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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Which ‘Lucky S’ will Get the Football Betting Cheer?

So the January Window is in full swing in the Premier League, as the chasing pack squabbles for players to try to keep their seasons’ on track.

Today’s headlines speculate that the Sanchez/Mkhitaryan swap between Manchester United and Arsenal is imminent, with neither likely to feature in this weekend’s football games, while I understand Chelsea may be interested in taking West Ham’s battering ram Andy Carroll.

But for this week’s Asian Handicap Betting picks, I’m focussing on matters on the pitch, at the muddy end where the relegation scrap rages. And it seems you’re more likely to be in trouble if your team name begins with the letter ‘S’!

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

Paul Lambert is the latest surprise appointment for the panicking clubs, replacing the relatively more successful Mark Hughes. Lambert has inherited a squad well capable of survival, though. Xherdan Shaqiri and Joe Allen are, at least, mid-table players and in Jack Butland, they have a keeper rated as an England World Cup prospect. I just sense the Terriers may be running out of steam and Stoke could profit.
So my opening 🌟🌟 bet, at odds of 2.09, is a much needed home win.

Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur (January 22, 00:00 GMT+8)

If the Potters do the business then it’s likely Southampton could be the side to replace them in the bottom three. Without a win in ten league games and missing star striker Charlie Austin, it’s all looking a little gloomy at St Marys. How they would love to have a Harry Kane. The Spurs striker is homing in on 100 Premier league goals and a brace on Sunday would do it. The fact that he’s scored five times in six games against Saints, it’s not far-fetched.
I bet Harry gets at least one, and I’m backing a game of over 2.5 goals, a 🌟🌟 bet at 1.88.

Swansea City vs Liverpool (January 23, 04:00 GMT+8)

The other ‘S’ looks the likeliest to sink the fastest and the rock bottom Swans have a nightmare fixture as Jurgen Klopp’s marauding Reds prepare to invade South Wales. Loan signings Renato Sanches and Tammy Abraham haven’t paid off, and new coach Carlos Carvalhal needs to find some impetus quickly. That may prove tricky against the conquerors of Manchester City though!
I expect Liverpool to be ahead at half time at odds of 1.80, which is my 🌟🌟🌟 bet.

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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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Stoke Can Be a Sports Betting Survivor!

Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City

First, the bad news.

Stoke City are in the danger zone and, judging by events of the past week, sacked Mark Hughes without foolishly having a replacement lined up.

Now, the good news.

They won’t have to face football games like this every week and are more than capable of climbing out of the drop zone and being a sports betting survivor.

Indeed, a significant bonus could await new boss Paul Lambert should he guide the Potters to Premier League safety.

After the club suffered a number of setbacks with Martin O’Neill, Quique Sanchez Flores and Gary Rowett all reportedly rejecting the job, Lambert watched his new charges from the stands at Old Trafford before he officially takes the reins in the next 24 hours.

Then the real work begins.

What he will have learned from this encounter – in which United opened up a three-point lead over Liverpool and Chelsea – is that he has inherited some talented footballers who should not be involved in a relegation battle.

That they are is because half a dozen or so underperformed for Hughes, and Lambert has to ensure they improve their efforts for him.

In this regard, it was hard to gauge any telling signs from a contest in which Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial scored with impressive long-range strikes in the first half before Romelu Lukaku capped off a 3-0 triumph to ultimately make light work of the Potters.

What he will also have learned is that he needs defenders back quickly.

This was a match in which Stoke became the first side in Europe’s top five leagues to concede 50 goals this season.

If Lambert has the misfortune which affected Hughes, their cause certainly won’t be helped.

While Kevin Wimmer came back into the squad at Old Trafford and new signing Moritz Bauer made his debut, injured duo Ryan Shawcross and Erik Pieters were still missing.

Again, on the plus side, Lambert will have seen that Stoke did create chances which, if taken, would have made this a much closer game – proof they are more than capable of troubling even the top sides and firing their way out of trouble.

So all in all, it’s a mixed bag for a manager who has a proven top-flight experience, has never been relegated (keeping both Norwich and Aston Villa in the Premier League) and has extensive knowledge of English football.

He may not have been the club’s first, second or even third choice but should he guide Stoke to safety – and there is no reason why he shouldn’t – then perhaps this proud club will be smiling again.

The real work starts tomorrow and then, with games against fellow strugglers Huddersfield, Watford, Bournemouth and Brighton to come, the destiny is in their own hands.

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Lambert takes up Stoke post

Stoke City have appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager, handing the former Scotland midfielder a two-and-half-year contract.

The 48-year-old has been out of the game since leaving Wolves at the end of last season and arrives in the Potteries to succeed Mark Hughes.

Lambert has enjoyed spells in charge of Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa, Norwich City, Colchester United and Wycombe Wanderers, having begun his managerial career in his homeland with Livingston.

Of the appointment, vice-chairman John Coates told the club's official website: "Paul has been successful in management at clubs with a strong and stable background and with local ownership – the kind of foundation we are able to give to our managers.

