Cheeky Punt: Backing Spurs, Giroud, Liverpool goals

Date published: Friday 20th January 2017 5:54 - Matthew Stead

Liverpool v Swansea
The Reds have won five of their last six Premier League games against the Swans and are again a warm order in the betting to win at Anfield, thus cutting into Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table. No side has conceded more Premier League goals than Swansea this season and backing ‘Over 3.5 goals’ could prove profitable.

bonus codes for sport betting: Over 3.5 goals at 6/5 (Betfair)


Bournemouth v Watford
The Cherries have lost away at Hull and Millwall in recent games but are a different proposition at HQ, as they proved in drawing 3-3 with Arsenal the other week. They look the pick here against a Hornets side who are struggling for goals.

Betting: Bournemouth to win to nil at 21/10 (Sky Bet)

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Crystal Palace v Everton
The Toffeemen were exceptional in battering Manchester City last weekend but have been very inconsistent so far this term. In Tom Davies they may have unearthed a gem, albeit a gem that could do with a haircut. Part Bryan Robson, part Kurt Cobain, this is a young midfielder who could scale the absolute heights if managed correctly.

Betting: Everton to win at 7/5 (Stan James)


Middlesbrough v West Ham
Boro can’t buy a goal at the minute and it seems the rest of the Hammers squad has been galvanised by the current uncertainty surrounding Dimitri Payet. No one player is bigger than the club etc. West Ham will still be going when Mr Payet is a chubby, middle-aged geezer in the casino losing at blackjack wearing naughty slacks, when he’ll be about as relevant as a pair of snake mittens.

Betting: West Ham to win 1-0 at 8/1 (Bet Victor)


Stoke City v Manchester United
The Red Devils are 8/13 for the win here and look a massive, massive lay in my book. To those who disagree, I have neither the time nor the crayons to explain to you.

Betting: Double Chance Stoke/Draw at 7/5 (bet365)


West Brom v Sunderland
FIFA technical director Marco van Basten took some stick this week when he suggested scrapping offsides and swapping yellow cards for sin bins. You can imagine Tony Pulis literally choking on his early morning cup of Typhoo (served in a big white mug with ‘GAFFER’ emblazoned on it in black letters) while reading about limiting players to five fouls, like in basketball. I mean what’s f**king Van Basten ever won anyway, save for a couple of European Cups, a European Championship and a few Ballon d’Ors? The idiot.

Betting: Draw at 29/10 (Bet Victor)


Man City v Tottenham
Spurs are absolutely smashing it at the minute while Pep Guardiola’s men have lost two of their last three in the league. Can someone tell me then why Tottenham, who have won their last six league games, are nearly 3/1 here? The Citizens have only kept four clean sheets all season and are just not good enough defensively. Nicolas Otamendi? Seriously, I would rather go with Nicholas Lyndhurst alongside John Stones. The away win just screams value.

Betting: Tottenham to win at 13/5 (Coral/Hills)


Southampton v Leicester City
The Saints will surely have an eye on next week’s EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool but even if they rested folk here you couldn’t persuade me to back Leicester with a loaded gun. The Foxes sit in 15th, just five points clear of the relegation zone, unrecognisable from the team that shocked the world last season. It is obvious this side is lacking the desire of last season with new contracts and salary hikes for those responsible for winning them the league to blame. As Marvin Hagler once mused ‘It’s hard to get up at 6am when you’re wearing silk pyjamas’.

Betting: Over 2.5 goals at 7/5 (Betfair)


Arsenal v Burnley
He may be slower than Paul Merson doing The Guardian crossword but Olivier Giroud is absolutely on fire having scored in each of his last nine starts for Arsenal in all competitions. His cunning guile should prove too savvy for Burnley’s unsophisticated defensive biffs.

Betting: Giroud to score first at 3/1 (Hills)


Chelsea v Hull City
After all the carry on of the past few weeks Diego Costa will unquestionably be the focus here. Did he really have a bad back? Did he really boot off in training with boss Antonio Conte? Did a Chinese club really offer him £576,000 a week in wages? Whatever, he should return against Hull but he could get pelters from the Chelsea faithful so in terms of backing a goalscorer here I’m happy to stick my wedge on Eden Hazard as opposed to the controversial Spanish international.

Betting: Hazard to score anytime at 21/20 (Coral)


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