Weekend Football Tips: 17th & 18th April
We 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
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.
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.
Football Tips: Sunday 4th April
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.
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.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.