The Premier League is starting to take shape, and this weekend sees several good fixtures between teams trying to distinguish themselves in the battle for Europe, or desperately kickstart their season.
Our Premier League betting expert previews the best bets from the weekend’s action.
Bournemouth v West Ham
Both teams are in the process of evolving from mid-table teams to genuine top-seven contenders, and both sides have an incredible array of attacking talent.
With West Ham’s new £45m signing Sebastian Haller leading the line, they have looked a reformed team, and Bournemouth have an abundance of goals with Josh King and Callum Wilson.
Both teams rested players in their shock League Cup exits to Burton Albion and Oxford United respectively but will want to maintain their solid starts to the league campaign.
It should be a great game with plenty of attacking play, and I think both teams to score and a Bournemouth win at 3/1 offers excellent value, as Eddie Howe’s team look to leapfrog the Hammers in the table.
Crystal Palace v Norwich City
A match-up between two sides that observers may have expected to be towards the bottom of the table come May, Norwich have excited neutrals with their attacking play, and Crystal Palace have been quietly effective so far this campaign, including a win at Old Trafford against Man United.
Palace are always strong at home, but Norwich’s fearless style of play could see them get some really good results against other teams in the bottom half of the table.
Wolves v Watford
This encounter is a repeat of last season’s epic FA Cup semi-final, however, both teams have endured tough starts to the league season and come into the game at the bottom of the table and winless.
Wolves have struggled to pick up victories, but have four draws to their name, whilst Watford have been simply woeful. They have already replaced manager Javi Gracia with their former boss Quique Sanches Flores and they were on the end of an 8-0 drubbing last time out against Man City at the Etihad.
Wolves have had to balance European commitments with their Premier League schedule, but they definitely aren’t as bad as their league position suggests. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are 5/6, whilst the Hornets are 7/2.
For those in search of bit more value, I’d recommend taking Wolves on a -1 handicap, available at 9/4.