There are six 3pm kick offs in the Barclay’s Premier League this Saturday as the busy festive schedule gets underway. There are some interesting games, and here we preview them all…
Premier League champions Manchester City host Reading at the Etihad Stadium. City haven’t been playing much like champions so far this season, but turned in an impressive display in a 3-1 victory last weekend at Newcastle. The Sky Blues have their injury problems and they could be missing Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri, Mario Balotelli and Aleksander Kolarov for the Royals’ visit.
Reading are bottom of the Premier League table and have only taken two points from nine matches on the road so far. And I can’t see them adding to that tally even despite City’s injuries. The hosts aren’t great value at 1/6 (Coral, Paddy Power) so take a look at other markets if you’re looking to make money from this one. For City only to score is available at 4/5 (Bet365) and supersub Edin Dzeko is 4/1 (BetVictor) to be the game’s last goalscorer.
Newcastle v QPR is a huge game at the bottom of the table. Both teams need the points, so it could be a tight and tense affair. The Toon Army have been on a bit of a slump recently. They’ve struggled to live up to the great performance of last season and sit just two points above the drop zone.
Rangers have improved under Harry Redknapp and picked up their first win last weekend. That win followed up three draws as they try to pick up to save themselves. Their upturn has matched Newcastle’s downturn. And so the 14/5 (BetVictor) on an away win looks good value.
Sunderland visit St Mary’s tomorrow to face Southampton. The Saints have a decent home record despite their lowly league position, so they’ll look at this game as a good chance for another three points.
The Black Cats have just one win away from the Stadium of Light and struggle for goals. It’s likely to be a tight game with a draw looking decent value at 5/2 (StanJames).
Spurs host Stoke at White Hart Lane. Andre Villas-Boas’ men are currently fourth and have strong home form. While the Potters are not the best on the road with just one away victory to their name so far this season.
Gareth Bale should return to the Tottenham line-up so I expect that they will be too strong for the visitors and claim the three points at 4/6 (Coral). The Welshman is 11/5 (Betfred) to score anytime.
West Brom and Norwich sit next to each other in 7th and 8th position respectively. They’ve both surprised many onlookers with impressive form in the first half of the campaign.
The Baggies have good home form and despite the Canaries lofty league position, they only have one away win, but a lot of draws on the road. A draw looks a decent bet to me in this one at 27/10 (BetVictor).
In the final game, West Ham host Everton. The Hammers sit mid-table but have beaten Chelsea at Upton Park this season. Everton have only two games so far and have enjoyed their best start to a season for some time.
Because of that, the Toffees are favourites with the bookmakers at 31/20 (BetVictor). But this will be a very tough test for them as Sam Allardyce has a very hard-working side who will battle all the way. I can see a home win in this one, and it’s good value at 21/10 (Totesport).