EPL Weekend Football Tips
Up in Geordieland the French Revolution and go off to a thrilling start when Newcastle beat Chelsea 3-2, in my “anything can happen” game, Spurs beat West Brom 1-0 and Everton could only muster a 3-3 draw with Aston Villa all against what I was betting on. Hence a Saturday night spent on the sofa at Mrs Richardson's behest.
Enough with the marital problems…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
Starting as I mean to go on, there’s an easy soccer pick for the first game of the weekend Tottenham versus Newcastle. You may think I'm being harsh on Les Geordies, but despite scoring three goals against the reigning European champions I don't think Newcastle will get as much as a point from their trip down south. Newcastle have only one once in their last five meetings with Spurs and that was back in August at Le Parc du Saint James. The clever sports betting goes with the bookies with a home win at 4/6, an away win at 9/2 and a draw at 3/1, but I think the only stats that you really need to know is that this time last year when Newcastle travelled to Tottenham they were taken apart and lost 5-0. A repeat of that scores available at 50/1, but I’m going for a lower score and lower odds, maybe a tight 1-0 win to Spurs, available at 7/1 with Paddy Power.
Chelsea vs. Wigan
When these two sides in trouble meet my sportsbets have the home side come out on top. Chelsea may be on a four game winless run in all competitions while Wigan are undefeated in their last three games, but I can only ever see the table telling you all you need to know about who to bet on in this match. Your Humble Handicapper is throwing plenty of money behind Chelsea at 1/3 in this one, and even more so the Blues doing both halves in fact which is available at 10/11 with Stan James. And if you think you need a bit more justification for such a bet you should know that Chelsea are 1/5 on a top four finish while Wigan are 6/5 to be relegated.
Southampton vs. Manchester City
The Citizens may be a poor second favourite to win the league (7/1 behind United’s 1/7). Taking on a team at the other end of the table should pose no real problem for the reigning champions however…following their draw against Liverpool, it might just be the right moral time to tackle Man City, but it's worth noting that in the last 17 Premier league fixtures between these two side the home side has only come out on top five times. I’m betting on City 11/18 on the soccer odds boards, I suggest that you do the same.
Swansea vs. Queens Park Rangers
The great escape looks even more unlikely for Queens Park Rangers now (they’re ½ to go down), and while overturning a six point deficit is hardly mission impossible when there are still 13 games left to play, I just can't see three teams performing six points worse than Rangers this season. Saying that I think it’s definitely worth backing them to beat Swansea at 7/2, as Swansea haven't scored a goal since 19th January and have only scored once in their last five games. Beside anything else QPR will be playing with a sense of urgency and Swansea might be a little bit too complacent.
Free Football Tips: Back in the wife’s good books by the final whistle.