Wolves v Newcastle
Wolves are continuing to push this seasons top six but have struggled for form over the Christmas period. Three defeats in their five league games since December 15 and no wins in their last three games put an end to a run that saw them climb as high as fifth in the table.
They face a Newcastle side who could be without ten first-team players on Saturday, with Steve Bruce having to deal with a real injury crisis at St James’ Park. He is reportedly working on bringing some new attacking players into the club – with former Everton winger Ademola Lookman a target – but it seems unlikely that any signings will be done before the weekend.
Their last game was a 1-1 draw away at League One side Rochdale and, after watching that game, it is clear to see why Bruce is keen on improving his strike force. Whilst Miguel Almiron bagged the Magpies’ only goal, Joelinton missed numerous chance to double their lead, which summed up his time at the club since his £40m move from Hoffenheim. Allan Saint-Maximin, who has impressed since moving to the North East, is out injured and you struggle to see where the goals are coming from without him in the side. Without a goalscorer, Bruce will undoubtedly rely on his defence to help secure him a result from this game and may opt for a defensive approach at the Molineux.
Wolves have also struggled to find the net recently, seeing out a 0-0 draw with Manchester United in their recent cup game, which means they’ve scored just once in their last three matches. Both these sides have cup replays in the week and won’t be as full throttle as they perhaps would be if this wasn’t a case, which makes the unders angle appeal.
You can back under 2.5 Asian goals at 1.860 which I think looks a decent price. Zero, one or two goals in the match and we have a winner.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Under 2.50 Goals at 1.860
Tottenham v Liverpool
This is probably the game of the weekend and I see no way past the Premier League champions elect here.
Jose Mourinho, unsurprisingly, fielded a strong team away at Championship side Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last weekend but, in a lacklustre performance, they could only muster a 1-1. The Portuguese was clearly desperate to win the game and avoid a replay, so he will have been disappointed, to say the least, with that result.
Opposed to that, Liverpool fielded a second-string side against local rivals Everton on the same day and came away with a 1-0 win thanks to a Curtis Jones screamer. Their key players got a week off and they will look to remain unbeaten in the league when they travel to North London on Saturday evening.
Bar the 5-0 demolition of Burnley in one of his first games in charge, I struggle to recall a really decent showing from Spurs under Mourinho. They have continued to concede goals and create very little, not always in the same games, and, you have to admit, it’s beginning to get slightly worrying. In the league, they have won two of their last five games, but those two wins were 2-1 victories against Wolves and Brighton, who were both unlucky not to come away with something on those occasions.
It doesn’t get much harder than playing Liverpool at the moment and they just do not look like losing games. Even with the majority of their first team rested against Everton they managed to win, whilst in the league they have picked up all three points in their last 11 consecutive games – which started with a 2-1 win over Tottenham.
Just like I mentioned earlier with Wolves and Newcastle, I feel Mourinho will have one eye on the midweek FA Cup replay and will just look to keep the score respectable against Jurgen Klopp’s side. Whether this will be possible, I’m not sure, but I’ll take the 1.950 available on Liverpool with a -0.75 start. It’s available at 1.950 and it’ll land if Liverpool win by two or more goals. We’ll even see a half payout if they win by just the one.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Liverpool -0.75 at 1.950
Bournemouth v Watford
I’ve mentioned ‘relegation six pointers’ in one of these previews a few weeks ago and, whilst I don’t necessarily like the notion of these at this stage of a season, this has to be classed as one. I think this will be an intriguing game on Sunday, between two teams battling relegation but play two different styles of football.
Nigel Pearson has done exactly what I expected him to do – identify Watford’s strengths and play to them. This involves attacking at pace and on the counter-attack and it has been extremely effective so far. Since losing his first game in charge, Pearson has remained unbeaten in his last five games beating Manchester United and Wolves along the way. It’s dragged them off the bottom and just two points from safety.
Everyone knows how Bournemouth play, with their short passing and patient build-up, but it hasn’t been working out too well for Eddie Howe of late, with some fans even calling for their long-serving boss to get the boot. They haven’t won any of their last four league games, their most recent a 4-0 defeat to West Ham.
This bet is based on current form and I feel like these two teams are in completely different mindsets right now. I imagine Watford are full of it after their good run under Pearson, with the Bournemouth players now perhaps worrying about the chances of relegation.
These games are always tight and nervy and, if it plays out like that, I can see Watford grinding out the result. You can back them at 2.030 with 0.0 start, which means we’ll win if they win and get our money back if it ends a draw.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Watford 0.00 at 2.030
Preview by: @AdamGoodwin
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