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Gambling’s Premier League Week 16 Predictions and Betting Odds

16/12/2011
Blackburn v West Brom
As two sides really struggling for form at the wrong end of the table, this game will have been identified by both managers as a pivotal one for their respective seasons. Negative tactics away from home cost Steve Kean’s men three points at Sunderland last week, but at home we expect Blackburn to take the game to West Brom and odds of 11/2 on poacher-in-chief Yakubu getting the first goal look too good to refuse.

Bet: Yakubu to score first @ 11/2

Everton v Norwich
With David Moyes side severely hampered in the striking department, it must be pretty joyless being an Everton fan of late. The good news for them is that Norwich have one of the most porous defences in the league, while the bad news is that they also score a shed-load of goals themselves to compensate. With all that in mind, we like the look of sevens on Everton winning by the odd goal in a three goal split.

Bet: Everton to win 2-1 @ 7/1

Fulham v Bolton
Another bottom-of-the-table clash sees 2011 whipping boys Bolton Wanderers visit a Fulham side who they have not beaten in their last eight Premier League clashes. Given Owen Coyle’s side are on a run of four straight defeats, we don’t expect that damning statistic to change at Craven Cottage this weekend, but we do like the look of Trotters hitman Ivan Klasnic finding the net at any time against Martin Jol’s boys.

Bet: Ivan Klasnic to score anytime @ 3/1

Newcastle v Swansea
A lot has been made of Newcastle’s recent injuries and subsequent dip in form, but it’s important to remember that Alan Pardew’s team have been performing massively above expectations so far this season. Fortunately, the visit of Swansea is the perfect fixture to arrest their recent slump and given how poor the Swan’s form has been on their travels in the Premier League, we can only see one team finding the net here.

Bet: Newcastle only team to score @ 2/1

Wolverhampton v Stoke
Though they were thoroughly outplayed at Old Trafford last week, Mick McCarthy’s team have shown slight signs of improvement recently with both Stephen Fletcher and Jamie O’Hara beginning to find their form. Stoke, meanwhile, have won their last three games but seem to suffer from serious hangovers in the Premier League whenever they’ve played in Europe and we can see their run ending at Molineux.

Bet: Wolves to win 1-0 @ 8/1

Wigan v Chelsea
Even though Wigan picked up a much-needed three-points away to West Brom last week, the Latics home form has been woeful this season and they offer visiting teams far too much space to play. Andre Villa Boas, meanwhile, seems to have finally got his team playing the way he wants and Chelsea – no doubt buoyed by their 2-1 defeat of Manchester City on Monday – should win this one at the DW Stadium at a canter.

Bet: Chelsea to win 3-0 @ 10/1

QPR v Manchester United
Manchester United threw off their attacking shackles against Wolves last weekend in impressive fashion, with Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia and Nani all catching the eye in a comfortable home win. Certainly, given the absence of Nemanja Vidic for the season, Sir Alex Ferguson’s philosophy may well have shifted from grinding out 1-0 wins to simply outscoring their opponents and that could spell trouble for QPR.

Bet: Over 2.5 goals @ 5/6

Aston Villa v Liverpool
Despite their relatively comfortable place in mid-table, Alex McLeish’s Villa side are winning very few fans this season with their mostly dour brand of football. Worryingly for them, Darren Bent seems to have lost his scoring touch recently and when you take the goals out of his game there’s not really a whole lot more he offers. Having said that, Villa do know how to do is stifle a game and they may do so here.

Bet: Draw 0-0 @ 8/1

Tottenham v Sunderland
While the sight of Martin O’Neil dancing along the touchline at the Stadium of Light last week was great to see, he really has his work cut out for him if he’s to get a positive result at White Hart Lane this weekend. Spurs have been in irresistible form recently and were very unlucky not to get a positive result at Stoke last weekend, so we expect them to bounce back in style here and return to their usual scoring ways.

Bet: Tottenham to win 2-0 @ 6/1

Manchester City v Arsenal
Given the number of unknowns going into Arsenal’s visit to Manchester City, this game looks like a minefield in betting terms. We do not yet know how Roberto Mancini’s men will respond to their first defeat of the season, nor whether their game plan will be to attack Arsenal’s full-back-free defence at the risk of leaving space at the back. One thing we do know, however, is that City nearly always concede.

Bet: Both teams to score @ 3/4
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