WEEKEND BETTING GUIDE – MCB’s Premier League preview

While the attention turns to the FA Cup semi-finals, there are sure to be a few fireworks in games affecting the top and bottom of the Premier League.

Leicester seek a third successive win when they entertain Swansea, Manchester City will try to cling on to a Champions League spot as they entertain West Ham, and Chelsea will have one hand on the title should they beat Manchester United.

Our punting prognosticator takes a look at this weekend’s big matches and suggest where to put your money…

All odds quoted from Whyteleafe’s betting service whyteleafe.myclubbetting.co.uk

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CRYSTAL PALACE v WEST BROM

Tony Pulis

Poor run: Pulis returns to Selhurst Park

Tony Pulis has never been relegated in his managerial career, but West Brom (Odds: 4.30) may yet get embroiled in a relegation scrap, as they are on a poor run of form at a crucial stage of the season.

Pulis, who saved Palace from relegation last season, will probably maintain his record but only because there are weaker sides fighting relegation.

Palace (1.92) are now in a position of mid-table safety, although they have no chance of qualifying for Europe.

Five of the last 11 meetings were drawn and the Baggies have won just 2 of the last 12 clashes with Palace. Both sides found the net in six of the last nine meetings and that 66% trend is one to follow.

VERDICT: Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 1 @ 7.80

BEST BET: West Brom to score @ 1.58

EVERTON v BURNLEY

Danny Ings

On the move: Ings

Based on the same theory that players who are hungrier will get a result, Burnley (Odds: 5.40) should pick up three valuable points at Everton (1.69).

The home side have found some better form recently and are now out of the relegation scrap, but a mid-table final league position is underachieving.

Burnley have taken points at home from some of the superpowers but they have won just one of 15 league matches on the road, scoring 12 goals and conceding 30.

A win could see them move to as high as 16th in the league, their highest position to date this season.

Everton have lost five league matches at home this season and while confidence has returned, Burnley are fighting for their lives and striker Danny Ings – who could be joining Liverpool in the summer – might just fancy putting a few Blue noses out of joint.

Five of the last 11 meetings were draw and six of the last nine clashes saw less than three goals scored.

VERDICT: Everton 1 Burnley 2 @ 15.50

BEST BET: Burnley to score @ 1.59

LEICESTER v SWANSEA

Leicester (Odds: 2.12) have found some good form when it matters most and from being well off the pace to avoid relegation, they now have a good chance of staying in the top flight.

They are three points behind Hull in 17th position with a game in hand, but that match is at home to Chelsea. However, the league could be decided at the time of that fixture.

Swansea (3.50), in eighth place, are another side with little to play for and are no doubt wearing flip-flops.

This is a must-win game for Leicester, who have won the last three meetings at home by a 2-1 scoreline (it is 7.60 for that to happen again) and they will feel they can build on the dramatic win last week at West Brom.

A win could be the difference at the end of the season between staying up or an immediate return to the Championship and the latter is more likely.

VERDICT: Leicester 1 Swansea City 1 @ 6.20

BEST BET: Double Chance – Draw or Swansea @ 1.73

STOKE v SOUTHAMPTON

Qualifying for the Champions League is now almost beyond Southampton (odds: 2.24) but they are still vying for the consolation of the Europa League.

That looks a three-way fight, though Manchester City could enter the equation if their poor run of form continues.

Another defeat for City would bring them into the mix and open up the race for fourth place, so Southampton must keep winning.

Stoke (3.40) are the epitome of a mid-table outfit, currently tenth, but have managed to win just two of the last 21 previous meetings with Southampton, who are something of a bogey side.

VERDICT: Stoke 0 Southampton 2 @ 10.50

BEST BET: HT draw @ 1.96

CHELSEA v MAN UTD

Mourino

Home comfort: Mourinho

Chelsea (2.04) are the only team in the top four divisions to remain unbeaten at home in the league and they retain a seven-point lead at the top following a last-gasp 1-0 win at QPR last Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side have been joint top or top of the table since the opening day of the season and are on course to break Manchester United’s 1993/94 record of 262 consecutive days at the summit.

