Betting tips for November 7

Everton v Man United
Neither side is in great form ahead of this contest with Everton losing their last two EPL games and Manchester United without a win in their last two league games. There is a lot pressure building up on United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whose side are 15th in the table just four points clear of the relegation zone. Victory for Everton will get their season back on track and keep them in the mix while possibly forcing a change of manager at Old Trafford.
Recommended bet: Everton to win

Crystal Palace v Leeds
Both these sides have a total of 10 points from their first seven games, but they have found winning tough in recent weeks. Palace have one win in their last five while Leeds have one win in their last four. Leeds have failed to score a first half goal in their last five. Both teams to score has paid out in the last four meetings while Palace has scored in the last 10 contests with Leeds. Leeds have won all three games this season when they have scored the first goal.
Recommended bet: Under 2.5 goals

Chelsea v Sheffield Utd
Chelsea have one of the best defenses with five clean sheets in their last five league and cup games and they are facing a Sheffield United side who has found the opponents’ net just three times. United has not led at half-time in the league while Chelsea has only trailed once at the break. The second half might see most of the action given the fact 12 of Chelsea’s 16 goals have come after half-time while two of the three goals the Blades have scored have come in the second half.
Recommended bet: Chelsea to win to nil

West Ham v Fulham
West Ham won both meetings the last time Fulham were in the top flight two seasons ago by two-goal margins. On the scoresheet in both those contests was Michail Antonio who will be aiming to get on the scoresheet again in this contest. The Hammers have opened the scoring in four of their last five games and if they get the first goal in this clash, it will be hard to see Fulham recovering to win. Fulham has lost all five EPL games in which they gave up the first goal.
Recommended bet: West Ham to win to nil

West Brom v Tottenham
Under 2.5 total goals has paid out in the two meetings during the 2017/18 season and in five of the last six. It’s easy to see Tottenham score, but it’s at the back questions are asked if they can stop other teams from scoring. West Brom has only managed one goal in their last  four. Tottenham has been quick out of the blocks in recent matches with six goals scored in the opening 16 minutes of their last four games. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min should have a field day against this West Brom defense.
Recommended bet: Over 2.5 total goals

Leicester v Wolves
I hate to remind everyone that when these two sides met last season, they failed to score a single goal. Wolves has scored the first goal in their last four league games while Leicester has opened the scoring in their last two. Leicester has failed to score in their last two home games at the King Power Stadium while Wolves has only scored once in their last two away games. Jamie Vardy continues to score goals even at the age of 33 which is a testament to his fitness and work ethic.
Recommended bet: Draw

Man City v Liverpool
Both games last season saw exactly four total goals scored as both sides won their home clash against their rival. Liverpool’s last two EPL wins have been by a single goal and City’s last two wins in the league have also been by the smallest of margins. Liverpool has failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five matches which have also seen over 2.5 total goals scored. We expect City’s games to produce plenty of goals, but their last last four domestic games have seen under 2.5 total goals scored. Both teams have scored in every league game they have played so far this campaign.
Recommended bet: Both teams to score

Arsenal v Aston Villa
The home team won each meeting when these two sides met last season which is a good omen for the Gunners. Arsenal’s last three league games have produced a total of one goal in each of them. Will there be more than that this time? Neither side has been prolific in the first half in recent games. Arsenal is without a first half goal in their last four while it’s three games and counting for Villa without a goal before the interval. Three of Villa’s last four goals scored have come in injury time at the end of their last three matches.
Recommended bet: Arsenal to win

EPL betting tips for October 17

The EPL is back following the first international break of the season and Liverpool’s trip to Everton takes center stage with a full slate of games taking place over the weekend and Monday night.

Everton v Liverpool:
I’m going for a draw in this contest. It will end Everton’s 100 start to the season but a point will keep them top of the standings. Liverpool have had two weeks to dwell on their humiliating 7-2 loss at Aston Villa. There have been eight ties in Liverpool’s last nine visits to Goodison Park with the last three ending goalless. Both teams may be happy to take a point and move on.
Recommended bet: Draw

Chelsea v Southampton:
For all the money Frank Lampard has been allowed to spend on strengthening his squad, the results on the pitch are not what is expected of the team. The return of Christian Pulisic, who is now wearing the number 10 shirt, should find a winning formula but it won’t be easy against a Saints side looking to win their third successive game.
Recommended bet: Chelsea win

Man City v Arsenal:
Contests between these two sides are usually entertaining encounters and this should be no different. This could be a good time for Arsenal to visit the Etihad with the home side still missing forwards Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. Arsenal have improved a lot under Mikel Arteta who will be looking to get the better of Pep Guardiola who he spent three years as Guardiola’s assistant.
Recommended bet: Over 2.5 goals

Newcastle v Man United:
An out-of-sorts Manchester United travel to Newcastle with more questions hanging over the Red Devils and that is not what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs right now. Newcastle have been inconsistent this season so far, but they do raise their game in fixtures like this so this could turn out to be a close game. It wouldn’t surprise me if both teams found each other’s net at St James’ Park.
Recommended bet: Both teams to score

Sheffield Utd v Fulham:
Both these sides are in desperate need for a win, but after four straight losses, they might be happy to pick up a point each which would be their first of the campaign. Both clubs have conceded the first goal in all four of their contests and one goal could decide this fixture. On paper, the home side has the better players but with Aleksandar Mitrovic leading the line, Fulham has a player who could cause problems.
Recommended bet: BTTS not to happen

Crystal Palace v Brighton:
Goals have been a factor in the four matches both of these sides have played so far this season. Over 2.5 goals has landed in all four of Brighton’s games this season while Palace’s last three have seen a minimum of three total goals scored. Both managers have had a fortnight to work on shoring up their defenses which could make this a cagey affair with few goalscoring opportunities.
Recommended bet: Under 2.5 total goals

