It was quite mixed bag of results for your Humble Handicapper lastweekend, much to the frustration of ‘er indoors but he’s still in MrsRichardson’s good books as any failures were soon overtaken by his successes.
FirstUp… it’s Everton Versus Manchester City.
I thinkit’s going to be a win for City as Everton will be too busy scratching theirheads trying to work out what went wrong last weekend when they were beaten inthe cup by Wigan. City are still outside bets to win the league at 21/1 butknow that every game counts and not a point can be dropped so they’ll likelycome out all guns blazing against Everton. Everton by comparison are 6/5 on atop six finish, and will be outclassed by City.
Manchester City win, available at 6/5.
Next up is a classic at the bottom of thetable.
The bottom of the EPL is as tight as amiser’s fist, and that gives us this mouth-watering clashof Aston Villa V QPR, Both sides will fancy their chances, QPR, because theywon back-to-back games for the first time all season after they took Sunderlanddown 3-1 while Aston Villa will fancy their chances as they took maximum pointsfrom their last game against Reading also a six-pointer.
However I think these sides will even eachother out and we’ll see a drawn at 17/7 on the soccer betting odds boards.
Staying down the wrong end of the table, Southampton will host Liverpool and while thePool will be flying high after their 3-2 victory over Spurs, Southampton willstill be smarting from a three-game winless run. The smart money is onLiverpool in this game, at 4/5 but because Saints are now just four pointsoutside of the drop zone and, would you believe it…five points off the bottomof the table I don’t think Liverpool will have an easy afternoon’s work.
I’m banking on this game ending drawn whichis available at 11/4.
Another side with a bad run of form, isStoke who almost spoiled your Humble Handicapper’s pick as they were looking at a 1-1 draw againstNewcastle before a last-minute scorcher from Papiss Cisse put more money in mybank, they take on West Bromwich Albion. The baggies have the form but Stokewould probably settle for a draw, ND I feel this is the sort of game which willbe decided by a freak goal and I think it can be decided in Stoke favour.
Stock win available at 7/5.
Swansea host Arsenal at three o’clock onSaturday and as Arsenal seem to be the tailspinning I’m tempted to say this isa coin toss. It should be Arsenal and should be a comfortable victory in fact,but Swansea are a tenacious little side and Arsenal are consistently inconsistentthis year in the league. An Arsenal victory is available at 11/10 or a draw isat 12/5 and a home victory at 5/2.
This game is either a complete banker or anupset, when league leaders Manchester United host relegation fodder Reading.The odds of Manchester winning a pretty poor 1/6, Reading have to start winninggames again and will take a little bit of heart from the fact that Blackburnmanaged to get a result under similar circumstances against Manchester United.Still it’s a brave man who’ll put any money on Reading winning even at 14/2.
Sunday has plenty of fun starting withSunderland versus Norwich around lunchtime. Norwich have the form Sunderlandhave home advantage and with the desperation sneaking into the Black Cats lockerroom, there should be enough to push the hosts to victory. I’m backing Sunderlandvictory at 21/20.
There is also a London derby on Sunday atthree o’clock when Tottenham host Fulham and I am expecting Spurs to bounceback well and take the Cottages down in this one.
An hour later across the capital Chelseahost West Ham and the Blues will be full of the joys of spring after salvaginga replay from the FA Cup fixture with Manchester United and likely willsteamroll West Ham. The home victories at 2/5 but nobody thinks that the FA Cupwill be a distraction at Chelsea by bet on West Ham at 7/1.
At the same time Wigan host NewcastleUnited
That’s Wigan who did so well to beatEverton in the cup versus Newcastle he seem to be very much back to winningways of recent weeks. The odds on are Newcastle winning are at 12/5 howeverwith that massive midweek Europa league game for the Geordies in night just beworth backing a Wigan victory available at 13/10.
Although, out of loyalty, your humblehandicapper will still be having a couple of quid on Newcastle winning for this free soccer pick,specifically at 3-1 at 28/1 with Stan James.