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The coupon gets underway with Norwich at home to Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime.
The Canaries are enjoying a solid start to their Premier League campaign after winning promotion from the Championship last year, while Arsenal are back in some sort of form after a horrific start to the 2011/2012 season, and it is due to this upturn in fortune that I’m all over the 8/11 for the Gunners to claim their fifth win on the bounce.
Paul Lambert’s side like to play attacking attractive football but taking the Gunners on at their own game should be their downfall, and in all honesty after watching the Canaries perform a miracle to come back to draw 3-3 against Blackburn at Carrow Road in their last game they have it all to do.
Backing the Gunners at odds on away from home is something that never really appeals to me but they and Robin van Persie are bang in form and in this instance the 8/11 simply has to be taken.
With both teams set to attack from the off, it should be an excellent way to start the weekend of non-stop football action.
After this lunchtime kick-off, there are two stand out fixtures amongst the six 3pm games, one at the top and one at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Towards the top, Manchester City host Newcastle United in one of the best games of the weekend. City are leading the way right now, while Alan Pardew’s men are flying high and perform much better than many expected they would.
Whether they can get something at City remains to be seen, but with two unbeaten runs set to come head to head it should be a fascinating encounter between a lively attack and a solid defence.
The price of the home is 1/3 which will not appeal to many punters, but despite Newcastle’s fine start to the season I cannot see anything other than another win for Mancini’s men.
The second game to keep an eye out for on Saturday afternoon is Wigan at home to Blackburn. This is the bottom two meeting in a game that neither can afford to lose. Points are a must for both teams, otherwise they will start to see a gap opening up between themselves and the rest.
The other Saturday games are Everton v Wolves, Stoke v QPR, Sunderland v Fulham and West Brom v Bolton. Then, rounding off events on Saturday, Swansea City host Premier League champions Manchester United.
The Swans are unbeaten at the Liberty and have suddenly found their scoring touch, winning 3-0, 2-0, and 3-1 in their last three at home, and almost took all three points against Liverpool at Anfield.
I still cannot really remember a quality Man Utd performance in recent months and the 1/2 is way too short to be backing Alex Ferguson’s side. The 7/1 is more than a hint of value in backing the home side and Swansea could provide one of the shocks of the day. Get on the side from Wales.
Then, the only game on Sunday is a fantastic spectacle as Chelsea host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. The last time the Blues played at home, they lost 5-3 to Arsenal so neutrals will be hoping for similar entertainment levels this weekend.
The Reds did the double over the Blues last season but the signs are not good for Kenny Daglish’s men after a dismal performance against Swansea and with only 14 goals scored in 11 games I simply cannot back them at 7/2. Chelsea have had some flack over recent weeks and Villas-Boas’s side simply cannot afford to lose, which is why the draw looks the best bet at 5/2.
Finally for the Premier League this weekend, Tottenham host Aston Villa on Monday evening. Harry Redknapp is expected to be back in the dugout as Spurs look to continue their excellent recent form.
Spurs are a little on the short side at 4/7 and to be fair were a little lucky against Fulham in their last game, despite winning 3-1 at Craven Cottage. Tottenham do look the most likely to compete with the two Manchester sides for the Premiership title this year but at 6/1 Aston Villa look a touch of value.
I’m not prepared to back them for the away win but will be on the 11/8 for Villa with a +1 headstart. That price is simply too big to ignore.
Bring it all on!