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Weekend Football Tips: 23rd & 24th February 2019
by David Lenton
This weekend we’ve got four games on Saturday and then two more on Sunday (that’s after Friday nights fixtures).
We’ve also got the Carabao Cup final on Sunday (Chelsea v Man City), which I’ve included tips for, along with Man Utd v Liverpool.
Get buckled in for a weekend of the highest quality footballing action and hopefully some winning tips!
Footie Tips: Saturday 9th Feb
February 23, 2019
King Power Stadium
February 23, 2019
King Power Stadium
Leicester currently lie in 12th place in the league table with 32 points and a -3 goal difference. Their only points in their last five games was a 1-1 draw at Liverpool.
Crystal Palace are in 13th in the Premier League table with 27 points and a -7 goal difference. They are unbeaten in their last five games, winning three, drawing two.
Palace have won all of the last three games against Leicester City, with the Foxes failing to score a goal in any of those games (3-0, 5-0 and 1-0).
Historically the teams are very well matched with 26 wins apiece and 18 draws in their 70 matches so far.
These have been arguably two of the most inconsistent teams in the Premier League this season, capable of so much more than their league position suggests. Leicester have drawn with Liverpool and beaten Manchester City this season, Palace almost held Liverpool to a draw at Anfield and beat City on the road to show just what they are capable of.
The problem with both teams has been an inability to convert chances, especially for Palace, while Leicester have shown a number of defensive frailties, especially against the lesser teams in the Premier League, which has seen them drop below half way in the table. In truth, given better form both ends of the pitch, both these teams should be top half.
Given how both have played and continue to play, this is a tough one to call but I think home advantage will help Leicester and while I can’t see the Foxes losing, I also feel with Palace being on a decent run themselves, that they won’t be on the end of a poor scoreline here either.
I can see both teams finding the net and as such, I think 1-1 is the most likely outcome, though with the quality of players on show 2-2 is another possibility, Either way I think a draw and both teams to score is the sensible bet here.
Since taking over as manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has won 11 matches, drawn one and lost just one (although the draw and loss have come at Old Trafford).
That rise in form makes United the form team in the league and has seen them rise into fourth place in the Premier League table ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea.
Liverpool are second in the table on goal difference but with a game in hand over Man City. A win or draw here would put Jurgen Klopp’s men back at the top of the table.
Liverpool won 3-1 when the teams met at Anfield back in December, United won the corresponding fixture last season 2-1 at Old Trafford.
It is strange to see Liverpool favourites to win at Old Trafford, especially given the form Manchester United are in at present and in truth, I am not confident that the Premier League team that have lost just once this season are quite the strong favourites that the bookies currently have them at.
The Reds record at Old Trafford is relatively poor in recent times, especially in the Premier League and with United absolutely flying at the moment, their opponents are going to have a seething Old Trafford creating a huge atmosphere which could well put Liverpool to the test even more so than Manchester City did back in early January.
United may well head into this game with confidence but they will be without the injured duo of Martial and Lingard which is a big blow, although United did adopt a useful 4-4-2 formation against Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday night which worked a treat and I’d expect them to do the same here.
As I said before, with Liverpool having a big European game before this match, United’s form in general and their home record against the reds, plus a chance to scupper Liverpool’s title hopes, I just feel United will pinch this one to delight their rivals across the City.
Chelsea have won four and lost one of their five games en route to the final, although they have played two top six teams (Liverpool and Tottenham) in those games.
Man City have won four & drawn one of their five games, winning on pens against Leicester in the Fourth Round. They won their semifinal 10-0 on aggregate v Burton.
The teams met in the Premier League just two weeks prior to this game, Manchester City winning that game in sensational fashion 6-0.
City have won four of the last five against Chelsea, conceding in just one of those games (a 2-0 defeat in the Premier League in December 2018).
In all the furore following Chelsea’s recent lack of form and in particular their 6-0 drubbing at the hands of today’s opponents a couple of weeks ago, it is easy to forget that back in December, Chelsea comprehensively outplayed and outthought City when defeating them for the first time this season in the Premier League, by a 2-0 scoreline at Stamford Bridge.
That win should give Chelsea fans at least some hope that lightning could strike twice, although a brief look at the form guide for both sides doesn’t reveal such optimism for Chelsea fans who have lost five games in recent weeks across all competitions and who have now dropped to sixth in the Premier League.
In contrast, City are still powering on in all competitions and if their city rivals United manage to beat Liverpool earlier in the day, they’ll go into this game still top of the Premier League table and able to add a second piece of silverware to the Community Shield that they won back in August.
I don’t feel this game will be quite as bad as Chelsea fans are dreading and I can see the Londoners getting a goal but I think the way City are playing means that they are most likely to win and I think a 2-1 or possibly 3-1 scoreline is the most likely outcome here.
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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