Capital one cup Semi Final second legs Preview 2013

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Capital one cup Semi Final second legs Betting Preview

Aston Villa v Bradford City

Aston Villa have the tall task of turning around a 3-1 defeat in the first leg:

Best match odds:

• Villa – 7/17 Pinnacle
• Draw – 9/2 Betfred
• Bradford – 41/5 Pinnacle

Opta facts:
• Villa’s defeat away at Bradford in the first leg was their first-ever League Cup defeat to a side from the fourth tier (W23, D4).
• In the first leg Villa racked up 11 shots on target, more than they have managed in any other game (in all competitions this season) but could only score one goal (Bradford had eight on target and bagged three).
• The Bantams have a fine record in penalty shootouts in recent cup and knock-out competitions, winning their last nine shootouts, notably defeating Arsenal and Wigan in this year’s Capital One Cup.
• If Bradford can progress to the final, they will be the first fourth-tier side to defeat three top-flight teams in the same League Cup competition.
• Villa have one victory in five home games in all competitions (L3 D1).
• The Bantams are without a win in five away games, losing three and drawing two.
• Only Theo Walcott has scored more goals in the League Cup this season than the in form Bradford striker Nahki Wells (three goals), he also has 13 in League Two this season.
• Should Bradford progress it will be their first major cup final since 1911, when they managed to win the FA Cup beating Newcastle 1-0 when the final was replayed after a 0-0 draw.
• Villa last reached the League Cup final in 2010, eventually losing 2-1 to Manchester United. It was the eighth time the Villans have made it to the final.
• Villa have never been knocked out at this stage by lower league opposition, winning all three previous ties against lower league sides.
We are shocked to see that Villa are just 6/5 to qualify and are no less than evens at Stan James. They will need to win at least 2-0 to force extra time. This could be a layers paradise, as we need to establish are Villa good enough to be in the final?
Bookies are adamaent the game will go over 2.5 goals, which we wont touch, as Bradford will do their best to see the 90 minutes out!
Blue Square go total goal minutes at 150 minutes with 5/6 on offer. This is better than the spread of Bet365 and BetVictor.

Swansea City v Chelsea

The tall task is whether Chelsea could also overturn a 2-0 deficit, especially being away at Swansea?

You will get 6/1 that Chelsea face Villa in the final with Ladbrokes!

Best match odds:

• Swansea – 3/1 Bet365
• Draw – 32/11 Pinnacle
• Chelsea – 1/1 Paddy Power

Opta facts supplied by Opta and http://news.williamhill.com/a/football/league-cup-opta-facts-semi-final-second-legs/
• Swansea’s 2-0 victory in the first leg ended a run of five games without a win over the Blues in all competitions.
• It was also Swansea’s first clean sheet in the League Cup away from home since 1993/94, a run of 19 games.
• Should Swansea reach the final it will be the first time in their history. Before this season, the Swans had never progressed past the fourth round.
• The last time Chelsea trailed by two goals going into the second leg of a League Cup semi-final was against Sheffield Wednesday in 1991 (lost 2-0) and they were eliminated 5-1 on aggregate.
• The Blues have scored three or more goals in five of their last eight away games in all competitions.
• Chelsea have a great history in this competition, reaching the final on six occasions, winning four times, two of which triumphs have come since 2007.
• Juan Mata has scored two goals and assisted four more in just five League Cup appearances for Chelsea.
Anyone believing Chelsea will qualify can trouser a 5/2 bet with Ladbrokes, so get on quick. The even money shot looks nailed on, seeing as they controlled the game versus Arsenal, and we believe that 90 minutes is all they need to make the final, and guaranteed European competition next season… in the event they have a shocker in the league.

The 1/1 is nailed on and we expect bookmakers to slash this overnight. With Chelsea pocketing two first half goals in the Arsenal match can see the highest scoring half at 9/4 with Fred. You could back the draw also for goals in which half at 11/4 to give you that double chance.

Chelsea are 7/10 to net first, and I have never seen a better bet in this game, so lets drain Betway of their revenues! Chelsea can also be backed at 2/1 with Blue Square to score in both halves, which could well be required!

