Premiership Preview – 7 February 2014
This entry was posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014
The January transfer window saw Arsenal sign a Swede with a dodgy back whilst Liverpool’s hierarchy travelled in vain to the Ukraine and signed nobody at all. With that being the case, it’s very much as you were for the big match of the weekend at Anfield.
Gooners can hardly believe they are top of the table so deep into the season and the next few weeks are pivotal to any hopes of ending the near nine-year wait for a trophy. That they’ve won on three of the last four Premier League visits to Anfield and avoided defeat in each of their last six, must give them real hope of another success on Saturday lunchtime. With Liverpool available to lay at 2.22 on Betfair we have to oppose them. At 12/5 with Bet365, Arsenal look overpriced.
Crystal Pulis as they are now known have been in sensational form since the man with the baseball cap has been at the helm and we think they’ll have three more points after West Brom visit on Saturday. Palace have five clean sheets in their last seven home games, whilst the Baggies arrive with just one win in their last fifteen in all competitions. It’ll likely be scrappy but at 13/10 with Bet365 we have to back the home side to come out on top. Don’t rule out a Palace win to nil at 29/10 with Ladbrokes.
It’s the Welsh derby on Saturday evening and there’s a new (temporary) manager, Gary Monk, in charge of the Swans after Michael Laudrup departed in midweek. Both sides are however in terrible form, with just four points each from their last six games. With just one away win all season, it’s perhaps too much to expect a Cardiff victory, but equally Swansea’s undeniable turmoil makes them vulnerable this weekend. We expect a tight game, which will likely be short on goals. For a bet, we feel that at 1.86 a lay of Swansea is the way to go.
Outside the top six in the division, Sunderland are the in form team with 11 points from their last six games – which is seven more than their opponents Hull have conjured up in the same period. No side has taken fewer points than the five Hull have on the road this season and with the Black Cats buoyed by recent form, 23/20 about another victory, to build on the success at Newcastle seems a fair price.