Everton v Bournemouth
The writing looks on the wall for Bobby Martinez, whose Everton side have not won a football match for well over a month. He’s not quite the ‘dead man walking’ some of the red tops screamed about following their dramatic FA Cup exit last weekend, but I would be very surprised if he is still bossing the Toffees in August. The good news for Evertonians is that on Saturday they face a Bournemouth side who have not looked that a*sed themselves in recent weeks. Over 3.5 goals is 7/4 and not without a chance here. Indeed I am all over it like Tyson Fury round a plate of Jaffa cakes.
Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 7/4 (Hills)
Newcastle v Crystal Palace
Palace’s players may not be diving into any 50-50 challenges like they might if they didn’t have an FA Cup final around the corner. But Senor Pard-iola will surely want to ram it up the Geordies given how he was treated by the Toon Army during his final weeks in the job up there. He reckons he is “desperate” for his old club to beat the drop. Yeah right Alan. Like I’m “desperate” to clean the back of the garage out this bank holiday. I’ve been impressed by Newcastle of late though and feel they are worth a nibble here at odds-against.
Betting: Newcastle to win at 21/20 (Bet Victor)
Stoke City v Sunderland
Stoke have lost their last three and shipped four goals in each of those games. Little Jimmy Defoe will be having wet dreams about the prospect of getting amongst their defence this weekend and I think Sunderland look an absolutely cracking punt at approaching evens in the draw no bet market.
Betting: Sunderland to win (Draw no Bet) at 10/11 (Coral)
Watford v Aston Villa
Shameful. Odious. Contemptible. Scandalous. Whatever you want to call it, Villa’s collective ‘effort’ in the league this season has been p*ss poor. That said, they have been the punter’s friend for months and a license to print money. They’ll get spanked again on Saturday, but could again be worth backing to at least find the net.
Betting: Watford to win and both teams to score at 3/1 (bet365)
West Brom v West Ham
Craig Dawson crippled Spurs’ title prospects on Monday night and had them dancing in the streets of Leicester. He may have his hands full against Andy Carroll though here as the big Geordie looks to gatecrash Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad with another big display.
Betting: Carroll to score anytime at 21/10(Bet Victor)
Arsenal v Norwich City
The home fans will be protesting during this one about how their beloved club is being run. They could be rioting afterwards if Arsenal don’t manage to beat the Canaries. Norwich are scrapping for their lives but the gulf in class looks too wide here. Look for Mr Wenger to overcome some awkward moments on the touchline before overseeing a rather routine win.
Betting: Arsenal (-2) to win at 15/8 (Paddy Power)
Swansea v Liverpool
Liverpool won’t have been too happy to concede so late on in the Europa League on Thursday night but at 1-0 they are still very much in the tie. Jurgen Klopp surely rotates again at Swansea and then goes for the jugular against Villarreal next week? Incidentally did anyone else catch Steve McManaman on BT Sport after Thursday’s game talking bullishly about their second-leg prospects? Macca probably wasn’t but seemed a bit Brahms and List to me. Might just have been his false tan. Or my dodgy box. Anyway I wouldn’t touch this fixture with stolen money. Instead do yourself a favour and smash Minding for the 1000 Guineas.
Betting: Minding to win the 1000 Guineas at 6/4 (Sky Bet)
Manchester United v Leicester City
The Foxes are just one win away from pulling off the single biggest price winner in the history of gambling. 5000/1 at the start of the season. And they were still 1500/1 in October. Absolutely mental. Common consensus dictates that they can’t win the title at Old Trafford. But I can just imagine The Tinkerman in the dressing room before Sunday’s game cheerily shouting ‘F*ck can’t’ in his own inimitable broken English. They are 4/5 not to lose at Old Trafford and that looks a bet to me given how they crushed Swansea last time out. This team, with or without Jamie Vardy, are a collective phenomenon and I don’t expect their a*ses to start nipping now.
Betting: Leicester (+1) to win at 4/5 (Betfred)
Southampton v Manchester City
The Citizens will surely rest a few with their Champions League semi against Real Madrid on a knife edge and the second leg to come next week. With this in mind ‘Both teams to Score’ looks an absolute no-brainer and is just about backable at 4/6.
Betting: Both teams to score at 4/6 (bet365/Bet Bright)