Premier League Betting Previews: Sat 17 March 2012

There are just two Premier League matches being played on Saturday, with a mid-table clash at Craven Cottage expected to go the way of the home team

Fulham v Swansea City latest odds and free bets

There are just two Premier League matches being played on Saturday, with a mid-table clash at Craven Cottage expected to go the way of the home team.

Fulham have been lingering near the foot of the Premier League for much of the season, although Martin Jol’s team have picked up plenty of points in recent games to move into the top half of the table.

The Cottagers don’t appear to be badly affected by the departure of Bobby Zamora to QPR and can be backed at 10/11 (William Hill free £25 bets) to claim an 8th home win of the season, having thumped Wolves in their last match at the Cottage.

Pavel Pogrebnyak has amassed five goals already for his new team and is a 6/1 chance (Paddy Power free bets) to score the first of this match, while Clint Dempsey has an excellent strike rate in front of the Fulham supporters and will be keen to boost his tally.

Swansea City will arrive with plenty of confidence having beaten Manchester City on Sunday and that victory effectively means the Welsh side can start planning for life in the Premier League next season.

Not that Brendan Rodgers will be resting on his laurels as the Swans attempt to complete a league double over Fulham and they are as big as 4/1 (Bet Victor) to leapfrog their opponents and move into the top half of the table.

Both teams have been playing out low-scoring affairs in recent weeks (that 5-0 drubbing of Wolves aside) and you can get 17/20 (bet365 £200 free bets) about two goals or less.

Wigan Athletic v West Brom latest odds, news and free bets

It is hard to be confident about Wigan’s chances considering that they have won just one match at the DW Stadium this season (from 14 attempts) although they actually played quite well at Norwich last Sunday and could easily have sneaked a victory at the end.

Incredibly, despite a meagre points tally of 21 from 28 played, Roberto Martinez’s side can move out of the relegation zone of the Premier League with a victory in this match and they did beat West Brom at The Hawthorns earlier in the campaign.

Games will start to run out for the Latics if they don’t get a maximum haul in this contest, although they can be backed at 15/8 (Sky Bet £10 free bet) to win the match and put pressure on Bolton, QPR, Blackburn and Wolves.

The obvious problem for Wigan is that they lack any cutting edge in attack, something that was quite evident at Carrow Road as they spurned gilt-edged chances. However, this is not a problem the Baggies have had in recent matches.

While they were unable to score during last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford, previous matches had seen them thrash Wolves and Sunderland before beating Chelsea and so we’re talking about a team who knows how to win games at the moment.

Considering they have six away wins under their belt this term, the Albion are an attractive bet at 17/10 (Bet Victor free bets) and Roy Hodgson will be keen to demonstrate that he’s the man to lead England into battle when Euro 2012 comes around in the summer.

That defeat against Manchester United was the first time in nine matches that the Midlands side had failed to score and that is partly because Peter Odemwingie is enjoying such excellent form at the moment, with the Nigerian available at 6/1 to score the first goal of this contest.

We reckon a 2-1 win for the visitors is on the cards, with Wigan easily frustrated in front of their own supporters and 10/1 looks like a decent shout.

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