Chelsea seek another piece of history, too, hoping remain unbeaten for an unprecedented eighth straight clash against United.

The Blues need just 11 points from their last seven games to secure the title and victory over United would be a huge step towards landing title odds of 1/33, which seems remarkably short given they still have to face Arsenal and Liverpool. That said, they also have a game in hand on all their immediate rivals.

United (3.90), eight points behind and winners of their last six, are 2.98 in the Premier League Without Chelsea market, odds that will shorten should they beat Chelsea for only the second time in 10 tries.

Chelsea have scored at least once in 11 of the last 12 meetings with United at Stamford Bridge and nine of the last 12 meetings saw both sides net.

VERDICT: Chelsea 1 Man Utd 3 @ 32.00

BEST BET: Both teams to score @ 1.83

MAN CITY v WEST HAM

Pellegrini

Dead man walking: Pellegrini

Manchester City (odds: 1.26) have lost four of their last six games and are only four points ahead of Liverpool in the race for the final Champions League place.

West Ham (12.50) have traditionally reverted to type. It was old hairy Frank Lampard who prophetically said the Hammers came down with the Christmas decorations and since Boxing Day, they have won just two of their 15 league games.

City have won 13 of the last 19 meetings with West Ham, losing juts twice, and have won three of the last four meetings to nil.

Both Manuel Pellegrini and Sam Allardyce are dead men walking. Neither coach is expected to survive at the helm of his respective club beyond this season, yet both sides remain in the top nine and both may well be playing in Europe next season, with West Ham getting in through the back door marked ‘Fair Play’.

Seven of the last nine meetings yielded three or more goals, and we can see the Hammers getting caught in the backdraft of an ugly Manchester derby defeat. No side has put four past West Ham this season. That may well change here.

VERDICT: Man City 4 West Ham 0 @ 11.00

BEST BET: Man City 3 or more goals @ 1.93

NEWCASTLE v TOTTENHAM

John Carver

Conspiracy theorist: Carver

You have to sympathise with Newcastle (odds: 3.20) coach John Carver, who insists Newcastle never get big calls going for them. It happened again against Liverpool on Monday. But then cynics might say: when did a big decision last go against Liverpool?

Carver might not relish playing Tottenham (odds: 2.24), ether – another side who have often been the beneficiaries of some dubious penalty decisions and added-time goals this season.

Newcastle are mired in mid-table and one more win should ensure their Premier League status for another year at least. Tottenham, who were out-played by Aston Villa in what looked an old pal’s act last weekend, are still in the hunt for fifth place and a Europa League spot.

There have been just two draws in the last 32 meetings and a stalemate (available at 3.40) is overdue. Seven of the last eight meetings saw three goals or more scored and Spurs have won seven of the last 14 clashes with Newcastle.

Going against the grain, a low-scoring draw is fair value.

Newcastle have not been awarded a penalty at home all season – the only club in the top flight that hasn’t. Tottenham’s five penalty awards is second only to Manchester City and Arsenal (seven each) and no-one has had more penalties awarded against them this season than Spurs (seven).

As with a predicted draw, a penalty awarded in the game is another percentage call.

VERDICT: Newcastle 1 Tottenham 1 @ 6.20

BEST BET: 2 or 3 goals scored @ 2.00  

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MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Friday Fix – your top trio of bets for Friday

You already know that your club betting service gives you more than any other high street bookie: We give your club free kit and equipment – plus we give back 20% of revenues!

And now we’ll attempt to find three bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Here’s our offering for Friday, April 2…

Rugby League: Huddersfield v Salford

Two of the teams who offer their fans the MyClubBetting service go head to head in a cracking tea-time clash (6pm).

And it is the Huddersfield Giants who can come out on top, thanks in large part to their kicking game, which is getting ever stronger.

