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Wins For Top Three Tipped Over Easter

Thursday, 17th April 2014

Tottenham v Fulham (12.45pm, Saturday 19th April 2014)

There are six live games from the Premier League this weekend, kicking off at White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime as Tottenham host Fulham. It looks as though Spurs are going to miss out on a top four finish, but I think there league position is about right given the personnel. Tim Sherwood seemed happy with a point last week against West Brom but truth is it's a game his Tottenham side should have won. Christian Eriksen's an excellent player but I'd like to see him play in a more central role rather than being stuck out on the left. Spurs lack shape because of this and as good a player he is going forward, defensively they've struggled with no real cover for Danny Rose and that showed last week in the 3-3 draw at the Hawthorns.

I watched Fulham beat Norwich last week at Craven Cottage but they got lucky. Norwich could have been two up at half time and having come into the game with some recent good form, I was really disappointed with Fulham. That said, the win was all important and although I think they can score at White Hart Lane on Saturday, Spurs should have a bit too much quality and wind up winners, so I'm going for a 2-1 correct score bet at odds of 8/1 with Bet365 in the favour of the home side.

Tottenham v Fulham

Match Result Tip: Tottenham to win @ odds of 8/15 with BetVictor.
CorrectScore Tip: Tottenham to win 2-1 @ odds of 8/1 with Bet365.

Chelsea v Sunderland (5.30pm, Saturday 19th April 2014)

Later on Saturday, Chelsea look like a home banker against struggling Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. Manchester City's draw with Sunderland on Wednesday has opened the door for Chelsea at the top of the Premier League and the title is now in their own hands with a trip to Liverpool to come next weekend.

Chelsea were getting written off as title winners a few weeks ago but are now right bang in it and you have to say the pressure is off them. It was a good point for Sunderland on Wednesday at the Etihad but I don't see Chelsea giving them many chances on Saturday evening and I'm going for a 2-0 home win at odds of 6/1 with Bet Victor.

Chelsea v Sunderland

Match Result Tip: Chelsea to win @ odds of 1/5 with PaddyPower.
CorrectScore Tip: Chelsea to win 2-0 @ odds of 6/1 with BetVictor.

Norwich v Liverpool (12.00pm, Sunday 20th April 2014)

Norwich host Liverpool in the first of three live games on Easter Sunday. Both sides are desperate for the points at either end of the table and I think there'll be plenty of goals at Carrow Road. It'll be interesting to see how Norwich play this one, as I believe Liverpool aren't the kind of team you can afford to sit back and soak up pressure and then try and hit on the break.

There's too much quality in Liverpool's offensive players and I think Norwich will have to fight fire with fire and give this a real go. You'd think Norwich have to net at least three times to get a result given the form of Brendan Rodgers' side and Luis Suarez in particular has a tremendous scoring record against the Canaries.

Liverpool are best price 21/2 to win the game 3-1, which is my prediction for Sunday's correct score.

Norwich v Liverpool

Match Result Tip: Liverpool to win @ odds of 2/5 with Ladbrokes.
Correct Score Tip: Liverpool to win 3-1 @ odds of 21/2 with BetVictor.

Hull v Arsenal (2.30pm, Sunday 20th April 2014)

Hull host Arsenal in a rehearsal of next month's FA Cup final and funnily enough I probably fancy Arsenal's chances of winning this than I do at Wembley. Arsenal are a difficult team to get right but they do seem to respond well to pressure. 1-0 down at half time to West Ham on Tuesday night with Everton's home game against Crystal Palace to come, fans would have been forgiven for fearing the worst. However, an excellent second half performance resulted in a 3-1 home win for Arsene Wenger's side and with Everton conspiring to lose at home to Palace on Wednesday, things couldn't have turned out any better for Arsenal.

Hull are safe from relegation and have enjoyed a good season under Steve Bruce, who is a thoroughly decent Fella. I'm glad that everything is going well for him, but I just wonder if Arsenal will want this a bit more as the FA Cup will be no substitute for no Champions League football next season. A 2-1 away win can be backed at odds of 17/2.

Hull v Arsenal

Match Result Tip: Arsenal to win @ odds of 4/5 with Paddy Power.
CorrectScore Tip: Arsenal to win 2-1 @ odds of 17/2 with BetVictor.

Everton v Man Utd (4.10pm, Sunday 20th April 2014)

Everton's 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace was a massive disappointment and although it will come as no consolation to Roberto Martinez, I can see Palace spoiling a few more parties before the season is out.

Everton host Manchester United on Sunday and it should be a good one. United won't want to do the Merseysiders' any favours and a correct score bet on 2-2 at 14/1 with Bet365 should provide plenty of interest.

Everton v Man Utd

Match Result Tip: Draw @ odds of 12/5 with Ladbrokes.
CorrectScore Tip: 2-2 correct score @ odds of 14/1 with Bet365.

Man City v West Brom (8.00pm, Monday 21st April 2014)

Finally, Manchester City host West Brom on Easter Monday, reeling from dropping five points in their last two games. The defeat to Liverpool last weekend was a real hammer blow and although they could have been beaten out of sight after the first half, it was disappointing to see how the nervousness creep into their game once they'd clawed things back to 2-2.

Having got back into the game, it was almost as if it was there's to lose again and gave the initiative back to Liverpool who took advantage through Coutinho's second half strike. That result was compounded with a 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland on Wednesday which has all but ended their title hopes.

Regardless of those two results, you couldn't back against them winning against a West Brom side who look destined for relegation this season. Pepe Mel's side really should be safe by now and last week's 3-3 draw with Spurs was the latest game where they've conceded a lead late on to drop points.

City are as short as 2/9 for the win, with the 2-1 correct score my bet at odds of 21/2.

Man City v West Brom

Match Result Tip: Man City to win @ odds of 2/9 with BetVictor.
CorrectScore Tip: Man City to win 2-1 @ odds of 21/2 with BetVictor.

Steve Claridge's Weekend Treble

This weekend's treble comes from all three lower divisions:

  • Championship - Saturday 19th April, 3.00pm - Watford to beat Ipswich (6/5)
  • League One - Saturday 19th April, 3.00pm - Sheffield United to beat Stevenage (9/10)
  • League Two - Saturday 19th April, 3.00pm - Portsmouth to beat Bristol Rovers (13/10)

A treble returns just over 19/2 with BetVictor.com and a 20 winning treble returns 192.28.

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