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Premier League Football - Weekend Betting Preview

Premier League Football - Weekend Betting Preview

Premier League Football - Weekend Betting Preview

This weekend's action is dominated by three derby games featuring Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Fulham and QPR. As ever, bwin.com is on hand to guide punters through the betting markets ahead of these crucial matches as well as the remaining Premier League fixtures being played tomorrow and Sunday. All odds quoted in the article were correct as of 12:00 on Friday, 30th September but are subject to change.

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The Premier League fixture list for this weekend features local derbies in London and Merseyside, with Everton taking on Liverpool, Fulham entertaining QPR and Tottenham hosting Arsenal. Proceedings get under way at Goodison Park in the early Saturday kick-off, where Liverpool will be looking to put their poor away form behind them and win their sixth derby in 11 attempts.

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Kenny Dalglish's men are favourites to claim all three points at 27/20, with Everton priced at 2/1. However, the Toffees' run of just one defeat in their last 14 home league games, coupled with defeats for Liverpool in their two most recent away games, suggests a draw could be a better option at 11/5.

A draw (47/20) could also be a good bet for the match in north London given two of the last three Premier League meetings between Tottenham and Arsenal at White Hart Lane have ended this way. However, Arsenal's shaky start to the season means it is difficult to look past favourites Spurs (11/10), even when the Gunners' attractive price of 47/20 for victory is taken into consideration. Arsene Wenger's men might have won their last three games but they still look vulnerable in defence and with a Spurs attack led by Emmanuel Adebayor starting to fire, Arsenal could find themselves outgunned.

In between events at Goodison and White Hart Lane, Fulham will take on QPR at Craven Cottage in the west London derby. Martin Jol's men are 19/20 favourites, with a draw at 12/5 and a QPR win at 11/4. Although Fulham are odds-on to claim all three points, the draw looks more attractive given the home side's record of five draws in their last six matches. Meanwhile, QPR have drawn two of their last three and are hard to break down on the road, with six clean sheets kept in their previous ten games away from Loftus Road.

Speaking of derbies, it is now just three weeks until a potential top-of-the-table clash between Manchester United and Manchester City. In the meantime, United are heavy favourites (3/20) to beat Norwich at the weekend, with the Canaries' status as outsiders confirmed by their odds of 15/1 for the win. A draw is priced at 6/1.

Manchester City are also odds-on to pick up all three points away to Blackburn at 57/100. Rovers won their last home league match against Arsenal and are an attractive 19/4 to produce a similar shock against the Citizens, with a draw at 14/5. However, expect Roberto Mancini's men to be fired up after a traumatic week both on and off the pitch and back them to ease to a comfortable victory.

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Chelsea should also pick up a win without experiencing too much discomfort, despite being without striker Fernando Torres. While Torres' absence through suspension could have been described as a blessing in disguise until a couple of weeks ago, two goals in his last two Premier League matches reflect a significant upturn in fortunes for the Spaniard. Nevertheless, Chelsea will still be able to call on the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Daniel Sturridge and Didier Drogba at the Reebok and have odds of 53/100 to win their fourth league game in seven. With Bolton so defensively suspect, they are priced at 11/2 to secure an unlikely victory and 11/4 to scramble a draw.

Fourth-placed Newcastle will be hoping to keep the pressure on the third-placed Blues at the top of the table by beating Wolves at Molineux. Don't expect too many goals here, with Newcastle having the best defensive record in the league while also being far from prolific in front of goal on their travels. This could make the draw the best option at 11/5, with a home win at 29/20 and an away win at 37/20.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Swansea will be looking to pick up home wins over Wigan, West Brom and Stoke respectively.

Villa have the shortest price at 3/5, with a Wigan side on a run of four defeats in a row priced at 9/2 to secure an upset. A draw is at 14/5.

Sunderland (23/20) are also heavily fancied to beat West Brom (23/10), with a draw at the same price as a West Brom win (23/10). The Black Cats lost to Norwich on Monday but they thrashed Stoke 4-0 in their last match at the Stadium of Light.

Finally, Swansea (3/2) will be looking to take advantage of Stoke's European adventures at the Liberty Stadium. Stoke's thumping in the north-east came three days after a Europa League clash against Dynamo Kiev in the Ukraine and Swans boss Brendan Rodgers will be hoping the Potters experience similar troubles in the wake of their match with Besiktas on Thursday. However, with Tony Pulis' side playing at home in midweek, tiredness should not be so much of a factor, making a draw (9/4) or Stoke win (7/4) more attractive propositions.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday September 30 2011
Time: 2:58PM

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