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21st May 2011 / callum - Category:
Delving into the lower leagues in Scotland for the first of two bets on Sunday as Ayr United travel to Brechin for the second leg of their play-off final.
The first leg of this match took place on Wednesday at Somerset Park when Ayr dominated for much of the match but were made to pay for a plethora of missed chances as the visitors scored late on to ensure that the clubs head into tomorrow’s match level at 1-1. The teams were nip and tuck for much of the season in the league with two points separating them at the end of the campaign. United have already seen off thrid place Forfar in the semi-final of the play-off’s whilst Brechin got the better of Cowdenbeath, the side who finished second bottom of the First Division.
Brian Reid, Ayr United’s manager, has already guided his side to the First divison during his reign so has the experience of what it takes to get promoted. He has had to work with a small squad all season which is the major reason as to why their challenge for automatic promotion faded in the middle to latter part of the season. Reid has called on for one last big effort from the Ayr United support who have shown themselves to be one of the best travelling sets of fans in the lower divisions, if not all of Scotland. Being one of the largest towns in Scotland, Ayr can call on big numbers for away matches, so much so that they will have nearly double the amount of fans compared to Brechin tomorrow.
Brechin have done well to sustain a challenge for promotion all season considering they are working with even smaller resources than Sunday’s opponents. Jim Weir deserves a lot of credit for churning out more and more from his players which was evidenced in the semi-final as they turned in a fantastic performance in the second leg against Cowdenbeath when they won 2-0 away despite drawing the first leg at home. Weir has experience of the SPL and First division as a player but has never managed in it so Sunday is a massive day for him personally. He will look to his top scorer Rory McAllister for the goals once again as the hitman was the difference when these two sides last met earlier this month. McAllister has been the subject of strong interest from other teams and it’s no surprise as is average for Brechin is much better than a goal every other game – tomorrow could be vital in Brechin’s attempts to keep him at the club.
Brechin have not played in the First Division since 2006 whilst Ayr were relegated two seasons ago. There is not much between the sides as emphasised in the odds for the match tomorrow but there was enough about Ayr on Wednesday night to suggest that they are in the better form and are more threatening going forward to side with them.
My Selections: Ayr United to beat
Best odds available: 9/5
available with Unibet
English Premier League
Wolverhampton v Blackburn
It’s survival Sunday in the Premier League this weekend and two sides right in the thick of it are Wolves and Blackburn who clash at Molineaux.
Wolves have put back to back victories together at the exactly right stage of the season after beating both West Brom and Sunderland. To get maximum points from two games at this point in the season makes all the difference and it looks as though it will be enough for them to survive for another season. What has been particularly impressive has been the style of their victories. They haven’t been lucky or negative, they have played excellent football, scored plenty of goals and been thoroughly deserving of both. It’s even more of a feat considering they have been without their best player in Kevin Doyle who was injured on international duty eight weeks ago. Mick McCarthy is a realist and will not be accepting that his side are safe until it is mathematically impossible for sides below them to reach or surpass their point’s total.
Blackburn are level on points with Wolves but have a significantly better goal difference than them and the rest of the teams fighting against relegation. Steve Kean will have been happy with the point they gained last weekend against Manchester United but he know’s there is still some work to do to ensure he leads Rovers to safety. Blackburn have lost just three of their last nine games which is relatively good form for a side so close to the bottom and looks as though it’s making the difference between staying up and going down. They have been slightly less adventurous than tomorrow’s opponents having scored just six goals in eight games but every team’s approach and style is different – if it’s enough for the fans to be able to look forward to another season in the Premier League, nobody will be caring.
If either of these sides win they are guaranteed to stay up whilst defeat would mean they would at the mercy of other sides in the league. It would mean that two out of Blackpool, Wigan and Birmingham would have to win for the defeated side to drop into relegation zone. All three of those sides face difficult away fixtures which increases the chances for both Wolves and Blackburn. Blackpool have to visit the Champions, Birmingham are away to Spurs, chasing fifth placed, whilst Wigan have to travel to Stoke who always provide a stern test no matter what the circumstances are.
The odds seemed stacked in both Wolves and Blackburn’s favour tomorrow for staying up. Chances are that all three of the sides below them could fail to win which would almost ensure safety. We’ve all seen it before in every country when results elsewhere dictate’s what happens in this kind of game. Should two of Blackpool, Birmingham and Wigan be losing with 20 minutes to go then there is very big chance of the game at Molineaux coming to a standstill and the clock running down whilst one of the sides play keep ball. It’s not nice to see but we’re not naive enough to think it doesn’t happen.
With that in mind, the draw looks the safest option on such an important day.
My Selection: Wolves to draw with Blackburn
Best price available: 9/4 available with Totesport
Sunday 22nd May
Scottish Division 1 Play-Off
Brechin City v Ayr United
8th March 2011 / Dave Hanson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Four teams beginning with the letter ‘W’ and three teams beginning with the letter ‘B’ make up the seven sides that will be scrapping against relegation between now and the end of the season.
Blackpool’s 3-1 defeat to Chelsea on Monday night means that the Tangerines are now the second favourites for the drop, with the bookies quick to slash the odds on Ian Holloway’s team. A few weeks ago, you could have got 3/1 about the seaside club and now the best price is even money (bet365).
Blackpool’s next Premier League match is a trip to Ewood Park to face another side who are firmly at the wrong end of the table and Rovers have lost four of their last five matches. Perhaps they will be made to pay for sacking Sam Allardyce midway through the season and Steve Kean has been given the dreaded vote of confidence.
