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Matt’s Weekend Acca
Even though I’d tipped a draw last week, I was delighted with England’s performance against Switzerland on Monday. The 2-0 win was richly deserved and, more than that, it’s great to finally have an international break that exceeds expectations!
I was delighted to see Danny Welbeck bag a brace, two goals which will go a long way towards proving he was worth Arsenal’s outlay. If the Gunners play him regularly as a centre forward, he’ll have a much better chance of being a hit at the Emirates than he did under Louis van Gaal and David Moyes. Olivier Giroud will be out for a few months yet, so hopefully he’ll seize this opportunity with both hands.
Welbeck’s new club have a visit from Manchester City in tomorrow’s early kick off. City weren’t their usual rampaging selves in the transfer window, buying sensibly – particularly at the back – but they were especially poor in their 1-0 home defeat to Stoke just before the break.
Arsenal weren’t much better, drawing 1-1 with newly promoted Leicester – two points definitely lost. Both clubs still seem rusty, and I’d take the draw at 5/2 with SkyBet.
Ladbrokes are offering 5/1 odds on both sides scoring, which has to be snapped up, while my tip is a 2-2 correct score at 14/1 with BetVictor.
Ronald Koeman looks to be finding his feet as Southampton manager, as Saints came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1, an impressive feat, especially at Upton Park. This weekend sees Newcastle make the long trip down to St Mary’s from Tyneside, and I think we’ve got a great chance here.
We ran out 4-0 winners in this fixture last season and Alan Pardew’s side will still be reeling from throwing away a lead in the 95th minute to draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace. I’ll be backing the Saints’ 5/6 favouritism with William Hill.
For me, Chelsea have been the most impressive side in the division so far. Cesc Fabregas has been reminding everyone what they’ve been missing since his jaunt to Spain, while Diego Costa looks a brilliant buy. The striker was the Player of the Month for August, and you can’t argue with a return of four goals in three games. They are already odds-on to lift the title come May, the best price you’re likely to get being the 5/6 with Betfair.
They meet Swansea this weekend in what is, improbably, a top of the table clash. The Swans have been superb so far, and Garry Monk has nabbed himself a deserved Manager of the Month award having beaten all three of their opponents, including Manchester United, only conceding once.
Even so, I can’t see them extending that run against Chelsea, especially at Stamford Bridge, so Jose Mourinho’s men have to be the choice here. The Blues are quick starters, so I’d have them at 5/6 with Paddy Power to win both halves.
Manchester United take on QPR in Sunday’s late kick off and this must surely be the weekend that things finally start to click under Louis van Gaal. They spent a shedload during the window, with more marquee arrivals than a village fete.
They’re 3/10 with Stan James to beat a QPR side that succumbed to a 4-0 loss at Tottenham before the break. For increased profits, I’d plump for a 2-0 correct score at 11/2 with bet365.
All eyes will be on one man, deadline day galactico Radamel Falcao. The Colombian is a superb striker, no doubt, but United must finish in the top four to justify spending that amount of money on one player.
That said, I reckon he’ll be well up for his debut, and he’s 10/3 with BetVictor to open the scoring.
There’s another £40 free bet up for grabs from Coral this weekend. Tweet @freebets your correct score predictions for the Arsenal v City and United v QPR games using #ChallengeMatt. I’ve gone for 2-2 and 2-0.
MATT’S FOOTBALL TIPS
Arsenal Man City draw – 5/2 Sky Bet
Arsenal Man City 2-2 correct score – 14/1 BetVictor
Both sides to score – 5/1 Ladbrokes
Saints to win – 5/6 William Hill
Chelsea/Chelsea HT/FT– 5/6 Paddy Power
Man Utd to win 2-0 – 11/2 bet365
Falco to score first – 10/3 BetVictor
Arsenal City Draw