Seeley’s Selections – Saturday’s Live Football
What a weekend of football. The Premier League is reaching the business end and the sun is shining which means the FA Cup Final is not too far away, and we have two semi-finals from Wembley on a bumper punting weekend.
Chelsea v Manchester United, Premier League 5:30pm, Sky Sports 1
Let’s start in the Premier League in what is the biggest sporting event of the day and probably the biggest game of the Premier League season so far – it’s the clash between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
If you want to back Chelsea, then you have to head to BoyleSports as the lads have taken a view on this one and want to take your money with a industry stand-out 11/10 offered about the Blues. I’m not so sure though.
Many people think the Blues are stuttering across the line but they are now unbeaten in their last 13 games, but six of those games have ended in draws and I think they will settle for another one in this one at 13/5 with BoyleSports.
Lovers of history will be all over the 11/10 on the Blues as they’ve only lost once in their last 12 at home to United, but they don’t have to win this one and all the pressure is on United to get the win, which they are 31/10 to do.
United arrive in the capital in fantastic form with six consecutive Premier League wins and they will be a popular choice at 31/10 – they always are with BoyleSports’ clients.
I can’t see them winning, but I can see them scoring and the 20/23 on both teams to score with BoyleSports is my best bet in the game.
Chelsea have conceded in four of their last five home games against the mighty Stoke and Burnley and a confident United will fancy their chances of finding the net, and with both teams scoring in four of the last five United matches this looks a great bet as a “yes” on the weekend both teams to score coupons.
If United do score then former Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is my choice to do so. The midfield maestro is playing his best football in a Man Utd shirt and I like the 17/4 on him to score anytime, and with three goals in his last three Premier League starts the 11/1 to open the scoring has tempted me as well.
If Mata or any of your first goalscorer selections in the Premier League this weekend open the scoring inside the first 20 minutes BoyleSports offer of ‘Double Bubble” will be added, doubling the odds of all winning selections.
Draw @ 13/5
Both Teams To Score – Yes @ 20/23
First Goalscorer – Juan Mata @ 11/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Juan Mata @ 17/4
Reading v Arsenal, FA Cup Semi-Final 5:20pm, BBC One
Why oh why is the FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Reading kicking-off just 10 minutes before the clash at Stamford Bridge?
This is total madness by the FA and the TV companies in a match that was always going to be hard to get viewers in, that has now become “mission impossible”.
Betting turnover was always going to be low with a big favourite in action, but help is on hand as I’ve got the tools to make sure we get the winners on this one.
Arsenal are one of the shortest prices favourites ever for an FA Cup semi-final at 1/4 and we all know they are going to win, but the big question is by how many and how do we make money?
I can’t see Arsene Wenger putting a full strength starting XI out at Wembley on Saturday night with a potential Premier League showdown next week at the Emirates against Chelsea, and I think this could be a lot, lot tighter than many suggest.
The Gunners are flying at present, winning their last 11 domestic matches, and the first bet I like is them to win to nil at Wembley which looks massive at 20/21 with BoyleSports.
Arsenal are expected to rest Per Mertesacker and go with Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista at the heart of their defence and when those two have formed the centre-back partnership they are yet to concede a goal.
Reading are a massive 14/1 with BoyleSports to cause an upset, they won’t, so let’s move on from that.
Manager Steve Clarke is as dull as they come (on the pitch) – he sets his team out for a 0-0 at home to Rotherham and he wouldn’t get the job as the next Greece national coach as he’s too defensive.
He will try to put 10 men behind the ball and frustrate the Gunners in this one, but this is a big Wembley pitch and they will wear them down eventually and a 2-0 Arsenal win is my pick at BoyleSports’ 11/2.
Reading have a terrible record against the Gunners – they’ve met 12 times and they’ve lost the lot.
Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have scored four times in their last three matches against Reading and at 11/2 with BoyleSports I’m going to take Walcott to open the scoring as I expect the England international to start. If he doesn’t feature then switch your bet to the Spaniard at BoyleSports similar offer of 11/2.
Arsenal To Win To Nil @ 20/21
Correct Score – Reading 0-2 Arsenal @ 11/2
First Goalscorer – Santi Cazorla @ 11/2
*Prices correct at time of publication.