Premiership Preview – 5 April 2013

This entry was posted on Friday, April 5th, 2013

When the Sky executives gathered round their table and no doubt leant back on their lovely leather seats they must have been patting themselves on the back for ensuring the Manchester derby took place with six weeks left of the season on a Monday night. In reality, will a Manchester derby ever be so irrelevant? Instead of focusing our eyes there, here are four tips to get your betting weekend off to a flier.

Former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins has a chance to seek revenge on his former employers this weekend, as Reading face Southampton on Saturday lunchtime. We were surprised to see Southampton as short as 6/5 favourites for the game given much of their impressive recent form has been at home. They’ve not won any of their last six away games and we think Reading’s time to pretend they’ve got a chance of staying in the Premier League is upon us. Six Premier League defeats on the bounce is no great form but we’ll take a chance on them at 23/10 with Bet365.

Another side where the price looks too short this weekend is Stoke City. They are as short as Even money in places where as we’d like to see them nearer 7/5 against the Villa. Paul Lambert’s side have shipped goals with regularity – without a clean sheet in 15, but with Benteke and Agbonlahor looking good in recent weeks you could do worse than back both teams to score at 17/20 with Ladbrokes. We’ll lay Stoke though at 2.18 on Betfair.

Norwich face Swansea at 3pm on Saturday and both sides are struggling for form. The Canaries have won just one game in their last fourteen and have failed to score in seven of their last ten. Given Swansea have just a single goal in their last six away outings we have to look towards under 2.5 goals and at 4/5 with Ladbrokes it looks a cracking price.

As suggested here a few weeks back, Arsenal proved great value at Swansea and they have a similarly tricky tie as they head to West Brom. The Gunners are second in the Premier League form table and The Baggies poor performance at a struggling West Ham last week gives us every belief Arsenal can keep up their form in the battle for the top four. We’ll back Arsenal at 10/11 with Bet365.

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