Aside from putting your life savings on Harry Kane breaking his club duck against Crystal Palace on Sunday, here are some more tips to aid your weekend’s betting. Remember to bet carefully and responsibly. Unless it’s on Kane. Then go wild. No but seriously, be careful.
There are two games a year all Spurs fans want Chelsea to win: Arsenal at home, and Arsenal away. Fortunately, Jose Mourinho usually gets the better of Arsene Wenger. In fact, Arsenal’s Community Shield victory over Chelsea last month was Wenger’s first win over Mourinho in management. The Blues are unbeaten in seven Premier League meetings with Arsenal, winning four and drawing three. Mourinho’s side haven’t conceded a league goal against Arsenal since the Portuguese manager returned to the club; Chelsea have won those two games 6-0 and 2-0. The champions need a win after a laughably poor start, and Arsenal looked incredibly shaky in their Champions League defeat in midweek. We can only hope Chelsea remember how to win just for one weekend. I’d take a 0-0, I suppose.
Mark Hughes’ Stoke are yet to win a league game this season going into their home game against Leicester City. The Foxes, on the other hand, are yet to lose. Something’s got to give. Only four of the last 16 top flight meetings between the sides have ended in home wins, all by a 1-0 scoreline. It’s a risky one, but it’s by no means out of the question that the Potters can pull this one off. Leicester are unbeaten in nine Premier League matches, winning six and drawing three. The hosts will have to be at their best defensively to prevent four-goal Riyad Mahrez from adding to his already impressive tally. Only one team has lost their first three home games in the Premier League without scoring (Everton, 2005-06) - Stoke will be dying to avoid matching that record.
It’s clear to all that Liverpool aren’t a great side at the moment. What they need is a home game against a team they have beaten five times in a row. In fact, the Merseysiders have beaten Norwich nine times in the last 10 league meetings between the sides. But Norwich are a different team nowadays. The five points they have collected so far is their best Premier League tally at this stage since the 1993-94 campaign. Brendan Rodgers’ side scored eight goals against the Canaries during the last season both sides were in the Premier League (2013-14). However, all eight were scored by Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling, both of whom are no longer at the club. Norwich will go into this one confident they can get something.
With Wayne Rooney’s fitness still in question, Anthony Martial is likely to start at St Mary’s on Sunday. He will be looking to become only the third Manchester United player to score in his first two Premier League appearances after Louis Saha and Federico Macheda. The Red Devils have lost only one of their last nine league meetings with the Saints, winning six and drawing two, so any impact Martial does have will probably contribute towards an away win. Incredibly, only one of Louis van Gaal’s seven away league victories have been by more than one goal. It will be a tight game, but I’m tipping the visitors.
Aston Villa vs. West Brom - DRAW
Bournemouth vs. Sunderland - HOME WIN
Newcastle vs. Watford - HOME WIN
Stoke vs. Leicester - HOME WIN
Swansea vs. Everton - AWAY WIN