Inter Milan v Tottenham Betting

AVB and Tottenham travel to Italy to face Inter this Thursday with a commanding 3-0 advantage from the first leg, and many will consider that huge advantage enough to see them progress to the next round of the Europa League.

Inter Milan will be massively disappointed by their shocking performance at White Hart Lane last week, but equally will be keen to try and put on a show for their supporters in the San Siro. Is there even a hint of a chance that the Nerazzurri can turn things round? You would have to say no considering Tottenham’s current vein of form.

Regardless of who progresses, how do we see this game panning out?

Inter have been bombproof at the San Siro since September last year, going 16 games unbeaten in all competitions before a surprising 1-0 loss to Bologna just 4 days after their loss to Spurs.

Tottenham’s objective here will be to keep things tight and possibly try and catch the home side on the counter, but the best bet for this clash may be a lack of goals. Spurs last 4 away games in the Europe have features 2 goals or less, and it could be worth opting for under 2.5 goals to be scored.

Verdict: Under 2.5 goals in the game @ 2.00 (Sky Bet)

Match Odds:

  • Inter @ 2.4 (bet365)
  • Draw @ 3.6 (bet365)
  • Spurs @ 3.13 (Bet Victor)

First Goalscorer

Who would oppose Gareth Bale in his current vein of form? He’s scored first in 3 of Tottenham’s last 5 games and will certainly be frightening the ageing Inter back line. The Welsh hitman is a 7.0 chance @7.00 (bet365)

Selected other first goalscorers:

  • Jermain Defoe @ 7.5 (Sky Bet)
  • Clint Dempsey @ 9.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Tommaso Rocchi@ 8.00 (Betfred)

Spurs Favourites In FA Cup Betting

Tottenham Hotspur edged into pole position as the bookmaker’s favourites to win this season’s FA Cup following their 3-1 fifth round replay victory against Stevenage.

The League One side looked to cause an upset when they took a shock lead after four minutes at White Hart Lane. Joel Byrom scored from the penalty spot but Jermaine Defoe equalised after 26 minutes.

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor put the Premier League side in front 10 minutes after the break with a penalty and Defoe netted his second 15 minutes from the end to ease Harry Redknapp’s side into a quarter final tie against Bolton Wanderers.

The previous evening, Chelsea won their first match under caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo with a 2-0 victory at Birmingham City.

The in-form Championship club kept the scoreline goalless until 54 minutes when Juan Mata scrambled the ball over the line and Raul Meireles sealed victory six minutes later with a spectacular finish.

Chelsea were the biggest movers in the betting, cut from 5.5 to a best-priced 4.0 with the bookmakers fancying them to reach the semi-finals of the competition.

The Blues have home advantage in the quarter finals against the remaining Championship side in the FA Cup, Leicester City.

Elsewhere, Everton host Sunderland while recent Carling Cup winners and second favourites to win the FA Cup, Liverpool, play Stoke City at Anfield.

Best odds available for all teams remaining in the FA Cup:

  • Tottenham Hotspur @ 3.75 (Bet Victor)
  • Liverpool @ 3.8 (Ladbrokes)
  • Chelsea @ 4.0 (Betfred)
  • Everton @ 8.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Sunderland @ 10.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Stoke City @ 23.0 (bet365)
  • Bolton Wanderers @ 34.0 (Boylesports)
  • Leicester City @ 67.0 (Betfred)

Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur Betting

After Manchester United slipped up in the title race on Sunday following a remarkable 3-3 draw at Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur will be keen to make up ground with a victory at Anfield.

Easier said than done, however, as Liverpool are still unbeaten at Anfield in the Premier League this season and are a team hitting form when it counts.

They may have been humiliated 3-1 by Bolton Wanderers a couple of weeks ago, but that was followed up by a convincing 3-0 victory at Wolves. Kenny Dalglish has inspired his side to dumping Manchester United out of the FA Cup and reaching the Carling Cup final at the expense of Manchester City.

Last September, Spurs smashed the Reds 4-0 at White Hart Lane but are likely to depleted as they hunt a league double over Liverpool in successive seasons. Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor and Rafael van der Vaart all rated doubtful and Aaron Lennon is struggling to be fit in time.

Manager Harry Redknapp may give a debut to striker Louis Saha who has scored just once in 18 league appearances this season for Everton and is some 942 minutes without a goal. The home side welcome back Steven Gerrard who was rested at Wolves while striker Luis Suarez is also available following an eight-match suspension.

With key players unlikely to play, Redknapp’s record of two victories on Merseyside in 28 Premier League visits may get a little worse on Monday night.

