Premiership Preview – 9 May 2013
This entry was posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2013
With the Premier League having had the most dramatic final day of the season possible for 2011/12, it’s entirely possible they’ll be nothing but ‘Fergie cam’ to worry about as the 2012/13 season draws to a conclusion. We suspect that Arsenal can not only tie up the situation of the top four but also relegation if they beat Wigan come Tuesday night.
Which leads us nicely to our first bet for the weekend. Stoke to avoid defeat against Tottenham. Whilst the Potters are now safe don’t expect them to lie down – Tony Pulis could yet easily take his side into the top half of the table by continuing their recent run of two wins and a draw. Stoke haven’t gone on to lose a home match unless already behind at the break this season, whilst Spurs have only led five of their 18 away games at the interval which makes a lay of Spurs HT/FT at 3.2 on Betfair look fair. Overall we think the 1.95 on a Spurs side that will need to go all out attacking for a win is too short, so we’ll look to lay it.
There have been some desperately poor runs of form in the Premier League this season, but Fulham’s recent run of one point from 18 is right up there. Reading completely dismantled them last weekend, scoring four times at Craven Cottage and Liverpool will sense blood. The Reds have four clean sheets from their last five games so don’t rule out another clean sheet here at 19/10 with Ladbrokes. 14 of Liverpool’s 18 have gone over 2.5 goals so we’ll back Brendan Rodgers to see his side to win the game at 2.06 on Betfair and back Liverpool to win a ‘race to two goals’ at 11/10 with Ladbrokes.
Only the Stadium of Light has seen fewer goals this season than Loftus Road and with a nervous Newcastle side visiting this weekend we don’t expect that to change. Seven of the last eight QPR home games have seen two goals or fewer and we think that’ll continue on Saturday. Under 2.5 goals at 19/20 with Bet365 is one of our favourite bets of the weekend.
If any announcement could have got the Manchester United players a bit more excited about the visit of Swansea on Sunday, then Sir Alex’s shock retirement this week will surely have done the trick. The Red Devils were hugely disappointing against Chelsea but one imagines they’ll put on a show for the managers final ever game in charge of the side at Old Trafford. United could fly out the traps making over 1.5 first half goals look value at 13/10 with Bet365 whilst a more general punt for Fergie’s men to overcome the -1.5 Handicap at Bet365 looks a fair priced 17/20.