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Friday, 23 September 2016

Weekend Football Picks 2016 (September 24-26)

I am only just back from Los Angeles and Las Vegas so the threads this weekend will all be shortened and should be back to normal from the middle of next week.


Manchester United v Leicester City PickIt has been a difficult week for Jose Mourinho, but he would have been relieved his Manchester United team avoided any upset in the English Football League Cup when beating Northampton Town during the week. This is another big test for Manchester United having lost back to back Premier League games and it might also be a big test of the Mourinho character as he tries to solve the Wayne Rooney conundrum.

Rooney has been a player on the decline for a few years which has been papered over by some poor performances from those around him. However he is looking to be the problem more and more and Mourinho has to see what the fans have been seeing for years and the same thing the media chooses to ignore.

The England captain is terrible in possession and the only passes he can make with confidence are usually from his own half and going back towards his own goal. His presence in the team is making it harder for Paul Pogba to flourish and Rooney has to be dropped.

Otherwise another poor performance from Rooney will result in another potentially damaging loss against an improving Leicester City who are now comfortable playing with the tag of Champions. They are not as strong at the back, but Leicester City have shown they do have goals in the side and I can see this live Saturday lunchtime kick off perhaps being one of the more entertaining ones of the weekend.

Both games last season ended with both teams scoring and the same occurred in the Community Shield with a winner being found by Manchester United. I do think both teams will likely hit the back of the net in this one too, but once again I will be looking for a winner and I will back at least three goals to be shared out between the two clubs.


Bournemouth v Everton PickThis is another Premier League game which looks like it could produce a few chances at both ends and I am looking for Bournemouth and Everton to share three goals between them.

There will be plenty of attacking play in the game and I think both managers are going to expect a reaction to poor exits in the English Football League Cup that both suffered during the week.

Everton have shown they have got some goals in the side, while Bournemouth are more than capable in front of their own fans. If Romelu Lukaku misses out it would be a blow to Everton, but I think he will play and this feels like a game that might end up 2-1 either way.


Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur PickThe loss of Harry Kane is a blow for Tottenham Hotspur, but the England international has not exactly been in the best of form and I don't think his team will miss too many beats.

I certainly think they can still go to Middlesbrough and come away with the three points as Aitor Karanka tries to get more attacking threat from his side. The home side won't be an easy out for any team at the Riverside Stadium, but a team like Tottenham Hotspur have shown they can win on their travels under Mauricio Pochettino.

At odds against, I do think Tottenham Hotspur can make the odds count and I will back them to win.


Swansea City v Manchester City PickIf anyone saw the Swansea City Premier League game against Chelsea, there has to be some trepidation in the home team ranks as to what might happen on Saturday. Yes, Swansea City earned a 2-2 draw with Chelsea, but they could have been 0-4 down by half time and a team like Manchester City are playing well enough to take the chances if they come their way.

I do think Francesco Guidolin is on the verge of being let go and the players might have given up playing for him.

With Sergio Aguero back, I think Manchester City will be too strong and I am going to back them to not only win, but win by a margin bigger than on Wednesday night.

MY PICKS: Manchester United-Leicester City Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.91 Sky Bet (2 Units)
Bournemouth-Everton Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.95 Bet Victor (2 Units)
Tottenham Hotspur @ 2.15 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Manchester City - 1.5 Asian Handicap @ 2.02 Bet Victor (2 Units)

September Update33-22-1, + 26.82 Units (103 Units Staked, + 26.03% Yield)
August Final31-38-2, - 9 Units (124 Units Staked, - 7.26% Yield)

Season 2015/16133-174-2, + 0.89 Units (669 Units Staked, + 0% Yield)
Season 2014/15159-208-5, - 20.22 Units (647 Units Staked, - 3.13% Yield)
Season 2013/14164-185-3, + 15.84 Units (577 Units Staked, + 2.75% Yield

Season 2012/13+ 4.42 Units (415 Units Staked, + 1.07% Yield)

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