It’s a bumper weekend of Premier League action, but at the end of Saturday I’ll be able to kick back, put my feet up and reflect on how my top four bets have gone.
I’ve got four bets this week and they’re all taking place on Saturday. Some bets seem very sensible, some may surprise you.
First up is the weekend's biggest game: Manchester United v Liverpool has cultural, regional and footballing rivalries all rolled into one 90-minute bundle. Manchester United are far from the free-flowing, attacking side they were few managers back and now they’re basically built to be solid and workmanlike with a touch of added flair, when Paul Pogba can get on the pitch. Liverpool are now the attacking side that most neutrals look out for as a Liverpool game often means “goals”.
This clash of styles could see both sides cancel each other out, and that ties in well with my selection for this week where I’m going for the draw at +242 with Pinnacle.
West Ham v Burnley is the second game I’ve got some money on. I’m backing the home side in this one, and that is risky as Burnley have exceeded expectations this season and are coming off a solid win against Everton. At odds of +129 (BetVictor) there is value in this one, though, and if West Ham are in the right mood, they can win this one.
Two struggling sides up next as Newcastle take on Southampton. Although both sides are close to each other in the table, you couldn’t get much more difference in the popularity of the two managers. Rafa Benitez has the full support of the Toon fans, even as he works to keep what is effectively a Championship side in the Premier League. Mauricio Pellegrino is likely to be searching for a new job in the summer (if he lasts that long) as he seems to have done the unthinkable and make Saints fans yearn for the days under Claude Puel.
Hopefully, my predicted away win will brighten the Southampton’s fans lives, as well as winning me some money along the way. I’m back at BetVictor as they’re willing to offer +188.
Finally, we’re back at the Hawthorns as Alan Pardew's Premier League coaching career continues to stumble like a Saturday night drunk. The value in this one is on a draw vs. Leicester City, but with West Brom’s recent form in mind I would advise you to keep the stakes on that very low. Pinnacle are offering +229 and that’s a very fair set of odds.