A huge weekend of football awaits us with the first silverware to be won in the form of the Carling Cup, whilst a North London derby takes place in the Premier League with Spurs fancying their chances agaisnt their old rivals.
However it’s QPR that kick the punts off; at home to Fulham and still bedding in to Mark Hughes’ new regime, they will be well up for gaining revenge on the Cottagers, having lost 6-0 to them in the reverse fixture. They are 13/8 for the win whilst Bobby Zamora can reward punters backing players to score against their old clubs by netting anytime at a best priced 15/8.
Newcastle play hosts to Wolves, who come with their new caretaker manager, Terry Connor. A lot of punters love to back teams with a new manager as the lift it tends to bring the team is pretty high; however can you really see that being the case in this situation? I’m not sure personally. It won’t be the cake walk that many expect though and I fully expect Wolves to put up a fight. The draw at half time is a best priced 11/8 and this is the bet for me.
In the rugby, England play host to Wales in the Six Nations and whilst Lancaster has managed to put an exciting and youthfull side together, I can’t help but feel that they are still somewhat behind Wales. At 4/6 the Welsh are far too short to get involved with in the outright markets, so we move our attention to the handicaps.
If Wales click, their backline could cause all sorts of problems and they could run away with it; no doubt it is a test for both sides but I’m going with the Welsh -8 points at 7/5 with bet365. There’s enough value in for me to make it worthwhile.
For a bit more value, albeit in a very tough market, I’m going with Welsh winger, Alex Cuthbert, in the first tryscorer market. He’s currently 11/1 to get over the line first.
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