This week’s Home Heroes is unusual, in that none of the selections – Arsenal, Swansea City and Wigan Athletic – can really be described as ‘home bankers’.
Nevertheless, beating the bookies is rarely achieved by scratching the surface and that is why I have dug a little deeper to justify my selections.
Despite their poor form, Arsenal look good to beat West Brom given that they haven’t lost consecutive home games in the Premier League for more than two years, while Swansea’s home record beats Norwich’s away record and inconsistent Wigan should find their form again in time to see off a feeble QPR side who look beyond even the help of Harry Redknapp.
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Arsenal to beat West Brom @ 12/25
It’s not often that you will hear me quoting Adrian Chiles as an authority on football, but the grumpy ITV1 presenter and celebrity West Brom fan had a point when he told Lee Dixon after Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat to Olympiakos that he had a horrible feeling the Gunners would take out their frustrations on the Baggies on Saturday.
Arsenal haven’t lost two consecutive home matches for more than two years (since November 2010) and they have won the last two meetings against West Brom, scoring three goals on each occasion.
Steve Clarke’s side have been this season’s surprise package but their bubble appears to have burst following successive defeats to Swansea and Stoke, so Arsenal should get back to winning ways in this one.
(Read a full Arsenal v West Brom betting preview here)
Swansea to beat Norwich @ 4/5
Swansea are flying in the Premier League right now. They have won three of their last four matches and are currently unbeaten in their last six, the highlight of which was last weekend’s brilliant 2-0 win over Arsenal in London.
Michael Laudrup’s men haven’t lost at the Liberty Stadium since September 22nd, during which time they have beaten West Brom and Wigan, and held Liverpool and Chelsea to draws.
Norwich are on a great run of nine unbeaten themselves, but they are yet to win away from home this season, drawing five and losing three, and they have conceded at least one goal in all but one of their matches on the road so far.
When two sides on good runs meet something has to give and Swansea’s strong home record should see them have the edge here.
(Read a full Swansea v Norwich betting preview here)
Wigan to beat QPR @ 13/10
Wigan are the ultimate example of inconsistency, making it fairly difficult to include them on your accumulator most weekends. This week we are lucky, however, because Roberto Martinez’s side are at home to QPR.
Harry Redknapp might be the media darling in England but he has yet to really work his magic during his short spell at Loftus Road. Two uninspiring draws against Sunderland and Aston Villa have done little for their survival hopes and, similarly, have done nothing to make me have any faith in them getting a result at the DW Stadium.
The Rs have lost 11 of their 15 Premier League games so far, conceding in all but two of them, and have picked up just one solitary point away from home, leaving them marooned to the bottom of the table.
They were soundly beaten 2-0 by Wigan in the corresponding fixture last year and the Latics, while remaining inconsistent, have already picked up eight points on home soil this campaign.
Redknapp might be good, but he’s not that good. Wigan should win this one.
(Read a full Wigan v QPR betting preview here)