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Steve Claridge has joined Betting Directory to provide his expert views and tips on the latest football betting odds and the latest matches.

Chelsea can maintain their winning start with victory at Manchester City

Friday, 19th September 2014

Steve's tips will appear here on Thursday but in the meantime you can check out last week's tips, as well as the upcoming match odds...

Saturday 27th September
12:45Liverpool v EvertonOdds
15:00Chelsea v Aston VillaOdds
15:00Crystal Palace v Leicester
15:00Hull v Man CityOdds
15:00Man Utd v West HamOdds
15:00Southampton v QPR
15:00Sunderland v SwanseaOdds
17:30Arsenal v TottenhamOdds
Sunday 28th September
16:00West Brom v BurnleyOdds
Monday 29th September
20:00Stoke v NewcastleOdds

QPR v Stoke (12.45pm, Saturday 20th September 2014)

The first live game of the weekend is QPR against Stoke and Mark Hughes returns to Loftus Road for the first time since his doomed reign as manager there. This isn't an easy game to call by any means because, the win over Manchester City aside, Stoke have endured a nightmare start to the season, while QPR are all over the place at the moment.

Harry Redknapp doesn't seem to know his best system or team and that is a real worry, particularly as there is so much pressure on them to stay in the league this season. There is obviously a degree of pressure on every club to stay in the division but it is ramped up a notch for QPR because of the financial implications of going down. I do fear for them because obviously the 'financial fair play' has come in but they have kept spending money on players and they appear to be teetering on the edge of a precipice. Relegation could be disastrous so home games against the likes of Stoke will be absolutely vital to their chances of staying up, particularly when they're rolling over and getting beaten 4-0 by Tottenham and Man United.

QPR did get a much-needed win over Sunderland in their last home game before the international break but, like Stoke, they have won just one of four league games so far and it is tough to back either of them with any confidence, so I'll go for the 1-1 draw first up.

QPR v Stoke

Match Result Tip: Draw @ odds of 9/4 with Bet365.
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 correct score @ odds of 11/2 with Bet365.

West Ham v Liverpool (5.30pm, Saturday 20th September 2014)

We then move across London for Saturday evening's live game as West Ham host Liverpool at Upton Park. These are another two teams who are in a bit of a pickle at the moment and I think this opening month of the season has shown that Liverpool will not be the side that they were with Luis Suarez leading the line. It was always going to be impossible to replace the Uruguayan but Brendan Rodgers is not helping himself with some of his decisions, particularly leaving Raheem Sterling out of the starting line-up for the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last weekend. Rodgers is persisting with a diamond formation with a man in behind the front two but it doesn't seem to work and I'll be interested to see how he approaches the trip to East London.

Things aren't getting any better at West Ham either and I'm not really sure what is happening at the club. They seem to have reached a plateau with Sam Allardyce, who has never really been accepted by the fans, and I do worry that it could get a bit messy there if results don't improve. Allardyce has achieved what the club wanted by keeping them in the Premier League and I do think he'll set his side up to have a go at Liverpool, with 2-2 my pick in the correct score market.

West Ham v Liverpool

Match Result Tip: Draw @ odds of 3/1 with BetVictor.
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 correct score @ odds of 14/1 with BetVictor.

Leicester v Man Utd (4.00pm, Sunday 21st September 2014)

The first of two live games on Sunday is Leicester against Manchester United and Louis van Gaal is obviously looking to pick up a second win on the bounce. The Dutchman couldn't have asked for more accommodating opponents than QPR during his first win in charge at Old Trafford last weekend as Harry Redknapp's side simply let United play. It was manner from heaven for United as they came up against a QPR side who failed to put any pressure on the ball, left spaces between the lines and didn't get tight at any stage.

United were better going forward last Sunday but it remains be seen if they have improved defensively and I do think there has been a major overreaction from the bookmakers following that 4-0 win. Let's be honest, to only have five points from four games when you consider the relatively kind fixture list they have had is disappointing to say the least. In contrast, Leicester will be very pleased with their return of five points as they have already had to play the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea since returning to the Premier League.

Nigel Pearson's side have done well and people are going to have to start taking them very seriously. This will be a great occasion at the King Power Stadium and I do think United are a very short price at 4/6 but I will take them to edge an entertaining match 3-2.

Leicester v Man Utd

Match Result Tip: Man Utd to win @ odds of 4/6 with Ladbrokes.
Correct Score Tip: Man Utd to win3-2 @ odds of 22/1 with Ladbrokes.

Man City v Chelsea (4.00pm, Sunday 21st September 2014)

The final live game of the weekend is Manchester City against Chelsea at The Etihad on Sunday afternoon. I'm not convinced by Man City just yet as they struggled at Arsenal last weekend and the manner of their defeat at Bayern Munich in mid-week was very disappointing.

It is good to see that Jose Mourinho is taking the Premier League very seriously as he started with Didier Drogba up front during their 1-1 draw with Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday and that was obviously with this weekend's match in mind. Diego Costa will come back into the starting line-up, fitness permitting, and I do fancy Chelsea to win this one. I'm not sure I'd back them if they were at home but they won 1-0 at The Etihad last season and I'll take them to win 2-1 on Sunday.

Man City v Chelsea

Match Result Tip: Chelsea to win @ odds of 21/10 with
Correct Score Tip: Chelsea to win 2-1 @ odds of 11/1 with Bet365.

Steve Claridge's Weekend Treble

This weekend's treble comes from the Championship, League One and League Two:

  • Championship - Saturday 20th September, 3.00pm - Norwich to beat Birmingham (1/2)
  • League One - Saturday 20th September, 3.00pm - MK Dons to beat Crewe (1/2)
  • League Two - Saturday 20th September, 3.00pm - Cheltenham to beat Dagenham and Redbridge (10/11)

A treble returns just under 7/2 with Betfred and a £20 winning treble returns £85.91.

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