The Premier League is starting to take shape as we move into the depths of winter, and for some teams this weekend offers a good opportunity to gain some standing as we move into another international break.
Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City are all still unbeaten, whilst at the bottom of the table the relegation battle already looks incredibly tight.
Our football betting expert guides you through the best bets from the upcoming Premier League weekend
Southampton v Watford
Watford’s good start to the season stuttered last weekend, losing away to previously winless Newcastle. Southampton, by comparison, have been poor, winning only once as pressure continues to pile on Mark Hughes.
Watford enter as underdogs as they travel down to the south coast, and are 2/1. The Saints are slight favourites at 11/8, but are really struggling to score goals in their current set up, whilst leaking plenty. Watford to win to nil is 4/1, and I think that offers excellent value.
Crystal Palace v Tottenham
Palace take on Spurs, with Spurs looking to break into the top three, and Palace looking to ignite their season.
The Eagles have been underwhelming so far this season, and are incredibly reliant on Wilfried Zaha, which makes them easy to stop. Harry Kane stepped up in a big way for Tottenham in midweek, and he could have a field day against an average palace backline.
Palace are 10/3 to win at Selhurst Park, with Tottenham 5/6 to take all three points. Harry Kane is 5/1 to score two or more, and if he can continue his good form this may be a given.
Manchester City v Manchester United
The first Manchester derby of the year suddenly looks a lot more interesting after United’s fantastic result against Juventus in midweek. Clearly, City are the team to beat this year, and may be better than last year’s 100-point team.
The Citizens open as comfortable favourites at 4/11, but it could be quite a cagey affair, and it is worth noting that home teams haven’t won a Manchester derby since 2015. United are 7/1, incredibly big for the Red Devils, and will be relying on Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for their attacking threat, with Romelu Lukaku looking unlikely to play.
Despite all the pre-game hype, I think the game will be an uninspiring affair, with Mourinho happy to let City pass the ball sideways, but will look to nullify any threat from City in the final third. I think a draw is the most likely outcome here, which is 4/1, and for the very pessimistic, 0-0 can be backed at 19/1.
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