Arsenal 1.39, the draw 4.90, Hull City 8.50
The 2014 FA Cup finalists meet at the Emirates with Arsenal in the unusual position of having taken just one point from their last two games. An injury crisis could affect what seems like a home banker although the possible return of Theo Walcott should lift the Gunners.
Hull are just one point behind Saturday’s opponents but an Arsenal victory is the logical bet while a double strike, or better, for Danny Welbeck is good value at 5.50.
Best Bet: Danny Welbeck to score at least twice 5.50
Score Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Hull City 8.50
Burnley 2.80, the draw 3.35 West Ham 2.60
The Clarets doubled their goal tally for the season in a 2-2 draw with Leicester last time out and that result will give Sean Dyche’s team some confidence for Saturday’s game against a West Ham side who have impressed since losing their opening fixture.
It’s potentially tight and the draw looks a great option at 3.35 but after scoring three times while on international duty with Colombia, I’m expecting Enner Valencia to inspire the Hammers to a narrow win.
Best Bet: Enner Valencia to score anytime 2.80
Score Prediction: Burnley 1-2 West Ham 10.50
Crystal Palace 8.25, the draw 4.65, Chelsea 1.42
I wish Palace were picked up by the live broadcasters every week. Not because I want to watch them – far from it – but I can’t seem to tip the Eagles and a run of upsets, which includes a win over Chelsea last season, has now extended into this campaign.
Pure logic has to dictate an away win with Diego Costa proving to be Chelsea’s inspiration but with Neil Warnock’s team continuing to defy the odds, it’s anything but certain.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals 1.76
Score Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-3 Chelsea 9.50
Everton 1.56, the draw 4.05, Aston Villa 6.50
After a positive campaign in 2013/14, it’s surprising to see Everton one place above the relegation zone but having drawn away to Liverpool, the Toffees were unlucky to go down to Manchester United last time out.
Three tough fixtures against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have derailed Villa’s bright start and while it should be closer than the market suggests, Everton’s results a masking an improvement so I’m backing the hosts to edge it.
Best Bet: Both teams to score 1.75
Score Prediction: Everton 2-1 Aston Villa 8.00
Newcastle United 2.15, the draw 3.60, Leicester City 3.35
Both teams drew their previous games with a 2-2 scoreline and the same result wouldn’t necessarily be a surprising outcome at St James’s Park. Games featuring Leicester have tended to yield plenty of goals and while the same can’t always be said about Newcastle, there were signs against Swansea to suggest that Pardew’s men will improve.
A share of the points was my first reaction so 2-2 has to be worth a stake at a high price.
Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals 2.90
Score Prediction: Newcastle United 2-2 Leicester City 12.50
Southampton 1.57, the draw 4.00, Sunderland 6.50
The Saints’ impressive run came to an end at Spurs and the narrow, 1-0 scoreline could have been much wider. Overall however, it’s been a very positive campaign for Ronald Koeman’s men – despite losing so many key players in the summer.
Sunderland recorded an impressive 3-1 victory over Stoke before the international break and Gus Poyet’s men haven’t lost in the league since the end of August but home advantage should help Southampton record a tight victory at St Mary’s.
Best Bet: Shane Long to score anytime 2.75
Score Prediction: Southampton 2-1 Sunderland 9.00
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