Why Three is the Magic Number

It’s simply because all my betting tips favour home triumphs this weekend.

All three backing sides pushing for European berths.

The betting odds have once again been studied carefully ahead of this weekend’s programme of football games.

Burnley vs Brighton & Hove Albion (April 28, 22:00 GMT+8)

Can this proud Lancashire club reach the promised land of European football for the first time since the mid-1960s?

Yes, of course, they can! I’ve said before that, if achieved, Sean Dyche deserves the manager of the year accolade.

Seeing off Brighton, whose own boss Chris Hughton has done a terrific job, won’t be easy, but I’m expecting the Clarets to edge it.

My 🌟🌟🌟 tip is Asian Handicap -0.50 Burnley @ 2.21.

Crystal Palace vs Leicester City (April 28, 22:00 GMT+8)

Both these clubs began the season with different managers at the helm.

Both have benefited from the subsequent change, although in both cases (particularly Frank de Boer), the early season dismissals of Roy Hodgson’s and Claude Puel’s predecessors were harsh.

In what could be an entertaining encounter, this is a more important game for Palace and I expect them to triumph.

My 🌟 tip is Crystal Palace First Half 1X2 @ 2.70, and a 🌟🌟 bet on Crystal Palace again Asian Handicap -0.50 @ 2.12.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford (May 01, 03:00 GMT+8)

After an FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United, Mauricio Pochettino and his players will be hurting.

The club’s eighth straight semi-final defeat and wait for silverware goes on. However, it can’t be forgotten this season was always going to be tough as the north Londoners left home and took over a 12-month tenancy of Wembley.

They will return to the new White Hart Lane next season back in the Champions League, and this victory will help secure it.

My 2 x 🌟🌟🌟 tips are: Spurs First Half Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 2.09 and Asian Handicap -2.25 @ 2.03.

I’m also going to add a 🌟🌟 prediction into the mix of Total Goals 4-6 @ 2.33.

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Premier League Betting Works just Fine with the Big Guns

Top teams can cope on more than one front; and the Premier League’s giants showed just that this week.

The four FA Cup semi-finalists had difficult league football games to contend with and none were beaten. But there was a surprise for live betting fans at the Hawthorns as West Brom staged a dramatic comeback against Liverpool.

Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester United

The Red Devils responded well to losing to West Brom at the weekend by recording a clinical win over Bournemouth. The Cherries more than matched their visitors in the first half, unlucky to go behind to Chris Smalling’s opener; but Romelu Lukaku secured the points to keep United in pole position for second place.

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane put Spurs ahead at the Amex just after half time. It was definitely his goal as he fired it in using his foot! But the Seagulls grabbed a deserved point when Izquierdo was fouled a minute later and Pascal Gross converted emphatically from the spot. Chris Hughton’s team inches closer to safety.

Burnley 1-2 Chelsea

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea demonstrated the size of the gap between the top six and the rest by ending Burnley’s winning run with a super display. They were helped on the way by a rare gaffe in the Burnley defence, defender Kevin Long bundling the ball past his keeper; and when Ashley Barnes fired Burnley level it took Victor Moses just five minutes to restore the Blues’ lead.

Leicester City 0-0 Southampton

This was an abject match between a Leicester side which looks like it’s already on the beach and the Saints’, in contrast, desperate for points. Who knows why the visitors didn’t throw the kitchen sink at it in the final quarter of the game, but they just didn’t and are in desperate trouble.

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Liverpool

The Baggies produced a great fight-back to grab a point, but it isn’t enough to improve their tiny chance of survival. Danny Ings and, who else but Mo Salah with his 31st of the season, put the Reds in control. But a 79th minute goal from Jake Livermore and a late header from Salomon Rondon restored some home pride.

Watford FC 0-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace move 15th after a stalemate at Vicarage Road. In a disappointing first half the Eagles showed surprisingly little attacking intent; but they came to life in the second. First Luka Milivojevic crashed the crossbar and then Wilfried Zaha was booked for a penalty-seeking dive, but it was a close call. Palace are not safe yet.

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Enjoy the FA Cup Fun in the Sunshine

It’s FA Cup weekend and we have all the ingredients for a feast of knockout football: the sunny UK weather, three of the top sides in the UK, and a perennial underdog!

Semi-final football games, over the weekend, at the hallowed Wembley turf, is a dream for neutrals and sports betting enthusiasts; and boy, do we have two fantastic clashes on offer. Betting tips are shared between the three big sides, but in Southampton we have a brilliant outsider with form, having won the famous trophy as a second division side back in 1976 beating Manchester United.

