It may be boring but it is profitable backing Chelsea to win English Premier League games and the Blues stand out at odds of -175 with Coral and Ladbrokes to triumph at a Swansea side that is missing Wilfried Bony’s goals badly.
Bony looks as though he has played his last game for Swansea and, while Swans manager Garry Monk may be able to spend the cash windfall in the coming weeks, he is not going to get in someone of the Ivorian’s class before Chelsea comes to town.
Now that the English Premier League season is more than 50 per complete it is difficult to compile accurate collateral form data. However, the English Premier League ladder will become truer with every passing round and, besides, one is pretty sure as to the talents of Swansea and Chelsea.
Chelsea spanked Swansea 4-2 in their English Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge when Bony played only the last 15 or so minutes for the Swans. Diego Costa netted a hat-trick for Chelsea and the scoreline ended up flattering Swansea because John Terry put through his own net to hand the lead to the Swans and their second goal came four minutes from the end of normal time, by which time Blues players were thinking about what they were going to eat for dinner.
West Ham should have beaten Swansea in their English Premier League encounter at the Liberty Stadium last weekend as the Swans struggled without Bony leading their attack. Chelsea should beat Swansea in Wales this weekend and ensure that it finishes the round at the top of the English Premier League ladder, at least two points clear of Manchester City.
Speaking of West Ham, the Hammers are worth an interest at odds of -137 with Coral to defeat Hull at the Boleyn Ground. West Ham has gone four English Premier League matches without a win but, apart from drawing 1-1 at home to West Bromwich – and remember that the Baggies had their new boss, Tony Pulis, watching from the stand – there has not been a great deal wrong with what the Hammers have produced recently.
Hull had the same misfortune to run into a Pulis-inspired West Bromwich, losing 0-1 at The Hawthorns in an English Premier League relegation scrap on its last top-flight start. Hull has won just two of its 11 English Premier League road games and they were against 19th-placed Queens Park Rangers in the first round and 17th-placed Sunderland on Boxing Day as the Black Cats experienced a letdown after its 1-0 derby success over Newcastle at St James’ Park.
West Ham drew 2-2 with Hull in their reverse English Premier League fixture and, once again, one is surprised that the Hammers are not trading at shorter odds for what appears like an excellent opportunity for them to post a home win.
Crystal Palace could not beat Burnley at Selhurst Park in September and one thinks that the Eagles, while they have received a lift from the arrival of Alan Pardew, are worth opposing at Turf Moor. Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak are two of Crystal Palace’s best players and both of them are away on national team duty. Crystal Palace beat Tottenham 2-1 without either Bolasie or Jedinak but the Eagles were fighting a losing battle until Anthony Taylor awarded them a penalty kick that infuriated Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Burnley’s English Premier League home form is superior to Crystal Palace’s Mauricio Pochettino away form and that, coupled with the unavailability of Bolasie and Jedinak, is enough for the Clarets to be value at +140 with several bookmakers, including BetVictor,Coral and PaddyPower.
Finally, with regards to English Premier League exotic bets, the banker option looks like West Ham to have more corner kicks than Hull. West Ham is the English Premier League’s fourth best corner-kicks side, averaging 6.43 for and 5.19 against. Hull is at the foot of that particular English Premier League, averaging 3.71 corner kicks for and 6.57 against. Therefore, backing West Ham to beat Hull both on the scoreboard and the corner-kick count makes sense.
West Ham to beat Hull
18th January 13:30 GMT
Where to Bet: Coral
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