We’re back for some (literally some) more Premier League action this weekend and Cheeky is here to give you his best tips ahead of the weekend, with odds from Paddy Power throughout.
Aston Villa v Burnley
Since replacing Dean Smith at Villa in November, Stevie Gerrard has set about making them more difficult to beat. There is a solid look about them at the minute and they were good value for that recent 2-0 win against Norwich on Tuesday. Burnley have yet to win away from Turf Moor and may struggle here against a combative and organised side.
Jacob Ramsey said he wants to emulate Gerrard and there’s f**k all wrong with a 20-year-old having that kind of ambition. He’s still young and has loads of scope to improve. As my mother always used to say: The older you get, the better you get, unless you’re a banana.
Leeds United v Arsenal
One thing struck me watching Leeds’ sorry destruction against Man City the other night. And that is, you never see Marcelo Bielsa and Jack Duckworth in the same room together, do you? Mind blown! Leeds have been laid low with a naughty dose of second-season syndrome and some fans are turning on ‘El Loco’. The team have shipped 12 goals in their last three matches, and to make matters worse have not beaten Arsenal in their last four league games.
A recent late capitulation against Everton summed up everything wrong with Arteta’s army at the minute. Arsenal stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the captaincy after his “latest disciplinary breach”. The writing could be on the wall for the Gabon striker, who has been linked with Newcastle (don’t laugh). Even without Aubameyang, I fancy Arsenal to get the job done here in a game that naturally should feature a few goals.
Wolves v Chelsea
Chelsea have been eased in the title betting after a ropey recent spell. Wolves actually won this fixture 2-1 on December 15 last year and you can get 14/1 on lightning striking twice. Not for me, Clive. Chelsea are averaging 2.1 goals per game away from home, Wolves just 0.6 goals per game at HQ. Chelsea to win 1-0 is my hunch and truth be told this isn’t the most outrageous 5/1 shot out there this weekend.
Newcastle United v Manchester City
The sight of Kevin de Bruyne back in scoring form the other night was pretty ominous. The 30-year-old’s season had been blighted by illness and injury but he was back to his best against Leeds, a voluptuary baller with smirking eyes.
The Citizens are 2/11 for the win on Tyneside, and I can’t remember many away teams ever going off shorter in the history of the Premier League. City are in the midst of one of those mad runs of form where you expect them to win 15 in a row. For the rest, it’s a case of sticking with them at the moment. De Bruyne is 11/10 to conjure an assist against the Toon, and I like them apples. He’s due an assist, see. None so far this term. This in stark contrast to the 12 he managed in 2020-21 and the small mater of a record-equalling f**king 20 from the 2019-20 campaign.
Tottenham v Liverpool
Liverpool are banging in the goals for fun, averaging 3.3 per game away from Anfield in the league this season. The fact that they are going toe-to-toe with Man City, despite the obvious difference in wealth and how the two rivals are structured, kind of sums up the genius of Jurgen Klopp. The unpretentious polymath and scruffy-chic enigma is really getting a tune out of this Liverpool side once more and I’ll have a Brandy and Eggnog with you they leave north London with all the points here.
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