Chelsea to bounce back vs. Newcastle; Valencia to beat Real Madrid
It's been another amazing few days of profit for the column with only a last gasp Kevin De Bruyne goal for Man City preventing a clean sweep of winning tips in midweek. The FA Cup again takes centre stage this weekend and we've got all the best betting angles covered.
Running total: -£19.90
The Home Banker
Chelsea have been a bit erratic recently but they've lost just twice since the end of October and should be too savvy for Newcastle on Sunday. The Toon have largely parked the bus against the Premier League's top teams this season, particularly away from home, and it is hard to make a case for them troubling the scorers at Stamford Bridge. Joselu and Ayoze Perez are joint top scorers for them this season having weighed in with just four goals apiece and a lack of options up front could ultimately see them relegated if things do not improve. For now though, punters should consider a decent bet on Chelsea to win this to nil at a juicy 5/4 with bet365.
Selection: £4 on Chelsea to win to nil at 5/4 with bet365.
The Tasty Treble
Middlesbrough look to be raising their game under Tony Pulis and look a bet at 6/5 to see off Brighton at the Riverside. The Seagulls are toiling at the wrong end of the Premier League and with survival their main priority, one can easily envisage a scenario where they field a weakened side on Teesside. Elsewhere Millwall (1/2) look good things to see off struggling Rochdale. The Lions do not look like getting sucked into a Championship relegation scrap this season and should have too much class for a Rochdale side who have taken just two points from their last seven matches in League One. Add Chelsea at 2/5 to see off Newcastle and you have a cracking treble with bet365 paying better than 7/2.
Selection: £2 on the treble at 3.62/1 with bet365.
The Euro Wager
Real Madrid's troubled season lurched further into crisis as they were dumped out of the Copa del Rey in midweek by lowly Leganes. Zinedine Zidane labelled it a "fiasco" it would surely take a brave punter to back them at 8/13 to beat Valencia this weekend? Los Che are currently third in La Liga, five points clear of Los Blancos and given how awful Madrid have looked in recent weeks the home wins screams value here at 4/1.
Selection: £2 on Valencia to win at 4/1 with bet365.
The Wildcard Tip
Anthony Martial has already more than doubled his Premier League goal tally of last season and a strike rate of a goal every 121 minutes suggests he is in the form of his life. The Frenchman is a 4/1 chance to score first against Yeovil in the FA Cup on Friday evening and that looks big given how well he has been playing for the Red Devils this season.
Selection: £2 on Martial to score first at 4/1 with bet365.
The Bookie Basher
Raheem Sterling is a 13/2 chance to score first for Manchester City as they travel to Cardiff in the FA Cup on Sunday. The Citizens still have eyes on landing the Quadruple and face a tricky test against the Welsh Championship outfit. Sterling has hit 18 goals this season and looks a big price to notch first at the Cardiff City Stadium. Double him with Britt Assombalonga to score first for Boro against Brighton in a double paying a whopping 40/1 with bet365.
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