Premiership Preview – 21 December 2012
This entry was posted on Friday, December 21st, 2012
Tis the season to be jolly, or so ‘they’ tell us, but for the fans of Reading, QPR, Wigan, Southampton, Sunderland, Newcastle and Aston Villa it’s more like the season to be nervous. With such a packed Christmas schedule Reading could find themselves well adrift by the start of 2013 and only West Brom in 2004/05 survived the dreaded fate of being bottom on Xmas day.
Arsenal are reliable for thumping some relegation fodder as Christmas looms large and Reading duly obliged on Monday night. The Gunners travel to Wigan for the Saturday lunchtime game and we suspect that they’ll take maximum points at the DW. Roberto Martinez’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet at home all season and have conceded two goals in eight of their nine games and we’d be staggered if Arsenal don’t score at least a couple. At 8/11 with Blue Square we think it’s a great price for Arsene Wenger to continue Arsenal’s resurgence.
Having been pummelled at the Madjeski on Monday night, Reading now travel to the Champions Manchester City in a bid to get off the bottom of the table. Having not scored in their last three trips on the road, we can’t see them taking anything in Manchester and they’ll do well avoid another serious beating, despite the fact Man City have gone two home league games without a win for the first time in a year. Overall, the Citizens are as short a price as you’ll see all season at 1/7, so instead take the 5/6 with Ladbrokes about Roberto Mancini’s side winning to nil.
With Luis Suarez on a run of six games without a goal, we’re even more confident of opposing Liverpool as they are once again priced up at the ludicrously short price of 4/7 with Blue Square as they take on Fulham at Anfield. Whilst we’re not sure The Cottagers can emulate Aston Villa, the 11/8 Bet365 will give you on Fulham or the draw is a price we’re very happy to take on a side that has managed draws at Arsenal and Chelsea since the start of November.
With Stoke unbeaten in seven games we think they could be value as they travel to White Hart Lane even though Spurs have been impressive at home – winning four of the last five in the league. The draw looks like value at 5/2 with Blue Square but we certainly won’t put you off taking Stoke or the draw at 5/4 with Ladbrokes.