West Ham v Arsenal
They had a weekend off for FA Cup action, but they’re back. So, here are our best Jan 12 Premier League betting tips and odds, starting with West Ham v Arsenal. West Ham sit in mid-table and that’s a direct result of their inability to nail down a run of consistency.
The Stratford based side bring a record of eight wins, four draws and nine defeats; they have scored 29 goals but also conceded 32. That statistic tells us they will go no higher in the pecking order until they sort out their leaky defence. There are goals throughout the team, there can be no doubts about that, and their determination to win points must be admired. However, while they continue to concede so much, they’ll do no more than tread water.
The home side have won only one of their last four at this level; that less than convincing run reads lose-win-lose-draw. The spare cheer came when beating Southampton on the road just after Christmas – a match many expected them to claim maximum points from; however, they were then beaten 2-0 by Burnley on their travels before fighting out a 2-2 finish on 2 January at the London Stadium. Stephens and Duffy had The Seagulls in a commanding position before an Arnautovic double levelled things up, hitting the net on 66 and 68 minutes. It’s a match fans would’ve targeted three points from; however, in the end, they knew their side were lucky to get anything out of the contest.
Arsenal Knocking On The Door
Arsenal continue to knock on the door of the Premier League top four without putting their foot back into the Champions League places. Everyone at the Emirates will see a return to Europe’s elite as the least they should expect this term after replacing Arsene Wenger with Unai Emery; however, there’s a long way still to go and nothing can be taken for granted in what’s turning out to be a super competitive top-tier. The Gunners stand at 12-5-4 but are another side struggling for form, winning only one of their last three.
They hammered neighbours Fulham 4-1 at the Emirates on New Year’s Day in what was a show of strength. A match most expected them to win without too much hassle, the team must be given credit for the way they got the job done with Xhaka, Lacazette, Ramsey and Aubameyang all on the scoresheet. Kamara hit back for the beaten team on 69 minutes; however, but it did nothing to change the flow of the match and Fulham fans knew their team deserved no more than what they got. Emery told members of the waiting press at full-time his boys took great confidence from the win. Showing that level of ruthlessness in the final-third must be done more often if they are to reach their potential this season.
Gunners Have The Firepower
Arsenal have been picked by the bookies to win this match without too much fuss and that stance will come as no real surprise to punters or followers of English football. The form of both sides tells us The Gunners should have enough about them to take the points back across the city; however, they’ll get nothing for free in what’s sure to be a fiery London derby. Back the away day at even money with Bet365 or add both teams to score at 1/2 with the same firm in the accumulator of the day.
Fancy the upset? Those who reckon West Ham can deliver a body blow to Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top four will be delighted to see bookmakers hand out 5/2 (Ladbrokes) on the locals and that’s a price that shouldn’t be easily overlooked. The draw is there for punters stuck on the fence at 13/5. Those after more for their stake money should follow our thinking and back both teams to score in an Arsenal win at 12/5 – top price Bet365.
Chelsea v Newcastle
The next of our Jan 12 Premier League betting tips takes us to Chelsea v Newcastle. Another action-packed Saturday from the Premier League comes to a close at Stamford Bridge, but not before Chelsea and Newcastle do battle over three precious points in front of a packed house live on BT Sport from 5.30pm.
The Blues went into the weekend sitting fourth in the table; however, they already look to be out of the title race with current leaders Liverpool already 10 points off in the distance. They should be more concerned with what’s going on over their shoulder as a determined Arsenal are just three points off the pace needed to contest the Champions League places.
Chelsea rank as one of the form sides of the division at present and proudly show off a three-match unbeaten run, following two wins with a draw last time. They beat Watford and Crystal Palace on the road during the festive period; however, they had to settle for a rather disappointing goalless draw with relegation-threatened Southampton at Stamford Bridge on 2 January. That’s a result that stuck in the throat of fans who had their eye on taking nine points from the three games and getting the year off to the perfect start.
Manager, Maurizio Sarri, thought his boys did enough to win the match but reminded his players they must take their chances at this level. The home win is 1/4 favourite with Coral and that could go in a fair share of accumulators – including as an addition to our acca of the day; however, we’re happy to have Chelsea -1 handicap as our best bet at 8/11 (Ladbrokes).
Newcastle Back Struggling
Despite a brief fightback that lifted Newcastle clear of the relegation zone, they are now winless in their last four and that drought has sucked them straight back down into trouble. With 21 games on the board their form reads four wins, six draws and 11 defeats with their last four settled at draw-lose-draw-lose. The Magpies are now just two points better than Southampton in the bottom-three and look to be going nowhere in a hurry. Fans have every right to be feeling nervous, especially with 29 goals leaked this season and only 15 scored.
The visitors were last seen in Premier League action losing to a reborn Manchester United at St James Park on 2 January. In a match they had every chance of getting something from, given the uncertainty in the Red Devils’ camp, they were put to the sword by an opening goal from Lukaku on 64 minutes. Rashford then answered the call of his manager to remain cool in the final-third, slotting home the winner in impressive fashion on 80 minutes.
The final score suggested a tight match; however, Man Utd dominated from the first whistle and Rafa Benitez knew mistakes had cost his side dear. Three shots on target from 14 attempts certainly didn’t help their cause any. The away win has been scrubbed out at 12/1 (Bet365), a draw yours at 5/1 with the same firm.
Tottenham v Man Utd
It’s top of the bill on super Sunday and what a match we have in store here. Man Utd’s comeback is put to the ultimate test at Wembley Stadium when facing high-flying Spurs. Win on the road and critics will be forced to admit the visitors really have turned a corner since getting rid of Jose Mourinho. It won’t look too good on the special one either.
Spurs have won four of their last five, including a 3-0 over Cardiff in Wales last time out and bookies have chalked them up as favourites to add another three points following the FA Cup break. The home win is yours at 21/20 with 888sport.
Four wins on the bounce has lifted Man Utd to sixth in the table and back into contention for a top four finish. It may have seemed impossible just a month ago but United are now within six points of Chelsea in fourth and will have no trouble covering the gap if they are able to maintain their impressive recent form.
Their purple patch started with the 5-1 hammering of Cardiff, before going on to beat Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle. This is a step-up in class and we expect Spurs to win the day but the 5/2 (888Sport) on United is difficult to ignore.
Man City v Wolves
The last of our Jan 12 Premier League betting tips takes us over to the Etihad. Manchester City fired themselves back into contention for two-in-a-row when inflicting Liverpool’s first league defeat of the season last time out. The Cityzens lost two on the bounce but are back in the mix thanks to a couple of wins, beating Southampton 3-1 at St Marys before dealing out that thrilling 2-1 at the Etihad when the league leaders came calling on 3 January.
Wolves have a massive task on their hands here and that’s made more difficult by the fact they arrive in town having won only one of their last four. The Wanderers were beaten 2-0 in front of their own fans by Crystal Palace in what was a real blow for the side. Ayew broke the deadlock on 83 minutes before Milivojevic scored a second from the penalty spot on 95. Away win is as big as 18/1 in places.