Matt Le Tissier Premier League Betting Preview And Tips
Matt’s Weekend Acca
Sunday’s game between Manchester City and Chelsea is undoubtedly the biggest clash of the weekend. Chelsea will be relishing the chance to show their title credentials (they are already 8.11 favourites with BetVictor) against last year’s champions, while City have the opportunity to assert their dominance once more.
I was delighted that my prediction of City’s (Desmond) 2-2 draw with Arsenal proved to be spot on last weekend in what was a thoroughly enjoyable end-to-end affair, though the defending left much to be desired.
It was vice versa in their 1-0 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, one of the dullest games I’ve seen in a long time. The defeat, coming as it did in the last minute, wasn’t wholly deserved, and it shouldn’t have dented their confidence too much.
Chelsea continued their rampant Premier League form in their comfortable 4-2 win over Swansea, with that man Diego Costa netting a hat-trick. Though the Spaniard failed to net for the first time in a Blues shirt against Schalke, his record of seven goals in just four games is irresistible. If he can stay fit, I can only see Sergio Aguero (ifhe stays fit) rivalling him for the division’s top scorer.
Jose Mourinho has spoken about the possibility that he might be in need of a rest, but if he starts, the 13/8 with Ladbrokes on him being an anytime goal-scorer looks like easy money.
As for the result itself, I have a hunch Chelsea’s near-perfect start will come undone here. They’ve yet to face a title rival, and their opponents will have home advantage. I’ll be going for a 2-1 correct score City win at 9/1 with bet365.
Aston Villa spoiled my near-perfect acca prediction from last week with their sensational 1-0 upset of Liverpool, and I fancy them again this week as they take on Arsenal. Paul Lambert’s side have notched up a fantastic ten points from their opening four games, a run that makes them pretty much safe from the drop.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have had a fairly abject start. Three successive draws and a dismal 2-0 defeat to Dortmund in midweek look to be confirming the doubts over whether the squad is complete enough. Add in a full-back injury crisis and they look Villa’s for the taking at 4/1 with BetFred.
Swansea’s marvellous start had to come to an end sooner or later, but they gave a very decent account of themselves against Chelsea, so I have to admit to having a few nerves over their clash with Southampton this weekend.
That said, Saints were brilliant in their 4-0 demolition of Newcastle, and with three wins on the bounce, I’m really positive about where Ronald Koeman is taking this side. I think these two clubs are very evenly matched at the moment, and I think it’s far easier to predict goals in this game than the winner.
With so much attacking zip about the pair, backing over 2.5 total goals at 21/20 with BetVictor definitely appeals.
Liverpool’s campaign has got off to an inconsistent start, as evidenced by their defeat to Villa last weekend. An adjustment period after a player like Luis Suarez leaves was always to be expected, so I can see them claiming a tentative victory over West Ham in Saturday’s late kick off. A 2-1 correct score Liverpool win at 7/1 with Paddy Power would be my tip here.
I can see Leicester City taking a point against Manchester United, and will be backing the draw at 16/5 with SkyBet – perhaps my most audacious pick of the weekend.
Even though Louis van Gaal picked up his elusive first win in United’s 4-0 thrashing over QPR last week, I’m still not convinced. The newly-promoted Foxes, meanwhile, have really impressed me, especially considering how difficult their opening fixtures have been.
The King Power stadium has already witnessed draws against Arsenal and Everton, and Nigel Pearson’s side are certainly not going to be low on confidence going into this one.
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MATT’S FOOTBALL TIPS
Diego Costa anytime goal-scorer – 13/8 Ladbrokes
Man City 2-1 Chelsea correct score – 9/1 Bet365
Villa to beat Arsenal – 4/1 BetFred
Saints Newcastle over 2.5 goals – 21/20 BetVictor
Liverpool 2-1 West Ham correct score – 7/1 Paddy Power
Leicester Man United draw – 16/5 SkyBet
Man City win
Aston Villa win
Leicester Man United draw