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  1. Be interesting to see what happens from here. Don't think there's much chance we will actually get back underway in April. China's league is still shutdown and their main outbreak was in January. They are saying the peak is 12-14 weeks away in the UK, so could be months before anything starts up again. If I was a Liverpool fan i'd be seriously concerned that this season might be voided. As a spurs fan, that outcome would be fine for me! I hope lower league clubs are able to survive without any gate income for the next few weeks. Be a real shame if one or more go out of business over this. Guess this place is going to be pretty quiet for a few weeks so hope everyone stays fit and well and hopefully we'll be back soon.
  2. 🤮. Wenger used to say that finishing in the top 4 was a trophy so if you accept that logic I think you'll find spurs have 'won' quite a few trophies recently! An early away goal would make things interesting given Leipzig have never been in this position before and might start feeling the nerves. They really should have won the first leg with plenty to spare, so I'm just hoping for another Ajax style miracle. I doubt it's gonna happen though, so can see why you've gone for Leipzig.
  3. spurs are marginal favourites at Burnley which doesn't seem right based on current form. The game against Norwich was diabolical, and Burnley are in good form themselves, though they did let me down last week when I was on them to beat Newcastle. Burnley are well rested, while spurs have well documented injury problems and playing 120 minutes on Wednesday even with a slightly rotated side isn't going to have helped. I don't think the Burnley price is massive value but i'd have them as favourites to win. Aston Villa +1 on the Monday game is my only other fancy. Leicester at around 1.4 are way too short based on current form and I've had a bit of success opposing Leicester recently, with Norwich managing the win last time out. These teams met in the semi-final of the carabao cup, and villa got a draw at Leicester in the first leg, and obviously prevailed overall in the tie with a home win. Leicester did win 4-1 at Villa in the league, but this came during their good spell when Vardy was in form and not injured. Without him, they are struggling for form, and even if he is back for this one, he won't be at his best. Villa or the draw at 3s is good enough for me to have a go on.
  4. Looks quite a tough set of fixtures to me. Palace maybe a touch big at over 4s but I can't really pick them with any confidence as they aren't reliable for goals. Surprised also to see Saints as favourites at West Ham as was thinking of going with them, but can't have them as favourites to win away. I like Burnley at 3s to beat Newcastle, who have been disappointing in recent fixtures, whereas Burnley have been on a good run, including winning their last 2 PL away games at Man U and Southampton. Newcastle don't concede many at home which is a bit of a concern, but they also don't score many either. If Burnley score once that might well be enough to win this one, and there is certainly nothing to fear going to St James Park at the moment so Burnley seem a good shout to me.
  5. @StevieDay1983 I actually thought the price on Leicester was a bit too short considering their form has been average for quite some time now. I'd say if Vardy scores then Leicester will win as their downturn in form has coincided with his goal drought so maybe combine your bet for a bigger price? Saying that, i'm going against you to side with Norwich +1 at evens as I don't think this will be as easy for Leicester as the prices imply. Norwich have done well against the bigger teams at home (the famous Man City win, plus draws with spurs and arsenal), and they did give Liverpool a pretty good game in their last home game.
  6. I don't know so much about the championship so maybe someone with better knowledge of the division can tell me why are Bristol City at such a big price? They are only 3 points behind Leeds, and it is well documented that Leeds form is not so good for the past couple of months now, whereas Bristol City are generally in good form. I know the championship is a division where anyone can beat anyone, so taking recent form into account, surely Bristol City have a better chance of winning this one than the odds imply? 9s just seems a massive price.
  7. I strongly fancy spurs to beat Villa and odds of around 1.9 to do so are quite appealing. Spurs have an excellent record against Villa over the last decade or so (haven't lost at Villa Park since 2008), and I think now the squad is finally a bit more settled and getting used to Mourinho's way of playing. With the break, the players should be well rested, and will be looking to get into form ahead of the CL game against Leipzig on Wednesday. Villa let in goals for fun, and even though Kane is still missing, spurs front players have more than enough to grab a few goals here. I'm going to be a bit greedy and go for spurs to lead at half time and win at full time at 3s, as this is the first game in a long time that I've really fancied Spurs chances of winning the game. Also, honestly, this is not my anti-arsenal bias, but how Arsenal can be priced at 1.4 is beyond me. This has surely been priced up on reputation from past seasons. They've only won 6 of 25 PL games all season. Newcastle are level on points with Arsenal and have won one more PL game than Arsenal. Newcastle +1 can be had for 2.87 and that seems a good price for what based on the league table appears to be two fairly equally matched teams.
