With the International games behind us, and some of the home nations already looking forward to Euro 2016, we can return to domestic action this weekend.
What have we learned while I’ve been away? My bets on Chelsea to win the Premier League look under severe threat. Though I would expect Manchester City to lose form, relatively speaking, in the depths of winter; Jose Mourinho is going to have to be very special to get Chelsea back on top.
It could happen. I have not given up hope on my bets just yet, but the Blues have much ground to make up.
More and more people are wondering whether Louis Van Gaal knows what he is doing at Manchester United. I happen to believe that the Red Devils greater problems are in the boardroom and lay at the door of those in charge of recruitment. The cock up over the sale of goalkeeper David De Gea could have been avoided. Leaving transfers until the last minute is crazy. Real Madrid will likely pick up De Gea for nothing a few months from now. If so, those who own Manchester United need to consider the position of the man in charge of doing deals.
This weekend I take a look at the odds on offer across the English divisions.
I’m making things a little simpler from now.
Below is my analysis of certain games and, in bold, my favoured selection in that match. Including my VG NAP of the weekend.
Thereafter, you will find my VG Favourite Single Bets of the weekend.
And, after that, my one accumulator bet for the weekend.
Harry Kane to score anytime for Tottenham at Sunderland is a bet that would attract my money. Spurs are unreliable but Sunderland are vulnerable defensively and Kane (as long as he starts the game) should enjoy playing against them. Odds of 13/10 are available with 32Red. 11/10 is widely available elsewhere.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has rightly criticised the nonsense that is the transfer window. It has led to their star striker Berahino being unsettled once again and him saying he wants away and will not play for the Baggies again.
Pulis is a master of getting the best from an average set of footballers and making his teams hard to beat.
Southampton are the opposition for West Brom on Saturday. The Saints could not hope to live up to the fantastic start they had last season, and the fans must have more modest expectations this season.
I am tempted by a West Brom win at odds of 11/5 with BetVictor. But I will instead go for a West Brom-Southampton draw at odds of 23/20.
Bafetembi Gomis is turning into a nice little anytime goalscorer earner for punters who like those bets. He’s banging goals in for Swansea City right now and is available at a price of 19/10 to do so when the Swans visit Watford. As long as a striker is scoring freely, I’ll be on him.
Pre-season I predicted Birmingham City to be promoted at a very good price and it’s a case of so far, so good. They are available at 7/5 and 6/4 to win at home against promoted Bristol City. The visitors have recovered a little after a shaky start to life in the Championship and they got a good 0-1 victory at Middlesbrough. So Birmingham City players must not take this fixture lightly.
Rotherham United are struggling and the future of manager Steve Evans has to be in doubt. They travel down to play Charlton Athletic this weekend. A Charlton home win for me at a best price of 21/20 with three bookies.
It looks as though Huddersfield Town will struggle this season. Still looking for a first win of the season, they travel to play a so far unbeaten Cardiff City. I’ll be on a Cardiff City win at odds of 21/20.
Coventry City have to be my VG NAP single bet of the weekend. They are best price 6/4 to win on Saturday. Second in the table, City have lost only one of their last six games, drawing one and winning the remainder. They travel to play a Scunthorpe United team struggling to find form, having won only one of their last six games.
Morecambe seem to be free scoring this season. Yes, they let goals in. But they tend to score plenty themselves. They’ve scored 11 goals in their last three matches. They travel to bottom of the table Newport County this weekend. Newport have lost five of their last six games.
At odds of 19/10 with Bet365 and Ladbrokes, I shall be on an away win for Morecambe.
VG’s Favourite Single Bets
Coventry City to win
Charlton Athletic to win
Bafetimbi Gomis to score anytime for Swansea City (providing he starts the match at Watford)
Some members, old and new, like to come up with their own accumulator (s) for the football. Here is my own for this weekend. Follow me in, or come up with your own. They don’t pay off as often as we’d all like, but when they do they tend to offer the punter nice returns for a fun bet.
VG’s Accumulator – at odds of 10/1 with Stan James
Wins for Charlton, Cardiff City and Coventry City
That’s it for the football this weekend. Good luck with any bets of your own.