Betto has been bugging me all week to let him loose more than usual this weekend. He is sure he has the answers to help the fans beat the bookies. A bold statement from the man, but I expect nothing less from a guy who proclaims he is ‘the knowledge of football’. Lets see what he has to say this week. I feel at least a few £1 accumulators coming on!
Stoke went down to a Liverpool fairytale during the week. But don’t be fooled, they are sharp at home. Sunderland have risen well and are no mugs, even though Bent has left. Stoke are not bad at home and Sunderland indifferent away.
Betto Back’s: this one should be a draw, but I could see a Stoke win
This is an interesting one. Both of them have sorted themselves out a little bit of late. New signings have come in and the managers are finally making their mark on the team. But it is easy to get caught up in hysteria. These two haven’t become great teams over night. Villa are ready to start banging a few in, whereas Fulham are a tough team, but lack goals.
Betto’s Bottom Line: Villa win, I was leaning towards a draw so take that as a second bet
Everton have been stop start this season. As soon as you think these boys are picking up, they disappoint. Blackpool on the other hand play like there is nothing to lose, like the kind of guy that see’s a girl in a bar, and doesn’t hesitate. Always more fun to watch. With Blackpool you literally know if they will win or lose with the way they line up, especially at home. But they are hungry, they want it, and they have made a few signings. Everton seem to keep every game pretty tight and are not being turned over. Goodison will need to be their stronghold if they don’t want to get sucked in to the relegation battle. Both teams need the points …
Betto’s Bet: Can’t decide so go for a draw!
West Brom are scrapping down the bottom and I expect them to be relegated. But at the moment they are hanging on for life like smelly cat. Life is a little better at City; they are riding high, a team packed with super stars, and on course for their best ever finish. But they are vulnerable.
Betto’s banker: I would love to say a draw on this one, but City are due a win. Dzeko first league goal?
The rest of Newcastle’s season could be determined by the transfer window more than any other team in the league. Carroll gone, and no replacement. They had chances to score down at the cottage, but the strikers couldn’t seem to hit a cow’s arse with a banjo and now Ameobi is out – could be bad times, but like other premiership teams, the midfield do have goals, and it is the midfield where this will be won and lost. Obviously, Arsenal have the ability and the better players, but Newcastle will bring the grit.
Betto Back’s: Away win, and a cheeky bet could see a sending off in this one
Spurs are a source of frustration this season, but with Peter Crouch taking his tally to two goals in the Premier League this year, the race for fourth may be picking up! Spurs are a little like Newcastle with a lot of goals from midfield, but it is up to the strikers to start scoring. But with injuries depleting the Spurs Squad it could be a great time for Bolton to take something from White Hart Lane. Bolton took all the points in midweek, but got lucky, so we will see how they can kick on.
Betto’s Bottom Line: If Spurs want to stay in the hunt they need a win, but a draw could be on the cards. Goal Scorer bet Defoe
Wigan are draw and loss specialists at home. Saying that, N’Zogbia and Rodallega have not been producing the last few games and maybe it is time they did. But you cannot rely on individuals and at Blackburn Steve Keen is trying to build a solid team. Blackburn are not great away though, and even though new boys have come in, don’t expect too much from the youngsters.
Betto Believes: Wigan battle to the death, but Blackburn win. Goal Santa Cruz
Mick McCarthy was lost for words after the last minute loss in midweek. When you are down, it is tough to get yourself back up, and even tougher when Manchester United are coming to town, but what a big game. Manchester United continue the perfect season and can you see the first loss happening here? Yes you can, that’s what I love about football. With one eye on the Champions League and the shocking news of Gary Neville retiring, stranger things could happen.
Betto’s Banter: Manchester United win, but if you want a sneaky ‘out there’ bet, get something on Wolves.