Sunderland v Chelsea (Live on Setanta Ireland, 3pm)
Chelsea dominated the first half against West Ham last weekend before folding in the second half and being outplayed by their opponents. Upton Park is a difficult place to visit for any side, particularly if as in Chelsea’s case you are trying to strike a balance between defence and attack. Improvement looks likely with securing a top 4 position a key priority now for the Blues.
Sunderland looked to be improving on their poor form before putting in a disappointing effort against Norwich last week. While managing 16 shots on Norwich’s goal, they forced the keeper to make just 5 saves and they look to be lacking any serious threat. In fact, they have won just 2 of their last 22 Premier League matches and they remain vulnerable to a quality side.
Recommendation: Chelsea to win @ 8/11 with Setantabet
Southampton v Reading
A highly attainable 3 points on offer for either side. We can expect to see both teams going all out for the win here and that should mean goals. Southampton have conceded more goals than any other team this term (32), with 29.91% of shots on their goal finding the net. Reading have also conceded a high number of goals (27) but both sides have scored plenty of goals too and sit 10th and 11th in the league in terms of goals scored per game.
Recommendation: Over 2.5 goals @ 2/3 with Setantabet
Wigan v QPR
A big test for a Wigan side intent on playing attractive football, looking like they are a match for their opponents, before capitulating at their mercy. This is a match that they are capable of winning against a QPR side who will be thinking exactly the same thing. Neither side has been that great at defending so far this season and we can expect an open attacking game of football.
Recommendation: Both teams to score @ 8/13 with Setantabet
West Ham v Liverpool
No Luis Suarez for Liverpool leaves them very short of attacking option against a tough West Ham side that proved their worth against Chelsea last weekend. One expects a resilient Liverpool to show up with the attacking emphasis on West Ham. The Reds would probably take a point now given that their flight home from Italy was delayed, resulting in them having to stay overnight unexpectedly.
Bet Recommendation: West Ham to win @ 2/1 with Setantabet