Norwich City v Watford
Huge game down at the foot of the table and Watford can cast aside the Premier League’s wooden spoon with a win at Carrow Road. Since beating Manchester City in September, Norwich’s form has been a disgrace and Watford at 8/5 here looks OK. Yes, yes I know they’ve not won any of their last 15 league fixtures. And what of it?
Betting: Watford to win at 8/5 (Bet365)
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Chelsea start as big favourites against Palace, despite the fact they’ve shipped more goals (17) than any other side in the top half of the table. Against Ajax in the week, Jorginho was once again a joy to watch, having the most touches (78). The Italian’s right peg should be subject to a special tax, such is its sweetness, and he can mastermind another big win for the Blues this weekend.
Betting: Chelsea to win & both teams to score at 15/8 (Bet365)
Burnley v West Ham
Two teams in desperate form who are struggling for goals. So let’s just hope for a stalemate at Turf Moor and that those rumours about Drake and Kylie Jenner ain’t true.
Betting: No goalscorer at 12/1 (Bet365)
Newcastle United v Bournemouth
Newcastle have had some big results in recent weeks but the Cherries have kept three consecutive clean sheets in a row. I’m willing to have a cheeky score on the away win here, but more in hope than expectation as the Toon have already mugged me off several times this season.
Betting: Bournemouth to win 1-0 at 9/1 (Bet365)
Southampton v Everton
Under 2.5 goals looks a stone cold cert when these two meet at St Mary’s. The Saints are averaging less than a goal a game in the Premier League this season while the Toffees have failed to find the net in 60% of their away games since August.
Betting: Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (Bet365)
Tottenham v Sheffield United
The Blades have been rock solid in recent weeks and are currently sixth in the Premier League. Sixth! They’ve drawn 2-2 with Chelsea, beat Arsenal and only lost narrowly to Liverpool so claiming a point in north London does not look beyond them.
Betting: Draw at 16/5 (Paddy Power)
Leicester City v Arsenal
I’m knocking on now and while I’ve got a body like a dropped lasagne, I also know a certainty when I see one and I cannot see Leicester not beating Arsenal. The Gunners are without a league win on the road since the first weekend of the season while the Foxes have won seven of their last nine. Watford away, Liverpool away, Palace home, Wolves home, Vitoria away. How many leads are Arsenal going to blow this season? I can honestly see Leicester winning this in third gear.
Betting: Leicester City to win at 21/20 (888sport)
Manchester United v Brighton
Brighton are two places above the Red Devils in the table but start as big outsiders here, probably because they’ve never won at Old Trafford. United are 10 points off the top four, though, and have been wildly inconsistent this season. For this reason I can’t have them at 4/7 on to win this. Instead don’t rule out Harry Maguire – at 25/1 – rising like a salmon on a pogo stick to nod them in front.
Betting: Maguire to score first at 25/1 (Bet365)
Wolves v Aston Villa
Wolves have only won one of the five Premier League games at home this season and they will surely start to feel their hectic recent schedule soon. They look a lay here given they’ve won only three of their last 19 meetings with the Villa.
Betting: Aston Villa (+1) to win at 5/6 (Paddy Power)
Liverpool v Manchester City
Rather surprisingly (to us anyway) the opening betting line for this saw Manchester City chalked up as marginal favourites for what is easily the hottest game in Europe this weekend. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 31 domestic matches but the bookies are not sold on them, despite home advantage and the fact they’ll have had 24 hours longer to rest/prepare than their title rivals. The Reds were relentless in their last home match against Tottenham and are surely a bet at better than 6/4 at Anfield? Goalkeeper Ederson may not feature having picked up a muscular injury at the San Siro and, with Aymeric Laporte also missing, City just don’t look solid enough at the back to keep Liverpool’s amazing front three at bay. We fancy the Liverpool win, and Jurgen Klopp to start moonwalking past the Kop afterwards before completely losing his sh*t.
Betting: Liverpool to win at 13/8 (Bet365)
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