Weekend Premier League Tips With Matt Le Tissier
The Champions League quarter-final draw brought up some interesting ties. The pick of the round looks to be Bayern Munich v Juventus and the Spanish sides seem to have pretty kind draws. It should be straightforward for Real Madrid against Galatasaray and, while the Paris Saint Germain v Barcelona matches should be enjoyable, I think it’s a bit early for the French club to be knocking out Barca.
Tomorrow’s action is also interesting and the Everton v Manchester City game is a hard one to call. Everton haven’t won enough home games for me this season with the team they have got and I was probably going to go with a draw in this one.
But I expected City to be about 4/6 and they are as big as 11/10 with Paddy Power. That’s too big, especially when you consider how the Toffees played against Wigan in the FA Cup last weekend.
After the defeat to Queens Park Rangers, Southampton’s confidence is a bit down at the moment and it’s not a good time to be playing Liverpool, who are flying at the moment.
But Saints haven’t been bad against the top sides at home. Saints have beaten City, had a right good go at Manchester United, drew with Everton and, in fact, the only time we’ve underperformed was against Tottenham.
The Reds look to be turning into a top team again and I’d love a point. The draw is 11/4 but, once again with Southampton, the best bet is probably both teams to score at 8/13 with Ladbrokes.
Swansea have done me a favour a few times this season, especially with that brilliant 2-0 win at the Emirates earlier this term. I wonder if they might take their foot off the pedal after their Capital One success.
They rather sneaked a win over Newcastle last weekend, despite not being the best side, but that’s a good sign when you’re winning games and not playing well.
Arsenal got an incredible result in Munich, showing real character but they should never have put themselves in that situation in the first place.
Bayern were comfortable with those three away goals and I imagine we would have seen a different performance from the Germans if they needed a result.
Even so, the 13/10 with BetVictor for a Gunners’ away win is fair value.
Man United won’t have any problems against Reading and they should win both halves, but that’s only 4/7. I think Wayne Rooney will play and I think he’ll score with a little to prove at present. The 10/3, also with BetVictor, for him scoring the opener is a nice bet.
In Sunday’s London derby, Chelsea should have enough to see off West Ham. The Hammers got a win last weekend at Stoke to put them in touching distance of Premier League safety and this won’t be a fixture they’ll have targeted for points on the run-in.
Fernando Torres scored but then missed a penalty on Thursday, so it’s still a horrible time for him at present.
The best bet is probably the Blues to win by the odd goal at 3/1 with bet365.