It’s All About the Managers with these Betting Tips

I’m plumping for the ‘new manager’ effect in my betting tips this weekend.
The new managers, the not-so-new manager and the already started to look worn down manager.
All those bases are covered in the football games I’m assessing.

Everton vs West Bromwich Albion (January 20, 23:00 GMT+8)

They’ve got no points, no goals and haven’t even mustered a shot on target in the Premier League yet this month.
I think it’s what they call a dry January!
That is about to change and some with new £20 million recruit Theo Walcott an exciting arrival.
Everton now have three eminently winnable home matches out of the next four and manager Sam Allardyce will demand a response after what he called an ‘unprofessional’ loss at Spurs.
Another new boss Alan Pardew guided West Brom to their first league win since August last time out and ended the club’s worst ever run.
They will come down to earth at Goodison, however.
I’m going for a 🌟🌟 punt of First Half 1X2 Everton @ 2.88 and a 🌟🌟🌟 tip of Asian Handicap -0.50 [email protected] 2.17.

Stoke City vs Huddersfield Town (January 20, 23:00 GMT+8)

There are only 11 points between nine teams at the foot of the table.
That Stoke and Huddersfield are two of the them outlines the importance of this contest.
Stoke are 18th in the Premier League table, a point from safety, and were knocked out of the FA Cup by League Two side Coventry City.
Fellow strugglers Huddersfield are falling fast and have not won in the league since defeating Brighton on Dec 9.
Both are desperate for victory.
Stoke, under new manager Paul Lambert, will be that bit more desperate.
I expect the new manager effect to guide the Potters to a home success and another 🌟🌟 tip is Asian Handicap -0.75 Stoke City @ 2.44.

Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur (January 21, 23:59 GMT+8)

This is Mauricio Pellegrino versus Mauricio Pochettino.
The former must have that worn-out look. The look that says what else can go wrong.
His Saints haven’t won in 10 consecutive league games and were denied victory last weekend by a goal which should never have stood.
An ‘injustice’ was how Pellegrino described Watford’s equaliser.
Now he comes up against his namesake, less than a month after they were trounced 5-2 by the same opponents.
Spurs can sniff fourth place and are in their best form of the campaign.
Another 🌟🌟🌟 tip is Asian Handicap: -1.00 Spurs @ 2.23.

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Wagner happy with Terriers squad

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner says he is happy with the strength of his squad and is unlikely to make any more signing in January.

With just under two weeks of the transfer window remaining Wagner says he may have already concluded his business.

He has brought two players into the squad, Terence Kongolo on loan from AS Monaco while Alex Pritchard arrived from Norwich City last week.

With Town travelling to Stoke City at the weekend, the two new signings and the rest of the squad will be bolstered by the return from injury of some key players; Michael Hefele, Jon Gorenc Stankovic and Philip Billing.

Their impending return convinces Wagner that he has the players necessary to withstand the rigours of the rest of the season.

He told a press conference ahead of the trip to the Potteries: "We had 22 players in training yesterday – if everyone stays healthy after Sunday we will have 23.

"It's great to have this at the moment and this competition. Everyone has the opportunity to show what they're capable of.

"I am not in the market even if I have my eye on the market. We have done what we wanted to do."

Stoke, in the bottom three, can move to within a point of the Terriers with a win and Paul Lambert's side are 1/1 for the three points with Huddersfield 3/1 and the draw priced at 11/5.

Wagner's side have not won in the Premier League since beating Watford before Christmas and, while in mid-table, they are only four points above the bottom three in a congested bottom half of the Premier League table.

The Terriers are 7/4 to be relegated back to the Championship at the end of the season.

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Arnautovic form delights Moyes

In-form forward Marko Arnautovic took the plaudits after playing a big part in West Ham claiming a convincing 4-1 victory at Huddersfield Town.

The Austria international has scored six goals in his last seven appearance in the Premier League, helping the Hammers put together a run of five games unbeaten which has seen them rise to 11th place in the able – five points above the relegation zone.

And boss David Moyes believes that the big-money summer recruit from Stoke City is enjoyed himself due to a change of role in the set-up of the Irons side.

He told the club's official website: "I'm really pleased with Marko. Everybody told me he hadn't performed before I came, but everybody knew how good he was at Stoke City and that's why we paid a big fee for him.

"Giving him a freer role up front has given him a chance to show other sides to his game as well, with the effort and the way he has worked."

The Hammers are now 14/1 to be relegated this season, while they are 1/10 to avoid the drop and 10/3 to finish in the top half of the table.

Meanwhile, Moyes also admitted that he would like to add to his options before the transfer window slams shut, adding: "The board know and they want to add a few players – it's just the difficulty of the month. We want to add players if that is possible."

