Chelsea v Liverpool
Friday night’s clash at the Bridge should be a belter. Liverpool are scoring goals for fun and have a tidy record against Chelsea in recent seasons. They looked irresistible in pumping Leicester 4-1 last time out and the Reds – with so many goal threats – look the value call here at 23/10. I’m no fan of the Firmino ponytail though. I’ve only even seen one worse on a sportsman and that was Peter Ebdon’s 1990s effort. Ebbo though! What a character. A man so boring even his hair decided to leave early.
Betting: Liverpool to win at 23/10 (bet365)
Hull City v Arsenal
Hull will be well pleased with their start to life back in the Premier League but Arsenal can make it three league wins on the spin with victory at the KCOM. The Gunners are 8/13 shots but I actually prefer the 7/4 on offer with Sky Bet on Alexis Sanchez scoring. The Chilean flying machine bagged against PSG in the week and was also on target in a 3-1 win at Watford a few weeks back. Indeed I am reliably informed the Chilean for ‘mortgage job’ is ‘trabajo de hipoteca’. So think on.
Betting: Sanchez to score anytime at 7/4 (Sky Bet)
Leicester City v Burnley
I know it was only Brugge, but how f*cking good were Leicester the other night? Such a win will have given them a massive shot in the arm in terms of confidence and they can breeze past plucky Burnley here.
Betting: Leicester/Leicester Half-Time Full-Time at 29/20 (Coral)
Manchester City v Bournemouth
With or without Jack Wilshere in tow this looks a tough ask for the Cherries. Pep Guardiola’s men are odds on across the board for the title following last week’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford and in truth have looked superb so far. Eleven goals in just four Premier League games tells its own story and they can be backed here at 5/6 to score in both halves.
Betting: Man City to score in both halves at 5/6 (Stan James)
West Brom v West Ham
Can anyone really back the Hammers with any degree of confidence here after their stinky capitulation against Watford last week? I honestly wouldn’t touch them with one of those 15-inch rubber c*cks Hatchet Harry from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was so fond of. Draw.
Betting: Draw at 9/4 (Sky Bet)
Everton v Middlesbrough
Boro didn’t cover themselves in glory against Crystal Palace last weekend and could struggle on Merseyside against an Everton outfit who have taken 10 points from four games. Romelu Lukaku declared himself “back in business” following his timely treble against Sunderland and he can fire the Toffeemen to victory in Saturday’s late kick-off.
Betting: Everton to win and both teams to score at 29/10 (Betfair)
Watford v Manchester United
After an impressive start Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils have now lost two on the spin and need a response against Watford. The sideways passing and lack of a final product that categorised United under LVG was again in evidence against Feyenoord on Thursday night and the truth is they were terrible. Paul Pogba is getting pelters on social media and needs a big game himself to silence the growing band of critics. This is a game Man Utd can win but they look plenty short and the percentage call might be to back ‘under 2.5’ goals at Vicarage Road.
Betting: Under 2.5 goals at 19/20 (bet365)
Crystal Palace v Stoke City
Stoke are bottom after four games and the pressure is on for Mark Hughes. There are plenty of good footballers in his team but for me they lack a bit of aggression and tenacity, traits that where their hallmark as a top-flight club for so long. Palace look like they are going to play to Christian Benteke’s strengths given how they set up at Boro and as a result he looks a bet to score first in this one.
Betting: Benteke to score first at 9/2 (Paddy Power)
Southampton v Swansea
The Saints recorded a morale-boosting Europa League win over Sparta Prague in the week but having yet to win in four league games need to follow that up against Swansea. The Swans were excellent against Chelsea last Sunday though and look like they have a goal or two in them.
Betting: Both teams to score at evens (Betfred)
Tottenham v Sunderland
Well I must say my pre-season outsider fancy to be Premier League top scorer – Vincent Jannsen – is taking a while to get warmed up. Four games. No goals. Roll on death. Is this the fixture though that the young Dutchman comes to the party? Let’s have it right. If he can’t score against Sunderland given their current defensive woes then he may as well give the game up. The Black Cats were shocking against Everton and you wonder just how long David Moyes will get on Wearside if they keep serving up such sh**e.
Betting: Janssen to score first at 4/1 (Betfred/Coral)