Wed, Aug 19, 11:37pm by Kevin Pitstock
Thursday morning Australian time sees 4 of the games from round 2 of the EPL being played. There have been some postponed games due to European duties of some clubs.
Yesterday we picked Chelsea to get up over Sunderland. As predicted Sunderland came out firing and had a lead at half time despite the quality shown by Chelsea. They were completely dominated in the second half and goals to Drogba, Lampard along with a superb strike from Deco means they were victorious 3-1.
In my hot tip for betting on the EPL I didn’t fare so well. Wigan who were at home after a dazzling win over Aston Villa were playing Wolves. They were coming off a first game loss and had to play away. But, go figure. Wolverhampton won, in what I see as a real upset. Wigan really did look the goods in the 1st round.
Moving on, we have 4 games to look at in the early hours of Thursday. Most of the kick offs are at 4:45am with one at 5:00am. The first game that I want you to take a look at is the Birmingham City vs Portsmouth game. I am going to take Birmingham in this one because Portsmouth are in a world of trouble right now.
If you are betting on Sportsbet you can get odds of $2.05 for Birmingham. I’m jumping on this one hard, because I have a feeling the Portsmouth club is in total disarray right now. The draw is $3.25 and Portsmouth are @ $3.75.
The next game on the cards is Burnley at home to Manchester United. Burnley lost to Stoke in their opening game while Man Utd opened with a win against Birmingham. While I think United will struggle a little bit they should get home in the end. They are paying $1.30 with the draw @ $4.75 and Burnley way out at $10.00. This should be a bread a butter game for the Red Devils. Put this in your multi bets.
The 3rd game in the morning will be one that I will be watching with a keen interest. Hull are at home to Tottenham in a game that I think is not as straight forward as the pundits think. Hull City gave Chelsea tremendous trouble and it wasn’t until injury time they unluckily lost the game. They will be at home to a side that completely outplayed Liverpool at home in the first round. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this one could end up in a draw.
Spurs are red hot at the moment but could come crashing back to Earth here. I won’t be betting on this game. For those that think Tottenham will be too strong for Hull you can get odds of $1.95 at TAB Sportsbet. The draw is paying $3.35 with Hull at $3.90. In my research today I noticed the media were all over Tottenham, so if you’re one to follow the norm then jump on them.
Lastly, we go to Anfield where Liverpool will be looking to rectify their dreadful start to the season. Granted, it was only one game; but they were dominated throughout and will need to lift substantially if they are going to go anywhere this season. In my EPL betting futures article I wrote them off completely. I still stand by that.
Stoke opened up with a 2-0 win over Burnley on their opening day. They are looking to solidify their spot in the Premier League this year so will be hoping to cause problems for some of the bigger teams. I do think Liverpool will hit back in this game even though they are under pressure. I won’t be betting on them though because I find this game too risky.
If you are having a punt then I suggest you get on at Sportsbet. Liverpool are paying $1.25 which is far too short in my opinion. You get much better value for the draw at $5.25. If you think the Reds are going to capitulate even further then you can jump on Stoke at juicy odds of $14.00.
Best EPL Betting Tip: For Thursday the 20th of August I will be getting on Birmingham City. Portsmouth have sold off their best players and I think they will have a real battle on their hands to not get relegated.
Value Bet: Even though Tottenham are paying $1.95 that is good value. As you read above they are in hot form but I have my doubts. If you think they are a good thing then jump on them. Pundits are saying that they are this year’s dark horses and will give the top 4 a real shake up.
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