Three winning bets out of four last weekend meant a nice 5.17 points profit to a 1 point level stake, making it two winning weeks in a row.
Spurs vs Liverpool and Everton vs Chelsea look the highlights of this weekend, when all twenty Premiership teams play on either Saturday or Sunday before the International break.
Spurs vs Liverpool
With Mario Balotelli hogging this week’s headlines (and being the butt of many Facebook jokes) after Liverpool’s defeat at Manchester City, he’ll be keen to help continue Liverpool’s dominance over a Spurs side they beat 4-0 and 5-0 last season. However, Spurs manager Pochettino looks to have already moulded a superior side to his predecessors.
Spurs have a maximum six points and have yet to concede a goal, two factors that have made the bookies chalk them up as marginal favourites. But, even though I’m a big Pochettino fan, I doubt either West Ham or QPR will cause the big clubs many problems this season.
On overall form I think Liverpool should be favourites but, as they’ve conceded goals in both games this season, the 4/1 for them to win and both teams to score may represent slightly better value.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score 4/1 (Betway)
Everton vs Chelsea
Last season’s clashes were both won 1-0 by the home team, whilst Chelsea managed to win both the previous season’s fixtures 2-1. This season Everton have scored first in both games but only have two 2-2 draws to show for it and, if Diego Costa recovers from injury in time, Chelsea may prove too strong. However, without knowing if Costa will start, and with Everton looking a little vulnerable on their left flank so far – chancing Andre Schurrle (10/3 Bet365) to score at anytime may pay dividends.
Andre Schurrle to score anytime 10/3.
Slick passing Swansea’s two wins against Manchester United and Burnley aren’t perhaps as impressive as they look on paper, and West Brom will be looking to get among them in a bid to keep their unbeaten run (two draws) going. A third draw for the Baggies looks the value at 11/4.
Swansea/WBA draw 11/4
Meanwhile, goal-shy Newcastle host a Crystal Palace side that has conceded 5 goals in two games and it might be another game that heads for a draw with both teams scraping a goal each at odds of 7/1.
Newcastle/Crystal Palace 1-1 draw 7/1
Of the rest, short-priced Manchester City should despatch Stoke without too much fuss, whilst Manchester United and Arsenal should be up to beating Burnley and Leicester but aren’t playing well enough to consider backing them. Villa vs Hull, QPR vs Sunderland and West ham vs Southampton look too tight to call.