Premiership Preview – 28 September 2012

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

After a week of seeing the reserve players in the League Cup Carling Cup Capital One Cup the big boys will be back for the weekend as the Premier League gets off to an exciting start on Saturday lunchtime when Chelsea visit Arsenal. Looking back over the last six league meetings at The Emirates gives us little help for trends, with two victories apiece as well as two draws, whilst exactly half of those meetings have gone over 2.5 goals.

Arsenal can’t expect a third successive 6-1 home victory, but a victory must remain a realistic target given Chelsea have won just two of their last 11 league away games. Indeed in the same period they’ve only twice found the net more than once and with the Gunners firing on all cylinders once again, we think Arsenal are a fair price at 2.3 on Betfair.

Gareth Bale was just five months old last time Spurs won at Old Trafford and his side will head to Manchester United looking to a halt a run of six successive defeats at The Theatre of Dreams. The North London side have just two league away wins in 2012 whilst The Red Devils can boast 32 Premier League home wins from their last 36. With those kind of stats behind them, we think United will succeed once again. We’ll take the 4/7 with Bet365.

Aston Villa have a Midlands derby against the Baggies on Sunday and you can’t help but think their much improved display even with a changed side in the Capital One Cup tie at Manchester City, can really get their season going. Their last home display, a 2-0 win against Swansea was the best seen at Villa Park in a long while whilst West Brom were awful last time on the road at Fulham. The price of 6/4 with Blue Square is what attracts us to a good value bet. Five of the last six meetings between the clubs have ended 2-1 and it is 9/1 Villa prevail in that manner.

Everton will look to bounce back from defeat at Leeds against Southampton at Goodison Park but at a best priced of 4/9 we can’t quite justify a bet on the Toffees. Instead we’ll back ‘both teams to score’ at 1.9 on Betfair. Everton conceded two very soft goals to Newcastle in their last home game and we’re more buoyed by the fact Southampton have only failed to score once on their last fifteen travels in all competitions.

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