After finally coming round after a ridiculous weekend, Degs has some betting tips for us…
West Ham v Sunderland
Big Sam returns to West Ham this weekend but my hunch is he won’t be triumphantly grabbing his crotch and thrusting it in the general direction of the directors’ box while whistling the George Formby classic ‘With my little stick of Blackpool rock’ at full-time. He’s got the Black Cats organised and given them a squeak of pulling off another improbable escape from the clutches of the Championship but West Ham look to have a bit too much quality just now and in Dimitri Payet have uncovered arguably the find of the season.
Betting: Payet to score and West Ham to win at 11/4 (Ladbrokes)
Leicester City v Norwich City
The Foxes could begin to feel the pressure on Saturday because for the first time in a long time this is a game they are fully expected to win. If I was a fan these are the games I’d be worrying about as Norwich will go there and park the bus, the Zafira, both mountain bikes and little Jonny’s plastic tractor. That said I still fancy a fully rested Leicester to have too much energy, pace and hunger. Expect them to batter the Canaries senseless.
Betting: Leicester (-1) to win at 6/4 (Coral)
Southampton v Chelsea
It’s six clean sheets in a row for the Saints and Fraser Forster has been a colossus during that run. Chelsea are at last finding their feet but will be up against it against a side who have not conceded in trips to Old Trafford and the Emirates in recent weeks.
Betting: Both teams to score – No at 37/40 (Bet Victor)
Stoke v Aston Villa
I make Stoke the best odds-on shots on the coupon this weekend. To put it into context, I’m going to Manchester to watch the boxing on Saturday night and Stoke are more likely to take three points here than I am to do my sh*t Liam Gallagher impression (complete with monkey walk) on the unsuspecting locals in pubs outside the Manchester Arena. 7/10? Mad for it our ked…
Betting: Stoke to win at 7/10 (Bet Victor)
Watford v Bournemouth
Bournemouth are on a bit of a bum steer having lost their last three and I reckon there is mileage in smashing the Hornets here at odds against. Troy Deeney looks to be playing his way into a shock England call-up for Euro 2016 and the Birmingham Benzema can help his side secure another three points on home soil.
Betting: Watford to win at 29/20 (Coral)
West Brom v Crystal Palace
Both of these sides have been a bit flaky in recent weeks. And I get the impression free-flowing football could be at a premium here. Palace’s league form has been a worry so I reckon we could be in for a stinker.
Betting: No goalscorer at 13/2 (Stan James)
Manchester United v Arsenal
United’s injury list is now bordering on the outrageous. Anthony Martial is the latest crock but f*ck me didn’t Marcus Rashford take his chance well? The academy graduate is 7/2 to score anytime should Martial not recover in time to face the Arse this weekend. The bookies have Arsenal favourites here and I would be inclined to agree purely because the Old Trafford dressing room looks like a scene from Holby City right now.
Betting: Arsenal to win at 7/5 (Paddy Power)
Tottenham v Swansea
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino reckon his side need to win every game to stand a chance of claiming a league title they last won way back in 1961. I’m not sure about that but 100% they can’t be slipping up against the Swanseas of this world. The word on the street is Harry Kane could be back for this gig and if he is would you back against him scoring first?
Betting: Kane to score first at 3/1 (General)
Liverpool v Manchester City
Sunday’s other big game of course is the Capital One Cup final, where Man City are 13/10 favourites to beat Liverpool. The price looks perfectly acceptable when you look at the league form of these two and factor in how the Reds struggled to see off Augsburg in the week. But let’s not forget Liverpool blitzed the Citizens 4-1 away earlier this season – a result that was definitely Jurgen Klopp’s best since taking charge of the Anfield giants. And while logic suggests Manuel Pellegrini can guarantee at least some silverware in his swansong season this weekend I have a feeling the Reds are set to spring another shock.
Betting: Liverpool to win at 9/4 (Coral)