Premiership Preview – 19 September 2014
This entry was posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014
After a sobering week for our teams in the Champions League, where only a last gasp Steven Gerrard penalty against a Bulgarian side playing with their eighth choice keeper secured any English success at all, it’s back to basics for the likes of Pellegrini and Wenger as they look to put the wrongs of midweek behind them.
Newcastle fans have been copying our neighbours in Scotland this week by trying to vote for independence from Alan Pardew and his Newcastle regime. The Geordies were horrific against Southampton last time out and the 4-0 scoreline has certainly put pressure on their manager. They face a Hull side at home this weekend who look to have secured a fantastic striker in Abel Hernandez. Hull have won on four of their last five trips to Newcastle and with the way the two sides have been playing, Hull look too big at 13/5 with Bet365.
Arsenal will look to recover from their awful display in Dortmund as they look to continue their unbeaten run in the Premier League. The Gunners are unbeaten in an extraordinary 15 visits to Villa Park dating back to December 1998 and when you consider they did play extremely well in parts against the Champions last weekend it’s no surprise they are a shade of odds on. Villa, also unbeaten this season with a very impressive 10 points from 12 will likely cause Arsenal some problems – particularly from set pieces where Arsenal have looked vulnerable again this season. Back Senderos at any time to score against his former side at 20/1 with Bet365. Both teams to score at 1.92 on Betfair looks a fair price. Arsenal should win but 17/20 with Bet365 may be too skinny for some.
West Ham have been solid on the road but terrible at home so far this season and as such a visit from Liverpool probably isn’t what was needed. The Reds have a fantastic record in East London, winning seven of their last ten trips to the Hammers. Steven Gerrard in particular loves a goal in these parts, with six goals at the Boleyn Ground in his career and a seventh at any point on Saturday is priced 16/5 with Paddy Power. Liverpool should edge this one, probably by a single goal which is a 14/5 shot with Ladbrokes.
Our final tip this week is to take a chance on the Eagles as they travel to Goodison Park. They of course famously won 3-2 there towards the end of last season and we can’t help but think the toils of European football may take their toll on The Toffees who thumped Wolfsburg on Thursday. Crystal Palace have scored in their last six away Premier League games and we like both teams to score at 10/11 with Paddy Power. Everton look too short given some of the defensive issues they’ve shown at home this season and we’ll take the 2/1 with Bet365 that Palace avoid defeat.