Lee Man Hong Kong Sapling: Preview and Prediction

Hong Kong Sapling have taken just one point from their last three Hong Kong. Premier League matches, following last weekend’s 3-1 defeat away to their opponent. Hong Kong Sapling are still seventh overall in the table, but the distance between them and the Continental qualification positions is slowly getting bigger. Saturday’s match at home to reigning champions Lee Man should prove no easy feat either – Hong Kong Sapling haven’t won against any Hong Kong. Premier League leader since September 2008 and, notably, are without a win against any side currently within the top eight so far this season.

Lee Man have turned around their “unconvincing” run in style over the past 7 days. Lee Man dominated and humiliated their opponent with a 8-0 win at home last weekend, which also saw their striker net his first hat-trick of 2017, to become the Hong Kong. Premier League’s joint top scorer (19 goals) in the process, before easing their way through to the semi-finals of the national cup at home to opponent during the week (3-0 win).

Lee Man are clear favourites here at 4/9 with bet365, but we feel that backing “both teams to score” at 21/20 has some decent potential for the following reasons:

Most people know about Lee Man and their striker, and for good reason too. He is a world class striker and currently in top form, with seven goals from his last four competitive outings. He’s also scored three goals in Lee Man’s last four on the road so you’d fancy him to continue this run as an anytime goalscorer at 4/7 with bet365. However, Hong Kong Sapling are not without a weapon of their own in French striker.Not to mention that he scored against the visitors earlier this season when Hong Kong Sapling took a point away from Lee Man (1-1 draw).

Notably, Lee Man’s recent domination has in fact come from matches at home. Lee Man have failed to keep a clean sheet in three of their last four Hong Kong. Premier League away matches, including against some much weaker teams than Hong Kong Sapling, and the added strain following their mid-week national cup match, where the league leaders fielded a full strength squad, should add even more value to Hong Kong Sapling getting one against them.

Regarding a correct score bet, though Hong Kong Sapling are unbeaten at home this season (W5 D5), Lee Man hold the best away record in the Hong Kong. Premier League (W8 D2 L1). Hong Kong Sapling’s poor track record against much stronger sides, combined with Lee Man’s return to goal-scoring form, means we feel the Lee Manns could sneak another win here. As such, we feel there’s decent value to be had backing a 2-1 Lee Man win at 15/2 with bet365.

Lee Man Hong Kong Sapling: Preview and Prediction

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