Newly promoted teams to the Premier League are most vulnerable during their first season in the top division. There is a massive jump in finances and the quality of the opposition after moving up from the Championship. It’s a culture shock and many teams don’t survive and drop back into the Championship immediately. However, this season the three promoted clubs are making a good fist of staying up.
In fact after fixtures at the weekend Huddersfield are 10th and Newcastle are a place below. Brighton are one spot above Huddersfield on the same number of points but with a game in hand. That fixture is a home match against Stoke tonight and a home win is expected. Ten of Brighton’s 13 matches this season have produced less than three goals so BRIGHTON to win and under 2.5 goals is the bet at 16/5 with Ladbrokes.
A late night on Monday can set you back for the week but Monday Night Football in the NFL provides a decent betting opportunity. Atlanta’s fixture at Seattle starting at 1.30am has points written all over it. The combination of relatively poor defences and a great passing suggest the score can mount early tomorrow morning. The meeting is important in the context of earning a wildcard and that could make for a high scoring contest. The bet is OVER 46.5 points at 10/11 with Coral.
In racing the principle meeting of the day is at Leicester where the highlight is a handicap hurdle (1.50pm) with a decent prize for a Monday. On Racing Post Ratings High Expectations has something in hand over the other runners. The horse won three races on the Flat this season and made an encouraging start to a hurdling campaign. The horse fell at Cheltenham but HIGH EXPECTATIONS had shown enough to win a race of this nature and can prevail at 9/4 with William Hill.