There is one round of matches left in the Premier League before the next international break and it starts on Saturday where six fixtures are on the card up and down the country. We will get a clearer picture of how things might pan out in these matches.
Liverpool are the headline act over the course of the day but plenty of other stories could be written across an afternoon and evening in which there are three kick off times as always. We’ll go through them in time order.
Early Kick Off
Things kick off at the Amex Stadium where Brighton and Hove Albion will go in search of a first win since the opening day of the campaign when they host a Tottenham Hotspur side whose confidence is likely to be bruised after the battering they took in midweek. To be fair to Spurs they have gone along ok in the Premier League but their defensive weakness will be in the spotlight in a match in which both sides will be eager to win.
There are four matches in the usual kick off slot on Saturday afternoon including the match that many believe is the best of the day as the Champions League winners Liverpool look to extend their lead at the top of the table when they host a dangerous looking Leicester City side buoyed by their win over Newcastle last weekend. Fellow Merseyside outfit Everton are also in action on Saturday afternoon when they make the short trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley.
Two of last seasons promoted sides meet at Carrow Road where an injury hit Norwich City side host Aston Villa in a match both teams will be eyeing up a win in while the other promoted side from last season, Sheffield United, look to continue their gutsy beginning to the campaign when they make a trip to the capital to take on rock bottom Watford.
The action finishes in the capital with a London derby as two sides who are performing better than last season meet as West Ham United host Crystal Palace at the London Stadium. The Hammers have begun the season very well and expectation is beginning to build as a result while Crystal Palace have the chance to move further up the table if they can pick up the three points in front of the live cameras.
Two bets get my attention over the course of the day and they come in the first and last matches on the card. In the early match I think we are going to see goals between Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur. I say that because the Seagulls look happy to take risks at the back to try and beat the press while Spurs don’t look like they can keep anyone out at the present time with errors galore in their defence. Both these teams have a fair amount of firepower in their ranks and so I expect to see more than 2.5 goals in this one.
Later in the day I expect West Ham United to beat Crystal Palace. If you looked purely at the table and see Crystal Palace in ninth with 11 points you would think they are going very well but three of those points came at Old Trafford in a match that Manchester United missed a costly penalty while they would have lost two more of them but for that horrendous referee call that Aston Villa were on the wrong end of. Even last week against Norwich they got them at the right time. No such things can be levelled at West Ham. Their only loss this season was against Manchester City and no team should be admonished for that. Palace are without their captain Luka Milivojevic for this game which could be significant so I expect West Ham and their plethora of top class attacking options to come out on top here.
WON – Back Brighton vs Tottenham – Over 2.5 goals for a 4/10 stake at 1.75 with BetVictor
Back West Ham to beat Crystal Palace for a 4/10 stake at 2.05 with Coral