Manchester City v West Brom
The Citizens have lost four out of their last five matches and the smart money says Señor Pellegrini will be combing that wild bouffant in a different country next season. But they should have too much quality for the Baggies, who have failed to win any of their last nine meetings in the league and who also have developed a tendency for shipping early goals.
Betting: Man City HT-FT at 5/6 (Ladbrokes)
Aston Villa v Swansea
Tim Sherwood has hit the ground running since taking over at the Villa, who have won their last three matches. They remain just three points above the drop zone however so could do with another win here. Swansea won’t be there just to make up the numbers however and I can we’ll see these two sharing the spoils.
Betting: Draw at 12/5 (bet365)
Newcastle v Arsenal
What an effort from Arsenal in Monaco, where the Wenger boys produced a fine display of measured attacking endeavour. I was willing them to get that crucial third goal too, until I saw Piers Morgan piping up on Twitter. Morgan is the type of bloke that even if he wasn’t on fire, I’d still p**s on him.
Betting: Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 23/10 (Ladbrokes)
Southampton v Burnley
The Saints’ recent form has been very iffy and I’m not sure I trust them here at 4/9 or worse. I do believe that low goals is a stick-on though so feel free to saunter into a bookies and back the unders while whistling to Inner Circle classic ‘Girl I Want To Make You Sweat’.
Betting: Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (Ladbrokes)
Stoke v Crystal Palace
Stoke’s recent home form has been pretty strong and I feel there is mileage in punting the 6/5 about a home win here. If they finish eighth (their current position) in the league this term that will be some effort given their squad and the fact star man Bojan has been crocked for a while.
Betting: Stoke to win at 6/5 (Paddy Power)
Tottenham v Leicester
Spurs owe me. I had a wedge on them to win at Old Trafford on Sunday at 3/1. They then played a stinker. This led me to drink which inevitably ended with me falling through the door at 2am on Monday morning and being a shambles at work all day. 2-1 has been the final score of choice in this fixture in recent times so Tottenham can redeem themselves in my eyes by getting the 8/1 up at the Lane.
Betting: Tottenham to win 2-1 at 8/1 (bet365)
West Ham v Sunderland
These two have been p*ss-poor for weeks and I would genuinely rather saw my own nose off then back West Ham at odds-on. That said has their been a worse 45-minute cameo than Sunderland’s first-half showing against Villa last time out? This isn’t a match to be smashing financially but if you MUST have a wager then I reckon overs is the call.
Betting: Over 2.5 goals at 21/20 (Bet Victor)
Liverpool v Manchester United
Put simply I make Liverpool the bet of the year so far at 23/20. Some media types were claiming ManYoo turned a corner in that 3-0 home win over Spurs. Bullsh*t! Spurs just never turned up at Old Trafford and I can’t for the life of me see how they win this. Louis van Gaal produced more comedy gold in the press room this week when confirming the United job will be his last in football. Confirming he is “old” and that “everybody wants to touch my body in the airports” before adding cryptically “it is always peeping because I have an artificial hip”. Don’t expect LVG to be thrusting said hips with delight at Anfield, where Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 matches in all competitions. It’s a huge old game alright but I reckon the result is a foregone conclusion. Seriously.
Betting: Liverpool to win at 23/20 (Paddy Power)
Hull City v Chelsea
I see the Blues winning this handily but the bet could be Eden Hazard to score. The tricky trickster had scored in each of his last two matches against The Tigers and has bagged an impressive 15 goals in all competitions so far this season.
Betting: Hazard to score anytime at 11/5 (Stan James)
QPR v Everton
The Toffees could be jaded after their nightmare trip to Kiev on Thursday. They had their arses handed to them by a very impressive Dynamo side and looked all over the place at the back. Charlie Austin will have been watching on ITV4 (after first taking in an episode of The Professionals of course) and I reckon Rangers’ talisman looks huge at 2s to score here in a game QPR dare not lose.
Betting: Austin to score anytime at 2/1 (Ladbrokes)