Tom Keane previews Saturday’s action in the Premier League.
Chelsea v Liverpool
Chelsea have won only one of their last four Premier League starts, that win came against bottom of the table Aston Villa, and manager Jose Mourinho is under real pressure to get a much needed win. Mourinho has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks and has brought a lot of bad press to the club. Also concerning is that the performance of some of his key players, notably Eden Hazard, has dropped off considerable from what it was last season. This is a good spot for Liverpool and their new manager Jurgen Klopp, they are very much still in a work in progress but the energy levels and work rate in the opening few weeks have been very good and it’s only a matter of time before they start winning. Although they have injuries to their key strikers, Benteke and Sturridge, Liverpool’s energy should be enough for to him earn at least a point at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool Draw No Bet at 7/4.
Crystal Palace v Man United
Despite sitting just two points off top spot, question marks remain over the quality of this Man United side and their ability to sustain a title challenger over the course of the season. Crystal Palace will prove a tough test for them at Selhurst Park with Alan Pardew’s men scoring in four of their five home games. In contrast United have conceded two or more goals in three of their last four away games in the Premier League. Given them stats, the 3/1 about a home win is just too big to ignore. Crystal Palace to win at 3/1.
Man City v Norwich
Norwich have failed to keep an away clean sheet in the Premier League this season and conceded six goals in their last away game. The last thing they would have wanted is to now visit a side who scored 11 goals in their last two home games. The only positive for Norwich is that City will still be without the injured Sergio Aguero but other threats exist throughout the side and I feel City will be very keen to get back to scoring given that the focus was on defense in last weeks dull scoreless Manchester derby. City are unbackable at 3/10 in the match betting and a better opportunity lies in backing them in the half time – full time market at 20/23.
Newcastle v Stoke
Seven of Stoke’s ten league games this season have produced under 2.5 goals and Mark Hughes will be even more inclined to stay tight after their shock home loss to Watford. While the Potters have been inconsistent this season, Newcastle have been plain awful and this could be a flat affair. Back the Draw at 9/4
Swansea v Arsenal
Swansea’s win at Aston Villa last Saturday will have lifted alot of the pressure from around the Liberty Stadium and Garry Monk’s players will be in confident mood. Arsenal have seven wins in nine league games since the opening weekend, but the Swans did the double over them last season and know how to trouble Arsene Wenger’s side. Swansea Draw No Bet at 5/2
Watford v West Ham
Both of these sides had impressive wins last weekend and Slaven Bilic’s men have now won against Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal in their opening 10 games. They have dropped only two points from five away games this season and they’ll be confident of another away win against a Watford team who have scored just one goal in their five home games. West Ham to win 21/10.
West Brom v Leicester
After nine matches in which both teams scored, Leicester finally kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. Another low-scoring game may follow as the Baggies aren’t prolific but the Foxes are unbeaten away and can extend that sequence with a point. Back the Draw at 9/4