Our Degs is backing over 3.5 goals at 9/4. And he’s spaffing everything on Alexis Sanchez to score…
Aston Villa v Swansea
It’s looking grim for Tim Sherwood, the man who has made the gilet his own during his time as a manager but who may be facing the guillotine should things go awry here. Winless in the league since the opening day, they don’t seem to have the necessary quality (especially up top) and I fancy Swansea to bring matters to a head at Villa this weekend.
Betting: Swansea to win at 8/5 (Betfred/Coral)
Leicester City v Crystal Palace
Leicester broke my f*cking heart last weekend as they clawed it back from 2-0 down to draw with Southampton, thus scuppering a rather handsome looking 4-fold of mine and leave me in all kinds of financial mither. Jamie Vardy – your birth certificate truly is an apology from the condom factory.
Betting: Both teams to score – No at 27/20 (Coral)
Norwich City v West Brom
I’m still not sure quite how Norwich shipped six goals against Newcastle last weekend. And with this in mind I may catch a bit of stick on here backing them to beat West Brom but I’m convinced the Baggies will try and park the bus (as they’ve done on their travels for much of the season). This should play into the Canaries’ hands, who will go out with s point to prove after their shellacking on Tyneside.
Betting: Norwich to win to nil at 2/1 (Stan James)
Stoke City v Watford
After an iffy start Stoke are now flying and it’s no surprise given the quality they possess in their ranks. Bojan looked very lively for them last time out, particularly in the first half against Swansea when he ran the show. Watford gave it a real go against Arsenal last time out and in reflection a 3-0 score line somewhat flattered the Gunners. That said, I would bet my granny’s teeth on the home win here and odds against quotes are truly giving me the horn.
Betting: Stoke to win and both teams to score at 21/5 (Coral)
West Ham v Chelsea
Huge game this. Can Chelsea build on that win over Villa? Or will they be exposed by a tidy Hammers outfit? The bet here for me is Willian to score. The Brazilian with the rascal barnet had been arguably Chelsea’s best player in a season of struggle so far and yet he’s a whopping 4/1 to find the net again for them. Incidentally, does anyone else condition their pubic hair in the shower to stand on end like a mini-Afro? No? Erm…me neither.
Betting: Willian to score anytime at 4/1 (Paddy Power)
Arsenal v Everton
Having scored six goals in his last three Premier League games can someone tell my why the f*ck Alexis Sanchez is still 5/4 to find the old onion bag here? Against an Everton side who looked woeful at the back last time out? Seriously, this bet looks more mortgage job than gas oven job. Charrgggeee!
Betting: Sanchez to score anytime at 5/4 (bet365)
Sunderland v Newcastle
It’s the 155th Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday, with the Black Cats looking to record their sixth straight win against their most bitter rivals from down the road. Sunderland are now the only top-flight side without a win but you simply cannot rule out the ‘Big Sam effect’ here. Da beg fella may be all of 61 years old but he’s been brought in like some ageing, maverick cop (in a ludicrous overcoat) to solve the mystery of why Sunderland are so sh*te? He’ll have them revved up for this and I see them winning an absolute cliff-hanger at the SOL.
Betting: Sunderland to win by exactly one goal at 100/30 (Stan James)
Bournemouth v Tottenham
Spurs for me here. They’ve not win since that sensational drubbing of Manchester City but should really have beaten Swansea and were the better side for long spells against Liverpool. 13/10 against? Hell yeah.
Betting: Tottenham to win at 13/10 (Betfred/Paddy Power)
Manchester United v Manchester City
What a game in prospect at Old Trafford. A home win here and the Red Devils have to be taken seriously as legit title contenders. They have the players and looked outstanding at Everton last weekend but a worry for me is them having had a 3,200-mile round trip to Russia in midweek. LVG commented after that little European sojourn about the ‘evil’ Premier League schedule and not having a winter break but I’ve not heard him (or others) pipe up about those daft commercial tours the top teams do now to America and Asia in pre-season. I digress. City plays such expansive, almost Keegan-esque football these days that I don’t see how this game doesn’t produce goals. I’m struggling to separate them but think over 3.5 goals at 9/4 screams value under the circumstances.
Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 9/4 (Bet Victor)
Liverpool v Southampton
Jurgen Klopp’s tenure as Liverpool boss hasn’t started with a bang or a whimper really. It’s been more of an excitable cat yelp following successive draws (I cannot imagine how many Europa League coupons they blew in on Thursday). Indeed they have drawn their last four matches now in all competitions and I’m going to have a cheeky score on that run continuing here against a Saints side that won’t roll over and die at Anfield.
Betting: Draw at 13/5 (bet365/Sky Bet)