Each week our betting columnist Rob Hartnett will bring you six bets from the weekend football action. Rob is the public face of leading In Play betting specialists 188BET.com and appears regularly on the Bolton, Wigan, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Everton websites doing betting previews. You can follow his thoughts on Twitter @HartnettRob
We left the Mersey Derby draw out of the Six Pack last week and paid the price with only Wigan and Fulham’s draw to show for our efforts. Not so many high profile games this week but plenty of betting opportunities with a couple of Asian Handicap bets catching the eye.
January 22nd and 23rd
Wigan +1.5 Asian Handicap at Arsenal @ 2.42
Arsenal looked strong on Wednesday against Leeds but their last back to back wins in the League were almost two months ago and they have yet to beat a bottom half team by more than a single goal this season at the Emirates. Wigan are unbeaten in three away from home, and while last season’s trips away at the top three meant the shipping of 16 goals, the previous season saw them stay within a goal of each of the top 4.
Everton -1/1.5 Asian Handicap at home to West Ham @ 2.21
Everton continued their good run of form with a battling draw at Anfield and will be confident facing a West Ham side that has only won twice away from home since the start of last season. Their six away defeats this campaign have been by an aggregate of 16-0 so if you fancy Everton to win, the Asian Handicap bet offers better value. You win at odds of 2.21 if Everton win by two or more and get back half your stake if victory is by a single goal and you can try it by football betting at betus.com.
Fulham v Stoke one goal or less @ 2.60
Fulham’s victory at the Britannia Stadium three weeks ago was their first on the road in 25. They scored their two goals from a mere three shots on target. These two rarely produce fireworks with five of the last eight meetings, and each of the last three at Craven Cottage ending up with a 1-0 score line. History can repeat itself.
Newcastle to beat Spurs @ 3.20
Spurs are the better side and harbour genuine ambitions for a tilt at the title but they can come unstuck. They have lost away from home already this season at Bolton, Everton and West Ham and have only kept two clean sheets in 17 games against sides below them in the table. One of those was against Newcastle at White Hart Lane but If Newcastle get on the score sheet, take note. They have won every one of the last ten games in which they have scored against Spurs.
Aston Villa Man City +2.5 goals @ 2.02
Villa will be boosted by the signing of Darren Bent and there is a great chance of goals in this TV clash. Villa games at home to top half opposition have produced an average of three goals per game while City games away at sides in the bottom half have generated an average of 3.5 goals. The fact that +2.5 goals is odds against looks generous and should be taken advantage of.
Blackburn to beat West Brom @ 2.26
The Baggies have only won one of their last ten meetings with Blackburn and only scored three goals in their last seven trips to Ewood Park. Last week’s win at home to Blackpool stopped an alarming slide but Blackburn are a good side at getting the job done against struggling teams. They have played seven bottom half sides at home this season, winning five and drawing two. The odds are too tasty to ignore.
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