AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth finally got back to winning ways against Huddersfield last weekend and the Cherries sit in a hugely respectable seventh place in the table after 15 games.
Liverpool continued their superb start to the season with yet another win in midweek against Sean Dyche’s Burnley. The Reds have the chance to at least temporarily overtake Man City at the top of the table with win a on the south coast and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that Man City drop points when they travel to Stamford Bridge tomorrow evening. Then again, it’s the hope that kills ya.
Bournemouth look every bit the comfortable mid-table Premier League club these days and their forward players are good enough to cause almost any opposition trouble. However, a defence including the likes of Simon Francis and Steve Cook just aren’t good enough to keep out attackers from top clubs, so for that reason, I see this as being an entertaining affair that Liverpool will ultimately come out on top of.
Liverpool and both teams to score 2/1
Arsenal v Huddersfield Town
It’s now 20 games unbeaten for Unai Emery’s Arsenal side, and despite me saying almost week that the Gunners luck is about to run out, they just keep coming up with the answers.
Huddersfield have rallied a bit as of late, but still look destined for the drop.
Home banker this one.
Arsenal and over 2.5 goals 8/11
Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion
I may be a sucker for Sean Dyche’s beautifully gravely voice, but when all that comes out of it these days is constant protestations about referees and diving in the modern game, I find myself questioning whether my love for the Ginger Mourinho still burns as bright as it once did.
Chris Hughton, on the other hand, is an absolute f*cking delight and with his side already on 21 points after 15 games, they only need a few more wins and draws and they’ll be sucking from the bosom of the Premier League cash cow yet again next season.
Draw 1-1, 5/1
Cardiff City v Southampton
I once asked a man to describe Neil Warnock in five words and he replied: ‘Yorkshire pudding in human form.’ Good times.
Southampton brought in Ralph Hasenhuttl to replace Mark Hughes as their manager earlier this week, and let’s be honest the man nicknamed the Alpine Klopp is bound to at least be better than the dour Welshman.
Now I am not one of those gobshites who claim to know loads about Ralph Hasenhuttl because they read an article about him this week and saw 10 minutes of an RB Leipzig game, but one thing I do know is that the Austrian is the absolute spit of the Governor from the Walking Dead. Groovy.
Penalty in game 5/2
Manchester United v Fulham
Manchester United and Jose Mourinho’s messy divorce that the whole world can see coming a million miles away continues to tick along, with the latest rumours emerging today suggesting that Ed Woodward is simply waiting until the Old Trafford club has no chance of finishing in the top four before pulling the plug on the Portuguese coach, just so that he can avoid having to hand the former Chelsea boss a big payoff.
Granda Ranieri has taken four points from his opening three games in charge of Fulham, and with his sides attack looking dangerous and his defence improving, the wily old Italian will fancy his chances against a United side that tend to choke when playing at home. I nearly wrote ‘cause an upset,’ there but then realised Mourinho’s side are so shite these days that nobody would actually be surprised if they don’t win tomorrow.
West Ham United v Crystal Palace
Manuel Pellegrini finally has his West Ham side purring after two impressive wins on the trot and the Chilean coach will be happy that he has so many attacking players coming into top form.
Crystal Palace slipped to a poor 3-1 defeat in the M23 Derby last time out and it’s pretty obvious that all Roy Hodgson wants for Xmas is a decent striker.
West Ham look a seriously tasty price here lads.
West Ham 13/10
Chelsea v Manchester City
Chelsea lost their shit completely in the second half of their midweek defeat to Wolves and the last thing Maurizio Sarri needs when his side have hit the first wobble of his tenure is a game against Pep Guardiola’s all conquering Man City side.
The reigning Champions are without Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne for Saturday evening’s trip to Stamford Bridge, but it just doesn’t matter.
Man City and over 3.5 goals 7/2
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester continue to tick along nicely under Claude Puel and the ninth place Foxes usually give the big boys a decent test when they rock up to the King Power.
Spurs may have come down to earth a bit with a sobering 4-2 loss in the North London Derby, but a midweek win over Southampton saw Pochettino’s side move to third in the table.
The King Power will be absolutely rocking for Saturday’s nighttime kick off, although this is exactly the type of game that Poch’s side have become the masters of extracting three points from.
Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle recovered from their embarrassing 3-0 loss to West Ham with a 1-1 draw away to Everton in midweek. The point the Geordies earned on Merseyside was built on the kind of defensive resolve and organisation that their Spanish coach has become famed for.
But seriously, am I the only one that wonders why a man who prides himself on the precision of his tactics, and is obviously not short of a few bob, can’t buy a f*cking suit that fits him??
Wolves got back to winning ways on Wednesday against Chelsea and I fancy them to turn over a Newcastle side, whose form at home this season has been poor.