Tote Football Tipster – Friday 23rd September

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MANCHESTER UNITED v LEICESTER, Saturday 12.30pm

Leicester’s defence of their title started pretty badly, but they have a huge array of attacking options that can cause lots of trouble for the United defence. The suspicion is, though, that the Foxes will be better at home this season and Jose Mourinho should be able to get back to winning ways in the league.

VERDICT: Home win

SWANSEA V MANCHESTER CITY, Saturday 3pm

Swansea have plenty of talent, but things do not seem to be harmonious in the dressing room and a City side that has already found fifth gear under Pep Guardiola should have no trouble in bringing the three points back from Wales.

VERDICT: Away win

BOURNEMOUTH v EVERTON, Saturday 3pm

Everton have surprised some with their flying start under Ronald Koeman – the League Cup loss notwithstanding. Bournemouth also have been surprising, but unfortunately in their case they have not met the expectations many had for them to be a mid-table side. The Toffees can claim victory here.

VERDICT: Away win

MIDDLESBROUGH v TOTTENHAM, Saturday 3pm

Boro have had a satisfactory start to the season, but Tottenham look to be a very tight unit and at their best they would expect to win this game. Goals may be a problem for Boro as the season goes on and whatever they get in this one, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will probably get one more.

VERDICT: Away win

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v NOTTINGHAM FOREST, Saturday 3pm

Two sides with identical records go head to head at Hillsborough. Wednesday were more fancied to challenge for at least a play-off spot but have yet to hit the heights. I still take them to win this one although this is one of the predictions I would be least confident in.

VERDICT: Home win

LEEDS v IPSWICH, Saturday 3pm

Leeds have really disappointed me, I thought they would be higher up the table, but Ipswich are only a couple of points ahead of them. Neither side stands out and this one may be a stalemate.

VERDICT: Draw

QPR v BIRMINGHAM, Saturday 3pm

Birmingham, despite not having the cash of some of their Championship rivals, have had an excellent start to the season and will not fear going to Loftus Road but QPR will want to bounce back from home humiliation by Newcastle and I believe they will.

VERDICT: Home win

ARSENAL v CHELSEA, Saturday 5.30pm

Always one of the tastiest Premier League encounters, this gets the Saturday evening treatment and it could create even more of an atmosphere. This one is incredibly hard to call and a draw may suit both sides.

VERDICT: Draw

ASTON VILLA v NEWCASTLE, Saturday 5.30pm

Villa still seem to be in an amount of turmoil as they try and bounce back at the first try. Newcastle seem to have far fewer worries and seem well on course for automatic promotion. The home defeat to Wolves should prove a temporary setback.

VERDICT: Away win

ATHLETIC BILBAO v SEVILLA, Saturday 5.30pm

Athletic are always worth considering on their own patch, while Sevilla have had a fine start to the season. What might swing this is Sevilla’s important Champions League game on Tuesday against Lyon.

VERDICT: Home win

TORINO v ROMA, Sunday 11.30am

Joe Hart is quickly learning the Serie A way after his late booking for timewasting with his side down to nine men in the 0-0 draw at Pescara, a second clean sheet in-a-row for him. A clean sheet won’t be enough to guarantee a point against a quality Roma side though.

VERDICT: Away win

SASSUOLO v UDINESE, Sunday 2.30pm

Sassuolo are another side in Europe but as they don’t play until Thursday there should be no weakened team. Udinese have a few familiar names and Serie A stalwarts in their side but they are no better than mid-table.

VERDICT: Draw

WEST HAM v SOUTHAMPTON, Sunday 4pm

The Hammers have got themselves in a right mess at the start of the season and the London Stadium is not proving a big help to them. Southampton are doing okay but this is a battle of two sides closer to the bottom than the top and therefore wildly unpredictable.

VERDICT: Draw

FIORENTINA v AC MILAN, Sunday 7.45pm

These two sides are about on the same level, Fiorentina having lost one game to the weather. Milan’s win over Lazio in midweek was encouraging but this game may expose their inconsistency.

VERDICT: Home win

BURNLEY v WATFORD, Monday 8pm

Home form will be crucial for Burnley if they are to survive. Watford seem like they are settling into a solid, safe season and they will bloody a few noses along the way. The Clarets’ brand of football, though, may be suited to a Monday night with the crowd behind them.

VERDICT: Home win

From @MagicMikeTips

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