Football Tips: 26th, 27th & 28th January
The good news is that we made a profit on our fixtures at the weekend, with my more conservative approach seemingly doing a good job. T
he only downside was that the profit was just £6, but I’ll take that after a few weeks of missing out so narrowly on a profit a number of times.
It would have been swelled by a further £31 had Sheffield Wednesday managed to grab a goal in consolation at Goodison Park, but even so, profit is profit and I feel that going into this week’s double header of Premier League action, that is perfectly acceptable.
Seeing as being a bit more conservative with my selections paid out last weekend, I am going to do so likewise here.
We’ve got some big games this weekend. None bigger than Tottenham v Liverpool, a game that neither side can realistically afford to lose otherwise they could fall 9-10 points behind the top two and that could be far too big a gap to claw back over the second half of the season.
There’s also a massive game at the foot of the table with Brighton in 17th taking on Fulham in 18th knowing landing their first home win of the season would move the Seagulls eight points clear of the drop zone. That’s a massive incentive for Graham Potter’s men against a Fulham side that have now lost their last three.
It’s going to be a very intriguing set of games and as usual, we have picked our four top tips from them below.
Premier League Tips: Tuesday 26th January
These two teams have not met as often as you would think with West Ham having 23 wins to Palaces 16 and 22 games finishing as draws. However, what really impinges on my selection for this game is the fact that West Ham are in such a great run of form at the moment.
David Moyes men have won all of their last five in all competitions and defensively, they are not conceding very many goals at all. That is worry for a Crystal Palace side that scored just 22 goals this season and which has a relatively poor record historically for scoring goals.
Roy Hodgson’s team have been typically up and down this season in terms of their form and it is hard to see them being able to get the better of a West Ham side that are defensively solid, playing well and winning games at the moment.
I can’t see West Ham winning this one easily, it may just be by a single goal, but I do feel that they are the team to back in this game.
Football Predictions: Wednesday 27th January
These two teams played out a somewhat dour 0-0 draw when they met back in December in Birmingham, but since then both have had a somewhat mixed time of it. Both have similar results over their last five games in the EPL (Villa picking up 7 points, Burnley 6) so this should be another close affair.
It is a game where I see defences being very much on top and as such, I think goals will be at a premium. Villa have been lacking goals in a number of games of late scoring more than one goal on just one occasion in their last five games.
That said, I just have a niggly feeling here that Burnley will get the job done. Sean Dyche’s team do tend to get positive results in clusters and after that win at Anfield and their FA Cup win at Fulham at the weekend, I fancy them to upset the form book here. Villa do tend to find they have issues with certain teams and Burnley seems to be one of them.
I don’t think it will be the most exciting game, but I do feel that Burnley will come out on top by a single goal to move them further away from the drop zone.
The last ten games between these two teams have seen five wins apiece for them. Everton have won the last two games between the two, and the last draw between the two teams came back in February 2015 (a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park).
Both sides come into this game in great form. Leicester have won all their last five games; Everton have won four of their last five. The Toffees home form is a little up and down, they have won half their games (four), losing three and drawing once.
Leicester’s away form though is very good with 22 points picked up from nine games on the road and I think the Foxes will want to avenge that disappointing defeat to Everton back in December when they did not play particularly well at all.
This will be a close one and I was tempted to go both teams to score, but instead I opted for a Leicester win to be on the safe side.
Football Tip: Thursday 28th January
Games do not get much more crucial for Liverpool or Tottenham than this one. Spurs recent form isn’t great with eight points from their last four games, but Liverpool’s form is awful with just three points from the last 15 available, a run which has seen them drop to 4th in the table from top spot and a very real possibility they could be outside of the top six in a couple of games.
Spurs will certainly be hoping to capitalise on this and the shaky performance from the Reds defense at Old Trafford, where defensive mistakes proved so costly in their 3-2 FA Cup defeat, will give the likes of Son and Kane real hope that they can land a statement win here.
Liverpool will at least take heart that they scored twice at Old Trafford but once again the issues at the heart of defence in the absence of van Dijk, Gomez and Matip proved to be their undoing and against Spurs that is a huge worry.
I have backed Spurs to land another big blow against the Reds here with Son and Kane likely to cause that makeshift Reds backline plenty of problems.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.