Oddslife’s Premier League Predictions
Posted on April 12, 2012 by Luke Massey
Norwich vs Man City
Manchester United’s defeat at the DW was described as ‘music to the ears’ of City boss Roberto Mancini. The Italian was strangely dismissive of his side’s title hopes post match, but you get the feeling he is engaging in a few mind games.
The door has been left ajar, but they must make sure to take advantage of United’s unexpected slip up, starting at Carrow Road. After an impressive win at White Hart Lane, Paul Lambert will be hoping to spring another major surprise.
Sunderland vs Wolves
Wolves look as good as relegated, after picking up just 1 point from 9 games. In truth the board of directors had an absolute nightmare getting rid of Mick McCarthy and installing rookie Terry Connor. By contrast, when Sunderland sacked the similarly well respected Steve Bruce, they knew they had a ready-made replacement lined up.
The Black Cats are still pushing for a top half finish, but are without a win in 3 games. Exiting the FA Cup at the quarter final stage seemed to kill off the momentum they were carrying throughout February and March. I’m backing the underdogs!
Swansea vs Blackburn
The Swans are pretty much safe, but will be looking to arrest a worrying slide at home to Blackburn. After a run of 3 successive victories took them 8th in mid March, 4 defeats on the bounce has them looking over their shoulder in 14th. Perhaps more worrying is their lack of goals – just 1 in those 4 games.
Steve Kean will have been deflated by his side’s late Liverpool surrender, but the Glaswegian has shown tremendous resolve all season long. If Yakubu continues to bang in the goals, the Lancastrians still have a fighting chance of surviving.
West Brom vs QPR
Inspired by Joey Barton against Swansea, Rangers now need to back it up with another good performance. Each of their last 2 victories has been immediately followed with a defeat. This is a winnable game too – Roy Hodgson’s side have just 1 win in 6.
The Baggies are starting to fall into the category of not having much to play for. They are unlikely to finish in the top half, but similarly unlikely to fall into the bottom 3. 1 point takes them to the magic 40 and I think they’ll get there on Saturday.
Man Utd vs Aston Villa
Less than a week ago, the title was over. After a shoddy display at Wigan by the ‘champions elect’, it’s very much game on. Expect Paul Scholes to be recalled to restore order to a lifeless midfield four, and Wayne Rooney to hit back after his early substitution at the DW.
Aston Villa fans are starting to get a little twitchy. They are without a win in 4, and sit precariously above the drop zone. Here’s a stat for you before you bet on this one – Only Manchester United themselves have lost fewer away games than Aston Villa this season.
Arsenal vs Wigan
The mood is strangely upbeat at the Emirates at the moment. They may not be involved in the title race, but they are at least moving away from a pack of sides jostling for 4th spot. Only Manchester United and Liverpool have left this part of North London with 3 points this season.
After their historic midweek victory, expect Roberto Martinez’s side to give it a go again. Victor Moses may cause a few problems for the Gunners on the break, but I can only see 1 result. The Latics will be looking to future games against the likes of Blackburn and Wolves.