April 2: English Football Betting Preview


HARRY KANE was the scourge of the world champions last week – today he’s aiming his shooting boots at just one man from Germany.

The Spurs star kickstarted England’s fightback to win from 2-0 down last week and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will have taken note.

Kane wasn’t the only White Hart Lane ace to shine in Berlin and the likes of Danny Rose, Dele Alli and matchwinner Eric Dier will be out to keep impressing Roy Hodgson.

Spurs head to Anfield five points behind leaders Leicester who are at home to Southampton tomorrow.

It’s not a must-win match but victory would give Claudio Ranieri something more than pizza to think about.

The stats are against the Londoners who have notched just six Anfield victories in 71 attempts but this season boast the second best away record in the Premier League and face a side whose top-four hopes are fading fast.

I’m tempted by Spurs at 8-5 with Hills but will play draw no bet at 21-20 at McBookie due to the h2h record. Kane is 5-1 with Paddy Power to bag the opener and 8-5 at 888sport to net.

Man City haven’t given up hope of catching the Foxes but it will be all over today if they lose at Bournemouth.

I read an interesting stat that revealed Eddie Howe’s promoted side have collected just two points fewer than City if you wipe out the first five games – at that point Manuel Pellegrini’s side had a 100 per cent record.


How times have changed. City haven’t scored in their last three matches and will be minus key men such as Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne. Sergio Aguero could be fatigued after playing for Argentina in World Cup qualifiers and City could have one eye on PSG in the Champions League in midweek.

It all adds up to Bournemouth taking at least a point and draw no bet pays 13-8 at bet365. Just to win you can have 29-10 at McBookie.

Biggest game of the day could be Norwich v Newcastle which is a proverbial six-pointer. Newcastle have lost their last eight on the road but have tightened up under Rafa Benitez.

Norwich have kept successive clean sheets against West Brom and Man City and I don’t see them losing but a draw at 9-4 with Coral seems the most likely outcome.

Chelsea should beat Aston Villa in the early kick-off and in the Championship there should be more misery for Bolton when Reading visit.

Bets to Consider


Spurs draw no bet

Kane to score

Bournemouth draw no bet

Norwich v Newcastle draw

Chelsea -1


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    nathanufton 7 months ago

    Possibly/Probably won’t be on hand to drop in team news and late pre-match thoughts for the up and coming Cardiff/Derby match.

    I think from a punters perspective, its probably one of those few matches to stay away from. If you believe the stats, Derby have won the last 2 against the “Red” Bluebirds and score-drawn the previous three.

    Cardiff are 15/8 whilst Derby are marginally shorter at 13/8. Cardiff used to be a horrid place for Derby to travel to but the past 5 times they’ve faced off, the sensible guess would be for the Derby double result. 21/50 with bet365 ( who the hell thinks up these odds ).

    From a Cardiff perspective, they’re within touching distance of the top 6 and their form over this past 7 games is marginally better than Derby’s. I’ve tried looking into who who had played in these matches and the only ” tough on paper ” tests have been Derby at home to Forest 2 weeks back and likewise for Cardiff, a narrow 1 nil win to Ipswich. The rest of the matches have been all over the place. To Cardiff’s credit, they’ve ground out a few close wins against teams that have suddenly decided they want to stay in this league, whilst Derby have largely struggled against teams they really ought to be beating.

    Maybe Derby might grind out a hard fought 1 nil, that would be nice – particularly since Borough have already won and Brighton face off against Burnley. This could really be a make or break week of football for the top 7 or 8 teams.
    Derby have the team to beat anyone in the league but that lack of desire follow that up with results. We shed our manager and since then we’ve stuttered a little but seem to of crawled face down out of the slump we were in. Some say that Darren Wassell has the Derby job to lose, but I still think Harry Rednapp is warming that seat labelled ” director of football” until the last game has been played.
    Fans have welcomed his experience and his presence alone may be worth the 2 or 3 points we need to eek out over the next 5 weeks to stay in the promotion playoff spots. Auto-promotion for the Rams is a definite no-chance.

    I’ve not really paid much attention to what Cardiff have been doing but I think they’ve done well to be hot on the heals of the top 6. Much like Sheff Wed, they’ve slipped right under the radar of most. The only thing I do know is I’ve picked up that Kenwyne Jones is far past his best, he’s a lazy player and doesn’t put a shift in. Radio Derby have mentioned it a few times this past few years. Sounds a bit like Darren Bent.

    If Derby do manage a win, I can’t see it being by more than a goal ( even though we’ve notched 2x 2 nils against them last time out ).

    The Derby double result is a distinct possibility and is quite likely and if I’m honest, I’m swaying towards a low scoring match. under 2.5 tmg’s 13/20 with bet365.

    Crap prices, I know but there doesn’t seem to be much meat on the bone in this match. I’ve also noticed that Derby have started to ” not chase ” corners. I’ve not looked at Cardiff’s corner stats but Derby’s style of play now involves cutting in early from the wings, so the bulk of our earned corners are deflected shots, not deflected corners. Might be wise to take a look at the race to 3 or 5 corners market with Cardiff in your thoughts.

    Derby’s team isn’t likely to be that different to the one that beat Forest, but Shackell was subbed late on for a very welcome Buxton cameo. What he lacks in ability is overshadowed by his effort. So if Shackell is absent. we have adequate cover.

    Good luck and lets have a bookie basher day.

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