The League returns and with it some interesting encounters. Read on to see who EPL EGGHEADS is backing to claim all 3 points this weekend!
West Ham v Arsenal
West Ham look to have turned a corner and their rocky start has been somewhat steadied. Arsenal on the other hand have suffered a fall from grace, having failed to win 7 of their last 12 games they look a shadow of their former selves.
I don’t trust Arsenal’s defensive capabilities and with the potential of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez upfront I wouldn’t be surprised to see a little bit of an upset in this one.
I’m going to back West Ham/draw + both teams to score @ 27/20
Leicester v Southampton
Leicester were the recipients of some unexpected FA Cup magic at the weekend losing 2-1 to Newport County. Claude Puel will expect a response from his team as they look to get themselves into European spots.
Southampton have come out of the honeymoon period with their new manager and their issues have resurfaced. Although Leicester are a little all over the place at home I’ll back them to bag all 3 points on Saturday.
Back the Foxes @ 9/10.
Brighton v Liverpool
Brighton will come into this game with some confidence given their FA Cup win over Bournemouth. They have an excellent home record which will be their primary reason for staying up this season.
Liverpool didn’t enjoy the same success in the FA Cup, they deservedly lost to a much better looking Wolves team who wasted little time putting Jurgen Klopp’s men to the sword.
I don’t think Liverpool will lose this, although it will be interesting to see their response after their defeat to Manchester City, so I’ll back both teams to score @ 11/10 for more value.
C Palace v Watford
Palace seem to be returning to a patch of a good form, the Eagles will be aware of how important a good run from now until the end of the season is for their hopes of avoiding the drop.
Watford will be a tough nut too crack and I can see this encounter petering out to end in a draw.
Get on @ 23/10.
Burnley v Fulham
Burnley would have taken a lot of confidence from their 1-0 win over Barnsley in the FA Cup, the Clarets will want to keep the confidence growing considering how they have struggled this season.
Fulham have to be the most unlucky side so far this season, they have definitely improved with Raineri coming in but they are yet to really get a bit of a run going.
I’m going to back Burnley to win here, they are unbeaten in their last 29 home games and Fulham are terrible on the road. Get on @ 13/10.
Cardiff v Huddersfield
This is a massive game for both of these sides, both of them were beaten in the FA Cup but I’ll put that down to their growing concern about the League. This will be a cagey affair with neither wanting to come away from it with a loss but I’ll side with Cardiff. Huddersfield have a terrible record against them, 4 from the last 5 have ended in a Cardiff win. They are playing at home and might just want it more on the day.
Back Neil Warnock’s men @ 13/10.
Chelsea v Newcastle
This will be an interesting game, Chelsea always seem to struggle against Newcastle and given their current form is the door slightly ajar for Rafa Benitez to cause an upset?
Chelsea have seen fewer than 3 goals in each of their last 5 home games while Newcastle have scored just 8 on the road all season. Newcastle will set up with 10 players behind the ball and make them difficult to break down. In my opinion the best bet in this game would be one that speaks to the goals. Everything points to a low scoring game so I’ll go for:
Under 2.5 goals @ 23/20.
Everton v Bournemouth
Looking at these two sides you can expect a rather entertaining game. They are both like-minded attacking teams who will want to have a go at each other. There will be goals aplenty, but I think the Toffee’s will have too much quality going forward and so the tip here will be:
Everton + both teams to score @ 2/1.
Spurs v Manchester United
Spurs are sitting pretty at the moment in all of their Cup endeavours and will likely come into this game absolutely flying. United, on the other hand, come into this game on the back of 5 wins on the bounce with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to make history. It truly is a reformed Man United side, but some have questioned the opposition.
Firstly you can only beat what’s put in front of you and secondly you have to ask yourself whether United would be playing the brand of football we are seeing now under Mourinho. No doubt about it this will be their toughest challenge but with their attacking flair back and their big names ‘showing up’ you would be a fool to count them out.
For me I’ll back the draw @ 26/10.
Man City v Wolves
I think City have regained their earlier form, the proverbial ‘wake-up-call’ has happened and I expect City to overwhelm Wolves with their attack. For more value though look at City to win and both teams to score but there isn’t much else to say here except: City win. This isn’t Liverpool.
City to win + both teams to score @ 15/10.