Premier League Preview: Gameweek 107 min read
Ahead of another weekend of Premier League action, I take a look at all the games to offer my best tips for the weekend in this weekend’s Premier League preview. Last week I managed to pick out five winner tips, including a 7/2 and a 9/5 winner.
Man Utd v Spurs
Spurs were magnificent last weekend against Liverpool and were ruthless in their 4-1 defeat of The Reds at Wembley. However, they continue to struggle for consistency and let a two-goal lead slip midweek against rivals West Ham in the Carabao Cup. United were left shocked after their 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town and I wouldn’t be surprised if Jose Mourinho brought out his own version of the hairdryer in West Yorkshire. I expect it to be end-to-end stuff at Old Trafford and expect both sides to find the scoresheet in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Tip: Both Teams to Score
Arsenal v Swansea
Arsene Wenger’s side remain something of an enigma but have a wonderful record when welcoming sides in the bottom-half of the table to The Emirates and I can’t see beyond a comfortable three points for the Gunners on Saturday. This will be Wenger’s 800th Premier League game in charge of Arsenal and, despite the often-unwarranted criticism, he remains one of the best managers in the Premier League and club football.
Tip: Arsenal to win to nil
Crystal Palace v West Ham
The visitors are likely to be buoyed by the incredible defeat of Spurs in the League Cup midweek, which should give West Ham boss Slaven Bilic a stay of execution. The Hammers are unbeaten in four games against Palace under Bilic but the Eagles look to be improving with every game under Roy Hodgson and must go close to getting a result at Selhurst Park.
Tip: Crystal Palace ‘Draw No Bet’
Liverpool v Huddersfield
Jurgen Klopp’s side need a result at the weekend when hosting Huddersfield at Anfield. The Reds have the opportunity to enter the international break on a rare high when welcoming the Terriers from across the Pennines and, whilst a lot will be made of the friendship between the two managers, it shouldn’t detract from the fact that Liverpool need to react from last weekend’s disappointing 4-1 defeat to Spurs at Wembley.
Tip: Mo Salah to score anytime
Watford v Stoke City
It’s fascinating to see the rumours linking Hornets boss Marco Silva with a move away from North London with BetVictor cutting the Portuguese manager to 4/1 from 10s to replace Ronald Koeman at Everton – he’d certainly be top of my shortlist. After routinely singing his praises for the opening two months of season it is no surprise to see Silva linked to a top-seven side and I remain adamant he will continue to improve Watford, starting with another likely three points against Stoke on Saturday.
West Brom v Man City
Pep Guardiola’s side survived a scare at Wolves midweek, advancing through to the quarter-finals of the Caraboa Cup and the new favourites for the first piece of silverware this season. The Baggies have lost 14 of their last 15 PL games against City and I’d personally prefer the for City to win and concede than the for them to win at the Hawthorns.
Tip: Man City to win and both teams to score
Bournemouth v Chelsea
The Blues will be banker material for plenty of weekend accas and I expect them to claim all three points on the south coast. Chelsea have won four of their last five in all competitions at Dean Court but remain vulnerable at the back, failing to keep a clean sheet in their last six.
Tip: Chelsea to win and both teams to score
Brighton v Southampton
Whilst Chelsea’s trip to Bournemouth looks to have goals written all over it, Southampton’s trip to Brighton looks anything but and I expect a cagey 90 minutes on the south coast at The Amex. The Saints have struggled in the final third this season and are likely to be left frustrated by a well-organised Brighton defence.
Tip: Under 2.5 Goals
Leicester v Everton
The Foxes produced a confidence-boosting 3-1 win over Leeds in the League Cup midweek, which should set things up perfectly for Claude Puel to make his debut in the King Power dugout at the weekend. Both sides have sacked their managers just 10 weeks into the new season but Leicester have played the better football thus far and only a brave man would back Everton based on what we’ve seen in recent weeks.
Burnley v Newcastle
The Clarets have drawn 4 of their last 6 and Monday’s game looks to have draw written all over it. Newcastle continue to impress under Rafa Benitez and, although the Magpies are winless in their last four trips to Turf Moor, they should be good value for a point.
My Weekend Wager: Watford, Leicester and Man City