Wolves vs. Crystal Palace
Wolves were ridiculously too cautious against Newcastle and Nuno (a former keeper himself no less) will not have been impressed with the path Rui Patricio presented the Toon with a late point last Sunday. I wasn’t impressed either after grouping the Wolves at 4/5, so I’m eating fish fingers for the next few weeks.
Paris: less than 1.5 goals at 15/8 (Paddy Power)
Sheffield United contre Manchester City
They may look like a different animal in European competition this season, but Manchester City’s form in the Premier League has been decidedly below average. Would you trust them 4 seconds to win in South Yorkshire? Remember after last week’s Champions League round they endured this terribly disappointing game against West Ham. The good news for Pep is that the Blades are 19th in the table on one point, above Fulham only on goal difference and in glaring difficulty. A point on a possible 18 is a pure relegation tackle. They are also struggling to score goals with two of the three league goals they have managed so far from the penalty spot.
Paris: Manchester City will win 2-0 to 6/1 (Paddy Power)
Burnley vs. Chelsea
The Blues won 4-2 at Turf Moor this time around last year and should be good enough to win again on Saturday. Nine points in six games, however, suggest Frank Lampard has yet to put all the pieces of the Chelsea puzzle together. Is the old global pandemic weighing heavily on the lamps, I wonder aloud? I actually stopped watching the news because it’s a little depressing by the minute. Lockdown got me thinking about all kinds of things. The gross injustice and inequality there. The fact that dogs can legally shit on the streets and I can’t keep myself awake at night, especially since my town has the UK’s sixth highest municipal tax rate bill, and my chihuahua contributes precisely to everything towards that. A question for the Nazis of the bureaucracy out there seems to me.
Bet: Timo Werner will score the first at 100/30 (Paddy Power)
Liverpool v West Ham
The champions could climb to the top of the table – albeit temporarily – if they can beat West Ham on Saturday. It hasn’t been a vintage start for the Reds, but they’ll be quite happy with their current five-point advantage over main title rivals Man City. We have to go back to April 2017 for the last time Liverpool lost in the Premier League at Anfield. During that time, they have won 51 wins and 11 draws in 62 games. Incredible stuff. Virgil van Dijk is obviously a huge dud and while they should grab the points here, I’d rather the Hammers score.
Bet: Liverpool will win and both teams score at 7/5 (Paddy Power)
Aston Villa vs. Southampton
This season has been a minefield for punters. Liverpool therefore lost 7-2 to Aston Villa, who went on to lose 3-0 at home to Leeds. What’s going on f ** k? As the old saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, throw them and crush Villa at 7/5.
Bet: Aston Villa wins at 7/5 (Paddy Power)
Newcastle United contre Everton
I give up Newcastle which I really do. Could this team be less ambitious? And yet, they stung me badly by collecting points on the road against Tottenham and Wolves in recent weeks. Sacrificing possession to take the pressure off for an hour and a half while praying for a late break won’t end well in the longer run, and I don’t hate Everton’s price here for winning and keeping a clean sheet.
Bet: Everton wins at zero at 12/5 (Paddy Power)
Manchester United v Arsenal
The Red Devils set off in search of their first home league win of the campaign in the fourth attempt this weekend. A glance at the table shows that one attribute Manchester United are missing this season: consistency. I still think they need an enforcer in the back. You know the guy. Stoic. Looks like he’s been shaving since he was 13 and his paper tour was uphill, back and forth, in acid rain. Tough game to call it with Arsenal playing poorly since the resumption after the international break. It has also been over five years since Arsenal last won a ‘top six’ rival and they have already been beaten by Liverpool and Manchester City on the road this season. Home victory. Fair.
Paris: Manchester United will win at 1/1 (Paddy Power)
Tottenham v Brighton
So Son Heung-Min is the current Premier League top scorer, Harry Kane has collected the most assists and Spurs and the division’s top scorers. Quite a lot of Jose Mourinho, “defensive minded”, eh? I read this week that Paul Scholes and Xabi Alonso have never scored more than seven goals in a Premier League season. Kane has eight games in six so far. 2020? A little buzz.
Bet: Tottenham (-1) will beat Brighton at 8/5 (Paddy Power)
Fulham vs. West Brom
Fulham can potentially pull out of the bottom three by beating the Baggies and it’s a big game down there. The bookies are sitting on the fence with the two sides at odds, but Fulham is 7-3 against the Baggies in the Premier League and could beat a tight one.
Bet: Fulham wins by a 3/1 goal (Paddy Power)
Leeds United v Leicester City
Both teams are averaging more than two goals per game and Marcelo Bielsa and Brendan Rodgers both like to take the lead. There’s a fly eyelash between these teams in terms of capacity, so Monday night should be a decent watch. Patrick Bamford scored the 342nd Premier League hat trick as Leeds crushed Aston Villa last time. He’s in one form or another the boy. The advice is for punters to trust ‘Bielsaball’ and Bamford to score first against the Foxes to send Leeds Armchair Army into raptures.
Bet: Bamford to score first at 11/2 (Paddy Power)
The odds are correct at the time of posting. 18 years old and over, GambleAware®, General conditions apply.