United's Cherry Challenge, Chelsea's Chance & 10 Things To Look Out For In The Premier League This Weekend

1. Norwich v Everton: Lukaku Has Vardy In His Sights

Romelu Lukaku, much like Denzel Washington, is man on fire. The Belgian is second only to Premier League superhuman Jamie Vardy in the goalscoring charts and has scored in each of his last five top-flight matches.

Norwich have just one victory in nine outings and are conceding nearly two goals a game, a real worry against a Toffees side who are the division’s third highest scorers.

Watch out Jamie, Rom’s coming for you.

Lukaku to score 2.48


2. Crystal Palace v Southampton: Counter Culture At Selhurst

These are two teams who look perfectly constructed to play away from home. Both have solid defensive units and both have pace and guile in forward positions.

It may get a bit stalematey in the capital. Both teams will want to sit in and hit the other on the break but someone will have to snap.  

Palace are at home and the vociferous crowd could see them step out a little. Sadio Mane will be a man keen to exploit that, especially after he scored in both games against this opposition last term.

Sadio Mane to score first 7.50


3. Man City v Swansea: Monk-less Swans To Get The Toure Treatment

Sacking Garry Monk this week has seen Swansea come in for a fair amount of stick, and in this writer’s opinion, rightly so. However, that’s another story.

It won’t get any better for the Welsh club’s hierarchy with a trip to the north-west. The Citizens have scored just the 11 goals in their last three at the Etihad in all competitions and have beaten Swansea every time they have clashes at Eastlands.

Yaya Toure is due one of those games where he tears teams apart. He has four in his previous three against this opponent and he could go for the jugular on Saturday.

Man City to score over 3.5 goals 3.65


4. Sunderland v Watford: Fat Sam’s Sunderland’s Shrinking Waistline

Sam Allardyce is doing what Sam Allardyce does. Sunderland are now hard to beat, they’re no longer a side that teams look forward to playing, and dispatching was alarming ease.

The transformation from that 6-2 drubbing by Everton is impressive. They lost 3-1 to Arsenal last time out but they had chances and were undone by late goals. Prior to that it was two wins and two clean sheets.

They’re tested with shackling Deeney and Ighalo here, the top-flight’s best pairing. Keeping them out entirely may be too difficult but a tight affair is in store on Wearside.

Sunderland 1 – 1 Watford 6.75


5. West Ham v Stoke: Can Stokealona Find Tiki Taka Consistency?

They’ve only just finished pumping the drool out of the stands at the Britannia after Stoke’s showing against Man City last week. The Potters dazzled the footballing world with their interplay and left the Citizens looking pretty daft in the process.

An away jaunt to West Ham probably won’t see them being quite as expansive but they have the ability to sit in and then hit the Hammers on the break with their silky front three.

Slaven Billic’s men aren’t as comfortable on their own patch. They are without Winston Reid for this one and the thought of James Collins against Bojan is a scary one.

Stoke to win 2.90


6. Bournemouth v Man United: Boring, Boring Man United To Keep The Nation Sleeping

A Cherries side buoyed by victory over the champions last week could make it the greatest seven days in the club’s history of they can beat a turgid but effective Man United team.

The Red Devils have struggle massively for goals this term and are the lowest scorers in the top five. Their ailing forward line won’t do much to worry Bournemouth who go their first clean sheet of the campaign at Stamford Bridge.

It’s three unbeaten for Eddie Howe’s side in the top-flight and with United not exactly exciting the nation, this could be a tense affair on the south coast.

Draw 3.35


7. Aston Villa v Arsenal: No Happy Arsene Reunion For Remi

Remi Garde is still searching for a first win as the Aston Villa manager but the likelihood of it coming against his former club is pretty much none.

The Gunners have scored three in their last two outings in all competitions and French striker Oliver Giroud will be on a high after his hat-trick in midweek.

In their three contests last term Villa conceded 12 goals and failed to score and it could be a similar story in the Midlands this weekend.

Giroud to score and Arsenal to win 2.67


8. Liverpool v West Brom: West Brom Cancelling Out Coutinho

Jurgen Klopp’s men cam unstuck unexpectedly at Newcastle last week as Steve McClaren’s men finally put in a semi-decent performance. It was Liverpool’s worst display under the German so far and they will need to bounce back.

The Baggies won’t make that easy. They will arrive at Anfield put 10 men behind the ball and hope the powerful Salomon Rondon can grab a goal.

The Throstles are on a handy run of three unbeaten in the Premier League and their main job will be shackling the returning Philippe Countinho. If Tony Pulis can devise a plan to stifle the Brazilian then the away side could frustrate Klopp’s men.

West Brom or Draw 3.15


9. Tottenham v Newcastle: Spurs To Bring Newcastle Back Down To Earth At The Lane

Newcastle were meant to lose last week. Liverpool’s pressing game paired with the Toon’s lackadaisical approach this term was meant to spell disaster. Instead they won 2-0 and lifted the mood around the city.

That could all come crashing down here, however, against a Tottenham side who are still unbeaten since the opening day. Nevertheless, this has been a happy hunting ground for the Geordies in the last two seasons, with a pair of wins at the Lane.

It is hard to see that becoming three against what is probably the most consistent defensive set up in the division. It’s already four Premier League sheets on their own patch for Spurs and there doesn’t look to be enough in this Newcastle team to unpick that lock.

Tottenham to win without conceding 2.40


10.  Leicester v Chelsea: Leicester Limp At Home To Big Boys

Leicester are top of the league, Chelsea are 15th, yet the Blues are the 2.30 favourites to emerge victorious in this clash.

The reason for that is the Foxes have a failed to really turn it on against the bigger sides this term. They have already played Arsenal, Tottenham and Man United on their own patch, failing to win any of those matches.

Chelsea may be a quivering giant, but a giant they still are and this is match where it may be wise to trust the bookie and back Mournho’s men.

Chelsea to win 2.30