Premiership Preview – 29 January 2013

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

It was a record breaking weekend in the FA Cup, with Norwich becoming the first Premier League side to lose to non-league opposition, which will no doubt make Aston Villa and Arsenal feel much better about losing to League Two Bradford. With Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool all failing to win on Sunday, it went down as one of the best Sunday’s in history in the bookmaking industry. We’ll hope we’ll find betting sanctuary as the Premier League returns to action for a full fixture list over Tuesday and Wednesday.

Manchester City travel to QPR on the back of four consecutive Premier League wins – the joint best run they’ve put together this season. The Hoops have added two points in their two games since victory at Chelsea but it’s wins they need and we can’t see them getting one against the Champions. City have been back to their defensive best of late, winning their last five games in all competitions without conceding. Redknapp’s men have only managed three goals in their last six outings which makes us have to look at the 6/4 Ladbrokes will give you on Mancini’s side winning to nil.

A month or so ago, you’d have thought it impossible that Stoke could be priced up at odds against to beat Wigan at home, but such has been their recent demise that Bet365 will give you 6/5. The only side they’ve beaten in 2013 was Crystal Palace and even that needed extra time and most extraordinary of all, a side that had the best defence in England until December, has now let in at least three goals in each of their last five Premier League games. We can’t see Wigan keeping that up however – it’s something they’ve managed just five times on the road since their inaugural season in the Premier League back in 2005/06. This one has the sense of a nervy cautious affair and we sense it’ll be back to the under 2.5 days of Stoke. It’s a 1.7 chance on Betfair.

On Wednesday night Arsenal welcome Liverpool and we have absolutely no hesitation in backing Arsenal after morale boosting wins against West Ham and a tricky tie at Brighton. Bet365 will give you 7/5 on a Gunners victory. Liverpool showed their frailties in their horrific defeat to Oldham and it’s worth noting that whilst they’ve improved in the League of late, it’s mainly been at home – it’s just two league victories on the road in their last eight. The Reds have however shown themselves to be good for a goal, scoring in nine of their last ten away games in all competitions so we like both teams to score at 1.61 on Betfair.

Eight straight wins for Man Utd at home in the Premier League will surely become nine by Wednesday night when they welcome Southampton. You’ll not get rich by backing the Red Devils at 1/4 but take the 1.77 with Betfair on them leading at Half Time and Full Time. They’ve led after 45 minutes in seven of their eleven home games so far, winning them all, whilst the Saints have been behind by the break in seven of their eleven away games, losing five.

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