Weekend Football Tips – 4th & 5th December
Well, the good news is that we have already posted just over £25 in profit from our midweek Premier League tips and I still have one game to go taking place later tonight (Man Utd v Arsenal) which could see that amount boosted by a considerable sum!
So, I’ll happily take that heading into the weekend’s set of games!
We have ten games this matchday, 9 taking place on Saturday and Sunday and then the Everton v Arsenal clash taking place on Monday night and there is a somewhat eclectic mix of games to pick from, with the standout match probably being the first game of the weekend which will see West Ham take on Chelsea at the London Stadium.
The Hammers have picked up just one point from the last nine available in the Premier League and they badly need to get back to winning ways to preserve their status in the top four, but facing Chelsea is going to be a very tough ask for them.
Both Liverpool and Manchester City also face away games with the Reds heading to Molineux to take on a Wolves side who have been short of goals in recent games. City on the other hand take on Watford at Vicarage Road hoping to match Chelsea’s win there from midweek.
So, with a profit already banked from the midweek, I am hopeful and confident that we can add a bit more to the pot with this selection of games from the weekend.
Football Betting Tips: Saturday 4th December
Thomas Tuchel’s preparation for this game is going to be hampered with a number of injuries to players that is leaving him a little thin on the ground in terms of team selection. Kovacic, Kante, Chilwell, James and now Chalobah has joined that list of injured players with the young star a doubt for this game.
The league leaders manager admitted that he felt his team ‘stole’ three points in their 2-1 win over Watford in midweek when they struggled in midfield and he will hope to have at least one of Kante or Kovacic back for this big game against the Hammers.
West Ham have hit a bit of a brick wall in the last few weeks, picking up just one point from nine available and they need to arrest that slide as quickly as they can. David Moyes team have been squandering chances in recent games and that needs to stop here if they are to stand any chance of a win.
I can’t quite see that happening for the Hammers though as Tuchel’s team has developed a very useful knack of winning points and matches that they didn’t play that well in and I can see that being the case here. I am backing the home side to score, but I feel Chelsea will still win.
A south coast clash at the weekend will pit these two rivals against each other. Don’t read too much into the difference in league position between the two, I see these two teams as being very well matched and a win for Southampton here would see them just a point behind Brighton.
I can’t see that happening though as Graham Potter has moulded this Brighton team into one that is extremely difficult to beat and while they are missing a goalscorer to finish off their great play more readily, they are not losing many games which has kept them in the top half this season.
Potter deserves immense credit for that and his success has been built on the Seagulls very tough back line. That is something that the home side is going to have to deal with here if they want to get something from this game.
Southampton do blow hot and cold and they can be superb, or absolutely awful. However they are due a decent home display against Brighton having not beaten them at home since 2011, but I feel they may have to settle for a point here as I think the most likely result is a 1-1 draw.
Football Betting Tips: Sunday 5th December
Brentford may well be somewhat wary of this game as they have played Leeds five times at Elland Road since February 2015 and they have picked up just one win in those games, drawing one and losing the other three matches. This is certainly one of those fixtures where home advantage does seem to be very evident.
However, a look at Leeds home form this season doesn’t really inspire you with any confidence. Marcelo Bielsa’s men have struggled for wins at home and the last one they got in midweek against Palace came by way of a very late and somewhat fortunate penalty.
If Brentford were bang in form, then I’d perhaps consider them here to land a win a bit more strongly than I do. I admire a great deal what Thomas Frank has done with this team and while I think a win is a big ask, especially after facing Spurs away just a few days before, I can’t see them leaving here empty handed.
I think this game has a 0-0 or 1-1 draw likely, although if we get a goal it could even go to 2-2. However, no matter how I look at the data, I always feel that the result most likely here and the best bet, is just to back the draw.
With Ralf Rangnick’s work permit application delayed, it seems likely that this will be his first game in charge of the Red Devils. Depending on how they do on Thursday night against Arsenal they could come into this game harbouring genuine top four ambitions, or desperate to halt their slide into the bottom half of the table.
It also remains to be seen whether Rangnick will change the approach at Manchester United to more in keeping with his philosophy or whether he will simply tweak the team slightly. As such, this, plus Palace’s good record at Old Trafford in the past three years makes this a tough game to predict.
Palace are unbeaten at Old Trafford since 2017 and have won two and drawn one of their last three Premier League games on the ground. Patrick Vieira has this team moving forward and I have no doubt that they are going to cause Manchester United problems in this game.
However, I think United will get a bounce in form from Rangnick coming in and with home advantage too, I am backing them to edge their way to a narrow win as I think Palace will score a goal, but I am backing the home side to sneak the victory.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.