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Football Betting Tips: 1st & 2nd February
by David Lenton
I wasn’t confident heading into the FA Cup weekend and that showed as once again I drew a rare blank.
I must admit… I am getting close to shelving tipping in the FA Cup. Needless to say I’m happy the Premier League is back.
This weekend is a big one as it features a number of intriguing games with in form Southampton travelling to Anfield on Saturday to take on Liverpool, Arsenal at Burnley and the big game of the weekend comes in London as Tottenham take on Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The action kicks off with a cracker between two top four sides on Saturday lunchtime too as Chelsea face a tough trip to Leicester in what should be a cracking start to the weekend. Here’s my tips for the first batch of games in February.
Football Betting Tips: Saturday 1st February
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Leicester are 3rd in the table, Chelsea are 4th but 8 points behind the Foxes.
The teams drew 1-1 when they met in August at Stamford Bridge.
Strikers Jamie Vardy (Leicester) and Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) are both doubts.
Both teams have won just one of the last five between the two (3 games drawn).
Both these sides have had somewhat similar seasons and both have long been ensconced in the top four, with Chelsea eight points adrift of the Foxes and we could also see both teams missing their top target man for this game with both Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham picking up injuries in their last Premier League games.
Of the two, I think Abraham’s absence will be more keenly felt as I feel Chelsea don’t have the players to come in and replace him as effectively as Leicester have in a replacement for Vardy in Iheanacho. As such, I think the odds just slightly edge towards the Foxes in that respect.
Chelsea have been better on the road than at home this season and it is worth remembering that the two teams drew back in August, but in truth, I haven’t been very impressed with Chelsea’s performances in recent weeks and they certainly don’t score enough goals considering the possession of the ball they have.
As such, I just back Leicester to be that extra little bit more clinical in front of goal and with a win here, I think that would secure themselves a place in the top three this season, barring a catastrophic collapse.
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Watford dropped into 19th place in the EPL last time out losing to Aston Villa.
Everton were held by Newcastle last time out to drop down to 12th in the table.
The Toffees won the first game between the teams 1-0 at Goodison in August.
Everton have won 21 of 29 games between the two teams, Watford winning just 5.
Historically, the Hornets have a dismal record against Everton, but three of their five wins have come since 2016, including a 1-0 home win over Everton in both the last two seasons of the Premier League and a 3-2 win at home the season before. So, the Toffee’s recent record at Vicarage Road isn’t the best.
Both these teams looked worries for relegation but have seen recent form improve their position, Everton moving into mid-table while Watford moved out of the drop zone on the back of four wins from five games, only to drop back in when losing at Aston Villa last time they played. Nigel Pearson will be wanting a reaction from his team following that game.
Everton’s record on the road this season hasn’t been very good, and I really don’t feel this is a Carlo Ancelotti team just yet. I can see the Italian making major changes to his squad over the summer with a number of players likely to leave, and new faces to come in.
That said, I don’t feel Everton are quite dead in this one and I do think Ancelotti has instilled in them some self-belief, so while I can’t see the Toffee’s winning this one, I do think they may do enough to break their series of defeats at Vicarage Road and earn a draw here.
This will be the third meeting between the teams since the 4th January.
They met twice in the FA Cup, drawing 0-0 before United won the replay 1-0.
They also drew 1-1 when they met in August back in the Premier League.
Wolves have lost just one of the last six against United (drawing 3, winning 2).
It is fair to say that these two teams should be well familiar with each other having met twice already in January in the FA Cup, as well as in the league in August. Two of those three games have finished all-square, with United winning their FA Cup replay 1-0 in a narrow win at Old Trafford.
After a 6-0 win at Tranmere ended a two-game losing streak, United will want to build on that positive result here, but Wolves have proven more than capable of getting results against the bigger teams in this division and their recent record against Manchester United is actually very good.
I also feel Wolves are well set up to try and catch United on the counter attack and I also think that United fans will be feeling this is a game their team should win, which adds to the pressure on what is an already young and generally inexperienced United team.
I can’t see Wolves landing a win here, but I do think they have enough quality to earn yet another Premier League draw.
Spurs are 6th in the EPL with 34 points from 24 games.
Man City are 2nd in the table with 51 points from 24 games.
The teams drew 2-2 when they met in the Premier League in August.
Spurs have won just one of the last 8 between the teams, City winning 5 of those games.
Manchester City’s injury list is a lot healthier and with Leroy Sane now closing in on a return, City could be almost at full strength very shortly, which could be bad news for a Tottenham side that have sorely been missing the goal threat posed by injured England international striker Harry Kane.
With Kane out injured, Hyeong-min Son, who has a knack of scoring goals against Man City, will likely partner Lucas Moura in attack for Spurs against a City side that have started to find some better form in recent weeks, but who have also continued to suffer the occasional setback.
Back in August, the teams drew 2-2 in a game that City dominated, and which Spurs were very fortunate to pick up a point from. I can’t quite see the luck holding for Spurs a second time around here, even on home soil, as I think this City team look set to finish the season strongly, as they did last year.
I can see Spurs getting a goal against this leaky City defence, although they have kept two clean sheers in a row, but that was against Fulham and Sheff Utd, but I still see City running out the comfortable winners on Sunday afternoon.
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David 'the Cheeky Punter' Lenton is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has also worked for a number of top bookmakers including Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. With such a long time spent dedicated to the gambling industry no one is better placed when it comes to advising punters. Follow on Twitter @thecheekypunter