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Weekend Football Tips: 25th & 26th August

Football Tips & PredictionsWe smashed it last weekend with £10 stakes on each bet returning a profit of £25 thanks to a Cardiff v Newcastle draw and Chelsea beating Arsenal but both teams scoring.

That said, I was very surprised with how Burnley played on the Sunday, especially given they were at home, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on the Clarets this season as they were the source of some good value for me last season.

This week there are nine matches taking place in the Premier League this weekend across Saturday and Sunday to get stuck into and I’m confident I’ve found us some winners.

Let’s hope we can continue last week’s profitable performance with another big profit this weekend.

Here’s my tips for a quartet of games on Saturday and Sunday.

Football Betting Tips: Saturday 25th August

August 25, 2018
Wolverhampton Wanderers
VS
Man City
Molyneux
12:30 pm
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Wolverhampton Wanderers
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Man City
August 25, 2018
Molyneux
12:30 pm
Key Stats
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers occupy 14th spot in the Premier League with one point from their two games so far, scoring two goals but conceding four.
  • Man City are top of the league again as the Champions started the season with two wins from two games away to Arsenal & home to Huddersfield.
  • Wolves did shock City’s second string last season by earning a 0-0 draw in the Carabao Cup at the Etihad, but City won the tie on penalties after extra time.
  • The teams have played 117 times previously and it is very evenly matched, City winning 47, Wolves 46 with 24 draws. City have won seven of the last eight games however.
Analysis:

The runaway winners of the Premier League take on the runaway winners of the Championship in what promises to be an interesting Saturday lunchtime clash between the two teams. Of course, Manchester City will start as the big favourites here and it is a game I feel they will win, but I do think Wolves have the players to cause City a few problems defensively.

Games between the teams have historically tended to see a fair few goals. In recent matches between the pair there has been a 3-1, 5-2, and 3-3 and this is a game I can see City scoring a few in but perhaps Wolves also creating chances against a City defence that didn’t look the safest at times last season when put under real pressure.

Pep Guardiola’s team has more than enough quality to get the win here and in truth, I’d be surprised if they don’t find the net at least twice, maybe three times, but I also feel Wolves will grab a goal too hence, I am going for City to win but both teams to score.

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August 25, 2018
Huddersfield Town
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Cardiff City
John Smith’s Stadium
3:00 pm
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Cardiff City
August 25, 2018
John Smith’s Stadium
3:00 pm
Key Stats
  • Huddersfield have had a dismal start to the season losing 3-0 at home to Chelsea and 6-1 away to Man City to sit bottom of the Premier League table after two games.
  • Cardiff currently occupy 16th spot in the table following their 0-0 draw with Newcastle last week. They are the only team in the Premier League yet to score this season.
  • Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has saved a penalty in each of the Bluebirds two Premier League games this season.
  • The teams have met 73 times in their histories, Cardiff winning 24, Huddersfield 29 and there have been 20 draws. Cardiff have not lost to Huddersfield since 2003. (9 games in total).
Analysis:

Ok, this is my risky prediction this week, but I have my reasons for going for this, not just the great odds on offer for my selection. Admittedly, Huddersfield have had a shocking start but to be fair to the Terriers, Chelsea at home and then Manchester City away is about as tough as it could get for David Wagner’s men, so I don’t think they’ll be too shocked to be sat at the foot of the table at the moment.

Cardiff though have picked up a point but are yet to trouble the scoresheet and in truth, apart from the dramatic last-minute penalty save by Neil Etheridge last week against Newcastle, the Bluebirds would also have zero points, instead of the one they have collected.

That lack of firepower is why I can’t see Cardiff winning this game, but I also think Huddersfield’s defence is somewhat porous, so I can see Cardiff scoring. However, I think Huddersfield will know this is a game to get their season back on track and I really feel the home side will win this one by a 2-1 score line.

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Football Betting Predictions: Sunday 26th August

August 26, 2018
Watford
VS
Crystal Palace
Vicarage Road
1:30 pm
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Crystal Palace
August 26, 2018
Vicarage Road
1:30 pm
Key Stats
  • Watford have max points from their two games after racking up wins over Brighton & Burnley in their opening two games to lie fourth in the table.
  • Crystal Palace have won one and lost one so far this season, scoring and conceding two goals. They currently lie in 10th place in the table.
  • Palace have a slight edge in historic head to head games, winning 49, to Watford’s 41 with 27 draws between the teams. Watford have beaten Palace just once since August 2012.
  • Palace will be without the suspended right fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka who was sent off in their 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool on Monday.
Analysis:

Watford have made a brilliant start to the season so far and Javi Gracia will be delighted with how his team has performed thus far, especially with star man Richarlison leaving the club for Everton just before the season began.

Crystal Palace began well at Fulham but were undone by Liverpool at home on Monday night but I think Roy Hodgson will feel that is a decent start and I think he’ll fancy his chances of getting a result against a Watford side if they put in a similar performance as they did on Monday against the Hornets.

Watford are certainly flying in terms of confidence and with Jose Holebas creating two goals already this season, they’ll be a threat going forward. However, Palace are a bit of a bogey team for Watford and I think they’ll be so again as I am backing the visitors to get a point here.

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August 26, 2018
Newcastle United
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Chelsea
St James' Park
4:00 pm
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Chelsea
August 26, 2018
St James' Park
4:00 pm
Key Stats
  • Newcastle have one point from their opening games, losing 2-1 to Spurs on the opening day then drawing 0-0 away to Cardiff last weekend.
  • Chelsea have maximum points from their two games and sit third in the table after impressive wins over Huddersfield Town (3-0) and Arsenal (3-2).
  • Chelsea have the bragging rights in this fixture winning 71 times, Newcastle winning 53 while there have been 39 draws between the teams in their 163 games so far.
  • Seven of the last eight games between the teams have seen at least three goals scored or more. The last 0-0 draw between the teams was back in November 2008.
Analysis:

Last weekend, Rafa Benitez must have been bitterly disappointed when Kenedy’s last minute penalty miss meant Newcastle picked up just one point against Cardiff. The Brazilian had a stinker of a game against the Bluebirds and it will be interesting to see if he is in the team to face his old club at St James’ Park on Sunday.

Chelsea in contrast have begun the season well with wins over Huddersfield and Arsenal, although against the Gunners there were real signs of defensive frailty that Newcastle will hope to exploit. However the home side have not scored many goals this season and I think they’ll need at least two to get something from this game.

To be honest, I can’t see the home side scoring more than once while I do feel Chelsea are more than capable of scoring the two or more goals they’ll need to win this one, which is why I am backing them to win and both teams to score.

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