Joe Whitaker of local independent bookmakers ValueBet takes a look at this weekend’s sporting action.
It was nice to tip a winning football treble last Saturday and I hope some of you got a few quid on it.
There are clearly teams out there that feel it is very much ‘job done’ for the season and the likes of Stoke last weekend were on the beach already.
On Sunday we see the last round of games all kick off at 3pm. The last weekend can throw up some strange results so as a punter you may as well go for some decent prices and think outside the box.
Finding the teams on the beach and those more up for it is the difficulty. I think West Ham could be a decent price to win at Burnley.
Yes they got pummelled at home to Liverpool though they are much better than that, as they were the week before when they beat Tottenham 1-0.
Bilic will be very keen to end the season with a win and he will see Burnley as winnable. They look a big price to me at 5/2.
Manchester United are another side in need of a win to head into the summer with.
Whilst they have clearly been solid, going on an unbeaten run before losing to both Arsenal and Tottenham, they haven’t been good enough by Manchester United’s standards. I
t shows how far they have come to be priced up by the bookies at Evens at home to Crystal Palace. I do feel it is a good price however with the likes of Rashford and Martial providing that cutting edge up front.
For the third leg of the weekend treble, Southampton at 4/5 at home to Stoke look worthy of throwing in there.
Their home record has been decent all season and Stoke really do look like they have finished for the season. The treble would pay just over 12/1 so that looks like a decent punt to me this weekend.
The end of the football season sees independent bookmakers like ourselves have to fill the void for several weeks whilst the coupons remain quiet.
It is difficult these days to get the 18 to 30 crowd interested in horse racing on the scale that they used to be.
York has hosted its yearly Dante meeting this week and The Yorkshire Cup takes centre stage on Friday. John Gosden’s MUNTAHAA looks to have a decent chance.
The grey colt out of Dansili had a quiet three-year-old campaign though has come on as a four-year-old and won the John Porter Stakes at Newbury last month. He should appreciate the little softening of the ground brought by rain over the last few days. He is priced up a 4/1 shot and its not one I would be happy standing a large liability on.
The golf over in the States is the AT&T Byron Nelson and the hometown course of Jordan Spieth in Dallas.
It’s not a course he has done well at, having never been in the top 10. He was off at the Players last week and missed the cut. He is too good to ignore however and he must come good with his home comforts eventually.
I think the Texan has been pushed out to a tempting price at 14/1 and is worthy of a punt. ValueBet are doing a nice offer on The Open this year where if your player misses the cut you get to choose a player who has made the cut to the same stake.
So if you are a golf punter it could make all the difference in getting down to West Park Ave!
Have a good weekend folks, Joe