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Weekend Football Tips: 17th & 18th August 2019

Premier League TipsThe second week of the season is here and after landing just the one winner on the opening weekend (despite predicting two draws in two other games), I am hoping that we get a bit more rub of the green with this set of selections.

This weekend the action starts on Saturday lunchtime with Arsenal facing Burnley in the first game of Matchday 2 of the Premier League season.

A further six games are played on Saturday including Liverpool facing a tricky trip to Southampton and Manchester City renewing their rivalry with the team that knocked them out of the Champions League last season, Tottenham.

I’ve also got tips for Sunday where games include Sheffield United v Crystal Palace and Chelsea v Leicester.

Football Tips: Saturday 17th August

August 17, 2019
Norwich City
VS
Newcastle United
Carrow Road
3:00 pm
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Norwich City
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Newcastle United
August 17, 2019
Carrow Road
3:00 pm
Key Stats
  • Norwich went down to a 1-4 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield last weekend.
  • Newcastle were beaten 1-0 at home by Arsenal last Sunday.
  • Norwich have won just one of the last nine between the teams.
  • Newcastle, in contrast, have won 5 of those games - all at St James’ Park.
Analysis:

Strange as it may seem, I was more impressed with Norwich’s display in their 4-1 defeat at Anfield than I was Newcastle in their narrow loss to Arsenal. Daniel Farke’s Canary’s showed some decent attacking quality at Anfield and did create chances against Liverpool, which makes me think at home they could be a tricky prospect for most teams.

Newcastle were obdurate against Arsenal but lacked creativity and in all honesty, that tends to sum up Steve Bruce teams. I can’t see them changing their style away from home and I think that they will be set up once again to be very tough to beat.

Newcastle’s record at Carrow Road isn’t the best in the most recent matches between the teams and although Norwich have won just one of the last nine, I feel they are the more likely of the two to win the game. Having said that, I just have a sneaky feeling Newcastle will do just enough to get a result here, so I am going to back a hard fought draw in this one.

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August 24, 2019
Southampton
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Liverpool
St Mary's
3:00 pm
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Liverpool
August 24, 2019
St Mary's
3:00 pm
Key Stats
  • Southampton were well beaten 3-0 away to Burnley on the opening weekend.
  • Liverpool were comfortable 4-1 winners over Norwich at Anfield last week.
  • Liverpool have won the last four against Southampton, scoring 11 goals, conceding 1.
  • However, Southampton had won three and drawn two of the five games prior to that run.
Analysis:

These two teams had very contrasting experiences last weekend, with Liverpool getting off to a solid start with a strong home win over Norwich, while Southampton were put to the sword by an excellent Burnley performance, led by Ashley Barnes double strike.

I was a bit surprised by that; I expected Southampton to be a much tougher nut to crack than they showed against Burnley and while being at home will help them, the fact that they are facing a Liverpool side that seem to have continued on from where they left off last season will be a big worry for Saints fans.

With Alisson set to miss out through injury, Adrian will get a chance to impress the Reds fans in his absence and I expect him to be a little busier than he would like. I do see Saints scoring against a Reds defence that Norwich exposed a few times last weekend but I think the Reds will still emerge with the points.

Liverpool to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £30.50
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August 17, 2019
Man City
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Tottenham
Etihad
5:30 pm
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Tottenham
August 17, 2019
Etihad
5:30 pm
Key Stats
  • Manchester City thrashed West Ham on the road 5-0 last week.
  • Tottenham came from 1-0 down to beat Villa 3-1 in their opener.
  • City did the double over Tottenham last season in the league, winning both games 1-0.
  • City have a strong record in this game over the years with 9 wins in the last 14 v Spurs.
Analysis:

This could be one of the most important games of the season for both sides. City won three of the four games the teams played last season, but even so Spurs still managed to end their Champions League hopes on away goals at the quarter final stage, a result which will still rankle with City fans and one for which they will want revenge here.

Both teams started the season very well, City scoring a trio of late goals to give them a thumping 5-0 win over West Ham, while Spurs came back from 1-0 down to defeat Aston Villa on home soil by a 3-1 scoreline that will delight both manager Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs fans.

Although both games in the league between the teams finished 1-0 to City last year, the Champions League games were much more open and I do feel goals are likely here. I still cannot see Spurs getting anything from the game, so it is a City win for me, but I do feel that the visitors will grab a goal and at least give City a tough examination.

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Weekend Betting Tips: Sunday 19th August

August 18, 2019
Chelsea
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Leicester
Stamford Bridge
4:30 pm
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Chelsea
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Leicester
August 18, 2019
Stamford Bridge
4:30 pm
Key Stats
  • Chelsea were hammered 4-0 by Man Utd last Sunday afternoon.
  • Leicester drew their opening game 0-0 with Wolves at the King Power.
  • Leicester have won just one of the last ten games between the sides.
  • Chelsea have won 13 of the last 18 games between the teams.
Analysis:

Chelsea, minus Eden Hazard, were given a sobering lesson at Old Trafford last weekend when they went down to a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in Frank Lampard’s opening Premier League game as manager. There were one or two positives from the game, and Chelsea probably should have scored but they were outclassed by United in almost every department.

Leicester battled hard to earn a draw with Wolves in a game where Brendan Rodgers side had the better of the chances and probably should have taken one of the gilt-edged ones they created. This is a tough fixture after what was already a tough home opener but it is worth remembering that the one Leicester win in the last ten matches between the sides, was in this game last season when Jamie Vardy’s goal handed them a 1-0 win.

That said, Frank Lampard will know that Stamford Bridge needs to be a fortress for his team this season and he needs a win to stay on the heels of the teams at the top even at this early stage of the season. As such, I am backing Chelsea to win this one, but I think it will be a hard fought game and I do feel Leicester are good enough to score at least once here in defeat.

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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