Football Tips: 31st October & 1st November
Last weekend we recorded a tidy £15 profit over all four Premier League football tips.
In truth though, I was a little disappointed with that as a couple of the other tips I did just fell short of the mark.
I think this period of the season is going to be the toughest to predict, simply because of the sheer number of games that players and teams face, especially the teams in European competition, over the next couple of months.
Add to that another interminable International week in November, where some players will play three games in the space of eight days or so, and it is a time of the calendar when teams will be looking to rest and rotate players for some games. Which is something I will be looking out for on the horizon.
That shouldn’t effect things too much this weekend though and fingers crossed we can land yet another profit to keep the bookies in fast retreat!
Premier League Tips: Saturday 31st October
It’s been a tough start to the season for Sheffield United. After having an impressive first season back in the top flight last season, this season, the Blades have managed to secure just one point from their opening five games, from a draw at home to bottom club Fulham.
A better showing against Liverpool last weekend also ended pointless and their prospects of getting a win on Saturday lunchtime against Manchester City look slim, especially when you consider that since October 1987, Burnley have won just the four games against Manchester City, out of the 24 matches between the teams since that time.
That said, it has hardly been a blistering start to the season for Pep Guardiola’s men either. Eight points from their five games means they are in the bottom half of the table but with a game in hand but their level of performance so far this season hasn’t been of the quality we have come to expect from City.
That said, I still expect them to be far too strong for the home side here, but that City defence does worry me. As such, I think a Sheffield United set piece may give them a goal, but I’d still expect City to run out comfortable winners, probably either by a 2-1 or 3-1 scoreline.
It is fair to say that Liverpool were not exactly at their best during their 2-1 win over Sheffield United last weekend. The Reds went down to a somewhat farcical VAR decision for the Blades goal, but struck back from Firmino and Jota to claim a much needed win and one which moved them into second place in the table.
The Hammers made it four games unbeaten last weekend when they earned a deserved draw at home to Manchester City, against whom they had lost all of their previous ten encounters. Michail Antonio’s fantastic bicycle kick strike giving the Hammers a first half lead before substitute Phil Foden drilled City level in the second half.
Last season, the Hammers really tested Liverpool and went down 3-2 in this fixture in what was a game in which they led twice. The Reds recent record against West Ham is very good, but in the 2015/16 season, the Hammers completed the double over Liverpool winning 3-0 at Anfield and 2-0 at home.
I think this is going to be another sticky afternoon for the home side here. The Hammers are in good form and do tend to score at Anfield, but I think the Reds resilience and their attacking threat going forward, should be just enough for them to claim another narrow win.
Football Betting Tips: Sunday 1st November
After the first half against Leeds, I thought Aston Villa were set to make it five wins from five games, but when they finished on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat, I have to admit to revising my opinion on them a great deal and I think now the bubble has burst for them in terms of their form, they may find things much tougher.
That is especially the case against a Southampton side that lie 7th in the table and who have not lost a game in their last four in the Premier League. They also defeated previously unbeaten Everton 2-0 at home last weekend with a very good performance that blunted the league leaders previously effective attack.
With Danny Ings in good form and the midfield backing him and the other Saints attackers up well, they have picked up a point away to Chelsea recently too and I fancy them to dampen the enthusiasm around Villa Park a little further following this game too.
That’s because I feel that Southampton are a good enough side and in good enough form to clinch the win here. I’m not going to get too cute after what happened in the Man Utd v Chelsea game last week, so I am just backing the Saints to win, rather than with BTTS or to nil.
The biggest game of the weekend comes at Old Trafford as Manchester United face their third straight home Premier League game against a big London rival. After being thumped by Spurs, United held Chelsea 0-0 last weekend and now face an Arsenal side that are themselves in a bit of a slump in form.
Performances in the Europa League apart, Arsenal have lost three of their last four in the Premier League and their only win has come against Sheffield United at home. That is hardly the form to inspire great confidence that Mikel Arteta’s team can land a win on a ground where they have a pretty poor record.
However, in recent matches, Arsenal have won three of the last five and drawn one more so they do seem to have the beating of United at the moment. However, I think United know they have to end their poor form at home sooner rather than later and I think this will be the game in which they do that.
These games usually see both sides score and I think that will be the case here, but I feel United will come out on top either 2-1 or 3-2.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.