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Two of Nigeria’s biggest stars – Victor Osimhen and Ademola Lookman – clash in the Serie A when Napoli takes on Atalanta. The last time they met, both players got on the scoresheet. We discuss the game,, Arsenal’s journey towards ending their EPL drought and more, but before that, you can head to our Cross Sport Specials page to check out some of the special offers we have.
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Leicester City vs Chelsea
Two wins in two games has Graham Potter smiling again and maybe, just maybe, we could see the Blues put up a solid run to finish their season. After a 2-0 win over Dortmund, Potter and team owner, Todd Boehly, shared an affectionate embrace in the tunnel, which likely helped ease any tensions Potter may have had in recent months. Next, they will play at King Power Stadium with the goal of achieving their first double over Leicester City since the 2016/17 season, having already beaten them at Stamford Bridge back in August. One worry for the Blues, though, is their away form. Their 10 game winless run (D3, L7) in all competitions is their worst away run since early 2001 while their 4 goals scored in this stretch is their worst since 1993. However, halting Dortmund’s 10-game winning streak must have done their confidence a world of good, and they’ll head to this game knowing they have the weapons to end this embarrassing road streak.
Since their impressive 4-1 victory over Spurs, Leicester City has struggled to maintain momentum, facing a string of four consecutive losses, including a defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup. This season, they have lost a total of 15 games, which is only second to Southampton (16), and they are currently on track to surpass their loss record from the 2018/19 season (16) and also surpass the most losses Brendan Rodgers has faced as a manager (15). With their attack lacking consistency and their defense being equally unreliable, they appear to be a vulnerable opponent for Chelsea’s tactical approach.
Leicester City Form: W-L-L-L-L
Chelsea Form: L-L-L-W-W
Chelsea’s Premier League games has seen the lowest number of goals this season (49). The Blues have scored 24 and conceded 25 meaning their games has featured an average of 1.96 goals. Perhaps, it would be safe for us to lean towards a low scoring affair.
- Under 2.5 goals @1.85
- Chelsea to win either halves @1.55
- Chelsea to keep a clean sheet @2.72
Napoli vs Atalanta
Two of Nigeria’s brightest stars in Europe go head-to-head in Naples as the runaway Serie A leaders host 6th place Atalanta. Recently named Italy’s Best Foreign Athlete for 2022, Victor Osimhen is having a career year and has a league high 19 goals, a major factor in Napoli opening up a 15-pt lead and on the verge of ending their 33-year wait for the Scudetto. BetKing has some of the best odds specially tailored for Osimhen, including a mouth watering 2.50 bet on him to get a goal.
Atalanta will be led by Ademola Lookman who is 3rd on the scoring chart with 12 goals. Atalanta has found the back of the net in each of their last nine league games against Napoli and Lookman will be eager to keep this run going. When both sides met back in November, both Nigerian players were on the scoresheet, but it was Napoli who grabbed all 3 pts, thanks to Elif Elmas’ winner in the 35th minute. In terms of their European aspirations, 1 win in 5 has seen Atalanta drop out of the top 4, and they now lie in 6th with Juventus hot on their trails. Their one slim advantage heading into this game is Napoli possibly making a few changes with their Champions League tie with Frankfurt in mind.
Napoli Form: W-W-W-W-L
Atalanta Form: L-W-L-L-D
Only one of the last 15 meetings between these two sides has ended in a stalemate, with Napoli winning 8 and Atalanta winning 6. If this pattern continues, we could have a low-hanging fruit in the form of a 1-2 Double Chance.
