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Backing West Ham to beat Aston Villa in the battle of the claret and blue-wearing teams at the Boleyn Ground is the best way to bet on the 11th English Premier League round.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has demonstrated that he is not a one-trick pony when it comes to tactics, getting Hammers supporters off his back by implementing a passing game that sits well with how they view their view as the academy of football. One is sure that Barcelona et al do not think of West Ham in such a way but nevermind. What matters is that Allardyce has earned himself some breathing space and West Ham is fifth on the English Premier League ladder and a comfortable eight points clear of the relegation zone.
The English Premier League relegation zone is where Aston Villa is heading at a rapid rate of knots having lost each of its last six matches since its players fought like lions to hold out Liverpool at Anfield and secure a 1-0 away win. Aston Villa has scored just one goal in those six games and its chance of getting on the scoresheet against West Ham took a hit when its most dangerous attacker, Christian Benteke, was sent off in its 1-2 home loss to Tottenham.
One thought that Aston Villa would struggle in the English Premier League this season and that Paul Lambert would live to regret appointing Roy Keane as his assistant. West Ham won the latest meeting between the teams 2-0 at Villa Park in February when Aston Villa dominated possession without forcing Hammers goalkeeper Adrian to perform many saves.
If West Ham and Aston Villa play like they have been doing for the past month or so then Saturday’s English Premier League match at the Boleyn Ground should result in three points for the Hammers, an option that is available at odds of -133 with Bet365 and William Hill. According to early reports, West Ham striker Diafra Sakho is likely to return to face Aston Villa after injuring his shoulder versus Manchester City last month.
Something is really not right at Liverpool at the moment and one is keen to oppose the Reds wherever possible. English Premier League leader Chelsea visits Anfield on Saturday and, having done a number on Liverpool towards the end of last term, Blues boss Jose Mourinho has every right to believe that he can outsmart Brendan Rodgers again.
For what it is worth, one thinks that there was some sense to what Rodgers did in naming a second-string side against Real Madrid because, given the UEFA Champions League rules, a 0-10 loss to the Meringues at the Santiago Bernabeu was going to be no more detrimental to Liverpool’s chance of reaching the knockout stage than a 0-1 loss to the title holder. But Rodgers may have damaged relationships with several of Liverpool’s senior players and it gave the impression that he views his side as a second grader.
Chelsea is not going to trade at odds against for many English Premier League games this season so one is keen to support the Blues at odds of +125 with BetVictor. Liverpool is not playing like a top six English Premier League team and, therefore, one thinks that Mourinho will view Chelsea’s visit to Anfield similarly to, say, a trip to St James’s Park. Mourinho will want three points.
Finally, collateral form lines suggest that Hull should be the favourite for its English Premier League match versus Burnley at Turf Moor. Hull and Burnley have faced three of the same opponents in the first 10 English Premier League rounds and each of those collateral form lines favours the Tigers, two of them by quite substantial margins. Hull is overpriced at odds of +210 with BetVictor to secure its third English Premier League win of the term.
Chelsea to beat Liverpool
8th November 12:45 GMT
Where to Bet: BetVictor
Hull to beat Burnley
8th November 15:00 GMT
Where to Bet: BetVictor
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