Recommended betting:

• Bradford to qualify – 4/5 Coral
• Over 150 goal minutes – Villa/Bradford – 5/6 Blue Square
• Chelsea to score in both halves – 2/1 Blue Square
• Chelsea to score first – 7/10 Betway

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    League cup semi final Preview – Chelsea Vs Swansea

    League cup semi final – Chelsea Vs Swansea

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    So the second semi final takes place and Chelsea are heavy odds on by now to win the competition

    We enjoy this competition, as it ensures a route into Europe!

    Best match odds

    • Chelsea – 9/20 BetVictor
    • Draw – 64/17 Pinnacle
    • Swansea – 39/5 Pinnacle

    We have some facts, courtesy of Opta Sports:

    • Chelsea will be appearing in the League Cup semi-final for the 11th time. They have progressed through to the final in six of their previous 10, including the last three.
    • Swansea, meanwhile, have never made the last four of this competition and have not made the semis of a major domestic cup since the 1964 FA Cup, where they were beaten by Preston.
    • Chelsea have had more shots on target than any other side in the League Cup this season (36).
    • Swansea have scored a goal inside the last 10 minutes of all four of their Capital One Cup games this term.
    • Chelsea and Swansea have met once before in the League Cup, with Chelsea winning 3-2 at home in Round 4 back in 1965.
    • The Blues have won 18 and lost just three of their last 25 League Cup games at Stamford Bridge.
    • Swansea have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 19 League Cup games away from home, conceding 41 in total.
    • Rafa Benitez’s side have only won two of their last six home games in all competitions, drawing three and losing one.
    • The Swans have only lost one of their last seven away games in all competitions, winning four.
    • Juan Mata has scored two goals and assisted four more in just four League Cup appearances.
    • Chelsea have won three and lost none of their last five clashes with the Swans in all competitions, though both sides have netted in all five of these games.
    Both teams will be going all out in the first leg to make the second leg, less stressful. Backing both teams to score is good at 5/6 with Betfred. Time of first corner is an interesting market also, at Bet365 risk 5/6 on the first corner occurring before 7 minutes on the clock. This is too good to miss in our view.
    A last market we will bet on is the time of the first goal. Paddy Power go best 10/11 on the first goal occurring after the 23rd minute. Victor go a similar price on over 27 minutes.
    Recommended betting:
    • Both teams to score – 5/6 Betfred
    • Time of first corner – Under 7:00 5/6 Bet365
    • Time of first goal – over 23 minutes – 10/11 Paddy Power

      League cup semi final preview Bradford v Aston villa

      League Cup Semi final – Bradford Vs Aston Villa

      Some will say, if Villa have the chance of winning anything it is the league cup. they are one of the teams that have the most success in this competition and face giant killers Bradford, the league two outfit.

      The revenue for their semi final antics will pay off, and you know, if this goes to penalties, to back Bradford, as they have won the last 8 or so penalty shootouts.

      Best match odds:

      • Bradford – 4/1 Boylesports
      • Draw – 3/1 Betfair
      • Villa – 3/4 BetVictor

      So Villa go from a win into the FA cup, into going towards securing a place in the LEague cup final. As it stands, they are down in the relegation zone, so its possible if they can over come Bradford, it could kick start their season. Bookmakers are taking no chances on Villa, or they are not discrediting Bradford, who will go all out in fkront of the TV crowd.

      Both teams to score will be popular, and Bet365 offer best price on this. anyone thinking Bradford can cause the upset should snap up 61 to qualify at Bet365.

      Bradford look a good shout at 15/8 to score first if this tempts many. We could also see a low scoring affair, so anyone taking this view can pocket 13/10 at Stan James.

      One market we will snap up is to take more than 1.5 goals in the second half, which is even money at Coral. We feel that the first half will be tight, and the second half will open up, which could bring goals to the sheet!

