With two of the Premier League’s top three – Manchester United and Chelsea – both away from home this weekend, it falls to Liverpool, Manchester City and Newcastle United to do the business in the Home Heroes banker treble on Saturday.
Liverpool face an unpredictable Wigan side who are cursed by an inability to win successive games on their travels, while Aston Villa shouldn’t be the team to break Man City’s brilliant unbeaten league run at home which stretches back almost two years.
Poor travellers Swansea haven’t beaten the Magpies on Tyneside for more than 20 years, so Newcastle should complete a treble that will allow new customers who use their free £20 bet for joining bwin.com to pocket winnings of £65.70.
Liverpool to beat Wigan @ 11/25
Wigan are an infuriating team to try to predict. An away win at Tottenham Hotspur just two weeks ago was followed by a 2-1 home defeat to West Brom last Saturday and their erratic form has no doubt been the undoing of many accumulators this season.
However, the telling statistic here could be that Wigan haven’t won consecutive away games since December, meaning that a second successive victory on the road at Anfield this Saturday is very unlikely.
The Latics did defeat Liverpool on Merseyside last season and Brendan Rodgers’ men are three games without a victory in the Premier League, but successive draws with Newcastle and Chelsea shows that the confidence is coming back and they are becoming much more difficult to beat.
They are also on a run of three without defeat at Anfield, so I fancy them to do the business this weekend.
(Read a full Liverpool v Wigan betting preview here)
Man City to beat Aston Villa @ 11/50
Paul Lambert’s Villa knocked Manchester City out of the Capital One Cup with an extra-time victory at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season, but facing City at home in the league is a totally different kettle of fish.
The Citizens haven’t lost a home league game for almost two calendar years and have won five out of six on home turf this campaign. On top of that, City have put four past Villa on each of their last two meetings in the Premier League and haven’t lost to them over 90 minutes in Manchester since April 2007 – six games ago.
Lambert’s Villans have won only once on the road all season, losing four and drawing one, so Mancini needn’t be quaking in his boots over this one.
One of these days, City’s proud home record will fall, but it won’t be this week. A home win in this one is as safe as houses.
(Read a full Man City v Aston Villa betting preview here)
Newcastle to beat Swansea @ 87/100
Swansea began the season with a 5-0 away win at QPR but they haven’t picked up another win on their travels since, losing three and drawing one – including a defeat at struggling Aston Villa and a draw last week at fellow strugglers Southampton.
Their last win at St James’ Park came in Division 2 back in 1980, which was also the last time they scored a goal on Tyneside. In their defence, only four games have been played between the sides at St James’ since then, but they went down 3-0 in the Championship as recently as 2009 and drew 0-0 in the Premier League last season.
Newcastle suffered a disappointing defeat at home to West Ham in their last fixture, but free from the distraction of Europa League action this week, they should get back to winning ways on Saturday.