Betting column: Preston ace Jayden Stockley a good bet to score first against Brentford

Local betting expert Joe Whitaker casts his eye over the weekend’s sporting action in the Premier League, Championship and horseracing

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 3rd October 2020, 8:00 am
Preston North End's Jayden Stockley
Preston North End's Jayden Stockley

It’s a Sunday slot booked in for North End this weekend when they travel down to the new home of Brentford.

It’s hard to envisage them coming away with much at all, after watching the way Brentford swept aside Fulham in mid-week.

They may have lost a couple of key players from last season, but they look just as dangerous.

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It has been a tough start for Alex Neil’s lads this season and they will probably have to wait again for points.

I cannot advocate people backing against them but if you do fancy a bet there is always the chance that we could pinch the first goal and I feel big Jaydon Stockley could be a due a goal.

He is a decent 12/1 to score first, you just never know!

The bookies were saved a few quid by Chelsea last weekend and they could get a head start on punters here, with Chelsea taking on Crystal Palace at home in the lunchtime kick-off. At odds of around 4/9 they look best left alone with a home win by no means guaranteed. I would want a bigger price myself.

At a much more backable price are in-form Everton who welcome Brighton to Goodison and can be backed at around 4/5.

Brighton caused Man United some problems last weekend though they took advantage of some suspect defending, and with goals flowing for the Toffees at the right end, I can see the good vibes on the blue side of Stanley Park continuing for the time being.

The teatime slot looks a cracker lined up with Manchester City heading across the M62 to Elland Road to take on Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.

I cannot help looking at these fixtures and think how in normal times you would not fancy being the away side, given the hostility they would have faced.

This is not the case of course now, and City look just about worthwhile at 4/9 for the short leg of the weekend treble.

For the final leg, it has got to be rolled over to Sunday again, with Leicester catching the eye at home to West Ham.

I thought they looked outstanding when they dismantled City at the Etihad last weekend and I can’t see the Hammersgetting anything here. They look a decent enough price at 7/10 which rounds the treble up to a nice 7/2.

It would be wrong not to mention Sunday’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp where the horse of a generationEnable aims to win what will be her third in the race.

The soft ground has ruled out her closest rival in the up and coming Aidan O’Brien filly Love.

The stars look lined up for Enable though she won’t have it all her own way and history may point to the value being further down the betting order.

The French trained SOTTSASS has had a good season as a four-year-old and appears to love the soft ground he will likely get in Paris. He can be backed at around 8/1 which looks value for each way punters.