The end of another international break means we can finally rejoice in the glory of Tottenham Hotspur once again. But there are other teams in the Premier League, you know? I’m serious. Nineteen of them, supposedly. Here are some tips to aid your weekend’s betting. Remember to bet carefully and responsibly.
Saturday lunchtime’s game should see this season’s trend of away wins continue as Manchester United visit Vicarage Road. The Red Devils have won their last seven top flight games against Watford, winning all four of the Premier League meetings between the sides. The Hornets have never won consecutive Premier League games at home, while United have kept eight clean sheets in the league this term, more than any other side. It will be interesting to see where Wayne Rooney plays after dropping into the No. 10 position for England earlier this week. He could be crucial to any potential success for the visitors on Saturday.
One for your accumulator perhaps, given the odds. I hate to say it, but Jose Mourinho’s hapless champions - if there is such a thing - simply have to get back to winning ways eventually. Surely a home game against Norwich City is the perfect opportunity for Chelsea to stop the rot. The Blues are unbeaten against Norwich in eight Premier League meetings between the sides, winning six and drawing two. Only lowly pair Sunderland (26) and Bournemouth (25) have conceded more goals than Chelsea and Norwich this season (23), so there’s a good chance both teams will score. Home advantage will probably see Chelsea edge this one. Sorry folks.
The 201st top flight meeting between two of the Premier League’s mainstays could well be decided by the man in form, Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian is one goal away from becoming the first Belgian to score 50 goals in the PL era. He could also become only the fifth player to score 50 times in the Premier League before his 23rd birthday, after Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo - company not to be scoffed at.
The hosts are favourites for a reason here. An away side has failed to win this fixture in the last 13 attempts, while Liverpool have won only two of their previous 11 Premier League away matches, drawing five and losing four. Sergio Aguero’s possible return from injury only decreases Liverpool’s chances of taking anything from this game. The Argentine’s last league goal as a substitute came in this fixture last season in a 3-1 City win. With Aguero likely to be on the bench this time around, who's to say events won’t unfold in a similar fashion?
Big potential winnings this week with a risky tip - Bournemouth to win at under-pressure Garry Monk’s Swansea.
Chelsea vs. Norwich - HOME WIN
Everton vs. Aston Villa - HOME WIN
Newcastle vs. Leicester - DRAW
Southampton vs. Stoke - DRAW
Swansea vs. Bournemouth - AWAY WIN
West Brom vs. Arsenal - DRAW
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