Friday Night Football is back this week, which means you’re treated to a few minutes of Premier League action during the ad breaks on Coronation Street. You lucky lot.
Everton host Crystal Palace tonight in what will be Everton winger Yannick Bolasie’s first game against his former club. He’s yet to score for the Toffees, but he’s started life at Goodison Park in good form. Don’t be surprised to see him score first at 13/2 with Ladbrokes.
Palace manager Alan Pardew has somehow managed to find himself linked with the England job again, and this sort of distraction tends to lead to poor results. Everton to pounce on such trends and get a win is a decent 3/4.
My first tip for the Saturday fixtures is to make sure you have your hangover painkillers BEFORE you read the fixtures because they’re going to provide you with even more of a headache…
Three fixtures instantly jump out this Saturday as punting nightmares. Unfortunately for us, these three games are the only ones where there’s any real value. So naturally, I’m going to take one for the team and do the hard work for you on these ones.
Nightmare #1 – Sunderland v West Brom: Sunderland have the worst home record in the Premier League, having lost all three of their games on their patch this season. West Brom have only lost once on the road so far this campaign, and they also have a fantastic record against Sunderland. The Baggies have also only lost once in their last 13 games against the Black Cats. Boom, there you go, problem solved.
Nightmare #2 – Watford v Bournemouth: Four of the last five games between these sides have ended in draws. 12/5 for another stalemate is pretty standard stuff in the odds department. Short and sweet.
Nightmare #3 – West Ham v Middlesbrough: The last time Middlesbrough won an away game at West Ham was 16 years ago when good old Brian Deane (remember him?) scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Upton Park (remember that place?). The Hammers are 6/5 with Ladbrokes to get back to winning ways. Both teams have scored in six of the last eight games between the sides, so stick that in a double with a Hammers win at a lovely 16/5.
All sorted then? Great. Let’s quickly fire our way through some of the other Prem gems…
Liverpool should really be winning at Swansea if they have any title aspirations, but 4/9 is a price that will put off those of you who are after value. Liverpool to score in both halves looks promising at even money. I also fancy a Jordan Henderson goal, back it anytime at 7/2 with BoyleSports.
Leicester will be on cloud nine following their 1-0 success over Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday. Southampton were in Israel on Thursday night in the Europa League, and those extra two days of rest will just about see the Foxes through. 5/4 for the defending champions to win at home to a mid table side is cracking odds, too.
Now it’s time for that awkward moment when you get to the end of the blog and realise SHIT, IT’S SPURS-MAN CITY ON SUNDAY! Recent history tells us that this fixture is known for one thing: goals. The last ten fixtures between these two have seen 44 goals, that includes two 4-1s, two 5-1s and a 6-0. With that in mind, over 3.5 goals looks huge at 7/4.
In a game with so many goals, Sergio Aguero is bound to get at least one of them, but do us a favour and ignore the fact he didn’t get on the score sheet in City’s 3-3 draw with Celtic in the Champions League in midweek. Back to him to bag at 21/20 with Ladbrokes.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Over 3.5 goals in the Spurs-Man City game at 7/4
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