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Football Betting Tips: 1st-4th January 2018
by the Cheeky Punter
What a busy way to start the new year with a host of matches across the first four days of the year, including some massive Premier League clashes.
The most appealing match is definitely Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea on Wednesday evening but there are some big games before that which I’m going to get stuck into in this post.
So, without further ado, here are my first football betting tips for 2018 – fingers crossed for another great year!
Football Tips: Monday 1st January 2018
January 1, 2018
January 1, 2018
Both these teams have been almost permanent fixtures inside the top seven in the Premier League this season.
The match between the teams earlier this season finished in a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Burnley will take the same again.
Burnley stunned Liverpool in this fixture last season recording a fine 2-0 win over the Reds through first half goals from Sam Vokes and Andre Gray.
Burnley’s last home game against top six opposition ended with a 3-0 defeat to Spurs thanks to a Harry Kane hat-trick.
This is a very tough one to call. Liverpool are brilliant going forward and have been superb at times this season, especially away from home where they have scored more goals than Manchester City. However, at times, their defence is so fragile that they can easily concede several goals in a single half or even just a five-minute spell.
Burnley are the polar opposite of that, they keep things very tight, score few goals especially at home but concede even fewer. However, they will know Liverpool’s much-vaunted attack is a huge threat here and that they are likely to need to score one, if not two, to get something from the game.
Last season, Burnley got an early goal to help them and Liverpool wasted countless chances in that game to score. They don’t seem quite so profligate in front of goal this season with Salah in the team and that will be Burnley’s worry.
I can see Burnley scoring here, but I think Liverpool, like Spurs, have the attacking edge to cause this Burnley team some real problems and as such, I am backing the Reds to win in a game where I feel both teams will find the back of the net.
Utd have fallen off the pace in the second quarter of the season and now have several teams chasing them for second spot.
Everton have moved from the fringes of the relegation battle to mid-table safety with a run of six games without a defeat.
United thumped Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford back in September and the Red Devils have not lost to Everton since April 2015 (four wins and two draws).
Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney and Morgan Schneiderlin will all be facing their former team-mates if selected for this game.
Everton have hit a real rich vein of form which has seen them catapulted from the relegation battle into the comparative safety of mid table and Sam Allardyce’s conservative new approach may not be winning any style awards, but it is taking the Blues to safety.
In contrast, United’s recent form hasn’t been that great with just two points picked up from the last six available (prior to their home game with Southampton on Saturday) and a surprising defeat to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup quarter final putting the pressure on United to get back to winning ways here.
With Manchester City now seemingly off in the distance at the top of the table, United’s main aim this season will be to secure silverware and finish as close as possible to their city rivals, to do that a win at Goodison Park, a ground where they have a decent record, is a fine starting point.
While Everton’s form is solid, Sam Allardyce’s record against United isn’t great and I think this is a game that will see Jose Mourinho’s men claim three points without seeing David De Gea unduly troubled throughout the game.
With City seemingly running away with theleagye, both Arsenal and Chelsea have their sights set on Champions League qualification.
The teams fought out a battling 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season in what was one of Arsenal’s better away performances.
The teams have met 192 times previously, Chelsea winning 62 times, Arsenal have 75 wins and there have been 55 draws between the teams.
Chelsea have beaten Arsenal just once in their last five matches (a 3-1 win in the Premier League back in February 2017).
This promises to be one of the best games of the Christmas/New Year period with both sides desperate for three points to enhance their Champions League prospects, even if the Premier League title is now an impossible dream.
The Gunners have a very good home record, the third best in the Premier League on goal difference, but they face a Chelsea team who have the second best away record of any team in the Premier League.
The teams met in September and battled out a 0-0 draw in a game which many experts felt that Arsenal should have won. Arsene Wenger’s record against Chelsea in recent times is decent too and that will give them a shot of confidence here.
However, Chelsea have a knack of digging out results when needed and while I can’t see the Blues getting three points at the Emirates, I do see them coming away with a share of the spoils in what I think will be a very entertaining game.
The teams have met twice already this season. Spurs winning 3-2 in the League but then West Ham won 3-2 in the Carabao Cup a month or so later.
West Ham have a decent record against Spurs winning six of the last 11 matches between the teams, with just one draw in that run (Spurs winning four).
West Ham’s last two home wins over Spurs in 2016 and 2017 have both been by the same 1-0 scoreline.
Three of the last five games between the teams have finished in 3-2 score lines. The other two games have been 1-0 wins for West Ham.
Games between these two teams have tended to finish in 3-2 wins or 1-0 wins in recent times but one thing is sure is that they are packed with drama and tend not to finish in the result that you necessarily expected.
Spurs come into this game on the back of some great performances over the Christmas period and with renewed conviction that they can claim another Champions League spot this year, but to do that they need to avoid slip ups like they had against West Ham in the Carabao Cup when leading 2-0, they let that lead slip and fell to a 3-2 defeat.
The Hammers will take solace from that win for this trip to Wembley but David Moyes men have endured something of a sticky period over Christmas so far and they are still very much embroiled in the relegation battle at the foot of the table.
My gut feeling here is that both teams will find the net, but I am backing Spurs to get their New Year off to a good start by picking up three points here.
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.