After a long-awaited winning week for Degsy last week, he is lumping massive money on Everton and West Ham. You can’t blame him…
Crystal Palace v West Brom
The Baggies have lost their last two, shipping six goals in the process, and the thought of backing Palace here is making me lumpy. Alan Pardew runs a tight operation at Selhurst Park and the Eagles should have too much quality in this one. I’ll level with you, it’s been a bad week for yours truly. I returned home from work on Thursday to discover my wheelie bin had been stolen. I mean, what kind of sicko steals a stinking old green bin covered in bean sauce and my old w*nk tissues? This is not a victimless crime folks. Those w*nk tissues held great sentimental value. B*stards.
Betting: Crystal Palace to win at 17/20 (Bet Victor)
Aston Villa v Stoke City
Stoke claimed a precious first win of the season last week and won’t fear a trip to Villa Park to face a home side who have not won since the first game of the season. This one screams score draw to me.
Betting: Both teams to score and draw at 18/5 (Bet Victor)
Bournemouth v Watford
Callum Wilson being ruled out for several months is a massive blow for the Cherries but their loss could be our gain here if we steam into ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ on Saturday. All three of Bournemouth’s home games so far have failed to produce more than two goals so the stats are with us. In the words of the late, great Mr Miyagi: “Man who can catch fly with chopstick, accomplish anything.”
Betting: Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (Hills)
Manchester City v Newcastle
After napping Newcastle to draw against Chelsea last week I strongly fancy them to score at the Etihad against a Man City side who are desperately lacking the leadership of big Vince Kompany at the back. They’ll score, but they’ll lose against a home side who are determined to get back to winning ways in the league after a couple of shockers.
Betting: Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 17/10 (Boylesports)
Norwich City v Leicester City
Norwich have been playing some decent stuff of late and this is another match where goals look nailed on. Leicester were flying until Arsenal came to town last Saturday and their inability to keep things tight at the back could prove their undoing as the season progresses.
Betting: Norwich to win and both teams to score at 100/30 (Sky Bet)
Sunderland v West Ham
The Hammers have been a phenomenon away from home this season and Slaven Bilic has got the balance of his side just right for away trips. I think they look monster value to beat a Sunderland side who have picked up just two points from seven matches so far. That’s an absolutely pathetic return and don’t be shocked if ‘The Little General’ Dick Advocaat falls on his own sword after yet another larruping at the Stadium of Light.
Betting: West Ham to win at 7/5 (bet365)
Chelsea v Southampton
Chelsea are eight points off the pace after just seven matches and a Champions League defeat in midweek won’t have done much to improve Don Jose’s mood. They literally didn’t turn up until the last half hour against Newcastle and this one is do or die. If they go into the international break 10+ points off the title pace (affects Donnie Brasco voice) ‘forget about it’.
Betting: Chelsea to win at 4/5 (bet365)
Everton v Liverpool
I threw the rent money on Liverpool beating Sion on Thursday night so watching them draw 1-1 – while simultaneously knowing somebody somewhere was out there having a good time with my wheelie bin – meant I was a man very much on the edge as I retired to bed. Brendan Rodgers came out afterwards with the usual excuses (about the result, not my wheelie bin) but he looks to be feeling the pressure to me and I think Everton are a massive price here at 7/4. They’ve won three out of their last four (including that stunning 3-1 success against Chelsea) and in actual fact have not lost since August 23. The home win is an absolute wheelbarrow job here.
Betting: Everton to win at 7/4 (Coral)
Arsenal v Manchester United
Arsene Wenger is another boss feeling the heat. His side put in an absolutely ridiculous shift in Europe in midweek and a defeat here would have the ‘Wenger Out’ brigade doing front flips. It’s hard to separate these two but I think goals are assured on Sunday. United are missing several key players at the back while Arsenal seem to have forgotten how to defend, especially when it comes to set-pieces.
Betting: Over 2.5 goals at 5/6 (Bet Victor)
Swansea v Tottenham
Swansea have yet to scale the heights following that fine win against Man Utd a few weeks ago while Spurs will be buoyed by their superb route of Man City last time out. Harry Kane broke his scoring duck in that one and I make the young Spurs Messiah a good bet here at 2/1 to find the net again at the Liberty.
Betting: Kane to score anytime at 2/1 (Sky Bet)