      Recommended betting

      • Both teams to score – 8/11 Bet365
      • Over 1.5 goals in second half – 1/1 Coral

        FA Cup 3rd Round Preview 2013

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        The early kick off of the FA Cup third round takes us to the home of Brighton and Hove Albion as they face Premiership side Newcastle United.
        The Seagulls are on 37 points in the Championship and are and come into this game on a high after a convincing 0-3 away win at Ipswich on New Years Day. Another positive that stand The Albion in good stead for this match is the boost of winger Will Buckley signing a new four year deal.
        On the other hand Newcastle have been struggling of late, the Magpies find themselves just two points above the relegation zone and have failed to win any of their last three games including a 2-1 home defeat to Everton on Wednesday.
        Aldershot are currently 20th in the league take on Rotherham in a battle between the two league two sides. The Shots have already lost 3-0 to the Millers this season.
        Rotherham have won four of their last five games and have the further boost of Liverpool stoker Adam Morgan joining them on loan. The loan move is consequence of Liverpool signing Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea.
        Aston Villa will be hoping to continue the form they found against Swansea on New Years Day as they host Ipswich Town. A young and inexperienced Villa side conceded 15 goals in three matches over the Christmas period without scoring themselves.
        Just one point above the drop zone in the Premier league Villa will hope a good cup run will bring them a run of form in 2013.
        Similarly Ipswich are struggling in the relegation zone of the Championship. Despite winning two of their last three Ipswich still find themselves 19th in the league.
        Mick McCarthy will be hoping that duo Aaron Mclean and David McGoldrick will be cleared for tomorrows game. Mclean is on loan from Hull and McGoldrick from Nottingham Forrest will stay at Portman Road for the rest of the season.
        Barnsley take on Burnley at the Oakwell Stadium, Barnsley are bottom of the Championship with 21 points and have only won one match in their last five. Burnley who is currently 12th drew to the Tykes earlier in the season.
        In another all Championship clash tomorrow Blackburn are at home to Bristol City. Bristol City find themselves just above Barnsley while Blackburn are 13th in the league.
        The former Premier league club showed their dominance when the two clubs met at the start of the season with Rovers thumping five past City in a 3-5 away win.
        One point separates Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town in the Championship and there was nothing to part them earlier in the season as they drew 1-1 at the Valley.
        On paper this looks set to be a very close match as Charlton have picked up four points from a possible 15 and Huddersfield have picked up three from the same amount.
        Charlton, now in 15th, however started 2013 with a 3-4 away victory over Watford while Huddersfield, in 17th, received a harsh lesson loosing 6-1 to Leicester.
        Bolton take on Sunderland, Bolton come off the back of a defeat to Leeds on New Years Day and have only won two out of their last five fixtures. Sunderland appear to have the upper hand in this fixture claiming four out of six points last season in the Premier league.
        Sunderland beat the defending Premier league champions 1-0 but failed to continue their momentum and have lost both games since.
        Reading faces a short away trip down the M25 and M4 to the Broadfield Stadium to face Crawley. Crawley are in 8th in league one picked up the name giant killers in this competition and will hope to continue their cup form against premier league Reading.
        Crystal Palace take on Stoke City after winning 3-1 against Wolves while Stoke are going into this game on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.
        Tranmere Rovers are flying high at the top of league one and will be hoping to go on a good cup run as they are the visitors to Derby County. Rovers have picked up ten points from their last fifteen with Derby picking up seven.
        Blackpool drew to Hull in their first game of 2013 travel down to Fulham who were victorious on New Years Day against West Bromwich Albion. Hull host league one side Leyton Orient, Hull fill the second automatic promotion place while Orient are sitting comfortably in 15th position.
        Leeds United are at home to Birmingham City earlier in the season Birmingham were victorious at Elland Road. Burton Albion face a tough away day at Leicester City, the league two side are currently sitting in 8th place but the fifth placed Championship side have already been beaten by Albion in the Capital One Cup.
        Conference Premier Side Luton Town are hosting Championship side Wolves tomorrow at Kenilworth Road. Luton have won three of their last five games where as Wolves confidence is diminished after loosing four out of five and only scoring two goals in those five games.
        Another Conference Premier side set with a big game ahead of them is tenth place Macclesfield as they face Championship leaders Cardiff City.
        However the toughest game of the day looks to go to Hastings United. The Ryman League Premier Division side are heading to Middlesbrough. Hastings are unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions. Boro have won three of their last five games.
        Millwall face Preston tomorrow while Nottingham Forrest takes on Oldham. Oxford United is hosting league one side Sheffield United who are second in the league table.
        The U’s were victorious on New Years Day beating Cheltenham 1-0 while Sheffield United drew 2-2 away to Doncaster Rovers on New Years Day.
        Sheffield Wednesday are at home to league one side MK Dons, this looks set to be a lose match with The Dons currently in 6th as well as winning their last game away to Notts County 2-1. Wednesday are in the relegation zone of the Championship while loosing 2-0 against Barnsley on New Years Day.
        Southend take on Brentford. The league two side lost 1-0 at home to Gillingham while Brentford drew 0-0 to Bournemouth on New Years Day who away to Wigan.
        Tottenham face Coventry at White Hart Lane, a replay of the 1987 final where the Sky Blues were the cup winners. Though Coventry are going though trouble going on off the pitch their performances picked up drastically as they went on a 10 game unbeaten run in all competitions. However Shrewsbury put an end to the form with a victory at the Ricoh Arena 1-0 on New Years Day.
        Tottenham are heading into tomorrows game with three successive wins and are unbeaten in five games.
        Four all Premier League ties are to take place tomorrow. QPR host West Bromwich Albion for the second time in nine days. West Brom won 2-1 on the 26th of December however they have since been hit with a string of injuries to key members of the team.
        QPR’s confidence will be brimming as they are on the back of a fantastic away win against the European Champions earlier this week while the Baggies were beaten at home.
        Southampton are facing the cup holders Chelsea, just goal difference is keeping them above the relegation zone.
        West Ham are taking on Manchester United at Upton Park. United are at the top of the table with a seven point lead over second place Manchester City. West Ham has lost three of their last five games and also lost to United 1-0 earlier this season.
        The two remaining games that are to take place on Sunday see Swansea take on Arsenal and Mansfield face Liverpool.
        Mansfield manager Paul Cox will be hoping to make it a triple celebration on Sunday following his wedding today (Friday) and his 41st birthday on Sunday. Liverpool have won three of their last four games in the premier league propelling them up to eighth in the league

