We kick things off with what should be a comfortable win for Liverpool against Swansea City at Anfield. The Reds have NEVER lost to Swansea in the Premier League on Merseyside, and aren’t going to make a habit of it against a side with just one clean sheet on the road this campaign. 2/9 won’t tempt me into backing them outright, but as a fan of a lunchtime single, back Adam Lallana to bag first at 5/1 with BoyleSports.
Manchester United have the longest unbeaten run in Europe at the moment, and they hope to continue that with a positive result at Stoke on Saturday. Stoke’s recent record of two wins and a draw in their last three home games against United should make you wary, but Stoke’s clean sheet record and results against the Premier League’s strongest sides should tempt you to back the away side. Stoke have been leaky against the top six so far this season, conceding four against Man City, Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool, whilst shipping three against Arsenal. My gut says United are good news in this one, but back them to make hard work of it and win with both teams scoring, at a generous 5/2 with Ladbrokes.
Another away side that are tempting me this weekend is West Ham, who travel to the Riverside to face Middlesbrough. Either side of unfortunate defeats to Leicester and Man United, Slaven Bilic’s side have been scoring fairly freely, and have only failed to score in two away games this season. Middlesbrough on the other hand, have the worst home goals record in the division, and while they’re pretty tight at the back, are starting to fall closer to the relegation zone. 11/5 for a Hammers win is a lovely price, and it’s going on the acca.
You can probably see where I’m going with this by now, but incase you don’t: I FANCY A FEW AWAY WINS THIS WEEKEND.
Speaking of which, another away success should be at Selhurst Park, where Everton are travelling to take on Crystal Palace, who haven’t really got going yet under Sam Allardyce. Everton’s confidence should be high, thanks to their 4-0 drubbing of Man City last Sunday, and Palace have lost five of their last six. The last time the Toffees lost an away game at Crystal Palace was in 1994, when a side featuring a back three that included England and Wales managers Gareth Southgate and Chris Coleman were 1-0 victors. History and form are not on Palace’s side, and unfortunately for them, neither is Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has scored in four of his last five games against Saturday’s opponents, and is a massive 13/10 to score anytime this weekend. Throw that in with an Everton away win and you have a very decent 12/5.
The last of Saturday’s away day bonanza is at the Etihad, where Man City are hosting Spurs. The good news for Pep Guardiola is his side enjoyed a bonding trip to the cinema to watch La La Land this week. The bad news was that their back four had the appearance of the rest of the Teletubbies cast in their 4-0 hammering by Everton. City are in a right state, which is something you can’t say about Tottenham, who are flying. They’ve won their last six, and have also been victorious in their last three games against Man City. This should be a cracker, and my money’s on a Spurs win at a HUGE 5/2 with BoyleSports.
With Arsenal and Chelsea facing pretty modest home games on Sunday, the only game of real value is at St Mary’s between Southampton and Leicester. The Saints’ form has taken a bit of a turn of late, losing their last four, and Leicester are still continuing to struggle through their title defence. The remedy for two out-of-form sides is usually goals, so both to score has a good shout. An even, err, gooder shout could be Leicester to win and both teams to score at 9/1. When was the last time defending champions were 9/1 to win with both teams to score against an out-of-form side that sit 14th in the Premier League? Exactly.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Romelu Lukaku to score anytime and Everton to win at Crystal Palace at 12/5.
Cappa’s Acca: £10 on West Ham, Everton, Birmingham and Schalke returns a hefty £423 with BoyleSports. Back it here!
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