Premier League Preview: Gameweek 139 min read
I am making my debut in the saddle at Ascot on Friday in a charity race for the Prince’s Countryside Fund with my mount Calder Prince – I cannot wait.
Before donning my silks, however, I’ve again shared my thoughts on the weekend Premier League action exclusively with BetVictor and I think my old club Liverpool will come out on top in the game of the weekend at Anfield on Saturday evening.
West Ham v Leicester City
West Ham were poor at Watford in their first game under David Moyes on Sunday and they don’t have a great recent record against Leicester given they are without a win in the last five Premier League games between the sides.
The Hammers have lost their last two home games in the PL, and conceded seven goals in the process, but I think we will see an improved showing on Friday and I’m confident we will see goals and an entertaining game.
Tip: Both Teams To Score at
Crystal Palace v Stoke City
Palace may not have had the rub of the green against Everton last weekend and they badly need to pick up all three points against a Stoke side who looked vulnerable defensively in their 2-2 draw with Brighton on Monday.
Wilf Zaha has scored in his last three home games in the PL and, if the Eagles can avoid the individual errors that have blighted their season, I think the hosts can keep all three points.
Tip: Palace to win at
Manchester United v Brighton
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 38 games at Old Trafford and it is hard to see how newly promoted Brighton can stop Jose Mourinho’s side.
The return of the influential and mercurial Paul Pogba was a key factor in an impressive United performance against Newcastle last weekend and he is as important to United as Kevin de Bruyne is to title rivals Manchester City. I can’t see past another emphatic home win.
Tip: United -2 on the handicap at
Newcastle United v Watford
?? Saturday's sell-out against @WatfordFC means Newcastle will start the season with seven consecutive home league crowds of more than 51,000 for the first time since 2005/06.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 22, 2017
After a good start to the campaign Newcastle have now lost their last three PL games in a row and a draw might not be the worst result for the hosts as they try to settle the ship against a very good Watford side.
The Hornets were too good for West Ham at Vicarage Road last weekend and, if they win at St James’s Park, they will already have picked up more points on the road this term than they did in the whole of last season – they may have to settle for a point on this occasion however.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw at
Swansea v Bournemouth
It won’t come as much of a a surprise but I fear for Swansea and their battle to maintain their Premier League status this term. The Swans have lost their last four in the league and they could be facing Bournemouth at the wrong time given the improving Cherries have won three of their last four.
It is hard to see where the goals are going to come from for the hosts and if there is to be a winner in South Wales, I believe it will be Eddie Howe’s team.
Tip: Bournemouth Draw No Bet at
Tottenham v West Brom
— Tottenham Hotspur (at ?) (@SpursOfficial) November 22, 2017
Spurs disappointed at the Emirates last weekend, but they were back to their best when coming from behind to win in Germany midweek and they have dome tremendously well to top a Champions League Group that contained holders Real Madrid and Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
West Brom are looking for a new manager following the departure of Tony Pulis earlier in the week and it will be interesting to see if the Albion Board go for a manager who will play a more expansive game given the Baggies scored only 105 goals in 106 games under Pulis.
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in this corresponding fixture last season and I expect Spurs to have a comfortable afternoon at Wembley.
Tip: Spurs to lead at halftime/full-time at
Liverpool v Chelsea
A mouth-watering clash between two in-form sides and it is hard to see how this could finish 0-0 given the philosophies of both managers and the abundance of attacking talent on show.
Both sides have scored in 11 of the last 12 games between the teams and I can’t see that trend being bucked at Anfield. Liverpool let go a three-goal lead in Sevilla midweek in the Champions League but they are wonderful to watch going forward and I think they will shade what promises to be a classic.
Tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score at
Southampton v Everton
Everton are without a win in their last 14 PL games on the road and Southampton have failed to score in ten of their home PL games in 2017.
A fixture that doesn’t exactly scream a classic and I will be surprised if we see many – or any – goals at St Mary’s.
Tip: Game to finish 0-0 at
Burnley v Arsenal
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 18, 2017
Arsenal were excellent against Spurs in the north London Derby at the Emirates last weekend, but can they back it up at Turf Moor against a Burnley side who have been quite outstanding so far this season?
Burnley start the game level on points with the Gunners yet the betting and many pundits will tell us the Clarets, even with home advantage, are rank outsiders. Of course the Gunners can win and win well, but they were fortunate to win the corresponding fixture 1-0 last season and I think Sean Dyche’s team can get something from the game.
Tip: Burnley Double Chance (win or draw) at
Huddersfield v Manchester City
City have won their last ten away games in all competitions and I think the Citizens’ strong form on the road will continue in West Yorkshire.
Huddersfield had a good start to the season, but they have shipped 14 goals in their last six league games and will do very well to keep Pep Guardiola’s exciting City side at bay.
Huddersfield fans look away – but the last time a side conceded ten in an English league game was 30 years ago back in November 1987 ago when Manchester City won a League two (now Championship) game 10-1 against Huddersfield Town at Maine Road!
Tip: City -2 on the handicap at
Weekend wager: Palace, Spurs and City at