  8. Meh, no fixtures of real interest here. Man City should batter West Ham, but they aren't taking all their chances, and you have to get to -3 on the handicap to get to odds against which might be a bit much. Then again Man City always batter West Ham and this could well be the weekend they get back on track and score a few. In the last 7 games between these two (going back to 2017), the Man City -3 would have won 4 out of those 7. Given the slim pickings in the PL this week, i'll take a leap of faith in Man City having their shooting boots on, and will go for Man City -3 at 3.1 (Paddy Power). Also thinking of taking Bournemouth +1 at around 2.15. I'm wary of taking on Sheffield, but I think they are priced a bit too short to win. Sheff United obviously having a great season, but they have done better away from home than they have at home, with more points won away than at home. Saying that, their home form is hardly terrible. Bournemouth just seem to be one of those teams that lose a few in a row, then go on a winning (or not losing) run for a few games. They have won their last two PL games, and are getting some players back from injury, so I just wonder if they are now going to go on a bit of an unbeaten run to pull clear of the relegation zone.
  9. Yep the all important odds. I tend to use decimal odds from oddschecker. Decimal odds include your stake so 12s is 11/1 (i.e. for every £1 you stake, you get £11 back). Basically I was saying Southampton are too short in the market at 12s (or 11/1). If they had been higher (16/1 or bigger) then I was going to take them on the +1 handicap, which is the same as saying Southampton will either win or draw the game.
  10. I was considering backing Southampton +1 to get something at Liverpool. Main reasoning being Saints are good away from home, and are rested, whereas Liverpool have had a midweek game and maybe are already looking forward to their mid season break. They aren't going to win every game this season, so it's just a matter of trying to catch them when they don't win. But at odds of around 12s i'll pass, as I was expecting at least 15s, maybe 20s for Saints outright. For context, Palace were 29s a couple of weeks back at Man City, i'm not sure why Saints are as short as they are. I will play spurs +1 on the handicap at around 2.4 though. Again, spurs are well rested for this one, whereas Man City had a midweek game to contend with. City are a bit hit and miss this season, and certainly aren't on the same level as the past two seasons. I don't think they will be fully motivated for the remainder of the PL games this season, as long as they do enough along the way to get in the top 4. Spurs have more to play for in that sense and need to close the gap on Chelsea. Yes Kane is injured, but there is a better feeling about the club with Eriksen and Rose gone, and new signings gedson and bergwijn in, plus lo celso signing permanently is also a big positive. Spurs were competitive at home to Liverpool recently, and were perhaps unlucky not to draw so have nothing to fear taking on Man City. We've also done well against them in recent games if you include knocking them out of the CL last season, and fluking a 2-2 draw at City very early this season. Man City have only kept 4 PL clean sheets this season, and spurs only 3, so BTTS seems highly likely. I'd disagree with @StevieDay1983 and say over 3.5 goals at around 2.3 would be another play in this game.
  11. Haven't looked in detail at anything, but how are the away team the favourite in the first 3 matches on the coupon? Instinctively, this makes me think that there is some value in the home teams for all three of these games, though of course the draw is also a strong possibility. I'd definitely be looking to lay Watford, Brighton and Southampton at those prices.
  12. I like Sheff Utd +1 which can be had for just around even money. Other than at Liverpool and Man City, Sheffield United have not lost away from home, and that includes games at Chelsea, and Spurs. Given Aubameyang is out, I think Sheff United are more than capable of getting a draw with Arsenal, who are still in indifferent form, with the win against Man U their only home win since October. Crystal Palace can be had at 29s if you fancy them to repeat their win from last season at the Etihad. Palace +3 is again around the evens mark and I think that is more than fair given they have one of the tighter defences in the PL. I can't see Man City winning that easily in this one.
