We have five premier league games to choose from on Saturday with a 3pm kick off but one of those is Manchester City v Cardiff and with odds of 1/7 do we really want to include that game?
I don’t think the question is will City win. It’s how many will they score? Brendan Rodgers is right – it is City’s title to lose this season, they have the depth of squad to cope with injuries and although losing Aguero is a big blow they can manage much better than if say Arsenal lost Giroud or Liverpool lost Suarez to injury.
So I’m going to omit the City game and go with the other four Premier League 3pm kick offs to make our weekly fourfold.
First of all let’s get the easy game out of the way. Arsenal v Fulham is going to be a home banker on everyone’s card and I see it no differently though at odds of 2/9 it’s not really the sort of fixture we want in our fourfold. Beggars can’t be choosers though and that’s just how it is.
Next up we have three games that are all interesting fixtures:
Crystal Palace v Stoke
Tony Pulis has made an immediate impact at Palace although he has had a much easier fixture list in his last four games than his predecessor got the sack for but even so – you can only beat what is in front of you as they say.
Stoke are introducing a new style of play under manager Mark Hughes and it was noticeable in the game against Liverpool that several players looked leaner and fitter. Particularly Charlie Adam, which makes you wonder how he was allowed to gain the weight in his stay at Liverpool in the first place.
I’m going for a draw.
I’m also picking a draw between Norwich and Hull Tigers, sorry City. These are two mid table teams who are going to scrap this one out and I don’t see many goals here. A 0-0 would fit the bill perfectly.
And lastly we have West Ham v Newcastle.
After winning (surprisingly) away at Cardiff, Sam Allardyce will be able to restore some confidence to his side but there is no getting away from the fact it was an awful game and Newcastle, despite the travelling distance, are much the better team.
Here’s the fourfold:
Arsenal v Fulham
Crystal Palace v Stoke
Norwich v Hull
West Ham v Newcastle
Which is about par for the course. One home win, two draws and an away win.