Crystal Palace vs Brentford
Odds: Crystal Palace – 21/20 Draw – 12/5 Brentford – 13/5
Both teams have been playing pretty well as of late and have been effective going forward but a little shaky at the back lately. But I like Palace to win here for a couple of reasons, firstly they have been less shaky at the back than Brentford and conceding 4 against Man City is forgivable for a lot of teams and secondly, they have home advantage here and having played well in their last home game, they can continue the trend here with a 2-1 win.
Palace 2-1 Brentford
Fulham vs Brighton
Odds: Fulham – 9/4 Draw – 23/10 Brighton – 13/10
This a matchup between 2 of the most impressive sides in the league so far this season. They’ve both combined hard working players with strong tactics from their managers and have really blossomed as a result. I can see this being a 1-1 draw as while Brighton are probably the stronger team, Mitrovic looks the most obvious scorer on the pitch and Fulham have been able to create chances at will at home so far this season, this could be a high quality game and I can’t separate these sides right now.
Fulham 1-1 Brighton
Southampton vs Chelsea
Odds: Southampton – 17/4 Draw – 3/1 Chelsea – 4/6
I don’t particularly trust Southampton but this should be a good opportunity for them to get a result. Chelsea have a few injuries including Reece James and that may damage their creative spark as well as force them to rely on some older players at the back. Chelsea have struggled to create chances this season and Southampton have only conceded once in the last 2 games to 2 pretty strong attacking teams so I can see them getting a 1-1 draw.
Southampton 1-1 Chelsea
Leeds vs Everton
Odds: Leeds – 11/10 Draw – 5/2 Everton – 12/5
The “sharp” money is coming in for Everton but I think they will lose this game. Leeds are a high octane side that have created a lot of chances this season and Everton lack the attacking capabilities to score more than once a game still at the moment since Maupay is unlikely to start this game. Leeds did leak some big chances against Brighton but they’ve defended much better at home than away and I can see them winning 2-0 here.
Leeds 2-0 Everton
Bournemouth vs Wolves
Odds: Bournemouth – 5/2 Draw – 23/10 Wolves – 23/20
First of all, I think Bournemouth sacking Parker at this stage of the season is extremely harsh and that it may be a mistake due to the lack of a quality manager waiting in the wings. Seems like the best option may be Sean Dyche but that will just keep them being the side they were going to be anyway which is a physical side that can impose themselves on teams at home on a smaller pitch but will struggle on bigger pitches so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. In terms of this game, I can see it being a draw. Wolves were pretty disappointing at the weekend against a weakened Newcastle team and I can see this being a 1-1 or a 0-0, with both teams in a bit of turmoil right now, I’m going to say 0-0.
Bournemouth 0-0 Wolves
Arsenal vs Aston Villa
Odds: Arsenal – 9/20 Draw – 7/2 Villa – 5/1
Villa are one of the worst teams in the league at the moment and while on paper they could be a threat if they start players like Buendia and Bailey, their defence will likely let them down again as they aren’t settled and are overly prone to mistakes. Arsenal played well at the weekend barring a defensive error and though their goals were arguably fortunate, they deserved to beat Fulham and they can win again here.
Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa
Man City vs Nottingham Forest
Odds: City – 1/12 Draw – 11/1 Forest – 28/1
Forest acquitted themselves well against Spurs but they struggle to create big chances and even though I can see them scoring here against a City defence which is weakened at the moment, City should still win this comfortably. I can see the scoreline staying respectable though as City will likely take off some of their bigger names for a breather if they’re 2 ahead with half an hour to go.
Man City 3-1 Forest
West Ham vs Tottenham
Odds: West Ham – 13/5 Draw – 14/5 Spurs – 19/20
West Ham finally got a win at the weekend and they played well in the second half, but the game was still of a low quality overall. Spurs seem to be able to grind out results even when they’re not in absolute peak form and though the derby aspect of this game makes it unpredictable, I’m going to say Spurs can eke out a 2-1 win. They have higher quality players than West Ham and they seem a bit more bought into their project than West Ham are at the moment.
West Ham 1-2 Spurs
Liverpool vs Newcastle
Odds: Liverpool – 2/7 Draw – 19/4 Newcastle – 9/1
A couple of weeks ago, I was looking at this matchup as an excellent spot to back Newcastle, but with the injuries to Guimares, Wilson and Saint-Maximim, this now should be a straight forward victory for Liverpool. Newcastle will play hard and acquit themselves well at times but the lack of quality in a few positions at the moment will hurt them here and I can see this being a 3-0 win for Liverpool.
Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle
Leicester vs Man United
Odds: Leicester – 23/10 Draw – 11/4 Man United – 11/10
A lot of people will look at this matchup and expect there to be a lot of goals but I could see this one being tight. The defensive players United have are well set up to neutralise the threat of a side like Leicester and I’m not massively convinced about United going forward. That being said, I think they enough quality to be able to nick a 1-0 win here and put Leicester into even more trouble.
Leicester 0-1 Man United