If you’re a traditionalist, you’ll be furious to see a Premier League fixture list that sees as many games on a Sunday as the day before. Football hipsters and Super Sunday fan boys will be delighted to know there’s five games on Saturday as well as Sunday, meaning an equal opportunity for you to win/lose (delete as appropriate) cash on both days. Double bubble.
Saturday’s key match takes place while you ponder your pre drink options, as Chelsea host Everton in the evening match. Chelsea are starting to hit their stride, having won their last four games without conceding. Everton, meanwhile, are without an away win in three, and have won just one of their last six games. Chelsea are a touch too short for me at 11/20, so bump it up with an Eden Hazard wincast at 2/1 to give you some tea time interest.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Man City host Middlesbrough in a match that could be a cricket score, following City’s 3-1 win over Barca in midweek. Technically, 0-0 is a cricket score so you can take that tip to the bank. 3-0 City is my correct score punt, though, at 6/1.
The trap door is ajar for David Moyes at Sunderland. Word on the street is he’s getting the boot if they don’t get a result at Bournemouth. The Black Cats have lost their last three on the road, while Bournemouth have only tasted defeat once on their home patch this season. Expect Sunderland to put up a fight, but I can’t see past the Cherries. Back them to win, with both teams to score, at 12/5.
Focus on Sunday has to be on the north London derby between Arsenal and Spurs at the Emirates. The Gunners have won four of the last five in the league, while Spurs, despite remaining unbeaten so far this campaign, are without a win in three Premier League games.
If, from that, you worked that out to be three straight draws for Spurs, then a Blue Peter badge is in the post.*
* It isn’t.
Spurs have a Toby Alderweireld-shaped hole at the back, and you wouldn’t be wrong in expecting an Arsenal side that have scored 15 goals in their last five games to exploit it. An Arsenal home win at 10/11 looks a steal, especially if Harry Kane only starts on the bench in his return from injury for Spurs. Both teams have scored in the last five north London derbies, and a repeat dosage is 8/13 with BoyleSports. Put the two bets together in a double if you’re feeling brave, at 13/5.
Now, you know I’m a fan of a big-odds home win, and Sunday provides us with yet another piece of betting bait. Hull are a huge 9/2 to beat Southampton at home on Sunday. Yes, Hull are in poor form, but Southampton won’t be the freshest of daisies after their cracking win against Inter Milan on Thursday. The Saints squad isn’t huge, so expect either a slightly tired first choice eleven, or a touch of squad rotation. Hull need the win more than Southampton, and I think they’ll get it. Just.
Liverpool are shorter than Willie Carson in their game against Watford. 1/4 is your price if you fancy a Reds win at Anfield. Don’t go near it. You know what Liverpool are like. United have the perfect opportunity to recapture some form as they visit a rather hapless-looking Swansea side. You can get 7/10 for a United win at the Liberty Stadium. Leicester City finish off the weekend’s fixtures with a home tie against West Brom. The Baggies have only lost three of their last 13 games against the Foxes, and I fancy them to nick a draw, which you can get at 12/5 with Ladbrokes.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Arsenal to beat Spurs in the north London Derby at 10/11 with Ladbrokes and BoyleSports
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