Cheeky returns to give his tips and thoughts on all ten of this weekend’s Premier League games, including Liverpool v Everton. If you like all of Cheeky’s picks, Paddy Power’s Acca Insurance will refund all punters whose 4+ bet accumulators are let down by just a single selection.
Wolves v Leeds United
Leeds made a bit of an idiot out of me (which is never that difficult) last Sunday after I napped them at 3/1 to beat Arsenal. They are 9/5 shots to beat Wolves on Friday night and tickle my arse with a feather but I’m only rowing in again on the Yorkshire giants. Am just not convinced at all about Wolves, who are averaging 1.0 goals per game this season and are not the most aesthetically attractive side to watch.
Southampton v Chelsea
Timo Werner weighed in with a goal and an assist as he ended a 14-game goal drought to help Chelsea to victory over Newcastle. The Blues are back in the top four and on a bit of a roll under Thomas Tuchel. Nobody ever doubted Werner‘s ability. Who knew that he just needed someone to scream blue murder at him from the touchline in German to get him going?
Burnley v West Brom
The Baggies have exploded into life in front of the old onion bag in recent weeks and are now scoring goals by the bucketload. I’ll let you into a little secret shall I? Backing ‘Burnley and Over 2.5’ might just be the best bet in sport this weekend.
Liverpool v Everton
Football in 2021 is mental. Take a liberal sprinkling of crazy WhatsApp rumours that Jurgen Klopp has quit Liverpool and stand back as his odds are slashed to 11/10 in the ‘Next Premier League Manager to Leave’ market. I genuinely feel for Klopp, and can’t imagine having to endure the position he’s been in for the last few weeks. Happily he’s still very much ‘Numero Uno’ at Anfield, and I fancy the Reds this weekend in what looks a spicy Merseyside derby. Everton are absolutely all over the shop and I fancy Liverpool to rebound after that shocking defeat against Leicester. As an aside, why do people always believe WhatsApp rumours? In the last 12 months alone I’ve heard that Prince Phillip was dead (but Buck Pal were holding off making an official announcement due to Covid!) and that the army were roaming around England (I was sent pictures of camouflage trucks and everything) due to Martial Law being introduced in the midst of that infamous bog-roll panic-buying crisis last March.
Fulham v Sheffield United
The Blades are winless in their last five visits to Craven Cottage since a 3-2 win in September 1985, a time when Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Holding Out for a Hero’ was rocking the charts. If Scott Parker keeps Fulham up, especially after those eejits at Paddy Power paid out on them going down months ago, the streets of west London won’t forget. Rather amazingly Sheffield United have lost all seven of their Premier League matches played on Saturday this season, so it’s a home win for me to pile the pressure on Newcastle just above them.
West Ham v Tottenham
Spurs are on a run of four defeats from five matches in the league and are out of the FA Cup. As a result Jose Mourinho has been reinstalled as the betting favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be relieved of his duties. The manager of PSG, who orchestrated that 4-1 shellacking of Barcelona in the Nou Camp on Tuesday night, is also the bloke who Spurs sacked to hire Mourinho. Spurs are ninth and can’t defend. It feels as though Jose’s head is about to fall off. West Ham are a cracking bet on Sunday.
Aston Villa v Leicester City
Leicester won this fixture 4-1 last season – and are looking to claim wins on consecutive top-flight visits to Aston Villa for the first time since October 1960. Villa are much stronger defensively this season, but this feels like a game the Foxes can edge to boost their chances of a top four finish. Only Manchester United have picked up more points away from home in the Premier League than the Foxes this season. Leicester have proved to be pretty consistent this term despite throwing in the odd absolute shit-show, yet still the bookies tend to under-rate them.
Arsenal v Manchester City
Let’s have it right, Pep Guardiola’s men now look unstoppable. We always knew they’re capable of scoring loads of goals but now they’ve got a proper thrifty, nasty defence and a lot of depth to their squad too. 1/2 to beat Arsenal looks bang on (those pesky Camel Coats are seldom wrong) and Ilkay Gündogan giving off Messi-esque vibes doesn’t hurt either. Gundogan has been the main man during City’s recent record-breaking winning run, and he moved on to 13 goals in all competitions with two against Spurs last weekend. He’s been hampered by a recent groin problem but is likely to play here and can help City dish out a beating.
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Manchester United have now dropped nine points in their last four league matches. They were pretty pathetic against West Brom, and yes I am speaking out of my f**king pocket after dropping a heap of cash on them in-play when they were 1-0 down. But this Newcastle side know all about pathetic. It’s been a p**s poor season and despite Steve Bruce metaphorically taking off his gloves and throwing down several gauntlets, they are still shit. The lack of quality they have in attack, without Callum Wilson, is a major worry and if Fulham win say two of their next three then the Mags would be right to panic. Still, at least the club are not stagnating.
Brighton v Crystal Palace
Brighton’s finishing has been woeful this season and that’s why they are cutting about in 15th instead of challenging for an improbable top-six finish. Palace would take a 0-0 draw right now. So whoever priced up ‘Over 2.5’ goals at just 5/4 needs a stern dressing down. Honestly if I wanted to hear from an arsehole, I would have just farted.
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