Despite a string of fairly unattractive fixtures, the Premier League is the focus for this weekend’s Saturday accumulator. For some, only a punt will generate interest in events at the Britannia and DW Stadiums, so why not string together this set of prospective outcomes? New customers can claim a free £25 bet below and using that on the following 8/1 accumulator will secure winnings of £226.25 if it proves successful. Here’s why it’s worth a play:
Chelsea to win away at West Brom @ 91/100
Although the Baggies are on something of a roll right now, Chelsea have not dropped a point against them in 11 Premier League meetings. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the Blues have won 18 of their last 20 matches against West Brom in all competitions, drawing the other two. Roy Hodgson’s side are aiming for a third successive Premier League win, but such a feat hasn’t been achieved by the club since 2002, and don’t back a repeat of that on Saturday. Granted, Chelsea’s form is questionable at the minute with only three wins in their last 11 league games, but manager Andre Villas-Boas has eased Didier Drogba (9/2 first scorer) back into his side and the Ivorian is searching for his 100th Premier League goal. Crucially, he has notched up eight goals in eight league appearances against West Brom, so expect him to fire his side to victory at the Hawthorns.
Blackburn v Aston Villa: both teams to score in the match @ 31/50
As this will be the 11th meeting between these two clubs in the last two-and-a-half seasons, they know a thing or two about each other. Although in the relegation zone, Blackburn have netted more home goals than top-half stalwarts Liverpool and Everton have this season, and generally find the back of the net at least once when at Ewood Park. Villa have a decent return of 15 goals from 13 away games and will be encouraged by the fact that Rovers have gone 29 league games without a clean sheet. Alex McLeish’s side have fared better on the road than at home this season and their recent record of just one loss in their last seven away trips suggests the Villans are more comfortable away from the boo-boys at Villa Park. McLeish will look to Gabby Agbonlahor (9/5 to score anytime) to provide his firepower, the forward having netted in four of his five games against Blackburn, but back both teams find a breakthrough for a safe bet.
Both teams to score in Stoke v Norwich @ 18/25
This fixture is set to be a mammoth clash of physical ability as both sides are renowned for their prowess in the air. Stoke, who have netted the highest proportion of goals from dead ball situations in the top flight this season, could meet their match in Norwich, who have notched 14 headed goals from a combination of open play and set-pieces – a divisional high. The Canaries have further reason to be confident too, having won four of their last eight league games. Stoke have not been as formidable as usual at home this season, but they remain a force in front of their own fans and only one of the last 14 league matches between these two has ended as an away win (16/5). Expect an evenly balanced, ding-dong battle of strength at the Britannia Stadium, with both sides making their mark.
Under 2.5 goals between Wigan and Swansea @ 7/10
This game has stalemate written all over it. Not only have Swansea failed to score in their last four matches against Wigan in all competitions, but the Latics have also failed to score in five home matches this season – a joint high in the Premier League. Similarly, Swansea have failed to score in seven of their away league games this term, more than any other team, and bwin’s offer of 27/4 for no goal to be scored at the DW Stadium is worth a few quid, but perhaps on a separate bet slip as a surprise early goal could kill your accumulator. Roberto Martinez comes up against his old side and he’ll be looking to stop the rot of 11 home games without a win. But it won’t be easy against the Swans, who are well organised and play neat football under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers. The visitors don’t quite have the cutting edge away from home, though, and 61.5 per cent of their games have produced fewer than three goals. Any more than two goals in this one is difficult to foresee, so back under 2.5 goals at the DW.
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