HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
With pretty much all the Champions League qualifiers or chasers playing at home (working on the basis that Manchester City’s UEFA ban is subsequently upheld), it suggests that there is not a great deal of value to be found in the market this week.
However, it may well be that a home accumulator is one that, although offers little risk, may be the one that gets over the line with relative ease and sometimes, you just need those small and steady wins to keep your bankroll ticking over.
Therefore, it makes sense to run through each of the contenders at home and rank them in order of their odds and the likelihood of them earning maximum points. With that in mind, its your choice regarding how many legs or the combination of this accumulator builder.
START FROM THE TOP
With Manchester United going unbeaten in their last eight league matches, they currently possess the joint longest streak in the division and with the Red Devils going up against Bournemouth this Saturday, they will look to not only extend that to nine but also earn maximum points.
Not only are they in a good run of form at present, but Bournemouth are in a dire one and with no win in their last seven league outings and a mauling by Newcastle in midweek, things are looking rather bleak for Eddie Howe’s men.
Therefore, with United in the ascendency and the Cherries turning rather sour, all signs point to a home banker and therefore this should be the bedrock of any weekend combo, at the unsurprising odds of 1.17.
Summary: Back United to win.
Next up is Liverpool’s quest to extend their home unbeaten run to an incredible 57 matches and with Aston Villa providing the opposition, there is arguably no better team to go up against the now Premier League champions.
Thursday was certainly an interesting evening, as Liverpool played the equivalent of a monster hangover and were subsequently thumped by Manchester City. However, after their efforts this season, they earned such an abject offering.
Whether Jurgen Klopp makes changes this weekend or not, he won’t allow a performance of that kind to take place again and with Aston Villa on the ropes, Liverpool odds of 1.33 to win suggest more home dominance.
Summary: Back Liverpool to win.
The third team for your consideration is Chelsea and after spurning an opportunity to move up to third in the Premier League table, the Blues will look to bounce back after a surprise defeat to West Ham.
That win for West Ham sees them move above Chelsea’s upcoming opponents and with Watford now looking nervously over their shoulder, a trip to Stamford Bridge is arguably not what the doctor will have ordered.
Therefore, with Chelsea looking to take out their anger on the next team that gets in their way and the fact that they have home advantage. Odds of 1.40, may not be overwhelming but they certainly have all the hallmarks of a home banker.
Summary: Back Chelsea to win.
In terms of our quartet of clubs that are clear favourites to win at home this weekend, the set is completed by Leicester and although the Foxes have failed to earn a victory in any of their three restart outings, you get the feeling the tide will eventually turn.
Especially, as Crystal Palace provide the opposition this weekend and with the Eagles having little to play for in terms of either going up or down the table, this could be the perfect fillip for an ailing Leicester side.
Not only that, but Brendan Rodgers will be fully aware that his players cannot afford any more slip ups and if they do they could be consumed by as many as three other clubs in the race for the top four. With that in mind, backing a home win at odds of 1.67 should also be considered.
Summary: Add Leicester to coupon.
Therefore, by adding all four legs to your betting slip, the four-fold odds will be 3.63 and if you don’t think that is fat enough, why not add Wolves to the mix and beef up your slip to a five-fold home win bonanza at odds of 8.35. The choice is yours.