The Premier League is back, and if last week is anything to go by this is going to be a cracker of a football weekend! Keep reading to see what EPL EGGHEADS predicts this weekend…
Liverpool v Cardiff
Really is a David v Goliath battle this one, Liverpool (although they won’t be in a hurry to admit it) are eager to win their first League title since the early 1990’s, and in my opinion are really on track to do just that this campa
ign. You have to respect the fact that no matter whom Liverpool face, they play their brand of football – attack, attack and attack some more.
Although Cardiff got a much needed win last time out they will see this as a free-hit, and I can’t see past a routine Liverpool win here.
For more value back Liverpool to score in both halves @ 5/10.
Watford v Huddersfield
Watford went into the game against Wolves as underdogs, and yet even without Troy Deeney spear-heading their attack they came out eventual 2-0- winners. Javi Garcia’s men will have their got a confidence boost from that win and know that a win against Huddersfield will see them climb to as high as 6thplace in the League.
The Terriers have avoided defeat on just three occasions this season, and although they did put up a fight against Liverpool, they don’t exactly have a great away record to rely on.
Back the Hornets @ 15/20.
Fulham v Bournemouth
This could end up being quite an expensive season for Fulham, who spent over 100 million quid in the summer and are yet to see any real dividends. They have conceded an average of three goals a game and their defensive frailty doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon.
Bournemouth will be licking their lips for this one; the Cherries have enjoyed a fantastic start to the season and have a real attacking prowess.
Bournemouth + over 2.5 goals @ 15/10 is a solid bet.
We can all agree that the first half of the season hasn’t exactly been comfortable for either of these two sides. Both of these sides are low on confidence and really look to be going nowhere slowly.
Everyone keeps telling me that Newcastle are where they are because of their difficult run of fixtures…have you seen their performances? Even against so-called ‘lesser’ opposition?
I’m not predicting a humdinger of a game – not by any stretch of the imagination – but a draw @ 9/4 looks appealing.
Brighton v Wolves
Which Brighton team shows up for this one? They are a side who have been all over the place this season, granted things look to be returning to ‘normal’ for the Seagulls, but inconsistency in this league never does anyone any favours.
Wolves will be disappointed with their display last week, a side that is usually so good at the back just imploded and went down 2-0 to Watford; couple that with the fact that they uncharacteristically displayed zero attacking intent before or after conceding.
Wolves will want to respond and I’m going to go one better and say they wont concede.
Get on Wolves to win to nil @ 26/10.
Leicester v West Ham United
Leicester, in my opinion, has been one of the few ‘smaller’ clubs (can I still say that after they’ve won the League?) to spend their money excellently. James Maddison is a joy to behold and a fantastic replacement to Riyad Mahrez.
They have had a couple upset results, but overall their season still looks relatively promising.
West Ham seems to have returned to their dreadful state before their resurgence. Andriy Yarmolenko being side lined for six months, as well as Pedro Obiang, Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez, leaves Manuel Pellegrini in somewhat of a midfield crisis.
Leicester have a good record against the Hammers and I can’t see why this would change come Saturday. Back the Foxes @ 23/20.
Burnley v Chelsea
Burnley is yet to find any real sort of form and now face a seemingly insurmountable task in hosting Chelsea at Turf Moor. Chelsea have been impressive under new boss Maurizio Sarri and I can’t see how Burnley contain the attacking threat the Blues possess.
Eden Hazard was quiet in the 2-2 draw against Man United and you can expect a response from the pacey Belgium international come Sunday.
Back Chelsea on the (-1) handicap @ 19/20.
Palace welcome Arsenal to Selhurst Park in the local derby on Sunday. Palace has struggled to find consistency this season and in all honesty, that’s what’s really cost them.
Arsenal look absolutely outstanding at the moment, the attacking partnership or Aubameyang and Lacazette looks unbelievably lethal and Ozil in that number 10 role is just glorious. They remind me a little of Liverpool last season, in that they don’t have the best defence but seem to say, “well just we’ll score more.” Unai Emery will most likely look to remedy that in the summer, but for now its all about improvement and entertainment in North London.
Arsenal + over 2.5 @ 1/1 is the tip!
Man United v Everton
Another game and another evening of frustration and disappointment for United fans. They were dominated by Juventus (no two ways about it) which casts further shadows over their season.
I cannot understand why Jose Mourinho can’t see that an attacking United works. The fans were screaming “attack, attack, attack” from the Old Trafford rafters and only once they did do you see the potential that side has. The players – albeit not as frank as Paul Pogba – say the same thing during their post-match interviews.
Nevertheless, Everton haven’t beaten United since April 2015, United have won more League games against them than any other opponent. Irrespective of Everton’s run of good form, this will be a really tough game for the visitors to win.
Expect a fiery game, with United to just edge it. Get on @ 7/10.
Spurs v Man City
All roads lead to Wembley when Spurs welcome the Champions to their rental. City outclassed Burnley this past weekend, humbling the Clarets with a 5-0 drumming, but Spurs won’t be as straightforward.
Given that qualification in the champions League looks all but over for the North London side, you can expect them to have many of their eggs in the League basket. I expect an absolute cracker of a game – especially given both sides’ attacking threat, and going high on goals might not be a bad option for the shroud punter.
With Spurs without some key players, I can’t see them being beat on Monday night.
Get on City/draw + over 3.5 @ 17/10.
Nest-Egg Treble @ 5/1
- Man United