Top 10 Premier League Tips
Tom Powell and his ever popular Top 10 Premier League tips finished its third season with the final weekend seeing a 42% ROI. Last season was a profitable one for the column and hopefully this season will be just as impressive. Tom is back for the start of the 2014/15 campaign with plenty of outright tips ahead of the new season. Here are Tom's selections for the second weekend's clashes...
Aston Villa v Newcastle (Sat, 12:45, BT Sport 1)
Newcastle To Score First @ 59/50 – BET NOW
The away side opened the scoring in 14 of the 22 matches at Villa Park last season while Newcastle have netted first against Villa in four of the last five head to heads including the last two at Villa Park.
Chelsea v Leicester
Both Teams To Score @ 2.28 – BET NOW
Ten visiting sides found the net at Stamford Bridge last season including five bottom half sides so Leicester have every chance of finding the net on Saturday afternoon especially after netting 37 goals on their travels last term.
Crystal Palace v West Ham
Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.58 – BET NOW
The bookmakers have priced up a low scoring match at a very short price so I’m happy to take a chance on three or more goals here with Palace having gone over 2.5 goals last weekend and West Ham able to call on one or two attacking players who were missing on the opening weekend.
Southampton v West Brom
Southampton to win @ 10/11 – BET NOW
Southampton showed enough in the loss at Anfield to suggest they should beat West Brom at a canter. The Baggies’ look short of quality players this season and I fancy them for the drop so back the hosts here.
Swansea v Burnley
Burnley +0.5/1.0 Asian Handicap @ 43/40 – BET NOW
Swansea look a bit too short a price to follow up their win over United so Burnley with a narrow headstart looks a touch of value when they head to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Everton v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30, SS1)
Arsenal to win @ 2.70 – BET NOW
Fatigue won’t be an issue for Arsenal so early in the season and they can call on one or two of their World Cup players to boost them ahead of their trip to Everton who looked poor at Leicester and are without Ross Barkley.
Hull v Stoke (Sun, 13:30, SS1)
Stoke Draw No Bet @ 13/10 – BET NOW
Unlike Arsenal, Hull won’t be as primed at juggling both a domestic and European campaign so the midweek trip to Belgium could affect them. Stoke have brought in some decent attacking options and could be dangerous on the break.
Tottenham v QPR
QPR +1 Asian Handicap @ 1170/1000 – BET NOW
Spurs are another side that face a midweek trip to mainland Europe so they look a touch short at 1/2 to see off QPR. The Rs have brought in Leroy Fer this week and I fancy them to be more resilient than the bookmakers expect.
Sunderland v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00, SS1)
Sunderland or Draw Double Chance @ 23/20 – BET NOW
United won just 10 of 19 away from home last season, a decent haul but after last week’s loss against Swansea plus the fact they are still missing some key players I think they are too short at 19/25 so I’d back Sunderland to avoid defeat here.
Man City v Liverpool (Mon, 20:00, SS1)
Liverpool or Draw Double Chance @ 53/50 – BET NOW
Man City have been a bit ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ in pre-season and at the start of the campaign so Liverpool with their much-improved defensive unit have plenty about them to grab a positive result.