An exciting weekend of Premier League football approaches, including a Merseyside derby and a clash between Arsenal and Manchester United. Here are some tips to aid your weekend’s betting. Remember to bet carefully and responsibly.
Bear with me here. I know it sounds unlikely, particularly after West Brom collapsed against Everton earlier in the week. But the Baggies are on an impressive run of away form, and Palace are yet to get going at home. Alan Pardew’s side have kept only one clean sheet in 19 home games in the league, while West Brom could win three top flight away matches for the first time since 1981. (That run began with a win at White Hart Lane, obviously). Tony Pulis will expect a reaction from his players after Monday, and although it’s likely they’ll concede at least once, I think they might edge this one.
The hosts have lost their last two league games, scoring only twice and conceding six goals. In fairness, four of those were against the best team in the world, so let’s cut them some slack. Manchester City are bound to get back to winning ways against a struggling Newcastle team. City have won the last 11 Premier League meetings between the sides, while the Magpies have failed to score in the last five of those matches, conceding 17. Steve McClaren’s side looked much improved against Chelsea last week, but City need, and will probably get, a big win to appease the fans after blips against West Ham and Spurs.
One for your Sunday accumulator. Liverpool are unbeaten in nine Merseyside derbies in the Premier League, winning six and drawing three. Everton tend to show a bit of fear against their rivals regardless of form. The Toffees have only lost one league game so far this season, so should prove tough to break down. Liverpool are lacking any sort of cutting edge at the moment. If they do win, Daniel Sturridge will probably play a part as he nears full fitness; the striker is 13/8 to score at any time. For me, though, this one has draw written all over it.
Another one probably best off on your accumulator given its short odds. Manchester United are unbeaten in their last eight league meetings with Arsenal, winning five and drawing three. If the Gunners fail to win, they will have been victorious in only one of their first four league home games, just like last season, and we can all have a good laugh. No matter how many of the smaller teams Arsenal beat, they still appear to struggle against the sides around them at the top. Usually, Arsene Wenger’s side react after bad results like the defeat to Olympiacos, but United are the worst possible opponents at the worst possible time.
Aston Villa vs. Stoke City - DRAW
Bournemouth vs. Watford - DRAW
Manchester City vs. Newcastle United - HOME WIN
Norwich City vs. Leicester City - HOME WIN
Sunderland vs. West Ham United - AWAY WIN