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

Chelsea 1.21, the draw 6.75, Aston Villa 15.00

Villa inflicted a shock 1-0 defeat when the teams met at Villa Park last season while the corresponding fixture in 2013-14 ended with a narrow 2-1 win for the Blues. Chelsea’s current form suggests that Saturday’s game should be a little more comfortable and it’s almost impossible to see anything other than a home victory.

The weekly debate over Diego Costa’s fitness is set to continue but if the Spaniard plays, he should have another big and positive influence on the outcome.

Best Bet: Diego Costa to score at least twice 4.00

Score Prediction: Chelsea 4-1 Aston Villa 20.00


Crystal Palace 3.20, the draw 2.10, Leicester City 3.40

A Palace / Leicester win double last Sunday would have landed a handsome profit but their respective victories over Everton and Manchester United make this the toughest game to call. The Foxes have been resilient since the start of the season, despite a horrific set of opening fixtures while Palace have gradually improved since appointing Neil Warnock.

Logic suggests a draw so we’ll take a share of the points at Selhurst Park.

Best Bet: Both teams to score 1.70

Score Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City 6.50


Hull City 6.75, the draw 4.25, Manchester City 1.52

This may look like an obvious away victory but Manchester City haven’t won in three Premier League matches in a run that includes a home defeat to Stoke. Hull are two points behind their opponents after two consecutive 2-2 draws in the league and while this should go with the favourites, it may be much tighter than the market suggests.

City for the win is the obvious bet and the difference could be made by Edin Dzeko, who used the midweek rout of Sheffield Wednesday to rediscover his form.

Best Bet: Edin Dzeko to score anytime 2.25

Score Prediction: Hull City 1-2 Manchester City 8.00


Manchester United 1.38, the draw 5.20, West Ham 8.00

Having ruined many betting slips since the start of last season, few punters will take United with any confidence at that 1.38 price, particularly as West Ham come into this game on the back of that 3-1 win over Liverpool last time out.

A stellar attack in front of a suspect defence leaves the hosts needing to score plenty which they should do with Radamel Falcao nicely placed to open his Old Trafford account.

Best Bet: Radamel Falcao to score anytime 1.82

Score Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 West Ham 10.00


Southampton 1.41, the draw 4.55, Queens Park Rangers 8.85

Sandro’s training injury and Steven Caulker’s shopping trip have dominated headlines off the pitch and that’s probably just as well for a side currently third from bottom. QPR grabbed a late point against Stoke last weekend but it’s been a poor start to the campaign and I can’t see Harry’s men getting anything from St Mary’s.

Southampton’s run of three straight league wins doesn’t quite make this a banker but it should be a comfortable victory for the favourites.

Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals 1.79

Score Prediction: Southampton 2-1 Queens Park Rangers 9.00


Sunderland 2.75, the draw 3.30, Swansea City 2.67

Sunderland should enjoy the benefit of an early elimination from the Capital One Cup which, along with an extended run in the FA Cup, threatened the Black Cats’ Premier League survival in 2013-14.

Swansea saw midweek success in that competition and after an impressive start, Garry Monk’s side will be heavily backed but this is one game where I’m expecting the outsiders to come through. Meanwhile, Gylfi Sigurdsson will always be a threat in the goal scoring markets, even if the Swans lose the match.

Best Bet: Gylfi Sigurdsson to score anytime 4.00

Score Prediction: Sunderland 2-1 Swansea 10.50


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