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Premier League, FA Cup betting tips

EPL By: Collins Udeme | 11/03/2017

Premier League, FA Cup betting tips

Bournemouth v West Ham

14th place Bournemouth who need a win having failed to secure one in their past eight league matches will be without suspended pair Andrew Surman and Tyrone Mings. Last week's debutant Baily Cargill could keep his place because Simon Francis is still nursing a hamstring injury and may not be ready to return. Visiting West Ham welcome back Michail Antonio after a one-match ban, and Winston Reid should have recovered from a leg injury he suffered against Chelsea. Andy Carroll and Robert Snodgrass are expected to be fit despite both needing stitches after that game.

The Vitality stadium showdown will be just the fourth Premier League meeting between the teams. West Ham have won the last two, including the corresponding fixture last season. Bournemouth's only victory against West Ham in any competition was 4-3 at Upton Park last season. All seven of West Ham's Premier League goals against the Cherries have come in the second half of games. While the Cherries have gone eight league games without a win in 2017 (D3, L5), West Ham have won just one of their last five league games. However, the Hammers have taken seven points from the last three away matches and I am backing West Ham to edge this one for Bet9ja's 2.75 winning odds.


Bournemouth 1-2 West Ham

Everton v West Brom

The team news for the Toffees ahead of this fixture is that Ademola Lookman is set to return for Everton after being dropped for the defeat at Tottenham, while Enner Valencia is also pressing to start after scoring in that match. Winger Dominic Calvert-Lewin is back in contention for the Blues after nine weeks out with an ankle injury. West Brom will again be without winger Matt Phillips due to an ongoing hamstring problem. The Baggies have no other injury concerns, according to Tony Pulis.

Last week's defeat at Spurs may have ended Everton's nine-game unbeaten run but it hasn't dampened their genuine belief they can grab a top-six spot. Ronald Koeman's men at home have been excellent, winning their last four at Goodison, scoring an astonishing 15 goals along the way, with the unstoppable Romelu Lukaku finding the net in each victory.

West Brom have only won three league games at Everton since 1965 (D9, L15). However, they are undefeated in their last three visits without conceding a goal, winning last year's league fixture 1-0.

The Baggies haven't kept a clean sheet in four consecutive away top-flight games against the same opponent since March 1925, during a run of five against Birmingham. The home team has failed to win in the last seven meetings since Everton's 2-1 victory in January 2013. Everton's only league defeat in the last 16 home matches was against Liverpool on 19 December (W10, D5). Everton's 1.68 winning odds on Bet9ja should be the perfect way to place your bet.


Everton 2-0 West Brom

Hull City v Swansea City

Hull defender Curtis Davies is fit after a hamstring injury and could feature for the first time since the end of January. But Evandro will miss a third consecutive game with a calf strain. Swansea full-back Kyle Naughton is sidelined with a hamstring injury so Angel Rangel is likely to deputise. Jefferson Montero and Ki Sung-yueng are set to return to the squad after hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

Swansea look like a different team under Paul Clement, in attack as well as defence while Hull who are still in deep trouble at the bottom of the table have also improved since Marco Silva took over from Mike Phelan. Hull have beaten Swansea twice already this season, both by a 2-0 scoreline (in the Premier League and FA Cup). Both previous Premier League matches at the KCOM Stadium have finished with a 1-0 scoreline, with both sides winning once. While Hull have won just one of their last six league matches, Swansea have won five of their last eight league matches, losing the other three. I am going to back the Swans' 1.48 double chance odds on Bet9ja for this one.


Hull 2-2 Swansea City

Liverpool v Burnley

Liverpool are still without their Captain Jordan Henderson who will be missing his third game in a row as he continues to struggle with a foot injury. Daniel Sturridge is ruled out with a hip injury, while Roberto Firminho and Dejan Lovren are doubts. For Burnley, midfielders Steven Defour and Johann Berg Gudmundsson remain out for Burnley, but Tom Heaton is fit after illness. Joey Barton is available after recovering from a hamstring strain. The last three games at Anfield have produced seven points from nine against Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal. The big challenges haven't been a problem but they will now bid to maintain that form against one of the five teams to have beaten them in the league this season.

