Come on then, let’s have it!! 6/10 wasn’t bad last weekend but I fancy myself to do better this time around – full stem ahead!!
West Ham v Leicester
What did I tell you about Moyesy last week?! I said that if West Ham lose on his first game in charge, then we’re going to struggle. Honestly, they will be up against it all season – it’s such an average appointment of a Manager – we didn’t have anything against Watford on Sunday, nothing!
I’m afraid to say I think West Ham will get ironed out against Leicester; and I tell you what there’s going to be chaos down at The London Stadium – how are the fans going to put up with that if we see a repeat of the Watford game?
The Hammers are bang in trouble! I look at that team and I can’t see anyone that’ll get them out of a rut other than Lanzini, and even he hasn’t been on form this year!
For those reasons I can’t see anything other than a 2-1 Leicester win – West Ham are up against it and Moyes has got a proper job on his hands here.
Crystal Palace v Stoke
To be fair, this is a game where for the first time in a long time, Palace will feel they might be able to get something. When Roy first took over, they had that nutty run where they had to play Chelsea, United and City, so it’s probably the first time where he’s thought: ‘hang on, we could turn these over here’.
During each training session this week, Hodgson will have been getting in his players’ heads, instilling the belief that this Stoke side is beatable, so they’ll be well up for it.
It’s going to be tough for Palace all season, but I think they’ve got enough to beat Stoke who, let’s be honest, aren’t having the best of seasons, are they?!
If you’re a betting man, I’d be backing Palace here (21/20) and my wildcard punt of the weekend is for there to be over 3.5 goals at 5/2 – cheeky bet, that!!
Manchester United v Brighton
There’ll be a few goals here, especially after the result United had in Europe during the week: Jose will have let his players know exactly what’s-what!
No disrespect to Chrissy Hughton’s side, but playing at Old Trafford against a newly promoted Brighton, United will be expecting at least three goals here – minimum!!
Losing against Basel, will put the Red Devils back in gear and with the return of their main men, Zlatan and Pogba, I can’t see them losing.
Never mind Jose, Zlatan is a proper winner and he’ll be drumming it into the players before the game about how essential it is that they get the three points against The Seaguls.
Newcastle v Watford
Marco Silva has done so well since he’s come to the Premier League, hasn’t he?
His Watford side brushed West Ham aside last week but it’s a different animal going up to Newcastle – saying that, I still fancy Watford to get something at St. James’.
Silva’s got them really organised, playing some really nice football and I have to say, I just really enjoy watching Watford at the moment – they’re a dangerous team!
Newcastle isn’t an easy place to go, so this is a tough one to call… and you all know I hate sitting on the fence, so I’ve got to go with my gut here and back the away win at 12/5, so a nice enough bit of value in there for you!!
Swansea v Bournemouth
Clement is another Manager who’s under the cosh, isn’t he. I know he kept them up last season, but flipping heck, they just seem like a bit of a powder puff team this year. Hosting Bournemouth on the back of their 4-0-win against Huddersfield will not be easy – and by the way: that was with ten-men in the second half as well!
Swansea have got to pull something out of the bag this week: it’s a big, big game for them and like Palace against Stoke, Clement will be in his players’ ears, telling them that this Cherries side is there for the taking.
The Swansea players will know how big this game is: with all due respect, it’s Bournemouth, who aren’t exactly the biggest club in the world, so they’re going to be up for it and will see the fixture as a good opportunity to get three points.
Even the betting suggests this is going to be a close one, with both teams at 7/4 to win, but I’m going to be ballsy and back the home side.
Spurs v West Brom
So, The Baggies went and sacked Pulis didn’t they… WHY?!
I’m not being rude, but I’ve heard they’re interviewing Pardew for the job. If they employ another Premier League Manager who’s been sacked plenty of times by other clubs in the League, then surely, they’re just replacing like-for-like.
This is doing my head in now! Clubs are just sacking someone for the sake of sacking – Chairmen seem to be doing it just to get a quick response out of players and if you’re asking me, they’re panicking – they don’t know what they’re doing!
Ok, if they bring in someone new and completely different, I kind of understand, because they’ve got fresh ideas and philosophies – but swapping a Premier League Veteran for another old boy just seems pointless.
Spurs will be hurting after their loss in the North London Derby, where they got shown up last weekend and stepped up by winning against Borussia Dortmund in the week.
