After all my three games came up trumps last weekend Mrs Richardson is just one more parlay away from a pair of new boots, and it looks like there’s a triple chance sure thing (T&C apply) on the horizon. Don’t fail me football!

EPL Parlay

Just for the record last weekend I suggested backing Liverpool, Stoke and Everton and gawd bless ‘em one two THREE of them did the required for me. Mrs Richardson expects more of the same from me this weekend, and as DeBeers often says, “No pressure no diamonds”!

She who must be obeyed has spoken

Soccer+picks+betting+oddsYou may remember that in the Champions league I expected a result for the jolly Germans when Borussia Dortmund took on Manchester City, and Mrs Richardson reckoned we’d see a draw. I was mere minutes away from a tidy cheque from Mr Bookmaker, but after Joe Hart ensured his hero status with a plethora (yes a plethora) of great saves and that man Mario popped up to convert a penalty. The game ended 1-1, but ‘er indoors had the presence of mind to advise a draw “have a side bet on a draw at 11/4, just because Mrs Richardson reckons that will be the outcome”. So my blushes, and profits were saved.

Stay away from Manchester

(Not the city, that’s lovely) but avoid tying your parlay to the reigning EPL champions, despite my backing them to do the business over Sunderland in an earlier post, they hardly filled my soul with confidence with Wednesday night’s performance. My cash (already invested with Bookie Bob) isn’t going anywhere but I’m looking elsewhere for my big payoff with the parlays. 

Same old Chelsea, always winning: Chelsea vs Norwich

Top of the table V top of the relegation zone, should be the surest of sure things. Chelsea is 13 points ahead of Norwich after just six games. If you have any doubts about backing a Chelsea win as your BFH bet and the start of a pleasing parlay, remember that Chelsea are 10/3 odds to win the league while Norwich are 8/11 to be relegated. Bet on the Blues of Chelsea, and bet hard. You’ll have to go heavy as a donkey sandwich as the London club are 1/4 to get all three points, or you could keep the faith and follow me down the bookies with the second parlay pick.


West Ham V Arsenal

West Ham may be sixth in the league and ahead of Arsenal (by two points) but, despite the good Monday night against QPR (that’s against ten men of bottom of the table QPR)…The WHU don’t have the legs to be serious contenders this term, and I don’t think they’ll cause Arsenal many problems. You might want to have a side bet on the game against Arsenal seeing a red card as West Ham’s last outing saw the Hammers collect eight yellow cards, a Premier League record. Arsenal may have succumbed to the curse of Chelsea but they are still 8/15 to record ANOTHER top four finish. The Gunners are the fourth surest thing with the bookies, ahead of 9/4 Spurs. West Ham, by comparison are 5/1 on a top eight finish (10th favourites) and 33/1 on a top six finish. I (with Mrs Richardson’s blessing) am backing Arsenal long and hard in this London derby ahead of Saturday’s evening kick-off. Arsenal is 10/11 to take all three points while West Ham is 3/1 and a draw is at 5/2.


Sunday but by no means least… Newcastle United v Manchester United

Eight year contract or not, Alan Pardew is no Alex Ferguson. That may be most excellent news for Mrs Pardew, but it leaves the Geordie Nation still playing catch up with the other United.

Newcastle United were in Europa League action on Thursday night against Bordeaux where goals from Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse, and an own goal from (Carlos) Henrique gave United all three points and put them on top of their Europa league Group.

Two nights before Manchester United competed in a slightly more glamorous European competition and thanks to a Robin van Persie brace, came from behind to take a significant step towards the last 16 of the Champions League, beating CFR Cluj-Napoca 2-1. That victory (and an added two days rest) weights the scales heavily in the Manchester side’s favour.

Manchester United finished last season 24 points better off than Newcastle and they have (that man) Robin van Persie on fine form. RVP has now scored seven goals in all competitions this season, more than any other Premier League-based player. Van Persie is 3/1 favourite to be the EPL’s topscorer this season and 7/2 to open the scoring against the Toon. Demba Ba is Newcastle’s most fancied first goal scorer at 7/2. Newcastle will probably score, but Manchester United will win.


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