Premier League Preview – weekend of 5/6 November 2011

This entry was posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011

Four bets for the Weekend.

In many ways the Premier League is increasingly turning into the X-Factor. Most people watch it every Saturday night, it swiftly becomes obvious who is likely to win and you can be sure that a week won’t go by without newspaper criticism of the referees. As for this weekend, here are our four tips which we think would have Louis Walsh grinning in delirium.

–          Chelsea will look for an upturn in form when they visit 18th placed Blackburn on Saturday. After Arsenal’s five at Stamford Bridge last time out, the Blues have now let in the same number of league goals as they did in the entire 2004/05 campaign under Jose Mourinho. Chelsea haven’t kept a league clean sheet since the opening weekend and Rovers haven’t at all this season; the best value bet we can find is the 1.74 with Betfair on both sides to score.

–          Sunderland have only scored in one of their last five visits to the Theatre of Dreams and whilst they won well at Bolton on their last away outing, a United side in need of an Old Trafford morale boost will be an entirely different test. We like the look of United at -1 on the Asian handicap at 29/40 with bet365.

–          Manchester City are in frightening form blasting an average of 3.6 goals per game so far in the league. By contrast, QPR have the worst goal difference of all sides outside the relegation zone, and we suspect it will only get worse on Saturday. We think City will win to nil at 11/8 with Coral, and would also advise a small bet on 4-0 City at 14/1 with Ladbrokes.

–          Stoke are beginning to find out how tough it is to play in Europe on Thursday nights and win in the Premier League just 72 hours later. They will have arrived back from a five hour flight from Israel in the early hours of Friday, and if this fixture follows the pattern of Stoke’s last three results after Europa League ties, Bolton should expect to take the three points. Back

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