4 to watch (2 January 2012)

This entry was posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Arsenal start the new year against Fulham in the late kick off on Monday and we’d be surprised if their magical Dutchman doesn’t strike again. Van Persie has 17 goals for the season whilst Fulham have 20 so the 2.18 price with Betfair on another goal today appears to be a good price, it’s as low as 8/13 elsewhere. The Gunners have four wins and one defeat (at Man City) in their last five league away trips and we expect them to extend that good form today. Their most recent three wins have all been by a single goal and the 3/1 with Ladbrokes about them repeating that seems a generous price.

That it can be considered a slight loss in form that Spurs have taken just eight points from their last fifteen shows the tremendous season Harry Redknapp’s men have had. They face a West Brom side that have fared better away from home and their two previous away trips, at Blackburn and Newcastle yielded maximum points – indeed they’ve only been beaten at Arsenal in their last six away games. Spurs however, with 19 points from the last 21 at home should beat a West Brom side that has kept a clean sheet just once in their previous 28 Premier League away games. It may be close though, back 2-1 Spurs at 7/1 with Ladbrokes and over 2.5 goals at 1.67 on Betfair.

City’s failure to beat Sunderland meant it was the first time this season the Manchester side have gone two league games without a win. They can get back on track against Liverpool on Tuesday night but we aren’t expecting many goals. Liverpool have conceded just two goals in their last six away games whilst City have now fired blanks twice in a row. Despite the quality on show don’t be put off backing under 2.5 goals at 9/10 with Bet365. The 1-0 City victory at 8.6 on Betfair could also be a good bet.

After an excellent start to the season, Newcastle’s form has rather deserted them and they’ve picked up just five points from the last 24 on offer. Visitors Manchester United will be looking to recover from the shock of the season so far after their home defeat to lowly Blackburn Rovers. Ferguson perhaps underestimated Steve Kean’s men, but United haven’t lost a home league match followed by an away league match since March 2009 and they are on a run of five consecutive away wins. We’re expecting them to bounce back strongly and 8/11 with Bet365 seems fair for a ground where the Red Devils have won on seven of their previous nine visits.

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