Premier League Betting: Saturday's 3pm Kick-Offs Previewed


Chelsea 1.28, the draw 5.50, Swansea City 12.50

The only two teams left with maximum points meet at Stamford Bridge and while Chelsea are obvious favourites, Swansea’s impressive run may make this much closer than the odds suggest. The question mark over Diego Costa’s hamstring injury may give the Swans hope and it could mean a first start for Didier Drogba since returning to the club.

I’m expecting a similar game to Chelsea’s recent win over Leicester where they took so long to break the visitors down. It should be a home win, but not an emphatic one.

Best Bet: Home team to win without conceding 1.88

Score Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Swansea City 6.25

 

Crystal Palace 2.17, the draw 3.30, Burnley 3.60

It’s difficult to gauge just what a positive result against Manchester United really means at the moment but a 0-0 draw at Turf Moor last time out will certainly give Burnley some confidence. Palace also picked up their first point of the campaign with a 3-3 result at Newcastle and it could be equally tight on Saturday.

I’m taking the draw at generous odds while hoping that Danny Ings can break his Premiership duck.

Best Bet: Danny Ings to score anytime 3.75

Score Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-2 Burnley 17.00

 

Southampton 1.73, the draw 3.70, Newcastle United 5.15

Despite sitting in the top half, the Saints seem to be suffering from the predictable effects of losing the most influential players in their squad. However, a 3-1 win against an admittedly disappointing West Ham last time out should help overcome a struggling Newcastle outfit who have taken just two points from a possible nine.

Until that 3-3 draw with Palace, the Magpies had failed to find the net in the new season and I can’t see them troubling the hosts too much.

Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals 2.02

Score Prediction: Southampton 2-1 Newcastle United 9.00

 

Stoke City 2.05, the draw 3.35, Leicester City 3.95

Stoke’s three Premiership games to date have produced a total of four goals and that’s fairly typical of a side who won’t concede many but are rarely worth backing over the 2.5 line. Saturday’s fixture against Leicester should be equally dour against a side who have impressed against Chelsea and Arsenal so far.

A trip to fortress Britannia is usually far more daunting however and I expect the Potters to edge this.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals 1.60

Score Prediction: Stoke City 1-0 Leicester City 5.80

 

Sunderland 3.60, the draw 3.50, Tottenham 2.10

Three of the last four corresponding fixtures have ended in a 2-1 away win and Spurs haven’t lost at the Stadium of Light since the 2009-10 season. Despite that home defeat to Liverpool last time out it’s been a positive start to the campaign under Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs should have enough to claim the draw.

The Black Cats opened their season with two draws but would have been disappointed to lose at QPR last time out. Form suggests an away win but a share of the points looks more likely.

Best Bet: Both teams to score 1.75

Score Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 Tottenham 7.00

 

West Brom 3.60, the draw 3.45, Everton 2.12

There’s no shame in losing to Chelsea, even in a 6-3 scoreline but Everton have yet to show the form that took them within sight of a Champions League place last season. Against a West Brom side who have taken just two points in three games, the Toffees are natural favourites but this is another game where the draw is too good to turn down.

Add in Romelu Lukaku to hit the target anytime in 90 minutes.

Best Bet: Romelu Lukaku to score anytime 2.50

Score Prediction: West Brom 2-2 Everton 13.00