We're backing five of the Premier League's in-form sides help us click a 26/1 accumulator
We’re getting down to the nitty-gritty of the Premier League season, and in the infamous words of wrestling commentator JR, business is picking up. The title race is a thrilling four-way dance, Aston Villa are practically relegated, but there are still five other teams trying to avoid the dreaded drop, whilst Manchester United have somehow clawed themselves back to within a sniff of a Champions League spot. No wonder we’re as giddy as geese that there’s more top flight action to get stuck into this Tuesday and Wednesday.
There aren’t many better ways to blast away the midweek blues.
We’ve pieced together a tempting looking fivefold that comes in at around 26/1. We’ve plumped for five of the league’s in-form sides in an attempt to boost our bank balance two weeks ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, safe in the knowledge that if one leg cruelly lets us down, we get our stake back as a free bet courtesy of Paddy Power’s Acca Insurance.
And now that shameless plug is out of the way, here;s the five teams that could line our pockets…
Aston Villa v Everton, Tuesday 7.45pm
Everton’s players have had more than a week’s rest after their FA Cup victory away to Bournemouth, and that will do the Toffees no harm as they head to Villa Park as the favourites. Roberto Martinez’s men hammered Aston Villa 4-0 at Goodison Park in November, and Everton have only lost one of the last 10 meetings with the Villains.
Aston Villa followed up their 6-0 thumping at the hands of Liverpool with a 2-1 defeat away to Stoke on Saturday afternoon, and Remi Garde’s men slip closer to relegation with every passing day. Villa are eight points off safety with 27 games played, and there are only three teams in England’s top four tiers of football with a worse home record than Aston Villa – Shrewsbury, Oldham and Dagenham and Redbridge. Back Everton to add to their misery on Tuesday.
Bournemouth v Southampton, Tuesday 7.45pm, BT Sport 1
Southampton may have thrown away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at home to Chelsea last weekend, but don’t let you put that game cloud your judgement. The Saints are worth keeping on side. Prior to Cesc Fabregas’ equaliser, Southampton had kept the opposition out for a total of 10 hours and 37 minutes. That run included five wins in the league and a 0-0 draw away to Arsenal.
Bournemouth will claim they deserved more than a point against Watford on Saturday, but their home form has to be a concern. Three wins from just 13 games means they’re averaging a point per game at Dean Court, only Aston Villa have a worse home record. Saints should be able to bounce back to winning ways at .
Leicester v West Brom, Tuesday 7.45pm
The league leaders Leicester City were uninspiring at home to Norwich on Saturday, but they scored a late winner to keep up their title momentum, and that’s all that matters to Claudio Ranieri and co. Taking the top five out of the equation, and Leicester’s home record this season reads won eight, drawn one, lost zero. The Baggies have scored just nine goals on the road this campaign, so it’s hard to see them putting much of a dent in the Foxes’ title charge.
West Brom have back-to-back league wins which might make you tempted to avoid this game, however one of those wins was against the woefully out-of-sorts Crystal Palace side and the other was a 1-0 win against Everton were it was back to the walls for 76 minutes. Leicester can keep up the trophy hunt with a win at .
Stoke v Newcastle, Wednesday 7.45pm
Stoke might not strike you as Premier League ‘bankers’ to include in your accumulators, but in this fixture list they look close. Partly because they’ve bounced back from three consecutive 3-0 defeats with back-to-back league wins, but mainly because Newcastle are as useless on the road as you Nan’s 1999 Fiat Panda.
The Toon Army have lost their last five league away games on the spin, and can boast of just two wins away from St James’ all season. They have lost 10 of their 13 away games and have picked up just 0.57 points per game on their travels. It’s turgid stuff from a team that was last seen getting battered 5-1 away to Chelsea. With that performance firmly at the forefront of our minds, Stoke look a bet at .
West Ham v Tottenham, Wednesday 7.45pm
We can’t pick out a Premier League five-fold without including the form team of the moment. Tottenham have now won six games on the spin in the top flight, scoring 15 goals and conceding just four along the way. They’ve got a hell of a momentum boost at precisely the right time.
West Ham are no push overs, but this Tottenham team haven’t lost on the road since an unfortunate own goal cost them a point at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are flying, and simply have to be included in the midweek accumulator at odds of .