THERE SHOULD BE GOALS AT ST MARY’S
February 26th, 2016 | Ian Carnaby's Sports News
One of the most fascinating Premier League campaigns for years is entering its final phase and few would predict with any confidence how things will work out. Leicester can go clear again if they beat Norwich on Saturday and there may well be plenty of pressure on Arsenal if Tottenham account for Swansea on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs picked up the thread again when accounting for Fiorentina on Thursday evening and, from what I have seen of Swansea lately, they will take all three points. However, the games are starting to stack up and much will depend on Mauricio Pochettino’s ability to rotate his squad. Frankly, 4/9 is too short and I’d rather have the 1 to 2 about Leicester’s sheer power overcoming Norwich.
Arsenal would normally be happy with a draw at Old Trafford but the pressure may well be on them to go for all three points. Although Manchester United’s fans have been deeply disappointed this season, I cannot quite go along with the criticism loaded on to Van Gaal’s shoulders.
The fact is that, iconic manager though he undoubtedly was, Sir Alex Ferguson left United with some fairly urgent rebuilding to be undertaken. Maybe David Moyes was the man for that and maybe he wasn’t but it seemed to me that he was moved on too hastily. The club still has a fair chance of making the Champions League and is in the FA Cup and Europa League. Sure, they haven’t excited anyone and haven’t played ‘in the United way’ but these things take time. I’ve never quite been able to picture Sir Bobby Charlton and Jose Mourinho having a football conversation and I still can’t. Things should certainly be left alone, at least until this season is over. I doubt that United will lose to Arsenal.
Southampton have been a revelation in recent weeks and fourth place, though unlikely, is not out of the question. It probably will be if they fail to beat Chelsea – again, a fixture that most years would see the Saints faithful going home happy with a draw – and I can see the Blues finding a way to beat Fraser Forster at last. Southampton are dangerous themselves, though, and Charlie Austin and Shane Long are more than capable giving the back four problems. It looks a draw to me and not a goalless one.
I don’t like anything else in the Premier League or the Championship and I don’t really want to oppose Walsall in League One because I tipped them each-way at 40/1 before a ball was kicked. But I feel in my bones hat the bubble has burst now and it’s surprising that top team BURTON are offered at 6/5 by Hills when the Saddlers go there on Saturday. That looks good value, while I hope Sheffield United will win again and edge closer to the play-off positions but 8/5 at Rochdale is too skinny.
Southampton v Chelsea 15 units THE DRAW at 23/10
BURTON 25 units at 6/5 to beat Walsall