Premiership Preview – 19 October 2012

This entry was posted on Friday, October 19th, 2012

As long as the torrential downpours remain above stadiums with roofs in Poland, we’ll gladly be welcoming back the Premier League on Saturday. The England players may have got back a day late, but it hasn’t stopped us finding the early value for you this weekend after a profitable international break.

Andre Villas-Boas leads his Spurs side out against his former employers Chelsea and he’ll hope his team can retain their impressive record of scoring in every league game so far this season. To do so, they’ll have to breach a Chelsea defence which has conceded just once on the road this season. Chelsea were for many years the side Spurs couldn’t beat, but it’s actually no victory in six for The Blues on league visits to White Hart Lane. We like the look of a repeat of the last two years with a 1-1 draw. The draw is at 12/5 with Bet365 with the 1-1 correct score at 6/1 with Blue Square.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton is still looking for his first victory but we can’t see how they’re going to get it against Arsenal. The Canaries conceded five last time out at Carrow Road (to Liverpool) whilst they shipped four most recently at Chelsea. This will give the Gunners hope they can continue their fine goalscoring form – they’ve scored 24 goals in their last eight games. That makes the 1.64 you can get on Betfair on over 2.5 goals look promising. Bet365 will give you 11/8 on Arsenal winning at -1 on the handicap and with the current direction these sides are heading that looks a good bet.

Fulham have been unusually proficient in front of goal this season – having already scored 15 goals from their seven Premier League games – only bettered by Manchester United. Meanwhile only Sunderland and Norwich have scored fewer than Aston Villa. Fulham should welcome back Dimitar Berbatov for this fixture and at 4/5 with Ladbrokes are a price we’d happily back. Interestingly the last four Fulham games have seen goals scored in the 87th minute or later, so you may fancy backing a goal in the 75th minute or later at a general 10/11.

Manchester United have faced Stoke four times at Old Trafford since they entered the Premier League and the accumulative scoreline stands at 13-1. With the defeat to Spurs still fresh in their minds, we think United will get back to winning ways with relative ease on Saturday and the 5/6 Blue Square will give you on the home side to win with -1 on the handicap should be covered.

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