Stoke v Reading (Sat, 3pm)
Stoke are still looking for their first win of 2013 as they prepare to entertain an improving Reading side who have won 5 of their last 6 matches. January’s manager of the month, Brian McDermott, will want to maintain the momentum that his team have created as they look to push further from the relegation zone.
From a betting perspective, Stoke are favourites at 19/20 with William Hill, the draw is 13/5 with Bet Victor and Reading can be backed at 19/5 with Pinnacle. However, the value for me lies in the both teams to score market. Given the aerial threat that Stoke provide and the fact that they are at home, a clean sheet for Reading looks highly unlikely. Stoke have only kept one clean sheet in their last 10 matches, while Reading have scored in 11 of their last 12. I will be backing both teams to score in this match at a price of 10/11 with Coral.
Bet Selection: Both Teams to Score @ 10/11 with Coral.
Man United v Everton (Sun, 4pm)
The league leaders go into this game in fine form. They face an Everton side who conceded an alarming 3 goals against Aston Villa last weekend, which was out of character to say the least. Nevertheless, to concede that many goals at home can’t have done any favours for the confidence of David Moyes and his men who are chasing the highly coveted 4th position.
I will be backing Man United to win here. I have been impressed by the manner of their performances in recent weeks and they look to be improving all the time. I also feel there is a bit of a score to settle here as well for Sir Alex. A 4-4 draw in this fixture last season was described by the United boss as a result which cost his team the league. United should have too much for the Toffees this time around and form part of my double for this weekend.
Liverpool v West Brom (Mon, 8pm)
This fixture pairs a vastly improved Liverpool side against a West Brom team who are bottom of the last 4 played league, after 4 defeats and just one draw. After holding their own against Arsenal and Man City, I am confident that the Reds have the ability to gain 3 points here. Daniel Sturridge has been a revelation for the Liverpool attacking line and Raheem Sterling looks to have recovered in time for the fixture, adding further quality. The Baggies have had off the field issues to worry about and I think they will do well to keep the Liverpool goal tally to a minimum.
Bet Selection: Man United to beat Everton @ 3/4 and Liverpool to beat West Brom @ 2/5 (Double with Bet Victor pays 29/20)