Premiership Preview – 31 August 2012

This entry was posted on Friday, August 31st, 2012

Women up and down the country will have to put up with their husbands going to bed with Jim White on Friday evening, but whether they fall asleep with a smile on their face may depend on where that almost mythical helicopter lands. Saturday however, will be a reality check, knowing that those at the club are now the only ones that will dictate how you fare in the first half of the season.

Swansea will be buoyed by their 3-0 success over West Ham last weekend and we expect them to record another victory over Sunderland. That they are odds against, 6/5 with Ladbrokes makes us very keen to get involved. Sunderland have signed Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher and whilst he’s the most expensive ever Scottish player, we still don’t think he’d be recognised outside of Wolverhampton. Swansea have enough firepower to maintain their impressive start.

Everton have looked like an impressive attacking unit this season and whilst we think their game with West Brom looks too tight to call, we do fancy both sides to score at 4/5 with Blue Square. Only Aston Villa in April have stopped the Baggies scoring since Everton did so on New Year’s Day whilst Everton have 14 goals in their last seven Premier League away games.

Stoke v Arsenal last weekend was one of the poorest in recent memory, but Stoke do look to have less inspiration than in many a recent year. Wigan on the other hand, discounting the opening six minutes against Chelsea have looked far more impressive than usual in the start to a season. It will likely not be pretty but at 5/4 with Bet365 we can’t ignore the price on a Wigan side that shone in the Capital One Cup in midweek.

No side has ever drawn their three opening Premier League games of a season 0-0, but at 10/1 you can back Arsenal to do so and we’ve seen worse bets. However, the last nine meetings between the clubs at Anfield in all competitions have seen both sides score and we cannot ignore that statistic. We’ll back it to happen again at 8/11 with Bet365.

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