Premiership Preview – 1 March 2013

This entry was posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013

Just imagine how happy Arsene Wenger would be this morning if he was in charge of UKIP. A man who sees fourth place as a trophy waking up to the news that he’s finished second – golly, he’d start planning the open top bus parade. However, realistically neither needs worry about winning anything of note in the near future.

The Frenchman leads his Arsenal side out at Tottenham on Sunday in what is undeniably one of the biggest North London derbies in many years. Defeat will leave the Gunners seven points behind their rivals with just 10 games left, but a victory will give them every hope of rising above their rivals once again. The Match Odds market is too hard to call, with form and history offering little help. Instead we have to back goals. The last eight meetings between the sides have all gone over 2.5 goals, whilst incredibly both sides have scored in every League game at White Hart Lane since 1997/98, with just one exception – the 0-0 in 2008/09. Over 2.5 goals is 4/6 with Bet365 whilst both teams scoring is 4/7 with the same firm. We won’t put you off over 3.5 goals at 2.76 on Betfair.

Wigan and Liverpool face off in the late game on Saturday and after destroying Reading last weekend, the Latics will be full of confidence. Liveprool, having won just two of their last ten League away games are worth laying at 1.87 on Betfair. Liverpool arrive on the back of consecutive 2-2 draws away in the League whilst two of Wigan’s last five at home in the league have ended in the same score – it’s 14/1 with Ladbrokes. The good news for Liverpool is that Wigan are in danger of being the first side in Premier League history to not get a single home clean sheet in a season, having avoided one so far. This should be one where both sides can find the net – which is our 4/6 shot with Ladbrokes.

West Ham will be sorely disappointed to have taken nothing away from their game with Spurs last Monday night but their defending at set pieces left a lot to be desired and if there’s one side designed to take advantage of that it is certainly Stoke. The home side look a fair bet at 23/20 with Bet365 given The Hammers have one win in their last nine and just eight goals on the road all season. This could be seven away defeats in a row. 1-0 at 6/1 and 2-0 at 9/1 with Ladbrokes look good options.

As mentioned above Reading’s bubble was truly burst last time out against Wigan and The Toffees will be hoping they come unstuck once again on Saturday. The one encouragement for Reading is that Everton have just two home clean sheets all season and given The Royals have scored in their last five League away games it seems sensible to take both teams to score at a surprising Evens with Ladbrokes.

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