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Gambling’s Premier League Week 25 Predictions and Betting Odds

10/2/2012
Manchester United v Liverpool
Although all the preamble to this game has been focussed on the controversy surrounding Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra, let’s not forget that there’s actually a cracking football match to be played here. While United were rightfully praised for their heroic fight back against Chelsea last week, one could question how they managed to find themselves 3-0 down in the first place – and with their defence looking similarly makeshift for this one, should Liverpool take the gamble and start him, the much-maligned Andy Carroll could be just the type of player to profit.

Bet: Andy Carroll To Score Anytime @ 3/1

Blackburn v QPR
With a quirk of the fixture list throwing up three games this weekend that pit teams in the bottom six against each other, this will arguably be the one that holds the most significance come the end of the season. QPR have started to score goals and pick up points and new manager Mark Hughes will point to the sending off of Djibril Cisse as the reason for his team’s previous defeat to Wolves. Though they will miss the Frenchman, against a Blackburn Rover defence that has conceded more goals than any other team this season, the likes of Bobby Zamora look set to easily capitalise.

Bet: QPR (-1) To Beat Blackburn @ 17/4

Bolton v Wigan
Another relegation six-pointer this weekend sees a Bolton side showing spluttering signs of life entertain Wigan Athletic at the Reebok. With the visitors currently sitting rock bottom of both the actual table and the form table, Owen Coyle will have identified this game as the perfect opportunity for Bolton to close the gap on the likes of West Brom and Fulham above them. As such, the home side should be fired up for this one and having capitulated so easily against Norwich last weekend, we expect them to make amends by taking another big step towards safety here.

Bet: Bolton To Beat Wigan 2-1 @ 15/2

Everton v Chelsea
Interesting one this. Everton are an incredibly hard team to predict at the best of times and having gone from being one of the few teams to beat Manchester City this season to being one of the few to drop points to Wigan in a couple of weeks, who knows what side will turn up on Saturday. Chelsea will no doubt be reeling from their capitulation against Manchester United last weekend, but for all their defensive failings, Everton really lack the firepower up front to test them and we expect a more organised display to result in a much-needed win for Andre Villas-Boas’ team.

Bet: Chelsea Only Team To Score @ 3/10

Fulham v Stoke
It’s been a funny old season for Stoke. Just six weeks ago they were top of the form table and looked destined for a Europea League finish and now they’ve won just one in their last six. Unfortunately for Tony Pulis’ men, they now visit a Fulham side that, having seemingly found their feet under manager Martin Jol, have been devastating at home thanks to the mercurial form of American Clint Dempsey. With the visitors not looking anywhere near as solid as they have done in previous seasons, the attacking midfielder could again prove the difference between the two sides here.

Bet: Clint Dempsey To Score First @ 5/1

Sunderland v Arsenal
This game will see the first of two meetings between Sunderland and Arsenal over the coming weeks and both fixtures could be pivotal to the two teams’ respective success this season. We all know the impact that Martin O’Neill has made since arriving at Sunderland – indeed his team would be top of the league if it had started when he joined – but having been taken to extra time by Middlesbrough in midweek there could be some tired legs on display this weekend. That coupled with a possible injury to influential Stephane Sessegnon means the Gunners could edge this one.

Bet: Arsenal To Win 2-1 @ 8/1

Swansea v Norwich
Talk about the solidity or Brendan Rogers’ Swansea side remains a constant fixture from pundits and the media alike, but the truth is the Welsh side have seen a shift in style of late that has seen them score more on the road and concede more at home. Norwich, meanwhile, just keep plugging away and are a real physical handful for any team up front, scoring in most games regardless the opposition or result. With all that in mind, we expect both teams to find the back of the net here and share a 1-1 draw which, in truth, would be an acceptable result for both managers.

Bet: Swansea And Norwich To Draw 1-1 @ 6/1

Tottenham v Newcastle
With both of these teams exceeding expectations this season and playing some wonderful football between them, Saturday’s late kick-off could be cracking game at White Hart Lane. Naturally, much of the focus will be on recently-cleared manager Harry Redknapp being back in the dug-out – and his return should certainly inspire a Spurs side playing with great confidence at the moment. The problem they will face is how to contain the explosive duo of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse up front for the visitors, but if Redknapp can resolve that conundrum they should win here.

Bet: Tottenham To Beat Newcastle @ 1/2

Wolves v West Brom
The third and final instalment of this weekend’s bottom-six scrap-fest sees Mick McCarthy’s Wolves side entertain West Bromwich Albion at Molineux on Sunday. With the fixtures meaning that there will definitely be upward movement from some of the teams around them, this is pretty much a must win for Wolves if they want to pull themselves out of an end-of-season dogfight and this is something that McCarthy will have no doubt stressed to the players. Luckily for them, Kevin Doyle is back among the goals and that extra cutting edge could prove the difference in this one.

Bet: Kevin Doyle To Score Anytime @ 23/10

Aston Villa v Manchester City
With protests against him despite Aston Villa sitting in a relatively comfortable 13th place in the table, these are difficult times for manager Alex McLeish. The Scot has been an unpopular figure in the midlands since his controversial arrival in the summer and it seems almost unthinkable that his team will pick up any extra goodwill with a victory over Man City this weekend. Roberto Mancini’s men opened up a two-point gap on United last weekend, and with the Red Devils again facing a difficult tie on Saturday, he’ll have told his team that this is the perfect time to stretch their lead.

Bet: Manchester City To Win 3-0 @ 14/1
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