Tottenham v Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp became Liverpool manager during the international break, thus replacing Brendan ‘you can’t fault our character’ Rodgers. The Reds have endured a tough week with Joe Gomez and Danny Ings being ruled out for long periods through injury, but I think the news Klopp’s better-looking (and more tactically astute) brother Klippity was refused a work permit ahead of this one will ultimately conspire against the Reds.
Betting: Tottenham to win at 6/4 (Paddy Power)
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Outrageous scenes at Chelsea. The defending Premier League champions are currently 16th in the table. In the immortal words of Terry Tibbs…”talk to me”. Don Jose is fuming over a recent £50,000 FA fine. But let’s have it right. The Portuguese dog of war is that wealthy he’s easily lost more down the side of his couch. Cryptically, I’m shouting home win here. With pike twist.
Betting: Chelsea (-1) to win at evens (Sky Bet)
Crystal Palace v West Ham
I’ll level with you. I lost £480 gambling on the Shanghai Masters tennis on Thursday so maybe there are better men in the world than me qualified to call this one. But as my old History teacher Mr Grady used to say, “Bilton, the doors will be opened only to those bold enough to knock.” The Eagles sneak this, by the odd goal in three.
Betting: Crystal Palace to win 2-1 at 17/2 (bet365)
Everton v Manchester United
This could very well turn out to be the game of the weekend and I am genuinely scratching my head as to why the Toffees are bigger than 2/1 here. United are dodgy as f*ck at the back just now (see Arsenal away) and Everton are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions. This one reeks of home win. And Ross Barkley is a boyo by the way.
Betting: Everton to win at 23/10 (Hills)
Manchester City v Bournemouth
With Sergio Aguero and David Silva missing this one will be closer than the bookies fancy. Bournemouth are no mugs and will go down fighting at the Etihad.
Betting: Man City to win by one goal at 3/1 (Stan James)
Southampton v Leicester
The Saints stunned the football works a few weeks ago with that win over Chelsea but there was nothing fluky about their 3-1 victory and I won’t even pretend that seeing 4/5 quotes about them winning this doesn’t make me feel lumpy.
Betting: Southampton to win at 4/5 (Betfred)
West Brom v Sunderland
The Baggies have lost three on the spin and this is literally just made for Sunderland to claim a smash and grab and new boss Sam Allardyce to aggressively strip to his waist in the post-match interview and shout to a bemused BBC interviewer “FEEL MY GUNS? F*CKING FEEL THEM?”
Betting: Sunderland to win at 17/5 (Bet Victor)
Watford v Arsenal
With the amount of dodgy results we’ve seen so far in the top flight I am starting to think this could be Arsenal’s year. If they are to win the league though they have to be winning games like this but have the quality and desire to get over the line at Vicarage Road.
Betting: Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 23/10 (Hills)
Newcastle v Norwich
Steve McClaren is under huge pressure now on Tyneside and with Tim Krul having recently been ruled out for a long spell things could get worse before the get better.
Betting: Both teams to score at 7/10 (Bet Bright)