Bullard: It’ll Take More Than A Letter To Get West Ham Fans Back On Side

What could make the four day weekend even better?! The return of the Premier League, of course!!!

After a successful week of tips in the International break where he backed both goal scorers and a correct result, here’s BetBright’s Footy ambassador, Jimmy Bullard, with his weekly column…

Did You Back The Bulldog’s Winning Bets?

I didn’t have a bad run of it during the International break, did I?! England to beat Holland and Lingard to score — called it: sorry about that!

I only went and backed Vardy to score against Italy as well and would have got the result right if I didn’t make a last-minute switch. Lesson learned: football bets are like penalties: NEVER CHANGE YOUR MIND AT THE LAST MINUTE!

I was really impressed with England during the International break and I think Gareth Southgate will be happy. Over the years we’ve played in straight lines and have been very robotic, so it was nice to see us playing more fluid-football which is the way it needs to be played in this day and age. I loved our enthusiasm and energy levels which will be so important in Russia, where we’ll need to get in and around the big teams when they’ve got the ball.

So overall, I was really happy and we’ve still got Harry Kane to come back, Rashford will probably play a bigger part in the tournament, Lingard and Sterling were decent and I’m sure Alli will come up trumps when we get to the World Cup, so there’s plenty of optimism… apart from me changing my England v Italy Prediction!

What The VAR?!!

I honestly don’t think they’re miles away from getting this right — I don’t see a huge issue. At the end of the day, it’s got to be a human who makes the decision and on Tuesday night, the ref had a mare after looking at the penalty shout again — it was an AWFUL, human decision.

As an ex-professional, I know full well, that Chiesa has chucked a dive before Tarkowski has even clipped his foot in the first place. If the bloke doesn’t start to go down, then he gets stood on and goes down, only then is it a penalty!!!

I’ve always said you’ve got to have former players involved because they can see what is going through Chisea’s head all day long — especially when it’s slowed down.

The issue for me here is that it was a two-bob decision that was made — it wasn’t VAR it was the bloke making the call!!

Will Hammers Fans Listen To Noble?

Not a Chance.

I’m sorry, but I know a load of West Ham fans and they’re more likely to wipe their backsides with the letter he wrote, asking for unity ahead of the game against Southampton on Saturday.

And let me be clear, that’s no disrespect to Nobes, he’s the Captain of the Football Club and I for one would have done the same, knowing full well when you’re writing it that you’ll get it chucked back in your face — these West Ham fans are some of the most passionate fans in the world and they’ve just had enough of it.

As a player, I’ve been in similar situations: when you’re in a relegation scrap and getting booed at your own ground and it’s obviously not a nice feeling, but I think West Ham have gone so overboard that the players can just go out and play now — it’s just become white noise.

It’s like when you’re younger and you’ve got an old school manager who gives you a rollicking and rants and raves every half time, no matter how you’re playing. Eventually you just become numb to it and crack on.

There are only eight games left for West Ham to make sure they stay up and there’s a big block of teams from tenth to seventeenth place who could potentially go down. If they lose against Southampton then it’s relegation zone for The Irons and let me tell you, that IS NOT going to go down well.

Weekend Bets

To be fair, I’m buzzing for the Premier League to return and I’m throwing a bit of a wildcard bet out there in the early kick off at Selhurst…

Palace at home is a bit of a Guilty Pleasure for The Bulldog when it comes to tipping because it’s such a tough place to go. I’m backing Palace to win which is 5/1 and if you want me to be even more specific, then I will be. They’re 16/1 with BetBright to win 2:1, so GET ON THAT!

The late Kick Off on Saturday evening should be decent as City travel to Everton. City are 1/3 and rightly so, so there’s no point sticking them in your Acca…

BUT, get on Sterling to score any time at 5/4 and David Silva to slot one in within the 90 minutes at 13/5.

Chelsea v Spurs on Sunday. 4th vs 5th. That will be tasty: Guaranteed!

I fancy The Blues here to be fair. They’ll know how big this is and if you compare the expectations at both football clubs, they need Champions League more than Tottenham don’t they?!

It’s not been Conte’s year and they’ve suffered a bit of second season syndrome that seems to kick in at Chelsea. They’ve still got some mustard players though and they’ll be keen to get one over on their London rivals.

Chelsea can beat anyone on their day and at 5/4 I think Chelsea are overpriced so back them to win and Hazard first goal scorer at 5/1 — you know it makes sense!

Have a good weekend Ladies and Gents and keep an eye out for a tasty BetBright Preview with yours truly next week!!

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Originally published at BetBright Blog.