Great Premier League betting tips from Paddy Power
Liverpool v Stoke
According to reports, Liverpool are desperate to offload Andy Carroll this January. Unfortunately, there’s no great demand for Noel Fielding look-a-likes so they may be stuck with the Geordie. Add into the mix the drawn out Luis Suarez racism row and Stewart Downing’s hit and miss season…. sorry, hits his missus thing (allegedly), the Reds’ indifferent season is starting to resemble a Carry On movie. Steven Gerrard’s return to the side has added balance to the midfield and his creative influence is already being felt. Maybe this siege mentality is benefitting the players to some extent.
The Potters’ European adventure will eventually take its toll and getting anything at Anfield will be a positive. Tony Pulis’s men have had a hoodoo over the Merseyside club at the Britannia in recent times, but it’s quite the contrary away from home. Under 2.5 Goals at 10/11 looks a good shout.
Man Utd v Bolton – Sat 3pm Setanta Ireland
Thanks, in the main, to Vincent Kompany’s recklessness, Man Utd gained a much needed confidence-boosting victory over their noisy neighbours in the FA Cup. Defeats to Newcastle and lowly Blackburn prior to that reveal the Red Devils aren’t quite firing on all cylinders. But enough of the clichés. Paul Scholes’ return from retirement merely covers over the gaping holes in the midfield, so easily exploited by Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye. Defensively too, Utd’s ability to handle someone with the physical presence of Demba Ba is a huge frailty.
Luckily for Fergie’s men they face an underperforming Bolton side that are soon to be without their best player, Gary Cahill. In September, Utd fired five goals past the Trotters at the Reebok and we’re expecting a similar display in the return fixture. Rooney to score two or more goals is 9/5!
Newcastle v QPR
Neil Warnock’s tenure at QPR was abruptly ended and, like so many jilted lovers, quickly forgotten about when the club jumped into bed with Mark Hughes. Apparently, QPR match the Welshman’s ambition in a way Fulham couldn’t. Presumably, that was an ambition to play in the Championship and visit the likes of Barnsley. We love Barnsley. Quite often managerial upheaval can result in a reinvigorated squad but with Joey Barton’s suspension and Newcastle buoyant after recent victories, don’t expect a major turnaround at St James’ Park.
Demba Ba and Cheik Tiote will be missed as they take part in the African Nations Cup, but the Magpies should be too strong for the relegation embattled London side. A solid back line is ably supported by arguably the Premier League’s best goalkeeper, plus Hatem Ben Arfa is finally showing that potential that was promised. Given QPR’s scoring record too – 19 goals in 20 matches – Tim Howard would look like a potential transfer target to play up front. Let’s opt for Newcastle to be winning at half-time and full-time (13/8)
Swansea v Arsenal – Sun 4pm Sky Sports 1
Thierry Henry, or if you’re an Arsenal fan, the King, signalled his return to the Gunners with a signature goal against Leeds in the FA Cup. Apart from that brief high point though, Arsene’s men were distinctly average and Swansea are just the type of team to cause them further problems, especially at the Liberty Stadium.
Wojciech Szczesny also reminded us this week that he’s a goalkeeper with poor judgement, on AND off the pitch, as Aaron Ramsey found out too. Frailties in their defence were once again highlighted when Fulham came from a goal down to win in the dying moments in their last Premier League fixture. Djourou’s red card was also a major turning point in that defeat. However, their trip to Wales still looks tricky regardless. Back the 1 – 1 draw at 6/1. And you’ll have a safety net with that bet, because if Robin van Persie scores the last goal in this game, Paddy Power will refund all losing 1st/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match.
Wigan Athletic v Man City – Mon 8pm Sky Sports 1
We’d say Gary Neville is looking forward to this instalment of MNF. How the hell are Sky going to hype this one up? “In the absence of Vincent Kompany, Man City could well be in trouble… against Wigan”, we’d imagine Ed Chamberlain will say through grinded teeth before revealing the Lactics’ price to win – 7/1. If you fancy that, we can imagine your taste in women is similarly deplorable.
Only Blackburn have a worse record in the Premier League this season. Their defeat to Swindon in the FA Cup has put more pressure on Roberto Martínez and Dave Whelan could yet reach for the Guillotine before long. Five matches without a victory, Wigan’s only hope could hinge on a dodgy lasagne or a convenient power outage. A bout of inconsistency has gripped the Citizens lately, but they have far too much quality to even imagine they won’t walk away from the DW Stadium with all three points. Over 3.5 goals looks a ridiculous price at 13/8.