A run of victories for Paddy Power before the Christmas break finds us going into 2013 with a small deficit to chase. Having taken a flutter sabbatical over Christmas, we’re now back and invigorated, determined to claw back the few quid lost. Let’s see what Scout Pick inspired selection Paddy has dealt us for Gameweeek 22…
Chelsea’s double Gameweek crown jewels have been turning heads ever since their extra fixture with Southampton was announced and none shine so bright as Demba Ba. The new arrival at the Bridge was given a run-out at St Mary’s in the FA Cup and duly delivered a brace to spell it out – he’s not arrived to sit on the bench and watch Fernando Torres miss chances. Having been preserved for the midweek Capital One cup defeat to Swansea, there’s every chance that Ba will start at Stoke this weekend. Paddy are offering 11/4 on a Ba goal packaged with a Chelsea clean sheet and we’ll take that as our top bet, throwing down £4 to back Ba and Rafa Benitez’s boys.
Gareth Bale’s form is somewhat irresistible right now. De-railed only by the suspension which saw him miss the 3-1 win over Reading, the Bale express is back on the tracks with the QPR defence in his sights. Having seen Luis Suarez tear apart the R’s back four in the last Loftus Road outing, Bale owners will be fancying a haul from the Welshman, despite QPR’s stoic performance at Stamford Bridge last time out. Paddy have Bale to score with a Spurs clean sheet at 4/1 and we’ll take that for a couple of quid.
Our final single market bet involves another goalscoring midfielder back from suspension. Everton’s Marouane Fellaini has been a Fantasy all-star this term and looks set to earn his place in our team of the season. While there’s mounting speculation surrounding his future at Goodison, he’ll be in the Everton lineup to face Swansea and will carry a major threat to a side that is often troubled by an aerial ball and set-piece. A Fellaini goal looks good, although having conceded in each of their last 15, backing the clean sheet is a brave move. Nevertheless, we’ll put another £2 on Paddy’s odds of 10/3 on a Fellaini goal with an Everton shut-out against the Swans.
Our final two quid is reserved for the weekly treble, with Paddy offering 14/1 on a Robin Van Persie goal against Liverpool, a Juan Mata assist at Stoke and a Sunderland clean sheet at home to West Ham. It’s no guts, no glory, as we empty our stake money and hope for the stars to align on this one.
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