Manchester United v Tottenham
Absolute banger of a game to kick the weekend off. Spurs have been magnificent in recent weeks (if we ignore Wednesday’s Carabao Cup implosion) after a slow start to the season while the Red Devils have endured a bit of a recent wobble in the league, dropping five of the last six points available. They suddenly look every bit as pedestrian as they did this time last year and are clearly missing Paul Pogba’s energy in the middle of the park. That defeat to Huddersfield was a massive kick in the nadgers to odds on backers across the land and it will be interesting to see how they rebound here. Will United be positive at home or will Don Jose mark this down as another ‘do not lose’ fixture and park the bus? My gut feeling is there may not be many goals around and 4/5 looks plenty acceptable about the ‘unders’
Betting: Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 (Betfred/Coral)
Arsenal v Swansea City
Swansea were shocking against Leicester City while you couldn’t fault Arsenal’s endeavour at Goodison Park last Sunday. When the Gunners are in that kind of mood they are a match for absolutely anyone and they have the players to do a proper job on Swansea here. Alexandre Lacazette has scored five goals in nine Premier League games to date and he looks the man to get with here to open the scoring. I’m involved and hoping for a good win so I can treat the other half, about who this week I have come to the conclusion there is simply no pleasing. I mean she complains when I leave the toilet seat up. And then she complains again when I leave the toilet seat down and p**s all over it.
Betting: Lacazette to score first at 11/4 (Betfair/Paddy Power)
Crystal Palace v West Ham
Palace are rooted to the foot of the table but until 10pm on Wednesday night will have seen this as a very winnable game given how poor West Ham had looked. What about that win at Wembley though? The craic earlier in the week was Slaven Bilic had two games to save his job and what a response he got from his players in the Carabao Cup. Momentum is a funny thing, and I would much rather be backing than laying West Ham at better than 2/1 here.
Betting: West Ham to win at 11/5 (General)
Liverpool v Huddersfield Town
Liverpool got absolutely mullered by Spurs last weekend and probably won’t be relishing the visit of Huddersfield, who basically have a free swing here after that outrageous 2-1 home win over Manchester United. The Terriers, fancied by every man and his dog (see what I did there?) to go down, now have four clean sheets from nine matches and are only conceding goals at a rate of 1.1 per game. Mad to think that as we head towards November they actually sit higher than Liverpool in the table at time of writing.
Betting: Liverpool to win by exactly one goal at 16/5 (Boylesports)
Watford v Stoke City
Watford look a pure home banker here at better than evens. They’ve been excellent this season and can stroll past a Stoke side who are generally terrible away from the bet365 stadium. Mark Hughes’ mob have won just one of their last 12 away games in the league and the Hornets should be backed with confidence.
Betting: Watford to win at 11/10 (bet365/Bet Victor)
West Brom v Manchester City
Tony Pulis will try and set the Baggies up for a 0-0 draw but their recent form has been pretty lamentable. City meanwhile, who are playing with a real swagger and have goal threats all over the park, just look too good in every department.
Betting: Manchester City to win to nil at 11/10 (Hills)
Bournemouth v Chelsea
There’s something not quite right at Chelsea and they are certainly not the solid defensive unit they were this time last year. Watford exposed them at the back last weekend and Bournemouth can get amongst them on Saturday too. That said, I do fancy the Blues to still edge it.
Betting: Chelsea to win 2-1 at 8/1 (bet365)
Brighton v Southampton
Brighton have been playing some good stuff in recent weeks and possibly look too big here at better than 2/1 at home. I’m thinking of smashing this after recently selling all my John Lennon memorabilia on eBay. Imagine all the PayPal?
Betting: Brighton to win at 59/23 (Marathon Bet)
Leicester City v Everton
Confidence at Goodison must be close to rock bottom while the Foxes have won their last two and are unbeaten in four. 6/5 about the home win seems pretty big even though Merse was losing the head this week about the appointment of Claude Puel. He’s apparently not happy about an aloof Frenchman, who probably smokes Gitanes and has an aversion to East Midlands cuisine such as pork pie and chutneys, being given the gig. Especially when Harry Redknapp was available.
Betting: Leicester to win at 6/5 (Bet Victor)