We’re getting too old for this
Chelsea is a club known for its connection with pensioners and tomorrow, those pensioners travel to Newcastle as they look to get their “finish just behind the two Manchester clubs” challenge back on track.
December 2nd, 2011
It’s all going wrong for Andre Villas-Boas and his aging stars. They’re getting beat in crucial matches, looking very unconvincing in games that they are winning and, other than a 3-0 win over Wolves, they’ve been pretty woeful in general.
Recent results have already cast a shadow over AVBs future at the club and in situations like that, a long trip to a side that is unbeaten at home is probably not the ideal tonic.
Alan Pardew’s side continue to surprise the onlookers in the Premier League and, although they are without a win in the last two, those games were at both of the Manchester clubs, so we’ll cut them a little bit of slack.
So onto the betting, where we’re surprised to find Newcastle at 7/4 generally on the draw no bet – a price that seems a little high to us for an in-form, unbeaten at home team that is hosting a side in very different form. We’ll be taking the bookies up on that.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, we like the look of Manchester United to beat Aston Villa ‘to-nil’ in the Saturday evening kick-off.
United, prior to their 6-1 shellacking at home to Man City back in October, had kept three consecutive clean sheets in the league whilst Villa, apart from Everton, are the lowest scorers in the top half of the table. We don’t expect many goals in this one and we don’t expect United to concede one.
We’ll complete out Premier League round-up by backing both teams to score in the clash at Loftus Road between QPR and West Brom. You’ll get 8/11 on that outcome.
And to round off this week’s tips, we’re going to dip into the FA Cup. It’s the second round tonight and in our quest for an upset, we’re going to pick out Fleetwood Town, who host Yeovil on Friday night.
Fleetwood are unbeaten in 10 matches in all competitions and dispatched of League Two Wycombe in the previous round, with relative ease. Strikers Jamie Vardy and Andrew Managan are very much on form and we think that Yeovil could struggle on their visit to Highbury against a club very much on the up.
Finally, we backed Grimsby Town in last week’s column, purely because we expected them to be playing the Kidderminster U7s team, but we’re backing them again this week.
The Mariners travel to BSS side Salisbury as a side in form. They’re unbeaten in seven and they’ve won the last three – the latest being a 7-0 hammering of Stockport in mid-week. They’re 5/4 against a side a league below them and we think that the bookies have underestimated their recent form.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea: Newcastle (draw no bet) – 7/4 (General)
Aston Villa vs Manchester United: Man Utd to win to nil – 9/5 (Paddy Power)
QPR vs West Brom: Both sides to score – 8/11 (General)
Fleetwood Town vs Yeovil Town: Fleetwood – 21/20 (Coral)
Salisbury vs Grimsby Town: Grimsby – 5/4 (General)