Premiership Preview – 21 February 2014
This entry was posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014
It was a midweek of despair for English clubs in Europe as Arsenal and Manchester City were humbled by the great and the good of Barca and Bayern to leave their European hopes looking thinner than Victoria Beckham. Meanwhile Tim Sherwood’s European adventure, whilst sounding like an exciting movie, was in fact a poor 1-0 defeat in Dnipro. Thank heavens for English Welsh European giants Swansea gaining a 0-0 draw with Rafa Benitez’s Napoli for a silver lining this week.
It’ll therefore be a relief for many to get back to domestic action and Manchester City are perhaps the team with most to prove this weekend, having failed to really take the game to their Spanish opponents. Stoke are one of their favourite teams to play at The Etihad – having won all five home Premier League meetings without conceding a single goal. They’ve won four of those meetings 3-0 and that could be the call again this weekend at 7/1 with Bet365.
City’s neighbours, Manchester United travel to Crystal Palace for the late game on Saturday and the neutrals will hope they put up a better showing than they did on their last visit to the capital, at The Emirates 10 days ago. Incredibly since Tony Pulis took over at Selhurst Park, The Eagles have just two points less than United in the same period, so 11/2 on the home side with Bet365 looks too big. Alternatively lay the Champions at 1.62 on Betfair. 1-0 to Palace at 16/1 with Bet365 could be worth a small investment.
Chelsea have a tough fixture at home to Everton and The Toffees will hope they can get the points they failed to get at White Hart Lane two weeks ago, when their performance warranted at least the one. Chelsea’s home record against Everton is good – not losing any of their last 18 League meetings at the Bridge, but in recent meetings between the two sides (home and away) show Chelsea have won just three of the last eleven. It’s likely too much to ask for Everton to end Mourinho’s extraordinary home League record, but they can take a point. Back the draw at 3/1 with Ladbrokes.
The Gunners will be glad for a home tie against a team in the lower regions of the Premier League after a gruelling set of fixtures and in particular a second half of chasing the ball against Munich. Wenger’s side have led at the break in 6/13 home League games and we think they’ll be a reaction to Wednesday’s frustration, so we’ll back Arsenal in the Half-Time/Full-Time market at 1.94 on Betfair.