Sunday’s English Premier League matches will attract most of the weekend’s media attention but the eighth round’s best bets are in three of Saturday’s less auspicious games.
The English Premier League program kicks off with Tony Pulis taking his West Bromwich side to one of his former teams, Crystal Palace, for a Saturday lunchtime clash. One thinks that Marathonbet’s odds of -130 about under two and a half goals at Selhurst Park are worth snapping up in the circumstances.
The home dressing room at The Hawthorns may have required a new coat of paint last week because Pulis would have gone ballistic following West Bromwich’s 2-3 loss to Everton on Monday in which the Baggies led 2-0 after 54 minutes before former Albion striker Romelo Lukaku and his Toffees colleagues fought back to win.
Pulis prides himself on defensive organisation so one can only imagine how high his blood pressure spiked watching West Bromwich throw away a two-goal lead in the English Premier League round after the Baggies lost 0-3 at Norwich in the English Capital One Cup. The odds are that Pulis will have spent all of West Bromwich’s preparatory time working on defence and one is willing to bet on the Baggies adopting a cautious approach away to a Crystal Palace team against which the ex-Eagles boss will be desperate not to lose.
West Bromwich is yet to concede an English Premier League away goal this season and one thinks that Crystal Palace is one of those sides that is better suited to playing away to high-ranking teams than hosting low-ranking teams. Crystal Palace has several fast players who are dangerous on the break but not as lethal when confronted with the challenge of breaking down a deep-lying defence with nine or 10 men behind the ball. It is difficult to make a case for over two and a half goals in what may be a relatively dull match.
Selhurst Park’s English Premier League game may send people to sleep but one expects Saturday’s top-flight match between Norwich and Leicester at Carrow Road to be a real beauty.
One does not know what Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has taken but one would not mind a dose of it because he has got the Foxes playing some of the English Premier League’s most exciting football. Both sides have hit the back of the net in each of Leicester’s nine games across all competitions and Norwich’s statistics are seven out of nine. Also, it is well worth nothing that both teams have scored in seven of the eight English Premier League matches that Norwich has played, with the exception being the 0-3 loss at Southampton in which the Canaries had Steven Whittaker sent off early.
SkyBet is offering odds of -149 about Norwich and Leicester celebrating English Premier League goals on Saturday and, in a game that both sides will view as a good chance to accrue three points, one cannot see the bet failing for the lack of endeavour on the part of the Canaries and the Foxes.
Finally, Bournemouth’s injury dramas in the English Premier League are threatening to derail its first term in the top tier. Harry Arter is yet to make his English Premier League debut for Bournemouth and Cherries striker Callum Wilson is out of action for roughly the next six months, which means that a totally different type of forward, Glenn Murray, is likely to become the focal point of their attack. It may take some time for Bournemouth to get used to Murray.
Watford, which accompanied Bournemouth out of the English Championship last term, is Saturday’s guest of the Cherries and one thinks that there is mileage in backing the Hornets on the double-chance line at odds of -125 with Boylesports.
C Palace v West Brom Under 2.5 goals
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Norwich v Leicester Over 2.5 goals
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Watford to win/draw v Bournemouth
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