A very turbulent week last weekend. A lovely 90th minute goal by Stevenage was extremely helpful. It takes the NAPS to 17 out of 34. I got 4 out of 5 games last weekend and with the wonderful world of hindsight Man Utd was an amazing price. A profit of just £139.50 with Tottenham spoiling it from being an amazing weekend. Mustn't grumble though as it is always nice to get back in profit. I am confident it will continue into this weekend. This weekend sees a limited Premier League programme due to the FA Cup. Thisis where we will start…………
FA Cup – Very tough to see past the two favourites in this. Arsenal and Liverpool should both make it to the final. If anyone fancies a bet on the cup then I would advise the best bet as Arsenal to lift the cup at 5/6 (Bet 365). They should breeze past Reading and then their price will drop regardless of their opponents in the final.
Arsenal to lift the cup 5/6 (Bet 365)
Premier League – The first tie of Palace Vs WBA sees Palace at even money (Stan James). Palace have won 5 and lost 1 in their last 6 Premier League games so the price is worth taking note of. WBA have been leaking goals lately. There is a huge game with Chelsea and Man Utd in the evening kick off, but all the Saturday games are difficult to be overly confident about. Sunday only sees 2 games, and again, neither can be backed with much confidence. The only value is Palace but something is steering me away from it, maybe it is the “Pulis factor”.
League One – Massive games with 2nd Vs 3rd and 6th Vs 8th. It would be a brave gambler to pick a winner in these games. Although at 7/5 (William Hill) for Wolves Vs Ipswich it is a little enticing. Wolves' last two games ended in defeat but they were both away from home. Prior to this they have been consistent in picking up points. Their opponents have been more hit and miss but have suffered several defeats away from home. This is the only game that jumps out. The others are either two low prices or too tough to call.
Wolves (7/5 William Hill) Vs Ipswich
League One – Bristol City should be printing money at home to Coventry. However 8/15 (Coral) is too short a price to be backing. The question is should it be included in a double or a treble? Fingers were burnt last weekend with doing this with Spurs. Two teams with a lot to prove this weekend face each other. Sheffield United, who lost to Yeovil midweek, face Bradford at home, who were on the receiving end of a 6 nil drubbing from Bristol City. Sheffield United NAP are 10/11 (Paddy Power) and they should get back to winning ways. Bradford have nothing to play for and the Blades need a victory to virtually guarantee a play off place. Swindon might be the other team to have in a double as they play Yeovil at home. As a single Swindon are 4/9 (Coral) and the double with Bristol City is 2.2 (Coral).
Bristol City (8/15 Coral) Vs Coventry
Sheffield United (10/11 Paddy Power) Vs Bradford City
Swindon Town (4/9 Coral) Vs Yeovil
League Two – A tough tough week at the business end of the season in the bottom tier this weekend. Usually League Two produces a lot of games of value. I am struggling to find any this weekend. The only one that stands out is Shrewsbury to beat York at 4/7 (BetVictor). Including this in the Swindon and Bristol double only makes it 3.46 (Coral). This type of betting is not conducive to my usual so I may give it a miss.
Shrewsbury (4/7 BetVictor) Vs York
Arsenal to lift the cup 5/6 (Bet 365) – £100
Wolves (7/5 William Hill) Vs Ipswich – £50
Sheffield United (10/11 Paddy Power) Vs Bradford City – £100
One of the toughest weeks to pick a winner in a long long time. I am just limiting myself to the three bets above. I have mentioned other possible options of small priced doubles and trebles but I am sticking with the three above.
Sorry I can't be of more help this weekend but I do think the prices above are the best value in a slim pickings weekend.