4 to Watch – Premiership Preview 23 March 2012
This entry was posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2012
A week on from the nearly tragic events at White Hart Lane, Spurs will look to get a result at Chelsea in a bid to avoid a heart breaking end to their Premier League season.
A month ago, it was unthinkable that Spurs would end up outside the top four, but if they lose at Stamford Bridge, which they have in five of the last six seasons, they’ll find themselves just two points clear of the chasing West London side. That is however, the situation we’re expecting come 2.45pm on Saturday. At 10/11 with Ladbrokes or Blue Square we’re happy to invest. Chelsea have four home wins on the bounce, whilst the only victory Spurs have mustered in their last six was at home to Stevenage in the FA Cup and they haven’t won on the road in the league in 2012. Labrokes have the 1-0 victory at 8/1 and the 2-0 at 9/1 which both appeal.
Arsenal are the in form side in the Premier League with six wins from six and we’ll expect it be seven out of seven. Villa have scored twice on both of their last two trips to The Emirates but we don’t see that being repeated. With Darren Bent out injured their goals have dried up dramatically, scoring just three times in their last five league games. Defensively they’ve not conceded too many either, so we’ll back the Gunners to edge a closely fought encounter. At a general 4/11 with Blue Square and Ladbrokes they may not appeal, but the 1-0 Arsenal at 7/1 with Ladbrokes looks good value as does Arsenal to draw at Half Time and win at Full Time, the manner in which they beat both Spurs and Newcastle at home recently, at 10/3 with Ladbrokes.
Liverpool are regularly written off in this column, and if bookmakers continue to price them up as short as the 2/7 in places to beat Wigan, we’ll continue to oppose them. Horribly out of form with just one league win in their last six, embarrassed at QPR midweek, we can’t be tempted to back the Reds. Wigan have drawn three of their last four games and at 9/2 with Bet365 that outcome appeals far more, especially when you realise Wigan have drawn three and won one in their last four matches against Liverpool. For the less optimistic you can get 21/20 with Bet365 with Wigan +1.5 on the handicap market.
Our final tip is for Swansea to overcome Everton. The Swans currently lie in 8th and there’s no reason they can’t overtake Liverpool. They’ve won their last three league games without conceding, whilst with only the FA Cup to play for, it may not be a surprise to see a few Everton players rested ahead of Tuesday’s replay. Everton haven’t won away on the road in their last five and we’ll happily back that run to continue. Swansea are a fair price at 6/5 with Bet365 and we like the 12/5 with the same firm on them to win to nil.