Premiership Preview – 5th October 2012

This entry was posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012

Humility is not a word we traditionally associate with Manchester City, but after Borussia Dortmund played them off the park on Wednesday there’s no doubt it’s all gone slightly quieter up north. Mancini may still not speak brilliant English, but if Sunderland repeat their efforts of last year in being the only team to take points at the Etihad Stadium, he’ll likely be using the sort of words that are rather more universal.

Manchester City’s last two home fixtures, against Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund have seen them overrun for large periods and with Sunderland still unbeaten they’ll believe they can cause City problems. We suspect City may prevail but we are keen on the 11/10 Ladbrokes will give you on both teams to score which has happened in all City’s games this season.

West Brom have secured three home victories to nil so far this season and another one at 12/5 with Blue Square isn’t out of the question although Rangers have scored at least once in their last five league away games . The Hoops have however lost nine of their last ten on the road in the league and you have to go all the way back to last November for their last victory away from home – at Stoke. It does mean many will look to West Brom at 10/11 with Blue Square as their home banker of the weekend.

If the pressure isn’t already mounting on Chris Hughton it’s fair to say a trip for his Norwich side to Stamford Bridge followed by welcoming the Gunners isn’t exactly going to help, and now is the time to back Norwich to go down at 8/11 with Ladbrokes. Backing The Blues won’t make you rich but at 4/6 to cover a -1 handicap we’d be surprised if you’re not counting your money on Saturday night.

Liverpool may have looked good against Norwich last weekend, but we can’t believe they are a general 1/2 to beat a Stoke side that easily brushed aside Swansea last weekend. Stoke or Draw is an 8/5 shout with Blue Square whilst Stoke with a +1.5 goal headstart is 11/20 with Bet365 which is a fair enough price for us to back.

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