Premier League football returns following the international break and we get back underway with some great fixtures.
The standout fixture sees Spurs host Chelsea in the Saturday evening game as Maurizio Sarri’s side look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, while Manuel Pellegrini comes up against his former employers Man City.
Our football betting expert runs through some of best bets to look out for.
Tottenham v Chelsea
Unbeaten in the league and breathing down the neck of title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool, it would be easy for Chelsea to get carried away but London rivals and this weekend’s opponents Tottenham sit just a point behind them in fourth.
Spurs themselves have won four of their last three and have only failed to gain maximum points against City and Liverpool this season and they’ve managed to balance the head-to-head figures with the Blues in recent years.
Spurs had only managed one win over the west Londoners in 13 games since 2010 before pounding the Blues 5-3 on New Year’s Day back in 2015 and they’ve gone on to win a further twice since.
Mauricio Pochettino has his side in good shape, despite injuries to Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose, and they’re 7/4 to take all three points.
The draw is 9/4 and Chelsea are the marginal favourites to return from Wembley with a win at 6/4.
On the balance of things, you’d have to think Chelsea might just have that extra bit of creativity and class to find a goal with the likes of Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian all firing.
They’re playing some very stylish football under Sarri, and thought they look prone to conceding, I expect to see Chelsea breach the Spurs defence
At the bigger prices, 10/1 on Chelsea coming from behind to win appeals.
West Ham v Manchester City
Manchester City are almost impossible to oppose in their current vein of form.
Unbeaten in 12 games away from home in the Premier League and turning up to the London Stadium with a coach full of talent on Saturday, City are unsurprisingly odds-on at 2/9 to take all three points.
With Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane (the list goes on) all big goal threats, it’s also fancied at Evens for over 3.5 goals in the match.
Yet the Hammers have begun to find some form themselves, with recent wins against Burnley and Manchester United building some much needed confidence at the London Stadium.
Scorelines of 1-2 at 15/2 and 1-3 at 17/2 look nice bets, with the home side fancied to find a breakthrough but be outplayed overall.
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
It’s not been plain sailing for Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United this season.
They sit just eighth in the table – well below the club’s ambitions – having lost four games, most recently to rivals Manchester City.
That was their only loss since September, though, and underestimated the Red Devils can prove costly.
Mourinho’s men are still favourites to win the game at 2/5, though in years gone by they would be have been far shorter hosting Palace at Old Trafford.
The Eagles travel to Manchester having lost five of their last six in all competitions.
Roy Hodgson’s men started the season with promising wins over Fulham and Huddersfield, but they’ve been undone against stiffer opposition and look likely to find United too strong despite their up-and-down form.
The 2/5 for United to take all three points is a big price for the Premier League highest achievers against a team on a poor run of form, while Jesse Lingard, who has been in good form for England, looks a good bet to score anytime at 15/8.
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