Blackburn were available at 12/1 for the drop when Allardyce was relieved of his duties, although those odds have now shrunk to 10/3 with bet365 and the Lancashire side are just two points above the relegation zone.
The third ‘B’ in a pickle is Birmingham City, the Carling Cup winners who seemed drained when it came to facing West Brom last Saturday and their 3-1 defeat means that Alex McLeish’s team now occupy a berth in the dreaded drop zone.
McLeish is worried that a long season might be taking its toll, especially as they remain in the FA Cup with a quarter final match at home to Bolton taking place this weekend. Wednesday’s trip to Everton is more important and City are 5/2 (Sportingbet) to be relegated.
However, it is the four teams beginning with the letter ‘W’ that are among the first five in the Premier League relegation betting and the writing appears to be on the wall for Wigan Athletic.
Roberto Martinez’s team are now four points adrift of safety with an inferior goal difference to the teams directly above them and the Latics will need to win five of their remaining nine matches to stand any chance of survival. The best odds about them being relegated is 2/7 with bet365.
It was West Ham United that seemed doomed at the start of 2011 and the board allegedly tried to bring in Martin O’Neill to replace Avram Grant, although the latter remains in charge and has seen his team comprehensively beat Liverpool and Stoke.
The Hammers aren’t out of the woods by a long stretch and a Birmingham draw / win at Goodison Park would leave them back in the bottom three. Perhaps they are a value bet to go down at odds of 13/8 (Coral).
Then we have the two Black Country teams – West Brom and Wolves. The Baggies have made a decent start under Roy Hodgson, having collected five points from three matches and they are out to 15/8 (Skybet) for relegation. Wanderers are shorter at 5/4 (Skybet).
12th February 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Tip & Odds: It is important not to get swept up in all the romanticism surrounding Wolves’ triumphs over Chelsea and Manchester United recently. The fact of the matter is that Arsenal are clearly the better side and should win. This is an away match for Wolves, who have proven to be pretty terrible on the road this season, suffering ten defeats and picking up just one draw and one win. It’s not good reading for Wolves fan, and with the destructive force which Arsenal can produce at home, it should be an easy three points for the Gunners, even though they won’t be at full strength. The passing game should easily crack what is still a shaky Wolves back line, and you expect plenty of clear cut chances to come the way of the home side. Wolves will huff and puff, but Arsenal will blow them away, just as they did in the comfortable 2-0 away win at Wolves in November. Arsenal -1.5 Asian Handicap for 3/4 at Bet365 looks decent value.
Arsenal to win: 1/4 at Boylesports
Draw: 5/1 at Bet365
Wolverhampton Wanderers to win: 14/1 at Bet365
EPL Match Preview: Well, worth a little look at this match after the heroics of Wolverhampton Wanderers last week, as they ended Manchester United’s unbeaten run from the start of the season. After also beating Chelsea recently, it is Arsenal’s turn to try and take points off the struggling Wolves, who only seem to fulfill potential when playing against top sides in the league. Granted, this may be a different kettle of fish, because those two major Wolves triumphs came at home, and on the road, they have won just one match all season. So, that all points to a strong three home points for the Gunners, who missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on United after Wolves had done Arsene Wenger’s men a huge favour. Arsenal blew a 4-0 lead away at Newcastle in a remarkable game, giving away two penalties and handing a huge second hand comeback to the Andy Carroll-less Newcastle. That was a shocker for Arsenal and their title ambitions, in what was a pretty crazy goal fest of a weekend in the Premier League. Arsenal have been going well at home this season, but they have had three slip ups at the Emirates this season, and can Wolves perform another of their major heroic efforts? Despite the euphoria of the United win, you would still bank on Arsenal pulling out the stops and firing in a comfortable victory here. The gap at the top between the Gunners and United is down to four points, and if they hadn’t have blown that 4-0 half time lead when Abou Diaby got sent off, a two point gap going into this match would have made for great reading for Arsenal.
While Manchester United will be embroiled in a tough Manchester derby on Saturday, Arsenal have another chance to capitalise on any loss of points from either side. Naturally they would want a City win, and with victory over Wolves, that would bring Arsenal to within one point. It all sounds very feasible. Despite the upsets Wolves have caused, there is still such an immense gulf in class between Arsenal and Wolves. The Gunners have over twice as many points as Wolves have managed to pick up, plus over twice as many goals scored. Arsenal’s fluent, free flowing passing and attacking movement off the ball is usually more than enough for any defence to cope with, and Wolves, still struggling against relegation, will likely come unstuck again. There’s strong stats to back up an Arsenal home win here, as they haven’t been defeated by Wolves in the last sixteen encounters between the two sides. That run of good form against the Midlands side includes seven straight league wins. There really isn’t a lot of expectancy that it won’t continue on the weekend. The game at Newcastle was a bit of anomaly and can be wiped off the slate come kick off here. The Arsenal defence and system is a lot stronger than that, and they have been ruthless when playing teams from the bottom half of the league, winning 12 out of 14 matches this season. They’ll miss Diaby with his ban, and again will be without top scorer Nasri in the side. However, Robin Van Persie has come into a fine run of form in front of goal, firing in eight goals in his last six Premier League matches.
