It’s a special weekend in the Premier League as we can look forward to not one, not two, but THREE derbies! West Ham face Chelsea in the second London Derby of the season, Newcastle and Sunderland face off in the Geordie Derby and title challengers Manchester United host league leaders Manchester City in the Manchester Derby.
Lets take a closer look at this weeks fixtures and my prediction, shall we?
Stoke City (+107) vs Watford (+285)
As always I have no idea what to expect from Stoke. Lately they’ve been doing something they’ve been doing something they usally never do: they’ve been consistent. Watford have played ok at times but the Britannia is a very hard place to play at so, although I’m never confident in any prediction involving Stoke, I think the home side will win.
Norwich City (ev) vs West Bromwich Albion (+296)
This is a game between two struggling teams who play completely opposite styles of football. Norwich play a gung-ho attacking game, rushing down the wings but with sloppy defending. West Brom on the other hand are an organized team that builds play up slowly but struggle to score. I’m not sure whose style will prevail so I’m going to go with a draw.
West Ham United (+300) Vs Chelsea (-115)
This is the type of game that West Ham has thrived in so far this season, having beaten both Arsenal and Manchester City recently, and with Chelsea struggling they could be set for another big win on Saturday in the London Derby. Meanwhile Chelsea absolutely need to get on a roll in the league and a win at West Ham would be a real boost. I’ve got West Ham getting the upset.
Leicester City (+122) vs Crystal Palace (+226)
Leicester and Palace have both had surprisingly excellent starts to the season and are sitting nicely in the top half of the championship. Really this one’s a top up but I’m giving Leicester the advantage since they play at home.
Aston Villa(+200) vs Swansea (+155)
Villa and Swansea are both struggling and Villa in particular have looked awful over the last few games. I’ve got to go with Swansea in this one.
Arsenal (-224) vs Everton (+675)
Arsenal are on fire at the moment after having smashed Manchester United and beat Bayern Munich recently and if Everton defend as poorly as they did against Man United last week then thet’ll be in for a long afternoon. Arsenal are zolid at home so I feel a win for them is a pretty solid bet.
Sunderland (+160) vs Newcastle (+182)
Sunderland and Newcastle have been horrible this season with both teams right at the bottom of the league table. Overall I’d have to say that Newcastle have a better team and they played decently against Manchester United and Arsenal so they have a base to build on. Sunderland on the other hand have a few decent players but they just lack any drive forward what so ever. They recently hired a new coach, Sam Allardyce, who is an expert at getting decent results with low level competion so that could play a factor. Newcastle won 6-2 last week but recent form goes out the window in derbies. Still, Newcastle should win by a couple of goals in my opinion.
Manchester United (+155) vs Manchester City (+178)
Ahhhh the Manchester Derby, what a big game this one is. Both teams are at the top of league and the winner of this one could really show who’s got the determination and hunger to go all the way. Clearly City have a more talented roster and a much deeper bench but we all know they struggle without Sergio Aguero up front. They smashed Bournemouth 5-1 last week but that’s the sort of result that a team like City SHOULD get against that level of competition. United are coming off of a big 3-0 win against Everton and if key playes like Schneiderlin and Smalling can provide the same kind of cover as they did against Everton, they have a chance. I could just be biased to my United but I’ve got the Red Devils winning a goal heavy game.
AFC Bournemouth (+240) vs Tottenham Hotspur (+120)
Tottenham are a top side with some excellent players like Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen and were unlucky not to beat Liverpool last week. Bournemouth are a struggling team and with their star player, Callum Wilson, out injured I just can’t see them doing well here. Tottenham should beat them comfortably.
Liverpool (+105) vs Southampton (+280)
Jurgen Klopp’s first league home game is against solid Southampton who are always a threat. Graziano Pellè is the danger man Liverpool have to watch out for the most. Liverpool have a few key players out injured and their lack of squad depth means that’s a problem. I see this one ending in a draw with both teams grabbing a couple of goals.
*All odds taken from betsdsi.eu
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