Cyril’s Edge – 02 December 2021

It’s time for our weekly look at the soccer action coming up – let me know what you think of my predictions!
 
West Ham vs Chelsea
London derby with two quality opponents ready for battle. The Hammers will be prepared to go toe-to-toe with the Blues. West Ham is an organised defensive unit, but they are expansive at the same time. This will be ideal for Chelsea’s attacking threat and they should do enough to secure a WIN & UNDER 3.5 GOALS

Newcastle vs Burnley
The Magpies are in dire straits of a win. They need to give the new owners something to smile about and start picking up points before it’s too late. Sean Dyche will have his Clarets jacked up for this contest. The time has come for the fans to rally behind their club. Eddie Howe and Newcastle will taste their 1st victory this season

Brighton vs Leeds
The Doves enjoyed a good start to the season but haven’t tasted victory for some time. Leeds has been struggling in the basement despite the attractive brand of football they continue to play. Brighton has the better head-to-head record, and it looks like Leeds will continue to ship in goals. I see a home win for Brighton UNDER 2.5 GOALS

Dortmund vs Bayern
It’s the 130th edition of German football’s most exciting fixture. Munich holds the historical upper hand. They’ve won 49% of the previous 129 clashes (W63, D34, L32), and won the last six competitive meetings. The hosts could leapfrog their fierce rivals with a win and that will depend on Erling Haaland’s intensity upfront. Munich has Lewandowski and I’m tipping him to make the difference. Munich to WIN & UNDER 3.5 GOALS

Napoli vs Atalanta
The visitors have been on a good run of form recently. This is the ideal time to face the Serie A leaders. Atalanta always has a goal in them, and they will find the back of the net. Despite the confidence of the visiting team, Napoli should be aware of the threat that lurks, and the home fans will spur them on to get the win. I say BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE

Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid
Will the REAL ONE please stand up! Los Blancos are flying high. The average punter will have a difficult task here. The win for Sociedad will keep them in sight of the leaders but they will need to bounce back after two consecutive losses. Madrid has been in beast mode with Karim Benzema racking up the goals. I see a tough end-to-end clash with both teams sharing the spoils in a SCORING DRAW

Man United vs Crystal Palace
New interim boss Ralf Ragnick could be in the dugout, depending on his work permit. The shots though will still be called by him as United aims to start climbing up the table. Palace will know that they’re entering undiscovered waters. If they are to get something from this visit to Old Trafford, they will need to maintain their shape and avoid being too gung-ho. United should have the quality to get the three points. UNITED WIN & UNDER 3.5 GOALS

Tottenham vs Norwich
The Canaries will be motivated by Pukki’s equaliser against Newcastle. This task will be way more demanding as Antonio Conte will expect nothing but a win. Hard to see Norwich stealing a goal. Harry Kane will be hungry for goals here and that should be the case. Spurs will secure a comfortable WIN & OVER 2.5 GOALS