As the snow begins to fall and the country goes into ironically-termed meltdown, we look at the fixture list to pick out a selection to warm up the cockles of punters everywhere. It’s amazing how little you care about snow when you have £200 of winnings burning a hole in your pocket.
After a slight improvement last week, I’d say it’s about time for another win, wouldn’t you? This time around I thought I’d put my faith in home wins by backing four teams who have stepped their form up just in time for the winter.
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Like all good Saturdays, let’s start with something German.
Borussia Dortmund to beat Wolfsburg @ 7/25
Where we usually end things with a comfy win for a top European team, a change of pace this week sees our coupon kick-off at 2.30pm with what should be a routine win for Jurgen Klopp’s charges.
Die Schwarzgelben (The Black Yellows) have won the Bundesliga in each of the last two seasons and despite falling behind rivals Bayern Munich in the opening weeks, Dortmund cannot be counted out of making a comeback.
A few too many draws have crept into their games this time around, but on their day they can still perform as well as anyone, as last Saturday’s draw at the Allianz Arena and Champions League win against Manchester City this week proved.
Wolfsburg lie fourth from bottom in the division and have already parted company with manager Felix Magath, while also being dispatched 5-1 at the Westfalenstadion last season.
Swansea to beat Norwich @ 39/50
The Swans would have had every right to panic when Brendan Rodgers and Joe Allen left for pastures red in the summer, but then Michael Laudrup and Michu walked through the door.
The Great Dane has had to endure a couple of bumps but all of a sudden he seems to have his side playing with just as much fluidity as they were under Rodgers, registering impressive wins over West Brom and Arsenal in their last two games.
The Canaries have failed to win any of their eight away games in the league this season and though they have hit some recent form with a few home wins, up against the likes of Michu and company, the 4/5 on a Welsh victory is too tempting.
Southampton to beat Reading @ 9/10
Another team starting to find their feet this season is Nigel Adkins’ Southampton, who appear to have managed to plug the gaping hole in their defence.
The Saints were averaging almost three goals a game in the negative column earlier this campaign, but have shipped just four in their last five.
Reading, for some reason, decided to take on the responsibility of entertaining opposition fans as they have leaked 17 in their previous seven outings, including four as they were outscored by Manchester United last weekend.
The battle of the newly-promoted sides takes place at St Mary’s this Saturday and Adkins will want to avenge the 3-1 defeat the Royals handed out to his boys last April.
Before a narrow loss at Anfield last week, the south-coast side had gone four games unbeaten and they should get back to winning ways here.
Watford to beat Hull @ 13/10
Finally we head to Vicarage Road, where Gianfranco Zola’s band of merry loanees have been on an incredible run of form.
Watford have won four of their last five, scoring a whopping 18 goals in the process, and it seems that the little Italian has got his team – largely made up of loan players from Udinese and Granada – playing some scintillating stuff, and they will be aiming to overtake Hull in the table on Saturday.
The Tigers have also enjoyed some solid form of late, winning four of their last six away from the KC Stadium, but have won only two of their previous five overall.
Watford’s run includes a 6-1 win at Leeds, a 4-1 triumph at Sheffield Wednesday and then a 4-1 success at home to Barnsley last week, which makes the 13/10 on offer on a home win here look like tremendous value.
That’ll do us for another acca. Fingers crossed that home is where the heart is… wait… not heart… money!
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