Arsenal v Tottenham
November internationals? Completed it mate. And what better way to get the Premier League party jumping again than with a high profile north London derby? Spurs have not won at the Emirates since 2010 but I rate them as having a real shout here. To use Souness speak, if both teams are ‘at it’ then it’s hard to look past Tottenham given the quality they possess so I’m rather surprised to see Mauricio Pochettinho’s men chalked up at almost 2/1.
Betting: Tottenham to win at 49/25 (Marathon Bet)
Bournemouth v Huddersfield
The Cherries played well in spells against Newcastle while Huddersfield cannot buy a goal at the minute. Reeks of a borefest this. Absolutely reeks.
Betting: Bournemouth to win 1-0 at 6/1 (Sky Bet)
Burnley v Swansea City
Now I’ve thought long and hard about this. And for the life of me I cannot fathom how Burnley are odds against here. They look an absolute smash job to win their third Premier League game in a row against a team who have been absolute dog sh**e so far this season. The Clarets have kept five clean sheets this season while Swansea have lost seven of their first 11 games.
Betting: Burnley to win at 6/5 (Bet Victor)
Crystal Palace v Everton
There’s been plenty of chat this week about Arsenal’s perceived interest in Wilfried Zaha. I’m not sure he’ll end up at the Emirates anytime soon but there’s no doubting his form so far this season has been merk-y and I like the look of him at 9/4 to score against the Toffees.
Also in the news this week of course has been the whole controversy about Greggs and their Advent calendar. I’m not sure what to make of it all but have to say I was a big fan of USA Today’s brave attempt to describe a sausage roll on Twitter: ‘Greggs, which specializes in the popular delicacy, apologized for replacing the baby Jesus with a pastry wrapped around sausage meat.’
Betting: Zaha to score anytime at 9/4 (Betfair/Boylesports)
Leicester City v Manchester City
Pep Guardiola’s mob are rightly being lauded across the land for their fantastic effort so far this season and they are silly odds on to win at the King Power. One player who could be overpriced to score first is Leroy Sane. The young German is absolutely rapid and having already weighed in with six goals this season looks a tempting price at 11/2 to find the net first.
Betting: Sane to score first at 11/2 (Black Type)
Liverpool v Southampton
The Reds look good things here despite losing over two legs to the Saints in the League Cup semi finals last season. The visitors will again sit back and try to soak up the pressure at Anfield but Liverpool have so many attacking options and if Mo Salah is in the mood it could be an uncomfortable afternoon for all those connected with Southampton.
Betting: Liverpool (-1) to win at 11/10 (Coral/Paddy Power)
West Brom v Chelsea
The red tops are reporting that Tony Pulis has two games to save his job. The games in question are this one and Tottenham away. I mean f**king hell! It looks a tall order but stranger things have happened and I personally would love him to beat Chelsea this Saturday then, in a nod to Bronx rapper KRS-One, lower his baseball cap to a jaunty angle and answer every media question by simply shouting “Woop woop it’s the sound of da Pulis”.
Betting: West Brom to win at 11/2 (Bet Victor)
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Massive game for the Red Devils this. A win keeps them on the trail of their rivals from across the city, and with Paul Pogba back in training things might be about to get interesting. However, after a few iffy results in recent weeks they simply cannot afford to lose further ground in the title race. Romelu Lukaku has suffered a Premier League drought but scored three in two games for Belgium recently and could be worth nibbling to score first at the Theatre of Dreams.
Betting: Lukaku to score first at 5/2 (Sporting Bet)
Watford v West Ham
After a bright start Watford have lost their last three and having had a thick bet on them to turn Everton over last time out, only to watch them surrender a two-goal lead at Goodison, I’m happy to swerve them here at 11/10. I’m still a bit shocked that West Ham went for David Moyes. He’s bombed in the last three managerial posts he’s been given. But, more importantly, he once paid £8million for Papy Djilobodji.
Betting: Draw at 5/2 (Paddy Power/Sky Bet)