Another week, another round of big games in the Premier League. Here are some tips to aid your weekend’s betting. Remember to bet carefully and responsibly.
We’re all thinking it. The only explanation for Jamie Vardy’s incredible form, and the opposing fortunes of one Harry Kane, is some sort of body swap. It’s undoubtedly what has happened and it needs to be stopped. Until then, it’s probably best I carry on tipping Vardy to score. The striker is the Premier League’s leading goalscorer with nine goals; no other player has scored more than six. Vardy is on the verge of becoming only the ninth player to reach double figures after 10 matches of a Premier League season. Visitors Crystal Palace have been good on the road this term, but stopping Vardy in his current form will be tough going.
You never know, though. Perhaps the luck will be with Alan Pardew, as it has been all year away from Selhurst Park. Only Arsenal (31) have won more points than Crystal Palace (28) on the road in 2015. Penalties have played a part in keeping that run going this season; the Eagles could become the first team to win a spot-kick in four successive Premier League matches since 2007. Yohan Cabaye has netted a penalty in each of Palace’s last three games. The Frenchman is on the verge of becoming the first Palace player to score in four consecutive Premier League matches since Neil Shipperley in 1997.
Chelsea have to hit form eventually, and an away game against a potentially overconfident West Ham could be the perfect opportunity. Chelsea have won 14 of their last 18 Premier League meetings with the high flying Hammers, drawing three and losing just one. Additionally, West Ham have failed to score in the last five league clashes between the sides. There’s no denying Slaven Bilic’s side are in fine form, but with Diego Costa rediscovering his goalscoring touch against Aston Villa last weekend, it could be a bad time to face Chelsea.
One for your Sunday accumulator. After last weekend’s results I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Newcastle labelled favourites to win the derby. Alas, they are narrow outsiders at 9/5. The main reason for this is the recent history between the fierce rivals. Sunderland have won their last five Premier League matches against Newcastle. In fact, they are unbeaten in seven, drawing the two meetings prior to that run of five wins. The Black Cats are yet to win this season and the fans will see the derby as a perfect starting point. Incredibly, Sam Allardyce could become the fourth consecutive Sunderland boss to record his first Premier League win against the Magpies.
Aston Villa vs. Swansea City - AWAY WIN
Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace - DRAW
Norwich City vs. West Brom - HOME WIN
Stoke City vs. Watford - DRAW
West Ham United vs. Chelsea - AWAY WIN
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