Barclays Premier League: Wednesday's betting cheat sheet

Dec 3, 2013 |
Midweek action in the Premier League resumes Wednesday with nine games on the board, highlighted by a potentially fantastic matchup as Everton travels to face Manchester United.

We talk to Aron Black of Bet365 about some of the action coming in on Wednesday's hotter fixtures.

Arsenal v Hull (-450, +600, +1400)

Why bet Arsenal: The Gunners have rebounded from the loss to Man United with back-to-back wins, including a 3-0 victory away at Cardiff on the weekend. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey has elevated his game to 'player of the year' caliber and is a standout on a club full of standouts.

Key players out/doubtful: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, Bacary Sagna

Why bet Hull: The Tigers are coming off a massive 3-1 win over Liverpool at the weekend. That said, they play their best football at home and nabbing any kind of points will be difficult at the Emirates.

Key players out/doubtful: Curtis Davies, Sone Aluko, Stephen Quinn

2012-13 fixture result: N/A

Key betting note: Arsenal has been winning at half time and full time in their previous five games at the Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool v Norwich (-350, +500, +1100)

Why bet Liverpool: The aforementioned loss to Hull last weekend should provide enough ammo for Liverpool to come out and play inspired football at Anfield. They are third-best in the Premier League at home and have won three-straight matches in front of home supporters.

Key players out/doubtful: Kolo Touré, Daniel Sturridge, José Enrique

Why bet Norwich:
The Canaries have potentially turned the corner on the dreadful start to the season. They've won two of three overall and prized-acquisition Gary Hooper netted the winner on the weekend - just his second goal of the season.

Key players out/doubtful: Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Robert Snodgrass, Elliott Bennett, Anthony Pilkington

2012-13 fixture result: Liverpool 5, Norwich 0

Key betting note: Liverpool has scored at least three goals in its last three matches at Anfield.

Manchester United v Everton (-133, +280, +425)

Why bet Manchester United:
A slow start has been forgotten in Manchester as the Red Devils have not lost a match since Sept. 28. Wayne Rooney is playing some of the best football of his career and tallied two goals in the 2-2 draw against Spurs last weekend.

Key players out/doubtful: Phil Jones, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick

Why bet Everton: Roberto Martinez has replaced David Moyes and it has been a seemless transition in the blue-half of Liverpool. The Toffees have the least amount of losses (one) in the league and have three wins and three draws in their last six. When striker Romelu Lukaku is on his A-game, he has his way with any back-four in the league, making Everton a contender day in, day out.

Key players out/doubtful: Leighton Baines, Darron Gibson, Arouna Koné

2012-13 fixture result: Man United 2, Everton 0

Key betting note: United is unbeaten in 27 of its last 30 matches in all competitions against Everton.

Where the action is:
"Action so far is much more about the home team, but there are backers for the Draw and an Everton win. Depending on the team news, this game will see a lot of action after they are announced, and if RVP is in, the price will definitely sway to United. The most popular play for Goalscorers is on Wayne Rooney to Score Anytime at +162."

Southampton v Aston Villa (-143, +280, +475)

Why bet Southampton: A brilliant start to the campaign could come crashing down Wednesday if the Saints don't earn a point (at least) against Villa. Southampton has lost back-to-back matches and are spiraling toward the bottom 10 in the table. The Saints must resort to their defensive ways as they've been outscored 5-1 in their previous two matches.

Key players out/doubtful: Morgan Schneiderlin, Artur Boruc, Gastón Ramírez, Daniel Fox

Why bet Aston Villa: The Villains, slowly climbing out of the bottom half of the table, are unbeaten in their last four matches away from home and have one win and three draws in their last four matches overall. Striker Christian Benteke has not scored in his last seven and is due for a goalscoring outburst at any moment.

Key players out/doubtful: Jores Okore, Charles N'Zogbia   

2012-13 fixture result: Southampton 4, Villa 1

Key betting note:
The Saints are 4-0-0 in their last four home matches.

Stoke v Cardiff (+115, +240, +280)

Why bet Stoke: Stoke's home field advantage will play a big factor in Wenesday's match against Cardiff. The Potters have allowed just three goals at the Brittania this season, while the Welsh outfit has scored just four away from home.

