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Football Tips: 10th & 11th August (NEW SEASON)
by David Lenton
It’s been a few months since my last batch of football tips but with the new season starting it’s time to get the ball rolling again!
I’m hopefully we are going to give the bookies yet more pain this year – the more the better.
It promises to be an intriguing season. Can any of the teams chasing Manchester City and Liverpool last season rein in last season’s top two? How will the three newly promoted teams perform in what looks like being a tough baptism of fire in the Premier League?
It therefore promises to be an exciting season in the Premier League and of course we will be bringing you our tips on each of the 38 rounds of action, plus the usual midweek tips for the Europa and Champions League competitions.
Football Tips: Saturday 10th August
August 10, 2019
August 10, 2019
Man City have won the last eight games between the teams including beating The Hammers 4-1 pre-season.
Seven of the last nine games between the teams have seen four or more goals scored in those games.
West Ham’s last victory over Man City was a 2-1 win back in September 2015 at the Etihad. Their last home win was in Oct 2014.
Those two wins are West Ham’s only two in the last 22 vs City. City have won 17 of those encounters with three games drawn.
The history of this fixture does not make great reading if you are a West Ham fan as over the years, Manchester City have been something of a bogey team for the hammers, with the Londoner’s suffering a number of heavy defeats, both home and away, against the Citizens.
Of course, with City so dominant over the past two years, they have given a few teams a bit of a chasing at times and I can’t see that changing here, with the changes made to West Ham’s squad over the summer not really convincing me that they are any better defensively at being able to cope with City’s lightning fast attacks.
City already stuck four past West Ham in pre-season after doing the same at the London Stadium last season and I am confident that there will be goals in this game as even if West Ham grab one, I am confident City will get at least three in reply, if not more. Hence the Over 3.5 Goals bet is the most tempting option here.
Crystal Palace have not beaten Everton in any of their last nine games. Their last win at home against Everton came way back in October 1994. (A 1-0 victory).
Five of the last nine between the teams have ended in a draw, three of those results coming at Selhurst Park including both of the last two played there between them.
Six of the last 11 matches between the teams have seen both teams score a goal.
Everton drew their opening fixture last season 2-2 away to Wolves. Palace on the opening day were 2-0 winners away to Fulham.
Last season, I think both these teams caused me more angst and annoyance than any other as they were so inconsistent at times. Both can beat anybody on their day, but also lose to any team too and that inconsistency was part of the reason both were eventually ensconced in mid-table come the end of the season.
I think Palace especially have to improve on that but having lost key figures from last season, it could be a tough start for them here against an Everton side who have strengthened a little since last year, but not enough for me to view them as potential gatecrashers into the top six.
With opening games of the season usually tight and nervy affairs, I think this game will follow that trend and while I can’t quite see Everton doing enough to win the game, I also feel Palace don’t quite have enough to claim the victory. I do see both teams finding the net though as I think both team’s Achilles heel is defensively, so the draw and both teams to score is the smart option.
These two shared the spoils in the league last season, Leicester winning 2-0 at home before Wolves landed a 4-3 win at Molyneux.
Much changed teams also met in the Carabao Cup in September with Leicester progressing on penalties after a 0-0 draw at Molyneux.
Seven of the last 16 games between the teams have finished in draws. Leicester have won five in that period and Wolves four.
Wolves finished five points ahead of Leicester last season in 7th spot, the Foxes finished the season in 9th with 52 points compared to Wolves 57.
If two teams are going to challenge the accepted status quo of the top six in the Premier League, I think it will be one, or both, of these two teams this season. Leicester were Champions just a few years ago, but Brendan Rogers team is much-changed since then but I think they have made some very shrewd signings over the pre-season to strengthen ahead of this.
The same is true of Wolves who under Nuno Santo were one of the surprise packages last season, claiming a richly deserved place in the Europa League. They too have made some clever signings in the pre-season and I think on so many levels, these two teams are well-matched.
Both managers will know the importance of getting off to a good start to their squad in terms of confidence and I don’t think either will want to lose this game, but both will know that outside of the top six, this is as tough a start as they could have wished for. As such, I am once again going for both to find the net, but also the game to finish as a score draw.
The teams met three times last season, drawing twice in the league with Man United earning a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup.
Four of the last 11 matches between the teams have finished in draws, with four wins for Chelsea and two wins for Manchester United.
Chelsea’s last victory at Old Trafford came way back in 2013, a 1-0 win in the Premier League in May when Juan Mata, now a Manchester United player, scored the winner.
United finished 6th in the Premier League last season with 80 points, two points behind Chelsea who finished in third with 72 points.
What will the season hold for these giants of the Premier League who seem to have fallen on leaner times? Chelsea have said goodbye to their manager and their star player of recent years, Eden Hazard, over the summer with Frank Lampard coming into the role from Derby and this game is going to be a huge test for his Chelsea team which will likely focus a number of youngsters due to a transfer ban on the club over the pre-season.
For United, it is a chance to start the season afresh under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had a brilliant initial run as manager but then his team’s performances fell away after they beat PSG in the Champions League. He needs to right that immediately here otherwise the pressure will be on the Red Devils boss straight away.
There are so many intangibles here that this game could be any score, and while I think United have home advantage and probably enjoyed the better off season in terms of transfers, I just feel Chelsea have the quality to make sure they don’t lose the game, even if they can’t win it. So once again, I am backing the draw here but as I am not sure if there will be goals, I am backing this as a Full Time Result 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