As you will be aware, we enjoyed a great profit last year on our football tips, a record breaking one at that, and after a long summer isn’t it great that from this weekend, we can get back to betting on football once again!
That’s because the Football League season gets under way this weekend and there’s also the small matter of the Community Shield game between Arsenal and Chelsea to take in at 2pm on Sunday too.
I’m hoping to steal a march and post a nice profit before the Premier League season gets under way next weekend and here’s the tips I’m trusting to earn me a profit.
Football Tips: Saturday 5th August
August 5, 2017
August 5, 2017
Fulham’s record against Norwich is outstanding, losing just one of their last 20 games.
The fixtures between the teams last season finished 2-2 at Craven Cottage and 1-3 at Carrow Road.
Norwich stunned the football world by appointing Borussia Dortmund second team head coach Daniel Farke.
Key Fulham signings are Ibrahima Cisse, Marcelo Djalo and young Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo on loan.
Both these sides were always in the hunt for playoff places last season but Fulham’s greater consistency, especially at home, was the decisive factor in them being the team that finished in that sixth and final play off spot.
Norwich have made some brave changes at the club over the summer, though it remains to be seen whether the appointment of Daniel Farke is a brilliant move, or will backfire. The German did well with Dortmund’s reserve team, but managing the first team is very different.
Slavisa Jokanovic has experience of leading Watford into the Premier League and he has a talented and young squad available to him at Craven Cottage. If he can keep their home form strong and pick up more points on the road, Fulham could push very hard for promotion once again this year I feel.
Ipswich have signed Tom Adeyemi, Joe Garner and Emyr Huws so far this summer.
Harry Redknapp has signed 10 players for Birmingham so far this summer.
Last season Birmingham won the home fixture 2-1 with the reverse at Portman Road ending 1-1.
Ipswich ended 16th in the Championship last season on 55 points, Birmingham were 19th on 53 points.
It’s easy to see Harry Redknapp’s strategy as Birmingham’s boss and that is to bring in as much experienced Premier League quality talent as he can to bolster what was a rather ordinary squad at St Andrews. He hasn’t quite signed everyone at the time of writing but it does seem Birmingham could well have a few star names on their team sheet from next season.
Mick McCarthy has taken a different approach at Ipswich by investing more in the youth but it hasn’t really worked out in performances on the field so far. Both these teams struggled last season and a repeat of those woes this could be the curtain call for either manager.
That said, I do think Birmingham will rise to the challenge this season and they are my dark horses for a shot at outright promotion. I’m backing them to get the season off to a winning start here.
Aston Villa finished in 13th place in the Championship, improving after appointing Steve Bruce.
Hull City were relegated along with Sunderland and Middlesbrough (with a -43 GD).
Aston Villa’s defence has been bolstered by the signing of John Terry from Chelsea.
Hull City have ex-Russia boss Leonid Slutsky as their new manager this year.
This could arguably be one of the toughest games this season either of these teams will face. It will be an interesting contest as Steve Bruce pits his wits against Leonid Slutsky but in terms of the two teams squads, these two sides look well capable of making a serious challenge at the top of the table this season.
Slutsky has bought in some foreign talent to Hull to replace some players moving on and supplemented it with some decent English signings, such as Kevin Stewart from Liverpool.
Bruce equally has been bringing plenty of experience into his Aston Villa squad with the likes of John Terry Ahmed Almohamady and Chris Samba being signed to bolster the back line while Glenn Whelan will add bite to midfield. This should be a very close one and it could go either way, but I think home advantage may just sway it towards the Villa.
The teams last met in March 2016 in the Championship, Leeds winning at Elland Road 2-1.
Bolton have won just one of the last nine league meetings between the teams, back in 2014.
Bolton gained promotion from League One as runner up behind Sheffield United last season.
Leeds finished 7th in the Championship last season, just one place outside the playoff positions.
While Bolton will be happy to be back in the Championship after just one season in League One, they will know that their opening day test against Leeds is a tough one. United just missed out on the playoffs last season and will be determined to go one better this year.
Leeds also have a decent record against Bolton recently and they have been busy in the transfer market making some interesting signings from across Europe, but they have lost talented Charlie Taylor who has signed for Burnley.
However, a comparison of the two squads reveals that this clash of the roses should really go the way of Leeds United. They have a more talented, more experienced and deeper squad and they should be confident of picking up three points here.
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