Linfield - Cliftonville

Northern Ireland
Asian Handicap
Pick: Cliftonville +0.75
Odds: 1.87
Stake: 1

Match date: 01/10/2021


I think Cliftonville deserve more respect than they are getting for this match. The price on a Linfield win has already drifted a bit and could drift further before kick off. Yes, they are the champions of Northern Ireland and achieved that status relatively easily, but there have been changes pre-season and they have a big absentee for this match.

Firstly, Shayne Lavery, who scored a lot of their goals last season has moved to Blackpool. He scored over 20 goals last season for them. Belgian striker Christy Manzinga looks to have taken up the goalscoring role left behind by Lavery with 5 goals in his first 4 matches. However, he was recently sent-off so will be suspended for this match. This could suggest goals will be harder to come by for Linfield.

Cliftonville have started like a train winning 5 of their first 6 matches and only dropping 2 points. For this reason alone i don't expect them to roll over against the champions. I'd expect them to show some fight and give Linfield a good game.

Whether this makes a difference or not, i have no idea. But Linfield did play on Tuesday where they played Glentoran and won 3-0. Whereas Cliftonville have had a full weeks rest.

WIN Score: 1:1 Profit: +0.87
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