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Weekend Football Tips: 11th & 12th January

FA Cup Final TipsWe posted another very small loss last weekend as only one result came in for me.

To be fair, it was a bit of a nightmare weekend to predict results for with so many teams in the Premier League and even in the Championship, picking teams that bore no resemblance to the teams that we would usually see on any given weekend in the league.

So all in all, I am pretty pleased I almost covered my outlay thanks to the Fulham v Aston Villa game coming in.

Thankfully, we can put the FA Cup to bed for a couple of weeks before the fourth round games later in the month and enjoy a couple of weekends of Premier League action once again.

Football Betting Tips: Saturday 11th January

January 11, 2020
Crystal Palace
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Arsenal
Selhurst Park
12:30 pm
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Crystal Palace
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Arsenal
January 11, 2020
Selhurst Park
12:30 pm
Key Stats
  • Palace are unbeaten in their last three EPL games. They lie 9th a point ahead of Arsenal.
  • Arsenal have won three of their last 17 in all competitions. They lie 10th in the league table.
  • The teams met in October when they shared four goals in a 2-2 draw at the Emirates.
  • Palace are unbeaten (2 draws, 1 win) in their last three games against Arsenal.
Analysis:

Arsenal’s FA Cup tie with Leeds kind of sums up their season. In the first half, they were abysmal and Leeds should have been winning comfortably, in the second, they were much better and won the game through a single goal.

The Gunners have been wholly unconvincing in the last few months and not even the appointment of Mikel Arteta as their new manager seems to have sorted all the issues out in the squad. A great win over Man Utd last time out in the Premier League was a positive result, but their away form in particular has been a huge concern.

Palace’s form of late has been generally good, without picking up enough wins for Roy Hodgson’s liking. His team are strong defensively and tough to beat, but they do find goals difficult to come by in most games.

That said, I feel that they can score against this Arsenal defence which I feel is an achilles heel for this team but I also feel that the inconsistent Gunners have enough firepower themselves to grab a goal if required, so I feel the most likely outcome of this game is either a 0-0 or 1-1 draw.

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January 11, 2020
Wolverhampton Wanderers
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Newcastle United
Molineux
3:00 pm
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Wolverhampton Wanderers
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Newcastle United
January 11, 2020
Molineux
3:00 pm
Key Stats
  • Wolves are 7th in the table with 30 points from 21 games.
  • Newcastle have 25 points also after 21 games and lie 13th.
  • The teams drew 1-1 at St James’ Park in October.
  • The last 9 games between the teams has seen 3 wins apiece, plus 3 draws.
Analysis:

The form book may not look great for Wolves, losing the last two of their games in the Premier League, one away to Liverpool, the other to in form Watford, but that was preceded by the fine 3-2 win over Man City and since then Wolves have earned a draw in the FA Cup with Manchester United too.

Newcastle come into this game on the back of three straight defeats in the Premier League, but somewhat oddly, their misfiring playmaker Almiron has finally started to find the back of the net having netted twice over the last couple of games and I think it is likely that the visitors will find the net against a Wolves side that have looked a little suspect at times at the back in the Premier League.

That said, I don’t think Newcastle fans will be expecting any away day joy in the midlands this weekend based on their current form and I have to agree with that assessment. Wolves are not as bad as their recent form makes out and I expect them to claim the win here with relative comfort. I see this as a 3-1 win for the home side.

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January 11, 2020
Tottenham
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Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
5:30 pm
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Liverpool
January 11, 2020
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
5:30 pm
Key Stats
  • Tottenham lie 6th in the table with 30 points from 21 games in total.
  • Liverpool are top with 58 points out of a max of 60. Winning their last 11.
  • Tottenham will be without the injured Harry Kane for this game.
  • Liverpool beat Spurs 2-1 at Anfield earlier in the season.
Analysis:

Last time out, these two teams served up a great game at Anfield, Harry Kane putting Spurs 1-0 up inside a minute, before second half goals from Jordan Henderson and a Mo Salah penalty handed Liverpool the win. The Reds have won all of the last four games between the sides and going back to March 2013, they have lost just once to Spurs.

That one defeat however came at White Hart Lane in October 2017 and was a 4-1 hammering for the Reds in a day when Harry Kane ran riot over Dejan Lovren. However with Kane injured and Lovren not in the Liverpool team, Spurs hopes of a repeat success look slim.

Jose Mourinho has shown himself to be something of a master tactician when it comes to nullifying Liverpool over the years and he would love to be the first manager to get the better of the Reds in the Premier League this season, but his Spurs team’s form is just so erratic at the moment, and Liverpool look so strong, it is hard to see that happening.

This will be a close one but I am backing Liverpool to come out on top by a 2-1 scoreline, as all the last three Premier League games between the two teams have ended.

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Football Predictions: Sunday 12th January

January 12, 2020
Bournemouth
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Watford
Vitality
2:00 pm
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Watford
January 12, 2020
Vitality
2:00 pm
Key Stats
  • Bournemouth lie 18th, picking up just 1 point from the last 12 available.
  • Watford are 19th, but have picked up 10 points from their last four EPL games.
  • The team’s drew 0-0 at Vicarage Road back in October 2019.
  • Watford defender Christian Kabasele is suspended for the game.
Analysis:

These two teams may be next to each other in the Premier League table with just one point between them, but their trajectories have been somewhat different over the last few weeks. While Bournemouth have struggled with several injuries to key men and a dramatic loss of form that has seen them drop into the relegation zone, Watford have won three of their last four, drawing the other to move off the bottom of the table.

Indeed, a win for Watford on Sunday, combined with other results going their way in other games could see the Hornets climb out of the bottom four for the first time since the opening weeks of the season.

For me, that looks the most likely result here given that Bournemouth’s form has been dismal over the last few weeks. Eddie Howe’s team are really struggling with so many key men out injured that their squad has been stretched to the limit and at times, that has shown in results.

A good win over Luton in the cup may have lifted spirits a little last weekend, but I think this is a game where the form book will be decisive, and I can see Watford claiming an important win.

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Author: David Lenton

David Lenton
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