As we draw closer to the end of the season the Premiership matches are becoming more difficult to predict. This weekend sees a full fixture list with seven matches played on Saturday, two on Sunday and one on Monday evening.
There are some absolute crackers taking place and I am going to highlight where the best value can be found on the markets for three of these fixtures.
Manchester City V Manchester United
The Manchester Derby is one of the highlights of the Premier League calendar and is the lunchtime kick-off this Saturday. If the last league meeting between these two is anything to go by, we are in for a fiery encounter.
Earlier this season this fixture threw up a seven goals and saw United win 4-3 at Old Trafford. For the same result this weekend you can get best priced odds of 100/1.
Whilst I fancy this one to have quite a few goals, high scoring games are often the most unpredictable. A cheeky quid on a repeat of the 4-3 thriller is good value, but I am steering clear of betting on a correct score for this one.
For those brave enough to have a punt on it, City’s recent form in front of goal and United’s ever present class and quality, mean there is some good value in a high scoring game, i’ll leave the predictions to you.
The signs coming from United suggest that Rooney might be fit to start. If this is the case I like the ‘both players to score’ market offered by Sky Bet. They are offering odds of 5/1 for both Rooney and Tevez to score in the match which, although not mind blowing odds, is good value given their recent form.
Tevez will be keen to continue his excellent record against United since his short trip across the city last summer, and I fancy him to play another big game here. Odds for king Carlos to score a brace are good value at 8/1, but for even better value, the young Argentinian is priced at 12/1 to score in both halves.
Carlos Tevez to score a brace (@ 8/1)
Both Rooney and Tevez to score (@ 5/1) - * if Rooney starts
Sunderland V Burnley
After Burnley’s emphatic 4-1 victory away at Hull last weekend, confidence will be in abundance when they play Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Burnley’s result last week was their first away win of the campaign, could we see the classic London bus scenario played out in front of our very eyes on Saturday?
Burnley are priced at 5/1 to win at Sunderland. For a team who are fighting a relegation battle and are brimming with confidence this looks like good value and may well be worth a punt.
However, Sunderland have had good home form this season and have been performing well in recent weeks. I fancy them to be too strong for Burnley and win the game 3-1 at odds of 11/1.
Another bet I always like when Sunderland are playing at home is Darren Bent to score first. For this game it is reasonable value at 3/1.
Sunderland to win 3-1 (@ 11/1)
Darren Bent to score first (@ 3/1)
Fulham V Wolves
Fulham have been in great form at home this season but Wolves have had some fantastic results on the road. All the evidence points to this one being a score draw and odds of 6/1 for a 1-1 draw are good value.
However, with Fulham traveling to Germany for the first leg of their Europa League semi final against Hamburg on Thursday, Roy Hodgson is likely to rest some of his key players.
A few weeks ago I correctly predicted that an under strength Fulham side would prevail over Wigan at Craven Cottage, and I fancy them to get the win here as well. It is going to be a close game but I think Fulham will win it 2-1 and at 15/2 this is great value.
Fulham to win 2-1 (@15/2)