  13. Spurs have no chance vs Liverpool. Not going to punt on this one but if I did it would be Liverpool to win to 0, especially with Kane out. Liverpool just don't drop points, and will score at least twice against this spurs defence. This looks a tough set of fixtures to me, the only two that appeal to me are two long shots on the handicaps. Firstly Southampton +1 vs Leicester at around 2.2. Southampton have managed to beat Chelsea and spurs recently, and seem to have found some form. Leicester have slowed down a bit from their earlier form and had the extra game in midweek to contend with. I think Southampton will be keen to avenge the 9-0 scoreline from earlier in the season, and I can see them going there and getting at least a draw. Norwich managed a draw away at Leicester not too long ago so a draw here would not be too big a shock. I'm also on Burnley +1 at Chelsea at 3.8. Chelsea have struggled at home against lower level teams, losing recently at home to Southampton, Bournemouth and West Ham. All three teams were on a poor run of form at the time, yet still managed to beat Chelsea. Burnley are going through a bit of a difficult spell in the PL, and will set up to frustrate Chelsea. Burnley do have a goal or two in them though, so again I think they are capable of going to Chelsea and not losing. I certainly wouldn't want my money on Chelsea at such short odds given their poor home record.
  14. I think Leicester are a tempting price, but perhaps their form is tailing off a bit with the draws against Norwich and Everton. I would rather be on Leicester/draw double result which can be had for 3.2 (betfair) but good luck if you go with Leicester outright.
  15. Liking the price on my own team to beat Chelsea this weekend. Spurs have won 4 of 5 PL fixtures (since Mourinho came in), Chelsea have lost 4 of 5 PL fixtures. Those losses were also against bottom half teams including West Ham and Bournemouth at home, so it's not like they were playing teams at the top end of the table where a defeat could perhaps be justified. Spurs have been winning, but not necessarily in a convincing way, other than the Burnley game. However, winning while not playing well is no bad thing! Chelsea used to have a massive hoodoo on spurs, but over recent seasons, Spurs have generally had the better of Chelsea in home games, winning twice (at Wembley) last season against them (1 PL, one league cup). The feelgood factor seems to be coming back to the spurs players with players like Alli getting back to form, and i've just seen Toby A has signed a new contract which is a massive plus, as the defence has been a liability all season. He is now clearly staying for the long term so hoping to see some stability at the back over the coming weeks, as scoring goals is not proving to be the problem. I'm surprised spurs are as big as 2.4 to win the game. Taking form into account, i'd have had spurs shorter and Chelsea bigger so very happy to take the price on spurs. I also think there will be goals in this one as spurs are still fragile defensively and the same for Chelsea. Chelsea's away games have seen something like 37 goals in 8 games so will also take a punt on over 3.5 goals at 2.5.
  16. I think Everton are worth a go tomorrow night. The price of 2.9 seems too high for me, when you factor in Leicester's league position (so may rest some players for this one), and they have a massive game against Man City at the weekend. They played recently in the league, and Everton gave them a good game, and were unlucky to lose. however, that was away, and this time they have home advantage. Ferguson is still in charge for Everton, and I can't see him allowing the team to put in anything less than 100% effort if this is his last game before Ancelotti supposedly comes in. Everton should be targeting this competition as they won't get relegated, won't get in the top 6 so will end up being mid-table. They have a tough FA cup draw so chances are this is their only chance of silverware. I think they put out a strong team and even if Leicester do play a full strength team, I think the price is way too high given the upturn in recent form.
  17. Liverpool -2 can be had for 2.38 with Paddy Power. Since being back in the PL in 2015/16 season, Watford's last 4 results at Anfield read 2-0, 6-1, 5-0 and 5-0. I see no reason why Liverpool won't win by at least 3 goals this time around given the form of both teams. Even if the team is rotated, the backups have shown in the recent Everton game they are more than good enough to beat a team of Watford's calibre.
  18. Problem is which West Ham will turn up? They did beat Chelsea a couple of games ago away from home. For me Saints are not to be trusted at odds on, though I agree goals look a good bet for this game.
  19. Surprised to see Crystal Palace above 3s for the Watford game. Watford are yet to win at home, and only have the one win all season. Still no manager either. Palace are well organised and I think they should be shorter for this game so I see some value in Palace at around 3.2. I know they have some personnel missing in defence, but they are playing Watford so hardly the most dangerous attacking team! Palace have also had an extra day of rest for this game. Going to also tip spurs to win and both teams to score which can be had for 2.9 (coral). The reasoning being that spurs defence has been struggling, conceding 2 goals in all four games since Mourinho came in. I'm not entirely confident spurs will win and they are definitely not value at 1.4 to win outright. However, Burnley have wobbled in their last two games, and defensively seem to be struggling more than normal so if spurs do win I can't see it being to nil the way the team are playing. And finally, going to give Aston Villa +1 a go at just below evens. Leicester aren't going to keep winning every game, and I think this is a tough game. Villa gave Liverpool a good game a couple of weeks back and were unlucky not to draw, and also got a deserved draw at Man U last weekend, though they were poor against Chelsea in midweek. Leicester were perhaps a bit lucky to beat Everton, and had to rely on a dodgy penalty and 95th minute goal to beat Watford so perhaps there are signs they aren't playing quite as well as results would suggest. I don't think it would be a surprise if this ended in a draw, or even if Aston Villa were to win, so i'm happy to lay Leicester in this game.
