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Friday, 31st October 2014
Newcastle v Liverpool (12.45pm, Saturday 1st November 2014)
I watched Newcastle beat Manchester City in the Capital One Cup in mid-week and I'm looking forward to seeing them take on Liverpool in Saturday lunchtime's live Premier League fixture. They played very well against a strong City team at The Etihad and they were worthy winners, albeit Manuel Pellegrini's team never got going. Credit to Newcastle though as they have shown a real spirit and togetherness during the past few weeks and it seems as if Alan Pardew has finally worked out his best system.
In contrast, Brendan Rodgers knows the system he wants to play at Liverpool but it is open to debate whether the current formation and shape suits his squad of players. There is plenty of work to be done at Liverpool but I'll go for a 1-1 draw at St James' Park because Rodgers' team tend to be better away from home.
Match Result Tip: Draw @ odds of 13/5 with Betfred.
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 correct score @ odds of 7/1 with BetVictor.
Man City v Man Utd (1.30pm, Sunday 2nd November 2014)
We then move on to Sunday lunchtime's Manchester derby at The Etihad and I've already mentioned how poor City were against Newcastle on Wednesday night. City are standing on the edge of a precipice right now as they are playing some really high pressure games during the next few days and they can't afford to drop points on Sunday before they then take on CSKA Moscow in a crucial Champions League group game on Wednesday.
I know they were missing Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero in the defeat to Newcastle in the week but there can be no excuses for the lacklustre display of Yaya Toure, who looks as if he would rather be somewhere else judging by his performances this season. The return of Aguero on Sunday will give them more movement up front and I'd be surprised if Edin Dzeko plays this weekend as he offered absolutely nothing against Newcastle. City will surely function better with Aguero, Kompany and an interested Toure in their team and I'll take them to win 2-1 on Sunday.
I know United have been improving of late but they are still nowhere near where they would want to be defensively. Their complete lack of organisation is unforgiveable and their failure to defend set pieces properly is becoming a real problem. We saw it again with the goal they conceded from a corner against Chelsea last Sunday as they failed to put a player in the hole to attack the ball from the near post. It really is basic stuff and you would expect someone of Louis van Gaal's experience to address such issues.
Match Result Tip: Man City to win @ odds of 19/20 with Ladbrokes.
Correct Score Tip: Man City to win 2-1 @ odds of 17/2 with BetVictor.
Aston Villa v Tottenham (4.00pm, Sunday 2nd November 2014)
The later kick-off on Sunday comes from Villa Park and it involves two teams who have been so poor this year that it beggars belief. Tottenham are in a similar position to Liverpool as their manager doesn't know his best team and the system he is using doesn't suit the players he has got. Something has got to give sooner or later and Mauricio Pochettino couldn't have asked for a much more welcoming fixture than a game against Aston Villa, who are winless in their last 12 against Spurs.
I watched Villa lose 2-0 at QPR last Monday night and for all the possession they had at Loftus Road it is a damning statistic that they didn't create a single chance until the 82nd minute. I'm not sure what Paul Lambert is trying to do because he has got wide players but there is no width in his team and I find it ridiculous that a side boasting the talents of Christian Benteke, Andreas Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor hasn't score for five games. They were abject in losing a fifth game on the bounce against QPR and I'll take Tottenham to put a bit more pressure on Lambert by winning 1-0 at Villa Park.
Match Result Tip: Tottenham to win @ odds of 11/10 with BetVictor.
Correct Score Tip: Tottenham to win 1-0 @ odds of 7/1 with Ladbrokes.com.
Crystal Palace v Sunderland (8.00pm, Monday 3rd November 2014)
Finally, this weekend's round of live games concludes with Crystal Palace against Sunderland on Monday night and I'll be doing the commentary for Five Live at Selhurst Park. I think Palace will be absolutely fine this season because they've got real character and fight about them, although the same cannot be said of Sunderland. The Black Cats have real problems and the manner in which they lost 8-0 to Southampton was unforgivable, while they produced some more slapstick defending when losing 2-0 to Arsenal last weekend. They are completely devoid of belief so I'll take Palace to win 2-0 on Monday and it is a concern that Sunderland's best chance of staying in this division appears to be through the failings of other teams, rather than their own performances, at the moment.
Match Result Tip: Crystal Palace to win @ odds of 23/20 with Ladbrokes.
Correct Score Tip: Crystal Palace to win 2-0 @ odds of 10/1 with BetVictor.
This weekend's treble comes from the two live Championship games and from League One:
A treble returns just under 13/2 with BetVictor.com and a £20 winning treble returns £153.21.
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