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Wagner backs Pritchard to shine

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner expects new signing Alex Pritchard to prove to be a valuable addition to his Terriers squad.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has joined Town for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Premier League new boys.

And the former Tottenham Hotspur youngster is highly thought of by Wagner, whose side are currently in 11th place in the Premier League table, ahead of a Saturday showdown with West Ham.

Wagner told the club's official website: "He is exactly the type of player that we like to work with at this club. Alex is a young, British player who arrives as one of the top performers in the Championship and with a desire to prove himself in the Premier League.

"Now we will work hard with him to give him every possibility of being a success for us in the top division."

Pritchard had been with Norwich since the summer of 2016 and was hampered in the early part of the current campaign by a knee injury.

However, having overcome that issue, Pritchard is relishing a chance to feature again in the top-flight, having last done so in March 2016 while on loan at West Bromwich Albion.

He added: "It's been a while since I've wanted to play in the Premier League and now my chance has come.

"I think Huddersfield Town will be the right club. I've spoken to the coach a couple of times now – the way they play football and with the togetherness of the team, I think it's the perfect fit for me."

The Terriers are available at 11/4 to be relegated this season and are 2/7 to beat the drop, while they can be backed at 8/1 to finish in the top half of the table.

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Morgan injury a blow for Puel

Leicester City fear that skipper Wes Morgan could be facing a significant spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in the 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

Centre-back Morgan had to be replaced just before the half-hour mark of the clash with the Terriers on New Year's Day, with Foxes head coach Claude Puel concerned about the severity of the problem.

However, the Frenchman is less worried by a slight groin injury which kept striker Jamie Vardy out of the victory over Huddersfield.

He told the club's official website: "The bad thing is we lost Wes, I don't know how long for. It's a bad injury, a hamstring injury – he slipped on the pitch in the first half.

"With all the tiredness from the games we can see a lot of injuries with all the teams. It is difficult."

"Jamie isn't long-term. He is not bad – he felt something against Liverpool and it was a precaution about him.

"We will see for the next game – it's an important game for him in the FA Cup. We will not take a risk, but it isn't a bad injury."

Next up for Leicester is an FA Cup third-round tie at League One Fleetwood Town on Saturday, with Vardy hoping to recover in time to face the club he left to join the Foxes in the summer of 2012.

City are available at 3/5 to win the game in normal time and are 7/1 to claim a 2-0 victory, with Leicester 25/1 to go all the way and lift the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

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Wagner claims Terries on track

Huddersfield boss David Wagner claims that the Terriers are "on track" to ensure Premier League survival though he wants an improvement in 2018.

Town brought the curtain down on a memorable year for the club with a 0-0 draw at home to Burnley, a result that keeps them mid-table in the league.

They have 24 points so far, six clear of the bottom three, but it is a congested bottom half of the table and, with Swansea winning on Saturday and Crystal Palace ending Manchester City's long winning run, Wagner knows they will have to improve further to ensure they stay clear of relegation worries.

He told Sky Sports: "It's all about survival. This chapter we started with the first game of the Premier League, I think we are on track, not more.

"We know we have to improve. We're on a good starting point to achieve our target, to survive in the Premier League, not more, not less. Anything else is totally irrelevant."

The goalless draw at home to Burnley continued the Terriers good end to 2017; they have suffered just one defeat in six league games but they were fortunate against the Clarets with Sean Dyche's team having the better chances to win the game.

Burnley, even more of a surprise package this season, start 2018 seventh in the Premier League table.

The team in eighth, Leicester are the next opponents for Huddersfield with Wagner taking his team to the King Power Stadium on Monday.

Town are 5/1 for an away win with Leicester 4/6 and the draw 14/5. Aaron Mooy is 11/2 to score at any time against the Foxes.

They then switch their attentions to the FA Cup with the third round taking place next weekend, Town drawn away to Championship side Bolton.

Town are 100/1 to win the FA Cup.

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Wagner enjoying home comforts

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner isn't a fan of football at Christmas but is looking forward to a home game on Boxing Day.

The Terriers, in their first season in the Premier League, go into the festive period in good heart, on the back of four points from their last two away games.

A win over Watford and Saturday's draw at Southampton sees Huddersfield 11th in the Premier League table at Christmas with a healthy six-point cushion over the bottom three.

They welcome Stoke to the John Smith's Stadium on Boxing Day and Wagner confessed that, whilst he believes Christmas should be a time for family rather than football, he is excited at the prospect of a home Boxing Day game in the Premier League.

