Burnley 2.45, the draw 3.35, Hull City 3.00
Burnley remain the only side in the Premier League without a victory and clearly the Clarets need to start winning games such as this if they are to have any chance of surviving. Losing away to Arsenal is predictable enough but Sean Dyche’s men should be targeting three points here.
I don’t think they’re going to get them against a Hull team who have performed well against the bigger clubs. Too many draws keep the Tigers in an uncomfortable position however and I expect another share of the points here.
Best Bet: Both teams to score 1.81
Score Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Hull City 6.75
Manchester United 1.30, the draw 5.65, Crystal Palace 10.50
A season with David Moyes and ten games under Louis Van Gaal have taught us not to throw too much money at Manchester United, and Crystal Palace have continued to upset the odds at the start of the new campaign.
Having climbed into fourth prior to the international break, Van Gaal’s men have dropped back after taking just two points from the subsequent nine and while they may seem unbackable at 1.30, home advantage should help secure a modest profit.
Best Bet: Angel Di Maria to score anytime 2.75
Score Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Crystal Palace 9.50
Southampton 1.42, the draw 4.75, Leicester City 8.00
The Foxes have endured an alarming slump since beating Manchester United and have taken just one point from their five matches since that 5-3 victory. The big concern for Nigel Pearson’s side is the fact that they haven’t scored in their last three and although I expect them to find the net on Saturday, they are unlikely to challenge impressive Southampton.
Take the home win in what should be a fairly routine afternoon for the Saints.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals 1.69
Score Prediction: Southampton 2-1 Leicester City 8.00
West Ham 1.73, the draw 3.70, Aston Villa 5.15
Villa may have broken their long goal drought but defeat at home to Spurs last time out leaves Paul Lambert’s men hovering over the bottom three. The loss of suspended Christian Benteke isn’t going to help their cause after the Belgian showed a real threat following a long lay-off and it all seems to point to another home win.
The Hammers have been impressive so far and showed resilience to come back to draw at Stoke so why would you go against form here?
Best Bet: Enner Valencia to score anytime 2.32
Score Prediction: West Ham 3-0 Aston Villa 13.00
Sunderland 3.95, the draw 3.45, Everton 2.00
The Toffees have improved since a slow opening but a home draw with Swansea last week makes them look a little short at 2.00. Meanwhile, Sunderland followed two defeats, including no goals scored and 10 conceded, with a solid victory at Palace so this becomes the trickiest fixture to call this weekend.
I’m equally concerned about backing Everton following a Thursday night game but my first instinct was for the favourites to edge it.
Best Bet: Leighton Baines to score anytime 6.50
Score Prediction: Sunderland 1-2 Everton 9.00
Tottenham 1.68, the draw 3.80, Stoke City 5.50
Spurs’ win at Aston Villa was a strange one. At times they played park football and were ultimately fortunate but stats showed they had dominated the game in terms of possession and shots on target.
Tottenham are another team to raise concern after a Thursday night outing but if in-form Harry Kane stars, they should have enough to win it. It may be worth noting that 2-1 to either side is a very common scoreline in what is traditionally a tight fixture.
Best Bet: Harry Kane to score last 5.00
Score Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Stoke City 9.00
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