English Breakfast: Premier League betting notes

May 10, 2013 |
The clock is ticking on the Premier League season. Clubs have just two games remaining and there is still some jockeying to be done for the final Champions League spots among Arsenal and Tottenham. There is also the final relegation spot to be settled at the bottom of the table and Wigan is beaming after capturing the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City Saturday. Here is a look at the 37th round of fixtures in the Barclay's Premier League.

All lines courtesy of Bet365.com.


Stoke (11th, 41) v Tottenham Hotspur (5th, 66) +350 +260 -110
Previous meeting: Tottenham 0, Stoke 0, December 22

* Tottenham must win both of its remaining matches to have any chance at a Champions League spot.

* Wigan's defeat last week means Stoke is safe and will return for another Premier League season.

* Tottenham is unbeaten in nine of its last 10 Premier League matches away from White Hart Lane.

* Stoke has scored the second-lowest amount of goals (32) in the Premier League.

Sunderland (15th, 38) v Southampton (14th, 39) +180 +220 +180
Previous meeting: Southampton 0, Sunderland 1, December 22

* A victory over Southampton will secure safety for Sunderland. The Black Cats managed a point in their last match versus Stoke.

* Southampton will also be looking for three points out of this fixture to secure a return to the Premier League.

* Southampton has not scored in its previous three matches.

* There have been under 2.5 goals in six of defensive-minded Sunderland's previous seven matches.

Norwich (16th, 38) v West Brom (8th, 48) +125 +240 +250
Previous meeting: West Brom 2, Norwich 1, December 22

* Norwich has just two wins in its previous 19 matches in the Premier League and will be desperate for the three points as it tries to avoid relegation.

* West Brom will close the season with a position in the top half of the table but will finish no higher than eighth.

* West Brom has beaten Norwich in its last three away matches at Carrow Road.

* The last three games at Norwich have all gone over 2.5 goals.

QPR (20th, 25) v Newcastle United (17th, 38)
+230 +250 +130

Previous meeting: Newcastle United 1, QPR 0, December 22

* Like most of the campaign, don't expect much from QPR. it is already assured of relegation and has nothing to really play for here.

* Newcastle, on the other hand, will be hungry for three points and securing its safety in the Premier League.

* Newcastle is unbeaten in its last five matches versus QPR in all competitions. Four of those games were scoreless.

* QPR has not scored in seven of its previous nine home matches.

Everton (6th, 60) v West Ham (10th, 43) -188 +333 +600
Previous meeting: West Ham 1, Everton 2, December 22

* All of the focus will be on Everton gaffer David Moyes as he manages his last home game at Goodison Park. Moyes will take over at Manchester United once the season is complete.

* The Toffees sit sixth in the table and a victory will seal a Europa League spot.

* West Ham has little to play for, but will look to finish the season on a high note in its return to the top tier of English football.

* The Hammers have just one victory in their previous 13 matches away from home.

Fulham (12th, 40) v Liverpool (7th, 55) +290 +260 +105
Last meeting: Liverpool 4, Fulham 0, December 22

* Fulham will be desperate for points following a defeat to Reading in its last match. The Cottagers still need points to ensure safety.

* Liverpool is probably a lock to finish seventh, but will be without both midfielder Steven Gerrard and defender Daniel Agger.

* There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 11 of Liverpool's 12 matches away from Anfield.

* Fulham has lost its previous four matches in the Premier League.

Manchester United (1st, 85) v Swansea (9th, 46) -333 +475 +1100
Last meeting: Swansea 1, Manchester United 1, December 23

* Emotions will be high as this will be manager Alex Ferguson's last game at Old Trafford as Manchester United boss. The Red Devils have won 13 Premier League titles in Fergie's 26 seasons as manager.

* Swansea has nothing to play for as it will finish in the middle of the table.

* The Swans have allowed at least two goals in their last five away matches.

* Wayne Rooney could miss the game Sunday. Rumors are circulating that Rooney has handed in a transfer request to leave United.


Arsenal (4th, 67) v Wigan (18th, 35) -300 +400 +800

Previous meeting: Wigan 0, Arsenal 1, December 22

* Arsenal is in the hunt for Champions League football and will look to close the season with a pair of wins, starting with Wigan.

* Wigan will be fighting for survival and is desperate for a victory at the Emirates Stadium Tuesday.

* Arsenal is unbeaten in its last eight Premier League matches at home.

* Wigan defeated Arsenal 2-1 in this fixture last season.

Reading (19th, 28) v Manchester City (2nd, 75) +650 +320 -225
Last meeting: Manchester City 1, Reading 0, December 22

* Reading has already secured a relegation spot and will play in the Championship, the tier below the Premier League, next season.

* Manchester City will play in the F.A. Cup final versus Wigan Saturday.

* Reading has played under 2.5 goals in its past three games at home.

* Manchester City has given up a league-low 31 goals this season.

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