Not once but twice I was undone with my picks for last weekend, so Mrs Richardson insists, “cast the net wider, my love” as I go for the pick of next weekend’s EPL matches and subsequent betting tips.
Newcastle and Norwich may have meandered to a no-score-bore-draw, and the early sending off of Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny after 10 minutes for hauling down Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko spoiled my draw prediction. But as Tony Blair so famously said, “Things can only get better…” and look how that turned out.
Enough with the 1990 power ballads…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
First up it’s a swift trip down Cash Converters for your humble Premier League handicapper (after last weekend’s disappointments) as the first game of the week (Wednesday) is a banker, but a short odded banker.
Chelsea, fresh from trouncing Stoke 4-0, return to the Bridge and host the little team that is clawing itself away from the relegation zone; Southampton. Saints may have won a MASSIVE six-pointer last weekend, but beating Villa 1-0 is hardly the sort of form that will see the Saints go marching past the Champions League champions. Bet hard on a Chelsea win. It’ll have to be hard as they are 1/5 on most Premier League odds boards on the win.
I’m also going Blue-bet happy and backing them to win both halves at 4/7. If you want to pick the correct score, take your lead from the last meeting (played down in Southampton), which ended 5-1 to Chelsea, a repeat of that score is available at a droolsome 22/1 with Ladbrokes.
Something for the weekend?
There (another) grudge match kicking off on Sunday, Manchester United quietened Liverpool at Old Trafford but Sunday sees Tottenham take a crack at the Champions (elect). There should be goals in this one, so adding the OVER 2.5 at 8/13 is a smart choice for your Premier League picks, especially as the last three times the winning side has scored three goals in this match and in the last two meeting the away side has come out on top. If you want to be really spoon-fed who to bet on in this match, remember that Spurs failed to beat (or indeed score against) QPR at the weekend, and Manchester United barely broke a sweat beating Liverpool.
So bet on Man Utd winning at 6/5 with Betfred.
The Geordies may have let me down last weekend, but…
I’m expecting Newcastle to beat Reading on Saturday at St James’ Park. Not so much because they can (Reading are one of two teams without an away win this term (Reading being the other)* but because Newcastle MUST win (sooner or later). The Magpies have by far the worse form compared to the Royals (and pretty much everyone else) and Reading showed they are more than willing to scrap for their place in the EPL. But (that word again) Newcastle surely can’t break my heart and get relegated again, therefore they must win! Whatever, the bookies have an away win at 7/2, a draw which would hardly clam the Toon Army at 11/4, but a Newcastle win is at 4/5 and the shortest correct score odds on the Geordies are on 2-1 at 7/1.
Danger Will Robinson!
Stay away from Sunday’s London derby when Chelsea take on Arsenal as (despite Chelsea’s form and arsenal’s lack thereof) a derby, is a derby, is a derby (and the form book goes right out the window). The bookies fancy Chelsea at 4/5. Arsenal are 6/5 on a top four finish while Chelsea are 5/2 on a top two finish.
Likewise watch out for the relegation scrap (sort of) that is Sunderland V Wigan, as it’s another anything can happen game. Although the bookies reckon it’ll be a Wigan victory at 11/10 (a draw’s at 12/5 and a Sunderland win is at 11/5).
West Brom should flatten Aston Villa, but I’m wary of this one as Villa (by the law of averages if nothing else) must win sooner or later. Still, if you want to be sensible back a Baggies win at 4/6 (although a shock Villa victory is at 4/1).
*The other is Newcastle.
Premier League Tips & Predictions: Wins for Chelsea (on Wednesday), Manchester United, Newcastle and a smile on Mrs Richardson’s face.