Three sides with very different ambitions for the season take to the road this weekend in Manchester United, Swansea City and Southampton, but what they do have in common is that they will all fancy their chances of collecting maximum points against Fulham, West Ham and Wigan Athletic respectively.
While each bet should be considered on its individual merits, new customers to bwin who back the treble with their free £20 bet would see a seriously impressive return of £310.86 should the trio all secure victories.
Man Utd to beat Fulham @ 57/100
Man Utd opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the table in midweek as they capitalised on Man City’s goalless draw at QPR on Tuesday evening with a 2-1 win at home to Southampton the following night, courtesy of a Wayne Rooney double.
The Reds travel to Craven Cottage this weekend to face Fulham for the second time in a week after they saw off the Cottagers 4-1 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday and they’ll be hoping for a repeat of their 5-0 success in west London last season.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are unbeaten since November, when they went down 1-0 to Norwich, and have since won ten and drawn two of their subsequent 12 league games as they find themselves in a strong position to regain the Premier League title from neighbours City.
United are the league’s leading scorers having found the net 59 times in 24 league matches, 18 of those coming through top scorer Robin van Persie, who has notched six goals against Martin Jol’s side, including a strike in their 3-2 win against Fulham in the league earlier in the season.
Strike partner Rooney also has a knack of scoring against the Cottagers, having managed ten in 20 appearances, and if the two forwards are on form this weekend, the league leaders should dispatch their hosts, whose 3-1 home win against West Ham in midweek was their first in the league at Craven Cottage since December 10th.
Swansea to beat West Ham @ 2/1
The Swans’ goalless draw away at Sunderland on Tuesday night extended their unbeaten run in the league to seven games as they currently sit eighth in the table in what has been an impressive first season in charge for Michael Laudrup following his appointment in the summer.
The Welsh club travel to Upton Park in search of a double over the Hammers after they comfortably saw off Sam Allardyce’s men 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium in their first home game of the season, with Spanish attacker Michu grabbing one of his 13 league goals this term in that game.
One of the major reasons for their success this season, which includes their run to the Capital One Cup final, is their solid defensive record, with the Swans possessing the joint third-meanest defence along with Everton, having kept seven clean sheets in total this season.
Five of those shut-outs have come away from home, where they have conceded just nine goals in 12 games, and they’ll fancy their chances against a West Ham team that are without a win in four league matches, having lost their last two, while conceding eight in those games.
The Hammers sit 13th in the table, seven points above the drop zone, a gap that could be reduced this weekend after the visit of the Swans, who look a very attractive option at 2/1 to secure maximum points for the ninth time this season.
Southampton to beat Wigan @ 23/10
While his first two games in charge may have only yielded one point, new Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino certainly won’t be disappointed with the effort of his players after they followed up a 0-0 draw at home to Everton with a narrow 2-1 defeat away at Man Utd on Wednesday evening.
That loss ended a run of six games unbeaten for the south-coast club, whose previous game on the road saw them come from two goals down to grab a point against Chelsea.
Pochettino’s men will be eager to avenge the 2-0 defeat they suffered against the Latics at St Mary’s earlier in the season, especiallly as they remain just three points above the relegation places.
Wigan enter this game without a win in their last four matches and currently sit in the drop zone, largely as a result of a leaky defence which has shipped 45 goals – only Aston Villa have conceded more in the league this term.
Having been a prolific scorer in the lower divisions for the majority of his career, Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has quashed any doubts that he would not be able to cut it in the top flight, with the former Bristol Rovers forward having found the net ten times in the league already.
Wigan have avoided defeat in just ten of their 24 league matches this term and while a Southampton win certainly would not be classed as a banker, their performances in recent weeks certainly make them worth backing to collect all three points at the DW Stadium this weekend.