Verdict: Liverpool @ 2.15 (Paddy Power)

Other Results:

  • Tottenham Hotspur @ 3.75 (Bet Victor)
  • Draw @ 3.4 (bet365)

First Goalscorer

Craig Bellamy has scored in each of his last four Premier League starts and scored a total of five goals this season. The Wales international has become a key player for Dalglish this season and can be backed at 7.5 (Boylesports).

Selected other first goalscorers:

  • Luis Suarez @ 6.5 (Boylesports)
  • Andy Carroll @ 9.0 (bet365)
  • Emmanuel Adebayor @ 9.0 (Boylesports)
  • Rafael van der Vaart @ 9.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Jermain Defoe @ 9.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Steven Gerrard @ 9.5 (Bet Victor)
  • Louis Saha @ 10.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Dirk Kuyt @ 10.5 (Bet Victor)
  • Gareth Bale @ 11.0 (bet365)
  • Maxi Rodriguez @ 13.0 (Boylesports)
  • Giovani Do Santos @ 15.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • No Goalscorer @ 10.0 (Sky Bet)

Anytime Goalscorer

After an eight-match absence, it is unlikely Luis Suarez will start the game but don’t rule out a contribution from the bench. The Uruguay striker can be backed at best odds of 3.0 (Coral) to hit the back of the net at any time.

Selected other anytime goalscorers:

  • Craig Bellamy @ 3.0 (Coral)
  • Steven Gerrard @ 3.4 (Sportingbet)
  • Andy Carroll @ 3.5 (Paddy Power)
  • Emmanuel Adebayor @ 3.6 (Sportingbet)
  • Jermain Defoe @ 3.75 (Paddy Power)
  • Rafael van der Vaart @ 4.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Louis Saha @ 4.0 (bet365)
  • Dirk Kuyt @ 4.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Gareth Bale @ 4.33 (bet365)
  • Maxi Rodriguez @ 5.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Giovani Do Santos @ 5.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Charlie Adam @ 5.5 (Sky Bet)

Correct Score

With two influential players returning for Liverpool in Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, while Spurs could be without a host of attacking players, a 2-0 home win @ 10.0 (Betfred) looks appealing.

Selected other correct scores:

  • Liverpool 1-0 @ 7.5 (Bet Victor)
  • Liverpool 2-1 @ 9.5 (Coral)
  • Liverpool 3-0 @ 21.0 (Coral)
  • Liverpool 3-1 @ 19.0 (Coral)
  • Liverpool 3-2 @ 34.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Draw 0-0 @ 10.0 (bet365)
  • Draw 1-1 @ 7.0 (Betfred)
  • Draw 2-2 @ 17.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 @ 10.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 @ 19.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 @ 15.0 (Betfred)
  • Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 @ 34.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 @ 41.0 (Bet Victor)

FA Cup Fourth Round Betting Preview 27 January 2012

The FA Cup fourth round gets underway tonight with two matches. Championship side Watford host London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, while a third team from England’s capital, Fulham, travel to Everton. If you fancy a flutter on a Friday night, here is where we believe profits can be made.

Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur

Watford are going through a tough spell in the Championship right now. Three defeats in their last three league matches sees them hover six points above the relegation zone in eighteenth place. The Hornets were unbeaten in December, winning twice and drawing three times but the losing run began on 2 January in a 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth.

However, Watford will be buoyed by the fact Spurs have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 away matches and there are likely to be a host of changes made to the third placed Premier League team that lines up at Vicarage Road.

Key players Gareth Bale and Scott Parker are doubtful with thigh and hamstring injuries while Younes Kaboul is also struggling with a groin injury. Ledley King is likely to be rested for this match.

We are likely to see a similar side that beat Cheltenham 3-0 in the last round so there could be starts for Carlo Cudicini, Niko Kranjcar, Stephen Pienaar and Roman Pavlyuchenko. I don’t like backing teams at short odds-on away from home but even a weakened Spurs side should have too much quality for Sean Dyche’s team.

Verdict: Tottenham Hotspur @ 1.5 (Coral)

Everton vs Fulham

Everton have been poor this season in the Premier League but the FA Cup could offer some respite for David Moyes’ side. After struggling to hold relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers to a draw on Saturday (as predicted here), they take on a Fulham side who have a wretched record at Goodison Park.

In their last 11 visits, Fulham have lost 10 and drawn just once. The draw came way back in 2004 when Francis Jeffers snatched a last gasp equaliser for a 1-1 final score in an FA Cup fourth round tie. Martin Jol’s team are without an away win in seven attempts and not even top goalscorer Clint Dempsey inspires confidence.

The 15-goal USA international may have blasted a hat-trick against Newcastle United last weekend but he has scored just three times away from Craven Cottage this season.

