It’s not easy picking winners when it comes to the Premier League.
If only you had an experienced pro and one of the country’s top pundits to call on for advice; someone like IAN WRIGHT for example.
Well, your luck’s in as the Arsenal and England legend has run the rule over some of the weekend’s key fixtures to bring you the following tips.
West Ham v Spurs betting preview – Harry Kane to score first, 3/1
West Ham have picked up some much-needed confidence with their mid-week win and while those calling this the Hammers’ cup final might be over-egging it a bit this is a London derby and the Irons will be well up for it.
I really hope Slaven Bilic plays Chicharito down the middle where he’s at his best. The former Manchester United man is deadly when put through one-on-one and if West Ham are going to get a positive result here the Mexican will be key.
Unfortunately for those from the east of the City I think you have to fancy Spurs for this one. Harry Kane is up and running now and after a bit of a slow start I think Tottenham are now getting into their groove.
Dele Alli silenced a few with his mid-week goal and he’ll be hoping to run the show in the middle of the park this weekend. Dele has become a bit of a media target in recent weeks after his one-fingered salute on England duty and while I can’t condone those actions, some of the flack he’s received is unfair.
I guess he’ll have to get used to it because he’s been built up in recent years so now people will try to knock him down at every opportunity. He can only do his talking on the pitch and that’s what he’s been doing and will continue to do.
If he plays the way we know he can I fancy Spurs to run out comfortable winners with Harry Kane opening the scoring. I’d be tempted to back a 3-1 away win at 11/1.
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Everton v Bournemouth betting preview – Jermain Defoe to score first, 13/2
I haven’t been too impressed with Bournemouth so far this season. The Cherries can play some lovely football under Eddie Howe but they haven’t really got going yet this year.
The two wins over Brighton will have given them some confidence and with Jermain Defoe back among the goals and looking sharp they could pounce if Everton aren’t at the races.
Jordon Ibe is also starting to show signs of delivering on his potential and he’ll be relishing a run in the Cherries’ side.
However, while the Toffees come into this game on the back of a 4-0 loss to Man United, that result flattered Jose Mourinho’s men and the Toffees played very well in spells.
If Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson had taken their second half chances it could have been a very different result.
I think there were enough signs of green shoots in that performance to indicate that Everton will have too much for Bournemouth. They’re a long way off being the finished article, however, so I think there’ll be plenty of goals in this one. I think Defoe will go on a bit of a run now so I’d be tempted by the 13/2 on him to open the scoring and I’ll be having a bit of a wager on a 3-2 win for the home side here.
Leicester v Liverpool betting preview – Leicester to win 2-1, 12/1
Leicester were deserved winners midweek and with the two sides facing off again in such a short time I can see the Foxes causing Jurgen Klopp’s men even more problems.
Craig Shakespeare will bring the big boys back into the side and for me Jamie Vardy is the standout contender for first goalscorer at 11/2.
Liverpool put out a strong-looking team in the cup yet were still beaten and I think there could be a few niggling doubts creeping into the side at the moment.
On paper Liverpool should be more than capable of blowing Leicester away but I’ve got a feeling they’ll come out narrow losers at the King Power stadium. The 12/1 on a 2-1 home win would be my tip.
Best of luck,