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Manchester United to beat Blackburn @ 11/100
Despite their valiant draw at Anfield on Boxing Day, Blackburn look certain to return to losing ways on New Year’s Eve when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Blackburn are one of only two teams in the Premier League without an away win this season. In fact, they have won just one away game in the entire calendar year. Since they beat West Brom 3-1 at the Hawthorns on December 28th 2010 their only win on the road was a 3-2 triumph at Wolves on the final day of last season.
Manchester United, on the other hand, have lost just once at home this season, winning seven and drawing the other one. That defeat, a 6-1 reverse against Man City, was their only league defeat at Old Trafford in the calendar year, a run which includes 16 wins, one draw and one defeat.
On top of this, Blackburn have only won once at Old Trafford since 1962 – a 2-1 win in September 2005 – and go into the game rooted to the bottom of the table. With stats like that, nothing other than a home win is conceivable.
Stoke to beat Wigan @ 13/20
Nobody in the Premier League has lost more games away from home than Wigan this season, so expecting them to get anything from a ground where Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham have all failed to win this season is probably asking too much.
The Latics lost 5-0 at Old Trafford in their last away game and their goal difference of -20 is the worst in the league.
By their own high standards, Stoke have been inconsistent at home this season, winning just four of their nine matches so far. But with Wigan favouring an unconventional 3-5-2 formation in recent weeks this should play right into Stoke’s hands.
There should be plenty of space down the flanks for players like Matthew Etherington and whoever starts on the right (it looks to be between Ryan Shotton and Jermaine Pennant) to provide ammunition to Peter Crouch, Jon Walters and company. The Potters’ strike force is one of the tallest and most powerful in the league and this will surely stretch Wigan’s dodgy defence to the limits.
At 13/20, a home win looks like a great bet.
Arsenal to beat QPR @ 1/4
Arsenal might have been held at home by Wolves on Tuesday, but they still sit third in a Premier League table based only on home results. They have won six, drawn two and lost just once at home this season and they haven’t failed to score at the Emirates since August 20th.
In Robin van Persie they have one of the hottest strikers in world football and his failure to find the net in ten attempts on goal against Wolves is likely only to make him even more determined to shoot down QPR on Saturday, if selected.
QPR deserve credit for a decent draw at Swansea on Boxing Day, but it can’t disguise the fact that Neil Warnock’s side have now gone six games without a win, picking up just two points from a possible 18.
They have lost more than half of their matches away from home this season and another defeat looks likely in this one. At 1/4 Arsenal should be the first team on most punters’ football betting coupons.
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