Chelsea v Newcastle United
No win in five for the Magpies and boss Rafa Benitez is telling anyone who will listen that it’s going to get worse before it gets better – unless the suits upstairs dig deep and spend some serious cheddar. Chelsea’s recent form has been decent and the Blues should win this with a bit to spare.
Betting: Chelsea (-2) to win at 11/5 (Betfair)
Brighton v Liverpool
The Seagulls’ home form has been pretty solid and while Liverpool retain a penchant for throwing in the odd calamitous defensive display, the Reds are always going to be worth nibbling in the both teams to score stakes.
Betting: Both teams to score at 10/11 (General)
Everton v Huddersfield
The Toffees had shipped 25 goals in eight games before that midweek win over West Ham. And what a win that was. Four goals, a clean sheet and a sexy treble from Wayne Rooney. All played out in front of new boss Sam Allardyce, jaw-jutting in the stands and no doubt rubbing his hands up and down his expensive trousers in anticipation of starting his thirteenth managerial job in earnest. Big Sam says he is “energised” to be back. Well you would be on £6million plus a year wouldn’t you? The Terriers struggle for goals away from home and this is a game Everton can win to end a significant week in their recent history on a high.
Betting: Everton to win to nil at 7/4 (Bet Victor)
Leicester City v Burnley
So it’s December and Burnley are sixth in the table. What the f**k is going on? To be fair, both of these teams are in good form and I wouldn’t be confident backing the Clarets – who have won on the road at Everton and Southampton in recent months – to get beat at the King Power. The draw looks a big runner at 13/5.
Betting: Draw at 13/5 (Betfred/bet365)
Stoke City v Swansea
Two points from 11 games (and just three goals scored) is pure relegation form and it’s little wonder Paul Clement is an even money favourite to be the next Premier League boss to lose his job. Second in the sack race betting is Mark Hughes so this is a pivotal game for both bosses this weekend. Preference here is for Stoke, given that hands down the only thing more disturbing in football this November than Swansea’s top-flight form has been Paul Merson’s ‘tache.
Betting: Stoke to win 1-0 at 6/1 (bet365)
Watford v Tottenham
Spurs may be flying in Europe but it’s all turned to s**te for them in the league and they are now 16 points behind Manchester City. Those who like a short price jolly will have been cursing them last week when they inexplicably failed to turn West Brom over at home. Absolutely pathetic, and yes I am talking through my pocket. Mauricio Pochettino’s men will have their work cut out this weekend too, with Watford having already beaten Arsenal and drawn with Liverpool at HQ this term.
Betting: Draw at 63/20 (Marathon Bet)
West Brom v Crystal Palace
Roy Hodgson. Sam Allardyce. David Moyes. Alan Pardew. All handed new Premier League jobs this season. A combined age of 243. Major honours won? F**k all. The ‘safety-first’ mentality of Premier League chairmen and owners is wearing a bit thin to be fair. Where is the vision? Where is the flamboyance? Where is Tim Sherwood cutting about in a gilet?
Betting: No goalscorer at 15/2 (Betfred)
Arsenal v Manchester United
These two behemoths of the British game lock horns again in north London on Saturday evening, but I’m not holding my breath about it being a classic. Ordinarily Romelu Lukaku to score first at 9/2 would be a bet. But you have to factor in the ‘Jose Effect’ when United travel away for big games. They set up mega defensively away to Liverpool and Chelsea this season and I can’t see this being any different given their travails against other top six teams since Mourinho’s arrival. Arsene Wenger alluded to the fact that the Red Devils wouldn’t park the bus and might actually go for it this weekend. If they do, I’ll show my a**e in Home Bargains’ window.
Betting: Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (Paddy Power/Sky Bet)
Bournemouth v Southampton
The Cherries have kept clean sheets in three of their last five Premier League home games and are the tentative pick here to dust up a Saints side who have looked bang average this season.
Betting: Bournemouth to win at 2/1 (Bet Victor)
Manchester City v West Ham
West Ham have claimed precisely one point from nine since David Moyes took charge, and if I had a fiver for every disgruntled Hammers fan I’ve listened to on talkSPORT losing their head in recent weeks I’d be doing alright. They go to Man City this weekend, a team who’ve now won 12 in a row in the Premier League and who have goal threats all over the park. My hunch is it could get very messy for Moyesy and co. Very messy.
Betting: Manchester City to win 5-0 at 13/1 (Betfair)