Newcastle United v Manchester City
New rules this week. In a nutshell, if you don’t back Raheem Sterling to score first in Saturday’s early kick-off, you owe me £20. For a f**king pizza. Sergio Aguero is set to miss out and Sterling just loves playing with Gabriel Jesus. Indeed five of Raheem’s seven Premier League goals have come in the four fixtures that Brazilian star Jesus has started. 4/1 looks decent.
Betting: Sterling to score first at 4/1 (888sport)
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Burnley’s Premier League home matches are averaging over three goals a game this season, while if you backed over 2.5 goals in each of Palace’s last five matches on the road, the bet would have binked four times. I don’t know what to make of Sean Dyche. Good manager. Seems a great fella. Also sounds like Tyson Fury if you close your eyes. He also looks like the type of scumbag who goes to IKEA just for the meatballs. With that sort of CV, don’t rule out him being the next Arsenal boss.
Betting: Over 2.5 goals at 5/4 (Paddy Power)
Chelsea v West Ham
The Hammers have not won at Stamford Bridge since 2002. The pressure is mounting on Manuel Pellegrini after a seven-match winless streak that has seen them slip towards the relegation zone. They’ve been hit hard by injuries, but his refusal to send the lads out in any formation other than 4-1-4-1 is also costing them. You are bored. Backing Chelsea minus two here is the antidote.
Betting: Chelsea (-2) to win at 2/1 (Paddy Power)
Liverpool v Brighton
The Reds dropped my Champions League accumulator for £350 in midweek. That’s some bullsh*t, Mr Klopp! However I’m prepared to row in again here against a Brighton side who are usually p*ss poor against the Reds. Indeed, Liverpool have not shipped a single goal against the Seagulls in over 270 minutes.
Betting: Liverpool to win to nil at evens (888sport)
Tottenham v Bournemouth
Spurs suddenly look a new side under Jose Mourinho, who has won his first two matches with six goals in the process. It’s been flamboyant, it’s been sexy, and we don’t expect the goals to dry up this weekend given these two teams have shared 11 between them in their last three meetings. Dele Alli though! Two games under Jose. Two man of the match showings. Also refers to Harry Kane as “H”. Bravo indeed.
Betting: Tottenham to win and both teams to score at 7/4 (888sport)
Southampton v Watford
Watford have not won any of their last 17 away league games. Scary stat for Hornets fans. They looked awful in losing 3-0 to Burnley and I fancy the Saints – who were unlucky not to beat Arsenal last time out – big time here.
Betting: Southampton to win and both teams to score at 100/30 (Bet365)
Norwich v Arsenal
It’s officially Arsenal’s worst run of results since 1992 and there’s talk Unai Emery could be gone before the weekend. In the Europa League on Thursday Arsenal had Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe on the bench. He brought on Lucas Torreira at 2-1 down. As an aside, why have I only just discovered that some Arsenal fans call Emery Bruce Rioja? Truly side-splitting bantz. On a serious note (unless you support Spurs) it really is going from bad to worse at the Emirates. But it begs the question too as to why it has been allowed to come to this. The lack of decisiveness from the top has been staggering. Anyway, Norwich are 3/1 on Saturday. You know the dance…
Betting: Norwich City to win at 3/1 (Bet365)
Wolves v Sheffield United
The Blades, remarkably, are unbeaten away from home this season but could finally come unstuck here against a Wolves side in brilliant form. The draw will tempt some at Molineux but we fancy Wolves to punch out a third straight Premier League win at a shade under evens.
Betting: Wolves to win at 10/11 (Bet365)
Leicester City v Everton
Leicester have won five in a row and are unbeaten at home. Everton are officially horsesh*t. Interestingly the Foxes’ points total at this stage of the season (29) is one more than Claudio Ranieri had amassed during the same stage of that nutty title-winning season a few years ago. Another one might be beyond them. Beating Everton certainly is not.
Betting: Leicester (-1) to win at 7/4 (Paddy Power)
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Even ignoring that loss to Astana (they played a load of kids) I still reckon the Red Devils are a bit on the short side here at around the 1/2 mark. Villa looked good against Newcastle last time out and this is the type of stage Jack Grealish will relish. Indeed Grealish not getting in the England squad looks more laughable by the game. On what planet is Ross Barkley better than Jack Grealish? F**k off.
Betting: 1-1 draw at 17/2 (Bet365)
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