It feels like a bonus having some decent football on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, something that has been lacking since the Champions League took a break. The premier league is taking shape now and it won’t change too drastically come May. The league will be won by one of the top two teams and 3 from the bottom 8 will be relegated. That doesn’t make it any less exciting or intriguing, especially if you like to have a wager or two.
On a positive note, Loic Remy scored on his debut, so we have only 4 more to go to reach 5 for the second half of the season. It should prove money for jam.
Reading vs Chelsea
Reading are showing a similar trend to last season in the championship, when they woke up on New Year’s day and went on an incredible run from nowhere to gain automatic promotion. While they are not going to win the premier league, it may pay to keep them in mind for some decent results and performances in the coming weeks. On Wednesday they are at home to Chelsea who only managed a 2-2 draw away to Brentford in the cup last Sunday. Now Chelsea will be many people’s banker, I could not back them to win at the prices, instead I’ll keep an eye on the starting line-ups and I’ll back Demba Ba to score anytime if he starts at 6/5. I’d be confident that he will start as despite scoring, Torres was dreadful for 70 minutes of that game, and Ba was so influential after he came on.
Demba Ba Anytime 6/5 (2.20) +120
Arsenal vs Liverpool
In the televised game on Wednesday, Arsenal are at home to Liverpool, both are going through a transition of sorts, and both transitions seem to be going on for well over 8 years.
Arsenal were phenomenal against West Ham last time out in the league, especially Podolski who scored and set up 3 others in a 5-1 victory. It must be said they were given the freedom of the pitch by a generous West Ham. Liverpool will put out a stronger team than which crashed out of the cup against Oldham, but I’m not sure it will be strong enough to win at The Emirates. They are over reliant on Suarez, who admittedly is fast becoming world class, and if he were to go missing I don’t know where their attacking threat would come from, he makes everything tick for them.
In theory all Arsenal have to do is mark Suarez out of the game and cut off his supply by keeping Gerard quiet.
Arsenal Draw No Bet 7/10 (1.70) -142
Maybe the first 2 selections are not earth shattering, but here is where the speculative bets will shake you to the core, not really, but they may tickle someone’s fancy.
Sunderland vs Swansea
Sunderland face a very good Swansea team who have just made it to Wembley and look nailed on to win some silverware. This would be a massive achievement on anyone’s scale. I think there is a chance that’s where their heads will be, London, and if they are then Sunderland should be capable of taking advantage.
Sunderland 6/4 (2.50) +150
Newcastle vs Aston Villa
Again it may pay to keep an eye on team sheets tomorrow when Newcastle face Aston Villa at Villa Park, if Yoan Gouffran makes his debut then he could make a mockery of his price to score anytime. He has a record of nearly scoring in 1 out of 3 games, can score with either foot and is capable in any set piece routine. His wiki claims he is allergic to some species of tree, which is interesting if true, I guess.
Yoan Gouffran Anytime 9/4 (3.25) +225
PS: I would never recommend anyone getting involved in the manager sack race market as it is so volatile, but I’m surprised Martin Jol is as big as 10/1. Fulham have been terrible of late and are sliding into trouble.
Best of luck.