Cheeky Punt: Harry Kane to score (or at least claim he has)

Date published: Friday 13th April 2018 7:20 - Matthew Stead

Southampton v Chelsea
Chelsea have won just one of their last five and surely cannot be trusted here to beat a Southampton side who are scrapping for their very lives. If you must lay some dough down on this, both teams to score looks the logical shout at a shade under evens.

Betting: Both teams to score at 10/11


Burnley v Leicester City
It would be an absolute f**king travesty if Sean Dyche wasn’t named Premier League Manager of the Year. Burnley are seventh in the league and know a win on Saturday would put them nine points clear of eighth-placed Leicester. They are bigger than 13/8 for the victory too at Turf Moor. And it reeks of home win.

Betting: Burnley to win at 42/25 


Crystal Palace v Brighton
Big game. Big, big game. I won’t lie. This is a big one. A win here (in the derby that’s clearly not a derby) and Palace could strike a decisive blow in the battle to avoid relegation. Luka Milivojevic, Wilfried Zaha and the boys need to step up but Brighton are not the same force away from the Amex and I half fancy the Eagles.

Betting: Crystal Palace to win and both teams to score at 15/4


Huddersfield Town v Watford
If this match isn’t shown last on Match of the Day I’ll gladly pop four pickled eggs up my arris. Watford are without a goal in six straight away games while the Terriers are in similarly moody form in front of the old onion bag. No goalscorer is a 15/2 shout and that looks generous.

Betting: No goalscorer at 15/2


Swansea v Everton
Not so very long ago the Swans looked more down and out than a tramp sat on a park bench with grubby fingers greedily glugging a bottle of 3 Hammers Cider. A new manager brought immediate rewards but the reality is they are far from safe (a bit like tramps, really) with just six games to go. The good news is Everton are bang average and a home win is well within their grasp on Saturday.

Betting: Swansea to win 2-1 at 10/1 (bet365)


Liverpool v Bournemouth
The Reds should encounter few problems here against a Bournemouth side currently doing a leisurely backstroke in the calm, soothing waters of mid-table. If you are looking for a first goalscorer not called Mo Salah, then Bobby Firmino has form in terms of scoring against the Cherries and ticks plenty of boxes.

Betting: Firmino first goalscorer at 9/2


Tottenham v Manchester City
Crisis? What crisis? Manchester City have lost three off the belt and their recent struggles are threatening to take the gloss off a stellar season. Can Pep get them going again here? Against a Spurs side unbeaten in the Premier League since being dusted 4-1 by City in December? And what of Harry Kane, who was this week somehow credited with Spurs’ second goal against Stoke. Kane is also now claiming he invented the word ‘minge’. And that he knows where 2Pac is. He’s clearly desperate to finish top of the scoring charts for a third successive season. So City be warned.

Betting: Kane to score first at 4/1


Newcastle v Arsenal
If Dyche deserves Manager of the Year then Rafa Benitez, at the very least, deserves a shiny badge saying ‘Top Boss’. And a big chocolate sponge cake. He’s masterminded a return to the top flight that could have been short and sweet given the Toon’s laughable lack of investment. But their sights are now on a comfortable finish and with the pressure off this fixture could deliver a few goals.

Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 2/1


Manchester United v West Brom
United have shipped fewer league goals on home soil than anyone else this season and so a 3-0 correct score here looks gorgeous at 6/1. But you don’t want to hear that. You want the Grand National winner, right? I’m conkers deep on Tiger Roll. Gordon Elliott reports that the Cheltenham hero is in “great form” and when Elliott speaks, it pays to listen.

Betting: Tiger Roll to win the Grand National at 12/1

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