It’s Halloween weekend in the Premier League, which means two things:
- David Moyes is spooking folk on the streets of Sunderland
- I’m under crippling pressure from onlookers to provide as many Halloween puns into my weekend blog as possible.
But fear not. I will refrain from such puns, and instead focus on helping you avoid the tricks and bag the treats from this weekend’s top flight selection.
This weekend’s early kick off sees Sunderland host Arsenal at the Stadium of shite Light. The Black Cats are continuing their yearly pre-April form and have had more beatings than a pack of eggs this campaign, while Arsenal are proving yet again that they’re quick starters. Their seasonal problems tend to occur when the finish is in sight, so don’t expect them to buckle just yet.
The Gunners have been uncharacteristically tight at the back on the road, conceding just two goals in their four away games so far. A clean sheet for the Gunners against a rather blunt Sunderland attack is a decent shout at 5/4, and even money (Ladbrokes) for them to score in both halves has a great chance. Sunderland haven’t beaten Arsenal in ten attempts, and you can’t see it changing here. 2-0 Arsenal at 13/2 is my correct score tip if you’re that way inclined.
An interesting stat to take into the pick of Saturday’s 3 o’clock kick offs is the fact that Claudio Ranieri has never lost against Spurs in his managerial career, which includes the spell he had at Chelsea before the Blues inherited their millions of glory supporters saw Roman Abramovich take over at Stamford Bridge. Combining that with Spurs’ unbeaten record means that a draw is the bet to go for. 14/5 is a price I’m definitely not saying no to.
Watford haven’t won in four, and face a Hull side that they’ve only managed to beat once in their last nine attempts. Ladbrokes are dangling a 4/1 Hull-shaped carrot in front of me and I’m tempted to bite. Hull aren’t in great form themselves, having lost their last five, but devil’s advocate will tell you that has to end sometime.
Pep Guardiola is going through something of a crisis at the moment, having gone without a win in six. A trip to West Brom wouldn’t be high on his wish list, and any Tony Pulis side knows how to give the big boys a tough time. I was successful last week in backing a Burnley home win against Everton at 5/1, and I’m feeling lucky once again. West Brom are an even bigger price at 13/2 for a shock win. The Baggies have thrashed West Ham and held unbeaten Spurs to a draw on their home patch during this campaign. Could they pull off another upset? At 13/2 you would be a fool not to stick a cheeky fiver on it.
In the other 3 o’clock kick offs, don’t be surprised to see Christian Benteke haunt his former side Liverpool with a goal for Crystal Palace. The Belgian is well-priced at 2/1 for a goal at Selhurst Park. Man United at 1/5 is dodgier than my gut after a lamb bhuna, so stay well clear of their game against Burnley. Don’t worry about packing your sleeping pills if you’re heading to the Riverside for Middlesbrough v Bournemouth. Boro struggle for goals, and Bournemouth haven’t registered an away league win this season. A 0-0 snore draw is 7/1.
My tip of the day is a sure-fire winner that will put some money in your pocket for a killer trick or treating costume. Southampton host Chelsea on Sunday and the Saints hold a pretty spooky record at St. Mary’s against the Blues. They’ve only beaten Chelsea once since they moved into their new stadium back in 2001. Chelsea have scored in their last eight visits down south, so look a strong bet at 13/10 to put the Saints to the sword.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Chelsea to beat Southampton at 13/10 on Sunday.
Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Arsenal, Bristol City, Fulham and German side Mainz returns £155 with Ladbrokes. Back it here!