Premier League legend Matt Le Tissier previews this weekend’s action for freebets.com
I’ve been asked a lot recently about the Eden Hazard incident in the Swansea v Chelsea midweek game, so here’s my view. Hazard has apologised and the ball boy has apologised. Both of them were in the wrong and I think we can just draw a line under it now. Of course, the referee had to take action but a three-match ban is enough.
Chelsea should be too strong for Brentford on Sunday and I imagine there will be a lot of banter from the home fans about what happened.
Manchester City take the FA Cup seriously, as do Stoke, so this has the potential to be one of the better games of the round. Stoke have a good home record and hopefully Tony Pulis will play a strong side.
Four of the last five games between these clubs at the Britannia have finished 1-1 and the other game was a 3-1 home win.
If Stoke do play their full-strength side then backing the Potters double chance at 11/10 with BetVictor looks a good bet.
Brighton v Arsenal is another decent prospect. Gus Poyet has done a really good job and he’s a manager I like. He always comes across very well and he has the potential to manage at a higher level.
He’ll have them fired up but if they let Arsenal play their own game then that would be a dangerous tactic. The Gunners showed against West Ham in a devastating ten minute spell that they still have the ability but it’s their consistency that lets them down.
For a bit of value, I’ll chance the draw/Arsenal result in the half time/full time market at a healthy 4/1 with BetVictor.
It’s going to be a real struggle for Fulham at Old Trafford. The Cottagers have only won once at Manchester United since 1963.
I can’t see them doing anything tomorrow and it might be a case of how many for United.I’ll take them with a -2 Asian handicap at 11/8 with Bet365.
Southampton went to Leeds with a weakened squad in October and got turned over, so they are capable of upsetting Tottenham on Sunday. Whether they have the quality to beat Spurs the way that they are playing at the moment is another question. I’d much rather be backing Spurs at 8/11 than Arsenal at the same price in their tie and the Lilywhites win is one for the accumulators.
I couldn’t bet on Liverpool at 2/7 at Oldham away as they’ve let me down too many times before. The hosts obviously have a little bit about them to have got this far but they haven’t got great resources and are struggling in League One.
Daniel Sturridge has made a good impact since joining the Reds and he should get a start tomorrow. He’s 3/1 with Paddy Power to net first and I’ll have a bit of that and cover it with an anytime goalscorer bet at a general 8/11.