After the weekend’s action, the Premier League continues with another round of matches over Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Read on to see who EPL EGGHEADS is backing…
West Ham v Cardiff
West Ham got a really positive result at Newcastle this past weekend. I would expect them to go on and get another win against Cardiff, in front of their home fans. The problem is, not only do you never know that you’re going to get with this West Ham side, they never seem to put in a performance against the so-called ‘weaker’ sides in the League.
Cardiff aren’t a possession side, they got a good result against Wolves, which can put down to simple hard work. I don’t think they will be able to deal with the likes of West Ham’s attacking players so I’ll go for the home win @ 13/20.
Bournemouth v Huddersfield
Although the Cherries have lost four games now on the bounce, you would still hold them in high regard. I think they’ve given a really good account of themselves so far this season and might have even been a little unlucky against City this past weekend.
Huddersfield seemed to have gotten off to a flyer against Brighton, but after that red card they just sort of deflated. I think a comfortable Bournemouth win is worth a punt. Get on @ 13/20.
Brighton v C Palace
Brighton clawed their way back into the game and managed to claim the victory against Huddersfield – albeit 10 v 11 – and kudos to them. It was a great result for Chris Hughton and his side and the win will go a long way in igniting a bit of confidence for the Seagulls.
Palace outplayed Burnley and could have beaten them by whatever they wanted, Roy Hodgson will be happy to have recorded their first home win and will expect a similar result here. Although they don’t seem to be relying on Wilfried Zaha as much, they still cannot finish in front of goal. I’m going to go for Brighton on the win/draw double chance + over 1.5 @ 23/20.
Watford v Manchester City
Watford was a touch unlucky against Leicester. It was incredible to watch a side have so many chances and yet not really test the opposing keeper at all.
City didn’t have an outstanding game against Bournemouth last time out but it doesn’t matter, their bench can change a game on its own and they will most likely grind out the win in the end.
I can’t see anyone beating City right now (even though this is the Premier League where anything can happen) so I wouldn’t judge if you put your RA money on City with a (-1) handicap @ 15/20.
Wolves v Chelsea
Wolves seem to have hit a brick wall. Their high octane, in your face approach to the League isn’t working anymore. Their main men, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, aren’t getting much time on the ball and can’t really impose themselves on the game.
Wolves will want to have a go at Chelsea, but I think that plays into Chelsea’s hands. Naturally the Chelsea win is a banker, but for a little more value I’ll back both teams to score @ 8/10.
Burnley v Liverpool
I don’t think Liverpool deserved to win against Everton. It was a really good football match, with a draw probably being the fairest result. Nevertheless, it is an incredibly important three points for Jurgen Klopp and his side. Yes, they are still behind City, but who knows how important that win could turn out to be.
I’m a bit surprised at Burnley this season, usually when teams travel to Turf Moor they know they are in for a tough game, but I just don’t see that Burnley at the moment. Liverpool will win this, and it could be embarrassing for the Claret’s if they aren’t careful.
Back Liverpool to win to nil @ 9/10.
Fulham v Leicester
Fulham, I feel, seem like they could be a really good team and yet at the same time they just aren’t getting the results. They’ll want to have a go at Leicester and try and win the game, but their defence just doesn’t give you the confidence to back them.
Leicester aren’t exactly putting in unbelievable performances themselves though, so I’m going to back the draw @ 49/20.
Everton v Newcastle
Everton were really unlucky against Liverpool, an unlucky error by Jordan Pickford gifted Liverpool three underserved points. I feel for Pickford, he’s a really good shot stopper who is still evolving into a mature keeper for England.
The Toffees were really good at Anfield and should have too much for this Newcastle side. Get on the home win @ 11/20.
Manchester United v Arsenal
Arsenal have a terrible record at Old Trafford, they could be playing fantastic football and then go and get beaten there. The problem is, unless United emphatically pick up their game, or the Gunners fall flat on their face, I can’t see United winning.
Manchester United were horrendous at Southampton on Saturday evening, Jose Mourinho came out and said he needs ‘Mad Dogs’ on the field and although I question the choice of words I completely agree. There just isn’t enough passion on the field for United at the moment.
I know Arsenal are heavy favourites – and rightly so – but I think Mourinho will pack in and try knick something. Its not the United way, it will not be pretty, it will probably be boring and I wont enjoy it but it’ll probably earn United a point.
Back the draw + both teams to score @ 47/20.
Tottenham v Southampton
Spurs now find themselves out of the top four, what a merciless League! Spurs need to bounce back and a game against Southampton is a good game for them.
The Saints sacked Mark Hughes after he could only manage a draw against United, they obviously expected more and maybe rightly so!
Spurs win this no doubt about it. Back them quite heavily @ 4/10.