Arsenal v Fulham
(Live on Setanta Ireland, Sat 3pm)
Arsenal have never lost at home to Fulham in any competition, winning 22 of their 26 ties. While I have never been one to rely too much on history, that is quite an impressive record and one that can only boost the confidence of the Gunners while potentially generating a sense of pessimism amongst the Cottagers.
Returning to the more relevant recent form, both sides have had an identical start to their Premier League campaigns in terms of matches won, lost and drawn. The away side have scored 6 more goals than their hosts this season but they have conceded twice as many. If we consider the last 5 matches both sides have played, they are again locked together on 6 points.
Verdict: Despite similar starts, the Gunners are essentially better than Fulham. They are more dangerous, have more players who can make a difference and can turn on the style against limited opposition. I believe that it is only a matter of time before Arsene Wenger’s men begin to settle as a team and I believe that it will begin with a convincing win over Martin Jol’s boys today.
Bet Recommendation: Arsenal to win @ 8/15 (1.53) with Setantabet.com
Aston Villa v Man United
Manchester United turned the corner on October 7th this year when they beat Newcastle 3-0 at St James’ Park. Since then they have gone on to scored 19 goals in 6 games and sit on top of the Premier League table. Aston Villa lie in 17th position after a poor start to the season. To be honest, Villa have showed themselves to be a very poor side this season, suffering in the main from a lack of experience and quality in key areas.
Verdict: Man United have the ability to expose the weaknesses that are present within the Villa team. United are starting to show real attacking talent and they are producing more consistent performances. United’s forward line should be far too hot to handle for the Villans and they look a good bet for all 3 points.
Bet Recommendation: Man United to win @ 9/20 (1.45) with Setantabet.com
Inverness v Hearts
Inverness are unbeaten in 9 games, sit 3rd in the SPL and there is a belief among the team that a Europa League position is a distinct possibility this season. Hearts on the other hand are struggling for survival, with club bosses admitting that next week’s game against St. Mirren could be their last unless fans help the club financially. The Edinburgh side were recently issued with a winding up order by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs over a large tax bill. On the field, they have registered 13 points, lie in 10th position and have been unconvincing so far this season.
Verdict: Inverness are on a fantastic run and there is every chance that they will build on keep up their momentum here against a side that have bigger problems to worry about such as when their next wage packet is coming. The Caledonian Stadium will be buzzing with excitement for this one and they should witness another good result for their heroes. It is certainly very difficult to foresee a Hearts win and the selection below therefore represents excellent value.
Bet Recommendation: Inverness (Draw No Bet) @ 10/11 (1.91) with Setantabet.com
Crystal Palace (Draw No Bet) to beat Peterborough @ 4/7 (1.57) with Setantabet.com
Swansea (+1) to beat Southampton @ 8/15 (1.53) with Setantabet.com
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