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Weekend Football Tips: Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd February
by David Lenton
I was pretty pleased with a profit of +£52.00 last weekend but we blew that out of the water with the midweek tips finishing up +£97.50 from £10 stakes.
Needless to say things are going well at the moment. Obviously more of the same required from the weekends football tips.
The big game of the weekend comes at the Etihad Stadium where Man City will be desperate to bounce back to winning against Arsenal on Sunday but before I get to that I’ve got tips for Saturday’s matches first.
Footie Tips: Saturday 2nd Feb
February 2, 2019
February 2, 2019
Burnley have not lost any of their last five Premier League games, results which have moved them from the relegation zone towards safety.
Southampton earned a good point against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, a result which leaves them 16th in the table on 23 points.
The teams played out a somewhat dire 0-0 draw on the opening day at St Mary’s.
Burnley are unbeaten in their last four against Southampton winning two and drawing two though none of those games has seen more than two goals scored.
Hand on heart, I thought Southampton were doomed this season, but the appointment of Ralph Hassenhuttl does seem to have been an inspired choice and their improved form since has seen them move up the table, much in the same way Burnley have done on the back of their improved form of late.
As such neither Hassenhuttl or Clarets boss Sean Dyche will want that run of form to end and I can see this being a somewhat tight and cagey affair as a result. Both sides will have confidence heading into this game, especially Burnley after they earned a superb 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in the week, a result which could so easily have been a win had they hung on in the last few minutes.
Some of Southampton’s better displays this season have come on the road, but so have some of their worst but I see a degree of consistency appearing in this team now and I think Hassenhuttl will set his team up to get a point here.
In truth, I think if the Saints can score a goal, which I feel they will, then they should do enough to earn a share of the spoils, hence I am backing the draw in this game.
Everton are currently eighth in the League table with 33 points. They recorded a solid 1-0 win at Huddersfield in midweek thanks to Richarlison’s early goal.
Wolves are one place above Everton in the table on 35 points and they also recorded a very good win in the week, a 3-0 thumping of a lacklustre West Ham.
In the game between the teams at Molineux, Everton battled to a 2-2 draw despite being down to 10 men for most of the game.
Wolves only victory over Everton in the Premier League came back in 2004. Five of the last seven games between the teams have finished in draws.
I can see a number of similarities between these teams. They are both somewhat inconsistent, both can cause the big teams real problems on their day, but also both can lose to some of the weakest teams in the division if they don’t play well. They have similar, eclectic and stylish midfielders, creative players but perhaps lack a genuine goalscorer to finish things off.
Little wonder then that the game between the teams finished all-square earlier this season. That was a better result for Everton who played most of that match with 10-men and although they start as the slight favourites, I think they’ll be wary of Wolves, who have given some good sides some real problems this season.
Wolves will be buoyant after beating West Ham 3-0 in midweek to set themselves up nicely for this game. Nuno Santo was delighted with his team’s performance that night and he’ll be expecting a similar standard in this game too. I think he is likely to get it too given Everton’s problems at home in recent times.
This could be a hard game to call and while I can see both teams scoring goals, I just don’t see either having quite enough in attack to snatch the win. As such, I think this game will be another that ends up in a draw.
Leicester produced a fine display to earn a 1-1 draw at Anfield against leaders Liverpool on Wednesday night, Harry Maguire netting their goal to leave them 11th in the table.
United were held by Burnley in their last game, the first time they have not won a match under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they are sixth in the Premier league table on 45 points.
Manchester United won the game between the teams earlier this season, goals from Pogba and Shaw earning them a 2-1 win over the Foxes, for whom Vardy found the net late on.
United have lost just one of the last 10 games between the teams and that came back in September 2014. They have won six of those games, with three being draws.
Having played at Anfield on Wednesday night, this is another tough game for Leicester City but they face a Manchester united side who were given something of a reality check by Burnley in midweek, needing two late goals in order to snatch a point at home against their Lancashire rivals.
Solskjaer’s men have an excellent recent record against Leicester City, winning most recent matches and in general, their play since the Norwegian manager took over has been superb. They will certainly fancy their chances of getting back to winning ways against a Leicester side that have been inconsistent at times.
The Foxes have beaten Manchester City at home and really pushed Liverpool hard earlier in the season but they have also suffered some poor performances and surprising defeats and it is hard to know which Leicester City team will turn up.
I think they will be very much up for this game and while I was tempted to back United, something tells me that Leicester are going to have a say in this game late on, as they always seem to against top sides, and as such, I’m going to risk it for a biscuit and back the draw here too.
Manchester City lie second in the table on 56 points and come into this game on the back of a rare 2-1 defeat away to Newcastle.
Arsenal lie fifth in the table with 47 points and they won their last game, a 2-1 home victory over Cardiff City on Tuesday evening.
The teams met on the opening weekend of the season with Manchester City earning a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.
Arsenal have won just one of the last eight games between the teams. Manchester City have won all of the last four, scoring 11 goals and conceding just one in those games.
It is fair to say that after their shock defeat at Newcastle in midweek, when City took the lead after 24 seconds, Manchester City now cannot afford any more slip ups. However, they also now face a tough run of games with Arsenal and Chelsea at home, with an away trip to Everton sandwiched in between.
Pep Guardiola will know his team need to buck up their performances following the Newcastle game where Rafa Benitez’s tactics worked wonders. I can’t see Arsenal being quite so tactically adroit here as they seem best equipped to try and catch City on the counter using the pace and power of Aubameyang and Lacazette.
The Gunners recent away form however is poor and this is a big ask for them, especially against a team that beat them 2-0 on the opening day of the season in front of their home fans. However, it is a game they will want to get something from having pulled ahead of Man Utd by two points in midweek.
Even so, I can’t see Arsenal getting anything from the game and while I do tip them to score a goal on the counter, I think it will be City that are celebrating the win at the end of the game.
Man City to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £23.50
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.
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