Live on ESPN: Sat 17.30: There could be plenty of goalmouth action at Old Trafford; Chris Hutcheon previews the Premier League.
A brace from Javier Hernandez helped Manchester United end a run of three consecutive Premiership draws as they edged out Stoke on Sunday and Sir Alex Ferguson’s men should build on that result by seeing off a talented Spurs side at Old Trafford this weekend.
At 8/13 with bet365 however, the unbeaten hosts look a touch short considering they failed to kill off West Brom in their last home game and while it’s not really worth considering a flutter on the draw at 3/1 (Stan James) or even Paddy Power’s 5/1 marked against an away win, there are better value alternatives to a straightforward bet on United.
Fergie’s charges have conceded a dozen goals in their nine matches and have kept just one clean sheet in six in the league. Up against a team with the attacking quality of Tottenham, for whom Rafael van der Vaart is a constant menace, the home side’s ‘goals against’ column could suffer another increase and subsequently, backing both teams to score at 8/11 with Totesport looks like a potentially profitable alternative to the match betting.
Similarly, as the last three Premiership games contested by the pair have generated 15 goals, a tally of more than 2.5 in this one, at 7/10 (Betdaq) possesses plenty of appeal, alongside Betfred’s more specific 11/1 for a 3-1 home win and there will be no shortage of takers for the 6/4 chalked, by Coral, against United front man Dimitar Berbatov notching at some stage against his former club.
League leaders Chelsea look set for a rigorous test at Blackburn where they are nevertheless odds-on at 1/2 with Ladbrokes to collect a maximum haul. Carlo Ancelotti’s side should shade it but Rovers are a tough side to beat, especially on their own patch and a victory for the Blues by a one-goal margin (14/5, Partybets) looks the best bet at Ewood Park.
At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal are a home banker at 1/5 with 888Sport as they host beleaguered West Ham and after the Hammers were so disappointing in the reverse against Newcastle, it’s easy to see the Gunners prevailing by at least two clear goals (4/7, ).
An early red card was a major contributing factor to Manchester City’s defeat against Arsene Wenger’s side on Sunday and at 8/11 with William Hill, Roberto Mancini’s men look set to bounce back at Wolves while rejuvenated Liverpool (27/20, William Hill) can also register an away win as they tackle Bolton.
In the weekend’s two derby clashes, Betdaq quote Aston Villa at a generous 10/11 to secure the West Midlands bragging rights at the expense of neighbours Birmingham in what looks set to be a low-scoring, scrappy affair and at St James’ Park, Newcastle are an enticing 5/4 (Stan James) to get the better of rivals Sunderland.
Finally, at Goodison Park, Everton can continue their recent improvement by sending Stoke home empty-handed, a result available with Paddy Power at 8/13 while Fulham are 5/2 with bet365 to share the spoils with Wigan and an inconclusive contest, at 23/10 (Totesport), could also be on the cards at Bloomfield Road on Monday, as Blackpool entertain West Brom.
Aston Villa to win and under 2.5 combined goals scored in the game – 19/10 (Partybets)
Both teams to score in Manchester United v Tottenham game – 8/11 (Totesport)
Fulham to draw with Wigan – 5/2 (bet365)