Premiership Preview – 15 March 2013

This entry was posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013

Whilst most sports betting eyes have been diverted to Cheltenham this week, Arsenal’s departure from the Champions League on Wednesday saw all the English giants finally fall in the big race of the European season. However in what is very much Grade Two competition, Spurs, Newcastle and Chelsea made history in becoming the first English trio to make Europe’s secondary competition. Well done them.

Domestically, you’ll have noticed we’ve started opposing Everton on an almost weekly basis and we are not stopping now. Man City visit the falling scousers this weekend and at slight odds against, at 21/20 with Bet365, we have to get involved. City will want to put even limited pressure on Man Utd and we can’t see Everton stopping them.

Arsenal may have bowed out of Europe but they did so with their heads held high after becoming the first team to keep a clean sheet at Bayern Munich this season. Swansea’s season has peaked and whilst it’s too simple to suggest they’ll role over, Arsenal’s ability to chase down Tottenham is well known and we think they’re good enough to go slightly better than their 2-2 FA Cup draw at the Liberty stadium earlier this season. Back the Gunners to edge this at 13/10 with Blue Square.

Stoke have been in woeful form of late, with just one win in their last ten Premier League outings and given West Brom’s three wins in their last four you’d be hard pushed to make a case for Stoke who are as short as 13/10 in places. Having conceded just once in their opening six home League games, Stoke have now conceded at least once in each of their last eight at the Brittania, which makes us feel that the bet here is backing both teams to score at 5/6 with Bet365. We can’t put you off the draw at 23/10 with the same firm.

A few months back Southampton against Liverpool would have seemed like a game with little to play for, but The Saints have been well and truly pulled back into a relegation battle, whilst Liverpool, having gone as big as 20/1 for a top four spot a month ago, are now in with a small shout – at a general 9/1. The Reds have won four games in a row under Brendan Rodgers for the first time (since January 2011 in fact), but there’s still something that makes us unsure about backing them at 17/20 with Ladbrokes given they’ve won just four times on the road in the League this season. Instead we’ll back the trend that has seen each of Liverpool’s last eight away league trips go over 2.5 goals. It’s a 1.76 chance on Betfair.

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