Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League was trimmed to six points following their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday. Brand ambassador Michael Owen again shares his thoughts on all the weekend action exclusively with BetVictor – the highlight being the visit of Spurs to Anfield in a repeat of last season’s Champions League Final.

Southampton v Leicester City

Southampton have only picked up a single point from their four home league games so far this term including a 3-1 defeat in their Friday evening south coast derby with Bournemouth. I expect their moderate home run to continue when Leicester visit the south coast in another Friday night home game for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

The Foxes came from behind to beat Burnley at the weekend while the Saints picked up their seventh point of the season on the road at Molineux. Jamie Vardy might not get too many headed goals, but his equaliser against the Clarets was a wonderful striker’s goal. He may again be the difference at St Mary’s.

Michael’s recommendation: Leicester City to win at

 

Manchester City v Aston Villa

Spurs drew with Man City

Back-to-back Premier League wins for Aston Villa but I would be surprised if they landed the hat-trick when they visit the Etihad in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Yes, City lost their last home league game to Wolves, but I was impressed with their performance at Selhurst Park at the weekend. I don’t expect to see Pep Guardiola’s side make any mistakes against a Villa side who had 24 attempts at goal against Brighton at the weekend and may find the back of the City net.

Michael’s recommendation: City to win and both teams to score at

 

Brighton v Everton

Brighton had 20 attempts at goal against Aston Villa on Saturday, but lost the lead, all three points and midfielder Aaron Mooy who was red-carded at Villa Park and will miss the weekend visit of Everton through suspension.

The Seagulls will look to bounce back against Marco Silva’s side who impressed against a disappointing West Ham at Goodison on Saturday. The Blues have picked up just one single point and scored just one solitary goal on their league travels so far while Graham Potter’s side readily brushed aside Spurs in their last game at the Amex.

It promises to be an open, entertaining game and I expect the points to be shared.

Michael’s recommendation: Game to finish in a scoring draw at

 

Watford v Bournemouth

Watford are still looking for their first Premier League win of the season after Dele Alli’s late equaliser for Spurs at the London Stadium on Saturday. The last time the Hornets failed to win any of their first nine games of the season was back in the 2006-7 campaign and they went on to finish bottom on that occasion. I feel it will be tenth time lucky at Vicarage Road, however, against Bournemouth.

The Cherries have failed to score in their last couple of league games and, while they may find the back of the Watford net at the weekend, I think the hosts can get that, hitherto, elusive first league win.

Michael’s recommendation: Watford to win at

 

West Ham v Sheffield United

Spurs rivals lost to Sheff Utd

West Ham have lost their last two league games and Manuel Pellegrini must have been disappointed with his side’s performance at Goodison Park when they were fortunate to escape a heavier defeat.

Sheffield United are unbeaten in their four away league games so far this season and were too good for Arsenal at Bramall Lane earlier in the week, but the hosts will be hurt by the manner of their recent defeats and I believe the Irons will keep the points in the capital.

Michael’s recommendation: West Ham to win at

 

Burnley v Chelsea

Chelsea started with five English players against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard’s side made it five successive wins in all competitions on Saturday.

Burnley went down 2-1 at the King Power Stadium last time out, but they were unbeaten in their previous four games and I think they will get a draw back at Turf Moor with the Blues facing a difficult-looking trip to Amsterdam in the Champions League midweek.

Michael’s recommendation: Game to finish in a draw at

 

Newcastle United v Wolves

Newcastle continue to struggle for goals – five in nine league games – but they are fast becoming a very difficult side to beat, and they did gain a famous win against Manchester United in their last home game.

Wolves are in Bratislava in the Europa League on Thursday and fatigue may be a factor for the Molineux outfit who may be happy to come away from St James’ Park with a hard-earned point.

Michael’s recommendation: Game to finish in a draw at

 

Arsenal v Crystal Palace

Spurs rivals Arsenal lost last week

Arsenal’s away day blues resurfaced at Bramall Lane on Monday when they again flattered to deceive against a resilient and well-organised Sheffield United. For all the visitor’s possession there were disappointingly few clear-cut opportunities for the Gunners.

Palace were no match for City at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening, but they won at the London Stadium in their last away game and will certainly give the Gunners a game at the Emirates on Sunday.

We all know how capable Unai Emery’s side are at the Emirates, however, and I think the hosts will edge a competitive London derby.

Michael’s recommendation: Arsenal to win and both teams to score at

 

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

A repeat of the Champions League Final and I believe it will be a similar result with Liverpool holding most of the aces especially as they are likely to have Mo Salah back in the starting XI having missed Sunday’s draw at Old Trafford.

Spurs have won just three of their last dozen league games and they made seven changes to their starting XI against Watford last weekend which suggests Mauricio Pochettino is not sure what his best team is at present.

Spurs have conceded early goals against both Brighton and Watford in recent games and the Reds were 1-0 up in the Champions League Final inside five minutes in Madrid at the beginning of June. I expect it to be another difficult afternoon for Spurs.

Michael’s recommendation: Liverpool to lead halftime/fulltime at

Spurs boss Poch

Norwich City v Manchester United

The Canaries kept a rare clean sheet at Bournemouth on Saturday, and they are bidding for a famous home double against the Manchester giants having won 3-2 against City at Carrow Road earlier in the season.

United showed their spirit in picking up a hard-earned point against Liverpool on Sunday and I expect them to build on that despite having a near 3000-mile round trip to Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.

Michael’s recommendation: United to win to nil at

Michael’s weekend wager: West Ham, Arsenal and Liverpool at

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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