After delivering winning selections in each of his two featured columns last weekend, SlipsTips examines the Bet Builder market ahead of Wolves' meeting with Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
Wolves vs Newcastle (Saturday, 17:30)
Two of the Premier League’s in-form teams square off on Saturday evening, as Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Newcastle United to Molineux.
After a slow start to the season, Wolves have been on a steady upward curve of late, having beaten both Man City and Bournemouth either side of 1-1 draw with high-flying Aston Villa.
As for Newcastle, they make the trip to the Black Country in the midst of an impressive five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, yet they may be a little deflated after losing 1-0 at home to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek.
Despite the hosts’ recent upturn in form, Newcastle are general 4/5 favourites here, however I’ve identified an alternative angle of attack via PaddyPower’s Bet Builder that I’m keen to get on board with.
Backing both Dan Burn and Mario Lemina to commit at least one foul each during this contest will bring about 5/6 (PaddyPower) play that holds plenty of appeal.
While Newcastle’s Dan Burn is averaging just 0.7 fouls per-game in the Premier League this season, he will no doubt have his hands full here against one the Premier League’s standout performers this season so far.
The Magpies left-back will most likely be keeping tabs on the skilful Pedro Neto whose blistering pace has been an extremely useful asset for the Old Gold this term, as evidenced by the fact no player has created more Premier League goals than the Portuguese forward this term.
It’s also worth noting that Neto has drawn an average of one foul per 90 in the top-flight this term and there is plenty of scope for that trend to continue here given that his direct opponent Dan Burn has never been blessed with a rapid turn of pace.
Switching attention to the middle of the park, I’ll also back Wolves’ Mario Lemina to commit a minimum of one foul during this contest
The Gabonese midfielder – who has never been one to shy away from a tackle – is currently averaging 1.7 fouls per-game in the Premier League this season.
What’s more, the Wolves midfield destroyer has already clocked up four yellow cards and one red across his eight Premier League appearances this season so a solitary foul doesn’t look too much to ask against the Magpies on Saturday.
Therefore, with all things considered, backing the aforementioned duo to commit a minimum of one foul each during this teatime tussle stands out at 5/6 with PaddyPower.
- Mario Lemina 1 or More Fouls
- Dan Burn 1 or More Fouls
- Bet Builder – 5/6 (PaddyPower)