Thanks to the FA cup games being played this weekend we have a full schedule of midweek Premier League games this week and there’s some good looking games in there as well. I’ve picked out three of those games to previews and betting tips for
Newcastle vs Manchester United: Under 1.5 goals @ 3.25
United needed a last minute penalty to beat League 2 Sheffield United in their FA cup tie, it’s fair to say that the performance and result have done little to dispel the pressure on Louis van Gaal and his approach. Newcastle lost 1-0 to Watford despite naming a fairly strong side, Steve McClaren’s side look bereft of confidence and have started to struggle in front of goal, they haven’t scored in their last four games now, all of which have been 1-0 defeats. This game looks on paper like it will be incredibly dull, I think this is a definitely a contender for last on Match of the Day.
Stoke vs Norwich: Stoke win @ Evens
It’s fair to say that Stoke have been inconsistent this season, they’ve absolutely demolished teams but then also lost games they’dexpect to win. A lot of that comes down to how the front three of Bojan, Shaqiri and Arnatouvic perform, all three were rested for the trip to Doncaster but will return for this game. Norwich have lost five of their last six away games, although the other was the historic win at Old Trafford, I think they will continue their poor away form when they visit a Stoke side who are always tough to play at home and have greater strength in their squad to help with fixture congestion.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace: Palace win @ 2.50
Given that Villa look destined for the Champioship next season and Palace are genuine contenders for the Europa League I think the odds for this game considerably underestimate Palace. Palace have the fourth best away record in the league, they’ve picked up more points on the road than at Selhurst Park. They should add three more points to that tally against a Villa side who have picked up just three points at home all season and will probably face a hostile reception from their own fans given how poorly they’ve been performing this season and that there are reports that Micah Richards had a confrontation with fans after the 2-2 draw with Wycombe. Pardew’s Palace will add to Garde’s misery this week.
Odds correct at time of writing and courtesy of Bet365.com