Backing Everton To Do The Double Over United

Everton slipped up against Crystal Palace in midweek, but Degsy's tipping them to beat United on Sunday. Plus, there will be no problems for Liverpool and Chelsea...

Last Updated: 18/04/14 at 10:24 Post Comment

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Tottenham v Fulham
Would you really trust Spurs here at 8/15? I'd sooner trust Kim Jong-Un to look after my Labrador. Their season is hurtling towards an ignominious conclusion but Fulham on the other hand are pushing towards an improbable escape under big Felix Magath. The Cottagers are a whopping 17/4 in the 'draw no bet' market and, after witnessing the Premier League results in midweek, I'm genuinely ruling nothing out.
Betting: Fulham (draw no bet) at 17/4 (Bet Victor)

Aston Villa v Southampton
Villa looked safe as houses just a few short weeks ago but are now down amongst the sh*t. With their main striker out for the season (and two key backroom staff suspended) it could be a nervy end of term for all Villa fans out there. Southampton inexplicably blew it at home to Cardiff last weekend but can get back to winning ways here and Adam Lallana can lead the charge at Villa Park.
Betting: Adam Lallana to score first at 8/1 (bet365)

Cardiff City v Stoke City
Cardiff gave themselves a glimmer of hope with that win over Southampton but it will count for nothing if they can't follow it up with a result here. Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows plenty about late drama and he will surely have his men revved up for this. The bottom line, however, is that Cardiff don't score enough goals and I'm tempted to tickle the Stokies here to win by the odd goal in, er, one.
Betting: Stoke to win 1-0 at 9/1 (Bet Victor)

Newcastle v Swansea
The Mags are another side who have turned into world-class barn door avoiders in recent weeks and they have now failed to score in their last four. The natives are getting restless on Tyneside and Alan Pardew will probably live to regret picking a fight with the local media after last week's 1-0 loss at Stoke. Swansea are a rather decent 12/5 to keep a clean sheet on Tyneside and I've got half a lob-on over said price.
Betting: Swansea to keep a clean sheet at 12/5 (bet365)

West Ham v Crystal Palace
I wouldn't back him to beat Big Sam in an arm wrestle, but Tony Pulis has proved this season he is head and shoulders above Allardyce when it comes to management. On an absolute shoe-string Pulis has guided Palace from nervy relegation certainties to mid-table beacons of respectability. You have to give the man props. His tactical aplomb knows no bounds. And he proved year-on-year while at Stoke that it's no flash in the pan either. Never mind the Allardyce earpiece, give me Tony's baseball cap any day of the week, and he can prove his superiority by marshalling his troops to another win on the road here.
Betting: Crystal Palace to win to nil at 9/2 (Paddy Power)

Chelsea v Sunderland
Two sides who need points for very different reasons. Sunderland almost pulled off a seismic shock in the week after holding Man City to a 2-2 draw at the Etihad. Spare a thought for a mate of mine who tried to raise the £100 for a pair of designer jeans he wanted by ramming £700 of his wages on The Citizens to beat the Black Cats at 1/7. Carlo, you literally lost your trousers bruv. The Blues are a top-price 1/5 here and should have enough to claim the three points and maintain their title charge. However I wouldn't rule out Connor Wickham, awesome at the Etihad, troubling the old onion bag again.
Betting: Wickham to score anytime at 6/1 (Hills)

Norwich City v Liverpool
The Reds are now just 4/7 to claim their first championship since 1990 and a top-price 2/5 to prevail in East Anglia. Outrageously Liverpool have won 10 league games off the belt and know just four more victories will deliver an emotional first-ever Premier League title to Anfield 25 years after Hillsborough. Most neutrals, myself included, are hoping they will do it now because let's have it right, they have played the most attractive, expansive football this year and have dared to be great. Norwich of course need the points themselves at the foot of the table but it seems this Liverpool side won't be denied and I'm going to throw a few pound notes on a 2-0 success this Sunday.
Betting: Liverpool to win 2-0 at 9/1 (Ladbrokes)

Hull City v Arsenal
A dress rehearsal for this year's FA Cup final sees Arsenal head to Stoke after enjoying a fine week. A penalty shoot-out win over Wigan was followed by a gritty 3-1 home win over West Ham and then a surprise defeat for fourth place rivals Everton a day later. I'm not sure about Olivier Giroud's new 'flat top' barnet but his goal against the Hammers was right out of the top drawer. Back the Wenger boys to get it done on Humberside.
Betting: Arsenal to win at 4/5 (Sky Bet)

Everton v Manchester United
The Toffees proud winning run was sensationally undone in the week leaving the sceptics to ponder whether Bobby Martinez's men are running out of gas. My hunch is that it was just a bad day at the office and I strongly fancy them to do the double over ManYoo following their first win at Old Trafford since 1992 earlier in the season. Goodison will be bouncing and the fans will want a response after Palace-gate. Much has been made about the Red Devils' away form but against top six sides it ain't all that. Lump on kids. Lump on cos Degsy loves ya.
Betting: Everton to win at 6/4 (Hills)

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es, these stats are right. Rio Ferdinand definitely had a better debut than Fernando.

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know it's only one game, and Arsenal have got an amazing midfield as is; but seriously, is Arsene Wenger the only person on Earth who doesn't want Cesc at their club?

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S - 'Squeezes [English] out of his mouth like it's an elastic band he's found in his lamb bhuna' - bravo. Marvellous stuff

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