FA Cup Semi-finals

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspurs

The Red Devils weren’t delighted with the draw which pitted them against Spurs on the Londoners’ home turf. However, they showed no sign of jitters when they stopped off on the South Coast to beat Bournemouth last night, with Romelu Lukaku bagging his 16th league goal of the season.

For Spurs, Harry Kane can take a day off from chasing Mo Salah for the Golden Boot and concentrate on trying to win Mauricio Pochettino his first piece of UK silverware. The Spurs frontman knows how important that is to his boss.

But the game may be won and lost by the suppliers. Christian Eriksen, who has been arguing with Kane over the latter’s bizarrely claimed goal against Stoke, is in fine form and won’t hesitate to feed his hungry friend again on Saturday. Meanwhile, United’s best player, Paul Pogba, blows red hot and ice cold.  So Spurs are at odds of 2.21 to advance with the Red Devils at 3.20.

Chelsea vs Southampton

Sunday’s semi is an odd sort of affair. The Saints are rank outsiders at 6.80 to proceed and, in all honesty, have bigger fish to fry as Mark Hughes’ side is in deep relegation trouble.

The FA Cup is everything to Chelsea now. It’s the only thing the Blues can win and, although they take a tough trip to Burnley before this Wembley clash, I suspect their focus will not be in East Lancashire. They must protect their prize asset Eden Hazard who could win this massive game on his own.

The Saints’ top man, Charlie Austin, is injured more often than fit, but he is the underdogs’ best chance to spring a shock and stop the Blues who are at odds of 1.49 to reach the final.

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Spurs the only focus for Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino is focused on his own job and is not concerning himself about what might happen next season.

Ahead of a Tuesday evening Premier League trip to Brighton, Pochettino was asked if he was worried that champions Manchester City could move further ahead of the chasing pack next term, having wrapped up the title with five games to play.

He told reporters: "I am not concerned. Yes, of course, if they invest money and bring in players that can improve their squad, of course they are sure to compete to be the best team in the Premier League again.

"Today my concern is to try to win on Tuesday, after that I am not thinking about what Man City is going to do. It is nothing to worry about, because it is still so far until next season."

Meanwhile, Pochettino also confirmed that he will rest a number of senior players for the clash with the Seagulls, with one eye on the FA Cup semi-final against

That seems likely to mean a major role for January signing Lucas Moura, who has yet to start a league game since his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day.

Central defender Toby Alderweireld also looks set to be involved, although Pochettino was non-committal on whether that would be as a starter or a substitute.

He added: "Yes, Toby is going to be in the squad. Tomorrow I will decide whether he's going to play or not."

Having won 2-0 against Albion at Wembley earlier this season, Spurs are 1/2 to claim all three points on Tuesday evening and are 6/5 to keep a clean sheet, with Fernando Llorente available at 10/11 to score at any time.

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Hughton wary of tough run-in

Brighton boss Chris Hughton does not want to rely on other teams slipping up as he attempts to guide the Seagulls to safety.

After losing 3-2 at Crystal Palace on Saturday, Brighton are seven points clear of the bottom three, but have only taken one point from their last four games and face a very difficult run-in.

Brighton play Tottenham at the Amex on Tuesday night, before coming up against Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Burnley.

Hughton's team may avoid relegation even if they don't pick up any more points this season, but the Seagulls boss is keen to return to winning ways as soon as possible.

Brighton are 8/1 to be relegated this season and 13/2 to beat Tottenham on Tuesday. Hughton's side are 20/1 to win the encounter 1-0 and 6/1 to keep a clean sheet in the match.

Hughton said: "We want to be able to get to safety in this division because of what we've done and the points that we've got, not just because maybe others haven't got theirs.

"Of course you'll take it, but you are always better off if your destiny is in your own hands.

"We are capable. The top six are the top six because they are the best teams with the best players, so we know the magnitude of all of these games.

"But we've played very well against Arsenal and managed to get a result. The top six will lose games, perhaps some they don't expect to lose, and we have to go into the (Tottenham) game with that type of mentality.

"We have got tough games left and we will have to get a result that probably no-one expects in one of them."

It’s City’s Title with a Big ‘Thanks’ to the Neighbours

Manchester City are Premier League Champions. A classy win over Spurs was enough to give Pep Guardiola’s team the title, thanks to West Brom pulling off a shock win at Old Trafford.

