United face a tough trip to Bournemouth on Saturday, City welcomes the Saints while Chelsea host Palace. Without a doubt the game of the weekend sees Arsenal against Liverpool in what could be a mouth-watering clash.
Bournemouth v Man United
In the past this game would be dubbed a walk in the park for Manchester United, and for the punter backing United would be a means to get extra cash for the sporting weekend ahead. How times have changed!
It’s always hard to go against Manchester United, and rightly so, but I don’t think they will win this one, and that is testament to how far Bournemouth have come. Eddie Howe has done a sterling job at the Vitality and I think his side can get a result here. Bournemouth has been lethal on attack especially at home and United have been all over the place.
Bournemouth win/draw + both teams to score @ 16/10 is the tip.
Cardiff v Leicester
This is a really tough game to call. Leicester could go out and completely smash Cardiff or it could go the other way. Cardiff have shown slight (and I mean ever so slight) glimpses of getting going and I think they might want this game more than their visitors. For that reason I’ll back them on the double chance @ 13/20.
West Ham v Burnley
West Ham will be disappointed not to have gotten a result against Spurs on Wednesday evening, considering the changes the Coys made as well as the fact that Manuel Pellegrini picked a strong side.
I’ll back West Ham to get the win here nonetheless; Burnley are coming off the back of two drumming’s, and it goes without saying, their confidence will be shot. The Hammers are in need of some consistency and a good run of results – hopefully for them it starts here.
Back the home win @ 15/20.
Everton v Brighton
Everton may feel a little hard done by at Old Trafford and they might just be onto something. There were moments in that game where they were very good and had United under a bit of pressure – all they really needed was to make the most of their chances (said every football team in history).
Brighton tend to perform better at home, and with the likes of Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson on the pitch, Everton will have enough to win this. Back the Toffees @ 6/10.
Newcastle v Watford
Rafa Benitez is still without a single win this season and you get the feeling that they won’t get one for a while. The dynamic at Newcastle at the moment is rather interesting; fans are not really putting Rafa under all that much pressure and are looking rather at the upper echelons of the clubs management. Personally I think patience will fade and soon change will be demanded.
Watford on the other hand have been quietly going about their business, they have an incredible counter-attacking team and really impose their game on opposition. I think the Hornets will pile yet more misery at St. James’. Get on the away win @ 7/4.
Arsenal v Liverpool
Big game this one! Arsenal has been playing some good football recently, and to get onto an eleven game winning streak is no easy feat. Yes, there were games along the way they could (maybe should) have drawn or lost, but the point is they won them.
Liverpool have been superb this season, I don’t need to say anything about their attacking threat because you already know what they have. Insofar as their defence is concerned, that’s what’s most impressive. Jurgen Klopp has come in and created a title winning team – no two ways about it.
My main concern is Arsenal’s defence. If they line-up with Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner at the back they have no chance. There is no way they deal with the pace and strength Liverpool have upfront.
One thing about Unai Emery however, is that he won’t go out and change his style to accommodate Liverpool. You just get the feeling he’s the type of manager who will want to have a go and face up to Liverpool – which spells one thing: GOALS!
In my opinion there is unbelievable value in Liverpool/Draw + over 2.5 goals @ 21/20, get on!
Wolves v Tottenham
Spurs are fighting for top four, so this is a big game for them. That Monday night game against City felt strange, and to be honest, was a bit of an embarrassment for the Premier League. It almost felt as though football was out of place at Wembley.
I think Wolves have hit a brick wall, the good run they seemed to be riding has come to an end and their ‘balls to the wall’ approach is no longer working. They just don’t seem like scoring and I think Spurs will have too much class.
Back Spurs @ 12/10.
Man City v Southampton
This could be an absolute thrashing for the Saints. What confidence has Southampton given you to even give them a chance at scoring in this game? City will be miles too good for them come Sunday afternoon and if I was Hollywoodbets, I would give you whatever odd you wanted for Southampton to even get on the score sheet.
Back City to win 4:0, 5:0 or 6:0 @ 29/10.
Chelsea v C Palace
Chelsea – at least right now – are in a different league to Arsenal and will be too good for Palace at the Bridge. The Eagles got a good result at home to Arsenal last time out but I can’t see them getting anything in this one.
You cannot deny that Maurizio Sarri is getting the best out of his players. There seems to be a good vibe in the Chelsea camp, its evident on the pitch. I’m a huge believer in the importance of confidence and attitude in football, which could be attributed to the fact that the Blues are yet to taste defeat this season.
I’m going to go for a Chelsea win here with a (-1) handicap @ 7/10.
Huddersfield v Fulham
I was a little disappointed in Fulham after the Cardiff game, I mean to let in four goals just isn’t good enough.
Huddersfield have been a little unlucky this season, they are another side who have shown little moments of positivity. They will look at this game as a golden opportunity to get three points and move away from that relegation zone.
Back the Terriers @ 13/10.
Nest-Egg Treble @ 11/1
1) Watford: WIN
2) Liverpool/Draw + over 2.5
3) Spurs: WIN