With a staggering 39 goals in the last round of Barclays Premier League matches, this weekend will have some way to go to match it in terms of goalmouth action.
But there are certainly some intriguing contests to look forward to, with QPR v Man City and Wolves v Wigan probably the standout fixtures.
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Runaway leaders Man City will fancy their chances of at least maintaining their five-point lead with a positive result at Loftus Road even though we’re only in November, however the price of 2/5 looks a little short against a side who disposed of Chelsea last weekend.
Looking towards the bottom of the Premiership table the clash at Molineux on Sunday has a real ‘six-pointer’ feel about it.
Wolves will be absolutely desperate to pick up their first league win since August 21 – a run that has seen them lose six times in eight matches.
But despite Wanderers’ dismal run, Wigan are actually three places below them at the foot of the table and with all the praise that Roberto Martinez got for steering them to safety last time around, he will have expected much better so far in 2011/12.
Mick McCarthy’s last outing at home was in a desperate 2-2 draw with Swansea, in a game which underlined how blunt Wolves look going forward. Two late goals were more to do with the Swans getting a little complacent at the back and there is absolutely no reason to be backing Wolves at the moment. Wigan are no great shakes themselves languishing below the men from Molineux but 7/2 looks too big a price with the home side in such dire straights.
Goals should be at a premium so the 10/1 for the 0-0 also jumps out from the coupon and is worth a small dabble.
Elsewhere, Arsenal will be confident of continuing their return to form with a home encounter against West Brom and Stoke, who travel to Bolton, Fulham and Spurs – with the latter two facing each other – will have fatigue at the back of their minds after tough Europa League assignments this evening.
The toughest test falls to Swansea with a trip to Anfield and after picking up just one away point so far in their maiden Premier League season, not many people will be backing them at 10/1 to get anything at Liverpool – who have looked mightily impressive this season.
The Swans have impressed many this season, but this is mainly down to their home form and against the bigger sides they have struggled, losing 4-0 to Man City and 4-1 to Chelsea, and have conceded three away at Carrow Road against Norwich.
Paddy Power make Liverpool 9/4 to win with a two goal handicap (so they must win by three goals) and this looks cracking value.
Manchester United will be confident of overcoming the challenge of Sunderland at home, but their price of 1/4 is not exactly the most attractive on offer, however Newcastle at 11/8 do look a shade of value in their St James’ Park contest with Everton, as Alan Pardew’s men aim to continue their remarkable start to the campaign.
They are a side who are playing with confidence, and it may just be time for punters to start backing Newcastle while their price stays a shade of value, and with Everton a little short of confidence the 11/8 is more than big enough to attract my interest.
Finally, all eyes will be on Ewood Park with John Terry’s Chelsea the visitors tomorrow. With a police investigation into alleged racist abuse now underway, it will be interesting to see if Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas picks his under-fire skipper. The 6/1 for the home win definitely interests me as Chelsea are leaking goals from all over at the moment. Rovers have managed to find the net in their last three games, in Junior Hoilet they have a definite star of the future, and lets remember they have already disposed of Arsenal this season at Ewood.
Rovers have a bit of fight in them and 6/1 is way too big to dismiss.
It should be a cracking weekend of betting, and don’t forget to pick up your exclusive Paddy Power free bets offer!
For me, I’m off to Anfield to watch my beloved Swansea City take on Liverpool.
There’s never a dull moment in the Premier League.