Premiership Preview – 23 November 2012

This entry was posted on Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Well nobody saw what was coming, or more accurately, going, this week as Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo became the first manager to lose his job this season – a bet available at 33/1 prior to the Wednesday night defeat in Turin.

It means that back on our soil is Rafa Benitez and he’ll have a task in stopping the Champions of Europe on Sunday, who themselves will want to overcome the final nail in their European coffin with a midweek 1-1 draw with Real Madrid. Intriguingly Benitez’s first game as manager of Liverpool at Anfield ended in a 2-1 victory against none other than Man City whilst Ranieri, Mourinho, Scolari, Hiddink, Ancelotti and Di Matteo all won their opening home games as Chelsea manager.  However, Chelsea, at 13/8 with Ladbrokes can’t interest us at the moment, even with the much mentioned ‘new manager bounce’. We can anticipate a draw suiting both and at 5/2 with Blue Square we’ll take it.

Stoke hosting Fulham immediately suggests a home win given Stoke’s very impressive home form which has seen them unbeaten since February. The Potters have however been drawing too many games at home – seven of the last ten in fact – though the stability at the back has been key to their success – with four clean sheets in five.  Fulham’s away form meanwhile has seen them win just four games from their last 30 on the road in the Premier League. They have however had three score draws in a row on their travels, 2-2 at Southampton, and 3-3 draws at Reading and Arsenal, but we think that run will end. Stoke have three consecutive home clean sheets and Stoke to win to nil is 5/2 with Bet365. Stoke 1-0 always appeals and is 13/2 at Ladbrokes.

Everton host Norwich and whilst the Toffees are rightfully favourites, the 4/9 you can get at Bet365 holds no interest for us. Everton have only one win in their last six whilst Norwich have recovered impressively from a poor start and are unbeaten in their last six games with notable victories over Arsenal and Manchester United. Newcastle and Liverpool nicked a point at Goodison Park this season and we wouldn’t be shocked if Norwich also did. We’ll lay Everton at 1.52 on Betfair.

QPR head to Old Trafford without a manager and regardless of having Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki in charge instead of Mark Hughes we can’t imagine the outcome will be any different. United were able to rest their stars for their dead rubber Champions League game in the week and we think they’ll put a Rangers side, without a win on the road in over a year, to the sword. United to win by more than one goal is an attractive 8/15 at Bet365.

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