Steve Claridge has joined Betting Directory to provide his expert views and tips on the latest football betting odds and the latest matches.
Thursday, 6th March 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 15th March|
|12:45||Hull v Man City||Odds|
|15:00||Everton v Cardiff|
|15:00||Fulham v Newcastle||Odds|
|15:00||Southampton v Norwich|
|15:00||Stoke v West Ham||Odds|
|15:00||Sunderland v Crystal Palace||Odds|
|15:00||Swansea v West Brom|
|17:30||Aston Villa v Chelsea||Odds|
|Sunday 16th March|
|13:30||Man Utd v Liverpool||Odds|
|16:00||Tottenham v Arsenal||Odds|
West Brom v Man Utd (12.45pm, Saturday 8th March 2014)
There is a busy weekend of football coming up as there are six games from the Premiership and the FA Cup to take a look at. We will start with the two live league games on Saturday and West Brom against Man Utd is the lunchtime kick-off. This isn't a great prospect from a betting point of view because these are two teams who have endured massively disappointing seasons and they are in such poor form right now.
There are so many question marks surrounding both teams - which West Brom side are going to turn up at The Hawthorns? Does Pepe Mel know his best team? Can Man United get any worse or was the Olympiakos defeat as bad as it can get? Will David Moyes continue to pick players who clearly aren't good enough? It really is guesswork trying to pick a winner for this game and I'll take a punt on United to win 2-1, purely because they are the better team on paper.
Match Result Tip: Man Utd to win @ odds of 3/4 with BetVictor.
Correct Score Tip: Man Utd to win 2-1 @ odds of 9/1 with Ladbrokes.
Chelsea v Tottenham (5.30pm, Saturday 8th March 2014)
Thankfully the later kick-off on Saturday promises to be a decent game as Chelsea take on Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. Spurs could well be challenging Arsenal for that final top-four spot in the coming months if recent results are anything to go by and they have got some big matches coming up.
I think Spurs are still better-suited to playing away from home because they lack a little bit of width. The recent defeat to Norwich concerned me though and that result probably emphasised the fact that they're not this all-conquering side that some people thought Andre Villas-Boas might have put together last summer. They are good at what they do but the campaign has been a bit of a disappointment when you consider how much the former manager spent.
We know that Chelsea have struggled to break teams down at times this season and Jose Mourinho isn't going to come up with a radical change in style or system this weekend. They will stick to their same game-plan and I think that should be enough to beat Spurs, with 2-0 my pick in the correct score market.
Match Result Tip: Chelsea to win @ odds of 8/13 with Ladbrokes.
Correct Score Tip: Chelsea to win 2-0 @ odds of 7/1 with Ladbrokes.
FA Cup Quarter-Finals:
Arsenal v Everton (12.45pm, Saturday 8th March 2014)
We now move our attention to the FA Cup quarter-finals and the first live game is Arsenal against Everton on Saturday. The Gunners' season is becoming rather predictable with the way it is petering out in time-honoured fashion and I think Arsene Wenger was the only one who didn't see this coming. I think they were very fortunate to get past Liverpool in the previous round of this competition and it certainly won't be easy against Everton this weekend.
This is a big game for Roberto Martinez's side as they are not going to finish in the top-four now and it has been a long time since they won a cup so there is plenty riding on this match for them. They tend to save their best for these competitions and I can see them earning a replay with a 1-1 draw at The Emirates.
Match Result Tip: Draw @ odds of 13/5 with Betfred.
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 correct score @ odds of 7/1 with Ladbrokes.
Sheffield United v Charlton (12.00pm, Sunday 9th March 2014)
The rest of the quarter-finals take place on Sunday and the midday kick-off is what the FA Cup is all about as Sheffield United take on Charlton. It is great to see two teams from the lower divisions still involved at this stage of the competition and Sheffield United will be particularly pleased that this game is on Sunday as it gives them an extra day's rest following their league win over Peterborough on Tuesday night.
The Blades have been in great form of late, winning their last eight on the bounce, and they come up against a Charlton side who beat Sheffield Wednesday in the last round. They were the party-poopers in denying United a derby with their local rivals in the last-eight but Charlton have also picked up some good results recently. Apart from the defeat to Leicester, they have done well and I don't think there will be too much between these sides on Sunday and I'll go for another 1-1 here.
Match Result Tip: Draw @ odds of 12/5 with Betfred.
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 correct score @ odds of 11/2 with BetVictor.
Hull v Sunderland (2.00pm, Sunday 9th March 2014)
The next quarter-final tie between Hull and Sunderland is another one that is difficult to call and I'm not sure the two teams can be separated. Hull have enjoyed a good season but the fact Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long are cup-tied on Sunday is a massive blow.
It leaves them short of firepower against Sunderland, who played very well in their League Cup final defeat to Man City last weekend. The challenge for Gus Poyet's side will be to get themselves up for their remaining league fixtures because it is all very well raising your game for cup ties but there is still work to be done this season. They will have to set themselves up completely differently to how they did at Wembley as they will be expected to go out try and win the game on Sunday, although I'm going to go for a goalless draw at the KC Stadium.
Match Result Tip: Draw @ odds of 12/5 with Betfred.com.
Correct Score Tip: 0-0 correct score @ odds of 7/1 with BetVictor.
Man City v Wigan (4.05pm, Sunday 9th March 2014)
Finally, Manchester City host Wigan in the final game of the weekend and it is obviously a repeat of last year's final. City will be gutted that they didn't stay in the first leg of their Champions League tie with Barcelona, which they lost 2-0, and that result might just force them to focus their attention on the FA Cup and Premier League in the coming weeks because I can't see them coming back at the Nou Camp.
Manuel Pellegrini has got his team wrong in three big games this season but he deserves credit for taking every competition seriously and the fans appreciate that. I don't understand why other clubs don't invest more in the cup competitions and Wigan have shown what a good cup run can do for you.
Man City are 1/6 odds on to win this weekend's match but it won't be as easy as that because Wigan have got a good side and they picked up a great win at Nottingham Forest last week. I'll go for City to win the match 3-1, albeit this will be a good test for them.
Match Result Tip: Man City win @ odds of 1/6 with BetVictor.
Correct Score Tip: Man City to win 3-1 @ odds of 12/1 with Ladbrokes.
I'm backing the top-three clubs in League One to all win in my treble this weekend:
A treble returns just around 11/2 with BetVictor.com and a £20 treble would return £129.52.
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