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No Smile From The Gods

POSTED: 25 April 2014


We have stated earlier that Chelsea's 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace has caused a major dent in their bid to win this season's Premier League crown.


That was some sort of an early warning.


As if the Blues heard us, they restored order in time to produce wins over Stoke City and Swansea City. Fine.


But uh-oh, as their faithful thought the only thing their side need to hurdle now is the one coming this weekend against Liverpool at Anfield, they were struck by lightning out of the blue.


 

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The Veterans

The Reds March On


POSTED: 25 April 2014




Another winning week thanks to Everton’s comfortable win over Man Utd last weekend. I thought 2.4 was a great price and Everton cruised to the 2-0 victory without really being tested. Ironically United manager David Moyes afterwards said he thought United played well - simply speaking in all the years of the Premier League I’d say it’s the worst United side I’ve seen. I think his quotes after the game cost him his job, now they have a huge decision of who does the vital re-building job that is required.


Onto this week and the game everyone must be looking forward to in Liverpool v Chelsea.


Liverpool have a 5point lead over Chelsea and should they get their 12th straight win, it will rule Chelsea out of the Title race and take Liverpool one step closer to lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time.


Liverpool are flying and scoring for fun and whilst they are conceding goals they’re outscoring opponents and getting vital wins.


Chelsea lost to bottom of the table Sunderland last weekend with the winning goal ironically scored by Fabio Borini, who is on loan from Liverpool. Jose Mourinho may not even play a full strength side at the weekend considering the game comes just ahead of their vital second leg semi-final of the Champions League. Having drew 0-0 at Athletico Madrid they have a great chance of making the final by getting a result at Stamford Bridge the following Wednesday.


So with this in mind, I couldn’t believe it when I saw Liverpool at 1.91 to win on Sunday. They’re the form side in the league by far, top scorers, chasing the title and winning against whomever in front of them and Chelsea may not even be at 100%. That spells one thing to me, a Liverpool win.


Pick – Liverpool v Chelsea – Liverpool to win at 1.91

Ending The Drought


POSTED: 25 April 2014




Liverpool play Chelsea at Anfield in what could be a title-defining moment in this year’s Premier League.


Holding a five-point lead over the Blues, Brendan Rodgers’ men have been on an absolute tear in the league (winning me a few bucks along the way as well). They have won 11 straight league games and are unbeaten in their last 16. That’s quite an accomplishment for a squad who were not considered as favorites even to reach the top four.


Possession football and killer instincts have helped them reach where they are now and, with only a few matches left in this season, it does look like they’re ready to lift the trophy and end their drought.


Jose Mourinho’s men are five points behind and still have a realistic chance of winning the league. However, uncharacteristic results such as losses to Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and at home to Sunderland have cost them important points.


Furthermore, injuries and fatigue must be setting in as they’re still in the UEFA Champions League. Recently injured are Petr Cech and John Terry which can hamper their search for a double. Facing a tough team in Liverpool, who are in excellent form is a scary thought for a tired team.


Dafabet favours the host to win at 1.74, while a Chelsea win pays 4.15 and a draw 3.46.


Mourinho also claimed that he may field a weaker team as injuries pile up, so that could be an advantage for the Reds. But with his mind games ever-present, I wouldn’t bank on it.


Pick – Liverpool win @ 1.74

Chosen Gone!


POSTED: 25 April 2014




Well, it was a split for me last week, but I was happy another 5-goal thriller exploded in last week’s fixtures! The loss last week will now prompt me to look for other teams to put my money on!


As we all have heard, Manchester United finally got rid of David Moyes and are now looking for replacements. Moyes’ inconsistency in picking lineups, substitutions and his ways of motivating players have doomed the defending champions and have placed them into seventh in the table. For the first time since 1996, the Red Devils will not be in the Champions League!


Told you all earlier this season, never bet on Moyes! You’ll lose money! Even United shares in New York Stock Exchange fell down because of his failures!


But, for all of United’s frustrations, I believe they can turn this around because they finally plucked the thorn that seemed to have hindered them all season. Ryan Giggs, the 40-year-old veteran voice that won 13 PL titles with the club, will be the temporary boss for the remainder of the football calendar.


The timing is perfect, as they are scheduled to face Norwich City, a side they defeated thrice in their last three meetings, including a slightly convincing 1-0 victory over the Canaries this term.


Dafabet offers only 1.37 in 1x2 betting for a United win, too little for me if I want to offset last week’s loss. So, I’ll risk a little and believe United can even pull of either a 2-0 or a 3-0 victory over the relegation-threatened squad.


With United breathing new life and look to head in a new direction, I’d count on them to be physical, to run like hell and to be mentally prepared to once again regain their brilliant form.


A little risky, but after all the winnings I’ve managed over the weeks, I think I can “risk it to get the biscuit”.


Pick: United to win 2-0 @7.00

No Win For The Saints!


POSTED: 25 April 2014




Another very fascinating EPL season is nearing its end. With only 3 more games left to the season, anything goes for the 4th spot of the table that leads to the Champions League qualifiers between the two main contenders, Arsenal and Everton.


Next obstacle on the road for the Toffees will be 8th seed Southampton as fffffthey visit St Mary’s Stadium next Sunday. The hosts have already salvaged the year as they are not in danger of being relegated and their relaxation can be reflected on their latest results as they only have one win in their latest five.


Everton on the other hand is one of the teams in the best form across the league, counting eight wins in their last nine Premier League matches and with three straight away wins.


However, the Toffees Champions League qualification hopes suffered a huge blow last week as Kevin Mirallas will miss the season’s final three games since he got a groin injury during the match against Manchester United and after scoring the second goal for his team.


Despite that loss, Roberto Martinez still has a solid squad in his hands that can deliver results against any team on a good day. Hence I am hoping Sunday will be one of these days!


In any case, I don’t see Everton losing that match. There is a chance of a draw however so I will be splashing my money on the Everton win on a -0 Handicap so that in case the match does end in a draw I will be getting my stake back!


Pick – AH of -0 on Everton to win @ 1.81

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