every week from here on in, tales from the turnstiles will produce a blog, in what we think is capable of beating the bookies, and hopefully winning you lucky readers some cash (if you want to take in our predictions, that is.)
[Odds from SkyBet]
Bet 1: [bold indicates our choice]
4 fold accy
Manchester United draw Arsenal
Crystal Palace draw Blackburn Rovers
Charlton Athletic draw Middlesborough
Nottingham Forest draw Millwall
odds: 30/1 stake: 5.00
We can’t see past a United win, given the 8-2 thrashing Arsenal took at Old Trafford last season, Arsenal may want revenge, but RVP is in good form and will surely bang in a few against his old team-mates. While, in the Championship, Blackburn’s new boss, Henning Berg, visits Crystal Palace in his first game for the Lancashire outfit. Palace are unbeaten at home, winning two and drawing three, while Blackburn are unbeaten away from home, winning once and drawing four times. Charlton Athletic welcome the form side in the Championship, Middlesborough, who are unbeaten in their last five, Charlton Athletic are yet to win a game at home this season. Millwall haven’t won away in their last five games, which is why we plumped for a Forest victory.
Bet 2: Premier League Bonanza
We have seen some outright craaazy bets going on recently through Twitter and Facebook, which is why we’re going for a 10 team Premier League payout (hopefully.)
10 team accy
United draw Arsenal – An in form RVP should tear apart an already shaky Arsenal defence.
Fulham draw Everton – An in form Fulham side at home, versus at in form away Everton side, the draw literally beckons.
Norwich draw Stoke – Stoke without a win in the last 5 away from home, Norwich can take some positives with their Capital One Cup win at home over Spurs on Weds night, and grab their second win in the Premier League
Sunderland draw Villa – Villa are literally atrocious away from home, lost four, drew one in their last five. I can’t see anything over than a Sunderland win here.
Swansea draw Chelsea – Chelsea may be without Torres, Terry and Ivanovic, but Swansea have lost their influential goalkeeper Michel Vorm for six weeks, which is a massive loss for the South Welsh side. A Chelsea victory.
Tottenham draw Wigan – A toughie this one, Tottenham have been very inconsistent at home, winning two, drawing two and losing one. Wigan’s away form has been poor too, winning one and losing three. Spurs just to shade this encounter.
West Ham draw Manchester City – City are unbeaten away from home, 2 wins and 2 draws, but West Ham are one of the in-form home teams in the League, 2-1 City, me thinks.
QPR draw Reading – Both equally as bad as each other this season in the Premier League, but I think QPR have a bit more about themselves than Reading. A win for the West Londoners.
Liverpool draw Newcastle United – Liverpool have drawn 2 at home, while Newcastle have drawn three away. This game could make or break the accy, follow us at your peril.
West Brom draw Southampton – Nothing other than a West Brom win here, Southampton are without a point away from home so far this season, while West Brom have only lost once at home – to Man City.
odds 1,613.12/1 (the 12p is key) stake: 1.00 … although if you wish to put more on, go for it, go nuts etc.
Cheers, and good luck.
Feel free to post your bets for this weekend, in the comments section.