Sports betting, a bit like skydiving, can be a tough business if you don't have the proper advice and protection. Of course, there are lots of things you should make sure of before you put a load of money on a sport, but the main thing to think about is whether or not a bet represents value. It's a lot like deciding what to do at the poker table. Here are some bets and picks you might want to consider when looking at the weekend's action.
Sunday brings three games you ought to take a look at - a top-of-the-table clash, a derby game between two traditional rivals, and a third game that might not get the obsessive attention of the first two, but is almost certain to bring goals, and may even bring a surprise result.
Beginning with the clash at, or near, the top, Arsenal hosts another side that was in Champions League action in midweek, Manchester United. Although Arsenal is at home, and the Gunners usually excel at the Emirates given that they play open football and like to attack on the front foot, United took this match 2-1 last season, in yet another proof that Arsenal was not ready to win the Premier League.
That still looks like the case this season, and Louis van Gaal brings a confident team to north London that tops the Premier League. You would do well to bet on a United win at Arsenal on Sunday. 11/4 with Betway means that you almost triple your money if United wins. Another excellent bet is 13/5 with Unibet for Anthony Martial to score anytime, given his current hot streak.
Everton vs. Liverpool is a match with a lot of interest due to its history and the local rivals in the game. Both sides have had inconsistent seasons so far, but in a derby, the atmosphere is like a cup final, with both teams putting in a bit of extra effort, and passion showing in the tackles and runs made. On the betting side, that means league position and even current form become less important.
The odds presented by BetVictor for a draw - 12/5 - are excellent, particularly as both sides will go into the game evenly-matched. Everton may have a slight edge in terms of conditioning, having not played in Europe this week unlike Liverpool, but there will be goals, likely at both ends.
The third Premier League game taking place on Sunday is Swansea City against Tottenham Hotspur, with Spurs having played out a draw against Monaco in Thursday's Europa League game, but previously having beaten high-flying Manchester City in the Premier League.
There is mounting evidence that Spurs can challenge for a top-four position this season, and with Swansea having not scored from open play in four games, this match seems to be leaning the way of Mauricio Pochettino's visitors. 9/5 with Bet365 says that Spurs can go back to London with three points, while Unibet's attractive 6/1 for a half-time/full-time score of draw/Tottenham is something that can be recommended.