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Right so here we are with a third matchday in a week, and let’s face it – we’re all feeling the effects of a couple of intense matchdays in close succession, perhaps experiencing niggles and moaning to the gaffer whilst pleading for a few days off. Just me? Never mind then. On we go with the fixtures with the best odds and tips provided by FREEbets.org.uk.
In the early kick-off, Saturday’s melting pot that is the capital city opens the weekend’s proceedings with the first of two London derbies. Chelsea, still waiting for their first win under beleagured boss Rafa Benitez, visit West Ham in what should be an industrial affair to say the least. Chelsea have had their critics, but undeniably they have tightened up in defence of late, which means the likelihood of winning is increased from scoring a solitary goal.
That may well suffice today against a West Ham side for whom the goals are drying up and Andy Carroll is an injury doubt.
Tip – Chelsea 1-0
Hopping from West to North, and Arsenal host Swansea at the Emirates in what should be a showcase of crisp passing, attractive play and pretty little patterns of non-shooting football. It would be expected that Michael Laudrup will utilise a counter-attacking strategy to which Arsenal have been susceptible so far this season, albeit against superior opposition in Chelsea and Schalke.
The Swans, buoyant after beating the Baggies in midweek, have been increasingly effective on the break as the season has gone on and Michu may be the main beneficiary as Arsenal try to recoup after two succesive tough away games.
Tip – Michu Anytime Goalscorer
London derby Mk II as Fulham host Tottenham, and its sub-plots aplenty as a swathe of players meet up with old friends. Berbatov against his former employers. Dempsey at his old stomping ground. Defoe versus his second-favourite manager after ‘Arry.
All the aforementioned look potent, and with both teams right in the goals it seems sensible enough to expect goals.
Tip – Fulham vs Tottenham Over 2.5 Goals
Liverpool face the Saints at Anfield, and Nigel Adkins’ men have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes of late and can smell Aston Villa above them in the safety holy grail of 17th place. Liverpool had quietly built an eight-match unbeaten run before succumbing at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.
Their problem – amongst others – is asserting themselves against teams they ought to beat, and with a fearless Southampton gaving already boasted goalscoring feats at the Etihad, Emirates and home to Manchester United and Tottenham, Pep Reina may well be plucking the ball out of his net at least once today.
Tip – Southampton to score
The title is going to Manchester. And that’s a fact. Both the Mancunian clubs can assert their superiority in their respective matches with the Derby a mere week away. Everton have given City a headache on more than one occasion of recent, yet the requisite grit City will need to overcome dogged opponents was on show at Wigan midweek. Everton will be missing Baines and that could see them surrendering the wings through which City penetrate so often.
United, meanwhile, continue rumbling on, with goalscoring threats coming out of their ears. It was Van Persie’s turn on Wednesday, and with Anderson pulling the strings with added venom, even an improving Reading may not be able to resist.
Tip – Manchester City/United double
The Redknapp Saves Roadshow rolls up at Loftus Road as ‘Arry could hardly have wished for a better first home game as QPR’s 26th new manager in 26 years. His team are superior in talent and pace to Aston Villa, however there are not many clubs around who have a roster of players that will work as hard for their boss as the Villa boys for Paul Lambert. He has got an admittedly raw and/or limited bunch grafting, and that should be requsite for survival.
For the match however, if Redknapp can motivate his players to show their quality, work as hard as they did at Sunderland on Tuesday, and keep the powerful Benteke quiet, then three points should be theirs. Double QPR up with a West Brom side who should get back to winning ways against a Stoke side devoid of a toothless Peter Crouch and likely to leak goals against the pace of fellow Peter Odemwingie and guile of Shane Long.
Tip – QPR/West Brom Double
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