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Clock Icon Friday, 26th August 2016

Steve's tips will appear here on Thursday but in the meantime you can find the upcoming match odds below...

2018 World Cup Qualifiers:

Sunday 4th September
17:00 Slovakia v England   Odds
19:45 Czech Republic v Northern Ireland   Odds
19:45 Malta v Scotland   Odds
Monday 5th September
19:45 Serbia v Ireland   Odds
19:45 Wales v Moldova   Odds

Premier League:

Saturday 10th September
12:30 Man Utd v Man City   Odds
15:00 Arsenal v Southampton   Odds
15:00 Bournemouth v West Brom    
15:00 Burnley v Hull    
15:00 Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace    
15:00 Stoke v Tottenham   Odds
15:00 West Ham v Watford    
17:30 Liverpool v Leicester   Odds
Sunday 11th September
16:00 Swansea v Chelsea   Odds
Monday 12th September
20:00 Sunderland v Everton   Odds

Saturday 27th August, 12.30pm - Tottenham v Liverpool

The weekend's live Premier League action starts with Tottenham against Liverpool and the outcome of Saturday lunchtime's game will depend on how Spurs set up because there is no doubt that Liverpool will want an open game.

Jurgen Klopp's side like a slugging match but they tend to struggle when the onus is on them to break teams down, as we saw with their 2-0 defeat at Burnley last weekend. Despite enjoying the lion's share of possession, they didn't actually create too many chances at Turf Moor and they ran out of ideas in the end.

To use a boxing analogy, Liverpool are like Nigel Benn in that they want a brawl whereas Tottenham are more like Herol Graham as they like to pick people off. 

I think the two styles might just cancel each other out because I'm not sure either team has quite got the balance of their side right yet and I'll back the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham v Liverpool Odds.

Saturday 27th August - 12.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Tottenham v Liverpool
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Tips The Draw    Best Bet @ 41 / 19  
2-2 correct score @ 13 / 1  

Saturday 27th August, 5.30pm - Hull v Manchester United

The later kick-off sees Hull bid to enhance a fantastic start to the new season when they host Manchester United. Mike Phelan's Hull have perhaps shown the benefit of a having a small squad because it promotes a team spirit and a 'backs against the wall' mentality. 

There is very little expectation at the KC Stadium because everyone has written them off and they seem to be enjoying the lack of pressure at the moment. Make no mistake, I saw enough of them in the Championship last season to know that they have players who can perform at this level but they will realise that they will be in a dog-fight for survival this season.

As for United, going into the new season I wasn't sure whether Jose Mourinho's side could win the league but after half an hour of watching their opening game at Bournemouth I realised that they are genuine title challengers.

There is a nice balance to their team, they're strong and when you consider the sums of money that has been spent by Mourinho's predecessors then this is where they should have been a couple of years ago really. It has taken a while but United are a proper side now and I'm going with a 2-0 away win on Saturday.

Hull v Man Utd Odds.

Saturday 27th August - 5.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Hull v Man Utd
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Tips Man Utd to win    Best Bet @ 1 / 2  
Man Utd to win 2-0 @ 6 / 1  

Sunday 28th August, 1.30pm - West Brom v Middlesbrough

Moving on to Sunday and the lunchtime clash between West Brom and Middlesbrough already has the makings of a big game. These sorts of fixtures can define a season for teams like West Brom and Boro as a win can go a long way towards survival, even at this early stage.

Boro obviously head to The Hawthorns off the back of that brilliant 2-1 win at local rivals Sunderland last week and they have made a great start to life back in the top-flight. Boro are relishing the change in emphasis in terms of pressure as they have gone from being expected to win every game in the Championship last season to every point being a bonus in the Premier League this year. It is so much easier for players to perform in the current circumstances and they are clearly enjoying it.

As for West Brom, their fans have gone from being happy with survival to wanting to see their team play a certain way. They are the one Midlands team who you would traditionally associate with having a brand of football, much like West Ham and Spurs, but they are not going to get that under Tony Pulis, who has a style that gets results and keeps clubs in the division.

I think the fans are aware that there is a fine balance between staying up and entertaining, which is why my tip of a 1-1 draw with Boro on Sunday would be a result that both teams would be happy enough with.

West Brom v Middlesbrough Odds.

Sunday 28th August - 1.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: West Brom v Middlesbrough
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Tips The Draw    Best Bet @ 21 / 10  
1-1 correct score @ 6 / 1  

Sunday 28th August, 4.00pm - Manchester City v West Ham

Finally, West Ham travel to Manchester City off the back of a very disappointing defeat to Astra in the Europa League on Thursday night. Slaven Bilic's side have lost a few players to injury but they should still have enough about them to beat teams like Astra. 

It is a bit disconcerting really and this obviously won't be an easy game at City, who qualified comfortably enough for the Champions League group stages earlier in the week.

I think we can already see that City are a better team under Pep Guardiola this season and it is encouraging that the likes of United and Chelsea have improved, while Spurs will be tough to play against again, and it is fair to say that the bar has been raised from last year.

These top teams know that they cannot afford any slip-ups this season because the standard will be higher and we can have a bit more confidence in tipping them in games this time around. With that in mind, City are closer to where you expect them to be and I'll back them to win 2-1 on Sunday.

Man City v West Ham Odds.

Sunday 28th August - 4.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Man City v West Ham
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Tips Man City win    Best Bet @ 3 / 10  
Man City to win 2-1 @ 17 / 2  

Steve Claridge Weekend Treble

Steve Claridge TrebleOddsWon/LostBet
Tips: CH: Burton v Derby - Away Win
@ 13 / 10  
L2: Hartlepool v Newport - Home Win @ 11 / 10  
L2: Leyton Orient v Mansfield - Home Win
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@ 21 / 20  
Treble Returns: @ 9 / 1  

Previous Steve Claridge Football Betting Tips

Impressive United Can Continue Winning Form At Home To Saints 19 Aug 2016
Stick With The Stalemates On Super Sunday 11 Aug 2016
France Tipped To Beat Portugal In The Euro 2016 Final 08 Jul 2016
Wales and Germany tipped to progress to the final of Euro 2016 05 Jul 2016
Belgium tipped to be too strong for Wales in Euro quarters 29 Jun 2016

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