So will there be another fairy tale result on the cards for Wolves? Unlikely. Winning away from home is a lot different from trying to scrap for points in your own back yard with your fans behind you. The Emirates is a daunting place to go, because Arsenal have the ability to tear fragile defences apart. It is Arsenal who go into this match with all of the firepower at their disposal, and with Wolves’ inability to even hang on for draws away from home this year, it points to nothing but an Arsenal win in this match. If Wolves were capable of beating Manchester United and Arsenal in back to back games, then they wouldn’t be in the position which they are in right now. That is fighting against relegation, and still remain one of the favourites to take the drop. Manager Mick McCarthy hasn’t managed to pick up a victory against Arsenal in his career, in fact, has lost all matches against them. While there are some signs of hope for Wolves, it is important to not forget that the Manchester United win came after a streak of three straight defeats for Wolves, with Bolton, Liverpool and Manchester City seeing them off. They are also on a run of three straight away defeats, started by a loss at West Ham, the only team beneath them in the league at the moment. Note: Arsenal have not conceded a goal in the first 15 minutes of play in the league all season
It is highly unlikely that Wolves will be good enough to go to the Emirates and take three points, so is it worth looking at them for a draw? Not really, as Wolves have picked up the fewest amount of draws of all Premier League teams this season, so that pretty much rules that one out. They clearly raise their game when they are playing top opposition, which begs the question why they can’t put that same heart into playing weaker opposition. That’s one for McCarthy to figure out. Wolves record at Arsenal is pretty miserable in the head to head statistics, as the Midlands side has won just eight matches of 53 played there. The last time Wolves picked up a point off Arsenal was back in the 81/82 season with a draw at Molineux. Following that, there have been eleven straight wins for Arsenal over Wolves in all competitions, with the Gunners putting almost twice as many goals as Wolves in those meeting. Three points to Arsenal it really should be.
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Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League Betting Statistics
Last 5 Head to Head
Wolves 0, Arsenal 2
Arsenal 1, Wolves 0
Wolves 1, Arsenal 4
Wolves 1, Arsenal 3
Arsenal 3, Wolves 0
Arsenal have an 67% win percentage at home in the league this season
Wolverhampton Wanderers have an 8% win percentage away from home in the league this season
Arsenal are on a streak of 5 home matches with no defeat
Wolverhampton Wanderers are on a streak of 11 away matches with no draw
Arsenal have scored 27 goals, and conceded 12 at home
Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored 9 and conceded 24 goals in their away matches
Arsenal average 2.2 goals per match at home this season
Wolverhampton Wanderers average 0.7 goals per match away from home this season
Arsenal have scored the bulk of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket
Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored the majority of their goals in the 31-45 and 76-90 minute brackets
Arsenal have opened the scoring in 64% of their matches
Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored first in 40% of their matches
Arsenal 2010/11 top scorer: Nasri, 9
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2010/11 top scorer: Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, 4
Arsenal 2010/11 Season Form: P25 W15 D5 L5 GF54 GA27 Pts 50 (2nd)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2010/11 Season Form: P25 W7 D3 L15 GF26 GA43 Pts 24 (19th)
5th February 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United Betting Tip & Odds: Away win. Nothing too much more to say about it really. Wolves have dug a little deeper when facing the big teams this season, but you don’t expect slip ups from Manchester United, and when the Red Devils have an off day, they still manage to scrap at least a draw. United have had their problems on the road this season, but you still have to look at them as favourites to win the match here. It is what they do. Just get the job done, no need for all that pretty football and flair, just get the points and go home. A Manchester United -1.5 Asian Handicap for 7/5 at Victor Chandler looks like a decent prospect.
Wolverhampton Wanderers to win: 15/2 at BetFred
Draw: 7/2 at SkyBet
Manchester United to win: 4/9 at Bet365
EPL Match Preview: Well, Manchester United just don’t look as if they are going to slow their pace at all. One wonders if they are going to emulate Arsenal’s last title winning triumph, and go all season remaining unbeaten? Certainly at first glance you wouldn’t expect Wolves to be standing in their way, and truthfully this match looks all a bit academic. You expect the teams at the bottom of the table to raise their game and take on the big boys, as they really have nothing to lose. Combine that with the fact that Wolves desperately need points to get away from relegation, you would they would put up some kind of defiance, especially at home. However, you just cannot see it happening against Manchester United. When Chelsea were in the midst of their terrible slump, Wolves beat the defending Champions in one of the shocks of the season. You just cannot imagine a repeat of that happening when Manchester United head to the Midlands. To their credit, Mick McCarthy’s men put on a brave front when they went to Old Trafford earlier in the season, and they put in a decent performance put still lost in a tight 2-1 result. Wins have been hard to come by for Wolves this season, and they are currently on a three game losing skid. They were edged out in a thrilling 4-3 defeat against Manchester City, were thumped 3-0 by Liverpool and then lost in dying seconds of their midweek game against struggling Bolton.
This is top v bottom. There is a difference of 33 points between the two sides, which is exactly the amount which Bolton have sat eighth place in the league, and that is the gulf between United and Wolves. Is there another shock on the cards though? Wolves have had their last five successes in the league (their only wins after beating Stoke on the opening day of the season) against Chelsea, Liverpool, Sunderland and Manchester City, so that is some good which they have taken down. No matter how romantically you may look at this, either as a Wolves fan, or a neutral, you just can’t see three points going to the home side. That is because Manchester United’s defence, which has been one of their highlights this season, should not have any trouble coping with the light weight attack which Wolves can offer. The other factor is that Wolves have one of the worst defensive records in the league, and taking on the top scorers really isn’t what they want right now. Wolves need points, and they are probably going to trudge back to the changing rooms at the end of 90 minutes here without a point and still rooted to the bottom of the league.
