Premier League Football Tips: 21st and 22nd November
Not the best two sets of footie tips in the Nations League last week as I recorded a small loss on both nights, despite correctly predicting the result of 75% of the games on those nights, I went either for both teams to score or win to nil and unfortunately chasing the extra value in those bets was what did for me.
Still, I did recall wins in one game on each of the two which reduced the losses significantly and having racked up profit in 8 out of 9 sets of tips beforehand, I can absorb a couple of weeks losses, especially with the prospect of a return to action in the Premier League this weekend.
To say I can’t wait to get back started is an understatement and there are a number of fantastic games to enjoy this weekend.
We have Chelsea’s trip to Newcastle, Manchester City travelling to face Tottenham, Leeds taking on Arsenal at Elland Road and on Sunday night we have injury-hit Liverpool taking on the Premier League leaders in Leicester City at Anfield.
Add to that a couple of games on Monday including an intriguing Wolves v Southampton clash and you have a weekend that could drastically alter the shape throughout the Premier League.
Thankfully, we have no more international interruptions from now until the New Year and with the pay per view options now scrapped, you can at least tune in to watch the games without having to fork out for some of them.
Here’s my tips for this weekend’s set of games in the EPL.
Premier League Tips: Saturday 21st November
Both of these games last season were 1-0 wins to the home team, which would appear to give Newcastle a slight edge here. However, historically, Chelsea have had much the better of things in this fixture in recent times and I think recent form does point to that too.
Newcastle have won two of their home fixtures but lost the other two heavily (losing 3-0 to Brighton and 4-1 to Manchester United) and they face a Chelsea side that has found its form and goalscoring boots in recent games, scoring 14 goals in total in their last four games in all competitions. Last time out on the road, they put three past Burnley without reply.
While Newcastle are a tougher proposition than Burnley at the moment, I still feel Frank Lampard’s team have added edge with Ziyech now in the team. His creativity and flair, not to mention goalscoring threat, seems to have brought the team to life in the attacking third.
Generally, Newcastle don’t concede many and given how the games between these two teams went last season, I think it will be a close one and it may just be one goal decides it in favour of the Londoners but I think to win, they are going to have to keep a clean sheet.
Will Jose Mourinho finally turn Tottenham into a team of pretenders and contenders, into a team of winners? With the Premier League looking open this season, Spurs have become the trendy pick for a number of people who feel Jose’s team have the quality to go all the way and this game against Manchester City is a perfect acid test for them.
City have not been at their spectacular best this season as 3 wins from 7 games can attest. However, they have lost just once and do have a game in hand and a win here would mean they would be able to leapfrog Spurs in the table if they also won that game in hand.
City have been hit by a few injuries but seem to be getting players back to some semblance of fitness now. Spurs seem to have avoided injuries to key players, which is remarkable given the intense schedule that they have faced over the opening months of the season.
This is a game where I do see both teams scoring a goal but I just feel that extra edge in attack that Spurs have, now with Gareth Bale to call upon alongside Son, Moura and Kane means that this leaky City defence could be in for a torrid time and I think Spurs will emerge as the 2-1 winners.
Football Betting Tips: Sunday 22n November
These are two teams that it is hard to make head or tail of to be honest. Leeds have put in some incredible performances, notably against Liverpool, Manchester City and Aston Villa, perhaps sometimes not quite getting the rewards that their performances in those games have merited.
Arsenal have won four and lost four of their eight Premier League games and those four defeats will be a worry for Mikel Arteta. It does include defeats to Liverpool, Man City, Leicester and Aston Villa but it is fair to say that their performances this season, especially going forward, have been a little lacklustre to say the least.
My main reason though for going for Leeds here is that Arteta insists his team play out from the goalkeeper and we have already seen Arsenal get into trouble with this. Leeds, outside of Man City and Liverpool, are arguably the best team at pressing opponents in the Premier League at the moment and I think that could be key here.
Leeds are a little shaky defensively and I do feel Arsenal can score a goal, but by the same token, Leeds can be devastating going forward themselves and with that press on the Arsenal back line, I am backing the home side to earn themselves a very important win here.
Liverpool may be on the back of a very long unbeaten home run in the Premier League that stretches to well over 60 games, but that record could well be tested here by table-topping Leicester City, who have already thumped Manchester City 5-2 and beaten Arsenal 1-0 on the road this season.
The home side could be without all four of their first choice back line, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk and Gomez are definitely out, while Robertson is also a doubt. Henderson may also miss the game in midfield while Mo Salah is out due to Covid-19. As such, it could well be a very much changed Reds team for this game.
The Foxes were unlucky to lose this equivalent game last season when only a last minute penalty handed Liverpool a 2-1 win and I think this is Brendan Rodgers’ team’s best chance of picking up a win at Anfield and ending the Reds unbeaten home run.
That said, Liverpool do have strength in depth and a very potent attack force and while I think Leicester will get something from this game. I do feel it will be just a point as I am backing Liverpool to hang on to their unbeaten record, though it will be a close run thing I feel.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.