English Premier League EPL Betting Review – 24 March 2012

March 23rd, 2012 | Posted by in Tips & Previews

Some big games this weekend in the EPL and none bigger than the game between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge. Below we have Sportingbet Aust betting preview of the  Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur clash as well as the Bolton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers clash. We also have EPL Betting odds comparing leading sportsbooks and online bookmakers EPL odds.

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – Stamford Bridge – Saturday 24th March 2012

Five points currently separate fifth-placed Chelsea from fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and should the North Londoners prevail when the two sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, it would be hard to see the Blues, or indeed sixth-placed Newcastle, from catching them.

The onus then is very much upon Roberto Di Matteo’s men and given the fact that they have not lost to Spurs at the Bridge in 24 meetings dating right back to 1989, they shouldn’t be lacking in confidence.

With the notable exception of their midweek defeat at Manchester City when they were undone by two late goals, the West Londoners have shown significant improvement since Andre Villas Boas was axed, picking up four wins in three different competitions and scoring 12 goals in the process.

Even Fernando Torres managed to find the back of the net last weekend and although his brace did come against Championship opposition in the form of Leicester, perhaps it will prove enough to spark the misfiring Spaniard back into life.

It is at the back, however, where Chelsea have really struggled this term and facing a Tottenham side renowned for its searing pace, especially in wide areas, it will be interesting to see what personnel Di Matteo selects to make up his back four.

One defender who looks almost certain to be unavailable is Branislav Ivanovic who limped out of the defeat at City with a thigh problem and he is likely to be replaced by Jose Bosingwa.

John Terry may well return after being rested in midweek and Michael Essien could also be brought back into the run-on side to provide some extra steel and security in central midfield.

As for Spurs, their exertions over the course of the season finally appear to be catching up with them.

A run of just one win from their last six league games has seen their title challenge all but evaporate and they have now slipped below arch-rivals Arsenal who, in contrast, appear to be coming home with a wet in sail.

As ever, the White Hart Lane treatment room is full to bursting with Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon joining the queue behind long-term absentees Tom Huddlestone and Jermaine Jenas, while Ledley King is another doubt for Saturday’s trip across the capital.

Whether the uncertainty regarding manager Harry Redknapp’s future at the club is unsettling the dressing room is uncertain, but what is clear is that Spurs have lost their fizz in recent weeks and Stamford Bridge is not the ideal place for them to visit as they try and rediscover it.

The two sides fought out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Lane back in late December and the return clash is likely to be just as close-fought.

Chelsea have more momentum behind them, but Spurs have the pace to trouble them and that should spell good news for the neutral who may well be treated to a thriller which might just be edged by the hosts.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Market: Chelsea $1.95, Draw $3.50, Tottenham Hotspur $3.65

 Bolton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers – Reebok Stadium – Saturday 24th March 2012

The build up to Bolton Wanderers’ home clash with near-neighbours Blackburn Rovers has inevitably and quite rightly been dominated not by talk of avoiding relegation, but by concern for Fabrice Muamba.

The Bolton midfielder did of course tragically suffer a heart attack on the field at Tottenham last weekend and remains in a critical, but stable condition in hospital where Wanderers’ manager Owen Coyle and several of Muamba’s team-mates have visited him this week.

The game at White Hart Lane was abandoned in the wake of the tragic incident, but Bolton’s players made it clear that they were keen to return to action against Rovers on Saturday and the FA has now confirmed that the game will definitely go ahead.

Emotions will therefore be running high at the Reebok Stadium and Coyle’s main challenge will be to somehow ensure that his charges play the game rather than the occasion.

It seems inappropriate to talk of league positions and points as Muamba fights for his life, but unless Bolton manage to win this all-Lancashire affair, it’s hard to see them pulling clear of the bottom three.

Now two points from safety following QPR’s midweek win over Liverpool, the Trotters have won only three home games all season, conceding 28 goals in the process.

In terms of early team news, Chris Eagles remains a major doubt with a hamstring injury and long-term absentees Tyrone Mears, Stuart Holden, Chung-Yong Lee and Ricardo Gardner will all again miss out.

On a brighter note, livewire Japanese midfielder Ryo Miyaichi will look to continue his sparkling form, as will Adam Bogdan who is rapidly developing into one of the top flight’s best young ‘keepers.

As for Rovers, they have picked up ten points from their last five games to give their survival hopes a huge boost and ensure that embattled manager Steve Kean retains his shaky grip on the Ewood Park hot-seat.

Having leaked goals at an alarming rate throughout the course of the season, they have actually managed to keep two consecutive clean sheets in their last two outings against Sunderland and Wolves, while at the other end, Yakubu has taken his tally for the campaign to an impressive 15.

Junior Hoilett has also been in eye-catching form and Kean has admitted this week that Rovers may well struggle to retain the services of the Canadian midfielder for next season.

With Socceroo Vince Grella their only confirmed absentee this weekend, Blackburn are enjoying some long-overdue good fortune on the injury front, but with a run-in that includes games against Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea and only five points separating them from the drop zone, their fans may well face more nail-biting times ahead.

Rovers have enjoyed a fine recent record at Bolton, losing there just once in their last twelve visits, but with the home side riding a wave of emotion in the wake of last week’s tragic incident, it could well be Wanderers who nick a vital win.

Prediction: Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

Market: Bolton Wanderers $2.25, Draw $3.40, Blackburn Rovers $3

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