Man Utd vs. AFC Bournemouth: United to Score In Both Halves (17/20 with Ladbrokes)
Most clubs in the position Bournemouth are in – winless in 2017, having conceded at least two goals in each of their last eight games, per WhoScored.com – would go to Old Trafford and shut up shop, but does anyone genuinely expect Eddie Howe to subscribe to that particular way of thinking?
The Cherries are a mess defensively, and the truth is they stand very little chance of doing what, say, Burnley managed earlier in the season. Expect them to concede early, setting the tone for a hard game, and that will open the floodgates for later on.
Swansea City vs. Burnley: Swansea win (1/1 with Ladbrokes)
Burnley foiled one of our tips last week, eking out an away draw with Hull City to claim just their second point of the season away from Turf Moor. That’s changed very little with regard to our complete lack of faith in them on the road, though, and we’re expecting three points for Swansea here.
Under Paul Clement the Swans have been very strong at the Liberty Stadium and have won their last two on home soil. Given how poor the Clarets generally are on their travels, and given Ashley Barnes’ suspension further weakens the attack, it’s feasible they lay an egg.
Under 2.5 Goals feels very likely, but it’s out at 4/6, so 1/1 for a home win offers better value.
Tottenham vs. Everton: Under 2.5 Goals (1/1 with Ladbrokes)
This weekend Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku will collide as Spurs square off against Everton, and many will expect a goal bonanza. But these two sides have shown this year that they can be extremely solid and tough to break down, and that’s thanks to a strong set of midfielders. It’s those individuals that will collide, not the strikers.
Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye will meet Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama on Sunday. It’s going to be intense, it’s going to be physical, and there isn’t going to be an awful lot of room to breathe. Whichever pair achieve the upper hand will probably be on the winning side, but their titanic battle will keep the game tight, and therefore the goals in short supply.
Liverpool vs. Arsenal: Liverpool Win & Both Teams To Score (11/4 with Ladbrokes)
Remember the opening day of the season? Well, I don’t know if this is just me being incredibly misty-eyed and wishing blindly for a repeat epic, but it feels genuinely possible these teams exchange in excess of five goals at Anfield on Sunday, just like they did in August.
Liverpool will probably up their game for a “big fixture” – just as they did against Tottenham Hotspur not long ago – while Arsene Wenger’s record away from home against the top sides remains incredibly poor. That makes predicting a home win pretty comfortable.
But will it be smooth sailing for the hosts? Of course not. That defence is only built to concede, and the attackers are going to have to work overtime to ensure their team claim three points.