JD's Betting Blog: Backing Manchester City and West Ham

JD examines why bettors must maintain a good temperament in order to win in the the long term and explains two of his picks for Premier League bets this weekend
We have a great couple of months ahead in football, which will provide some excellent opportunities in the marketplace.

We have the last 16 in the Champions League in February and decisive matches in the top leagues in Europe as the main football season approaches reaches its final phase.  

Importance of a sound temperament

I am sometimes asked by people what the important attributes to have are in the football betting world. One of them certainly is having a cool temperament.

There is a saying that "it's not what happens to you in life that is important or defines you, it is your attitude and how you deal with it". The same can be said of football betting.

Even when you are a winning streak it is vital that you keep your temperament in check and not react emotionally. Some people get overconfident and end up taking positions that they normally would not, either out of boredom or in terms of overtaking positions and abandoning the basic principles of bankroll management.

On a losing run, some people can panic and become inhibited or completely change approach, giving up on their initial approach before it has had a chance to come to fruition. Temperament is key and having calm and logical thought patterns will enhance your chances of long-term success.

This weekend's tips

Looking ahead to the weekend, I am going to focus on the Premier League and West Ham look an attractive price at home to a regressive Swansea City. Sam Allardyce's side have had some injury troubles over the last couple of months but most of their troops have returned.

They secured a great draw in midweek at Stamford Bridge and can obtain another favourable result on Saturday. They can be backed at evens (2.0) on the draw no bet market against Swansea.

On Monday night we have a titanic battle between title hopefuls Manchester City and Chelsea. Manuel Pellegrini's team have been simply wonderful of late and their home form is imperious.

They have displayed remarkable fluency and potency and, even against a strong Blues outfit, they look a good betting prospect. They can be backed at 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power to record a home win and bring them another step closer to the title.

West Ham (Draw no Bet) at Evens (2.0) with Paddy Power Manchester City to win at 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power

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