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Pez's Picks: Home comforts for top dogs

Posted: Fri 14 Dec 2012
Author: Pez
Top tipster 'Pez'

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Last week’s verdict: Two out of four is not the return I was after, but QPR to win at Wigan was always going to be a big ask. The other team to disappoint was Leicester at home to Barnsley – the one I was most confident in! Still, special thanks to Wolves and Bournemouth for not making week one a total nightmare. On to round two.

Please note: All fixtures listed below are Saturday, 3pm kick-offs.

Manchester United v Sunderland

Ok, so Sunderland had a good midweek home win over a Reading side in dire trouble with only two points from a possible 27 on the road. But still, the manner of United’s victory in the Manchester derby on Sunday suggests they are well on track for a 20th top flight title. With City in the early kick-off at Newcastle, Fergie’s men will either be playing to restore their six-point lead at the top, or indeed extend it – motivation in itself for common sense to prevail at Old Trafford.

Pez says: HOME WIN (1/5)

Stoke City v Everton

With a number of so-called ‘bankers’ (like Leicester last time...) floating about this weekend, I’m in need of some inspiration to get the odds up on my accumulator. Stoke might still be unbeaten at home, but I fancy the bouncing blue noses to take something back to Merseyside. A win? Possibly. But with 16 draws between them this season, let’s go for one more each.

Pez says: DRAW (23/10)

Cardiff City v Peterborough United

If Cardiff don’t win this I might just stop betting on the Championship altogether. We all know their unblemished home record must end sometime, but Posh are bottom for a reason, and have taken only a solitary point from their last eight league games. All logic points to only one outcome.

Pez says: HOME WIN (2/5)

Milton Keynes Dons v Hartlepool United

Another bottom of the table team in need of a miracle if they want a result are Hartlepool, without a win since September 1st in league and cup – a full 21 games ago! MK Dons, meanwhile, are going along nicely and within striking distance of the automatic promotion spots. Only complacency can beat Karl Robinson’s side tomorrow – certainly not Hartlepool.

Pez says: HOME WIN (2/5)

AFC Wimbledon v Rotherham United

The odds look generous on this one. Wimbledon are struggling and would arguably take third-bottom in League Two now come the end of the season, while Rotherham boast one of the biggest budgets at this level. With big budgets come good players, and they’ve got those too. Perhaps the Millers’ slightly indifferent recent form plays a part in the price, but they still look a good bet.

Pez says: AWAY WIN (6/5)

Celtic v St Mirren

Those five alone would secure a decent return, but the addition of Celtic will add the best part of £20 to your potential winnings. For whatever reason they haven’t quite clicked domestically, but with the Champions League knockout stages two months away, now is the time to build up an imposing lead at the top of the SPL. With St Mirren second bottom, there should be goals in this one for the Hoops.

Pez says: HOME WIN (1/4)


Pez’s special tip of the day…

Middlesbrough v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves came up with the goods last week and another generous price in their favour caught my eye for this one. Middlesbrough are obviously going very strongly in third, but three defeats in five suggests they are vulnerable. To me, there is less between these teams than the odds are letting on.

Pez says: AWAY WIN (31/10)

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