What’s a weekend of football following without a cheeky acca? To help your hopes of battering the bookies, TSZ has done some homework and come up with some tips to add to your selections, as well as a money-spinning double that will make the Premier League’s early kick-off on Saturday even more engrossing to watch.
Turn a tenner into £50 – Saturday’s lunchtime TV Premier League double
West Ham vs Arsenal (12:30pm kick-off on Sky Sports Main Event)
4/1 with SkyBet
2/1 - 50+ booking points in the match (10 points for yellow, 25 points for red)
4/6 - Arsenal to have 5+ corners
West Ham, who received the joint-most number of yellow cards in the 2017-18 Premier League campaign, are joint-third on the caution-collectors chart this term. Arsenal are sixth. And this is a London derby.
Only two players – Jefferson Lerma and Jose Holebas – have accumulated more yellow cards in this season’s Premier League than Granit Xhaka, Robert Snodgrass and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, whose seven have come in just 14 appearances.
Shkodran Mustafi or Laurent Koscielny clashing with Marco Arnautovic, and potentially Andy Carroll, provides a booking risk, as does Pablo Zabaleta, who turns 34 next week, chasing Arsenal’s rapid Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Then come Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira and Mark Noble, who all relish a tasty challenge. We could see a red card and, regardless, this match has high booking points written all over it.
Arsenal have registered 5+ corners in eight of their last 11 Premier League matches. The Gunners are very willing to shoot and have a lot of pace in attack – both of which aid them collecting corners. Unai Emery also encourages his wingbacks to bomb forward and, if Arsenal are behind at West Ham, their chances of reaching five corners will heighten.
Bets worth adding to your weekend acca
40+ booking points in West Ham-Arsenal (evens or 2.0 with Sky Bet)
Paris Saint-Germain to score 3+ goals at Amiens (8/11 or 1.73 with Bet365)
Chelsea to beat Newcastle by 2+ goals (20/27 or 1.74 with RedZone)
Japan to score 2+ goals vs Oman (8/11 or 1.73 with several)
Man City to beat Wolves by 2+ goals (8/15 with several)
To give you an idea, putting a £10 bet on those five with Sky Bet would return 143.65.
Paris Saint-Germain to score 3+ goals (8/11)
Amiens vs Paris Saint Germain (4pm kick-off on Saturday)
Paris Saint-Germain have, by their own ridiculous standards, struggled of late, especially as Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Co. crashed out of the League Cup at home to Guingamp, who are bottom of Ligue 1, on Wednesday. PSG will be out to respond to criticism by pummelling lowly Amiens, who have the joint-second-worst defensive record in the French top tier. Expect them to do just that.
Chelsea to win by two goals or more (8/11)
Chelsea vs Newcastle (5:30pm on Saturday on BT Sport 1)
Since that Papiss Cisse performance in 2012, Chelsea have won six straight at home to Newcastle in all competitions – all by at least a two-goal margin. Why would that change at home to a depleted version of this poor Newcastle team?
Japan to score 2+ goals (8/11)
Oman vs Japan (1:30pm kick-off on Sunday)
Japan have scored 3+ goals in five of their six games under new coach Hajime Moriyasu, including against Russia 2018 participants Costa Rica (3-0), Panama (3-0) and Uruguay (4-3). Oman have conceded nine goals in their last three outings. After coming in for stern criticism for a 3-2 win over minnows Turkmenistan in their Asian Cup opener, Japan will be keen to score the goals to put their second game to bed. Players from some of Europe’s top leagues, spearheaded by Werder Bremen’s Yuya Osako, should have little trouble doing so against opponents based in the Omani championship. Plus, Japan have won seven and drawn one of their eight meetings with Oman this century.
Man City to beat Wolves by two goals or more (8/15)
Man City vs Wolves (8pm kick-off on Monday on Sky Sports Main Event)
Pep Guardiola is going all out for that extra half-point by beating Liverpool in the goal difference stakes, and Wolves have deteriorated into a shaky defensive model of late. With so many attacking aces trying to get in on the act, City should win this comfortably.
Good luck, football fans!