Saturday’s Football Betting Tips
Another huge weekend of football ahead of us this week end with Liverpool v Manchester City taking centre stage for what will truly live up to the Super Sunday billing.
Before we get onto the clash that could have a big say on where the Premier League trophy ends up at the end of the season, we have a few cracking games to get through on Saturday with the highlight been Leicester City v Arsenal.
Chelsea v Crystal Palace – K.0 12.30
Chelsea are on a hot run at the moment with five straight wins and they put that on the line against a team who are proving themselves as away day killers. Only Liverpool, Man City an Chelsea themselves have won more games away from home then the Eagles.
Frank Lampard has fitted into his dream job at Stamford Bridge like an old pro and is repaying the faith that Chelsea have put in him with some great results this season. Along with that he has given youth a chance and are flourishing under the leadership of Lampard.
Tammy Abraham and Mason Mouth are two that come to mind, while the permanent signing of Christian Pulisic has work a treat with the Croatian netting four goals in the last two which is why he is as short as 6/4 to bag another goal against Crystal Palace.
Chelsea themselves have been setting up much tighter away from home, so, with them back at Stamford Bridge will Lampard give them more freedom or will he be cautions against a very well organised and affective away team in Crystal Palace?
So on that this is what I think is the best bet for Chelsea v Crystal Palace…
Score Prediction: Chelsea 3 – 1 Crystal Palace – 17/2
Best Bet: Chelsea to win & both teams to score – 7/4
Newcastle United v Bournemouth – K.O 3.00
After both teams on a high after last weekend’s victories over Manchester United and West Ham United respectively, you can be sure that the confidence is flying for both teams ahead of their encounter at St. James Park.
Bournemouth have just lost one of seven in the league, albeit four been draws. Newcastle has been showing signs of form that might well just help them avoid relegation back to the Championship.
That been said Newcastle do love a draw at home and with no home game having more than 2.5 goals you can only expect this to be a low scoring affair.
Score Prediction: Newcastle United 1 – 1 Bournemouth – 5/1
Best Bet: The Match to finish in a draw – 23/10
Southampton v Everton – K.O 3.00
When Southampton’s manager Ralph Hasenhuttl calls this a six pointer then you can expect this to be a match with huge tension on both teams. Southampton showed much better for against Manchester City after there 9-0 drubbing at the hands of Leicester City. But, with that said, both teams are badly out of form and you can be sure that one mistake could settle this game and with the way they both are playing recently you can be sure that one or two mistakes will creep into both teams as the minutes tick on.
Everton fans will be traveling in hope more than expectations when they make the long trip down south. But, if Everton are to get back on track and claw their way to safety, they will need to come up with a big performance and result at St. Marys.
Score Prediction: Southampton 1-2 Everton – 8/1
Best Bet: Everton to beat Southampton – 7/5
Burnley v West Ham United – K.O 3.00
The clash of the clarets takes place at Turf Moor. With just one win between both teams in the last ten, something must give.
West Ham have one notched one victory away from home this season, while Burnley have won three and lost two at home. Both teams are not fond of shutting up shop and settling for draws, so don’t expect that today.
Sean Dyche get a great response out of his players when the pressure seems to be on, whice Pellegrini doesn’t ooze of a man that has all of his players on his side. So, with that said I think this match is only going one way…
Score Prediction: Burnley 2 – 0 West Ham United – 11/1
Best Bet: Burnley to best West Ham Utd – 5/4
Tottenham v Sheffield United – K.O 3.00
After another comfortable win against Red Star Belgrade in mid-week you would hope that the win would have boosted the confidence of the Spurs squad, and if that is the case you would expect them to take care of a inform Sheffield United team.
Chris Wilder has done an unbelievable job with The Blades and they are playing with no fear and refuse to lie down even when behind. So, Spurs will need to be on it from kick off to deal with Sheffield United. I think though, that Spurs will have too much for The Blades come Saturday.
Yes, Spurs have not been firing in the goals on a regular basis this season and Harry Keane needs to find form soon, but today could be the day that Spurs get their season back on track with a hard fought with over the men from Sheffield.
Score Prediction: Tottenham 3-0 Sheffield United – 10/1
Best Bet – Tottenham HT/FT – 13/10
Leicester City v Arsenal – K.O 5.30
Leicester City are in the same form if not better form of their Premier League winning season. Brendon Rodgers has done a marvellous job with the way the Foxes play. Joint second top scorers, joint best defence, solid back line and mid-field with a ruthless attack that is spear headed by the league’s top goal scorer in Jamie Vardy whose party seems to be in full flow again. Do Arsenal stand a chance?
Don’t get me wrong, Arsenal have class oozing in their squad, but they seem to be a team imploding with no sign of stopping. After conceding two late goals that cost them victory over Liverpool and the same in the Europa League during the week, they need to get back to basics and turn up in to form against the Foxes or it will only end badly for the Gunners.
The have two strikers that can win a game on their on if on a going day in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre – Emerick Aubameyang, but the question will they get the service they need.
Score Prediction – Leicester City 3 – 1 Arsenal – 11/1
Best Bet – Leicester City to win and both teams to score – 23/10
Liverpool v Manchester City
Liverpool have looked like a team on a mission ever since missing out on the Premier League title by a hair’s breadth last season. They bounced back from that disappointment with a Champions League triumph, and a quiet summer has been followed by a blistering start to the Premier League season.
Now, as we approach an extraordinarily busy winter period for Jurgen Klopp’s men, Liverpool find themselves some six points clear at the top of the table. Victory on Sunday could widen that gap to nine points, and it’s clear that this is an absolutely crucial fixture in the race for the Premier League title.
The Reds have dropped just two points in the top flight all season, but they have looked far from invincible at times. They have ridden their luck in narrow victories against Aston Villa, Spurs, Leicester and Southampton and were rather fortunate to come away from Old Trafford with a point. That being said, 10 wins from 11 matches is a fitting tribute to their winning mentality right now.
Manchester City aren’t exactly short of determination though. The Citizens may be six points adrift, but they have still won 73% of their matches this season and have scored an incredible 34 goals in the process.
Defeats against Wolves and Norwich came as a huge shock to Pep Guardiola’s side, but they rarely fail to turn up against the big guns. The Citizens’ record shows that, with them losing just one of their last 11 league meetings with the Premier League Big Six.
Last season’s goalless draw at Anfield aside, history generally shows that this is a high scoring affair. The Over 2.5 goal line has been breached in six of the last eight meetings and both teams have found the net in five of these eight.
The unbreakable Liverpool defence of last season seems to have crumbled somewhat as well. They have kept just three clean sheets in 18 competitive matches this term, and incredibly none of these came at Anfield. The home crowd are yet to witness a clean sheet this season, and they’re facing a Manchester City side that have scored in all but one of their 18 outings.
In fact, the last time Manchester City failed to score away from home in the league was 11 months ago at Stamford Bridge, although they themselves have conceded in over half their competitive games this season. With all seven of Liverpool’s home games and six of Manchester City’s eight away games resulting in three or more goals being scored, backing Over 2.5 Goals and Both Teams to Score looks a solid pick for the weekend.
It’s safe to say that it’s very difficult to separate these two sides on paper, and we’re expecting a closely fought match. Two of the last three competitive meetings have been level after 90 minutes and considering both teams have averaged over two goals per game in their respective home and away matches this season a draw might be the likely outcome.
Score Prediction – Liverpool 2 –2 Manchester City – 9/1
Best Bet – Both teams to score in each half – 8/1