It’s not often that you will find really good value in the “straight-up-have-a-flutter-on-who-beats-who” market, but West Brom are 13/2 (BetVictor) away to Arsenal on Saturday. Bookies will probably point to West Brom’s defeat to Stoke and the fact that Arsenal are unlikely to lose at home twice. Still, nice odds…
On the South coast, Bet365 are offering 13/8 on more than goals being banged in between Southampton and Reading at St. Mary’s. That’s a bet that could come in before the half hour mark!
In the West Midlands, Villa host Stoke. Few goals would be expected from a fixture that has produced just 8 goals in the last 6. All signs are these 2 will go under the 2.5 goal mark, as each has done a lot recently, but the best you’ll do in that market is 4/6 with BlueSQ. In such a tight game, you can get 6/5 on Only One Team To Score. For better value, you can get 17/2 on an 0-0 draw.
At the Stadium of Light, Juan Mata is 7/2 in the Score/Win double for Chelsea over Sunderland. That same bet is 9/4 with SkyBet, so obviously there’s been a lot of interest in it there.
At the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, there will be two teams meeting who are having wildly successful seasons. Norwich are unbeaten in 8 and the last team they enjoyed such a spell was October 1989! Swansea are coming off the back of a famous win at The Emirates last week. So, this is a tough call. 2 form sides who could beat any Premiership team on their day. But we’re plumping for the Anytime Scorer market here, where Anthony Pilkington is 5/1. He’s been quiet of late, but this game should have goals and Norwich can bang a couple. Pilkington is overdue one.
But all eyes will be on the Etihad Stadium this weekend, as City and ManYoo face off in what will surely be one of the most pivotal games of the season. These games can be tight, cagey affairs…well, they are when they play at Eastlands, anyway! As such, this game could be decided by whichever keeper plays better. BetVictor are offering 16/1 on ANY KEEPER (De Gea or Hart) winning the Man Of The Match Award. That’s where our money is going!
What a week of International action. As I watched Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s ludicrous fourth goal flying into the Engllish net, I was struck by a memory. In my mind, I was cast back 10 years to an occasion when I myself scored a similar goal, albeit with a Sega Dreamcast controller in my hand as I played Virtua Striker 2. As the ball flew in, I threw the controller to the ground, protesting that the game was ridiculously unrealistic. Perhaps Zlatan played the same game in his youth.
So, will a similar goal be scored at Loftus Road this weekend? Un-bloody-likely. However, QPR are worth a flutter in the handicap market since Southampton boast a worse defence than Gary Glitter’s legal team. QPR’s season has to start at some timeYou can back QPR at 23/10 with a 1 goal handicap against at Stan James.
Also in the handicap market, check out Man City at 6/4 with a 2 Goal handicap against Villa. Villa couldn’t win an argument these days, so this looks like a value bet at Eastlands.
Raheem Sterling has looked like a promising prospect for Liverpool and he has frequently looked like a threat to score. You can back him as an anytime scorer against Wigan in a Liverpool win at 23/10 with Paddy Power.
Newcastle have enjoyed a hoodoo over Swansea in their recently match-ups. Swansea are in poor form and Newcastle have won 5 and drawn 2 of their last 7 meetings. Papiss Cisse is due a goal and you can back him in the WinCast at 14/5 with BetFred.
The last time West Brom were flying this high in the league, their players were being paid in pounds, shillings and pence. They are 3/1 with William Hill to beat Chelsea at home. Very decent odds and worth a few quid.
The big game of the weekend is the North London Derby. Arsenal and Spurs have played out more draws than any other Premiership fixture, so why break with tradition when you can back the draw at 11/4 at BoyleSports.
Right, I’m off up to the attic to find my Dreamcast and my old copy of Virtua Striker 2…
What a shocking result it was last Sunday, who would of thought it? No one could of guessed that Jedward would be voted out of the X-factor last week…oh and Tottenham beat Wigan 9-1,turning lots of heads at the online betting sites.
Premiership Betting tips: Everton v Liverpool- It’s the Merseyside derby and both teams go into this game with injury problems and poor form. This Premiership game has seen 17 red cards, a record number for any Premiership game. So that’s why we’ll concentrate on betting on the ‘Shown a card’ market instead of predicting a winner. Lets back repeat offender Mascherano to pick up a yellow, you can get odds of 2.94 on Betfair or check out Partybets. Also back the two Lucas players playing on both sides (Lucas Neil and Liverpool Lucas -what’s his other name???) at odds of 2.0 and 3.6.
Man Utd v Man City- This will be the 152nd Machesert Derby on Sunday, out of the 151 games United have the upper hand of winning 61 games compared to City’s 41. Out of the 12 trips City have taken to Old Trafford in the Premiership they have only won one, which doesn’t make pleasant reading if you are a City fan!!
Premiership Betting tip- In derby games you are never sure what’s going to happen as form goes out the window, although saying that both team’s form has been pretty good (United 1 defeat,City undefeated in the Premiership). One thing that we can almost guarantee is that there will be passion and passion usually means fouls and yellow cards! Lets look at players who are likely to play and pick up yellows, Scholes is suspended for this game so lets back Fletcher & Evra for United and Nigel de Jong for City, back them all on Betfair (prices no available at present). Lets all hope for some tasty challenges!