Monday, January 24, 2011

Arsenal and Man Utd on different missions

After its astonishing defeat in the first leg of the Carling Cup at Portman Road, Arsenal will need to overcome Ipswich at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger has already stated that he will rotate the squad, but I still think he will at least have his star players on the bench in case things are not going according to planned. I think it will be a case where once Arsenal start scoring, the floodgates will have opened for many more. But it will be crucial for the Gunners to get that first goal. I can't see any value betting on Arsenal outright. What is more certain, and more importantly will bring better returns, is the match-bet on corner kicks. Arsenal should easily win on this one as Ipswich will literally be camping in their own half, so a Corners match-bet on Arsenal is the recommendation.

In the Premier League, leaders Man Utd visit Blackpool. If that game were not postponed and were actually played on the intended date a few weeks back, I would have favoured Blackpool to at least share the spoils. Since then, the form has changed, and Utd have been playing solidly at home and on the road. Their away form is still littered with many drawn matches due to late goals they've uncharacteristically conceded. With the return of Van der Sar, their defence is back to its resilient self and that should provide a solid foundation to their offensive capabilities. Blackpool just got rocked yesterday by the transfer request from their best player, Charlie Adam. They will still have their threatening moments against the Red Devils because they have a good system under manager Holloway, but if Rooney and his teammates are on-song, this should be a no contest. Man Utd to draw-no-bet is the recommendation.

Corners match-bet: Arsenal
Draw-no-bet: Man Utd

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