Man City survived a difficult afternoon with ten men to close the gap to Chelsea (for a few hours at least). Matt Stanger was impressed by Silva and Demichelis...
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Newcastle v Chelsea
The Blues are running into some fine form just now and are the new favourites for the title following their last-gasp win over Manchester City on Sunday. Jose Mourinho dived into the crowd following Fernando Torres' late winner but I don't think he will be brave enough to repeat any such celebration on Tyneside, where legend has it Geordie fans once set a West Ham supporter on fire in the early 1980s for being a bit lairy. My hunch is that Alan Pardew is living on borrowed time at St James' Park and a paddling here, which is not out of the question, could hasten his exit.
Betting: Chelsea (-2) to beat Newcastle at 9/2 (totesport)
Fulham v Manchester United
Martin Jol is another Premier League manager under pressure and his side have been poor of late. However I am not sure the Cottagers should be as big as 5/1 to beat a Manchester United side who have been toiling in the league for the most part this season. For an hour last week against Stoke they looked like relegation fodder and hand on heart I'd rather sh*t on the floor in the front room of my Aunty Pat's house and wipe my arse with her curtains, than back ManYoo at 4/7 or thereabouts.
Betting: Fulham to beat Manchester United at 5/1 (bet365)
Hull City v Sunderland
As predicted on these very pages Sunderland finally recorded their first league win of the season last time out and they are 29/10 shots to follow that up with a victory against Hull. The Tigers were desperately unlucky not to knock Spurs out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night and will be hoping to bounce back in this one. There is added spice given that Steve Bruce will be up against his former club and while Hull should be favoured I feel 10/11 about both teams scoring is a lock.
Betting: Both teams to score at 10/11 (Bet Victor)
Manchester City v Norwich City
The hosts are a top price 2/9 to win this, and for good reason when you consider their recent home form. So if you have a spare nine grand kicking about the house I suggest you stick it on Pellegrini's men and then blow the winnings on a huge £2000 firework display, proving to your neighbours once and for all that you really are the most flamboyant resident in your street. If such stakes are beyond you, have a punt on David Silva to score first. He was excellent against Newcastle in the week and has looked a real goal threat for the Citizens recently.
Betting: Silva to score first at 15/2 (bet365)
Stoke City v Southampton
The Saints blew a two-goal lead in the corresponding fixture last season but are a different animal this term and I fully expect them to justify favouritism against a Stoke side who haven't scored in their last three home league games.
Betting: Southampton to beat Stoke at 7/5 (Coral/Ladbrokes)
West Brom v Crystal Palace
The Eagles played with passion and desire last week but it was still not enough to see them claim anything against Arsenal at home. They have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and look booked in for another ignominious defeat at the Hawthorns.
Betting: West Brom to beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at 7/1 (bet365/Coral/Ladbrokes)
West Ham v Aston Villa
The Hammers have already lost three on their own patch this term while the pace of Villa's forward line means they will always be dangerous on the road. Paul Lambert's men have claimed some notable wins away from Villa Park this season and if they can beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates, they can beat West Ham here.
Betting: Aston Villa to beat West Ham at 5/2 (Coral)
Arsenal v Liverpool
This current Liverpool side remind me a bit of a prime Graeme Hick. Hugely impressive against rank and file opposition but tend to sh*t it a bit when stepped up in class. I was expecting Arsenal, who have so many goal threats in their side, to be a shade under even money so will be all over current 5/4 quotes in Saturday's late kick-off. I don't know the precise stats but I am sure the Gunners have a super home record against Liverpool in recent seasons and provided they can keep Luis Suarez quiet I expect the leaders (who have won seven and drawn one of their last eight league matches) to get it done here.
Betting: Arsenal to beat Liverpool at 5/4 (Boylesports)
Everton v Tottenham
Roberto Martinez has got Everton playing some good football so it should definitely be worth a watch when Spurs come to town. AVB came in for some stick for a thinly-veiled dig at Tottenham's home support last weekend but they are still flying high and there is nothing wrong with their away form (just two defeats from their last 15 away from White Hart Lane). With this in mind I reckon the punt here is Tottenham at 21/20 (Draw No Bet). As an aside, I have it on good authority that Neville Southall is game for Movember.
Betting: Tottenham to beat Everton (Draw No Bet) at 21/20 (Coral)
Cardiff City v Swansea City
What a game to end the weekend. I have to say my preference is for Swansea here purely because I was chased by what can only be described as four Cardiff beer monsters following a game between Hartlepool and Cardiff many years ago. They were shouting "Cardiff City - Kick to Kill" while my whole vibe was more blind panic and whimpering "Haaway man lads I'm only 16". I digress. The atmosphere should be something else and while many fancy goals to be at a premium given what is at stake I honestly feel we could be in for a rollercoaster afternoon laced with goals.
Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 14/5 (Bet Victor)