Yes Manchester United have been less than perfect away from home this season. That can’t be argued with, and they have cut most of their away fixtures pretty close. They have still won only three on the road, while drawing all other eight which they have played. Their last trip away was an uphill struggle against Blackpool, in which United found themselves two nil down at half time. Was that enough to stop them? No, they still found a way to grind out a win, running out 3-2 winners when their unbeaten run looked on the line. They have been held to 0-0 draws at Tottenham and Manchester City, but have yet to hit the Emirates or Stamford Bridge this season. But for the immediate time being, Manchester United just look as if they will roll on. Wayne Rooney found his scoring touch finally, netting a brace against Aston Villa during midweek. That was a timely contribution from Rooney’s barren season, as he was on the brink of being dropped from the starting line up in favour of the red hot Hernandez. So, Manchester United, primarily through Dimitar Berbatov, just keep scoring and just keep winning. Incidentally, Berbatov has scored just five fewer than Wolves have managed collectively all season. United have scored at least three goals in each of their last three Premier League matches. Who can stop them? They have lost the services of Gary Neville, who has decided to hang up his boots, but Alex Ferguson’s red machine just keeps on going and going.
Wolves have held their end up in matches played at Molineux against Manchester United looking at the head to head. The home side has won 48% of the encounters between the two teams there, where Manchester United have won on 31% of their visits. Looking at the average goals per game in this fixture, Wolves have hit 1.9, while United have hit 1.5. United have already beaten Wolves twice this season, once in the Carling Cup and once in the league, and you expect them to net the hat trick. They have now won the last six straight against Wolves. If United win this one, they will hit a new club record for an unbeaten run of games. For a team which has looked so ordinary on the road, it is quite astonishing.
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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United Premier League Betting Statistics
Last 5 Head to Head
Man Utd 2, Wolves 1
Wolves 0, Man Utd 1
Man Utd 3, Wolves 0
Wolves 1, Man Utd 0
Man Utd 1, Wolves 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers have an 42% win percentage at home in the league this season
Manchester United have a 27% win percentage away from home in the league this season
Wolverhampton Wanderers are on a streak of 8 home matches with no draw
Manchester United are on a streak of 11 away games with no defeat
Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored 15 goals, and conceded 18 at home
Manchester United have scored 17 and conceded 14 goals in their away matches
Wolverhampton Wanderers average 1.2 goals per match at home this season
Manchester United average 1.5 goals per match away from home this season
Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored the bulk of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket
Manchester United have scored the majority of their goals in the 31-45 minute bracket
Wolverhampton Wanderers have opened the scoring in 41% of their matches
Manchester United have scored first in 78% of their matches
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2010/11 top scorer: Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, 4
Manchester United 2010/11 top scorer: Berbatov, 19
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2010/11 Season Form: P24 W6 D3 L15 GF24 GA42 Pts 21 (20th)
Manchester United 2010/11 Season Form: P24 W15 D9 L0 GF54 GA22 Pts 54 (1st)
4th January 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea Betting Tip & Odds: Chelsea just are not a safe bet at the moment. That really did not ever look like happening at the start of the season, but their collapse in form has been monumental. Now a trip to Wolves looks like an uphill struggle for them. But, back to basics, Chelsea are the better team. They have the world class stars, and have to still start this match as favourite. Wolves are bottom of the league, and there is a big points difference between the two sides. Chelsea are playing without any conviction at the moment, and Wolves are fighting for their Premier League lives. It makes for a fascinating contest. Can the home side unsettle Chelsea enough to steal a win? It is still the most unlikely outcome in the match to be honest, so this makes for an interesting Asian Handicap. Would take Chelsea -1.25 Asian Handicap for a decent price of 6/5 at Paddy Power. It covers a two goal win, and only a half loss of stake if Chelsea win by one goal.
Wolverhampton Wanderers to win: 7/1 at SkyBet
Draw: 10/3 at Totesport
Chelsea to win: 8/15 at Extrabet
EPL Match Preview: How quickly things change in football. No, we are not talking about Chelsea here (not yet anyway), but Wolves. Just a few heady days ago, they were celebrating their best moment of the season, a 1-0 away win at Liverpool. Fast forward the tape a few days, and they are committing football suicide (according to boss Mick McCarthy) against relegation strugglers West Ham. Wolves lost that crucial basement battle by a 2-0 scoreline, leaving the Midlands side firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. You could have asked most punters at the beginning of the season what Wolves’ chances were, and most would have said, safe from relegation. It all started so well, unbeaten in their opening three games, but ever since then it has been downhill. It has been a steep downhill too. In the end Wolves may just be OK, as there are teams above them which are in far worse form than they are. At least Wolves have not forgotten how to win completely, the problem is, that there is not consistency. A win has been followed by a defeat, and so on in that pattern over the last six games. That is why they are struggling, their defence is far too leaky, and their lack of firepower has left then as one of the lowest scoring teams in the Premier League. One thing which Wolves do not do, is hang around for drawn matches. They have just three on the season, and if just a handful of the twelve defeats they have suffered could have been held to parity, they would be so much better off. The relegation battle looks as if it is going to be an extremely tight one this year, with just four points separating bottom places Wolves from Everton up in 13th place.
However, Wolves need another one of those big nights as they go in search of their sixth win of the season. When they went to Stamford Bridge back in October, Wolves weren’t blown off the park as the home side won 2-0. People were expecting a lot worse for them on the day. If ever Mick McCarthy, a much criticised manager, ever needed a tool to motivate his players with, the West Ham result will be it. That was a huge opportunity lost after doing so well in putting on a brave performance at Anfield for their victory. This is also the Wolves side which beat Manchester City at home. The potential is there, it just gets lost under a blanket of mediocrity in the defence most of the time. Wolves have themselves an opportunity, and they will be believing that they do, to take points off Chelsea. This isn’t the Chelsea which has fired 18 goals past Wolves in their five Premier league meetings. No, the London blues are vulnerable at the moment, again shown on Sunday when they were held to a 3-3 draw by the hopelessly out of form Aston Villa. Maybe Wolves would be happy with a gritty and battling draw at Molineux, maybe they will be wanting more than that. Out of the two options though, a draw would be the most realistic outcome for them, as Chelsea are still a tough side to beat.
