Every week BetBright columnist Sam Tighe provides his rundown ahead of the football action this weekend, picking out his five Premier League best bets.
Few Arsenal fans have been able to banish memories of Calum Chambers flailing in the wake of a destructive Jefferson Montero in 2014; the Ecuadorian played one of the games of his life at the Liberty Stadium that day, helping Swansea City to a 2-1 win over the Gunners that poked yet more gaping holes in their supposed “title challenge.”
Well, things are different now, and despite Arsenal’s ridiculous 3-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, the away side are primed to take revenge for that humiliating result just shy of 12 months ago.
Hector Bellerin can match Montero, Santi Cazorla can seize control of the midfield, and the cutting edge provided by Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud should be too much for a defensive corps who struggled to contain Jordan Ayew last weekend.
Over 3.5 Goals in Manchester City vs. Norwich (11/10)Add to betslip
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City have scored an astonishing 11 goals in their last two home Premier League fixtures—both against lower-table sides Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth—and the Canaries can certainly consider themselves on level pegging with the previous victims.
Norwich are winless in five (all competitions) and recently shipped six against the Magpies. Defensively they’re porous, and City will run riot.
Southampton -1 (Handicap) vs. AFC Bournemouth (7/5)Add to betslip
It takes something rather special to upset Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium, and it’s fair to say, at this moment in time, AFC Bournemouth lack the confidence, belief and ability to go toe-to-toe with their south coast counterparts.
The Cherries have conceded 10 goals in their last two Premier League games and are thoroughly lacking in cutting edge sans-Callum Wilson. The Saints, meanwhile, will welcome a well-rested Sadio Mane back from a midweek ban and look to Graziano Pelle to continue scoring hatfuls at home.
This is shaping up to be another decisive loss for Eddie Howe’s men, making the Saints handicap win good value.
Chelsea and Liverpool to draw (47/20)Add to betslip
The simple truth of the matter is: Chelsea and Liverpool have become psychologically damaged. The trauma of the Blues’ early season struggles has seen Jose Mourinho lose parts of the dressing room and struggle to retain the loyalty of the board, while Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his concerns that a lack of confidence stops the Reds from holding onto leads or finishing games well.
It’s not too bold a prediction to suggest they draw with each other at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Three of Klopp’s first four games have ended in such a result, and it’s difficult to trust either side to edge the other due to the precarious mental state both are in.
Tottenham Hotspur to beat Aston Villa (2/5)Add to betslip
Betting on Aston Villa to lose has been a rather profitable experience over the last few months, and although this will be the first match out from under the shadow of Tim Sherwood, it’s difficult to anticipate the “turnaround” starting at White Hart Lane.
Spurs are a) a significantly better side than Villa on paper b) defensively very stable, matching up very well against a side who lack a little something in the final third, and c) in good, confident form that has seen them go unbeaten in nine games.
The new manager in claret and blue won’t be getting his kick-start win here.
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