The Premier League Easter Weekend

The Easter Weekend sees 7 Saturday Games, 2 on Sunday, and another instalment of Monday Night Football for us all to enjoy. The most notable matchup this weekend is Easter Sunday’s Manchester United vs Chelsea where we should be in for some fireworks.

 

Saturday 15th April

We kick off the weekend with the early game of Tottenham vs Bournemouth. Spurs have recently hit hot form with Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli being the pick of the bunch. It is definitely worth mention the possibility of Harry Kane making his comeback having settled for the bench last week after some time away from the pitch. Tottenham are yet to lose at Home this season and look unstoppable at White Hart Lane as they continue their march on leaders Chelsea. Spurs have conceded just 8 goals at home and scored a whopping 39. It is fair to say that they like to beat a team well, just take a look at last weeks 4-0 demolition job of Watford. Taking this into account, Tottenham to win (Handicap -1) at 4/6 looks the way to go.

Crystal Palace vs Leicester is likely to be an interesting game. Palace will have high hopes going into the fixture have beaten Arsenal 3-0 on Monday and only recently after beating the league leaders 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. Leicester would have been favourites for this match if it was played before their 4-2 defeat to Everton and if they hadn’t played a midweek fixture in Madrid on Wednesday. Both teams have been capable of goals recently with Crystal Palace showing their class against ‘better on paper’ opposition. Leicester on the other hand haven’t failed to score 2 goals in a match since Craig Shakespeare’s appointment as Caretaker Manager. Therefore for me, Over 2.5 Goals at Evens looks the place to go and hope for goals galore.

Next we have Everton vs Burnley. One of my favourite statistics of the season appears when you look past Burnley’s away record. Burnley have only managed 4 points away from home this season and thats been done without a win. This does not bode well as they come up against a hot Everton side that love to score at Goodison Park with 7 straight wins their and 26 goals in those 7 games. It is therefore hard to see anything but an Everton win which has coursed their odds to be at just 2/5. I would look at the much tastier Everton to win and over 2.5 total goals at 5/4.

Stoke City vs Hull City, is a difficult to predict match due to the unpredictable Hull City. It is reassuring for us punters that their away form is something to be desired with just one win this season which was back in August. However, Stoke come into the fixture without a win in 5 and with 4 straight losses. To add to Hull’s poor away form, they have only scored 8 goals away from home all season. Of Hull’s 13 away defeats this season 10 have been by 2 goals or more. Thus the handicap market looks to be one to visit again with Stoke City to win (Handicap -1) at 12/5.

Next up on the 3 o’clock kick offs is Sunderland vs West Ham. It is almost not worth me mentioning due to the common knowledge nature of the fact that Sunderland haven’t scored since February the 4th. Sunderland’s team never really looked like scoring last time out and even at home I don’t think they pose much threat to the irons. West Ham have only recently removed themselves from a poor run of form. 5 straight losses before their 1-0 win over Swansea. This victory should give them the confidence they need to bag a win. With odds so high, West Ham to win at 6/5  seems the option to take here.

Watford vs Swansea looks to be another game where a winner isn’t as simple as it may look. Two wins from two with two clean sheets coming into Watford’s game against Spurs looked to see them give a real battle. However Watford were swept aside with ease as the match finished 4-0. Swansea are without a win in 5 and on a run of 5 straight away defeats. Both teams have had varying success on the score sheet too with both sides holding clean sheets recently but also have conceded many goals in other matches. The same as come at the other end of the pitch with very hard to locate patterns. Thus the short odds of Watford or Draw at 21/50 is a safe place to but your money to boost an accumulator.

The late kick-off pits Southampton vs Manchester City against each other. One may look at City’s recent form and gaze with scepticism. However, they have come up mostly against top 6 clubs. Although City won’t like this and they would have expected more, it shouldn’t take anything away from a performance on Saturday. Man City have been scoring goals on this run off draws and a loss to the league leaders. For Southampton, Gabbiadini is potentially expected to make a return to the Saints side which to me could also spell goals. Thus BTTS at 8/13 is my selection.

