Midweek Football Tips: 30th June, 1st & 2nd July
This past weekend after a run of good wins including a nice profit on the midweek games, we made a small loss of just over £20.
Late goals cost us big time in both the Arsenal and Man Utd games.
It was a close run thing and I haven’t lost confidence heading into this selection of tips for the midweek games from Tuesday through to Thursday night’s big grudge match at the Etihad.
There’s a good selection of games in midweek to look forward to and it is no coincidence that I have picked teams at the top and bottom of the tables in the main for these games as these are the teams that have most to play.
The one obvious exception to that rule is Liverpool who now, as confirmed Champions, may decide to rest some players for the trip to Manchester City. Personally, I can’t see Klopp doing that.
Premier League Tips: Tuesday 30th June
United won the first encounter between these two teams 3-1 at Old Trafford back in November and in truth, I think a similar scoreline will be the outcome between the two teams on Tuesday evening this week too.
Both teams come into the game in decent form, Brighton have won just one and lost just one of their last six, but that defeat did come at home to Crystal Palace. United are in even better shape not losing since two defeats in a row to Liverpool and Burnley in January and embarking on an impressive run of 14 games in all competitions without defeat.
Brighton have been steady rather than spectacular since the return of football while United have proven their quality with some good wins, especially at home, but also at the weekend on the road at Norwich, although they required extra time to claim the win. I do fancy Brighton to get a goal because United look vulnerable at set pieces but I do feel that the visitors have so much attacking quality that they should take the three points here.
Football Prediction: Wednesday 1st July
What has happened to Leicester of late? They have won just two of their last ten games and picked up just two points from their two Premier League games since the restart. Everton in contrast have picked up four points from their games, which included becoming only the third team this season to take points off Liverpool.
The Toffees have been looking a much better side under Carlo Ancelotti and defensively they have tightened up of late, not conceding a goal in either of their two games since the season restarted. However, they are finding goals difficult to come by, netting just the one in those two games.
It’s a similar story for Leicester who have just one goal in their three games so far although they have conceded just the two. As such, it does look like goals are likely to be at a premium in this game given that defences seem to be very much on top for both teams,
I can’t see Leicester ending their winless streak here, but in truth, I can’t make a convincing case for an Everton win either, so I feel the draw is the most likely outcome.
A quick glance at the recent form for these two teams doesn’t make great reading for Hammers fans, as the home side have struggled to pick up points from their last seven games (landing just four in that run), Chelsea have won all of their last five and beat the three teams above them in the Premier League table, Liverpool, Man City and Leicester in three of those games.
That will be a real worry for Hammers boss David Moyes as he heads into a game he feel his team will need to get something from as another defeat could send them into the relegation zone, so tight are things at the bottom of the table at the moment with only goal difference separating teams in two of the relegation places and the team in that key 17th position.
I can see West Ham breaking their duck in front of their home fans in a derby game against fierce rivals as Chelsea do give teams a chance defensively but there is no other result I can see here other than another impressive win for a Chelsea side that are starting to look a good bet for third in the Premier League table at the end of the season.
Football Tips: Thursday 2nd July
Of all the games this week, this top two clash is the most difficult to predict. What side will both managers select given City have already played five games since the restart, while Liverpool have played just two. What side will Jurgen Klopp pick with his Reds having won the title. Will he rest key men and play fringe players?
My gut feeling is that neither manager will want to land a defeat in this game and as such, I expect both teams to pick very strong teams for the game. I can see City starting well as they did at Newcastle at the weekend, but I think their schedule is catching up with them in the second half of games and that is when I feel Liverpool could strike.
As such, I can see City perhaps taking the lead here and Liverpool striking back in the second half to claim a point which I think would likely satisfy both managers with nothing really hinging on the game as such. However, it is a fixture in which both teams do usually score a goal.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.