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Ryan Liberty provides predictions and insight ahead of the latest dose of Premier League action; look out for his 8/1 treble and make sure you get on at your nearest Hollywoodbets outlet or online! 

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Saturday 13 February 

49/20 Leicester | Draw 51/20 | Liverpool 21/20 (20:00)

Leicester
come into this fixture after being frustrated by a well put together Wolves
outfit. Brendan Rodgers’ men will feel they should have claimed all three
points from their travels to Molineux, but I’m not too sure I agree.

Wolves were
able to ask far too many questions of Leicester’s defence, and if they allow
Liverpool to get onto the front foot like that, the misfiring attacking options
Liverpool have will cause serious problems.

Liverpool
was well beaten by a Manchester City side who might be referred to as the ‘champions
elect’ sooner rather than later. The Reds have lost their sense of
invincibility – and it shows. The Foxes still have their holes even if the
Liver bird has lost its nest. Back the home side to just edge this one by
the odd goal.

13/10 Crystal Palace | 22/10 | Burnley 9/4 (20:00)

What
happens when the irresistible force meets immovable object? I agree that
introduction might be slightly dramatic for such a game but that isn’t the
point…Palace play their best football when they look to go forward at pace and
put teams under pressure; Burnley are arguably at their best when they are
allowed to turn the game into a defensive dogfight and pinch a goal from a set
piece or counter.

I don’t
expect this to be a game with too many fireworks but at 22/10 the draw looks
rather tasty – although I would recommend a punt on the nose rather than adding
this to the weekend multiple. 

1/3 Manchester City | 42/10 | Tottenham 15/2 (22:15)

I know that it is incredibly early to say, but even at the risk of later looking rather foolish, this is truly Manchester City’s league to lose. You talk about teams missing players, City are currently without Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, players who are absolutely world-class, and yet we hardly even notice their absence! 

City thrashed Liverpool without a recognised striker on the field – notice? 

As embarrassing as it is that City are priced at 1/3 to beat Spurs, I cannot make a viable case against it. I can’t see past the home win but for more value, consider looking at City to score in both halves at 9/10.

17/10 Brighton | 24/10 | Aston Villa 31/20 (22:15)

Dean Smith
would have certainly enjoyed completing the league-double over Arsenal last
weekend, and he will expect much of the same when his side travel to the Amex
on Saturday night. 

Villa have
an excellent spine, from Emiliano Martinez in goal to Ollie Watkins upfront. They
have proved how destructive they can be and I expect them to continue with the
excellent season they are enjoying.

Brighton
have also managed to put a bit of a run together, going unbeaten in their last
six outings in all competition, but as much as I feel the Seagulls have become
South Africa’s adopted side, 31/20 is too good to pass up. Get on the away
victory. 

Jockeys Ride Horses

Sunday 14 February


29/20 Southampton | 43/20 | Wolves 2/1 (22:00)

Southampton
seem to have gone off the boil a bit recently, they have now gone four league
games without a victory and all of a sudden everything isn’t so rosy at St
Mary’s. Ralph Hasenhuttl looks like a manager who has run out of ideas and even
with an incredibly talented side, Southampton just don’t seem to pose much of a
threat.

Wolves, on
the other hand, have begun to show their teeth again and will want to begin to
make inroads in a quest to make something of this season. I think 2/1 is
generous from Hollywoodbets and should be taken advantage of! 

15/2 West Brom | 44/10 | Manchester United 3/10 (20:00)

United will
be grateful for an away game – considering they have had the most success on
the road so far this year. I’m not sure what to make of the game against
Everton. Naturally the first instinct is to feel it’s a missed opportunity, but
in the greater scheme of things it could also be seen as a good point towards a
top four position.

I still
maintain that United have an outside chance of winning the league but will make
no bones about the fact that for City to lose the league is an upset. 

West Brom
will play this game without much pressure, they will know these are not the
games that keep them safe. Could this make them more dangerous? Well, just ask
Liverpool and Manchester City. Expect a rather cagey first 45 minutes and
consider taking the draw at half-time, you would get around 33/20. 

8/10 Arsenal | 28/10 | Leeds 3/1 (21:30)

What do we
make of this Arsenal side? They are yet another side in the league this year
who fail to find any consistency, but on their day, they are a seriously
talented side who can hurt you from all angles.

Mikel
Arteta will want to have his side on the front foot right from the start, but
that won’t change the approach we know Leeds will adopt. Marcelo Bielsa’s
side attack without fear or favour, so while it might appear to be a bit
fraudulent backing both teams to score in such a game, it will always make a
great appeal. Get on at 11/20.

8/10 Everton | 26/10 | Fulham 33/10 (22:15)

Fulham gave
a decent account of themselves against West Ham last time out in the league. The
Cottagers created a fair number of chances and I would imagine Scott Parker
left the happier of the two managers.

Ruben
Loftus-Cheek should have probably won it for his side but nonetheless the draw
was a decent result. I must say though, about the Thomas Soucek red card,
Aleksander Mitrovic seemingly escaped necessary criticism for his theatrics.
The way he throws himself to the ground before then pleading Soucek’s innocence
after realising a red was on the way is simply pathetic. Anyway,
Everton will be full of confidence and with the return of their weapons upfront,
they should be a banker in all multiples.

Monday 15 February

15/20 West Ham | Draw 26/10 | Sheffield 37/10
(22:15)

If you are
a listener to the “Hit the Target Podcast” proudly brought to you by
Hollywoodbets, you would have heard me say quite often that I agree Sheffield
is in a relegation scrap, but with their grit and fight I fancy them to survive
the drop.

West Ham
are more than capable of winning this but I’m going to go for Sheffield United
on the Win/Draw Double Chance with Both Teams to Score because I reckon, they
might simply want this more. If Sheffield manage to hustle the Irons and
make this less of a football match and more of a scrap, there is no reason we
cannot collect on the 47/20 when metal meets metal. 

1/4 Chelsea | 5/1 | Newcastle 10/1 (22:00)

Thomas
Tuchel continues to impress with this revamped Chelsea side, I’m sure the
German has the greatest respect for Frank Lampard and all that he’s done, but
it’s beginning to get more and more difficult to understand why this Chelsea
side wasn’t able to produce a clear system of play. 

The only
concern I have remains in Chelsea’s defensive ability. Yes, they kept clean
sheets in the first three games under Tuchel, but I don’t trust Antonio Rudiger
or Andreas Christensen.

Newcastle
proved at the weekend that they are more than capable of causing issues when
they go forward with the likes of Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron. I think
taking the Both Teams to Score market could be a shrewd bet at even money.

TREBLE  @ 8/1

Everton Win 8/10

Aston Villa Win 31/20

Chelsea vs Newcastle BTTS 1/1

Written by: Ryan Liberty
@Mr_R_Liberty


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