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Premier League Football Tips: 20th & 21st April
by David Lenton
We had a bumper weekend last time out, with a big win on the Southampton v Wolves game followed by another nice return on the Crystal Palace v Man City clash.
That was followed that up with two more wins in the Champions League tips, meaning yet more profit was added and that is before the games taking place tonight in the Europa League (I’m writing this on Thursday lunch time).
It promises to be an exciting weekend in the Premier League with Man City v Tottenham topping the bill… a repeat of Wednesday nights game would mean the title is Liverpool’s to lose again.
If they can beat Cardiff that is.
Lets get stuck in to the action.
Football Tips: Saturday 20th April
April 20, 2019
April 20, 2019
Man City lie 2nd in the Premier League table with 83 points from 33 games, two behind Liverpool but with a game in hand over the Reds.
Spurs are third in the table with 67 points. They are a point ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea in fourth and fifth and three ahead of Man Utd in 6th.
The teams have met three times this season, City winning 1-0 in the league, Spurs winning 1-0 at home in the Champions League and then a 4-3 win for City just three days ago.
City have won four of the last five between the teams. However, their historic record is very even with 62 wins for City, 61 for Spurs and 35 games drawn between the teams.
These two teams played out one of the most dramatic Champions League games in history in midweek with Manchester City winning 4-3 but losing on away goals in what was an incredible night of football at the Etihad.
As devastated as City were, and as delighted as Spurs are, the teams must now reconvene and face each other again on Saturday, this time in the Premier League and once again there is plenty at stake for both sides. City need to win to go above Liverpool, while a Spurs win would significantly enhance their chances of earning a Champions League spot next season.
However, I think the events of Wednesday night will have fired City up to put it right and while I can’t see them doing a demolition job on Tottenham, I can see City gaining a win in a similar fashion to their victory on Wednesday night.
I don’t expect too many goals in this one, but I do fancy both teams to score and perhaps Manchester City to come out on top with a 2-1 victory.
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Newcastle come into this game on 38 points from 34 games knowing that a win should be enough to ensure their safety for another season. They lie 15th in the table.
Southampton are two places worse off in 16th but 5 clear of Cardiff in the final relegation spot. They also have a game in hand having played 33 games amassing 36 points.
The teams played out a somewhat dour 0-0 draw when they met at St Mary’s back in October.
The record between the teams is very even with 37 wins apiece and 23 draws. Newcastle have won just one of the last nine between the teams (Saints winning four).
The first game between these teams this season was a washout but I think since then, the form for both of these teams has improved and so has the level of performance and I am confident that we will not have a repeat of the bore draw between the teams at St Mary’s on Saturday evening.
Newcastle’s record at St James’ Park had been good up until a disappointing loss to Crystal Palace last time out at home. However, a fine win at Leicester last week was a huge result for Rafa Benitez’ side and I expect them to pick up something from this game.
The problem they face is a Southampton side who have improved a great deal under Ralph Hassenhuttl, both in terms of scoring goals and defending against them too. As such, with Saints perhaps in more need of the points than Newcastle, I can see them being really up for this one.
Two sides in similar form, with similar outlooks and who have already shared a draw this season in the league. I think this time around we will get the same result but I feel both sides will get on the scoresheet in a 1-1 draw.
Everton come into this game in 9th place but on the back of a shocking 2-0 defeat away to Fulham that ended their run of three wins in a row.
Utd have lost both their last two away league games. They have lost five of their last seven in all competitions since beating PSG away from home.
United won the encounter between the teams at Old Trafford back in October, goals from Pogba and Martial bettering Sigurdsson’s penalty for Everton in a 2-1 win.
United have won six and drawn two of the last eight games between the teams. Everton’s last win was a 3-0 home win back in April 2015.
I was very surprised with how poorly Everton played at Fulham last weekend and their 2-0 defeat was in sharp contrast to how they performed in their previous three games. The fact that Andre Gomes received a three-game retrospective ban for a stamp on Alexandar Mitrovic was also a blow for the home side here.
However, United have their own issues having lost five of their last seven games and in the two wins in that run, at home to Watford and West Ham, they have been far from convincing. This will be a worry for the now confirmed full-time manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, especially after the run of wins he put together when he first took charge.
The Red Devils have a great recent record over Everton however, but before that Everton had enjoyed a good run of results against United, particularly at home. I think this weekend the Toffees have as much to prove as United after that dismal showing at Fulham.
I think this will be close and I can see both sides finding the net, but I think Everton will want to respond to that Fulham result and with United’s form so poor and having the trip to Barcelona in midweek, I think that just tips this one in Everton’s favour.
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Arsenal come into this game in fourth on 66 points. They lead Chelsea on goal difference but have played a game fewer than their London rivals.
Palace are 13th in the table with 39 points from 34 games. One more point should assure them of being in the Premier League next season.
They played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park earlier this season, Milovojevic scoring two penalties for Palace, while Xhaka and Aubameyang scored for Arsenal.
The teams have met 44 times previously, Arsenal winning 28 and Palace just four with 12 games drawn. Palace have won just 2 of the last 32 games between the teams.
After a busy week and a trip to Naples, Arsenal come into this game knowing that it is a must win game against an opponent that they have an outstanding record against. Palace won their last away game at Newcastle but their record against Arsenal is so poor that it is hard to see them getting anything here.
Arsenal still have a tendency to blow hot and cold at times and while Unai Emery has done a decent job this season, he will know that qualification for the Champions League would be viewed as a success and anything less a failure and with the Gunners in fourth, they still have a good chance of qualifying.
Crystal Palace look to be safe from the drop needing probably just one more win to be absolutely sure but their inconsistency has been a problem all season. They have shone against the better teams but seem to have a real issue when it comes to playing Arsenal.
As such, while I could see Palace nicking a goal against this Arsenal back line, I still feel that the Gunners will come out on top.
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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