We’re back for some midweek Premier League action and Cheeky is here to preview all of the matches and give you his best tips, with odds from Betfair throughout.
Newcastle United v Everton
Cheeky Punt is back. The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated, and rumours I’ve been in jail for that illegal ferret smuggling operation in Latvia are also wide of the mark.
Huge game this. Following that 1-0 win at Leeds United last time out, the Toon are looking to secure back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time this season. Frank Lampard – taking over a team lying just four points above the drop zone – faces a baptism of fire here. Everton have been so bad in recent months and while the bookies have had me by the absolute undies for years now I still feel Newcastle at 8/5 looks quite horny.
West Ham v Watford
The grand old man of English football Roy Hodgson has been appointed as Watford manager, and tasked with keeping them up. Hodgson is Watford’s 16th permanent head coach in under 10 years, which is mental.
The recent upturn in Norwich City’s fortunes has left the Hornets right in the shit and not many are expecting them to claim the ‘W’ here with West Ham as short as 1/3 with Betfair. Under 2.5 goals is a 7/5 poke and that’s not a bad shout. Watford‘s defending at times this season has been Python-esque but Hodgson is an old dog not fond of new tricks and he will sharp hammer them into shape at the back.
Burnley v Manchester United
In the transfer window Burnley lost their 6’3” target man Chris Wood to Newcastle. Yet quicker than you can say “Get it in the f**king mixer” in a gruff North Northamptonshire accent they signed an even bigger target man in Wout Weghorst, who is 6’6”. Can he do any damage against the Red Devils?
Manchester United rightly took some stick for that FA Cup defeat against Middlesbrough on Friday night, but let’s have it right, on another night if they took some of the chances they created they win that match 5-1. That said I can’t back Rangnick’s men at 11/20 here. Indeed I feel like my eyes have been pepper sprayed just looking at that price.
Manchester City v Brentford
Odd fact time. Manchester City have won each of their last 17 Premier League matches played on Wednesdays. Another odd fact? Dolphins sleep with one eye open. There’s simply no juice in lumping there home win here at 1/10, but this should be one-way traffic with City in fine form and pissing the league so I’m going to have a speculative punt on a penalty being scored in the second half at the Etihad.
Tottenham v Southampton
Despite being in the north London hot seat for what feels like five minutes, Antonio Conte is second favourite at 8/1 to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job. Spurs are down in seventh spot, and they’ve built a stadium (if not a team yet) that demands a top four finish year on year and Champions League football. The good news? Southampton have lost 13 of their last 19 Premier League matches against Spurs. The bad news? This Tottenham side is bang average and there’s no way I’m rowing in at 4/7 under the circumstances.
Norwich City v Crystal Palace
Palace battered Norwich 3-0 in December but the Canaries have been excellent in recent weeks, winning their last two. Dean Smith looks like he might keep them up, and am bullish about the home win here at 12/5. This bet lands, folks. And readers of this column, as if as one, will then shower me with a thundering peal of applause as the bookies curse the day I was ever born.
Aston Villa v Leeds United
Aston Villa have only failed to net in one of their last 16 outings at Villa Park, a 0-0 draw with Everton in May. Leeds are toiling and I’ve still not fully financially got over them losing 1-0 to Newcastle the other week. 17/10 about Villa winning this and their being more than 2.5 goals? That’ll do.
Liverpool v Leicester City
Pick of the midweek matches this surely, with Leicester City are looking to complete the league double over Liverpool for the first time since the 1998/99 season under Martin O’Neill. However Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League contests at Anfield, winning their last five on the spin. They look plenty short at 2/9, so there could be some mileage backing a 3-1 result at 8/1. Leicester’s Patson Daka has been directly involved in seven goals in just nine Premier League appearances so far, but Liverpool’s superior firepower should see them home.
Wolves v Arsenal
Wolverhampton Wanderers have won their first three Premier League matches in 2022, but still the bookies don’t fancy them on Thursday against Arsenal. The home win is a 12/5 shout, and that looks tidy if you ask me. The pressure is on Senor Arteta now I reckon. Yer man Aubameyang was banging 15+ goals season after season until Arteta arrived and has now bailed to Barcelona. Arsenal are still in touch distance of the top four but I don’t make them banker materiel here. Home win.
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