This is a big week. I’m off to Sheffield on Saturday and there is three of us in the hotel room with one having to sleep on the floor. The person who does the worst on his coupon is the one who has to sleep on the floor.
I don’t want that to me, so while I’m at Hillsborough laughing at Sheffield Wednesday’s performance I’ll be roaring on my treble to secure my space in a single hotel bed.
The league leaders are travelling to Michael Laudrup’s Swansea side who have improved after a poor start to the season. However, with the home side not having won their past seven league games, and Arsenal winning their last seven league games there is only one bet for me here.
Arsenal have impressed many after their first week loss to Aston Villa and the signing of Ozil has captured the fans imagination. Chances will be created by the away side and with Giroud on fine form as well as Aaron Ramsey they should prove too much for the home side.
Arsene Wenger will be celebrating 17 years since he first signed a contract to come to England, and his side have scored at least two goals in their last three games. I expect an unchanged side to be named from last week, and it should prove more than enough to head back to London remaining top of the Premier League.
In Scotland this week Motherwell take on Ross County who scored two late goals to overcome a Hearts side who remain bottom of the league. Granted Hearts had a points deduction but they released a lot of players before this season started and remain on -8 points.
Last week’s tie was also at home, and it is on the road where Ross County struggle and they cannot be confident heading to Motherwell this weekend. Motherwell beat Derek Adams’ team late last season and remain a decent side at home.
Motherwell have only been beaten once in their last eight home games. They’ve won six of those including two against Celtic and drawn once. In contrast Ross County have not won since February on their travels. In fact they have only scored two goals in their last two games away.
Stuart McCall’s men should be shorter than they are and I’m hoping this will nearly secure my spot in one of the beds in the hotel room.
Motherwell win – 20/23 – BetVictor
Sean Dyche’s men are high flying and doing a lot better than I expected. That proves what I know, doesn’t it? Last week they cruised into the top two with a victory over Leeds United. They also won midweek in the Cup against Nottingham Forest.
Last week Charlton Athletic got beat by a struggling Millwall side. Chris Powell’s men have been poor all season and have failed to win in their last six league games and sit just one point above the relegation zone.
Burnley lost Charlie Austin to QPR in the summer, but Danny Ings and Sam Vokes have made sure he has not been missed so far. Vokes, the Welsh International has scored four goals so far in the league this season, and Ings has notched five. Both have set up three goals between them too.
This looks a great opportunity to continue to put press on Harry Redknapp’s men in pole position. They are undefeated in their last eight games and this should be a decent opportunity to make it nine.
Burnley win – 10/11 – William Hill