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Football Betting Tips: 24th & 25th August
by David Lenton
I hit one result bang on the money last weekend but how Manchester City didn’t make it two wins in their game with Spurs is beyond me. I have never witnessed a more one-sided 2-2 draw in the history of football.
Still the returns from the Liverpool match meant it was only a small loss and I am hopeful that this weekend will see us get a larger value win, starting with the first game on Saturday lunchtime between Norwich and Chelsea, one which I have gone for a result that a fair few people may not be expecting!
I’ve got tips from two more games on Saturday, including of course the big clash at Anfield between the only two teams with two wins from their first two games, Liverpool and Arsenal. Then we round things off on Sunday with the clash from the Vitality Stadium where Manchester City will hope to get back to winning ways on the road against Bournemouth.
Here’s my tips for this weekend.
Football Tips: Saturday 24th August
August 24, 2019
August 24, 2019
After losing at Liverpool, Norwich defeated Newcastle 3-1 last weekend to record their first win of the season.
Chelsea lost to Man Utd, lost the Super Cup to Liverpool on pens and then were held 1-1 by Leicester last weekend.
Frank Lampard has not won any of his first three games as Chelsea manager.
Norwich have not lost at home since losing 4-3 to Derby County in December 2018.
I promised myself in the build-up to this season that I would be a bit braver in some of my predictions here and when I can see something developing, I will trust my hunch. This is one of those times as I think most pundits will have Chelsea to come out winners in this one.
I’ve bucked that trend for two reasons. Firstly, I like the look of Norwich under Daniel Farke, especially at home where they can score goals against any team. Carrow Road is never an easy place to play and after beating Newcastle last week, the home side will be ready for this test.
The other reason is that I am not convinced by Lampard’s Chelsea. The loss of Hazard has been huge to this team and they look bereft of ideas going forward at times, while as Leicester showed last week, they are also conceding chances at the other end too.
This is a game I can see goals at both ends but something tells me that it is going to get worse for Chelsea before it gets better, hence I am backing a shock Norwich City win in this one.
Games involving these two teams this season have resulted in three draws, Sheff United recording the only win (v C.Palace)
The two teams met in the Carabao and FA Cups last season. Leicester winning on both occasions (4-1 and 1-0).
Leicester have won four of the last six games between the teams.
The teams have never met in the Premier League before.
Both these sides will be very pleased with their start to the season. The Blades have four points from their two games and are comfortably in the top half of the table, while Leicester have remained unbeaten despite a tough start pitting them against Wolves and Chelsea, two teams that finished above them in the table last season.
While Sheffield United will prove tough to beat, especially at home, I feel Leicester’s extra quality in attack could be crucial. The Foxes should have beaten Chelsea last weekend, missing two great chances in addition to the goal they did score in what was a fine second half display.
I can see the Blades scoring at home, but I think they will find Leicester a much more difficult proposition than either of the teams that they have played so far this season and as such, despite that goal, I still see Leicester coming out on top with the win in this one.
Leicester win & both teams to score - £10 returns £50.00
Both teams come into this game with 2 wins from 2 games.
Arsenal’s last win at Anfield was a 2-0 win back in Nov 2013.
Liverpool have not lost in the last 37 Premier League games that they have played at Anfield.
The Reds won the corresponding fixture between the teams 5-1 last season.
The only two 100% records in the Premier League will see at least one ended on Saturday night as Liverpool take on Arsenal at Anfield. The Gunners recent record against Liverpool, especially at Anfield, isn’t great and they were on the wrong end of a 5-1 thumping here last season.
However, this season, despite two wins, Liverpool have looked vulnerable and with Alisson not yet fully fit, Adrian will deputise in goal and Arsenal will hope that will make the Liverpool defence look as edgy as it has in the games it has played in this season.
The Reds conceded in all three of those games and I can see Arsenal scoring here too, especially with their pacey attackers, but I also feel that Liverpool will have more than enough going forward to cause Arsenal’s back line plenty of problems.
I can’t see this being a repeat of last season’s 5-1 win for the home side, but I am backing Liverpool to win the game either 2-1 or 3-1, and as such, the both teams to score bet looks the best value bet here.
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Both teams have scored and conceded in both their matches so far.
Both City’s games this season have also seen over 3.5 goals scored.
Six of the last eight games between these two teams has seen three or more goals scored and in five of those games, it is four or more goals.
City have drawn just 2 of their 14 games with Bournemouth, winning the remaining 12.
City have not only scored the most goals in the Premier League this season with seven in two games, but they have also had by far the most amount of shots of any team and how they did not win last weeks 2-2 draw with Tottenham is beyond me.
Bournemouth have pushed City hard at home in recent years, but Eddie Howe’s team do struggle against the top-quality sides and when City have had, what is for them a poor results, usually the next team they face will feel the backlash of that.
To me, this game has goals writ large all over it. City can score goals for fun and have already racked up five on the road at West Ham. I see Bournemouth presenting a similar challenge here, but I also feel the Cherries are likely to pop one in the City net too.
The odds on the Over 3.5 Goals market were just shy of even money which has tempted me to go slightly braver and back the rare over 4.5 goals bet here, but even so, I still feel City can score at least four here to make this a decent value bet.
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