Stoke City v Leicester City
Stoke’s smash-and-grab win at Watford last weekend will have done wonders for their confidence but I’m not sure I would be lumping on them here as their home form thus far has not been as consistent as it was last season. The Foxes have won their last three and both Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy look to be at it again under Claude Puel. With this in mind 15/8 about an away win looks half tempting.
Betting: Leicester City to win at 15/8 (Betfred)
Huddersfield v West Brom
The Terriers’ recent win over Manchester United is looking every inch like a freak result and the truth is Huddersfield are a team struggling big time to find the net. Add to this the fact that the Baggies have scored only three goals in five Premier League away game this season it’s little wonder this game will start as favourite to end up being seen last on Match of the Day.
Betting: West Brom clean sheet at 13/8 (bet365)
Newcastle v Bournemouth
I was in Newcastle on Wednesday to watch Liam Gallagher and the place was awash with folk with bushy eyebrows swaggering around in John Motson-esque sheepskins, pelting bottles of Becks (and what I presume was cauliflower rice) in anticipation of spending the night watching the last great Rock ‘n’ Roll star. It was a rare return to form for the boy Gallagher, who bossed it from start to finish. Newcastle’s home form has been rock solid too, and they look worth following this weekend against a Cherries side who have been awful away from home.
Betting: Newcastle to win at 30/29 (Unibet)
Southampton v Burnley
Burnley’s away form this season has been as chipper as Southampton’s home form has been iffy. The Clarets have lost just one of their five away games in the league and the draw looks a sexy shout here.
Betting: 1-1 draw at 13/2 (Betfair)
Swansea v Brighton
Four home defeats in five matches have left Swansea behind the eight ball already this season and they look plenty short. 13/10? Not so much.
Betting: No goalscorer at 7/1 (Hills)
West Ham v Liverpool
The pressure is still firmly on Slaven Bilic, whose side have taken just a solitary point from five meetings against teams in the top half of the table. Liverpool have only won four of their 10 Premier League games so far but can get the job done here against a side who recently lost 3-0 at home to Brighton.
Betting: Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals at 13/10 (Betfair)
Tottenham v Crystal Palace
Five years ago this week Dele Alli was making his professional debut for MK Dons in an FA Cup game against Cambridge City. He probably couldn’t get served in a Wetherspoon’s back then – and even if he did five bottles of blue WKD would have seen him on his back slurring the lyrics to Phil Collins classic ‘Against All Odds’. Yet watching him bag a brace against Real Madrid at Wembley on Wednesday, doesn’t it already feels like he’s been around forever? ‘The Delstroyer’ is a 9/2 poke to score first against Crystal Palace on Sunday and if he turns up in the same mood as he did against Los Blancos that price looks a belter.
Betting: Alli to score first at 9/2 (Sky Bet)
Manchester City v Arsenal
City looked fabulous as they swept past Napoli in Naples in midweek and they are out to make it five consecutive home wins in the league when Arsenal arrive in Manchester this weekend. City have scored 21 goals in just five games at home so far and it’s little wonder they are as short as 1/5 in places now to win the league. Arsenal have been blowing hot and cold all season and could struggle here against a team who’ve won six of their 10 league games so far by two goals or more.
Betting: Manchester City (-1) to win at 11/10 (Betfair)
Chelsea v Manchester United
Two things: This is must-win for Chelsea if they are to stand any chance of retaining their Premier League title this season. And Jose will park the bus. The Red Devils have scored just one goal in four previous visits to Stamford Bridge and recent history suggests they will again rock up with a ‘They shall not pass’ mentality.
Betting: Both teams to score – No at 37/40 (Bet Victor)
Everton v Watford
I smashed Watford last week to beat Stoke and they let me down. However I’m willing to give them another go against an Everton side whose confidence is surely close to rock bottom and who are apparently still being managed by ‘a glorified PE teacher’.
Betting: Watford to win at 14/5 (Unibet)