Man United v West Brom (Sat, 3pm, Live on Setanta Ireland)
Manchester United find themselves seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table after a hard fought victory of Newcastle United. In their last five games, United have won four, drawn one, scored 15 and conceded 10. After a fantastic start to the season followed by a slight slump in form, West Brom are back to winning ways and find themselves level on points with Tottenham and Everton, with only goal difference separating them from the coveted 4th position.
Betting wise, there are lots of punting opportunities for one to ponder. In the first goalscorer market, Javier Hernandez is available at an impressive 4/1. His price seems to be inflated by the inclusion of Wayne Rooney in this market at 3/1 despite the fact that the forward is unlikely to feature. Robin van Persie is available at 5/2, Shane Long at 8/1 and at a much bigger price, Chris Brunt can be backed at 20/1.
West Brom are 7/1 to score in both halves with United at 8/11. For those of you who like a big price, you might consider backing West Brom to be leading at half-time and for Man United to go on to win the match at a price of 25/1. For five or more goals to be scored in this fixture, the odds are 11/4.
Bet Recommendation: United are in dangerous form at present and it is difficult to look past a convincing victory for them. There is a strong chance they will win by at least two goals. The advised selection is therefore Man United (-1) at 5/6 with Setantabet.
Aston Villa v Wigan (Sat, 3pm)
Aston Villa have conceded 12 goals in their last two matches after losing 8-0 to Chelsea and 4-0 to Tottenham. The pressure is now on Paul Lambert and his youthful side, with the fans demanding more from their team. A match at home to Wigan with their poor away record will be viewed as one where nothing less than three points will be acceptable. The Latics are without a win in six, have picked up just one point in their last five matches and have now conceded 35 goals this season which puts them amongst the worst defences in the league.
From a betting perspective, there is certainly some value available in this fixture. Given the vulnerability, you might consider backing one team to win from behind. You can back Villa to fall behind in the match and go on to win at a price of 8/1 and for Wigan to do the same thing, the odds are 12/1. With one of these being a real possibility, you could also bet on them as two singles to boost your chances. Arouna Kone has looked a likely scorer for Wigan in recent matches and you can back him to score first at odds of 13/2. Christian Benteke is priced at 9/2 with Andreas Weimann at 11/2 and Ciaran Clark at a much bigger price of 20/1 alternatives to consider.
Bet Recommendation: There is pressure on both teams to pick up points here. But Villa will be expected to make the running and go all out for 3 points, given that they are the home team. Since both teams are vulnerable defensively as well as desperate to score, the advised selection is Both Team To Score at 4/5 with Setantabet
Arsenal to beat Newcastle at 4/9
Cardiff v Millwall (Over 2.5 goals at 2/3)
Sheffield United v Hartlepool (Under 2.5 goals at 11/10)
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