Bournemouth vs Leicester City:
Leicester City reminded us all on the weekend why they are champions with an emphatic 4-2 victory over Manchester City at the King Power Stadium. This time around they travel to the Goldsands where they face an improving Bournemouth. Bournemouth however, have not beaten Leicester in the Premier League since 1989, drawing four and losing two. In the last 3 of Bournemouth’s matches, a total of 16 goals have been scored, expect no change in pattern with this one.
Everton vs Arsenal:
No team has a worse record against Arsenal than the Toffees, losing a total of 93 times and winning just one of the last 18 league clashes. The Gunners, on the other hand, seem to be flying as they are undefeated in the league since the opening day also showing fighting spirit they have somewhat lacked in previous seasons. Difficult to see the match going against history, back Arsenal here.
West Ham v Burnley:
The Hammers despite finding themselves in a relegation battle, have shown some recent form, holding both Manchester United and Liverpool to stalemates in recent weeks. Going into this one, Burnley have never won a Premier League match in London, a remarkable statistic. Along with this, they have only managed to score one goal in their past six away games, I like the Hammers in this one however with their shaky form, I see more value in the goals market.
Middlesbrough vs Liverpool:
In the space of just a few weeks, the Reds have gone from top of the league to six points behind league leaders Chelsea. Despite defensive and goalkeeping issues plaguing their season thus far, it is hard to see them not gaining all three points in this one. With Origi being the first Liverpool player to score in 4 consecutive matches for the first time since Daniel Sturridge in 2014, the Reds will be firing them in regardless of their poor history at the Riverside Stadium, scoring just one goal in their last seven trips.
Sunderland vs Chelsea:
Back in May, the black cats stunned the defending champions with a 3-2 win which saw them pull off yet another great escape to stay in the Premier League. On this occasion, however, they will meet a firing and a rather ruthless Chelsea under Conte who seemed to be unchallenged by each opponent they face. Looking for their 5th consecutive away victory, Chelsea will have to counter Jermain Defoe who has scored for four different clubs against them in recent years and has been directly involved in 71% of Sunderland’s goals this season.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United:
It seems these days that these sort of records are ending each week for the Red Devils, however, we cannot ignore that Crystal Palace have never managed to defeat Manchester United in the Premier League. The Eagles have however been finding the back of the net scoring more than three goals or more in their past three matches, mostly thanks to Christian Benteke who has scored 5 in his last 5. United will be without Antonio Valencia due to suspension which will hurt the Premier League giants both defensively and from an attacking sense. As long as United continue their defensively strong performances, I see history repeating itself.
Stoke City vs Southampton:
A tight affair is written all over this one at the Brittania. Southampton have only allowed a total of 37 shots on target this season while scoring just four goals of their own in their last seven. The Potters, on the other hand, have managed to find the back of the net in 11 of their 15 matches. The loss of Charlie Austin is to be evident, just as it was last weekend against Middlesbrough. Expect a low scoring affair with a defensive master class, or two.
Manchester City vs Watford:
Another blow for the Citizens on the weekend falling victim to a Jamie Vardy hat-trick at the King Power. City are unbeaten in their past four encounters with Watford winning two and drawing two. A firing Watford and an out of form City sets this one up to be tight. City’s inability to keep a clean sheet is again at threat this week so expect goals. Interesting to note that all seven goals in this fixture have come after half-time.
West Bromwich Albion vs Swansea City:
The struggling Swans have found life in recent weeks, picking up 7 points in their last 4 outings which has lifted them off the bottom of the table. Gylfi Sigurdsson has been directly involved in a total of 8 goals in his last 8 appearances and seems to be doing everything in his power to keep his side above the relegation zone. The Baggies average just over one goal per game under Tony Pulis as he builds his team from the back. Excellent value in this one if Swansea can hold firm against a well-run West Brom.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Hull City:
Despite a hot start, Spurs have found themselves a game off the top four with losses to Chelsea and Manchester United. Although with them back on home turf this week, it’s tough to see Hull being able to hold them out all day successfully. Hull have managed five consecutive losses away from home and have not been able to find the back of the net in three of them. Spurs easily here.
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