Premier League: Terriers to be left feeling blue at the Bridge


PREMIER LEAGUE analyst Daniel McCulloch (@DMcCulloch1984) takes a look at Saturday's 3pm card, sharing his best bets.

Brighton v Watford | Saturday 2nd February 2019, 15:00

When I looked at this one initially, I wanted to simply back Watford. Put simply, they have better players and their away form gives me great confidence that they can return from the south coast with three more points to their name.

The Hornets have lost just four of their 12 games on their travels this term: the late show from Tottenham on Wednesday, a 2-0 loss at Leicester and very unfortunate defeats to both Arsenal and Newcastle.

Moreover, they’ve scored in nine of their away matches and its often hard to see Brighton scoring two goals as it’s a feat they’ve managed just three times at the The Amex this season.

However, it is Watford’s goalscoring exploits that convinces me that Both Teams To Score is the angle to go with. This has occurred in seven of Brighton’s 11 home games and seven of Watford’s away matches.

Between them that is a 61% strike rate, suggesting that the 10/11 Betfred are offering on both sides netting is a spot of value.

Chelsea v Huddersfield | Saturday 2nd February 2019, 15:00

It’s hard not to foresee goals being at a premium at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have scored just five goals in their last seven matches in the Premier League while Huddersfield have managed just 13 all season.

Having lost 4-0 at Bournemouth on Wednesday night, there is no doubt that the pressure is on Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. All things considered, I don’t expect Chelsea to impress on Saturday afternoon but I do expect them to win.

Huddersfield may have a new manager but they looked similarly blunt going forward against Everton in midweek and despite the home sides recent form there is a vast difference in the abilities of these two sides. I backed Chelsea to win and under 3.5 goals against Sheffield Wednesday and I will do so again here.

Betway offer 19/20 on this happening and I like the fact that 10 of the West London sides 14 league wins have seen three goals or fewer. Additionally, 13 of Huddersfield’s 17 losses have seen a maximum of three goals so I believe that this is the right way to go.

I also like the look of a 1-0 home victory, which is available at 13/2 with BetVictor. Chelsea have struggled for goals recently, while Huddersfield have lost by this scoreline in five of their last 10 games in all competitions, so I would rather be on this score at 13/2 than 2-0 at 5/1.

Best Bets

Brighton v Watford – Both Teams To Score (10/11 Betfred)

Chelsea v Huddersfield – Chelsea to win and Under 3.5 Goals (19/20 Betway)

Chelsea v Huddersfield – Chelsea 1-0 Huddersfield (13/2 BetVictor)

About Author

I have loved numbers and sport throughout my life, so betting was a natural step. I started writing my own betting column at university and have continued throughout my adult life. I bet on football, golf and the NFL mainly but two flies going up a wall could also capture my attention. I am a West Brom fan and also follow teams in other sports but I think it's fair to say that no side compare with The Baggies!

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