The beauty of football is that all us fans have an opinion and with the popularity of football betting, more and more of us are happy to put a couple of quid where our mouths are to add a bit of fun to the weekend’s football.
Some fans spend far more time than others trying to find who they’ll include in their bets, looking at the form, reading injury news etc whilst others will choose to look at the league tables (which is the worst possible form guide) and pick the handful of most likely winners based on where they are in the division, forgetting that does not always reflect an accurate picture of current form. Anybody who adopts that approach will soon find out that “there’s always one that lets you down”.
As a seasoned punter, I’m very much a believer that the harder you work the luckier you become and as such, spend quite a bit of time to arrive at my weekly bets.
I’m happy to share with readers of It’s Round and It’s White my selections each week throughout the season and would welcome any feedback on the picks, share with others who you’re backing and of course, feel free to praise if I find a couple of winners and I’ll take the stick when they lose! You can follow me on Twitter my username is @Rodonsport
The first weekend treble bet is made up from three games in the Premier League which, should all three win, will pay 41/1 with Bet Victor! A bet I think has to be worth a fiver of anyone’s money. However, if you’re happy to pick up a small profit, the prices are all backable as singles too.
Aston Villa v Swansea – Away Win @ 23/10
Under new boss, Paul Lambert, Villa have not made the best of starts to the season, picking up just a single point from three games played.
Lambert has a great deal of re-building to do at the club and results might be slow in coming this season, which is why they are tipped to lose again this weekend.
The biggest worry for Lambert thus far is his team’s leaky defence which has conceded five goals already, whilst only scoring two in reply. Swansea on the other hand have become something of a “goal machine” under their new boss, Michael Laudrup, scoring ten goals with five of them being scored away from home.
At 23/10 to win the game, the value is certainly with Swansea to pick up the three points. There was much to admire about the Swans last season under Brendan Rodgers and that looks to have continued under Laudrup and they can continue that against a Villa side struggling to find form.
Sunderland v Liverpool – Home Win @ 12/5
In this game, Sunderland will be making their first appearance at home this season and it comes against a team who are struggling to come to terms with the new regime at Anfield led by Brendan Rodgers. Languishing in the relegation zone currently, the Reds have only gleaned one point from three games played and look to be a shadow of the side that reached two Wembley finals last season. Defeats against Arsenal and West Brom makes one wonder how they managed to earn a point off champions Manchester City in between but they are clearly struggling in front of goal and until this problem is resolved then they are very vulnerable.
Sunderland meanwhile have played two games away from home drawing both, 2-2 against Swansea and 0-0 at The Emirates.
The Black Cats new striker, Steven Fletcher, got off the mark with a brace last time out and he can lead the line against a Liverpool side who just cannot be fancied to win on the road yet.
At odds of 12/5, Martin O’Neill’s side look a good value bet to add to Brendan Rodgers woes.
Reading v Tottenham – Home Win @ 11/4
With the knives already being sharpened against Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane, Reading will see this match as a golden opportunity to capitalise on the faltering start of their opponents, much like Sunderland will over Liverpool.
Two home draws and an away defeat is all Spurs have to show for their opening three matches and although Reading can only boast a point, it should be remembered that they have only played twice and the game they lost was to Chelsea, who they scored twice against and gave the European champions a shock in the process.
Reading will be all too aware that if they are to do well this season, home form will be critical and taking advantage of an opponent who comes to the Madejski Stadium under pressure is the formula for backing a home win at seemingly generous odds of 11/4.
Read more football previews from Rod, alongside weekend tips from Steve Claridge at http://www.betting-directory.com/