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Rupert Wyman 14th Nov 2008 - 13:10

Tight Premier League hints at more draws

Everyone knows how ridiculously close the Premier League table (below the Big Four) is with some even calling it the best league in years.

With everyone seemingly so closely matched the number of draws is likely to increase.

For punters this should be good news as historically draws are the hardest results to predict but with a much more level playing field in the Premier League (excluding the Big Four of course) then some value should be up for grabs.

This weekend every single match not involving one of the Big Four looks incredibly close.

Two intriguing ones are the two matches on Sunday. In the early kick off Everton host Middlesbrough. After a rather patchy start Everton have improved recently.

Last weekend in their match at Upton Park they scored three late goals to take the points. Meanwhile Boro were rather surprisingly beating Aston Villa away.

Middlesbrough have probably been better than many expected this season, but they still go into Sunday's contest as underdogs.

The home win is the 10/11 favourite with a second consecutive Boro away win at 16/5. And the draw is a 23/10 shot.

Of Everton's six home matches so far they have only won one which was last time out at Goodison a lucky 1-0 win over Fulham. And you wouldn't be all that confident of Middlesbrough winning against all odds away from home again. Therefore the draw certainly appeals at 23/10.

In the second of the two matches on Sunday it is a battle of two City's as Mark Hughes' Man City travel to Hull City.

Man City have been the most inconsistent side in the league so far - excellent at Eastlands whilst at the same time awful away. But even the excellent home form is now coming under some threat.

Man City have only triumphed once away from home in the league all season, way back in August against Sunderland.

Hull on the other hand have been better on the road than at the KC. Only seven of their 20 points have arrived on home turf.

Both sides have lost three in a row in the league so at the very least both Phil Brown and Mark Hughes will be hoping to put a halt to their respective clubs' losing run.

For this reason the draw at 21/10 looks a better bet than either a home win (19/10) or an away success (6/4).


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