Top four EPL matches to punt

Weekend Witness - - Television - ERIC’S top tips

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.

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