Match Preview: Premier League (Week 11)

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Updated: November 4, 2013
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After conceding their second goal this September, expect a fiercer and stronger defence from Southampton. 

 

Meanwhile, from the 17th spot to the 12th spot, Cardiff has successfully avoided the relegation zone. Now, the club targets much better rank, but that is if they can stand Aston Villa’s impending “offensive assault.”

 

Southampton vs. Hull Preview

 

Match Date: 9 November 2013 (local time)

Venue: The Friends Provident St. Mary’s Stadium

 

Team Form                                                                                             

Southampton

Asmir Begovic “extraordinary” goal readily disappointed Southampton’s head honcho, Mauricio Pochettino. Nevertheless, Pochettino stressed that they were still, “superior.”

 

Early into the match, Stoke’s goalkeeper, Begovic fired a wild shot that went directly into Southampton’s net. This resulted in a stalemate, which prevented Pochettino and his boys from making it to the top 5 and at the same time, forced them to concede their 2nd goal since September.

 

Although the stalemate was in every bit, frustrating, this barely weakens Southampton’s overall performance.

 

Their strong defence, has prevented several of their opponents from scoring. This is evident in 4 of their last 6 matches where they kept a clean sheet against Fulham, Swansea, Crystal Palace and the mighty Liverpool.  Indeed, they have failed to make it to the top 5, but their overall performance remains impressive. A W5-D4-L1 record is fair enough. They are actually tied with Manchester City as both of them have 19 points and goal difference is the only reason behind the latter’s higher rank. And if such noteworthy standing is not enough to inspire the Saints, then perhaps the news of Pablo Osvaldo’s awaited return will boost their low morale.

 

Hull

A win against the relegated Sunderland ends Hull’s 2 consecutive losing streak, thanks to Carlos Cuéllar’s own goal.

 

Despite their recent victory, Hull barely manifested an impressive performance. The Tigers are having troubles in scoring and perhaps it was only because of plain “tough luck” that they were able to secure the upper hand against Sunderland.

 

Hull just dropped to the 10th spot this week and their current record stands at W4-D2-L4. Injury issues continue to be their biggest problem as several of their key players are sidelined. There are no confirmations on whether Alex Bruce and Sone Aluke can make it to the Southampton encounter. Likewise, Allan McGregor will not make it until 4th December 2013 due to a hip/thigh injury. James Chester will also miss the upcoming match as his hamstring injury shall keep him on the sidelines until 23 November 2013.

 

 

Football betting tip: Southampton 2-1 Hull City

 

Southampton are clear favorites of this match, while Hull City enjoys a Asian handicap. Given the Saints’ defence and the fact that they won 3 of their last home matches, they will most likely score more than one (1) goal in this encounter. Given this aspect at hand, a 2.010 – 1.920 odds proved to be profitable in this match.

 

 

 

 

Image Source: BBC

 

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Aston Villa vs. Cardiff Preview

 

Match Date: 09 November 2013 (local time)

Venue: Villa Park

 

Team Form

Aston Villa

Despite a scoreless stalemate, Aston Villa’s head honcho, Paul Lambert, expressed his “gratefulness” towards scoring another “massive point” in West Ham United’s ground.

 

Going down to the 14th spot, there were more than enough reasons for the Villans to celebrate the draw. They could have easily spiraled down to the relegation zone if not for the said draw. To note, Aston Villa have only accommodated 11 points for this season, following a W2-D2-L5 performance. Nevertheless, the Villans remain positive.

 

Lambert expressed that the scoreless draw witnessed the club’s improvement as several goal scoring opportunities were made throughout the match. Although they were not successfully converted, snatching another point is a feat worthy of plaudits and recognition.

 

On the other hand, Aston Villa has yet to recover from its injury dilemmas. But then again, given how they performed at West Ham United’s territory, then such should give them a boost.

 

 

Cardiff

The Bluebirds jumped to the 12th spot after former Swansea striker, Steven Caulker’s header snatched the victory in the awaited South Wales Derby.

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Bragging a W3-D2-L5 record, Malky Mckay’s “relegation” dilemma has been temporarily resolved. The club was just a notch higher of the relegation arena and could have easily entered the dreaded area if not for the much needed victory.

 

Going against Aston Villa, the club has the opportunity to move even higher in the ranking. Unfortunately, they will be missing Andreas Cornelius as his ankle/foot injury expects him to be sidelined until 24 November 2013.

 

 

Football betting tip: Aston Villa 1-1 Cardiff

Aston Villa stand as betting odds favorite, giving a 0.5 Asian handicap to Cardiff City. However, given Cardiff’s better performance and at the same time, rank in the Premier League, they will less likely  throw the white towel. Under this circumstance, there is a high possibility for the match to end in a draw.

 

 

 

 

Image Source: Wales Online