Steve Claridge has joined Betting Directory to provide his expert views and tips on the latest football betting odds and the latest matches.
Friday, 29th November 2013
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 7th December|
|12:45||Man Utd v Newcastle||Odds|
|15:00||Crystal Palace v Cardiff|
|15:00||Liverpool v West Ham||Odds|
|15:00||Southampton v Man City||Odds|
|15:00||Stoke v Chelsea||Odds|
|15:00||West Brom v Norwich||Odds|
|17:30||Sunderland v Tottenham||Odds|
|Sunday 8th December|
|13:30||Fulham v Aston Villa||Odds|
|16:00||Arsenal v Everton||Odds|
|Monday 9th December|
|20:00||Swansea v Hull||Odds|
Newcastle v West Brom (5.30pm, Saturday 30th November 2013)
The first live game of the weekend is on Saturday evening as Newcastle take on West Brom at St James' Park. This isn't an easy game to call by any means as these are two sides who are in decent enough form after slow starts to the season and both teams seem to be ticking along nicely.
They are probably a bit higher in the league table than they would have imagined at the start of the season, although West Brom will be disappointed that they didn't hold on and beat Aston Villa on Monday night as a win would have put them within two points of Newcastle and Tottenham. That's not a bad place to be when you consider the amount of money that Tottenham have spent on players in comparison to West Brom and Newcastle. Both of these teams play a similar style as they defend quite deep and hit opponents quickly on the counter-attack with pace up front, although I do think that home advantage could tip the balance in favour of Newcastle on Saturday and I'm going for them to win 2-1.
Match Result Tip: Newcastle win @ odds of 21/20 with Coral.
Correct Score Tip: Newcastle to win 2-1 @ odds of 17/2 with BetVictor.
Tottenham v Man Utd (Midday, Sunday 1st December 2013)
We then move on to Sunday and there are three live games to enjoy, starting with Tottenham against Man United at White Hart Lane in the midday kick-off. I've never been Andre Villas-Boas's biggest fan and for him to have spent £120 million on players without solving Tottenham's problems on the left hand side of midfield is unbelievable. I've been saying for the best part of 18 months that their lack of natural width is why they are struggling to win games at home. Furthermore, they may have done some serious business over the summer but is it good business? There are certain areas of the team that haven't been strengthened and Villas-Boas is playing people out of position as a result. There's no doubt that they miss Gareth Bale because he won them so many matches on his own last year but they haven't moved forward as a team since the Welshman left.
David Moyes hasn't always got his team selections right at Manchester United either but that was a good result in the Champions League at Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night. I think it's dangerous to get too carried away with the 5-0 win in Germany because Leverkusen were awful and I have a few reservations about United after I watched them during their 2-2 draw in Cardiff last weekend. They took an early lead against the Welsh side but they failed to control the game until the second half and they still weren't good enough to see it out. I don't think the reigning champions are where they want to be at this stage of the season and I'm going for them to draw 1-1 at Tottenham this weekend.
Match Result Tip: Draw @ odds of 5/2 with Bet365.
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 correct score @ odds of 6/1 with BetVictor.
Hull v Liverpool (2.05pm, Sunday 1st December 2013)
The next live game on Sunday is Hull against Liverpool at the KC Stadium and the home side were brought back down to earth last weekend. They've made a decent start to the season and their sole focus will be survival but the 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace last time out was a real disappointment.
They come up against a Liverpool side who were involved in one of the best games I've ever seen in the Premiership last Saturday. I said a few weeks back that we were still waiting to see a great game in the division this season and it finally arrived as Liverpool's 3-3 draw with Everton was frantic, frenetic and a wonderful game to watch. I think Brendan Rodgers' side are genuine contenders for the title now as Luis Suarez can virtually win games on his own and it was so important that they kept him during the summer transfer window because they could be in a similar situation to Tottenham without Bale if they had lost the Uruguayan. Having said that, I don't think Rodgers get his tactics right every week and that might be a problem as the season progresses but I think they should have too much for Hull on Sunday and I'm going for Liverpool to win 2-0.
Match Result Tip: Liverpool win @ odds of 4/6 with Coral.
Correct Score Tip: Liverpool to win 2-0 @ 7/1 with Bet365.
Chelsea v Southampton (4.10pm, Sunday 1st December 2013)
The third and final live game on Sunday is Chelsea against Southampton at Stamford Bridge and this could be a decent match. We know that Chelsea are physically capable of winning games but they've only hit the heights fleetingly this year and Jose Mourinho's side remind me of Tottenham with their lack of balance and too many players in one position at the moment. We are all waiting for them to be more consistent and be the team that we expect them to be on a more regular basis.
Meanwhile, Southampton have had a brilliant start to the season and they will be disappointed with how they lost to Arsenal last weekend. You don't mind losing a game to good goals or if you've been outplayed but it was two silly errors that cost them a point at the Emirates. They were two of the most bizarre goals I've ever seen as Artur Boruc tried two Cruyff turns before being dispossessed for Olivier Giroud's opener and then José Fonte concedes a penalty by fouling a player who is going away from goal. The Saints face another tough away game in London this weekend and I can see Chelsea earning a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
Match Result Tip: Chelsea win @ odds of 4/7 with BetVictor.
Correct Score Tip: Chelsea to win 3-1 @ odds of 14/1 with Bet365.
For this weekend's treble I'm going for Tranmere to beat Colchester (6/5) in League One, as well as Hartlepool to beat Portsmouth (13/10) and Scunthorpe to beat Torquay (10/11) in League Two. A treble returns just over 17/2 with BetVictor and a £20 treble would return £193.20.
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