With another round of Premier League action fast approaching we have previewed all this weekend’s fixtures and picked out the best betting tips for each game …
West Ham v Chelsea
Things aren’t going well for West Ham boss David Moyes, his side remain in the relegation places, and he’s only managed to pick up one point from a possible 12 since his arrival at the Olympic Stadium.
There were some positive signs in their narrow 2-1 defeat to Manchester City last weekend, although he won’t be able to defend as deep this weekend when, as the home team, The Hammers will be expected to attack and this of course will just play into Chelsea’s hands.
The Blues are flying in the Premier League at the moment having won six of their last seven. Hazard and Morata are in sensational form, and they should have too much for West Ham here.
Chelsea don’t keep many clean sheets though so a win and btts looks a decent shout.
Chelsea and btts 9/4
Burnley v Watford
Despite losing to Leicester last time out Burnley are having a brilliant season and sit in seventh going into the game. Sean Dyche has turned Turf Moor into a fortress over the years, and his team fancy their chances against anybody on their home patch.
Watford will be glad the speculation around coach Marco Silva has died down, and they can now get back to concentrating on their own excellent season so far.
Watford are one of the best away teams in the division, so I fancy them to come away with a point.
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth
Roy Hodgson has definitely made Palace more solid, and they aren’t losing many games. The problem is they are drawing too many however, to really move up the table, so that’s something that needs to change soon.
Bournemouth are bit up and down at the moment. They sit in 14th position, which is probably close enough to where they’ll actually finish this season.
The home side have only kept two clean sheets all season, but look a threat going forward, so I’m going for btts here.
Huddersfield v Brighton & Hove Albion
The Terriers honeymoon in the top-flight is well and truly over and they’ve lost their last four on the bounce. When you consider that they can barely score, let alone win away from the John Smiths, its obvious how important their home form is to their survival bid.
The Seagulls are doing about aswell as they would have expected and sit in 12th position, seven points off the drop zone, so they will be happy and will feel that they are are giving themselves a great chance of staying in the Promised land.
I’m going for a home win here, but it will be tight.
Swansea v West Brom
Swansea look doomed unfortunately, they are lacking quality all over the pitch and just don’t have enough goal threat.
Although they haven’t lost in three West Brom haven’t won a game since August in the Premier League, so no matter how much shite Pards talks this is bound to be a dire affair.
Spurs v Stoke
Spurs are really struggling in the league at the moment and at their new home Wembley for that matter. The problem for Mauricio Pochettino‘s team is pretty obvious, his team are bolloxed, the likes of Kane, Alli and Eriksen have all played a crazy amount of football over the last few seasons and need a break.
Stoke really are the proverbial bag of revels in Mersonian speak, and manager Mark Hughes seems to be constantly staring the sack in the face but somehow surviving.
Spurs really struggle at Wembley against teams that sit off them, so I think this one will be really close, and Stoke +2 at evens looks like great value.
Stoke +2 evens
Newcastle v Leicester
Rafa’s Newcastle have slipped into a poor run of form having lost five of their last six. The proposed takeover and January transfer market can’t come quick enough for the Toon Army.
Claude Puel has been ticking along nicely at Leicester, and his slick counter-attacking side will be going for a third straight Premier League win at St.James Park on Saturday evening.
I reckon they’ll get it too, with the quality of messrs Mahrez and Vardy shining through.
Southampton v Arsenal
New season, same old story for Southampton, they’re not clinical enough in front of goal and draw or lose to many games as a result.
Arsenal were actually pretty good against United last weekend despite losing 3-1. Ozil and Sanchez look in great form and although they have struggled at times on the road this season they look a nice price to win on the South Coast this weekend.
Liverpool v Everton
Liverpool are probably in their best form since Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield, and have netted a ridiculous 15 goals in their last three outings.
Big Sam has a reputation for organizing defenses for this very type of fixture, but he’s not a miracle worker, and I’ll be amazed if a defense containing Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams can stop the home side’s lethal attack.
Comfortable Liverpool win.
Liverpool – 1, 8/11
Man United v Man City
The biggest game of the season so far and it’s perfectly poised, with City arriving at Old Trafford aiming to match the Invincibiles record of 14 consecutive wins in the Premier League.
United will be confident after their 3-1 victory against Arsenal last weekend, although they will miss the suspended Paul Pogba’s creative spark in the middle of the park.
City lost their first game of the season during the week to Shaktar, and have needed late goals to win their last three Premier League fixtures against Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham.
Whether these late wins are a sign of Guardiola’s side tiring or the sign of Champions elect, only time will tell.
City have been marvelous so far this term and I fully expect them to win the league, but I’ll put my neck on the line here, and say I think United will hand them their first league defeat of the season on Sunday, and at a pretty tasty price too.
Man United 12/5