Back Page Betting: Weekend Wagers

by Nick Higgins

It’s been a cracking week of football in the Champions League and I have to admit as a Liverpool fan and as a sports trader, the exit of both Manchester teams brought a smile to my face.

Last week we again landed two out of the three weekend wager tips leaving a small but welcome profit on the weekend to extend the run to five weeks since our last loss and taking us up to 22 profit points for the season.

The first bet this weekend is in the Norwich v Newcastle match. Last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea is, on the face of it a blot on Newcastle’s copy book this season but in reality the game was not as one sided as the score suggests. Football betting experts will realize that Chelsea’s two late goals added a premium gloss to an otherwise wide open game where any score line was possible. The Toon created chances and hit the woodwork numerous times and, if David Luiz had been sent off early in the game (as most now suggest he should have been) I have no doubt that Newcastle would have gone on to win. With this in mind, the price for Newcastle to bounce back with a win over Norwich is outstanding at 21/10 with Coral. Alan Pardew’s side have an impressive defensive record this season and create lots of chances. I can certainly overlook their result against Chelsea and would suggest that their bubble is far from burst, even with a few injury troubles. The Canaries have conceded at least one goal in each of their seven home matches this season. I’m backing Newcastle at 21/10.

Staying with the North-east theme, Sunderland host Blackburn on Sunday in a clash between two teams buoyed by recent ‘success’. Sunderland fans are patting each other on the back with a sense of self satisfaction that they have managed to lure one of the game’s top managers (in my opinion) to such an average club (in everyone’s opinion). Whilst Blackburn have spent the last week on cloud nine after a ‘season defining’ 4-2 ‘drubbing’ of newly promoted Swansea, where they in fact relied on their one half decent player (Yakubu) to notch four goals to ensure their desperate defence didn’t give the game away! Now, as I mentioned last week, Blackburn are great to follow for goals at both ends and I expect more of the same this week. We have profited well from backing over 2.5 goals in Blackburn’s matches this season so as the saying goes: ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Overs is widely available at 5/6.

Onto the Monday Night football, which, I must admit is 100 times better with Gary Neville as pundit in chief, than the outdated tactical analysis of a one, Andy Gray. Who, out of interest is still palling up with his sacked mate Richard Keys on Talksport radio every weekday. It’s good to know there is a still an audience for their punch and judy act which, in my opinion is littered with some of the poorest banter known to man.

Anyway, Monday night football this week should be a belter as Chelsea take on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. As has been eluded to earlier in this post, Chelsea’s win over Newcastle was not as easy as the 3-0 score line suggests, and even with a decent performance against Valencia this week to keep their Champions League dream alive, I do not think that spells the end of Chelsea’s recent problems. Man City on the other hand are firing on all cylinders and were, in fact unlucky to go out of the Champions League with 10 points from a very tough group. I genuinely think there is still a difference in class between Man City and Chelsea at this point in time and am willing to take the 2/1 (Victor Chandler) about City turning over AVB’s men on their home turf this weekend.

Good luck and bet with caution.

Bets:

Sunderland v Blackburn – Over 2.5 goals @ 5/6 (widely available)

Norwich v Newcastle – Newcastle win @ 21/10 (Coral)

Chelsea v Man City – Man City win @ 2/1 (Victor Chandler)

Author Info

Nick Higgins

Freelance journalist and betting expert. I'll be providing weekly football tips for the Premier League. I also trade football markets on the exchanges. Follow me on twitter at @Trading_sports

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