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Escapini’s Tip Sheet

The next round of Premiership action provides nine fixtures, four of which are televised. Many of them on television sets. Saturday is an early start, with Spurs at home to Blackburn is on Sky Sports 1 HD at 12.30 and Hull City vs Arsenal is on ESPN at 16.45.

The Three O’Clockers are Chelsea vs West Ham, Stoke vs Villa and Birmingham vs Everton.

Sunday sees Manchester United Fulham at 1pm on Sky Sports 1 HD, Sunderland play Manchester City and that show starts at 3.30pm.

Monday night’s game is Liverpool vs Portsmouth starts at 7pm. So where’s our old dancing partner Valerie Alue, then?

Tottenham will beat Blackburn. More damning still, it really is difficult to see where a Rovers goal might come from. 3-0 doesn’t seem out the question at 17/2. Hull face Arsenal. Hull will come out the traps initially then look to counter attack. Shall we have them score once then lose the game at 10/1? Alright then.

Chelsea will be looking to get back on track against West Ham and it really is difficult to see Zola being able to out fox Carlo with his limited resources. An unexciting, but parked bus beating 1-0 is fair enough at 11/2.

Stoke vs Villa will be a war of attrition. Rory de Lap, the only man in the world with a towel wallah. I’m petitioning the FA to have the whole ceremony made a time wasting and cardable offence. First goal to be an OG at 22/1 sums up my mood on this one.

Birmingham vs Everton is another tie unlikely to go down in history for any good reasons. I don’t have a price on a powercut. Birmingham, the supposed 1-0 specialists were dreadful against Portsmouth last weekend. If you have a lunatic gunman forcing you to get involved in this game at all take the 13/2 on the 0-0, but really, try to wrestle them to the floor, disarm him and wait for the bobbies to arrive.

Sunday’s’ biggie’ will be billed as a David and Goliath fixture. Wayne Rooney is a one man team, but Fulham are a twelve man machine. Even if that machine is one of those George Foreman grills for one. But  a cheeky Cottager related punt ought to be the one here. Fulham to win by two goals is 90/1. But more likely and more fun is a goal between the 41st minute and half time at 11/1.

Sunderland play Manchester City later on and this has away win through it like a stick of rock. I particularly like Sunderland to lead at half time and blow it come full time. 25/1, is the benefit of that plan.

Monday will come around all too soon for Liverpool. The Scousers are on a tour of shame at the moment and the idea of hosting a kitchen sink brandishing Portsmouth must be inducing an audible sigh from a certain Spanish gentleman. Liverpool should storm it on paper and indeed on the park, Portsmouth aren’t very good at football. But it will go much closer on the night, take the 1-0 at 11/2 and run.

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