Another weekend of Premier League football sees the race for fourth position and the relegation battle continue. The highlights of the fixtures at either end of the table are Southampton v QPR on Saturday, followed by Tottenham v Arsenal on Sunday. A win for QPR would put them just four points from safety and would make things very interesting indeed, whilst a defeat would be a serious blow. In the other aforementioned match, a victory for Spurs would put them into a very healthy position going forward, leaving Arsenal and Chelsea to battle it our for fourth sport.
With that in mind, lets take a quick look at how the bookmakers are pricing up the top four finish and the ‘not to be relegated’ markets…
Top 4 finish: Chelsea 2/7, Tottenham 4/7, Arsenal 10/11.
To stay up: Wigan 4/5, Villa 1/1, Reading 3/1, QPR 5/1.
None of these odds make any appeal to me from a betting perspective, but nevertheless they demonstrate just how tight things are at either end of the table, with plenty more drama and excitement likely to occur in the coming weeks.
Moving on to this weekend’s action, I have picked out a goals double for you to consider.
Southampton v QPR
This is a vital game in the season of QPR and one that they must try to win to give themselves a chance of league survival. For Southampton, avoiding defeat would be a good result. However, with the onus on QPR searching for all three points, this has the potential to be an open game with the R’s having to take some risks going forward. Therefore, I expect there to be three or more goals in this one and over 2.5 goals will form the first part of my weekend double.
Everton v Reading
Everton have failed to keep a clean sheet in 15 out of their last 17 matches, scoring in 15 of these also. Reading have failed to score just once in their last 10 matches but also have the worst away record in the league. Brian McDermott’s men will want to bounce back from last week’s damaging defeat and I expect them to go for this. I don’t expect them to keep a clean sheet in the process though, so I will be backing both teams to score to complete my weekend double.
Bet Selection: Double on Southampton v QPR (Over 2.5 goals @ 20/21) & Everton v Reading (Both teams to score @ Evens) This pays 29/10 with Ladbrokes.