After being let down by Manchester United and Fulham last week, I have dusted myself down, thrown away my angry letter to Robin van Persie and selected Chelsea v Wigan Athletic, Swansea City v Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United v Everton to produce the over 2.5 goals goods this time out.
The midweek international friendlies provided a welcome distraction and it was a tremendously successful week for the home nations, but domestic football is where our hearts lie (unless there’s a summer tournament on) and so we return to the Premier League anticipating goals, goals and more goals.
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Over 2.5 goals in Chelsea v Wigan @ 53/100
The only way Rafael Benitez could be less popular at Stamford Bridge right now would be if he ran on to the pitch after a loss and ripped his shirt off to reveal a Liverpool top underneath, before flicking the ‘V’s and kicking a Chelsea Pensioner while urinating on Frank Lampard’s canned contract extension papers.
But failure to beat Wigan on Saturday might also cause a boo or two.
The Spaniard has been jeered heartily ever since he walked through the door, even when overseeing an 8-0 win over Aston Villa and a 4-0 win at Stoke, and he will be hoping to get out of a recent rut with a big win over the Latics.
Fellow Spaniard Roberto Martinez sees his side in a relegation battle once again, but will have been buoyed by their fightback to claim a draw against Southampton last week.
Eight of Wigan’s 12 away games have seen three or more goals and with the second-best attack in the Premier League coming up against the second-worst defence, Ali Al-Habsi may be picking the ball out of his net quite a lot on Saturday.
Over 2.5 goals in Swansea v QPR @ Evens
People wondered how Swansea would cope with a forced managerial change last summer as Michael Laudrup replaced the outgoing Brendan Rodgers, and one particular pattern has emerged.
The Welsh side have been as tight as a duck’s feathered area in away games and can boast the joint-best away defensive record, but only five teams have scored less on the road.
However, at the Liberty Stadium it is a different story, with nine of their 12 home games featuring over 2.5 goals, mostly thanks to Michu.
QPR have been a regular fixture in GG articles this season but have shored things up somewhat since Harry Redknapp came in, and Christopher Samba has been widely accredited as one of the best captures of the January window.
However, the Hoops need to start winning games if they are to avoid the drop and will be likely to go for it against a Swansea side who average nearly two goals per home game.
Over 2.5 goals in Manchester Utd v Everton @ 31/50
I’ll be honest, a lot of the logic behind this selection came from last season’s epic and title-race changing 4-4 draw at Old Trafford.
Only two of United’s 12 home games in 2012/13 have featured less than three goals and with the in-form pair of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie going up against an Everton defence that conceded three to Aston Villa last time out, there is sure to be chances aplenty in the Sunday afternoon clash.
United will want revenge for their 1-0 defeat to David Moyes’ men on the opening Monday of the season, while Everton will be looking to keep pace with Tottenham in the race for fourth.
If Marouane Fellaini is fit, he will presumably cause turmoil in a very shaky United backline – as he did in that eight-goal thriller – and the Toffees are capable of goals from all over the park. Even their left-back is a goalscoring machine!
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