4 to Watch, Premier League – 26 October 2012

This entry was posted on Friday, October 26th, 2012

Anyone who watched Arsenal over their last two matches will have been shocked at their failure to create goal-scoring opportunities. And with QPR having scored just seven all season, we think this game is ripe for under 2.5 goals at a huge 13/8 with Blue Square. The old 1-0 to the Arsenal is also a fair 10.5 shout with Betfair.

Stoke City host Sunderland and with home draws with Arsenal and City as well as a win over Swansea at the Brit Stad recently, we have to fancy the home side at Evens with Ladbrokes. The Black Cats have struggled in front of goal, scoring just six goals so far this season and this could even be a Stoke win to nil at 12/5 with Blue Square.

Wigan welcome West Ham on Saturday and at 11/5 with Blue Square the Hammers are arguably the value after their impressive second-half demolition of Southampton last weekend. We however prefer the smaller price of 4/6 with Bet365 on both teams to score, which has been the case in the last five West Ham games, and four of the last five Wigan games (including the two sides meeting in the League Cup.) Only Chelsea have stopped Wigan netting in their last nine home Premier League games whilst each of the last five league visitors to the DW Stadium have scored exactly twice.

Despite the increasingly more even nature of Everton and Liverpool derbies, it is actually not since April 2000 that this match ended in a draw at Goodison Park. We suspect the trend may continue and at 8/5 with Bet365, we like the home side. The Toffees have lost just one of their last 17 at home and that’s the kind of form we’d rather back over a Liverpool side whose only Premier League away wins since February have come at Ewood Park and at Carrow Road.

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