 

Sunday 16th April

Sunday’s first game sees West Brom host Liverpool. The reds should be in good spirit coming into the game with recent performances such as their 3-1 win in the merseyside derby and their second half comeback against Stoke. With their main man Mane out form the rest of the season they showed us that they can actually perform without him. West Brom are yet to score since their surprise 3-1 victory over struggling Arsenal. But with Tony Pulis at home you expect him to create something. Without picking a winner I would look more into the goals and at 9/10, Over 2.5 Goals seems the place to be here. The other place to look would be BTTS at 4/5, which in my opinion has an equal likelihood of occurring if Pulis’ men get off to a good start.

And to the biggest fixture of the weekend as Manchester United take on Chelsea. United will be looking to seek revenge not only after their 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup Quarter Final but having been destroyed 4-0 in their away fixture against the league leaders. The bookies currently have United as slight favourites  but is still far too close to pick a winner in my opinion. Apart from the anomaly of that 4-0, this fixture tends not to bring very many goals with two very organised defences clashing. Thus my guess would be Under 2.5 Goals at 13/20. Other options could pick out a goal scorer with both Ibra and Hazard in good runs of form with the swede, 11/10 to score anytime and Hazard at a large 12/5, theres some money to be had somewhere.

 

Monday 17th April

MNF returns with another Gunners fixture as Middlesbrough host Arsenal. Arsenals poor recent run of form has seen them loose to a lot of opponents that they would have expected to beat earlier in the season. Middlesbrough on the other hand are without a league win in 2017 and are very much outsiders. I was one of those unlucky punters who was let down by an awful performance by Arsenal last time out, but I will stick to my guns this week and back them with Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals.  If you want to have a look a the outside chance of a repeat performance Middlesbrough are 6/1 to win!

 

Thank you for reading my latest betting preview and I hope all your bets come in. Please feel free to check out my twitter and send me all your slips @TomBetTips. Good Luck!

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Wednesday’s Champions League Quarter Final Matchups

Wednesday sees the second batch of Champions League Quarter finals with the champions of England, Leicester pitted against Spanish side Atletico Madrid and a match up fit for a final with Bayern Munich hosting Real Madrid.

Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City

Leicester have found a great deal of form since the departure of their very own, ‘Tinkerman’, with 6 wins from Shakespeare’s first 7 wins and that only defeat coming against Everton on Sunday. On top of this, Jamie Vardy has finally found the form he displayed for much of Leicester’s title winning season last year. Another stat that should not take a miss is Craig Shakespeare’s ability to generate goals from his team. In all of Leicester’s games under their interim manager, they have managed to score at least 2 goals and of course that includes their only defeat coming in at 4-2.

Atletico will be able to hold their heads up high coming into this fixture having turned in a very respectable 1-1 draw in the Madrid derby with hot topic Antoine Griezmann bagging himself a late goal. The Madrid side in question are on some sort of defensive run having only conceded 3 goals in 8 games. In my honest this is likely to boost odds that contradict Atletico continuing this. All this culminates in my first punt being Atletico Madrid – No Clean Sheet at 11/10 which if you don’t mind me saying looks very overpriced.

Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

Bayern are also a team fresh of a derby result having beaten rivals Dortmund 4-1 in Der Klassiker. Their home form is nothing to take lightly either with the Munich side having not lost at the Allianz Arena all season. However Bayern or draw only sits at 1/5 currently and is not worth the risk. It’s not been all song and dance for Bayern with a recent result seeing them slip to a 1-0 away defeat in the league to 3rd placed Hoffenheim. Bayern have a habit of scoring a lot of goals at home with 26 goals in their last 5 home games in all competitions.

Real Madrid’s defence record at the moment is far from perfect with just 1 clean sheet in their last 10 games. Adding this to a frightening Bayern Attack and we are very likely to witness goals come Wednesday Evening. In terms of attacking statistics Real have scored 16 goals away from home in the last 5 games. So if you ask me this games spells a nasty evening for the keepers and so my punt on this one is Bayern Win and Over 3.5 Goals.

