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Weekend Football Tips – 31st August & 1st September
by David Lenton
We had a much better return last weekend, nearly doubling our money thanks to getting the Leicester City and Liverpool results bang on the money.
All four bets if backed for £10 returned a total of £76.50.
Indeed, we were just a single goal away in the Bournemouth – Man City game from landing three in a row, while although Norwich didn’t win, I still think they gave Chelsea a real fright.
So that means a good profit on last weekend’s matches and of course, I want to continue that this weekend with another four games from the Premier League, two each from Saturday and Sunday, the final set of games before the first international break of the season.
Here are my tips for this weekend.
Football Tips: Saturday 31st August
August 31, 2019
August 31, 2019
Southampton lie 18th in the league with three points from three games.
Manchester United occupy 5th with 4 points from their three games.
United have missed penalties in both their last 2 EPL matches.
Three of the last five matches between the teams have been drawn.
A much needed win away to Brighton last weekend saw Saints pick up three valuable points and they now face a Manchester United side who have one point more, but are already in something of a crisis thanks to the penalty debacle which has seen them miss two spot kicks in their last two games.
Those dropped points, and the effect on confidence of the team, will be a worry to United fans as they face a team who gave Liverpool a stern test on home soil a couple of weeks ago. Solskjaer will know St Mary’s is a tough place to go, as evidenced by United’s 2-2 draw there last season.
However, I feel the Saints back line is their weak spot and United’s forwards have the pace and guile to do enough to get a result here and get their season back on track. I don’t expect a commanding win, and I do feel Southampton will score, but I do think United will get the job done.
Man Utd to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £40.00
Newcastle are 19th in the EPL table with 3 points.
Watford are 20th in the table having lost all three games.
Watford have lost seven straight since the end of last season into this.
The Hornets have won six of the last eight between the teams since 2015.
Steve Bruce will be delighted with his sides reaction to their 3-1 loss at Norwich, following up that poor performance with a superb display in a 1-0 win at Spurs last weekend.
Joelinton’s first goal for the club have the Magpies a morale boosting win that should give them real confidence heading into this game.
Watford are in the grasp of a terrible run of form, stretching back to last season they have now lost seven in a row in the EPL as well as suffering the highest ever FA Cup Final defeat to Man City. Javi Gracia is under real pressure but despite that, I don’t feel Watford are quite as bad as that picture suggests.
Newcastle struggle to score goals (just two this season) and while Watford have managed just one themselves, I feel if the Hornets can score once, then they can take something from this game. Newcastle are not the strongest Premier League side and I fancy Watford to end their losing streak here with a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
Everton are 12th in the Premier League with four points from 3 games.
Wolves lie 15th in the table, unbeaten but with three draws in 3 games.
Everton have the fewest number of goals in the EPL this season with Watford (1).
Wolves won this fixture last season by a 3-1 scoreline in Feb 2019.
Last season Wolves were hugely impressive in winning this game at Goodison Park and I would have tipped them to do likewise again against an Everton side that have found goals difficult to come by this season.
The reason I haven’t is that Wolves do have a crucial Europa League qualification second leg match against Torino to play on Thursday evening. Nuno Santo played a very strong team in the first leg and I think he will do likewise again on Thursday, which means that they won’t be as rested as the home side for this game.
That said, fitness should not be too problematic just four games into the season but even so, I think those extra minutes do take the edge off the Wolves attack and as such, I think this game has all the hallmarks of being an entertaining draw. I was going to back both teams to score too, but I think the odds on the draw are sufficient enough to back the more flexible option.
Arsenal are third in the EPL with six points from their three games.
Tottenham lie seventh with four points from three matches.
The last ten games between the teams have seen 3 wins apiece and four draws.
This fixture last season finished in a surprise 4-2 win for Arsenal.
It may sound crazy to say it after four games but this North London derby does have a large degree of significance for both these teams when it comes to the title race. Both will know that they cannot let City and Liverpool open up a big lead and if they were to lose this game, then they could already be behind their top of the table opponents by four or more points after four games.
As such, this is an important game for both teams but at the moment, I can only really see one winner. Tottenham’s problems from last season on the road seem to have continued over into this and for the life of me, I cannot see how a team like them struggle so often in games on the road.
Arsenal will be primed to take advantage of that and I think with home advantage, they will really be up for this one. They know a win here will move them five points clear of Spurs and also keep up the pressure on the teams above them and given Arsenal’s current form, which while not great is certainly better that Spurs’, I am backing them to take the points here.
Arsenal to win & both teams to score - £10 returns £38.00
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