. Yet much of their best work has been done away from home, with the last 16 league meetings at the Calderón yielding 11 draws.
Another tight game should be in store here and attacking returns could be at a premium. Atlético's last eight games have gone under the 2.5-goal line, meaning odds of close to evens on that eventuality are attractive, especially given Real's struggles.
Recommended Bet
Back under 2.5 goals at 1.98

Athletic Club v Villarreal
Sunday, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Football and Betfair Live Video
For our final bet, we head to Bilbao, where hosts Athletic look to be too short at 2.26 against a confident Villarreal outfit.
The Basques have been in miserable form, winning just three of their opening 12 matches. Two of those were against fairly tame opposition (Girona and Eibar) and came in the opening weeks of the season.
Atlético and Barcelona have both won at San Mamés this term, and while Villarreal aren't at that level, they have been in decent nick: ignoring a Copa del Rey blip, the Yellow Submarine have lost just once in 13.
With Cédric BakambuCarlos Bacca and Nicola Sansone providing ample attacking threat, they should score, which should be enough to earn them at least a point.
Recommended Bets
1.5 pts Villarreal +0.5 at 1.78
0.5 pts Villarreal to win at 2.92

Ligue 1 Betting: Division heavyweights smart bets across the board

PSG v Nantes (1st v 5th)
Sat, 16:00 GMT
Live on Betfair Live Video
Even if some of PSG's players are tired after international duty the Ligue 1 leaders should still be strong enough to run out comfortable winners over game but limited Nantes.
PSG have such tremendous strength in depth manager Unai Emery can afford to rotate some of his supposedly key men and still expect his side to win by two or three goals. The French capital outfit lined-up without Neymar at Angers a fortnight ago and it barely made a flicker of difference as PSG clinched a 5-0 victory.
Nantes are riding higher in the table than anybody expected and have lost just one of their last 10 Ligue 1 matches. Yet they've also had a gentle fixture list so this game's a considerable step-up in quality on anything they've faced before.
With PSG as short as 1.12 to get the 3pts the question is how to make the hosts pay at better odds. Backing Paris to win both halves is a good way to be on them near evens: with our selection, you need to treat the first- and second-halves as two separate 45-minute football matches, and for PSG win both of them.
Recommended Bet
PSG 'Yes' in Win Both Halves @ 1.80

Caen v Nice (7th v 15th)
Sun, 14:00 GMT
Live on BT Sport ESPN and Betfair Live Video
Nice are a risky bet in the sense they're languishing near the foot of the table but Lucien Favre's side have far greater quality than they've shown to date and ought to improve at some point.
The Riviera outfit have struggled to build on last season's unexpectedly high final position of 3rd, and the fact the club kept Favre against his will when Borussia Dortmund came calling for him in early summer has backfired. But the squad has top-six potential and the players should have a bit more confidence following their 1-0 win over Dijon in their last outing a fortnight ago.
Caen are 5pts and eight places above Nice in the standings but a deeply average side all over the pitch. Looking at the hosts line by line across the pitch, it's a surprise they've done so well, and without doubt they were lucky to win one or two of the games where they managed to pick up all 3pts.
Nice are 2.88 underdogs, meaning they're available odds-against on the Draw No Bet market. With this selection you'll get your stakes back if the game ends all-square and make a profit if Nice record their second away win of the campaign.
Recommended Bet
Nice Draw No Bet @ 2.10

Bordeaux v Marseille (9th v 4th)
Sun, 20:00 GMT
Live on BT Sport 2 and Betfair Live Video
This is a game between two sides heading in opposite directions and a good opportunity to back an improving Marseille at a big price.
Bordeaux were widely tipped to challenge for a top-four place but their telegraphed build-up play plus a pure and simple shortage of scoring ability across their first-choice Starting XI has seen them drop down the table in recent weeks.
Jocelyn Gourvennec's side have drawn one and lost four of their last five fixtures so it's surprising they're clear 2.36 favourites to win this weekend.
Marseille go into the game in far better form as they're unbeaten across their last seven Ligue 1 outings (W5-D2-L0). They also have far greater depth and variety in attack, with Florian Thauvin, Konstantinos Mitroglu, Clinton N'Jie, Dimitri Payet, Lucas Ocampos and Valere Germain all vying for a place in the side.
With the hosts floundering and the visitors flying Marseille are the smart pick. Either back Rudi Garcia's side to win at 3.20 or Draw No Bet at 2.30.
Recommended Bet
Marseille Draw No Bet @ 2.30

