English Premier League Preview, Saturday 3rd December
There are seven matches on Saturday’s English Premier League coupon and the first game is the headline act as third placed Manchester City host league leaders Chelsea whilst later in the day Arsenal visit West Ham.
Note, the odds quoted are subject to change.
Manchester City v Chelsea– click here to bet
A win for City in the day’s early kick off would see them replace Chelsea at the top of the table although Liverpool would also have a say when they play on Sunday. City are unbeaten at home in the EPL with three wins and three draws, it’s surprising to see they have kept just one clean sheet at the Etihad Stadium but much of the focus is on the strikers here with Aguero boasting 10 league goals for City and Diego Costa has the same tally for Chelsea.
Chelsea have won all of their last seven league games and although their more impressive displays have come at Stamford Bridge, they haven’t conceded a goal in winning each of their last three road trips. Victory would take Chelsea four points clear of City and after this game the remainder of their 2016 fixtures are against teams no higher than halfway in the standings.
City won both EPL meetings last season by a 3-0 scoreline with Aguero scoring four goals in those two matches.
Man City 23/20
Suggested Bet: Anytime goalscorer Sergio Aguero 17/20
Aguero was on target twice last week at Burnley and his record overall, and against a Chelsea is hard to ignore.
Crystal Palace v Southampton– click here to bet
Only a better goal difference than third bottom Hull is keeping Palace out of the relegation zone right now and Alan Pardew is under increasing pressure. Palace somehow managed to lose 5-4 at Swansea last week, a game they led 4-3 heading into injury time. That was a sixth successive defeat and if Palace don’t stop the rot soon Pardew could be out of a job.
Southampton have six points more than Palace and they occupy a mid table position. They have won just one of six road trips, 3-0 at West Ham and they drew at Leicester and Manchester City before going down 2-1 at Hull in their previous away fixture.
The most recent head to head came in this season’s EFL Cup where Southampton made home advantage count with a 2-0 win. The teams met three times last season and the first of the two league meetings saw Palace win 1-0 at Selhurst Park but they crashed 4-1 in the return at St. Mary’s.
Suggested Bet: Match result draw at 47/20
Palace are really struggling but Southampton’s away record is nothing special and this could end all square.
Stoke City v Burnley– click here to bet
Stoke have won four of their last six league games to move clear of relegation trouble. The wins came against the three teams currently in the drop zone and then last week they beat Watford 1-0 away from home. The only recent disappointment is a 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.
Burnley come into the game two points behind Stoke and an away record that comprises of four defeats and a 0-0 draw at Manchester United.
The most recent head to heads came in the 2014/15 campaign and Burnley took four points from the two games including a 2-1 win at this ground.
Suggested Bet: Correct score Stoke to win 2-0 at 25/4, Stoke to win 2-1 at 29/4
We go with the home win and take a couple of options in the correct score market.
Sunderland v Leicester– click here to bet
Sunderland are back at the foot of the table after losing 2-0 at Liverpool but a span of only six points now covers the bottom eight teams. Despite the defeat at Anfield Sunderland are still living off wins at Bournemouth and at home to Hull in their two previous outings where they displayed the sort of organisation to their game that was absent in their ten match winless run at the start of the season.
Leicester are now as low as fourteenth in the standings after one win in their last eight league games and their away record comprises of five defeats and a draw at Spurs.
Leicester completed the double over Sunderland last season, starting with a 4-2 home win on the opening weekend and following up with a 2-0 victory at the Stadium of Light on their way to clinching the title.
Suggested Bet: Both teams to score? (yes) at 15/20
Spurs v Swansea– click here to bet
Spurs were unbeaten in their first 12 league matches of the season before losing 2-1 at Chelsea last weekend. That defeat saw them fall seven points behind Chelsea in the title race and with just one win in ten matches in all competitions. At White Hart Lane Spurs have won four and drawn two of six league games and two weeks ago they staged a late comeback to see off West Ham 3-2.
Swansea have only Sunderland below them in the standings but they come into this game boosted by a second victory of the season, 5-4 in a remarkable home game against Palace. That was Swansea’s first win since the opening weekend of the season when they won 1-0 at Burnley.
Spurs came from a goal down to win this fixture 2-1 last season and they dominate the head to heads with eight wins and one draw in the last 9 meetings at any venue.
Suggested Bet: Anytime goalscorer, Christian Eriksen at 15/10
The Swansea defence will need to tighten up on last weeks display and this looks like the sort of game where Christian Eriksen could pop up with a goal for Spurs.
West Brom v Watford – click here to bet
Only a point separates these two teams in the standings and both coaches will be happy with their respective positions just inside the top half of the standings. There is still room for improvement though as West Brom’s home record shows two wins, two draws and two losses, they have dished out hidings to Burnley and West Ham where they scored four goals but they were lost 4-0 when Manchester City came to town.
Watford’s away record is identical to West Brom’s home form and their two wins came at West Ham and Middlesbrough. This will be their first road trip since the 6th of November when they crashed 6-1 at Liverpool.
Last season’s head to heads were low on thrills but Watford did win this fixture 1-0 whilst the earlier meeting at Vicarage Road ended without a goal.
West Brom 12/10
Suggested Bet: Half time / Full Time Draw/Draw at 4/1
With very little between the sides in terms of log position, total points and the respective home and away records we look to the draw at half time and full time.
West Ham v Arsenal– click here to bet
The Hammers came away from Old Trafford with a 1-1 draw last Sunday whilst a week earlier they were unlucky to lose 3-2 at Spurs. They now take on another big gun and this time they have home advantage and their record at Stadium London this season comprises of two wins, two defeats and two draws
Arsenal come into the weekend in fourth spot, three points off the pace and as Manchester City clash with Chelsea earlier in the day, victory here will see them make up ground on at least one of their rivals. Six Premier League road trips have delivered four wins and two draws with 13 scored on their travels and four conceded.
This will be the first meeting at Stadium London but in 2015/16 the teams shared six goals in a thrilling draw at Upton Park and at the start of the season West Ham were surprise 2-0 winners at the Emirates Stadium.
West Ham 67/20
Suggested Bet: Over 2.5 goals at 13/20
We fancy goals here, quite possibly for both sides and hopefully at least three in total.