Sunderland v West Brom
Last weekend saw Sunderland grab just their second win of the season against Fulham. The first half of that match saw the Black Cats lacking confidence and cohesion but when Hangeland was sent off in the second half, they played without fear, sensing that the moment was there to be seized. It paid off for them on that occasion but it could easily have gone the other way. What I am trying to say is that Sunderland were far from ‘good things’ and it remains the case.
West Brom sit in 4th position and last weekend’s win against Chelsea proved that it has been no fluke. They remind me of Newcastle last season. Nobody can really expect them to maintain their current form for the entire season and realistically a 6th placed finish would be an outstanding achievement. But I feel that the pressure is off for the Baggies. They are playing with confidence and a sense of belief.
Verdict: West Brom are going great guns and they can make it 4 wins in a row at the expense of a Sunderland side that have it all to prove.
Bet Recommendation: West Brom to win @ 15/8 with Setantabet.com
Man United v QPR (Live on Setanta Sports 1, Sat 3pm)
Wayne Rooney has recovered from a bout of tonsillitis and is ready to start against managerless QPR. The United star has been a miss. His influence was evidently missed last week against Norwich. Rooney has developed into a player that will no longer be noticed by simply scoring goals. His midfield presence is of great importance. United tend to bounce back strongly from defeats and the Norwich loss last weekend couldn’t have come at a worse time for QPR. A wounded animal is the last thing that QPR fans want to face.
QPR are without Bobby Zamora again for this one and it is difficult to see where the goals will come from, especially as they don’t pose much of an aerial threat which would have been a concern for United. Without a manager in place, it is difficult to see the Rs having the motivation to seriously compete in this match. I would have thought differently if a new manager was in place but they have lacked the quality required to compete in the Premier League this season. The hunger is not evident and I wonder how many of these players will be at the club next season.
Verdict: United will want to add to their goal difference in this one. I can see them scoring quite a few goals and the bet below has a great chance at a big price.
Bet Recommendation: Man United to win both halves @ 6/1 with Setantabet.com
Aston Villa v Arsenal
Aston Villa have struggled against the bigger teams this season. They have shown very little to suggest that they would be up to seriously competing with a team like Arsenal who have hit some form again. The Gunners tend to find little difficulty in scoring against weaker sides. Villa have won just one of their last ten home games in the league.
Verdict: Arsenal should be far too strong for Aston Villa. They may have shortcoming against the stronger sides, but Wenger’s men know how to get the job done against the weaker ones.
Bet Recommendation: Arsenal to win the match @ 4/6 with Setantabet.com
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