Premiership Football Tips: 17th & 18th October 2020
After a profit of £22 at the weekend in the Nations League games, we then went on and landed another and even better profit of £39 on the midweek games and had Harry Maguire not had a nightmare game, and the Republic of Ireland not manage to squander several great chances in Finland, it would have been even better than that!
After those games, it is back to domestic action this weekend thankfully with the return of the Premier League and what a weekend is in store, with a number of big derby games being played, plus a couple of Premier League crackers involving four of the biggest teams in the tournament.
The action gets underway at Goodison Park with top of the table Everton seeking their fifth win in five games against their local rivals Liverpool, a team who last time out were humiliated, there is no other way of putting it, against Aston Villa. The Reds lost 7-2 and in truth, Villa could easily have hit double figures in the game as the Reds defence was exposed time and time again.
That defeat took some of the heat off of Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as on the same weekend they lost 6-1 at home to Spurs and they now face a trip this weekend to Newcastle United where former United defender Steve Bruce will hope to pile on more agony for the Norwegian.
Other big games see Man City face Arsenal as Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta go head to head once again and we also have Tottenham facing West Ham and a big Midlands clash as third placed Leicester City host second spot Aston Villa.
Premier League Tips: Saturday 17th September
Who’d have thought when this fixture came out the computer it would be Everton top of the table unbeaten after four games, while Liverpool were licking their wounds after the humiliation of a 7-2 defeat away to Aston Villa.
Carlo Ancelotti deserves huge credit for changing the mindset of this Everton team and his new look midfield has massively strengthened the Toffees this season. This is a real acid test for his team though against a team that the Toffes have only won one game against in the last 25.
It is a fixture that has a long history of finishing as a draw and the last three games have finished 0-0 in each of the past three seasons and the year before that it took an injury time winner from Sadio Mane to give Liverpool a 1-0 win.
Goals clearly are at a premium in these games and with Liverpool shipping seven last time out, I think Klopp will be focusing on stopping Everton first and hoping his attackers can do the damage at the other end. I can’t quite see that though, so I am going for another draw here.
Over the last few seasons, Manchester City had dominated this fixture putting together a run of seven straight victories over Arsenal over that time. But then in the FA Cup Semifinal, Mikel Arteta masterminded a 2-0 win for the Gunners over his former employers and brought an end to that ignominious run for the Gunners.
This season, of the two teams you could argue that Arsenal have started the season the better. Lying in fourth spot in the table, they only dropped points away to Liverpool at Anfield and they will feel their counter-attacking threat could cause City major problems, as Leicester did when beating them 5-2 a couple of weeks back.
For City, it has not been the best of starts and the pressure is already mounting on Pep Guardiola’s men. Had Liverpool not spectacularly caved in against Aston Villa last time out, then many would already be calling this a must win game for the home side and even so, it is a game that Pep will feel his team need to pick up three points from.
I can see City doing it because I am not convinced Arsenal’s back line can keep City out on the road as effectively as they did at Wembley last season. As such, I am backing this to be a close one but City to edge it 2-1.
Football Betting Tips: Sunday 18th September
What can you make of two teams who have not won a game between them and in truth not really looked close to doing so, who meet in a game that already this early into the season could have real ramifications for the season ahead for both teams?
While I did expect Fulham to struggle this season, I think it is fair to say that defensively the visitors here look nowhere near capable of keeping any of the half-decent teams at this level from scoring, let alone the teams that are near the top of the table and with a manager and owner seemingly singing from different sheets, it is not a recipe for survival.
Sheffield United have made a poor start but I do think Chris Wilder has the wherewithal to turn things around. He did so several times last season after a run of poorer results and I think their fightback after a slow star will begin here.
That said, I think the defences of both sides are not particularly great at the moment and for that reason alone I feel both teams will score a goal, but in the end I think it will be the Blades that run out the relatively comfortable winners.
It is going to be interesting to see what team Tottenham pick for this game ahead of their Europa League game on Thursday next week and especially after a busy run of games and then seeing a number of their top players have a busy international break too.
I can’t see Jose Mourinho making too many changes from the team that thrashed Manchester United 6-1 last time out, barring injury and that could spell problems for a West Ham side who have themselves been in great form, somewhat oddly since manager David Moyes went into isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.
I think the Hammers will put up a real fight in this one and I can see them giving Tottenham a real test, especially if Michail Antonio can continue his excellent form over from the end of last season and the start of this. His running and power gives defenders plenty of problems.
That said, Spurs have so much to offer going forward the other way that even if West Ham do score, as I think they will, I still fancy Spurs to get the job done by a 2-1 or 3-1 scoreline.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.