ALLOA did me proud last week when I made them them the headline act – and today’s unsung heroes could be little Burton.
Nigel Clough’s men started life in the Championship with two narrow defeats but found their feet to beat one of the promotion favourites Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 at home in midweek. The result should give Burton belief – and that’s something that’s sadly lacking at Blackburn.
As soon as he landed the job Rovers fans were calling for his head and Coyle’s talking about the fear of being booted after starting the season with three Championship defeats.
To be fair to the Scot he’s probably landed in the wrong job at the wrong time with so many off-field troubles at a club that not so long ago won the Premier League.
On the field his side have conceded nine even if three have been own goals by Shane Duffy, a Celtic transfer target, and the centre-half won’t be involved today which is a blow … to Burton.
In the Premier League all of the big guns are away today with Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea odds on and Arsenal facing a test at Leicester.
A treble on City, Pool and Chelsea pays 4-1 at Paddy Power and the only one I’d worry about is Pep Guardiola’s side at Stoke. I’m sure he’s done his homework – maybe spoken to Arsene Wenger – but it’s bound to a culture shock.
However, if City play as they did in Romania in midweek when Sergio Aguero rattled in a hat-trick after missing two penalties they should win. Best bet is Aguero to score at evens with Ladbrokes and William Hill.
I tipped Liverpool to win at Arsenal last week and barring a late scare they were magnificent. Next up is a visit to Burnley who lost at home to Swansea first time out. Instead of backing Liverpool at 3-5 with Betfred look at Jurgen Klopp’s men to net 2+ at 4-6 at McBookie or 3+ at 5-2.
Chelsea need a last-gasp Diego Costa goal to see off West Ham and are 3-4 with William Hill to follow up with another three points.
If this was last season game of the day would be Leicester v Arsenal but both sides started with defeats. The Gunners did the double against the champs last season, winning 5-2 at the King Power. I’m on goals again with over 3.5 paying 15-8 at Paddy Power.
Spurs should see off Crystal Palace at home and elsewhere in the Championship back Sheffield Wednesday at 4-5 with Ladbrokes at home to Leeds, QPR at home to Preston and goals at Huddersfield v Barnsley.
Bets to Consider
Aguero to score
Liverpool to score 2+ or 3+