A tea-time top-of-the-table tussle between Chelsea and Liverpool, Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba in front of the Sky Sports cameras again and Arsenal going for a seventh win on the spin (yes, you read that right).
Sit back and enjoy a super Saturday in the Premier League. There’s eight games in the English top flight today and we’ve got the best bets for every one.
There’s also the top picks across the Football League and north of the border.
West Ham v Man United – 12.30pm
West Ham must be rubbing their hands while watching the lastest episodes of the
Paul Pogba and his manager Jose Mourinho have a far-from-healthy working relationship
Arsenal v Watford – 3pm
We were raving about Watford when they kicked off the campaign with five straight wins so it’s only fair that we get excited about Arsenal after they went one better by beating Brentford on Wednesday night. Even the die-hard Arsenal fans, or the thousands who dressed up as empty seats against the Bees, wouldn’t have tippedUnai Emery to get them clicking so early in his reign but he’s doing a grand job and after six wins on the spin should be backed to make it a magnificent seven on Saturday. The Emirates Stadium should be a bit busier than it was on Wednesday and you have to go back more than five years for the last time Arsenal lost at home at 3pm on a Saturday – Aston Villa on the opening day of 2013-14. The Gunners are no better than 4/9. They are 17/10 (Betstars) to win with both teams scoring and Alexandre Lacazette (three in his last four) is 9/2 (bet365) to open the scoring.
Alexandre Lacazette has been banging them in as Arsenal enjoy a purple patch
Everton v Fulham – 3pm
There’s no shame in losing to Arsenal, the form they’re in right now, but Everton were kicking themselves as they left the Emirates Stadium last weekend. They were the better team for spells, had more shots than their hosts (six on target and 10 in total) but paid the price for poor finishing. It stretched their winless run to three games but the stats lovers among the Goodison Park faithful will expect to get back on track in a fixture they’ve won 21 times in a row. And yes, that is a record in the English top flight. But anyone looking at the stats will also have noticed Fulham’s Aleksander Mitrovic’s name at the top of the Premier League scoring charts (alongside Eden Hazard on five goals) and his late effort denied Watford at Craven Cottage last time out. Both teams to score looks the best bet here at 8/13 while Mitrovic is 21/10 (Betway) at any time.
Huddersfield v Tottenham – 3pm
Huddersfield boss David Wagner is playing it cool despite his side propping up the table with no wins and the German insisting ‘there is not much between us and the other teams, the gap is not big.’ Well, that’s not strictly true – the gap to Saturday’s opponents is 10 points and should be an unlucky 13 by the final whistle. Spurs were better early in the season and in five games since beating Man United they haven’t matched the display from that night at Old Trafford but Huddersfield could present them with a good opportunity. Spurs won both league games last term, scoring six and conceding none, while the Terriers are still without a home goal in 2018-19. The visitors are 4/9 or 29/20 (Bet Victor) to win without letting one in.
Manchester City v Brighton – 3pm
They say that how you respond to a setback is crucial and since going down to that shock defeat by Lyon, Man City have spanked Cardiff and Oxford, scoring eight goals over two games without reply. It should be more of the same when 33/1 shots Brighton visit the Etihad Stadium – City are no better than 1/10. Brighton can take some heart from their most recent games against the big guns as this season they’ve beaten Man United and only lost by the odd goal to Liverpool and Tottenham, but there’s only going to be one winner here. A 3-0 victory for City is 6/1 with a few bookies and we’ll be on them to make a fast start and score the first goal between 11 and 20 minutes at 18/5.
Newcastle v Leicester – 3pm
When you’re desperately seeking your first win of the season, going up against a team you’ve lost five of the last six meetings with isn’t ideal. That’s the situation Newcastle are in as Leicester head for St James’ Park – a ground they’ve scored three goals at on each of their last two visits. Another Leicester win is 2/1 with several bookies and 2-1 to the visitors can be backed at 11/1 (bet365). The Magpies have lost all three of their home league matches – to Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal – by that scoreline.
Wolves v Southampton – 3pm
Wolves can be happy with their start to the season, especially after draws with both Manchester sides but it’s worth noting that since the opening-day 2-2 draw with Everton they’ve only once, in seven games, scored more than a single goal – and that was against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup. Saints were on two wins, two draws and two defeats before going down at Liverpool last week and this looks like the type of game they’ll lose. The hosts to edge it is the shout – they’re 17/20 to win, 5/2 to win by a one-goal margin while 1-0 is 11/2.
Chelsea v Liverpool – 5.30pm
It was all red early on and then a huge swing saw blue dominate the scoreboard as the Ryder Cup got off to a thrilling start yesterday and we could be in for a similar ding-dong battle at Stamford Bridge between the high-flying Blues and Reds of the Premier League. – Jurgen Klopp was seeing red this week – getting a bit angry after the midweek Cup loss to Saturday evening’s opponents and the news that Virgil van Dijk is struggling with injury has done nothing to turn his frown upside down – especially with Eden Hazard in the form he’s in. Hazard could be the difference again after that wonder goal at Anfield and with home advantage Chelsea are 15/8 (Betfred) while the Belgian is 10/3 in the score-win double. A half-time draw and Chelsea win at 6/1 (several firms) is also worth a nibble.
Jurgen Klopp was smiling in training but it was a different story after the League Cup game
BEST BETS FOR THE WEEKEND
HOMES: Arsenal, Brentford, Grimsby, Hearts, Kilmarnock, Hamilton 42 / 1 Bet Victor
AWAYS: Sheff United, West Brom, Doncaster 12 / 1 Bet Victor
DRAWS: Everton v Fulham, Norwich v Wigan, Luton v Charlton 53 / 1 bet365
ANYTIME SCORER: Mitrovic, Hazard, Lacazette, Vardy 50 / 1 Centrebet
Both teams to score in 1st half: Chelsea v Liverpool, Luton v Charlton 20 / 1 several firms
Eden Hazard scored a sensational goal to beat Liverpool on Wednesday night