BRIGHTON have failed to score in four of their last five games and their dismal display at Watford on Tuesday night was their ninth without a win.
The side are now 12/1 to be promoted, and only 20/1 to be relegated with Victor Chandler ahead of Sunday’s game at home to a Barnsley side whose midweek home success over Hull took them six points clear of the relegation places.
Brighton are a shade of odds on at 5/6, with the Yorkshire visitors 7/2 and the draw at 5/2. One would not expect too many goals and two goals or fewer in the game is priced at 4/5.
Striker Craig Mackail-Smith hardly had a kick in the games at Blues and Watford, where it was noticeable that the team started the game very slowly. The home support will want Poyet’s team to be quicker out of the traps on Sunday and the Seagulls are 11/8 to be winning at half time.
Mackail-Smith is 17/4 to net the opener and 11/10 to score at any time, with Billy Paynter 5/1 and 7/4 for the same bets.
Also in the Championship, Doncaster Rovers’ three-month signing of El Hadji Diouf has certainly raised one or two eyebrows given, it is fair to say, he is not everyone’s cup of tea.
We have a market at victorchandler.com asking if you think the striker will score more goals (8/11) or collect more yellow cards (11/10) in his three-month spell at the Keepmoat Stadium. The tie is 8/1.
Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez has been offered an olive branch by Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini but will the striker apologise for his actions in Munich to the rest of the City squad?
We are asking whether Tevez starts a Premier League fixture between now and the end of the year (eight PL fixtures) and bet Yes 5/4 and No 4/7.
There will be plenty of money for Newcastle on Saturday against Everton at St James’s Park with the Toffees minus Belgian international Marouane Fellaini who made sure he got a yellow card at Goodison last weekend to miss the trip to the North East through suspension.
That said, I think everyone has got carried away with the Magpies and I think Everton will get a draw at 9/4.
Newcastle’s next three games are against City, United and Chelsea; we will know more about their expectations and ambitions after those games.