It’s not often that we’re treated to a Premier League party on a Tuesday evening, but that’s the way it’s fallen this week and now we’re looking to take advantage of the fixture list’s good grace.
There’s a whopping eight games scheduled tonight as we aim to pocket an accumulator win after Shrewsbury Town’s late escape against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup cost plenty of punters (us included) over the weekend.
Once again we have the safety cushion of Paddy Power’s Accumulator Insurance. That’s money back as a free bet if one of our five legs lets us down. A lot like the spare tyre that’s sat in the boot of the motor, we’re hoping we won’t need it, but it’s nice to know that it’s there. Not that we can change it obviously, we have the very delicate hands of any man who spends their days sat in an office looking for hilarious GIFs of animals falling over to use on Twitter.
In an attempt to cash in on Tuesday’s games, we’re backing five of the top six Premier League sides to pick up victories and give us a winner at just over 22/1. That’s a tidy return of £225 off a £10 bet, plus the change.
Norwich v Tottenham, Tuesday 7.45pm
Two teams with equally contrasting fortunes meet at Carrow Road when Tottenham come to town. Spurs have won the last four in all competitions, while Norwich have lost the last four. If that hasn’t made Delia Smith choke on her blueberry muffin, the fact that the Canaries have conceded 14 goals in those four games while Spurs have scored 13 in their last four games, probably would.
Tottenham haven’t lost on the road since the opening day of the season and have been scoring for fun the last few weeks. Norwich’s defense looks as trustworthy as Steve McClaren’s barber and Spurs can cash in at odds of to pick up all three points.
Sunderland v Manchester City, Tuesday 7.45pm
You don’t need to be brain scientist to figure out why we’re including Manchester City in this accumulator. The Citizens are unbeaten in six league games – a run that began with a 4-1 win over Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on December 26. The Black Cats’ record against top half sides reads lost nine, drawn one, won one this year, while Manchester City’s are unbeaten in 12 matches against bottom half sides – winning 10 and drawing twice.
Manchester City’s title challenge is going to step up a notch in February with home ties against Tottenham and Leicester, and they can kick off the month with a straightforward win at the Stadium of Light at odds of .
West Ham v Aston Villa, Tuesday 7.45pm
It has been almost six months since the last time Aston Villa won a top flight match on the road, and that statistic is unlikely to change at Upton Park on Tuesday. West Ham have only lost twice at home this season – to Leicester and Bournemouth, both in August – and have won against Liverpool, Chelsea and Southampton at home this year.
Villa have only managed six goals in their last nine games, and while they’ve looked as dangerous in attack as a bin bag full of jelly, the Hammers have found the net in 10 of their 11 home games – the 0-0 draw with Stoke the only occasion they’ve failed to get on the scoresheet at Upton Park. Slaven Bilic’s side are winless in the last three games in all competitions, but should pick up three points here at odds of .
Arsenal v Southampton, Tuesday 7.45pm
Southampton upset the odds and thumped Arsenal 4-0 on Boxing Day this season, but without the effects of a turkey hangover, we’re hoping the Gunners can return the favour at the Emirates and keep our accumulator running. T’Pau were number one with ‘China In Your Hand’ last time Southampton won a league game away to Arsenal – all the way back in November 1987 – and three points for Arsenal here wouldn’t surprise the traders who have them priced up at odds of .
Manchester City are the only side with a better home record than Arsenal this year, and the Gunners have kept clean sheets in 45 per cent of their top flight games at the Emirates during this campaign. Three points would keep Arsenal in the title hunt and keep our accumulator rolling…
Leicester v Liverpool, Tuesday 7.45pm
Leicester’s incredible season rolls on with the Foxes three points clear at the top of the table going into Tuesday’s clash with Liverpool. The Reds are one of just two teams to beat Leicester in the league this season, but Claudio Ranieri’s men can exact some level of revenge at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes have scored in more games than any other top flight side this season, and only Manchester City have a better goal tally than them. Worrying news for a Liverpool side who have leaked 10 goals in the last 10 games and gave up four goals to Norwich last week. Incredibly 21 per cent of Norwich’s goals have come against Liverpool this year.
Both teams have found the onion bag in 65 per cent of Leicester’s games this season, so we’re expecting an entertaining tie with the home side to edge it at odds of .