A Preview Of Premier League Football and Weekend Acca By Matt Le Tissier
Matt’s Weekend Acca
Just when you thought Manchester United’s season couldn’t get any worse… they lose 2-0 away to Olympiakos. No disrespect to the Greek side, who have a great home record, but United were making mincemeat of teams like that not so long ago.
There were rumours this week David Moyes was for the chop, but it makes little sense to get rid of a manager in between a Champions League tie. I think Moyes will get at least until Christmas next season to improve them. He was always going to require time and the board has also displayed willingness to give him that time.
I still see them going through against Olympiakos – they are 2/1 with BetVictor to qualify – but for me it’s between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid now for the Champions League. Madrid in particular were very impressive in dismantling Schalke 6-1 away.
We have a cup final to look forward to this weekend, but first let’s have a look at the Premier league games tomorrow.
Everton’s form has tailed off a little bit in the last month or so, although they were very unlucky not to leave Stamford Bridge with a point last weekend. They host West Ham, who have won their last four by a margin of two, conceding just one.
This will be tight but the Toffees have won seven and lost none of the last 12 against the Hammers and they should just edge it. West Ham’s defence is mean, though, and they might have to wait for the breakthrough.
The draw half-time/Everton full-time result is 7/2 with BetVictor and looks the way to go.
Arsenal have only scored in the first half of three of their last 13 league matches and, as the old cliché goes, Stoke is never an easy place to visit.
These teams have a bit of history with Arsene Wenger not shy of criticizing their ‘robust’ style in the past. Mark Hughes will have his men primed for a battle again and the Gunners will have to work hard for three points.
I probably wouldn’t be so keen on lumping on Arsenal at 8/11 with the likes of Paddy Power – especially as Stoke have beaten Chelsea and Man U at home – but taking them to win by one goal at 27/10 with Ladbrokes is worth a punt.
Games involving Liverpool mean goals these days and I see a fair few on the horizon when Southampton welcome the Reds to St Mary’s.
We’ve lost our last two but Liverpool’s away form is inconsistent so we’re not out of it. Their leaky defence should see us get on the scoresheet and over 3.5 goals appeals at 6/4 with Coral.
Tottenham rose from the dead against Dnipro on Thursday and, at home to Cardiff, should be backed for another victory. The Welsh side have only won one of their last 11 in the league as they try and fight off relegation and Spurs -1 on the Asian handicap is a good one for your accas at 19/40 with bet365.
On Sunday it’s hard to see Man City slipping up at Wembley for the second year in a row. Sunderland have done really well to get here, seeing off Chelsea and Man U, but this looks a bridge too far.
European glory seems unlikely now after the Barcelona defeat, but City can still complete a domestic clean sweep and I expect them to take the first leg of that comfortably.
There’s no value in City at long odds-on but backing them at 11/8 with bet365 with a -2 Asian handicap looks decent. City are on a whole different level to the Black Cats on their day and we’ve seen in recent finals – Man U v Wigan and Swansea v Bradford in particular spring to mind – that class usually comes to the fore in the final of this comp. The 3-0 scoreline is 8/1 with Paddy Power.
Oh, and can City turn around their tie against Barca? They have only the slightest chance – his name is Aguero!
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MATT’S WEEKEND ACCUMULATOR
Arsenal to win by one goal v Stoke
Over 3.5 goals in the Saints v Liverpool game
Tottenham -1 v Cardiff
Man City -2 v Sunderland