Today’s football tips - Everton to beat QPR 1-0 at 5/1?

Everton to beat QPR 1-0

If QPR’s defence is as porous as the home defeat to Bolton suggests, then they’re in for a difficult season. The result slightly flattered Bolton, though, and QPR now travel to Everton, a side who find it hard to break down so-called lesser opposition at home.

As Everton’s side hasn’t changed, bar the potential introduction of future superstar Ross Barkley, then you can bet their inability to break sides down will continue, and so will their reliance on Tim Cahill from corners. That’s probably what will do for QPR on Saturday. David Moyes has worked miracles, but to be honest, it can be ugly to watch, and damned frustrating if you’re an Everton fan. 1-0. Just.

The other thing about Everton is that when backs are against the wall, they tend to carve out 1-0 wins, and with Bill Kenwright doing the club no favours by announcing to the world that they’re broke, backs are so far against the wall, they’re making indentations in it. What does this signal to clubs? That they can poach Everton players on the cheap? That’s certainly what Harry Redknapp was trying to do with a derisory offer for Phil Neville, and you can imagine Fenerbahce are going to try the same with Joseph Yobo.

Hard times for Everton = 1-0 wins. Oddly. But 5/1 with a Paddy Power free bet.

Aston Villa to beat Blackburn

We’ve been saying for a while that Steve Kean is on his way out of Blackburn sooner rather than later. He did well to get himself the job, but hasn’t been backed financially yet, and with Samba unsettled, their defensive line is a little mixed up.

So, the last place you want to go is a resurgent Aston Villa. Well, I say resurgent. They’re in a better place than they were under Houllier, and that can only be a good thing. McLeish’s first home game at Villa Park should see his new Brummies see off Blackburn, and you never know, we may even see the first managerial casualty of the season as the poultry farmers get twitchy.

Swansea to beat Wigan

You have to feel for Swansea, don’t you. First game in the Premiership and they come up against Augerro and co, the mega-millionaires of Manchester City. In fact, you have to feel sorry for everyone else for simply not having as much money.

They showed flashes of the football that Brendan Rogers wants them to play, and it’ll work quite nicely at home over the season – less so at places like Eastlands. They’ll have drawn a line under that and will be claiming that their season starts here – which is the right thing to do.

So then, you have to feel sorry for Wigan as they’re entering the unknown a little. It looks like a first home win for Swansea against a Wigan side that Roberto Martinez would have done well to walk away from when he had the chance.

Sunderland to beat Newcastle

One traditionally fast starter against one traditionally poor starter, and the writing ought to be on the wall. Newcastle got a good result against Arsenal partly because Arsenal were so toothless (wasn’t Gervinho rubbish last Saturday?). Sunderland got a good result at Anfield partly because Liverpool haven’t gelled yet – but they’ll take heart from it perhaps more so than Newcastle will from their result.

I’ve never particularly rated Steve Bruce that highly as a manager, and his “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” policy to transfers must be frustrating to Sunderland fans. If he started thinking a little more before getting the cheque book out, they’d be in a better place come the end of the season. If anything, this is the sort of club that should be looking for a David Moyes-type figure – a young, ambitious manager with a wide scouting network. Indeed, if they jettison Bruce, I could see Moyes taking up the challenge. Cash and a board with ambition. Imagine that.

Anyway, back to the game. Home advantage to Sunderland against a Newcastle side prone to starting slowly and sacking managers in September (although Pardew’s a mate so you never know) – they’re worth backing in this instance.

published: 20th August 2011 by Free Bet Bookmaker


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