Punters took another kicking on Thursday as this unpredictable season produced yet another night of surprise results.
Burnley’s 46-year wait for a win at Anfield ended as they dealt Liverpool’s title hopes a hammer blow. Ashley Barnes’ 83rd minute penalty was enough to secure a 1-0 win and move Sean Dyche’s men up to 16th. The Reds stay in fourth, six points behind Manchester United and looking over their shoulders at Spurs and Everton who both have games in hand on the defending champions.
In Spain, a much-changed Barcelona almost fell victim to yet another Copa Del Rey giant-killing this week, when they were held to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes at third division Cornellá. Two missed penalties didn’t help but they got the job done in extra-time thanks togoals by Dembele and Braithwaite.
Meanwhile Atletico Madrid moved seven points clear the top of La Liga, thanks to a late penalty from Luis Suarez in a 2-1 win at Eibar, landing SlipsTip’s 5/6 BetBuilder.
Friday’s Betting Tips
FA Cup fourth round weekend kicks-off on Friday with Wolverhampton Wanderers visit to National League North side, Chorley. the Premier League club will be desperate to avoid the same ignominy that befell them back in 1986 when Friday’s hosts embarrassed them 3-0 in th first round.
It’s a significantly different Wolves these days and bookies have chalked them up at 1/9 while Chorley are 22/1 for huge cup upset in front of the BT Sport cameras.
Stoke are slipping down the Championship table and desperatly need to stop the rot which has seen them win just once in their last nine league games. Visitors Watford have won their last two but have notched just two wins in 11 away from home. Bookies still make them 11/8 favourites to win.
In Scotland, Dundee (17/20), who are unbeaten in seven, can keep their good run going with a win at Alloa.
PSG have yet to really motor since Mauricio Pochettino was appointed but he’s four unbeaten and already has his first piece of silverware in the trophy cabinet. Visitors Montpellier are in the poorest form in Ligue 1 and have shipped 14 goals in their last three league visits to Paris. PSG are 1/7 to win but are 11/10 to win to nil – somthing they’ve done in 11 of their 13 wins so far.
KevMac turns his attention to the Bundesliga for Friday night’s live between Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund. The visitors have a phenomenal record in this fixture, winning all of the last 12 previous meetings and they could do with another win here to get their flailing title challenge back on track.
Don’t miss his preview below alongside three others already penned for the FA Cup this weekend;
More tips for the weekend will be posted throughout Friday but as ever lets hear your tips in the comments section below
Friday’s Racing Tips
Alan Thompson has 4 racing tips for Friday’s horse racing action at Musselburgh. We also have some tips for Friday’s night’s greyhound meeting at Romford where the Coral Essex Vase is up for grabs.
Donate in Paul’s Name
We’ve now exceeded the £3,000 mark for both causes set up in Paul’s honour, which is a wonderful tribute to him, so thanks to all who have donated so far. If you would like to make a donation in Paul’s memory please read about The Bubble Foundation and St Margaret of Scotland Hospice and find how to donate here.