TWO Premier League bets for Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) on the Wednesday action.
Chelsea v Tottenham | Wednesday 19:45
It’s the fixture that all Spurs fans dread. A trip to Stamford Bridge.
Just look at their record in West London, it’s awful. P27 W0 D10 L17. Their last victory there came on the 10th February 1990. Harry Kane wasn’t born and Sinead O’Connor was at No.1 with ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’.
To be fair to Spurs, they’ve managed draws at the Bridge in two of their last three visits, but I think that will be beyond them on Wednesday.
Despite the absence through suspension of Diego Costa, I still think there’s a huge gap between these sides. Chelsea are still unbeaten this season and only seven days ago went to Schalke and blitzed five past them in the Champions League on the road. That was the same Schalke who remain unbeaten at home in the Bundesliga.
The Blues were disappointing on Saturday when failing to beat Sunderland in the North East, and there might just be a reaction to that.
Everyone loves Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino again after their gutsy 2-1 win over Everton on Sunday, but they still go into this game in 9th place. Tottenham seem to be grinding out wins this season against the middle-tier sides, and that is to their credit. But when put in front of sides like Manchester City and a Sturridge-starring Liverpool they’ve been crushed.
Chelsea have won all six of their home league matches this campaign. Five of the six of them by more than one goal. I think we’ll see something similar here and I’m backing Chelsea -1 at 5/4 with Skybet.
Everton v Hull | Wednesday 19:45
Perhaps after Sunday’s defeat to Tottenham I need to forget about Everton making the Top 4.
It’s been massively frustrating following Roberto Martinez’s side this season and there’s no doubt the Europa League exertions have cost them. They’re P5 W1 D1 L3 in the Premier League matches directly after a Europa League fixture and there must be something in that. Since the start of their Europa League adventure they’re unbeaten in league fixtures that didn’t immediately follow an EL match and this game falls into that category.
With that in mind, and the talent at their disposal I’d be surprised if Everton didn’t put in a good performance here. Quite what to make of Hull, I’m just not sure.
Steve Bruce’s team are another side that have disappointed me in 2014/15. I think they’ve been incredibly unlucky in a few of their games and certainly deserve more points on the board, however they were awful on Saturday against Manchester United and that’s set alarm bells ringing.
They’re now in the bottom three with four defeats in a row and no win in six. Gulp. Despite this, I’m certain they’re going to take out a big team soon. It probably won’t be tonight, but don’t be surprised if they’re competitive.
The 2-3 goal line with BetVictor interests me the most here and I’ll back that at 11/10. If exactly two or three goals are scored in this match I’ll get paid out.