Brighton v West Ham
West Ham were decent against Manchester United but Brighton are so tough to beat at the Amex that 7/4 looks a great price about the home win. Glenn Murray might be the type of striker who drinks Dolmio straight from the jar but he’s tried and tested at this level and can help the Seagulls to victory.
Betting: Brighton to win at 7/4 (bet365)
Burnley v Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield are really struggling – they’ve hit just three goals in seven games – so we can’t fathom why Burnley are odds against here any more than we can fathom why Tory students would walk about with blue tee-shirts on with ‘F**k the NHS’ scrawled all over them in biro. Did you see the plight of those students by the way? Different level bellendery.
Betting: Burnley to win at 23/20 (bet365)
Crystal Palace v Wolves
Wolves are currently above Manchester United and Everton in the table on merit. They play good football, are organised and tick plenty of boxes here against a Palace outfit who have failed to score in three Premier League home games so far.
Betting: Wolves to win at 17/10 (888 Sport)
Leicester City v Everton
James Maddison’s influence and creativity for Leicester this season has been rewarded by yer man Gareth Southgate, who has called up the Coventry youngster to his latest England squad. It will make some of us of a certain age disconsolate to learn that Maddison was born in 1996, a time of Britpop, Hooch and Dolly the Sheep. It truly is shite getting old.
Betting: Over 2.5 goals at 9/10 (bet365)
Tottenham v Cardiff City
Spurs were outplayed without ever being disgraced by Barcelona in the week and so will be happy to be lining up against Gary Madine as opposed to Lionel Messi this weekend. We are all over Spurs rinsing Cardiff by the way, especially if Mo Po puts his faith in Erik Lamela again. The Argentine is finally starting to look the player Spurs thought they had signed a few years ago, and he can help them blitz the Bluebirds at Wembley.
Betting: Tottenham (-2) to win at 6/4 (bet365)
Watford v Bournemouth
Watching Bournemouth beat Palace the other night it was difficult not to get a twinge in my loins over Eddie Howe. He trusts his players, the majority of whom are not world beaters, to play a specific system and they play some cracking football. They are up to seventh in the table, and one wonders whether Howe will actually get his chance to manage a top six club one day? He should do. He’s a manager seemingly beloved by all in this country. By Billy Bragg. By Walford’s Patrick Trueman. By that woman who put the cat in the bin years ago.
Betting: Bournemouth to win and both teams to score at 5/1 (888 Sport)
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Some game this. Newcastle are still searching for their first win of the season and if they get it at Old Trafford, the word on the street is Mr Mourinho could get the bullet as early as next week. If that’s the case then Jose is a lucky man, as he couldn’t have hand-picked more mediocre opposition. The Toon were awful against Leicester and look worryingly short of ideas up front. It may not be the most pleasing spectacle this but we feel the Red Devils will get it done. Eventually.
Betting: Half-Time Draw Full-Time Manchester United Double Result at 16/5 (888 Sport)
Fulham v Arsenal
Arsenal are scoring goals for fun just now and are worthy favourites to beat a Fulham side who have been very hit and miss so far. On current form anything better than evens about Alexandre Lacazette scoring has to be jumped on.
Betting: Lacazette to score anytime at 19/17 (888 Sport)
Southampton v Chelsea
The Blues have won their last three at St Mary’s and are piping hot favourites to do the biz again on the south coast. Look for Eden Hazard – who has scored seven in his last six – to steer them home.
Betting: Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 12/5 (bet365)
Liverpool v Manchester City
The two ante-post favourites for the title duke it out at Anfield this weekend in what should be an absolute banger. Liverpool started the season in outrageously good form but had endured a bit of a wobble in the past 10 days or so. They go off as favourites here but I’m not sure the bookies have got that right. Pep Guardiola’s side are playing at a very high level and will be out to put down a marker. They have the players to beat Liverpool but as always much will depend on the mercurial David Silva. He’s been a truly wonderful signing for the club and is still bossing matters in the middle at the age of 32. Indeed if Saddam Hussein had dictated the way David Silva does he may have won a few more wars.
Betting: Manchester City to win at 7/4 (888 Sport)