English Premier League Preview, Saturday 19th November
Manchester United take on Arsenal in the first of Saturday’s English Premier League fixtures and Liverpool, Manchester City and Spurs are also in action later in the day as we take a look at all eight of the televised matches.
Note, the odds quoted are subject to change.
Manchester United v Arsenal – click here to bet
United come into the game in sixth position in the standings, six points behind fourth placed Arsenal. United won 3-1 at Swansea last time out but their home form has been hit and miss and they dropped points in draws with the two most recent visitors to Old Trafford, Stoke and Burnley. An earlier home defeat to Manchester City plus a 4-0 hiding away at Chelsea suggest they have a bit to find if a title challenge is to materialize.
A win for Arsenal here would take them to the top of the standings, at least for a few hours with other title contenders in action later. The Gunners are unbeaten since the opening weekend of the campaign and away form is excellent with a draw at Leicester followed by four straight wins.
United won this fixture 3-2 last season with Rashford on target twice but Arsenal came out on top 3-0 when the teams met at the Emirates.
Man United 16/10
Suggested Bet: Correct Score 1-1 at 19/4
The draw looks to have claims here with our preference being for 1-1.
Crystal Palace v Manchester City – click here to bet
Palace are too close to the relegation zone for comfort after four straight defeats, Last tie out they came from 2-0 to restore parity at Burnley only to concede again at the death and in their most recent home game they crashed 4-2 to Liverpool.
City are in third place, two points behind Liverpool and after a blistering start they have won just one of the last five league games. That win came away from home, 4-0 at West Brom and they have also taken maximum points from visits to Stoke, Manchester United and Swansea this season whilst their only defeat on the road came in London at Spurs.
City won 1-0 here last season with a very late goal and they also beat Palace in Manchester in the League Cup (5-1) and the Premier League (4-0).
Crystal Palace 5/1
Man City 11/20
Suggested Bet: Anytime goalscorer Kevin De Bruyne at 15/10
De Bruyne has been superb for City this season and he gets our vote to score “anytime”
Everton v Swansea City – click here to bet
Everton are seventh in the standings with 18 points and they are unbeaten at home in the league this season with three wins and two draws. Overall form has taken a dip though with just one win in the last six and last time out Everton crashed 5-0 at Chelsea.
Swansea have just five points against their name and only goal difference is keeping them off the foot of the table. Their only win came on the opening weekend of the season at Burnley and four subsequent road trips have ended in defeat. Last time out Swansea lost 3-1 at home to Manchester United.
Swansea are unbeaten in the last five head to heads with Everton, winning two and drawing three and last season they came out on top 2-1 at Goodison Park whilst the meeting in South Wales ended 0-0.
Suggested Bet: Anytime Goalscorer Ross Barkley at 37/20
Barkley has scored just the two league goals this season but both came in home games. Everton should have the bulk of possession and Barkley gets our vote to score anytime.
Southampton v Liverpool – click here to bet
Southampton are in tenth spot with 13 points from 11 matches. They have scored 12 goals and conceded the same number and after two draws followed by two wins at home, they lost 2-0 to Chelsea in their most recent match at St. Mary’s. Last time out the Saints were beaten 2-1 at struggling Hull and they now take on the league leaders.
Liverpool are playing some terrific football and with 30 goals scored, they boast the most potent attack in the top flight. Ten of those goals came in their two most recent matches, a 4-2 win at Crystal Palace and 6-1 home victory over Watford.
The first league meeting last season finished 1-1 at Anfield and Liverpool then thrashed the Saints 6-1 here in the League Cup. Southampton took revenge winning the league game at this stadium 3-2.
Suggested Bet: Liverpool win at 21/20
This is no easy task but we side with Liverpool to come out on top.
Stoke City v Bournemouth – click here to bet
Stoke are in good shape now after going six matches without defeat. After spending the early weeks of the season in the bottom three that run of three wins and three draws has moved them into mid table and includes wins in their last two home games over strugglers Sunderland and Swansea.
Bournemouth are now a point behind Stoke and they have lost their last two matches, away at Middlesbrough and most disappointingly at home to bottom of the table Sunderland.
Last season Stoke completed the double over Bournemouth winning 2-1 at home and 3-1 on their travels.
Suggested Bet: Stoke to win at 5/4
Stoke carried the better for into the international break and if they can return in the same sort of shape another three points beckon.
Sunderland v Hull City – click here to bet
Sunderland won 2-1 at Bournemouth just prior to the international break, a first league win of the season. Their situation remains desperate, bottom of the log with just five points and they have only earned one point from five home matches, a 1-1 draw with West Brom.
Hull’s 2-1 home win over Southampton last time out wasn’t enough to move them out of the bottom three but they are now only one point behind the next three teams above them. That win ended a sequence of seven defeats and one draw as Hull recaptured the form that had seen them take maximum points from their first two matches of the campaign.
The teams never met last season but in 2014/15 Hull won 3-1 here and drew 1-1 at the KC Stadium.
Suggested Bet: 1st Goalscorer Jermaine Defoe at 71/20
Defoe has six goals this season despite playing for a struggling side. He takes the penalty kicks as well and if Sunderland do open the scoring, he looks most likely.
Watford v Leicester City – click here to bet
Watford are arguably exceeding expectations again this season and with 15 points they are in the top half of the standings. They will have to put a miserable afternoon at Anfield behind them as they crashed 6-1 to Liverpool in their latest outing. Manchester United and Hull have lost here this season whilst Chelsea had to work hard for a 2-1 victory.
Leicester are three points behind Watford and are still searching for a first away win in the league this season. They did draw their most recent road trip 1-1 at Spurs but despite that excellent point they lost 2-1 at home to West Brom last time out.
Leicester completed the double over Watford last season including a 1-0 win on this ground.
Suggested Bet: Match result draw at 23/10
This looks really tricky to call and we sit on the fence and go with the draw.
Spurs v West Ham – click here to bet
Spurs have slipped down to fifth on the log after four successive Premier League draws, the most recent of which came in the North London derby away at Arsenal. They have yet to lose a league game though and their record at White Hart Lane comprises of three wins and two draws with their best result beings a 2-0 victory over Manchester City. Harry Kane should be approaching full fitness again after a lengthy absence and that could help Spurs find the net on a more regular basis over the coming weeks. All three of Spurs home wins came with clean sheets whilst Liverpool and Leicester both drew 1-1 here.
West Ham continue to struggle along and they can be found just above the relegation zone. They have won just twice this season and last time out they played out a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke. Their best result came in the EFL Cup where they beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stadium London but on their travels they have lost four of five with a 1-0 at Crystal Palace the only high point.
Last season Spurs won this fixture 4-1 whilst West Ham edged the return at Upton Park 1-0.
West Ham 21/4
Suggested Bet: Both teams to score? (yes) at 8/10
A full bloodied London derby should be worth watching and we side with both teams to find the net.