Steven Fletcher to be among the goals is a popular punt among our tipsters this week - Ian MacNicol
Following a poor showing from the tipping team last time around the lads are desperate to set the record straight and add some cash to their totals, starting with QPR vs Sunderland and the rest of the weekend's football action
Week Twenty-Eight Recap
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Well, not a single winning bet to report from last weekend's selections, with Watford being the main culprits having let the side down with a sub-par draw against an out-of-form Wolves. Sunderland did us no favours either with a four goal game shared evenly between the two sides helping nobody's selections.
Back to the drawing-board:
Same reasoning as the last time - Fletcher has accounted for 7/15 away goals this season - and his current barren spell, along with Sunderland's winless run, has to end at some point. Saturday would be nice.
Elsewhere, two of the bottom three in the Premier League meet and I'll sit on the fence with that one. Monaco's quest to be promoted has seen them become a trusty side to back of late, and we'll go with them to become the first team to win at Stade Gaston this season. Osasuna have won just twice all year away from home and whilst Betis have won just once in eight games, that result was in the form of a 3-0 win over fellow top four hunters Malaga.
- Steven Fletcher to score at any time - 9/4 - £10 Stake
- Reading to draw with Aston Villa, Monaco to beat Chateauroux, Real Betis to beat Osasuna - 13.61 - £5 Stake
QPR will have been boosted by their win at Southampton last weekend but by all accounts the Saints could and probably should have taken something from the game. Despite falling 2-0 behind to Rangers' West London neighbours Fulham last week, Sunderland were perhaps unlucky not to claim all 3 points in the end, with two decent penalty claims turned down. I fancy us to go one step further this weekend and end our winless run.
I think just about everything I backed last weekend failed to come off. Even Catania, who I was confident would beat Inter managed to throw a 2 goal lead away. This week I'm going for goals in the Premier League with a number of vital games at the bottom being played as well as the meeting of two progressive passing sides at the Hawthorns. Hopefully we'll end the day with a win, plenty of goals on Match of the Day and a few quid in my pocket
- Sunderland to win - 21/10 - £5 Stake
- Over 2.5 goals in all 4 Premier League games on Saturday - 4.9/1 - £2 Stake
Thinking along similar lines to Karl, I believe this weekend will see Steven Fletcher return to the scoresheet and to go one further I reckon the Scot will open the scoring, which is available at some decent odds
Away from the Premier League I'm simply going to go with a single this weekend as there wasn't really much that caught my eye at the time of writing. However I do like the look of Nottingham Forest to see off the challenge of Wolves on Saturday. Wolves may have picked up a crucial win last time out but Forest should have more than enough in the locker to win this one.
- Steven Fletcher to score first - 13/2 - £2.50 Stake
- Nottingham Forest to win - 9/10 - £2.50 Stake
Sunderland travel to Loftus Road this Saturday with both sides really in need of a win. Typically these games are tight, and given the utter dross on show in the reverse fixture you'd think you'd be in for a low-scoring tie. However, I think there could be quite a few goals in this game. Loic Remy looks a real threat for the Hoops and go behind Southampton's defence time and time against last weekend. For Sunderland, Stephane Sessegnon has been recapturing his best form of late, and he should help the Black Cats create chances against a fragile QPR backline.
Elsewhere, I'm going for perhaps the two most unpopular teams on Wearside to get victories. Newcastle are at home to a Stoke side who have been dismal of late and, even though the Tynesiders need to travel back from Moscow, I'd still expect them to win this. I also fancy Aston Villa to get a win at the Madjeski on Saturday. While nothing would please Sunderland fans more than seeing Darren Bent watch helplessly from his seat on the bench as his team plummets into the Championship, I just have a sneaky feeling Villa will nick something from this one.
- QPR Vs Sunderland: Over 2.5 goals- 23/20- £5 stake
- Newcastle and Aston Villa to win - 6/1- £5 stake
Looking at this weekend's game with QPR I have to admit I'm not entirely confident that this would be the walkover that the league table should suggest. I've absolutely no confidence in our defence to keep a clean sheet or handle both Hoilett and Remy for an entire afternoon. So on the flipside do I see us outscoring them? It looks the only thing which might get us any points. I'm not willing to put money on a score, so I'll go with Sess to score last, hopefully a winner rather than clawing one back in vain.
Elsewhere in FootballLand I'm looking at a little treble on 'Boro winning at Bristol City, Watford overcoming Blackpool and Fleetwood battering Exeter. The return is quite handsome.
- Stephane Sessegnon to score last - 10/1 - £1 Stake
- Middlesbrough, Watford & Fleetwood all to win - £10/1 - £3 Stake