- Double Chance (1-2): Napoli to win or Atalanta to win @1.23
- Victor Osimhen Special: Osimhen to have a shot on target @1.50
- King’s Combo: Osimhen to score & Napoli to win @2.60
- King’s Combo: Lookman to score, over 2.5 goals & 9+ corners @9.40
Brest vs PSG
Wednesday’s exit from the the Champions League could have severe implications for the reigning French champions, PSG. It’s the 2nd season in a row they have suffered a Round of 16 exit in Europe’s premier competition and as they once again paid the price for not winning their group. There are already talks of Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr. and manager, Christophe Galtier leaving at the end of the season while Kylian Mbappé’s future is also in doubt. With the Parisians already out of the Coupe de France, the Ligue 1 would be a consolation prize for them, though owners, the QSI, are clearly not satisfied with that. With Marquinhos and Nordi Mukiele joining an already crowded medical room, PSG’s traveling squad could be thinner than usual, but they have more than enough weapons to give their fans a peace offering for their UCL exit.
Brest are just 1 point above relegation with one win since February. Though that win came in their last game against fellow relegation battlers, Strasbourg, their abysmal home form – which has seen them win just twice all season – gives them little to no hope heading into this. Brest have lost each of their last 5 Ligue 1 games to PSG, their longest run against a top flight opponent. In fact, they are winless in their last 24 games to the visitors in all competitions (D7, L17), and they’ve lost each of their last 12. To give that more context, their last win against PSG came in 1985, before any member of the current squad was born.
Brest Form: D-L-L-L-W
PSG Form: L-W-W-W-L
Since the World Cup, PSG have struggled on the road with 5 wins and 4 losses away from home, and they’ve kept just 2 clean sheets in those 9 games.
- PSG to win @1.41
- Over 2.5 Goals @1.57
- Score in first 20 mins @2.17
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City
With one eye on their midweek Champions League 2nd leg tie with RB Leipzig, this game has the potential to cause problems for Pep Guardiola. In their first meeting earlier this season at the Etihad, Crystal Palace led 2-0 at halftime as they exposed Man City’s vulnerabilities from set-pieces, but a Bernardo Silva deflected shot & an Erling Haaland hat-trick in the second half turned the game on its head and gave the Cityzens a 4-2 win. Months later, Palace don’t exactly pose the same threat they once did. They’re winless in 2023 and their 9-game streak without a league win is the longest active streak. Their last home win came all the way back in October and pressure in mounting on Patrick Vieira despite his team currently in 12th position. 21 league goals in 26 games from a team with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise is borderline inexcusable and with the Eagles just 5pts above the relegation zone, a loss in this game could officially signal the beginning of a relegation battle.
Man City have fared well on their visits to Selhurst Park. 5 wins and 2 draws for the visitors have seen Crystal Palace without a home win in this fixture since April 2015 and the Cityzens could make things worse for them. Phil Foden, who has 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 3 games in all competitions, has rediscovered his October form and could pose a significant threat once again. He has a 36% conversion rate in the Premier League this season, which is the second-best accuracy behind teammate Erling Haaland and Brighton’s Pascal Groß, both with 38%. Although it seems like a game that the Palace players will be highly motivated for, Pep Guardiola has an abundance of quality players at his disposal, and he can secure all 3 points as long as he avoids overthinking his selections, as he is known to do now and again.
Crystal Palace Form: L-D-D-D-L
Manchester City Form: D-D-W-W-W
The last 4 games between these two sides have had followed a certain pattern for the visitors – a higher scoring second half. Pep Guardiola’s side is scoreless in the first half of each of these four games but have scored a total of 9 goals in the second 45 mins. This should be a good nudge for bettors to lean towards a higher scoring second half.
- Highest scoring half for Man City (2nd) @2.23
- Over 2.5 goals @1.74
- King’s Combo: Haaland & Foden to both score @4.00
Manchester United vs Southampton
The Red Devils grabbed a much needed bounce-back-win against Real Betis on Thursday night at Old Trafford following their heavy defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. Marcus Rashford’s opener in the 6th minute eclipsed our prediction of the team scoring in the first 30 mins @1.62 odds. That goal was his 18th in 22 games since the World Cup, and it marked the 15th consecutive home game in which Man Utd has scored 2 or more goals – the first time they’ve achieved this since 2000 and only the fourth time in club history. The game also saw the Red Devils create 9 big chances, the most they had created in a Europa League, Champions League or Premier League game in 6 seasons. Though they missed 7 of those 9, it is clear that Erik ten Hag and his players are on a mission to make up for the embarrassing performance at Anfield, and we don’t expect them to slow down when Southampton visit on Sunday.
