Some of The Daily Shift’s sports writers have teamed up to give you their betting tips for the weekends action. Fancy a punt? Well why not start here…
Premier league, Saturday 17th November:
Josh Prenderville,The Bet Butler: QPR – Southampton draw: 5/2
These two teams have racked up 1 win and 9 points between them all season. QPR have struggled against fellow strugglers Reading, with Southampton yet to win away from home. It would seem like the draw is simply a no-brainer on paper, and 5/2 is a great price for this. Looking at the statistics on a deeper level tells a similar story – Southampton struggle to defend, QPR find it difficult to score. This one will more than likely end goalless. That is a mouth-watering 11/1 shot by the way. My advice – get on it!
Peter Farrell: West Brom v Chelsea – Chelsea at 19/20
Chelsea travel to the Hawthorns on the back of consecutive draws and a defeat that have damaged their title aspirations. Meanwhile West Brom have enjoyed a very good start to the season, and indeed sit in 4th place after winning their last 2 matches against Wigan and Sunderland. Chelsea however represent a step up in quality for the Baggies, and given that they are currently available at close to even money and in need of a win to get their season back on track, I would have to go with a Chelsea win.
Simon “The Bracket” Bracken: Double, Arsenal/Tottenham – Both to score 8/15, and Everton – goals Over 1.5 8/11
The North London Derby always produces goals. 14 of the last 16 encounters have seen both sides score and the respective form of the two teams points to goals also with both sides scoring and conceding regularly.
Everton have scored 2 or more in 4 of their 6 away matches this season and with Baines delivering cross after cross from the left and Fellaini in the form of his life they always look a threat. Meanwhile Reading have conceded 18 goals in their 7 home matches in all competitions, an average of over 2 a game.
Premier league, Sunday 18th November:
Josh Prenderville, The Bet Butler: Fulham to keep a clean sheet against Sunderland: 7/5
Sunderland have scored fewer goals than any other team in the Premier League at present. In fact, 5 of their 7 goals have come from one man – Steven Fletcher. They have only scored 2 goals in their last 6 matches in all competitions, with their only win in the league so far coming at home. Given that they are away to Fulham, despite Fulham’s tendency to concede silly goals particularly in the latter stages of games, I would advise backing the likes of Brede Hangeland and Mark Schwarzer to remain resilient for Martin Jol’s men on Sunday.
Peter Farrell: Fulham v Sunderland – Fulham (-1.0) at 2/1
Sunderland have scored 7 goals this season and are yet to win away from home. Fulham have scored 24 and have only lost once at home this season, at the hands of Man City. As such, prolific Fulham to win by 2 goals at home against one of the poorest teams in the league seems like a very good offering at 2/1.
Simon “The Bracket” Bracken: Dimitar Berbatov Wincast 15/8
Fulham face Sunderland on Sunday at Craven Cottage where they are always strong. This season has been no different with Fulham’s only home defeat inflicted by an Edin Dzeko match-winning cameo. In fact Jol’s side have lost just 2 of their last 15 at home. Meanwhile, Sunderland have really struggled this season.
Without a win in 6 and desperately lacking in creativity the Wearsiders look to be there for the taking. Should the Londoners come out on top at the weekend Dimitar Berbatov is likely to have been the protagonist. The Bulgarian has been at the heart of everything since his arrival and has fired the Cottagers to second in the goalscoring charts. He has 5 goals in 6 starts for his new club and I expect him to add to that impressive tally on Sunday following his delicious display at the Emirates.
Josh Prenderville. The Bet Butler: Lech Poznan to draw with Legia Warsaw: 2/1
I’m going to be honest – I don’t avidly follow the Polish League. I have had one or two flutters, however, on both of these teams on occasion and they don’t let me down. Admittedly, they are the two best teams in Poland. Between them they have only lost a combined 3 times in 22 games and they are notoriously difficult to beat, with Poznan having only conceded 6 goals all season. However, Poznan’s inability to score many – they’ve only managed 15 in 11 games – will, I believe, lead to a stalemate on Saturday and to you doubling your money if you back this tip.
Peter Farrell: Malaga & Levante double 15/2
Working out at roughly 15/2, this represents a decent punt in the Spanish league. Malaga, who are flying high in the Champions League and sitting in 5th in La Liga are travelling to the bottom of the table Osasuna in what should be a straightforward encounter.
Meanwhile, 6th place Levante travel to La Coruna to take on Deportivo, who haven’t won in 6 games. Certainly not the safest of bets, but at 15/2 it represents good value! These teams are available at 11/8 and 5/2 respectively for those feeling less adventurous.
Simon “The Bracket” Bracken: Manchester United to come from behind and win 7/1
United have done this 9 times already this season in all competitions, including 4 of their last 5 away league games. United’s porous defence allows the opposition chances especially early on when they are full of enthusiasm and Saturday is unlikely to be any different considering Norwich’s run of good form. However, Ferguson’s side have so much firepower in attack that they are always likely to score and once United score, more goals seem inevitable. 7/1 looks very juicy considering the rate at which this is happening this season so this’ll do as my wildcard. For once I might enjoy United’s obligatory 98th minute winner.