Our last treble was a single goal away from landing our 12/1 winnings, so we’ll be aiming to go one better with our 16/1 accumulator this weekend.
There isn’t a lot of value available on home team prices on either Saturday or Sunday, so we’re going to avert our attention to the travelling sides.
We’re starting at the Madejski Stadium where Reading take on Sunderland. The home side have been in great form of late, winning three and drawing two of their last six matches. Adam Le Fondre is turning into a late goal specialist and The Royals can thank him for their stunning comebacks in their previous two games. Both Chelsea and Newcastle suffered as the impact sub bagged a brace from the bench in both games, single-handedly turning zero points to four for Brian McDermott’s men. Nonetheless, I can’t resist a price tag of 19/10 for their opponents. Martin O’ Neill’s side has also been in good form recently, especially when playing teams around them in the relegation zone. Well, really teams that used to be around them, as the Black Cats now lie in 11th after a string of fine performances. With Mignolet putting in stalwart displays between the posts and Fletcher providing a dangerous goal threat, I fancy Sunderland to come away with the points on Saturday.
As much as Nigel Adkins’ sacking was harsh and unjustified, his replacement looks like an impressive instalment at St. Mary’s. In Pochettino’s first game in charge, Southampton were solid against Everton and at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, they recorded twenty shots on goal, the highest any team has managed against them since Man City destroyed them 6-1 last season. In a match where they had taken the lead, the Saints’ boss showed tactical courage in taking the game to the League leaders, and I believe that the Argentine can have a very positive influence on the type of football that his side play for the rest of this season.
This weekend they face a Wigan side which has lost their last three home games and I feel that Southampton will put them to the sword as well. The away side are 5/2 to take the three points.
The all away teams accumulator this weekend is completed by the final leg of our treble which sees us studying the form at Craven Cottage where Fulham play Manchester United. United haven’t yet featured in our bet this season, so let’s hope that we don’t curse their brilliant form. The focus may well be on Dimitar Berbatov as he faces his former club, but in the corresponding fixture last year, the Bulgarian scored the last goal in a 5-0 demolition of the home side and that should be one of the facts that we focus on. Whereas Fulham remain pretty much in the same situation as they were at the time of that match, Alex Ferguson’s side have added massively to their offensive options and I believe that the outcome of this match should not pack any surprise. United are 8/15 to win.
QPR v Norwich
Arsenal v Stoke
Everton v Aston Villa
Newcastle v Chelsea
Reading v Sunderland
West Ham v Swansea
Wigan v Southampton
Fulham v Man United
West Brom v Tottenham
Man City v Liverpool