Diary of a Punter: Goals at Craven Cottage and Theo Walcott to continue his scoring run

After being one goal away from a tasty treble last week, Simon is eyeing two bets from the Premier League in an attempt to boost his betting bankroll
It was a close call last week with the both teams to score treble falling down by just the one goal at Cardiff v Burnley; the visitors unable to get on the score sheet as the Bluebirds (or, the Red Dragons if you’re that way inclined) romped home in a 4-0 victory.

While the bet was ultimately a loser, it gives me plenty of confidence looking ahead to this week’s matches.

One guy who wasn’t a loser though was Onyido Darlington who was our winner of the £20 free bet from Paddy Power for providing us with the best winning tip of the weekend – the 22/1 (23.0) correct score of the Chelsea/Utd game. Bravo to him and, of course, the competition is in full effect this week too so see below for details of how to enter.

Fulham v Everton - Over 2.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power

This week, I’ve picked out two bets I fancy, starting at Craven Cottage where Fulham host Everton. With the two teams sitting in fifth and seventh place in the Premier League respectively, it’s fair to say that both of these clubs find themselves in a better position than they anticipated position.

Everton normally start the season badly but have looked resolute and have a dynamic attack, while Martin Jol has quietly gone about turning Fulham into a well-organised, yet fluid unit.

Both of these sides show similar form and the talent that will be on display is impressive - Dimitar Berbatov, Marouna Fellaini, Steven Pienaar, Kevin Mirallas, Bryan Ruiz, Chris Baird - all top-drawer players that will bring this game to life.

When you look at the form of both sides, a similar pattern appears with five of the last six games for both of these teams seeing over 2.5 goals.

This continues in the last six head-to-head matches too, the same trend is visible with five of the last competitive encounters between Everton and Fulham also going over 2.5 goals. The price is currently 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power and this will be getting £20 of my bankroll this week.

Manchester United v Arsenal - Theo Walcott to score anytime at 5/1 (6.0) with Paddy Power

My second bet for the weekend comes in the early kick-off on Saturday when Manchester United face Arsenal in what could be another classic televised game.

Both of these sides have had bizarre weeks on the field; United beating Chelsea 3-2 on Sunday, before then losing in extra time 5-4 to the same side in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.

Arsenal scraped past a poor QPR side at the weekend before taking part in one of the oddest games of English football ever in the cup as Reading took a four-goal lead before the Gunners finally beat them 7-5 in extra time.

So the four games they've played in between them saw 27 goals; pretty incredible you've got to admit.

Considering that both side’s defences have looked weaker than a Lance Armstrong denial, it would be fair to expect goals in this match too. Whilst the price on overs looks expectedly short to me, it’s an anytime goal scorer that I’m interested in.

Theo Walcott, when starting has looked very sharp this season and has got amongst the goals too, looking more and more like the out-and-out striker that he wants to be for Arsenal.

While he may not start as a striker on Saturday, I’m convinced he’ll start in an attacking role and he could be too much for United’s defence to handle. At 5/1 (6.0) with Paddy Power, he’s a huge price to score at any time and I will have £10 of my bankroll on this.

Win a £20 free bet

Wherever you are this weekend, enjoy your football and your betting and remember that we've got a £20 free bet to give away each week thanks to Paddy Power. To win just email your best tip for the weekend with the word "20FREE" in the subject line.

Be it a well-priced single, an ambitious multiple or any other bet available in all of Paddy Power's football markets around the world for games taking place from 3rd - 4th November; surely you can find a winning tip!

Just send in your selection (one entry per reader), the price available at Paddy Power, and include "20FREE" in the subject line before midday on Saturday to enter. The editor's decision is final. Good luck!

Diary of a Punter: Simon's Selections this week
Balance at the start of the week: £392.50
Profit on the season: -£107.50
Fulham v Everton - Over 2.5 goals : £20 at 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power
Theo Walcott to score anytime: £10 at 5/1 (6.0) with Paddy Power
Total staked this week: £30

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Simon Pilkington is a sports writer, an avid supporter of Liverpool and has been betting on sports for the past 13 years. Follow Simon on

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