Football Betting Tips & Predictions: 15th & 16th July
Due to the fast turnaround in fixtures, I am having to write these tips on Sunday before the weekend results are in… let’s hope we can build on Saturday’s small profit!
So while the luxury Caribbean Island purchase is on hold at the moment, lets dive into my midweek tips.
Games are coming thick and fast in the Premier League at the moment as we hurtle towards the end of the season. This next round of fixtures will be the 36th of the season, the first of the three remaining games left to play for the 20 teams.
Big matches include Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal ahead of the Gunner’s FA Cup Semifinal clash with Man City at the weekend, while Chelsea will seek to get back to winning ways at home to relegated Norwich on Tuesday. Other key games see Newcastle take on Spurs, Burnley face Wolves, Leicester face Sheffield United and Everton facing Aston Villa.
Tune in for my FA Cup semi-final themed tips at the weekend, but to keep you going, here are four tips from the games from Tuesday to Thursday this week in the EPL.
Football Prediction: Wednesday 15th July
There is no doubt that there is much more riding on this game for Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side than Newcastle. A win for Spurs could catapult them into potential Europa League contention, especially critical now Manchester City will compete in the Champions League next season. A defeat could be one too far for them to qualify for European action next season, which would be a huge blow for the club financially and also in their hopes to attract and keep hold of top players.
Newcastle’s home form of late, other than against Manchester City, has generally been very good but they have not won either of their last two Premier League games and there are just one or two signs of fatigue setting in in a number of players in these games.
That said, Newcastle were good winners when the teams met back in August, earning a 1-0 win on the road and I fancy Steve Bruce will set his team up once again to frustrate Tottenham and then hit them on the break. It is a tactic that worked well in the past.
I am not sure it will be enough to get the win here however, but by the same token I don’t feel Spurs have really shown enough to convince me they will pick up the three points either, as such I am backing the draw here.
Wednesday evening’s game at Turf Moor is a tough one to call. Burnley are in a great run of form at the moment and after becoming the first team all season to pick up a point at Anfield following their 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the weekend, they should be filled with confidence heading into this game against a Wolves side who had been struggling after two defeats in a row.
However, Nuno Santos’ team produced a superb display at home to Everton at the weekend to wrap up a convincing win against the Toffees and to push themselves back into contention for at least a Europa League spot and possibly even a Champions League spot if the teams above them implode over the last few games of the season.
Games between these teams have been very close for a good few years now and although I feel Wolves have the more technically gifted players, Burnley have a very effective way of dealing with them and working out a result.
I can see this game going as three of the previous five has gone and ending up in a draw.
It is very rare I back against a team that has won the league by so many points, but I thnk there is a notable drop off in Liverpool performances since the league title has been won. That draw with Burnley at the weekend had been on the cards, despite the Reds dominating possession and being denied a stonewall penalty in the second half.
Despite that, there are signs that the strikers in particular are now in very much single-minded goal mode, bar Firmino and that does not help the team, or themselves and I think Arsenal, who have to go for the win, could capitalise here.
With Jordan Henderson absent in midfield, Liverpool will miss their captain and I think Aubameyang and Lacazette, as well as the impressive Saka, can cause this Liverpool defence a few problems. Their win at Brighton was their first away win, and away goals, since February.
As such, I am going to surprise a fair few of you here and back the Gunners to inflict another rare defeat on a Liverpool side whose main focus now is likely to be next season.
Football Tips: Thursday 16th July
After their shock capitulation from a very strong position against Bournemouth at the weekend, Leicester will know that if they are to stand a chance of Champions League football, this is now a must-win game for them. With Man Utd having a game in hand (played on Monday night at home to in form Southampton), the Foxes cannot afford another slip up here.
In contrast, Sheffield United have been in better form of late and their excellent win over Chelsea showed exactly that. They have won three of their last four, drawing the other, to move into contention once again for a European spot, after a run of three defeats.
I have not been convinced at all by Leicester, especially defensively, since they resumed fixtures and I think this is going to be a very tricky game. The Blades are flying at the moment and I can’t see them letting Leicester take control here. As such, I think this one is most likely to end up in a draw, which could be fatal to Leicester’s Champions League dreams.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.