The Premier League returns after last weekend’s FA Cup action. Followers of our column may be holding some promising sports betting tickets if you took our advice on Newcastle (40-1), Everton (20-1) or Sunderland (50-1) as all three made it safely through to the 4th round.
Saturday 14th January
Manchester United v Bolton
Manchester United restored some pride with a hard-fought 3-2 victory of rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup last weekend. The win was a much-needed boost for United who have seen their title aspirations dented by successive defeats at the hands of Blackburn and Newcastle in recent weeks. They will now be desperate to get their bid back on track with a victory over struggling Bolton at Old Trafford.
United have hardly been out of the headlines recently with rumours surrounding Wayne Rooney and the recall of Paul Scholes out of retirement ahead of the City game. Bolton meanwhile grabbed a vital win at Everton, courtesy of a winning goal by Cahill in the 78th minute. That looks likely to have been Cahill’s last contribution for Wanderers with a move to Chelsea being imminent.
William Hill offer 7-1 against a 2-0 win for United. Rooney looked to be back to his best against City and is 11-4 to break the deadlock.
Also: Aston Villa v Everton, Blackburn Rovers v Fulham, Chelsea v Sunderland, Liverpool v Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City
Sunday 15th January
Newcastle v QPR Live on Skysports HD1
This match has suddenly taken on greater significance following the shock sacking of Rangers’ boss Neil Warnock last weekend. The club have moved quickly to replace him with Mark Hughes and there have been confident noises coming out of Loftus Road this week. With Newcastle fresh from their victory over United and a Cup win over Blackburn, it could be a baptism of fire for the new Rangers boss.
Newcastle are taken to win by two clear goals which is a general 4-1 shot. Cabaye could be worth a bet at 11-1 to open the scoring for the Magpies.
Swansea v Arsenal Live on Skysports HD1
Swansea have been battling hard for their points all season and put up one of their best displays of the season in beating Aston Villa in the New Year. They pushed Tottenham all the way and grabbed a 1-1 draw against the league’s most in-form team previously so will be no pushover for Arsenal. The Gunners were stunned by Fulham’s late fight back and went down to a controversial 2-1 defeat in their last Premiership game.
The general 11-4 offered for the draw could be worth taking. 13-2 is the best price on offer for a 1-1 scoreline.
Monday 16th January
Wigan v Manchester City Live on Skysports HD1
Premiership leaders Manchester City suffered only their second defeat of the season at Sunderland prior to their Cup exit and travel to Wigan on Monday in search of a confidence boosting win. City responded well to their shock defeat with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Liverpool but then slumped to a 1-0 home defeat against the same opposition in their first leg Carling Cup tie in midweek. Mancini’s men seem to be losing the early swagger they had at the start of the season and Wigan will fancy their chances a lot more than they would have done a few weeks ago.
City will probably have too much for Wigan and a 1-0 victory is available at 8-1. Balotelli may be the man to unlock the Wigan defence and can be supported at 4-1.