Welcome back to domestic Saturday football after the international break.
I know many people aren’t fans of the international friendlies.. but the beer was cheap in Prague!
Anyway, I’d like to start by welcoming our new talkingbets tipsters – Craig and Ryan. The lads are going head-to-head for the remainder of the season with one winner picked every weekend based on who gets the most successful tips up each weekend. Worth getting involved in as they are firing up tips from football all over the globe on our Twitter account. Keep an eye out.
As for me, I’ll stick to the UK for another week.
It’s crunch time up and down the country with titles, relegation, play-offs and European places up for grabs.
First up at 21/20 are Manchester City..
Manuel Pellegrini’s men are well in the hunt for a Champions League place and a victory over Bournemouth will be the minimum expected from the City fans. Eddie Howe’s men have all but secured their Premier League status for another season and with big European games coming up for City, they will want to get the much needed Premier League points on the board. City have only won one of their last six league outings, but with the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure, they can step up their game at any minute. Bournemouth won three on the bounce before a 3-0 defeat to Spurs going into the international break and City will hope it has revived them in their top four bid. The price for an away win is too high to ignore.
Next up is surprise top 4 contenders West Ham..
With Dimitri Payet in their ranks the Hammers are a threat to anyone – did you see his free-kick for France against Russia? The Frenchman has been the heartbeat of Slaven Bilic’s side and they can keep up their hopes of taking Champions League football to the Olympic stadium next season with victory over Crystal Palace. Alan Pardew’s men have a seven-point cushion over the bottom three, but will be looking nervously over their shoulders as they scrap for points to secure their Premiership status. West Ham play Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester in their next three matches after this one so will see this as a big three points if they are to make the top 4. They are currently unbeaten in five league outings and look good at 20/21 to make it six.
Moving down to League Two and we go with Bristol Rovers..
Rovers had won six on the bounce before their Easter Monday defeat away at Carlisle and they can get their automatic promotion bid back on track with victory at home against Crawley Town. Rovers have smashed in 19 goals in their last seven games and only conceded six. They are one of the form sides in League Two and, at 1/2, look too strong for a Crawley side languishing in 16th place in the league table.
Lastly, we stay in the same division and go with table toppers Northampton..
The Cobblers hold a 13-point lead over nearest rivals Oxford, who have played a game more and, with the title imminent, they look a great price at home to beat a Notts County side who are struggling down in 19th position. Northampton are unbeaten in 17 league games and came back from 2-0 down on Monday to earn a 2-2 draw at Mansfield. It’s that never-say-die attitude that has seen them rocket to the top of the pile. In what looks a big price at 1/2, the leaders appear good value to pick up all three points and extend their unbeaten league run to 18.
The four fold pays 8.01/1 with Ladbrokes.
Good luck to everyone and as always get involved on Twitter @talkingbets.