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The end of this final international break of the calendar year signifies the start of English football’s busiest period, where professional football tipsters are far from the only victim (or is that winner?) of a uniquely English phenomenon of a festive period jam-packed with enough matches to make a professional player’s eyes water. So, now it’s time to take a look at some of the most significant matches of week 13 of this season’s English Premier League. And as always, pick up all the best tips for these games as well as many more from the most perceptive football tipsters only at Betadvisor.com.
Watford V Manchester United, Saturday 21/11/15 at 12.45 GMT
It’s been a great season for Watford so far, and the Hornets currently sit in eleventh, eight points clear of the relegation zone, which is surely coach Quique Flores’ objective come the end of the season. United, despite criticism regarding their playing style, sit in fourth, just two points behind joint leaders Manchester City and Arsenal. The most astute football tipsters won’t be expecting a goal-fest in this particular game – Watford have only scored three goals at home all season, although two of those came in their last home game, a 2-0 win over West Ham. United, meanwhile, haven’t conceded in 555 minutes, and have the best defensive record in the top flight with a miserly eight goals conceded to date. Add to the mix the fact that United have won their last nine league and cup games against Watford, a sequence that began back in 1987, a United goal Saturday lunchtime could spell disaster for the home side. A low scoring game is on the cards here, although United coach Louis Van Gaal will be hoping Anthony Martial overcomes a foot problem to boost his side’s attacking options. In a game that’s tight to call, you need to put all your betting eggs in our top football tipsters’ baskets.
Watford 4.50, Draw 3.30, Man Utd 1.90
Manchester City v Liverpool Saturday 21/11/15 at 17.30 GMT
The biggest game on paper this weekend is at the Etihad stadium where top-of-the-table Manchester City entertain Jurgen Klopp’s tenth-place Liverpool. The German boss will be keen to banish memories of his side’s defeat last time out at home to Crystal Palace, his first defeat since taking over as Reds boss. It could be a tale of two returning strikers Saturday teatime as both City’s Sergio Aguero and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge could make long awaited returns. It’s pretty good news all round for City on the injury front as skipper Vincent Kompany and key creative force David Silva could also be available, although the latter may have to be happy with a place on the bench. Both sides have lengthy queues for the treatment table at present, so such a high intensity game may not be what the doctor ordered, but for fans it’s a mouth-watering prospect – 23 goals have been scored in the last six meetings between these sides, although with City boasting the second meanest defence currently in the league, and Liverpool slightly struggling for goals, a high-scoring thriller may be unlikely this time out, although City have also scored a league high 26 goals to date. What are the stats that top football tipsters are keeping their eye on? How about these? Liverpool haven’t won at the Etihad since 2008 (drawn four, lost four), and Sergio Aguero has scored in all three of his home appearances against Liverpool.
Manchester City 1.66, Draw 4.00, Liverpool 5.00
Tottenham V West Ham, Sunday 22/11/15 at 16.00 GMT
It’s an intense London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday as a young Tottenham side will look to protect an 11 match unbeaten run against a high flying West Ham who will be missing their star performer Dimitri Payet, whose ankle injury will keep the Frenchman out for a lengthy spell. However, there’s better news for the Hammers in that Sunday could spell returns for Alex Song, Diafra Sakho and Pedro Obiang. Spurs could be without Erik Lamela, who picked up a muscle injury whilst training with Argentina, but Mousa Dembele should be fit to play after a calf problem. Last season in the same fixture, Spurs were rescued by late goals from Danny Rose and an in-form Harry Kane, whose penalty six minutes into injury time secured a 2-2 draw. Spurs haven’t won at home against their great rivals since 2012, a run which spans back four matches, although the home side will be buoyed by their recent form as well as their young English charges performances for England on Tuesday night, where Dele Alli in particular excelled. It’s fifth plays sixth on Sunday afternoon in a match that is difficult to call in light of the quality on display and both team’s attacking threats, so the only way to avoid disappointment is to follow the sage advice of the wisest and best prepared football tipsters on the planet at Betadvisor.com
Tottenham 1.57, Draw 4.00, West Ham 6.00
Full weekend fixtures
Chelsea V Norwich, Saturday at 15.00 GMT
Everton V Aston Villa, Saturday at 15.00 GMT
Newcastle V Leicester, Saturday at 15.00 GMT
Southampton V Stoke, Saturday at 15.00 GMT
Swansea V Bournemouth, Saturday at 15.00 GMT
West Brom V Arsenal, Sunday at 13.30 GMT
Crystal Palace V Sunderland, Monday at 20.00 GMT
All odds courtesy of Bet365 and correct as of 22.00 GMT on Thursday 19th November.
By: Steven Paget