Manchester United’s surprise defeat to Tottenham last Saturday prevented me from landing a third consecutive Home Heroes win, despite Everton and Stoke City keeping their part of the bargain by beating Southampton and Swansea City respectively. This week, I’m dropping United in favour of their rivals Manchester City, while also putting my faith in West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea to get me back to winning ways.
Roberto Di Matteo’s men face struggling Norwich City at Stamford Bridge, while the champions protect one of Europe’s best home records against Sunderland and the Baggies host bottom club Queens Park Rangers.
New customers to bwin qualify for a free £20 bet and using that to back this week’s Home Heroes treble will return £59 if successful.
Chelsea to beat Norwich @ 13/50
In-form Chelsea have made a flying start to the season, winning five and drawing one of their opening six Premier League matches. Their unbeaten start sees them go into Saturday’s tie with Norwich as league leaders and with the best goal difference in the division, helped by four clean sheets in six games.
On top of this, they have only lost once at home in the Premier League in the whole of 2012 and on Saturday they face a team who they have beaten in their last five meetings at the Bridge, accumulating an aggregate score of 17-1.
The Canaries, who are yet to win away from home under Chris Hughton, are languishing in 18th place in the Premier League table and conceded five goals for the second time already this season during last weekend’s defeat to Liverpool.
The visitors are really up against it here and a home win seems inevitable.
(Read a full Chelsea v Norwich betting preview here)
Manchester City to beat Sunderland @ 1/4
Premier League champions Manchester City have a home record to strike fear into any opponent in the world. They haven’t lost a league match at the Etihad since a 2-1 defeat to Everton in December 2010 – that’s nearly 20 months ago.
Last season they won 18 out of 19 at home, dropping just two points (incidentally, against Sunderland), and they’ve started this season in a similar manner with two wins, one draw and seven goals scored.
Saturday’s visitors Sunderland haven’t won away to City in the Premier League era, last recording a win at Maine Road in the second tier in January 1998 and last winning there in the top flight in 1981.
The Black Cats have conceded 12 goals in their last three visits to Manchester’s blue side and have yet to win away from home this season, drawing all three on the road so far, so the signs point to a long afternoon for Martin O’Neill’s side.
(Read a full Man City v Sunderland betting preview here)
West Brom to beat QPR @ 87/100
Home specialists West Brom are yet to even concede a goal at home in the Premier League this season, beating Liverpool, Everton and Reading to nil. The Baggies are unbeaten in their last five home matches against QPR, stretching back to season 2000/01, and they beat them 1-0 at the Hawthorns in last season’s match-up.
Rangers have made an abysmal start to the season, leaving boss Mark Hughes facing the realistic prospect of winning the Premier League sack race if results don’t pick up soon. The R’s are winless so far and sit bottom of the pile with just two points following four defeats and two draws.
A second-half fightback against West Ham on Monday did restore a bit of pride at Loftus Road but still fell short of securing a point for Hughes’ beleaguered strugglers and avoiding another defeat to the Baggies seems unlikely.
(Read a full West Brom v QPR betting preview here)
New customers to bwin can register here for a free £20 bet or click here to see all our Premier League odds.
Follow us on Twitter @bwin