More woe for the Wanderers?
After the general disappointment that was Europe, its back to the humdrum of the Premier League although the match that is really whetting the appetite isn’t until Monday night, when Chelsea host Manchester City.
December 9th, 2011
Nonetheless, there are games to be played and tips to be made so let’s get to it, starting with the largely uninspiring clash between Bolton and Aston Villa.
Bolton desperately need a win as they battle it out at the foot of the table but a plethora or red cards in recent weeks have conspired to them losing three games on the spin.
They will be able to call upon the services of Gary Cahill, who had his suspension for last week’s red card at Tottenham quashed by the FA this week, but Dean Wheater remains side-lined as he serves the second game of a four match ban for his red-card against Everton.
Villa go into the game at 2/1 with Victor Chandler and we’re tempted to take them on at that price. The visitors don’t look particularly appealing in the form book but their last three games were clashes with Manchester United, Tottenham and an emotional clash at Swansea, so we’re not reading too much into it. We think Villa have enough about them to get a win on the road and pile more misery on Owen Coyle.
Down into the Championship, Hull City look to be the smart bet of the day as they travel to basement boys Coventry.
Andy Thorn’s side are without a win in the last nine and currently sit three points adrift at the foot of the Championship.
On the other hand, Hull have hit a spot of form and go into the game on the back of two impressive wins against Leicester and Birmingham. Hull’s record on the road is impressive, with 15 points from 10 matches, and we like the 6/4 about a Tigers win.
If you want to be a touch more daring, take the 19/2 about Hull to win 2-1 on the correct score. Hull’s last three matches have ended 2-1, as have three of Coventry’s last four.
Also in the Championship, we’re going to complete the treble by backing Burnley to carry on their good form as they host Portsmouth.
What a difference three games makes for Eddie Howe. Not long ago, questions were being asked about the future of the Burnley boss but, after an away win at Hull, a 4-0 thumping of Ipswich and a 2-1 win at West Ham, Burnley are up to 11th.
Portsmouth have yet to win away from home this season and we don’t think that their trip to the North West will prove to be particularly fruitful.