Score with Suarez
Tipster Dave Tindall looks for more Premier League profits in his weekly betting column.
By Dave Tindall
Last Updated: 09/11/12 10:21am
(Unlucky last week with Kevin Nolan 10/1 first scorer tip v Man City being denied by incorrect offside flag and a Rooney missed penalty costing us a 7/2 payout v Arsenal)
He may get stick left, right and centre but, quite simply, Luis Suarez is having a superb season for Liverpool. He's banged in 10 goals in 15 games in all competitions while his seven in the Premier League put him just one behind top scorer Robin van Persie. Five of his seven PL goals have come on the road so it's tempting to back him at 6/4 to find the net against Chelsea on Sunday. However, a better bet is to back Suarez at 9/4 to score Liverpool's first goal. He's pretty much their only goal threat and he's bagged the first Reds goal in each of his last three games and in six of the last 12. Suarez is 9/4 in Liverpool's first team scorer market so snap that up. As for the game itself, Chelsea are 10/11 favourites to bag all three points while Brendan Rodgers' men are 3/1. The Reds have won five of the last six fixtures between the two but I think they were better set up to beat Chelsea under Kenny Dalglish so I'd probably lean towards the Blues if having a bet on the outright market
Everton have been hugely impressive this season and, if you like short prices, I'd snap up the 1/2 about them beating Sunderland at Goodison on Saturday. The Toffees have beaten the Black Cats in eight of the last nine meetings on Merseyside so historically the stats are with us. But it's this season's form which makes Everton such 'good things' to grab the points. Although they've drawn their last four games, Everton look capable of giving someone a real tonking and Sunderland could be that team having managed a solitary one goal in their last five games. Everton won this fixture 4-0 last year so back another 4-0 at 18s and also 5-0 at 40s.
If you're a Celtic fan, you'll now believe anything is possible after the amazing 2-1 victory over Barcelona. The Bhoys were a massive 9/1 with Sky Bet to score victory over Messi and co on Wednesday night and the shock win means they're now just 2/5 to qualify for the knockout stages. To win it? Sky Bet offer 125/1. Barca remain favourites to lift the trophy at 5/2 while Spanish rivals Real Madrid are next best at 7/2. As for the four English teams, Manchester United are 9/1, holders Chelsea are 14/1 to score a repeat win, Arsenal are 22/1 to win it for the first time while Manchester City, who look set to fall at the group stage, are way out at 100s. Sky Bet also have a 'name the finalists' market and make Barca v Real Madrid favourite at 9/2. Barca v Man Utd is 11s.
If you were simultaneously watching the US TV networks and Sky Bet's in-running Presidential Election odds you had every right to be confused. While Fox and CNN were saying the contest was too close to call, Sky Bet's odds suggested it was all over. Starting the night at around 2/7, Barack Obama shortened to 1/5, 1/7, 1/8, 1/10, 1/14 and even at 1/25 the networks were still saying it was in the balance. To be fair, US TV probably had an agenda. Firstly, to keep people watching and, more importantly, to convince those who hadn't voted yet that it could still make a difference if they did so. As we now know though, it was Sky Bet who were bang on the money and, as if often the case, the odds are a great way of finding out what's really happening.