Chelsea and Arsenal kick Saturday off with a London derby that Arsene Wenger’s side have typically struggled with in the past few years. Before the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Chelsea in the corresponding fixture in September, they hadn’t even scored a goal against their capital city rivals in six games. Chelsea are looking too strong at home, winning ten out of their last eleven at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, making them the best home side in the division. Arsenal, on the other hand, isn’t a happy place to be when you consider their shocking display against Watford and the absence of Wenger from the touchline. Chelsea at 10/11 is a peach of a price, and 9/5 for Chelsea to keep a customary home clean sheet is top banana.
It was Chelsea’s draw at Liverpool which sent them further clear at the top of the table, and Jurgen Klopp’s side really need to get their arses into gear if they want to cement their top four spot. They’re travelling to a Hull side that look somewhat rejuvenated following the arrival of new manager Marco Silva. Decent results against Bournemouth and Man United have kept them within touching distance of the rest of relegation rat race, and I fancy them to at least give Liverpool a decent game. The Reds will edge it, but don’t expect Simon Mignolet to keep a clean sheet. Liverpool to win with both teams scoring is 21/10 with Ladbrokes and is well worth thinking about.
Everton-Bournemouth could be a pleasing one on the eyes at Goodison Park at three o’clock. Scoring goals isn’t a problem for either side, but the Cherries’ recent defensive displays suggests that keeping clean sheets, especially on the road, isn’t their forte. They also have a real problem upfront now that striker Callum Wilson was ruled out for the rest of the season on Thursday. Everton to continue their six-match unbeaten run with a win here is a nicely priced 8/11 with BoyleSports.
There’s another potential goal fest at St Mary’s between Southampton and West Ham. The last two games for each side have seen a total of 16 goals, and with Southampton now missing Virgil van Dijk in defence through injury, there’s a chance for the Hammers to pounce. West Ham have defensive problems of their own, having conceded ten goals in their last four games. The Saints were already short at the back following Jose Fonte’s departure to Saturday’s opponents, and van Dijk’s untimely injury makes BoyleSports’ 4/1 for a Hammers away win a price that would even raise Pierluigi Collina’s eyebrows. Give it a chance as a single that could pay for a couple of rounds in that grotty nightclub we both like.
Our last Saturday stop in the Premier League is for a match between two sides that leave a lot of people scratching their heads. Watford threw the form book out the window with a shock win at Arsenal in midweek, while Burnley continue to be world beaters at home but total toss away from Turf Moor. Watford will surely be on a high following their win at the Emirates, and I fancy them to nick it by a single goal. A 2-1 win for those pesky Hornets pays out at a cheeky 8/1.
Before we finish off at the King Power, there’s an interesting Saturday evening fixture going on in the Bundesliga, where Dortmund are hosting German football’s bad boys, RB Leipzig. The away side may be sitting just three points off Bayern at the top but they’ve been struggling on the road recently, including back-to-back away defeats to Bayern and relegation-threatened Ingolstadt. My fellow tipster Tom fancies Leipzig to put an end to their woes with a 3/1 away win, but Dortmund haven’t lost at home in the league against a side that isn’t Bayern in exactly two years. That’s good enough for me, and so is their price of 8/11 with BoyleSports.
Back to Blighty and Leicester are hosting Man United in a game that the hosts would’ve gobbled up three points in last season, but their embarrassing title defence this year throws Sunday’s game wide open. United’s form isn’t great, despite their unbeaten run in the league – they haven’t lost in the Prem since October but have drawn their last three. Leicester has lost three of their last four, and scored just two goals in that run. I can’t see many goals in this one, so I’m backing a tame under 2.5 goal thriller, which you can get at 4/5 with BoyleSports if you’re quick about it.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: West Ham at 4/1 to win at Southampton on Saturday.
Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Chelsea, Everton, Watford and Wolves returns £162 with BoyleSports. Back it here!
If you’re feeling continental and fancy some European football bets, check out Tom’s tips!