With a jam-packed Easter weekend coming up, Cheeky is back to preview all the Premier League and FA Cup action, with odds from Betfair throughout.
Tottenham v Brighton
Spurs have won all four of their Premier League home matches against Brighton, and are red hot favourites here having won six of their last seven in the top flight. To be fair they were also massively unfortunate in the one they didn’t win, losing 3-2 to Manchester United in a game when Cristiano Ronaldo really dipped the clutch.
Spurs looked shattered after that late defeat at Old Trafford, but momentum is certainly with them now and they are no bigger than 4/11 to finish in the top four. The Seagulls did Antonio Conte’s men a huge favour with that shock win at Arsenal last weekend, but should be swept aside here with minimal fuss with Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski again pulling the strings. Since Kulusevski’s first Premier League start for Spurs in February, no player has more Premier League assists than the Swede. He’s 23/10 to lay on another in this.
Manchester United v Norwich City
Word round the campfire is Manchester United are working to draw up contracts this week to announce the Erik ten Hag appointment as soon as possible. It can’t come soon enough for the Red Devils, who have looked soulless and uninspiring for weeks. Hopes of a top-four finish seem to have disappeared, with the red men winning just three of their last 11 matches. Would you honestly have your house, your Shih Tzu or your nan on them to beat Norwich at 1/5? I’m not that confident and their 1×2 price is honking considering how off the pace they have looked recently. Instead give me some 11/4 action they win by one goal exactly.
In other news, I’ve just paid £8.90 for fish and chips. Am telling you there need to be riots in this country ASAP.
Southampton v Arsenal
Both teams threw in shockers last weekend but Southampton‘s 6-0 defeat to Chelsea grabbed plenty of headlines and raised just as many eyebrows. To be fair to Arsenal some poor decisions and lack of an end product in the final third contributed to that defeat against Brighton. The Gunners are still in the mix for top for but cannot afford a slip here. Alexandre Lacazette has been involved in seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances against Southampton (five goals, two assists), so there’s literally no f**king need to go anywhere else when looking for a first goalscorer.
Watford v Brentford
No team has lost more games in the Premier League this season than the Hornets, who’ve been sunk 21 times already. Roy Hodgson’s men have also failed to score in four of their last six games. The Bees, meanwhile, are a decent side to watch under Thomas Frank.
Brentford at bigger than 6/4? This price should not just be jumped on. It should also hang in the Louvre.
Newcastle United v Leicester City
Tyneside is a happy hunting ground for the Foxes, with Leicester having won each of their last five Premier League away matches at Newcastle.
The Toon are actually unbeaten at home in the league in 2022 but look a bit short in the betting here. A couple of the lads in a WhatsApp group I am in fancy Newcastle. Am not having it. In fact please put your unsolicited advice up your bum. I’m having a lump on Leicester at 5/2.
West Ham v Burnley
The Hammers have been doing OK against the Premier League’s lesser lights this season. Indeed West Ham have earned 25 points from their last 27 available in home matches against sides in the relegation zone.
Burnley have only won four times all season, and just once on the road. The only saving grace for the Clarets is that West Ham could be jaded after their crunch Europa League clash against Lyon. Draw, here, I reckon, with David Moyes again looking punchably smug during the post-match handshakes.
Manchester City v Liverpool
These two played out a breathless 2-2 draw in the Premier League last Sunday and all eyes will be on Wembley this Saturday afternoon as they face off in a fascinating FA Cup semi-final. Liverpool won’t be short of backers given their recent form. Trent Alexander-Arnold pinging sexy passes has been a feature of the Scousers’ season. TAA has made 17 assists this season, which is phenomenal when you consider the best Stevie Gerrard ever managed in a campaign was 16.
The Citizens twice took the lead last weekend, though, and could have won it but for some bizarre decisions in the final third. You could also make a case of them shading the draw at Anfield in October. In truth there isn’t really a great deal to choose between England’s two best sides, but Manchester City could be the call here as Liverpool may elect to rest some star names with the game coming just three days before a crunch clash with Manchester United in the league.
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Thomas Tuchel said there were “no regrets” despite Chelsea’s cruel elimination after coming oh so close to what would have been a stunning comeback against Real Madrid in midweek. The Blues were sensational for long spells in Spain but must now knuckle down and try to book a place in the FA Cup final.
They could be forgiven for feeling a bit weary after playing 54 matches already this season and this could be closer than the bookies are making it. Palace have had a decent season under Patrick Vieira and they could make life difficult for Tuchel’s men. Under 1.5 goals is a 13/5 shout and might land in a game that could take a while to ignite.
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