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Midweek Football Tips: Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th January
by David Lenton
It’s fair to say we smashed it up in the FA Cup last weekend hitting 3 out of 4 winners for a profit of £52.00 from £10 stakes.
More of the same from this weeks Tuesday and Wednesday games is what we’re after!
Some intriguing matches to enjoy in midweek for this set of tips include Arsenal facing Cardiff, Wolves against West Ham and Manchester United looking to extend their run of Premier League wins at home to Burnley, while rivals Manchester City face a trip to the North East on the same night to take on Newcastle.
On Wednesday evening, Liverpool are in action at home to Leicester, while Chelsea face what looks like a tricky trip to Bournemouth and there’s a real relegation six-pointer at St Mary’s where Southampton will take on Crystal Palace.
Footie Tips: Tuesday 29th Jan
January 29, 2019
John Smiths Stadium
January 29, 2019
John Smiths Stadium
Huddersfield are bottom of the league and have not won in their last 12 games. This will be Jan Siewert’s first league game in charge of the home side.
Everton have lost their last two away games in the Premier League (Brighton and Southampton) and they currently lie in 11th place in the table.
Huddersfield could be without Aaron Mooy, the influential midfielder is away playing for Australia at the Asian Cup.
The teams drew 1-1 at Goodison Park in September, Calvert-Lewin equalising Philip Billing’s strike for Huddersfield with both strikes coming in the first half.
It is going to be interesting to see the effect Jan Siewert’s appointment has at Huddersfield. The German has no experience of the Premier League and was Dortmund’s second team coach until appointed by the Terriers but he has a huge task on his hands if he is going to turn around their season and save them from the drop.
Without a win in the last dozen games, Huddersfield can take solace in the fact that they earned a point on the road at Goodison Park when the teams last met. But I think since then Huddersfield’s fortunes have taken a bit of a nosedive.
Everton are by no means the most consistent team in the Premier League and they can be beaten, as Southampton showed in their last game, but Huddersfield’s problems in front of goal are such that I think if the Toffees score just one goal, which they are more than capable of, I feel they will get the win.
With Huddersfield so lacking teeth in attack, I am backing Everton to gain a degree of revenge for that draw the last time the team’s met and to claim a win on the road here without the home team finding the net.
Wolves are currently 8th in the league with 32 points. They have lost two of their last three home games in the Premier League (to Liverpool and Crystal Palace).
West Ham lie 10th in the Premier League on 31 points. They have lost just two of their last seven away games in the Premier League against Burnley and Bournemouth.
Centre back Wily Boly will be suspended for Wolves for this game following his red card against Manchester City.
Wolves snatched a win at West Ham earlier in the season with a 93rd minute strike from Adama Traore earning them a 1-0 victory over the Hammers.
These two teams have enjoyed rather similar seasons, although both started the season very differently, West Ham with a string of defeats, while Wolves impressed with their performances and victories. Since then things have evened themselves out and both now sit just one point apart in the Premier League table.
The last game between the teams was evenly matched until Wolves grabbed a very late winner through the pacy Traore. Since then though West Ham have improved markedly, although the situation regarding Marko Arnautovic in the transfer window will not have helped the team a great deal.
Wolves though are generally decent at home against the better sides and I feel West Ham are edging towards that category. I can see this being a tough game, closely fought like the last game and once again I feel that Wolves may just have the extra quality in that midfield area, which may be the key to winning the game.
As such, I’m going to keep this one simple and just back Wolves to win at around the even money mark.
Football Tips & Predictions: Wednesday 30th January
January 30, 2019
January 30, 2019
Bournemouth landed their first win in several league games last time out beating West Ham 2-0 at the home. They lie 12th in the table.
Chelsea were defeated 2-0 by Arsenal in the Premier League last time out, they are fourth in the table on 47 points ahead of this game.
Chelsea’s Gonzalo Higuain and Bournemouth’s Chris Mepham may be in line to make their Premier League debuts for their new clubs after big moves in January.
Chelsea have won both encounters between the teams so far this season, winning 2-0 in the league back in September and 1-0 in the Carabao Cup in December.
Bournemouth are yet to score a goal against Chelsea in two games against Mauricio Sarri’s men this season but with home advantage and on the back of a much-needed 2-0 win over West Ham last time out, this promises to be a bit of a tougher test for the visitors than the two previous games have been.
Bournemouth could give a debut to defender Chris Mepham, who they signed from Brentford. The young Welsh defender is a shrewd signing from Eddie Howe and could slot nicely alongside Nathan Ake in defence. He’ll have to make an instant impact though as Chelsea could also give a Premier League debut to their own new star, on loan Gonzalo Higuain.
His arrival means it is likely Alvaro Morata will leave the club on loan, possibly to Atletico Madrid shortly. It will be interesting to see how Higuain, not the most fleet of foot of striker, adapts to life in the Premier League compared to the more sedentary pace of Serie A.
This should be a very enjoyable encounter and an open game and the new faces on show will add to the intrigue. I can see Bournemouth netting, they usually do at home, but I think that Chelsea will still run out the victors.
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Improved form of late, which was much needed, has seen Southampton move from the drop zone up to 15th in the Premier League table on 22 points.
Palace are place above Southampton in the table with the same number of points but a better goal difference. Both teams are four points off Brighton in 13th.
The two teams met earlier on in the season and Southampton earned the points as Palace succumbed to a 2-0 home defeat to the Saints in September.
Southampton will likely be without Maya Yoshida, who is away at the Asian Cup with Japan. Ryan Bertrand’s back injury will also likely mean that he misses out.
These two teams have enjoyed some good results and performances of late which has seen them both move away from the drop zone. Palace were unfortunate losers 4-3 at Anfield last time out while Southampton enjoyed a 2-1 success over Everton to bolster their hopes of survival.
Ralph Hassenhuttl has done a very solid job for the Saints since coming in as a manager and there is clear evidence that the team is certainly more solid defensively than they were previously. Add to that and more points being picked up more regularly and the future looks much brighter for Southampton.
Palace have had an up and down season but are capable of beating any team in the Premier League as they proved when pushing Liverpool so hard last weekend and when they beat Man City at the Etihad. They have tended to struggle though in this type of game.
This could go either way but I feel the league table doesn’t lie and that these two well-matched teams are most likely to battle it out for a draw, with both sides finding the scoresheet.
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*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.
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