Following a disappointing weekend for English sport, spread bettors will be glad that Premier League action returns on Saturday. Punters will once again be thumbing through the fixtures and the stats before deciding which spreads deserve their money.
Liverpool face a home match against Manchester City, while local rivals Manchester United welcome Everton to Old Trafford. Spread bettors looking to buy Arsenal’s win index spread will have been disheartened by the news of Robin van Persie’s ankle injury which will also make it tougher for the Gunners to keep the pressure on Chelsea with their tricky trip to Sunderland.
Saturday’s lunchtime match sees the under pressure Rafa Benitez go against Mark Hughes.
Spread buyers of Liverpool’s win index will be concerned that the Reds have only won once in nine matches, even though only one league point separates them from their opponents. In these nine matches they have kept just one clean sheet, while they have conceded 15 times – numbers that would normally encourage a sell of Liverpool’s supremacy spread. However, buyers will know that the win and clean sheet described was against Manchester Utd.
Spread buyers can also take heart from Liverpool’s head-to-head record against City – the last time the side beat Liverpool was back in 2003 with a 2-1 win.
Those interested in the total goals and the goal minutes spread market should note that the last four meetings between these two at Anfield have only produced five goals, at an average of 1.25 goals per game.
Punters that enjoy an in-running spread bet should make themselves aware that in the last four matches all bar one were goalless going into the break.
Manchester United hope to return to winning ways in their teatime fixture against Everton. Spread buyers of United’s win index will be encouraged that the last time United lost to Everton, home or away, was in 2005 after a Duncan Ferguson winner.
In that period the sides have met nine times, with six wins for United. Spread punters might well decide to sell United’s match supremacy if they look at the last five results though; all games were decided by a goal or less.
Sporting Index’s bookings index, as always, will attract much attention but spread bettors may be unsure of which way to go – there’s nothing spectacular in an average 37 point index spread make-up from the last three meetings.
Although buyers of Arsenal’s win index against Sunderland will be a little worried about van Persie’s setback they will take encouragement from their team’s recent form.
The Gunners have won their previous four matches in all competitions and haven’t lost since the middle of September. But it is buyers of their goals spreads who will be most delighted, as the North London outfit have scored 25 goals since the turn of October.
While buyers will be eagerly anticipating another goal-fest, spread sellers will point to last season’s results against Sunderland; the Black Cats only conceded once in the two matches.
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