There are 6 English Premier League fixtures taking place on Saturday and we take a look at them and suggest a few bets.
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur – click here to bet
Newcastle and Spurs are first up and the home team were a creditable 10th last season and they achieved that position thanks to some very strong home form having lost only one of their last 8 home games.
Spurs were 3rd and they were the only team to keep their powder dry in the transfer market, there is also a concern that as so many of their players went deep into the World Cup the length of the season could find them out.
Tottenham Hotspur 21/20
Suggested bet: The draw at 49/20.
This is something of a tentative call but I do have the feeling that Spurs this season may get off to something of a slow start.
Fulham v Crystal Palace – click here to bet
Fulham are back in the EPL after a few years in the Championship and they have spent aggressively in the transfer window. They only lost 2 matches at home in the Championship all season and those came early on in their campaign.
Palace looked like litigation candidates for long periods last season but recovered to finish 11th. Their away form at the end of the season was solid with 2 wins and 2 draws in their last 4 outings all be it all 4 of those matches were against teams below them on the table.
Crystal Palace 39/20
Suggested bet: Both teams to score, YES, at 7/10.
Fulham found the back of the net in their last 15 home games in the Championship and Palace did likewise in 10 of their last 11 away games.
Watford v Brighton – click here to bet
Watford finished 14th last season but were disappointing in the latter half having at one stage looking like challenging for a top 8 place. Their home form was decent although they only won 1 of their last 4 at Vicarage Road. Brighton finished one position behind them in 15th and their away form was awful with only 4 draws and 9 defeats in their last 13 games.
Suggested bet: The draw at 43/20.
I was looking at under 2.5 goals which would have arrived in the last 6 meetings between the sides but that is rather short at 11/20 and I think the draw represents the best value here.
Huddersfield v Chelsea – click here to bet
Huddersfield just survived last finishing 16th and they now host Chelsea who finished a disappointing 5th when defending their title. Huddersfield’s home form last season was poor and they lost 3 of their last 5, scoring only 1 goal during that time. Chelsea were a bit hit and miss on the road last season but they did win 3 of their last 4 on their travels and they comfortably beat Huddersfield 3-1 in this fixture.
Suggested bet: Both teams to score, YES, at 19/20.
This is not a confident pick but it did arrive in both last League meetings between the sides last season.
Bournemouth v Cardiff – click here to bet
Bournemouth finished 12th last season and their home games tended to deliver goals they scored in 9 of the last 10 and 8 of the last 10 saw both teams find the net. Cardiff have been promoted to the EPL and their away record in the championship was solid with only 2 defeats in their last 10 matches on their travels.
Suggested bet: Bournemouth win at 9/10.
Cardiff are currently the favourites to be relegated and while a positive start to the season cannot be discounted I do think they are going to be out of their league and will backing the home team for a victory here.
Wolverhampton v Everton – click here to bet
Saturday’s late kick-off sees newly promoted Wolves take on Everton who finished 8th in the EPL last season. Both sides have dealt in to the transfer market and looked to have spent wisely. Wolves were strong at home last season, undefeated in their last 9 home matches and while Everton’s away form was erratic they did score in each of their last five away games.
Suggested bet: Over 2.5 goals at 11/10.
Everton are usually good for a goal on the road but they do tend to leak a bit and I am a little bit surprised in getting better than even money for this bet.
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change