BETTING TIPS – PREMIER LEAGUE PICKS 4th DECEMBER
No European football this week allows for a full midweek schedule of Premier League football and 18 teams will be in action on Wednesday night as we edge closer towards the midpoint of the season.
There’s local rivalries, new managers, and bosses desperately clinging onto their jobs – and that’s just Fulham v Tottenham! It should be a very entertaining night; here are my predictions.
LIVERPOOL V NORWICH. 7:45PM
At Anfield, Brendan Rogers will be desperate to see his Liverpool side bounce back from Sunday’s loss at Hull with a convincing win against lowly Norwich.
Defeat at the KC Stadium saw the Merseysiders fall to 4th and if they are going to keep up their pursuit for Champions League qualification then it is essential that they recover from that shock straight away. Fortunately, they couldn’t have picked a better opposition for Wednesday’s challenge.
Norwich’s recent away from read reads – P:4 , L:4 , GF:2 , GA:17. Make what you will of that.
Saturday’s win over Palace saw Norwich pull 4 points clear of the drop zone but the performance will hardly inspire confidence heading into this encounter with the far superior Liverpool.
Even without Sturridge, it is hard to envisage anything other than domination from Liverpool in terms of possession and play. Whilst one half of the SAS might be out injured, the other member is Luis Suarez and he alone will be more than enough to give Norwich defenders nightmares.
At ¼ Liverpool are clear favourites for this one. However, there aren’t many Premier League bets worth taking at those odds and in my opinion the half-time/full-time market is a far more appealing prospect.
76% of Liverpool’s league goals have come in the first-half this season whilst only 18% of Norwich’s have been scored before the interval. If Liverpool are going to win this match, which they should, then there is a very good chance that they’ll be leading by half-time.
The last time these two met it ended 5-0, with Liverpool leading 2-0 at the break. A repeat would be perfect.
BET TIP: LIVERPOOL HT/FT 4/5 with Bet Victor
At 9/4 to score first, Luis Suarez isn’t the greatest price in the world. However, if he does get the opener then there is a pretty decent chance he’ll add a second / third and so it may be worth taking advantage of BetFred’s DD/HH promo.
SOUTHAMPTON V ASTON VILLA. 7:45PM
Another important match takes place at St Mary’s and I’m predicting an outcome that I imagine many will disagree with.
Saints have been fantastic so far this season and rightfully gained plaudits from fans, pundits and pretty much anyone that loves the game. They’ve been a perfect model of how to run a football club over the last few years and their rise from League One to genuine Europa League contenders has been monumental to say the least.
But they have been due a bad patch.
Regardless of the opposition, Pochettino’s men have now suffered back-to-back Premiership defeats and combined with the Capital One cup loss at Sunderland it’s now 3 defeats in 4 and just 2 wins from 7 in all competitions. Meanwhile, the injury to goalkeeper Artur Boruc at Chelsea has thrown another spanner into the works and the next few weeks will be pivotal in shaping how Southampton’s season pans out.
Conversely, Aston Villa are on a solid mini-run of form with 1 win and 3 draws from their last four. Manager Paul Lambert would loved to have seen some of those single points turned into three but nonetheless it highlights a definite improvement from an almost catastrophic 2012/13.
Defensively, the Villains have matured and are starting to look like a much tighter unit. 14 goals conceded in 13 is hardly phenomenal but it’s a far cry from the side that were conceding 8 at against Chelsea last term. Meanwhile, Chrsitian Benteke is one of the divison’s most lethal finishers and his mini-drought is bound to end sooner rather than later.
Since the opening day, we’ve known Villa are capable of performing on the road. I fancy them to sneak a result of some kind here.
BET TIP: Double Chance: Aston Villa or Draw at 11/8 with Sky Bet.