Draw the right conclusions

  • By: Dale Tempest
  • Last Updated: September 14 2013, 14:54 BST

Sky Bet's Dale Tempest brings you his thoughts on this weekend's Premier League football and is keen on a couple of big guns keeping a clean sheet.

Allardyce: His teams have a good record against the Saints
Allardyce: His teams have a good record against the Saints

Former professional footballer Dale Tempest now makes regular television appearances in his role as Sky Bet's public relations director.

Fulham, Huddersfield and Colchester were among his clubs during a 16-year career so he knows exactly how the game is played.

These days in his role at Sky Bet - you may have seen him on Sky Sports News - he's very much got his finger on the pulse of the markets as both a punter and a bookie.

His regular Friday column explores the mindset of the bookies and highlights the best bets for the weekend's action.

Manchester United v Crystal Place

United have really struggled for goals this year and while they got four against Swansea, they failed to find the net in the games with Chelsea and Liverpool. They are two of the stronger teams though and they have still been pretty solid defensively other than a momentary lapse against Liverpool in the first minute. I just don't see Palace having any sort of goal threat at Old Trafford. They scored three against a very poor Sunderland side and that was more down to errors from the latter. They fundamentally lack a goal threat away from home and 10/11 looks a big price for a home win to nil.

Tottenham v Norwich

Spurs have also been really solid. They have had more attempts on goal than any other team in the Premier League but have only managed to convert two penalties. They are strong at the back and have extra power in midfield with Moussa Dembele, Paulinho and Nacer Chadli. Norwich barely created a chance away at 10-man Hull last time they were on the road and although I don't particularly want to be on Tottenham at 4/9, 11/8 to win to nil is a standout price.

Of the other games, I am a big fan of playing the draw.

So many sides look evenly matched in the Premier League and Aston Villa v Newcastle has a stalemate written all over it for me.

Hull and Cardiff look like they will be happy to settle for a point each as well and Southampton v West Ham also looks like it will be a drawn outcome.

Saints have only scored four times in their last eight games and taking 5/6 looks too short.

Punters have had their fingers burned backing them over the last few weeks and no doubt they will be on them again to beat the Hammers.

Big Sam Allardyce has not lost on the last nine occasions he has managed a team against Southampton - so they are my three draws for the weekend.


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