Carlo Ancelotti must be a highly frustrated man. Playing Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge must have seemed like an easy three points after battling hard to beat the high flying Bolton in their previous match. Aston Villa, who are struggling badly to find a win from anywhere, went to London and gave more than Chelsea had bargained for. The home side had to battle back from being behind 2-1, and looked as if they had done enough to seal a good comeback win when John Terry headed in in the 89th minute. Remarkably though, Aston Villa went right back down the other end and Cieran Clark stole a huge point for Villa in the 90th minute, leaving Chelsea on its knees. Suddenly it looks as if a fourth place finish would be a good result for Chelsea in the Premier League this season. Things just are not going their way. They are now a massive six points adrift of league leaders Manchester United now, and have played a game more than Alex Ferguson’s men. The Chelsea fans need some appeasing, and with the January Transfer window here, will the Blues spend? They don’t seem to be in any hurry to do so, their name not being linked with anyone much, other than centre half David Luiz, and interestingly, according to some, Jay Bothroyd from Cardiff, which doesn’t make a lot of sense. It is not someone who would come in and really challenge for a forward place with Drogba, Kalou and Anelka, even though they aren’t being prolific at the moment.
So it appears that Chelsea’s problems weren’t just all because of Frank Lampard’s absence. They are still lacking that cutting edge, although they did manage to score more than one goal in a league match for the first time in ten games. Despite Ancelotti’s insistence that Chelsea can still win the Premier League, their fans must be thinking a lot differently to that. They must also be thinking “go and spend please!”. Things are coming unravelled at the back a little bit now and without that solidity in place, they are going to continue to struggle. This really should be a match which has three points going to Chelsea without a moment’s hesitation, but now things are a little different. Chelsea have won just one match in their last eight, and have lost away from home four times this season. This should be a formality but it is not. This is now an immensely tricky match for Chelsea to try and navigate, and anything less than a win would really leave the Blues shell shocked. This is why this is such an important and interesting game. There’s a lot at stake at the foot of the table, and a lot at stake near the top of the league also. Chelsea are fragile, the Wolves will be hungry. Incidentally, Chelsea are 16th in the table of current form in the Premier League, while Wolves are above them in 13th place.
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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea Premier League Betting Statistics
Last 5 Head to Head
Chelsea 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Chelsea 2
Chelsea 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0
Chelsea 5, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Chelsea 5
Wolverhampton Wanderers have an 40% win percentage at home in the league this season
Chelsea have a 30% win percentage away from home in the league this season
Wolverhampton Wanderers are on a streak of 6 home matches with no draw
Chelsea are on a streak of 5 away matches with no win
Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored 14 goals, and conceded 15 at home
Chelsea have scored 14 and conceded 11 goals in their away matches
Wolverhampton Wanderers average 1.4 goals per match at home this season
Chelsea average 1.4 goals per match away from home this season
Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored the bulk of their goals in the 31-45 and 76-90 minute brackets
Chelsea have scored the majority of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket
Wolverhampton Wanderers have opened the scoring in 40% of their matches
Chelsea have scored first in 55% of their matches
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2010/11 top scorer: Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, 4
Chelsea 2010/11 top scorer: Drogba, 9
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2010/11 Season Form: P20 W5 D3 L12 GF20 GA34 Pts 18 (20th)
Chelsea 2010/11 Season Form: P20 W10 D5 L5 GF36 GA18 Pts 35 (5th)
6th November 2010 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Manchester United v Wolves Betting Tip & Odds: United have won 66% of matches between the two clubs played at Old Trafford, and you really can’t argue with this stat. Forget about the heroics Wolves pulled off in beating Manchester City, for they still aren’t a great side, and you don’t walk into Old Trafford and come away with three points very easily. Home win without much hesitation. Manchester United to win by 2 goals for 3/1 at Bet365
Manchester United to win: 1/4 at William Hill
Draw: 11/2 at Victor Chandler
Wolves to win: 16/1 at Totesport
EPL Match Preview: United have shipped off Wayne Rooney to the US in order to get some rehab on his troublesome ankle, and they will have to continue their Premier League campaign without him for now. They do have the chance to close the gap on Chelsea at the top of the league, with the Blues not playing until Sunday, and that is the kind of pressure that Alex Ferguson will be looking for. Although it doesn’t seem like United have been going too well this season, over the course of their first ten games this season, it has actually been their best start in the Premier League. This is regards to them not having lost a match in those opening ten games, although they have been pushed hard in a lot of them. An uncharacteristic amount of drawn matches (five out of the ten) seems to have made them look worse off than they are. They remain the only unbeaten team in the league though, but are five points behind leaders Chelsea. Looking at the Manchester United v Wolves fixture for the weekend, there really shouldn’t be any hint of anything but a strong home win. The two sides met in the Carling Cup recently, and it took a 3-2 United victory to prevail in the end, after Mick McCarthy’s Wolves showed quite a lot of spirit and played a big part in an entertaining match. Although a Carling Cup side is generally a lot different from that of a Premier League one, it may just suggest the position Man Utd are in at the moment. There have been speculation over the quality in depth at the club, but they really aren’t doing too badly. They are pretty much level with Arsenal in the goal scoring stats and way ahead of the teams beneath them. It is United’s ability to prevail through troubled times that has made them great in the past, and why they remain a force to be reckoned with. Alex Ferguson sent out the fringe players for the midweek trip to Turkey in the Champions League, and they impressed well enough to come back with a 3-0 victory. There are signs that United are starting to grow into the season a little more, especially after picking up their first away victory of the season against Stoke at the end of October. That was quite a big breakthrough for them, after being held 2-2 at Old Trafford by West Brom. A controversial goal by Nani then capped things in their last home match, seeing off Tottenham by a 2-0 score line.
