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Saturday 20 December 2014

The Punter: A grand day for a draw

Liverpool's Fernando Torres is 5-2 to score more goals that Carlos Tevez in tomorrow's clash with Man United at Anfield.

But this promises to be a very tight tussle with goals maybe hard to come by, so 4-6 that Torres and Tevez will tie, is the best bet.

Those who fancy Tevez in this particular 'match' can have 100-30 with totesport.

Grand Slam Sunday, as it has been billed, is one of the biggest days of the season with leaders Arsenal also taking on Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.

Paul Petrie of totesport says: "This is going to be a massive weekend and could have a major impact on the outright Premiership betting.

" However, all four teams are so evenly matched it would be no surprise if the most popular bet this weekend was the 19-2 on offer for a draw in both games. "

That price for the double draw is worth a big shout while of the others, specials take Arsenal and Chelsea to have more cards at 13-10.

Match doubles: 13-2 Liverpool & Arsenal both to win; Liverpool & Chelsea both to win; Man Utd & Arsenal both to win; Man Utd & Chelsea both to win; 19-2 both draws; 8-1 Liverpool win & Arsenal v Chelsea draw; Man Utd win & Arsenal & Chelsea draw; 15-2 Arsenal win & Liverpool v Man Utd draw; Chelsea win & Liverpool v Man Utd draw.

Most goals: 13-10 Arsenal v Chelsea s; 6-4 Liverpool v Man U; 12-5 tie

Most cards: 13-10 Arsenal v Chelsea; 5-4 Liverpool v Man U; 100-30 tie.

Number of clean sheets; 6-5 one; 2-1 two; 14-5 none; 10-1 three; 66-1 four.

Quickest goal: 12-5 Arsenal; 5-2 Chelsea, Liverpool, Man U. 66-1 no one.

Match bets: 5-2 Torres 4-6 tie 100-30 Tevez; 13-5 Torres 4-6 tie, 3-1 Adebayor; 7-2 Gerrard 4-9 tie, 4-1 Lampard

Liverpool v Man U - MOM: 4-1 Gerrard; 11-2 Ronaldo; 13-2 Rooney; 7-1 Torres; 8-1 Giggs; 10-1 any goalkeeper, Kuyt, Nani, 11-1 Alonso, 12-1 Benayoun, Crouch, Saha, Tevez 14-1 others.

Liverpool v Man U - first card; 8 Carragher, Ronaldo, 9 Gerrard, 10 Vidic, Brown, Evra, Mascherano, 11 Rooney, 12 Hargreaves, Alonso, Carrick, Ferdinand, Finnan, Hyypia, 14 Agger, Benayoun, Riise, Fletcher, O'Shea, 16 Kuyt, Nani, Voronin, 18 Torres, Giggs, Tevez, 20 No Card. Each-way 1/4, 1-2-3.

Arsenal v Chelsea - MOM: 11-2 Lampard, 6 Fabregas, Van Persie 8 Kalou, Rosicky, Shevchenko, 9 Any Goalkeeper, 10 Adebayor, 12 J Cole, 14 Pizarro, Terry, Toure, 16 Carvalho, Mikel, Hleb, Alex, Gallas, Walcott, 18 Diarra, 20 Ben Haim, Eduardo, Makelele, Sagna.

Arsenal v Chelsea - first card: 7-1 Mikel, 8 Fabregas, Ben Haim, 10 A Cole, Flamini, 12 J Cole, Carvalho, Makelele, Terry, 14 Belletti, Ferreira, Van Persie, Lampard, Gilberto, Toure, Clichy, 16 Rosicky, Hleb, Alex, Gallas, Diarra, Sagna, 20 Adebayor, Kalou, Walcott. Each-way 1/4, 1-2-3.



Capello in, now who's next up?

Fabio Capello has not warmed the England seat and already the layers are taking odds about when he will depart!

William Hill go 4-6 that the Italian will be in charge for the first match after the 2010 World Cup finals and 11-10 that he won't.

Forget the price of 66-1 to take the World Cup and 2012 Euro Championship. The price of 1-4 to win neither is more realistic but too short to be playing.

Offers of 11-4 are available for England to win either.

As to who will succeed Capello, Alan Shearer is a false 7-1 favourite and it is unlikely to be Jose Mourinho at 15-2 as he wants to take over in five years time at Portugal.

Martin O'Neill is also 15-2 and he is a possibility while David Beckham is poor value at 33-1.

Harry Redknapp is probably the best outsider at 14-1 but it's not a market likely to draw much interest at this stage.

What will Capello do first in his new role?

Hill's make to win an away game 15-8 favourite, but the bet here is for him to leave out a fit Frank Lampard at 9-2.

Naming three uncapped players at 9-1 is of major interest as his first game is a friendly at Wembley next February against Switzerland.

As for the next England captain, get on both Steven Gerrard and David Beckham, both of whom are 7-2. He just might give Beckham the armband to celebrate his 100th cap against the Swiss. A wager on both will pay 5-4 if either gets the nod.



Big weekend for the bottom four as well

While all the focus is on the Premiership's top four in tomorrow's Super Sunday clash of the big boys, those in the bottom four will be scrambling for vital points in the relegation dogfight.

Totesport go 50-1 that all four, namely Derby, Wigan, Sunderland will win and 33-1 that they all lose.

The latter is well worth a look with Wigan at home to Blackburn who appear to be playing better away; Sunderland taking on Aston Villa, Fulham entertaining Newcastle and Derby at home to Middlesbrough.

Better still, take the 7-2 that none will win as this takes in the draw.

Paul Petrie, totesport spokesman said: "Everyone is talking about the big four but this weekend is also vital for the bottom four. We think at least one will manage to pick up three points although I would imagine the 33-1 for all four to get beat will prove popular."

How many of the bottom four will win? 7-2 none; 5-4 one; 7-4 two; 15-2 three; 50-1 four. 33/1 - all four to lose

Quickest goal: 2-1 Fulham; 12-5 Derby; 11-4 Wigan' 3-1 Sunderland

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