The lights are on and Spurs are at home
The day is finally here. After what feels like millennia of waiting, Tottenham Hotspur will finally christen their new stadium with a first-team fixture on Wednesday of this week.
Given their historical propensity to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and screw up at the worst possible moment, it would be pretty Spursy for the hosts to lose 1-0 to Crystal Palace’s only shot on goal.
Roy Hodgson’s side possesses plenty of pace and can be dangerous on the break, so it would be advisable to have a small flutter on a draw at tempting odds of 4.40.
Arsenal vs Newcastle United (01/04/2019 – 21:00 CET)
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde look like two peas in a pod compared to Arsenal at home and Arsenal away.
The disparity may not be quite as pronounced as last season, when Arsene Wenger’s men looked like they would struggle against my nephew’s after-school team if the match was not held at the Emirates Stadium, but the Gunners remain far stronger when playing in front of their own fans.
Newcastle have been excellent for most of 2019 but will likely struggle to get a foothold here, so put some money a home win to nil at 2.50.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United (02/04/2019 – 20:45 CET)
Wolves looked more like rabbits in the headlights at Burnley on Saturday, losing 2-0 after a disappointing display.
Nuno Espírito Santo clearly has an eye on the upcoming FA Cup semi-final against Watford, but he will also want to see a response from his players after their limp performance last time out.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still looks like a child on Christmas morning whenever he takes charge of a Manchester United game, and the club’s new permanent manager will probably be grinning widely after this one – back an away win at 2.00.
Watford vs Fulham (02/04/2019 – 20:45 CET)
We have some advice for you: if you are thinking of watching this match, do not.
Watford are likely to ring the changes ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Wolves – we would not be surprised if the tea lady and Harry the Hornet were named in the starting XI – while Fulham are just pretty terrible.
There is unlikely to be too much intensity to this match, but over 2.5 goals at 1.62 looks like a good shout given Fulham’s awful defensive record and the fact that Watford have scored in seven of their last eight matches.
Manchester City vs Cardiff City (03/04/2019 – 20:45 CET)
We are a little surprised that Neil Warnock did not spontaneously self-combust after some controversial refereeing decisions helped Chelsea beat his Cardiff side 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.
The fiery Yorkshireman had every right to be aggrieved, particularly as many of the Bluebirds’ relegation rivals were victorious over the weekend.
You are probably more likely to see pigs fly or the British government agree on a workable Brexit policy than Cardiff triumph at the Etihad Stadium, so go for City to win the first half with a 0-1 handicap at 2.25.
Chelsea vs Brighton and Hove Albion (03/04/2019 – 20:45 CET)
Chelsea may have beaten Cardiff on Sunday, but they clearly slipped Lady Luck a bung towards the end of that game.
Maurizio Sarri breathed a huge sigh of relief at the end of a match they had to win, and the Blues – despite playing very poorly at the weekend – now have the chance to make up more ground on the teams above them in the race for the top four.
Brighton seem incapable of performing if they are not surrounded by sea air and seagulls, so go for a draw at half-time and a Chelsea win at full-time at odds of 3.90.
By Greg Lea
After many years of sports writing with an emphasis on football, including a stint at Sky Sports, Greg is here to help you with betting tips. Follow him on Twitter @greglea to get the latest updates before placing your bets.