Weekend Betting Odds: Arsenal v Chelsea and Manchester United v Everton
Two cracking games on Sky this weekend of interest to soccer betting fans across the world, and first up is the lunchtime clash between Arsenal and Chelsea on Saturday (12.45pm Ko, SS2).
Arsenal v Chelsea
The Gunners have been chalked up as even money (2) favourites with Boylesports and Betfred to come out on top and they are expected to do just that.
The Wenger boys have won 12 and lost just two of their last 16 league games at the Emirates (2 draws), and have scored in all those fixtures.
They face a side who have won on just three of their previous 19 visits and have lost 29 points from winning positions against them.
The visitors also come into the game after a gruelling midweek Champions League game against Barcelona, and it’s highly likely that Roberto Di Matteo will rest several of his key players – most notably Drogba – as next Tuesday’s return leg in Spain will now surely take precedence over the league.
That makes Arsenal look a decent bet, as they had been in great form prior to Monday’s 2-1 defeat to Wigan where they sorely missed Laurent Koscielny.
He is now available again after a two game suspension, and that is a great boost for the squad given that Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun will be absent.
Arsenal also have the Premier League’s top scorer this season in the shape of Robin van Persie (27).
The Dutchman is by far the one most likely to break the deadlock and at 5 with Paddy Power to net the opener looks cracking value.
Arsenal to win 2-1 or 3-1 is my idea of the outcome, and those scorelines can be backed at 9 and 17 with Betfred.
Manchester United v Everton
On Sunday the feature game sees Man United take on Everton at Old Trafford (12.30pm KO, SS1), and the Reds are understandably a top priced 1.33 with bet365 and Paddy Power to beat the Toffees.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have won 29 Premier League games against the Merseyside outfit, and have also not lost in the last 18 home games in the PL against David Moyes’ men - winning 15 and drawing 3.
The Red Devils have also scored in all of their last 47 games on home soil, and have won their last seven on their own patch.
Those are very impressive stats, and perhaps the only surprise is that Wayne Rooney doesn’t have a very good record against his former club.
He has scored just two goals in 11 games against them, and that makes him look poor value at 3.6 to net the opener.
My money will be going on Hernandez, who has scored in both games he has played in between the two sides at old Trafford.
He is a 5 chance with Boylesports and Paddy Power to score first and that looks a decent price given his record.
Boylesports also go a standout 2.1 about him netting anytime, and that looks terrific value given that some firms go just 1.73.
Also, given that Everton have scored just two goals in their last seven league trips to Old Trafford, and have failed to net in their last three, the 2.05 on offer with bet365 about United winning to nil makes plenty of appeal from a betting perspective.
This really should be another easy three points for United, and I fancy them to win 3-0 at 8.5 with Paddy Power.