Despite being the most-watched football league in the world (and the self-proclaimed most exciting), there hasn’t been a lot of parity in the Premier League since its formation in 1992.
However, the tide seems to be shifting as no longer is simply splashing the most cash for superstars enough to win a title. While it’s too early to tell if this year is an anomaly or not, what is certain is that this season has had more shocks and surprises than any other in recent memory (particularly for punters) With the season coming to an end soon, we all know that there will be even more shocks! A lot of football betting will be going down in the last few weeks. If you want to join in and find out more on how to get started, check out this guide to mobile sports betting from OnlineCasino.co.uk.
Updated 4th April 2016 at 03:07 PM by Veritas
Premier League goal of the week is of course, Papiss Cisse’s second in Newcastle United’s win at Chelsea.
Updated 8th May 2012 at 10:09 PM by 11v11
Goal of the Week goes to Hatem Ben Arfa for his goal for Newcastle United against Bolton Wanderers on Easter Monday. Picking the ball up in his own half, Ben Arfa scored a great individual goal which Lionel Messi would have been proud of, beating three defenders on the way.
Our Premier League goal of the week goes to Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United) v Aston Villa.
The Senegal international has joined the illustrious list of centre-forwards who have worn the Newcastle United number nine shirt, a list which includes Alan Shearer, Malcolm MacDonald, Jackie Milburn, Les Ferdinand, Micky Quinn, Andy Carroll and Big Billy Whitehurst.
Just 57 minutes into his Toon debut at St James’ Park, Papiss revived the glory of the Newcasle No. 9 with a spectacular winner at the Gallowgate End to maintain United’s hopes of an unlikely return to European competition.
The ex-SC Freiburg striker controlled Jonas Gutierrez's left-wing cross on his chest before smashing a left-footed volley high into former Newcastle keeper Shay Given's top-right corner to
Goal of the Week: Hatem Ben Arfa for Newcastle United at Bolton Wanderers.
Against a struggling Bolton who were rejuvenated by the midweek win at Blackburn, Newcastle United ended a run of six games without a win with what eventually became a comfortable victory.A draw had looked the most likely result though after a first half that lacked any notable chances.The game turned on its head midway through the second period. After Bolton gave the ball away, full-back Ryan Taylor charged down left-wing. Faced with seven defenders in or around the Wanderers penalty area, Taylor’s precise cross on the run found an unmarked Hatem Ben Arfa who beat home keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen with a crisp first-time effort.It is Newcastle’s only goal in their last six Premier
Aston Villa & West Bromwich Albion
· None of the ten Premier League meetings between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion have been decided by more than a one goal margin.
· Aston Villa’s defeat at West Bromwich Albion in April is one of only two losses they have suffered in their last 16 Premier League games.
· This is West Bromwich Albion’s 100th away game in the Premier League.
Bolton Wanderers & Sunderland
· Sunderland have avoided defeat in six of their eight previous league and cup visits to the Reebok Stadium, winning both of the last two.
· Bolton Wanderers are the only team in the Premier League and Football League who have yet to gain a point from their home
Aston Villa & Wigan Athletic
Aston Villa have scored only two goals in Wigan Athletic’s six previous Premier League visits to Villa Park.Having been held in their last three games, Aston Villa could complete a sequence of four consecutive Premier League draws for the first time since September / October 2004.After taking five points from their first three games, Wigan Athletic will be aiming to avoid a run of four consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2008.
Blackburn Rovers & Manchester City
Manchester City are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League meetings with Blackburn Rovers.Other than newly promoted Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers are the only team who have yet to keep a clean
Arsenal & Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers have lost all five previous visits to the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League.Only Southampton (16 in 1998-99) and Derby County (15 in 2007-08) have conceded more goals than Arsenal after five games of a Premier League season.Bolton Wanderers have lost nine of their last ten Premier League games.
Chelsea & Swansea City
Swansea City have not won at Stamford Bridge since November 1925 when they were known as Swansea Town.Chelsea have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine Premier League games.Swansea City have conceded only one goal in their last four Premier League games.
Liverpool & Wolverhampton Wanderers
Last December’s 1-0 victory was only Wolverhampton
Aston Villa & Newcastle United
Newcastle United have lost on all of their last four visits to Villa Park and scored only one goal in the process.Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last nine league and cup games.All four of Newcastle United’s Premier League games this season have been goalless at half-time. Last season, they won just one of the 13 Premier League matches in which they were level at the interval.
Blackburn Rovers & Arsenal
Arsenal have lost only one of their last ten Premier League meetings with Blackburn Rovers.Blackburn Rovers have scored more than one goal in only one of their last 12 Premier League games.Arsenal have lost 99 away games in their Premier League history.
Bolton Wanderers & Norwich City
Queens Park Rangers & Newcastle United
· Including two games against temporary residents Fulham in 2003, Newcastle United have won three of their four visits to Loftus Road since October 1995.
· Bolton Wanderers’ opening day 4-0 win at Loftus Road was Queens Park Rangers’ heaviest home defeat since Middlesbrough’s 5-0 romp on 5 December 2009.
· Newcastle United have lost only one of their last ten league and cup games.