The Premier League is back!
That is what I would’ve opened with if I got this blogging gig a week or two earlier, but hey ho, let’s get the introductions out the way. I’m James Capps, but for the purpose of having a nickname that sort of rhymes with “acca”, you can call me Cappa.
Two folks that need no introduction are Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp, whose Spurs and Liverpool sides meet at White Hart Lane in the early kick-off on Saturday.
Both sides score plenty of goals but also have a history of being a bit dodgy at the back, so if you are going to task yourself with the tricky-looking job of separating the sides, make sure you do it in a double with both teams scoring. Spurs are 10/3 for the win + BTTS, while the reds are 9/2.
Switching from north London to south London takes us to Selhurst Park for another potential goal-fest between Crystal Palace and Bournemouth.
Both sides are yet to pick up a point this season, and you sense an unhappy Eagles camp following Yannick Bolasie’s departure to Everton, and fellow winger Wilfried Zaha’s apparent desire to leave the club. Could Bournemouth capitalize on the uncertainty? They’re 9/4 to win (back it here) at a ground they haven’t lost at for 27 years (they’ve only visited twice in that time, but let’s pretend I didn’t say that).
The search for sure wins in this weekend’s fixtures is an arduous one. Even at this stage of the season, there are fixtures that look tighter than the dirtiest metaphor you have at your rotten disposal.
In the Championship, Fulham visit a struggling Blackburn Rovers side, where there should be goals aplenty. 6 of the 8 games involving the sides this season have seen both sides scoring, and a price of 8/11 looks generous.
A tempting home punt can be found at the Proact Stadium where Chesterfield host Millwall. The Lions haven’t kept a clean sheet in the league since the opening day of the season, while Chesterfield can’t stop scoring, and have won both home games so far, bagging five goals. You can get odds of 21/10 for a home win, which is more tempting than a Maccies breakfast after a night on the bevs.
I’ll end today’s blog with an edgy, alternative home bet. Back Stafford Rangers of the Northern Premier League to win their home game against Skelmersdale United at a tasty 6/5. Stafford have won and drawn their two opening home games this season, and I had the pleasure of watching Skelmersdale in their last away game; they were shocking. ‘nuff said, get your house on it.
Cappa’s tip of the day: Stafford Rangers to beat Skelmersdale United in the Northern Premier League at 6/5
Cappa’s acca: A BTTS acca in the Everton-Stoke, Crystal Palace-Bournemouth, Barnsley-Rotherham and Barnet-Carlisle games. £10 returns more than £102. Stick it on your slip!
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