Top five bets for the weekend

Ollie Irish

4th, May 2007

74014530.jpgEVERTON TO BEAT PORTSMOUTH (Evens)
An overreaction to back-to-back defeats (in the most recent they were 2-0 up against Man Utd) has seen Everton’s price become extremely attractive considering they are playing a Portsmouth team that is hopeless away from Fratton Park (nine without a win including defeats at Watford and Wigan).
ASTON VILLA TO BEAT SHEFFIELD UNITED 1-0 (7-1)
Villa are now unbeaten in seven and though they draw too often (last four at Villa Park) they should have enough in their last home match of the season to be able to eke out a single goal victory against a Sheffield United side that struggles away from Bramall Lane (just eight away goals all season and a single point since beating Wigan in mid-December).


ARSENAL TO BEAT CHELSEA (13-8)
Arsenal have a risible record against Chelsea (no wins in nine) but have led in both clashes this season and it would be no surprise if, having rediscovered where the net is in recent matches, Wenger has them pumped-up to put the final nail in what has been an awful week for the Blues.
IPSWICH TO BEAT CARDIFF (21-20)
The Tractor Boys are finishing the season on a high (only defeat in seven was away to in-form Sheffield Wednesday) and they should have far too much about them for a Cardiff side that is without a win in eight and looked ready for their summer holidays two months ago. The weekend banker.
ROBBIE KEANE TO SCORE FIRST FOR SPURS AGAINST CHARLTON (13-2)
As tempting as continuing to back over 2.5 goals in Spurs games is, Charlton’s spirited back line at home (just one conceded in five) makes it unappealing at odds-on. Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is in great form (14 goals in last 13 games) and is value to grab the game’s first goal as he has in four of their last seven matches.
[Lee Honeyball]
Last week’s bets: Another good week for Lee, who landed three out of his five tips.

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