The Cheeky Punt's Weekend Preview

It's not often we see a 150/1 shot being backed but that's exactly what our Degsy is doing as he sings a songs for Sir Alex's boys and says thanks to Santa for not backing Arsenal...

Last Updated: 16/05/11 at 17:02 Post Comment

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Blackburn v Manchester United
Those pesky Red Devils need but a point to become the most successful team in English domestic history and the layers fancy them to seal the deal at Ewood Park. United have a fine record against Blackburn and battered them 7-1 at Old Trafford earlier this season with Dimitar Berbatov playing out of his very essence that day.

Steve Kean's men really are struggling for goals and so the bet here is surely ManYoo to cover a one goal handicap at just over 2/1. Try as I might though, I still can't find a price for Sir Alex to be body-popping to the strains of Paul Hardcastle's 1980s classic 'Na Na Na Na Nineteen' at the final whistle.
Betting: Manchester United (-1) to beat Blackburn at 21/10 (Boylesports)


Blackpool v Bolton
We could well be waving Au Revoir to the Tangerines if results go against them on Saturday. A point will keep them mathematically in with a shout until the final day but a trip to Old Trafford to meet the mighty men of Manchester awaits them in round 38 of the fixture list so Ian Holloway will know more than most that his side need to go sh*t or bust here against Bolton. These two were involved in arguably the most famous FA Cup final in history in 1953 and given that it is FA Cup final weekend I'm going to have a cheeky few quid on a 4-3 scoreline at a wallet-altering 150/1.
Betting: Blackpool to win 4-3 at 150/1 (Boyelsports/Tote)


Sunderland v Wolves
Wolves are scrapping for their lives and enjoyed a fine Black Country derby win last weekend against West Brom. The Black Cats are still struggling for goals so I am all over 'Under 2.5' Goals on Wearside.
Betting: Under 2.5 Goals at 8/11 (Paddy Power)


West Brom v Everton
The Toffees are finishing a so-so season with a bit of a flourish and anyone who saw the Baggies sorry capitulation against Wolves on Sunday will concur that Moysie's men look a tempter here at 7/4.
Betting: Everton to beat West Brom at 7/4 (bet365/Sky Bet)


Chelsea v Newcastle
The Blues are going to need a miracle of Moses/Red Sea parting proportions if they are to defend their Premier League title and it could all be academic anyway on Sunday if ManYoo follow the form book at Ewood Park. They should have too much to get past the Mags here though and I am quite sweet on Sky Bet's 11/8 about Frankie Lampard getting among the goals.
Betting: Lampard to score anytime at 11/8 (Sky Bet)


Arsenal v Aston Villa
At Christmas time I fancied the Gunners for the title but thankfully I elected not to have a hefty wager on them and instead went missing for three days after Boxing Day on the drink in Sunderland.

In hindsight it proved a shrewd decision as Arsenal's collective arse has nipped in quite spectacular fashion over the last two months and their title bid is now dead in the water. Through it all though Robin van Perise (16 goals this season) has shown that he's worthy of the shirt and I'll be having a few quid on Dutchie to score first at the Emirates.
Betting: Van Persie to score first at 7/2 (Coral)


Birmingham v Fulham
A win here should ensure Big Eck's men remain a top flight club and they will no doubt have been encouraged by Fulham's Python-esque defending against Liverpool on Monday night. I don't see the Blues hitting five but I do like them to claim a crucial win at St Andrews.
Betting: Birmingham to beat Fulham at 11/10 (General)


Liverpool v Tottenham
Anfield has been wowed by the 'Dalglish Factor' all over again in recent weeks and the Reds are odds on across the board to claim the three points here. It's a big game for both teams as Liverpool know a win will guarantee them fifth place and another season trekking round Europe on Channel Five.

With two hat-tricks in three matches Maxi Rodriguez looks the player to get with in terms of a first goalscorer but I have a strong feeling in my bowels that this one will end all square and will be punting accordingly.
Betting: Liverpool and Tottenham to draw at 11/4 (Betfred/Sky Bet)


Wigan v West Ham
Absolutely massive game at the DW Stadium between the Premier League's bottom two. It may already be too late for those beleaguered Hammers, who are four points from safety with just two games left.

The Latics are three points better off and in with a real shout of climbing out of the bottom three if they can bag a win. The layers fancy Wigan and while they look a bit short to me at 11/10 given how hit and miss they have been this term I'm tempted to have a few shekels on a 2-0 scoreline at double figure prices because West Ham have been genuine gash in 2011.
Betting: Wigan to beat West Ham 2-0 at 10/1 (Stan James)


Manchester City v Stoke City
As well as all the Premier League drama this weekend we also have the small matter of an FA Cup final where Man City will be looking to land their first major trophy since 1976, an era when double denim was cool and pop stars such as Mungo Jerry actively encouraged the nation to drink drive. Stoke for their part have only had to wait 148 years to take part in an FA Cup final and are the betting dogs here.

The pressure is on Roberto Mancini to deliver given that Citeh have splashed out over £300million on transfer fees since the takeover of Sheikh Mansour. The Blues are 10/11 to win in normal time and while I can see them doing the business I have a hunch this one will go all the way to will be punting on Mancini's men to win in extra-time at fancy prices.
Betting: Manchester City to win AET at 8/1 (Boyesports)

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