Cheeky Punt: Backing Pogba to score first for United

Date published: Friday 1st February 2019 8:43

Tottenham v Newcastle United
It’s February and it’s f**king freezing but what better way to warm the cockles than Spurs v Newcastle? The Toon have lost all of their away games this season against top six opposition but will be buzzing after that stunning win in midweek. Tottenham are blatantly not the same side without Harry Kane and/or Dele Alli in the mix, and with this in mind the draw looks appealing here at 7/2. No side in the top flight have drawn more away games than the Mags this season, and there’s a feel good factor on Tyneside right now after the club landed club record signing Miguel Almiron this week. Spurs have to draw some time, right?
Betting: Draw at 7/2 (888 Sport)


Brighton v Watford
So we got through January then? It’s a funny month no doubt. Folk are generally dirt poor thanks to Christmas and then there’s ‘Blue Monday’, a day the experts claim to be the most depressing of the year. If you’re having a shit time of it though, maybe regretting a few choices (such as adding Manchester City to beat Newcastle in a midweek acca at 1/6 for example), always remember that there’s people out there who have put eyelashes on their car. They went to a shop, bought them, and put them on their car. Remember that.
Betting: Glenn Murray to score first at 9/2 (bet365)


Burnley v Southampton
What a performance that was from Burnley at Old Trafford but it won’t count for much if they can’t back it up with a win here. Their home form was the cornerstone of a fabulous season last year but they’ve won just four times on their own patch in 2018/19. Draw.
Betting: Draw at 12/5 (Betfair)


Chelsea v Huddersfield Town
It’s a strange world alright. Callum Hudson-Odoi has played just 15 times for Chelsea yet is reportedly knocking back an £85k-a-week new deal amid interest from Bayern Munich. He’s 18. I’m 40 and on Tuesday night had to hide in my own home from the window cleaner. The Terriers have changed their manager but Jan Siewert seems on a bit of a hiding to nothing and one expects them to be no more competitive here than a sheep in an abattoir.
Betting: Chelsea to win 3-0 at 6/1 (bet365)


Crystal Palace v Fulham
Fulham are the only side in the top flight without an away win and their troubles on the road could continue against a Palace side looking to put clear daylight between themselves and the drop zone. The Cottagers have been conceding goals at an alarming rate away from home so this game should see goals aplenty, but when the dust settles we reckon Roy Hodgson will be the one fist bumping in the frost at Selhurst Park.
Betting: Crystal Palace to win and over 2.5 goals.


Everton v Wolves
The Toffeemen were really expected to push on this season but are going to fall well short of the top six as things stand and one wonders if the suits upstairs at Goodison will keep the faith with Marco Silva? They’ve won just one of their last five at home in the league so we rate Wolves ‘draw no bet’ as a cracking punt on Saturday at odds against.
Betting: Wolves to win (Draw No Bet) at 5/4 (888 Sport)


Cardiff City v Bournemouth
With Callum Wilson crocked this is a big chance for Cardiff to arrest a poor run of form against a Cherries side who’ve scored just once in their last five away games. We are not sure about Neil Warnock’s political leanings but pose the following question anyway, without prejudice. Why do Marxists drink herbal tea? Because all proper tea is theft. Shamooon!
Betting: Cardiff City to win at 9/4 (bet365)


Leicester City v Manchester United
Paul Pogba’s resurgence under Ole has been quite staggering. He has scored six goals in his last seven games so looks a big price at 13/2 to score first when Manchester United take on Leicester City at the King Power. His midweek goal against Burnley means this is already the best goalscoring season of his career to date and the Frenchman can add to his 11-goal tally by notching first against the Foxes.
Betting: Pogba to score first at 13/2 (Betfair)


Manchester City v Arsenal
A bad week for Pep Guardiola’s men but it could have been a damn sight worse if Liverpool didn’t fluff their lines against Leicester. Arsenal have dominated this fixture down the years (88 wins from 176 matches) but this current Arsenal side are clearly inferior to the Citizens, who’ve won the last four meetings between the teams and kept clean sheets in each of the last three. The brilliant Bernardo Silva has scored in his last two meetings with the Gunners but preference here is for Pep’s mob – who had kept six consecutive clean sheets before that Toon defeat – to win to nil.
Betting: Manchester City to win to nil at 6/4 (bet365)


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