Football betting fans and experts have known for a while that it’s City’s season, but having lost three football games on the run, the Sky Blues’ celebrations have been delayed; but only for a week because West Brom defied the betting odds, and all conventional wisdom, to beat Manchester United.

Manchester United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

The Red Devils handed the title to City with a lacklustre display at home to doomed bottom club West Brom. Jay Rodriguez headed home to shock winner on 73 minutes to silence Old Trafford and give Sky Blue fans a weekend to remember. If the Baggies had played like this all season, they’d have been fine.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester City

Manchester City showed exactly who’s boss with a resounding win at Wembley. Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan put the Sky Blues in charge before Christian Eriksen rode his luck to pull one back. Raheem Sterling restored the two-goal lead which ended City’s sticky run in style.

Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Mo Salah scored his 30th league goal of the season and the Reds coasted to an easy win over the Cherries who are already on holiday. Sadio Mane opened the scoring and Roberto Firmino scored a late third either side of Salah’s header, as Jurgen Klopp’s side remains unbeaten at home.

Southampton 2-3 Chelsea

Three goals in eight minutes turned embarrassment to delight for Chelsea, and hope to a relegation nightmare for the Saints. Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek put the hosts two up after an hour, but Olivier Giroud’s brace, which sandwiched Eden Hazard’s strike, turned the match on its head.

Newcastle United 2-1 Arsenal

The Magpies have hit the 40-point mark amid wild celebrations when Matt Ritchie smashed home on 68 minutes to complete a stunning comeback. Alexandre Lacazette had skilfully finished off a flowing Arsenal move on 14 minutes, but Ayoze Perez hit back before half-time to tee up a cracking second half.

Burnley 2-1 Leicester City

The Claret’s blew Leicester away in the first ten minutes to move just two points behind sixth placed Arsenal. Chris Wood and Kevin Long breached the Foxes’ defence before they had settled, and while Leicester dominated much of the remaining 80 minutes only Jamie Vardy could get past Nick Pope.

Swansea City 1-1 Everton

Jordan Ayew bagged a crucial late goal at the Liberty Stadium to inch the Swans a little closer to safety after a Kyle Naughton own goal had put the Toffees in front. The full back nodded into his own net so was mightily relieved when Ayew’s equaliser lifted Swansea five points above the 18th placed Saints.

Huddersfield Town 1-0 Watford

What a result for the Terriers and what a way to win it. Survival is within reach now after Tom Ince hit a dramatic winner in injury time to spark bedlam at the John Smith’s Stadium. Goals have been hard to come by for Huddersfield but 35 points is almost enough.

Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

But not quite, I suspect, so there may be a few nerves jangling on the South coast as defeat to Palace leaves the Seagulls on 35. Wilfried Zaha scored twice in a five goal first half to ease the Eagles’ relegation fears as they climb to just a point behind Brighton.

Congratulations to Manchester City!

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Guardiola confirms Aguero blow

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will miss the Saturday evening Wembley showdown with Tottenham Hotspur due to a knee injury.

The 29-year-old Argentina international returned to action after a month on the sidelines in the 3-2 defeat by Manchester United last weekend, but was hurt again by a tough challenge from Ashley Young.

Aguero subsequently appeared as a substitute in the Champions League reverse at the hands of Liverpool in midweek, but Citizens head Pep Guardiola has revealed that his efforts have come at a cost.

He told reporters: "Aguero is injured. He was injured before the (Liverpool) game but made a huge effort to help us for 10 or 15 minutes. That's why he couldn’t play from the beginning.

"People talk a lot without knowing what happened before the game. He was not ready.

"He made a huge effort because after the action from Ashley Young against United he has problems in his knee. He could not train.

"He played the last 15 or 20 minutes and said after the game that he had a lot of pain and could not run. Hopefully, he will be back for our last few games if we need him and especially for the World Cup."

Minus Aguero, City will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight defeat, having been beaten twice by Liverpool and also by United in their last three games.

The Citizens are 13/5 to secure a draw at Wembley, while Spurs are 10/1 to win the game 2-1, with Dele Alli available at 11/4 to score at any time.

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Hughton retains survival concerns

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says there is still a long way to go before his players can celebrate ensuring a second successive season in the Premier League.

The Seagulls head into a weekend grudge match with Crystal Palace holding a seven-point cushion above the relegation places, despite having picked up just one point from their last three games.

And with a tough-looking run-in ahead of them, Hughton has told his side not to even contemplate having already secured survival, as they prepare to be boosted by the return from suspension of Anthony Knockaert.

