Football Betting Tips: April 15th & 16th

Football Tips & PredictionsWhat a couple of weeks it’s been I’ve hit two accumulator bets plus a double and a whole host of single bets which has seen my profits for the year continue to reach new heights (acca tips sent to email list only – subscribe free here).

It’s a key weekend of Premier League action coming up and I’m confident I’ve found some solid value with my football betting tips for this weekend.

Check out my predictions below and let me know what you are backing this weekend in the comments section.

Weekend Football Tips: Saturday 15th April

April 15, 2017
Stoke
VS
Hull
Bet365 Stadium
3:00 pm
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Stoke
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Hull
April 15, 2017
Bet365 Stadium
3:00 pm
Key Stats
  • Stoke defeated Hull City 2-0 earlier in the season.
  • Jack Butland, Charlie Adam and Joe Allen are injury doubts.
  • Hull City have only one point from their last 5 away games.
  • Maguire, Elabdellaoui and Mbokani face late fitness tests for Hull.
Analysis:

Stoke come into this game on the back of a run of four defeats and they face a Hull City side who, under Marco Silva, have improved significantly at home but who have only taken one point from the last 15 available on the road.

The Tigers do have the better form over the past half dozen games, but Stoke City have been a patchy side all season and it is rare that they will lose five games in a row. That said, Hull’s battle for survival will see them targeting this as a game they can take something from.

I kind of agree with that mindset and think that this one will end all square after 90 minutes.

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April 15, 2017
Watford
VS
Swansea
Vicarage Road
3:00 pm
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Watford
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Swansea
April 15, 2017
Vicarage Road
3:00 pm
Key Stats
  • Behrami and Prodl should be fit for Watford.
  • Previous meeting this season ended 0-0 Oct 22nd.
  • Jack Cork is a major doubt for Swansea.
  • Swansea have lost four of their last five games.
Analysis:

These teams have seen a reversal of fortunes over the last few weeks, as Swansea’s form has taken a turn for the worse, so Watford have seen a mini-revival with some good wins and solid performances from Walter Mazzari’s team.

Jack Cork, if he is unfit, is a big miss for Swansea and the Swans hopes seemingly rest on the creativity of Gylfi Sigurdsson and the goals of Fernando Llorente, but both have only hit the heights sporadically this season and that has played a big part in Swansea’s struggles.

With confidence low, I am expecting Watford to take the points here although it may be only by a single goal.

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April 15, 2017
Southampton
VS
Man City
St Mary’s Stadium
5:30 pm
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Southampton
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Man City
April 15, 2017
St Mary’s Stadium
5:30 pm
Key Stats
  • Southampton have only defeated one team above them in the Premier League table at home this season.
  • Man City have picked up 27/30 points available away from home against teams ranked 8th or below.
  • City have no new injury concerns but Sagna and Gabriel Jesus remain unavailable.
  • Steve Davis, Sofiane Boufal and Manolo Gabbiadini could be fit for Southampton.
Analysis:

Southampton do not have a great record at home against teams ranked above them in the table, but they are always capable of giving any of them a game, especially at St Mary’s and with Manchester City’s defence still unconvincing, the Saints will be hopeful of finding the net here.

The problem they may have though is stopping a City team from doing the same at the other end. City have an excellent record away from home against teams below them in the table and they are perfectly adapted to hitting teams on the counter attack.

I fancy both sides to find the net here, but I can’t see any other result than a Man City win.

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Football Predictions: Sunday 16th April

April 16, 2017
Man Utd
VS
Chelsea
Old Trafford
4:00 pm
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Chelsea
April 16, 2017
Old Trafford
4:00 pm
Key Stats
  • Man Utd have lost only 3 times this season, Chelsea have lost 4 games in total.
  • Chelsea defeated Manchester United 4-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier on this season.
  • Wayne Rooney, David De Gea and Antonio Valencia are doubts for United.
  • Chelsea’s only victory against a top six side away was 1-3 over Man City.
Analysis:

The biggest game of the weekend is an important one at the top end of the table. Victory for Chelsea will almost certainly give them the League title while a United win would put the pressure on the teams in the top four and give hope for the teams chasing Chelsea.

That said, Chelsea comprehensively despatched United 4-0 earlier in the season and then followed that up with 1-0 win in the FA Cup. Jose Mourinho will be desperate for a win against his former employer but he may have to wait for that in my view.

I expect this to end as an entertaining scoring draw.

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The Cheeky Punter is an professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has worked for a number of top bookmakers including Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. He's also written for a number of leading news outlets including the Guardian, i (newspaper) and Soccer Lens. More about him here.

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