Premiership Preview – 24th August 2012

This entry was posted on Friday, August 24th, 2012

The opening day of the season is a strange old place, with correct score forecasts harder to find than a picture of Prince Harry with clothes on. But now we have a form guide of sorts, it should be childs play from here on in.

1)      Whilst many were impressed with the way Everton battled to a deserved victory over Manchester United last Monday, it is worth recalling that only once last season was a Toffees home league win immediately followed by away success. We can’t see how they deserve to be 6/4 favourites at Aston Villa (2/1) tomorrow. Villa drew an incredible 17 games last season and when you also note that six of the last seven meetings between the two have ended all square, we like the 12/5 with Bet365.

2)      Having taken the lead at the City of Manchester Stadium last Sunday, Southampton will have high hopes for their first points of the season against Wigan. We are happy backing over 2.5 goals as the Latics have made their typically porous start to a season, whilst the Saints look willing to have a go. It is Evens with Ladbrokes so get involved.

3)      Fulham are notoriously bad travellers, picking up fewer points on the road than relegated Bolton last season. At Old Trafford we can’t see that improving given United have won this fixture without conceding for the past five years. Blue Square will give you 11/10 on that outcome and that’s enough for us. We also like the United -1.5 handicap at Evens with Bet365.

4)      Both Norwich and QPR shipped an impressive 66 goals overall which suggests we could be in for a few goals on Saturday at Carrow Road. Both sides continued in this form on the opening day, on the wrong side of a 5-0 shellacking. Something has to give, probably the defences, so we like both teams to score at 1.7 on Betfair.

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