With another round of Premier League fixtures on the way, we’ve previewed all the games and picked out what we see to be the best value betting odds …
Leicester v Crystal Palace
Leicester are flying under new boss Claude Puel and have moved up to eight position after two away wins in the last week against Newcastle and Southampton.
Palace are in good form themselves and finally climbed out of the drop zone with their dramatic last minute win over Watford midweek.
Most people have this down as a home banker, and while I do think the home side will prevail in the end, Hodgson has made Palace a tough nut to crack lately, so Mahrez and co will really have to work for it.
Leicester and BTTS 11/4
Arsenal v Newcastle
The Gunners continued their poor away form this season with a 0-0 draw away to West Ham in midweek, so they will be happy to get back to the Emirates where they have won seven of their eight Premier Legaue games.
Newcastle are really struggling and their lack of quality is forcing them down the table faster than one of Harvey Weinstein’s assistants.
Again though, I fancy both teams to score in this as Newcastle, despite conceding by the bucket load recently have been scoring regulary themselves.
Arsenal and BTTS 13/8
Brighton v Burnley
Brighton are in a decent position in the table, although they haven’t won in six, and need to avoid going on too long a barren streak over this crucial December and January period.
Burnley slipped out of the top four as results went against them in the Wednesday fixtures! #DYCHEOUT
This wont be one for the purists you’d have to imagine, and I’m backing the draw, which I reckon on the balance of things both managers will be happy enough with.
Chelsea v Southampton
Chelsea got back on the horse after their disappointing 1-0 loss to London rivals West Ham by dispatching of Huddersfield with relative ease in midweek.
Ok, I’ll be honest I thought Southampton got a bit too big for their boots by sacking Claude Puel last season. The Saints ranked 6th for chances created under the Frenchman, but 19th for chances converted. Fast forward to this season and these figures remain pretty much the same, and as their former managers Leicester City ripped them a new one in midweek it became pretty clear that maybe he wasn’t the problem after all.
Chelsea all the way in this for me.
Chelsea and over 2.5 goals 11/10
Stoke v West Ham
As I said in my 5 things we learned from the midweek Premier League Stoke look in real trouble unless they give Mark Hughes the boot.
David Moyes, to the surprise of many seems to be gradually turning things around at West Ham and his old school mantra of ”let’s run around a lot,” really does seem to be paying dividends with his side picking up four points from their recent fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal.
Both teams are in precarious league positions, and I see this being a tight affair with little goalmouth action.
Under 2.5 goals 4/5
Man City v Spurs
What more can you say about this marvellous City side who broke the record for consecutive Premier League wins against Swansea on Wednesday. Guardiola’s side really are a joy to watch and in my opinion are on their way to being crowned not only top-flight Champions, but also the greatest team this country has ever seen.
Spurs have been coming back into form themselves lately however, and this has all the ingredients necessary to be an absolute cracker of a game with both coaches famed for never taking a backward step.
All good things come to an end though, and I fancy Spurs to be the team that finally put an end to City’s superb winning streak.
West Brom v Man United
West Brom will be happy with the point they picked up at Anfield midweek, but the fact remains, this is a team that has not won a game since August. Alan Pardew needs to start filling his players with the supreme levels of confidence the master bullshitter has in himself, as The Baggies really need to start picking up a few wins quickly.
United are second in the table, have scored the second most amount of goals, and have the best the defensive record, but their still shit of course.
West brom haven’t scored in their first three games under the man known as Chunky, so I’m going for a United win to nil here.
United to win to nil 8/5
Bournemouth v Liverpool
Bournemouth are a bit up and down at the moment, and their 14th place position in the table reflects that. The Cherries however, do have plently of attacking talent and will fancy their chances of causing a Liverpool side they beat 4-3 in this fixture last season plenty of problems.
Jurgen Klopp’s team finally seemed to be getting their shit together recently but two disappointing home draws against Everton and West Brom have halted their momentum significantly.
Of course muggins here had Liverpool backed in acca’s on both of the last two match days, so I’ve been living off spaghetti and shop brand pasta sauce all week.
I’m backing this to be a goal feast.
Over 3.5 goals 13/8
Everton v Swansea
Everton have picked up four pretty underserved points in the last week, which is just the way Big Sam likes it.
Swansea are about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
It’s a home win all the way for me this. It’s Big Sam’s world and we’re all just living in it.
Everton to win to nil 13/8