Aston Villa v Arsenal
Match odds Aston Villa 21/5, Draw 11/4, Arsenal 14/19
Tip: Away win at 14/19 (1.74) with 188 Bet
Anybody who witnessed Aston Villa’s capitulation at home to Liverpool on Sunday would struggle to back Alex McLeish's side under any circumstances. A staggering lack of ideas going forward now seems to be coupled with a previously unseen defensive frailty creeping into their performances.
Arsenal gave a better account of themselves at the weekend against Manchester City but were also defeated. But Arsene Wenger’s side were on an impressive run of seven wins from their previous eight Premier League games and a 1-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium is unlikely to dent confidence too much. Back Arsenal to get the win at a subdued Villa Park.
Everton v Swansea City
Match Odds Everton 7/12, Draw 29/10, Swansea 59/10
Tip: Under 2.5 goals at 5/6 (1.83) with 188 Bet
Everton’s home record has been disappointing with David Moyes’ side having lost half their games at Goodison Park this season. Only West Brom and QPR have scored fewer goals in front of their home fans and the visit of Swansea looks a fantastic opportunity to put that right.
However, Brendan Rogers’ team have shown an encouraging ability to neutralise the threat of supposedly superior sides with their effective passing game capable of starving the opposition of the ball. Although Swansea do their best work at the Liberty Stadium where they have remarkably conceded just two goals, a goalless draw at Newcastle United last time out suggests they can repeat their strong defensive displays away from home too.
Wigan Athletic v Liverpool
Match odds Wigan 29/5, Draw 56/19, Liverpool 7/12
Tip: Luis Suarez first goalscorer at 9/2 (5.5) with 188 Bet
Wigan have conceded first in their last 11 Premier League games and there is every chance that could be 12 when Liverpool turn up at the DW Stadium. Luis Suarez looked sharp last time out against Aston Villa and was unlucky not to score after hitting the woodwork twice in dramatic fashion. With his FA ban still subject to appeal he should have a point to prove against Wigan.
Indeed, the Uruguayan has hit the frame of the goal a bewildering 19 times in his last 42 league matches – more alone than both Arsenal and Manchester United. Is it bad luck or just inaccuracy? Either way, he’s worth a bet to score the first in this one.
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