Free tips Football Betting: Where's the smart money for the weekend’s Premier League matches?
When Manchester City finally lost their first match of the season last weekend, it proved that there is no such thing as a certainty in the world of sports betting.
The fact is that even when a team looks head and shoulders above the rest, they can slip up.
Was it just a stumble, or does the loss to Liverpool signal a change in fortune for Guardio’s team? Here, we take a look at what the Premier League has in store, and how the bookmakers see things panning out.
Where to focus from a betting perspective
While the back pages will, as ever, be focused on the top three teams, those looking to place a wager this weekend could be well advised to cast their eyes a little further down the fixture list.
If you are a newcomer to sports betting, there are some tempting offers from most of the top sites, so get your free bets here, then carefully study the form and the published odds. Here are some of the matches you might want to consider.
Back to winning ways for City?
A week can be a long time in football. Prior to tripping over Liverpool, anyone would have chalked the forthcoming game against Newcastle down as another City victory and moved on. But a loss can do strange things to a team, and The Magpies will go into the fixture with nothing to lose and a scent of blood.
The bookmakers have City as runaway favourites at 1/8 on, and most are quoting Newcastle at around 20/1. Perhaps the biggest question, though, is whether Newcastle can hold the league leaders to a draw. 11/1 odds make it a tasty proposition.
Will Bournemouth avoid a Hammering?
If the Premier League awarded points for heart and bottle instead of wins and draws, West Ham and Bournemouth would be right at the top of the table. Both teams have been through the mill all season, and have defied expectations to be slugging it out well clear of the relegation zone.
Both have been unbeaten in the Premier League since before Christmas, and while the bookmakers have The Hammers as warm favourites, this is another fixture where you wouldn’t bet against them coming out honours even. The 5/2 odds for the draw show just how tight this one is likely to be.
Palace Gunning for Arsenal
The transfer window always seems to distract Arsenal more than most, and with the dissenting voices growing ever louder as they seek changes at the top, Wenger will be looking to the meeting with a resurgent Crystal Palace with some trepidation.
Palace proved they are game to take on anyone when they held City to a goalless draw on New Year’s Eve, and they have followed it up with good wins over Southampton and Burnley.
The Gunners, meanwhile are spiralling into disarray following last week’s loss to Bournemouth. At 5/1 for a Palace win, this is one occasion when you would back the underdog every time.