          Leeds Vs Chelsea Preview Capital one cup

          Leeds Vs Chelsea – Capital one cup

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          After a run of four wins from their last five games, the Whites will be confident of ending that run, despite the undoubted talent that Chelsea have in their ranks.

          It looks like it is the perfect time for United to be playing the London outfit, after they have travelled 6,000 miles from Japan where they were competing in the World Club Cup.

          Rafael Benitez simply won’t be able to play his strongest XI as they will be fatigued from the weekend; It’s a tough situation for the Spaniard though, as his team have fallen behind in the title race, they’re out of the Champions League and they lost in the World Club Cup final, this is by far their ‘easiest’ route to silverware this season.

          Best match odds:

          • Leeds – 18/5 Bet Victor
          • Draw – 13/5 Boylesports
          • Chelsea – 5/ 6 William Hill

          Chelsea will be up against a tough outfit in Leeds, but an extremely hostile atmosphere, the sort that several Chelsea players will not have experienced before may be Leeds 12th man!

          It is a sell out and it should be a really entertaining evening, and while it is tough to predict the line-up of Chelsea. Leeds could be ready to pounce and progress!

          Recommendations:

          • Leeds – to qualify – 9/4 Bet365
          • Both teams to score – 4/6 Stan James
          • First booking – Leeds 3/4 William Hill
          • Leeds +1 goal – 1/1 Paddy Power

            League Cup Quarter Final 2012 Preview

            The League cup will complete its semi final line up in 2012 for the rest of the competition to culminate in early 2013. Just to remind you of the teams remaining in the competition:

            • Arsenal – 2/1 Paddy Power
            • Bradford – 100/1 Bet365
            • Norwich – 14/1 Blue Square
            • Aston Villa – 12/1 Ladbrokes
            • Swansea – 8/1 Stan James
            • Middlesborough – 28/1 Betfair
            • Leeds – 26/1 Betfair
            • Chelsea – 6/4 Betfred

            Chelsea have been given some respite as they go off to the Fifa World club final in Japan, so will play their game a week later.

