Steve Claridge has joined Betting Directory to provide his expert views and tips on the latest football betting odds and the latest matches.
Thursday, 19th November 2015
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|Saturday 28th November|
|15:00||Aston Villa v Watford|
|15:00||Bournemouth v Everton|
|15:00||Crystal Palace v Newcastle|
|15:00||Man City v Southampton||Odds|
|15:00||Sunderland v Stoke||Odds|
|17:30||Leicester v Man Utd||Odds|
|Sunday 29th November|
|12:00||Tottenham v Chelsea||Odds|
|14:05||West Ham v West Brom||Odds|
|16:15||Liverpool v Swansea||Odds|
|16:15||Norwich v Arsenal||Odds|
The Premier League returns from the international break with Watford against Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime and I'm really looking forward to this game. I like the fact that Watford haven't compromised on the style of play that got them promoted last season and they have obviously had to reign themselves in a bit but they have stuck to their strengths.
It is rare that Watford will have gone into a game against United where the onus is on them to provide the entertainment. They are certainly a very watchable team and I think that a lot of neutral fans will happily go to watch them play nowadays, which is a far cry from their previous appearances in the Premier League when they had been relegated pretty much as soon as the season had begun.
In Odion Ighalo they have a genuine goalscorer and Troy Deeney occupies the opposition, while they are a tough and tight team to play against and I expect them to give United a proper test this weekend.
I'm not a massive fan of Louis van Gaal and I don't think I'm being harsh when I say that United have done no better than okay in the context of what isn't a seminal Premier League season. They should be competitive at the very least when you consider how much money they have spent on players but their performance levels haven't quite been what you would expect from a United team so far.
I can see them dropping more points at Vicarage Road, where the 2-2 correct score is my tip at 21/1.
Match Result Tip: The draw @ 5/2 with Betfred.
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 draw @ 21/1 with Bet Victor.
There is a potentially brilliant game between Manchester City and Liverpool on Saturday evening. It is great to see that Manuel Pellegrini has finally started playing with three in midfield after becoming obsessed with 4-4-2 last season. You can't play 4-4-2 against the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the Champions League and it seems as if Pellegrini has finally worked that out.
It is strange because foreign managers are normally very keen to flood the midfield and Pellegrini certainly has plenty of options within his squad to do that. City boast the best and strongest set of players in the division and they look worthy favourites for the league - they are a nice price at 21/20 now, which looks decent when you consider they were as short as 1/3 not so long ago.
Much will depend on the fitness of Sergio Aguero and if he stays fit then they will win the title but his absence obviously leaves them short of a world class striker.
As for Liverpool, I'm not sure what people are expecting of Jurgen Klopp this season. I heard someone saying the other day that 'Klopp has come over with a big reputation and can't back it up'. It's just ridiculous as I've been impressed with Klopp since he came in, he has spoken sense and he's not trying to put square pegs in round holes.
Klopp has hinted that he doesn't want to risk Daniel Sturridge for Saturday and one or two other selection issues, including City with Aguero, ensure that it's probably worth taking a watching brief for this game to see how the teams line up. I'll lean towards a 2-1 win for City, although it wouldn't surprise me to see it end in a draw.
Match Result Tip: Man City win @ 4/7 with Paddy Power.
Correct Score Tip: Man City win 2-1 @ 17/2 with Bet Victor.
Moving on to Sunday and the televised Premier League match sees Tottenham take on West Ham at White Hart Lane. The Hammers have started the season so well but they will be kicking themselves (or is it that other people have been kicking them?) with the injuries that they have suffered to some very important players.
Slaven Bilic plays a 4-2-3-1 and he's missing certain players who are born to play specific roles in that system. They might struggle against Spurs, who finally appear to be grasping the nuances involved in playing the aforementioned 4-2-3-1 formation themselves, both at home and away.
Mauricio Pochettino's side have been better suited to playing away from home in the past as they have been so narrow but they are getting better at playing the system at White Hart Lane, where the onus is on them to play more expansively.
With the recent improvements on home soil in mind, allied with West Ham's injury problems, I'll take Tottenham to win 1-0 on Sunday.
Match Result Tip: Tottenham win @ 4/7 with Bet Victor.
Correct Score Tip: Tottenham win 1-0 @ 15/2 with Bet Victor.
Finally, I'm looking forward to covering Monday night's game between Crystal Palace and Sunderland for BBC Radio Five Live. I've seen enough of Palace in the flesh to know what a good side they are but I'm intrigued to see Sunderland live for the first time this season because a lot of people have been writing them off.
I've seen Sunderland over the last three years and they've served up some of the most appalling football, so I'll be interested to see if there has been any improvement under Sam Allardyce.
The form lines ensure that you can't look anywhere other than a Palace win on Monday because it feels as though Alan Pardew is developing a really good team. Players like Wilfried Zaha, who had looked like his career might be over when he was out on loan at Cardiff a few seasons ago, are thriving at Selhurst Park and Palace seem to have created an environment where players who had been previously been written off can flourish.
Pardew's side are doing an awful lot right at the moment and I'm going to back them to win 3-1 on Monday.
Match Result Tip: Crystal Palace win @ 4/7 with Betfred.
Correct Score Tip: Crystal Palace win 3-1 @ 14/1 with Betfred.com.
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