Weekend Premier League Preview (29 Oct 2011)
This entry was posted on Friday, October 28th, 2011
Four to Watch.
Recent history suggests an Arsenal victory at Stamford Bridge is as likely as John Terry becoming an Ambassador for the Kick it Out campaign. Arsenal have not won any of their last eight away and Chelsea are no slackers at home either, having taken 31 of the last 33 points available. Whilst the Blues at 7/10 with Ladbrokes will tempt many, we’d rather put our money on Robin Van Persie scoring at any time – 11/5 with SportingBet. The Dutchman has 25 in his last 26 league games. (One point worth noting is the suspension of usual nemesis Didier Drogba.)
Free-scoring Manchester City face Wolves for the second time in four days, although Mancini is expected to make as many as eleven changes from the midweek clash. Bet365 are offering 5/4 on City winning by 3 goals or more (something they’ve done in their last three league games) and that’s where we think the value is.
Whilst many continue to praise King Kenny’s Liverpool, we’ll happily oppose them on their travels. Their only two league away wins (Arsenal and Everton) have come after red cards for their opponents (with the game level at the time of the dismissal.) Lay Liverpool on Betfair at 2.14 at the Hawthorns.
It would have seemed unthinkable a year ago that media-favourite Owen Coyle would be under pressure having won just one of his last eight in the league, yet that is precisely the situation he finds himself in as his team face Swansea tomorrow. However, Bolton’s previous away trip to Wigan saw them pick up three points, and without the fear of playing in front of their home crowd, the 3.9 on Betfair is worth backing.