Time to net a profit

  • By: Dale Tempest
  • Last Updated: January 24 2014, 14:04 GMT

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

It's been raining goals at St Mary's and Dale expects that to continue
It's been raining goals at St Mary's and Dale expects that to continue

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.

Here is his take, and best bets, for this weekend's action in the Premier League:

Fulham to win and concede 11/4
Southampton to win and concede 5/2
Manchester City to win and concede at 7/4
Trixie (one treble and three doubles) also suggested

One of the most popular recent bets with punters has been backing both teams to score and it's a cracking bet because it's one of those that, even if your team is three down, even that one goal in the 93rd minute as a consolation can get you a win and improve your day.

A few years ago, the prices on that bet were fantastic but they're much skinnier now the bookies have caught on; one reason is the popularity of the bet but another is that they were probably offering the wrong prices.

That's been the case for the last couple of years but in the last six months 'both to score and one team to win' has become the latest market to attract punters' attention and there are three bets in that market that I really fancy this weekend.

Fulham are 6/5 to beat Sunderland at home and you can have 11/4 that Fulham win and concede a goal. As Fulham have conceded 18 at home this season, that seems a fair assumption.

Another team who are struggling for form but still scoring a few goals are Southampton. They had the meanest defence in the Barclays Premier League early on in the campaign but, recently, goals have been raining in at St Mary's.

Even in last week's FA Cup action, Saints fans saw seven goals in the home tie with Burnley. West Bromwich Albion have only got one win away in 10 games and, once again, I expect Saints to win the game but rather than take the 10/11 I'll be taking the 5/2 that Southampton win but concede in the process.

Back Southampton to beat WBA 3-1 at 12/1

The third game to make up my weekend trixie is Manchester City to win away at Newcastle United but, once again, with both teams to score.

The Toon haven't beaten City in the last 14 attempts, in fact they've lost 12 of those, so the 4/6 on a City victory will no doubt be popular with punters across the country.

While City seem to have turned their away form around, they're still not keeping clean sheets on the road and have conceded two at each of Fulham, West Brom and Swansea since the end of November while recording three victories.

With Newcastle's home record, I can see them finding the scoresheet and I'll be taking the 7/4 for City to win while conceding rather than the odds-on about the City win.

I'm no different to any other punter; I'm always looking for a different angle or a different market and to find a way, most importantly, that I can enjoy my afternoon's punting and this is one of those markets that seems to tick all the boxes.

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