Fulham v Derby: Clinical Rams can pile more misery on Cottagers

Fulham v Derby
Saturday 18th November, 17:30
Live on Sky Sports

Fulham in turmoil
Fulham entered the international break on the back of a five-match winless streak, including a chastening defeat when visiting table-toppers Wolves. The Cottagers have slumped to 17th in the standings with head coach Slavisa Jokanovic coming under increasing pressure.

The Whites are also undergoing a bit of turmoil behind the scenes following the sacking of data specialist Craig Kline, leaving many supporters frustrated following a poor summer of transfer activity and lack of on-field progress since finishing in the play-off positions last season.

Holding midfielder Kevin McDonald is suspended for Saturday's encounter but winger Sheyi Ojo is back in training. Elsewhere, Jokanovic must decide whether to persist with Denis Odoi at centre-half or recall Tomas Kalas to the team.

Derby aiming to get back on track
Derby's impressive seven-match unbeaten run of results propelled the Rams briefly into the Championship top-six but a shock 4-2 home defeat to Reading in their last outing saw County slide to seventh.

Gary Rowett likened the start of his side to a Halloween horror show with a sluggish opening made worse by the early departure of injured skipper Richard Keogh. Derby's captain is fit enough to return to the fold this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Rams have proven clinical operators in the final third - only six second-tier sides have landed fewer on-target attempts this term - with Sam Winnall, David Nugent, Bradley Johnson and Matej Vydra all chipping in with regular goals.

Cottagers make little appeal
Fulham [2.45] have collected only two points from a possible 15 of late with three of their five defeats arriving against the current top-six. With the Cottagers bagging a sole success in eight outings at Craven Cottage this season, it's difficult to find the faith in supporting a home success.

The Whites are unbeaten in their last seven home league matches against Derby (W2-D5-L0) with Brian Clough the last visiting boss to taste success in West London, way back in 1969. But County will feel they're well-equipped to end that winless record this weekend.

Derby 3.45 have claimed four triumphs in their last five fixtures and look well worth supporting at 1.72 in the Double Chance market.

Back County's clinical attack to fire
Both Teams To Score has copped in seven of Derby's eight road trips this term and the same selection has banked in five of Fulham's past six fixtures in front of their own supporters. Unfortunately, the layers are well aware of such strong trends with BTTS as skinny as 1.46.

Goals should be forecast with only four clean sheets kept by the hosts in 31 Craven Cottage clashes since the start of last season and with Derby notching at least twice in each of their past five encounters, it may pay to support the guests scoring two goals or more at 17/10.

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Back Derby double chance @ 1.72 in Fulham v Derby
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Leicester v Manchester City: Back Citizens to out-gun improving Foxes

Leicester v Manchester City
Saturday 18th November, 15:00

Leicester now unbeaten in five
Leicester leaked a late equaliser against Stoke before the international break but that enthralling 2-2 draw stretched the Foxes' unbeaten Premier League streak to five. New boss Claude Puel, deemed dull and uninspiring at Southampton, confounded critics with an energised and attacking display in the Potteries.

Starting the exciting Demarai Gray in place of the more prosaic Marc Albrighton has given Leicester more thrust in the final-third whilst opposite winger Riyad Mahrez has now scored three goals in his last five fixtures, all under different managers, suggesting the Foxes will provide plenty of problems out wide.

The hosts will hope Vicente Iborra can recover from injury in time after picking up a knock in his impressive display at Stoke. Robert Huth is the only other first-team regular unavailable this weekend.

Manchester City's record-equalling start
Manchester City eased past Arsenal to make it nine successive victories and the Citizens tally of 31 points after 11 matches is the joint-best at this stage in Premier League history. City's stunning opening stanza also represents Pep Guardiola's finest start to a season as a senior head coach.

