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Weekend Football Tips: 13th & 14th January
by the Cheeky Punter
After a belting start to the New Year I couldn’t quite follow up and ended up posting a £4 loss (from £10 stakes) last weekend – not the end of the world but I’m hoping to do a lot better with my weekend football tips for Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th January.
I’m hoping that the certainty teams will play their full-strength sides in these Premier League games will make selecting the right results a bit easier than last week when so many teams played below strength sides (and yet some, surprisingly, did not).
I’m confident that I can continue the great start in 2018 with at least a couple of winners here, so let’s take a look at my tips for this weekend’s games.
Football Tips: Saturday 13th January
January 13, 2018
John Smith's Stadium
January 13, 2018
John Smith's Stadium
Huddersfield Town lie 11th in the table with 24 points from 22 games. West Ham are 15th place with 22 points from 22 games.
West Ham got their first win of the season in September when they beat Huddersfield 2-0 at home thanks to goals from Obiang & Ayew.
Huddersfield bolstered their squad this week with the £16 million signing of Alex Pritchard from Norwich City. He could feature immediately in this game.
Both teams are in a rich vein of form. Huddersfield have lost just one of their last six, while West Ham are unbeaten in four, with three away games in that run.
I vividly remember the first game between these two teams earlier in the season when West Ham ran out 2-0 winners and in truth, the scoreline should have been considerably more in their favour that evening.
Since then though, I think David Warner has done a fantastic job at Huddersfield. After a great start, his team hit a slump in form, but he has arrested that nicely and they still sit comfortably in mid-table and have just splashed out £16m on arguably the best English-based player playing outside the Premier League in Alex Pritchard.
Both teams come into this game in good form of late and although I think the home side have a good chance here, something just tells me in their recent performances that David Moyes is starting to have a big impact at West Ham. They are more robust defensively now and are also looking dangerous on the break.
This will be a close one but I think that West Ham will just about snatch a win here, which would be a rare win on the road for the Hammers.
Everton’s improved form prior to Christmas saw them into 9th place in the table on 27 points. Spurs are fifth with 41 points from their 22 games.
After a good run of form, Everton have now lost each of their last three games to Bournemouth, Manchester United and Liverpool.
After their thumping at Manchester City, Spurs have now won four of their last five games with Harry Kane in particular in outstanding form.
Back in September Spurs inflicted a thumping 3-0 defeat on Everton at Goodison Park with Harry Kane netting a double and Cristian Eriksen grabbing the other.
After a fine run of form just before and following Sam Allardyce’s appointment as manager at Everton, the Toffees have hit another sticky patch losing their last three games and more worryingly, not looking a real goal threat in any of the matches that they played.
In contrast, Spurs have really found their best form over the Christmas period with Harry Kane knocking in goals for fun at the moment. Everton will know all about him with Kane having scored twice in Spurs 3-0 win at Goodison Park earlier this season.
I cannot see Allardyce going with any other approach than a defensive outlook here. It is all he knows and even with Cenk Tosun signed up, I don’t think this is going to see Allardyce adopt an attacking approach, especially away from home against a top six side.
The problem for Everton is that I think that approach plays to Spurs strengths and with Kane in the form he is in and Son also on fire, I think Spurs will win this one relatively comfortably.
An inconsistent season has seen Bournemouth achieve 16th in the table with 21 points. Arsenal are sixth with 39 points from their 22 games so far.
Arsenal have won just three of their 11 away matches played, scoring just 13 goals in the process and conceding 16 – they’ll be looking to improve.
Bournemouth’s home record isn’t particularly good though with the Cherries winning just three and drawing three of the 11 matches played, losing the remaining five.
The teams met back in September at the Emirates Stadium with Arsenal running out convincing 3-0 winners. Welbeck with two and Lacazette the goal scorers.
Arsene Wenger went with a stronger than expected line up against Chelsea in midweek, possibly as a consequence of the Gunners shock 4-2 defeat in the FA Cup away to Nottingham Forest where their youngsters and fringe players underperformed. That change of personnel resulted in a decent defensive display and the second 0-0 draw they have earned at Stamford Bridge this season.
They are back on the road for the tricky trip to Bournemouth in a rematch of one of the most amazing games of last season where the Gunners somehow came back from 3-0 down with 20 minutes to go to snatch a 3-3 draw.
The Cherries have been inconsistent this season, looking very adept at times and very poor at others. They’ve struggled at home too against the top sides and this is a match that I think if offered a point beforehand, Eddie Howe would gladly accept.
I’m not convinced by Arsenal’s defence, especially on the road against more physical teams, so I am backing Bournemouth to score, but I think Arsenal will just about do enough for the win here.
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Man City have dropped just four points all season to sit atop the Premier League table with 62 points from 22 games. Liverpool are fourth with 44 points from 22 matches.
Between them the teams have scored 114 goals in the Premier League already this season. City amassing 64 goals and Liverpool second top goalscorers with 50 goals.
Ten of the last 13 games between these teams have seen both teams score at least one goal.
City have not beaten Liverpool at Anfield since May 2003, when a double from Nicolas Anelka, including a last minute strike, handed them a 2-1 victory.
The two most in-form teams in the Premier League at the moment meet at Anfield with two unbeaten records on the line. Liverpool unbeaten at home all season long and City unbeaten in the Premier League full stop.
City have been nothing short of brilliant at times this season and Pep Guardiola’s influence is now writ large all over the team. However of late, City have looked more fragile, especially defensively and that does not bode well against a Liverpool team that have scored plenty of goals in recent times.
However at Anfield, Liverpool have won six and drawn five games and they have tended to score more on their travels than at home. The reds are also adjusting to the loss of midfield ace Philippe Coutinho who joined Barcelona earlier in the week in a £142m deal.
With so much on the line, I am expecting an open and entertaining game and I do see both teams scoring. I can make a case for City winning moreso than Liverpool, but I think Klopp will keep his unbeaten record intact here by earning a draw.
The Cheeky Punter is an professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has worked for a number of top bookmakers including Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. He's also written for a number of leading news outlets including the Guardian, i (newspaper) and Soccer Lens. More about him here.