Premier League Preview (w/e 21 April 2012)

This entry was posted on Friday, April 20th, 2012

4 to Watch

There are just four games left for some of the clubs in the Premier League this season and by the end of the weekend, Wolves could have three games left in the Premier League full stop. Whilst time is running out for the Molineux men, here are our picks this week.

Whilst Arsenal can still lay claim to having won nine of their last 11 League games, their performance against Wigan was as bad as they have been all season. Without Arteta they will lack creativity and even a Chelsea side that is likely to be changed from the XI that saw off Barcelona shouldn’t be underestimated. Drogba has a tremendous record against the Gunners and in the event he starts, 11/5 with Bet365 for him to score at anytime looks value. Chelsea have not conceded in the first half of their last 15 games, so our first bet is for them to continue that (Evens with Ladbrokes). Our second bet is take Chelsea or Draw at 4/5 with Bet365.

Newcastle play Stoke and we’re confident they can continue to put the pressure on the teams around them in the battle for 4th. Stoke have won just one of the last seven, whilst Newcastle are the most in-form side in the Premier League with five straight wins. At 37/20 with Bet365 we quite like Newcastle -1.5 on the handicap market, given their last four wins have all been by a two goal margin.

Blackburn’s hopes for survival are getting slimmer by the week after five successive defeats in a row and we don’t think it is going to improve at home to Norwich this weekend. Norwich’s last eight trips on the road have brought four wins and four losses and at 7/4 on the ‘Draw No Bet’ we’re happy to play. We fancy goals in this one – Blackburn have gone over 2.5 goals in four of the last five whilst Norwich have done so in all of their last five. It’s a 27/40 shot with Bet365.

Sunderland’s revival under Martin O’Neill ended some weeks ago and their drab 0-0 draw with Wolves suggested many of the players may already be thinking of their summer holidays. Aston Villa are still not out of trouble, but we think they will be after this game. Whilst they were well beaten at Old Trafford, they led against Stoke and Liverpool before drawing and should just edge this one. Sunderland haven’t won any of their last six away games and we like Villa at 7/5 with Blue Square.  

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