This week features Carling Cup ties on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea all in action. However, it is the return of the Premier League on Saturday and Sunday which football betting fans will be focusing on following yesterday’s dramatic action.
Manchester United’s 6-1 humiliation at the hands of fierce rivals Manchester City means their clash with Everton at Goodison Park has taken on added significance. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson called the derby result the worst in his history as a manager and player and predicted a reaction from his “humiliated” players. While Carling Cup opponents Aldershot are first in the firing line on Tuesday, the starting XI is sure to be much-changed from the one which took to the field for the derby. This means it is Everton who are likely to bear the brunt of United’s ire on Saturday, when the likes of Wayne Rooney and Nani return to action. However, while Ferguson expects a markedly improved performance from his players in Liverpool, Everton are unlikely to roll over too easily. David Moyes’ men are unbeaten against United in their last three games at Goodison, with a win and two draws, suggesting victory for the Red Devils is far from assured despite their odds of 3/4 to come out on top.
While the game at Goodison Park will grab a fair share of attention, the glamour tie of the weekend is at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea are taking on Arsenal. The Blues also suffered a shock loss yesterday, with QPR emerging 1-0 winners of the west London derby at Loftus Road. Meanwhile, Arsenal are starting to find their feet after a poor start to the campaign and beat Stoke 3-1 at the Emirates on Sunday. Nevertheless, they go into the game as 9/2 outsiders, with Chelsea odds-on to recover from their setback by claiming all three points. A successful £25 free bet on Arsenal to make it back-to-back defeats for Chelsea would return £137.50, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
Elsewhere, Roy Hodgson will be reunited with former club Liverpool on Saturday when West Brom take on the Reds at the Hawthorns. Two Chris Brunt penalties helped the Baggies to a win over Kenny Dalglish’s side when the two teams last met in April. The result was particularly sweet for Hodgson, who took over at West Brom after being shunted aside to make way for Dalglish at Anfield in January. This time around, West Brom are 16/5 outsiders to repeat their April success, with Liverpool going into the match as 17/20 favourites.
Saturday is also a big day for Steve Kean, who is under mounting pressure from disgruntled fans of Blackburn. The Scot takes his side to Carrow Road to meet Norwich on Saturday and failure to beat the Canaries could see his tenure as boss brought to an end. Paul Lambert is under no such pressure after overseeing Norwich’s encouraging start to the campaign and his team are 11/10 to win, with Blackburn success priced at 49/20 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
The final game on our list is Manchester City against Wolves, with Mick McCarthy another manager whose future is uncertain. The former Ireland boss was under severe pressure after Wolves lost five league games on the bounce before a late rally earned the Old Gold a 2-2 draw with Swansea at Molineux on Saturday. But Wolves are likely to revert to type at Eastlands – going on recent form the rampant Citizens will win and win big.
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