Premiership Preview – 4 April 2014

This entry was posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014

In a week where Stuart Pearce has announced a return to management, Aaron Ramsey will return to the pitch for Arsenal and Manchester United put in a performance reminiscent of a return to their days under Sir Alex, we’re confident we’ve got four bets that should see you make a return on your investment.

First up, Manchester City welcome Southampton and the free scoring nature of both teams suggest we should be in for a goal fest. Southampton have been playing some terrific football of late, with their 4-0 humping of Newcastle last weekend arguably the highlight of their season. The last three Saints games have seen 15 goals and no side has more goals per game at home that Manchester City’s 3.43 so with over 2.5 goals at 1.53 on Betfair, we can’t resist. Over 3.5 is very tempting at 5/4 with Ladbrokes.

Norwich welcome West Brom in one of the most intriguing fixtures of the weekend with both sides desperate for points. Rumours of dressing room altercations have ensured The Baggies have been in the media spotlight this week whilst Norwich need to rectify their hopeless effort of last weekend at Swansea. Following this game Norwich travel to Fulham before facing Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal so a win is crucial on Saturday. The Canaries have drawn three and won three of their last six League games at home, conceding just one goal. We’ll back them to win again at 7/5 with PaddyPower and have a bigger bet on under 2.5 goals at 1.76 on Betfair.

Swansea travel to Hull looking for their first back to back League victories in 18 months but we don’t think they’ll manage to do this. Worryingly for Hull, they’ve never won successive home Premier League games, so will be hoping they can take all three points, as they did against West Brom – the most recent visitors to the KC Stadium.  Hull are unbeaten in their last five against the Swans and we won’t over exaggerate Swansea’s home win last week over a Norwich side that were so poor they refunded their fans. Back Hull to take the points at a juicy 7/4 with Bet365.

Arsenal travel to Merseyside hoping to fair better than their previous visit, when they lost 5-1 at Liverpool. Everton are on a marvellous run of five consecutive league wins (something they haven’t done since 2002) and more impressively have lost just once at home since the start of 2013. One of these two sides will be the first side to make 60+ points from 31 games and not achieve a top four finish. Everton probably need to win to make that dream a reality, but Arsenal have a habit of performing come the end of the season when the pressure on 4th spot hots up. Even if they do lose, we’d back them to end the season in a Champions League spot. For now, the value has to be the draw on Sunday at 12/5 with Ladbrokes.

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