Take a look at the picks from the Sporting Life team as they embark on week nine of their Group Bet campaign, a new way to bet on football at Sky Bet.
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Week Eight Reaction:
Rather surprisingly, Tom Carnduff suffered a sixth successive loss as his Lincoln pick drew 1-1 with Port Vale and he has been dropped for this weekend's action, with a pay-as-you-play contract being handed to Ben Linfoot as he makes his Sporting Life Group Bet debut.
Paul Higham's pick was also a 1-1 draw as Brentford and Norwich shared the spoils. George Pitts made it two wins from two as Charlton saw off Walsall, which puts him in pole-position as a result.
Billy Lumsden also registered a first win in six as Bradford thrashed Accrington 3-0, giving him his second win of the campaign.
Heading into the first Premier League Group Bet of 2019, here is a look at the current standings:
- George Pitts: W-L-L-L-W-L-W-W
- Tom Carnduff: W-W-L-L-L-L-L-L
- Billy Lumsden: L-W-L-L-L-L-L-W
- Paul Higham: L-W-L-L-L-L
- Chris Hammer: L-L
Check out Sporting Life's Group Bet for Wednesday's Premier League action, which is made up of four selections from the team:
Billy Lumsden: Wolves v Crystal Palace - Over 2.5 goals
Wolves have won four of their lat six Premier League matches, drawing once and losing the other to leaders Liverpool. Nuno Espirito Santo's side posted a shock 3-1 victory against Spurs at Wembley in their last outing and have been involved in games with three or more goals four times in their last seven fixtures. I expect there to be goals in this one and (hopefully) make it a second consecutive win for myself in Group Bets.
George Pitts: West Ham (to beat Brighton) - 10/11
The Hammers have lost two of their last three following a good run before Christmas. They have a great chance to return to winning ways at the London Stadium against the Seagulls. Chris Hughton’s side remain unconvincing away from home and the east Londoners can capitalise on that here.
Ben Linfoot: Burnley (to beat Huddersfield) - 13/5
Rather than focusing solely on Burnley, you have to take into account Huddersfield's current form, which has seen David Wagner's side lose their last seven Premier League matches, while only scoring four goals at home all season. Burnley have recently endured tough outings against Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton, losing all three respectively, but did register an impressive win against West Ham last time out, and I think they may kick on from here.
Paul Higham: Newcastle v Man Utd BTTS - 4/6
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned Man Utd into Barcelona with goals flying in all over the place – they also can’t keep a clean sheet and at home the Magpies will have chances to at least get a goal. Manchester United's last seven matches has seen both sides score, while three of Newcastle's last six has seen both teams register on the scoresheet. With Solskjaer's men scoring 12 times in the last three, this bet should be a banker.
FOUR-FOLD ODDS: 25.7/1 with Sky Bet
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Odds correct at 1100 GMT (02/01/19)