West Ham v Chelsea
You cannot look past Chelsea here. Not my words. Those of Ray Wilkins. And I’ve got a lot of time for Ray. Cultured midfielder in his day. Looked about fifty even in his twenties. Quizzically raised eyebrow as standard. Salt of the earth Wilkins. No question. He is my squire.
This is a London derby but the Blues look way too good for a Hammers side who are leaking goals at an alarming rate. Alvaro Morata is better than 3/1 to score first. To paraphrase Butch himself, that really is a ‘Yes please, matey’.
Betting: Morata to score first at 16/5 (Betfair Sportsbook)
Burnley v Watford
Burnley’s defence this season have gone somewhat under the radar but they have been scarily good as a unit and the stats back it up. I love stats. Did you know three out of every four people make up 75% of the world’s human population? They’ve lost just two games from seven at Turf Moor and you can get just shy of even money that one or both of these protagonists fails to find the net.
Betting: Both teams to score – No (Bet Victor)
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth
Mock Roy Hodgson all you want (and to be fair he deserved pelters after his horrific reign as England boss) but he’s still seemingly got the old magic at club level and the Eagles are becoming a tough team to beat under him. Palace are going for a third straight clean sheet and with Wilfried Zaha flying up top they can win this. They are definitely worth a play at a smidgen over even money.
Betting: Crystal Palace to win at 21/20 (Bet Victor)
Huddersfield v Brighton
After a bright start reality is kicking in big time for the Terriers, who have lost four off the belt. In a division of expensive champagnes Huddersfield are Aldi’s own label £3 Irish Cream. Yes you’ll get that warm initial glow, but you know full well it’s going to end badly. Brighton have shipped just seven goals in seven away games and are my pick to grind out a 1-0 win here.
Betting: Brighton to win 1-0 at 13/2 (Bet Stars)
Swansea v West Brom
Swansea have claimed just four points from 21 at home and there won’t be many punters queuing up to back them here surely? I’d happily rather have a nibble on the Baggies to win, though obviously won’t be sticking the gas and leccy money on them.
Betting: West Brom to win and both teams to score at 13/2 (bet365)
Tottenham v Stoke
Spurs have spuffed their title prospects already after a series of poor results against moody domestic opposition and anything other than three points here would leave them struggling for a top-four finish. Losing to Leicester is one thing but drawing at home to West Brom? Have a f**king word. Dele Alli is due a goal and I’m hoping Tottenham’s young roadman can silence his detractors by notching first here.
Betting: Alli to score first at 5/1 (Betfred)
Newcastle United v Leicester City
The Toon are hurtling towards serious bother down at the bottom of the table and a squad short on quality means they are destined for a winter of discontent. They’ve shipped 12 goals in four matches and Leicester could be too savvy for them on Tyneside, much like Bournemouth were last month.
Betting: Leicester to win and both teams to score at 19/4 (Bet Stars)
Southampton v Arsenal
The Gunners have looked sharp in recent weeks but games like this are a worry. How many coupons have they ruined in recent seasons when heavily odds on against the league’s lesser lights? Plenty, that’s how many. They need a positive result after that Manchester United mugging last week, but I’m not sure they’ll get it.
Betting: Both teams to score and draw at 15/4 (Bet Victor)
Liverpool v Everton
Will Liverpool beat Everton? Does Superman wear tights? The Reds are cast iron mortgage jobs at Anfield against a side who have failed to win any of their last 15 Premier League away games. In contrast, since losing to Spurs in late October Jurgen Klopp’s mob have put together a nine-game unbeaten run and scored 32 goals. Wowsers.
Betting: Liverpool to win 3-1 at 10/1 (Hills)
Manchester United v Manchester City
In the Premier League era there have been 110 goals scored in Manchester derbies at an average of 2.75 per game. City know a win on Sunday could all but kill off the title race and make it a record 14 Premier League wins on the spin. However in the opposite corner lurks Jose Mourinho, a master in football’s ‘dark arts’ and boss of a team hell bent on f**king City’s s**t up. I see this as a game the Red Devils won’t lose and while I’d be more confident if Paul Pogba was playing I reckon they could be worth a smash here in the ‘draw no bet’ market. If United can pull something out of the bag here they’d have some serious momentum following that 3-1 win at Arsenal and we’d have a proper title race on our hands.
Betting: Manchester United to win (Draw no Bet) at 7/5 (Betfair Sportsbook)