They have great momentum with the pairing of Danny Brough and Jamie Ellis, and their forwards show great finesse and power. The half-backs are also a strong unit, and while they are expected to win, it may be surprising that they can win comfortably.

In what will likely be a high-scoring affair, we don’t feel Salford have the defensive capability to withstand the constant pressure from the Giants’ forwards.

SELECTION: Huddersfield @ 1.38

Tennis: Andy Murray v Tomas Berdych

Berdych

Value pick: Berdych

It could be worth opposing Andy Murray as he attempts to and a third Miami Open title.

Murray reached the semi-final by seeing off Dominic Thiem in three sets, but he is carrying a nagging shoulder injury.

He will need to feel in top shape to beat Tomas Berdych tonight and set up a likely final against Novak Djokovic, the man who beat him in the Australian Open final and again in the semi-final at Indian Wells.

But Berdych is simply over-priced to reach the final at 2.62. He has six wins over Murray in 11 meetings, although Murray leads 4-3 in hard court battles. The favourite has prevailed in six of the 11 meetings.

SELECTION: Berdych to win @ 2.62

Football: Rely on Rams

Take Derby County to see off Watford in the Championship’s only evening fixture.

This clash invariably sees a positive outcome one way or the other, as none of the last 13 meetings has ended in a draw.

Eight of the last nine meetings saw more three goals or more scored, and that could well be the case again (it is 1.88 for more than 2.5 goals to be scored).

Watford are in the automatic promotion places on goal difference from Middlesbrough and are five points ahead of the fifth-placed Rams.

Derby have had a slew of recent injuries which has not helped their promotion push, but they have lost just three of their 19 home games and have won 11 of them. Only Norwich and Watford, who have played a game more at home, have scored more than their 41 goals at home.

Derby have not won any of their last six games, however, so a bounce-back must be taken on trust.

Watford lost at home to Ipswich in their last match before the international break but seek a fifth victory in six away trips. It won’t be easy for the Rams, but we reckon they are a value bet. That word again. Value.

SELECTION: Derby to win @ 2.04

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MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Thursday Trio – your top sporting tips for today!

You already know that your club betting service gives you more than any other high street bookie: We give your club free kit and equipment – plus we give back 20% of revenues!

And now we’ll attempt to find three bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Here’s our offering for Thursday, April 2…

Rugby League: Widnes v Warrington

Danny Galea

Key man: Galea

Widnes have made an indifferent start to the Super League season. Their thumping at St Helens last week saw them drop to two wins, a draw and four defeats for the season.

Warrington have won four and lost three of their seven games as they head into the busy Easter period.

Warrington have won five of the last eight meetings, but the home side has won two of the three clashes on their home turf.

Widnes get a welcome boost with the return of captain Kevin Brown, who was missing for the last three games with a hamstring injury and it also seems likely that back rowers Danny Galea and Danny Tickle, and hooker Lloyd White will be fit.

Warrington have been much the better team this season and something is clearly not clicking with the Vikings, but the return of some key players means they are over-priced at 3.50 in what is effectively a two-horse race (draw is 22.00).

We are not saying Widnes will win, we are saying there is a better chance of winning than their current odds suggest. That represents value in our book.

SELECTION: Widnes @ 3.50

Tennis: Kei Nishikori v John Isner

The Miami Open has provided some excellent tennis and some great results for our betting team.

This quarter-final, between the respective national No.1s, has us in a bit of a quandary, however

Nishikori cruised past David Goffin in straight sets, beating the Belgian 6-1, 6-2. He notched five aces and won 74% of his first serve points in a match that lasted barely 68 minutes.

Isner struggled to edge the higher-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic in a serve-dominated encounter, with the American smashing 25 aces to Raonic’s 12, to close out the match 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in a gruelling two hours and 43 minutes.

This will be the first meeting and if the fifth-ranked Japanese star can hit his peak form and handle Isner’s serve, he can progress to the semi-final.

