CHERRIES TURN SOUR
Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Bournemouth, not only have they picked up just one point from the last eighteen on offer but they also saw Steve Cook sent off at the weekend and although he made one of the saves of the season, his primary on-pitch role is a defender.
That almost ludicrous sending off has just added to the woes that the Cherries are currently facing and with the Dorset outfit now firmly in the bottom three, Eddie Howe now needs to look deeper into the ideas well, in order to earn a much needed midweek victory.
Standing in their way of a confidence boosting win are local rivals Brighton and although they are not blessed with the best form away from The Amex, manager Graham Potter will be confident that that the Seagulls can cause even further misery for their hosts on Tuesday.
It does seem as if Bournemouth have been found out this season and although a litany of injuries has obviously derailed them, the open and expansive football that they have played over the past few years is no longer on show at the Vitality Stadium.
Which means Brighton will be well versed to take full advantage of Bournemouth’s plight on Tuesday evening and a win for them would manage to put further daylight between themselves and the bottom three, which is exact outcome you should stick on your betting slip.
Summary: Back Brighton to win at 2.50
WATFORD AT THE DOUBLE (CHANCE)
Watford are now unbeaten in their last six Premier League outings and during that run, they have picked up 14 points from the last 18 on offer, a tally which has subsequently seen them move out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Their performance against Tottenham may not have been the most swashbuckling, but it is the pragmatic approach under Nigel Pearson that has treated them so well as of late and you do get the feeling that even though the Hornets have gone back to basics, it has generated plenty of success.
The Hornets will look to continue their impressive unbeaten run in midweek when they travel to Aston Villa and with the hosts just one place behind the visitors in 18th, this is another game that has all the hallmarks of a relegation ‘six-pointer’
Villa at least put their heavy defeat to Manchester City behind them and managed to earn a draw away at Brighton on Saturday, a result that will give them some confidence going into this all-important meeting on Tuesday.
Both sides are looking to add points to their current tally and if Watford can continue their unbeaten run to seven matches, it will only increase the level of confidence within the camp. Whether they can pick up all three points remains to be seen, but they will be good value for at least one.
Summary: Back Watford Double Chance at 1.44.
MANCHESTER CITY HURT BY THE BLADES
After picking up just a point at home to Crystal Palace, it seemed as if Manchester City have thrown in the towel for the rest of the season and the primary objective will be finishing in the top four, while also winning this season’s Champions League.
Which does beg the question as to whether they will really be giving their absolute maximum from week to week or whether they will just end up going through the motions, in order to be at their physical peak in Europe.
Should that be the case, the likes of Sheffield United will allow themselves to believe that the shock is very much on and with the way that Chris Wilder’s men have been playing all season, there is absolutely no reason why they cannot claim another scalp in midweek.
The Blades had another profitable day out in the capital on Saturday as they were good value for a point against Arsenal and when you talk of good value, the Yorkshire outfit are priced at 9.50 to beat Manchester City at Bramall Lane. That might not be the worst pound or two you ever spend.
Summary: Back Sheffield United to beat Manchester City on Tuesday night