EPL Betting Preview – October 27/28 2012

October 27th, 2012 | Posted by in 2012/2013 EPL Season

EPL action this weekend have some big games on offer including some of the big guns of the EPL going head to head including Everton and Liverpool and Chelsea and Manchester United. Below we have Sportingbet Australia EPL betting preview of some of these big games this weekend including Everton and Liverpool aswell as Chelsea and Manchester United. Click below on the game for this weekend’s EPL Betting odds from leading UK and European bookmakers.

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

Everton v Liverpool – Goodison Park – Sunday 28th October 2012

Not since they were at the peak of their powers in the mid-1980s have Everton approached a Merseyside derby against Liverpool with such a spring in their step.

The fact that their side is riding high in fourth place while the Reds are languishing in twelfth is something that Toffees fans are relishing on a daily basis and three points at the expense of their old foes on Sunday would be the icing on the cake.

David Moyes’ side have been beaten only once in the league this season and could easily have taken three points rather than one from last week’s visit to QPR even after Steven Pienaar was sent off on the hour mark.

Indeed, an indication of just how well the men in blue are travelling is that centre-back Jonny Heitinga has been left cooling his heels on the bench despite continuing to be a regular starter forHolland.

And while the loss of Pienaar to suspension is a blow, the club’s medical staff are hopefully that Marouane Fellaini will be fit enough to return to action having missed the trip to Loftus Road due to a knee injury.

Having reportedly claimed that he was keen to leave the club in January, the Belgian international seems to have settled down in recent weeks and the Toffees need him to recapture his blistering early-season form if they are to maintain their top four challenge.

Should Fellaini not pull up fit, however, it could provide an opportunity for German international Thomas Hitzlsperger to make his starting debut having arrived at Goodison as a free agent a fortnight ago.

Tony Hibbert, meanwhile, has all but recovered from his calf injury and could earn a recall at the expense of the less experienced Seamus Coleman and Irish international Darron Gibson may force his way onto the bench after recovering from a thigh strain.

As for the Reds, they clearly remain very much a work in progress as Brendan Rodgers attempts to build a brand new Anfield empire from the ground up.

The fans, by and large, seem to appreciate the magnitude of the task facing the formerSwanseaboss and have noticed definite signs of improvement, but Rodgers’ fate will ultimately be determined by whether the club’s American owners are patient and progressive-minded enough to let him see the project through.

Last weekend’s home win over Reading will certainly have helped his cause, given that it was only the third time in the whole of 2012 that the Reds had managed to pick up three points at Anfield.

And Rodgers won’t mind his men assuming the underdog role ahead of this weekend’s short trip across Stanley Park.

In terms of early team news, much will of course depend on whether the squad can come through Thursday night’s home Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala unscathed.

Full-back Jose Enrique is hoping to feature having been sidelined for a month with a knee problem and Pepe Reina is likely to replace Aussie Brad Jones in goal if he manages to shrug off his hamstring strain.

In terms of attacking options, meanwhile, the visitors’ cupboard continues to look pretty bare with Fabio Borini ruled out until January after undergoing a foot operation and Andy Carroll still on loan at West Ham.

That leaves Luis Suarez as the only senior striker available to Rodgers, although exciting teenage midfielder Raheem Sterling can operate in a more advanced position if required, as he showed by bagging the winner against Reading last weekend.

Sunday will mark the 217th meeting between the two famous old clubs and Liverpool can draw some comfort from the fact that they have won 85 of those to Everton’s 66 and that they have taken all three points in four of their last six visits to Goodison.

The formbook can of course often go out of the window during derby fixtures and the Merseyside showdown is no exception, but Everton currently boast a far greater range of attacking options thanLiverpooland that may well prove the difference between the two sides.

Prediction: Everton 2-1 Liverpool

Chelsea v Manchester United – Stamford Bridge – Sunday 28th October 2012

If you can overlook the continual misdemeanours and general unpleasantness of John Terry and Ashley Cole, and that is admittedly a big if, there is a huge amount to like about Chelsea right now.

The mobility, vision and verve of attacking midfield trio of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard is a joy to watch, Jon Obi Mikel and Ramirez are providing a solid platform behind them and Fernando Torres can hardly fail to find the net on a regular basis given the amount of creativity bubbling around behind him.

Yes the back four is still a bit creaky, as Spurs showed again last weekend, but with the Blues now four points clear at the top of the table and playing such sumptuous attacking football to boot, even notoriously-demanding club owner Roman Abramovich is in danger of cracking a smile.

This weekend, however,  the West Londoners face their biggest test of the season to date as they travel to Old Trafford to take on a Manchester United side currently lying in second place.

And it promises to be an enthralling encounter, not least because United have been every bit as suspect at the back this season asChelsea.

The Red Devils have kept just two clean sheets in the league to date and the last three teams to visit Old Trafford, Sporting Braga, Stoke and Tottenham have scored an unprecedented seven goals between them.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson can of course point to the fact that Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all remain sidelined as an excuse, but even without that key trio, the Red Devils really will have to raise their defensive game significantly if any major honours are to be claimed this season.

At the other end of the field, meanwhile,Fergusonhas admitted that he is still struggling to solve his attacking options dilemma.

Wayne Rooney looks to have adapted brilliantly to his new, slightly deeper-lying role and Robin van Persie has already bagged ten goals for his new club, but finding the right blend of Shinji Kagawa, Danny Wellbeck, Javier Hernandez, Nani and Antonio Valencia has proved more difficult.

Throw in the fact that United are still struggling to dominate most opponents in central midfield and it’s not hard to see why they have lost the aura of invincibility that used to make trips to Old Trafford such an object of dread for most of their top flight rivals.

In terms of early team news, Kagawa picked up a knee injury in the comeback win overBragaand is rated as a major doubt and a thumb injury will again rule out back-up ‘keeper Anders Lindegaard.

Nani is likely to earn a promotion from the bench to replace either Kagawa orValenciaand Rio Ferdinand is an almost certain starter despite being rested for the win overBraga.

For the Blues, meanwhile, general fatigue may be an issue following their arduous midweek trip toUkrainewhich ended in a shock Champions League defeat at the hands of an impressive Shakhtar Donetsk side.

Frank Lampard picked up a calf strain in that game and may consequently miss the United clash and John Terry is of course finally serving his domestic suspension, but most of Roberto Di Matteo’s other key men should be available.

With both sides struggling to keep clean sheets, neutrals could be in for a treat on Sunday and it’s no easy task to predict which way this one will go.

Chelsea have won only once in their last nine visits to Old Trafford and home advantage may just be enough for United to be installed as slight favourites, but if Mata, Hazard and Oscar can turn on the magic, the visitors should pick up at least a point.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-2 Chelsea

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