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CAN FAVOURITES OBLIGE

26th September 2014

It was a bloodbath for punter in the Premier League last weekend. All four favourites were turned over on Sunday, including odds-on away shots Manchester United and Liverpool.

Arsenal were really the only red hot favs to oblige with a comfortable 3-0 win at Aston Villa - who slipped to 3rd in the table as a result. Even the draw between Man City and Chelsea was a good result with punters trying to pick the winner.

Whilst some managers bemoaned European distractions the week before - this week they have the Capital 1 Cup as a prop in case they have a bad result - that is for those sides still in it.

One side definitely not in action this week were Manchester United - knocked out by MK Dons. United were blown away by Leicester in the final half hour last weekend. They have even more injury worries this time around with just one fit recognised centre-half. Louis van Gaal is getting a tough baptism.

They face West Ham at Old Trafford. The Hammers have lost five on the spin at Old Trafford -including under Sam Allardyce who with Bolton had a decent record at the theatre of dreams. West Ham - 8th in the table have been in decent form and were comfortable winners over Liverpool. They too had a free week and come fresh.

United backers will believe the red tide has got to turn - but form says West Ham might out run the 8/1 quotes about another shock. You'd certainly rather lay United than back them. Best bet is West Ham getting 1 goal on the Asian Handicap.

The North London derby is hard to call with Tottenham not convincing and Arsenal short of bodies. Arsene Wenger tried to keep some of his better players for this game and duly lost to Southampton in the cup - but with home advantage the Gunners look a decent enough price at 4/5 with Ladbrokes. Spurs have only won once at the Emirates - four seasons ago.

Leicester, fresh from victory over Man United will be fancied by many to win at struggling Crystal Palace. But the layers may have over egged the pudding and Palace might be a bit of value at 17/10 with Boyles. They will pick up most of their points at home.

Trying to call the Merseyside derby is too trappy. But another winner looks to be Southampton at home to QPR. they may be 4/9 but QPR have been dire on the road.

 

Joe Ross