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New Red in Town

POSTED: 18 April 2014

When the new Premier League season began, it seemed certain that Liverpool are not the team in red that would be in the discussion of winning the Premier League title.


Now, with only a handful matches remaining, it appears that the world has turned upside down.


Not only are Manchester United far from defending their title, or qualifying for a European spot, but Liverpool are now big favourites to win the Premier League – ending a drought that is older than some of their players.

 

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The Veterans

Martinez v Moyes


POSTED: 18 April 2014


What a game Liverpool v Man City was last week that also saw the pick of Liverpool to win land a nice profit. It was a fantastic game between the league’s top two scoring sides so there can be no surprise that there was goals. That’s Liverpool’s 10th win in succession, if they win their 4 games left they win the league.


I note they play Norwich this weekend who Luis Suarez has a particularly impressive record against, so would be guessing that they’ll get one step closer to the title with another win.


My pick of the week comes from Merseyside, but this time it’s Everton I am backing to beat Man Utd at Goodison. Everton’s own run of form has seen them climb into the top 4 and this game represents David Moyes’ return to Goodison since leaving Everton to manage United.


Earlier in the season when the sides met, Roberto Martinez managed Everton to a victory at Old Trafford, something that David Moyes never did in his 11 seasons at Everton.


Not many would have thought Everton would be above United at this stage of the season after David Moyes left, however they are and deservedly so. Roberto Martinez has got Everton playing in the ‘school of science’ way they were known for in the 80’s and I think he has the tactical nous to stump Moyes once more.


I mentioned last week how the atmosphere would help Liverpool, this week it will be the same for Everton – as the crowd are going to be very vocal against both United and Moyes in particular.


I’m going for an Everton win at 2.4 and I wouldn’t put anyone off backing under 2.5 goals at 1.95.


Pick – Everton v Man Utd – Everton to win @ 2.4

Blue Of Merseyside


POSTED: 18 April 2014


It seems that everything is great in Merseyside as Liverpool are assured of UEFA Champions League next year and Everton currently hold on to the final European slot in the European competition.


And their journey to the top-four continues as they face defending champions Manchester United at Goodison Park in the Premier League.


As of this writing, the Toffees have won their last seven league matches, including an important on against Arsenal a few weeks back. And if they win all their games until the end of the season, they will feature in next year’s European competition – including their name in England’s elite.


Standing in their way are United who sit in seventh place and have won their last two league matches. Despite many seeing them as no longer a threat to the top teams, they are still very capable of putting a dent on Everton’s European hopes with a win away from home.


It seems like a different story, this year as Roberto Martinez’s men have already tasted a victory against the Red Devils at Old Trafford, winning 1-0 when they met back in December.


And with their current form, it is tough not to consider them as favourites to beat them again.


Dafabet favours Everton to win with a payout of 2.35, while a United win pays 2.97. A draw is worth 3.25.


I am leaning toward the Toffees to get this victory and putting even more pressure on Arsenal.


Pick – Everton win @ 2.35

In Suarez I Trust!


POSTED: 18 April 2014


The five-goal thriller that saw Liverpool edge Manchester City 3-2 was well over the over 3.0 goals that I bet on last week, ensuring I have money to satisfy my betting needs as the football season comes to a close in the nearing months.


I owe most of my victories these last few weeks to Liverpool, and I’d disrespect them if I abandon them now in their last few games. I’ll keep on putting my money on Luis Suarez and the rest of the Reds! As long as they keep winning though!


Brendan Rodgers’ men are in control of the Premier League title race, and they are in good pace to stay atop the table when they visit Norwich City at Carrow Road in the next gameweek.


The Reds are known for destroying the Canaries these past few seasons, as Liverpool have demolished Norwich in their four last games. Suarez is vicious against them, scoring three hat-tricks in those four victories, including a four-goal performance in their 5-1 victory over them this season at Anfield.


Here’s the formula gents- Liverpool are in good form with Suarez (who was scoreless in the City victory) out for blood, while Norwich lost their last three games but are fighting for their lives in the Premier League.


I expect Norwich to put up a good fight, but with Rodgers’ excellent tactical changes (10 wins in last 10 games with an average of 3.5 goals per match) and Suarez’ ‘fondness’ of the Canaries, I think we all know where this is going.


Also, Liverpool, who have a way of scoring by blitz in the early phases of their matches, are aiming for their first title since 1990, so expect them to be composed, concentrated and ready to pounce on Norwich’s mistakes.


Dafabet offers 1.85 on over 3.25 goals, which is good so I’ll put some money there. But this week, as an advance thanks to another probable Suarez hat-trick, I’ll put some bills on Liverpool against a -1.5 handicap for a 1.99 payout.


Pick: Norwich vs. Liverpool. Over 3.25 goals @ 1.85; AH -1.5 against Liverpool, Liverpool to win @1.99.

Hull City To Be Gunned Down


POSTED: 18 April 2014


All may not be lost for the Gunners this year. They finally pulled it off last Saturday against Wigan Athletic, when an 82nd minute equalizer by Per Mertesacker led them to the extra time and thus the penalties shootout that gave his team the ticket to the FA Cup final.


Arsenal, whose Premier League title dreams got shattered following a series of very bad results, are now seeking redemption through winning the first silverware for the club since 2005 and since this is Arsene Wenger’s last season, it would be the ideal farewell bid for him. On top of that, the ticket to the Premier League table coveted 4th spot which leads to the Champions League qualifiers, is still up for grabs (mathematically at least)!


Ironically enough, the obstacle between both that 4th spot ticket and the FA Cup (final to be held on May 17th) will be Hull City. The Gunners will be visiting the Tigers next Sunday. However, before they do so, they get to host West Ham United on Wednesday.


Regardless of that and even if Arsenal miraculously manage to somehow drop yet more points in their clash with West Ham, every match should and will be treated as a final.


Hence when they do visit The Tigers next Sunday, I expect Wenger’s squad to be giving it all they have for the win. Keeping in mind that they surely have the potential and skills to get it, plus the fact that the moral has been boosted by the recent victory, I will go for Arsenal’s win with a handicap of -0.5 which pays better than the straight win and is priced at 1.76 with Dafabet!


I will even go a step further and make a premature prediction by saying that I actually expect them to prevail in not just the one but both of these matches against Hull City.


Pick – AH of -0.5 on Arsenal to win @ 1.76.

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