Cheeky Punt: Surely Man United won’t draw this one

Date published: Friday 7th April 2017 10:15

Tottenham v Watford
Dele Alli helped spark Spurs’ majestic midweek revival against Swansea and the England man looks worth a nibble here to score against a Hornets side that are leaking goals. Alli has bagged 18 goals for Tottenham so far this season and is taking the penno’s while Harry Kane is out injured. What’s not to like?
Betting: Alli to score first at 9/2 (Paddy Power)

 

Manchester City v Hull City
It’s not been a vintage week for Pep Guardiola. His City side were involved in two massive league games and a return of just one point from a possible six is not what the baldy Iberian would have been hoping for, innit? The good news is the Tigers are sh**e away from home, losing 12 from 15 this season. City have also plundered 12 goals against them in their last four meetings.
Betting: Leroy Sane to score anytime at 9/5 (Paddy Power)

 

Middlesbrough v Burnley
It looks a done deal that Boro will be relegated to the Championship following their crushing midweek defeat to relegation rivals Hull City. Burnley have yet to win away from home anywhere this season but they might be good enough to claim a point on Teesside, a place described by Urban Dictionary as “the armpit of England.”
Betting: Draw at 21/10 (Hills)

 

Stoke City v Liverpool
Stoke don’t have the best record against top six opposition this season but I’m not having Liverpool at odds against here. They were laughably poor for long spells in midweek in drawing with Bournemouth and are clearly not the same side going forward without Sadio Mane. I genuinely fancy them to bottle a top four finish from here. Remember where you heard it first.
Betting: Both teams to score at 4/5 (bet365)

 

West Brom v Southampton
Darren Fletcher has admittedly only weighed in with two goals for the Baggies this season but should he really be 33/1 to score first at the Hawthorns? Especially given the Saints are the epitome of a no great shakes side away from home.
Betting: Fletcher to score first at 33/1 (Paddy Power)

 

West Ham v Swansea City
The Hammers are being dragged into the relegation quagmire and should they lose this – a possibility on current form – there will be a few a**es nipping at the London Stadium. Both of these teams are struggling defensively and goals could again be on the agenda in east London.
Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 21/10 (Bet Victor)

 

Bournemouth v Chelsea
In researching this fixture it was surprising to note that Chelsea, that’s uber disciplined, defensively solid champions elect Chelsea, have not kept a Premier League clean sheet since January 22. Antonio Conte won’t mind that so much so long as they keep winning but this won’t be a cakewalk on the south coast. The Cherries are unbeaten in five and playing some decent football again. And of course the gap could be down to four points by the time the Blues kick off depending on what happens earlier in the day at White Hart Lane.
Betting: Both teams to score and draw at 9/2 (Betfred/Bet Victor)

 

Sunderland v Manchester United
It’s win or bust for United on Wearside but they will be happy enough with how Wednesday’s events in the Premier League unfolded as top four rivals Liverpool and Manchester City dropped points. They’ll also be happy to be playing a Sunderland side who are winless in their last six home games and nailed on to be visiting places like Barnsley and Burton next season. The Black Cats just cannot find a path to the old onion bag having scored just once in their last eight league games. Star man Jermain Defoe has not scored for them in over two months either so backing the Red Devils to win to nil here looks an absolute lock at 11/10.
Betting: Manchester United to win to nil at 11/10 (Boylesports)

 

Everton v Leicester City
Leicester’s run post-Ranieri has been breathtaking. Six games. Six wins. It literally doesn’t get any better. However they’ve got Atletico Madrid next week in the Champions League so surely the boy Shakespeare will ring the changes at Goodison? If he does, Everton will crush them like ants. Ants I tells ya…
Betting: Everton (-1) to win at 2/1 (Stan James)

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