Premier League Tips – 16th & 17th October
We have nine games taking place across Saturday and Sunday to look forward to this weekend, with the Monday night game seeing Arsenal take on Crystal Palace in a London derby.
Watford host Liverpool to kick off the action in a game Liverpool fans will remember well as it was the place they suffered their first defeat in their Premier League winning season. There’s also plenty of top action on Saturday afternoon too, including Leicester City hosting Manchester United, Manchester City taking on Burnley and Brentford hosting Chelsea in what should be a very competitive and enjoyable London derby.
We’ve also got a midlands derby game as Aston Villa host Wolves, while Norwich City will be seeking to pick up their first win of the season at home to one of the surprise teams in the Premier League this season, Brighton.
So with a fair smattering of decent games to look forward to this weekend, I am hopeful that I can get back into profit with this set of tips.
Football Betting Tips: Saturday 16th October
The midlands derby should be a very keenly contested game and in recent times, it has been a fixture that hasn’t seen too many goals. Two 1-0 wins for each team, and a 0-0 draw suggests that goals are going to be at a premium at Villa Park this weekend.
Indeed with Wolves being tight defensively and not scoring so many goals going forward, another low scoring affair looks the smart move, so why then have I decided to go against that and go for both teams to score in this game?
Well, before that series of low scoring games, we had a number of games were both teams scored and in a game coming after an international break, there is always more flexibility in how teams approach the game, with managers offered little time to prepare. I feel these weekends are when more surprise results can come.
So as such, I think Aston Villa will win this game but rather than winning it 1-0, I think they will just about edge a 2-1 win, and I think the btts option is the one to back here.
Manchester United had a superb record against Leicester, but the Red Devils have lost the last two times they faced Brendan Rodgers’ team and they will be well aware that their last two Premier League games have ended in a defeat and a draw, both at Old Trafford.
One positive for United fans though is that Leicester’s form this season has been unusually poor and they languish in 13th place in the table, which is not a position they were expecting to be in. They haven’t been very strong at the King Power either.
United’s away form this season hasn’t been great although they remain unbeaten, but their performances have not been particularly strong and they are going to have to improve on that, especially with a trip to Anfield coming up next weekend.
I do think United in Cristiano Ronaldo do have a player who will make a difference in games like this though and as such, I am backing the Red Devils to come away from this game with a 2-1 win.
These two teams have not met very often in the past, and never before in the Premier League. Most recent matches have been FA Cup ties, with Chelsea coming out on top, but in truth the scores in those two games from 2013 and 2017 (both 4-0 wins for Chelsea) won’t play a part here.
That’s because this new Brentford team is a much stronger outfit than those previous teams and under Thomas Frank, they have emerged as one of the most exciting teams to enter the Premier League for the first time in recent years. They have also picked up a home win over Arsenal and drawn with Liverpool showing they are not fazed by big name teams.
Chelsea though bounced back to winning ways before the international break with a 3-1 win over Southampton which ended a run of two defeats. Thomas Tuchel also saw a number of his players score goals during the break, which won’t do their confidence any harm at all.
As such, while I can see goals in this game, I just feel that Chelsea have the edge in terms of quality and as such, I am backing them to come out on top by a 2-1 or perhaps 3-1 scoreline if the visitors are clinical in front of goal.
Weekend Football Predictions: Sunday 17th October
It’s been a monumental couple of weeks or so in the history of Newcastle United with Mike Ashley finally selling his share in the club and the Saudi Investment Fund becoming the new owners and with their £320 billion in resources, it now means Newcastle are, technically, the richest club in the world.
Whether Steve Bruce is still in charge for this game, with plenty of rumours circulating that the new owners want a new manager in control, remains to be seen, but there is no doubt that Newcastle fans will be bouncing when their team takes to the field here.
That could be tough for Spurs, who got back to winning ways last time out, to deal with. After a solid start to the season they lost three on the bounce and there is definitely a feeling that this team hasn’t quite clicked as much as many Spurs fans had hoped before the season start.
Draws between the two teams are pretty rare but when they come, they tend to come in clusters and with both games being draws last season, and Newcastle’s newfound optimism heading into the future, I think they will pick up a point here to kick off their new owners time at the club.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.