Manchester United to beat Arsenal; Juventus to struggle against Inter Milan
Bayern Munich's wastefulness in front of goal cost the column big time in midweek although our main bet -- both teams to score in the Liverpool vs. Roma game -- did land. Back to the Premier League this weekend with another busy round of fixtures, including Manchester United vs. Arsenal.
Running total: -£64.48
The Home Banker
Manchester United's recent shock 1-0 defeat against West Brom will have burned many a self respecting accumulator. However that was the first time they'd failed to score at home in 2018 and the Red Devils should be trusted to get past Arsenal. The Gunners may yet rest a few star names with a Europa League semifinal second leg against Atletico Madrid still to negotiate, and it's worth remembering that Arsenal are the only side in England's top four divisions yet to pick up a point on the road in 2018. Arsene Wenger would dearly love to sign off with a victory at the home of his most bitter Premier League rivals, but the logical call here is a punt on a Manchester United side still desperate to nail down second place in the league.
The Tasty Treble
Newcastle (4/5) have won their last four at home and can finally seal West Brom's fate with victory on Tyneside. Rafa Benitez has turned water into wine this season and Newcastle should be too strong for a Baggies outfit who simply don't score enough goals away from the Hawthorns. Elsewhere Burnley cannot be ignored at 23/20 to see off a Brighton side who've not won any of their last 10 league games on the road. Sean Dyche's classy Clarets have usually had no issues seeing off teams below them in the table at home this term and should be too hot for the Seagulls. We head to the Championship to complete our treble this week where Middlesbrough look good things at evens to beat Millwall. The Lions' 17-match unbeaten run was ended by Fulham last week and they face another tough one against Boro, who know a win at the Riverside would guarantee them a playoff berth.
Selection: £3 on the treble at 6.74/1 with bet365.
The Euro Wager
Napoli's unlikely 1-0 win in Turin at the weekend has blown the Serie A title race wide open and Juventus face a tough assignment away to Inter Milan on Saturday evening. The Old Lady looked nervous and tentative against Napoli (registering no shots on target) and could struggle here against an Inter side still looking to finish in the top four, and one who have lost just one of their last four matches against Juve.
Selection: £3 on Inter to win at 2/1 with bet365.
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The Wildcard Tip
Gabriel Jesus will be licking his lips at the thought of lining up against West Ham, a team that have lost by three goals in four of their last six matches. Jesus was on target as Pep Guardiola's champions put Swansea to the sword last time out and he looks the most likely first goal scorer at the London Stadium.
Selection: £2 on Jesus to score first at 11/4 with bet365.
The Bookie Basher
Danny Ings looks a certain starter for Liverpool against Stoke as Jurgen Klopp looks likely to shuffle his pack with next week's crunch Champions League semifinal second leg with Roma in mind. Ings grabbed his first Premier League goal for 931 days when he scored against West Brom last week and he looks a decent shout at 9/2 to score first against struggling Stoke. Pair Ings with Harry Kane to notch first for Spurs at 15/8 for a tasty first goalscorer double paying in excess of 14/1.