Our betting expert with tips for David Moyes and his happy Hammers, Leeds’ trip to Norwich and Monday’s clash between Wolves and Everton PLUS an angle in La Liga
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Back Michail Antonio to help keep David Moyes looking his best.
The West Ham boss has gone from busted flop to Glasgow Klopp in about 10 months.
Garlands shower down on Moyesy, now back at a level where he thrived with Everton for years.
It’s expectations. Even if you only counted his brilliant second coming, Moyes still has a worse win rate for West Ham than the one that got him the sack at Old Trafford.
That stat is heading in the right direction at least – and the trip to Aston Villa (4.30pm) is set up perfectly for the visitors.
The Hammers will be going for nine clean sheets in a dozen games, have a strong set-piece machine and plenty of zip on the counter-attack. Villa are emerging from a very tough run – five Big Six opponents plus a derby in their last seven – and can be trusted to take the game to West Ham.
Brendan Rodgers once called the deadly Antonio “a counter-attack on his own”.
Lots of wise heads reckon Bren knows his onions, unless results go pear-shaped for a bit, when lots of wise heads will reckon he’s an utter plum.
Antonio ‘anytime scorer’ can bear fruit for us at 17/10 (BetVic, Sky Bet) – that’s juicy on his scoring data.
If Marcelo Bielsa can’t spy a route for his Leeds to beat Norwich (2pm) , he’s not a genius after all and should hand in his bucket.
The Canaries are toothless, and you rarely succeed that way in the Prem. But two recent 0-0s put some points on the board, so don’t rule out the hosts shaping for a very tight one.
The 12/1 (Bet365) ‘no scorer’ is a reasonable longshot and NO ‘both teams score’ is fair at 11/8 (BetVic).
Rafa Benitez was 15/1 yesterday to be next Newcastle boss. John Terry was 11/1 (ELEVEN). I’ve ruled myself out, for now.
As usual, this manager betting market is full of names that spark only the flickering pilot light of vague recognition… Didn’t ‘Paulo Fonseca’ marry Joan Collins in the 70s? Wasn’t ‘Lucien Favre’ a wrong ‘un in The Onedin Line?
Poor Rafa needs a leading man for Everton’s trip to Wolves (8pm tomorrow). A returned Richarlison could be it – 3/1 (Paddy) ‘anytime scorer’ looks about right.
In Spain, expected goals boffins rate Bilbao better than the Liga table suggests – back them to have enough to DRAW at 9/4 when they go to Sociedad (8pm).
Last week: Winner at 7/5