We reckon that Nishikori’s return will win the day and he can win in two sets (at 2.02), but we will play safe.

SELECTION: Nishikori to win @ 1.37

Racing: Broxbourne the best

We’ll make this simple: We are taking a bit of a chance on our sporting tips today, but our racing tip looks a solid selection.

Broxbourne (Ludlow 3:30) won’t be much of a price in the mares’ novices’ hurdle after acquitting herself well in Listed company on her last two runs, following a winning start at Fakenham.

With Double Silver, her main rival on the form book, ruled out, Nicky Henderson’s charge can pay for the Easter eggs.

SELECTION: Broxbourne (3:30 Ludlow)

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MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Wednesday Wager – a duo of top tips!

Both our selections were winners yesterday! Which is nice.

You already know that your club betting service gives you more than any other high street bookie: We give your club free kit and equipment – plus we give back 20% of revenues!

And now we are attempting to find a couple of bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Here’s our offering for Wednesday, April 1…

Football: Coventry v Leyton Orient

Tony Mowbray

Tough battle: Mowbray

Coventry are three points out of the League One relegation zone and Orient are a point from safety. Both have a superior goal difference from those around them in the dogfight.

It appears as though 50 points will ensure safety from dropping into the fourth tier of English football and it seems that three from eight will fall, along with rock-bottom Yeovil.

Orient are without Jobi McAnuff and Ryan Hedges, who are both on international duty, while Coventry midfielder James Maddison is unlikely to feature and Marcus Tudgay (hamstring) is a doubt.

Tony Mowbray’s Coventry have won one game at home in the last five months and that is a stat that should set alarm bells ringing. But they have won three of their last four (all on the road)

Orient (Odds: 2.56) are a well-organised outfit, but while many believe they are too good to go down, they have failed to score in both their last two road games (both losses).

Coventry have enough easy games, including their last two against Crewe and Crawley, to think they will survive.

We tentatively take the hosts to end their home hoodoo at odds of 2.64 but we look for Orient to grab a goal at least.

SELECTION: Both sides to score @ 1.78

Tennis: Serena still the best?

Take Sabine Lisicki to beat Serena Williams in the WTA Miami Open.

Williams holds a 2-1 advantage in all-time meetings – winning on clay and hard court surfaces (thanks to a Lisicki retirement) – with the German winning their sole meeting on grass at Wimbledon two years ago.

Williams has warmed to the task in her last three matches, struggling past Julia Goerges in three sets before getting a tough test from Ana Ivanovic in the last 32. Sara Errani was then swept aside in the last 16.

Lisicki is playing some of the best tennis of her career and has breezed past her first three opponents, including Svetlana Kuznetsova in the last round (6-2, 6-3).

Lisicki has lost one of her last 17 matches – to Simona Halep – in the semi-final of the Indian Wells masters. And that was a walkover.

There is no doubt Serena is odds-on for a reason, but the value lies with the rising German star.

SELECTION: Sabine Lisicki @ 6.00

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MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Tuesday Twosome – a duo of top tips!

You already know that your club betting service gives you more than any other high street bookie: We give your club free kit and equipment – plus we give back 20% of revenues!

And now we are attempting to find a couple of bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Two out of three again on Monday, but you would have made money backing all of them. Here’s our offering for Tuesday, March 31…

Football: Italy v England

Wayne Rooney England

England’s greatest: Wayne Rooney

Revenge for the 2-1 World Cup defeat, the latest goal-scoring escapades of Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney potentially becoming England’s all-time top scorer – there are plenty of talking points ahead of tonight’s friendly.

Italy (Odds: 2.42) have won 10 of the last 17 meetings, including three of the last five and England’s record against the Italians is not a good one – just two wins since 1977 (12 meetings).

Since the 2-1 World Cup defeat, England (Odds: 2.96) have won all seven of their matches but Italy away is the toughest test since the debacle of Brazil 2014. And no, we will not forget another one of Steven Gerrard’s finest hours against Uruguay.

