English breakfast: Premier League betting notes

Apr 25, 2013 |
Here's a look at the ten games on tap in the Premier League this weekend that includes two games with ramifications for the relegation battle and a blockbuster tie between Arsenal and Manchester United.

All lines courtesy of Bet365.com.


Reading (20th, 24) v QPR (19th, 24) +155 +250 +188

Previous meeting: QPR 1, Reading 1, November 4

* Both teams are seven points away from 18th-place Wigan. A draw will do neither team good if they are to make it out of the relegation zone.

* QPR's great escape has gotten off to a terrible start, collecting only one point in the past five games.

* Reading's goal scoring rate is up in the past nine games (five goals scored) than to the rest of its campaign (nine goals in 29 games).

Chelsea (4th, 62) v Swansea (9th, 42) -275 +450 +800
Previous meeting: Swansea 1, Chelsea 1, November 3

* Chelsea is in a battle with Arsenal and Tottenham for the third and fourth position in the table, and the Champions League qualification berths that go with them. Chelsea is one point up on Spurs, with a meeting at Tottenham on May 8. Chelsea is also the only English team remaining in European competition, after playing Basel in Switzerland in the Europa League on Thursday.

* Swansea is safely in mid-table and faces no fear of being relegated or challenging for the European places.

* Chelsea is undefeated at home in the league in its past six (5-1-0), outscoring the opposition 13-5.

* Swansea has scored three goals in its last six road games.

Arsenal (3rd, 63) v Manchester United (Champions, 84) +125 +260 +230
Previous meeting: Manchester United 2, Arsenal 1

* Manchester United clinched the championship on Monday.

* Arsenal is one point above Chelsea and two points above Tottenham, and have one fewer game remaining.

* Manchester United starting central defenders Rio Ferdinand and captain Nemanja Vidic have been declared fit for the match.

* The over is 5-2 in Arsenal's last seven home games.
Aston Villa (17th, 34) v Sunderland (14th, 37) +130 +240 +240
Previous meeting: Sunderland 0, Aston Villa 1, November 3

* Aston Villa is three points ahead of Wigan for the last relegation spot. Both teams will meet at Wigan on the final day of the season.

* Sunderland is six points above Wigan for the final relegation spot.

* Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has scored 10 goals in his past 14 league games.

* Sunderland is 2-0-1 under new manager Paolo Di Canio, including two clean sheets in a row. The last time Sunderland kept a clean sheet was January 29.

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