West Ham v Manchester United
Just when it looked as though Manchester United had turned a corner (three away wins off the belt), Jose Mourinho plays Fred and Marouane Fellaini together at home to Wolves. What’s the deal with Mourinho and his defensive pragmatism? It really is sucking the life out of United, who are already eight points off the pace despite a comfortable enough start? To his detractors, the Portuguese is a joyless, venom-spewing heel that accrues column inches and fan opprobrium in equal measure. Think a less charming version of Chemical Ali, and you are halfway there.
Two teams who will be desperate not to lose go at it here, so just under 3/1 about a draw at the London Stadium simply screams wages.
Betting: Draw at 45/17 (888 Sport)
Arsenal v Watford
Arsenal have won their last five while Watford seem to have stumbled somewhat in recent weeks after a fine start to the season. You can get odds against that Arsenal are ahead at the break and at the end on Saturday.
Betting: Arsenal – Arsenal Half-Time Full-Time at 11/10 (bet365)
Everton v Fulham
Everton’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal means they’ve now conceded the most goals – 1,276 – in Premier League history. It’s not even October and the Toffees are nimbly sauntering around the twilight of another season of insignificance. I would literally rather throw a cat in a wheelie bin than back them at odds on here. And I like cats.
Betting: Fulham (+1) to win at 15/14 (888 Sport)
Huddersfield Town v Tottenham
Last season David Wagner enjoyed a memorable first term in the Premier League with the Terriers. Alas, his team have failed to produce the stoicism so beloved of Wagner this time round. At the time of writing, the league table makes for some pretty offensive reading if you are a Huddersfield fan. Indeed if a turd had hands, it might not type something so cutting as a return of two points from six matches. Spurs have been erratic, but will have too much quality in Yorkshire.
Betting: Tottenham to win to nil at 11/8 (bet365)
Manchester City v Brighton
City have been virtually faultless since that shock loss to Lyon in the Champions League. They’ll be too hot for Brighton on Saturday but few will be getting rich punting them at 1/12 on. Maybe the best angle to come at here is backing Pep’s mob to score more than once in the first half at the Etihad. They were out of the blocks quickly against Cardiff and put countless matches to bed before the break at HQ last season.
Betting: Half-time result: Manchester City & Over 1.5 goals at 11/10 (bet365)
Newcastle United v Leicester City
The Toon look set for another winter of discontent with the clamour growing on Tyneside for Mike Ashley to sell up and ship out. The latest revelations don’t help, such as claims that Ashley allegedly said during a tribunal, “I have never looked at the club website”, and, in reference to the official club programme: “You will get more sense out of the Beano” (in reference to the official NUFC programme). Intriguing character is Mr Ashley. He’s obviously worth a fortune but despite this, sartorially, when I see him in public he often strikes me as someone who has literally just got out of bed in the middle of the night to go for a piss. Amazed that Leicester – who are unmistakably the least s**t of these two protagonists – have been chalked up at 15/8.
Betting: Leicester City to win at 15/8 (bet365)
Wolves v Southampton
Wolves carved out a fine point at Old Trafford and but for the brilliance of a certain Spanish goalkeeper might have claimed two more last weekend. We have no problem with them as slight odds on favourites here, in a game where onion bag action could be at a premium.
Betting: Wolves to win 1-0 at 6/1 (bet365)
Chelsea v Liverpool
Firstly, I’m not having that Mo Salah goal against Everton winning the Puskas award. It was decent but he probably scored at least two better goals himself last season. And for him not to be selected in the FIFA World XI? Absolute b**locks! To say I was shocked was an understatement. I was so astounded in fact I thought about waking up the tortoise to tell him the craic, but decided instead it will be a nice surprise when he emerges in the spring.
Chelsea v Liverpool then. A battle between the Premier League’s easy on the eye slicksters. This one should be spectacular if their League Cup clash is anything to go by, and I’m drawn to Salah’s anytime goalscorer price. Chelsea like to pass the ball around and play from the back so in theory Liverpool’s forwards should find space and get a few opportunities in the final third at the Bridge. The Egyptian King is odds on to notch in places, so anything above evens looks worth jumping on.
Betting: Salah to score anytime at 10/7 (888 Sport)
Cardiff City v Burnley
Sooooo, Cardiff v Burnley is the only Premier League game on this Sunday? Mad ting bruv. Proper spicy game however. A game of no little significance as a win for either club would really release a bit of pressure down at the foot of the table. We fancy Cardiff. He may have the face of a wizened Primary School dinner lady, but Neil Warnock absolutely loves the trench warfare of this type of occasion.
Betting: Cardiff City to win at 17/11 (888 Sport)