Stoke to pile on the misery for Wolves
A cursory look at this week’s fixture card in the Premier League (and indeed, the Football League), seems to suggest that mismatches and poor value are the order of the weekend but nevertheless, we’ve found a couple of tasty ties in our weekend picks.
December 16th, 2011
Wigan v Chelsea, QPR v Man Utd, Villa v Liverpool and Tottenham v Sunderland are doing little to get us excited this weekend and, whilst the even money on Liverpool to win in the Midlands is probably worth a look, we’re going to look elsewhere in the Premier League.
That elsewhere, however, is not going to be at the Etihad Stadium where Man City face off against Arsenal. Sorry to disappoint you, but we’re not touching that game with the proverbial length of wood designed to guide vessels along a canal.
Instead, the match that excites us more is the clash between Wolverhampton and Stoke, mainly because we think that the 2/1 available on in-form Stoke is a touch generous.
Tony Pulis’ side come into this game having won three in a row in the Premier League, including a 2-1 win over Tottenham, and can easily overcome a mid-week Europa League defeat against Besiktas, which saw them make 11 changes and have Matthew Upson sent-off.
With their best available eleven back on the field, they should have little trouble seeing off a Wolves team that has struggled to pick up points against teams far worse than Stoke.
Their last two home wins have come against Sunderland and Wigan, with those games sandwiched by heavy defeats to Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City. They’re not a team that’s playing with confidence and we think Stoke will exploit it.
We’re going to make a treble of that bet by dipping into the Championship, where we’re backing both Ipswich and Hull to get three points at home.
Ipswich have been consistently inconsistent throughout the season – a trait typified no more so than their 5-3 win at Barnsley at the weekend. Trailing 2-0 at half-time, Ipswich turned it around in the second half and put on an attacking master class.
Derby on the other hand have been pretty woeful of late, with a scrappy 2-1 win over Bristol City at the weekend ending a run of six games without a win, five of which were defeats. The Rams haven’t won on the road since September and we don’t think they’ll get a win here.
Add Hull City to beat Millwall into the mix and you come up with an interesting looking treble that works out at around 13.2 with Victor Chandler.
Hull have won three on the spin, seeing off Leicester, Birmingham and Coventry in recent outings whilst Millwall have struggled of late, with the only win in their last six being a 3-2 success over lowly Doncaster. The Tigers should have more than enough here.
Treble on Stoke, Hull and Millwall – 13.2 (Victor Chandler)