Steve Claridge has joined Betting Directory to provide his expert views and tips on the latest football betting odds and the latest matches.
Friday, 27th February 2015
Steve's tips will appear here on Thursday but in the meantime you can check out the upcoming match odds...
|Tuesday 3rd March|
|19:45||Aston Villa v West Brom||Odds|
|19:45||Hull v Sunderland|
|19:45||Southampton v Crystal Palace|
|Wednesday 4th March|
|19:45||Man City v Leicester||Odds|
|19:45||Newcastle v Man Utd||Odds|
|19:45||QPR v Arsenal||Odds|
|19:45||Stoke v Everton||Odds|
|19:45||Tottenham v Swansea||Odds|
|19:45||West Ham v Chelsea||Odds|
|20:00||Liverpool v Burnley||Odds|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||QPR v Tottenham||Odds|
FA Cup Quarter Finals:
|Saturday 7th March|
|12:45||Bradford v Reading||Odds|
|17:30||Aston Villa v West Brom||Odds|
|Sunday 8th March|
|16:00||Liverpool v Blackburn||Odds|
|Monday 9th March|
|19:45||Man Utd v Arsenal||Odds|
West Ham v Crystal Palace (12.45pm, Saturday 28th February 2015)
We start this weekend's preview at Upton Park on Saturday lunchtime as West Ham come up against Crystal Palace. You get the feeling that the Hammers will be kicking themselves after letting a two-goal lead slip in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Tottenham and their season is in danger of petering out in tame fashion after a fine start.
There is far more riding on Saturday's game for Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace as the Eagles aren't clear of relegation just yet. They start the weekend in 13th place, five points above the bottom-three, and they will want to collect a few more points quickly to give themselves some breathing room. With so much riding on the game for Palace, I think they look good value to get a result at Upton Park, particularly as West Ham have so little left to play for, and I'm going to go for a 1-1 draw here.
Match Result Tip: The draw @ odds of 5/2 with Betfred.
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 draw @ odds of 6/1 with Bet Victor.
Liverpool v Man City (Midday, Sunday 1st March 2015)
Moving on to Sunday and the first of three live games is the midday kick-off between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. Liverpool will obviously be hugely disappointed to have been knocked out of the Europa League by Besiktas on Thursday night, particularly when you consider the eventual winner of that competition automatically qualifies for the Champions League next season. I'm not sure what Brendan Rodgers was doing resting Philippe Coutinho in the week but he will be hoping that it is a gamble that pays off on Sunday.
Liverpool are obviously right in the mix for a top-four finish and the bonus for them is that they know teams like Arsenal and Manchester United will drop more points between now and the end of the season. For Manchester City, Sunday's match is almost 'make or break' because they cannot afford to slip up as they bid to close the gap on Chelsea at the top of the table. A win on Sunday would take City within two points of Chelsea, albeit the league leaders would have a game in hand after the weekend's round of games, but you get the impression it is a match that Manuel Pellegrini's side cannot afford to lose.
There is so much riding on this fixture for both teams and I'm struggling to choose between them. I think a draw would be a decent enough result for Liverpool and I'm going to back another 1-1 here.
Match Result Tip: The draw @ odds of 13/5 with Bet Victor.
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 draw @ odds of 13/2 with Bet Victor.
Arsenal v Everton (2.05pm, Sunday 1st March 2015)
The next Premier League game is then Arsenal against Everton on Sunday afternoon and what more can you say about the Gunners? I was suckered in to thinking that Arsenal had turned a corner this season but it turns out they are turning the same corner they have been for the last eight years. I get the impression that Arsene Wenger's team thought they only needed to turn up to beat Monaco in the Champions League on Wednesday night but they were given a rude awakening.
It is amazing to think that a team with Arsenal's European experience can be so naive and they again showed that they are incapable of chasing games. Sometimes you have to take a defeat and take stock before the second leg, particularly after they managed to get themselves back into the tie with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal, but to give the ball away a minute later and hand Monaco a 3-1 win is nothing short of criminal. I'm not sure where Arsenal go from here and it is clear that not all is well at The Emirates.
Everton also have their problems at the moment and there have been a few rumblings of discontent from supporters as they are not used to watching their team just pass the ball for the sake of passing. They want to see players who can do something with the ball and cause the opposition problems but they have fallen well short in the league this season. Their progress in the Europa League has effectively kept their season alive but it is hard to know what you are going to get from them at the weekend.
This fixture isn't a great betting proposition as Arsenal are hardly a team you want to be getting involved with, although they do tend to get the job done when at home and everything is going their way so I'll take them to win 2-1 on Sunday.
Match Result Tip: Arsenal to win the match @ odds of 4/7 with Bet 365.
Correct Score Tip: Arsenal to win 2-1 @ odds of 8/1 with Bet 365.
Capital One Cup Final: Chelsea v Tottenham (4.00pm, Sunday 1st March 2015)
The weekend's live football concludes with the Capital One Cup final as Chelsea take on Tottenham at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon. I've got a funny feeling for Tottenham in this game as they showed what they could do against Chelsea when beating them 5-3 in the league on New Year's Day and Harry Kane obviously caused the league leaders all sorts of problems at White Hart Lane.
Chelsea will be significantly weakened by the loss of Nemanja Matic to suspension and his likely replacement, John Obi Mikel, just doesn't offer the same quality in the middle of the park. I think the loss of Matic leaves them vulnerable and Chelsea seem to have slowed down a little bit after their fantastic start to the season.
The air of impregnability that surrounded Jose Mourinho's side at the start of the campaign has diminished a little now and there are a few weaknesses. I think the outcome of Sunday's match will depend on whether Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino can get his system right and I'm going to go for Tottenham to win 2-1 at Wembley.
Match Result Tip: Tottenham to win @ odds of 9/2 with Bet Victor.
Correct Score Tip: Tottenham to win 2-1 @ odds of 8/1 with Betfred.com.
This weekend's treble comes from the Championship, League One and League Two:
A treble returns a touch under 7/1 with BetVictor.com.
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