Fulham on the up at last

January 14th, 2017 | Ian Carnaby's Sports News

There are some fascinating matches in the Premier League this weekend but they are very hard to call with betting in mind.

For sure, Liverpool will have to play much better than they did at Southampton on Wednesday if they are to take anything from the visit to Old Trafford on Sunday. They were poor at St Mary’s and are fortunate to go into the second leg of the EFL semi-final only one goal adrift. However, scoring goals has been the Saints’ problem for quite a while and they will know they should have very nearly secured a place in the final.

Jose Mourinho is putting a good run together and I make United marginal favourites in this but it’s a fixture which is always tight and often tetchy. It’s hard to call, as is Everton v Manchester City, also on Sunday. At this stage of their development under Ronald Koeman, Everton should not contain a classier City outfit but home advantage possibly brings the pair together. No bet.

Our good run ended last week when Bristol City failed to beat Fleetwood in the FA Cup. This was unusual because even during their bad run City have scored goals. What I’d say is that we should back them again in the replay, when a well-drilled Fleetwood will have to come out and attack. I doubt very much that City will fail to score again and I also think they’ll hit the target against Cardiff on Saturday. This is habitually just as feisty as the match mentioned above and Neil Warnock is fashioning a team capable of picking up points away from home. I don’t often go for both teams to score these days because it’s not a bet that has paid off overall bit I’m tempted here.

At long last Fulham are giving their supporters something to shout about and I feel they could be among the goals against Barnsley at Craven Cottage. There is also much to like about Simon Grayson’s Preston and, in the search for value, the 11/4 about them against high-flying Brighton takes the eye. Brighton are playing like champions, though I still believe Newcastle will prevail in the end, with Leeds now looking the biggest threat to the pair.

I don’t like odds-on away from home but Sheffield United should go up from League One and about time too. They look too strong for Walsall.

FULHAM 25 units at 8/13 to beat Barnsley
PRESTON 10 units at 11/4 (Hill’s) to beat Brighton
SHEFFIELD UNITED 20 units at 4/6 to beat Walsall
Bristol City v Cardiff 15 units Both Teams To Score

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