Steve Claridge has joined Betting Directory to provide his expert views and tips on the latest football betting odds and the latest matches.
Thursday, 27th August 2015
Steve's tips for the next televised Premier League games will appear here on Thursday 10th September but you can check out the upcoming odds in the meantime...
|Saturday 12th September|
|12:45||Everton v Chelsea||Odds|
|15:00||Arsenal v Stoke||Odds|
|15:00||Crystal Palace v Man City||Odds|
|15:00||Norwich v Bournemouth|
|15:00||Watford v Swansea|
|15:00||West Brom v Southampton||Odds|
|17:30||Man Utd v Liverpool||Odds|
|Sunday 13th September|
|13:30||Sunderland v Tottenham||Odds|
|16:00||Leicester v Aston Villa||Odds|
|Monday 14th September|
|20:00||West Ham v Newcastle||Odds|
Newcastle are involved in the live Saturday lunchtime game for a second weekend running as they host Arsenal and I thought last weekend's goalless draw with Manchester United was a step in the right direction for them. Obviously, United huffed and puffed without possessing the required quality in the final third but you couldn't fault Newcastle's application and effort.
Saturday's match will be a completely different kettle of fish for them though as playing away from home and making yourself tough to beat against a 'bits and pieces' United side isn't quite the same as trying to go out and beat an Arsenal team who are very good on the counter.
Saying that, Arsenal's lack of width is blatantly their biggest problem and it ensures they are finding life very difficult at home. Arsene Wenger is putting his best eleven players out on the pitch but they are not his best team in terms of how they fit into a system and I'm starting to wonder whether he has a tactical blind-spot.
The obvious solution would be to drop Mesut Ozil, move Aaron Ramsey inside and bring Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain into the team to provide some much-needed width. I'll be interested to see how they approach this trip to the North East but there is no doubt that the Gunners are better suited to playing away from home and they should be too strong on Saturday, with a 2-1 Arsenal win my pick in the correct score market.
Match Result Tip: Arsenal to win @ 8/13 with Betfred.
Correct Score Tip: Arsenal to win 2-1 @ 8/1 with Betfred.
I don't see there being too much to choose between Tottenham and Everton in Saturday's live evening kick-off. I do have concerns about Spurs though as I'm not sure where they're going under Mauricio Pochettino, who still hasn't convinced me, and I don't think they will match last season's fifth place finish.
They come up against an Everton side who played well in defeat against Manchester City last weekend and the Toffees then won at Barnsley in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.
The games are coming thick and fast for them even at this early stage of the season and I'll back a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Match Result Tip: The draw @ 13/5 with Bet Victor.
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 draw @ 13/2 with Bet Victor.
I'm then covering Sunday lunchtime's live game between Southampton and Norwich for BBC Radio Five Live. I have to start by saying that I haven't been convinced by Saints since Christmas, particularly with regards to Ronald Koeman's signings. The new players haven't really settled yet and results will catch up with you eventually if you keep letting your best players leave.
Meanwhile, it was a huge blow for them to miss out on Toby Alderweireld because signing him would have been a real statement of intent for the season ahead and that mistake could be exacerbated by the mooted exit of Victor Wanyama too.
They take on a Norwich side who haven't lost away from home under manager Alex Neil and I fancy the Canaries to get something at St Mary's, with the 1-1 draw my pick for Sunday.
Match Result Tip: The draw @ 12/5 with William Hill.
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 draw @ 6/1 with William Hill.
We round things off before the international break with the match between Swansea and Manchester United on Sunday afternoon. The Swans are the template for every club that gets promoted as they have conducted themselves in exemplary fashion and the chairman should take huge credit for their success.
Huw Jenkins has brought in managers who have adhered to the 'Swansea way' if you like and they haven't had to change too much when they have arrived. They can just iron out a few wrinkles and continue to produce a style of football that is easy on the eye.
I enjoy the fact that everybody associated with the club seems to still be loving that they are playing in the Premier League, so the novelty hasn't worn off, and expectation or spending hasn't got out of control despite the fact they have won a cup and consistently impressed in the league.
Speaking of expenditure, Manchester United have spent the best part of £400-500m on players in the last two years and it is bizarre that they are still without a recognised centre forward.
Wayne Rooney has obviously been struggling to fill the role as main striker in the league but to write him off after a couple of games, as some people were doing, is ridiculous and the forward is always going to struggle in such an incoherent team. It seems to be a common theme already this season that fans are writing their team and players off after a couple of poor matches.
Louis van Gaal has had plenty of time to sort things out at United now but I'm still waiting for his side to get me up off my seat and excited in a game. I'm left wondering quite where they are going as they continually take one step forward and two steps back, and this will be a proper test in what I'm backing to be an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Match Result Tip: The draw @ 12/5 with Betfred.
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 draw @ 16/1 with Betfred.com.
A treble returns 15/1 with WilliamHill.com.
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