Our betting expert with tips for the Etihad title clash and all of today’s Premier League matches PLUS a Serie A angle
Image: Getty Images)
It’s always better to be a lucky coach than a good one, and Mikel Arteta had a right touch with the timing of his visit to Eastenders.
West Ham (4:30 pm) are due to head to Frankfurt on Thursday, chasing the game in a Europe semi.
The Irons’ post-Europe Sundays have been a mixed grid, with some proper hits on a W3 D2 L5 count.
But all your eggs are now in one basket, and today it’s not.
Arteta didn’t have any European pressures on his plate, which was also lucky, and his team seems to have been born again, again. But they’ve turned the corner so often they could be right back where they started, and trusting Arsenal’s odds is always asking for trouble.
Luckily for us, punters just can’t agree on how to price the brilliant Bukayo Saka as a goal threat.
A company goes up to 6/4 ‘anytime top scorer’ which is stupid, but even allowing for some soft England goals, the 4/11 (Paddy) ‘anytime’ underestimates Saka in their stats this season.
So, today, is the Everton game in hands at Burnley? Hard to say. The 2021-22 relegation duel was an egg and spoon race in the dark, with a staggered start. At earlier points, the Clarets were four games under pace and Everton were running in the top four.
Who knows where Chelsea’s heads are as they travel to Goodison (2pm) – but Reece James looked back at his best midweek goal, and it’s a fair enough ‘anytime scorer’ punt at 7 /1 (Bet365).
Surely Tottenham will get an effort on target this time? Harry Kane and friends of his produced back-to-back shootouts. Brighton and Brentford’s goalkeepers could have stayed at home.
Gypsy-minded Leicester (2pm) may not show up.
Only Norwich had more penalties against them than the Foxes. Good news for Harry. Receive ‘match penalty’ at 2/1 (Bet365).
In Italy, Olivier Giroud appears to be the perfect ‘anytime scorer’ for Milan v Fiorentina (2pm) – 10/13 (Fred) is worth a shot if he starts.
Last week: Winners on 5/4, Evens and 19/20