Arsenal At 9/4 To Win? Lump On

Arsenal are eight points of Man United and yet you can get better than 2s on them winning at Old Trafford. Degsy has half a bar on. He's also backing Luis Suarez to fill his boots...

Last Updated: 08/11/13 at 10:16 Post Comment

Aston Villa v Cardiff City
I'm not sure why Malky Mackay was keeping mum about Vincent Tan after Cardiff's historic defeat of Swansea last weekend. It might be that Tan is the man who could get rid of Mackay in a heartbeat and consign him to the dole queue with Christmas approaching. It might also be though that Malky knows he hasn't a cat in hell's chance of cultivating a better Movember 'tache than the diminutive Malaysian and there is a hint of jealousy there? I'm not sure to be honest. I am sure that Villa are a good bet here at a shade over evens. The derby win has given Mackay a bit of breathing space but they were outplayed for long periods last Sunday and their record in the weeks prior to that Swansea win was pretty ordinary. Villa meanwhile, with Christian Benteke now approaching full fitness again, should be too sharp on home soil so bet accordingly.
Betting: Aston Villa to beat Cardiff City at evens (bet365/Hills)

Chelsea v West Brom
Firstly, thank you Chelsea for p*ssing on my chips last weekend. I smashed into Mourinho's men at 8/13 to beat Newcastle and as a result had to forsake a night on the beer for a night watching X Factor and contemplating just how mankind had sunk to such scandalous depths in their relentless quest to be entertained. So Jose old son, I say you owe me. A win for your boys without conceding here and we are square. Comprende senor?
Betting: Chelsea to win to nil at 5/4 (Coral)

Crystal Palace v Everton
Palace are well placed to beat Derby's record as the worst Premier League side ever but as bad as they have been it's a brave boy who backs the Toffees here at 4/7 or thereabouts. The Eagles are in freefall but let's not forget they gave a very good Arsenal side a real argument the other week so the draw at Burlington Bertie has some appeal.
Betting: Crystal Palace and Everton to draw at 100/30 (Bet Victor)

Liverpool v Fulham
Having called Liverpool to lose against Arsenal on these pages last week (and their record away to the Gunners in the Wenger era is awful, trust me red Scousers) I am confident that not only will they beat a struggling Fulham side here, they will do so with a swagger. Luis Suarez is 11/4 with bet365 to score two or more and with the same bet as short as 2/1 with some firms I reckon it's worth a play.
Betting: Suarez to score 2+ goals at 11/4 (bet365)

Southampton v Hull
On current form I don't see how Hull trouble Southampton here unless their 'keeper Artur Boruc has another full breakdown and concedes one from fully 95 yards.
Betting: Southampton/Southampton HT/FT at 7/5 (Paddy Power)

Norwich City v West Ham
Chris Hughton is another manager who I'd advise not to start his Christmas shopping too early given he could be out of a job by the time the decorations go up and have to adjust his present budget accordingly. They were f*cking bobbins against Man City last week, shipping seven and by all accounts it could and should have been 12 or more. They need a positive result here but as history has shown us with struggling teams 'needing' one and being good enough to go out and 'get' one are two different things entirely. I don't think they can be trusted at the moment. In fact, put it this way, I'd much rather be on Ravel Morrison at 5s to score in the game than I would the Canaries to win it at 17/10.
Betting: Morrison to score anytime at 5/1 (Betfred)

Tottenham v Newcastle
Rumours swarmed on Twitter on Thursday that Alan Pardew was getting the Crystal Palace gig and his price was duly chopped from 40/1 to 9/2. Also doing the rounds was a picture of Gail Platt with her norks out on holiday which understandably was less well received by yours truly. I'm not sure how long Pards has left on Tyneside but I don't see his Mags getting anything against Spurs here, who are a decent bet to win by at least a couple.
Betting: Tottenham (-1) to beat Newcastle at 6/4 (Paddy Power)

Sunderland v Manchester City
You could make a case for Sergio Aguero being the hottest striker in the world on current form but let us not under-estimate how well Alvaro Negredo compliments him. The Spaniard is big, strong, fast and direct and having bagged five in his last three he looks a bet to me at 9/2 to score first against a Sunderland side who more than likely will bring pea-shooters to battle here against Citeh's pristine cannons.
Betting: Negredo to score first at 9/2 (bet365)

Manchester United v Arsenal
League leaders face defending champions at Old Trafford in a game that could give us a clue as to where the title will end up this season. If ManYoo lose, given their indifferent start to the season, I would be saying it's game over as they would sit 11 points behind the Gunners. Arsenal had the European media salivating over them once again in midweek after their ultra-impressive win in Dortmund and they will approach this one without fear. On current form you have to fancy Arsenal here and I don't mind admitting I sit writing this with half a bar on as I peruse current quotes of better than 2/1 about the away win.
Betting: Arsenal to beat Manchester United at 9/4 (Coral/William Hill)

Swansea City v Stoke City
The Swans suffered European heartbreak in midweek after conceding yet another injury-time leveller to Kuban Krasnodar. That result will have bust a few in-play hearts (almost £1million matched on the Swans to win in-play before the equaliser) but I can't see anything other than low goals here. Neither side have been particularly prolific around the old onion bag and a 0-0 snoozer here is priced up at a more than acceptable 17/2.
Betting: No Goalscorer at 17/2 (Bet Victor)

Degsy Bilton

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