            Bradford Vs Arsenal – Live on Sky Sports

            Firstly, Opta facts, courtesy of http://www.oddschecker.com/football/english/league-cup/bradford-v-arsenal/winner

            • Andrey Arshavin has scored three goals and assisted eight more in just eight appearances in the League Cup.
            • Theo Walcott has scored eight goals in his last seven League Cup starts.
            • Arsenal have made the quarter final of the League Cup in each of the last 10 seasons, the longest consecutive run of any team in the history of the competition.
            • Arsenal have lost more League Cup finals than any other team; five.
            • Arsenal have never lost a League Cup tie (eight ties) against a team from the 4th tier of English football, conceding just five goals in 12 matches.
            • Bradford have won just one and lost six of their last eight games in all competitions against Arsenal. That dates back to 1922.
            • The Gunners visited Bradford twice in the Premier League drawing one match and losing one.
            • Arsenal have scored 13 goals in the League Cup this season; a competition high despite playing only two games to date.
            • The Gunners have scored 15 goals in their last four League Cup away games.

            The game could be hit or miss on the team that is selected for Arsenal. With Arsenals recent performances, it would pay them to field a strong team. We cannot ignore goals from that infamous Reading game, but backing over 2.5 goals is 8/15, which is nuts to get 1.57 on 3 goals or more. The teams have to score the goals first! The better price is for both teams to score at 4/5 as the hosts will give it everything. Betvictor gamble 4/5 on both teams to score.

            Recommended betting – Both teams to score: 4/5 BetVictor

            Norwich Vs Aston Villa

            Norwich are on a roll, take on a Villa side, who have knocked out Manchester City on their travels. Norwich will eye this as a trophy to win and can especially at Coral’s 23/20!

            Opta Facts – courtesy of http://www.oddschecker.com/football/english/league-cup/norwich-v-aston-villa/winner

            • Darren Bent has scored four goals in his last seven League Cup appearances.
            • Villa have lost just one of their last seven League Cup matches away from home (W5 D1 L1).
            • Norwich have won just one of the last nine meetings with Villa (W1 D5 L3), but it came in the last game at Carrow Road (2-0).
            • Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored four goals in his last four League Cup appearances.
            • Only Liverpool (11) have made the final of the League Cup more times than Aston Villa (8) and only the Reds (8) have won it more often than the Midlanders (5).
            • Villa and the Canaries have been drawn to play each other four times in the League Cup with the Midlanders winning all four ties.
            • This will be the third meeting of Villa and Norwich in the Quarter Finals, but the most famous encounter was the 1975 final which Villa won 1-0.

            We cannot ignore that Villa are one of the most successful teams in this competition. However, Norwich have the edge in our view and what better than add the Capital one cup to their cabinet! With only the semi finals and the final in front of either team, it would pay to go full blaze and pocket a semi final place.
            We are convinced Norwich can win this and go 23/20 outright in 90 minutes.

            Recommended betting – Norwich to win in 90 minutes: 23/20 Coral

            Swansea Vs Middlesborough

            Opta facts courtesy of http://www.oddschecker.com/football/english/league-cup/swansea-v-middlesbrough/winner

            • This will be Middlesbrough’s 12th away League Cup draw in a row. They have won seven and lost four of the previous 11.
            • Danny Graham has scored four goals in his last five League Cup appearances.
            • The last time these two sides met was in the 2010-11 Championship and Swansea came back from 1-3 down with half an hour to play to win 4-3.
            • There has been a goal scored in the 88th minute or later in nine of the last 10 League Cup matches involving Swansea.
            • The last time Swansea lost at home in the League Cup was in August 2009 against Scunthorpe when they had three players sent off.
            • This is the first time Swansea have ever made the quarter-final of the League Cup.
            • Boro have reached the League Cup semi-finals five times; the first two they were eliminated, the next two they went on to lose in the final and the last occasion they went on to win the trophy.
            Middlesborough have been unlucky not getting drawn at home, but this will not matter to them too much, as they have business to conduct. Looking at the match odds, Swansea are under priced at 4/6 with Coral, with the visitors 9/2 with Boylesports and the draw at 13/5 Sportingbet.
            With Middlesborough’s history in the competition, they will have fond memories of winning the trophy. In our view in terms of quality there will not be too much difference between the teams, and this is why we are drawn to value, and the Boro are terrific value at 5/2 with Betfred to qualify, which is incredible value. This is worth a bet outright, but so is both teams to score at Coral’s 4/5!
            Recommended betting
            • Both teams to score – 4/5 Coral
            • Middlesborough to qualify – 5/2 Betfred

