PLENTY OF GOALS AT VILLA PARK
Aston Villa have long been considered a team that possess a decent enough goal threat and the propensity to concede at the other, couple that with a visiting Manchester City side that can score at will and it looks as if goals will be on the menu this Sunday.
Not only that, but even if we remove ourselves from gut instinct and look at it this from a statistical point of view, the probability of Over 2.5 goals being scored at Villa Park looks high – especially as 24 of their last 28 combined matches have ended in this particular outcome.
Unfortunately, nothing really gets past the bookmakers these days and because of that, they are not offering a great deal of value on this one. Odds of just 1.29 are on offer for at least three goals to be scored at Villa Park.
However with Villa now without Tom Heaton for the rest of the season, the chances of them conceding a considerable amount will have increased and although this particular bet will not start the retirement fund, it does seem like a good piece of weekend accumulator fodder.
Summary: Back Over 2.5 total goals on Sunday
LIVERPOOL MAKE IT 38
With Liverpool currently 37 Premier League games unbeaten, the talk is whether the Reds can knock off two records by the end of the season. The first is getting to 50 games without defeat and therefore beating Arsenal’s previously set record of 49.
While the other is also linked to Arsenal and that is their invincible season of 2003/04, something that extend Liverpool’s run to nearer 55 and then they will be looking at surpassing the incredible streak set by A.C Milan, who went 58 Serie A matches unbeaten.
Of course, Serie A and the Premier League are not a direct comparison and to be honest records such as this should be contained to respective countries. However, if Liverpool did get that far, they would possess the longest unbeaten streak in all of Europe’s five major leagues.
At the same time, we may be guilty of getting ahead of ourselves, especially when there is still so much Premier League football to be played between now and the end of the season and some of that football takes place this weekend.
With Liverpool looking to extend their run to 38 (the equivalent of a full unbeaten season), the league leaders travel to Tottenham and it is fair to say that the North London outfit have been out of sorts as of late.
An indifferent festive period has meant that Tottenham have some serious work to do, in order to return to the Champions League next season and it is work that has recently become much more difficult.
That’s because with Harry Kane picking up a hamstring injury, Spurs are once again set for a lengthy spell without their talisman and although the supporting cast have done their fair share of work in the past, you do wonder if this next request ends up becoming one too many.
Liverpool had the luxury of resting their key players last Sunday and still managing to make it through to the F.A Cup Fourth Round, which means their big names will be fit and raring to go this weekend.
Tottenham have been in a state of flux as of late and therefore Liverpool will make the journey to the capital with their tails up, while looking to pick up another precious three points on their way to a first ever Premier League title.
As a Tottenham fan myself, I’m probably being pessimistic on purpose and hoping that reverse psychology is the order of the day. Unfortunately, I cannot see anything other than a Liverpool win being the order of the day.
Summary: Back Liverpool to win at 1.73
We’ve not had one of these in a while and with the fixtures looking favourable, it makes sense to return to our top four combination. Quite simply, we are backing all the teams in the Champions League places to win this weekend.
Which means, backing Liverpool, Leicester, Manchester City and Chelsea to get the job done will return odds of 3.50. This could and probably should be some of the easiest money that you will make this weekend.
Summary: Back in the top four in a four-fold.