Premier League Betting Tips Week 11 November 2014
Last weekend we witnessed another competitive week of Premier League football as Chelsea just scraped past QPR 2-1 to remain unbeaten at the top of the table. We also saw an entertaining Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium which Manchester City won, this was a recommended bet last week at odds of 1.85. Southampton continued their superb start to the season as they won at the KC Stadium on Saturday, this victory moved Ronald Koeman’s side into second position just four points behind Chelsea.
West Ham v Aston Villa
This may not be the fixture of the weekend but it’s a good match from a betting perspective in my opinion. Against the odds West Ham have made a fantastic start to the season, they currently sit in 5th position after Sam Allardyce recruited well during the Summer transfer window. The squad is working hard for each other and that showed on Saturday as they came back from 2-0 down against Stoke City to draw the match. Aston Villa on the other hand were unbeaten after their opening four matches of the season but since then they have lost their last six, confidence must be at rock bottom in the Villa camp. Admittedly Villa were unfortunate in their latest outing against Tottenham on Sunday, they scored the opener and looked in control of the game until Benteke was sent off in the 65th minute, Paul Lambert’s side went on to concede two goals in the final six minutes to lose the match and they’re now without Christian Benteke for their next three matches as a result of the red card. This is a huge blow for Villa who have scored just five goals all season, I struggle to see how Aston Villa will score a goal against the Hammers who are generally very strong defensively, especially now James Collins is back in the side.
Swansea v Arsenal
The late match on Sunday features Swansea City and Arsenal which is taking place at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea have had a very good start to the season, they sit in 6th position just two points behind today’s opponents Arsenal. They’ll be full of confidence coming into this match after getting a point away from home against Everton despite going down to ten men in the 72nd minute. Arsenal on the other hand will be pretty disappointed with their start to the season in my opinion as they’re already nine points behind the title favourites Chelsea. Arsene Wenger’s side have simply not won enough games, Arsenal have won just four matches where as Chelsea have won eight and this won’t be an easy fixture. Swansea have lost just three games all season and only once at home, they’re a real threat going forwards with the pace of Nathan Dyer, the passing ability of Gylfi Sigurdsson and the power of Wilfried Bony. Despite keeping two clean sheets in their last two games Arsenal are fragile defensively, they have kept just three clean sheets this season and they have come against weak sides in the form of Villa, Sunderland and Burnley. Swansea have a great chance of getting a result from this match and it’s worth noting that Arsenal were in action on Tuesday against Anderlecht whilst Garry Monk’s side had the week off.