              FA Cup 1st Round Replays 2012

              We have eight replays for the Tuesday card, with Tranmere and MK dons playing Friday on Sky.
              Looking at the prices, there is a little value to be taken, especially as we look at Tranmere to begin.
              Tranmere will be aware they are playing Friday, so the view is, they may play a weakened side, or will aim to finish Braintree off quickly and are priced up at 4/6 with Ladbrokes, which will tempt punters. Braintree are 19th in the conference, a couple of places above the relegation zone. They will enjoy their exposure on the TV screens and should expect a half decent gate with a terrific atmosphere on the night. Tranmere are 7/4 with Coral for a double result if you want better value. You may be put off knowing just ten of their 35 goals scored have occurred in the first half, so take with caution. Betvictor listed Tranmere to qualify as 3/1 earlier and quickly erased this, calling punters up to take the new price or void the bet.
              MK dons play Cambridge City, not to be mistaken for the conference side. The Racing post tipped an MK Dons double result, which fell in the first meeting for an MK dons HT/FT. They are no bigger than 1/5 to see Cambridge off and as short as 1/25 to qualify. MK dons may be held up for the initial 30 mins, from a Cambridge side not wanting to be embarrassed by MK dons. This therefore turns us to the highest scoring half, which is 23/20 with Hills and this is value, seeing part time players will feel the fatigue in the second half.
              Leyton Orient failed the first time around to see Gloucester off. They were highly fancied to beat them and were unsuccessful. It is likely a few fans will make the trip down the M4 to see their team beat Gloucester. They are 4/6 with Hills to succeed and we think, second time around, they will play more appropriately.
              The two conference sides meet, being Luton and Nuneaton, where Luton will be challenging again for promotion back to the football league. Nuneaton are rooted at the bottom of the conference and have conceded nearly two goals a game. Bookies have taken some caution in offering Luton at near even money to beat their fellow league side. They are 10/11 at Ladbrokes, or more of a banker to qualify at 4/9 with Bwin.
              Recommendations:
              • Tranmere – 4/6 Ladbrokes
              • MK dons 23/20 for highest scoring half (2nd)
              • Orient – 4/6 Will Hill
              • Luton – 10/11 Ladbrokes
              Both teams to score selections:
              • Barrow/Guiseley
              • Bradford/Northampton
              The Double pays 2.89 at Bet365
              Qualify special:
              • Tranmere
              • Luton
              • Orient
              • Mansfield
              Pays exactly 2/1 with Skybet

                Capital One Betting Tuesday 30 October 2012

                Some very competitive matches seeing as teams are now two games away from a Wembley semi final. On the fixtures above, one of the most anticipated matches could well be the Leeds game to Southampton, in that Leeds will be well up for another upset in beating a premiership team. Some will see interest in Arsenal at 10/11 and Swindon are certainly attractive at 11/4 to upset Aston Villa.
                The key for these matches will be team news, but you can almost presume certain teams will take this seriously, if not for match practice!
                We certainly see two games, which should see both teams in scoring and this is Sunderland/Middlesborough and Leeds and Southampton which pays 2/1 at Stan James.
                Without known team news, it is impossible to make predictions of what will happen, but we are confident on the above tip.

                As the competition winds on to the last sixteen teams, the current best odds to win the competition are thus:

                Team Best Odds Bookmaker
                Chelsea 5 Bwin
                Arsenal 5/5 Totesport
                Liverpool 7 Totesport
                Manchester Utd 7 Bet 365
                Tottenham 7 Sky Bet
                Sunderland 12 Bet Victor
                Aston Villa 18 Coral
                Wigan 22 Coral
                Swansea 28 Boylesports
                Southampton 33 William Hill
                Norwich 33 Totesport
                Leeds 40 Blue Square
                Reading 40 Sky Bet
                Middlesbrough 66 William Hill
                Swindon 100 Bet 365
                Bradford 500 Coral

                Tuesdays matches are:
                Reading (16/5) v (13/5) Arsenal (10/11)
                Swindon (11/4) v (12/5) Aston Villa (6/5)
                Sunderland(8/11) v(27/10) Middlesbrough (9/2)
                Leeds (8/5) v (13/5)
                Southampton(28/17)
                Wigan (3/10) v (5) Bradford (54/5)

                Tuesday Recommendation:
                Sunderland/Middlesborough and Leeds and Southampton all to score pays 2/1 at Stan James.

