Saturday’s Football Accumlator Tip: 3rd February 2018

I’m sure I am not the only tipster who wishes they had backed Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all to lose in midweek. Those somewhat unusual results for these teams (well, Arsenal apart I suppose given their shocking away form) threw a spanner in the works somewhat for the midweek tips.

So I feel that I am due a win after some odd results over the past few weeks and I am hopeful that this weekend will be profitable as there’s some interesting matches lined up in the Premier League, not least Liverpool’s clash with Tottenham on Sunday which now takes on greater importance for both teams.

With the prospect of a rare week off in between this game and next weekend’s Premier League matches, managers will know that a win is vital as it will set their team up for a good week of preparation ahead of their next fixture – which is something of a rarity in top flight football nowadays.

The big teams will know though that this week is important for rest too as the Champions League and Europa League restarts the following week, plus there is the FA Cup Fifth Round plus the Carabao Cup Final all coming up over the next month.

Given that I expect most if not all teams to be playing full-strength teams at the weekend, with just a couple of teams involved in FA Cup Fourth Round replays during the week. Hopefully, with the chaos of the transfer window now behind us, teams will be more settled and things will start to get back to normal in terms of form and performance.

Here’s my tips for this coming Saturday’s games:

Saturday’s Football Acca – 03/02/2018

    • 12:30
    • Burnley v Manchester City - Away Win
    • 3:00
    • Bournemouth v Stoke City - Home Win
    • 3:00
    • Brighton v West Ham - Draw
    • 5:30
    • Arsenal v Everton - Home Win
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Bet Analysis: Saturday 3rd February

Burnley v Manchester City – Away Win – Burnley put an end to a four game losing streak in their midweek draw away to Newcastle United, while Manchester City continued their dominance of the division with a 3-0 win over West Brom. Although Burnley do have one of the best defensive records in the Premier League, that seems to matter little to a Manchester City team that can seemingly score at will against almost all opponents. I’d love to make a case for an upset win here, but even though Burnley are tough to break down at home, City are playing electrifying football and even the loss of Leroy Sane for several weeks should not hit them hard given the quality of their squad. City are odds on to win here and I think it would be foolish not to back them to win this one relatively comfortably.

Bournemouth v Stoke City – Home Win – Both these teams recent improvement in form continued in midweek, spectacularly so for Bournemouth who came away from Stamford Bridge with a stunning and completely unexpected 3-0 victory. That means the Cherries have lost just once in their last six games, and that was an FA Cup defeat to Wigan, with Eddie Howe’s men now 10th in the table. Stoke too picked up a point in their midweek game with Watford, meaning Paul Lambert has picked up four points from six available since taking over as manager. That said, I still feel Stoke are well short of where they should be and I think buoyed with the confidence of that win over Chelsea, I’m backing the home side to pick up another vital three points here.

Brighton v West Ham – Draw – Brighton are slowly being dragged into the relegation battle as they are not quite winning enough games. They face a West Ham side who have lost just once in their last six games and who are proving very tough to beat under David Moyes. Both teams made moves in the transfer market in the window and it will be interesting to see if any of the players signed make their debut in these games. West Ham do have real injury worries over many players but they are eking out results here and there and I think that is precisely what will happen on Saturday. I can’t see too many goals here, but I think the most likely result is either a 0-0 or 1-1 draw between the teams.

Arsenal v Everton – Home Win – After the debacle of Swansea in midweek, Arsenal need a good performance on home soil to get their new-look team bedded in. Will Aubameyang play? It seems strange to think that the £60m or £54m man (depending on who you believe) may start from the bench but he could do. My gut feeling is though Wenger needs a win and wants to show the loss of Sanchez is not overly damaging, so I expect Aubameyang to start with Mkhitaryan. Everton picked up a good win in the week with two Theo Walcott goals downing Leicester. The ex-Arsenal man could be a real threat here against his former club, but I’m backing the Gunners to win a close one 2-1.

 

Dean Wyatt

Author: Dean Wyatt

Dean Wyatt is the founder and editor here at Acca Nation. He’s been betting sports for over 20 years and is a profitable sports trader on the exchanges.

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