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Friday, 29th August 2014
Steve's tips for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers will appear here on Thursday but in the meantime you can check out what he tipped up during another productive week in the Premier League last time out...
Burnley v Man Utd (12.45pm, Saturday 30th August 2014)
First up this weekend from the Premier League on our TV screens is the north west clash between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor on Saturday lunchtime. Unfortunately for Sean Dyche he finds himself in a situation he didn't want to be in after just two games. I don't think anyone expected Burnley to get much out of their opener against Chelsea, but the away defeat to Swansea last week leaves them with no points and the visit of Man Utd to come.
Burnley can't compete with the other promoted teams from last season financially in the transfer market and I'm sure Dyche doesn't want to go away from everything that got the club into the Premier League, by splashing what little cash they do have. It's going to be a balancing act for sure.
You could argue now is as good a time as any to be playing United, and although Tuesday's shock defeat at MK Dons shouldn't affect the players who didn't make the trip, I do wonder if it's the system which is the problem and not the personnel. The three at the back clearly hasn't worked yet, but I'm still taking them to beat Burnley on Saturday, with the odd scare along the way.
Match Result Tip: Man Utd win @ odds of 8/13 with Bet365.
Correct Score Tip: 2-1 Utd win @ odds of 8/1 with BetVictor.
Everton v Chelsea (5.30pm, Saturday 30th 2014)
Everton will be kicking themselves already having thrown away four points from their opening two games. Roberto Martinez's side led Leicester twice in their season opener before being pegged back to draw before last week's capitulation which saw them concede twice in the last ten minutes to draw 2-2 at Goodison Park against Arsenal.
Had they won both of those games I'd have said Roberto Martinez would be happy with a point against a strong Chelsea side, but that's a four point turnaround from great situations and they almost need a win on Saturday, even this early in the season.
Chelsea still play too narrow for me, which might be why we don't see the best of them at home, but I think they'll be too strong for Everton and edge the match 1-0, a 7/1 correct score bet with 365.
Match Result Tip: Chelsea @ odds of 5/4 with William Hill.
Correct Score Tip: 1-0 Chelsea win @ odds of 7/1 with Bet365.
Tottenham v Liverpool (1.30pm, Sunday 31st August 2014)
Sunday's highlight comes from White Hart Lane as Spurs take on Liverpool in the early kick off. One man doesn't make a team, but in the instances of Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez I think we've seen as close to a one man team as you'll get. Tottenham struggled to replace Bale last season despite throwing a lot of money at it and I wonder if Liverpool are falling into the same trap. Suarez was that good that it doesn't matter how much Rodgers spends and I still have my doubts about him tactically.
I'm not going overboard about Spurs despite their good start to the season and I think they still have some way to go. The 4-0 win over QPR last weekend may have been a touch flattering given Rangers suffered with the Man Utd syndrome in the first half playing three at the back. Their second half performance with a flat back four was much improved.
This will be a sterner test for Spurs and I can see it finishing level with plenty of goals, so have plumbed for a 2-2 correct score at odds of 13/1 with Bet Victor.
Match Result Tip: Draw @ odds of 5/2 with Ladbrokes.
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 correct score @ odds of 13/1 with BetVictor.
Leicester v Arsenal (4.00pm, Sunday 31st August 2014)
Finally, my old team Leicester City take on Arsenal at the Walker Stadium. The Foxes have been very proactive in the transfer market, the club have got money and have already shelled out the best part of £70m to get out of the Championship.
The most recent acquisition looks a canny one in Esteban Cambiasso. He's a big name who has played at the top level for a long time. The fact that he played at Inter for so long under a string of different managers suggests to me that he's a good pro and shouldn't cause Leicester any problems (which can sometimes be the case when signing big names in on big wages). I think if Nigel brings in another couple of signings then Leicester will be okay.
Arsenal suffered the blow of losing Olivier Giroud with a long term injury, a player I like a lot who tailored his game to suit Arsenal's system and whom I think will be a big loss. It's been a slow start for the Gunners and they had a tough game midweek in the Champions League. With this in mind I'm going to chance a draw here, with the 1-1 correct score paying 7/1 with Bet Victor.
Match Result Tip: Draw @ odds of 11/4 with Bet365.
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 correct score @ odds of 7/1 with BetVictor.
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A treble returns just over 9/2 with Bet 365 and a £20 winning treble returns £112.27.
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