  20. Man U and spurs are both around the 2.7 price which are quite attractive prices if you fancy either team to win, but i'm backing the draw at 3.5 (William hill). Yes spurs have won the past 3 games since Mourinho came in, but the opposition have all had their chances to take something from the game. Mourinho may set up with his famous 'park the bus/do not lose' approach, but the defence is still a mess, so I can certainly see Man Utd scoring at least once. Man U of course are nothing special right now but are generally solid at home (beaten Leicester, draws with Liverpool and Arsenal), and I just don't trust spurs to be able to go to a big 6 club and win. I'll also be going with Aston Villa +2 at around evens (betfred). The reasoning essentially being that if West Ham can go and win at Stamford Bridge, Aston Villa are more than capable of getting a result as well. I was tempted by Villa on the outright price, but I've ultimately decided to play it safe and keep a 1 goal Chelsea victory on my side. If Chelsea do win, I don't see it being a thrashing so I fancy this bet quite strongly.
  21. Spurs are favourites to beat Man U at Old Trafford! Never thought i'd see the day. It would certainly be ironic if a Mourinho led spurs won this game, leading to OGS being sacked and replaced by Poch!
  22. 6 home PL teams are odds on in their matches this week. You just know at least one of them is going to fail to win and ruin an acca bet! I'd say spurs and Chelsea look the safest bets to win. The Chelsea/Spurs to win double comes in at around 1.8 which I will have a small interest in. I have a funny feeling that Brighton could get something at Liverpool who keep winning but haven't looked convincing for a few games, and were flat in what I saw of their CL game in midweek. Not brave enough to put any money on it though! I also wouldn't be surprised if Leicester didn't win (they have to stop winning sooner or later), and perhaps Villa will also be capable of getting something at Man U.
  23. The only one I really like this weekend is Burnley at 2.3 (Ladbrokes) to beat Palace. Burnley are having a good season and come into this off the back of two successive 3-0 wins against Watford and West Ham. They are a good all round team with a decent keeper, defence and Barnes and Wood upfront are proving a reliable forward line. Palace are not a massive step up in class from either of those teams IMO, and appear to be trending down from a good start to the season as they have lost the past three games (admittedly all against 3 of the current top 4), and haven't won in 5 games. For me they are a solid team, but they don't have a decent striker and so aren't exactly prolific in front of goal. I'd have Burnley closer to even money given home advantage so at 2.3 I think there is some value in their price.
  24. @StevieDay1983At the prices I can't disagree that West Ham are probably the value in this match. Spurs should not be odds on away from home in any PL match right now. Not betting on this game but I quite fancy the draw for this game. Mourinho won't want to lose his first game, and West Ham are in no form at all. I can see this being a poor game of football that could quite easily be 0-0. It will certainly be interesting to see if spurs up their game now that Poch has gone. Personally, I think Eriksen and the entire defence want away from the club so I don't expect an improvement from them just because of the new manager. On the manager situation, I think Levy had no choice but to remove Poch the way this season has gone, as he has clearly done all he can with spurs. The situation reminds me of when Poch himself replaced Nigel Adkins at Southampton who was doing a good job at the time, but the board wanted more, and Poch proved to be an inspired managerial appointment for them who moved them up the table. While Poch did a great job for spurs and i'm sad to see him go, i'm hoping Mourinho can move the club to the next level and deliver a trophy or two before the inevitable falling out with the club that will come along in a couple of years based on his past.
  25. Ederson is also confirmed out which is massive considering Claudio Bravo is the replacement keeper. How Man City were favourites to win this game when they haven't won at Anfield since 2003 and Liverpool are strong at home is beyond me. Now Ederson is out the price has slightly dropped on Liverpool and drifted on City, but they are still pretty much the same price as each other which makes no sense to me. Therefore fully agree that Liverpool to win is the play in this game.