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Our Matt Briggs sniffs out the early value on the coming weekend's football coupon with Southampton among his fancies.

Last Updated: 25/11/13 at 11:57 Post Comment

Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton are too big at 7/1 to cause another shock

Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton are too big at 7/1 to cause another shock

Our Matt Briggs sniffs out the early value on the coming weekend's football coupon with Southampton among his big-priced fancies.

Premier League

Southampton have made a terrific start to the season in the Premier League and they look well worth a small interest to win at Chelsea on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino's men have won many admirers for their passing and pressing game and, having already chalked up wins at Liverpool and West Brom, they look a big price at Stamford Bridge.

Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Arsenal could have been so different had Artur Boruc not made such a huge mistake midway through the first half and the Saints are worth another go on the road and definitely worth having a decent interest in the double-chance market - draw and Southampton at 15/8.

The clash is live on Sky Sports and Pochettino will be desperate for his men to put right the wrongs of the Emirates, while England hopefuls Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lalllana might just be running that extra yard in front of the cameras.

Chelsea, meanwhile, look like they're starting to click into gear and they have won five of their six home games - including a 2-1 win over title rivals Man City.

However, they're only blot at home - a 2-2 draw against West Brom - came on the back of a midweek Champions League game and we'll be hoping the midweek trip to Basel takes it out of Jose Mourinho's boys.

Championship

After last weekend's away success with Bolton (15/4) we're back on the road again this weekend in the Championship with Derby fancied to upset the applecart at Wigan.

Steve McClaren's impact at Pride Park has been huge and the seventh-placed Rams have jolted themselves right into play-off contention with just one defeat in seven games. Last weekend's 1-0 win at Bournemouth was well deserved and Cherries boss Eddie Howe described Derby as "the best team we have played this season".

That was their fifth away win from eight games and taking that into consideration the 11/5 about another away-day jolly up looks too big against a Wigan side failing to fire.

Owen Coyle's Latics sit in 11th spot after a slow start and after losing their unbeaten home record last weekend to Brighton they might well be susceptible to more home damage on Sunday against a Derby side, who have scored 17 away goals - the most in the division.

League One

Port Vale (6/4) and top-of-the-table Leyton Orient (19/10) did the business in League One last weekend with impressive wins at Crewe and Swindon respectively and Orient, who should be far shorter than 10/11 to sink Sheffield United, are the pick again.

The O's have won six of their eight home games with only Preston and Walsall taking any points away from the East End, but still the bookies are not to keen on Russell Slade's men and a quote of nearly even money on home soil is rather disrespectful. Slade's unfashionable charges should by 8/13 shots, especially when you consider the record of Saturday's visitors Sheffield United, who have lost seven of their nine away games and scored only five times.

The Blades have got a new boss in Nigel Clough, who is slowly turning the South Yorkshire side around, but his methods will take time and Orient's pattern of play is already in situ. Clough's men, who are still living off their name with the layers, have been struggling to score goals, while Orient have not been giving them away at home and in Kevin Lisbie, David Mooney and Moses Odubajo, who scored twice at Swindon, they have players who have been causing teams problems all season.

Orient look a solid bet to rack up a home win and the Blades, who won on the road last time out at Bristol City, might just have to wait for back-to-back away wins.

  • Posted at 1140 GMT on 25/11/2013.


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