Liverpool have played Burnley five times in the Premier League, winning the first four by an aggregate score of 11-0. However, Burnley beat the Reds during their last meeting, a 2-0 victory at Turf Moor in August. The Clarets' last win at Anfield was in September 1974. They've drawn one and lost eight of their nine visits there since, scoring once and conceding 19 goals. The visitors will be aiming to do the top-flight double against Liverpool for the first time since 1929-30 but I think the Reds will win and I am certainly not expecting a repeat of their performance against defending Champions Leicester when everything went wrong. Bet9ja offers 1.25 winning odds in favour of the Reds and I totally agree with them on this one.


Liverpool 3-0 Burnley

Middlesbrough v Manchester City

Middlesbrough full-back George Friend is likely to miss Saturday's FA Cup tie after aggravating a calf injury. Daniel Ayala is out with a hamstring problem suffered last week, while Adlene Guedioura is ineligible having played for Watford in the fourth round. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could be available for the first time in six weeks. Long-term absentees Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus are the only players definitely sidelined. Man City's midweek league draw at home to Stoke may have increased the importance of the FA Cup if Pep Guardiola wants to mark his first season in England with silverware.

Middlesbrough have knocked out Manchester City in four of their last five FA Cup meetings, most recently in the fourth round in 2014-15. However, City won their most recent FA Cup visit to Teesside courtesy of Benjani's goal in a third-round tie in January 2010. Boro are winless in 10 league games since Christmas, failing to score in seven of them, but have beaten three lower-league sides in the FA Cup during that period. Pep Guardiola's side are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions, winning six and drawing two. A careful look at Boro's lack of goals means I don't expect things to improve against Manchester City. The Cityzens have winning odds of 1.45 on Bet9ja.


Middlesbrough 1-3 Manchester City

Arsenal v Lincoln 

Arsenal’s final chance of picking up silver this season is the FA Cup, and they won’t be denied that by non-league Lincoln, certainly not in front of their own fans, and certainly not after the humiliation of being hammered in the Champions League.

Wenger will want to rest a couple after Tuesday’s exploits against Bayern Munich, after such an emotional night at this venue, and it’s doubtful Sanchez will play. His future looks bleak at the Emirates, with Wenger determined to show everyone he has complete control of the situation.

Arsenal are firm favourites for the win but to rake in more cash through bet 9ja a bet for straight win with an odd of 1.07 and over 2.5 with 1.22 odds are good stakes 


Arsenal 3-0 Lincoln 

Tottenham v Millwall

Tottenham have won all four of their previous meetings with Millwall, although the most recent of these was all the way back in 1990.

Going into Sunday's game, Spurs are the undisputed favourites even though the odds on the Lions as rolled out by bet9ja are tempting to put it mildly.

As far as the overall result goes, I think Millwall will struggle to find the net. Spurs have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last 12 home games in all competitions and Millwall have only scored in three of their last six away days.

This makes odds of 1.16 for Tottenham to Win and to win without Millwall scoring at 1.57 is good value offering, 


Tottenham 2-0 Millwall

Chelsea v Manchester United

Of all the quarter final pairings, this certainly the most evenly poised and it could go either depending on how the two teams get their tactics right.

A draw at the end of 90 minutes is offered at (3.60).

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 11 meetings with Red Devils, last losing in October 2012. They are the stronger team and are hence 1.90 on bet9ja to get a straight win over their former coach.

United have scored just three times in their last nine encounters with Blues. This clearly highlights how difficult it has been to overcome the West London outfit.

Mourinho who has his ego at stake will do all within his powers thus making a draw in the course of 90 mins a possible option and that commands a mouthwatering 3.40 odds on bet9ja

Mourinho might have suffered a heavy defeat in the reverse fixture against his former side but the Portuguese tactician will definitely not want a repeat. A few goals should thus be expected and punters can back below three goals at odds of (1.22)


Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United 

Chelsea win via penalties