Poch is a proper manager, and here’s why: by taking off Kane and Alli, who weren’t at it last week, it sends a message to the players that no one is safe and if you want to be playing for him, you’ve got to be 100% on top of your game. That’ll sharpen everyone up in the squad and it’ll have their ears pricked.
The Baggies are all over the place after losing their manager (and 4-0 to Chelsea last week), so I think they’ll get another spanking at Wembley: 4-0 Spurs.
Liverpool v Chelsea
Proper game, this…
If Chelsea turn up, then it’s a ‘three-or-four-niller’ all day long. If Lovren plays, then Liverpool are going to concede: he’s got absolutely no confidence.
People might say that Chelsea have had a long, mid-week trip to Azerbaijan, but I’m not having any of that. They won 4-0 in third gear and are in great form, so they’ll be too strong for Liverpool who completely bottled it against Sevilla, after being 3-0 up at half-time.
The Blues are Champions, they’re still title contenders and if the likes of Hazard, Pedro, Morata and Willian turn up against this leaky Liverpool defence, there’s only one winner for me.
Chelsea to win is my Banker of the weekend – so get on at 12/5 with BetBright.
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Southampton v Everton
I don’t like the look of Everton: I watch them, try and give them time, but I’m struggling. I hear Unsworth say “we’ve got to play on the front foot”… please, give me more than that.
I want to know what style you’re playing! You haven’t got one! You just crash it forward, play on the front foot and play aggressively – every other team plays on the front foot – that basically just means you want to win the game and start well!! You’ve got to do more than that if you ask The Bulldog!
I don’t see The Toffees creating a load of opportunities in this one and if they do, it might fall to Dominic Calvert-Lewin who hasn’t been scoring, so I don’t know what it is, but I can’t put my finger on what’s going wrong – if Everton don’t get anything here, I can see it being curtains for Unsworth.
Losing to Atalanta would have completely knocked them for six as well – they are in turmoil.
Southampton aren’t the strongest of teams themselves, so it could be a fairly evenly contested affair, but Everton really need something out of this game.
I’m going to sit on the fence with this one. 1-1, dry lunch game!
Burnley v Arsenal
I tell you what, Burnley will love this game. They will go into it thinking “if we get drummed 3-0, well no one’s expecting us to beat Arsenal”, but as long as they have a go, they will give Arsenal a proper game.
I’ve watched a few of the Burnley matches recently and I have to say, they’ve started to play some nice football. He’s got the players in there that he trusts with the ball, like Robbie Brady, and they wont be clipping it down the channel all day long – I tell you, it’s no surprise that Dychey has been linked with Everton: top manager.
Arsenal will be buzzing after winning against Spurs last weekend; they’ll think they’ve put them right back in their box. But, this would be typical of a Wenger side to beat Spurs then lose away to Burnley, you can just imagine the ‘Wenger Out’ Brigade after the game, can’t you!!
After all of that though, I think Arsenal will win this…
Sanchez and Ozil have hit a bit of form recently haven’t they… oh, I wonder why that is…?! They’re playing for new contracts, elsewhere aren’t they?!! They want out and they want a decent price tag round them next summer – I’M TELLING YOU!
So, they’ll be at it like they were last week and if you’re up against players of that quality who are hungry for a win, then The Bulldog has got to be backing The Gooners.
Huddersfield v Man City
The 4-0 hiding last week will have damaged the confidence of Huddersfield, there’s no denying that and even with this one being played at the John Smiths, that won’t affect City in the slightest.
In fact, I think City’ll really enjoy it and Pep will see this as an education on the English game – I can see a spanking here.
Don’t get me wrong, I love City and they are awesome, but… if a PSG or a Barca pressed them and executed it perfectly, I still don’t think City would be good enough to pop it around another top, top team.
Now… Huddersfield play good football and they press the ball, but they’re not a TOP team. If Wagner can get them to press the ball perfectly and aggressively, then they’ve got half a chance, but if they fall short, I can see them getting hammered.
What I like about Pep, is that he’s also added a bit of directness to his game. He’s acknowledged that his players aren’t like Barca, so you’ll see his City side mix things up when they attack too, so they’ve got more than just Plan A.
11/10, BTTS in this one is a nice looking bet, but if you want to get into specifics, then have a bit on a 4-1 City win at 14/1.
Enjoy your weekend folks!!!
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