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Clock Icon Thursday, 23rd February 2017

Saturday 25th February, 5.30pm - Watford v West Ham

The first live Premier League game between Watford and West Ham on Saturday is a tricky one to call as neither side has been totally convincing this season. The Hornets began well before falling into a bit of a hole but they have started to improve again, while the Hammers have gradually found their way following a dire start to the campaign. 

Both teams are getting to a stage where another five or six points will consolidate their position in mid-table and their seasons are virtually over, which begs the question of why don't they treat the FA Cup seriously?

A good run in the cup would prolong interest in the campaign and give the fans something to enjoy but instead they both exited the competition early and have very little left to play for. 

They've enjoyed the best part of two weeks off going into this game and a well rested Watford do tend to be stronger at Vicarage Road, although I don't see there being a great deal between the sides on Saturday evening and for that reason I'll back the 1-1 draw.

Watford v West Ham Odds.

Saturday 25th February - 5.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Watford v West Ham
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Tips The Draw    Best Bet @ 23 / 10  
1-1 correct score @ 6 / 1  

Sunday 26th February, 1.30pm - Tottenham v Stoke

Tottenham against Stoke is the live game on Sunday lunchtime and I'm going to back Spurs off the back of what was a really impressive FA Cup win over Fulham last weekend.

I covered the match for  Radio Five Live and it struck me what a massive influence their full-backs, particularly Danny Rose, have on the way they play and his absence perhaps helps to explain their recent downturn in form, although they were back to their best at Craven Cottage.

Spurs were spot on in terms of application and performance last Sunday and I expect more of the same this weekend, with a 2-1 win for Tottenham my pick against a Stoke side that has struggled to find a consistent level on a weekly basis.

Tottenham v Stoke Odds.

Sunday 26th February - 1.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Tottenham v Stoke
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Tips Tottenham to win    Best Bet @ 2 / 5  
Tottenham to win 2-1 @ 8 / 1  

Sunday 26th February, 4.30pm - League Cup Final: Man Utd v Southampton

There is then the League Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton on Sunday afternoon and this promises to be a really good game at what will be a sold-out Wembley Stadium.

It is great to see a fresh face in the final of this competition and Southampton should enjoy the occasion despite the fact that some really good performances have been chequered by a few disappointing efforts of late.

There is no doubt that the loss of Charlie Austin and his goals to injury hit them hard and you can understand why they have brought Manolo Gabbiadini in. Saints are clearly a very capable side on their day and I'm backing the1-1 draw after 90 minutes on the basis that this is one of Southampton's 'game days'.

Man Utd v Southampton Odds.

Sunday 26th February - 4.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Man Utd v Southampton
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Tips The Draw    Best Bet @ 5 / 2  
1-1 correct score @ 13 / 2  

Monday 27th February, 8.00pm - Leicester v Liverpool

Finally, we return our attention to league matters on Monday night as Leicester take on Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. It is difficult to know what to make of either of these sides because Liverpool are as good as anything in England when they are on song but Jurgen Klopp is still struggling to get the balance of his team right, while Leicester seem to lurch from bad to worse each week.

I thought the Champions League might be what brings the Leicester players back together and hopefully the decent result in Seville might give them some belief for the rest of the campaign, although that is looking like a long shot at the moment.

I've been guilty of overcooking the Foxes in recent weeks as I fancied them to get a few results only for them to put in woeful displays and you simply have to back Liverpool for betting purposes simply because Leicester haven't produced anything to suggest they can get out of this rot.

I would love to be able to make a case for Leicester as they are my old club and I'd hate to see them go down but I'll have to back Liverpool for a 2-1 win purely on the basis that they picked up a very good result by beating Tottenham last time out, which is about the best bit of recent form we can go on for this one.

Leicester v Liverpool Odds.

Monday 27th February - 8.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Leicester v Liverpool
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Tips Liverpool to win    Best Bet @ 8 / 13  
Liverpool to win 2-1 @ 8 / 1  

Steve Claridge Weekend Treble

Steve Claridge TrebleOddsWon/LostBet
Tips: CH:Brentford v Rotherham - Home Win @ 1 / 2  
CH: Newcastle v Bristol City - Home Win @ 1 / 2  
L2: Doncaster v Accrington - Home Win
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@ 3 / 4  
Treble Pays: @ 3 / 1  

Previous Steve Claridge Football Betting Tips

Premier League Sides To Avoid Upsets In The FA Cup 16 Feb 2017
Liverpool And Tottenham To Share The Spoils At Anfield 10 Feb 2017
Chelsea To Strengthen Their Grip On The Title At Stamford Bridge 02 Feb 2017
Derby And Sutton To Earn FA Cup Replays 26 Jan 2017
Man City And Spurs To Share The Spoils At The Etihad 19 Jan 2017

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