Another weekend of Premier League action begins on Saturday afternoon where for once the majority of the division are on show as events at the top and the bottom of the table will very much be in the spotlight.
There might be more games but we have the usual Saturday schedule with TV matches opening up the action and then concluding it. We have five in the traditional slot this week and they have updates in the normal places.
Early Kick Off
The action begins at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon where the champions Manchester City will be looking to move to the top of the table for at least a few hours when they entertain Everton. The Toffees head to Manchester knowing that a draw will bring them out of the bottom three for a short period at least but should they lose the game and results go against them they could be four points adrift in the battle to avoid the drop come the end of the day so there is plenty at stake for both teams.
The big game among the five in the traditional 3pm slot comes from Anfield where the leaders Liverpool will be either looking to return to the top or extend their league at the summit depending on how the early game goes. Burnley are the visitors to Merseyside and they are in desperate need of a result having slipped seven points from safety. The other huge game among the 3pm games comes from Kenilworth Road where Luton Town begin the day a point above the drop zone and could be four points clear of it if they can beat a Sheffield United side who will surely be staring down the barrel of a return to the Championship should they lose and go 13 points behind the Hatters in the table.
That leaves us with three other matches where in one of them Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to move into the top four of the table for 24 hours at least when they host Brighton and Hove Albion while across the capital Fulham will be looking for a bit of a lift when they welcome AFC Bournemouth to Craven Cottage. The other match sees Wolverhampton Wanderers looking to continue their decent recent run of form. Brentford are the visitors to Molineux.
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The day of Premier League football concludes at the City Ground where it is a big evening for Nottingham Forest, who could possibly be in the bottom three when they kick off, as they place host to Newcastle United who can’t seem to find much in the way of consistency but really need to start winning soon if they are going to bring European football of any kind back to St James’ Park next season. Forest are generally good at home although haven’t been great there this season while Newcastle will look to repair an awful away record this term.
I’ll go with a couple of bets over the course of the afternoon with the first of those coming in the capital where for the second time this season I expect Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion to play out a high scoring encounter. Tottenham have been going along nicely in the scoring ranks recently and are likely to have Heung-min Son back in their ranks in some shape of form for this match. Brighton have had an up and down run but generally score but concede plenty at the same time. Brighton actually average more than two goals against per away game this season and Luton recently put four past them. They will offer going the other way though and we know these two sides aren’t going to change for anyone. The reverse meeting finished 4-2 to Brighton over Christmas and I expect another bundle of goals here so over 3.5 goals looks good to me.
The other bet I like also involves goals and it comes at Molineux where free scoring Wolverhampton Wanderers take on free conceding Brentford in a game where I think both teams will fancy their chances of winning and in this league this season that has often been a recipe for goals. Much like Tottenham, Wolves are likely to be boosted by the return of Hwang Hee-chan. Their matches average over three goals per game and now they take on a Brentford side who really need a result from this one with a daunting run of fixtures on the horizon and the relegation zone just three points behind them. Brentford games also average over three goals per game this season and as I mentioned on Monday night they have conceded at least two in their last six in the Premier League, one of which was the reverse meeting of this fixture which ended 4-1 in Wolves’ favour. There might not be five goals in this one but I do expect to see at least three.
Back Tottenham vs Brighton – Over 3.5 goals for a 3/10 stake at 1.91 with Boylesports
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Back Wolves vs Brentford – Over 2.75 goals for a 3/10 stake at 1.93 with Bet365