With another full round of Premier League action ahead of us, it’s a good time to look at this weekend’s fixtures -- more specifically, those on which I have a bet.
I really think the work done by both managers in Saturday's match has been admirable. Bournemouth has made its way up through the leagues under the stewardship of Eddie Howe, and even when things seemed to be going wrong for them earlier in the season they didn’t change their methodology. They didn’t even question the position of their manager and they got through it. Things have not been as calm at Newcastle where a hated chairman, a failed takeover and a lack of funds for transfers have been the stories of their season. Despite all that, Rafael Benitez looks like he might keep this squad, which is generally acknowledged as being quite out of its depth, in the Premier League for another season. Incredible work. I think this will be a very open game and that should play into Bournemouth's hands. For your soccer picks you can get +115 on a home win with Pinnacle, and that’s a decent bet in my eyes.Leicester vs. Stoke City
I’m backing the away side to come out victors Saturday, but I’m not going the whole hog with the match odds market; at +440 (Pinnacle), that’s a bit too much even for me. Instead, I’m going with Stoke +0.5 in the Asian Handicap market at +127 BetVictor. That’s definitely enough for me and it gives us a little security on the draw as well.West Brom vs. Huddersfield
This is another one where I’m going to play it safe. I’m very tempted to go for an away win with some very tempting odds in play (+400 with BetVictor) but instead I’m going for Huddersfield +0 with Pinnacle at +228. West Brom is sleepwalking toward relegation and they’re going to get a nasty shock from Saturday's match. This could be a result that ends Alan Pardew's short stay at the Hawthornes.Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham
I don’t normally bet on Tottenham games but I’m making an exception for Sunday's match. Crystal Palace will be missing Wilfried Zaha, who makes this side tick. Spurs have a tough game coming up against Juventus in the Champions League and they will not want to wait until late to get the points in this one. I’m on Spurs to win the first half at +105 with BetVictor.