English Breakfast: Premier League Betting Cheat Sheet
The 17th round of Premier League fixtures features one matchup that could shuffle the power at the top of the table. But Arsenal and Chelsea square off Monday. First though, here is a quick look at the seven matches on the board Saturday.
Liverpool v Cardiff (-500, +650, +1500)
Why bet Liverpool: Luis Suarez is playing out of his mind and is easily one of the best on the planet at the moment. The superstar has now tallied 17 goals in just 11 appearances on the season. The Reds have won three-straight matches and are back in second on 33 points.
Key players out/doubtful: Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, José Enrique
Why bet Cardiff: The Bluebirds posted a very solid 1-0 home victory over slumping West Brom last time out. Nabbing any points at Anfield will be tough, but Craig Bellamy could be the only player unavailable to manager Malky Mackay as the side is relatively healthy.
Key players out/doubtful: Craig Bellamy
2012-13 fixture result: N/A
Key betting note: The Reds have scored at least four goals in the last four matches at Anfield.
Crystal Palace v Newcastle (+225, +240, +138)
Why bet Crystal Palace: Palace played fairly well at Stamford Bridge, but came up short en route a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last time out. They posted back-to-back victories prior and have only lost two matches in their past six overall. Tony Pulis has this team playing much, much better.
Key players out/doubtful: Jerome Thomas, Adlène Guédioura, Patrick McCarthy
Why bet Newcastle: Newcastle has been absolutely stellar this season, sitting sixth in the table and seriously competing for European spots. Plus, they will get a couple of key players back as Yohan Cabaye returns from suspension and Mathieu Debuchy should return from injury.
Key players out/doubtful: Ryan Taylor
2012-13 fixture result: N/A
Key betting note: Crystal Palace's last four home matches have resulted in under the 2.5 goal total.
Fulham v Manchester City (+850, +425, -275)
Why bet Fulham: The Cottagers might boast players like Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Bent and Maarten Stekelenburg, but they are still among the worst in the league. They own the 19th spot and have shown very little that would indicate they can move out of the relegation zone. If anything, new boss René Muelensteen has brought in a new tactical approach, but they just haven't gotten results.
Key players out/doubtful: Hugo Rodallega, Brede Hangeland
Why bet Manchester City: City looks more dangerous than anyone in the league. A win at Craven Cottage would move the Citizens even with Arsenal at the top of the table, pending the Gunners' result Monday. They have been an absolute machine recently with four wins and one draw in their last five.
Key players out/doubtful: Stevan Jovetic, Sergio Agüero, Pablo Zabaleta, Micah Richards, Matija Nastasic
2012-13 fixture result: Fulham 1, City 2
Key betting note: City's matches have gone over the 2.5 goal total in 10 of the last 12.
Manchester United v West Ham (-275, +425, +900)
Why bet Manchester United: Eighth in the table. That's where United currently resides. It's weird to type, but it's just the reality of the un-United season. They dropped back-to-back matches before a very good 3-0 away win over Aston Villa last time out. Robin van Persie remains sidelined, so it is still Wayne Rooney's show. That's not such a bad predicament. Plus, they absolutely own the Hammers having blanked them in eight of the last 10 at Old Trafford.
Key players out/doubtful: Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick
Why bet West Ham: Not the best form in the league for the Hammers, as they've won just won one game in their last nine. They did defeat Tottenham in the Capital One Cup midweek, which could be a rallying point for Big Sam Allardyce and his men.
Key players out/doubtful: Kevin Nolan, Stewart Downing, Winston Reid, Andy Carroll, Ricardo Vaz Te, Mladen Petric
2012-13 fixture result: Man United 1, West Ham 0
Key betting note: The Hammers have lost three-straight home matches in the Premier League.
Stoke v Aston Villa (+130, +225, +250)
Why bet Stoke: The Potters have played reasonably well recently, but are still a draw-machine with four in their last eight. They still can't score a whole lot - Charlie Adam leads the side with three - but they defend well, and haven't lost at home since a 1-0 defeat to Norwich back on Sept. 29.
Key players out/doubtful: Robert Huth, Matthew Etherington, Stephen Ireland
Why bet Aston Villa: Villa appears to be right on track, sitting 11th in the table, but are riding back-to-back losses into Saturday's match at the Brittania. But one part of the Villain's game that isn't on track is striker Christian Benteke. The Belgian has struggled mightily recently, and could see the bench as Libor Kozák has been great, with three goals in six appearances.
Key players out/doubtful: Charles N'Zogbia, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Jores Okore
2012-13 fixture result: Stoke 1, Villa 3
Key betting note: Villa is unbeaten in the last five meetings with Stoke (all competitions).
Sunderland v Norwich (+105, +250, +300)
Why bet Sunderland: The Black Cats sit dead-last in the league and although they've been a bit more competitive with Gus Poyet at the helm, they still can't seem to grab three points. They are at home though, where they've defeated both Manchester City and bitter-rivals Newcastle.
Key players out/doubtful: Carlos Cuéllar
Why bet Norwich: This is a team that appears to have turned a corner. After bringing in various new players, the Canaries started the season poorly, but have since been winning matches. They've won three and drawn one in their last six matches and could very well keep the positive results going at the Stadium of Light.
Key players out/doubtful: Elliott Bennett, Robert Snodgrass, Alexander Tettey, Anthony Pilkington
2012-13 fixture result: Sunderland 1, Norwich 1
Key betting note: Six of Sunderland's last seven matches at the Stadium of Light have gone over the 2.5 goal total.
West Brom v Hull (-110, +250, +300)
Why bet West Brom: Four-straight losses for the Baggies has them mired in 16th in the league table. The team is a mess right now. But, they are relatively healthy and there's possibly no better spot to grab three points than at home against the Tigers.
Key players out/doubtful: N/A
Why bet Hull: Despite just one win in their last six matches, the Tigers are still in a respectable 12th in the table. They have put together back-to-back draws and are always competitive. They are a fairly tidy club defensively, but scoring goals is their biggest concern. They have just six goals in eight away matches this season.
Key players out/doubtful: Sone Aluko, Stephen Quinn, Joe Dudgeon
2012-13 fixture result: N/A
Key betting note: The Baggies have lost their last two home matches in the Premier League.
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