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Clock Icon Thursday, 29th September 2016

Friday 30th September, 8.00pm - Everton v Crystal Palace

The weekend's live Premier League action starts with Everton against Crystal Palace on Friday night and what would have looked like a 'home banker' a few weeks ago might not be so clear cut after the Toffees suffered a first league defeat of the season at Bournemouth.

There is obviously still work to be done at Goodison Park because they want to bridge the gap between themselves and the top-four in a rush but there is a danger that they will try and get there too quickly. 

It will take a time but they do look like a better side under Ronald Koeman and I'll back Everton to edge to a 2-1 win over a strange Palace side who often enjoy a purple patch of form before slipping into a hole.

Everton v Crystal Palace Odds.

Friday 30th September - 8.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Everton v Crystal Palace
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Tips Everton to win    Best Bet @ 3 / 4  
Everton to win 2-1 @ 8 / 1  

Saturday 1st October, 12.30pm - Swansea v Liverpool

Moving on to Saturday and things don't get any easier for struggling Swansea as they face an in-form Liverpool team that nobody really wants to play at the moment. Francesco Guidolin is under real pressure at the Liberty Stadium and the Italian appears to be another example of a manager who struggles to carry the momentum on into a new season after rescuing a club.

We see it so often with managers coming in half-way through a season to keep a team up but then falter at the start of a new campaign. The worry for Guidolin is that a Swansea manager is only in trouble if they look like they are going to get relegated because the aim of the game for the Welsh side is to stay in the division and to balance the books.

The Swans have had a tough run of late and they have got to hope that they meet Liverpool on an 'off day', although I don't see it and I'll back Jurgen Klopp's men to win 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea v Liverpool Odds.

Saturday 1st October - 12.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Swansea v Liverpool
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Tips Liverpool to win    Best Bet @ 1 / 2  
Liverpool to win 3-1 @ 11 / 1  

Sunday 2nd October, 12.00pm - Manchester United v Stoke

There are then three live games on Sunday, starting with Manchester United against Stoke in the midday kick-off. I've been saying it for a few weeks now but United's performance will depend entirely on whether Jose Mourinho can get the balance of his team right.

I saw him get it spot on at Bournemouth earlier in the season and Wayne Rooney was wonderful that day, so I find it remarkable that he is being hung out to dry just a month later. The England international was obviously left out of last Saturday's 4-1 win over Leicester, which in turn reinforces the ridiculous notion that Rooney is the root of all of United's woes.

There is no doubt that United have fantastic football players at the club and they should have too much for Stoke, who are another team that is struggling to find a balance as Mark Hughes has brought in some quality players but are they the right players?

Stoke have perhaps sacrificed their previous defensive resilience for a bit more flair and that could cost them at Old Trafford, where United are my tip to win 2-0.

Manchester United v Stoke Odds.

Sunday 2nd October - 12.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Man Utd v Stoke
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Tips Man Utd to win    Best Bet @ 3 / 10  
Man Utd to win 2-0 @ 6 / 1  

Sunday 2nd October, 2.15pm - Tottenham v Manchester City

The second televised fixture on Sunday is then Tottenham against Manchester City and what a good game this promises to be. Much will depend on how Spurs set up for this one because I don't think they will want it to be an open match as they simply don't have the ammunition that City possess.

Tottenham have done alright without the injured Harry Kane but with all due respect to the teams they have played without him, they haven't exactly faced sides from the upper echelons in recent weeks, and Vincent Janssen isn't a good enough replacement at this stage.

It is in these sorts of games that you really feel it when your big players are out and Mauricio Pochettino will want to make this a tight game because we know that Spurs do have match winners that can nick them a goal in their side.

They won't be able to match City in an end-to-end game of football but they can get something out of this if Pochettino gets it right tactically and I think both sides will be happy enough with a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Tottenham v Manchester City Odds.

Sunday 2nd October - 2.15pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Tottenham v Man City
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Tips The Draw    Best Bet @ 13 / 5  
1-1 correct score @ 13 / 2  

Sunday 2nd October, 4.30pm - Burnley v Arsenal

Finally, Burnley picked up a very comfortable win over Watford on Monday night and they face Arsenal in an intriguing fixture next up. The Watford game is exactly the type of match that Burnley need to take three points from if they are to stay in the division this season and full credit to them for getting the job done.

They will offer a good test for Arsenal who had a nice easy Champions League win over Basel in mid-week and the Gunners are fantastic to watch when they are allowed to play. 

This trip to Turf Moor will give us a greater insight into whether Arsenal are genuine title challengers though because these are the games that they have got to be winning if they want to win the league. 

There is a nice shape about Arsene Wenger's side this year and I think they will be too strong for Burnley, with the 2-0 away win my pick in the correct score bracket.

Burnley v Arsenal Odds.

Sunday 2nd October - 4.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Burnley v Arsenal
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Tips Arsenal to win    Best Bet @ 2 / 5  
Arsenal to win 2-0 @ 13 / 2  

Steve Claridge Weekend Treble

Steve Claridge TrebleOddsWon/LostBet
Tips: CH: Brentford v Wigan - Home Win @ 11 / 10  
L1: Northampton v Bristol Rovers - Home Win @ 6 / 4  
L2: Plymouth v Yeovil - Home Win
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@ 5 / 6  
Treble Returns: @ 17 / 2  

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