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Football Tips & Predictions: 10th & 11th March
by the Cheeky Punter
Well last weekend’s football tips were a washout and the Champions League tips were a disaster as well.
I’ve got some making up to do this weekend and as usual have taken a good look at the fixture list and come up with my predictions for four Premier League clashes… which includes Man Utd v Liverpool on Saturday.
Here are my football betting tips for this coming weekend’s Premier League action:
Football Tips: Saturday 10th March
March 10, 2018
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United lie 2nd in the table on 62 points, Liverpool are third 2 points behind on 60 but with a one better goal difference (+35 compared to +34).
The last four matches between the two teams have finished in draws including earlier this season when the teams drew 0-0 at Anfield.
Manchester United have the second-best home record in the Premier league (11-2-1) while Liverpool have the second best away record (8-3-3).
Liverpool have scored more away goals than any other team in the Premier League (34). No team has conceded fewer at home than Manchester United (6).
to win as much as they will be not to lose. A win for United will see them open up a five point gap over Liverpool and possibly see the Reds drop to fourth in the table (should Spurs win Sunday). A win for the Reds moves them a point ahead of United and into second in the table behind City.
It should be a hugely interesting clash and rivalries will be fierce once again. However, United's approach to this game will be interesting to note, given that Jose Mourinho played very defensively when the teams drew 0-0 at Anfield earlier on in the season.
A point would likely be a better result for United than for Liverpool, but I think Mourinho knows that the United faithful need a win over their old rivals. They have not beaten the Reds in five games and are overdue a win.
That said, Liverpool's attack is so sharp and brisk that they will test United defensively like few teams have done this season. As such, I am backing Liverpool to find the net, but I think United defensively will stand strong and they will just about sneak this one by a 2-1 scoreline.
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Everton lie 11th in the Premier League table on 34 points, the same number as Brighton who are 10th thanks to a better goal difference (-10 compared to -16).
Everton have lost three of their last four in all competitions while Brighton are on a fine run of six matches without a defeat and three wins in their last three games.
A last-minute penalty from Wayne Rooney gave Everton a 1-1 draw in the corresponding fixture between the teams at the AMEX in October.
Everton will be without defender Ashley Williams after his sending off against Burnley. Rafael Funes Mori could be set for a surprise return to replace him after a lengthy injury.
While Everton's home form this season has taken a turn for the better in recent months, their general play under Sam Allardyce and their form on the road has been shocking and there are already murmurings of malcontent from some at Goodison Park over the tactics of their current manager.
In contrast, Brighton are on a great run of form, unbeaten in their last six and having racked up three wins in a row to move them above Everton on goal difference into 10th in the table.
The way Chris Hughton's team are playing at the moment too is also hugely enjoyable to watch. They may not have a team packed with big names, but they work hard for each other, defend well and are very dangerous at set plays and in the air. Something Everton should be well familiar with.
Ashley Williams suspension could hit the Toffees hard here but Funes Mori is close to a return after a lengthy spell out. I can see Everton grabbing a goal here, but something tells me Brighton's confidence is such that they will get a point from this one.
West Brom are adrift at the bottom of the table with just 20 points from 29 games, they are 8 points from safety.
Leicester City are currently eighth in the Premier League table with 37 points from their 29 games played.
The two teams fought out a 1-1 draw when the teams met at the King Power Stadium in October. Mahrez 80th minute strike cancelling out Chadli's opener for West Brom.
West Brom hold the edge in historic fixtures between the sides winning 51 times, Leicester have won 38 matches with 24 games being a draw.
Can things get any worse for West Brom? Of all the teams to change their managers mid-season, only the Baggies have not had any upturn in fortune from doing so and the result of that is that Alan Pardew's team are now 7 points behind their nearest rivals and 8 adrift of safety (though that may as well be nine due to their inferior goal difference to most other teams).
The home side have lost all of their last six games and despite some promising performance, the results are not just materialising and confidence is at rock bottom. There are already murmurings that Pardew will be sacked sooner rather than later and it is not difficult to see why given their performances at the moment.
Leicester have hit a sticky run of results and form but still remain in 8th in the table and are in no danger of the drop and will hope to close the gap on Burnley above them and perhaps Arsenal if the Gunners form does not improve. Claude Puel has done a good job since taking over, despite Riyadh Mahrez wanting away.
The Foxes have not been at their best of late but I think they will do enough to get all three points here against a West Brom side that lacks confidence and belief.
Bournemouth currently lie in 11th place in the table having taken 33 points from their 29 games so far this season.
Tottenham lie in fourth place in the table, two points behind Liverpool, having amassed 58 points from their 29 games.
Both teams are in good form with Bournemouth losing just one of their last six, while Spurs are unbeaten in their last 17 games in all competitions.
Spurs eked out a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Wembley back in October thanks to a strike from Christian Eriksen.
Last time these two teams met Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic was in inspired form to almost keep Tottenham at bay at Wembley but in the end Christian Eriksen's strike was the difference between the two teams.
Since losing at Manchester City in December, Spurs have now gone 17 games unbeaten in all competitions (ahead of their clash with Juventus in midweek) and in Harry Kane they have the most prolific number 9 in English football at present.
Bournemouth's recent form is decent but the problem with the Cherries this season has been consistency and it is hard to make a case for them having the strength or ability to get a result here against a Tottenham side that tends to dominate possession against most teams.
I think Bournemouth and their fans are in for a tough 90 minutes here and it would be unsurprising to me if Tottenham managed to win this game without the home team finding the back of the net.
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