Degsy is backing Newcastle to snatch a draw against Arsenal, meaning Spurs can secure Champions League football with a win against Sunderland...
Degsy is backing Robin van Persie to bag a goal in a United win against Swansea, while he also thinks Wigan will be on the receiving end of a paddlin' in the FA Cup final...
Everton v Wigan
I love Everton v Wigan games. I wish they were televised every week. Said nobody. Ever. Forgive my bitterness but I have still not forgiven the Toffees for ruining my Saturday night a few weeks back by shipping a 95th minute leveller against Oldham. I won't be watching this but if you are and you fancy a bet you could do worse than take some 5/4 action about their being less than three goals.
Betting: Under 2.5 goals at 5/4 (Bet Victor)
Man City v Barnsley
12 points adrift of their nearest and dearest rivals at the business end of the Premier League, the FA Cup represents Manchester City's last chance of silverware this season and so you can bet your nut sack that Bobby Mancini will be putting out the top boys for this one. 1/7 shots generally for the win (they have yet to concede a goal in the competition this season), your average betting shop punter won't be getting rich backing the hosts for the win this weekend. They might though if they have a bit on Carlos Tevez to score a hat-trick. The Argentine looked sharper than he has for some time on Monday night against Aston Villa, and should get plenty of chances against a Tykes outfit who could get absolutely tortured at the Ethiad.
Betting: Tevez to score a hat-trick at 16/1 (Betfred)
Millwall v Blackburn
Amazingly one of these two teams will line up in the FA Cup semi-finals, despite the fact that both are languishing in the lower reaches of the Championship. If you like your stats, this is the first quarter-final not to feature at least one Premier League side since 2008. With so much at stake I can see both teams being ultra negative at the New Den so reckon we could be due a stalemate.
Betting: No Goalscorer at 11/1 (Blue Sq)
Manchester United v Chelsea
Amid the furore surrounding Nani's midweek sending off, did anyone spare a thought for yours truly, who had £100 on ManYoo at 5/2? Sickened was not the word. Just days before payday I was skint and convinced the Red Devils were the bet of the year. And if a psychiatrist happened to be wandering past my house on Tuesday night and witnessed me screaming at the TV clad only in a pair of off white Calvin Kleins, I may well have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. It was a night high on drama with Wayne Rooney being left out and there has been wild speculation since that his future lies away from Old Trafford. I'm not convinced that it does. Wazza is a 5/1 shot to score first on Sunday but there is no guarantee he will even start. I have to say the 5/6 about United winning this one though looks an absolute steal.
Betting: Manchester United to beat Chelsea at 5/6 (Coral)
Norwich v Southampton
The Saints have won just two of their last 13 matches and any team shipping four against Newcastle (as Southampton did the other week) has to go on the old 'swerve at all costs' list. Before I looked at the coupon I had the Carrot Crunchers priced up in my head at around the 5/6 mark so am more than happy to invest in a spot of 31/20 on the home win.
Betting: Norwich to beat Southampton at 31/20 (Bet Victor)
QPR v Sunderland
In the week it was revealed that QPR's wage bill has more than doubled to a whopping £56million, they dare not lose this weekend against Sunderland. The R's gave themselves real hope of pulling off a great escape with victory over Southampton last weekend but that will count for nothing if they fail to get the job done against the Black Cats. And call me a mad fool if you will, but I think 13/10 is a perfectly acceptable price about the hosts winning this.
Betting: QPR to win at 13/10 (Paddy Power)
Reading v Aston Villa
I am still convinced that Villa will go down this season and if they do their fans could point to this game as the one that sent them hurtling towards the abyss. This is your proverbial six-pointer if ever I have seen one. They couldn't be getting Reading at at better time however with the Royals having lost there last three PL matches. However as it is written in the scriptures (somewhere near the back) 'Cometh the Hour Cometh Glenville Adam James Le Fondre' and I will be jumping all over Alfie getting among the goals again this weekend.
Betting: Le Fondre to score anytime at 2/1 (Stan James)
West Brom v Swansea
The Baggies have developed a bad habit of conceding first at home but allow me to turn a negative into a positive by backing them to grab the points here after again shipping the first goal.
Betting: West Brom to win from behind at 10/1 (Ladbrokes)
Newcastle v Stoke
Newcastle's 0-0 draw against Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night might just be the worst game of football I have ever seen. It was dire, dire stuff and my agony was compounded by the fact I had £160 on the hosts at 8/11. The Russian's 6'8 striker Lacina Traore was so bad he was almost good, playing with all the tenacity of a sound asleep Mido and showing the grace of a drunken Carlton Palmer. I will attempt to recoup some of those losses by blitzing the draw here as I think Stoke are defensively resolute enough to keep Le Toon at bay.
Betting: Newcastle and Stoke to draw at 27/10 (bet365)
Liverpool v Tottenham
Cracking game to round-off a busy weekend of league and cup action but I'd rather live in my next-door neighbour's wheelie bin for a week than back the hosts at odds-on. Yes they thumped Wigan 4-0 last week and yes Luis Suarez was immense. But in Gareth Bale Spurs have the most in-form player in world football just now. You could get 11/4 about him scoring in a game a few short weeks ago but the bookies are wise to his majesty now and while it is tempting to back him again (as he has been brilliant for this column in recent weeks), I am instead going to get stuck into the 12/5 about a penalty being scored in the match. Both teams have players who, shall we say, struggle to keep their footing at times in the opposition box, and despite not having any spot-kick stats to hand about the teams this is just a bet that jumps off the page and says "back me gadge, back me".
Betting: Penalty to be scored at 12/5 (Paddy Power)
Fair play, you've had a great week - but I'd love to know what kind of stakes you back your own selections to, and do you even back them all yourself? I can't imagine someone backing a 10/1 shot to the same stake as a 5/6 shot - especially after you basically said Man Utd were your nap. In future, could you do a staking plan (e.g. points) to give us an idea of how strongly you fancy your tip? Maybe have a runnig profit & loss section, too?- davey243