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Fulham v Arsenal
I had £180 on Arsenal to beat Aston Villa last Saturday. I'd been on the drink since 8.55am in York and when news reached me they were 3-1 down at home I began to physically punch myself in the face as stunned patrons of some scabby Yorkshire boozer looked on aghast. Despite this I still fancy the Arse at odds against to dust Fulham here. Wenger's boys have a fine record against the Cottagers and 23/20 should be snapped up.
Betting: Arsenal to beat Fulham at 23/20 (Betfred)
Everton V West Brom
With Nicolas Anelka missing the Baggies don't have a prayer here. Indeed, in the words of the irascible Don King their chances are slim and none...and slim just left town. West Brom have drawn a blank on four of their last six away matches so anyone punting Everton to win to nil here should almost certainly be body-popping in the betting shop isles come 5pm this Saturday.
Betting: Everton to win to nil at 9/5 (Ladbrokes)
Hull v Norwich
Ricky van Wolfswinkel, the most fantastically named professional baller since Andre Muff, can help fire the Canaries to victory here against a Hull side who looked hopelessly out of their depth on their PL debut at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Betting: Norwich to beat Hull at 2/1 (Stan James)
Newcastle v West Ham
Lets have it right, the Magpies were an utter shower of sh*te against Man City the other night and but for their keeper could have been on the end of a double-figure spanking. I am not sure how Messrs Pardew and Kinnear can raise morale sufficiently ahead of this one and think West Ham, revved up by Big Sam, are well over-priced for the away win here.
Betting: West Ham to beat Newcastle 2-0 at 20/1 (Coral)
Southampton v Sunderland
The Black Cats are another over-priced away team here. Yes, they lost at home to Fulham, but they absolutely bossed that match and the result was a travesty if truth be known. Don Canio's new boys looked half decent and I won't be able to help grabbing a large slice of the 9/2 pie here against a side who have struggled for goals at home in recent times.
Betting: Sunderland to beat Southampton at 9/2 (Hills)
Stoke City v Crystal Palace
The hosts are not traditionally seen as onion bag botherers and given the fact that Palace will surely come to the Britannia and 'park the bus' I see no reason not to put our collective knackers on the chopping board and back a dirty, instantly forgettable 0-0 here.
Betting: No Goalscorer at 10/1 (Hills)
Aston Villa v Liverpool
So Villa beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates and then play superbly for long spells in a desperately unlucky defeat to Chelsea, but still those pesky Camel Coats are willing to go 3/1 about them beating Liverpool? That's the same Liverpool who fell over the line on the opening day against Stoke and who look short of ideas without Luis 'He eats when he wants' Suarez up top? I'll level with you. I've got a chubby on over said price and will be all over this in Saturday's late kick off.
Betting: Aston Villa to beat Liverpool at 3/1 (Ladbrokes/Sky Bet)
Cardiff City v Manchester City
As a rule, backing teams at 4/9 or worse away from home is a sure fire way to the poor house. However, you show me anyone who wasn't impressed with Citeh's opening performance against the Geordies and I'll show you a liar. Expansive, fluid football from the Gods it was mighty impressive from Pellegrini's men. In stark contrast Cardiff were well beaten by West Ham and looking at the protagonists I can see the slick Citizens devouring the Bluebirds in much the same way they did the Magpies.
Betting: Manchester City (-2) to beat Cardiff at 100/30 (VC Bet)
Tottenham v Swansea City
Spurs have looked very tidy in their two matches so far, beating Palace away and running riot in the Europa League. They face Swansea at the Lane on Sunday and the speculation surrounding the future of Michu has surely played into their hands ahead if this one. Is he off to Arsenal or not? Spurs won't care, as long as the oft deadly Spaniard is off his game on the day. It's 11/2 that Paulinho scores and Spurs win on the sabbath and I've been very impressed by the Brazilian so far so will almost certainly have a few shekels on that. If it wins, don't rule out me doing an impromptu samba dance in the kitchen before settling down to watch Songs of Praise.
Betting: Paulinho/Tottenham score win double at 11/2 (Sky Bet)