The League is back on Friday evening when Brighton welcome West Ham, Saturday sees a clash of the depressed when Newcastle travel to Old Trafford before all eyes turn to Anfield, where Liverpool entertain City!
Since their impressive win over Manchester United, Brighton has been rather disappointing. Of course, they have had to contend with their fair share of tough fixtures but a run of six fixtures without a win has to land a blow to their confidence.
West Ham have managed to regain form and have won four from their last six. Andriy Yarmolenko has been an absolute joy to watch! West Ham will fancy their chances as do I. Back the away win + over 1.5 @ 18/10.
Burnley v Huddersfield
Getting knocked out of the Europa League, Burnley seem to be returning to the form that saw them finish 7thin the League last season. Sean Dyche will expect his side to add another three points to their tally when they welcome a Huddersfield side that are winless in seven.
Since returning to the topflight, the Terriers have won just three games on the road, given Burnley’s recent performances I fully expect them to win here. Back the Clarets @ 11/10.
C Palace v Wolves
Palace slumped to a late defeat against a rather impressive Bournemouth. They were second best throughout the game and really cannot have any complaints at losing. They face an incredibly difficult run of fixtures and will hope to get something out of this game.
Wolves are enjoying a brilliant return to the Premier League. Much was said about their attacking talents in the Championship but interestingly enough it’s on the opposite end of the pitch where I’ve been most impressed. They have conceded six goals in their last seven – of which four goals were scored in their first two games – and now face a Palace side who are yet to find the net at Selhurst Park (in a League game) this season.
Back the Pack @ 7/4
Watford v Bournemouth
If both of these sides play to their full potential this could be an absolute thriller. Watford, under manager Javi Garcia, have been impressive this term losing just twice from their opening seven; the fact that they have scored 11 times in the process makes for fantastic viewing!
Bournemouth is another side that have been exciting to watch, scoring 12 goals this season – as well as conceding 12.
This fixture has a history of brilliant entertainment and @ 17/10 I’ll back over 3.5 goals.
Leicester v Everton
Leicester is a side who have been under the radar so far this season. With all the talk around Riyad Mahrez leaving for the Etihad, not enough attention has been paid to players like Jamie Vardy or their latest acquisition James Maddison – who’s been brilliant in my opinion.
Marco Silva hasn’t been incredible at Everton; they have won just two games from seven in the League. Most worrying however, is their perceived lack of defensive stability. The hosts have scored in every home game so far this season but their defense is somewhat non-existent at times. Leicester to win/draw + BTTS @ 12/10 is the tip.
Tottenham v Cardiff
Although the same cannot be said about their performances in Europe, things in the League are going well for Mauricio Pocchettino’s men. They’ve won five from seven and have looked comfortable for the most part.
Cardiff were hot favourites for relegation this season and seven games into the season nothing has changed (in the slightest). Although at the start of the season they failed to score, recently they have looked to get forward and put the ball in the back of the net.
Spurs haven’t got the best back line in the world and its for that reason I think there could be value in a Spurs win + BTTS @ 29/20.
Man United v Newcastle
Saturday evening sees Manchester United welcome Newcastle to the Theatre of Dreams. Both of these sides are in desperate need of a confidence-boosting win, whether victory for either will be enough to save their season’s steady decline is another conversation entirely.
United have been boring, tame and have seemed to lack a competitive edge. It has been their worst start to a League season since the 1980’s and the word on the street is Jose’ Mourinho’s days at Old Trafford are numbered.
Surprisingly the same murmurs aren’t surrounding St. James’ Park or Rafa Benitez. Newcastle has failed to win a single game this season with most of the blame placed squarely with owner Mike Ashley.
United’s defensive quality has left a lot to be desired and even amidst the unrest they have managed to find the net on six out of seven occasions. For me the bet here is both teams to score @ 21/20.
Southampton v Chelsea
Southampton had a great result in the Cup against Everton, which is positive for them and their fans considering they won’t win the League, so why not entertain a cup run? Chelsea is in the Europa League on Thursday evening but I expect them to rest a lot of their stars.
Whether the Saints can contain Eden Hazard determines whether they can get something out of this game. I don’t think they can so a Chelsea win is a banker for me. Get on @ 6/10.
Fulham v Arsenal
Fulham were my outside top 10 pick, and despite their start I haven’t quite given up on them just yet. They struggle on the road and so Craven Cottage must become a fortress if they are to stay in the topflight this season.
Fulham will have to have a go and open up – Arsenal will do the same – which could result in an end-to-end game with goals galore. Arsenal hasn’t been terribly impressive (although they have managed to grind out results) and so Fulham should come into this with a bit of confidence that they have a chance.
Unai Emery has been brilliant, albeit a little underrated, and I expect Arsenal to edge a thriller.
For more value back Arsenal to score more than 2.5 goals @ 13/10.
Liverpool v Man City
Both of these sides come into this game unbeaten in the Premier League, but this already has a sense of importance for the title race. Jurgen Klopp wont be happy with how Liverpool have done over the past couple weeks but will expect a statement to be made come Sunday.
City has suffered their own setbacks this season, drawing 1-1 with Wolves and suffering defeat to Lyon. City will have it all to prove though; they come into the encounter with a four game winning streak but have a shocking record against Liverpool.
It really is shocking to think the last time City enjoyed victory at Anfield was in 2003! Klopp hasn’t lost a home game since April 2017 but I think those fortunes are about to change.