Goalscorer bet: Robin Van Persie to score against Aston Villa.
Banker bet: Manchester United to beat Aston Villa.
Arsenal v Fulham, Live on Setanta Saturday, 3pm
Arsenal didn’t play well against Schalke 04 midweek despite getting a 2-2 draw but there were a few postives for them to take out of the game. Jack Wilshire got 90 minutes under his belt and Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud hit the back of the net. It won’t be easy for the Gunners as Martin Jol is doing a fantastic job with the Cottagers and they’re a hard side to beat.
I think Arsenal will win but it will have to be ground out. I think both teams will score at 4/6 and I just fancy Arsenal to shade it 2/1 which is a 13/2 poke. Arsene Wenger’s side to win by exactly one goal is 12/5 in Paddy Power’s online betting.
In the first goalscorer’s market I’d be looking at the home side’s Olivier Giroud at 9/2 or Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov at 15/2. They’re 3/1 and 9/2 respectively to score first for their team.
Aston Villa v Manchester United, Live on ESPN,
Villa Park is nearly a home away from home for Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson has a fantastic record there. I think United are growing in confidence with each game and this is a big test for Villa. It could be an entertaining contest and Villa manager Paul Lambert would love to get a result here but I don’t think it’s going to happen.
Villa might score but I fancy United to win comfortably and 3-1 mightn’t be far off the mark at 10/1. United to win by exactly two goals is a 7/2 shot.
Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie are starting to gel now and it’s tough to pick between the two for first goalscorer with both priced at 7/2. They could both easily score like they did mid-week against Braga. Both are 4/5 to score at anytime.
Van Persie would be my banker to score in this game though.
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Manchester City v Spurs, Live on Sky Sports 1, Sunday 1.30pm
Spurs dominated on Thursday night in the Europa League against Maribor eventually winning 3-1 with Jermain Defoe getting a hat-trick. He’ll be bouncing going into this and Manchester City might be a little deflated after having to come from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Ajax in the Champions League.
But this game is likely to be won and lost in midfield and I think City will have too much for Spurs in the middle of the park. Moussa Dembele is out, Scott Parker is injured and Dos Santos may be missing. Spurs have a weakened centre of midfield and that will be a problem. City could be too strong for them.
I don’t see Spurs scoring and I think City will win to nil at 15/8 and maybe by a correct score of 2-0 at 7/1. I don’t think City’s off-field problems are as stark as everyone thinks and Mario Balotelli seems popular with the players at least so they should keep up their 34 game Premier League unbeaten record at home.
If Carlos Tevez starts I can see him scoring first at 9/2.
Chelsea v Liverpool, Live on Sky Sports 1, Sunday 4pm
The Reds have a good record at Chelsea but this is a different Liverpool side that have won their last four league games against the Blues.
Chelsea have an amazing ability to hang in there when things aren’t going well and I’ll think they’ll beat Liverpool who are an ordinary side and are struggling to score goals.
I don’t think Liverpool will score on Sunday and Chelsea can win 2-0 at 9/1 and win to nil at 11/4.
My money is on Juan Mata to get the opening goal at 7/1 as he’s sure to be on from the start.
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Southampton v Swansea, Saturday, 3pm
The Swans are unpredictable but they should win it by the odd goal at 7/2 and maybe by a 2-1 scoreline at 9/1.
Everton v Sunderland, Saturday, 3pm
David Moyes’ side need a win after four consecutive draws and Sunderland don’t score many so this could be close. Again a one-goal margin to Everton at 9/4 is the call and maybe by a 1-0 scoreline at 5/1.
Reading v Norwich, Saturday, 3pm
Brian McDermott’s side are due a win and a 2-0 scoreline is my prediction at 10/1 or to win by exactly two goals at 11/2 in Paddy Power’s online betting.
Wigan v West Brom, Saturday, 3pm
I’m going for the draw at 23/10 in this tricky tie and a score draw at that. Maybe 1-1 could be the call at 11/2.
Stoke v QPR, Saturday, 3pm
There won’t be a lot of goals here on all known form. Stoke don’t score or concede many but they might just shade it 1-0 at 5/1 against Mark Hughes’ side.
Newcastle United v West Ham, Saturday, 3pm
Big Sam’s Hammers can get something out of this game and the draw is the bet for me at 12/5. There could be a few chances in this and I’ll stick my neck out and go with 2-2 at 11/1.