The Premier League is starting to really heat up, with Chelsea finally succumbing to their first defeat of the season at the hands of Spurs last time out, and this weekend’s fixtures is, on paper, one of the most exciting of the campaign so far.
With two thrilling derby games to look forward to, and some very exciting clashes at both ends of the table, it is set to be a fantastic weekend of Premier League football. Our football expert guides you through the best bets from the upcoming fixtures.
Southampton v Man Utd
Both teams enter this game performing well below expectations. For United, this means struggling to contend for the top four, and for Southampton it means battling it out in a fight against relegation.
Mark Hughes has an extremely poor record as Saints boss, and there is a real chance that the visit of the Red Devils could spell the end of his tenure at St. Mary’s. Saints are 3/1 to win at home, whereas Man United are 5/6. It will undoubtedly be a scrappy game, based off current form, and I am happy to back a 1-0 United win at 13/2.
Arsenal v Spurs
Derby day is always an exciting yet terrifying time as a fan. Win and you hold bragging rights, lose and a season can suddenly turn on its head. The north London derby is finely poised this year, as both Spurs and Arsenal look to be finding a formula that is built for long term success, as well as playing stylish football. The Gunners are 6/4 to win, whilst Tottenham are 13/8 to leave The Emirates with a win.
These games are normally decided by a moment of magic from special players, and I expect this derby to be similar. The top candidates would have to be Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, key players for both their respective sides. Aubameyang is 7/5 to score anytime, whereas Harry Kane is as short as Evens.
It is always difficult to predict a derby, but I think it will be a thrilling game, with Arsenal’s defensive frailty costing them over the course of the 90 minutes. Spurs to win and both teams to score is 3/1.
Liverpool v Everton
The Merseyside derby hasn’t been quite as competitive in recent years as neutrals would have hoped, but this is a new Everton under Marco Silva.Playing positive football, with the firebrand Richarlison up front, and the mercurial Gylfi Sigurdsson in the hole, they are a handful for most defences.
Liverpool however, have struggled in the middle of the park, but have immeasurably improved their defence, and their front three remains as deadly as ever.
Liverpool are comfortable favourites at 4/11, whereas Everton are rank outsiders to nick a result at 15/2, but Liverpool have looked unhappy of late when confronted with a dogfight.
Both teams to score is 4/5, but I expect this game to be quite high-scoring, and am happy to back 3-1 Liverpool at 9/1, in a game they should win comfortably.
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