Burnley v Manchester City
The Clarets are 13/1 here which is some price for any top-flight side at home. However they are also on a horror run and up against the best team in the country so you would have to dangle another ‘0’ onto that 13 before I’d even consider having so much as a fiver’s worth. They’ve gone eight games without a win so will surely try and park the bus here. With this in mind, Pep’s mob to win to nil at 21/20 looks a diamond bet.
Betting: Manchester City to win to nil at 21/20 (Coral)
Bournemouth v Stoke City
OK, own up. Who saw Bournemouth putting a whipping on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night? Certainly not daft a**e here, who lost £50 backing both teams to score. I hope to recoup all of that by having a decent wager on the Cherries to win this at evens. Stoke are right in the relegation mix and didn’t look great in drawing 0-0 at home to a poor Watford side in the week.
Betting: Bournemouth to win at evens (Hills)
Brighton v West Ham
Ordinarily West Ham at 14/5 might be worth a go but their crocked list is just ridiculous at present so the best they can hope for is surely a draw. They won’t get it though, with Brighton definitely a bet here at 11/8. The Seagulls have not won in the league since December 23 but a victory would give them a huge boost in their battle to avoid the drop and they could hardly be playing West Ham at a better time.
Betting: Brighton to win at 11/8 (Bet Victor)
Leicester City v Swansea City
Riyad Mahrez failed to report to training on Thursday and is said to be “depressed” that a proposed move to Manchester City did not materialise. Few at Leicester would begrudge Mahrez a move but he’s under contract and if the offer(s) that come in for him don’t meet Leicester’s own valuation they have every right to say ‘no dice’. Having said that, this current situation simply won’t benefit anyone.
Betting: Jamie Vardy to score first at 4/1 (Sky Bet)
Manchester United v Huddersfield Town
The Terriers caused such a stir earlier in October after dusting the Red Devils 2-1 at home but they are in free fall at present and one cannot envisage a scenario where they repeat the trick at Old Trafford. Incidentally any lunatics who fancy Huddersfield to win 2-1 again can get 70/1 about such an eventuality. I much prefer 2-0 Manchester United at 5s, with Jose Mourinho bestriding his technical area like some Iberian Clint Eastwood.
Betting: Manchester United to win 2-0 at 5/1 (bet365)
West Brom v Southampton
Both teams are in the bottom three so this is a huge game. Absolutely huge. How huge? Bigger than Matt Le Tissier’s right nostril. That’s how huge.
Betting: Both teams to score at 53/50 (Marathon Bet)
Arsenal v Everton
Alexis Sanchez has moved on but Arsenal fans will be keen to see how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hits the ground with the Gabon star likely to feature on Sunday against the tricky Toffees. His goals-per-game ratio for Dortmund was off the charts and you can get 7/2 that he gets off to a flyer at the Emirates by scoring first.
Betting: Aubameyang to score first at 7/2 (Skybet)
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
The Eagles have lost just two of their last 14 Premier League matches – which is some f**king effort by the way. Anyone sneering when Mr Hodgson was given the gig will be, erm, sneering on the other side of their faces right now. They look a stonker of a punt to beat Newcastle at better than evens here. The Toon did some transfer business – all loans – but fans who remember the heady days of signing David Ginola, Faustino Asprilla and Alan Shearer for big dough must surely have been gutted after losing out to West Brom in the battle to sign Daniel Sturridge?
Betting: Crystal Palace to win at 11/10 (Unibet)
Liverpool v Tottenham
What is going on with Liverpool? Beat Huddersfield Town. Clean sheet. No defensive lapses? F**k off man I’m just not having it. Will normal service be resumed this weekend? Spurs will come and have a go and while they may find the net these are the games where Liverpool have really shone this season. We all saw what they did to a Manchester City side who came to Anfield with a load of ambition and swagger and I can see them doing a similar job on Mo Po’s Spurs too.
Betting: Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 13/5 (Hills)