Midweek Football Tips: 21st & 22nd July 2020
Despite the fact that both FA Cup semifinal ties went the way of the underdogs last weekend, we still managed to record a profit of £6.50 across the weekend.
That was thanks to Burnley and Tottenham doing the business for me in the two Premier League games I tipped.
That means over the last couple of sets of tips we have made over £33 worth of profit, which isn’t bad, but I’m looking to improve on it again with my football tips for this weeks action.
With relegation places as well as places in the Champions League and Europa League up for grabs for many teams, there are still a few massive games to come in midweek before we reach the final day of the season, so let’s hope this selection of four games from Tuesday and Wednesday evening lands us another profit.
Premier League Tips: Tuesday 21st July
I have to admit to being astonished that Watford gave Nigel Pearson the sack. When he took over they were well adrift at the bottom of the table. Now they are one place above the drop zone with a better goal difference and three more points than the teams below them, with a game in hand on one.
I can only assume there were more internal politics in that decision that we don’t know about as from a football sense, it makes absolutely none, especially with a game against freescoring Manchester City on the horizon, a team which put eight past Watford earlier in the season before Pearson was manager.
City will be stung after their shock FA Cup semifinal loss to Arsenal and I think we will see a reaction here. Watford’s board may be hoping for a response after Pearson’s sacking. Personally, I hope we see the reverse and I have the feeling City may give them another football lesson here. Back Watford to score a goal, but City to win comfortably.
Arsenal produced a superb performance to beat the favourites Manchester City at the weekend and move into the FA Cup Final. With the Gunners league position looking rather disappointing, that may be their best opportunity to claim a European spot next season, although a win here could still keep them in contention in that race.
Aston Villa have their own issues with relegation to concern themselves with. Three points behind Watford and with a four worse goal difference, Villa need to win and haul back as many goals as possible on the Hornets. If Watford beat Manchester City, then only a win here will give Villa a chance heading into the weekend’s final round of games.
What makes Villa’s task so daunting is the goal difference issue too as they need to make up four goals on Watford, should they finish all level on points. Scoring that many goals against a team like Arsenal is a very tough task for any team, let alone one that has struggled for goals this season.
I can see Villa going all out for the win here but unfortunately I think that plays into Arsenal’s hands as they showed against Man City at the weekend and as such, I am backing the visitors to come away with a win.
Football Prediction: Wednesday 22nd July
Despite their poor performance in defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinal at the weekend, Manchester United have been one of the most in form teams since the restart of games in the Premier League and with a place in the Champions League on the line, this game is arguably more important to United’s long term future than the game with Chelsea at the weekend.
With Leicester dropping points away to Tottenham and their goal difference now the same as United, a win or draw will move United ahead of the Foxes into fourth and they could even go third, depending on how Chelsea get on at Anfield in their game later on in the evening today.
However they face a West Ham side that have been in good form themselves losing just one of their last five and picking up 10 crucial Premier League points in that run of games, making themselves almost certain of being safe, although they need just one more point to be mathematically sure.
I think the home side will have a point to prove after the weekend here, but I can see West Ham making a real game of this. I am backing the Hammers to grab a goal on the counter but the home side to run out relatively comfortable winners here.
It is fair to say that with the title in the bag, Liverpool’s performances and especially their concentration levels have waned a little in recent games. The Arsenal defeat was a case in point where two of their most consistent performers, Alisson and Virgil van Dijk made schoolboy errors to hand Arsenal a 2-1 win in a game that the Gunners barely had a kick in for long periods.
Chelsea though have been in better form than the Reds, although they have had their notable offdays, particularly on the road at West Ham and also at Sheffield United. They will know though that a win here would secure them a Champions League spot and that would be a huge boost for them ahead of the final set of games.
The teams have met three times already this season, Liverpool winning the European Super Cup on penalties in August, then beating Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League before Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners in the FA Cup. I think this one will be every bit as closely and keenly fought and while I can see Chelsea perhaps grabbing a goal, I think on the night they collect the trophy, Liverpool will want to put in a Champions performance and I think they will do that and take the win here, probably by a 2-1 scoreline.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.