I’m actually going with a #WhatoddsPAddy bet for this one, I like the look of it. While I don’t have any faith or confidence in Everton (or Southampton for that matter) getting sight, let alone hold of 3 points, I do think Big Dave will have given them extra laps in PE class on Friday and I think he’ll have kicked enough arse to get at least one goal out this useless bunch.
On the corner front, they had 4 corners against Palace away with 31% possession and 4 corners against Atalanta on Thursday despite taking a 5-1 tonking. They’ll find it easier going against this Southampton side who are just going amazing at doing nothing in games.
Bizarrely, both teams sit side by side in the league table and on 22 points. Is that a sign of how good Burnley have been or a sign that Arsenal are miles off the pace at the top? Both, really. But this has all the makings for another upset. The Gunners actually have a good record over the Clarets but the last two meetings were both tight one nil affairs, with both goals coming in injury time so let’s not get carried away.
It’s getting to the time of year as well where you need to grit your teeth and grind out the important results against the so called lesser teams. The temperature has plunged a few notches and Sanchez has now lost his beautiful bronzed complexion.
I’ve checked the weather on Saturday at Turf Moor and it’s going to cold and wet – everything that Arsenal will hate. An easy way to predict this will be to look at the teams as they line up on the pitch. Just simply count which team wears the most pairs of gloves (and tights) and then go against them. Easy.
While the Gooners will be buoyed by their North London Derby win (nobody gives two shits about the Cologne match) and they should go in to this fixture fresh and confident, this is Arsenal at the end of the day.
Burnley, as always, won’t make this easy. The Clarets Draw No Bet seems like excellent value.
If I had a house I would’ve put it on City minus -1 at home to Feyenoord and thank f*ck I don’t. While they were very underwhelming on the goal front, they still got the 3 points and they’re seeking their 11th win on the trot when they travel to Huddersfield.
City beat Huddersfield 10-1 in a league game in 1987 and to date it’s the last time a club has scored 10+ goals in an English league match. Now the Terriers won’t be conceding anything near to those numbers but after taking a 4-0 hammering to Bournemouth, I do expect Pep’s team to comfortably beat the -2 handicap.
Huddersfield will press and squeeze as always but City will have too much quality and speed. Simple as that.
Everton scores 1+ & 5+ Everton Corners – 3/1
Man City to beat Huddersfield -2 goals – 8/5
Burnley and draw v Arsenal – 7/5