Premiership Preview 18 January 2013
This entry was posted on Friday, January 18th, 2013
Having gained a point at Stamford Bridge in midweek, you’d have rightly assumed Nigel Adkins wouldn’t have left the Saints by the weekend. Our conclusion has to be that owner Nicola Cortese discussed an approach to hiring and firing with Roman Abramovich on the night of their two sides drawing 2-2.
However, football must go on (snow pending) and after a good old fashioned ‘Super-Sunday’ last weekend, the executives at Sky have treated us well again this weekend, with a Sunday feast as Chelsea welcome Arsenal and Sir Alex takes his men to White Hart Lane.
The Gunners are far too big a price at 10/3 with Blue Square against a Chelsea side whose only victory at the Bridge in their last seven Premier League games came against Aston Villa. Fulham, QPR, Liverpool, Man United and Southampton all left with at least a share of the spoils. The Gunners won 5-3 at the Bridge last year and with no fear Arsenal can play on a nervous home support. For the more reserved 10/11 about Arsenal or the Draw looks a fine bet.
Manchester United have been in imperious form of late, winning nine and drawing once in their last ten Premier League outings. We think they can steal all three points in the capital and at 6/4 with Bet365 the odds look good for the Red Devils to get revenge for the 3-2 home defeat earlier in the season. United haven’t lost at White Hart Lane since 2001 and we’re certainly happy to lay Spurs at 3.05 on Betfair.
Saturday brings a London derby too as the number one Wheeler Dealer, Harry Redknapp takes his side to his former stomping ground – West Ham. The Hammers have looked desperately out of form in recent weeks in the Premier League and when you’re getting beaten 3-0 at Sunderland you know things aren’t going well. Allardyce has spent all week failing to bring in defensive reinforcements and there’s no reason Rangers can’t get at least a share of the spoils. We’ll lay the Hammers at 2.14 on Betfair.
Whilst it’s obvious Aston Villa have been struggling of late, it’s worth noting how poorly the Baggies have been doing. It’s now four defeats from their last five outings whilst their last four games at home have seen them just take four points whilst scoring just three goals. At Evens to be relegated Lambert’s side need to start improving and with a huge week ahead of them if they are to reach Wembley, we feel they’ll get the boost they need and grab a point. It looks a bit big at 3/1 with Bet365.