The midweek trip to Turkey did have its price though, as Nani will miss the match against Wolves, and Ferguson is awaiting news about Darren Fletcher, as the pair picked up injuries in midweek. There has also been a virus sweeping through the club, including affecting the boss himself, but it shouldn’t make much difference to the starting line up. Other absentees along with Rooney and Nani, are Michael Owen, Owen Hargreaves and Valencia. While United should put the three points in the bank here, they will of course have to display an air of caution after seeing Wolves take out Manchester City last weekend. But United are gaining momentum, having kept five clean sheets in eight matches, and are going on a six match winning streak (in all competitions). A lot has been made of the return of Rio Ferdinand to the back line, and now he’s back in his stride, it has helped the shaky defence hold a little steadier. It will probably be Berbatov and Hernandez up front for United in the absence of Rooney, and that looks like a pairing which should trouble the back line of a bottom three club. United have to be looked at as being at least a good couple of goals better than the visiting Wolves.
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Wolves have had their critics over the past couple of seasons, and now again they are under fire for being too aggressive and for being a dirty team. That’s what you get with Mick McCarthy at the helm, battlers. Those great battling qualities served Wolves well last weekend, when they faced the expensive Eastlands side and came away with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City. No-one saw that coming really, so can they emulate the trip up north again? It is very unlikely, as there are some mitigating circumstances, and big differences between the two Manchester clubs. Firstly Alex Ferguson is a lot more canny and tactically sound that Roberto Mancini. United are the more established side at the top of the league, while City are trying to emulate their success. Even though the quality levels may not be at the highest at Old Trafford, you can always bank on any United to play as a team, City are still looking like a hastily assembled bunch of individuals. So the victory by Wolves over Man City can be put into perspective. City are beatable, Manchester United are not so easily turned over, even though they have had trouble closing out matches against weaker opposition this year. It is unlikely that Wolves will score a massive double by beating United this weekend. Keep your football betting head calm and level, and look at Wolves for what they are. A team which has only won two matches all year, and are only averaging one goal per game. Wolves are on a 5 match skid without a win away from home, picking up just one point on the road against Everton. This has been a bit of an exhausting portion of the season’s fixture list for Wolves, having Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd in consecutive matches. They are unlikely to get anything out of a visit to Old Trafford. There is just not the quality at the back, and certainly not enough punch up front to out score United on their home turf.
Manchester United v Wolves Premier League Betting Statistics
Last 5 Head to Head
Wolves 0, Man Utd 1
Man Utd 3, Wolves 0
Wolves 1, Man Utd 0
Man Utd 1, Wolves 0
Wolves 1, Man Utd 1 (First Division)
Manchester United have an 80% win percentage at home in the league this season
Wolves have a 0% win percentage away from home in the league this season
Manchester United have scored 13 goals, and conceded 4 at home
Wolves have scored 3 and conceded 10 goals in their away matches
Manchester United have scored the bulk of their goals in the 31-45 minute bracket
Wolves have scored the majority of their goals in the 31-45 minute bracket
Manchester United have opened the scoring in 70% of their matches
Wolves have scored first in 50% of their matches
Manchester United average 2.6 goals per match at home this season
Wolves average 0.6 goals per match away from home this season
Manchester United 2010/11 top scorer: Berbatov, 6 (5 of them at home)
Wolves 2010/11 top scorer: Jarvis, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, 2
Manchester United 2010/11 Season Form: P10 W5 D5 L0 GF22 GA12 Pts 22 (3rd)
Wolves 2010/11 Season Form: P10 W2 D3 L5 GF10 GA16 Pts 9 (19th)
26th October 2010 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
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Carling Cup Tuesday Odds at SportingBet
Man Utd 2/7, Draw 15/4, Wolves 8/1
Birmingham 2/5. Draw 33/10, Brentford 11/2
Ipswich 4/9, Draw 11/4, Northampton 6/1
Wigan 19/20, Draw 11/5, Swansea City 13/5
Leicester 5/4, Draw 23/10, West Brom 5/4
Carling Cup Outright Betting at SportingBet
Manchester United 15/8
Aston Villa 6/1
Newcastle United 12/1
West Ham United 18/1
Stoke City 20/1
West Brom 28/1
21st October 2010 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Chelsea vs Wolves Betting Odds with EPL Match Preview & Prediction, Saturday, October 23rd: Betting for Chelsea v Wolves betting shouldn’t be too hard to pinpoint in fixed odds. While they have only met four times in the league in recent times, Chelsea have a 40% win percentage at home against Wolves, winning the last four meetings with consummate ease. This Premier League match is not expected to go any other way than a strong home win, and with Chelsea’s impressive form at home, then it only makes sense to back Chelsea. However, odds are incredibly short as Chelsea are so strong as favourites, that other football betting markets need to be discovered. In history, Chelsea have scored 1.98 goals per match at Stamford Bridge against Wolves, with the Midlands side weighing in with 1.53 goals per match. But there really isn’t that much recent history between the two sides, with Wolves being out of the top flight for lengthy periods. Chelsea v Wolverhampton betting should really look towards how much Chelsea will win by in order to bring in better profit. Chelsea to win by 2 Goals is 3/1 at Bet365, while SkyBet offer 11/8 on Chelsea to win by 3 or More Goals, which is a fair price for a not too unreasonable prediction. Chelsea -3 Asian Handicap is 21/10 at Bet365, which isn’t too bad a bet really. It will require Chelsea winning by four goals, but it’s not beyond their capability, especially if they get on the board early enough. A Correct Score bet of Chelsea 2-0 fetches 6/1 at Bet365, while Chelsea 3-0 is priced 13/2 at Boylesports, both of which offer good value, simply because the market is a little harder to predict. Chelsea are too strong for most teams at home, and that really doesn’t give Wolves much of a sniff in this one. The longer the game goes on, the more chances Chelsea will carve out, and they have the quality and clinical finishing to put Wolves to the sword.
