Premiership Preview – 23 August 2013

This entry was posted on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Unlike Arsenal, Oggs got off to the perfect start in the Premier League, as all four suggestions swept home it what would have made an attractive 8/1 quadruple. Like shock defeats for the Gunners we can’t guarantee it every week, but we’re confident it won’t be the last.

Our first pick this week is to lay Liverpool for their trip to Aston Villa. Villa were unlucky to lose at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and after two tough away games, Villa will look to impress their own fans at Villa Park. The Reds have only won 25 League away games in four seasons (76 games) and there was an positive overreaction to Liverpool after what ended up being a nervous 1-0 win against Stoke last week. We can’t have them at Evens on Betfair. It’s our lay of the week.

The Gunners showed what they are capable of with a comprehensive win at Fenerbache in midweek to get over the disappointment and shock of the Aston Villa and we’re going to back them to win again at odds against as they visit Fulham. Don’t forget the Gunners only let in 14 goals on the road in the League last year and arguably may play better without the overly anxious home crowd. It’s 11/10 on PaddyPower and we’ll also have a small play on the Gunners winning to nil at a general 11/4 – something they’ve done in six of their last ten visits to Craven Cottage.

One thing that became apparent in Crystal Palace’s match with Spurs last week, was just how hard they are going to find scoring goals in the Premier League. Their hosts Stoke aren’t exactly goal-machines themselves – only QPR scored fewer in the entire League last year. Just Sunderland saw fewer matches go over 2.5 goals than the 8 from 19 Stoke had in the League last year, and we sense that could be on the cards again. Under 2.5 goals is our selection at 7/10 with Ladbrokes.

The last four times Chelsea have visited Old Trafford in the Premier League have seen both teams score, whilst looking further back suggests this has been the case in nine of the last 11 League trips. With Chelsea’s obvious firepower, we can’t see them failing to score, whilst you’d be brave to suggest United won’t given they’ve only drank a blank once in the last three seasons. Both teams to score at 1.65 on Betfair is our bet.

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