Everton v West Ham
How long are the Toffees going to give Marco Silva then? Everton’s most recent loss – 1-0 away at Burnley – was their fourth in a row and they headed into the international break in the relegation zone having taken just seven points from eight games. They’ve lost their last four here so I’m excited about West Ham’s price. I’ve not been this excited since I was in Year 5 and someone’s lurcher got into the playground of our primary school and we were all just running around off our f***ing heads screaming “There’s a dog! There’s a dog!”
Betting: West Ham to win at 11/4 (Paddy Power)
Aston Villa v Brighton
Villa have lost just one of their last five games and looked fantastic last time out as they dished out a 5-1 paddling to Norwich. Brighton, though, will also fancy themselves after that 3-0 win over Spurs. But enough about that. What are your party plans for Halloween? Obviously everyone will be going as the Joker, and then there will be little old me dressed as Rebekah Vardy with pigeon shit in my hair.
Betting: Under 2.5 goals at evens (Bet365)
Bournemouth v Norwich City
The Canaries are low on confidence and may struggle to cope with an improving Bournemouth here. Callum Wilson and Joshua King should cause Norwich – who have the league’s worst defence – all manner of problems. Bottom line: King to score at 7/5 looks dapper, bruv.
Betting: King to score anytime at 7/5 (888sport)
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Chelsea have hit a real purple patch, winning their last four on the spin. And having won five of their last six against the Toon, they should have too much here. As good as that 1-0 victory over Manchester United must have felt for Steve Bruce, the fact remains they’ve scored only five league goals all season.
Betting: Chelsea to win to nil at 11/10 (888sport)
Leicester City v Burnley
Can Leicester bounce back after that disappointing late defeat at Anfield? They face a Clarets outfit who are unbeaten in four games but if the Foxes are genuinely serious about finishing in the top four, these are the matches you need to be winning.
Betting: Leicester to win 2-1 at 8/1 (Bet365)
Tottenham v Watford
Spurs, last season’s Champions League finalists, are ninth. Ninth! The f**k? Tottenham boss Mo Pochettino has also risked fans’ wrath this week by ruling out a January transfer spending spree, despite their woeful recent form. If they don’t beat Watford, a team without a win this season, then sh*t could really go down.
Betting: Both teams to score at 4/6 (Paddy Power)
Wolves v Southampton
The turnaround in Adama Traore’s form has been amazing. End product has always been the main issue for a player whose frightening pace and brutish power is probably unrivalled in the Premier League. But the former Middlesbrough man is finally starting to put it all together and he can help Wolves to a comfy win here.
Betting: Wolves to win & both teams to score at 3/1 (Bet365)
Crystal Palace v Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones have been back in training at the City Football Academy this week after groin and thigh injuries respectively. If both make it you would think that Pep Guardiola’s men can get back on track with a resounding win here but I wouldn’t be having the rent money on them keeping a clean sheet. Also, how is Twitter still free? One post this week showed a picture of Pep looking rather upset on the training ground. Somebody commented this could have something to do with the current political unrest in Catalonia. So then somebody else pipes up ‘He’s employed to worry about winning football matches. If the Sheikh wanted a political commentator he’d submit a bid to the BBC for Andrew Marr.’ There was literally nothing else to say.
Betting: Manchester City to win & both teams to score at 7/5 (Bet365)
Manchester United v Liverpool
It’s been a sad week for our family so am hoping to round off the weekend with a win by steaming into Liverpool at Old Trafford. We had the coroner’s verdict about my grandad drowning in a tank of beer at the brewery where he worked, you see. My mam asked if he would have felt any pain. The coroner said “It’s unlikely, miss, as he got out four times for a piss.”
The good news for United fans? Liverpool have not won at Old Trafford since the 2013/14 campaign. The bad news? The Red Devils are genuinely toiling at the moment and were laughably bad last time out v Newcastle. Liverpool boast quality all over the pitch, and I fancy them to win this by a fairly wide margin.
Betting: Liverpool – Liverpool Double Result at 6/4 (Paddy Power)
Sheffield United v Arsenal
Arsenal have won five of their last six. And the Blades have lost four of their last five matches in all competitions at home. So I just don’t understand how the Gunners are 10/11 shots here? My gast has been flabbered.
Betting: Arsenal to win at 10/11 (Bet365)
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