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Weekend Football Tips: 12th & 13th January 2019
by the Cheeky Punter
After the FA Cup last week, we return to the Premier League for this weeks action and now there are no teams unbeaten following Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool at the Etihad.
It may only be the 22nd Matchday of the Premier League so far, but already there are a number of crucial matches to look out for.
There’s a couple of massive battles at the bottom of the table with Cardiff City vs Huddersfield and also Burnley vs Fulham in games that all four sides will be desperate to secure a win in.
At the top of the table, Liverpool will be looking to bounce back against Brighton, while Man City won’t be in action until Monday night.
The London derby between West Ham and Arsenal kicks off the weekend on Saturday afternoon and the biggest game (and one of our tipped games) comes from Wembley on Sunday where Tottenham take on a resurgent Manchester United.
Check out my tips and predictions for this weekend below.
Footie Tips: Saturday 12th Jan
January 12, 2019
January 12, 2019
West Ham lie 10th in the Premier League table and come into the game having earned a 2-0 FA Cup Third Round win over Birmingham last time out.
Arsenal lie in 5th place in the league and they comfortably moved into the next round of the FA Cup thanks to a 3-0 win over Blackpool last weekend.
Arsenal ran out comfortable winners when the teams met earlier in the season at the Emirates, the Gunners winning 3-1 despite going a goal down early on in the game.
Arsenal have lost just one of the last 23 games between the teams, winning 18 with four matches drawn, including two of the last three at West Ham.
West Ham’s abysmal record in this fixture is a real concern here and in truth, they have been inconsistent all season long. Just when you think they will go on a run and move up the table, they succumb to a poor result or two and drift back down the table.
Arsenal had been in superb form but defeats recently to Southampton, Spurs and Liverpool have given them a reality check. Even so, the Gunners should still be too strong for a West Ham side that really struggles against teams that are quick on the counter and can take their chances.
Manchester City put West Ham to the sword a few weeks ago somewhat predictably and while I can’t see Arsenal having it quite as easy as the Citizens did, I am backing the Gunners to continue their excellent recent record over West Ham and emerge with a win.
That said, I think that the Gunner’s defensive problems will mean that West Ham will always be in the game and while I back Arsenal to win, I think it will be a narrow one with both teams scoring and just a single goal separating the teams.
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Burnley come into this game in a much better state of mind having won all of their last three games, a run which has seen them move up to 16th in the Premier League table.
Fulham picked up 5 points over the Christmas period, but defeat to Arsenal on New Year’s Day left them 19th in the table. They also went out the FA Cup to Oldham last week.
Fulham recorded a rare win in the Premier League when the teams met back in August, with the Craven Cottage side earning a 4-2 victory.
Fulham have won just two of the last nine between the teams and have not won at Burnley since a 2-0 victory back in 1951.
Burnley come into this game in their best form of the season having won all of their last three games, including an FA Cup third round victory. The two wins in the Premier League have moved Sean Dyche’s team out of the bottom three and they know a win here would be huge in their quest for survival.
After a decent run around Christmas, Fulham have hit a rocky patch again losing their last two. The defence is improving but still a worry under Claudio Ranieri and although Fulham are starting to look tougher to beat, they are still losing games by the odd goal.
Confidence is not the strongest point for either of these two teams but I think Burnley will be much the better in that regard following their three wins and they will be fired up for a degree of revenge having been beaten 4-2 at Craven Cottage earlier in the season.
Burnley’s defence is a little porous and I can see Fulham grabbing a goal, but I am backing the home side to bounce back and claim another win here probably by a 2-1 or 3-1 scoreline.
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Cardiff come into the game after being eliminated from the FA Cup and having picked up four points from the last 12 available in the Premier League to lie 17th in the table.
Huddersfield are out of the FA Cup and have lost all their last nine games in all competitions. They are rock bottom of the Premier League table 8 points behind Cardiff in 17th.
The teams drew 0-0 earlier in the season, Huddersfield played a third of the game with 10 men after Jonathan Hogg was sent off in the 63rd minute.
Cardiff have a superb recent record over Huddersfield, winning 8 of the last 12 matches and losing just the once in that time, and that was way back in January 2003.
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock is fully aware of his sides limitations but he also knows which games are the ones his team really need to pick up maximum points from and this home game against a Huddersfield side that have lost all of their last nine, is certainly one of them.
David Wagner’s team are really struggling at the minute and while injuries have been cruel to them over the Christmas period, robbing them of some key players, there’s no doubt that this is a team struggling and sorely lacking quality and confidence.
Of the two teams, Cardiff are certainly the team with the better form and with home advantage too, I think they have a great back to bounce back from a disappointing FA Cup Third Round exit and claim a vital win here.
Huddersfield’s main problems have been in front of goal and in truth, I can’t see them scoring a goal here, hence I am backing Cardiff to win to nil, for a better value bet.
Spurs lie third in the Premier League and have won four of their last five games, scoring 22 goals in those games conceding just 5.
Man Utd are sixth in the league and have won all of their last five games, scoring 16 goals and conceding just three in the process.
The teams last met at Old Trafford earlier in the season where three second half goals saw Spurs earn a very impressive 3-0 victory over the Red Devils.
Manchester United have lost on each of the last three games away to Spurs, their last win was a 3-1 win over Spurs back in March 2012. They have drawn three and lost three since.
I had the pleasure of watching Tottenham thrash Tranmere Rovers in the flesh last weekend and that shock defeat at home to Wolves aside, Spurs have been in superb form of late and have been scoring plenty of goals.
The same can be said of Manchester United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over. Five wins from five for the Norwegian is a great return, but it has to be said that United have hardly played any top teams in that run and this game against Spurs is going to be their first real acid test against top quality opposition.
Spurs ran out 3-0 winners at Old Trafford when the teams met earlier in the season but I think United will be much stronger this time out. Spurs don’t draw many games at all, none so far this season, but I am backing United to do what they did against Chelsea, frustrate them and then come away with a point from the game thanks to some clinical finishing.
There’s no way this United team is as bad as they performed under Jose Mourinho and I think Solskajer is showing that. I expect United to be much stronger in the second half of the season and they’ll show that here by claiming a point.
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