It is with a sigh of relief and feeling of anticipation that football fans and punters nationwide welcome back domestic football. Our ‘naughty’ bets now can consist of the Turkish Super Lig as oppose to some dreadful Euro U-19 qualifiers. A full programme in England and Scotland means that there is plenty for you to get your teeth into.
Leicester and Peterborough to win, Nottingham Forest to draw
Keeping the treble very much East Midlands real this week. All eyes will be on the Walkers Crisp Bowl as Sven takes charge of the Foxes for the first time. Although Hull seem a tricky prospect, they have lost four of five away games, and new manager syndrome should see Leicester through.
Conversely, Peterborough United have won four from five at home and therefore should be snapped up at 1.90 to beat Swindon, even after their blip against Hartlepool last weekend. Meanwhile, Forest are fast becoming England’s draw specialists and a remarkable six out of their ten matches this season have ended 1-1. Place £5 to win £58
A red card in Cardiff v Bristol City and Everton v Liverpool
As Danny Dyer would say (and in no way is that a compliment), these two games are likely to be ‘pwopar tie-stee’. Ten players have got their marching orders in the Merseyside derby in five years, whilst the police have brought forward the kick off in the England v Wales ding-dong because of potential hooliganism. Maybe not Italy v Serbia repeated, but red cards always likely. £5 on this to win £46
Man United and Arsenal to win by more than two goals
United have had a horrible run of drawn away games, but they are running at three goals every home game, and Fergie will be demanding a performance after recent disappointment. At the Emirates, Arsenal entertain a Birmingham side that haven’t won away all season, and the Gooners have scored eighteen in four games at home.
£5 on both and you win £40
There you have it – and I have put my money where my mouth is – so get on board. Whatever your bets this weekend, good luck, and thank heavens league football is back!