Dec 12: English Football Betting Preview


IT’S not an easy card in England this weekend. In the Premiership there are some tough looking games but one stands out from a betting viewpoint.

Man City v Swansea sees two sides at the opposite end of the happy spectrum meet. Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany once again sit it out but City showed they can without them as they beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-2 to win their Champions League group in midweek.

City are no bigger than 1-3 at Coral to win but should cover the minus one handicap against the managerless Swans. That pays 5-6 at Skybet.

Yaya Toure has scored four goals in his last three league meetings between the teams and having been voted BBC’S African Player of the Year yesterday he could celebrate with another one. To net at any time Toure is 2-1 at Coral.

The early game sees Norwich entertain Everton and best bet could be both to score at 4-6 with McBookie. Norwich played well to hold Arsenal in their last home outing while Everton drew 3-3 at Bournemouth on the road in an amazing finish.

Romelu Lukaku netted for the fourth match running on Monday against Crystal Palace after hitting bar and post and is 7-5 at McBookie to net again – and move halfway to matching Jamie Vardy’s new record.

Palace looked decent against Everton with Yannick Bolasie impressing. Consider Palace to beat a sinking Southampton at 8-5 with Coral and try Bolasie to score first at 9-1 at Betfred.

In today’s Record I’ve done a write-up suggesting Bournemouth could take something off Man United having defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last week.

Bournemouth have beaten the Reds just once in their history and United have lost only two of their last 18 league outings. That’s two stats that go against my thinking but United are struggling for goals, are out of the Champions League and now without nine players.

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been handed a three-match ban for elbowing Winston Reid last week and Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmain were injured against Wolfsburg.

They join Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones. Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Bastian Schweinsteiger on the sidelines.

United are tough to beat but Bournemouth show the desire they’ve had against Everton and Chelsea in their last two matches they can avoid defeat. I’m not the only person thinking that way as they’ve been cut from a best 3-1 with bet365 to 5-2 at sporting bet. Not to lose it’s 11-8 at BetVictor.

Louis van Gaal’s side are out to 11-8 at BetVictor and some will see that as too tempting to ignore.

Today’s other Premiership games see Sunderland v Watford and West Ham v Stoke and while they look too close to call if anything I’d favour the away teams.

In the Championship it’s difficult to leave out Hull at home to rock-bottom Bolton who have been hit with a winding-up order.

It’s sad times for Neil Lennon’s side and while they’ve been tough to beat at home they’ve taken just points out of 27 on the road. Hull are 1-2 at Betfred.

In League One take free-scoring Peterborough at home to Shrewsbury at 17-20 with Betway and in League Two I have to again oppose Jackie McNamara’s York who could make it nine defeats in a row at Bristol Rovers who are 8-15 with Coral.

Bets to consider

Toure to score

Man City -1

Crystal Palace

Lukaku to score

Bournemouth not to lose


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