Weekend Football Tips: 17th & 18th April

Author: Published: April 15, 2021

Premier League TipsWe managed a £35 profit across last weekend’s football tips so naturally I’m hoping for a similar performance this time around.

I’ve got a couple of selections from the four Premier League games taking place across Saturday and Sunday but also predictions for the two FA Cup semi-final ties at Wembley.

In the first of those games at Wembley, we have Manchester City and Chelsea locking horns after both were successful in reaching the Champions League semifinals in midweek.

Then on Sunday, we see Southampton take on Leicester City, with both teams looking for a fifth FA Cup Final appearance in their respective histories.

Couple those two games with Premier League action and we’ve got a weekend to look forward to.

Football Betting Tips: Saturday 3rd April

Newcastle United VS West Ham
17/04/2021 12:30 pm GMT

Key Stats

Newcastle beat Burnley to move onto 32 points, 6 clear of Fulham in 18th place.
The Toon Army have lost just one of their last five games in the Premier League.
West Ham are 4th in the EPL with 55 points from 31 games.
There have been 16 goals scored by both teams in West Ham’s last 3 games.

Analysis

There is no doubt that Newcastle’s big win over Burnley last week lifted some of the doom and gloom surrounding the club. Not only does it pull them six points clear of the relegation zone, with a game in hand on Fulham, but it also drags them much closer to Burnley and Brighton above them.

However, the Geordies will have their work cut out against West Ham United this weekend. The Hammers are in superb form at the moment and are lying 4th in the Premier League table in a Champions League qualification position, which would have seemed a pipedream at the start of the season.

However, shrewd management by David Moyes and some high-quality performances have seen them climb the table and I think that they are the team to back here in what I think will be a genuinely close game between the two.

Allen Saint-Maximin’s return helps Newcastle but even he won’t be enough here as I am going for a correct score bet of a 2-1 win for the visitors.

Prediction

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Chelsea VS Man City
17/04/2021 5:30 pm GMT

Key Stats

Chelsea have lost four of their last five FA Cup ties against Man City.
City have lost just two of their last nine against Chelsea, winning six.
Chelsea have won seven of their last eight semifinals, their only loss was against City.
Man City have beaten Chelsea on all three occasions they have played at the new Wembley.

Analysis

The first FA Cup semifinal of the weekend sees two teams who made it into the Champions League semifinals in midweek clash at Wembley as Chelsea take on Manchester City in a game that should be a cracker.

Chelsea come into this game on the back of a 1-0 loss to FC Porto, but a 2-1 aggregate win. City won both their legs against Dortmund 2-0 to move into the semi-finals where they have avoided each other, which is probably good news for Chelsea fans given their recent record against Manchester City.

Both these teams have good records at Wembley in FA Cup semifinals and finals but there is no doubt that City do seem to have the better of Chelsea in recent games and that, combined with the fact that they have such great squad depth and are chasing a domestic treble, means that I do think City are the favourites here.

I am backing Chelsea to score a goal but I think City will do enough to emerge as the winners and I am backing them to take the win here and contest another FA Cup Final.

Prediction

Man City to win and both teams to score - £10 returns £39.00
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Football Tips: Sunday 4th April

Man Utd VS Burnley
18/04/2021 4:00 pm GMT

Key Stats

United lie second in the table with 63 points from 31 games played.
Burnley are 16th in the EPL table, with 33 points from 31 games.
United were 1-0 winners when the teams met at Turf Moor back in January.
Burnley did win this fixture last season 2-0, their first win over United since 2009.

Analysis

Manchester United look very much set on taking second place in the Premier League this season behind their rivals from Manchester, but they also have eyes on other glories too and having been involved in Europa League action on Thursday night, could they be a bit jaded for this game?

I don’t think so. United can probably afford to rest a few players for that Thursday night game and with Maguire, Shaw and McTominay suspended, I would expect those three to come back into the team for this game with Burnley at the weekend.

Burnley did win at Old Trafford last season, a 2-0 victory that was their first over United since 2009. However, Sean Dyche’s men have been a bit disappointing of late losing their last two games and picking up just one win in their last five games. In truth, even with United playing on Thursday I find it hard to make a case for Burnley here.

A United win, even with both teams scoring (which I don’t think will happen anyway), is not the best odds, so once again I have decided to go with a Correct Score bet and backed United to win this game by a comfortable 2-0 scoreline.

Prediction

Manchester United 2-0 Burnley - £10 returns £70.00
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Leicester VS Southampton
18/04/2021 6:30 pm GMT

Key Stats

Southampton have won their last two FA Cup ties with Leicester (in 2006 and 2008).
Leicester did beat Southampton 2-0 in the EPL earlier this season.
This is Leicester’s first FA Cup Semi-final appearance since 1982 and their 8th in total.
Southampton have won just two of nine FA Cup semifinals since 1902 (1976 and 2003).

Analysis

Both these teams have played in four FA Cup Finals before, Southampton winning one and Leicester yet to win any. This is a chance for either side to make a fifth final and it is Leicester’s first FA Cup semifinal appearance in almost 30 years.

The Foxes have been by far the better of the two teams this season but they come into this game with some disciplinary issues in the camp being dealt with. James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Hamza Chaudhary and Ayoze Perez were all sanctioned after breaking a curfew last week although Rodgers has indicated that having served their punishment, that has now been forgotten.

Of those three players I expect only Maddison to go back into the team. Southampton should have Ings and Walcott back and available for selection for this game which will be a boost to a team who have kept their season alive with their FA Cup exploits in recent weeks.

The Saints league form has been dreadful and they will remember Leicester beat them 9-0 last season. As much as Southampton have performed well in the cup, I think this is as far as they will do as I am backing Leicester to earn the victory here although I do feel Southampton will find the net.

Prediction

Leicester to win and both teams to score - £10 returns £40.00
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