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Gambling’s Premier League Week 2 Predictions and Betting Odds

19/8/2011
A new feature to gamblingonlinemagazine.com, this Friday we start our weekly frisk of the Premier League fixtures and point you in the direction of football punting profits.

Sunderland v Newcastle
A real blood-and-thunder fixture like the Tyne-and-Wear derby is an uncommon occurrence this early in the season and with both Sunderland and Newcastle claiming credible points last weekend it’s hard to say what kind of form the two sides will be in on Saturday. As such, a much better bet than backing the result here is to count on bookings in what is traditionally a tempestuous clash.

Bet: Over 4.5 Cards – 5/6

Arsenal v Liverpool
All is not well at Arsenal at the moment following the departure of club captain Cesc Fabregas and a number of injuries to key players all through the squad. Most worrying for Gunners fans is the fact that their already leaky defence has been further weakened by injuries to Kieran Gibbs and Johan Djourou – and with Andy Carroll having shown previous form at the Emirates the home side could struggle.

Bet: Andy Carroll to Score Anytime – 21/10

Aston Villa v Blackburn
Having been fairly woeful in their previous game against Fulham and still managed to come out with a point, Alex McLeish will need a stronger showing from his team to win the fans over at Villa Park. Though there are question marks over how attack-minded the side will be under Big Eck, Blackburn are in all sorts of trouble this season and Darren Bent looks a good price to open his goal-scoring account in style.

Bet: Darren Bent to Score 2 or More Goals – 5/1

Everton v QPR
Losing at home to Bolton is no disgrace for a newly-promoted side, but QPR should not have capitulated the way that they did and this will be a real concern for manager Neil Warnock. Though they have not strengthened at all this summer, Everton are a difficult side to beat at Goodison Park and – providing they don’t have one of their traditionally sluggish starts to the season – a win-to-nil looks safe enough here.

Bet: Everton Only Scorers – 7/5

Swansea v Wigan
Swansea moved the ball around very well in the first half against Manchester City and despite their lack of a cutting edge, they should get far more opportunities against a consistently inconsistent Wigan side. That said, they will always leave themselves open to conceding goals and with both teams up for this one courtesy of Roberto Martinez being reunited with his former charges, it should be an open game.

Bet: Over 2.5 goals – 11/10

Chelsea v West Brom
Though Andre Villas Boas will be disappointed his side failed to find the net against Stoke, come the end of the season a point at the Britannia could look like a very good point indeed. One of the bright points from a largely drab game was the movement and touch of a seemingly rejuvenated Fernando Torres and – though they are much more organised under Roy Hodgson – the Spaniard should open his account here.

Bet: Fernando Torres to Score First – 15/4

Norwich v Stoke
Of the three promoted sides it is undoubtedly Norwich who look the best-equipped to survive in the Premier League and Paul Lambert will have identified the Canaries home form as their best chance of picking up points. With Stoke having experienced the rigours of European football for the first time in midweek, there could be some tired legs out there already and the home side will fancy their chances of an upset.

Bet: Norwich to Win – 8/5

Wolves v Fulham
A tough one to call, this. Wolves were a better side than their results suggested last season and Mick McCarthy’s squad has been boosted by players returning from injury and the signing of Roger Johnson to shore up their defence. Fulham, meanwhile, should be more attacking under Martin Jol and will surprise a few this season, but on balance the safest bet for this one looks to be backing both teams to score.

Bet: Both Teams to Score – 5/6

Bolton v Manchester City
Though they got off to a flyer with a 4-0 trouncing of QPR, Bolton are not in the best shape at the moment. Though they have a very good manager in Owen Coyle, there looks to be a lack of creativity throughout the squad with both Chung-Yong Lee and Stuart Holden long-term casualties and Daniel Sturridge and Johan Elmander gone. If Manchester City are to push-on this season, they’ll need to win games like this.

Bet: Manchester City to Win 2-0 – 15/2

Manchester United v Tottenham
Tottenham looked very impressive against Hearts in midweek with five different players finding the net, but going Old Trafford will be a very different prospect. The Red Devils home form was imperious last season and even with the injuries to their defence it’s very hard to see Spurs breaking their unbeaten run. That said, with question marks over David De Gea, they may need to score more than one to win.

Bet: Both Teams to Score – 8/11
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