Buoyed by their North London derby success against Spurs and a midweek Champions League victory over Montpellier, Arsenal look in good shape as they prepare to visit Aston Villa.
The Gunners are 8/11 with Stan James to collect a maximum haul at the expense of Paul Lambert’s charges, who were thumped 5-0 at Man City last time out and it’s hard to overlook Arsene Wenger’s troops at that price now that they appear to be getting back in the groove.
Nevertheless, Arsenal aren’t exactly convincing at the back so it’s likely that both teams will score, an outcome available via BetVictor and with that in mind, there are worse bets around than Coral’s 12/1 marked against a 3-1 away win.
In attack for the visitors, Olivier Giroud has finally started to produce the goods and Blue Square’s 13/8 for the Frenchman to notch at any time isn’t without appeal. However, Lukas Podolski has struck in each of his last three outings, including a stunning volley on Wednesday and he’s a touch more tempting at a heftier 15/8 (Stan James) to score while Coral quote the German at 13/2 to break the deadlock.
The pressure on Mark Hughes has intensified after his rock bottom QPR side succumbed to fellow strugglers Southampton last weekend and things are about to go from bad to worse for winless Rangers, who are just 2/9 (Coral) to lose again, this time at Old Trafford.
Hughes’ beleaguered troops could also find themselves on the end of a Manchester United backlash after Sir Alex Ferguson’s team went down 1-0 at Norwich last time out and the hosts are banker material at 1/2 in Betfred’s handicaps when starting a goal in arrears. Alternatively, United give away two goals at just 13/10 (Paddy Power) and Skybet rate them at 13/2 to notch three times without reply.
Finally, Everton should re-ignite their Champions League hopes by overcoming Norwich at Goodison Park, a result Stan James price at 4/9, Wigan are available at 10/11 with Totesport to defeat Reading and Boylesports mark Stoke down at 6/5 as they entertain Fulham. That trio form a tasty treble at 19/4 courtesy of Betfred.