The Premier League returns after a week of mixed fortunes for the English sides in the Champions League. Man City flopped, Leicester can’t be stopped, and Arsenal gave Ludogorets the chop.
And Spurs drew.
On Saturday, Mauricio Pochettino’s side head to the south coast to face a Bournemouth side that has won their last three home games. Spurs are unbeaten in four on the road, so an end-to-end encounter should be more than expected. Both teams to score looks well-priced at 4/6 and is well worth sticking on your goals galore accumulators. Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is hitting a bit of form, having bagged in back-to-back games. He’s well worth the 9/4 being offered to get on the scoresheet this weekend.
Back in north London, Spurs’ fierce rivals Arsenal have a lollipop following their Champions League antics in midweek. Middlesbrough visit the Emirates without a win in seven, including five defeats. Their attack is looking pretty blunt too, with only seven league goals so far this season. 1/4 for an Arsenal win has a bad smell, so bump it up by having an Alexis Sanchez wincast – that’s the Chilean to score anytime and Arsenal to win – at a much more healthy 6/5.
In the other three o’clock kick offs, Leicester look a solid bet at even money to beat Crystal Palace. The Foxes had “clear the air” talks following their defeat to Chelsea last weekend, and followed that up with a good performance in their 1-0 victory over FC Copenhagen in the Champions League. That’s me convinced. Get on it.
I’m not one to sniff at 5/1 for a home side in a Premier League game, and Burnley’s odds to beat Everton are no different. The Clarets’ home form is solid, and was the best in the Championship when they got promoted last season. Everton haven’t won in four games in all competitions, so they’re certainly there for the taking. Yes, they got decent point at Man City last week, but they should have won, and that will have hurt them.
West Ham are back to winning ways, and are a nicely priced 7/10 to condemn Sunderland to another defeat. 8/5 for the Hammers to score in both halves against a side that’s failed to keep a clean sheet so far this season is also a decent bet.
The supposed glamour tie of the week sees Jose Mourinho return to his former stomping ground with Manchester United as they take on Chelsea. If you backed my tip of a 0-0 draw in United’s previous game against Liverpool you would’ve been quids in. Jose is likely to adopt the same approach on Sunday and suffocate his opponents and the watching millions. Four of the last six games against these two have ended in a draw, with a couple of those being 0-0. Another 0-0 is 9/1, but play it safe with a draw at 9/4.
My tip of the weekend features the fabulous Derby County (no bias there) as they travel to Huddersfield Town. The Terriers were on a roll at the start of the season, but now they’re starting to struggle. They’ve lost their last two, and are starting ship goals. Derby, meanwhile, are unbeaten in four games and are showing signs of recovery under “new” boss Steve McClaren. Derby at 9/5 to defeat a side they haven’t lost against in their last seven encounters is huge, and shouldn’t be turned down.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Derby at 9/5 to win at Huddersfield in the Championship
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