West Ham v Brighton
Recent form has been a bit erratic for each of these protagonists with both the Hammers and the Seagulls recording a draw, a win and a defeat in their last three matches.
Talking of erratic I’ve had a tough week with ‘er indoors. Let’s just say “too much time on ya f**king phone” has become something of a running theme…
Betting: Half-time draw at 11/10 (Stan James)
Chelsea v Watford
Massive game for Chelsea this, who have lost ground at the top after back-to-back Premier League defeats. They also blew a two-goal lead against Roma in midweek during that pulsating 3-3 Champions League game. Antonio Conte is missing some key men but they should surely still have enough to get the job done against Watford?
Betting: Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 2/1 (Betfair/888 Sport)
Huddersfield Town v Manchester United
The Premier League’s meanest defence lock horns with a team that have scored just two goals in their last seven outings. The Red Devils are even money to win to nil in Yorkshire. I like those apples.
Betting: Manchester United to win to nil at evens (Boylesports)
Manchester City v Burnley
City’s recent form is off the chain, and after slamming seven past Stoke last weekend the general consensus is they will give Burnley short shrift here. However the Clarets can be backed at odds against with a three-goal start on the handicaps. Three goals! Surely this is worth a play given they’ve only lost once so far this season under ‘Ginger Mourinho’ Sean Dyche?
Betting: Burnley (+3) to beat Manchester City at 21/20 (Ladbrokes)
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
It’s no win in three now for Newcastle but it’s been a decent week for the Toon nonetheless with fans p**sing their pants with excitement over news Amanda Staveley has allegedly signed a confidentiality agreement ahead of a potential bid for the club. Palace will be buoyed by their recent win over Chelsea, so you could do worse than smash both teams to score on Tyneside.
Betting: Both teams to score at 10/11 (Hills)
Stoke City v Bournemouth
Mark Hughes will be wanting a response after that shellacking at the Etihad but Stoke’s recent form has been poor and they look plenty short here at 11/10 or thereabouts. The Cherries were much better against Spurs least week and a similar performance could be enough to see them grab a crucial three points. As an aside it’s amazing that in 2017 old as the hills duo Jermaine Defoe and Peter Crouch still dominate the first goalscorer betting ahead of this fixture. Crouchy is so old he actually farts dust.
Betting: Bournemouth to win 2-1 at 12/1 (bet365)
Swansea City v Leicester City
So Shakespeare departs from Leicester. Enter stage right, Big Sam? The old c**k tease is at the forefront of the betting and it would be fascinating to see how he’d get on at the King Power. That’s all for the future however. In terms of the present, it’s all about backing Tammy Abraham to score first here.
Betting: Abraham to score first at 11/2 (Sky Bet)
Southampton v West Brom
Bizarre choice by BT Sport to televise this as it has all the hallmarks of being a slow burner. West Brom’s recent form has been very ordinary while Southampton have struggled for goals at HQ this season. So obviously I’ll be going conkers deep on a 3-3 thriller.
Betting: 3-3 draw at 125/1 (Paddy Power)
Everton v Arsenal
Ronald Koeman’s Merseyside future looks bleak. Just eight points accumulated from eight Premier League games and floundering in Europe. I had to laugh at his decision to rest players for the Lyon game on Thursday. Resting players for the Europa League so he could fully concentrate on qualifying for the Europa League. Get a f**king grip lad! Forgive me if I don’t feel sorry for Mr Koeman. I for one will never forget that shameful tug of David Platt’s shirt in Rotterdam back in 1993. The big slink.
Betting: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 6/5 (Sky Bet)
Tottenham v Liverpool
Social media folk have been debating all week which of these teams recorded the better result in midweek? Was it Spurs more than matching reigning European champions Real Madrid in drawing 1-1 in the Bernabeu? Or Liverpool recording their biggest ever away win in Europe as they smashed Maribor 7-0? Whatever your opinion, it sets this tie up very nicely and fans should be in for a treat on Sunday.
Spurs finally got a Premier League win under Wembley’s iconic arch, at the fourth time of asking last weekend, and Mo Pochettino will surely relish a square dance with a Liverpool side who will come right at them? The last team to come to Wembley and really go on the offensive right from the start against Spurs was Borussia Dortmund, who were duly outgunned by Tottenham’s pace and precision. It could be a similar story for Liverpool, who have shipped 11 goals in just four away games.
Betting: Tottenham to win and both teams to score at 14/5 (Sun Bets)