For the last few weeks, Playing Away really has been playing away (maybe we are actually like Ryan Giggs after all) but after an enforced absence over the last few rounds of fixtures, we are back with a vengeance. Okay, maybe not a vengeance, more like a stern determination. Well, we’re back anyway.
And we’ve been through the Premier League fixtures choosing the best away bets, which include an odds-on shot and two big-priced shouts.
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And here they are…
Chelsea to beat Sunderland @ 7/10
Sunderland are in absolutely horrendous form and have been since as far back as March and I don’t see things getting any better for their beleaguered manager when Chelsea go to Wearside on Saturday.
Martin O’Neill is doing one rank bad job at the Stadium of Light and there is no obvious way out of the rut that he is in.
The former Celtic boss has overseen a run of just four wins in the last 27 league fixtures – Steve Bruce was sacked for winning five games over the same period – and the last three of those were against sides reduced to ten men.
It is such a poor situation that the Black Cats find themselves just a point off the drop zone and they will fear the visit of Chelsea, who have a brilliant record at Sunderland.
The Blues have won their last seven matches at the Stadium of Light and will be confident of seeing off a side who have found the net just five times in six home fixtures.
(Read a full Sunderland v Chelsea betting preview here)
Reading to beat Southampton @ 3/1
For me, there is very little to choose between these two newly-promoted sides and as such, the price on Reading to beat Southampton looks a bit of a big one.
Both teams have struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League after winning automatic promotion from the Championship last season as they both reside in the relegation zone heading towards Christmas.
It could well be where both teams end up in May and I don’t think the Saints should be odds-on to beat anybody in this division and the value therefore lies with the Royals.
Brian McDermott’s side are without an away win in the league (they did beat QPR in the Capital One Cup) but they have been unfortunate not to pick up a win – they have led four times on their travels, so they have put themselves in good positions to pick up the points – and they will target this as the match to get that monkey off their back.
Reading finished above Southampton in winning the title last season, won at St Mary’s in comprehensive fashion in April and have it in them to do so again.
(Read a full Southampton v Reading betting preview here)
West Brom to beat Arsenal @ 11/2
Again, this is hardly a banker shout but when I look at odds of 11/2 for West Bromwich Albion to go the Emirates and beat an Arsenal side that is in disarray, I have to be getting involved.
Swansea went to north London and beat the Gunners last weekend when priced up at 6/1 and the Baggies, who lest we forget are five places and five points above their hosts, are capable of inflicting more misery on Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal are in dreadful form, having won just two of their last ten games in all competitions. What’s more, they are not playing well and if Steve Clarke’s side were to get ahead, the poisonous atmosphere that is bubbling under the surface at the Emirates could really overspill.
West Brom are playing well and won 3-2 at Arsenal two years ago. At 11/2, it is worth a go they repeat the trick.
(Read a full Arsenal v West Brom betting preview here)