We have a full program of Premier League action this weekend, with Chelsea vs. Manchester City the standout fixture as we head into October.
Saturday’s featured games
Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur
A Spurs side bolstered by the returns of Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen should have more than enough to claim victory on the road at Huddersfield. The trio missed the 3-0 midweek Champions League win over APOEL, but could all return to Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI this weekend.
Huddersfield have been a tough nut to crack at home so far this season, but with striker Harry Kane playing like a man possessed at the moment, Spurs should have the firepower to break the Terriers’ stubborn resistance.
Chelsea v Manchester City
The game of the weekend sees two of the Premier League’s big guns going head to head at Stamford Bridge, with both sides dealing with notable absences ahead of the contest.
David Luiz remains suspended from the heart of the Chelsea defense, while City striker Sergio Aguero is doubtful after being involved in a car crash in the Netherlands this week.
City have been banging in the goals so far this season – they’ve hit four or more in their last three Premier League games – and with Chelsea’s back four likely to be somewhat patched up, the visitors look the sensible pick.
PICK: MANCHESTER CITY
Sunday’s featured games
Arsenal vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Expect a glorified game of defense vs. attack at the Emirates as Arsenal return from European duty to take on Brighton.
The Gunners have won their last eight home games in the league, and I don’t see Brighton doing too much to stop them making it nine. Expect Arsenal to win by a few.
Everton v Burnley
Everton are struggling for form after a terrible run of defeats a few weeks ago.
Sure, they picked up a 2-1 win against Bournemouth in their last league outing, but were booed off by sections of the Goodison faithful after conceding a late equaliser to 10-man Apollon Limassol in the Europa League in midweek.
Burnley will be better rested, more confident and manager Sean Dyche is one of the most underrated managers in the EPL.
I think the visitors have enough about them to claim at least a point against a confidence-hit Everton side.
Newcastle United v Liverpool
They may not yet be consistent enough to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title, but when Liverpool play, you should expect goals.
The Reds are joint-third top scorers in the EPL with 12 goals from their six games played so far. But their good work up front is offset by their defensive frailties – with 11 goals conceded, they’re the worst defensive side in the top half of the table.
Newcastle have been an all-or-nothing side so far this season with three wins and three losses but no draws. The Toon have played some classic matches with the Reds down the years, but they don’t have the sort of firepower of years past. They will be boosted, however, by the likely return of hot-headed striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Liverpool’s superior firepower should mean they take the three points, but with their defense far from reliable, backing them to win the game is a bigger gamble than necessary. They’ve conceded at least two goals in each of their three away games in the Premier League, so they’ll have to go full throttle in attack to ensure they pick up the win – and that means backing the over makes more sense than going for a match result.
PICK: BACK ‘OVER 2.5 GOALS’
Saturday September 30
|Huddersfield Town (+800)||Draw (+400)||Tottenham Hotspur (-250)|
|Bournemouth (+180)||Draw (+250)||Leicester City (+160)|
|Manchester United (-600)||Draw (+750)||Crystal Palace (+2000)|
|Stoke City (+200)||Draw (+240)||Southampton (+150)|
|West Bromwich Albion (+130)||Draw (+225)||Watford (+260)|
|West Ham United (-110)||Draw (+250)||Swansea City (+375)|
|Chelsea (+160)||Draw (+250)||Manchester City (+180)|
Sunday October 1
|Arsenal (-400)||Draw (+550)||Brighton & Hove Albion (+1300)|
|Everton (-150)||Draw (+280)||Burnley (+500)|
|Newcastle United (+425)||Draw (+310)||Liverpool (-143)|