A weekend of home wins is on the cards, even if that is wishful thinking as Manchester City visit White Hart Lane. Here are some tips to aid your weekend’s betting. Remember to bet carefully and responsibly.
Do I even need to tell you why? We all know it’s going to happen. Sergio Aguero scored all five of Manchester City’s goals against us last season - four at the Etihad and one at White Hart Lane - and has found the net in his last five appearances vs. Tottenham. The Argentine loves playing against Spurs. To be honest, it would be difficult to find a striker who doesn’t fancy his chances against Federico Fazio. Thankfully, I can’t see Fazio getting anywhere near the first team in the immediate future after Wednesday night. Hopefully Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will somehow counter Aguero’s threat, but it’s even then it’s unlikely. This one, I’m afraid, is inevitable.
I’ve gone with a draw in the accumulator below, but you wouldn’t be ill-advised to put this one down as a home win. Leicester have started the season brilliantly, and despite Arsenal’s win at Spurs on Wednesday - sorry for the reminder - the Gunners have been poor in their last three matches. A home win would see Arsenal lose consecutive league games for the first time since November 2014. Leicester are unbeaten in six Premier League matches, and could go seven without losing for the first time since 1999. Riyad Mahrez, scorer of seven goals in his last nine PL appearances, will be central to any potential success for the hosts; he is 9/1 to open the scoring with Ladbrokes.
With the axe hanging ominously over Brendan Rodgers’ head, Liverpool will be desperate for all three points at home against Aston Villa, and they’ll probably get them. Surprisingly, the home team in this fixture is winless in eight games since Villa won 1-0 at home in May 2011. Liverpool have won only one of their last six league meetings with the Villains at Anfield, drawing two and losing three. That said, with the pressure on, I think the Reds will have enough to edge past the visitors. It will be a close one, though.
Newcastle’s midweek defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup summed up the woeful start to their season under new manager Steve McClaren. The Magpies are one of only two teams to have gone six opening games without a win in four separate Premier League campaigns, the other club being their fierce rivals Sunderland. The North East isn’t the place to be for a football fan at present. Newcastle could go winless in their first seven league matches for the second consecutive year. They’ve actually won this fixture in each of the last three seasons, but it’s likely Chelsea will have too much for them this time around, regardless of the Blues’ average start this term.
Leicester vs. Arsenal - DRAW
Liverpool vs. Aston Villa - HOME WIN
Man United vs. Sunderland - HOME WIN
Southampton vs. Swansea - DRAW
Stoke vs. Bournemouth - HOME WIN
West Ham vs. Norwich - DRAW