Chelsea v Wolverhampton Betting Odds
Chelsea to win: 1/7 at Bodog
Draw: 15/2 at Victor Chandler
Wolves to win: 22/1 at BetFred
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Chelsea v Wolves Premier League Betting Statistics
Last 5 Head to Head
Wolves 0, Chelsea 2
Chelsea 4, Wolves 0
Chelsea 5, Wolves 2
Wolves 0, Chelsea 5
Wolves 2, Chelsea 1 (old second division)
Chelsea have a 100% win percentage at home in the league this season
Wolves have a 0% win percentage away from home in the league this season
Chelsea have scored 14 goals, and conceded 0 at home
Wolves have scored 3 and conceded 8 goals in their away matches
Chelsea have scored the bulk of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket
Wolves have scored the majority of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket
Chelsea have opened the scoring in 75% of their matches
Wolves have scored first in 25% of their matches
Chelsea average 3.50 goals per match at home this season
Wolves average 0.75 goals per match away from home this season
Chelsea 2010/11 top scorer: Malouda/Drogba, 6
Wolves 2010/11 top scorer: Jarvis, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, 2
Chelsea injuries/suspensions: Lampard, Alex, Drogba, Ramires, Benayoun
Wolves injuries/suspensions: n/a
Chelsea 2010/11 Season Form: P8 W 6 D1 GF 23 GA2 Pts 19 (1st)
Wolves 2010/11 Season Form: P8 W1 D3 L4 GF8 GA13 Pts 6 (18th)
Chelsea v Wolves Betting Tip: Chelsea/Chelsea Halftime/Fulltime bet 4/7 at SkyBet
Premier League leaders Chelsea will seek solace again in the comfort of their own home, in this top versus bottom clash. After dropping five points on the road in their last two away matches, Stamford Bridge remains the stronghold that will keep Carlo Ancelotti’s Blues in the title race. With Manchester United failing to press home advantages in their games, pressure is coming from Man City and Arsenal at the moment, and with those two sides meeting on Sunday, this is a big opportunity for Chelsea to stamp their authority over the league again. However, Ancelotti is in a battle against injuries which are disrupting his side. He was able to field a strong eleven for their midweek Champions League against Spartak Moscow, but the bench told a different story, very young and inexperienced. This is where Chelsea are at the moment, with Drogba, Lampard, Ramires, Benayoun and Alex fighting for full fitness. They did get striker Salomon Kalou back though, which will give Chelsea a little more option up front. They coped well and put in a solid, professional display to come away with a 2-0 win. Fortunately, after two tough away matches in the English Premier League, Chelsea should comfortably pick up three points against Wolves, who are sitting in the relegation zone. This game has come at the right time in order for Ancelotti to give his players more time to recover, and it certainly isn’t the toughest challenge which they will face this year. The biggest missing component has been Drogba, but again Anelka showed up well in Europe, grabbing a goal along with Zhirkov. After coming out of the blocks firing, Chelsea have hit only two goals in their last three games (a 2-0 home win over Arsenal, sandwiched between a defeat at Man City and a goal less draw at Aston Villa). With Chelsea’s 100% record at Stamford Bridge this season, and the fourteen goals scored in four matches, your Chelsea v Wolverhampton betting is going to be a little lopsided. Clearly the online bookmakers will have Chelsea as overwhelming favourites. There are hints that Drogba and Ramires could be back in the team for Saturday, and Drogba is so prolific that he is only 8/15 at Skybet as Anytime Goalscorer. Better value is Florent Malouda for 23/20 at Victor Chandler, who is due a goal.
Again coming under a lot of fire again this season, Wolves and boss Mick McCarthy have a big struggle on their hands right now. They are third from the bottom of the league, and haven’t won since the opening day of the new EPL season. Having lost three of their four away matches this season, there really doesn’t look to be much chance of any other outcome on Saturday, other than a Wolves defeat. They didn’t cope well at all at Stamford Bridge last season where they got brushed aside 4-0. They also failed to get on the score sheet in the reverse fixture, so everything points to a potential heavy defeat. The degree of the defeat could all be down to who Chelsea are actually able to field, because if Drogba’s back, then the Wolves defence will have an extra difficult time. Wolves, who have been accused by more than one party of being a dirty team, haven’t managed to keep a clean sheet yet this season, and away from home have shipped an alarming eight goals in two matches. That average of two per match, is a good statistic to base your Chelsea v Wolves betting on. Actually, in their four Premier League meetings when Wolves have made it to the top flight, Chelsea have averaged four goals per match, compared to Wolves 0.50 goals per match. It really is unlikely that Wolves are going to hold on to even a draw, so looking for an Asian Handicap may not be a bad betting strategy. Wolves +2.00 Asian Handicap is 6/5 at Victor Chandler, which gives a stake refund if they lose by two goals. If they lose by more, your bet loses. Wolves simply are not going to outscore Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea v Wolves Football Betting Prediction: Home win
3rd October 2010 / Dave Hanson - Category:
Premier League Betting
Blackpool now have ten points on the board after seven matches, a ratio that will be more than enough to keep them afloat in the Premier League should it continue all the way through to game 38. There’s every reason to believe that the Tangerines’ attacking approach in away matches can keep landing the spoils and they have drifted out to 8/13 on bet365’s relegation market following that win at Anfield.
