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Football Betting Tips: 1st & 2nd December
by the Cheeky Punter
We had one winner last weekend in the Premier League and a small loss in the Champions League but recovered thanks to my Europa League tips and come into the weekend in good form.
There are then six games on Saturday with the two Manchester clubs in action but Sunday is where the real action takes place.
We’ve got a trio of derby games to enjoy, kicking off with two in London as Chelsea and Fulham clash at Stamford Bridge, followed a couple of hours later by the North London derby as Arsenal take on Spurs at the Emirates.
Then it is north to Liverpool and Anfield as the home team Reds face their fierce rivals Everton in what should be a spicy matchup on Merseyside.
Let’s get stuck in!
Weekend Betting Tips: Saturday 1st December
December 1, 2018
John Smith’s Stadium
December 1, 2018
John Smith’s Stadium
Huddersfield Town are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games, claiming seven points to move them up to 15th in the Premier League table.
Brighton have hit a poor run, losing two and drawing one of their last three, but they lie in relative comfort in 12th place, with 15 points from 13 games.
Brighton’s last victory over Huddersfield away from home came in the Championship back in November 2012, when they secured a 2-1 victory.
Huddersfield have drawn three and won two of the five previous fixtures between the teams at home.
David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town team have hit some great form over their last three games, picking up seven points to move them out of the relegation zone and improve morale at the club, and that superb win against Wolves last weekend was ample evidence of this.
In contrast, Brighton have hit something of a sticky period in their last few games and their recent away win at Newcastle seems to have been a flash in the pan with their struggles on the road continuing in some of their most recent matches.
A few weeks ago, I would have certainly been backing Brighton to get something from this game, most likely a draw and while that is still a possibility, I think there’s a real buzz about how Huddersfield are playing at the moment and as such, I think with a boisterous home crowd behind them, they could secure another win here.
I’m still not sure Huddersfield will do enough to avoid the drop this season, but I think today will be another positive for David Wagner’s team as I am backing them to pick up three points here.
Newcastle’s third win in a row and their fourth game unbeaten saw them move up to 13th in the table having collected 12 points from 13 games.
Newcastle leapfrogged West Ham, who no wile 14th in the table also with 12 points, but with a slightly worse goal difference than their hosts.
The Hammers have won just one of their last five games and are struggling for consistency this season.
The Toon Army have a good record in this fixture having won five of the last seven games between the teams. West Ham last won on Tyneside in November 2012.
Newcastle United are now on a four-game unbeaten streak and have racked up three wins in a row, form which has seen them rocket from the foot of the Premier League table up to 13th spot and they now have their eyes firmly set on mid-table safety.
That may be unthinkable for some, but in truth I am not surprised as I have always felt Newcastle are a better team than their early season results suggested. In contrast, I think West Ham, who are equal on points and one place worse off, are about right in the table given how inconsistent they have been this season.
The Hammers invested heavily in the summer, but it is fair to say that their signings have been somewhat hit and miss and the team is still over reliant on Marko Arnautovic for their goals. That is a worry against a Newcastle team which has shown it can defend well against any team in this division.
As such, I think with confidence likely to be sky high at the club and the home crowd back in full voice, I think the home side will record another win against a West Ham side that could find themselves in trouble unless they find more consistency soon.
Arsenal occupy fifth position in the Premier League a point behind Chelsea but with a five worse goal difference, despite scoring the same number of goals as the blues.
Tottenham leapt over Chelsea into third following their 3-1 win over Chelsea last weekend. They are three points behind Liverpool in second and two ahead of Chelsea.
Spurs record at the Emirates is poor, with their last win over Arsenal on the road coming in a 3-2 victory back in November 2010.
Three of the last four games between the teams at the Emirates have finished in 1-1 draws, although Arsenal did win this fixture 2-0 last season.
Spurs do not have a great record at the Emirates Stadium and they are going to have to play as well as they did last weekend against Chelsea if they are to turn around a legacy that sees them unable to claim a win at the home of their rivals since 2010.
Arsenal are unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening two weeks of the season and Unai Emery must be quietly pleased with how his team is performing, without them ever really threatening the top three as yet this season. They have still remained on course, quietly picking up points.
I think this will be the best of the Sunday games given how well matched the two teams are. I think Spurs are better defensively and have a strong attack but I also feel the Gunners attack is well-equipped to give Spurs defence some really difficult problems to solve.
After working the pros and cons, I couldn’t separate the teams and as such, I am going to back this one as a draw, and I’d be very surprised if there are not goals on both sides in the game.
The home side occupy second spot in the table just two points behind Man City and remain unbeaten. Spurs are two points further back behind Liverpool in the table.
Everton moved up to sixth in the Premier League with their win over Cardiff City last weekend. The Toffees have taken 22 points from their 13 games so far.
Everton have a very poor record in modern derby games, their last win coming at Goodison Park in October 2010. Their last win at Anfield was in September 1999.
Since March 2012, Liverpool have won eight and there have been nine draws between the teams since that date. Liverpool have won four of the last six between the teams.
The Merseyside derby is always one of the most keenly contested games on the fixture list and it is also usually one of the most controversial with both sides seeing players given red cards in this game over the years.
IN terms of results, Liverpool have the better current record, having not lost to their city rivals since 2010, and in truth unbeaten this season and with home advantage, the Reds should at least maintain that record, if not secure a win in front of their home fans.
However, more games out of the last 17 between the teams have finished in a draw and Everton would take a point from this fixture if offered right now. Marco Silva’s team earned a point away at Chelsea and I think will employ similar tactics here.
That said, derby games are different and the Reds fans will be desperate to win, not just to beat Everton but to keep Manchester City in their sights and as such, I think the Reds will just about scrape the win here, perhaps even by a 1-0 scoreline.
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