Steve Claridge has joined Betting Directory to provide his expert views and tips on the latest football betting odds and the latest matches.
Friday, 26th September 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 4th October|
|15:00||Hull v Crystal Palace|
|15:00||Leicester v Burnley|
|15:00||Liverpool v West Brom||Odds|
|15:00||Sunderland v Stoke||Odds|
|15:00||Swansea v Newcastle||Odds|
|17:30||Aston Villa v Man City||Odds|
|Sunday 5th October|
|12:00||Man Utd v Everton||Odds|
|14:05||Chelsea v Arsenal||Odds|
|14:05||Tottenham v Southampton||Odds|
|16:15||West Ham v QPR||Odds|
Liverpool v Everton (12.45pm, Saturday 27th September 2014)
There are two derby matches on television this Saturday and the first is the Merseyside clash between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield. It hasn't been a convincing start to the season for either side and I was surprised at how poor Everton were in their Capital One Cup defeat to Swansea on Tuesday night. I went down to the Liberty Stadium and it was almost as if Roberto Martinez's side were playing a practice possession game, it was surreal to watch as they offered no threat going forward and they showed barely any interest in winning the game.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have struggled from virtually day one of the season and I've been saying for some time that I'm not convinced by what Brendan Rodgers has been doing there. They look like a shadow of the side from last year, despite spending the best part of £120m on players. A few of the signings aren't playing well at all and they look all over the place defensively. Admittedly the loss of Daniel Sturridge to injury has been a big blow but Luis Suarez was undoubtedly the difference for them last season and I'm not sure I've ever seen one man, with the possible exception of Gareth Bale at Tottenham, carry a team like he did.
From a betting perspective, Saturday's match is a tough one to call and I'm going to go for a 2-2 draw at Anfield because I think both teams will have a pop at one another. That scoreline isn't based on the fact that either side is playing particularly well at the moment but rather due to the fact they are both so vulnerable defensively.
Match Result Tip: Draw @ odds of 11/4 with Bet365.
Correct Score Tip: 2-2 correct score @ odds of 14/1 with Bet365.
Arsenal v Tottenham (5.30pm, Saturday 27th September 2014)
The second derby of the day is then Arsenal against Tottenham as the two North London rivals meet at The Emirates. I'm not sure I've ever known a club to have as many injury problems as Arsenal over the years and it seems that if you play on the flank for the Gunners then you end up on the treatment table!
It is becoming a real problem for an Arsenal team who show so much promise but you get the impression that it is going to be the same old story in terms of what they achieve. Arsene Wenger's side were horrendous in the Champions League at Dortmund a couple of weeks ago and their limitations are continually exposed by the very best teams in Europe. They came up woefully short in Germany and that performance will have set alarm bells ringing. Finishing second in their Champions League group has been a massive factor during their campaigns in recent years as it has meant that they face much tougher opposition in the knockout stages and you would think that they would learn a lesson, but obviously not.
They are brilliant when it all comes together though, as they showed last week when beating Aston Villa 3-0. After watching the first half an hour of that match at Villa Park you wouldn't have had my money, let alone your own, on Arsenal winning that game, but then seven minutes later they are three-nil up and you're left wondering where that came from. No other team in England can do that and they showed how good they can be when they opened Manchester City up for Jack Wilshere's goal the other week - it's incredible, it's as if a bright light comes out to lift the gloom of mediocrity from games.
Tottenham have also struggled to hit the heights expected this season and Mauricio Pochettino has hardly covered himself in glory. I don't know where he got the idea of starting Roberto Soldado as a lone striker against Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup and it was only when he changed things around that Spurs looked capable of winning. People will give him credit for making the changes but for me he has got it wrong in the first place and he's been forced into getting it right by a very poor showing during the first hour of the game. It's poor management again and I don't see his team getting anything out of this trip to The Emirates, with Arsenal to win 2-1 my pick for the match.
Match Result Tip: Arsenal to win @ odds of 4/5 with BetVictor.
Correct Score Tip: Arsenal to win 2-1 @ odds of 8/1 with BetVictor.
West Brom v Burnley (4.00pm, Sunday 28th September 2014)
Moving on to Sunday afternoon and the live game is West Brom against Burnley at The Hawthorns. It has been a very decent week for West Brom all things considered as they beat Tottenham last Sunday before they got out of jail when coming from 2-1 down to beat Hull 3-2 in the Capital One Cup in mid-week. The way they kept going to turn things around with just a couple of minutes of the match remaining with Hull was a really positive sign for Alan Irvine and full credit to them.
It would make it a really good week if they were to beat Burnley, who are obviously struggling for goals after losing Danny Ings and Sam Vokes to injury. Sean Dyche's side have been competitive in every game so far this season though and they will get stronger and they will start to believe that they can win matches at this level. I'm not sure the Clarets are ready to win this one yet though and I'll go for West Brom to edge a low scoring game 1-0 in after the week they've had.
Match Result Tip: West Brom to win @ evens with PaddyPower.
Correct Score Tip: West Brom to win 1-0 @ odds of 13/2 with BetVictor.
Stoke v Newcastle (8.00pm, Monday 29th September 2014)
The final live game comes from the Britannia on Monday night as Stoke take on Newcastle. It was refreshing to see both of these teams take their Capital One Cup ties seriously last time out and Stoke have certainly identified it as a competition they want to do well in.
Meanwhile, Newcastle look revitalised as they came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in the cup, despite playing with ten men. They did really well and when you see how some teams have applied themselves in that competition, you wonder whether there should be a few other managers under pressure, not just Alan Pardew. I don't think defeat at Stoke will mean the end for Pardew at Newcastle and I'm going to go for a 1-1 draw. It might be quite an open game but my only concern will be how much a couple of tough games in mid-week will have taken out of them, so a bit of tiredness might come into it.
Match Result Tip: Draw @ odds of 12/5 with Bet365.
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 correct score @ odds of 13/2 with BetVictor.
This weekend's treble comes from the Championship and League One:
A treble returns just under 11/2 with BetVictor.com and a £20 winning treble returns £127.16.
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