Fulham v Watford
City brushed Fulham aside last weekend with expected ease; the Cottagers won’t read too much into that game but will expect a result here against a side closer to their own skillset.
Javi Garcia is doing an incredible job at Watford; he saved them from free-fall last season and has got them playing an amazing brand of football this term. I know Fulham has been a bit erratic, but I back their quality.
I’m going to back both teams to score + over 2.5 goals @ 9/10.
Man United v Wolves
United secured a 3-0 win in Switzerland on Wednesday evening, but the visitors looked anything but comfortable – even against a relatively tame Young Boys attack.
Of course it is a confidence booster for Jose Mourinho and his men, with a lot of positives displayed. Summer signing Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw were most impressive. Their attacking intent and pure pace remind you of the United of old.
Wolves have been a revelation; the newly promoted side came into the League known only for their devastating attack, and yet so far have also displayed a fine defensive ability.
Back a United win/draw + over 2.5 @ 11/10.
C Palace v Newcastle
Last week proved a very simple, and yet very powerful point: Wilfried Zaha plays, Palace win. His speedy return to full fitness will be music to the ears of Roy Hodgson.
With that being said, count out Newcastle at your peril, confidence will be low at St James’ but they will be cautiously optimistic about turning their form around.
For some serious value, get on Zaha to score at anytime @ 19/10.
Burnley v Bournemouth
Burnley has really suffered a fall from grace, after achieving an excellent 7thposition in the league they are yet to win a game this season. Bournemouth on the other hand has come into this season brimming with confidence, the Cherries have been playing brilliantly and find themselves in the lofty heights of 5thposition.
I think Bournemouth will have too much for Burnley here, back the visitors @ 31/20.
Leicester v Huddersfield
Leicester still look as dangerous as ever going forward, it’s just their defence that seemingly has an endless amount of holes. These holes were exploited over and again by Bournemouth last week as the Foxes suffered a hammering.
Yes, Huddersfield defied the expected and managed to stay in the league, but even against the backdrop of a couple summer signings they still don’t look to be good enough this season.
The Terriers have suffered in front of goal this season scoring just twice – so even with Leicester’s defensive issues they should be okay. Huddersfield have conceeded 11 goals so far this season and with Leicester’s attacking threat I fear for them on Saturday.
Back the Foxes @ 6/10.
Liverpool v Southampton
What a fine display by the Reds in Europe this past Tuesday. Jurgen Klopp’s men continued their fine run of form beating PSG in a five goal thriller. That makes it six in six for Liverpool and the Anfield faithful will no doubt already be looking to the final…
Southampton won’t be low on confidence either, and have the ability to make life difficult for Liverpool. I expect Liverpool to win but I don’t think it will be a goal fest.
Back Liverpool to bag all three points + under 3.5 @ 13/20
Cardiff v Man City
Cardiff remains one of the favourites to return to the Championship this season, but they have had moments of promise. This is their final fixture in their run of incredibly difficult fixtures and a good performance could assist in gaining a degree of confidence.
City have not been unbelievable this season, they just haven’t got that swagger about them anymore. They have also failed to rectify some seriously worrying errors at the back.
Although I expect City to claim the maximum points on offer, I’m going to back both teams to score @ 5/4
If anyone out there is looking for some sort of role model to prove that age is no barrier to improvement, look no further than Glenn Murray! The 34 year old has been brilliant for Brighton and one of the more underrated in the League!
Spurs have produced rather lethargic and dismal performances since their 3-0 demolition to United. Something isn’t well in that camp, on Tuesday they just didn’t look comfortable against Inter Milan – even whilst leading – and managed to relinquish a 1-0 lead with a little less than 10 minutes to play.
I think Brighton are the team with more confidence, coupled with the fact that they are playing at home, I’m going to back them to come away with something.
Get on Brighton win/draw + both teams to score @ 2/1
West Ham v Chelsea
I really didn’t fancy West Ham last week; I didn’t expect them to come away with anything from Everton. Needless to say I was wrong and the Hammers managed to register their first victory of the campaign. However, I expect a relatively easy Chelsea victory here. Chelsea at home, Eden Hazard in the form he’s in, I don’t see anything other than a Chelsea win.
Banker Chelsea @ 11/20.
Arsenal v Everton
Everton were really disappointing last week, yes they hadn’t been beat until then but they were terrible. Arsenal will have too much going forward for them. The troubling thing for Everton will the fact that West Ham simply picked them off with good movement and the odd display of pace, Arsenal are going to do that for the better-half of 90 minutes on Sunday.