English Breakfast: Premier League betting cheat sheet

Oct 5, 2013 |
Four games on the board in the Premier League Sunday, and each could be highly entertaining football. Arsenal is coming off a massive victory in Champions League over a very good Napoli side and look to win its sixth-straight match in the League.

Norwich v Chelsea (+500, +280, -150)

Why bet Norwich: The Canaries defend well at home and it's never easy to leave Carrow Road with three points. An away win at Stoke will have the club confident, but four goals scored at this stage is borderline unacceptable. Norwich spent money in the transfer window, but have gotten little production from striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel. He and Gary Hooper must start producing.

Key players out/doubtful: Elliott Bennett

Why bet Chelsea:
Mourinho and his team must find consistency in league play. Using a big midweek victory over Steaua Bucharest as a springboard would be a great start. The Blues have managed just one goal in its previous two games at Norwich, but the quality in the team could be too much for the home side.

Key players out/doubtful:
Fernando Torres, Marco van Ginkel, Tomas Kalas

2012-13 fixture result: Noriwch 0, Chelsea 1

Key betting note:
Chelsea is the only club yet to concede a goal in the second half of a Premier League match this season.

Southampton v Swansea (+110, +250, +280)

Why bet Southampton:
It has been a dream start to the season for Mauricio Pochettino and his club. The Saints sit seventh in the table and are on back-to-back victories with Swansea up next. The club is healthy and a goal from new attacker Pablo Osvaldo last week will have the ex-Roma striker's confidence high.

Key players out/doubtful: N/A

Why bet Swansea: The Swans poor start could be deceiving. They've lost three matches in the league, but they've come gainst Manchester United, Spurs and Arsenal. The Swans will look to ascend the table starting with this fixture down south.

Key players out/doubtful:
Garry Monk

2012-13 fixture result: Southampton 1, Swansea 1

Key betting note: The Swans have won their last two away games in the league, but have never won three straight.

Tottenham v West Ham (-250, +400, +800)

Why bet Tottenham: Nobody in the league fires more shots than Spurs (19.5 per game) but the North London club has put just six in - and a pair of those were from the spot. If you watch Spurs matches, you can see the early stages of a top class club, but Spurs aren't there quite yet. Defensively, they are rock solid having conceded just two goals thus far.

Key players out/doubtful: Etienne Capoue, Younes Kaboul, Aaron Lennon

Why bet West Ham:
The Hammers will be desperate for a result here and they've dropped two-straight matches and three of four. They desperately need the physical Andy Carroll (who is out) leading the line and creativity from Joe Cole on the wing - but the latter could return Sunday. That said, Sam Allardyce will have his side ready for this London derby.

Key players out/doubtful: Alou Diarra, Andy Carroll

2012-13 fixture result: Tottenham 3, West Ham 1

Key betting note: Spurs' players have made 159 touches in the opposition box this season; more often than any other team.

West Brom v Arsenal (+375, +280, -125)

Why bet West Brom: The Baggies have won back-to-back league games and added to Man United's woes with a win at Old Trafford last week. They'll use a recent 1-1 draw with the Gunners in the Capital One Cup as a confidence boost for this Premier League fixture.

Key players out/doubtful: Matej Vydra, Zoltán Gera, Ben Foster, Chris Brunt, George Thorne

Why bet Arsenal: The Gunners are playing some of the best football in Europe. Plain and simple. They dismantled a very good Napoli team in Champions League and have won five straight in the Premier League. All this without the services of some of the clubs' regular first-team players.

Key players out/doubtful: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Bacary Sagna, Yaya Sanogo, Abou Diaby

2012-13 fixture result: West Brom 1, Arsenal 2

Key betting note: Arsenal have scored the first goal in each of their six Premier League games this season.

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