Key players out/doubtful: Marko Arnautovic, Robert Huth

Why bet Cardiff: Cardiff is coming off a tough 3-0 loss to Arsenal on the weekend and manager Malky McKay is feeling the pressure. The Bluebirds must get a result away at Stoke for McKay's sake.

Key players out/doubtful: N/A

2012-13 fixture result: N/A

Key betting note: Stoke has just one win in its last 10 matches in the league.

Sunderland v Chelsea (+550, +350, -188)

Why bet Sunderland: As poor as the Black Cats have been this season, they are capable of pulling off a big upset at the Stadium of Light. Both of their wins have come on their home pitch - a 2-1 win over Newcastle and a 1-0 win over Manchester City.

Key players out/doubtful:
Carlos Cuéllar

Why bet Chelsea: A big win on the weekend has the Blues firmly in second place in the table on 27 points. The squad is deep and loaded with talent, enabling them to not lose a beat during these weeks with three matches. Players like Willian, Ba and Juan Mata can come in to replace the likes of Oscar, Fernando Torres and Schurrle and the side doesn't lose quality in the slightest.

Key players out/doubtful: David Luiz, Oscar, Marco van Ginkel

2012-13 fixture result: Sunderland 1, Chelsea 3

Key betting note: Chelsea has beaten Sunderland in 16 of the last 17 meetings (all competitions).

Swansea v Newcastle (+115, +250, +260)

Why bet Swansea: Without Michu in the lineup, it's hard to get behind this team. But, in the three games which the Spaniard has missed, Swansea has won, drawn and lost. Not a bad result to be fair. The Swans are coming off a bad defeat to Man City, so a return to the friendly confines of the Liberty Stadium will be welcomed.

Key players out/doubtful: Michu, Wilfried Bony, Angel Rangel, Garry Monk

Why bet Newcastle: The Magpies could be the hottest side in England. They've won four straight Premier League matches and new signing Loïc Remy is playing as good as anyone. The French goalscorer has eight goals in his last nine matches.

Key players out/doubtful: Ryan Taylor

2012-13 fixture result:
Swansea 1, Newcastle 0

Key betting note:
Five of Newcastle's six away matches have gone over the 2.5 goal total.

Where the action is: "This game seems to stand out as badly priced. The action is pretty split overall, but I expect the prices to look different come game time tomorrow. The price on Newcastle has shortened from +275 to +260, but with numerous tipsters giving Newcastle as a value play, I can only see this one going towards them and Swansea's price drifting. The Total Goals market sees mainly over play at -125 over 2.5. Goalscorer markets are largely seeing action on Loic Remy - +200 to score anytime - with Swansea only having Alvaro Vazquez as a lone striker."

Fulham v Tottenham (+480, +290, -150)

Why bet Fulham: Because Martin Jol is mercifully out and Rene Meulensteen is in as Fulham boss after a five-match losing skid that involved some of the most disinterested football you could ever see from a top-flight club. There's nowhere to go but up for this club flirting with relegation.

Key players out/doubtful: Hugo Rodallega, Brede Hangeland, Matthew Briggs

Why bet Tottenham: It was a difficult loss to stomach for Tottenham on the weekend, but the club played infintely better than the performance they churned out against Man City. Roberto Soldado is still struggling from open play, but Spurs will take goals from anybody - as evidenced by contributions from CDM Sandro and RB Kyle Walker in the 2-2 draw to United.

Key players out/doubtful: Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, Danny Rose

2012-13 fixture result: Fulham 0, Tottenham 3

Key betting note: Fulham and Tottenham have combined to go over the 2.5 total in their last four meetings at Craven Cottage.

West Brom v Manchester City (+500, +320, -163)

Why bet West Brom: The Baggies have been punching above their weight for most of the season, but have been brought down to earth a little bit in recent outings. They have just two points in their last three matches and will need to play their best football of the season at the Hawthorns against the red-hot Citizens.

Key players out/doubtful: Ben Foster, George Thorne

Why bet Manchester City: Because it looks like City can score five goals any time they want to. They may have only won three of the last four matches in the Premier League, but their goalscoring is unreal right now. In the previous four matches, they've outscored their opponents 16-1.

Key players out/doubtful: Stevan Jovetic, Matija Nastasic, David Silva, Jack Rodwell

2012-13 fixture result: West Brom 1, Man City 2

Key betting note: Eight of Manchester City's last nine games have gone over the 2.5 goal total.

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