Top four EPL matches to punt
The English Premier League is a long competition and after this weekend’s ten games will only be one-third of its way through its duration of 38 rounds. It looks a tricky time to forecast winners, but I think four games are well worth a financial interest.
Norwich never recovered after going a goal down early, but I was impressed with their spirit against Newcastle. Their opponents Crystal Palace will be on a high after a victory last week, but I settle for a 2-1 Norwich victory on their home ground. Everton did everything but win against Liverpool, conceding a soft late goal. Today’s opponents, Stoke, got lucky and benefited against ten men when beating Sunderland 2-0. With Everton unbeaten at Goodison Park, they are the first of my four top bets for the weekend.
Aston Villa are my choice to beat Sunderland, but not by last season’s score line of 6-1. Villa drew with a strong West Brom side after being 2-0 down, and should get maximum points from a goal-shy Sunderland.
Arsenal travel to Wales and take on Cardiff in a match that should make good viewing. Cardiff did well to fight back against Manchester United, but should have been playing ten men for 80 minutes of the game. Once again a Pommie referee could not give a red card to Manchester United, or the other 19 teams in the league will have suffered the correct fate. Arsenal have improved their defence this season, and with 24 goals stored, they are my confident choice to stay on top of the league. Arsenal are the second of my top four bets this weekend.
In the London derby between West Ham and Fulham, I don’t have the courage to tip a winner. Both teams look relegation material, so a 1-1 draw is my forecast.
In the late game at 7.30pm, Newcastle host West Brom. Newcastle won this game 2-1 last season, and that’s the score I will stay with today. I would not risk money on this game as the teams are very evenly matched.
In the early Sunday game at 2pm, Spurs host Manchester United. In my opinion Spurs have a manager who looks totally out of his depth in the premier league. Spurs have not scored in their last three games and will more than likely miss a penalty, not that they will get one against these opponents. This match was a draw last season and a 0-0 or 1-1 result is my choice on Sunday.
The next two games form the last of my top four bets this weekend. Liverpool scored three goals against Everton and should have too much class for a struggling Hull, who lost on the field to Crystal Palace last week. Swansea face a nightmare on Sunday when they travel to Manchester City. City are embarrassing their city neighbors with a 26-2 goals record on this field in Manchester. City look the best bet of the weekend.
Chelsea and Southampton drew 2-2 last season, and only a small bet is recommended on Sunday for these teams to finish level once again.