Sink Or Swim For Tim
Tim Sherwood is currently flailing around in a lake and grasping for a lifeline. The Aston Villa boss has gotten so tactics crazy he’s on the verge of developing a Northern Irish accent and mumbling character every 10 minutes.
It’s no wins since the opening day for the Midlands side and with David Moyes and the aforementioned Brendan Rodgers being touted for the job, Sherwood needs a result desperately.
Who better than Swansea then? Four games into the campaign Garry Monk was being touted as a future England manager but five games and just two points later and the Swans have taken a massive dive. Both men need victory here, but you feel a loss for the ex-Spurs gaffer could spell the end.
Swansea to win 2.59
Prem’s Premier Bosses Square-off
The top-flight’s two biggest managerial success stories so far clash here as Leicester look to keep their noses ahead of Palace, who are just a point and a place behind.
Both of these teams play expansive football and Leicester have been value for money this season, scoring and conceding in all nine of their Premier League outings.
The Eagles have won nine of their last 12 away games under Alan Pardew and road trips seem to bring out the best In the Londoners. This should be an exciting affair.
Both teams to score 1.57
Boring, Battling Baggies
West Brom haven’t exactly set the league alight so far. The Throstles find themselves five points clear of the relegation zone, in a run that has unsurprisingly been based around keeping clean sheets.
Tony Pulis’ side now have five in nine games and while they aren’t the most expansive of outfits, the presence of Saido Berahino means they are always a threat offensively.
Norwich have conceded 20 goals, more than any other team in the division, and have not kept a single clean sheet all season. This has another scrappy West Brom success written all over it.
West Brom 1-0 Norwich 11.50
Hornets Taking The Sting Out of Stoke
Stoke have slowly, but surely found their feet this season. Another victory here would be their fourth in a row in all competitions and could take them into the top eight.
However, Watford have an incredible record of five clean sheets in succession against the Potters and in Heurelho Gomes have one of the league’s most in-form goalkeepers.
The Hornets themselves have found the net only six times. They rely heavily on Odion Ighalo, who has scored five of those goals, and if he is neutralised then it could be a struggle against a resolute Stoke backline.
Under 1.5 goals 2.90
Hammers Taking Form Home
It’s been well documented that West Ham are wonderful on the road, but their home form leaves a lot to be desired. The only team they have overcome at Upton Park is a poor Newcastle outfit.
It has also been well documented that Jose Mourinho and Chelsea are having a proverbial shocker. The Portuguese took aim at Eden Hazard last week, dropping the Belgian to them bench.
The Blues got a victory last week but they hardly shone against a dire Aston Villa team. This could be the perfect chance for Slaven Bilic’s men to get a result on home soil.
Double Chance - West Ham/draw 1.90
Gunners Bayern Hangover?
Arsenal put in an immense amount of effort in midweek to get a vital victory against Bayern Munich, but that could well be to their detriment in the Premier League.
Aaron Ramsey pulled a hamstring, while the entire team put in a serious shift in order to keep the German’s at bay and hit them hard on the counter.
Against the Toffees they will be tested by a side reeling from an understandably flat display against Manchester United. Everton will have a go at the north Londoners and their stamina may be left wanting.
Everton to win 8.20
Sam Sticking It To The Toon
Newcastle’s record against Sunderland of late has been nothing short of horrendous. Despite the Black Cats striving to be the worst team in the division in recent years, the Toon have lost the last five derbies, no team has ever lost six in a row.
Allardyce would love nothing more than to get one over on the club that he still feels dismissed him unfairly.
The Geordies finally got a win last week, but despite scoring six goals they still looked incredibly vulnerable up until the fifth strike going in. Sunderland will look to keep it tight and hit Newcastle on the break and they will fancy their chances of getting something.
Sunderland to win 2.57
Cherries Fall Continuing
It’s starting to get a little worrying for Bournemouth. They started the season exceedingly well but it is now five games without maximum points for Eddie Howe’s men and the signs do not look good.
Callum Wilson’s injury seems to have ripped the heart out of the positive atmosphere around the club and while Glenn Murray is a good player, he does not offer the obvious goal threat of the ex-Coventry star.
Spurs have been quietly effective this term as Mauricio Pochettino crafts a team in his image. They haven’t lost since the opening day and it seems unlikely Bournemouth will change that here.
Tottenham -1 1.26
De Bruyne Destroying Rojo
The Argentine defender had an absolute shocker in midweek. He didn’t get forward, his distribution was woeful and defensively he doesn’t exactly impress. In all honesty he hasn’t done so since he joined the Red Devils.
Luke Shaw’s injury has hit United harder than expected and a lack of pace and quality at left-back is proving an issue. Enter Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian has five goals in seven starts for City and he will terrorise Rojo, should he get the nod.
Van Gaal may turn to Daley Blind instead, and whilst he is a better defender, his legs don’t move quite as fast as De Bruyne’s. The Citizens gameplan should feature heavily around attacking down their right hand side.
De Bruyne to score anytime 3.50
Pelle To Spoil The Party
This should be the last game of hysteria surrounding Jurgen Klopp, as he walks out at Anfield in a league game for the first time.
This won’t be an easy game for the Reds. Saints have already won at Stamford Bridge In excellent style this season and they are perfectly suited to playing away from home.
Graziano Pelle is a great vein of form and will cause havoc in a shaky back four. The Italian has three in his last four games and has already registered against Chelsea and Man United this season.
Pelle to score anytime 3.40