West Ham v Leicester City
I simply cannot have West Ham as jollies here. They looked shocking against Watford and big Moyesy is going to need longer than a week to whip these lunatics into shape. Watford could have had half a dozen on Sunday and I fancy Messrs Vardy and Mahrez to run amok at the London Stadium.
Betting: Leicester to win and both teams to score at 17/4 (Bet Stars)
Crystal Palace v Stoke City
The Eagles have really shaped up under Roy Hodgson and look a belter of a pick at odds against to beat a Stoke side who have shipped 20 goals in eight Premier League games. It looks like it’s going to be another long, hard winter for Mark Hughes. I mean does Sparky – a millionaire with magnificent thighs – really need the agg? Maybe he should heed the words of Homer Simpson, who once said: “Weaselling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals – except the weasel.”
Betting: Crystal Palace to win at 21/20 (General)
Manchester United v Brighton
Manchester United looked a side reborn with Paul Pogba back in the ranks against Newcastle last week. The stats for United with Pogba in the side in terms of creativity, as opposed to when he is not, are quite revealing, and I make them good things here to cover a two-goal handicap against the Seagulls. However the Degsy cash this week will be going on Pogba to score anytime. 2/1? 2/1 is an absolute travail de brouette.
Betting: Pogba to score anytime at 2/1 with Betfair
Newcastle v Watford
Having sat through Watford’s 2-0 win over West Ham last Sunday I’m still not sure how they kept a clean sheet against a very ordinary side. The Hornets travel to Tyneside this week where I make both teams to score an absolute stick on. Shrewdies should consider smashing this in a double with ginger Fizz off Corrie to win I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.
Betting: Both teams to score at 5/6 (Sport Pesa)
Swansea v Bournemouth
Swansea are already filthy odds on shots to be relegated and so Paul Clement will know this is absolutely must-win territory this weekend. ‘Must-win’ rarely equates to ‘does win’ though, so I’m nibbling the 1-1 here at 11/2.
Betting: 1-1 draw at 11/2 (bet365/Hills)
Tottenham v West Brom
The Baggies have finally pied Tony Pulis, a boss who, depending on your viewpoint, is: a) an outdated relic or b) a master tactician at mid-budget Premier League clubs who has never been relegated in 954 years of league management. It was a ballsy call given they are not even in the bottom three yet, and things look nailed on to get worse before they get better as they head to Spurs this weekend. Tottenham produced another European masterclass in the week, and in Son Heung-min they surely have one of the most underrated players in the top flight right now?
Betting: Son to score anytime at 16/13 (Unibet)
Liverpool v Chelsea
The Reds are unbeaten in their last five Premier League encounters with Chelsea. That said, they’ve also failed to win any of their three league matches after playing in Europe. The teams endured contrasting fortunes in the Champions League in the week. Chelsea strolled to victory in Azerbaijan while Liverpool somehow contrived to fall apart from 3-0 up against Sevilla. Their defensive issues have been spoken about at length but that’s for Jurgen Klopp to sort out. They are the second-top scorers in the Champions League behind PSG, yet to score so freely and still not have nailed down qualification to the next phase sees the finger of blame pointing squarely at one section of the team: a defence that has been their Achilles heel for the past five seasons. Ours is not to reason why though. Both teams to score and ‘overs’ is an even money shout and I won’t lie, it’s making me lumpy.
Betting: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at evens (Sky Bet)
Southampton v Everton
Forget the millions that have been spent, Everton seem to be a Premier League club in limbo, and limbo is a very dangerous place to be for a Premier League club. Would you really trust them at just over 3/1 to win at Southampton? Not a prayer. That said I can’t get excited by Southampton at 5/6 either. Bugger it. Draw for me.
Betting: Draw at 63/25 (Marathon Bet)
Burnley v Arsenal
Arsenal’s recent form – Manchester City and FC Koln away notwithstanding – has been pretty hot and they fully deserved to top Spurs last week. 4/7 to beat Burnley looks OK and I’d be smashing it myself but for the small fact that Burnley have won their last three and have not conceded a goal in over 270 minutes of football. I reckon that run will come to an end on Sunday, with Alexandre Lacazette to fire the first goal at Turf Moor. He’s an 18/5 chance. If I could get the same price about him wearing gloves, some nice stubble and a louche expression, I’d go all in.
Betting: Lacazette to score first at 18/5 (Bet Victor)
Huddersfield Town v Manchester City
What more can be said about Pep’s mob? They are absolutely flying and should give short shrift to a Huddersfield outfit struggling for goals. Short of cash in the run up to Christmas? Simply get among Gabriel Jesus to score first here. Speaking of Christmas, some of the Xmas trees being put up by folk I know on my Facebook recently look like they have been in a house fire.
Betting: Jesus to score first at 27/10 (Sporting Bet)