Premier League Preview From Matt Le Tissier
Premier League legend Matt Le Tissier previews the weekend’s action in the top-flight for FreeBets.com
It’s been a difficult start to Rafael Benitez’s reign. And I think it will get tougher still for Chelsea against West Ham tomorrow in the early kick-off.
Points won’t be enough to silence the anti-Rafa brigade. He’s going to have to do it with style and grinding out results won’t win him any fans.
The Hammers are decent at Upton Park and have lost only to Arsenal there in the league all season. They’ll be more adventurous than Fulham were in their midweek defeat to the Blues and the West Ham double chance at 1.90 with Ladbrokes looks a good bet.
I was at the Arsenal game in midweek and I’ll be at the Swansea game tomorrow – in fact I’ve seen them so much this term I feel I’m a Gunners’ season ticket holder. Their away form is mixed but they’re typically strong at the Emirates.
Swansea had a bit of a blip but look good now. Backing them +1 on the Asian handicap at 22/19 with 188BET might be a profitable play.
My old side Southampton travel to Anfield unbeaten in four games. That includes two wins and two draws – the latest a credible stalemate with in-form Norwich on Wednesday. Liverpool saw their own seven-game unbeaten league run ended by Spurs in midweek and have let down too many coupons over the last year.
Our defence still isn’t great, and our goalkeeper looks shaky, so there is an argument that Luis Suarez will be too much of a handful. But I’m hopeful we can sneak a draw, with the 4/1 at BetVictor looking overpriced.
I didn’t have much luck at Liverpool. I was made to play as a holding midfielder in 1995 with tackling never one of my strong points. It was live on Sky and I got sent off for two late challenges.
I scored a cracker at the Kop End in 1993 though, and bagged a hat-trick at the Dell in a 4-2 win over the Reds in 1994. That was on Valentine’s Day, no less.
It’s a huge game at the bottom of the table and Aston Villa might just be catching Queens Park Rangers at the wrong time. QPR got a decent point at Sunderland and will be fired up for Harry Redknapp’s first home game in charge.
The inexperience in the Villa side might just show so I’m backing a home win at a healthy 11/10 with Paddy Power.
Can Reading get their first ever win against Manchester United at home? No.
Although the Royals have only lost once at home in the league this season to Spurs, they’ve drawn the majority. United had a blip at Norwich a few weeks ago but they’re scoring goals and should have too much for Reading.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side can be backed with a -1 handicap at a generous looking 11/10 with Bet365 and that should hopefully round off a nice day of betting.