Expect a low scoring affair tonight too – Everton have not scored two goals in a match involving Premier League opposition since beating Bolton Wanderers 2-0 last November. They also managed the same scoreline against Conference side Tamworth in the last round of the FA Cup. Since the Bolton result, 10 of their 11 matches have featured two goals or less. It’s a similar tale with Fulham – in their last 19 away matches, only three have featured more than two goals.

Everton have offered little in recent home matches but Fulham even less on the road. With home advantage crucial in matches like this, a narrow victory for Everton is the call here.

Verdict: Everton @ 2.15 (Bet Victor)

Premier League Predictions 22 January 2012

Super Sunday lives up to its name for once with two cracking fixtures taking place on 22 January. First up, Premier League leaders Manchester City take on third-placed Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad and later on, second placed Manchester United travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal. Victories for both Manchester sides are predicted – find out why here.

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

This has been a massive fixture for both teams in the past couple of seasons. In 2010, striker Peter Crouch got the winner to guarantee Champions League football for Spurs for the first time and last season, an own goal from Crouch in a 1-0 defeat meant it was City who would play in Europe’s most lucrative competition.

City top the Premier League table and go into the match three points ahead of local rivals United. A victory against Spurs is imperative to keep a three point margin should Alex Ferguson’s side win at Arsenal later in the day. City have an excellent record at home this season – winning all 10 matches and have scored 31 goals in the process, conceding just four.

Spurs have also been excellent on the road this season – winning six, drawing two and losing two but it could be argued the pressure is getting to Harry Redknapp’s side. Spurs could only muster a 1-1 draw at home against Wolves last weekend, with Luka Modric sparing his team’s blushes after they fell behind to a Steven Fletcher goal in the first half.

Compare that to City, where much has been said about their vulnerability due to the loss of Vincent Kompany to suspension and Yaya and Kolo Toure leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations. On Monday night they faced a difficult trip to a Wigan side fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table. But, while Spurs only drew, City held their nerve to grind out a 1-0 victory and get back on track after suffering successive Cup defeats.

Spurs have won four of their last six visits to City but with Roberto Mancini’s side holding onto a perfect home record so far, I think they are capable of adding another tick to the win column.

Verdict: Manchester City @ 1.91 (Ladbrokes)

Arsenal vs Manchester United

The City result will determine just how vital this match is for United but if Alex Ferguson’s side harbour any ambitions of overtaking their local rivals, a victory against Arsenal would be a good start.

Arsenal will want to throw a spanner in the works and gain some revenge for the humiliating 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford last August. But, depending on Saturday’s results they will be at least four points behind fourth placed Chelsea going into this match and still licking their wounds from a 3-2 defeat at Swansea last weekend, they won’t want to do anything stupid.

Champions League football is the goal for Arsene Wenger this season and they cannot afford many more slip-ups if they are to overtake their west London rivals. If they can’t do it, Newcastle and Liverpool will give it a good go. Not losing this match will be on Wenger’s mind.

United have a solid away record this season, winning seven out of 10, two draws and just one defeat – exactly the same record that Arsenal have at the Emirates this season. The goals for and against are almost identical too: Arsenal have scored 16 and conceded six at home, while United have scored 19 and conceded six away.

In terms of picking goalscorers – both Arsenal and United hotshots have a great record against each other. Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has netted three times past United while Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in his last six appearances against the Gunners in all competitions.

Verdict: Manchester United @ 2.62 (Paddy Power)

Premier League Predictions 14 January 2012

There are plenty of what should be routine home victories in the Premier League this weekend and the bookmakers will hope one or two slip up to bust those coupons! Here are previews for all seven matches taking place on Saturday 14 January 2012.

Aston Villa vs Everton

Two former greats languishing in mid-table are boosted by new signings going into this match. Aston Villa have signed Robbie Keane who gets to fulfil yet another dream of playing for yet another club he supported as a boy. He’s so lucky!

Everton boss David Moyes have attempted to fill a Mikel Arteta-sized gap by bringing in Manchester United fringe player Darron Gibson in on a four-year-deal. If the £2.5 million signing makes the same impact Phil Neville has over the years, I doubt the Toffees supporters will be disappointed.

Two sides lacking in both goals and creativity are hardly likely to produce a classic at Villa Park. Alex McLeish’s side have scored just 11 goals in 10 matches at home while Moyes’ team have scored 10 in 10 on the road. A low scoring, bore draw is my prediction.

Verdict: Draw @ 3.13 (Bet Victor)

Blackburn Rovers vs Fulham

Blackburn Rovers are in trouble. Rooted to the bottom of the Premier League and an unlikely win at Manchester United on New Year’s Eve was soon followed by back-to-back defeats against Stoke City and Newcastle United. That’s more like the Rovers we have grown to know and pity this season!