                  Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion Preview 28 October 2012

                  Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion

                  Former Newcastle assistant manager Steve Clarke returns to his former club when West Brom visit St James’ Park.
                  Both sides will be looking to take all three points as neither have won in the league in four games.
                  After amassing an impressive 14 points from their first seven games, West Brom came crashing back to earth last week, going down to a late Edin Dzeko brace. Steve Clarke’s men will be hoping to return to winning ways at Newcastle where they have enjoyed a good record of late.
                  Newcastle, on the other hand, will be looking to avenge Demba Ba’s late own goal in the Wear-Tyne derby.
                  The Magpies warmed up for Sunday’s game with a comfortable 1-0 win over Club Brugge in the Europa league, resting many first team players in the process.
                  A victory over West Brom, one of only three teams to beat them at home last season, would complete a good week for Newcastle. West Brom have only kept one clean sheet in their last 20 away Premier League matches
                  However, The Baggies are unbeaten in their last three trips to St James’ Park, but Demba Ba has netted four times in three appearances against West Brom.
                  Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tioté will miss the game as he starts a three-match ban.
                  The Ivory Coast international is suspended after being sent off during the first half of last weekend’s 1-1 derby draw at Sunderland.
                  However, Alan Pardew is likely to restore most of the men he left out of the starting line-for the Brugge game with Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi and Demba Ba all rested.
                  West Brom, meanwhile, will check on the fitness of midfielder Claudio Yacob before finalising their side at St James’ Park.
                  The Argentina international suffered a hamstring injury during last weekend’s home reversal against Manchester City.
                  Captain Chris Brunt and right-back Billy Jones have resumed training and could be in contention.

                  Betting: Home Evens, Away 13-5, Draw 23-10.

                    Everton v Liverpool Derby Match Preview 28 October 2012

                    Everton host rivals from across Stanley Park, Liverpool at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
                    In what will be the first Merseyside Derby since the Truth came out about the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, it will be guaranteed that it will be an emotional occasion.
                    The city of Liverpool has fought for the Truth and justice for 23 years and still continue to fight for the families of the 96.
                    Everton are going into the game tomorrow as many peoples favourites- which is rare because Liverpool have had the upper recently.
                    Everton will be hoping that star man Marouane Fellaini is passed fit for the game as he could play a key part in which way the game could go.
                    The Belgian international has been in fine form this season for the Blue’s and Moyes will be hoping that he can start the game and continue with his brilliant performances so far this season.
                    Moyes will be without Steven Pienaar (suspended) and Darron Gibson (thigh).
                    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has no new injury concerns after Thursday night’s win in the Europa League.
                    However the fitness of goalkeeper Pepe Reina will be assessed before the game and he could return Sunday afternoon.
                    Rodgers could have numerous Merseyside Derby debutants starting on Sunday including Joe Allen, Andre Wisdom, Suso and Raheem Sterling.
                    However with the vast amount experience around these players Rodgers will believe that his youngsters will be able to cope with the game.
                    Whoever wins the game will have the bragging rights for a while but Everton have not had the bragging rights since 2010, which was their last victory in this game.
                    Everton (from): Howard, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Hibbert, Neville, Osman, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Gueye, Heitinga, Anichebe, Mirallas, Naismith, Oviedo, Coleman, Vellios, Hitzlsperger.
                    Liverpool (from): Reina, Jones, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Coates, Carragher, Skrtel, Wisdom, Robinson, Sahin, Gerrard, Cole, Henderson, Downing, Allen, Sterling, Shelvey, Suarez, Assaidi, Suso, Yesil.
                    Everton- 17/10 (Ladbrokes)
                    Draw- 23/10 (Skybet)
                    Liverpool- 19/10 (StanJames)

                    1st Goalscorer
                    Jelavic- 7/1 (StanJames)
                    Fellaini- 12/1 (StanJames)
                    Mirallas- 8/1 (StanJames)
                    Suarez- 13/2 (PaddyPower)
                    Gerrard- 9/1 (StanJames)
                    Sterling- 12/1 (BetFred)
                    My Tip:
                    Keep your money in your pocket because this could go either way.
                    Seriously though a score draw: 1-1 6/1- StanJames