Last weekend, I successfully backed Manchester United, West Ham and Liverpool to land yet another Home Heroes treble and this week I am hoping to continue the gold run by tipping Arsenal, Manchester City and Aston Villa to win on their own turf.
The Gunners should have too much for bottom club QPR, while the champions can almost always be relied upon to win at home and Aston Villa should dispatch poor travellers Norwich at Villa Park.
Arsenal to beat QPR @ 7/20
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Winless QPR travel to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday rooted to the foot of the Premier League table and on a run that has seen them lose five of their last seven games in all competitions. They have kept only one clean sheet in eight league matches so far and conceded an average of more than two goals per game away from home.
Arsenal’s back-to-back defeats by Norwich and Schalke are a concern, but their home form against the so-called weaker teams has been formidable so far this season, scoring six against Southampton in the Premier League and another six against Coventry in the Capital One Cup. QPR’s poor form and leaky defence certainly ensure that they fall into the ‘weaker team’ category and for this reason they could be on the end of another hiding in this one.
Read a full betting preview of Arsenal v QPR here.
Manchester City to beat Swansea @ 1/5
Manchester City haven’t lost a home game in the Premier League since a 2-1 defeat to Everton at the Etihad Stadium in December 2010 – that’s nearly two years ago. They have won three out of four there this season, scoring three goals in each of their three wins so far, and they put four past Swansea without reply in the corresponding fixture last campaign.
Michael Laudrup’s Swans have been fairly unpredictable this season having won three, lost three and drawn two so far, but they have lost their last two away league games without scoring a goal. They picked up only two points out of a possible 24 away from home against the league’s top eight teams last season, losing to all of the top four on their travels, so it is fair to say that they are not good bets against the big-hitters away from the Liberty Stadium.
Expect City to dominate this one without breaking too much sweat.
Aston Villa to beat Norwich @ 9/10
Norwich travel to face their former manager Paul Lambert on Saturday lunchtime but they won’t be arriving in the Midlands full of confidence, having picked up only one point from four away games so far and conceded 11 goals – an average of almost three per game.
Villa have made a mediocre start to the season themselves but all their best results have come at home, winning two, drawing one and losing one in all competitions. Lambert is sure to have them fired up for this grudge match and home advantage should pull them through.
Read a full betting preview of Aston Villa v Norwich here.