Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Premier League Picks

We’re coming into the final stretch of the English football season and today’s biggest sporting events come from the top two leagues. In this article we’ll be previewing the day’s only Premier League fixture as well as two matches in the Championship that feature two of the three teams pushing for automatic promotion to the Premier League.

West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers:

This game is an incredibly important game for both sides. They sit 17th and 16th in the league respectively and a win will move West Ham six points clear of the bottom three while a Wolves victory will see them seven points clear. There’s no doubting that both sides will be going for this game, especially as a draw won’t be much good for either side. How will the game go though?

West Ham are the favourites as their home form has been impressive of late. Before losing at home to Bolton at the weekend, they had won three and drawn two of their previous five games. Wolves have lost three of their last six away games, but have won one and drawn one of their last two. They could argue that they should have beaten Aston Villa at the weekend too. With both sides going for the game I can see this being open and entertaining, but I feel that it will end level.

BetRepublic.com Recommends: Back the draw @ 23/10 with both sides to score @ 10/11 with William Hill.

Doncaster Rovers v Newcastle United:

After being relegated from the Premier League last season Newcastle are making a great attempt to get promoted at the first time of asking. They are two points clear of West Bromwich Albion in the second automatic promotion place and are ten points clear of Nottingham Forest in third place. It looks like they’ll be back in the Premier League next season, but can they get another three points against an in-form Doncaster Rovers this evening?

Rovers are unbeaten in six games, winning three and drawing three and have moved up to eighth in the league. They will be looking for the win to move to within three points of the play-off places, but can they get them? While Newcastle are unbeaten at home this season, they are nowhere near as good on the road and have drawn six of their last eight away games, winning one and losing one of the other two.

BetRepublic.com Recommends: Back the draw @ 23/10 with both sides to score @ 4/6 with Paddy Power.

Nottingham Forest v Crystal Palace:

Nottingham Forest are in imperious home form this season and they unbeaten in their last fifteen home games, with fourteen of those matches ending in wins. Crystal Palace have had a terrible season, they have gone into administration and were deducted ten points. They now sit in the relegation places and need to win this game in an attempt to stay in the league. Can they get anything from this game?

It is doubtful, and Paddy Power have Nottingham Forest at 8/13 with Crystal Palace at 5/1 and the draw is 5/2. I cannot see anything past a Nottingham Forest win in this game. Forest have only conceded five goals in their fifteen game unbeaten run and have kept ten clean sheets. Palace are unbeaten in their last four away games, with three draws and a win, plus they are scoring goals. However, I feel that Forest’s defence will have no problems in this game.

BetRepublic.com Recommends: Back Nottingham Forest to win to nil @ 7/5 with there to be more than 2.5 goals in the match @ 5/4.

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