Bumper weekend of sport sees flurry of activity report Paddy Power

Premier League football returns, and with the Betfair Chase at Haydock, Paddy Power are bracing themselves for a bumper few days of bets as sports fans get back to the normality of a frost laden sporting weekend.

The jovial Dublin based firm report they are expecting a bumper turnover this weekend, and with some top quality football fixtures, including the Merseyside Derby, as well as the Betfair Chase at Haydock there’s certainly plenty on appeal for sports fans and punters alike.



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A Paddy Power spokesman commented : “As much as we love the International break punters do like the normality and routine of their Saturday football coupon, and we’re expecting plenty of activity in the Betfair Chase at Haydock, with Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth making an appearance.  It’s certainly a weekend to remember for our customers”

The Premiership is definitely back with a bang this weekend in what seems like an eternally long International break and there are plenty of opportunities for fans and punters alike to get involved.

First up is the Merseyside derby in the early kickoff (12:45GMT) as Liverpool travel to Goodison Park to face Roberto Martinez and his side. Its been an impressive start by the ex Swansea manager, as his side continue to pick up points, helped with the goals of Romelu Lukaku and a rock solid defence which has kept three clean sheets in their last three.

Another ex Swansea man Brendan Rogers has also adapted to the new season well with his Liverpool side, holding second position in the Premiership, and with one of the most formidable attacking partnerships in the League at the moment.

In form Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have been on fire since the Uruguayan’s return from his 10 game ban, and Liverpool fans must be thinking if they can keep the front two fit all season the Reds could mount a serious title charge.

6/4 looks a little on the skinny side however, considering the Reds were defeated with ease at the Emirates in their last away trip and there will be concerns as to how easily the Gunners cut through the Liverpool midfield.

Only one defeat all season shows how the side has transformed relatively smoothly under the leadership of the Spaniard and at 2/1 instantly look too big a price to miss out on.

West Ham will be hoping to add to the woes of a stuttering Chelsea side by inflicting defeat over their West London rivals in the evening game at Upton Park (KO 17.30 GMT).

Its been a unimpressive few weeks for Mourinho and his side, putting in two lacklustre displays, losing to Newcastle and drawing with West Brom, in a game they should have lost.

Once again Sam Allardyce will look to shut up shop, get men behind the ball and counter on the break, however it remains to be seen how long his side can continue to play with this style, considering the Hammers have only won once in their last ten.

No doubt all the money will be on the away side, and 4/6 could be just enough big enough to tempt some.

We’re set for a classic on Sunday as Manchester City host Tottenham at the Etihad (KO 12:45 GMT). A shock 1-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland will have rocked the Citizens, and there’s no doubt Manuel Pellegrini will be looking for improvement from his side.

Their opponents Spurs have not exactly set the world alight during November however, scoring only one goal and losing to Newcastle at home, and the 8/11 on the home win looks plenty big enough to get involved.

Sunday is rounded off in Wales as Manchester United travel to Cardiff City (KO 16:00GMT).

The Red Devils have suddenly found their feet in the Premiership under the leadership of David Moyes with three successive victories, including a win over Arsenal, and the 4/6 should be snapped up.

The Blue/Red birds have taken a few scalps already this season, but it looks like their early season bubble may have burst – their price of 5/1 speaks volumes and should be avoided.

As well as being the Editor in Chief of SqueakyBumTime, Bobby is also a Swansea City fan (before they reached the promised land).