Saturday 16th March Premier League Best Bets

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Everton v Manchester City 12.45pm

The Toffees don’t appear to be as bombproof as they were earlier in the season, and Manchester City could well be coming up against them just at the right time. City have appeared to step up a gear in the last month or so, and while all games are sure to be tough at Goodison Park, the Citizens have momentum and form on their side.

Everton’s shocking 3-0 loss last weekend against Wigan in the FA Cup is sure to be playing on Davis Moyes’ mind, while all appears to be rosy in th eblue half of Manchester at present, and Reberto Mancini will be doing his best to narrow the chasm between them and their city rivals.

Tip – Manchester City to Win 11/10 Bet Victor

Southampton v Liverpool 3.00pm

Southampton have done a sterling job in their first season in the top flight and have taken points from some big clubs, but that hasn’t been enough to steer them clear of the relegation battle.

However, at the odds it may be worth siding with a Liverpool team that are in top form with 4 straight wins in all competitions which include drubbings of Swansea (5-0) and Wigan (4-0) as well as a hard fought 3-2 victory over Spurs last weekend.

Luis Suarez has been a handful all season, but with other players now starting to perform, Liverpool are finally playing football worthy of a possible European place next season.

Tip – Liverpool to Win 10/11 Sky Bet

Aston Villa v QPR 3.00pm

Harry Redknapp has instilled a little bit of fight into Queens Park Rangers and the players will believe they have what it takes to pull them off of bottom spot come Saturday evening. Back to back wins over Southampton (2-1) and Sunderland (3-1) have given them renewed hope that they can escape the drop.

Aston Villa earned a much needed win over Reading last weekend to remain just outside the relegation zone, but I’m taking the Hoops to continue their winning run at Villa Park and force their way out of the dreaded drop zone.

Tip – QPR to win 23/10 bet365

Mark Hughes Favourite For Next QPR Manager

Former Fulham manager Mark Hughes is the overwhelming favourite to take charge at Queen Park Rangers, after Neil Warnock was sacked yesterday.

Just days after Warnock stated he needed another four or five new players to keep the relegation threatened Hoops in the top flight, he was shown the door by new chairman Tony Fernandes.

Warnock won the Championship last season but found life in the top flight a lot more difficult. Just one point separated his team from the relegation zone.

Welshman Hughes, who has also managed Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers, was immediately instilled as the bookmaker’s favourite to take over at Loftus Road, although there are a few other names in the running.

Former West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola was named second favourite to have a crack at managing another London club while former Liverpool and Inter Milan manager Rafa Benitez is currently third favourite.

Other names mentioned include ex-England manager Sven Goran Eriksson, who was recently fired from his post at Leicester City and Steve Bruce, sacked earlier this season by Sunderland.

Two former QPR greats can also be backed. Ray Wilkins, who previously managed the side but has been working as a pundit since departing Chelsea last season and former striker Les Ferdinand, can both be backed at longer odds.

A selection of the names in the running for the QPR job are as follows:

  • Mark Hughes @ 1.2 (Betfred)
  • Gianfranco Zola @ 6.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Rafa Benitez @ 13.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Sven Goran Eriksson @ 21.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Roberto Di Matteo @ 21.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Roberto Martinez @ 21.0 (Betfred)
  • Alan Curbishley @ 23.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Steve Bruce @ 26.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Ray Wilkins @ 41.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Les Ferdinand @ 101.0 (Sportingbet)

Explaining the reasons behind sacking Warnock, new chairman Fernandes said: “This decision has been made in the best interests of the club and I can assure everyone that this is not a decision that was made lightly.

“Sadly, our recent run of poor form has seen us slip alarmingly down the table and the board felt it was the right time to make a change.”