The weekend of derbies has arrived! With some massive matches on offer this weekend, read on to see how EPL EGHHEADS has navigated your way through that betting slip!
Cardiff v Wolves
Cardiff City fans have reason to be cautiously optimistic, they’ve managed to beat both Brighton and Fulham at home and their losses against Leicester and Everton were far from embarrassing.
Wolves seem to have fallen from grace; with five losses on the bounce, Nuno Espirito Santo will want to turn things around quickly.
I think there is a lot of value in backing Cardiff to get a result here; they are (rather unfairly) priced up as heavy underdogs and so I’ll stick my neck out and say Cardiff on the win/draw double chance @ 13/20 is worth a punt.
Palace is having a torrid time in the League so far this season and although Roy Hodgson was able to save them last season, things aren’t looking too promising at Selhurst Park.
The Clarets are another side that have disappointed this season. After a brief resurgence once they were eliminated from the Europa League, they look to have once again hit a brick wall.
Tough one to call here but I’ll go for both teams to score @ 11/10.
Huddersfield v Brighton
Huddersfield look to be a completely new team. After floundering at the bottom of the League table they now find themselves in 15thposition and on a little bit of a run.
Brighton is a side completely reliant on their performances at the Amex Stadium. I don’t fancy them on the road and so therefore I’m going to back Huddersfield to keep their resurgence going!
Back the Terriers @ 29/20.
Man City v Bournemouth
City might have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but it was far from simple against a Lyon side who seem to be the only side around at the moment with the answer to Pep Guardiola’s men!
Bournemouth isn’t having a terrible season themselves, but I doubt any Cherries fans are expecting much come Saturday. That being said, City has conceded against the likes of Huddersfield, Newcastle and Southampton and so backing Bournemouth to get onto the score sheet could be a good bet.
City + both teams to score @ 23/20 is the way to go.
Leicester v Watford
Although they seem to be under the radar of late, Leicester have simply gone about their business remaining unbeaten in four League games – and yet they have only won once in their last six games!
Watford haven’t been too convincing on the road this season, they find themselves high on the table thanks to their run of wins in the beginning of the season. Which Watford turns up to this game is another question.
Although I fancy a draw here, for your ‘weekend multiple’ purposes get on both teams to score @ 15/20.
Newcastle v West Ham
If football was purely about confidence, Newcastle wins this. The Magpies have managed three wins in a row and they look to have finally turned the corner.
West Ham were rinsed by City – which happens – but I’ve been disappointed by their perceived lack of fight. If West Ham lose here they are right back in the relegation mix, that happens and I won’t be surprised to see Marko Arnautovic say, “right I’m done”.
I’m going to back Newcastle here (because I do think football is about confidence), get on @ 29/20.
Southampton v Man United
This could be an interesting game, and a potential banana skin. United are playing a team who have only won one game at home this calendar year – and so you should be thinking about putting the bread and milk money on United.
I’m not sure what to make of United’s season to be honest, its December and they are light years away from the title race.
Southampton have been poor this season, relegation is soon going to become a reality if something doesn’t turn around soon.
I’m not confident enough to back United on a straight win, so I’ll go for a United win/draw + under 2.5 @ 5/4.
Chelsea v Fulham
Interesting game for Claudio Ranieri, Fulham got a positive result last time out after they had a go. This weekend they are playing Chelsea, they will most likely go and put 10-men behind the ball and make life difficult for Chelsea.
Chelsea were outplayed, outwitted and to an extent embarrassed last time out. Jorginho looked absolutely terrible, he wasn’t given any time on the ball and he looked to be in no mans land most of the game – kudos to Spurs!
Chelsea should have too much quality, especially at home, so I’ll back them to win + under 3.5 goals @ 17/20.
Arsenal v Spurs
After their emphatic display last weekend, its tough to look past Spurs here. You get the sense Arsenal have been lucky at times, they haven’t always played well and yet managed to get a result. I hope for their sake their luck doesn’t run out here though…
Spurs have to play exactly as they played last weekend, otherwise Arsenal have a real chance. If Spurs take the game to Arsenal and get on the front foot early this could be a thrashing.
I expect Mesut Ozil to start for the Gunner’s as well as both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Arsenal will want to make this a ding-dong battle and open the game up as much as possible, if they manage to achieve this I think they get a draw at best, no way they win.
Get on Spurs @ 17/10.
Liverpool v Everton
Liverpool had done to them what they’ve been doing to other teams against PSG. Liverpool once again showed how good their back four really is though because there could have been more in that game!
I don’t think Everton will attack Liverpool, which will ultimately be their undoing, they will pack in and defend for the 90 minutes and try and defend their way to a draw. No chance they keep a clean sheet so therefore back the home win + over 2.5 @ 6/10.
- C Palace v Burnley: BTTS
- Manchester United win/draw + under 2.5