He said after the draw at Southampton: "There is some excitement for sure – Boxing Day, the John Smith's Stadium, in the Premier League.

"This is something that hasn't happened for a long time and I am absolutely sure there will be an excellent atmosphere.

"The away supporters delivered today (at Southampton) and I am sure it will be something extraordinary at home and will help us to overcome this busy period."

The Terriers are 11/8 to win with Stoke 21/10. Huddersfield are 13/2 to win the game 1-0.

Huddersfield then continue their Christmas programme with another home match, against Burnley on Saturday before they travel to Leicester on New Year's Day.

Town keeper Jonas Lossl suffered a broken nose at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday but is expected to play against Stoke for a Town team that is still missing Elias Kachunga, Philip Billing, Michael Hefele and Jon Gorenc Stankovic.

The Terriers are 2/9 to stay up at the end of the season. They are 6/1 to finish in the top half of the table.

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Wagner believes in Town hopes

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner says he now has belief, rather than hope, that his side can ensure Premier League survival come the end of the season.

The Terriers currently lie in 12th place in the standings, four points clear of the relegation places despite a run of five defeats in their last six games.

And Wagner, who led Town to promotion last season- his first full campaign in charge – says the experience of the past few months has given him confidence that his team have got what it take to stay in the top-flight next term.

Ahead of a meeting with Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday, Wagner told reporters: "At the beginning of the season when I had no experience of the Premier League, I had hope we can survive.

"After 17 games of the season, now I really believe we can survive. I have belief instead of the hope I had before the season.

"What makes me so confident is how the players reacted to results. They accepted this and continued to work. Of course our players have to stay healthy. If this isn't the case it will be very, very difficult for us.

"It is very tight (at the bottom) which is good for us. At the start they thought it would be tight with one team adrift – us."

Huddersfield, whose only away win in the league so far this season came on the opening weekend at Crystal Palace, are 4/1 to secure all three points on Saturday and are 12/1 to win the game 1-0, with Town 7/2 to keep a clean sheet.

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Hughton still believes in Knockaert

Chris Hughton has confirmed that French forward Anthony Knockaert will return to the Brighton squad for the clash with Tottenham on Wednesday evening.

The 26-year-old was left out of the Seagulls squad at the weekend, as Albion suffered a 2-0 Premier League defeat at Huddersfield Town – with Knockaert having scored just once so far this season.

However, Albion head coach Chris Hughton has no doubt that Knockaert has plenty to offer in the coming months, starting against Spurs at Wembley.

He told The Argus: "I made a decision to go a certain way in the game against Huddersfield and also on the bench. We've got a very competitive squad at the moment and around that I have to make decisions.

"Sometimes you make good decisions, sometimes not so good, but I have to make those decisions around what I see at the time.

"It's tougher for him (than last season), the same as everybody.

"If I am looking at the goals and assists he had last season, he is up against better full-backs and better players, as is everybody else."

Having started life back in the English top-flight with some solid results, the Seagulls have stuttered in recent weeks and are without a win in their last five games.

Home draws with Stoke City and Crystal Palace are the only two positive results they have gained in the last month, with Albion suffering defeats at the hands of Manchester United, Liverpool and then the Terriers.

Brighton can currently be backed at 5/2 to be relegated come the end of the season, with Crystal Palace available at 11/8 and Newcastle United 3/1.

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Hard work essential for Wagner

Head coach David Wagner expects his Huddersfield Town side to work their socks off when they host Premier League champions Chelsea on Tuesday evening.

The Terriers go into the game boosted by a 2-0 home victory over Brighton at the weekend, a result which ended a run of four straight league defeats.

It also lifted Town up to 12th place in the Premier League standings, with a five-point cushion to the relegation zone.

However, Wagner expects a massive challenge for his side when Chelsea arrive in west Yorkshire, as he told reporters: "We are not dreamers, we are workers; this counts tomorrow. We will not dream, we will work our socks off.

"This is a completely different game because it is at the John Smith's Stadium – playing at home gives our players that extra little bit of trust and belief in their quality because the supporters are behind them.

"It's important we focus on ourselves. We know exactly what we have to do to have a small chance and our supporters know what they have to do to help us have this small chance.

"What we can expect is it to make it as uncomfortable as possible for them. We will then see what we can get out of the game."

Wagner has midfielder Rajiv van La Parra back in contention after he completed a three-match suspension, while striker Steve Mounie is expected to earn a start after scoring both goals in the victory over the Seagulls on Saturday.

Benin international Mounie is available at 11/4 to score at any time on Tuesday evening, with Huddersfield 15/4 to secure a draw against the Blues, while the Terriers are 4/9 not to be relegated come the end of the season.

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