Chelsea 1.22, the draw 6.50, West Brom 15.00
Chelsea’s price is a predictable one for the Premier League’s only unbeaten team but there’s definite value in a positive result for West Brom. Alan Irvine’s men have taken points from Spurs and Manchester United and the threat of Saido Berahino will give any side a chance at Stamford Bridge.
However, the only sensible bet is on a home win and while the hosts don’t always launch into a goal-fest against the teams in the bottom half, a stake over the 3.5 line offers a decent priced option.
Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals 2.43
Score Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 West Brom 10.00
Everton 1.84, the draw 3.70, West Ham 4.40
Two straight draws have temporarily halted West Ham’s charge up the table but those results contribute to an overall record that shows one defeat in eight. That loss was a rather unlucky outcome at Manchester United and its clear where the value lies in this market.
Everton will be without Leighton Baines, but while this summary so far points to a positive result for the Hammers, the Toffees’ home advantage and the absence of a Europa League hangover suggests they should edge it.
Best Bet: Romelu Lukaku to score anytime 2.28
Score Prediction: Everton 2-1 West Ham 8.50
Leicester City 2.08, the draw 3.40, Sunderland 3.75
Defeat at Southampton last time out makes it no wins in six for the Foxes since that incredible 5-3 victory over Manchester United. Suddenly, Nigel Pearson’s men are desperate for points and while that winless run should continue on Saturday, Leicester have enough to secure a draw.
Sunderland’s results have improved recently but are just three points better off than Leicester and odds of 3.40 on a draw look too good to turn down.
Best Bet: Both teams to score 1.79
Score Prediction: Leicester City 2-2 Sunderland 15.00
Manchester City 1.37, the draw 5.20, Swansea City 8.35
Manchester City have dropped enough league points this season to inspire a lack of confidence in such a short odds-on figure. Defeats to Stoke, Newcastle and West Ham, together with two dropped points against QPR last time out, make this a difficult tip.
Swansea sit in fifth having beaten Arsenal before the international break but a home win, much tighter than this market indicates, is the sensible option for Saturday.
Best Bet: Gylfi Sigurdsson to score anytime 5.25
Score Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Swansea 7.50
Newcastle United 1.83, the draw 3.65, Queens Park Rangers 4.55
It’s strange to think of Alan Pardew’s Newcastle as the Premier League’s form team but you just can’t argue with a run of five straight wins in all competitions. Meanwhile, QPR took that point from Manchester City and while they have only won one in eight, Harry’s men will consider themselves unlucky to have gone down to Chelsea and Liverpool recently.
The Magpies’ run is clearly the most impressive but there have been improvements for both teams and a draw at St James’s Park is a seriously good option.
Best Bet: Charlie Austin to score anytime 3.25
Score Prediction: Newcastle United 1-1 Queens Park Rangers 7.00
Stoke City 1.67, the draw 3.85, Burnley 5.50
A win at Spurs last time out made it seven points out of a possible 12 for the Potters and a decent run of form makes it hard to see beyond a home win.
Burnley finally got off the mark against Hull but their poor overall record, together with a fairly consistent record at the Britannia means that a typically dour Stoke victory is in prospect.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals 1.76
Score Prediction: Stoke City 1-0 Burnley 6.75