Ahead of a trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday, Hughton told reporters: "It's very, very difficult at this stage to speak about six-pointers, because they are all very big games.

"Until we are in a position that we could see ourselves safe in this division, whenever that next game is becomes the biggest game.

"I would still rather, even with the games that we have, be in a position where we have a certain amount of points as opposed to desperately having to get them.

"There is still a long way to go and we will certainly have to pull out, I think, some good results. There are groups of teams below us very capable of winning their games.

"The players are ready and they have to be ready. Every game for us, particularly every game away from home, is a very difficult game."

Having taken on Palace, Albion have visits to Burnley, Manchester City and Liverpool ahead of them, with their two remaining home games against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Brighton are currently priced at 16/1 to be relegated this season, with Palace available at 8/1 and Southampton 10/11.

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Poch cool over Alderweireld role

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed suggestions that defender Toby Alderweireld may not play for the club again this season.

The 29-year-old Belgium international centre-back has found first-team opportunities limited since returning to full fitness after hamstring problems, with Alderweireld having not featured at all in the Premier League since late October.

However, ahead of a Saturday evening Wembley showdown with Manchester City, Pochettino has cooled talk of Alderweireld having possibly played his last game for Spurs, having also been linked with a summer transfer.

Pochettino told reporters: "We make a drama sometimes over small things. After 14 games unbeaten there is no point talking about the player that has not played and has had an injury.

"Toby is still our player on a two-year contract. I am sure he is going to be play before the end of the season. He is doing well, he is training, but he has to wait for his opportunity.

"Today there is no point talking about this type of situation."

Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez are the current preferred central defensive partnership at Tottenham, who are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League games.

Indeed their last league reverse came against the Citizens just before Christmas, when the Londoners were swatted aside 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Spurs are 8/5 to exact revenge with a win on Saturday, with the home side 10/1 to win the game 2-1, while Harry Kane can be backed at 5/6 to score at any time.

Tottenham have won their last two home league meetings with City – 2-0 last season and 4-1 in September 2015.

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Premier League Betting: It’s Far From Over!

There’s more to play for in the Premier League, and all eyes will certainly be on the big guns who are trying to finish in the top three!

While online betting darlings Manchester City try to secure the title for good, Manchester United will look to pull further away from the chasing pack that includes Liverpool and Tottenham. The two English giants, however, won’t back down easily as they try to defy betting odds and keep themselves within striking distance of the Red Devils!

Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion (April 15, 23:00 GMT+8)

Manchester United are on a roll, and we can spend time analysing this game, or we can just acknowledge that there’s no way the Red Devils will lose after their dramatic 3-2 comeback victory over Manchester City.

Indeed, confidence is high at Old Trafford, and relegation-bound West Brom simply don’t look like a team capable of pulling off an upset.

The Baggies will be happy with the probable return of 28-year-old winger Nacer Chadli after four months on the sidelines. However, that’s likely the only positive they can get as they remain winless in their last 10 games (eight losses and two draws).

I expect Man United to dominate, so I suggest a 🌟🌟🌟 bet on Over 3.00 goals that pays at 2.12.

Liverpool vs Bournemouth (April 15, 00:30 GMT+8)

For a Bournemouth team that has already conceded 53 goals this campaign, playing a Liverpool side that boasts the second-best offence in the league is a recipe for disaster.

Not to mention that Jurgen Klopp’s men are coming off back-to-back Champions League wins against the Sky Blues, unarguably the best defensive team in the English top flight.

Bournemouth did show some resilience as they twice came from behind to draw with Crystal Palace, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that they conceded four to Liverpool the last time they met.

Another 🌟🌟🌟 tip is Liverpool Asian Handicap -2.00 @ 2.21.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City (April 15, 02:45 GMT+8)

A bald fraud? It’s funny to think that Pep Guardiola has been called that after the Sky Blues lost three times in a span of eight days. However, rather than being a fraud, Guardiola’s problem is that his team is finally being exploited on their weak spots.

Tottenham will undoubtedly try to use the same formula that Liverpool used against City: focus on interceptions and tackles and use more fast breaks on the attack.

It remains to be seen if it will work, though the Spurs have the tools to do it especially with Harry Kane ready to score more as he chases the Golden Boot.

I predict a tight encounter here, but there’s no doubt this will be another high-scoring affair. With that said, go for Over 3.00 goals @ 2.01 for a 🌟🌟 bet.

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