Alternatively, you can back Ian Holloway’s team at 7/4 with Sky Bet to stay in the top flight this term and there’s no doubt that the seaside club have had tough fixtures considering trips to Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have been included.
Perhaps it’s worth looking elsewhere for value on the relegation market and this could be a good time to back Wigan Athletic at even money (bet365). Yes, the Latics had a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Wolves on Saturday lunchtime, although they were up against ten men for most of the match and still laboured for large parts of the game.
Roberto Martinez’s team will still be struggling for survival come the end of the season and the same might apply to the team that they beat this weekend. Wolves spent a fair amount of money last summer to try and help the club survive a ‘difficult second season’ although Mick McCarthy’s team have the losing habit at the moment and William Hill now offer 6/5 that the Midlands side is relegated.
Meanwhile, their Black Country rivals appear to be thriving in the top flight and perhaps their difficult campaign will come next season instead. Bet365 offer 11/4 that the Baggies get relegated and it is possible that the West Brom bubble might burst at some point further down the line. However, that win at Arsenal appears to have given Roberto Di Matteo’s team the belief that they can compete with any team in the league.
There are lots of other candidates in the running to be relegated and that includes Birmingham City, who are 6/1 with Ladbrokes to return to the Championship. A recent goalless draw with Liverpool suggested that they would have few problems surviving although the Reds’ current plight doesn’t make that result as good as it would seem. Alex McLeish still hasn’t solved the team’s goalscoring problems and they could struggle.
As for Liverpool, it would have been unthinkable that the Reds would have a season like this although any early season optimism has vanished and the Merseyside club are now as short as 14/1 with Ladbrokes to be relegated. The only bookie not taking them seriously as candidates for the drop are Paddy Power who offer 50/1.
Another Merseyside team down at the foot of the Premier League are Everton and they are next up against Liverpool in a fortnight’s time. However, there could be brighter times ahead for the Toffees after a 2-0 win at Birmingham City and they are now back out to 33/1 on the Paddy Power relegation market.
20th August 2010 / Lee A Jackson - Category:
Premier League Betting
A Football Betting Guide to Wolves (Back to Football Betting Guide Intro)
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Football Betting Prediction: Bottom Half Safe
The Strengths: Should be better off than their Midlands counterparts West Brom, as they are a tougher, more disciplined side. They have Mick McCarthy managing them, and while that perhaps is not ideal in terms of taking them forward as a progressive football team, it is kind of what the doctor ordered for Premier League survival. Wolves showed a lot of grit and determination last season, where other teams probably would have crumbled under the expectation of relegation. They weren’t great by any stretch of the imagination, but McCarthy has given them a lot of discipline in their formation and what they set out to do. Wolves are taking pretty much the same squad into the new campaign with them and that should help in terms of solidarity and being battle hardy for the long season ahead. Don’t expect fireworks from Wolves, but as shown on the opening day of the new season, they can dig deep and get plenty of hard work done in their 90 minutes each game. They may tough cookies to break down at time, and like a terrier will be snapping at the heels of some of the big teams when they come to town.
The Weaknesses: McCarthy lost a lot of respect when he sent out a reserve team against Manchester United at Old Trafford last season. It was a signal that he was prepared to sacrifice and throw away a Premier League game, just to try and keep players fit and rested for following games that they had a realistic chance of getting points out of. That brought about a lot of resentment towards the manager, and the repercussions of that could work against him. The main weakness with Wolves is that they will probably be treading water as a football club. They will be too good to go down and get drawn into a relegation battle, but not good enough to make it halfway up the table. The Wolves management will have to make a decision about McCarthy if they really want to take the club forward, but for now, securing the Premier League future is the number one priority.
Premier League Start: Wolves 2, Stoke 1
Wolves Betting Home: You should be able to find some good prices on Wolves at home, especially say when mid table teams come to Molineux. Wolves are very organised, and they are boosted when they are at home, which makes it a tricky place for opponents to visit. But, whilst Wolves aren’t great, you will be able to pick up longer odds on a home victory if they are playing Everton for example. Wolves have it in them to be better and betting at home on Wolves could be a diamond in the rough of your Barclays Premier League betting this season. They only had a 26% home win rate last year and that’s why they will be priced nicely, but they should largely improve on those figures.
Wolves Betting Away: Prime candidates for picking up plenty of drawn matches away from home. They did only five last year, but Wolves should be a little more hardy this time around, if they really can stiffen up their defence.
Wolves Best Football Betting Stat: When Wolves won at home last year, their favourite score line was 2-1. They started off this year with that exact same score line so watch out for it.
Wolves Best Football Betting Odds
Wolves Relegation: 3/1 at Bet365
Kevin Doyle: 11/8 at Victor Chandler
Steven Fletcher: 13/8 at Victor Chandler
Season Points Over 39: 5/4 at Victor Chandler
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