New Southampton manager, Ruben Selles is doing a decent job so far at St. Mary’s, though, admittedly, it’s been a small sample size. He’s won 2 of his 3 Premier League game for the Saints, which is as many as they had in their previous 17 games under Ralph Hasenhuttl and Nathan Jones. They did suffer an embarrassing exit in the FA Cup to League Two side, Grimsby Town but bounced back with a win against Leicester City. They’ve moved up to 19th in the league and have a great chance to beat the drop. The one problem they’ve had is in front of goal, where they’ve scored just 20 times in the league – the second joint worst. They’ve only scored more than 1 goal on just one occasion since September and against a Manchester United that had conceded just 8 goals in 10 league goals prior to their collapse at Anfield, the Saints could be in for a long night.
Manchester United Form: W-W-W-L-W
Southampton Form: L-W-L-L-W
Southampton are winless against Man Utd in their last 14 games in all competitions, winning 7 and drawing 7 since Since 2016. The Red Devils have picked up a joint high 36 points from losing positions against Southampton so, going behind wouldn’t faze them.
- Man Utd to win @1.36
- Man Utd to score over 1.5 goals @1.44
- Goal in the first 30 mins @1.62
Fulham vs Arsenal
Fulham’s record at Craven Cottage has been formidable, especially considering their usual standards, and they will be relying on this when they face Arsenal on Sunday. Their home record this season is impressive, having only lost three times (with six wins and four draws). Even if they lose all their remaining home games, they will have fewer defeats than in any of their three previous Premier League campaigns, which is a testament to their excellent performance since gaining promotion. Although they are currently in 7th place in the league, they have played more games than Brighton and Brentford, whom they lead by only one point and having lost to Brentford in last weekend’s London derby, they know that their chances of securing a Europa Conference League spot would suffer a further hit if they fail to take something out of this game. Aleksandar Mitrović leads the team with 11 league goals, but his lack of consistency could be a problem for the hosts. However, they have former Gunners, Leno and Willian who could want to stick it to their former employers while Andreas Pereira and João Palhinha have been excellent in the middle of the pitch and will be a handful for the visitors.
The Gunners drew their Europa League game at Lisbon on Saturday. A suspected slight rotation meant they weren’t going to be at their very best, as predicted, and we hit all 3 of our calls; over 2.5 goals, a Double Chance for Sporting CP and Over 8.5 corners. With rested players and the return of the previously injured Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal is expected to deliver a better performance this weekend. They have an impressive record against Fulham, having not lost to them in their last 9 meetings, with the last 4 matches at Craven Cottage ending in wins for the Gunners. This season, Arsenal has won all 4 away London derbies by an aggregate score of 8-0. Their aim is to make history by becoming the first English Football league team to win five away London derbies while keeping a clean sheet in all five. However, despite their strong form and historical advantage, Fulham has repeatedly shown that they are not an easy team to beat. It will take something as special as Reiss Nelson’s cameo against Bournemouth to secure all three points for Arsenal on Sunday.
Fulham Form: W-W-D-W-L
Arsenal Form: W-W-W-W-D
Since his return from the knee injury that kept him out of the first half of the season, Israeli winger, Manor Solomon, has scored in 5 consecutive games for Fulham, despite not completing 90 mins in any of those 5 games. His ability to influence games both as a substitute and a starter has made him an invaluable member to this Fulham side, and he’ll be one to keep an eye out for. On the other hand, Bukayo Saka, the Arsenal winger, is having the best season of his young career and has scored 10 goals and provided 9 assists in 26 league games. This sets up an exciting narrative of a Battle of the Wingers for this game.
- Arsenal to win @1.59
- Both teams to score @1.82
- Over 2.5 goals @1.80
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