 

Due to the postponement of the game in Dortmund after Tuesday night’s horrible events in Germany, don’t forget to check out my tip for that game which you can find my twitter @TomBetTips or on my homepage!

3 Bets to Punt for MNF – Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Tonight we see an out of sorts Arsenal side come up against last week’s giant killers Crystal Palace. With Sam Allardyce’s team just 4 points above the drop zone, they have everything to play for. Wenger’s men got back to winning ways midweek with a convincing 3-0 win over fellow London Club West Ham.

 

To start with, although Arsenal aren’t on the best run of games in the premier league they have scored in everyone of their last 23 games in all competitions. This statistic is not to be overlooked as it could add a bit of money to any bet you might place tonight. Arsenal are likely to be without star defender Laurent Koscielny through injury who I believe to be a big loss at the back for the Gunners. Putting all this together my first suggestion for tonight will be Arsenal to Win BTTS at 21/10.

Next we move on to goalscorers. It would be very easy to place a bet on In Form Chilean Alexis Sanchez. However, the player has recently been pushed much wider on the pitch by Arsene and I believe he is more likely going to play a goal creator role. I would check an hour before kick-off for who Arsene Wenger decides to put up front, but if its Olivier Giroud, who bagged him self one midweek, I would very much fancy him to score, not to mention it was his scorpion kick that helped them to victory in the home fixture. So Olivier Giroud to score anytime at 5/4 is my second punt.

Finally we have a look at timing of goals. Arsenal have been slow off the mark recently with trying to get into a rhythm with so much happening with the club behind closed doors. Therefore I would not be surprised if the game is still up for grabs at half time. Thus I like to the look at for the final tip of night to be HT Score Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace at 3/1.

 

I hope you have enjoyed my second piece for you guys. Do check out my Tuesday night Champions League Fixtures and don’t forget to follow me on twitter @TomBetTips.

Looking at Tuesday’s Champions League Quarter Final Matchups

This week we bring back European Fixtures to the world of football. Having just experienced an action packed weekend of Sport, with such events as the Grand National, the Masters, Davis Cup, Formula 1, UFC, Boxing and a load of football, it just keeps getting better.

 

We kick off on Tuesday at 19.45 with Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco

Both Teams do not have perfect records going into this match with Monaco having recently lost to giants PSG in Coupe de la Ligue Final 4-1. At the weekend, Dortmund lost to the same margin in der Klassiker. Take to this what you will but we could see a very even match up with both teams boasting in form goalscorers.

Dortmund have now scored in their last 9 games in all competitions. Monaco can show off an even more impressive with their streak reaching 26 straight games in all competitions. Not forgetting Monaco’s impressive feat in the last 16 against Manchester City, it is fair to say we are likely to see goals. On Tuesday night I’ll be looking at BTTS at 1/2.

 

The other match taking place on Tuesday is Juventus vs Barcelona

With many punters experiencing a disheartening  blow to their accumulators at the weekend as they saw Barcelona lose 2-0 to mid-table Malaga, this match has since become very interesting, not to mention a repeat of the Final two years ago. It could be said, that Juventus have recently experienced a similar defeat, however their second leg defeat to Napoli saw them head to the final of them Coppa Italia on aggregate.

In form Striker, Gonzalo Higuaín, bagged a brace at the weekend in Juventus’ 2-0 win over Cheivo. Having said that, the Argentinian is know for not turning up to the big games. On top of this, the Odds for one of ‘MSN’ to score anytime are also not worth the risk due to having to pick and choose who it will be.

With two big teams going head to head, and picking a winner being fairly hard, looking at Juventus’ home defensive record could get a few people excited. Personally if your looking towards a safer bet, Under 3.5 Goals at 3/10 could be your punt and for those who think they have Mrs Lady Luck on their side post Grand National take a look at Under 2.5 Goals at 4/5.

 

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