Some great betting tips for this weekend’s big matches.
Its certainly been a week to remember in the Premier League as Tony Pulis gained much respect in the ’10 Hardest Premiership managers of All Time’ with his alleged ‘head butt’ of playboy/partyboy/prettyboy/bigmanupfront James Beattie.
Apparently a line has been drawn in the proverbial snow and that is definitely the last time a manager ‘messes’ with a Premiership footballers ‘Christmas Party’ shopping arrangements.
Stoke are once again the first name on any punters lips this weekend as the early afternoon kickoff on Saturday is a live game between Stoke and Wigan. Stoke’s only defeats at the Britannia Stadium have come against Chelsea and Manchester United. They’ve had four wins out of five in their other home games and are 11/10 favourites to gain a fifth.
Sometimes teams can pull together in the face of such off field adversity and it would be interesting to have canvassed opinion of the other members of Stoke’s squad to see if the party cancellation met with the same disappointment as was evidenced in known party-boy Beattie’s reaction.
If the others have rolled up their sleeves and got on with preparation for Wigan then 11/10 with a range of online bookmakers looks a fair price.
Manchester City are 5/6 to build on the victory over Chelsea with a win at Bolton. If the Chelsea match was the signal that City had turned the corner then it looks another price that punters will get stuck into. The note of caution is that they haven’t won an away game in the league since the 30th of August. With rumours of administration on the horizon, Portsmouth may have other stuff on their minds when they make the long trip to Sunderland. It’s away from home where The Black Cats struggle and the price of 4/5 looks decent when put against a home record of P7 W5 D1 L1. The solitary loss came at the hands of title favourites Chelsea, which can instantly be forgiven. A Stoke, Manchester City and Sunderland treble pays just under 6/1.
Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United will be popular in multiple bets as the three shortest priced Premier League favourites of the day.
With Tottenham susceptible to conceding goals regardless of their opposition I’d fancy Wolves to get at least one at White Hart Lane. A high scoring home win with both teams scoring looks a value play on the correct score market. 4-1 is 16/1, 4-2 is 66/1 and 5-1 is 33/1, all appeal to small stakes.
A lot will be made of Chelsea’s need to reverse a run of three winless matches when they take on Everton at Stamford Bridge. Put into context, The Blues will only be rueing the defeat in the league at Manchester City and odds of 1/4 accurately reflect their chances of getting back on track. They need to get back to the clean-sheets of a few weeks ago and against a side that have failed to score in two of their last four matches. A home win without a goal conceded is Evens on our match specials. Those preferring to predict the score could do worse than play 3-0 at 15/2, 4-0 at 12/1 or even 5-0 at 25/1.
Manchester United’s makeshift squad fared well on their midweek trip to Wolfsburg, but they now line up against a decent Aston Villa outfit. Martin O’Neill’s team have found the net in every game since the first day of the season. They can certainly do the same at Old Trafford, although I think United will at least match them. 2-2 looks a decent call at a huge 22/1.
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