This Saturday sees a reduced fixture list with five games scheduled to go ahead. Bizarrely there is no early game, instead there are four 3pm fixtures and one 17:30pm match between Everton and Leicester for which I have picked out a 9/1 bet builder. For the 3pm fixtures I have come up with the following 11/1 acca with William Hill:
- Manchester City to win and both teams to score (yes)
- Leeds win
- Brighton win
- Nottingham Forest vs Brentford over 1.5 match goals
Manchester City vs Fulham
The Premier League champions host newly promoted Fulham at The Etihad and could be without the league’s top scorer Erling Haaland. Guardiola’s side should still be confident of another three points though having won all of their previous 12 encounters against Fulham.
City’s home form is another huge plus for them with 49 goals scored in their last 12 home games. With nine goals scored on the road The Cottagers aren’t goal shy, and for all City’s attacking prowess they have shown they can be got at; conceding six goals in their last five home games.
- All of Fulham’s last five Premier League away games have seen both teams score.
- Man City have won their last 10 league games at The Etihad.
- The Citizens have won their last 12 games against Fulham.
- There have been over 2.5 match goals in all of City’s last 13 home league games.
- Fulham have scored at least two goals in their last five away games in the league.
Leeds vs Bournemouth
The Mighty Whites will be hoping for back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season when they host Gary O’Neill’s Bournemouth. The Cherries enter the match off the back of three straight defeats in the league, so will be keen to turn their fortunes around against a struggling Leeds side.
Jesse Marsch was under huge pressure coming into last weekend’s victory against Liverpool, that result has lifted some of the pressure, but a defeat here and that can all be quickly undone, such is the life of a manager at the top level. I think Leeds will carry a lot of confidence from that Liverpool win and the home fans know the importance of another three points this weekend.
At Elland Road Leeds do have a tendency to play their best football and I think they will take the game to the visitors and ultimately come out on top.
- Bournemouth have lost their last three matches.
- The home side have won five of the last six head-to-head meetings.
- The Cherries have conceded at least twice in five of their last six away league games.
Nottingham Forest vs Brentford
Both sides enter the clash with no real form to boast about, so I am staying away from picking a winner in this one. Instead I am looking at the goals markets with Brentford usually being a safe bet for goals on the road.
In Brentford’s six away games in the league this season there has been a total of 21 match goals scored. In fact 23 of their last 24 away games have seen over 1.5 match goals scored so I will be taking that as the bet for our acca.
- Forest have won just one of their last 11 Premier League games.
- Brentford are without a win in their last six away Premier League games.
- 23 of Brentford’s last 24 away games have had at least two match goals.
- There have been 13 match goals in Forest’s last four home league games.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Managerless Wolves are in desperate need of a win with their side currently occupying 19th place in the Premier League. With just two wins from their last 20 league games their plight is hugely concerning and the lack of goal threat is alarming.
Striker Diego Costa begins a three match suspension which only adds to their woes. As for the visitors they pumped former manager Graham Potter’s Chelsea 4-1 last weekend, ending a winless run of six games. When the sides met at the Molyneux last season Brighton were comfortable 3-0 winners, I think that Wolves inability to find the net will cost them again this weekend and that Brighton will reap the rewards.
- Wolves have won just two of their last 20 games in the Premier League.
- Wolves are the lowest scoring team in the Premier League with just six goals.
- Brighton beat Wolves 3-0 at The Molyneux last season.
Everton vs Leicester City - Both teams to score (yes), Tarkowski and Tielemans both to have a shot on target - 9/1 Bet Builder with Paddy Power
The evening game is one that is incredibly difficult to call, both sides are inconsistent but if previous meetings are anything to go by we can expect to see both teams find the back of the net, with five of the last six clashes ending with both teams scoring a goal.
Leicester are the side carrying more momentum with two wins from their last three games thwarted by a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City. With that in mind I expect Brendan Rodgers side to enter the game with some confidence but they will have a tough task ahead of them trying to break the Toffees down at Goodison Park.
One thing we all know of Leicester by now is their seeming inability to defend set pieces, this could be a problem with Coady, Tarkowski and Calvert-Lewin all posing huge aerial threats.
- All of Leicester’s last six Premier League away games have seen over 2.5 match goals scored.
- Leicester have failed to beat Everton in any of their last six meetings.
- The Foxes have lost five of their last six away games in the Premier League.
- 11 of Leicester’s last 12 away games have seen both teams score a goal.
- Both teams have scored in six of the last seven head-to-head meetings.