The visitors remain the lone unbeaten club in the country but need to make at least one enforced change. Centre-half Nicolas Otamendi is suspended, meaning Eliaquim Mangala may start his first Premier League game since May 2016, unless Vincent Kompany is passed fit.

Elsewhere, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling, who withdrew from the England squad for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil, will be checked but Sergio Aguero, who fainted at half-time in Argentina's friendly against Nigeria and was taken to hospital, should be able to feature.

Citizens hard to dismiss
Leicester have won two of their last three Premier League meetings with Manchester City (W2-D0-L1), including a 4-2 win here at the King Power Stadium last December, a contest in which Pep Guardiola described the Citizens' performance as "terrible".

The visitors were two goals down after only five minutes and three adrift after 20 minutes of action. Guardiola's decision to deploy a high defensive line backfired with Pablo Zabaleta caught out in a hybrid right-back/ holding midfield role. However, six of City's starting XI that day have left the club and the Citizens boss is unlikely to make the same mistakes again.

Man City 1.37 are bidding to become only the second team to win their first six away games to a Premier League campaign and have plundered 24 goals in their last eight away league dates. With 15 triumphs in 17 trips to sides outside the top-seven since the start of last season, it's difficult to dismiss City here.

Leicester's five-match unbeaten streak came against clubs currently below them in the Premier League standings and with the Foxes suffering five losses in eight when welcoming top-six clubs, it's hard to find the faith in the home side pocketing maximum points, even at generous 9.80 odds.

Expect goals to flow
Leicester's only defeats this season came against Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool but the Foxes have managed to score in each of their last 12 at the KP, including against Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs. With City requiring a defensive reshuffle, the hosts should be capable of getting on the scoresheet.

Nevertheless, Leicester have leaked at least three goals in four of the last six visits from top-six sides and with Manchester City scoring goals for fun, backing the Citizens to succeed in a high-scoring showdown appeals.

Considering three of City's last six games as guests have featured Over 3.5 Goals, investing faith in a Manchester City success alongside Both Teams To Score at 6/4, as well as backing Over 3.5 Goals 2.04 appears our best angles of attack.

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Back Manchester City to win and Both Teams To Score @ 6/4 in Leicester v Manchester City
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Bundesliga Betting: Auba-less Dortmund to slip up again

Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund
Friday November 17, 19:30
Live on BT Sport 2
Borussia Dortmund have had an extraordinary season so far. They made their best ever start to a Bundesliga campaign, collecting 19 points from their first seven games. Since then, almost nothing has gone right. They have taken just one point from four league matches, conceding 12 goals in the process. Their Champions League hopes have all but evaporated,after four matches that have been so bad that BVB aren't even certain to finish third and drop into the Europa League.
To make matters worse, the behind-the-scenes angst that ultimately spelled doom for former BVB coach Thomas Tuchel appears to have remained despite the arrival of new boss Peter Bosz. Over the summer, Ousmane Dembele effectively went on strike in a bid to force his move to Barcelona, and now his close friend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is behaving badly too.
Last season's top scorer in the Bundesliga has been suspended by the club for disciplinary reasons, after he allegedly turned up late for training. It's not the first time the Gabon international has clashed with the top brass in Dortmund, and it's been alleged that Aubameyang sees himself as "untouchable", given his status as the club's star player.
Aubameyang will miss Friday night's trip to Stuttgart, a task that was already going to be difficult for Bosz's side. Newly-promoted Stuttgart have collected all 13 of their points this season at home, they haven't lost at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in 2017, and they have pacey players like Chadrac Akolo and Takuma Asano who can exploit Dortmund's absurdly high defensive line.
Dortmund are odds-on here at 1.76, and frankly, they shouldn't be.
Recommended Bet
Lay Borussia Dortmund at 1.76

Wolfsburg v Freiburg
Saturday November 18, 14:30
Seven games, seven draws. That's been the extraordinary start that Wolfsburg coach Martin Schmidt has made at the Volkswagen Arena. Although the Wolves are still in relegation danger, there have been some really encouraging signs.
Firstly, Wolfsburg have shown great fighting spirit, coming back from behind to get results time and time again. Also, the team is scoring goals - they have netted in all seven of Schmidt's league games, and in three of those matches they have scored at least twice.
With the way Wolfsburg are playing, a first league win under Schmidt doesn't feel too far away, and Saturday could be the day. Freiburg are dreadful away from home, and have lost four of their five away games this season, conceding an eye-watering 16 goals in the process. Going further back, SCF have lost seven of their last eight league games on their travels.
Recommended Bet
Back Wolfsburg -1.0 on the Asian Handicap at [2.03]

