Chelsea v Liverpool
Huge games for both sides this, with many media sources claiming that if Chelsea lose we could be saying cheerio to Don Jose. The Blues’ Premier League title defence has been Python-esque so far and this is officially Chelsea’s worst-ever start to a Premier League season. Yet having watched Liverpool labour to a thoroughly unconvincing 1-0 win over Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup in the week, I simply can’t make a case for them. They lack penetration in the final third and I was stunned at how poorly Divock Origi played. The youngster was genuinely just wandering round awkwardly like the last kid to be picked for a dinner-time kick-about. I don’t know what the Belgian term is for ‘sh*te’, but seriously Divock? Give your head a shake lad.
Betting: Chelsea to win at 11/10 (Betfred/Stan James)
Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Palace seem to have lost their way a bit in recent weeks but it’s been a bad week for Man United who, after failing to shine in the Manchester derby, were then unceremoniously dumped out of the Capital One Cup. By Middlesbrough. Wayne Rooney is getting pelters from a lot of United fans with some claiming he’s a player on the slide at the tender age of 30. To be fair, 30 wasn’t a good age for me either. I began to develop man boobs, was arrested twice for being drunk and disorderly and had to briefly move back in with my parents. I never needed no hair implants though Wazza, you get me blud?
Betting: Manchester United to win and both teams to score at 18/5 (Coral)
Manchester City v Norwich City
The hosts should be too strong here against a Canaries outfit who have not won in five matches. The Citizens though are leaking a few goals (no clean sheet at home since August 29) and I feel 7/4 is a cracking price about both teams scoring but Senor Pellegrini’s men winning the match when the dust settles.
Betting: Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 7/4 (Boylesports)
Newcastle United v Stoke
Toon fans will still be asking themselves just how they lost the Tyne-Wear derby having bossed the fixture for long periods. But lose it they did and after 10 games they are second bottom of the league. They will be absolutely desperate for three points here, but as always Stoke will prove a tough nut to crack and I’m convinced this one won’t be awash with goals.
Betting: Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 (Bet Victor)
Swansea v Arsenal
The Gunners are as short as 15/8 now to win the Premier League despite enduring an awful time of it on Tuesday night in the League Cup (when they lost The Ox and Theo to injury). I actually backed Sheffield Wednesday at 13/2 but spuffed all my profits just 24 hours later by slamming Liverpool -1 to beat Bournemouth (hence my bitterness towards Mr Origi). They are odds on here despite their injury concerns and will be looking for the likes of Santi Cazorla to step up in south Wales. The Spaniard has been magnificent so far this season and despite having yet to score for the Gunners this season, my hunch is he will break his duck in this one. Swansea will have a go of course and be buoyed by their 2-1 win at Villa. How much can we read into that win though, given that Tim Sherwood wasn’t just drinking in the last chance saloon, he was actually on the tables, in a pink cowboy hat, goading the bouncers. With his c*ck out.
Betting: Cazorla to score first at 10/1 (Coral)
Watford v West Ham
Troy Deeney finally got off the mark for the season last time out but as the old saying goes ‘cometh the hour, cometh Odion Ighalo’. The Nigerian hotshot has been very kind to this column so far this season and I’m backing him to do the onion bag bizz once again this weekend.
Betting: Ighalo to score anytime at 19/10 (Bet Bright)
West Brom v Leicester City
You can’t knock Jamie Vardy – 10 goals this season for a Leicester side who never know when they are beaten. He’s 11/2 to open the scoring on Saturday and that’ll ding dang do for Degsy. ‘Jamie Vardy’s having a party; Bring your vodka and your Charlie’. So sing the Leicester City faithful (in a song I can’t see winning Eurovision any time soon).
Betting: Vardy to score first at 11/2 (Stan James)
Everton v Sunderland
In the week Howard Kendall was laid to rest, I can’t see Everton slipping up here. The Blues under Kendall were an awesome force in the 1980s. So much such that I briefly supported them from 1984, when they won the FA Cup, to when they lost the FA Cup final to Man Utd in 1985 (six-year-olds can be so fickle). Big Sam has got Sunderland up and running but their performance on Sunday left a lot to be desired and I fancy the hosts to cruise to victory here.
Betting: Everton (-1) to beat Sunderland at 27/20 (Coral)
Southampton v Bournemouth
The Cherries have been so unlucky with injuries to key men in recent weeks but they’ve been battered 5-1 in their last two league matches and Southampton, with all their attacking swag, will be salivating at the thought of facing a side with such a thoroughly leaky defence.
Betting: Southampton to win 3-1 at 13/1 (Bet Victor)
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