Tottenham v Arsenal
It’s been quite a week for Dele Alli. He sparked more simulation controversy by picking up a booking for what his boss Mo Pochettino likes to call ‘football trickery’ at Anfield last weekend, but not before nodding solemnly to the referee after the issue of the yellow as if to say ‘fair cop mush’. Spurs look good things here having won eight and drawn two of their last ten at home in the league. Booya.
Betting: Tottenham to win at 21/20 (Betway)
Everton v Crystal Palace
Everton’s Benny Hill-esque capitulation at the Emirates last week was quite breath-taking, and I wouldn’t be backing them here with stolen dough. That said I was absolutely boiling last Sunday having had a century on Palace to beat Newcastle, only to then witness a complete p**s take of a performance from them. They had enough chances to win three football matches against the Toon. It was horrific. I suppose they are creating the opportunities though, so both teams to score here is not beyond the realms of possibility.
Betting: Both teams to score at evens (10Bet)
Stoke City v Brighton
Not one for the punting purists this, so instead I will regale you with the conversation I had with a taxi driver en route to a casino in Stockton on Wednesday night. Stockton of course is famous having the widest high street in England, and several townsfolk that Walt Disney would struggle to draw.
Him: “What are them mate? Diadora Borg Elites? Let’s have a look” (proceeds to turn cab light on and fondle my trainers)
Him: “Belters them, mind. I used to have a pair myself. You wouldn’t know it now but I was a bit of a cheese myself back in the day.”
Bit of a cheese? I’ve checked Urban Dictionary. F**k all. So, answers on a postcard please.
Betting: Under 1.5 goals at 15/8 (Sun Bets)
Swansea v Burnley
Swansea turned it right on in front of the BBC cameras in midweek, plundering eight goals against a hapless Notts County side. Fair play to the County fans though: 214 miles away from home, freezing cold Tuesday night, paying over the odds for a Bovril, singing their little hearts out. Football eh? Bloody football. Tammy Abraham looked sharp on Tuesday, and if he starts here he looks big at nearly 6/1 to score first.
Betting: Abraham to score first at 28/5(Marathon Bet)
West Ham v Watford
Both of these clubs will be looking below them nervously, given how tight it is down at the bottom of the Premier League right now. The Hornets are six points off a relegation place, and the same gap separates them from a potential Europa League spot. West Ham are still without several key players but I fancy goals here as Watford like to bomb forward but often leave themselves wide open when they do. Incredible to read also this week that Watford’s net spend since June 2016 is £59million, more than West Ham, Spurs, Newcastle and Liverpool. Though I did read it on Twitter, so it could be bulls**t.
Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 11/4 (Hills)
Manchester City v Leicester City
Manchester City’s net spend over the same period is apparently £354million, which may go some way towards explaining why they are 13 points clear and 1/200 on to win the league. The Citizens have dropped just two points in 13 home games this season and should be a bit too classy for Leicester, who will still have a goal in them.
Betting: Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 6/4 (bet365/Ladbrokes/Coral)
Huddersfield Town v Bournemouth
The Cherries have been excellent in recent weeks and are rightful jollies here against a Terriers side who have netted just once in six home games. After a bright start Huddersfield are falling away terribly and are big odds on now for an immediate return to the Championship.
Betting: Bournemouth to win at 11/8 (Black Type)
Newcastle United v Manchester United
You have to feel for Rafa Benitez and Newcastle. They are really feeling the strain due to a pathetic lack of meaningful activity in the transfer market this season. It’s clear Benitez won’t go to war with Mike Ashley over the Toon’s transfer business but as good as the portly Iberian is, he cannot turn water into wine. Is Islam Slimani really the man to save them from the drop? Two of the last three meetings between these clubs have ended in draws, but United to win to nil here looks the shout.
Betting: Manchester United to win to nil at 17/10 (Bet Victor)
Southampton v Liverpool
The Saints have been absolute peasants at home this season, having won just three of 14. Mind you, big Jurgen Klopp will have to earn his money by balancing this game with the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash at Porto, which takes place just three days after the dust settles at St Mary’s. Mo Salah has 28 goals in all competitions this season, so a massive fist bump to the odds compilers who have chalked him up at odds against to score anytime here.
Betting Salah to score anytime at 5/4 (888 Sport)