Premiership Preview – 28 December 2012

This entry was posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012

It’s the last game of 2012 and although we don’t really measure football achievements in terms of years, (well, Lionel Messi aside), there’s no question that for the likes of Reading, QPR and Aston Villa, they can’t wait to put 2012 behind them.

Fulham in particular have had an awful time of late, with Chris Baird’s bizarre concession of a late penalty to Southampton on Boxing Day the latest downer on an awful few weeks, which has seen them win just one of their last 11 league games. They are at the Cottage again on Saturday against Swansea and we think this’ll be a nervous affair. Swansea with just one defeat in their last five on the road look good value at 5/2 with Bet365 to steal all three points, whilst we can’t see many goals, especially if Michu is out as expected. Under 2.5 goals is priced too high at Evens with Bet365.

Reading got themselves off the foot of the table on Boxing Day and having played superbly at Manchester City last week, there’s a few signs they could be due to a result. West Ham haven’t scored in half of their eight away games, whilst Reading have avoided defeat in five of their last seven home league games. Reading could just edge this one, and at 2.98 on Betfair we’ll take the risk. 1-0 Reading looks a good option at 9/1 with Ladbrokes.

Stoke rolled over Liverpool with another impressive home performance extending their unbeaten Premier League run at the Britannia to 16 games. Southampton should be a far bigger price than the 4/1 they are generally available at. Stoke have to be the bet at 4/5 with Ladbrokes. It may not be pretty but we think they’ll continue their fine form, which has seen them take 13 from the last 15 home points on offer.

Aston Villa’s last two games have seen them lose 12-0 against the combined efforts of Spurs and Chelsea. However, if there was a game they would have targeted to win over the festive period, it is this Saturday against fellow strugglers Wigan who arrive at Villa Park on the back of three defeats and with just one point from 18. At 2.48 backing Villa may not seem the best idea in the world, but it’s what we’ll be doing. Benteke has what it takes to make the difference and a gritty Aston Villa 1-0 win looks a good bet at 7/1 with Ladbrokes.

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