It’s Friday and I am as excited as an alcoholic at a free bar about the games ahead over the weekend in the Premier League. I myself will be enjoying the delights of AFC Wimbledon v Woking on Saturday afternoon, a match billed as the return of a legend as ex-AFC Wimbledon player, Alan Inns returns to warm the bench with Woking … can’t wait for some banter on that one! This weekend is the demolition derby weekend, but who will demolish who?? Here’s the Saturday round up with your tips from Gordon Betto, the new face of Premier League betting.
Chelsea host Blackburn as they look to build on the 7-0 drubbing they dished out in the FA Cup. Optimistic Chelsea fans think they are back, ready to bag at any opportunity, and they are probably right. Blackburn have lost 4 out of the last 5 away games and they be there for the taking like Jordon will be in a corner of Essex this weekend. Unlucky Daniel Sturridge looks set to drop to the bench once again in favour of Drogba . The big boost for Blackburn fans this week was the return of Santa Cruz, but after such a long time having to pick splinters out of his arse will he be ready for JT banging him one from behind? Talking of villains Diouf should keep his place in the starting line up after his exploits last weekend. I am sure he will be on the end of a few crunches and cement his place as the premierships most hated player.
Gordon Betto advice: ‘I don’t throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things’ and Chelsea are a sure thing for a win with Malouda due a goal
Man City host Wolves at Eastlands with the crowd looking forward to the first glimpse of the £27m man Dzeko … but that bench at City is used to housing Strikers and with Dzeko not having played since before the winter break in Germany he may have to take Santa Cruz’s spot on the bench. With bad man Balotelli injured, options up tops are limited, and Mancini should revert to a 4-3-3 with wingers, bringing in the fit again Silva and Adam Johnson in attack. Not much good news for the legend that is mental Mick, Wolves are still hanging out with that bottom pack and surely they will go to Eastlands and congest the midfield in the hope of stealing a point … but I get the feeling someone may be in for a spanking!
Betto says ‘Wolves, take it, you’re rubbish and I think you know it”.
In a match that always get a Ruud Gullit ‘sexy football’ rating Bolton visit the Britannia to play Stoke and Pulis wants pay back! Gudjohnsen’s constant overeating has finally taken its toll and he is out of facing his former club with a neck injury. Tuncay should retain his place in attack after his goal against Cardiff in the FA Cup. Owen Coyle has some injury problems on his hands with Steinsson, Joey O’Brien, Sean Davis, Ricardo Gardner, Jlloyd Samuel all still injured and crafty midfielder Lee Chung-yong away on international duty with South Korea at the Asian Cup. Coyle’s best hope is Stuart Holden being fit to play after returning to training this week. He has been one of the surprises of the season and has a new haircut for a new year that he has been tweeting about all week.
Betto backs a Stoke win. “Far too many of Bolton’s stars on twitter all week. They are bound to be tired!”.
Fan Favourite Ian Holloway takes his men south to visit the Hawthorns and West Brom. With a clean bill of health and after their midweek win against Liverpool, Blackpool will fancy their chances against a rapidly declining West Brom side. Di Matteo feels it’s time ‘to do the shake and vac and get the freshness back’ as he drops an out of form club captain Carson to the bench. Myhill will step in and Roberto will be hoping Peter Odemwingie is fit for the game after picking up an ankle injury.
Blackpool are hot right now, the only bet for Betto is an away win!
Wigan v Fulham is a game that could surprise … both teams on the back of a two match unbeaten run and will be up for making it 3 in this relegation 6 pointer. Both teams have injury problems, but with N’Zogbia returning to the Wigan line up, he will surely turn it on to try get a move in the window. Fulham should be boosted by the return of Dembele, but the bigger news is the buzz around new signing Steve Sidwell who should find himself in a familiar role … on the bench. This one is there for the taking, but has either team got enough to step up.
An individual performance could steal this one and it is more likely to be N’Zog for Wigan, but the smart Betto dough is on a draw
Arsenal travel to West Ham for the evening match, which will be live on ESPN – Kick Off 5.30pm. After having a shocker in the last two matches against Ipswich and Leeds, Arsenal will be determined to put that right in the league, in our London demolition derby. Expect Arshavin to drop to the bench after a particularly useless outing against Ipswich, to be replaced by Van Persie. With the majority of the Arsenal stars rested in midweek, a familiar lineup should return, including the red hot Nasri. West Ham will give a debut to loan signing Wayne Bridge, who will slot straight into the back four. After a dismal performance, but good result against Birmingham, West Ham need to show up to yank Grant’s head back off the chopping block … or Brady might get the chance to do a Sir Alan ‘you’re fired’ to poor old lifeless Avram.
Gordon Betto says “Back the Arse and a Nasri goal if you wanna be smoking a Cuban rather than a rollie Saturday night”.