EPL Betting Preview – October 20/21 2012

October 20th, 2012 | Posted by in 2012/2013 EPL Season

EPL action for the weekend of October 20 and 21 and there are some big games on offer . Below we have Sportingbet Australia EPL betting preview of some of these big games this weekend including Tottenham and Chelsea and West Brom and Manchster City. Click below on the game for this weekend’s EPL Betting odds from leading UK and European bookmakers.

Tottenham vs Chelsea
Fulham vs Aston Villa
West Ham vs Southampton
Man Utd vs Stoke
Liverpool vs Reading
West Brom vs Man City
Swansea vs Wigan
Norwich vs Arsenal
Sunderland vs Newcastle
QPR vs Everton

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – White Hart Lane – Saturday 20th October 2012

Much as he will doubtless play it down in the build up to Saturday’s London derby clash, Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas Boas has a massive point to prove to former employers, Chelsea.

He may have been a little impetuous and he certainly made several key mistakes in his dealings with the senior players at Stamford Bridge, but is seems clear that the youthful Portuguese was not given anywhere near enough time or support to even make a start on the project that Blues owner Roman Abramovich brought him in to do.

The fact that Roberto Di Matteo duly relaced him and went on to lead the side to Champions League glory last term would only have rubbed salt into Villas Boas’ wound and beneath the cool and composed public persona, he must be desperate to wreak at least some level of revenge at White Hart Lane this weekend.

The AVB factor adds a little extra spice to what already looked a hugely-appetising fixture between two clubs whose mutual loathing has deepened considerably over the last 20 or so years.

Chelsea will head into the game as narrow favourites having really hit their straps as an attacking force in recent weeks.

The movement of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar has been tearing defences apart, creating a hatful of chances for Fernando Torres who has already found the net six times in all competitions this season.

Providing the security behind this livewire attacking quartet, Ramires and Jon Obi Mikel have also looked impressive, effectively shielding a back four about whom question marks still remain.

Di Matteo is not expected to make too many changes to the side that hammered Norwich a fortnight ago, although Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand could both struggle to make the squad having been forced to withdraw from England duties earlier this week due to respective calf and illness issues.

John Terry, meanwhile, will presumably again be available for the visitors as he looks certain to appeal against the four-match ban he received from the FA after being found guilty of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand more than a year ago.

And the Blues skipper is set to be joined in the starting eleven by Ashley Cole whose controversial use of Twitter has landed him in hot water with England, but apparently not with his club.

As for Spurs, they will head into the capital clash in buoyant mood having won their last four league games on the bounce and played some superb football in the process.

Gareth Bale has again been in sensational form and after also impressing for Wales in last week’s win over Scotland, he will relish the prospect of running at a Chelsea backline not exactly brimming with pace.

With Jan Vertonghen slotting in very effectively at left-back, Moussa Dembele and Sandro providing a muscular and dynamic combination in central midfield and Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe offering so much in terms of pace and movement going forward, this Spurs side has a really balanced look about it and should give the White Hart Lane faithful plenty to shout about in the coming months.

Unbeaten at home thus far this term, the North Londoners are currently fifth in the table, four points behind leaders Chelsea and injury-wise, have few concerns beyond long-term absentees Younes Kaboul and Scott Parker.

While Stamford Bridge has traditionally been something of a graveyard for Tottenham’s ambitions, their recent home record against the Blues is a strong one, with just one defeat in the last eight meetings and they will be confident of maintaining that run on Saturday.

There will be a glittering array of attacking riches on show at the Lane, making this an unmissable game for fans of a white, blue or neutral persuasion and an entertaining draw looks the likeliest outcome.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Chelsea

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City – The Hawthorns – Saturday 20th October 2012

If Melbourne Heart fans are among the happiest in Australia, their West Bromwich Albion counterparts are similarly chirpy over in England.

Currently riding high in sixth place, the Baggies have won all four of their home games this term and will therefore be far from fearful when reigning champions Manchester City visit The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Home boss Steve Clarke could hardly have asked for a better start to his first senior coaching position and if his Baggies side can start to take replicate some of their home form on the road, there’s every chance that they could emulateNewcastle’s surprise achievements of last season.

Given their relatively limited resources, avoiding injuries to key players will be especially vital for theMidlandsclub and they could do with several of their current walking wounded pulling up fit for the City clash.

Chris Brunt, Jerome Thomas, Liam Ridgewell, Steven Reid and on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku are all rated as major doubts this weekend, but the in-form Shane Long and Claudio Jacob should start, along with the similarly impressive James Morrison and Youssuf Mulumbu.

If West Bromare exceeding their fans’ expectations, City have not lived up to theirs as yet this season.

And as is inevitably the case in a dressing room packed with mighty egos, when results are a touch disappointing, the seeds of player unrest tend to germinate very quickly.

Mario Balotelli’s future is yet again in doubt following his petulant reaction to being substituted before the hour-mark in the 3-0 victory over Sunderland a fortnight ago, while Kolo Toure has publicly claimed that the club want him out.

A glance at the Premier League table, however, reveals that City are third, level on points with Manchester United and four points behind pacesetters Chelsea, hardly a panic-inducing position at this early stage of the campaign.

Yes, they do have some defensive issues to resolve, notably whether coach Roberto Mancini persists with his attempts to employ a three-man backline which has yet to show any signs of working effectively.

And yes, they will surely have to go to the transfer market again in January to try and secure the services of a player such as Daniele de Rossi from Roma in order to fill the gaping void that will be left when midfield kingpin Yaya Toure heads to the African Cup of Nations withIvory Coast.

But again, these are not insurmountable obstacles and once City do start to really click into gear, the dressing room rumblings are sure to quieten down just as they did last season.

In terms of Saturday’s trip to the Midlands, Mancini will be sweating on key defender Vincent Kompany who took a slight calf strain into Belgium’s midweek clash with Scotland, while Jack Rodwell is struggling to overcome a hamstring injury picked up on duty with England Under-21s and new recruits Maicon and Javi Garcia will both undergo late fitness tests on respective foot and thigh problems.

David Silva could also miss out after a hamstring strain forced him to limp from the fray after just ten minutes of Spain’s midweek draw with France.

Micah Richards may well be employed at centre-back as he was to good effect in the win over Sunderland and indeed the muscularEnglandinternational is surely equipped to make the switch from right-back a permanent one.

Sergio Aguero, meanwhile, is set to earn a promotion from the bench as he looks to add to a slightly disappointing tally of just two goals so far this season and Mancini may well also find some room in his run-on side for Samir Nasri whose ongoing exile from the French national set-up should mean that he is well-rested.

In terms of historical omens, the Baggie have failed to even score against City in their last four meetings, but the Sky Blues have won only once in their last five league visits to the Hawthorns.

Clarke’s confident side will fancy their chances of claiming an upset win in this one and while that might just prove beyond them, some value could be had in backing them to hold spluttering City to a draw.

Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Manchester City

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