Weekend Football Tips: 3rd & 4th April
Not the best set of games last weekend, although we were robbed of a win in the Portugal game when the referee didn’t allow a goal where the ball went clearly over the line.
That would have left us down just £3 instead of £40, but it does seem at the moment I am having one duff set of tips in amongst some profitable others.
With the international games now over for a few weeks at least our attention turns back once again to the action in the Premier League, with a full set of games taking place across Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
There are some cracking matches to enjoy too in this set of games. This includes a chance for Manchester City to gain revenge for their biggest defeat of the season, a 5-2 loss at home to Leicester City, as the table toppers take on the Foxes once again this weekend.
We also have a big Yorkshire derby on Saturday as Leeds take on Sheffield United, while later on in the evening, Mikel Arteta’s inconsistent Arsenal team have a chance to inflict more Premier League misery on Liverpool as the two teams meet at the Emirates Stadium in the 8pm kick off.
Sunday’s games see Tottenham making the long trip north to take on a struggling Newcastle United at St James’ Park, while in the evening Manchester United will face Brighton at Old Trafford in a game that most Red Devils fans will see as a must win game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
Premier League Tips: Saturday 3rd April
Will Manchester City go into this game hell-bent on revenge? You have to think that this will be a thought in Pep Guardiola’s mind after Leicester hammered his City side 5-2 at the Etihad back in September.
Brendan Rodgers team produced their best performance of the season that day and they have done very well to remain in and around the top four ever since, despite some wobbly home form at times. That said, in recent weeks, the Foxes have beaten both Liverpool and Manchester United at home to dispel any concerns of an issue with their home form.
However, City’s only defeat in recent months has been a solitary home loss to Manchester United and I think that City want to get this Premier League title done and dusted so they can focus on the other silverware that they are chasing on three other fronts.
With that in mind, while I can see Leicester grabbing a goal in this game, most likely through Jamie Vardy or Kelechi Iheanacho, I think that it will be the away team fans watching the game that will be celebrating as I am backing Manchester City to land a 2-1 or 3-1 victory here.
The recent history of this game has seen a number of high scoring games, plenty of goals scored at both ends and, perhaps unexpectedly, Arsenal having the upper hand in the fixture in most recent times having won two of the last three matches between the two teams (including League Cup and Charity Shield wins, both via penalty shoot outs).
Jurgen Klopp’s team have a good record in London this season having beaten Chelsea, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Tottenham and also drawing with Fulham on their trips to the capital this season, but it is also the case that the Reds are suffering from a massive injury crisis and also a crisis of form and confidence.
Arsenal too are not in the best of shape, following up one good performance with one bad, so with two inconsistent teams who is going to be the one that comes out on top?
For me, I just feel Arsenal have the capability to up their game here and they have proven they have the beating of Liverpool in recent times. I think that they will sneak a win here, by a 2-1 scoreline.
Football Tips: Sunday 4th April
Southampton ended a run of 7 games without a win against Burnley at the start of this season when they were 1-0 winners up at Turf Moor. Back then, Sean Dyche’s men were in the relegation zone while Southampton were flying high near the top of the table. Fast forward a few months to the rematch and both teams are level on 33 points in the table.
It is only the fact Burnley have not scored as many goals as Southampton that sees the Saints above the Clarets so this is a big game for both teams. A win for either would really ease any relegation concerns a great deal, while a defeat could risk that team being caught by the teams below them.
The current form of both teams suggests that Burnley could be set to get something from this game. While they don’t win too many games, just one of their last five, they have been tough to beat of late whereas Southampton have been struggling in the majority of their EPL games of late.
That said, the Saints are at home and I think they will get a huge boost from beating Brentford in the FA Cup quarterfinals last weekend. As such, I am backing them to produce a good performance here and get back to winning ways with a narrow win here most likely by a 2-1 scoreline.
I have to admit to being really unsure what to go with in this bet. In the end, I went for United to be in front at half time and full time, but I do think that Brighton are going to give them a very difficult game and I have to admit, I almost backed the Seagulls to pick up a shock win here.
While United’s defeats in the league have all come at Old Trafford this season, their home form of late has been relatively strong. Brighton’s form in the last two games has picked up too and the Seagulls haven’t been as disrupted by international call ups as United have been and I think that will play a role here too.
I also feel Brighton have pushed a number of top teams very hard away from home in recent times and I think United have struggled against this particular type of team in the past. As such, while I have backed United/United in the HT/FT market, I don’t think this is a case of it being an easy win for the home side.
I think United will probably lead the match at the half by a 1-0 scoreline and then Brighton will peg them back only for United to get one of their trademark late goals to land the win and keep them on the coat tails of Manchester City in the table.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.