Wayne Rooney is on course to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 all-time England goals, many of which were accumulated in the Home Internationals. It is unfair to compare the two – England were a greater force in World football in Charlton’s era, and the Three Lions rarely played minnows outside of the Home Nations as they do now.

No English player has scored 50 goals in international football. A Rooney hat-trick can take him to the magical half century of goals for England. He has 47 goals in 102 internationals, so his statistics suggest he is slightly odds against to score in any match for England.

Harry Kane scored the fourth-fastest goal as a debutant for England in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on Friday evening and is set to make his first start. We would not be backing him to score at any time, however.

A glance at his scoring record this season will show that he gets his goals in bursts and can go three or four games without netting. While he has 30 goals to his name, the majority of them have come against weaker teams than Tottenham.

He has notched five goals in 10 games against the top sides – Chelsea (2), Arsenal (2), Manchester United (0), Liverpool (1), Manchester City (0) and Southampton (0). While his confidence is high and he has a happy knack of being in the right place at the right time, Kane still looks something of a flat-track bully.

The Italian defence is unlikely to give him any quarter.

As for the result, we are still patriotic souls and it might be worth backing England to gain at least a draw.

Selection: Double Chance – England and Draw @ 1.55

Tennis: Juan Monaco v Fernando Verdasco

World 46th-ranked Juan Monaco takes on 34th-ranked Fernando Verdasco in one of the more enticing clashes at the Miami Open this afternoon.

Verdasco has won three of the last five meetings, the last of which came at the Shanghai Masters three years ago.

Monaco holds an 8-5 all-time series advantage and five of those eight wins came in two sets, and we think he is a value punt to upset the odds again.

The asterisk with backing Monaco is the surface. Verdasco has lost six of the nine meetings with Monaco on clay courts. Miami is a hard-court surface the pair have split both hard-court meetings.

Verdasco saw off Rafael Nadal in three sets in the last round, following another three-setter with James Duckworth. Monaco’s two wins have both come in straight sets.

And the value lies with the underdog.

Selection: Juan Monaco @ 2.36

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MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Monday multi-bet – a trio of top tips!

You already know that your club betting service gives you more than any other high street bookie: We give your club free kit and equipment – plus we give back 20% of revenues!

And now we are attempting to find three bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Here’s our offering for Monday, March 30…

Gone for a Burton

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Injury woes: Hasselbaink

Burton are five points clear at the top of League Two but have a serious list of injuries as they take on Stevenage tonight.

Stevenage are three points off the play-off places and have won five of the last six meetings with Burton, including the last four.

However, their form has suffered a wobble in recent weeks, failing to win any of their last three (drawing twice and losing at home to Dagenham last week.

In contrast, Burton have lost just two of their last 19 league games. Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is set to hand debuts to three new loan signings against Stevenage – the arrival of Liverpool pair Jack Dunn and Kevin Stewart from Liverpool and Birmingham striker Denny Johnstone will help short-term.

However, given Burton’s injuries and suspensions, and while we think it may be worth taking the visitors to upset the odds at 4.20, we look for a few goals. There have been three goals or more scored in 10 of the last 13 meetings and that is a trend to follow.

BET: Over 2.5 goals @ 2.14

Racing: Dive in with Heron

Heronshaw (Warwick, 4:00) may not be a popular winner with some punters, as he would be denying the better-fancied hat-trick-seeking duo Capard King and Saint John Henry in the 3m1f handicap hurdle.

Henry Daly’s runner looks to have a bit to find on the book with that pair and he was on and off the bridle when struggling to get off the mark here in soft ground in February.

Tis was not his first good effort, however. He was running a big race at Wetherby previously when coming down.

Though he takes a class hike today and shoulders 7lb more, he has been given a generous amount of time to recover and could follow up.

