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Clock Icon Thursday, 20th October 2016

Steve's tips will appear here on Thursday but in the meantime you can check out the upcoming match odds below...

Saturday 29th October
12:30 Sunderland v Arsenal   Odds
15:00 Man Utd v Burnley   Odds
15:00 Middlesbrough v Bournemouth    
15:00 Tottenham v Leicester   Odds
15:00 Watford v Hull    
17:30 Crystal Palace v Liverpool   Odds
Sunday 30th October
13:30 Everton v West Ham   Odds
16:00 Southampton v Chelsea   Odds
Monday 31st October
20:00 Stoke v Swansea   Odds

Saturday 22nd October, 12.30pm - Bournemouth v Tottenham

The first live game on Saturday sees Tottenham travel to Bournemouth and this won't be an easy game for Spurs as it's coming off the back of a tough Champions League trip to Germany. All things being equal, you'd expect Mauricio Pochettino's men to win this and I was at the Vitality Stadium when they romped to a 5-1 victory last year, albeit they were helped by a shocking performance by Bournemouth's goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth have come a long way since that result and they certainly aren't looking like relegation candidates as they have been playing some lovely football this season. The Cherries will have enjoyed the recovery time since last weekend's 6-1 thrashing of a Hull team that are obviously going to struggle.

In contrast, Spurs have had to contend with a difficult European tie against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night and the continued absence of the influential Harry Kane ensures that I am going to back the 1-1 draw here.

Bournemouth v Tottenham Odds.

Saturday 22nd October - 12.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Bournemouth v Tottenham
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Tips The Draw    Best Bet @ 11 / 4  
1-1 correct score @ 13 / 2  

Saturday 22nd October, 5.30pm - Liverpool v West Brom

Liverpool are then involved in the later match on Saturday evening and they will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host West Brom. It is fair to say that Jurgen Klopp got his team selection wrong in the last fixture at Anfield as he went with four forward players in the dour goalless draw with Manchester United on Monday night and it wasn't until a genuine midfielder in Adam Lallana came on that they looked like creating chances.

The inclusion of Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Saido Mane looked like overkill from the start and in the end you had a team that wanted to attack but didn't have the right balance coming up against a United side that was happy to contain, with the two 4-2-3-1 formations cancelling each other out.

The fall-out from that game has been bizarre as it's a weird and wonderful world that we live in where quality players are being written off after one poor performance, although I fully expect Liverpool to take three points this Saturday.

They face a West Brom outfit that are starting to remind me of Tony Pulis's old Stoke side as the manager has got the fundamentals in place and he is now in a position to try to be a bit more expansive. Pulis can't reinvent the wheel and he has the Baggies exactly where they should be, albeit Liverpool should have too much at Anfield and I'll go for a 3-1 home win.

Liverpool v West Brom Odds.

Saturday 22nd October - 5.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Liverpool v West Brom
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Tips Liverpool to win    Best Bet @ 2 / 7  
Liverpool to win 3-1 @ 11 / 1  

Sunday 23rd October, 1.30pm - Man City v Southampton

Manchester City then host Southampton in Sunday lunchtime's live game and this won't be the 'gimme' for City that perhaps many are expecting. I found it remarkable that people were praising City in the wake of their 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League as they made some dreadful mistakes and they have to learn from these errors if they are going to compete with the very best in Europe.

It remains to be see how they progress under Pep Guardiola and this will be a tricky game against a Southampton side who looked very good during their 3-1 win over a subservient Burnley side last Sunday.

Saints are in Europa League action at Inter Milan on Thursday night though and I do fancy that the extra day's rest could give City a slight advantage on Sunday, with a narrow 2-1 home win my pick.

Man City v Southampton Odds.

Sunday 23rd October - 1.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Man City v Southampton
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Tips Man City to win    Best Bet @ 8 / 15  
Man City to win 2-1 @ 8 / 1  

Sunday 23rd October, 4.00pm - Chelsea v Man Utd

Finally, it's Chelsea against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon and Jose Mourinho will obviously be returning to Stamford Bridge. Mourinho has reminded me of a spoiled child this season where he almost seems jealous that other clubs are getting the attention and his analysis of Liverpool's performance earlier in the week was a microcosm of that.

Rather than worrying about Liverpool's performance he should be looking at the set up of his own team and I see no reason why he won't try to use the same containing tactics as he used at Anfield on Monday night.

Mourinho is right that a draw from a trip to Liverpool is a good result in the grand scheme of things nowadays and another point at Chelsea would be a bonus. They might fall seven points behind the league leaders come Sunday night but sometimes you have to take a long-term view and he would expect his team to make up ground by winning the home fixtures against these teams later on in the season.

However, I do like the look of this Chelsea team as there is a balance to them with the midfield duo of N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic providing the protection that allows the front-four to flourish. I'll be really interested to see how the game is played out but I do think Chelsea might have the quality to edge to a 1-0 win.

Chelsea v Man Utd Odds.

Sunday 23rd October - 4.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Chelsea v Man Utd
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Tips Chelsea to win    Best Bet @ 6 / 5  
Chelsea to win 1-0 @ 15 / 2  

Steve Claridge Weekend Acca

Steve Claridge TrebleOddsWon/LostBet
Tips: CH: Aston Villa v Fulham - Home Win @ 21 / 20  
CH: Norwich v Preston - Home Win @ 3 / 5  
L2: Luton v Mansfield - Home Win @ 17 / 20  
L2: Portsmouth v Notts County - Home Win
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@ 8 / 13  
Four-Fold Returns: @ 9 / 1  

Previous Steve Claridge Football Betting Tips

Liverpool To Beat Man Utd In A Monday Night Thriller 13 Oct 2016
Liverpool Man Utd and Arsenal Tipped For Weekend Wins 29 Sep 2016
Arsenal and Chelsea To Serve Up A Saturday Night Thriller 23 Sep 2016
Chelsea and Liverpool To Serve Up A Draw Under The Friday Night Lights 15 Sep 2016
United To Edge A Cagey Derby Against Rivals City 09 Sep 2016

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