Premiership Preview – 25 April 2014

This entry was posted on Friday, April 25th, 2014

It’s been another extraordinary week for the beautiful game. The chosen one has become the chosen gone as Moyes left Old Trafford, whilst the special one is claiming he’ll field a weakened team against a Liverpool side whom, having been 33/1 outsiders back in August are now just 1/6 to lift the title. Football, Bloody hell! So said the former, no the former former, Manchester United boss.

If you’re in our school of thought, you’ll be thinking that Fulham are staying up and as such you have little choice but to back them to beat Hull on Saturday. Paddy Power will give you 13/10 on such an outcome and having seen Hull perform very averagely against Arsenal last weekend we’ll back The Londoners. Just one of the last 25 Fulham home games has ended in a draw, suggesting we’ll at least have a winner this weekend. Only Southampton have stopped Fulham scoring on home soil in the League in their last 19 games, so there’s every reason to think they can do enough to make Felix purr.

Aston Villa’s unpredictability has been the only consistent feature of their disappointing season, with victories against Chelsea and Man City compounded by defeats to teams struggling at the wrong end of the table. They’re not yet safe and with their last two games away to Man City and Spurs they’ll need to take something from the visit to Swansea or Hull’s visit next weekend. We do think they’ll grab something down in Wales however and have to lay Swansea at 1.74 on Betfair. This game will likely be a nervous affair where a point is likely to suit both as they edge ever closer to safety. Three of Villa’s last four away in the League have seen under 1.5 goals – that could be of interest at 9/4 with Ladbrokes.

Call us foolish, call us crazy but the price on Liverpool to beat Chelsea on Sunday is just too low for us to ignore. Forget that Mourinho has said he’ll put out a weakened team – it’ll still be full of internationals whoever he plays and they will be playing against a Liverpool side for whom the nerves could finally kick in and of course they’ll also be happy with a point. At Evens we wouldn’t lay them, but at 1.68 on Betfair we have to. This is Mourinho we’re talking about, the man whose side didn’t concede a goal at Old Tafford, The Emirates or The City of Manchester this season. He’s still the special one and the title is not quite over.

With Crystal Palace absolutely flying with five wins in a row, it’s not an attractive proposition to back Manchester City at 4/9 with Bet365 to beat The Eagles down in South London at the weekend. Palace have five clean sheets in their last seven and just two of their last 13 home League games have seen over 2.5 goals. It’s a tough game to call, but with Palace safely in the division for next season, we’ll back both teams to score at 5/6 with Bet365 in a match where City have absolutely no room for error.

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