Premier League/FA Cup Preview – 8 March 2013

This entry was posted on Friday, March 8th, 2013

Most 70 year-old men flapping their arms around screaming obscenities would be taken away and put in a mental asylum, but somehow Sir Alex Ferguson seems to avoid such a situation despite his latest shenanigans on Tuesday. Nani’s red enraged the long serving boss to the extent he refused to speak to the media after the game, but for those of us without an affiliation to United, it was rather amusing. Vamos Madrid!

This weekend sees a mix of Premier League and FA Cup action and our attention is turned first to the relegation battle where Norwich host a Southampton side which has been struggling of late, taking just six points from the last 21 available. No side has let in more goals on their travels than the 2.43 per game average which The Saints have, whilst Norwich only conced an average of 1.07 at home, which has seen them secure more home clean sheets than Manchester United. Only Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City have been victorious at Carrow Road this season, and at 2.54 on Betfair we think the home side should edge this. 1-0 Norwich at 8/1 with Bet365 appeals.

In another huge game at the bottom of the table, Aston Villa in 18th travel to 19th placed Reading and after four straight defeats for the home side, Villa without an away win since their fantastic 3-1 win at Anfield in December may just fancy their chances this weekend. Paul Lambert’s side have only lost to Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea on the road in the League since November and have shown their ability to score goals. Prior to the 2-1 defeat at Arsenal, Villa scored first at Everton, West Brom and Swansea before surrendering leads, but that helps makes us fancy them to score first at 6/5 with Bet365 especially when you consider Reading’s recent form.

Manchester City are the shortest price on the weekend coupon as they face Championship side Barnsley in the FA Cup and having comfortably seen off two other second tier sides in Watford (3-0) and Leeds (4-0) already, we suspect a similar outcome. Barnsley however have scored for sixteen games in a row, so they could perhaps nick a goal, which makes both teams to score a 6/5 consideration with Blue Square. Our main tip is City -1 on the handicap at 4/9 with Blue Square.

Our final pick this week is going against the grain and opposing Everton in the FA Cup as they host a Wigan side which is deep in relegation trouble. Wigan have however, been hugely impressive in the Cup, admittedly against lesser sides, but 2/1 with Bet365 on Wigan coming away with at least a replay seems a terrific bet. They’ve lost just one of their last eight on the road in all competitions and we can see them providing a shock.

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