Struggling Reading parted company with Brian McDermott this week but it’s unlikely to reap instant rewards at Old Trafford, where the Royals are 1/6 via Paddy Power to lose to leaders Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson’s likely title winners are 11/10 when kicking off two goals back in bet365’s handicaps and it’s 7/1 courtesy of BetVictor for them to ease to a 3-0 triumph.
The big showdown at the bottom sees Aston Villa lock horns with QPR at Villa Park and it’s the hosts that are considered favourites by Coral at 5/4. However, Harry Redknapp’s Rangers have carded back-to-back victories and can snare a point in the Midlands, a result Stan James rate at 12/5.
Southampton are getting dragged back into trouble and they look up against it as they face in-form Liverpool, who are 5/6 (William Hill) to manage a fourth straight league win. Luis Suarez can do the damage on the south coast and the unstoppable Reds front man is hard to ignore at 7/2 via bet365 in the first scorer stakes.
In Sunday’s two all-London affairs, hosting pair Chelsea and Tottenham are 2/5 (Ladbrokes) and 4/7 (Stan James) respectively to get the better of West Ham and Fulham while Swansea appear a touch overpriced at 5/2 with Skybet as they entertain Arsenal.
The outcome at the DW Stadium depends on which version of Wigan turns up; the one that surrendered meekly to Liverpool or the team that sucker-punched Everton last time out. Stan James offer 21/10 about it being closer to the former and Newcastle subsequently capitalising.