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Clock Icon Thursday, 19th January 2017

Saturday 21st January, 12.30pm - Liverpool v Swansea

The weekend's first live Premier League game is Liverpool against Swansea on Saturday lunchtime and this perhaps isn't the worst time to be playing Jurgen Klopp's side as they aren't exactly flying at the moment. 

I get the impression that Klopp is struggling to find the right balance with his team and the absence of Sadio Mane is being keenly felt, albeit they perhaps should have foreseen his participation at the Africa Cup of Nations and acted accordingly in the transfer market to cover for him.

Without Mane, Liverpool are lacking the pace and width required to find a way past teams that are happy to sit deep and defend, which is exactly what Swansea will do this weekend. However, it is difficult to make a case for the Swans until we see an upturn in form from them and I'll back Liverpool to secure a narrow 2-0 win.

Liverpool v Swansea Odds.

Saturday 21st January - 12.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Liverpool v Swansea
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Tips Liverpool to win    Best Bet @ 1 / 4  
Liverpool to win 2-0 @ 7 / 1  

Saturday 21st January, 5.30pm - Manchester City v Tottenham

The later match is then Manchester City against Tottenham and you would hope that there is a reaction from City's players after their 4-0 loss at Everton last week. It beggar's belief that a club of Man City's magnitude and financial clout can be so far away from winning the league, particularly when they have spent so much money on this squad.

They are just not good enough at the moment and this is arguably the first time that Pep Guardiola has ever had to properly manage a club as he has previously had the luxury of working with the very best players in the world at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Those top sides in Europe have a solid foundation that they can work from but Guardiola has a defence that is built on sand and the back-four has been an area that has been City's Achilles heel for years now, with the likes of Nicolas Otamendi, Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala all failing to live up to expectations in recent seasons. 

I don't see Tottenham losing on Saturday as they have obviously been in very good form and will hope to take advantage of City's defensive deficiencies, although I'm going to back the 2-2 draw simply because City are at home and I'm expecting a reaction to last weekend's debacle at Goodison Park.

Man City v Tottenham Odds.

Saturday 21st January - 5.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Man City v Tottenham
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Tips The Draw    Best Bet @ 13 / 5  
2-2 correct score @ 13 / 1  

Sunday 22nd January, 12.00pm - Southampton v Leicester

The midday kick-off on Sunday involves two teams who don't make great appeal from a betting perspective as Southampton take on Leicester. It's so difficult to predict what you are going to get from either of these sides and Southampton in particular have struggled in the league in recent weeks.

I do think Leicester will get enough points to be safe this season and they can take a draw from this trip's to St Mary's, with the 1-1 my correct score pick as neither side has done enough to convince me they are worthy of favouritism here.

Southampton v Leicester Odds.

Sunday 22nd January - 12.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Southampton v Leicester
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Tips The Draw    Best Bet @ 5 / 2  
1-1 correct score @ 13 / 2  

Sunday 22nd January, 2.15pm - Arsenal v Burnley

Arsenal are then involved in the second televised match on Sunday as they host Burnley and the Gunners should be an absolute certainty for three points here, albeit they did need a very late goal to beat the Clarets 1-0 at Turf Moor in October.

It has been the same old story for Arsenal again this season as it has been a nightmare to predict some of their games but it doesn't look like things are going to change any time soon at The Emirates. The Gunners are unlikely to win the league with Arsene Wenger as manager but the fans are going to be royally entertained by some wonderful football.

As for Burnley, they are ten points clear of relegation going into the weekend and they have done brilliantly to be in that position, with Sean Dyche doing an excellent job to get the club promoted again and keep them there.

Having said that, Burnley's dreadful away record could do with some work and it is unlikely to improve at The Emirates, where I'm backing Arsenal for a comfortable 3-1 win.

Arsenal v Burnley Odds.

Sunday 22nd January - 2.15pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Arsenal v Burnley
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Tips Arsenal to win    Best Bet @ 2 / 9  
Arsenal to win 3-1 @ 11 / 1  

Sunday 22nd January, 4.30pm - Chelsea v Hull

Finally, Chelsea take on Hull on Sunday afternoon and I'm still scratching my head as to how the situation with Diego Costa escalated in the way it did last week. It beggar's belief that the row could go public and Costa has a real job on his hands as he tries to get back into the team, as well as placate fans who know he wants to leave.

Surely Costa should have told the club that a team from China had made an offer and Chelsea respond by saying 'we'll let you go at the end of the season'. That way no one else is any the wiser. But the manner in which it panned out suggests that they haven't actually talked to each other to work this out which seems ridiculous. 

The Blues did respond to the debacle with a comfortable 3-0 win at Leicester and they next face a Hull side that picked up a good 3-1 win over Bournemouth last weekend. However, the defeat to Tottenham aside, Chelsea have been immaculate of late and I'll back them to win 3-0.

Chelsea v Hull Odds.

Sunday 22nd January - 4.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Chelsea v Hull
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Tips Chelsea to win    Best Bet @ 1 / 5  
Chelsea to win 3-0 @ 13 / 2  

Steve Claridge Weekend Treble

Steve Claridge TrebleOddsWon/LostBet
Tips: L1: Sheff Utd v Gillingham- Home Win @ 2 / 5  
L2: Barnet v Newport - Home Win @ 6 / 5  
L2: Crawley v Portsmouth - Away Win
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@ 7 / 10  
Treble Returns: @ 17 / 4  

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Chelsea And City To Win But United v Spurs To End In A Stalemate 08 Dec 2016

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