Premiership Weekend Preview March 2013

Betting Preview Arsenal vs Reading 30th March 2013

After the international break Premiership football is back and it’s getting towards the crunch end of the season for both of these teams. Arsenal desperate to clinch that 4th place spot especially as it would be at their big rivals Tottenham’s expense and Reading are fighting what looks like a losing battle to survive in the premier league.

On the face of it this game isn’t the most difficult to predict so lets get the obvious bet option out of the way lump your money on Arsenal.

But before deciding on that lets have a look at the stats for both teams to see if there are any other betting opportunities, starting with Arsenal below. Arsenal in the Premier League are on a decent winning 4 of 5 games only losing to Spurs away from home. They have also scored in every one of those games as well and this points to there being goals in this upcoming game.

Arsenal last five games

Arsenal 1 – 0 Stoke City
Sunderland 0 – 1 Arsenal
Arsenal 2 – 1 Aston Villa
Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Arsenal
Swansea City 0 – 2 Arsenal

Next are the stats for Reading in the last 5 games and they don’t make pretty reading, losing all 5 games conceding on average 2 goals a game and this doesn’t look like changing when they play away to Arsenal, again the stats point to there being goals in this game.

Reading last five games

Stoke City 2 – 1 Reading
Reading 0 – 3 Wigan Athletic
Everton 3 – 1 Reading
Reading 1 – 2 Aston Villa
Manchester United 1 – 0 Reading

So other than the obvious bet of backing Arsenal the other betting option I would be looking at is over 2.5 goals, Even though Reading are going to go there trying to keep it tight I can’t see them being able to handle the pace of Arsenal and they are conceding plenty. The only danger here is that you will be relying on Arsenal scoring 3 goals if Reading don’t so if you want to go for the safer option go the 1.5 goals market.

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Betting Preview Norwich City vs Southampton 9th March 2013

Not necessarily the biggest game on the Premiership calendar between these two teams sitting lower down the league, but still a game which will hopefully offer plenty of betting opportunities when we look at the stats available.

Let’s first have a look at Norwich City based on the form in their last five games, until the game against Man Utd they had not conceded many goals in fact only 2 until Man Utd shipped four games past them. They are mainly a tighter at home in recent games only conceding 3 in the last 5 games, securing 1 win, 3 draws and 1 loss in those games. This points to a team who are stronger at home and points to a possibility of the possibility of a draw and the game not having too many goals.

Norwich City last five games

Norwich City 1 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Queens Park Rangers 0 – 0 Norwich City
Norwich City 0 – 0 Fulham
Norwich City 2 – 1 Everton
Manchester United 4 – 0 Norwich City

Now lets look at Southampton slightly below Norwich in the league and with similar form in the last 5 games winning 1, drawing 2 and losing two, but unlike Norwich their games have averaged a massive 4 goals per game as they are scoring and conceding for fun! In fact both teams have scored in all of their last five games.

Southampton last five games

Manchester United 2 – 1 Southampton
Wigan Athletic 2 – 2 Southampton
Southampton 3 – 1 Manchester City
Newcastle United 4 – 2 Southampton
Southampton 1 – 2 Queens Park Rangers

Looking at the above stats if it wasn’t for Norwich being quite tight conceding and scoring goals I would lump my money on the over 2.5 goals market. More likely in my opinion is the 1.5 goals market and due to Norwich having better form at home I see them as favourites so would back them as well with a smaller bet.

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