Hey Arsene, it could be worse!
Talk of Arsenal’s demise has been greatly exaggerated, not least on this very blog, but have the Gunners turned a corner? We think so and we're backing them to make light work of hapless Blackburn.
September 16th, 2011
Arsene Wenger’s tough start to the season has been well documented. Poor results, lost stars, touchline bans, further touchline bans for circumventing previous touchline bans and an 8-2 hammering at Old Trafford have been the headlines from the opening months of the season at The Emirates.
But at least Wenger isn’t Steve Kean.
Blackburn are without a win in the league this season, have lost both their home league games so far and have won just two of their last ten games at Ewood Park – those being a 1-0 success over Bolton back in April and a Carling Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday of League One. All of that will see Rovers fans take part in a protest march against Kean before the game.
Fresh from a respectable point in Dortmund in mid-week (although they’ll be disappointed not to have left Germany with all three), we’re backing Arsenal to seize upon the negativity at Ewood and taking the 21/10 available on Arsenal/Arsenal in the half time / full time market.
We’re going to double that up by snapping up what we think is a tasty overprice in the clash between Everton and Wigan Athletic.
Neither side goes into the game at Goodison having set the world alight in the league so far, but we think that the 7/1 available on Wigan is a huge underestimation of the Latics, given the form.
A look at the last three suggests that Everton are going into the tie with more momentum but if we look at the last six, things look a little more even, with both sides losing two matches and Everton picking up just one extra win. Throw into the mix that Wigan’s defeats were away to Manchester City and a reverse in the Carling Cup with several key players rested, and we think that Roberto Martinez’s men are being massively underestimated.
This is two relatively poor teams going head to head, meaning that we can legitimately use the phrase “this has a draw written all over it”. However, whilst you can get 3/1 on the stalemate, we’re going to back Draw/Wigan on the double-chance at a very tempting 8/5.
There are a couple of tempting prices on home sides in the Premier League this weekend, including even money on Aston Villa to beat Newcastle and the same available on Wolves at home to QPR, but we’re going to stick with those two as our weekend picks.
Premier League Double:
Blackburn vs Arsenal: Arsenal/Arsenal Half time – Full time @ 21/10
Everton v Wigan: Wigan/Draw Double Chance @ 8/5