Conte To Canter Over City’s Hurdles

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Conte To Canter Over City’s Hurdles

James Capps

There’s no better place to start this weekend’s betting preview than with Saturday’s crunch lunchtime clash between Man City and Chelsea at the Etihad.

Antonio Conte’s side continue to dominate anything that’s put in front of them. I was getting bored of saying Chelsea had won their last x amount of games without conceding, so their concession to Spurs’ Christian Eriksen was as welcome to me as it was to forward lines across the Premier League. Man City’s form continues to look patchy, and have drawn their last three home games. A Chelsea win at 12/5 would get your acca off to a flier, and they’ve only lost once in their last six against City. The Mancunians also have a poor recent record against fellow title challengers. Last season they drew with Arsenal, whilst also losing to Chelsea, Man United, Liverpool and Champions Leicester on home turf. Pep’s side have also only kept one clean sheet at home this season. Need any more convincing? If you’re a bottle job, at least back Conte’s men to win either half at 23/20 with BoyleSports.

Conte has breathed new life into Chelsea, and their not slowing just yet. (Source: The Guardian)

Home comforts can be found at Stoke as they host Burnley in a 3 o’clock kick off. The travelling Clarets are somewhat blue on the road; they’re without a win all season, and have conceded at least three in four of their five games away from Turf Moor. Stoke, meanwhile, are pretty tough to beat at home. Just ignore their loss to Bournemouth last time out. Stoke to get three points is acca-worthy at 4/6, and 13/8 for them to score in both halves looks a good shout.

A quick look around the 3 o’clocks tells you that West Brom look good news at 13/10 to continue their decent form which has seen them lose just twice in nine games. They face Watford, who have lost two of their last three, and have only won once at The Hawthorns in the last 20 years.

A mention must go out to Southampton, who could put the final nail in Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace coffin at Selhurst Park. The Saints have won eight of their last nine league games against Palace, so 7/5 for them to repeat the trick has a chance. Palace have proved they have a goal in them, so back a Southampton win + both teams to score at 15/4.

Oooo thumbs up friend! (Source: Soccer News)

The evening kick off is a potentially decent London derby between West Ham and Arsenal.  The Hammers have a pretty ugly record against Arsenal, and their current Premier League form suggests it isn’t about to change. They haven’t beaten Arsenal at home in more than a decade, and have conceded at least three in seven of their last nine meetings. If you fancy a nervy but successful end to your accumulator, back a Gunners win at 3/4. However, if you just want a high-valued single to keep the interest going into the evening, get on an Arsenal 3-1 win at 11/1.

Sunday treats to a couple of tasty games. First up, Bournemouth entertain Liverpool at the, erm, *Google’s “Bournemouth’s stadium” Vitality Stadium. The chances are Liverpool will be playing catch up after decent results for clubs around them, so back them to at least make a quick start and get the first goal at 4/7. Liverpool have never lost to Bournemouth in the 89-year history of the fixture, and are unbeaten on the road in five. Klopp’s revolution to continue with three points here is the bet, at 3/4.

Last up is a trip to Goodison Park for Everton v Manchester United. The game has lost a bit of spice after Wayne Rooney earned a suspension in midweek, and history suggests that this may not be the ding dong battle we’d like to see on a Sunday afternoon. Both teams to score has been a loser in nine of the last 11 games between the two, so 11/10 for that to continue looks a good bet. If you’ve had an unsuccessful weekend on the betting and pulling fronts up until this:

  1. Welcome to my world
  2. Man United 3-0 returns £210 from your last tenner of the weekend.
  3. Seriously, welcome to my world.

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Southampton to win at Crystal Palace, PLUS both teams to score, at 15/4 with Ladbrokes.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Stoke, Arsenal, Torino and Hoffenheim returns £172 with Ladbrokes. Back it here!

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