Premier League Betting Preview
Updated Thursday, 5th February 2009
We take a look at the forthcoming Premier League games, crunch the stats and offer a few betting predictions to hopefully help earn you a few quid down at the bookies...
Manchester United have lost on their last two visits to Upton Park, although that will hardly dent the confidence gained from 12 successive clean sheets securing 10 wins and two draws. Given United's defence under goals appear the order of the day. West Ham have failed to score in four of their latest eight home games and 12 of their last 17 matches has seen -2.5 goals
The pain should continue for Gareth Southgate whose Middlesbrough visit Eastlands having lost to nil on their last four away trips. City have won 16 of 23 matches at home against non-Big Four opponents since the start of last season.
Things appear little better for Tony Adams, Portsmouth have taken just one point in their last seven games and the visit of Liverpool, who have won 15 of 26 on the road to non-Big Four suggests there is no points here for struggling Pompey.
Aston Villa boast the best away record in the league (W9-D0-L3) but have only led at the break in one of their last seven on the road. Their hosts Blackburn have drawn the first half in six of their last 12 games at home to the top six.
Chelsea have a W34-D1-L0 record against promoted teams since the start of the 2003/04 season and have kept eight clean sheets in their last 10 such games. Hull have not won an away game since beating West Brom in October.
Everton have arrested their poor early season home form and are now unbeaten in four at Goodison Park, including hosting Arsenal and Chelsea. Bolton have drawn two and lost 11 of their last 15 trips to top-six opposition.
Stoke have not won on the road since their promotion and have been behind at half-time on eight occasions. Sunderland have won eight of 11 matches where they led at the break.
Notwithstanding the 5-0 thrashing by Man Utd, West Bromwich Albion had won their previous three home matches, all against bottom-half sides. Newcastle have won just one of 12 on the road and have lost all of their last five when visiting bottom-half teams.
All of Fulham's last 12 away Premier League games have been level at the interval with 10 of the 12 scoreless. Wigan have drawn the first half in five of their last nine home matches, with all five goalless at the break.