Premiership Preview – 22 November 2013

This entry was posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2013

With English ambitions at the World Cup in Brazil firmly placed back into the box of realism, we can at least comfort ourselves with the thought that we have the best League in the world, with Van Persie, Aguero, Oscar and Ozil all once again ready for action. Oh and some of those English Internationals like Jay Rodriguez and Chris Smalling.

First up on Saturday is the Merseyside derby, giving Liverpool the chance to go top for at least a few hours. We don’t think they will however. Liverpool for all their early season form have dropped off on the road of late – it’s just one win in five in all competitions. That Everton go looking for a fourth successive clean sheet is another indicator the Reds may struggle and it’s certainly worth noting no side has won at Goodison Park in the League in 2013. We like the draw at 12/5 with Bet365 and will try to take on Liverpool on the exchanges at 2.62. No Goalscorer at 12.5 on Betfair has to be a consideration.

Hull welcome a Crystal Palace side buoyed by the 0-0 draw against Everton two weeks ago and the home side will look to extend their unbeaten home form. That they’ve only let in one goal at home in five games must however be noted and given Palace have only scored two on the road and six all season we surely can’t expect goals. We’re tempted to lay Hull at odds on, 1.9 on Betfair but under 2.5 goals has to be the bet at 7/10 with Ladbrokes. We still feel Palace could snatch a victory somewhere before long and at 12/1 for them to win 1-0 it could be worth small stakes.

With just three points from their last six League games, only Palace are in worse form that Stoke City and with that in mind we’re surprised to see them as short as Evens to beat Sunderland. The Black Cats have back to back wins for the first time since April whilst Stoke have had only two home League victories in their last 11 attempts. At the prices we have no choice but to back Gus Poyet’s improving side at an overpriced 3/1 with PaddyPower.

Our final selection will be backing the League leaders to bounce back from defeat at Old Trafford. 1987 was the last time The Saints came away from Arsenal with a victory and you can understand why prices of 5/1 will appeal on the visitors after an impressive win at Old Trafford earlier this year. However we can’t help feel the price is pushing towards value on Arsenal. Ozil and Giroud both didn’t feature for their national sides on Tuesday, unlike many of Southampton’s most important players and with a returning Walcott ready to leap from the bench the 1.65 from Betfair on Arsenal looks the way to go.

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