Premiership Preview – 12 September 2013

This entry was posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

After a few days of the English press maligning their national side for getting the point they needed to keep World Cup qualification in their own hands, we’re delighted to get to the Premier League where of course 0-0 draws even when the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea meet never occur. Ho hum. Let’s get back on track with some tips for this weekend.

Manchester United haven’t got off to a flier so far in the Premier League, taking just four points from three games, but against Crystal Palace they have what appears their easiest game of the season – with some bookmakers making them just 2/11 shots. Palace rallied to beat Sunderland in their last game, but away from home fell to defeat at Stoke. Surely it’s a matter of time before United start firing and they could give Palace a real going over this weekend. The bet that interests us is Manchester United to win both halves – at 7/5 with PaddyPower – it seems overpriced given the disparity in quality between the sides.

Spurs welcome Norwich this weekend and the Canaries will be hoping to build on their last two results at White Hart Lane – a 2-1 victory in April 2012 and a 1-1 draw last September. Whilst we certainly can’t back Spurs at a best of 9/20 we’re drawn to have a look at the goals market. Under 2.5 seems the value given five of the six League games the sides have played so far this season have ended 1-0. Ladbrokes have gone 5/4 and that seems on the large side given Norwich’s defensive mentality facing a Spurs side yet to score from open play this season.

With West Brom yet to score this season and Fulham only finding the net twice in their opening three League games, goals also don’t appear to be on the agenda at Craven Cottage this weekend. We’re torn between the under 2.5 goals at 1.91 on Betfair or backing the home side to get the win. Fulham 1-0 perhaps deserves small stakes at 15/2 with Ladbrokes but our main bet will be going under 2.5 on the goals.

Our final selection is backing Chelsea to come through their test at Goodison Park this weekend. With several new players arriving at Everton on deadline day it’s hard to believe they’ll all immediately settle and their first few performances (all draws) have suggested a season of mid table mediocrity lies ahead. Chelsea meanwhile have largely impressed and 13/10 with Bet365 is a fair price. 1-0 Chelsea at 15/2 seems a decent price but we’re more comfortable with the outright win.

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