Give yourself the best chance of starting December with a bang, and take a look at these 2up and win betting predictions for Sunday!
Football is a notoriously tricky sport to predict. Just take a look at most supporters’ or pundits’ pre-season predictions! However, with the disparity in quality between Europe’s elite and its paupers growing ever wider, some games are easier to call than others…
2up and win betting predictions for Sunday: our picks
Here are our picks for matches where a side is likely to go two goals up and earn you an early payout on your wager.
Le Havre vs PSG
PSG will travel to the club that gave us Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Riyad Mahrez for a midday kickoff. Les Parisiens are fresh from a simultaneously frustrating and relief-filled 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Tuesday night at Parc des Princes, and will be keen to let off some attacking steam.
Le Havre sit an impressive eighth in Ligue 1 at present, following promotion from Ligue 2. Despite their reputation for attacking talent, they have been very tight at the back, with a remarkable four 0-0 draws in their last five. Much of this has been down to the form of goalkeeper Arthur Desmas, who has a post-shot expected goal differential of +0.57, the best in the league.
Desmas will be busy against PSG, however. Kylian Mbappe alone has 14 goals in 12 league games, two more than Le Havre’s total of 12. Le Havre will put up resistance, but PSG will almost certainly have too much for them.
Sevilla vs Villarreal
Sevilla are becoming a regular fixture on these lists of ours, and for good reason. Despite winning a record ninth Europa League title in May, the Andalusian side have endured a torrid 18 months after losing key players Diego Carlos, Joules Kounde and Luuk de Jong.
They sit 15th in La Liga with just two wins. Despite taking a 2-0 lead against PSV on Wednesday, Sevilla failed to win in the Champions League for the fifth time this season.
Villarreal have not been at their best this season though, with Yeremy Pino and Francis Coquelin both facing long spells on the sidelines. But they will fancy their chances of taking three points from Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, as the hosts will be without the quality and leadership of veteran defenders Sergio Ramos and Jesus Navas.
Talismanic forward Gerard Moreno will be relishing the opportunity to play against such a depleted defence. Despite Villarreal’s 12th place position, the Spain international’s form has not dipped, with eight goals and two assists in 12 games.
Manchester City vs Spurs
If this match had happened a month earlier, there is no way it would have featured on this list, such was the imperiousness of Tottenham’s form under new Aussie boss Ange Postecoglou. Combined with City’s freakish ability to drop points to Spurs, this would’ve been a tough one to call.
But, as they so often have done over the course of 15 trophyless years, fortunes have rapidly changed in the white half of North London. Spurs have lost three in a row ahead of this weekend, shipping nine goals in the process. They will also be missing Cristian Romero, Micky van de Ven, Rodrigo Bentancur, Richarlison, James Maddison and Ivan Perisic for arguably the toughest fixture in the league.
There is debate as to whether Postecoglou has been brave or foolish to unashamedly stick to his front-footed principles in the face of adversity. The most famous recent example being a bombastic high line that backfired spectacularly in their 4-1 home defeat to Chelsea on 6 November.
Spurs will likely have the courage and quality to score against a City defence that has looked more porous of late. But with the speed of Erling Haaland and Jeremy Doku against the likes of Ben Davies in defence, City will likely win by a significant margin.