A sizzling feast of derby action awaits the sofa-loving football enthusiast this weekend. Lewis Jones has taken a look at some in-play angles to exploit.....
"No Premier League fixture has ended 0-0 more often than Liverpool v Everton. Therefore, backing the goalless draw pre-match at 13.012/1 with a view to trading off when you’ve hit your happy profit number should be a wise in-play tactic."
There's nothing like watching a fiery derby to warm the cockles on a miserable November day, where the wind is howling and the missus is, well, howling, and fretting about Christmas. Five weeks, love. We've got five weeks!
Escape the commotion going on all around you and tailor your viewing to matches involving near-neighbours, where the passion is high and the stakes even higher. All you couch potatoes keen to bulk up the betting balance before Christmas should take note of these in-play trend beauties we have found on each of these three games...
The outright draw in this Yorkshire derby must be a huge player at 3.45 considering these two have been involved in 13 stalemates this season in 29 Championship matches. However, an angle to target for an in-play wager rests on the likelihood of goals between the 31-40 minute mark. Remarkably, 16% of all goals scored in Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday games this season have fallen in this 10-minute period. Wait until the 31st minute then strike a lay on the current scoreline in either the half time score or correct score market.
Okay, I'm going to level with you. When I raved about these derby matches in the opening gambit, something I didn't promise you were goals. Dirty tackles, controversial incidents and spine-tingling atmosphere, yes, but frequent goalmouth action, no. That's not to say that we can't make a few quid though using this low goal count expectation. Merseyside derbies are notorious for being cagey affairs, with 10 of the last 14 falling under the 2.5 goal line, and the early kick-off time, mixed with two teams that would take a draw at this stage, suggest this could be a bit of a snooze-fest. No Premier League fixture has ended 0-0 more often than Liverpool v Everton - seven to be precise - therefore, backing the goalless draw pre-match at 13.012/1 with a view to trading off when you've hit your happy profit number should be a wise in-play tactic.
Sam Allardyce, or Sam Allardici as he calls himself whenever he's bemoaning the fact he's not managing a top-four side, has lost all three home matches when facing a Jose Mourinho side during his career. In fact, Big Sam has picked up just two points in his previous six Premier League meetings with the Portuguese maverick. Chelsea are having big problems finding the net on the road though, scoring just four in five games and failing to fire on three of those occasions. Faith has to be with Mourinho to once again triumph over Allardyce, but goals will be thin on the ground. Special One, Allardici Nil? Wait until Chelsea get their goal, then lay any scoreline bar 0-1 that is trading at short odds.