We take a look at the 6 English Premier League matches taking place on Saturday and suggest a bet on each game.
Cardiff v Brighton – click here to bet
Cardiff are second from bottom on the table with just 1 win in their opening 11 fixtures. They were beaten 1-0 at home by Leicester last weekend and they have taken 4 points from a possible 18 at home this season. Brighton are 12th on the table and they saw a 3 match winning run ended when they lost 3-1 away to Everton last time out. Their away record is identical to Cardiff’s home record with 4 points from a possible 18.
Suggested bet: The draw at 43/20.
I am expecting a tight, low scoring game but the bookies are on to that with 11/20 for under 2.5 goals the current quote, I prefer the price of the draw.
Huddersfield v West Ham – click here to bet
Huddersfield won their first match of the season last week when they beat Fulham 1-0 at home, it broke a run during which time they had only taken 1 point from 6 matches and they no longer have the worst home record in the EPL. West Ham sit 5 places above them in 13th on the table with 11 points from 11 games. They beat Burnley 4-2 at home last week but they have battled on the road with just 1 win in 5 matches.
West Ham 13/10
Suggested bet: West Ham win at 13/10.
Of the 2 sides I feel that West Ham have more improvement to come and they can continue their dominance over Huddersfield having done the double over them last season.
Leicester v Burnley – click here to bet
10th on the table Leicester play 13th placed Burnley and Leicester are short priced favourites at 5/10 to win the game. They beat Cardiff 1-0 on the road last week but have been a bit disappointing at home of late, taking just 1 point from their last 2 games. Burnley have hit a bad wobble and have lost their last 3 matches on the trot, including going down 4-2 at West Ham last week and in their last 2 away games they have conceded 9 goals while scoring just 2.
Suggested bet: Handicap, Leicester, (-1) at 5/4.
Leicester are a team which has impressed me this season and they can put an out-of-sorts Burnley side to the sword.
Newcastle v Bournemouth – click here to bet
Newcastle climbed out of the relegation zone with their first victory of the season 1-0 at home to Watford last week. That was not only their first win of the season but also their first point at home all season. Bournemouth are 6th on the table but did lose 2-1 at home to Manchester United last week. They have now won 3 and lost 2 of their home matches this season.
Bournemouth edged this fixture 1-0 last season.
Suggested bet: The draw at 24/10.
Newcastle have taken confidence from their first win and I don’t think there is going to be much of anything between these sides.
Southampton v Watford– click here to bet
Southampton are 16th on the table and are on a 7 match run without a victory. They were hammered 6-1 at Manchester City last week and their last home game was a disappointing 0-0 draw at Newcastle. Watford are 8th on the table but are incredibly hard to call and having come off successive wins at Wolves and at home to Huddersfield, they were surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Newcastle away last week.
Suggested bet: Both teams to score, NO, at 17/20.
I am going with the stats on this one as it would have arrived in 5 of Southampton’s last 6 games and in Watford’s last 5 EPL matches.
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur – click here to bet
Palace are 14th on the table and on a poor run which has seen them take just 2 points from the last 18 they played for. They were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea last week but did hold Arsenal to a 2-2 draw at home prior to that. Tottenham are 4th on the table having got back on the winning trail with a 3-2 away win over Wolves last week and they won their last 4 away matches and will also be buoyed by a confidence boosting come from a behind win in Europe in midweek.
An amazing stat in the head-to-heads is that 6 of the last 7 games between these sides have finished 1-0 between one of the teams that is across all competitions.
Crystal Palace 33/10
Suggested bet: Under 2.5 goals at 11/10.
I am not yet convinced by this Spurs team and was torn between backing Palace on the handicap or under 2.5 goals and have decided on the latter based on the head-to-head history between the teams.
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change