A huge week in the Premier League kicks off with six matches on Saturday where the teams in action will begin a run which takes in a midweek game and another fixture next weekend so plenty of ground can be made and lost over the coming days.
The heavy hitters are on show on Saturday even though there are a shortage of matches, with the big two both taking to the pitch while the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also in action across the three kick off times.
Early Kick Off
The day gets underway at St James’ Park where Newcastle United will look to bounce back from a disappointing performance against Aston Villa on Monday night but it won’t be easy because they take on the champions Manchester City in a match which the visitors will be expected to win by a few goals. You would think Newcastle will have to fight fire with fire to get a result and it will be interesting to see if they have that in them.
There are four matches in the usual 3pm slot with one of them coming from Turf Moor where Burnley take on Crystal Palace in what looks a tight little match, but there is nothing tight about the other three, at least as far as the odds are concerned. There is a London derby at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea take on a West Ham side whose manager seriously needs a result. Liverpool are also in action on Saturday afternoon. They entertain Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield with the other match seeing Tottenham taking on Bournemouth.
The bottom two meet in a huge match to finish off the day when Southampton take on Watford in what might not yet be a must win for the pair of them, but it certainly is one they dare not lose. If there is a loser in the game you would think their manager is going to be on borrowed time so the stakes are pretty high in this one. That should make for a competitive game but potentially a tense and nervy one at the same time.
I have to say most of the better bets in the Premier League this weekend comes on Sunday but there is one that I like the look of on Saturday and that comes at Stamford Bridge where I am expecting to see Chelsea and West Ham combine for a number of goals over the course of what I believe will be something of an entertaining local derby.
The goal line in this one is 3.25 but I’m not so sure that is high enough with Lukasz Fabianski still not fit to start for West Ham and Roberto being the square root of useless as his replacement. Chelsea are not watertight at the back themselves though and West Ham certainly have enough players who are capable of troubling their defence so I’m expecting a 3-1 or 3-2 sort of match which will see over 3.25 goals covered.
Back Chelsea vs West Ham – Over 3.25 goals for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with BetVictor