There are five games kicking off at 3pm on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League. Here, we’ll preview each of those and try and help tip some winners ahead the festive season…
Liverpool play Aston Villa at Anfield. The hosts are huge favourites at 2/5 (Totesport, Paddy Power) but their home form hasn’t been particularly good in recent times to merit such short odds in my opinion.
That said, Aston Villa are not the force they once were. But they do come into the game buoyed by an impressive 4-1 win at Norwich in midweek in the Capital One Cup, and they are five games unbeaten in all competitions.
The Reds are boosted by the return of Luis Suarez after suspension, so they have a forward if they want to select him. They did manage to beat West Ham without him last weekend, but he is by far their main goal threat and I can see him bagging a couple of goals tomorrow (7/2 to two or more with SkyBet, Betfred).
Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland face a daunting trip to face league leaders Manchester United at Old Trafford. They beat Reading 3-0 on Tuesday evening but this is an entirely different proposition and even at 16/1 (BetVictor) I can’t see any value in backing the Black Cats.
United look strong, if not dominant, this season and played very well to earn a 3-2 derby win over City last Sunday. There’s not much value in backing them to win at 2/9 (Coral), but a convincing 4-0 home win is available at 10/1 (Ladbrokes).
Norwich host Wigan at Carrow Road. The Canaries were knocked out of the Capital One Cup in midweek by Aston Villa which ended an impressive unbeaten run. Can they bounce back from that disappointment straight away?
It’ll be difficult but the Latics have gone three games without a win. They’re a good side and play some good football so it should be a good game. A draw would be my prediction at 5/2 (Bet365), with a repeat of last season’s 1-1 draw available at 6/1 (Betfred, William Hill).
Can QPR get a win at last? They’re at home to Fulham on Saturday still looking for their first Premier League victory. Harry Redknapp’s arrival hasn’t had such an instant impact but his charges have managed three draws from his three games in charge so far.
Fulham come into the game off the back of a 2-1 victory over Newcastle on Monday night and will not make it easy for Rangers. You think that Harry will help QPR to a win sooner or later, maybe it will come this weekend. A home win is available at 7/5 (StanJames).
The final 3pm kick off features Stoke and Everton at the Britannia Stadium. Both teams have enjoyed good starts to the season. Stoke are unbeaten at home so far this campaign and the Toffees have risen up to 4th in the Premier League.
This could be a close game. The Stoke fans give great support and will be in full voice to make it a hostile atmosphere for the visitors. It’s never an easy place to go, the only slight issue they have is that they don’t score too many goals.