Saturday’s Premier League games are tougher to call than that Tinder match that blocked your number last week.
Old Trafford is our first stop, for the lunchtime kick off between Manchester United and Arsenal. Jose Mourinho’s side need a result to get themselves back in the hunt for a Champions League place, while the Gunners will climb to the summit of the Premier League if they get all three points. Combine those little nuggets with the fact that both sides have defensive injury concerns means only one thing: Goals.
Both teams to score has been a winner in four of the last five meetings, and looks great value at 4/5 with BoyleSports. United have only lost to Arsenal three times in the last 18 meetings, while only losing once at home in the league to their arch rivals in eight years. So United to win plus both teams to score looks rather lovely at 4/1, and it also means a tenner will give you £50 to whack on these 3 o’clock beauties…
Everton looks a good place to start if you’re looking for solid acca legs. They’re hosting a Swansea side that have lost their last four away games and are somehow looking worse under new manager Bob Bradley than the Italian chap he replaced. They went down pretty tamely against Man United a fortnight ago, and with the Toffees undefeated at Goodison this season, you can’t see past a home victory. 4/7 is the price to get your accumulator off to a winning start.
Now I’m not the first and I certainly won’t be the last person who isn’t expecting a classic between Sunderland and Hull at the Stadium of Light. The international break came at just the wrong time for David Moyes’ side, after they secured their first win of the season at Bournemouth last time out. The Tigers, meanwhile, won their previous match, and boast an impressive recent record against their opponents. They’ve won four of their last five against the Black Cats, conceding just two goals in the process. The away side to just win one half is a cracking 13/10, and a Hull clean sheet is 11/4, which covers you for the inevitably drab 0-0 which most of us will be sort of expecting.
If a both-to-score acca is more your thing, then St Mary’s is the place to be, where Southampton face in-form Liverpool. There have been 14 goals in the last three meetings between the two, and both sides have bagged in four of the last five encounters. The same again this weekend is 4/6, but if you’re looking for a more valuable punt, give over 3.5 goals a chance, at 2/1.
Elsewhere, Man City at 8/15 look good news to dispose of a Crystal Palace side that have averaged just 0.73 points a game this calendar year, which is the worst record in the country. A revitalised Jamie Vardy capped off a fine England performance with a cracking goal in their draw with Spain in midweek. The Leicester man is my tip of the day at 19/10 to repeat the trick against a Watford defence that conceded six last time out.
The evening kick off features an intriguing London derby between Spurs and West Ham at White Hart Lane. The Hammers have one of the worst away defences in the division, shipping 11 goals in their last five trips out. Spurs, meanwhile are unbeaten at home this season, so it’s hard to see past a home win. 1/2 for a Spurs victory is too short for a team that have let people down countless times over the years, so back a fresh Harry Kane to be on the scoresheet in a home win at 11/8 with Ladbrokes. He’s scored 15 goals in 15 London derbies. ‘Nuff said.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Jamie Vardy to score anytime for Leicester against Watford at 19/10.
Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Everton, Man City, Spurs, Ipswich and Reading returns £144 with Ladbrokes. Back it here!