Schalke v Hamburg
Sunday November 19, 14:30
Live on BT Sport 2
Although I still don't think Domenico Tedesco's carefully considered football is going to set any pulses racing, you can't deny that the new Schalke boss is having a positive effect on the Royal Blues. Schalke are in the Champions League slots, and have won four of their last five games in all competitions.
Schalke have only won one of their last four home games, but I think they'll improve on that record against Hamburg this weekend. It says a lot that HSV are starting to pin their hopes on 17-year-old wonderkid Jan-Fiete Arp, who has scored in their last two games, including the 3-1 win over Stuttgart on Matchday 11.
Hamburg are still a pretty disjointed bunch, and they are atrocious away from home. The Redshorts have lost their last four games on their travels, and struggling coach Markus Gisdol seems incapable of finding the answers. In 2017, Hamburg have lost ten of their 14 away matches in the Bundesliga, and they've leaked 33 goals along the way.
Schalke aren't perfect, but their players are getting used to Tedesco's demands, and there is a unity of purpose that wasn't always there under Markus Weinzierl last season. This should be a comfortable home win, so wait for there to be some liquidity in the Asian Handicap market, and give Schalke a goal handicap.
Recommended Bet
Back Schalke -1.0 on the Asian Handicap at odds of around 2.00

Preston v Bolton: Injury-hit North End have to be opposed

Preston v Bolton
Friday 17th November, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports

Preston's injury-crisis
Preston's positive start to life under Alex Neill has long since dissipated with a crippling injury-crisis contributing to the Lilywhites plummeting down the Championship standings. North End haven't tasted victory since late September and remain without a host of key performers for Friday night's clash.

Seven defenders are still on the sidelines with Neill already having to use 10 different combinations at the back this season. To make matters worse, promising Irish striker Sean Maguire has now been ruled out for four months and in-demand forward Jordan Hugill is suspended.

Stephy Mavididi has operated as a front man when coming on as a substitute for Preston whilst Tom Barkhuizen and Callum Robinson can operate through the middle, if called upon.

Improving Bolton
Bolton have recovered from their disastrous start to move off the bottom of the Championship following a five-match unbeaten run before the international break. The Trotters players believe their campaign begins afresh on Friday with a 30-match season starting at Deepdale.

Wanderers will have striker Gary Madine available despite his arrest last weekend and boss Phil Parkinson has said he's been able to fix a few niggling injuries over the past 10 days and should have a relatively full squad to select from.

Andy Taylor, David Wheater and Will Buckley have all progressed significantly in training and will expect to feature as Bolton bid to end a 33-match winless streak on their travels at this level (W0-D9-L24).

North End can be opposed
Preston 1.85 haven't scored a home goal against their near neighbours since 1992 and the Lilywhites are hoping to avoid a run of five successive league losses, potentially their worst spell of results since 2003.

The hosts have claimed a sole success in six at Deepdale, including being held by bottom-six sides Millwall and Sunderland. North End have struggled to make the most of their opportunities on home soil of late and have been severely hampered by their unprecedented injury list.

Bolton 4.60 beat Norwich before the international break meaning Wanderers have now bagged nine points from a possible 15 (W2-D3-L0) since ending a run of eight straight defeats. The visitors have avoided defeat in half of their eight away days at this level and look decent value to enhance that road record here.

Three of the Trotters' four losses on their travels came at current top-eight opposition so backing Bolton in the Double Chance market at 2.04 appeals on Friday night.

Both Teams To Score
Preston's excellent defensive efforts have evaporated of late with their punishing injury-crisis beginning to tell. The Lilywhites have shipped 15 goals in their last six outings having conceded only four goals in their opening 10 encounters.

Considering both teams have scored at least twice in four of Preston's past six fixtures and Bolton have returned a solitary shutout since promotion, backing Both Teams To Score at 1.82 is recommended.

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