Weekend betting column: Are Preston North End fancied to get the better of Millwall?
Local betting expert Joe Whitaker casts his eye over the weekend’s sporting action in the Premier League, Championship and horseracing.
It’s that time of the season again at Deepdale where the North End faithful dare to dream.
Since they got beaten at home to Middlesbrough they have turned the corner and regrouped.
It has to be applauded how they are going about their business, winning games without playing outstanding football.
This is now a massive game at home to Millwall, a side who like to spoil things and can be underrated, especially by the bookmakers this season.
This won’t be easy, though you have to back the Lilywhites to get another vital win.
I like the 8/1 for a 2-1 home win and I feel Scott Sinclair is due another home goal.
He can be backed at 6/1 to score first.
With a lack of a long Premier League fixture list this weekend, we must make do with what we have to find a winner.
Southampton look a short price at home to Sean Dyche’s Burnley and their decent form looks to have come to an end.
At 8/11 I would see this as one to avoid, with the Clarets no pushover on their day.
Premier League leaders Liverpool are always going to be a short price and that won’t change anytime soon, though even at 2/7 if it’s a good thing it’s worth having on your side in an accumulator.
They should beat bottom-of-the-table Norwich City with a bit in hand.
On to the Sunday and Tottenham face a potentially tricky trip to Villa Park.
Struggling in the league they may be, but Dean Smith’s Villans have a Wembley League Cup final to look forward to against Manchester City next month.
You never know what you’re going to get with Aston Villa this season and you could argue anything odds on for Spurs is no value.
Jose Mourinho appears to have got them adjusted to life without Harry Kane for the time being though and they are unbeaten in six.
At 5/6 I think they’re worth having in your bets.
The later kick-off on Sunday sees Newcastle down in the capital at Arsenal.
And just like Villa, Steve Bruce’s men are an unknown quantity this season. The bookies rely on teams like this getting results and busting coupons.
The Toon haven’t been beaten since New Year’s Day, though I fancy Mikel Arteta to carry on squeezing out improvement from the Gunners.
At 8/15 they will round the treble up nicely to 5/2.
The Unibet Grand National Trial at Haydock looks like a decent race this Saturday and Preston North End owner Trevor Hemmings runs VINTAGE CLOUDS who must have a chance at 8/1.
He has been in decent order this season and is a course and distance winner so shouldn’t be far away.