Leicester City v Crystal Palace
Leicester look an absolute smash job to beat Palace in Saturday’s early kick-off. The Foxes have won their last four and Riyad Mahrez looks to be getting back to his imperious best of two seasons ago. Cards on the table though, I do have an agenda here. Christian Benteke’s fluffed injury-time penalty last week cost me £411. A softer, more casual penno you will not see and for three days and nights I just wanted to belt him.
Betting: Leicester City to win at 103/100 (Marathon Bet)
Arsenal v Newcastle United
Newcastle are bang in trouble and unless they can make a few deals upstairs and get the club sold I fancy them for a swift return to the Championship. They looked clueless by all accounts in midweek against Everton and backing the Gunners to win without conceding here is the way to go. Arsenal have won seven out of eight home games and the one they lost, to Manchester United, they basically dominated.
Betting: Arsenal to win to nil at 23/20 (Coral)
Brighton v Burnley
What can you say about Burnley? They went fourth on Tuesday night and are finding this Premier League lark that easy they can afford for their manager to do all his media interviews in Tyson Fury’s voice. Sean Dyche quipped he was the ‘proudest man in Proudsville’ this week. Unlike me, who was the ‘fumingest man in Fumesville’ after Liverpool’s inability to see off West f**king Brom at 1/4 on Wednesday. Brighton have lost their last three, so Burnley provide plenty of appeal here and are on a roll.
Betting: Burnley (draw no bet) at 11/10 (Betfred/Hills)
Chelsea v Southampton
The Saints threw in a shocker against Leicester and this looks a real tall order against a Chelsea side desperate to make up ground on Manchester City. Willian had a worldy against Huddersfield and the enigmatic Brazilian looks a play at 3/1 to score at the Bridge.
Betting: Willian to score anytime at 3/1 (Betfred)
Stoke City v West Ham
Mark Hughes is a boss under real pressure and you would struggle to envisage him still being at the bet365 Stadium after Christmas if Stoke lose this. Sparky is odds on to be the next Premier League boss to lose his job and that must be a worry for the Hughes household as there just aren’t that many job opportunities in Theresa May’s Britain for thoroughly miserable Welshman with magnificent thighs.
Betting: Draw at 12/5 (Betfair Sportsbook)
Watford v Huddersfield
The Terriers recorded a massive win last weekend but have lost six of their last seven away games to nil. Watford are a good side and can pound out a victory here without conceding.
Betting: Watford to win to nil at 19/10 (Bet Victor)
Manchester City v Tottenham
Pep’s mob are running away with the league and have dropped just two points from a possible 48 so far this season. They are being lorded as the greatest side in the history of the Premier League and at least two bookmakers have already paid out on them winning the title. Spurs are right up against it but will have a go and will surely find the net given the fact John Stones is still injured and Vincent Kompany is still some way from full fitness. However City have so many attacking opinions they look worth a lump to win a thriller at the Etihad.
Betting: Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 15/8 (Bet Stars)
West Brom v Manchester United
Some see Romelu Lukaku as the biggest flat track bully in the Premier League. He’s gone missing against Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City already this season, and while as a rule nobody likes a bully, I will happily give him a foot rub if he scores first against the Baggies.
Betting: Lukaku to score first at 7/2 (Paddy Power)
Bournemouth v Liverpool
Liverpool can f**k right off after doing me twice this week at ridiculously short prices. Jurgen Klopp deserved grief for that ridiculous team selection in the Merseyside derby. It was arrogant and showed the Toffees a real lack of respect. Now they might turn up at Dean Court on Sunday and stick five past Bournemouth. But they are plenty short at 1/2 and with last season’s 4-3 defeat still fresh in the memory I reckon backing ‘overs’ is the way to go.
Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 13/8 (Paddy Power)