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Friday, 17th April 2015
Chelsea v Man Utd (5.30pm, Saturday 18th April 2015)
The first of the weekend's live games from the Premier League is a biggie as Chelsea host Manchester United on Saturday evening at Stamford Bridge. The champions elect Chelsea look to me to have taken their foot off the gas at the moment, but with games running out I don't think there's any danger of them being caught.
They face a United side who are still a bit of a conundrum, with pieces of the jigsaw still out of place. I don't believe Louis Van Gaal has been working his way towards this current set up. He has good players at his disposal and I also wonder if his side haven't just caught the likes of Man City and Liverpool at the right time and that recent results flatter them.
It should be a pretty good game but I think it'll be tight and I'm plumbing for a 1-1 draw which pays 6/1 with Bet Victor.
Match Result Tip: The draw @ odds of 5/2 with Betfred.
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 correct score @ odds of 6/1 with Bet Victor.
Man City v West Ham (1.30pm, Sunday 19th April 2015)
Man City host West Ham on Sunday and they have to pull their finger out if they want to finish higher than fourth and thus skip the Champions League qualifiers at the start of next season.
The outgoing champions have dropped away very disappointingly and ultimately it's clear out time. I wouldn't be surprised if just 2-3 first team players remain at the club next season, with the likes of Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero the players that stay.
Yaya Toure will probably be sold and it appears on the face of it that he doesn't want to be at the club anymore. Once you get one of your big players not wanting to be there it has a big psychological affect on the football club, with other players doubting him and not believing in the team. All of a sudden you have big problems and that's where I see City at right now.
As for Sunday's game, I do expect a home win. City still have something to play for and West Ham, who have had a solid season if not dropping away from one that promised much at Christmas, don't really have anything to play for here. A 3-1 City win is the selection, you can get 10/1 about that eventuality with Bet365.?
Match Result Tip: Man City to win @ odds of 1/4 with Paddy Power.
Correct Score Tip: Man City to win 3-1 @ odds of 10/1 with Bet365.
Newcastle v Tottenham (4.00pm, Sunday 19th April 2015)
Two teams who are very much in holiday mode meet at St James's Park later on Sunday. Like City, Tottenham have shown a real capacity to down tools the last couple of season and they've been very disappointing of late. It must be frustrating for the fans who know exactly how well this group of players can play when they want to. It took a long time for Pochettino to find his system and now he needs to get these players to show what they're capable of on a more consistent basis.
Newcastle are already on their holidays and look totally switched off so I think we'll see an away win here, with Spurs to win 2-1 my correct score bet. (I hasten to add I have no real conviction with this bet!)
Match Result Tip: Tottenham to win @ 13/10 with Bet 365.
Correct Score Tip: Spurs to win 2-1 @ 9/1 with Bet 365.
FA Cup Semi Finals:
Reading v Arsenal (5.20pm, Saturday 18th April 2015)
Lest we not forget it's also the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend from Wembley this weekend, although both matches are up against televised Premier League games.
I actually think we could see a couple of crackers and I have a sneaky feeling that the first game between Reading and Arsenal won't be the cakewalk for the Gunners the odds suggest.
Arsene Wenger's side are as short as 2/7 to win the match, rightly so but I've seen enough of his side over the last few years to suggest things are rarely that straightforward.?
Reading can be very capable on their day with some competent players, but can they trouble Arsenal? I remember the 5-7 to Arsenal at the Madjeski a few years ago in the Capital One Cup and I have a little fancy that the Gunners will make hard work of this. A 2-1 win for Arsenal pays 9/1 with Hills which is good enough for me.
Match Result Tip: Arsenal to win @ odds of 2/7 with Betfred.
Correct Score Tip: Arsenal to win 2-1 @ odds of 9/1 with William Hill.
Aston Villa v Liverpool (3.00pm, Sunday 18th April 2015)
Finally it's Aston Villa versus Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. This has the potential to be a really good game and I don't see much between the teams on their current form. It appears that Liverpool have bottomed out whilst a Christian Benteke inspired Villa side are making us wonder why they've been struggling at all the last couple of seasons.
I'd like to see the line-ups before having a bet on this, but Villa certainly have the shackles off under Sherwood so I'm hoping for a bit of a 'goalfest', with 16/1 chance 2-2 my correct score bet!
Match Result Tip: The draw @ odds of 3/1 with Paddy Power.
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 score draw @ odds of 16/1 with Bet 365.
This weekend's treble comes from all three of the lower divisions:
A treble returns over 13/2 with Betfred.com.
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