Weekend betting preview as Chelsea look opposable

by Spencer J

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
 

Weekend Betting Preview 20th-22nd August

So the first round of Premiership games has gotten underway, unless you are an Everton or Spurs fans as we took our first glimpse of those teams looking to challenge for the title.

It was business as usual for the Champions with a 2-1 win at West Brom while their Blue neighbours Manchester City strolled past Swansea City 4-0, thanks to a impressive debut by Sergio Aguero. Chelsea and Arsenal were held 0-0 at Stoke and Newcastle respectively while Liverpool succumbed to a frustrating draw at home to Sunderland. Is that a sign of things to come for King Kenny? Don’t forget you can pick up Bet365 free bets on any game.

With a bumper weekend coupon to get involved with we pick out the best bets of the weekend, and there is no better start than big game of the weekend, unless you are from the north east, as Arsenal take on Liverpool from the Emirates.

Arsenal (8/5) v Liverpool (2/1) Draw (9/4) 12.45 Saturday

Its been a turbulent few weeks for the Gunners, Cesc Fabregas has finally completed his move to Barcelona while Samir Nasri is moving to Man City, and Wenger’s men played out a less than convincing 1-0 win over Udinese midweek.

The bookies themselves are a little undecided about the outcome of this game although its clear that Arsenal are in disarray – particularly at the back and with so much firepower Liverpool should have too much for the Gunners, and the 2/1 looks massive to be fair.

Udinese should have found the net on more than one occasion last Tuesday, and the Gunners looked devoid of confidence. Luis Suarez, Carroll, Downing and Adam should pose plenty of threat going forward, while much rests on the shoulders of Aaron Ramsey in the Arsenal midfield. Expect plenty of bite in this one and with Alexander Song in the lineup we should be set for a juicy encounter.

Liverpool to win this one and also I’m having a small punt on there being a sending off.

Chelsea (4/11) v West Brom (11/1) Draw (9/2) 17.30 Saturday

Chelsea got their Premiership campaign off with a well fought draw at the Britannia, and although no goals were scored Fernando Torres did look particularly sharp in front of goal. Quite rightly, the Blues are favourites but the 4/11 does look a little short of value for me to be backing.

Yes, the majority of punters will tip the home win as part of their accumulator on the weekend coupon, but Woy Hodgeson’s Baggies are made of sterner stuff these days.

They were unlucky to succumb to a 2-1 home defeat to Man Utd on the weekend, and the capture of Shane Long from Reading is an astute signing.

Peter Odemwingie is 50/50 to be fit for the game but if he starts, West Brom should pose plenty of threat going forward. Coral offer West Brom +2 goals at 10/11, and for me this should be taken. Villas-Boas has plenty of rebuilding work at the Bridge this season, and with plenty of big name players looking at retirement, I’m looking to lay Chelsea providing the opportunity is right.

Today is one of those days – get on West Brom on the +2 handicap.

Bolton (13/5) v Manchester City (5/6) Draw (5/2) 16:00 Sunday

All the talk of this past week has been the performance of Argentinian Sergio Aguero for Man City, as bookies and fantasy football managers across the country re assess their teams and odds for the season. I was actually at the City game (as a Swansea City fan) and have to say that even though Aguero is no doubt a star in the making, the performance of David Silva in midfield was nothing short of incredible. Both these sides kicked off with 4-0 wins but the real test for City is on the road.

Owen Coyle is building a decent looking outfit at the Reebok these days, with Zat Knight and Gary Cahill providing the cornerstone of a solid looking back four, and this shouldn’t be a walk in the park for Mancini’s men..but there is no doubt Aguero is red hot at the moment and will be eager to follow up his brace against the Swans.

I’m not prepared to back City at 5/6 this early in the season but am prepared to take the 11/8 on offer for Sergio Aguero to score anytime, providing David Silva plays in midfield. These two could cause havoc this season and I’m pretty sure the 11/8 on the Argentinian will be much shorter come Christmas, although I am predicting some stubborn resistance from The Trotters.

Manchester United (4/6) v Tottenham (11/2) Draw (11/4) 20:00 Monday

Spurs and Harry Redknapp kick off their Premiership a week late due to the rioting in London as they make the trip to Old Trafford to take on the Red Devils. Fergie’s side began their Premiership campaign with a win at West Brom and it is apparent that Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney will have big seasons ahead of them. For ‘Arry, things have not exactly gone to plan with a very quiet transfer period and the annoyance of the Luca Modric transfer saga, which is still on going.

Robbie Keane has left for the Hollywood Hills while Peter Crouch looks set for a move away, which could pave the way for a move for another giant Emmanuel Adebayor from Real Madrid.

The bookies make Utd favourites and the 4/6 is just big enough to get the juices flowing. Yes, they may be without Vidic, Rafael da Silva and Ferdinand at the back, but it is clear that Fergie is again adopting his policy of investing in youth, and with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans all eager to fill the vacant positions there is no shortage of talent.

De Gea does not exactly fill me with confidence but on this occasion I’m passing over his performance at the Hawthorns and putting it down to first game nerves.

Given this game last season, I would have been tempted with the away win at a value looking 11/2 but this year I can’t quite sense everything being right at the Lane.

Harry has not brought in any new talents during the summer and looks to have been forced into rushing Adebayor to the club, while the charismatic manager is obviously at loggerheads with the board over the Modric transfer.

11/2 is a big price but I’m not prepared to oppose Man Utd at home so early in the season.

Get on Fergie’s men at 4/6 and start your week with a bang.

 

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  • http://www.damnunited.com Smooch Papandreas

    Whatever odds you’d give me for De Gea letting another one slip through his armpit, I’ll take it. A season hasn’t looked this promising since Fergie signed the Blind Venetian.

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