Last time out we had a bit of stinker in truth. Peterborough somehow contrived to lose to nil at limited Tranmere, Brentford performed admirably in downing pre-season favourites Sheffield Wednesday, and our draw bet on Gillingham vs Bury came agonisingly close as the Shakers won a thrilling match by the odd goal in 9.
This week we’re going to concentrate on the Premiership and start with Chelsea’s lunchtime trip to Manchester City. Chelsea have been in scintilating form so far this season but this is the first real test of their title credentials. City have spent big this summer but are still struggling to find the right formula amongst their vast array of talent. This is why the visitors shouldn’t be missed at odds against, which you are unlikely to see many times this season. The west-Londoners are available at 6/5 and we’ll take that.
The next match that caught our eye is Fulham playing host to Everton. The Toffees have had a nightmare start to the season with injuries to all their strikers, whilst Fulham have also suffered with Zamora and Dembele out of action. Everton have lost narrowly on the road twice this season and will be desperate to register their first away point, whilst games at the Cottage are typically tight affairs. The draw is too good to miss at 12/5.
The final Saturday game in the top flight is Spurs’ visit to West Ham. Spurs are surprisingly odds-against, possibly due to the Hammers’ midweek cup win and Tottenham’s impending European Cup tie. However ‘Arry won’t want to give his old club any change here and they are superior in all departments. Spurs to win at 11/10 is well worth a look.
Sunday afternoon sees a tasty Midlands derby on offer as Wolves play host to Aston Villa. Wolves have a reputation for being somewhat robust and this could easily dissuade the flair players in the Villains’ ranks. Wolves haven’t lost at home but haven’t exactly played the division’s leading lights, and Villa will be looking for their first away point after a narrow loss at Stoke and their absolute disaster at St James’ Park. Villa are good odds to win the match so we can afford a bit of insurance, backing them in the draw-no-bet at 4/5.
Into the Championship and most matches here should be swerved. Burnley are odds-on to beat an erratic Bristol City, Reading are prohibitive odds to beat Barnsley and many games look too close to call. However, one game we’ll have a go at is Preston’s trip to Coventry. Coventry are unbeaten at home this season and last week had a good win at Bristol City. Preston meanwhile have lost all 3 games away from home, conceding 9 in the process. They also struggled badly at Bradford in the cup so Coventry look good at 11/10 to take all 3 points.
Finally in League One, Walsall take a trip to Hartlepool this weekend. Pools fans will have seen 14 goals at Victoria Park already this season whilst The Saddlers have have seen 11 on the road. The home side will be under pressure to get 3 points from a bottom-half clash and this should spell goals again. Take over 2.5 goals at 19/20.