Undeterred by the impressive strike-rate of the Long Shot, news.bwin.com/en/’s weekly column from Shaun Curran, Owen Spencer from @SpankTheBookies thinks he can do even better. Not only that, but he’s willing to put his reputation on the line to prove it.
To cut to the chase, there are two Long Shots columns on bwinbetting this week: one each from Messrs Curran and Spencer. Both contain three tips with odds of at least 4/1. The big question is: whose tips will prove more valuable? Will @SpankTheBookies live up to their name? Or will bwinbetting’s Long Shot continue to lord it over all-comers?
Without further ado, we’ve got the @SpankTheBookies’ tips for you below. Have a read through and then check out bwinbetting’s Long Shot column here. We’ll tot up the winnings and see who can be named this weekend’s champion on Monday.
Marouane Fellaini to score first in Everton v Sunderland @ 5/1
Regulars at Goodison Park have a ditty for Marouane Fellaini in which they happily admit they would let him copulate with their wives. Well, for the sake of this bet, I hope the Everton faithful will be belting out this tune on Saturday.
The 24-year-old Belgium international has missed only one Premier League game this season and has notched up an impressive five goals in nine appearances, two of which came in the Toffees’ last outing against Fulham. Averaging 4.2 shots a game, only Luis Suarez and Jermain Defoe have attempted more strikes on goal so far this season, so fingers crossed he puts one in the back of the net on Saturday.
Everton are also undefeated in 18 games against Sunderland in all competitions and with the Black Cats failing to win on the road so far this season, I can’t see anything other than a victory for David Moyes’ men. Fellaini’s aerial presence can’t be missed and he is bound to cause problems for the back four of Sunderland, making him a great bet for the first goal.
Utrecht to win both halves against RKC @ 6/1
Utrecht are one of the in-form teams of the Eredivisie. Unbeaten on the road and with their Swedish striker Alexander Gerndt banging in five goals in four appearances away from home, surely he’s going to keep his good run of form going and help win us all some beer money.
As for Utrecht’s opposition, RKC find themselves in a bit of a rut. After four defeats on the bounce they sit only two points above the relegation zone and Utrecht should continue to pile on the misery. This assertion is certainly backed up by the recent history between the two clubs. Utrecht have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions against RKC, keeping a clean sheet in the last four.
Chelsea to beat Liverpool after drawn first half @ 17/4
The history books would tell you that Liverpool are the favourites for this clash having won five of their last six against Chelsea in all competitions. Fernando Torres will also need to break his hoodoo of never beating his former charges for this bet to come home. But despite these negatives, Chelsea are undefeated in ten of their last 11 games in the Premier League, scoring at least two goals in five of their last six games at the Bridge.
I expect a close game, especially after Liverpool gave some key players a rest rather than use them in the Europa League. But Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool are in a transitional phase and giving youth a chance, so with their greater experience and the unplayable trio of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar at their disposal, Chelsea should prevail in the end.
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