Spurs-West Brom kicks off the weekend, and if you’re holding your breath for a lunchtime classic, then I strongly recommend insuring your lungs. The last three games between the sides have ended in 1-1 draws, and five of the last seven encounters have ended all-square. Baggies’ boss Tony Pulis needs a reaction from his side following a surprise defeat to Derby County in the FA Cup last week, and I think he’ll get one. Back a score draw in this one, at a very tidy 6/1 with Ladbrokes.
Saturday’s 3pm selection shares plenty of similarities with Saturday’s 3am offerings – Not much catches the eye, and you’ll take a chance on literally anything in search of success. We’ll take a brief stop at Upton Park for West Ham v Crystal Palace. The Hammers are a club in crisis. They’ve lost their last two, won just three times in ten games, and star man Dimitri Payet has realised he’s half decent and wants out. They also haven’t beaten their visitors at home for 13 years. Unlucky for some, and as I write this on Friday the 13th, I’ve got a feeling West Ham’s luck isn’t going to change just yet. Benteke’s due a goal, so take up the price of 7/4 for him to bag anytime in this one, and a Palace win at 2/1 is well worth a tenner.
It’s that time in the blog where I tip Burnley for a well-priced home win. They’ve been pretty reliable for me this season, and they’re hosting a Southampton side that have an FA Cup replay against Norwich next week to think about. If Burnley’s away form was as good as their results at Turf Moor then they’d be sitting pretty in third place in the Premier League table. The Saints only have two away wins all season, so a trip to Burnley isn’t high up on their wish list. BoyleSports are offering up 13/5 for a home win in this one, and you’d be daft not to take it.
Arsenal continue their favourite month of the year with a trip to Swansea, and the smart money should be going on a draw. I’m sure you know better than backing the Gunners at 1/2 away from home, so don’t think about it here. Paul Clement knows how to organise teams, and he’ll set them up to keep the ball and frustrate Arsenal. A dangerous game to play against Wenger’s side, but one I think they’ll get away with on this occassion. Take a punt on the draw at 10/3. Go on. Do it. Good.
The game of the day on Saturday is at the King Power, where current champions Leicester face (probably) the next champions, Chelsea. The last time you saw league winners with such great odds at home was probably when they played (and battered) Man City in December, and you can get better than 4/1 for Leicester to rekindle some of last year’s magic with a win on Saturday evening. I’m going against my stat-loving principles and backing a home win, despite Chelsea’s record of just one defeat in 12 against their hosts. Sometimes you’ve just gotta trust your gut.
Sunday has probably been dubbed by Sky Sports as Manny-Mersey-Madness. And for those of you that aren’t fluent in Cringe, that means there’s a double header of Manchester taking on Merseyside, as Everton take on Man-City, followed by United v Liverpool. We’ll start off at Goodison Park, where City really need to get their arses into gear if they want to make it into the top four. They’ll be outside the Champions League places before they kick a ball if Arsenal avoid defeat to Swansea, and I think that’s motivation enough for them to go and get a result. Back it with both teams to score and you have a lovely price of 12/5.
United v Liverpool hasn’t been the classic it really should be in recent years. Cagey displays and tense, low-scoring results have been the order of the day in this one for the past few seasons. But times have changed. Klopp’s football breeds goals, and United are in title-winning form at the minute. I fancy goals more than I fancied lovely Sally Wilson back in Year 8 Geography. Over 3.5 goals at 9/4, as well as United to race out the starting blocks and score first at 8/11 are my golden nuggets for Old Trafford.
My tip of the day can be spotted in League One this weekend, where Peterborough head north to face a Bury side that are without a win in 16 games, having lost 14 of those, and their last seven at home. Need any more convincing to back Peterborough at even money? You shouldn’t, but if you do, Peterborough have one of the best away records in League One. Get. On. It.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Peterborough at even money to win at Bury in League One.
Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Middlesbrough, Burnley, Brighton and Peterborough returns a HUGE £503 with BoyleSports. Back it here!
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