Middlesbrough vs Everton
Boro have had a very interesting start under Gareth Southgate. Threres no other way to put it. Theyve beaten Chelsea. Thrown away a two goal lead to Reading. Lost 4-0 at home to Pompey. They lost at home to Notts County and Blackburn and lost their last match in the last minute to Sheffield United. Everton on the other hand have been very consistent and are one of the only two teams unbeaten this season. The only problem they may have is the fact that Tim Cahill played in Australia this week and didnt get back until Thursday, however, even without him they have goals in the form of Johnson, Beattie, Arteta et al. They should win this game with or without Cahill. Adding to this, Woodgate is out injured for Boro and this is a big blow, Johnson should exploit them with pace and I feel this could be a relatively comfortable victory.
Everton to win @ 2.86 - 1.5units
Portsmouth vs West Ham
Im not going to harp on about how good West Ham are and how unlucky theyve been and how lucky Pompey have been so far this season. Its just not true. Pompey have started the season extremely well and West Ham's season has got worse and worse. However, West Ham have lost 5 in a row and I just cant see it reaching 6. They have some quality players and this includes Anton Ferdinand who is returning from injury which should be a big boost. Pompey have started the season well but have experienced a setback in the form of two defeats in a row. A home defeat to Bolton and an away defeat to Spurs. This shows their defence is hardly unbreachable and I see no reason for West Ham not try and get their own back for the hammering Pompey gave them last season at Upton Park. West Ham have a great record at Portsmouth with 3wins and a draw in their last 4visits and I expect them to add to that.
West Ham win @ 4.04 - 1unit
Reading vs Chelsea
Chelsea are the only side that can boast the fact that they have been in front in every single league match regardless of the final score. This bodes well for a first scorer in a Chelsea shirt. There is one man on the Chelsea team who is just on fire so far this season and Im willing to go with him on the fact that he'll stay this way. Didier Drogba has scored 6in his last 6matches and has opened the scoring 4times this season. Im willing to put a small bet on him doing it again.
Didier Drogba First Scorer @ 5.18 - 1unit
Crystal Palace vs Cardiff
Cardiff are flying high, no doubt about it. Theyre top of the league by 5points, theyve scored 14in their last 4games, theyve won their last 3games and theyre playing great football. Things are good for the Welsh side. Palace are playing well and the table shows this, however, have failed to win in 3of their last 4 away matches and the one win was against Coventry who are generally poor away from home. However, wins for Cardiff away from home against Barnsley, Leeds and Southend as well as having a 3-0 lead after an hour against Plymouth will leave them full of confidence. Their attackers are on fire and theyve only let in 1goal in 3games. The odds are extremely good and Im on their side.
Cardiff to win @ 3.04 - 1.5units
I expect Cardiff to be fully in command of this match and theyre last 5matches have gone over 2.5goals so to get over 1.8 is very good.
Over 2.5goals @ 2.06 - 2units
Leeds vs Stoke
These two teams are both down the bottom of the table. They have played 10games each and have a combined total of 4wins. However, theyve both recently added some good players to their squads (Alan Wright to Leeds and Lee Hendrie to Stoke) and I expect this to be a hard fought game. Once again David Healy comes back from Int'l duty as a hero, however, I cant see him scoring this weekend unless its a penalty as thats what seems to happen with him - great for N.Ireland, average for Leeds! Stoke are hard to break down. Theyve drawn 6of their 10matches and while Leeds have only drawn once this season, I can forsee Stoke drawing once again.
Draw @ 3.33 - 1unit
Wolves vs Colchester
Colchester are the form team of the Championship. Wolves are one of the teams who feel they are too big for the Championship. Wolves will be wanting to forget their last outing an away trip to Cardiff where they got beaten 4-0. Colchester held their nerve in an end to end encounter against Ipswich last time out and won 1-0 creating a number of chances and defending well. Wolves have lost 3out of their last 4matches including 2losses in 4home matches. Colchester havent lost in 6 including an away victory to 3rd placed Burnley. So what do the odds look like?! Well I feel the bookmakers still look at Wolves as a big club and Colchester as the minnows. I fully expect Colchester to get at least a point out of this match and maybe even jump above Wolves in the table.
Colchester to win @ - 1unit
Colchester +0.5 @ 2.04 - 1.5units
Over 10.5units in play so hopefully it'll be a good weekend