To make matters worse, Steve Kean’s side are struggling defensively and will be further weakened by Chris Samba’s desire to leave Ewood Park. Two bids from QPR have already been rejected and the big defender has stated he is open to a move to Paris St. Germain. If his heart is not set on playing for Rovers he may not feature in this match.

Interestingly, Fulham striker Andy Johnson may be on his way to Rovers but it is unlikely a deal will be completed before kick-off. The Cottagers are enjoying a mini-revival of late and go into this match fresh off the back of a 4-0 victory against Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup last week and a 2-1 victory against Arsenal on 2 January.

Martin Jol’s side will be the more confident and Fulham have the perfect opportunity to add to their one away win this season.

Verdict: Fulham @ 2.5 (Boylesports)

Chelsea vs Sunderland

A potential coupon buster this weekend. Chelsea will be expected to record a home victory but Sunderland are a different prospect since Martin O’Neill took over. The Black Cats have won five, drawn one and lost one in the seven matches under the former Aston Villa boss and will relish the visit to Stamford Bridge.

Remember, Sunderland won 3-0 in West London last season and although the goalscorers that day (Nedum Onuoha, Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck) are no longer at the club and O’Neill will feel confident against a team that has kept just one clean sheet at home this season.

Chelsea have been beaten at home in the league three times this season, most recently by Aston Villa on New Year’s Eve and Sunderland are more than capable of taking a point from this match.

Verdict: Draw @ 4.75 (Paddy Power)

Liverpool vs Stoke City

Liverpool will face Stoke full of confidence after their smash-and-grab victory at Manchester City in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi final earlier this week. The Reds have not been beaten at home in the league this season either and I can’t see Stoke City being the first to inflict defeat.

Tony Pulis’ side are doing very well this season and are currently in eighth position. But, they are hit-and-miss away from home. A record of four wins, one draw and five defeats, scoring just eight goals in the process does not inspire a lot of confidence. Liverpool are not particularly free scoring at home either, with 14 in 10 matches but they also have a mean defence which has leaked just eight goals.

In three Premier League visits to Anfield, Stoke have not scored a single goal and with their away record as it is this season, I can see another blank. A low scoring home win is the call.

Verdict: Liverpool @ 1.44 (bet365)

Manchester United vs Bolton Wanderers

Manchester United are going through a tricky spell after league defeats by both Blackburn and Newcastle but got back to winning ways by beating Manchester City in the FA Cup last weekend.

Manager Alex Ferguson will be keen to build on that victory and make sure United do not drop points against a Bolton side sitting third from bottom in the table.

United have beaten Bolton at Old Trafford for the last eight seasons in a row since Kevin Nolan netted the only goal back in the 2002/03 season. Five of United’s subsequent victories have seen them keep a clean sheet and Alex Ferguson’s side put five past Bolton without reply at the Reebok Stadium in September. Wayne Rooney bagged a hat-trick and Javier Hernandez a brace that day.

Ferguson will not accept any Blackburn-style hiccups this weekend and judging by the price on offer for a home win, the bookmakers believe there is only going to be one result.

Verdict: Manchester United @ 1.17 (Ladbrokes)

Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolves

It’s great to see Tottenham giving it a real go this season and pushing the Manchester teams all the way at the top. Their 2-0 victory against Everton this week put Harry Redknapp’s team level on points with United and just three points behind City at the top of the table.

Spurs have won eight and drawn one of their last nine at White Hart Lane after losing their first home match of the season 5-1 against Manchester City. It’s an incredible sequence and all three points will be expected against Wolves who hover precariously above the relegation zone.

Mick McCarthy’s side have lost six out of 10 away from home and scored just eight goals. They have conceded 19 on the road, almost two per match and a Spurs side that has netted on average two goals at home this season will fancy their chances. Spurs keeper Brad Friedel has also kept a clean sheet in five of his last six home matches in the league.

Verdict: Tottenham Hotspur @ 1.3 (Coral)

West Bromwich Albion vs Norwich City

Just three points separate these teams in the Premier League but it is Norwich that look the healthier, sitting in ninth place while West Brom look at those below them in fifteenth. The Canaries have drawn more matches on the road than anybody in the current top 12 and they may settle for another today.

In their last three away games, Paul Lambert’s side recorded a win and two draws one while West Brom have not won at home in their last four league matches. Roy Hodgson’s team have a poor record at home this season, winning just twice.

The last time these sides met at The Hawthorns in the Premier League back in the 2004/05 season the match ended goalless. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a repeat here, especially as the Baggies have not scored at home in their last two league fixtures.

Verdict: Draw @ 3.5 (Betfred)