EPL soccer returns this week after a week layoff for the European qualifiers. Manchester United finds themselves less favored than usual against a tough Liverpool squad. We’ll examine Saturday’s matches this week, but will not preview the three games Sunday, in this preview. All betting odds are taken from Bodog.
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Sunderland (14th) at Blackburn Rovers (15th) / Ewood Park / 3:00 PM ET – After seven games, Sunderland’s biggest problem has been exposed. Although the Black Cats have been able to perform well defensively, they haven’t been able to generate enough goals. Because of this, despite holding the powerful offenses of Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United to 2 total goals, they managed only 2 points total in those three games. This lack of offensive output has caused the team to fall to 14th place in the Premiership standings despite having suffered only one loss. Unfortunately, their cause looks will get worse before it gets any better. Leading scorer Darren Bent, who has recently been promoted to start along side Wayne Rooney for the English national team in its upcoming European Championship match against Montenegro, will be sidelined by a groin strain for Monday’s EPL match. Blackburn’s problems have been on the defensive end. The Rovers have not held a team scoreless since their season-opening 1-0 victory over Everton. They have been able to score consistently, but their porous defense has led to too many lost points. Although both teams have struggled to find consistency in all parts of the field, Blackburn has been the slightly better performer, showing better overall results against better competition. The recent news that striker Benjani Mwaruwari has retired from the Zimbabwe national team to focus the remaining years of his career at the club level should give a boost the Blackburn attack. Mwaruwari is not the striker he once was, but he can still be effective, especially against a team like Sunderland. Now that he’ll be eliminating the travel and general wear and tear of playing for both club and country and can focus entirely on the club level, Blackburn should see an improvement in his on-field performance. Blackburn will also enter the game knowing that a victory at home will bump them a minimum of 5 spots up in the Premiership standings. Both teams are desperate for points, as they don’t want to fall too far behind the pack. Although neither team has any expectations about finishing near the top of the English Premier League standings, they do both feel that they belong at least in the top half. This one should be close, but I give the slight edge to Blackburn.
A crucial Week 7 of the English Premier League begins on Saturday with 7 games on the schedule. Although still relatively early in the season, it is at this point that teams begin to separate, and the standings begin to really take shape. The teams realize that they have only a few more weeks to right the ship before they fall too far behind. The added importance to this early part of the season will make for some exciting matches. We will be previewing each game and giving out our free picks for each. All English Premier League odds shown are taken from 4 respected online sportsbooks.
After midweek matches for the Carling Cup tournament that produced some shocking results, the English Premier League gets back under way on Saturday. Several teams, including some of the EPL’s premier clubs, will be looking to redeem themselves following bad and potentially devastating Carling Cup results. With so many teams suddenly desperate for a win, this weekend will be especially important and will lead to several crucial early season games. We’ll take a look at all the match ups and give out the best picks for each. All odds shown have been taken from Bodog.
Week 5 of the English Premier League season kicks off with seven games on Saturday. We will preview each match up and give out the best picks for free on each game along with the EPL betting odds for week 5.
After a two-week break, the Premiership gets going again this weekend with a full 3-day schedule. The weekend’s games begin Saturday with eight matches. We’ll preview the matches and give out the best picks for each one.