Tottenham v West Ham:
At the start of the season, I thought Tottenham really needed Gareth Bale back at the club. Having watched Spurs the last three league games, I’m now thinking they don’t really need him. What a luxury it will be for Jose Mourinho to have the Wales star on the sidelines waiting for his opportunity when his side needs him. That could be against this West Ham side who have looked great in their last two contests beating Wolves 4-0 and Leicester 3-0.
Recommended bet: Tottenham to win

Leicester v Aston Villa:
Aston Villa caused the shock not just of this season, but for many seasons when they destroyed the defending champions Liverpool 7-2 two weeks ago. That will have put Leicester on alert for what they can expect in this game and the Foxes will want to bounce back from their 3-0 loss to West Ham last time out. Villa has scored first in all three games they have played this season while Leicester has conceded the opening goal in their last three.
Recommended bet: Both teams to score

West Brom v Burnley:
These two sides are at the bottom end of the table for a reason. They have been poor in all their games so far and it wouldn’t surprise me if neither of them won this game. If I had to pick a winner, it would be Burnley simply for the fact they have better options in attack with Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes capable of scoring goals. It’s whether the pair can get some good service against a West Brom side who at least have a point on the board already.
Recommended bet: Under 2.5 total goals

Leeds Utd v Wolves:
The final game of the weekend sees Wolves travel to Leeds in what should be a tactical battle between two managers who like to outsmart their counterpart. Leeds have shown already that they deserve to be back in the EPL and with two weeks to prepare for this game, United’s manager Marcelo Bielsa will no doubt have come up with a trick or two to beat Wolves. Leeds will be buoyed by their 1-1 draw with Manchester City in their last home game.
Recommended bet: Both teams to score 

EPL betting tips September 12

The Premier League returns this weekend, and I am going to give you my tips for the opening round of matches.

Fulham v Arsenal
Both sides come into this game having enjoyed success at Wembley in their last competitive matches. Arsenal won the FA Cup and Community Shield at the home of football while Fulham won the Championship play-off final there. The smart money will be on Arsenal to win this game especially if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang picks up his goalscoring form from the end of last season when he scored six goals in his last four games. And he also found the back of the net against Liverpool in the Community Shield so he will certainly be a good bet to score in this game. I can see Arsenal starting fast and take control of this game in the first half. For that reason, I’m going for an Arsenal HT/FT double.

Crystal Palace v Southampton
Recent meetings between these two sides have been low-scoring affairs with under 2.5 total goals paying out in five of the last six. The Saints have won to nil on their three previous visits to Selhurst Park and they will fancy their chances of making it four straight wins especially if Palace start the season the way they finished the last campaign when they picked up just one point from a possible 24. Both teams to score has not happened in eight of the last nine meetings and that is another bet I would be looking at from this contest.

West Ham v Newcastle
West Ham dragged themselves away from the relegation zone after lockdown by playing a more expansive and entertaining style of football. Will David Moyes be brave enough to start the new season in the same manner? Time will tell. Mikhail Antonio was the standout performer when the season resumed after lockdown scoring eight goals and providing an assist in his final seven matches. I would expect Antonio to play a big part in the Hammers’ gameplan against a Newcastle side that may be content to start the season with a point on the road in a potentially low-scoring affair. Under 2.5 goals might be the bet from this game.

Liverpool v Leeds
Welcome back to the Premier League, Leeds. A trip to Anfield first up might be a daunting proposition for Marcelo Bielsa’s newly-promoted side, but it could also be the ideal time to face the defending champions on their own ground before they find  a rhythm. Leeds have waited 16 years to play a Premier League fixture and while they will give it a good go, they might just come undone by Liverpool’s potent attack of Mo Salah, Sadie Mane and Roberto Firmino. I’m going for Liverpool to win this game after leading at half-time.

West Brom v Leicester
Leicester let themselves down at the end of last season when they slipped from what looked to be a safe third-place finish to ending the campaign fifth and missing out on a place in the Champions League. They will have to put that disappointment behind them at West Brom where they will be met by a Baggies side that stumbled their way to promotion rather than ending their fixtures in style. West Brom will look to make it a low-scoring game in order to frustrate their opponents who have won all four of their top flight meetings at the Hawthorns. Jamie Vardy could be the difference between the two sides as Leicester start their campaign with a win.

Tottenham v Everton
Jose Mourinho starts his first full season in charge of Tottenham hoping for a win that will get his players up and running. It won’t be easy against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton who have strengthened their squad with the addition of midfielder Allan and forward James Rodriguez. Both sides have the ability to score goals which is why I think ‘both teams to score’ will land in North London. Everton have not won this away fixture in their last 12 visits to White Hart Lane, Wembley and the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Brighton v Chelsea
Chelsea have no excuses for not challenging for the title this season after spending over £230m in bringing the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell to Stamford Bridge. Last season, Frank Lampard’s side were beaten 4-0 in his first game in charge of the Blues, but this should be a winning start to his second season in charge. With the attacking talent at their disposal, I can see Chelsea scoring over 2.5 goals at the Amex against a Brighton side who have yet to beat Chelsea in the EPL in their three home fixtures.

Sheffield Utd v Wolves
Sheffield United were the surprise package last season settling for ninth in their first season back in the top flight when in all fairness, their finishing position could and should have been higher. Wolves missed out on qualifying for European football which could be a blessing in disguise for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. It means they won’t be playing regularly on Thursday and then Sunday. Their squad isn’t the biggest in the league but the quality is there despite losing Matt Doherty to Tottenham in the off-season. This could be another low-scoring game with under 2.5 total goals the most likely outcome.