"We were determined to appoint someone with Premier League experience, or an extensive knowledge of English football. We look forward to working with Paul and supporting him to help achieve our goals."

Lambert will take on a watching brief on Monday evening when the Potters take on Manchester United at Old Trafford, with Eddie Niedzwiecki in charge of team affairs, assisted by Kevin Russell and Andy Quy.

New signing, Austrian defender Moritz Bauer, could be handed a debut for the visitors, having recently completed a move from Russian club Rubin Kazan.

City also hope to have Erik Pieters (hamstring), Bruno Martins Indi (groin) and Ryan Shawcross (calf) available to boost their defensive options.

Stoke, who have drawn each of their last three meetings with the Red Devils, are 6/1 to secure a draw on Monday evening, with a 1-1 final scoreline priced at 14/1 and a goalless draw 16/1.

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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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Ibra’s injury saddens Mourinho

Jose Mourinho thinks Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not be able to return to training until the beginning of February.

The 36-year-old suffered a serious knee injury nine months ago but was able to play a handful of games in November and December before suffering a setback which has sidelined him again.

Mourinho said of the veteran Swedish star: "Zlatan is injured, or is not totally happy with his condition. He fought like a tiger, like he likes to say, to be back, which he did.

"He was starting having minutes here and there, he had a start, he had 60 minutes of one game and started another one, and had 45 [minutes], and he was not happy with his feelings.

"The date for him to be back to training with the team was around the end of January or beginning of February, so let's hope his feelings are better and we have him as soon as possible."

United host Stoke City on Monday and could hand starts to Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick.

Valencia has not played since suffering an injury at West Brom on 17th December but Ashley Young is suspended.

Carrick has been out of action since the Carabao Cup victory against Burton Albion in September while Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly is not expected to be available again until the end of January.

United are 2/9 to beat the Potters on Monday and 7/1 to win the match 3-0.

Robins hopes for good draw

Mark Robins hopes Coventry City draw another Premier League side in the fourth round of the FA Cup following their victory against Stoke City.

The Sky Blues triumphed 2-1 in an entertaining third-round tie at the Ricoh Arena thanks to goals from Jordan Willis and Jack Grimmer.

Coventry have endured almost 17 years of misery since they were relegated from the Premier League in 2001 but they are 13/8 to be promoted from League Two this season.

Former Manchester United star Robins said afterwards: "That was hard-fought and deserved.

"We have had to defend really well at times, but I think if we would have come in 3-0 up at half time, I don't think anyone could complain.

"If we can get another good draw in the next round then that is massive for us. More of our supporters will come to the games and it is really important in terms of the transfer market that we get good revenue through.

"We are desperate to get up and do the City of Coventry proud."

Coventry are 15/8 to beat Exeter City in their next League Two fixture on 13th January.

Hughes scoffs at sack rumours

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has played down speculation that his four-and-a-half-year spell with the club is about to come to an end.

The Potters slipped into the relegation zone after losing 1-0 at home to fellow strugglers Newcastle United on Monday, a result that led to rumours circling that Hughes' position was under review.

The 54-year-old former Fulham, Manchester City and Wales manager took part in a scheduled meeting with Stoke chairman Peter Coates on Thursday but said there were no discussions about his future, only about possible transfer targets.

"Why would I seek reassurance? I don't need it," Hughes said. "I did not attempt to ask about my future.

"I went there with the sole purpose of getting an understanding of what we're doing in January and that's what I got. It was a good meeting and one we can move forward from."

Stoke, 2/1 to be relegated from the Premier League this season, visit League Two side Coventry City for a third-round FA Cup tie on Saturday and are 8/11 to beat the Sky Blues and 15/2 to win 2-1.

Hughes knows that his side need to start winning games soon, adding: "It's a difficult situation for everyone. They [the board] don't want their team and appointments to fail. They back good people with ability and let them get on with the job. That's what they've always done."

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Chelsea 5-0 Stoke City

Chelsea blew Stoke City away at the Bridge today, with a professional and explosive display to move Antonio Conte’s team into second place and 13 points from the top.

That could all change after the Manchester clubs play their weekend football games, but, for now, the Blues are progressing nicely. But after another poor showing, football betting pundits have Mark Hughes to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job. Following a spate of sackings, the Stoke boss recently said he was the last man standing, and hovering just above the drop zone that could be temporary.

It was all over in the first quarter of the match, if not the first three minutes, which was all it took for Antonio Rudiger to shrug off the weak Potters’ defence and fire home. And it was a cracking goal on nine minutes which doubled the lead, and Hughes’ agony, when Danny Drinkwater hit a beauty of a dipping volley into the net. Then, on 24 minutes, Pedro latched onto a ball from Willian to curl a lovely shot home.

It was damage limitation for Stoke in the second half and they were making a decent fist of that, until Geoff Cameron felled Willian in the box and the Brazilian star calmly slid the penalty home. Davide Zappacosta made it five in the dying minutes; and that was about a fair reflection.

Chelsea can go into 2018 in good heart, but Stoke are looking nervously over their shoulders.

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