A quick perusal of five of this Saturday’s Premier League football matches as my betting time will mostly be taken up with the Grand Slam of Darts at Wolverhampton over the next week.
Aston Villa/Manchester United: These two teams were involved in contrasting matches midweek with five goals shared between Villa and Blackpool in a 3-2 triumph for Gerard Houllier’s side while the Manchester derby was flatter than a 32A.
Sportsman members were on over 11.5 corners in the match at Villa Park at 4-6 and the end result was a mammoth 18 flag-kicks in total. The only other bet for Sportsman members on the night was in the Manchester derby and again on over the corner line of 10.5 and again at 4-6. In this very drab game there were a total of 13 corners. So though most punters would have done their dough betting one of the two Manc sides to win The Sportsman members had their flat screen’s switched off by the 81st minute – job done. Think corners again when these sides meet today.
Manchester City/Birmingham: The home side are too short for my liking on the match prices at a prohibitive 4-9 and are a mere 1-5 to gather most corners so consider Mancini’s mob on the corners handicap.
Newcastle United/Fulham: I have been quite surprised given Mark Hughes rough-house tactics when employed at previous clubs with how he has continued Roy Hodgson’s softly softly approach when it comes to card counts with Fulham. Of their six away matches played in the league not one game has gone over the 45 bookings points line. In 50% of those matches Fulham have picked up zero cards. In this match give thought to under the bookings line. Lee Probert’s card average in eight Premier League matches officiated this season is 38.75.
Stoke/Liverpool: You cannot rule out Stoke winning this game at what I would consider reasonable odds of 11-4 as Liverpool are looking tired presently with a smallish squad to cope with this season and the distraction which is the Europa League. On the Asian handicap you can get the home side at 13-8 on a 0 line. Another potential play is under 2.5 goals in what looks destined to be a tight match.
Tottenham/Blackburn: In six home Premier League matches this season Spurs have not lost the corners supremacy having won four and drawn two. Conversely Blackburn have only won corners supremacy on one occasion from six in on their travels in the league. Consider the home side on a corners handicap.
West Ham/Blackpool: As I have mentioned previously whenever Blackpool are playing think goals. Call it refreshing or call it naivety but when Ian Holloway’s men come to town you can be sure of the onion bag getting rattled. Both teams are woeful in defence so simply look at the goals lines here.
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