BET: Heronshaw (Warwick 4:00)

Tennis: Thomaz Bellucci v Alexandr Dolgopolov

The Miami Open offers plenty of betting opportunities today and we take a chance that Alexandr Dolgopolov can see off Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets.

Dolgopolov reached the quarter-finals at Delray Beach and Acapulco, before going out to Milos Raonic in the last 32 stage at Indian Wells.

Brazilian Bellucci, a year older at 27 and ranked at 81 in the world (16 places lower than his opponent), has been taken to three sets by both Lleyton Hewitt and Pablo Cuevas in this tournament.

That is an improvement on some recent form, which has seen him disposed of in the first round at both Indian Wells and at the Irving Challenger event. Indeed, before winning twice in Miami, he had lost his last eight matches.

Dolgopolov is no great shakes, but he should be able to make light work of Bellucci.

BET: Dolgopolov to win in two sets @ 1.71

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MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Saturday Selections – your three sporting tips!

You already know that your club betting service gives you more than any other high street bookie: We give your club free kit and equipment – plus we give back 20% of revenues!

And now we’ll attempt to find three bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Here’s our offering for Saturday, March 28…

Football: Belgium v Cyprus

Benteke

Cyprus test: Benteke

Belgium have made a sluggish start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, taking just five points from a possible nine. They need to get back on track quickly and they should easily account for Cyprus on Saturday evening.

Cyprus have been hit hard by injuries and the youngsters that have been bought in by boss Charalampos Christodoulou are on a hiding to nothing.

Belgium may have lost Romelu Lukaku to injury, but they still have the likes of Premier League stars Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Christian Benteke, Marouane Fellaini, plus Kevin Du Bruyne.

The only danger is that the World Cup quarter-finalists will take the Cypriots too lightly and they should be capable of winning by two clear goals or more. They should also win to nil at odds of 1.63.

BET: Belgium to win and over 2.5 goals @ 1.62

Racing: Rely on Brocklesby Bill

Bill Turner knows a thing or two about sharp two-year-old sprinters. There is arguably no finer trainer of juveniles, given the right ammunition.

The Dorset handler is not in the same league as those who are backed by Arab owners, with money that can buy the best bloodlines.

However, Turner knows a bargain and can get the best out of them.

He has a happy knack of farming the traditional turf-racing opener, the Brocklesby Stakes and hopefully the race will be named after him in due course. The Brocklesby Bill Turner Handicap has a nice ring to it.

Turner has saddled the winner five times since 2002 – The Lord (2002), Spoof Master (2006), Sallys Dilemma (2008), He’s So Cool (2011) and Mick’s Yer Man (2013).

Today he relies on Just That Lord, who is making his debut in the hands of Turner’s grandson, Ryan While, who takes 5lb off his back.

The son of Avonbridge is bred to better over slightly further in time, but the Flat season opener does not look a hugely competitive race and he may be capable of extending Turner’s great record in it.

SELECTION: Just That Lord (1:25 Doncaster)

Boxing: Kell Brook v Ionut Dan Ion

Kell Brook bids to defend his IBF World Welterweight title and there is going to be a lot of pressure on him in Sheffield.

This will be the first defence of his title, a return after serious injury, a pressure-cooker atmosphere and the prospect of a money-spinning fight next.

Brook (33-0, 22KOs) is looking at a clash with the winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao, but he cannot afford to underestimate Jo Jo Dan (34-2, 28Kos), who is a southpaw and live underdog coming off five consecutive wins. The 33-year-old has also never been stopped and looks vastly over-priced at 6.80.

Brook, who earned an unlikely points decision when beating Shawn Porter to claim the title in Carson, California, suffered an horrific leg injury in a machete attack when on a family holiday in Tenerife soon after.

There were fears that the 28-year-old might never walk again, so serious was the wound to his left leg.

However, as long as the occasion does not get to him – he fights in front of 10,000 expectant home fans – Brook should win by a stoppage between rounds seven and 12.

SELECTION: Brock to win @ 1.07

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