This weekend’s English Premier League program is the inverse of the first round in which six of the away teams collected three points and one of them was relegation candidate Hull.
Hull kicked off its English Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers and one is keen to back the Tigers at odds against given the head-to-head form line, which is not in dispute, and the view that the Hoops have not turned the corner in the road, which is an opinion. At the risk of offending Queens Park Rangers fans, beating Sunderland 2-0 on Wearside does not constitute conclusive proof that the Hoops are over their travel sickness.
Both Hull and Queens Park Rangers are coming off English Premier League wins but one thinks that the Hoops are the team whose confidence is most fragile and one can see them falling apart mentally if the Tigers hit the front in what is a classic relegation six-pointer. Hull has got the better of Aston Villa and Everton in two of last three’s English Premier League home games and Queens Park Rangers had lost 11 top-flight away matches in a row before Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora put the ball in slumping Sunderland’s net.
Bwin and PaddyPower are listing Hull at odds of +110 for three English Premier League points at the expense of Queens Park Rangers on Saturday and surely anything above even money represents value in light of all the statistics.
Another side that won on the road in the opening round of the English Premier League was Tottenham, which defeated West Ham 1-0 at the Boleyn Ground. One fancies Tottenham’s chance of completing an English Premier League derby double on Sunday because Spurs are in decent form and they line up against a West Ham team that has consistently come up short versus the seven sides above it on the ladder. West Ham has won two, drawn two and lost six of its 10 English Premier League games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester City, Southampton and Tottenham, with its away numbers being zero wins, one draw and three losses.
Injuries and fixtures are catching up with West Ham, which was in a false position on the English Premier League ladder before Christmas. Sometimes, you see, the raw standings do not tell the whole story at the halfway point. Tottenham is trading at odds of -125 with several bookmakers, including Betfred and Totesport, to beat West Ham and only the derby factor means that Spurs rate below the Hull bet.
The English Premier League banker is Chelsea, which hosts a Burnley team on Saturday that it defeated 3-1 at Turf Moor in August. No English Premier League side has conceded more goals than Burnley so one gives the Clarets no chance of stopping Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is available at odds of -500 with many bookmakers, including Bwin and Betfred, to beat Burnley – better than bank interest.
With regards to English Premier League exotics, the dirtiest side welcomes the cleanest side when Sunderland plays West Bromwich on Saturday. Sunderland is averaging 26.60 cards points in the English Premier League, whereas West Bromwich is averaging 17.40 cards points in the top flight. Drill down further and Sunderland’s home cards points average of 25.00 is the English Premier League’s second highest and West Bromwich’s away cards points average of 17.08 is the division’s lowest. Therefore, back Sunderland to be a bit naughtier than West Bromwich once bookmakers post odds.
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