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Southampton lost at home to QPR on Harry’s 66th Birthday last week, so can the Saints make amends against a Norwich side who have slipped down the table a bit and lie in 13th.
The prices for the game speak for itself that they know it is the time of the season, where the teams that do need to win should not be undermined. Since beating Manchester City, the saints have lost two on the trot, to Newcastle and last weekend QPR. All of their last five games have gone over 2.5 goals, with Skybet going 5/6 on this outcome. Regardless of the home side’s recent lack of goals scoring two in the last six, Southampton have scored in every one of the last five and will seek the three points. We feel Norwich’s luck of not finding the net should turn a new chapter by 4.50 Saturday afternoon.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals – 5/6 Sky Bet (open a new Sky bet here get £10 free)
If you could ever nominate a 6 pointer, this is it! A draw will not suit either team, so this suggests it could well be a draw.
So Reading (19th) playAston Villa (18th) with Villa scoring just under a goal a game average and conceding around twice this figure. Reading on the other hand have scored 34 and conceded 54 and with both teams winning just five games all season, it simply is not enough!
The simple fact is, for both of these teams, their survival is NOW and bookies are taking no chances by offering skinny odds of 4/6 on both teams scoring. With the inconsistency of Villa’s goals, it is tempting to oppose both teams scoring and taking the 5/4
You have to say, if either wants to win it, they may have to settle this in the second, so finding Bwin offering 6/5 on the second half being the highest scoring is surely one not to be missed.
Best Bet: Highest scoring half – second half 6/5 with Stan James (Bet £10 get £10 free at Stan James)
This could be another funny game, where Swansea have the League Cup and their ticket into Europe next season is secured, much to the delight of the Welsh team!
The odds suggest 9th versus 8th and towards the end of the season, both have got to that 40 points barrier and this could be a low scoring game. On the last five meetings, Swansea have won four of the five, with West Brom winning the other. Swansea won the away tie last season, so a repeat of this scoreline is 12/1 with Bet Victor on a Swansea 2-1 win.
We do think though that Swansea are worthy of being taken on via the draw no bet market especially at 13/10 with Betway as they have more momentum than West Brom especially with a trophy to their name!
Best Bet: Swansea draw no bet – 13/10 Betway (open a new Betway account get a risk free £50 bet)
Can QPR make it 2/2 and will the press actually see the great escape as being on? The last time they met, it was a stalemate 0-0!
In their history QPR have never beaten Sunderland, and in the 11 meetings have mustered up 4 draws. It doesn’t look appealing to see QPR have scored just 21 goals and conceded 44. Sunderland, a little better have achieved 31 goals with 38 conceded. On the road, Sunderland have played 14 winning 3, drawing 4 and losing 7 scoring 15 goals in the process. QPR at home have won a solitary game netting just 8 goals in 14 matches and average 2.5 goals conceded per game.
So will the Harry revolution continue? You would like to think so, after a resilient display against Southampton, and with the home crowd roaring behind them, the outcome of the game could be on the basis of nicking a goal, as quite simply, they may as well concede defeat if they draw, as it wont get any easier for them. For QPR to win by a single goal is 31/10 with Ladbrokes. With QPR having the likes of Reading and Villa to come, they should bank the points starting with Sunderland. You know that Harry loves a fight, and he could be QPR’s 12th man come Saturday!
Best Bet: QPR to win – 11/8 Blue Square (bet £25 get £25 free at Blue Square)
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