Premiership Football Tips: 20th & 21st June
Given how the fixtures in the Premier League are scheduled, at least over these first few weeks of the return to action, it’s hard to have 100% up to date info in my tips articles.
With that in mind, I do remind you that the data in forthcoming articles will be correct at the time of writing which can be noted at the top of the page.
We have had our first set of tips for the Wednesday and Friday night games prior to this set and I will give you a rundown of how they went in the next one of these articles (Monday next week).
Anyway, I can’t wait to get back to English football after a bit of a torrid time in the Bundesliga but I feel what I learned from that experience, particularly with how away teams are generally performing much better with no home crowd present, can be put to good use here.
Here’s my tips for the weekend’s games for this weekend, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June.
Premier League Tips: Saturday 20th June
After beating Liverpool 3-0, Watford fans may have thought their season was turning for the better and while they have moved out of the drop zone, they are only ahead of Bournemouth on goal difference and by a single goal and their form since that defeat of the top side in the EPL has been somewhat erratic.
Leicester have lost a couple of big games in their last few too, but they have also bounced back to form and landed two big wins in their last two games before the break. Brendan Rogers side are clear of Chelsea in third and if they can continue their early season form, they could well clinch a Champions League spot, which would be an excellent season for them.
I fancy Leicester strongly here, Watford have been a flash in the pan at times under Nigel Pearson with some good performances but also some very bad. They are improving but not at a rate that would make me comfortable to think they could win this one here.
I’m not getting too clever with my early predictions, so I am taking any Leicester win in this tip.
For me this is an example of one of those games where having no fans present is a big bonus for the visitors. West Ham fans can be a huge asset to their team at home and not having them present, especially for a side like West Ham who have struggled for consistency this season is a big loss for them.
They also face the prospect of a Wolves side who are bang in form and look like they are going places. 6th in the table, the Wolves fans have not yet given up hope of a Champions League qualification spot although if they are to achieve that then picking up wins in this game is likely to be a necessity.
That said, the pace and quality Wolves have on the counter attack makes me think that West Ham are in for a very torrid game here and given how Wolves have played generally before the break, I think they will be confident of picking up a result here.
If West Ham play very well they could perhaps sneak a draw, but my money is on the visitors following the trend of the Bundesliga by landing an away win here.
Football Tips: Sunday 21st June
Aston Villa earned a fortunate home draw against Sheffield Wednesday thanks to a technology failure and while they may have ended their poor run of losing form in that game, my gut feeling is that this won’t have a huge positive impact and that this game is another massive test for them.
I also feel that fatigue could be a factor here having played twice in the space of a few days, especially with players coming into this game after relatively little training and on the back of a lengthy break in the season. Those factors I feel more hinder than help Villa.
Chelsea’s form has been patchy of late but they are generally performing well under Frank Lampard and good wins over Liverpool (in the FA Cup) and Everton ahead of the lockdown will have put them in a good state of mind for the next game, even if it does come a good few months later.
I think this Chelsea side are starting to show signs of developing into a title contender and while they are a little off that pace yet, I fancy them to pick up a win against a side really struggling in the Premier League this season, although I do fancy Villa to grab a goal against a somewhat leaky Chelsea defence.
With no fans to make Goodison Park white hot for this derby game, Everton will be relying on their own effort and endeavour to make life uncomfortable for a Liverpool team who have lost three of their last four in all competitions. That unusual run of form would have been a worry for the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp as his side went out of the Champions League and FA Cup in quick succession.
The Reds just need a maximum of six points to clinch the league title and they may even need less than that if Manchester City are not perfect until the end of the season. The Reds have beaten Everton twice at Anfield this season 5-2 in the league and a 1-0 win by an effective second-string in the FA Cup.
A blip at Watford apart, the Reds have dropped just two other points in the Premier League this season and the fact that Everton can’t rely on home support is a big plus for them especially in this game. As such, I fancy Liverpool to get back to winning ways here, although I do think Everton can grab a consolation in response.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.