Sam Hendry with a couple of 5 star bets on this weekend’s football
Newcastle escaped with only a 1-0 defeat when they hosted Manchester City in December, but it’s hard to imagine them improving on that when they visit the Etihad on Saturday.
City have had a week to stew over their first domestic defeat of the season last week to Liverpool, and that’s a break that should do them good.
It’s the first time they have had a week between games since mid-November – and that was during an international break when many of their players were dotted around the world playing for their countries.
In the game at St James’ Park, Newcastle set up in an ultra-defensive formation and only some wasteful finishing from City prevented a humiliation.
Whether Rafa Benitez decides to set up in a similar manner this time, or go more adventurous shouldn’t really matter as they simply don’t have the quality to trouble the league leaders. City to win to nil at odds of 3 to 4 is the bet to be on.
In a tale that has become routine for Arsenal fans, it’s been another week of crisis at the Emirates with the defeat to Bournemouth, the looming figure of the soon-to-be departed Alexis Sanchez and revelations over his conduct towards referee Mike Dean casting a dark shadow over Arsene Wenger.
The Arsenal fanbase is firmly back aboard the “Wenger Out” bandwagon and unless he can adequately replace Sanchez and secure Champions League qualification then surely, surely, his position will at last become untenable.
A meeting with Crystal Palace is far from an easy fixture for Arsenal to record a bounce-back victory after last week’s capitulation.
Palace’s turnaround under Roy Hodgson has been quite remarkable and, with just one defeat in their last 12 league matches, they are on course for a top ten finish.
Arsenal do, though, possess a very strong home record and the potential returns of Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil from injury could be the boost they need to at least avoid another defeat.
But Palace will make themselves difficult to break down and with no Sanchez and record signing Alexandre Lacazette woefully out of form, I can see the visitors taking a point back to south London at odds of 7/2 (generally)