After a near perfect record at the weekend (ignoring the North London double up option), its time to test our mettle and have another crack at beating the bookies once again. With that in mind, here is what has caught our interest over the next few days.
AN EASY TREBLE
Admittedly this midweek suggestion is not going to bust the bank, but sometimes you just need to go where the winners are and there’s never anything wrong with an account builder from time to time.
With that said, we’ve looked at three games that ‘should’ be a combination of doozies and therefore, a treble of big guns going up against the relative minnows or the simply cannot be bothered, is likely to pay dividends.
Leg 1: Chelsea to get the better of Norwich. When you consider that the Canaries have lost each of their last seven league outings and the Blues will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s aberration, odds of 1.14 for a home win is the first mark on your coupon.
Leg 2: Manchester City to get the better of Bournemouth. It will be party time at the Etihad in midweek, as their potential UEFA ban has now been overturned and with Bournemouth as the opposition, odds of 1.15 for a home is the second mark on your coupon.
Leg 3: Manchester United to get the better of Crystal Palace. Selhurst Park is the venue, as the Eagles cannot wait to end their season and with the Red Devils still gunning for a top four finish, odds of 1.71 for an away win is the third mark on your coupon.
Summary: Combine the three for a 1.71 safe as houses treble
LIVERPOOL COME TO THE CAPITAL
Although Liverpool’s title winning juggernaut is slowly down to a more deserved crawl, there is nothing in the way of dramatic drop off in terms of performance and although the only drew at the weekend, that was more to do with Nick Pope’s goalkeeping.
The Burnley ‘keeper was once again imperious between the sticks and because of his efforts, it meant that this season’s champions dropped two points in their quest to break the all-time end of season record.
Something that is still achievable, although there is no more scope for dropped points along the way. For Liverpool to break what has been set in the past, they are going to have to win each of their last three outings, starting in midweek.
This three and in challenge begins at the Emirates and with Arsenal licking their wounds after defeat in the North London derby, life gets no easier for Mikel Arteta’s men and especially as their hopes of earning a European place, are now hanging by a thread.
Add to the mix, Arsenal’s propensity for poor defending and even with Liverpool working at half speed, an away win does look like an attractive proposition and therefore, odds of 1.91 for the Merseyside outfit to win should seriously be considered.
Summary: Back the champions versus Arsenal
FOXES LOSING THEIR BITE
With Manchester City’s UEFA ban being scrapped, it means a Champions League berth does not drop down to fifth (unless Wolves finish their and win the Europa League – but ultimately that just confuses the picture even further) and now things are getting tense for Leicester.
While the tension was almost evident before City’s UEFA hearing and you only had to look at their second half collapse against Bournemouth for evidence of this, as they shipped four unanswered gaols to the Cherries.
Which will certainly put their team in the spotlight in midweek and with Sheffield United making the trip to the King Power, Chris Wilder’s men will be looking to build on an impressive win over Chelsea at the weekend.
That win should have done Leicester a huge favour, although the East Midland outfit failed to take advantage and now the Blades will look to sharpen their own hopes of playing in European competition next season.
This pick constitutes the longer shot of the midweek matches, but we’re on a decent run of betting form and therefore, we can throw a little bit of caution to the wind. Caution that comes by backing Sheffield United to beat Leicester at odds of 4.00
Summary: Blades cull the Foxes