Jan 23: English Football Betting Preview


IT’S a tough card in England today and that’s illustrated by the fact Man United are the only odds-on side at home in the Premier League and they’re hardly bankers at home to Southampton.

A price of 10-11 looks good on paper but United have been too inconsistent for me to back confidently.

And even when you look at the Championship there are two odds-on teams – leaders Middlesbrough and Cardiff with the latter just under evens.

So let’s start in the Premier League and while Leicester have have been the team of the season it’s Mauricio Pochettini’s Spurs who look ones to follow in 2016.

Mauricio Pochettini has his team ticking along nicely and while the Foxes make the headlines it’s the White Hart Lane men who could come up on the rails.

Spurs are up to fourth in the Premier League, through to the fourth round of the FA Cup and in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

They won their FA Cup replay at Leicester on Tuesday without the likes of Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

That means they’ll be fresh for the short visit to Crystal Palace and I like Spurs at 6-5 with William Hill. Palace are on a downward spiral having lost their last three in the Premier League and having failed to score in five. Another bet to consider therefore is Spurs to win to nil at 13-5 with McBookie.

Son Heung-min scored a cracker and set up the second at the King Power but may not start today. Kane will be back though and I’m on the fresh hitman to net first at 9-2 with Paddy Power.

The early TV game sees Liverpool travel to Norwich and it’s a tough one for Jurgen Klopp’s men who have dropped to ninth after last week’s home defeat by Man United.

Norwich are poor on the road but unbeaten in five at Carrow Road and can avoid defeat. They are as big as 10-3 at Betfred to win and 7-8 at 888sport not to lose.

Steven Naismith could make his debut after an £8.5million switch from Everton and what better way to mark his new start with a goal against Liverpool. The Scotland striker is 10-1 at bet365 to bag the opener and 15-4 with Ladbrokes to score at any time.

Sunderland have looked better in recent weeks thanks to Jermain Defoe but were soundly beaten at Spurs last week. Sam Allardyce’s men have netted seven in their last two wins with Defoe hitting a hat-trick at Swansea. He’ll need to be on his game today and the Makems try to close the gap on visitors Bournemouth to three points.

Picking a winner is tough but there should be goals. Defoe is 11-5 at Paddy Power to net and both teams to score should come in at 20-23 with Coral.

Middlesbrough should get back on track at home to Nottingham Forest after last week’s shock defeat at managerless Bristol City. They are 13-20 with Ladbrokes.

Bolton survived their FA Cup banana skin in midweek but still conceded two at home to non-league Eastleigh. MK Dons have won in five and look a bit of value at 2-1 with Betfred.

In League I like leaders Burton at home to Shrewsbury and second-placed Walsall against Blackpool.

Burton have won nine wins and lost just once at home with just nine goals conceded and that’s impressive at the level they’re playing at. Back the Brewers at 4-6 with Betfred.

In League Two Accrington haven’t suffered a reaction from Matt Crooks and Josh Windass signing pre-contracts with Rangers and have climbed into the play-offs with back-to-back wins against Hartlepool and Mansfield.

Today they travel to an Exeter side who could be jaded after their FA Cup defeat at Liverpool in midweek. Stanley have between two and four games in hand on all of the teams above them and will fancy their chances here.

They are 6-4 at Coral and Betfred or for less risk go Accrington draw no bet at 3-4 with Ladbrokes.

Bets to Consider


Norwich not to lose

Defoe to score

MK Dons


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